Regina’s early challenges with drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity and theft have become the cornerstone of her testimony and a “Ray of Hope” to the Hopeless. Having served 80 hours of community service and a six-month suspended driver’s license for a misdemeanor conviction at the age of sixteen has encouraged Regina’s volunteer services in local jails, prisons, juvenile detention centers and halfway houses across the state of Virginia and Ohio. Regina is an advocate and mentor for the returning citizen, those who have experienced incarceration and need a fresh start into society. She worked alongside author, speaker and radio host, Lisa Kratz Thomas who is a leading authority on prisoner re-entry and addiction recovery.
Regina is familiar with the “Troubles of Life” and she has learned firsthand that having “Faith” will see you through any obstacle.
Regina lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia and she is the Godmother of three amazing young adults, India, Ciera and Jada.
In addition to Regina’s advocacy for the returning citizen, she has changed the trajectory of countless children lives for the better forever through her nine years of employment with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Greater Fredericksburg, a one-to-one mentor organization that pairs mentors with mentees.
Regina was licensed to minister the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ in 2000. She received a Diploma in Pastoral and General Church Leadership in 2005 and a Certificate of Completion from the School of Biblical Evangelism in 2017.
Regina’s inspiring message of faith is simple, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7) . She hopes her books F.A.I.T.H. Forsaking All I Trust Him, F.A.I.T.H. Confessions, Faith Hope and Light – A Journal through Life’s Journey, Flawed and Still Favored – The Beauty and the Boss, and Put Some Faith In That Funk will strengthen, motivate, and encourage those who have lost hope to take a quantum leap of faith to do the impossible even when they are afraid.
Trauma Informed Care Trainer – help people realize the widespread impact of trauma and understand potential paths for recovery; recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system.
Anger Management Facilitator – provide skills to people with anger issues to reduce vulnerability of over-responses. This involves increased awareness of thoughts and beliefs that lead to strong responses and the ability to identify the physical sensations that accompany anger so that people can make sense of their behavior. In this way, they can avoid the negative consequences of inappropriate responses.
Restorative Circle – mediate an equal and voluntary, unbiased, non-judgmental, safe space for people in conflict to hear each other, seek self-responsibility and mutual understanding, and create a mutually-beneficial resolution. The resolution may address specific needs and root causes (underlying conflict dynamic). Anyone involved in a conflict can initiate a circle.
Regina’s journey by faith has increased her life-long learning. She has received numerous training certifications in Mental Health Youth First Aid, Nental Health Adult First Aid Instructor, Train the Trainer Trauma Informed Care, Anger Management, Restorative Circles, and Prepare and Enrich Facilitator. Regina received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Strayer University in 2011 and a Master in Education in 2015.