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Shena began her career in the Richmond Commonwealth Attorney's Office in 1998. In 2001, Shena received the coveted honor of being recognized as one of "Richmond Virginia's Top Forty Under Forty." After an extremely successful career as a litigator, advancing to the position of Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, and practicing before the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in cooperation with Virginia's Project Exile as a Federal Prosecutor, Shena entered the private practice of law in 2002. Shena also served as an Executive Advisor to several corporate and government entities. Shena retired in 2016 from the practice of law having over 20 jury trials and NEVER having lost any and due to client demand, returned to the practice of law in 2018.
In 2000, Shena and her sister founded a non-profit organization that assisted emotionally, mentally, and behaviorally disturbed adolescent females. She also served as its' Corporate Counsel and Program Director. In 2003, Shena was asked to help a client further develop and grow their family business and she became a bail bonds woman. After one year, Shena opened her own bail bonding company, Dixon's Bonding, and became one of the leaders in the State of Virginia, in a male dominated profession. In 2006, she entered the world of real estate, mortgages and financial services. By 2008, Shena had co-developed and managed a 300+ multi-team office within the company's east coast division.
In 2008, Shena combined her legal and financial expertise and received the national designation of Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. With this experience, Shena provided financial analyst assistance to couples who were divorcing and wanted a fair and equitable resolution of the division of the marital property. In 2009, Shena became the third African-American woman to ever carry the honor of serving as Chief Magistrate for the 16th Judicial District, in the Commonwealth of Virginia, commanding nine jurisdictions and supervising eleven judicial officers.
Shena is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is a member of a number of professional organizations including the Virginia Bar Association. Shena earned her Bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her Juris Doctorate from T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, and her Certified Divorce Financial Analysis designation.
A professor since 1996 of numerous colleges and universities, Shena has always held a passion for educating and speaking. Over the past 20 years, Shena has successfully created, mentored and assisted in excess of 800,000+ small businesses, direct sales, network marketers and has assisted in the merger and acquisition of countless franchises. She has advised top government officials, rappers, music entertainers, and notable NBA, and NFL athletes on private business matters. She also has taught under privileged, special needs children and young adults how to turn their passions and hobbies into self-supporting businesses.
As a 1st Amendment Legal Freedom Health Educator, Shena has taken her experience of prosecuting members of the medical profession and shares important information with the public about FDA determinations and notifications regarding the medical industry, the food chain, and pharmaceutical market cautions. Shena is also an International Protocol Partner for a globally recognized team of naturopathic doctors, to include the author of "Dead Doctor's Don't Lie, Dr. Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND.
In addition to being a member of the Virginia State Bar, Shena has also held licenses in Real Estate, Insurance and Annuities, Property and Casualty, and Series 65, having represented several active money managers.
Shena is a homeschool mom, a Navy mom, an active participant for Girl Scout Troop 3327 in the Nation's Capital Region, and is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Shena's love to assist others in their pursuit of beauty began in 1994 when she became a Professional Make Up Artist after law school. Her love for makeup and people lead her to the esteemed position of Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics, and earning the use of four (4) corporate career cars. Shena also earns a prestigious monthly car allowance elite trips to Punta Canta and Mexico.
Her love for empowering women through makeup, and anti-aging weight loss, lead to her empower women through the worlds of pageantry, fitness, and wedding industries.
Shena's pageant accolades include, serving her community as Mrs. District of Columbia United States, 2017-18, placed top 15 at the National Mrs. United States Pageant, Orlando, Fl.; Mrs. Virginia United States, 2016-17, placed Top 15 at the National Mrs. United States Pageant, Las Vegas, Nevada. 1st runner-up in 2012, 2nd runner-up in the 2011 and 2013 of the Mrs. Virginia America Pageant, Ms. National Virginia 2014, Mrs. Dallas Texas 2015 of the Mrs. Texas America Pageant and has coached several pageant hopefuls to pageant fitness victories.
In 2017, Shena founded the Capital Area Pageant Organization (CAPO) and formed #TEAMCAPO to empower women to empower their communities. Shena's love for the sport of Pageantry lead her to becoming the Executive Director for the United States Pageant Organization - 2018 Team Virginia, and the Executive Director for the United States Pageant Organization - for the following National competing titles: Mrs. Nevada, Mrs. Connecticut, Mrs. Mid-Atlantic, Ms. Woman Georgia, Miss Vermont, Little Miss Nation's Capital, and Pre-Teen District of Columbia.
In 2018, Shena lead a court of #CAPOQueens to the following United States National Pageant victories:
Little Miss United States: 3rd Runner Up
Miss Pre-Teen United States: 1st Runner Up
Miss Teen United States: Top 10
Ms. United States: Top 10
Ms. Woman United States: Top 10
Mrs. United States: Top 10
Miss United States: National Winner
After her first year as an extremely successful state pageant director, Shena announced her retirement as the Executive Director of the Miss Virginia United States Pageant Organization.
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