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
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 working
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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