Dr. Sheila Adams graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and received her ROTC commission from Western Michigan University in 1991. She earned her Master of Social Work Degree in Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1992 and a Doctor of Philosophy from University of Texas at Austin in 2002.
Dr. Adams retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2016 after serving 28 years of service. As a Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Adams served in a number of clinical and leadership positions in the US and abroad. She served as a Chief or Deputy Chief of Social Work and/or Behavioral Health in most of her assignments.
Dr. Adams is a Board-Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and holds a LCSW from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Her first professional job, prior to the military, she was a Family & Child Psychotherapist at Worcester Youth Guidance Center. During her military service she specialized in Family Advocacy (spouse/child abuse), Sexual Assault and Behavioral Health. She spent many years working in military hospitals, in academic instructor/professor positions, conducting research and in special leadership assignments. Dr. Adams has been consulted on Medical Command and Congressional level initiatives involving sexual assault, family violence, deployment related behavioral health issues, Human trafficking and immigration issues. She has published multiple peer review articles and presented at numerous behavioral health conferences.
She served her country in the middle east in support of the Global War on terrorism and have received numerous medals, including the Parachute Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, numerous Meritorious Service Medals and the Legion of Merit. Dr. Adams has completed many leadership training courses and is a recognized and respected leader and expert in her field study.
Over the years Dr. Adams has been a dedicated volunteer at a number of agencies, assisting in improving social injustices such as, i.e. homelessness, hunger, poverty, abuse, racial inequality, human trafficking and immigration. Dr. Adams served on the Executive Board for Center for Refugee Services from 2016-2019. During her tenure she served as Board Secretary and was the Chairperson of the Fundraising Committee 2018 & 2019. Today, Dr. Adams is an entrepreneur and is the proud owner of Kai-Simone Winery located in the Texas Hill Country outside of San Antonio https://kaisimonewinery.com
Dr. Adams has been married for over 25 years to Donald Adams and they have two beautiful young adult girls (Jasmine & Leah).