2017 Women’s Leadership Trip- Sherri

Awakening Trip 
 When I started out on this adventure I began with packing. As I packed I took a lot of deep breaths, what am I getting myself into? How will I be able to maneuver camping, kayaking and 16 other women.  Anxiety through the roof! And to top it off I would be on this trip during a bittersweet anniversary that could trigger some silent traumas. 
But, what I encountered changed my life forever. I was surrounded by some of the most beautiful people who did not look at me as person with a disability. They looked at me as “Equal”
The best damn thing about this adventure were the TRR &  ASA volunteers who DID NOT  put me in a corner and say, maybe you should not try this activity. They looked at me and said “let’s go. ” 
I enjoyed activities that I never dreamed I would be able to do. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience a memorable adventure. And also for giving me the opportunity to look within myself and find a part of me that I had lost.
#ladybuttsinboats #2017TRRWomenLeadership 

Vanessa Jones

Committe Co-Chair

Vanessa A. Jones is a dynamic force dedicated to fostering
inclusivity, encouraging discussion, and promoting a culture of
belonging in the outdoor sports community. Hailing from
Washington, DC, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and
perspectives to her endeavors.
As a US Army veteran and ordained Chaplain with a focus on
seniors and caretakers, Vanessa is deeply committed to serving
others. Her work as a patient-caretaker advocate reflects her
passion for supporting vulnerable populations and ensuring their
voices are heard.
Currently, Vanessa is employed by a resettlement agency, where
she confronts challenges head-on with resilience and
compassion. As a single, Black woman veteran, she embraces
the unique hurdles she faces, viewing them as opportunities for
growth and empowerment.
In her downtime, she wears many hats, including that of a
missionary, spreading hope and positivity wherever she goes.
Weekends are spent paddling, immersing herself in West African
dance and finding solace and joy in nature’s embrace.
Vanessa is committed to equitable principles, ensuring that
everyone’s opinions are valued and heard. Through her
unwavering dedication and inclusive leadership, Vanessa is
paving the way for a more equitable and diverse outdoor sports