Hope for Widows is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. We are guided by a board of directors and advisory board.
Chasity Williams, President & Chairperson
Chasity Williams is currently a Practice Coordinator for a Management Consulting Firm in Dallas, TX. Chasity was a stay at home mom for several years until she decided to transition into the workforce full time. She was employed in the Administrative field with several leading companies where she supported Executive level leaders and managed office practices in diverse industries.
Although, working in Corporate America, Chasity has experience with grief group facilitation, bereavement support at local Hospices and churches and leading/moderating several online grief resources. Her passion is to serve and help others.
Chasity, Khadija and Maureen also became published authors in August 2016 writing ‘The Unwelcome Committee’ which share three different perspectives of how becoming a widow and dealing with the process of grief changed their lives forever. Chasity met her late husband at the young age of eighteen. In June of 2009, her life would forever change when she lost her husband suddenly in a drowning at the age of thirty four years old. Finding out who she was again, raising her son and living life to the fullest even after this tragedy was a mission she was eager to accomplish. Darrell and Chasity have one son together who is now attending college and pursuing his dreams in Operations Management and Entrepreneurship.
Chasity enjoys volunteering, sporting events, writing and spending time with her family and friends.
Maureen Bobo, Secretary & Chairperson
Maureen Bobo is a Christ follower, Love Advocate, Social Worker, and Mompreneur. Her ministries include grief, singles, and health and wellness. Maureen is a single parent of two daughters ages fourteen and six. She became a single parent on April 7, 2010, when her husband of thirteen years, Martin Quinn Bobo, passed away of chronic heart disease at the age of forty-five. The children at that time were ages eight years and two months old.
The grief from that tragedy led Maureen to develop The Beautiful Stones Ministries, in which the goal is to provide love and support to the grieving heart through grief support groups and social services. Maureen is a co-author of ‘The Unwelcome Committee’; the story of three young widows with children and their navigation through the processes of grief. Maureen is also involved in singles ministry development at her church. She believes that singles need to be nurtured and cultivated in the season that they are in so they can thrive in God’s purposes for their lives. Maureen has completed four half marathons and has a goal to complete a half marathon in every state. She has a message for people: “Be your own superhero, and make your own self proud through intentional self-care.” and that you CAN go from “Tragedy to Triumph.” Although based in Ohio, Maureen plans to encourage people worldwide to rock their inner athlete to the core and become unleashed! Through her life story, Maureen wants to encourage and inspire people to not only dream but dream big, by putting their faith in flight and loving themselves and others.
Khadija Ali, Treasurer, Chairperson
Khadija Ali is a coach, motivational speaker and author. Her passion for helping women evolve and transform their lives stems from triumphing over tragedy in her own life. In 2007, she found herself a single mom to five children after losing her husband to colon cancer. Overnight, she had to figure out how to settle her husband’s estate and find housing for her and her five children. It was a wake up call for this newly widowed woman!
In 2012, Khadija asked ten other young widows to write a book about their experiences. Only two widows, Maureen Bobo and Chasity Williams, continued on with the book, “The Unwelcome Committee”. The book is not only significant to losing a spouse, but to comprehend and grasp the outlook of grief overall. When Khadija is not coaching, speaking, or writing, she hosts ‘Evolutionary Woman Radio’ on Blog Talk Mondays and Thursdays 5:30pm.
Jill Hochman, Board Member
Jill Hochman is a retired US Federal Senior Executive. Jill worked at the US Department of Transportation for 34 years. She wrote the first ever standard for licenses for drivers of big trucks and busses. Much of her career was spent bringing people together to facilitate and improve safety and transportation project planning.
Jill met her husband Charlie at work while waiting for a bus and they were married for almost 35 years. Shortly after retiring, Charlie died from cancer in August of 2014. He was diagnosed just 3 weeks before passing and Jill was not prepared to be a widow with all her retirement years ahead– much less be a single mom to a twenty year old son.
Since taking on this completely unplanned widow/single mom role,Jill joined the University of Maryland Legacy Leadership Program in the School of a Public Health, created a fund in her husband’s name to provide food at her city’s interfaith food pantry, and brings to widows positive intentions and healing energy through her work as a Master Reiki Healer.
Jo Hausman, Board Member
Jo Hausman is a Leadership expert, Entrepreneur, Motivational speaker, International live radio talk show host and an Amazon Best Selling author in four motivational and business categories. She speaks and coaches others to live through the grief, start their own businesses and move to greatness in their life.
Jo lost her husband in July 2010 and then in August 2010 her only child went off to college. She was working from home at the same time running her virtual assistant business. After those losses she decided to take back her life! She also went back to college and earned her MBA, ran successfully for the city council in 2011 and 2015 and currently sits on the city council in Sioux Falls, SD. Jo wrote and published a book called Go For It! A Woman’s Guide to Perseverance. The passion she has comes from empowering others to live in a positive life. Jo offers coaching and speaking to women going through grief and also wanting to start a business. You can find out more and the services she offers at: http://www.johausman.com
Her humor, enthusiasm and love for GOD is where her strength comes from. She is a mom to one adult son and two fur babies. Nothing gives her greater joy than being a mom. She is very active in her community and gives back through networking and volunteering in her church and community.
She has appeared on numerous television, radio, blogs and podcasts around the world. She is currently a contributing blogger to HuffingtonPost.com and her international live radio show airs live every Tuesday mornings 8am US Central time on Voice America Empowerment. http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2578/go-for-it
Christina Saunders, Board Member
Christina Saunders is a Certified Christian Life Coach, Speaker and Advocate for Domestic Violence Victims. Christina is a woman who at the age of six lost her father due to a motorcycle accident. That event changed her life forever. Christina’s passion is to now help women restore life after tragedy. She also spends her time speaking to women about forgiveness and moving forward in their God given purpose.
As a conqueror of Domestic Violence she is on a mission to show women that they can be free. Christina is currently writing a book called ‘A Little Girl Broken’ where she will share how losing her father at a young age set off a chain of events. She also wrote a workbook called the ‘The 5 Steps to Breaking Soul Ties’. This is a subject that she holds workshops and conference calls on.
Christina enjoys volunteering, writing and sharing her story with women all over. It is her dream to one day see things change for victims of Domestic Violence and grieving children.