Together Everyone Accomplishes More

Our team lights the way for our STARZ by supporting the mission and vision of the organization. Together we are able to accomplish more as we work to establish relationships with community agencies, and plan programs and activities that will guide participants into SHINING STARZ.

Shalonda Palmer Founder/Executive Director

Shalonda Haggerty

Shalonda Palmer, Founder and Executive Director of STAR Girlz Empowerment, Inc. is an inspirational VISIONARY, motivational speaker, and mental health professional, showcasing her creative force for youth and families through the development of this organization and its programming. Also known as The Visionary, she is the author of an upcoming book B.L.I.N.G and an expert on training in treating trauma within female youth.

Shelia Jackson Cook Vice President

Shelia Jackson Cook

Shelia Jackson Cook is the Chief Executive Officer of CookJack Enterprise & Productions, LLC. This a multi-faceted Woman Owned Business that is taking the business community by storm. Her business has multiple streams of income that produces an ocean of opportunity for those that desire to reach their full dream potential.

Devon Chestnut Assistant Secretary

Devon Chestnut

Devon, author of Ladies Set Apart and Alive in a Dead Relationship (, is a native of Louisville, KY, and has earned her Bachelors of Science in Marketing at the University of Louisville. She went on to further her education and received her Masters of Business Administration at Sullivan University. She gained a great deal of her experience volunteering at a non-profit organization, Shannon C. Cook Ministries, as Chief Financial Officer, for three years and Human Resource Director for two years.

Victoria Bryant Secretary


Victoria provides administrative support to the STAR Girlz Empowerment, Inc. team. Victoria is a native of Dallas, Texas and has worked in the nonprofit community in Texas as a mentor, case manager and coordinator throughout the last 8 years. She received a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas with focus on counseling.

Monica Crawford-Davis Treasurer


An innovative educator for 18 years, she is currently an early college high school advisor/counselor and Texas Education Agency ECHS trainer. She is an ordained minister as well. Monica has worked with STAR Girlz for three years as the treasurer.