ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant/Non-Commissioned Officer for 8 years and in the Desert Storm/Desert Shield Persian Gulf War 1990-1991. I was proud to earn these medals. United States Service Ribbon for Service in the Persian Gulf/Desert Storm War/ National Defense Service Medal/Southwest Asia Service Medal/Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal.
I then attended Grand Valley State University where I studied Psychology and earned a Bachelors degree in 1996. I have training in the paralegal field, fashion merchandising, real estate, social work, entrepreneurial and business. In 1999 I founded Stepeze Inc. a non-profit youth development organization that serves the at-risk youth in the community.
My core expertise includes a strong background in development of grass-roots organizations, community development, para-legal, social work, military leadership, prophetic and intercessory prayer ministry, and operating and managing youth organizations and programs. Organization leadership, nonprofit management and operation, program management, social services, community outreach, entrepreneurship, leadership and program development. Event planning, team building, motivational speaking, coaching, volunteer management, teaching, workshop facilitation, instructor, public relations, customer service, career counseling, staff development, community development, social networking, social media, writing, research, Microsoft office, networking, business development, singing and mentoring.
In my personal time, I enjoy family life, technology, reading, ministry, swimming, nature, traveling, networking and multi-cultural activities and events.
I am a disabled Gulf War veteran that is a strong advocate for veterans and especially the women veteran population. I the Founder and the President of Michigan Women Veterans Empowerment a faith based non-profit organization that empowers women veterans, service members and their families. I have completed my first book "Battling the Storm Within" about my military and life experiences. I am also a powerful inspirational speaker that is gifted with the ability to empower others and invoke change in the mind of the audience. I am a licensed and ordained minister in the Christian Faith and a strong intercessor and have my own Intercessory Prayer Ministry since 2010 on Facebook called "Breakthrough to Freedom" . I pray the Word of God and go forth in Spiritual Warfare and intercessory prayer for one hour every Wednesday night. I believe that change happens in the mind and in the spiritual realm first so a strong prayer life is essential. So if you want change then make it happen is my motto! Peace and blessings to all.
Respectfully, Sgt. Stephanie J. Shannon