Trina Sherice Jiles
Owner of Gritz Café
Trina Sherice Jiles is a Las Vegas native. Her formal education was obtained through the public school system of Clark County School District and ultimately graduated from Valley High School in 1990. She obtained her Associate Degree in Business Management.
Trina had big dreams of becoming a model. She participated in the Ms. Nevada USA pageants in 1995 and 1997. She was awarded Ms. Congeniality in the 1997 pageant, an honor voted on by her peers for the most helpful and personable competitor.
In January 1996 at the age of 22, Trina became the first African American female firefighter for the Clark County Fire Department. She continued to blaze the trails by first becoming a Fire Fighter Paramedic, onto a Fire Service Instructor and ultimately retired as the first African American female Fire Investigator in the State of Nevada in February 2017, after serving her community for 21 years.
In January 2008, Trina opened a restaurant in the heart of the Historical Westside community, Gritz Cafe. She burned the candle at both ends as a firefighter and restauranteur. Gritz Cafe quickly became the community's favorite soul food spot and has established a reputation for great food, excellent customer service with a hint of Southern Hospitality from Nevada to the East Coast. Trina has received numerous awards for her contribution to the community at the State and local level for the success of Gritz Café. She is a proud member of the Urban Chamber of Commerce and American Business Women’s Association.
In honor of her brother, Pierre Chaney, who was murdered in 2006, Trina established the G.R.I.T.S. Fund. The acronym G.R.I.T.S. stands for: Guiding our youth, Restoring community pride, Involving the people, Trust in Law Enforcement, and Safety for all. The funds are donated to families in need of reward money for unsolved homicides, as well as burial expenses.
Trina’s motto is “All that I am, I owe. I live eternally in the red.” Her faith in God and her desire to give back to her community stems from the Legacy of her mother, Willia Mae Chaney.