In 1996, with $200, a vision, and the support of her father, Lonnie Jones, Marilyn Jones incorporated Unlimited Visions Aftercare, Inc. (UVA). Through UVA, Marilyn and her team of highly-trained professionals strive daily to engage the community, actively equip participants to recover, offer educational services such as job training, GED, and life skills, and seek to help participants maintain a better quality of life on their journey of recovery.
Marilyn is a native Houstonian, born and raised in Sunnyside, Texas. Marilyn can be described as a mother, a grandmother, a humanitarian, an innovator, and a visionary. When she is not spending time with her beloved mother, daughters, and extended family, she is actively working on the next vision God has bestowed upon her.
As a person in long-term recovery, Marilyn transformed her struggle with addiction into a calling to help the Houston, Baytown, and Pasadena communities eradicate substance use disorders. Ms. Jones’ transformational leadership style has made impact not only on her employees, participants, and the community, but also in Texas. In recognition of her achievements, Texas legislature awarded Marilyn Jones with a Texas State flag that flew over the State Capitol. Former governor of Texas, Rick Perry, also recognized her as a “Yellow Rose of Texas”. She has also received a proclamation from Gene Green. Besides being a history maker, Marilyn is also a lawmaker, writing Texas House Bill #3606 which provides treatment to alternative schools in Texas. In 2017, Marilyn was listed as one of the Top 50 Black Professionals & Entrepreneurs in Houston.
Today, Marilyn continues to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Visionary for Unlimited Visions Aftercare. Her vision continues to influence many and serve thousands. She is proof that a vision for a business can become reality with spirituality, determination, and passion.
Regina Hasan is a native Houstonian, born and raised in Blueridge (Sunnyside) Texas. Regina is a proud University of Houston Cougar, obtaining a certification in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling in 1986.
As the Managing Executive Officer (MEO), Regina has headed up several different projects. She is responsible for the daily operations of the agency by providing leadership in service, person-centered care, and employee accountability. Through her guidance and diligence, UVA was awarded Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation as well as the Rockwell grant and the state grant. Within the company, she has implemented accountability by teaching the staff about the Oz Principle. Regina is also sought after for speaking engagements as she is a riveting, inspirational storyteller.
Regina has also contributed to the recovery community outside of Unlimited Visions. As a result of being an original member of Texas Recovery Initiative and then later the Houston Recovery Initiative (HRI), when given the opportunity to become a part of a group that would help to ensure that adolescents receive the same opportunities for long term recovery she jumped at the chance. In 2011, Ms. Hasan accepted the role as workgroup chair for the HRI Adolescent Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC). During her time as chair the workgroup was instrumental in bringing different providers of adolescent services together to collaborate on making sure adolescents from all areas in Harris and surrounding counties were afforded recovery services. The workgroup also developed the Teen Leadership Manual which provided leadership training to approximately 100 young people. Regina has also helped contribute to the creation of the film, “Generation Found”.
Personally, Regina began her recovery in 1988 and continues her journey of recovery. She serves as a Ley Minister for her church Abiding Faith UMC and enjoys facilitating Women’s Bible studies. Her hobbies are reading, watching TV and spending time laughing with her family and friends. She also enjoys playing with her 8 year old “poodle wanna-be” named Ebony. Regina attributes all of her accomplishments to a loving God she so gladly serves.
Jazmin Jones is a native Houstonian as well as a loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister. As the Executive Financial and Administrative Officer, Jazmin has worked for Unlimited Visions Aftercare (UVA) for over 10 years. She proudly proclaims, “UVA is in my DNA, because I started working here as a volunteer.” Through hard work and dedication, she has risen in leadership. Jazmin has spearheaded every event Unlimited Visions hosted in 2016. In 2017, Jazmin Jones was honored as the Employee of the Year.
Jazmin believes in recovery because she’s seen it happen first hand. “Because I’ve lived in a home where all of my close family members have substance use disorder, I bring my past, hope, and compassion to work with me every day. I believe in teamwork and accountability. I provide support to our staff so they can supply the best services you, your loved ones, and the community.”
In Jazmin’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding, and watching football.