Public Speaker & Advocate

Transformational Speaker

Seen on local major channels  

Monica is a graduate of Tiffin University with a BA in Organizational Management and a graduate of Cleveland State University with a Master’s in Sociology.  She works as a Sociology professor at Cuyahoga Community College in addition to having the job of completing dialysis treatments five times a week.  She is President of Hosanna House Enterprises and founder of the former Monica A. Starks Foundation. She is an advocate for Kidney Disease Awareness and speaks in the community about kidney disease prevention. 

Monica's goal is to encourage the at risk population to make lifestyle changes. Those at risk can begin today,  with understanding and acknowledging that they are at risk. We discuss the top five risk factors that many do not know and discuss lifestyle changes often with examples, demos and entertainment. She also speaks concerning other topics and incorporates discussions for personal transformation.

Here's my scheduling link so we can avoid the back and forth of finding a time to meet.

Availability Includes (but is not limited to):

  • Virtual Events
  • Conferences/Workshops
  • Emcee Services
  • Keynotes
  • Luncheons/Parties
  • Retreats
  • Special  Events

Partial List of Clients
  • Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
  • Office of Black Catholics, Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Harvard Community Development Center
  • Cleveland State University, Division of University Engagement, The Pratt Center
  • Langston Hughes Center Cleveland Clinic Community Health & Education Center 
  • Minority Health Alliance
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church- Diabetes Group


Author: Down But Not Out: My Journey with Chronic Kidney Disease

Author: Down But Not Out: breaking Generational Curses

Article-Women of Color Magazine: "What's your Kidney Score?"

Article-Cleveland State University Student Magazine: The Cauldrin; " Balancing Act"


Community Service Award- Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, 2020

Diversity & Inclusion Award- Cuyahoga Community College 2020

Whos Who in Black Cleveland, Honoree for Position as Sociology Professor 2019

Proclamation-Mayor Fletcher Berger, 2017

Founders Award- Monica A. Starks Foundation 2016

Resolution-Mayor and City Council Members 2016

Whos Who in Black Cleveland, Honoree for MAS Foundation 2016


"She has a passion to educate as many people as possible on the benefits of early testing and being proactive in knowing their kidney score."  Mayor Fletcher Berger, Bedford Hts, Oh

“Dynamic, Spiritual, Realistic plus inspired, we were totally lifted and definitely impressed by Miss Monica's presentation.” 

E.Jane Skinner, St. Adalbert Senior Club Program Coordinator

“You're so dynamic and animated which keeps your audience engaged”  Velma Wilson,
Diabetes Empower Group participant

“It was both, it was motivating and inspiring... it ministered plain and simple...  YOUR faith has and always will move mountains...  Our depth of journey are a reflection of constant flow of GOD THROUGH US it is not us but Him in us... the more WILLING of a vessel the deeper the journey ... 
To GOD be the glory.”   

Nina Lowe, retreat participant

“I love the speaker, she was real and her presentation was powerful”  Linda Orr, Director,
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