She received her master’s degrees in social work, as well as Public Policy, from the Ohio State University. Siema spent the first half of her
professional life practicing general dentistry then specializing and practicing as an Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist for about ten years. As a first-generation African immigrant from Sudan, Siema often struggled as a Black woman to find inclusive mental health care and longed for care that addressed her situation and traumas. She finally decided to change careers and started by immersing herself in opportunities advocating for underrepresented populations. Siema practiced for the last two years as a behavioral therapist with one of the largest LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS-serving organizations. Outside of work, Siema enjoys working out, hiking, travel, and watching crime shows on Netflix.