A source of connecting with all women!
The mission of Sisters Impacting Sisters is to empower women and youths to fulfill their destiny and purpose. Our outreach will be to impact women across the US and British Virgin Islands territories; the Caribbean, the US Mainland nationally and globally.
Over fifteen (15) years, Sisters Impacting Sisters have held conferences that have helped over 3,000 women and youths to look beyond the mask. Each energetic and fulfilling event have been a benefit to participants in every area of life. We provide practical solutions; have consistently grown and encapsulate the true meaning of sisterho
Over fifteen (15) years, Sisters Impacting Sisters have held conferences that have helped over 3,000 women and youths to look beyond the mask. Each energetic and fulfilling event have been a benefit to participants in every area of life. We provide practical solutions; have consistently grown and encapsulate the true meaning of sisterhood. We are thankful to the helping hands in our amazing community!
Our amazing team is committed to helping others. We take our convictions and turn them into action. We seek to provide a safe place to share ideas, address issues concerning women, families and youths by presenting practical tools to renew and advance the lives of our members.
Dr. and Pastor Sharon Jackson-McDonald is a native Virgin Islander. Hailed from the island of St. Thomas, USVI, Dr. Sharon is the daughter of the late Hugo V. Jackson and Bernice Clendinen Petersen Jackson.
Dr. Sharon is a highly regarded as an Innovator of Positive Programs, Empowerment Speaker and Conference Host. As the Founder and President of Sisters Impacting Sisters and Sister-2-Sister International and Business Owner of Cakes Made with Passion, Dr. Sharon is one of the most inspiring leaders and personal growth development teachers of our time. A noted speaker, author, and mentor, she inspires individuals to live in purpose, embrace passion and achieve personal greatness through success to fulfill life and destiny.
In 2005, Dr. Sharon founded Sister 2 Sister, a global ministry for woman of all facets of life, to empower them to walk in their greatness and understand their identity, in spite of external factors, role in society and mediocre/ status quo living birthing to ignite an understanding of personal power that leads to personal shifts creating higher levels of achievement, productivity and purpose. Sister 2 Sister is one of the unique tools that is designed to empower the average person to say “Yes, I Can” and transition from dreaming to a doer of action; resulting “purpose discovery” to “purpose mastery”.
A passionate teacher and communicator, her messages capture the individual as well as to facilitate others to give birth to their purpose and to ignite an understanding of personal power that leads to personal shifts creating higher levels of achievement, productivity and purpose.
Dr. Sharon is an ordained minister and a preacher/teacher of the Gospel. She received a Bachelor of Science & Arts in Social Work from Clark Atlanta, a Master’s in Social Work Administration from Temple University, Philadelphia, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Friends International Christian University.. Dr. Sharon received additional training from the Kingdom International University, directed by Dr. Cindy M. Trimm from Prophetic Institute, in Boca Raton, Florida under the leadership of Prophetess Cynthia L. Thompson.
Dr. Sharon is a motivational and an anointed speaker. She has organized numerous conferences and seminars geared toward the edification of women. She has traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Argentina to minister the Word of God, a divine mission she welcomes whenever God permits. Dr. Sharon along with her husband was featured in “Jesus Way Magazine” in April 2008, a publication of the British Virgin Islands. She has been a guest on WSTA 1340AM, WVWI 1000AM radio stations in the Virgin Islands and has frequently been an invited guest appearing on daytime talk shows in a Virgin Islands and throughout the Caribbean.
Above all her accomplishments, Dr. Sharon believes being a wife and supporting her husband, Dr. and Pastor Gerald McDonald, in ministry along with raising her three Godly sons, Gerald II, David and Christopher is her topmost achievements.
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee".
Dr. Marilyn Braithwaite-Hall was born in Jamaica, West Indies. She grew up in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Boston Massachusetts. She holds a BA from Tufts University and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.
Dr. Braithwaite-Hall has served as Assistant Director of the African-American Center at Tufts University, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at MIT and Manager of the Federal Women’s Programs at the New England Region of the US Environmental Protection Agency. She has been an organizational development consultant within the areas of diversity, planning, program evaluation, skill enhancement and team effectiveness. After the hurricanes, she has become intensely focused on issues of emotional of our individual and communal well- being and emotional resiliency. Dr. Braithwaite-Hall completed her doctoral studies in Counselling Psychology at Northeastern University in 2011.
Dr. Marilyn’s area of clinical and personal interest center on the ways that spirituality and faith influence life choices and adaptive behaviors of persons of African descent. Her dissertation research was entitled: “Standing in the Need of Prayer- Beliefs about Depression and Treatment held Among African-American Christian Women”. Her clinical training has been in outpatient community based settings, the US Veterans Administration facilities and college counselling centers.
Dr. Marilyn recently completed a yearlong post-doctoral (2015-2016) fellowship at Georgia State University Counselling and Testing Center. She has always had an affinity for exploring the myriad issues that inform women’s lives and unfolding identities. In 2006, she co-authored a book chapter with Dr. Tracy Robinson-Wood entitled “Spirit Matters- Women, Spirituality and Clinical Contexts in the book “Women in Context: Diverse Women in Psychotherapy”. She has lead workshops and retreats on recovery from addiction, healing from abuse, embracing the whole person, marriage/relationship enhancement and growth through life changes. She desires to support others to heal from traumatic life experiences, facilitate their growth during life transitions, and increase their awareness and acceptance of psychological wellness and distress.
Dr. Marilyn brings an integrated perspective to counseling, personal coaching and psychoeducation efforts. Since living in the Virgin Islands, Dr. Marilyn has been a co-principal investigator on the interdisciplinary research team for the “Empowered Sisters Project” (ESP) an integrated risk reduction intervention for African Caribbean women experiencing Intimate Partner Violence in the US Virgin Islands housed directed by the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center at the University of the Virgin Islands. She has been past president of the Association of Virgin Island Psychologists (AVIP) and currently supports the education committee’s efforts of the association.
Additionally, Dr. Marilyn has been Advisor at Large to Sisters with Purpose at the University of the Virgin Islands, an initiative focusing on the experience of female students at UVI.
Dr. Marilyn is a vegetarian who strives to live a wholistic life that affirms culture and spirit. She enjoys creating peaceful interior living spaces that reflect color, culture and creativity. Dr. Braithwaite-Hall is married to Dr. David Hall, the 5th President of the University of the Virgin Islands. They have two daughters, Sakile and Kiamsha. She desires to live out God’s purpose for her life which is to be a source for information, inspiration, connection and healing.
Double Board-Certified Physician in Pediatrics and Bariatrics, Health Consultant, Wellness and Nutrition Coach, Health Minister, Author, Advocate, Teacher, Speaker
Yolanda Lewis-Ragland is a board-certified physician through both the American Academy of Pediatrics (diplomate since 2006) and the American Board of Obesity Medicine (diplomate since February 2015). Her work as a pediatrician and obesity expert in the community has been dedicated to the empowerment of families and individuals who are disenfranchised and under-represented.
Dr. Lewis-Ragland was born in Prince George’s County, MD. and resided in Northeast, D.C. as a young child, until her family relocated to Seattle, WA. where they still abide. After completing her undergraduate career (1992) in northern California at Santa Clara University, she traveled to Cape Verde, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer and Health Extensionist helping to advance the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Healthy People 2000 initiative. During her tour there, she successfully implemented core curriculum health education and nutrition programs for young women and children while promoting women’s wellness and preparedness.
In 1995, she returned to her original home of Washington, D.C. to train at Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM) because of its rich heritage and legacy of excellence and graduated with several honors in May, 1999. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics and Child Health at Howard University Hospital in September, 2003, and as a personal investor and firm believer in the revitalization of the District of Columbia, decidedly bought a home in Ward 8 of Southeast, D.C. where she and her family still reside.
Dr. Lewis-Ragland is an experienced physician who has worked in a variety of clinical and hospital settings throughout Maryland (Forestville), Virginia (Fort Belvoir), and the District of Columbia (Georgetown University and Sibley Memorial). As a Pediatrician, she is passionate about her work with her immediate community in Wards 7 and 8 and enjoys practicing part-time at the Mobile Health Program for Children’s National Medical Health System in Southeast DC, where she provides quality health services and resources for under-served and under-insured communities throughout the District. However, she is equally as passionate about community wellness, nutrition and the treatment and prevention of obesity which prompted her to seek certification as an obesity medicine specialist in 2015. As a Bariatrician, she formerly served as the Medical Director for the nationally recognized, medically-managed OptiFast Weight Loss Programs at the Women’s Wellness Center in Clinton, MD and DeCalo Medical Group for Weight Loss in Oxon Hill, MD and currently provides services as the Weight Loss Medical Director for Meridian Medical Associates and through her Concierge Weight Loss Program for private patients in the DMV.
As an advocate of global health, she has collaborated as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Cambodia and Thailand addressing HIV/AIDS among women and children, continues to mentor Peace Corps volunteers and network with return Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs) nationally and internationally, and travels annually with the American-Jamaican Link, Inc. (AJL), volunteering her medical services for poor families in rural parts of Jamaica and West Africa and the Healthy Encores Lifestyle Festival where she serves as the Medical Director, leading the medical team in providing an annual comprehensive health fair and educational seminar series.
Locally, Dr. Lewis-Ragland engages in many community programs and has served and currently serves on several advisory boards; Young Women’s HIV-AIDS Prevention Initiative for the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (addressing health disparities), Total Restoration For You (servicing female victims of domestic violence), Summit Health Institute Research and Education (SHIRE), Inc. (addressing obesity and nutritional adversities), Foster Care Shines, Inc. (non-profit organization services foster care children and their families in the DMV) and is an appointed board member of Still I Rise, Inc. (a non-profit transition program for women and children victims of domestic violence).
Sensitive to the changes in health trends in America and abroad, Dr. Lewis-Ragland began to focus her efforts on childhood and adolescent obesity in 2009 when she obtained instruction in the fundamentals of Personal Training through the National Association of Sports Medicine and became a fitness and nutrition coach, CEO and founder of Family Fitness and Wellness, LLC. She collaborated alongside physicians at the Obesity Institute for Children’s National Medical Center doing cutting-edge research and providing comprehensive specialty visits for complex and obese children and teens and has presented her research on child and adolescent obesity at several national conferences for The National Medical Association (Pediatric Section), Obesity Medical Association and the Department of Health for West Virginia.
Dr. Lewis-Ragland is a passionate and engaging speaker and has been featured on several television and radio talk shows like “The Awakening TV Talk Show” and “The Village Talk Radio Show.” She is featured monthly on the “Walking In Victory” Radio Show, and is featured annually on local television and radio shows in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands encouraging healthy living and offering obesity prevention tips while promoting the Healthy Encores Lifestyle Festival annual health fair which highlights Diabetes awareness and education. Dr. Lewis-Ragland has also been a featured speaker on The Diane Rehm Show which is a nationally syndicated talk show on National Public Radio (NPR) as part of an expert panel on the Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine and the recent Measles Outbreak in the US, and has spoken at live events for The Black Entertainment Television (BET) Foundation on fitness and nutrition for girls and for their Women’s Health Symposium on Chronic Diseases.
Dr. Lewis-Ragland is an eager and effective educator, who completed the George Washington University’s Master Teacher Leadership and Education Program and serves as an Assistant Professor for The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences for pediatric residents and physician assistant and medical students. She is involved in bridging the gap that exists in communities with little information and limited resources and enjoys speaking to children, adolescents and parents regarding various health issues with the purpose of arming individuals and their families with practical knowledge of health and wellness to transform their lives. She is committed to improving the health of her local and global community through education and through personal investment. She works diligently and strives to provide an example through her life and life experiences and welcomes each new challenge with joy and enthusiasm.
Pastor Teresita Harris is a certified Teacher, having earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She has completed extensive graduate studies in Modern Language Education also at Florida International University. Pastor Teresita Harris has taught Spanish as a second language at the high school level. She served as the advisor of the Bible Club at the St Croix Educational Complex for several years. After forty- four years of contribution to the educational systems in Belize, the Virgin Islands, and Florida, Teresita retired and resides in Miami, Florida.
In 1976 Pastor Teresita Harris gave her heart totally to the Lord and withdrew from her Catholic tradition embracing the full message of the gospel. Her transformation was so radical that within a few years God used her to touch and transform the lives of her parents and one of her sisters. This process of transforming lives has been an ongoing one for her over the years. She was mentored and trained for leadership by the pastoral leadership of the Assembly of God Church for a season.
In 1980 Teresita relocated to St. Croix US Virgin Islands and served in different capacities in the Frederiksted Assembly of God. She was especially active in the television ministry as part of the singing group ‘Ladies of Song’ under the direction of the pastor at the time, Rev. Malcolm Harris. She never stopped striving to improve herself for leadership and the understanding of the Word as she always felt consumed with a passion to know God in a deeper way. She has served pastorally for almost thirty years in both the US Virgin Islands and Florida alongside her husband who recently departed after a lengthy Illness.
For several years this servant of God received training from Ambassador Dr. Cindy Trimm through her Kingdom School of Ministry. She eventually became Rev. Teresita Harris in 1999 through her ordination by the Apostolic / Prophetic presbytery of Embassy Worship Center. This training for kingdom living, exercising ambassadorial rights and responsibilities of the Kingdom of God, totally transformed her life. Her experience as a kingdom citizen was particularly enhanced when she was given the privilege and responsibility to team pastor the Embassy Worship Center for two years between 2004 – 2006. Rev. Teresita was and continues to be sought out by women from different backgrounds for counsel and impartation. God has raised her up with a tremendous ministry of intercession, exhortation, edification, and comfort, especially to battered, disenfranchised women. She is a true matriarch within the Body of Christ.
Pastor Teresita, as she is known by many, is also a remarkable worshiper. Her anointing for strategic prayer and spiritual warfare is one of her greatest assets in ministry. She is now the founder and host of a weekly global conference prayer line where people from all over call in for teaching of the Word and prayer. She has also been called on to minister outside of her church community especially to women in different settings. Currently she devotes her Sunday afternoons to minister to the elderly patients at the Homestead Manor as a part of a ministry team.
All in all, Rev. Teresita has come a long way in her service to God, but her journey is really only now beginning. Her passion for God’s people and the work of the ministry is unstoppable. She hopes to continue building up the kingdom of God in the lives of all to whom God will send her. She is always willing to “reach forward to those things which are ahead, pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14). She Is presently a board member and lecturer with Kingdom Citizens Bible School.
"It's Time to get Fit and get Moving!”, says certified personal trainer, Annette Nicholson. Annette has a life-long passion for fitness and is one of the top fitness experts on St. Thomas, VI. She has made a commitment to lead the way by producing a fitness video called, Seniors Sweatin' in the VI featuring low-impact aerobic exercises beneficial to just about anyone.
Annette have known and appreciated the benefits of exercise and knows that exercising reduces the risk of heart attacks and cancer. It also helps to keep her weight under control, reduces stress, tension and so much more.
In high school, Annette discovered how exercise made her body strong. She participated in various sports and performed quite well. As she grew older the benefits of exercising became even more revealing. Annette conducts regular exercising classes for persons of all ages up to clients being over the age of eighty (80). Clients have testified to her exercise regimen by stating that they have more energy; have lost weight and have become stronger. Several have even stated that her classes saved their lives. It is because of the positive results of her client, that Annette can say "this is what I was born to do". As a young senior at 66 years, Annette was born in Louisiana and served in the United States Military for four years. She holds various degrees in Criminal Justice and Biblical Studies.
Annette's has won second place in the 1990 VII Corps and European Powerlifting Championships in the 165-pound weights class and has earned several fitness certifications as follows:
· Eurobics B.E.S.T. Inc in Frankfurt Germany (1991)
· Advanced Instructor Certification in step Reebox Intro/Circuit (1992)
· National Dance Exercise Instructor's Training Association (NDEITA) for Special Populations (1996) and Primary Aerobic Certification (1998)
· The School of Fitness and Nutrition Program Course Series (1996)
· Personal Training and Strength Training Certification (1996) from Aerobic Pipeline International
Annette relocated to St. Thomas, VI in 1995 and was a health and physical education teacher at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School for 8 years.
In 2006, she decided to become a full-time personal trainer and aerobics instructor; she is the proud owner of COMMIT TO FIT. Annette's love for the well-being of all people is genuine.
Miriam V. Osborne Elliott has dedicated her professional life to the arena of higher education, student development, and community involvement. For more than 20 years Ms. Osborne Elliott has been instrumental in conceptualizing and implementing programs and policies which have ultimately contributed to capacity building and systematization of operations. She holds two degrees from Howard University, a B.A. from the College of Arts and Science and an M.Ed from the Graduate School of Education. In 2004, she received her certificate in Management Development Program from Harvard University’s HIHE program. She is currently pursuing and will receive her Ph.D. in Organization Leadership at Eastern University.
Ms. Osborne Elliott joined the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) in October 2013. She currently serves as an executive board member for the AFSCME and National Tutoring Association. Prior to joining UMD, Ms. Osborne-Elliott worked at the University of the Virgin Islands and served as the Dean of Students, Project Director for the College Access Challenge Grant Program, Assistant Director for the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, and Counseling and Placement Center’s Supervisor in St. Croix, USVI. Her proven commitment to students and meticulous work ethic afforded her the opportunity to also serve the University as Acting Associate Chancellor during a period of institutional transition.
“Ms. MOE”, as she I affectionately referred to, is one of the founding chapter advisors for the St. Croix Chapter for the Golden Key International Honour Society. She has also served on several university committees and task forces. Some of these included the Self Study Committee for Student Services for Accreditation, the Early Admission Committee and Personnel Review Committee, chair of the University’s Scholarship Committee, chair of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and as Co-Chair for the Student Services Subcommittee for Student Retention Task Force. She was elected as the administrative staff representative to the Staff Council and the served as the staff representative to the 2008 Presidential search committee. She also started the first Peer Counselors Training Program on St. Croix and developed the framework for the first Learning Assistant Program on the St. Croix Campus. She has also served her community as a board member and member of several organizations such as the League of Women Voters.
Prior to her recruitment to UVI, she was employed at Howard University where she had the distinct pleasure of working her way up through the ranks in the Division of Student Affairs from Resident Assistant, to hold the position of Residence Director. During her graduate years she expanded her work experiences at George Washington University’s Multicultural Student Service Center.
Miriam Osborne Elliott is proud graduate of the Charlotte Amalie High School outstanding class of 1984 and has been married to her thoughtful and caring husband, Lefty O. Elliott for 24 years. Together they have one gorgeous and brilliant daughter, Eladia Marie Elliott who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science at UMD. They all attend the Rainbow Family Christian Center in Silver Spring, Maryland and previously attended and served at the Maranatha Ambassadors Worship Center in St. Croix, USVI.
One of her favorite mottos in life is “If to thine own self thou art true, then to another thou canst never be false.” She also loves to sing, read and laugh out loud. Miriam is also the author of the book The Price of Promotion.
Born in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Ana Jimenez graduated from the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School in 1991. One year later, Ana joined the VI Police Department (VIPD) at the age of 19.
After 20 years of dedicated service, Ana retired in 2012 with the rank of Police Sergeant. The passion for service lead Ana, to return to college at Liberty University and complete several degrees. Ana first obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Christian Counseling and a Maters of Arts degree in Human Services Counseling with a concentration in Life Coaching.
During this period, Ana completed an internship at the Family Resource Center (FRC) and at the end of this term, was asked by management to join the FRC family. Ana proudly works at the FRC as a Bilingual Counselor, since 2016.
Ana works with the community in addressing crisis management which can be overwhelming at times, as it hurts her to see how much pain and dysfunction exists in this territory. Ana's hope for the future is that she can be a blessing to women and families in crisis. She desires to be a part of encouraging families faced with adversity and are not destroyed by life's hardship.
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