Vanessa Shimer is Shatterproof’s External and Internal Support Coordinator. In her professional role, Vanessa provides support to the organization in many capacities especially the Marketing and Communications team with projects and daily operations.

Previously, Vanessa has worked in various healthcare roles for the last 10 years. Before joining Shatterproof professionally, she served as a Shatterproof Ambassador and member of the Junior Council – roles she still fulfills as a volunteer.

Vanessa has a very strong passion for Shatterproof’s important work as she has been a lifelong advocate for individuals with substance use disorder, especially her beloved brother James, whom she lost to a Fentanyl overdose in August 2019.

She is currently pursuing a BA degree in Human Services with a concentration in substance use disorder from Southern New Hampshire University. Her interests and hobbies include vintage home decor and DIY projects. Vanessa also enjoys her time with her girls, Adlee & Snow, and her husband Brian, and working to create the best Sunday sauce.

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