Commissioners approve new Child Welfare Board member

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Shannon Rennwanz poses with her family from left to right, her husband Shawn, their son, Ryan, and their oldest daughter Kenzie, with their youngst daughter Rylee in front of them all.

Tuesday morning, Grayson County commissioners approved Shannon Rennwanz as the newest member of the Grayson County Child Welfare Board.

The Grayson County Child Welfare Board is a group of volunteers who work to help meet the tangible needs of children receiving services from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, more commonly referred to as Child Protective Services or CPS.

A letter to the commissioners from Grayson County Child Welfare Board President Mark Teague said Rennwanz is a resident of Sherman who has three children, Her son and two daughters are between the ages of 18 and five. She works as a Claims Analyst with Trend Health Partners.

“Ms. Rennwanz served on the Diamond Backers Baseball Board during the 4 years that her son was in high school. She currently volunteers as a dinner host for Family Promise of Grayson County, and also makes weekly grocery shopping trips for Grand Central Station. She attends First United Methodist Church in Sherman and volunteers whenever there is a need there,” Teague said.

He said she has also been very helpful to the Child Welfare Board in the past.

In an email, Rennwanz said she has been volunteering for Child Protective Services for the last two years, “just doing things around the CPS office they needed help with.”

She said she has worked with the Silent Santa project for the last two years as well.

“Ms. Rennwanz has also been instrumental in assisting with the Child Welfare Board’s Silent Santa Christmas Project the last several years. She has volunteered countless hours working with this project. Ms. Rennwanz understands, and is knowledgeable and compassionate about the number of children in foster care in Grayson County; and has expressed a desire to serve on this board,” Teague said of that service.

Rennwanz said she is very excited to be able to head up the Silent Santa project this year and can’t wait to get started.

“I want to be a part of the Child Welfare Board to do my part in helping kids in our community that didn’t ask to be in the situation they are in and who deserve all the good this world has to offer them. It takes a village and I am proud to be a part of ours here in Grayson County,” she said about being appointed to the board.