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#FollowtheLite May Feature: Meissa Jones

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LiteWork Events originated as a vision to create an Urban Socialite Network in Boston. What better way to build on this vision than to highlight some of Boston’s most dynamic urban young professionals and socialites! Check out our latest feature, and hopefully you’ll also catch up with them at our next event! 


Name: Meissa Mae JonesMeissa Jones Adjusted
Where are you from? Atlanta by way of Chicago…but currently, I reside in Boston. I’m a Southern belle with a twist.
Alma Mater? Smith College, Class of 2011, Major in Neuroscience/Minor in Dance; Dartmouth College, Class of 2014, Master of Science in Health Policy
What brings you to Boston? I plan to pursue a career in medicine and Boston is the mecca of healthcare in the US.  Boston has some of the top research hospitals in the country and I am proud to be an employee at Mass General. I’m not exactly sure how long I will stay in Boston because I really dislike the cold but the job market is really good out here.
Tell us about yourself (What are you passionate about? Any side hustles?):
To sum it up in one sentence: I am passionate about serving.

In 2007, I made the biggest decision of my life by joining the Army Reserves and my life hasn’t been the same.  I serve as a combat medic and I’ve trained all over the country. Basically, I know how to kill someone and then bring them back to life.   Although I have not been called overseas yet, I plan to serve in the Army for as long as I can.  It has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me. Being in the Army has also shaped my career path for medicine.  I plan to pursue a career in psychiatry working with veterans who suffer from depression and PTSD.

I am also a proud member of the illustrious Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – another life changing experience.  Making a lifetime commitment to Zeta has allowed me to serve in leadership positions on a local, state, and regional level, work with various communities, and leave an imprint on the world.  It has been an amazing five years, and counting – filled with scholarship, service, sisterhood, and finer womanhood.

With my job at MGH, the Army, and my work with Zeta, you would think that sums me up – but it doesn’t!

Although I have to remain physically fit for the Army, I decided to further my commitment to my mental, physical, and spiritual health last year.   In October, I obtained my Zumba certification and two weeks later, I was teaching for the City of Boston.  I am a Zumba instructor for Troops for Fitness, which is a program by Mayor Walsh and Coca-Cola that offers fitness classes to the community for free.  I also teach Zumba at the Dorchester YMCA. For those who may not know, Zumba is a latin-infused dance workout featuring salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, and over 20 other dance rhythms.  Because of my dance background, I absolutely love being able to stay in shape by dancing.  I currently teach three times a week but I am hoping to expand in the summer.  So… Zumba is my side hustle.

I’ve also put my skills to use by writing grants for local community centers.  I recently wrote a grant for BCYF’s Perkins Center for a teen mentorship program that received $4k in funding (proud moment)!

What’s one thing we should know about you? Although I do wayyyyyy too much, I still make time for myself.  Being new to Boston, I have this huge bucket list of things that I want to explore: museums, theaters, restaurants, etc.  Although Boston is no Atlanta, it is a city full of history and culture.
How can people connect with you?  IG: @Afrodit33 FB: Meissa Jones meissa.jones@gmail.com
And there you have it folks… #followthelite!

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