Jacqueline Sterbach is the CEO and founder of What is Your Voice, Inc.
Jacqueline is a self-made woman whose executive business career started as an intern within a very competitive all-male industry. Ultimately, she became the Director of Marketing and Executive Sales for the seventy-five-year-old, all male corporation. She acquired several national awards and honors, including a headline article in a National Trade Industry magazine called “Day in the Life of a Saleswoman.”
Experiencing domestic violence as a child by the hand of her abusive mother led her to flee as a young teenager in the middle of the night into the hands of her first predator. This predetermined path of domestic violence led her to several bad choices for partners. Regretting the damage and impact of domestic violence on her children’s lives as she witnessed the ravages of fear, threats, and physical violence became empowered by her faith. She attained a Protection from Abuse Order, and Jacqueline broke the lifetime hold of domestic violence over her life.
During her recovery, she volunteered as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence as a hospital and court companion, domestic violence hotline volunteer and trained advocate for a shelter in Maryland for several years. Ms. Sterbach was approached by a Pastor to launch and co-lead a support group program for domestic violence survivors out of his deep concern for his members. This model grew over the years, and she saw a need for expansion into a Holistic platform working through Peer Advocates focusing on Trauma, PTSD, and long term care. Jacqueline relocated to Lewes, Delaware in 2012 to care for her elderly father and quickly realized the lack of services for survivors of violence and human trafficking within Sussex County.
What is Your Voice, Inc. is a Public Non-Profit 501c3 is a grassroots organization. She birthed from years of survivors journeys and research of her life’s work of empowering women and children to live violence-free lives. The focus is a Holistic approach and the power of connecting women into an existing support network, the empowerment of Peer Advocates and Trauma-Informed approaches. Her long-term goal was to build a complex for women and children survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking within Sussex County. Jacqueline launched The Pearl Safe House, transitional housing for survivors of abuse. What is Your Voice purchased the property through an aggressive fundraising campaign through the financial support of a trusted community who validated this successful model. Jacqueline states “that as community partners, we are working together improving the lives of women and children within the community where we live.”
Jacqueline is a Fearless Warrior who is an advocate for women and children survivors of violence. #stopthecycle