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This St. Louis native, Zabrina "Lady ZMG" Grisby, is a graduate of Sumner High School, where she graduated Class Vice-President and Valedictorian. She attended Saint Louis University, and received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work & minored in African American studies. Upon graduation from SLU, she entered the work force, and worked for AmeriCorps, where she was chosen as a delegate for then President Clinton, President's Summit. After completing 2 years with AmeriCorps, she was offered a position as a Behavior Therapist with Hopewell Center with the St. Louis Caring Communities Program. Later she joined the St. Louis Crisis Nursery as a Family Support Counselor. During this time, Zabrina attended the University of Missouri St. Louis, and received a Master of Social Work degree. Zabrina was instrumental in locating the Crisis Nursery's 1st community outreach center, and after 7 years of employment and being promoted to Senior Family Support Director, Zabrina was offered a position with the 2nd largest school district in Missouri. She currently is an elementary school social worker, & in 2017 Zabrina was nominated & received the award as social worker of the year. In 2017 she was offered a position as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri St. Louis, where she teaches graduate social work students during the spring semester.


While attending St. Louis University, Zabrina was encouraged by Professor Barbara Woods to publish her works of poetry and stories, which Zabrina submitted for various assignments. Zabrina dismissed the thought as she was focused on earning her degree and entering the work force. During the summer of 2000, while contemplating getting a part-time job to supplement her income, Zabrina decided to publish her work. Thus, The Gifts of Love, Peace, & Wisdom was published in 2001 & in 2002 ZMG Books was founded where Zabrina serves as the CEO/Author. Later in 2002, her second book, Keepin' It Real was published. In December 2014, Zabrina finished writing her first original stage play, Under Construction. Under Construction debut was in St. Louis, MO on April 18, 2015, & the 2nd debut was in Centreville, IL on April 16, 2016. In January 2017 Zabrina launched a weekly LIVE FB segment titled E to the 4th poWEr, where the mission is to educate, empower, encourage, and entertain you the viewer. 


Zabrina served 3 years as Vice President for the Board of Directors for Family Resources & Community Connections Inc., she was a member of Saint Louis University Black Alumni Association, enjoys serving God at her local church, being a mother, traveling, spending time with family & friends, and relaxing. 


Her motto: Doing the best I can with what God has blessed me with.

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