Home: Roswell, GA. Birthplace: Jamaica, West Indies. Organization: Cotiviti. Title: Senior Vice President, Performance Analytics & Quality. Significant other: My husband, high school sweetheart and life partner, Darryll L. Jones. Children: Our shining star, my “sonshine” – Daniel Jones, 11 (going on 30). Alma mater: Montclair State University (B.S. – Biology); New York University, The Wagner School (MPA, Health Policy & Management).
Recent recognition: Featured in the HIT Like a Girl podcast, “Embracing change in healthcare and beyond”. Recent professional development: Accepted to Chief, a private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders. Latest contribution to others: I mentor several up-and-coming women leaders. Last month, I connected one of my mentors to a colleague at a former organization and she was accepted for a leadership position! What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Relocating my family to Atlanta (Roswell, GA) from New Jersey in June 2020, at the height of the pandemic, for a new career opportunity. Last book read: Unapologetically Ambitious, by Shellye Archambeau.
Personality profile: Open, curious, warm, determined. Passionate, humorous, adventure loving, with a sense of style. Moral compass: “Do you the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better” (Maya Angelou). What is your greatest joy? Laughing with my family, time spent in nature, music that stirs the soul, defying my own expectations. What is your greatest fear? Not living up to my full potential; leaving this world without a legacy. What is your guilty pleasure? Reality TV. In particular, The Real Housewives franchise. What word or phrase do you use far too often? No worries. What natural talent have you neglected? Singing. How do you relieve stress? My miracle morning routine: Exercise (walk/jog/Peloton), meditation, inspirational/spiritual reading, journaling and affirmations.
What was your favorite college course? Intro to Philosophy. What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Princess Bride. What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? I AM ENOUGH. What’s the best advice you received growing up? Do more than expected. What’s the best advice you received in your career? Take up space and raise your voice. Whatever table you are invited to, make it matter that you are there. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? The iPhone. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? The tragic and untimely passing of my mother in the summer of 2012.
Connecting the dots. In healthcare, the best decisions lead to the best outcomes for patients. If we can find the best insights across the vantage points we have a lens into, connect them in the most logical ways to derive meaning and value, then direct them to the right decision entry points, we can influence positive outcomes and improve lives.
What message do you want to send out into the world? Every person, no matter how great or small, no matter their circumstances, has within them the ability to make a difference, to matter and to create positive change, if they choose to. What mega-trend most excites you? Young people using their voices and creative talents to drive social change. What mega-trend most concerns you? Influencers. The willingness to follow what’s popular or “trending” without examination, due diligence or critical thinking.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Nevertheless, She Persisted. Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My mother. What advice would you give your younger self? Be bold. Take risks. Trust yourself. Believe that you are enough and that you are worthy.
What day in your life would you choose to re-live? Any Sabbath afternoon with my extended family, after church service; my mom, alive, making Sabbath lunch, the family laughing and talking together; comfortably resting and telling stories, sharing memories. Joyful and at peace.
Personal mission: To live a full and significant life, leaving a legacy and making a positive impact. Personal motto: Do your best, forget the rest. Favorite quote: "The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style" (Maya Angelou).