Sheria joined the Foundation in May of 2019 as the Program Administrator. In this role Sheria maintains all of the administrative functions of the Foundation and serves as a member of the program team.
Prior to joining the Gifford team Sheria worked for the Salvation Army in several different capacities, most recently serving as the Outreach Director at the Salvation Army’s Barnabas Center. In this role Sheria worked closely with the Foundation on the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood program, specifically focusing on gang and gun violence initiatives like Trinity, Truce, and Syracuse Save our Youth. Sheria has also worked for Family Planning Services.
Sheria has a passion for her community and especially for building the capacity of youth. She is a trained facilitator in several youth focused practices such as Youth Works Method – designed to empower direct staff with the tools they will need to increase the quality of their work with youth. In addition to that she is also trained in the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Intervention model designed to help young people make the best decisions pertaining to their sexual health.
A lifelong City of Syracuse resident, Sheria is actively involved in her local community through participation on several different committees such as: Run-away Homeless Coalition, Partnership for Youth, Advancing Youth Development and is a parent liaison for the Syracuse City School District for parents with children who have disabilities.
A lifelong City of Syracuse resident, Sheria is actively involved in her local community.
Sheria started her own jewelry business in 2017 and loves fashion. In addition she supports her church The Promise Land. When she’s not working and serving the community, Sheria enjoys spending time with her husband and children, and cooking for the family. Her favorite quote is “We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can build youth for our future” Franklin D. Roosevelt.