Congratulations Shannon Goldwater
Founder and Emeritus Board Member
Since 2006, Shannon Goldwater has been a visionary leader, ardent supporter, and steadfast champion as Founder of Feeding Matters. Shannon’s story began in 2002 when her premature triplets required feeding tubes to survive and suffered every time they were fed. Her family’s harrowing experience fueled her determination to find comprehensive resources and support for her family and a relentless commitment to make sure feeding, something so fundamental to every child’s overall well-being and survival, will never be disregarded. Without a clear path, Shannon’s passion and ingenuity inspired Feeding Matters as a movement to fill an unmet need and create a world where all children with pediatric feeding disorder thrive.
During her 10 year tenure as Board Chair, Shannon’s dedication and vision resulted in significant progress in the field, including:
- Inception of the Infant and Child Feeding Questionnaire by bringing together international feeding experts to form the original Medical Professional Council, now the PFD Alliance.
- The creation of a nationwide online platform for family advice, resources, support, and a virtual learning center for the healthcare community.
- The vision for a universally accepted definition and identity which lead to the groundbreaking January 2019 publication of “Pediatric Feeding Disorder: Consensus Definition and Conceptual Framework.”
Shannon’s triplets are now thriving young adults, and she has seen Feeding Matters continue to cement itself as the world’s premier organization tackling pediatric feeding disorder. Over the past few years, she has been working with the Board to transition her visionary role and now we want to also cement Shannon’s proud legacy. The Feeding Matters Board of Directors and leadership is excited to name Shannon as our first Emeritus Board Member, a role that will see us continue to leverage her leadership and passion while also lighting the way for innovative new ideas.
Shannon says, “The best thing about founding an organization is not starting it, but rather seeing it thrive 20 and 30 years later and that is what I want more than anything because I know the best is yet to come.” This dedication is the reason Feeding Matters is at the forefront almost 15 years later.
“Shannon Goldwater’s unwavering commitment to Feeding Matters has proved truly invaluable to our success. From countless hours on storytelling and strategy to the innumerable resources we’ve been able to bring to our families because of her… Shannon has been the biggest supporter of our work and we are not only thankful, but excited for her to continue in this role.” -Rhonda Anderson, RN, DNSC(H) FAAN, FACHE, Board Chair.
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