sheneika and her daughtersSheneika Elaine Smith has a real heart for Asheville, NC, and a vision for it’s potential. Born June 19, 1978, she is the middle daughter of the late Rev. Theodore L. Smith and the late Missionary Beverly Wells Smith. Smith was educated in the Asheville City School system, and graduated from Asheville High in 1996. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Winston-Salem State University.

After graduating from college, Smith worked in the communications field for several years until realizing she felt more gratification assisting adolescent males with behavioral and mental health challenges. After 12 years living in Winston-Salem, NC, she relocated to Charlotte, NC where she worked in a mental health treatment facility with at risk adolescents. Smith returned to Asheville after God called her home to develop her ministry to assist in the preservation of the African American interests and quality of life in her community.

Smith has two daughters, and is best known for organizing and producing “Asheville Sunday’s Best,” and for spearheading an initiative that encourages inclusion and empowerment of Black Asheville called “Date My City.”

She was ordained as a minister of the gospel in 2013.