Shine’s executive assistant, Allison Marker, was born in Topeka, Kansas into a stable, happy family and moved to France at an early age when her father, a graduate of the University of Kansas, moved his family to Europe to become a faculty member of a partnering business school. As a consequence of this, Allison completed junior high school and high school in France before being accepted at College Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History before returning to the United States, after 11 years in France, to pursue a career in politics and public service.
Allison worked in political fundraising and communications before concluding that political activity provides “only one perspective” for examining issues such as lack of funding support for the least privileged members of society. She left political work in 2014 to accept a position at Lawrence Community Shelter, where she worked in fundraising and administration, and while at LCS she met Shine. She soon decided that Sun Cedar represented a chance to effect change in her community and joined the company in July 2015. She administers the fulfillment of orders and manages payroll and much of the company’s business-to-business communications.