Monica Jackson is a contributing columnist. She shares a message for you to ponder as she receives from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Monica Elizabeth Jackson was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 6, 1982 to Frances M. Jackson and Rev. Anthony W. Lloyd, Sr. (Pastor of the Our Shepherd MBC in Detroit). She was educated through the Metropolitan Detroit Catholic Archdiocese Schools System. In 2000, she graduated from Mercy High School a College Preparatory School for girls in Farmington Hills, MI.
Monica was baptized at the age of 6, at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Late Dr. James E. Moss. While at Springhill, she was actively involved in the choir and youth usher board. In 1992, she joined the Fine Arts Fellowship Union of the National Convention of Gospel Choirs & Choruses (NCGCC), under the direction of the Late Dorothy Mae Grant. Monica has actively participated in Fine Arts and served as president of the Youth and Young Adult Department (YYA) for four years (1996-2000). At the NCGCC, she has served on the YYA Board for over 10 years. She currently serves at the National YYA Chief Planning Officer.
After completing high school, Monica attended Dillard University, a private Historically Black College in New Orleans, Louisiana. At Dillard, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She served as President of the Kenneth B. Clark Psychology Club in 2003 — 2004. Ms. Jackson was also involved in several other organizations, which include Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Psi Chi National Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, NAACP, National Council for Negro Women, and the Nu Vizion Gospel Choir. Monica graduated from Dillard in 2004, Magnum Cum Laude.
She began pursuing her Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern University of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While at Southern she worked as a Counselor for Women’s Community Rehabilitation Center (WCRC). She actively participated in the Chi Sigma Iota National Honor Society and Southern University Student Association of Rehabilitation. In addition, she interned with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. Monica graduated from Southern in 2007. She is currently working to publish her Master Thesis entitled, The Affects of Vocational Rehabilitation on Persons with Mental Illness.
In December of 2007, Monica relocated to Houston, Texas to accept a position with the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services where she is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. She currently attends Walden University, pursuing doctoral studies in Human Service with a concentration in Administration with hopes to complete in 2012.
Monica enjoys reading, writing, singing and serving the community. She now is a member of Beacon Light of Houston, where she sings in the Voices of Light. In addition, Monica teaches the young adult Sunday School Class. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Monica believes that it is because of her faith in God that she has accomplished much in a diminutive amount of time. Her favorite quote is, “If you want to conduct an orchestra you have to turn your back away from the crowd!” (Dr. Leonard Moore).
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