Welcome the 2023 WOW
We are excited to present to you our Women of Wisdom class of 2023. First, meet Arvella Warren and LaSheryl Walker!
Arvella Warren, a 30-year retiree from General Motors (Arlington), is the visionary and president of a non-profit organization, A Break for Grandmothers. God birthed the organization through a dream, to honor grandparents who are taking care of their grandchildren. Her organization is seven years old and honors grandparents who are currently raising their grandchildren due to circumstances ranging from death; incarceration; mental challenges; drugs and/or death of their child. Each month for the past seven years, her organization has honored grandparents - providing things such as gift cards, groceries, and lunch. However, the most important honor is always encouragement and praying with the grandparents.
Mrs. Warren has been married for over 50 years to Clark Warren. God has blessed them with four (4) children and several grandchildren.
LaSheryl Walker is presently the Director of Community Engagement for Forest Forward. In her role she works to engage the community and other stakeholders of Forest Forward’s goal of revitalizing the historic Forest Theater to a buzzing arts entertainment venue and the direct impact it will have in the community.
A lifelong community servant, LaSheryl was previously the Director of the Community Center for St. Philip’s School and Community Center for ten years. Prior to her tenure at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, from its inception LaSheryl worked in outreach with Jubilee Park and Community Center for more than a decade bridging the gap between diverse communities and was instrumental in the revitalization of the Jubilee Park community.
Always one to give back, LaSheryl started her career as a hair stylist and was known for providing free services to children and women to boost their self-esteem. Upon deciding to complete her undergraduate studies, LaSheryl became an AmeriCorps member with Greater Dallas Community of Churches in 1997. This pivot changed the trajectory of her life.
Mrs. Walker works diligently to improve the community in which she lives and works. She is highly respected by many and continues to be an advocate. With her steadfast commitment to community, she has received several honors as her work speaks to the foundation of a Change Agent. She has been profoundly involved in grassroots community efforts for more than 20 years which include serving as board member for the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty, Park South YMCA, Parkland Community Advisory Board, advisory board member for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, South Dallas Fair Park Faith Coalition and South Dallas Transportation Initiative — just to name a few.
LaSheryl received her Community Health Worker Certification through Baylor Scott & White Hospital and The Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute and through Empowering the Masses. She is committed to ensuring that the community is informed with health resources and other critical information to improve their health outcomes. As a Safe Conversation Trainer, LaSheryl works closely with Safe Conversation to help promote the workshops locally and internationally and recently received recognition from the US Ambassador to Liberia for facilitating a Safe Conversation workshop in Liberia.
LaSheryl is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Community Service. LaSheryl is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Top Ladies of Distinction Inc, Dallas Chapter, where she serves as First Vice President and is also a member of Heritage Giving Circle.
LaSheryl prides herself on building strong relationships with community members and stakeholders by being an advocate for developing neighborhood programs and services. Her genuine concern for people and belief that all children and adults deserve the right to a great education and given the opportunity they have the capacity to be great. She believes that exposure to people, places and programs is definitely one way to improve people’s quality of life.
In her leisure time, you can catch LaSheryl playing a round of golf with DFW Fairway DIVAS or spending time with her greatest pride and joy as a wife, mother and new grandmother.