Now in her 50s, she is still caretaker to her 38-year-old son who was born prematurely, weighing one pound 11 ounces at birth. “He was never supposed to make it past the first day,” she said. “He has had over 60 brain operations, and he’s on the autism spectrum and has had developmental delays. So, I’m his primary caregiver.”

Her son served as primordial inspiration to regain homeownership. “Homeownership, to me, is more than just buying a house,” she said. “It’s safety, stability and making sure your family is OK. When you’re worried about your environment, it takes away from what really matters.”

She acknowledged further challenges along the way being a double minority as a Black woman in a male-dominated field. Having persevered nonetheless, she now hopes to marshal her experiences in helping minorities achieve homeownership.

To that end, she was recently appointed vice president of Impact at the Association of Independent Mortgage Experts (AIME). “What that means is we will go and find out how the broker channel have made an impact in communities that need us,” she said. “I really have a great opportunity connect with people who are unseen, unheard or unserved.”

Moreover, she plans to create a brick-and-mortar facility in her home base where financial literacy lessons will take place for community members, she said.