Jamell Meeks Being Honored In October 2012 As Health Advocate
Jamell Meeks, wife of the Reverand/Illinois State Senator James Meeks joins Christopher Kennedy-Lawford Chicago in October 2012 being honored by Don Doty and The Georgia Doty HIV and Hepatitis C Organization as a Health Advocate of the Year!
Other community leaders and activists to be honored at the event include Christopher Kennedy-Lawford, Congressman Danny K Davis, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and Father George Clements.
Meeks is Director of Women’s Ministries for the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, under the leadership of her husband, Reverend Senator James T. Meeks. A shining example of a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she is nationally known as a powerful leader with a gentle spirit.
As Director of “Women of Influence”, she directs ministry projects and activities for more than 12,000 women. In 2002, Jamell developed the nationally recognized A.R.I.S.E Entrepreneur Program, a 6-week training program designed to cultivate entrepreneurs.
In 2006, under her leadership, Salem Baptist Church of Chicago presented its first annual walkathon, “Two Causes, One Walk”, in support of breast cancer and HIV/AIDS awareness and education, which, to date, has raised more than $100,000 to support community agencies. Since its inception, the walkathon has expanded to support domestic violence causes, making it “Three Causes, One Walk”. Jamell’s latest innovation is The “Lite” Club, a one-year women’s health and fitness program.
The Bishop College graduate challenges women to become leaders, helping them to discover and cultivate their unique purposes in life. Her unwavering faith in God continues to fuel her mission—to inspire women of all ages to live a life grounded by faith, guided by purpose, and motivated by infinite possibilities.
She and her husband are the proud parents of four children and one grandchild.