Valerie Gardner-Smith:

Survivor and Founder

Valerie is a survivor and living testimony to overcoming life’s circumstances! She is a dedicated member of our church’s community and also serves as one of our administrative assistants. Valerie appreciates the family-style atmosphere at Trinity Gardens. “Although we are considered to be some what of a mega church, we are close-knit, and our Pastor enjoys interacting with the members.” Valerie also values that our church accepts everyone as they are; being themselves, without judgment.

Valerie draws daily inspiration from Jesus and the fact that he died so that we could live. It is the motivation for her motto: “Live to Live”; and, with a positive spirit, she has been able to turn some of life’s devastating defeats into triumphs. She is a colon cancer survivor; has earned a masters degree after being declared legally blind; and, because of these incredible achievements, created a non-profit organization, Crusaders for Colon Cancer, Inc.

Founding a non-profit and becoming a living example of claiming victory has given Valerie the platform to share her survival story during many speaking engagements, including the following events: 15th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration – Compassionate Touch/Lifeline Chaplaincy Women’s Equality Day Program – U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Featured Guest on Majic 102.1’s Sunday Morning Live Program & KPFT 90.1 Radio Talk Show National Cancer Survivors Day – Kelsey-Seybold The 86th Sovereign Grand Assembly – Lilies of the Valley, Chapter 210 Women’s Christian Conference – West Point Missionary Baptist Church Breast Cancer Awareness Month Presenter – Mount Olive Baptist Church

Valerie enjoys spending time with her family. She has been married to the love of her life, Winslor, for 24 years and they enjoy the company of their grandkids. Valerie is also an avid skydiver and has a tendency to tell corny jokes (although she often wonders why she is the only one laughing)! 
 
On a more serious note, Valerie had the opportunity speak with Comcast Newsmakers during an interview about why colon cancer screenings are important. Watch it here!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Regenia Washington-redmon

Regenia Washington-Redmon, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, AOCNP®, is an Oncology Clinical Education Coordinator for Genentech, Inc. in the North Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and North Louisiana territories. She is an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Oncology Nursing Society Chemotherapy and Biotherapy provider course instructor. Mrs. Washington-Redmon began her nursing career as an oncology staff/charge nurse working with gastrointestinal, thoracic, and head and neck medical/surgical oncology patients and as nurse practitioner in the department of G.I. Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Her transition to the biotechnology industry began as a hospital clinical specialist at Hoffman La Roche.   She joined Amgen as an Oncology Clinical Specialist and later returned to clinical practice, assuming the role of Oncology Clinical Educator/nurse practitioner for the Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics.
 
Mrs. Washington-Redmon is a member of the National and Greater East Texas chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, and she frequently volunteers with the American Cancer Society.  Her passion is educating peers and her community on colorectal and other solid-tumor cancers with her focus being on prevention and early detection.  Her desire to educate others on colorectal and related cancers stems from a long family history colon cancer including her beloved father, grandfather, as well as a host of aunts, uncles, and extended family members dating back three generations.  
 
Mrs. Washington-Redmon earned a Master of Science in nursing degree from Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas and board certification as a family nurse practitioner.  
 

 

 

JACQUELYN HOPKINS

community outreach coordinator

 

Jacquelyn is an educator of 12 years in the public school setting k-12; she has taught for five years and was a campus principal for 6. In her current role as a central office administrator, Program Administrator in the Division of Interventions and Accountability, she is responsible for implementing and monitoring intervention strategies to retain students in school. In addition to the public school setting, she is an adjunct professor at a community college in Northeast Harris County.

As a district administrator, she conducted several professional development workshops for teachers and campus leaders. She has spoken at Region IV’s first Summer Institute for educators from around the Houston corridor as well as being a keynote speaker in Oklahoma City for a ladies’ retreat.

Jacquelyn earned her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Houston-Downtown, a Masters of Education from Prairie View A&M University and is currently All But Dissertation (ABD) from her doctorate degree from Walden University.

With these cumulative education and professional attainments, she wants to become more actively involved in community services. Although she has participated in community events like cancer walks with Sister To Sister, Avon, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and have helped the Houston Food Bank, there is still much work to do. Since she has the experience of coordinating major events like community health fairs, she feels now is the time to extend her talents with Crusaders for Colon Cancer as the Community Outreach Coordinator.