Sheila the Activist

Sheila has spent a lifetime of community involvement in actively promoting social justice issues. In the early 1970s she was a member of the National Organization for Women and worked tirelessly as a volunteer in support of the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment which was ultimately defeated.

She also served as a volunteer treasurer for Planned Parenthood in Columbia and in that same capacity for the Advocates for Women on Boards and Commissions. She was a volunteer for the Sickle Cell Foundation in South Carolina.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Sheila began her work for the LGBTQ community by serving on the boards of Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services in Columbia and the AIDS Benefit Foundation of South Carolina where she was President for one term. She was a co-founder in 1993 of the South Carolina Gay and Lesbian Business Guild and served as its first President and has remained involved with that organization in various roles for the past twenty-four years. She was given the Founders’ Award and various other awards by the Guild during that time.

On the national level Sheila served on the board of directors for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and was recognized by the Human Rights Campaign with its prestigious Community Service Award for her pioneering work for the LGBTQ community in South Carolina.