Women’s Leadership Clinic – Bernadette Kilcer

I wish I could express to you the clarity of mind that comes from sleeping under the stars listening to the sound of a running river.  If you’ve ever done so you understand.  I wish I could express to you the smell of clean air and how that improves cardiovascular response.  If you’ve ever smelled it you know.  I wish I could express to you the healing powers of being around a group of women of varying sizes, shapes, ages and colors who only care about your inner beauty and could give a hoot about what your outer body looks like.  If you ever have this opportunity, do so.  There is an empowering moment that comes from each one of these that effects you mind, body and soul.  While this trip may have given me external bumps, bruises and scrapes; this trip helped me address my internal bumps, bruises and scrapes in a way that would not otherwise have been possible. 

I cannot thank TRR or ASA enough for providing me with this opportunity. 

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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