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 Haggerty Founder/Executive Director

Shalonda Haggerty

Shalonda Haggerty, 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.


Mrs. Haggerty holds a Masters of Art degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University Denver and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Jarvis Christian College. In addition to graduate school, Shalonda is completing a licensure in addictions counseling with the Colorado School for Family Therapy and a certification in play/art therapy.

Over the course of her career, she has effectively mentored, empowered, and transformed the lives of female youth and their families through her authentic speaking style. Through her expertise, she connects with young women, parents, and community agencies across all socioeconomic statuses as a trainer, facilitator, and proud MENTOR.
Her commitment to STAR Girlz has awarded her with numerous recognition in the community such as the 2020 Leadership in the Denver Community Champion Award with the Denver Afterschool Alliance, Denver 7 Everyday Hero, 2018 recipient of the African Americans who Make a Difference award, and much more. She continues to make an impact in the community through her creative work with signature programs such as the B.L.I.N.G girl empowerment camp and Surviving Trauma workshop series, expanding opportunities throughout Colorado and beyond.

Shalonda enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time her family. You can book this visionary and empowerment coach for your next event by contacting us at

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.


Shelia is also a dynamic motivational speaker that is empowering women around the world through her Women Connect Network. She has a passion to empower women to do business on a global scale and fulfill their dreams. Shelia is also the vice-president of the Bluegrass Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that is making a major impact in the urban areas of Louisville, Kentucky. Through here visionary leadership she has developed social and economic programs that empower people to reach their full dream potential.

​Shelia mentors youth and young adults through her Next Generation Millionaires Mentoring Program which empowers the mentees to find their purpose, release their potential and walk in their God-given prosperity that is available to them. Shelia resides in Prospect, Kentucky with her husband Dr. Shannon C. Cook and their beautiful daughter Lauren Faith Cook.

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.


With over 10 years of marketing experience, she has worked as a Marketing Consultant with clients to assist them in gaining brand recognition, optimize marketing automation/leads through social media and support marketing goals just to name a few. She has volunteered, performed empowerment speaking engagements, and mentored youth for several organizations, in the Louisville, KY area. Her professional career outside of this includes being a writing and editing consultant. An important aspect of her life is developing women especially young women into the person they were predestined to become.

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.


She also received a MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Victoria developed a strong sense of devotion for the community as the owner of a youth tutoring program, LIKE Tutoring, for the last five years. Victoria is currently an educator in the charter school district, where she is fostering the development of scholars daily. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for the adolescent community and how to improve the quality of life; one child at a time.

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.