Sheona Nidefski 0147Rt

Sheona Nidefski she/her

Program Assistant

616.454.1751 x121


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Inspirational Quote:

Diversity is what happens when you have representation of various groups in one place. Representation is what happens when groups that haven’t previously been included, are included. Intersectionality is what happens when we do everything through the lens of making sure that no one is left behind. More than surface-level inclusion, or merely making sure everyone is represented, intersectionality is the practice of interrogating the power dynamics and rationales of how we can be together.

Alicia Garza, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

What Sheona does:

Sheona supports the Program Department through several projects, administrative activities and clerical functions.

What she did before:

She worked as an Administrative Assistant at Mercy Health for twelve years. She is also a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and served with the United States Air Force as an Electronic Journeyman onboard the Boeing E-4 Advanced Airborne Command Post (otherwise known as Air Force One) which is a strategic command and control military aircraft operated by the United States Air Force. She has a lot of stories!

When Sheona is not working:

She is the Grand Rapids Pride Center's Women's Group facilitator and an active, queer member of the Grand Rapids LGTBQIA2S+ Community. She is also becoming an ordained minister to officiate friends' and family's weddings. She is commissioned as a Notary of the Public in Kent County and enjoys using her commission at various expungement fairs and events throughout the city. Most recently, she has embarked on training as a breastfeeding educator through Day One Doula Collective. Sheona loves connecting people to resources and making new friends.

A few of Sheona's favorite things…

Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Grand Rapids Pride Center, LincUp, NAACP, Baxter Community Center, We Matter Now
Place to send out of towners:
Lookout Park and We Are Lit! Multicultural Bookstore
Place to eat or drink:
Breakfast at Bodega Bagels and Deli, Lunch at Pupuseria El Salvador, Dinner at Adoba Boy Food Truck, Night out with adult beverages: GR Noir, Coffee Shop: Lotus Brew Coffee + Dry Bar
Part of her job:
The versatility of being able to do a variety of tasks. Being able to work in a hybrid work environment. Having a forward-thinking, supportive organization that realizes employees are their greatest asset. Working collaboratively with people for successful outcomes in our community.

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