Lani Shaw, 46 passed away at her home in Woody Creek, Colorado, from natural causes on June 1st, 2014.
Lani was born on December 28th, 1967 in Simsbury, Connecticut where she resided until attending Bucknell University, graduating in 1992.
After college, Lani worked briefly in New York City for The Julliard School, before moving to Boulder to begin her career in philanthropy with The General Service Foundation and her life in the West. In 1993 the foundation and Lani relocated to Aspen. Lani held a position as a Program Officer in the Reproductive Heath and Rights program and the Western Water program before becoming Executive Director in 1999, a role in which she excelled. She had a tremendous passion for her work and valued relationships with her staff, board and colleagues.
Lani was an inspirational leader and an empathic friend. Lani believed with the deepest conviction that there was “enough to go around” and she spent her life fighting for a just and sustainable world. No cause was too small or too big for Lani’s compassion; a stray dog, a broken heart, a displaced family, access to heath care or education. Lani fought with quiet perseverance. Her integrity and warmth were her trademarks.
Lani’s greatest joy was her children. She adored the time she spent with them, whether watching a movie, playing Lego, camping in the canyons, gazing at the redwoods or playing at the beach. Lani had a childlike spirit and loved the wonder and curiosity of her children.
Lani is survived by her beloved children, Jack and Katie Sheridan, her parents Ann and Daryl Shaw, and her former husband Dan Sheridan.
A memorial service for Lani is planned for Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 4pm at the Aspen Chapel in Aspen, Colorado. A fund for the benefit of Lani’s children has been established at Alpine Bank in Aspen.