Jerald Beard is a single mom of a spirited 4-year-old son named Gerald, who was named after his mother. Jerald first heard of Habitat for Humanity when she attended the University of Akron. Building affordable housing for working families, and making a way for people to experience the joy of owning their own homes is a mission Jerald embraces.
Jerald has worked for Sterling/Signet Jewelers as an IT Production Control Support Analyst since 1999. She has an Associate degree in criminal justice and a B.S. in political science with minors in pre-law and sociology from the University of Akron. She plans to return to complete a graduate degree in the near future. Jerald is also a Sunday school teacher, sound technician, trustee, and administrator of the Toys for Tots program, food pantry, and clothing drive at her church.
Gerald attends pre-school in the Akron Public School Early Learning Program as a peer mentor. Gerald also attends Sunday school, sings in the youth choir, and takes swimming lessons. Gerald and Jerald enjoy spending time together swinging and sliding in the park, planting flowers and vegetables, and traveling and watching movies.