TeShundrea Frederick
Candidate for ASN, Northwestern State University

TeShundrea "Shea" Frederick is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. At the age of 31 years old, Shea has been with her husband, Vernon for 11 years. They have two children: an eight-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son. Shea is a graduate of Louisiana State University Shreveport and is a certified health education specialist. She is currently in her senior year of nursing school at Northwestern State University's College of Nursing and Allied Health. Shea is pursuing a career as a nurse midwife to reduce and eliminate infant and maternal mortality rates in women of color. Shea is a trained doula and focused on doing the work now. More importantly, Shea understands that there must be a complete shift in the way we view and think about our current health crisis concerning women of color. In addition to becoming a nurse midwife, Shea plans to become an expert in birthing and childbirth education, speak at educational and training events for moms, and become published for research relating to maternal and infant mortality.

Shea always possessed strong leadership skills and was involved in the community. While holding numerous board positions, Shea continued to excel in her previous career in hospice. Shea holds a certification as a certified health education specialist. While in school, Shea is the current Student Nurses Association President, Secretary for the Beat Chi chapter of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau International, Region 1 Director for the Louisiana Association of Student Nurses (state position), student communications chair for Shreveport Blacks Nurses Association, and she was recognized and awarded as an Outstanding Nursing Student for 2019-2010. Shea plans to use her education, past experiences and entrepreneurial knowledge to make a difference.

When she is not working to make her dreams come true, Shea can be found strengthening social relationships. Over the years, she has learned the importance of having a village that surrounds you with love, encouragement and support especially while navigating the world as a strong and empowered millennial woman of color.

Shea enjoys self-help books, women empowerment and educational podcasts, traveling, enjoying new food experiences and listening to music. As a talented baker and chef, she is often found in the kitchen cooking for family and friends. She understands the importance of family meals and how food brings people together. Food is love and love is food!