About Aretha



“You may never know what results comes from your actions. But if you do nothing – there will be no results.”  – Gandhi

These are the words I strive to live by so that my daughter and son can follow an example of someone who is strong in their faith and a risk taker.  My daughter is the mother of my only two grandchildren, works full-time as a school teacher, and attends college. My only son is now serving our country in the U.S. Navy- Family is everything to us. The hard-working and caring qualities I learned from my parents when I was a kid continues on through my children.



“Service to others is the rent we pay on earth” – Muhummad Ali

I held my first job as a senior year in high school, when I worked as an Assistant Secretary for the DeSoto County Commissioner’s office.  After my first two years of college, I entered bootcamp at the US Navy Recruit Training Center in Orlando, FL. I served on active duty as an Information Technician Specialist aboard the USNS John Lenthall and USS Yellowstone during Operation Desert Storm in the 90’s.  During my time on active duty, I started a business to make sure I would have an income for whenever I decided to leave the military.  I was honorably discharged in 1996, and shortly afterwards, I joined the US Naval Reserves. It was at this time I received the Presidential Recall back to active duty for two years in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and  Noble Eagle during the 9/11 attacks. I am proud to say that I am now retired after over 20 years of service on active duty and reserve.  Since my retirement, I have had the privilege of helping others start their businesses, starting nonprofits, and speaking nationwide to others about grant writing. I am also the author of five books including one about my recall to active duty during 9/11.

I would not trade my time in the military for anything and I would proudly serve my country all over again. The Navy gave me the opportunity to fight so that others could have freedom, justice, and equality.



“We don’t remember days, we remember moments.” -Cesare Pavese

Even though I am focused on my work everyday helping local and nationwide nonprofits start.  I never forget where I came from.  After growing up in a small, rural town in Florida,  I’ve since had the honor to speak to leaders on a local and national level. I’ve written and reviewed grants for HUD, United Way, the City of Orlando, and also helped hundreds of nonprofit organizations nationwide.  I’ve served on a Panel of CEO’s and Entrepreneurs to help the University of Phoenix develop a new Master’s Degree Program for Entrepreneurs. I know business, and I know when someone has  been left behind.


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