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
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.