Meet the Stronger Team
DR. BROOKE JONES, FOUNDER AND CEO
Dr. Brooke Jones is a businesswoman, educator, Founder and CEO of Stronger than Espresso. Dr. Jones and her registered non-profit agency are passionate to empower survivors reclaim what abuse tried to take away. Brooke is wife to Rick, mom of two young kids, and is a two-decade survivor of domestic violence and aggravated stalking. Brooke is a national and international speaker on topics of global oppression of women, domestic & gender based violence and human trafficking. Stronger than Espresso launched in 2013 and her agency has grown locally, regionally and internationally. Brooke earned her Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship, her Master’s degree in Education and in 2016 received an Honorary Doctorate degree in Theology to recognize her contribution and impact through the Stronger than Espresso programs. Brooke passionately believes everyone has the right to be safe in their own home!
Brooke is an international speaker and trainer on topics of: Domestic Violence, Gender-Based Violence and abuse, Teen Dating Violence, Human Trafficking, Faith-Based Community Solutions for violence and HR Solutions for Domestic Violence Impacting the Workplace.
Brooke is also an expert at conducting workshops on various topics: Self-esteem, Boundaries, Finding your Inner Music, and Communication.
STEPHANIE PARKER, CHURCH PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Stephanie is our Church Program Coordinator who has a Masters in Business (MBA) and pursued a career in banking after graduate school. She is the mother of 3 children, whom she stayed at home to raise. She is active in her church as a marriage mentor, leads an in-home Bible study, and is the Prayer Coordinator for her Bible Fellowship Class.
Stephanie started volunteering at Stronger to help a family member heal from an abusive marriage. Her passion is to help other women find comfort and healing through Stronger than Espresso.
GAYE GARDNER, CLIENT ADVOCATE
Gaye is our Client Advocate, dedicating her time to investing in services for client intake, accompaniment, and resource referral.
Gaye comes to us with a B.S. degrees in Education and Counseling as well as a certification in Special Education. Her background includes teaching Elementary and Special Education. She previously served on the staff at Covenant Church, McKinney, in Congregational Care and Outreach, where one of her tasks was to work with domestic violence victims.
Gaye was previously the Collin County Director of Victim Relief Ministry and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director and Collin County Director of Crisis Response Ministry. She has been involved with the Collin County Counsel on Family Violence for several years and is also part of the Collin County Crime Victim Counsel.
Gaye's passion is Victim Advocacy and she enjoys working to help and empower victims of domestic violence.