WILLIAMSBURG — Shannon Barman, of Williamsburg, was officially announced as the 2020 Kentucky Mother of the Year on Thursday.
Many in the community know Barman for her outstanding work in the B Squad non-profit organization she created a few years back, pizza lovers know her as the manager of the Williamsburg Pizza Hut, and those closest to her call her "momma".
Barman was nominated for her contributions as a mother in her home, workplace and community. She is the 68th woman in Kentucky history to hold the honor.
When she found out a friend had nominated her for Mother of the Year, she thought it was a joke.
Married with two children, she is being recognized for her work as the founder of the B Squad that has provided everything from beds and blankets to school supplies and clothing for children in her community.
Barman, along with honorees from states across the US, will be recognized during the 85th National Convention of American Mothers, Inc. in Washington, D.C., April 19 – 21. She will also serve as an ambassador for Kentucky mothers during visits with members of Congress. One honoree will be named the National Mother of the Year during a gala fundraiser for the American Mothers’ “Golden Rule Grant Fund” on April 21.
“For 85 years American Mothers, Inc. has held the responsibility of searching for and selecting the Mother of the Year in every state, district and territory in our country,” said Connell Branan, Board President. “Like all of the honorees before her, Mrs. Barman now joins the ranks of Kentucky history, with the opportunity to become a part of American history as she represents the mothers in her state and is considered for the honor of 2020 National Mother of the Year.”
Barman calls the honor crazy as she describes herself as a Pizza Hut general manager with a non-profit, among judges, lawyers and other educated women. She said she’s still on cloud nine and she is amazed to be in the same category with these other women.
Being a mother to her two children is one of the best things in life, said Barman, who once dreamed of having six children.
She says she feels like she’s a hot mess most of the time with her career, her non-profit and juggling motherhood and being a wife.
But when Barman talked about her hopes and dreams for her own children, she became emotional. Humble in what she’s done in her own career and community, Barman dreams bigger for her children aspiring to see them reach for even larger goals than she has.
She hopes she’s doing it right and she admits she has mom guilt when she can’t be at multiple locations at the same time. Working, providing for her children, leaves her feeling guilty when she has to miss a school function. When it comes to all the activities in the B Squad, her children are always right beside her, often inspiring her and creating more projects for the community to benefit from.
She advises other mothers going through the same thing to not be so hard on themselves.
Barman has been reaching out to the community for years now. She's been helping raise funds for several animal organizations through Pizza Hut, serving with the countless projects the B Squad has created and of nurturing the two children she holds dearest at home.