She also serves as a board director for a number of organizations, including BancFirst and BancFirst Corporation; South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce; American Mothers, Inc.; Oklahoma Hall of Fame; StitchCrew; and Oklahoma Philharmonic Society.
While impressive, her speaker bio, leadership achievements and list of community recognitions are perhaps as long as the list of challenges she faced growing up. The difficulties she maneuvered “could have caused me to check a dozen boxes,” Jones says. “If you look at stats from those who grew up in the socioeconomic bracket I grew up in …”
Her sentence trails off for a few seconds while she considers how to finish her thought.
“I want people to understand that no matter what you’ve gone through, it is for a purpose. I didn’t experience the heartache and lack of resources for no reason,” she finishes.
In fact, her difficult childhood forms the backbone of what makes her strong. “I am an overcomer. I am not a victim, I am a victor,” Jones says. “I am grateful for my struggles. Sitting where I sit now, it all makes sense.”