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Shannon Zila, MS

Oki! Shannon’s ancestors belong to the Siksika Blackfoot tribe in Montana and Canada.  Shannon holds a Master of Science in human services and social and community outreach from Capella University along with a bachelor’s degree in history and human relations from Saint Cloud State University.  She chose to work for the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) because it was a calling for her.  Shannon’s family has been impacted by cancer and she sees the inequities that Indigenous people face with their health, both in access, prevention strategies, and the inclusion of our culture and identities.  It is Shannon’s goal to create healing relationships and change the course by creating and promoting policies that integrate culture and identity, in health.  In her role as the Operations Manager, those outcomes are created through relationships, education, communication, and policy change.