A native of Chattanooga, TN, Darleene Cole is an advocate of womankind; supporting and encouraging women to embrace their journeys and celebrating feminine intellect which brings life, health and wholeness to the female soul. She is affectionately known as Lady D, the first lady of Greater St. Mary Baptist Church “The City of Faith.” But beyond her call to ministry, she is a writer, a mentor and an inspiration, distinguished by her heart for women, respected for her wisdom, and recognized by her loving disposition. She is devoted to pouring into women of all beliefs and backgrounds, believing that women have a responsibility to support, encourage, and uplift each other. Darleene serves alongside her husband to ensure that the vision of the ministry and his God-given assignment is carried out, and she has created a path for herself in social media with her inspirational brand AI aspireIIinspire. As a wife and mother of five, Darleene is an inspiration and example to women who are balancing responsibilities both inside and outside the home. And as a Big Sister for YANA, she is excited to bring ladies together to have lively, spirited conversation about life issues, current events, and other topics that concern or affect women.