Our Team

Sheila Causieestko

Sheila Causieestko

Recruitment & Outreach Specialist

I’ve had the privilege of serving my community in various capacities, throughout my life. My journey began with the United Way program called WOW (Women off Welfare), where I had the unique opportunity to teach on a reservation in Arizona as a Program Manager, confronting poverty within my own culture for the first time. This experience inspired me to join the board of the Metrolina Native American Association, where I continued to advocate for and support indigenous communities.

During times of crisis, such as the AIDS epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve remained dedicated to serving those in need. In the early years of the AIDS crisis, I worked as the Outreach and Events Manager with Aids Project Los Angeles, providing essential support to individuals affected by the disease. This was the only dental clinic and one of the first daycares that served children with Aids. Later, with the Mecklenburg County Health Department, I played a vital role in the response to COVID-19 as an Ambassador and Public Health Educatorcoordinating educational initiatives, mobile vaccine clinics, and ensuring compliance with safety measures. This program was unique, being the sole initiative of its kind dedicated to serving communities across the country.

My commitment to addressing issues extends to combating domestic violence, an epidemic affecting countless women. Through my volunteer work with Safe Alliance, I’ve witnessed the devastating impact of domestic violence and have worked tirelessly to support survivors. I had the wonderful opportunity to transition from a volunteer to an employee of Safe Alliance serving as a Volunteer Manager and Court Accompaniment Advocate.

Throughout my career, whether with United Way, Prudential, JobLink, or Med Assist, I’ve remained guided by the values instilled in me by my parents—to give back and make a difference. Their teachings have shaped my dedication to service, and I hope to leave a positive impact on the lives of those I’ve had the privilege to serve. Just as my parents taught me, I believe that with the blessings we’ve received comes the responsibility to uplift others, and I remain committed to this principle in all aspects of my work and advocacy efforts.

In my spare time, I love to continue serving my community through volunteerism, advocacy, and working with grassroots nonprofits. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with my family and Great Dane granddog.