Sheena Eastburn is a born leader, and her ideal career includes public speaking, leveraging her exceptional organizational and administrative skills, and motivating others to learn and lead. Over the past 25 years, Sheena has taken many classes to advance her skill set and is currently pursuing a degree in business administration while working as a home health aide, running two grassroots initiatives, writing a book, and more. Sheena is also very active in her local community; she volunteers with her church and does speaking engagements to provide inspiration and motivation to those who are struggling with addiction and other life challenges.
Through training, certification classes and working various roles, Sheena has developed proficiency in:
- Office Administration: business communications, record keeping, spreadsheets and understanding financial records;
- Computer Literacy: Microsoft Suite, data entry and spreadsheets;
- Program Administration: developing purpose, goals, marketing and implementation;
- Event Planning;
- Personal Training & Group Exercise; and
- is an Esthetician.
Sheena is exceptionally organized, an effective multi-tasker and prides herself in staying calm and focused when under pressure to meet deadlines or when helping teammates with last minute requests. She attends to both the big picture vision and the details that make it happen and believes collaboration and teamwork are key to any successful project. She is looking for a career-oriented opportunity where she can bring to bear her loyalty, internal drive, trustworthiness and extensive leadership skills.
- Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Grand Canyon University while working as a home health aide.
- Leads two grassroots initiatives she founded that are aimed at providing support and resources for individuals coming home from prison, including Prison Did Not Break Me, which helps families with the transition of post-release and reintegration. Under Sheena’s leadership, Prison Did Not Break Me gained 900 followers on Facebook in just two months and she is in the process of securing 501 C3 status.
- Runs a life coach consultancy called Imperfect is Perfect.
- Writing a book that will be published on Amazon later this year, called Prison Etiquette: Don’t Take the Chips; a first-person account of living years in prison, understanding the ins and outs of the complex rules, and poignant and humorous stories about how to survive.
- Provides mentoring and informal counseling to members of her church and larger community as well as motivational public speaking at events and conferences around the country.
- Held a variety of jobs including Office Assistant, Landscape Technician, Yoga and Pilates Instructor.
- Served as President of a Scared Straight program, which X.
Sheena had a mixed childhood; she moved a lot and was raised mostly by her grandparents as her mother struggled with addiction. Her favorite childhood memories include riding the biggest roller coasters at the local amusement park.
Sheena got married when she was 15 years old, to an older man who was physically and emotionally abusive. She got divorced at 17, but her ex-husband continued to stalk her; when her new boyfriend killed her ex-husband she was sent to prison and given life without parole. She served 25 years and came home in 2017.
She reflects on her many years in prison as a time of freedom in some ways, saying it was her first time free of the abuse of her personal life. In prison she committed to chartering a new life – she learned about patience, diplomacy, respect, loyalty and integrity. She learned to be reliable and help others for the good of the community. She believes that good leaders foster and develop leadership in others; helping others reach their full potential fills her with hope and feeds her soul.
Sheena spent decades in prison due to bad choices and learned to be accountable. Now is her time to be positive, to be grateful for life’s lessons, to appreciate the small things that make her happy (like going to the fridge and pressing the ice machine button!) and to take the next steps to a fulfilling and productive career.