Sheree Taylor is the Founder of Taylor Consulting Solutions, LLC.
Her experience includes working as the Assistant Director/Childcare Coordinator of Help Me Grow Alabama. She has over 10 years of experience in educational outreach in Nutrition, early care education and chronic disease management. Sheree has served on several coalitions at the grassroots level while managing grant dollars to enhance the quality of life of Alabamians on health initiatives during her time with Auburn University. Sheree has served as a Regional director over several counties for equitable neighborhood initiatives in Alabama.
Sheree holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition & Foods from Jacksonville State University and a Masters of Adult Education from Auburn University. Sheree is a certified Senior Diabetes educator/facilitator from the University of Chicago in Illinois). She holds several certifications in the areas of Sports Nutrition, Extension, and Nutrition and Wellness. Through her experiences, she has gained knowledge in assisting communities in reaching their goals through building partnerships, curriculum development, developing publications and articles for academia, promoting family, and community engagement using strategic planning and professional development.
Sheree enjoys watching football, crafting and most of all spending time with her family and friends making memories. Sheree has served her community volunteering with youth sports organizations as a board member and she is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. A service to all mankind.
The 4A’s Sisters Club 2023 Grand Marshal at our 2nd Annual End Lupus Walk May 27th 9am Girard Park Lafayette, La. Alzina Burrell Dural is Lupus Warrior here in our city. A go get her, never stop, keep moving, Community Activist in the State of Louisiana. Lupus since 2011, Retired with LCG, Owner of Season the Green Leaf Sits on many Local, City and State Boards. A daughter, wife, sister mother, aunt, friend, etc. PS-Community Activist. Show your ! We thank you for all you do for others.
Proud native of Lafayette Louisiana. Born to the Benoit and Morgan family but was raised by his Grandparents, Doris Benoit and Connie Bellow Cormier. Although they didn’t come from a lot, they always had love and joy in their home. As a young person, Donavon was baptized and confirmed at Our Lady Queen of Peace where he briefly taught communion student as he was preparing for high school graduation.
Upon graduating from Lafayette High School, he was privileged to get accepted to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. While there, he worked as a Banker for Bank of America in order to assist his Grandparents with college expenses. During college he also added a part-time job to his schedule which landed him with food service opportunities working all across the country including New Jersey, New York, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. While in school, unfortunately Donavon grandfather passed unexpectedly shortly before he graduated but was blessed that his grandmother and rest of family were present.
Upon graduating from Lafayette High School, he was privileged to get accepted to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. While there, he worked as a Banker for Bank of America in order to assist his Grandparents with college expenses. During college he also added a part-time job to his schedule which landed him with food service opportunities working all across the country including New Jersey, New York, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. While in school, unfortunately Donavon grandfather passed unexpectedly shortly before he graduated but was blessed that his grandmother and rest of family were present. During his career in Food/Facilities Services he has been blessed to work for several notable corporations including ARAMARK, IBM, Bank of America, Crothall, Baton Rouge General and Currently Capitol City Produce. His journey would not have been possible without the “Village” that raised him thru Church, Home, and School. Although he has much further path ahead to prepare for, he’s very grateful for path he’s been given. Life isn’t possible without support – the support that provided for him during his matriculation leading to now adulthood. In the future, he hopes to further his education in Law and continue to serve his great fraternity of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc along with other service organizations that he donated his time to. He looks forward to talking more in dept this week…Be blessed and continue to uplift one a another.
Born and raised in Carencro, Louisiana. She attended Carencro High School and relocated to Lafayette in 1988. She attended USL and LSU E before transitioning to Southwest Paralegal College where she received her Certification as a Paralegal. Michelle has 10 years experience in the legal field an offers 20 years in Human Resources, she has been in public relations for a total of 40 years. Michelle is a Certified Fitness Instructor for at least 30 years. She began teaching “Step Aerobics” for the City of Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department around the early 90’s. In 2014 she became a Certified Instructor for Curobiks under Cupid’s umbrella. Michelle is the Owner and CEO for Michelle Jolie, Licensed Florist Experience Event Planner. She’s also the Owner and CEO of “Something Sweet” homemade sweet dough pies, where they are currently in three stores in the Lafayette area: K & G on the Geaux in Billy’s, Chevron by Lowe’s and Guidroz She is a Member of Women of Wisdom (WOW) and the Chairperson for the CAFE (Community and Family Engagement) at Lafayette Middle School. She’s also a Member of KOP (Krewe of Pyros) in Washington DC. Her hobbies are: working out, crafting and landscaping.
GM ! 4-A Sister Club Non-profit organization here in Lafayette, Louisiana would like to spotlight our Lupus Warrior of the week. Meet Evangelist Crystal D Bell, if she could think back about her first undiagnosed symptom of lupus, it would be June 2013; she was awakened during the night with this horrible itch all over her body, for nearly two weeks, all she did was soak in oatmeal baths and using any and every home remedy or regiment that was suggested to her. Growing up as a young kid with chronic asthma she felt the need to mention that to her doctor so he instantly diagnosed her with asthma of the skin lol little did he know.
Well, she was told use this and use that, don’t use this and don’t use that; she was miserable! For years her calves were so beautiful and toned from wearing heels everyday to work and stilettos to sing and shout in ( I’m an Evangelist in the ministry and been singing since age 11) but, at one point she would scratch her legs so much until they would bleed and swell.
Fast forward to 2014, one week before what once was the biggest day of her life, she developed a dark ring on her arm and a rash across the bridge of her nose and across both cheeks.
Crystal was like OH MY GOD! The dress was sleeveless so what was I suppose to do with this she said, I couldn’t walk down the aisle with what seemed to be a big black ashy ring on my arm.
She called the best seamstress in the world, (she was a life saver.
Showed the gown to Ms Delores Darby and simply showed her the unwelcomed bruise on her arm well, needless to say, no one ever knew about the bruise. Even though she fixed the issue with her arm, not even makeup could cover the rash on her face.
As time passed her body was being invaded by something foreign; hair began thinning, joints would ache like crazy and constant doctor visits from being so tired all the time. She stopped wearing perfumes and lotions because thought it would cause her to itch as well.
Constant fatigue plagued her body, pain in joints and her skin darkened to the point where even in the hot and humid Louisiana weather, wore long sleeved shirts and pants daily to cover up the discoloration to avoid the stares of people.
In 2018 after all the test, she was finally diagnosed with LUPUS, didn’t want to believe it there it was in plain BLACK & WHITE! This has been a long tedious journey but she so blessed to have the best family support; parents, kids and grandkids along with her fiancée, aunts & cousins and friends also the best medical support team ever.
Meet this weeks 4-A Sister Club Spot Light of the Week! A Fighting Lupus Warrior. Sarah Adeline Stubbss, who is 32 years old and live in Broussard, La. Sarah is very thankful of her mother being proactive with her in her health care; she went to all her doctor appointments with her.
Her family physician noted her thyroid was in hyper state, which lead Sarah to see many other doctors, with thyroid scans, it was noted her thyroid was inflamed. At that time her ANA panel was negative.
After being on medication for her thyroid, Sarah was still having chronic fatigue along with many other symptoms, then she developed gall stones and had to have her gallbladder removed, the surgeon said her gallbladder was very inflamed. At this time, her ANA profile became positive. After seeing several other specialists, in the Lafayette area, without feeling better, Sarah was told about the Mayo Clinic. Sarah began researching and discovered that the Baton Rouge Clinic had become affiliated with the Mayo Clinic. Sarah has a team of doctors consisting of a Neurologist, Dermatologist, Rheumatologist, and Endocrinologist working together!
She now has all her health issues under control, Sarah loves doctors, and highly recommend this clinic for quality care!
4-A Sisters Club would like to Spot Light one of Lafayette’s Lupus Warrior: Her name is DaShonda Tyler, from Lafayette LA. A mother of 3 kids (Destinee 22, Dontrayl 20, & Jalen 15). AFTER 3 YEARS OF GASTROENTEROLOGIST, NEUROLOGIST, ENDOCRINOLOGIST, PULMONOLOGIST, HEMATOLOGIST, & CARDIOLOGIST visits she began thinking that maybe all this was her head🤦🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️.
Finally her primary doctor said “DASHONDA” this not in your head, u are kinda crazy but, she knew something was going on😩🤣🤣. She then said let’s get you to a rheumatologist (Dr. Yeturi is by far the best💜). It just took for that ONE dr to go the extra mile when it came to having test ran. On 5-24-2019 her ANA came back positive & she cried bc she knew that her life what have known for years would now change & bc she finally knew what was wrong with her. She have gone thru SOOOO many changes in her life dealing with this & the ONLY ppl that can relate are people that share the same illness bc some of her family/friends think it’s for attention or they feel like u was just fine now your hurting 😏😏…her advice to anyone is that only YOU know your body & when something isn’t right so you have to PUSH your doctors to do the test.
Don’t let lupus define who you are, KEEP PUSHING, FIGHTING, & LIVING.
Ms. Alexandria Hall is a resident of Pearland, Texas with southern roots from Lafayette, Louisiana and Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from Prairie View A&M University in December 2017 where she obtained a bachelor’s degree of Science, Registered Nurse. Alexandria specialty is in PCU (Progressive care unit-step down ICU). Her hobbies include traveling as she’s accustomed to all her life as a military dependent, socializing, and reading a good book. Alexandria is currently working as a travel nurse in Dallas, Texas.
Shanail Monick is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, Amazon Bestseller Author, speaker, and remarkable life and health coach. She is committed to seeing people live an become a better version of themselves while attaining the highest level of optimum health possible. A Lupus survivor, she is the founder of the organization FIGHT4LUPUS, which brings awareness to the chronic illness and seeks for cure. Shanail is a part of many organizations and remains an active contributor.
Shanail has been featured in numerous magazines including the new “South TM magazine,”ACHI Magazine’s December 2019, issue of Mother & Daughter Entrepreneurs along with her daughter Tyresha Baine. Shanail is a widely sought-after speaker who has spoken across multiple platforms and events. She finds every aspect of her job to be incredible rewarding. Likewise, she is one of many who continually keeps abreast of latest industry happenings, to keep people informed about their health.
Shanail Mo’nick is a successful entrepreneur and Millionaire Coach who specializes in enhancing your thinking and life. She is committed to seeing people live a become a better version of themselves while attaining their life goals. A Lupus survivor, she is the founder of the organization FIGHT4LUPUS, which brings awareness to the chronic illness and seeks for cure. Shanail is a part of many organizations and remains an active contributor.
Shanail has been featured in numerous magazines including the new “South TM magazine,”ACHI Magazine’s December 2019, issue of Mother & Daughter Entrepreneurs along with her daughter Tyresha Baine. Shanail is a widely sought-after speaker who has spoken across multiple platforms and events. She finds every aspect of her job to be incredible rewarding. Likewise, she is one of many who continually keeps abreast of latest industry happenings to keep people informed about their health and life generally
It all began in:1989 Began having issues with carpel tunnel. Doctor wanted to operate, but I declined since he stated the issue might return. I was working in the bank vault dealing with large heavy bags of cash.
The hours were long and became increasingly stressful. 1991 In October my mother passed which took a toll on me. I experienced, swelling, little aches here and there. Nothing to send me to the doctor as my feet were not happy wearing heels to work. One day, an extremely stressful event occurred, and life was never the same. This triggered something in my DNA, I did not know it at the time.
1992 Physical for a new job revealed that I was slightly anemic in February. No problem. I told the doctor that the last I was anemic; I was pregnant and simply took iron pills. She said that should be fine. Nothing else was said about the matter. March 1992, I miscarried. November comes, it has been year since my mothers passing and I wanted to gather the family to celebrate thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Evewas typical predinner preparation. I went to sleep and awoke to a new world of pain that began in the right ankle, migrated upward to the left knee then the hips. This became more and more painful to the point that I could not stand or walk without leaning on the wall or furniture. By Christmas, I had to always have someone with me to get around. We were all perplexed. I went to the doctor right after new years.
I’m here advocation for additional funding for lupus research – to increase awareness of the disease in order to reduce the time it takes to get a diagnosis and get people the care they need as soon as possible.
Lupus Warrior: Mary Sias
1993 The doctor said that sometimes we deal with the loss and pain of mourning in various ways. Some people occasionally experience pain that comes and never returns, not for me. He had me to take 4 to 6 Advils every 4 hours to help with the pain. Yeah. After day three, I called and told him that it was not making a dent in the pain. I went and tests were run. Three days later the doctor called me at 8.15am and talked to me about the results. I burst out crying on the phone, I had to leave work that day. I could not handle another tragedy in my life. I was barely over my mother’s passing in 1991 and now this. I felt like life was over. He recommended that I see a Rheumatologist. The rheumatologist confirmed that I had both lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. I was basically normal Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving Day it all changed. I began to live a new normal life. I went from zero pills to 30 a day in less than two months.
2000 It became necessary to have a hysterectomy, all went well until cancer was found. Had I waited an additional 3 months like I wanted to, I would have had less than five years to live with only morphine to ease the pain. Nothing would have helped with the cancer they found. 2001/02 I developed iritis. I was totally blind, twice.2015 Here we go again, something else, I was barely able to stand. I had to walk on the side of my feet. It was not easy. The bottom of my feet felt like fire ants biting me while walking over hot coals. I was diagnosed with gout.
2016 Diagnosed with thinning bones and osteopenia, early onset osteoarthritis. I was given a pill so costly; the insurance would not cover it. I bought it; after all, it was just my health. Lost my job February 2017.2018 Hospitalized for the first time with blood pressure so low it could not read, potassium and magnesium nearly nonexistent. I was in bad shape. Being without insurance I was place on Harris Health. I met the most horrendous doctor that refused to honor my prescriptions stating that Iwas over medicated. I was floored. I spent New Year’s Eve in the hospital.2019 After one year and other incidences I returned to private care. I now have osteoarthritis. Had I been given the high-priced pills; I could have delayed the osteoarthritis until my late 60’s.
Through the years I have had flares where I cannot get out of bed, cannot pick up a Kleenex, cannot open a can good or even clean myself in the restroom or comb my hair let alone dress myself. I am still standing. We need more research on lupus. At the University of Houston, a research scientist, Dr. Mohan, was testing saliva as a means of detecting lupus. It is a hard illness to detect. And that’s one of the reasons I’m here advocation for additional funding for lupus research – to increase awareness of the disease in order to reduce the time it takes to get a diagnosis and get people the care they need as soon as possible.