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Greetings to all my Black Planet Family.
I am here to establish new relationships in business and for networking opportunities.
I am affectionately known as “Diva”, was born and raised in the city of Chester. Upon graduation from Chester High School in 1982, I proudly served in the United States Army for 12 years. Prior to being honorably discharged from the Army in 1994, I received numerous prestigious awards, promotions and my assignments included South Carolina, Maryland, Washington DC, and abroad in Korea and Italy. While in the military I attended the University of Maryland state-side & overseas campuses and Old Dominion University’s Paralegal Certification program located in Virginia. After graduation, I walked out on faith and became a business owner of a Self-Help Legal Document Clinic located in Maryland.
In 1998 I returned back to my roots and opened a Black Art Gallery and a women’s clothing stored called Diva’s Boutique in Chester, where I was an absentee business owner up until 2004. In 2000, while working full-time as a corporate paralegal and a absentee business owner, I found my true passion and founded Coalition of Hope Offering Inner-City Empowerment Services, Inc. ("CHOICES"), a 501 (c) 3, non-profit charitable organization, which I have successfully operated since its inception. CHOICES’ conducts several youth empowerment initiatives throughout the year but my two (2) signature projects are the 1) Million-Minded Youth Entrepreneur and Financial Literacy Program and 2) the Miss Chester Pageants’.
In May 2008 I received a Proclamation from the Mayor of Chester and City Council. Mayor Wendell Butler has provided several letters of support to CHOICES stating that "The Miss Chester Pageants is the type of event that exemplifies what can happen when caring adults give youth the opportunity to express their finest qualities, cultivate their own growth as well as the city’s, and prepare for their future."
Professional memberships and affiliations include: Order of Eastern Stars, Leah Chapter #27 and Cub Scout Master, Cradle of Liberty District
I enjoy attending church, shopping, eating crabs, reading motivational or financial books, amusement parks (roller coasters), concerts, plays, traveling, dinner clubs, hosting ladies night-out, empowerment seminars and networking functions.
"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me" Philippians 4:13.
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