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Department of Recreation is made up of three passionate and playful professionals who met at Cranium nearly 10 years ago and have continued to work and play together, designing experiences that encourage and facilitate connection, engagement, and fun. With a combined 30 years in the play industry, the trio has worked across a variety of platforms, from PC and web to board games and mobile devices, and for a number of well-known brands, including Hasbro, Disney, Highlights for Children, AT&T, and Nickelodeon.

Marisa Colt Shanon

Marisa Peña

Colt Tipton-Johnson

Shanon Lyon

After graduating with a degree in journalism, Shanon bounced from books to magazines to advertising and even spent a few short months on the magic carpet at a Colorado ski resort. Luckily, all of this seemingly-unrelated experience came together as the foundation for a career in the games industry with a focus on content strategy and development. After a short stint at, she landed at Cranium as Lead Editor, working with a team of writers and editors to create content that surprised and delighted players. Later, at Discovery Bay Games as Senior Editor, Ideation and Development, Shanon worked with licensors to translate beloved brands into rich and engaging game experiences and managed several large-scale content creation projects.

Shanon has contributed to a number of publications and books, including the Armchair Reader series, American Girl magazine, and SmartLab: Amazing Animal Challenge, and has had a hand in content creation or game design for more than 30 titles, including Cranium WOW, Cranium Disney, Trivial Pursuit Bet You Know It, Saturday Night Live: The Board Game, and others.

She’s a kid at heart who gets excited by whiteboards, Sharpie markers, and off-the-wall ideas. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters and enjoys yoga, music, sewing, baking, and cooking.