For Shawn, it's personal

March 29, 2016

Shawn Fincher recently joined the Providence Foundations in Oregon as director of development for the Heart and Vascular Institute.

When Shawn heard cardiologist Dr. Lori Tam share her passion for women’s heart health, he knew he was in the right place.

Shawn’s mom went into the hospital for a couple of days to treat her high blood pressure. The night before she was to come home, his older sister came into the room he shared with his two brothers to tell them their mother had died. She had suffered a stroke followed by a heart attack. He was 18.

Shawn knows that he is also at risk. His family doctor told him just before he was to go to college that although Shawn was athletic and in good shape, if he didn’t change his diet and his lifestyle, he could meet the same fate as his mom.

“Understanding all the work that we are doing from education, wellness and lifestyle to paying attention to innovation and research, all the elements of the work that’s being done – I get it because I’ve lived through it,” says Shawn.

Shawn was most recently at Pacific University where he served as a major gift officer for the past two years. Prior to that Shawn was at the University of Oregon for seven years as director of development. He holds both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Administration from Indiana University.