Jenice Jones, is a native of Tulsa Oklahoma, born in 1964. As a single mother of 2 amazing daughters, Jenice found herself in a place of despair and hopelessness with a long-term relationship lasting over 10 years with a man addicted to crack cocaine. Jenice discovered that those 10 years of experience had riddled her with undeniable trauma she never dreamed of having, but eventually Jenice rose to the occasion and decided it was time to live. Jenice diligently pursued her purpose and went back to school to complete her education with a degree in Bachelor of Arts-Multidisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Organizational Operations and a minor in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, and has since obtained her Masters in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, with an emphasis in Social Justice and Change. Today, Jenice is working on her doctorate in Public Policy and Administration.
In 2009, Jenice, founded and became the President & CEO of Just the Beginning Inc., a non-profit 501 c(3) organization equipped to serve Oklahoma. Just the Beginning is an organization purposely fashioned to institute a paradigm shift in the traditional method of providing assistance to women. Just the Beginning is committed to being an ongoing life-giving model focused towards guiding women on the path to restoration and renewal of life by building productive, successful women of high esteem to positively impact their communities.
Jenice is committed to volunteering weekly at David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, teaching and training discipleship at her church Going Hard For Christ, and giving one on one time with individuals to equip them with life development planning, mentoring, case management, and on-going accountability.
While Jenice is committed to the day to day operations of the organization, she is also committed to trampling the head of injustice and advocating for the families who have become the victims of the Oklahoma systems that govern minimum mandatory sentencing of many non-violent drug offenders. In doing so, Jenice is currently involved with the Tulsa County transition from jail to community initiative, called Outside Inside Collaboration for Justice, the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, and a member of the Community Connection Committee.