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Jacquie

Jacquelyn Crawford is the mother of five grown children. However, when these five children were all under the age of 7, she became a single parent! This event changed her life completely! She had planned on being a homemaker, wife and mother…because back in the late ‘60’s that what women did. But now with five young children and herself to support, she had to re-evaluate her life. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she started by looking in the mirror and saying, “I can do this!” She then figured out how to go to college, while at the same time raising five young children---and the rest is history! She now adds 5 grandchildren to her family and claims her family is her greatest blessing.

“Successfully raising my children, under very difficult circumstances, taught me so much about myself, about life and my faith”, says Jacquie. “It’s truly been a privilege, an honor and great fun!” Jacquie’s children are all grown now and live in Missouri, North Carolina, California, and Colorado. They are a close-knit family despite their remote locations. “God has been very, very good to me,” she states.

Jacquie had been employed at Citicorp Mortgage for 18 years, when she made the decision to retire. She was a Senior Vice President in charge of Quality Operations, which included management of Performance Management, Training and Development, Customer Satisfaction and Quality initiatives. She also served as Operations Manager of Citicorp's Senior Executive Development Program.

Prior to her employment at Citicorp, Jacquie served on the Business Administration faculty of two Colleges: Colorado Women's College in Denver, Colorado where she was the Director of the Business Administration Department and the Weekend College Program, and The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she was the Director of the Women in Management Evening program. At both colleges, she also taught on the faculty in Business Administration.

Jacquie has published two text books. One was her Master's degree research on “Women in Middle Management” which became the basis for the Women in Management Program at The College of St. Catherine and was used as a textbook at other colleges and universities. Her other book was a textbook for teacher education used in the Business Education Department at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on her much anticipated biography!

She holds Bachelor and Master's degrees from the University of Minnesota; she also holds another Master’s degree in Pastoral Care from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri.

After leaving Citicorp in 1998, she formed her own management consulting company, "Insight/Out". Later, she began studying at Aquinas Institute of Theology and became a Chaplain working at both St. Louis University Hospital and St. Alexis Hospital. Soon after that, she became the Business Manager at St. Alphonsus "Rock" Catholic Church in St. Louis, Missouri where she managed the day-to-day operations of the church, financials, personnel, and general office administration.

Jacquie has given lectures and workshops across the United States to large corporations and universities. She is now a highly sought after motivational speaker that, with her own inspirational experiences, challenges and humor, inspires listeners to dig down inside themselves to do what they once thought was impossible. Because it is possible. The only thing between where you are now and doing the seemingly impossible, is your belief that it is not. Jacquie’s strength of conviction gives listeners hope – the belief that in spite of the evidence, they too can do the impossible. Just as Jacquie has.

Jacquie has had her share of major health issues. A faith-filled woman, Jacquie says she has been sustained by Philippians 4:13: (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me) to overcome these crises. In 1999, she suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm, given a 1% chance of survival, and through a miracle of God, she survived with minimal side effects. Five years later, to the exact date of her surgery, she mushed a team of 5 sled dogs across the Bering Sea and over the northern tundra of Alaska! After a pulmonary embolism (1999), open-heart surgery (2006), two total knee replacements (2007), she joined a group of senior tap dancers and danced in the St. Louis Senior Olympics in 2007.

Jacquie has sponsored families in Guatemala for over 25 years and has traveled there to work with these families. She has worked with Doorways and Food Outreach, residential and food distribution facilities in St. Louis, for those suffering with HIV/AIDS.

There’s no doubt, Jacquie’s life has been filled with challenges, blessings, joy and surprises! At the age of 70, Jacquie was asked to participate in the Ms Senior Missouri Pageant. To participate, she had to share her Philosophy of Life, model an evening gown, interview with 5 Judges, and perform her talent - tap dancing!  Jacquie was the Pageant winner and was crowned, “Ms Senior Missouri, 2010.” This gave her even more opportunities to speak at events, conferences and seminars and share her inspirational message.



The surprises, however, did not end when she became Queen! In 2012, Jacquie and her best friend of 30 years AND her CPA, Jerry Mack, decided to marry! With her marriage to Jerry, she acquired 4 more adult children with spouses, 7 more grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild! Jacquie had been single for 47 years and now she was a Bride! What a beautiful gift, whatever the future may bring! Jacquie and Jerry’s household also include 3 Chihuahuas, Charlie Brown, Mini Pearl, Ms Silky and, the latest addition, a Dachshund mix dog named Zoey. “It’s been a wonderful life,” Jacquie concludes.