Diverse, interesting and fulfilling describes Jacqueline Steele’s life and various career paths. Jackie has worked in the arts and entertainment industry as a singer,actor,dancer and voice-over talent for the past 50 years; eight years in hospitality management; 22 years in executive positions in higher education administration. Jackie credits her women’s liberal arts education from her alma mater, Stephens College, in Columbia MO, for giving her the tools to succeed and transition through life and loss, challenges and vocational changes.
Jackie’s community and volunteer involvement paints a diverse canvas as well. She has served on the board of several arts organizations and currently serves on the board of The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists, www.singersmca.org , Minnesota’s premiere a cappella, professional choir celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season. Jackie and her husband, Brian Steele, are two of the founding members of The Singers. Brian sings in the bass section and Jackie has served on the Board of Directors for three consecutive three-year terms. After a year’s hiatus, Jackie was invited to return to The Singers Board.
As an advanced certified grief facilitator since 1996, Jackie has been recognized for her work in the areas of grief, loss and transition. While primary caregiver for her aging parents, now deceased, she served on a legislative committee advocating for long-term care residents and their caregivers. Jackie is a birth mother, reunited with her daughter, via technology, but not in person…yet. She is an active member of Concerned United Birthparents (CUB) and serves as a guest speaker on behalf of CUB at colleges, universities and other organizations in MN. She also serves on the “core” committee of Minnesota Coalition for Adoption Reform and is a volunteer lobbyist on behalf of adoption reform issues and equal access for all adult adoptees in the state of Minnesota.
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