Mother, Wife, Ministry Leader, Sister, Daughter, and Friend are a few of the ways that Magnolia is known by others. A native of the South Side of Chicago; she moved to Carbondale initially to pursue her undergraduate degree and has grown roots there. In her 17 years in Carbondale, she’s obtained two degrees, secured her career, partners with her husband in raising their daughters, and has worked in various ministry roles at her church; Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor she currently coordinates the Counselor in Residence program at SIU. Magnolia has been married to her best friend, Chester Hood for almost 15 years and takes great pride in being Kaja (19) and Krysten’s (12) mom. When she is not working, spending time with her family, or serving in ministry, loves to reading, watching movies and karaoke. Follow her on Instagram at mzhood_2u.