EXTRAordinary Women 2023
Stephanie is a Boston Public School Early Childhood teacher with a masters from Lesley University in Moderate Disabilities. She is currently in the Early Childhood Leadership, Policy & Finance doctoral program at UMASS Boston. Stephanie is the owner of Belle Joie Doula & Family services and is an active community organizer, trainer, advocate and consultant.
Stephanie founded the non-profit Propa City Community Outreach in 2011 to assist mothers impacted by pregnancy loss along with the people in their lives that desired to support them. She founded the organization after her son Simeon Jelani was stillborn at 39 weeks gestation on February 7, 2011. She named the Grief Support program Team Simeon in honor of her son and gave it the tagline “Because He STILL was BORN”. The success of this initiative led to its expansion to include people of all ages being trained to advocate for positive healing in themselves and in their
Communities. Stephanie is the mother of baby angel Simeon and her rainbow baby boy Amani. She is the godmother to 19 beautiful children, a daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. She has made it her mission to be a light to souls who feel lost using the purpose and skills that God has given her