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A lifelong resident of Kansas City and  an 18 year resident of the

5th district, Ryana Parks-Shaw is an experienced leader, caring wife,

parent and a champion of quality healthcare and economic

development.  She is focused on what counts, the people.

Ryana was born and raised in a union household and has been a proud member of the SEIU Local 1 and American Postal Workers Unions.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Services Administration from Southwest Baptist University.  Ryana is an alumni of Ruskin High School.


She has over 25 years of experience working in the healthcare industry and has served as the  Associate Administrator at Truman Medical Centers.

While serving the Kansas City community as a Health Care 
Administrator at Truman Medical Centers, she  led 
the region's only 
adult Sickle Cell Center.  Ryana worked on the planning team for the 

$38+ million expansion of TMCs.  
She established the Truman Medical Centers' Diabetes Education 
Program which became an 
accredited Center of Excellence.

Ryana cares about the mental health of our community.  She was 
instrumental in establishing partnerships with 
the first Crisis Intervention 
Teams (CIT) and Truman Medical Centers Behavioral Health services.  
These teams 
work in collaboration with the Kansas City Police 
Department and other local police departments to  promote 
and support more effective interactions among law enforcement, behavioral health 
professionals, individuals 
with behavioral health issues, their families and communities.


During her time at the Missouri Department of Health, she worked in the Bureau of Chronic Disease Control overseeing federal contracts focusing on reducing health disparities in Kansas City, St. Louis and the Bootheel.  

She collaborated with Swope Health Services, the Black Health Care 
Coalition, Kansas City Health Department, 
local churches and 
neighborhood groups.

As a board member on the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care 
Association Board, she helped to strengthen 
care for the terminally ill.  
Ryana has served on the Eastern Jackson County Workforce 
Development Board and 
worked with agencies such as the Full 
Employment Council (FEC) to support workforce development 
tirelessly to reduce unemployment in the region and improve the economy.   

Having owned successful small businesses located in Kansas City, Missouri, Ryana is an advocate for small businesses.   She and her husband Michael of 22 years have raised their three children here and are dedicated to finding solutions to improve our neighborhood and our city.  Ryana is going to take that same level of proven leadership, dedication and public service to City Hall and will fight to increase government transparency and advocate for the best interests of our working families and neighborhoods.

Ryana serves at St. James United Methodist Church and is a member of many organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Greater Kansas City Women's Political Caucus.  She is a volunteer with the American Heart Association, National Alliance for Mental Illness,  and the Alzheimer’s Association.

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