Trained as a scientist, Brown-Wade’s passion for youth has led her to educate youth in a number of traditional and non-traditional environments. She has successfully implemented a number of projects and programs in a variety of school settings including in classroom activities after-school programming. With over ten years of experience, her background in science positioned her to “reach and teach“ in many different community settings focused on at risk and under-served communities, on subjects such as gardening, environmental studies and health.
Brown-Wade has experience in working with a number of Chicagoland private and public school systems. She currently serves as a Master Gardner with the University of IL Extension and a child advocate for CASA Cook County. Shermaine has earned a Master in Public Health (MPH) from Benedictine University with certificates in health management / health policy and health education / health promotion and uses her BA in Biology and a BS in Chemistry to encourage an understanding of the health sciences. She also has earned a certificate in Health Information Technology with a focus in project management. Her maxim is “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a one changes their own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards them … I need not wait to see what others do.”