Soror Spotlight

Alicia Gosha-Page is a native of Columbus, Georgia and currently resides in Austell, GA. She graduated from “Thee” Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and from Millsaps College with a Master in Business Management in Jackson, Mississippi. She has over twenty-five years of experience in Strategy, Program Management, Operations, Financial Management and Project Management and has worked for companies such as MCI WorldCom, General Electric, Accenture, Deloitte and SunTrust now Truist Bank.

Alicia has two children, Jasmine and Coleman, who are on the Autistic Spectrum. Based on their personal journey with Autism, Alicia established the non-profit organization, JCole Advocacy, Inc. whose purpose is to promote Autism Awareness and Inclusion. She realized that it would have been helpful to have the support of someone as she navigated through the many resources available to help her children. She continued to have different experiences which helped define the values of the JCole as a community support partner positively influencing the mindset of the community and caregivers.

She has been a devoted member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for 27 years and has served in MRAC as chairperson/role of Internal Audit, Cotillion, Fundraising, Treasurer and Minerva Circle. She was most recently named as 2020 Delta of the Year and chaired Fundraising named as Committee of the Year.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, participating in physical fitness, dancing and listening to music in her spare time.

Valerie V. Jackson, a native of Atlanta, Georgia has developed a notable profession with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) since 1998. During her career, she has held several positions to include: Firefighter, Fire-Medic, Fire Apparatus Driver, Aircraft Rescue Firefighter-Hazardous Material Technician, Fire Lieutenant, and Training Academy/Fire Captain. She previously, served as Section Chief of Community Risk Reduction. As of 2018, she currently serves as Assistant Chief of Support Services and AFRD’s only sworn female at the executive level.

Valerie earned a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Public Safety from Grand Canyon University, and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Columbus University. She also holds National Registry and State of Georgia Paramedic licensures.

Understanding the importance of giving back, she is active with various professional and community programs, organizations, and committees. Valerie serves as Chair of AFRD Camp Ignite Girls Youth Program, Chair of AFRD Professional Development committee, Dean of AFRD Paramedic program. She is Chair of AFRD Uniform committee, Co-Chair of AFRD Rising Phoenix Leadership Institute program, Co-Chair of Metro Atlanta Women Firefighters committee, and serves on AFRD Strategic Planning Team. She previously, served as Chair of AFRD Community Emergency Response Team. In her spare time, she volunteers with Founders Family and Youth Services, Habitat for Humanity, and Meals on wheels.

Valerie is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Metro Atlanta Training Officers, National Fire Protection Association, International Code Council, Women in Fire Service, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.