Woman with Searsport ties marries

Jul 09, 2012
Shannon Schissler and Maj. John Baker were married June 16.

West Point, N.Y. — Shannon Schissler and Maj. John Baker were married June 16 at the Cadet chapel at West Point, N.Y. The Rev. Todd A. Cheney, a Baptist Army chaplain, performed the ceremony.

The bride, 30, is a foreign service officer for the United States Agency for International Development in La Paz, Bolivia. She designs and implements projects with Bolivian counterparts to address development issues in areas related to democracy and governance, economic growth and health. She graduated form Bucknell University and received a master's degree in international administration from the University of Miami.

She is the daughter of Susan Schissler of Clark, N.J., and the late Roger Schissler. She is also the granddaughter of Helen and Warren Norton, formerly of Swanville. She attended school for a time in Searsport.

The bridegroom, 35, is a U.S. Army engineer officer who will begin serving next month with the 27th Engineer Battalion at Fort Bragg, N.C. He graduated from West Point and received two master's degrees: one in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and the other in engineering management from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

He is the son of Lynn Baker and John Baker of Burke, Va.

The couple met in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in July 2009 at a party hosted by a mutual friend about a week after the Honduran military forcibly removed President Manuel Zelaya. Schissler, a longtime Honduras resident, was working in Tegucigalpa for the Agency for International Development as a Peace Corps intern after a two-and-a-half-year- tour as a peace Corps volunteer. Baker was new to Honduras, having recently begun a six-month tour based in Tegucigalpa managing projects for the Army Corps of Engineers throughout Central America.

The wedding was attended by friends and relatives from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maine, Wyoming and Florida.

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