A devoted mother of seven, mentor, teacher and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Reka Lashawn! She firmly believes that an individuals beginning has no determination on their ending as long as they believe in themselves.
Born and raised in Ft. Myers, Florida to a 16 year old mother, Reka continued this cycle, birthing her first child at the age of 16. In doing so, she has endured many hardships. Through dedication and perseverance, the experiences she encountered has created a desire to motivate others to pursue their dreams despite their circumstances.
Reka is the Founder of a local mentoring group, The WOW Club – an acronym for “Women of Worth”. The mission of the WOW Club is to provide young women with tools and resources to help them learn, grow and lead abundant lives. These girls will then grow into extraordinary women, who will become active in their communities and inspire others to do the same.
Reka holds an Associate of Science in Nursing from Edison State College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Nova Southeastern University, Masters Degree in Nursing from South University and currently enrolled at South University in pursuit of her Doctorate Degree. An Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine, specializing in Chronic Care Management and Health Promotion. It doesn’t end there, she’s also a clinical instructor in the Registered Nursing program of a local state college.
According to Job, man is born of a woman but a few days and then comes trouble. In life, you’re guaranteed twists and turns, but it’s all about how you handle them. Reka Lashawn was born in the projects to a teenage mother and then became a teenage mother with her own apartment in the projects. Life dealt her a particular hand, but it was up to Reka to determine how the cards would be played. Just because she was born into a certain situation, did not mean she was mandated to remain there and neither are you. It’s your life and your decision.