Shannon Sak

Executive Director

Shannon brings to her position a well-established background in startup business and foundation work. As the Executive Director of Racing for Mental Health, Shannon manages the day-to-day operations. She is the project manager monitoring the overall awareness and fundraising efforts.

Prior to taking on the role as Executive Director for Racing for Mental Health, she worked for a major health care system in their foundation division. Her role in the organization at the foundation level is where she used her experience in building strong relationships, efficient policies and processes, and database development of current and prospective contributors. She can identify, cultivate, and solicit contributions from individuals, corporations, and/or foundations.

It is her role as Vice President of Investor Relations where Shannon gained 9 years of experience with investor relations, as she managed over 2,500 shareholders, communications, and documents. She worked with a legal team developing documentation for investments, contracts, due diligence as well as compliance that brings her knowledge to the next level for foundation work. Her organization and detail-oriented work ethic bring calmness to chaos.

Shannon’s 16 years of experience with a startup business in which she developed the infrastructure of a healthcare service that maintained a confidential database of its members’ emergency medical data for emergency use. She developed the most comprehensive hospital and public safety database with over 6,500 domestic and 33,000 international hospitals and clinics in its central database.

Shannon graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts and Science with majors in both business and biology. She also received associate degrees in Arts and Sciences from Joliet Junior College. Shannon attended the University of London, London, England: Study Abroad, International Studies Business.

Today, Shannon’s purpose and passion lies in helping people and making the world a better place. When she isn’t working and planning the next fundraising campaign, Shannon loves spending time with her family and going on hikes with her husband and their Labrador.