Meet Regina

EARLY YEARS

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 Regina is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She grew up with her mother, father, and siblings in public housing and attended public schools.  As a young girl, Regina’s parents taught her the values of hard work and telling the truth.


Her dad was a truck driver and a member of the Teamsters Labor Union. She recalls, as a young girl, climbing into a big rig and her dad teaching her how to use his CB radio.


Regina's other childhood memories include taking  trips with her mother to the food pantry in New York City Housing authority (NYCHA) to pick up  block cheese and powered milk - government surplus food- and having traditional southern Christmas dinners with her family and friends.


Her dad  usually took the family on vacations to his home in Goldsboro, NC. Her grandmother lived in house with a screen door and Regina hoped to also live in a house with a screen door.  


Throughout school, she worked hard and landed a job with NYC Transit. After working  more than twenty years in management, she retired and has been a resident of Henry County, GA for more than fifteen years.  



COMMUNITY

Community leaders gathered at childhood obesity awareness health expo

 In 2014, Regina joined the City of Stockbridge, GA council and became a voice for families with disabled children. She received public support to use federal funds to upgrade two public parks with adaptable playground equipment and created the first Stockbridge Citizens Academy to acquaint locals with government operations.  


Regina works with the several community programs and organizations, such as, Get Georgia Reading, the NAACP Advisory Council for Education Excellence, National  Women in Agriculture Association, One Henry Economic Alliance, and the League of Women Voters of GA, to name a few.

In 2008, Regina fought for the Metropolitan South Association of Realtors (MSAR) to become recipients of their first grant from the National Association of Realtors. The grant was used for MSAR  Diversity Leadership and in 2013 she received the distinguished Spotlight Award for outstanding community contributions.  


She is a member of Global Impact Christian Ministries, located in Stockbridge, GA.

CAREER

Women in Agriculture at GA State Capitol

Regina Lewis-Ward served as a shop steward for AFSCME, protecting the rights of its members and has more than thirty years of leadership, and budgetary experience.

After retirement, Regina became a small business owner and achieved  Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications to compete for federal, state, and local contracts.  In 2015, she partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration and hosted seminars on minority contracting for women business owners.


Regina is a  children's book author and her first book, Jason Keeps a Secret,  unfolds dangers  children may face when they talk to strangers on the Internet. She holds a  BBA in computer systems from Bernard M. Baruch College and an MA, in political science, from Clayton State University.  

Lewis-Ward is a political science adjunct instructor and has two adult children.