Current Location: St. Louis, MO
Hometown: Shelbyville, IL
UIS Degrees: B.A. 1980 (Biology), M.A. 1981 (Individual Option)
Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of MDR, a company that provides business solutions in the health care industry.
A Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Shrake’s background includes executive level positions for university affiliated medical centers including Memorial Health Care System in Springfield, St. John’s Mercy Health System in St. Louis and St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. He was the lead executive of the largest hospital system in Oklahoma. Shrake also developed the first physician-hospital joint venture for cardiac catheterization laboratory for Tenet Health Care.
Memories of SSU/UIS
“Memory one is walking between the buildings in January with a wind chill of -50, long before the trees had matured on the campus.” Shrake also remembers fondly that after completing his bachelor’s degree, he was asked to lead the biology division in graduation ceremonies.
How did UIS change or prepare you?
“UIS offered a great deal of flexibility in how I structured my degree program. I have enjoyed the fact that this very targeted approach has allowed me to focus on my career goals and use the formal education to my benefit.”
Shrake has honed his public speaking skills through extensive training with the Zig Ziglar Corporation. He now speaks to organizations across the country with his unique style of “edutainment,” a combination of education and entertainment. Shrake is also a lifelong Cardinals baseball fan. His experience as a communication expert and workshop leader led him to do some work with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Posted on January 20, 2015