Sheena Adams-Avery, CDT, CDP

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Sheena Adams-Avery, CDT, CDP, is an experienced and innovative media professional with over 20 years of media experience and direct experience managing print, television, and digital media, social media promotions, content creation, event and project coordination, and ongoing marketing campaigns. In her current role as Communications Manager for Pathfinder, Sheena oversees the organization’s communications, branding, and digital media content, is the managing editor of The Compass, and assists with trainings, webinars, and outreach events. Sheena is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), a Certified Diversity and Inclusion Trainer and Practitioner, a Plain Language Expert, and a dynamic public speaker. Her ability to actively engage her audience in thought-provoking dialogue, and in a fastidious manner, is refreshing, especially when discussing sensitive material. She is a champion for equity and inclusion for people in marginalized communities and works tirelessly to bring awareness to important issues faced in these communities.

Sheena is an Illinois native but has been a Southern transplant for over 20 years. However, it is not unusual to find her globetrotting around the world. She currently lives in the Nashville area with her husband, has two very intelligent and talented adult sons, one really cute poodle, Princess Coco Chanel, and is a proud Glamma of two beautiful “glam girls.”

Specialties: Branding, Media Communications & Crisis Management, Writing, Editing, Plain Language, DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) & DEI Communications

Interests: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Communications, Disability Advocacy, Human Rights

Fun Facts about Sheena

Hobbies: Dancing, Poetry, Traveling, Interior Decorating, Painting, Solving Puzzles

Favorite Book: Street Lawyer by John Grisham

Favorite Music or Song: All Genres (an equal opportunity listener)

Favorite Movie(s) or TV Show(s): Shawshank Redemption & This is Us

“I’m often called selfie queen! I take lots of selfies (or ussies), not because I’m vain or anything, but because I can never find anyone to take as good of a picture as I take…it’s those photojournalistic skills, I guess. LOL”

You can reach Sheena Adams-Avery at sheena.adams-avery@vumc.org.

For media inquires email TNPathfindermedia@vumc.org.