Meet Our Executive Director
EVA C. JONES, FOUNDER
Eva Jones has been a servant leader for most of her adult life. She began in her church organizing health fairs, women empowerment sessions, teen summits, and domestic abuse conferences that focused on raising awareness and ending dating and sexual assault violence in the Metro Jackson community. After raising her three sons, Eva returned to college as an adult learner and earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Mississippi College to enhance her knowledge in order to help women, men, and children who are victims and survivors of abuse and violence.
In 2010, Eva founded Butterflies by Grace Defined by Faith, an organization that strives to educate, empower, and advocate awareness to change the hearts of people and propose policy and legislation to protect victims and survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence. She created this missionary driven organization because she saw the need to change perceptions on a subject that had been reduced to hush tones and whispers among the community. She and other like-minded individuals among her knew a battle cry needed to be reverberated throughout the world to raise awareness against violence.
Butterflies aid the community by providing emotional support, creating platforms, and giving a voice to the voiceless.
Eva began speaking out against domestic violence and facilitating workshops with leading state organizations. She also volunteers in communities across the state to bring awareness to these issues and shine light on cultural norms that promotes safe and healthy living. Eva has dedicated her life to teaching young girls and women about self-esteem and self-respect to fight against oppression and domestic abuse.
Eva has had the privilege to serve and volunteer on various boards and organizations such as the American Medical Technologist, Sickle Cell Foundation, SIDS, Diabetes Foundation, Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the Susan Komen Breast Cancer and many more. She has been honored by many civic organizations and most recently Black Girls Rock, AMT Distinguished Achievement Award, For her work on Sexual Assault, she received the National Visionary Award , Dress For Success Honoree Hero of the year Award and Top Ten Nominee for Women of Progress. Eva is an active member of her church and has worked as a registered
medical assistant for over 30 years. Eva has been married to William Jones for 37 years, mother of three sons, and grandmother of 9 grandchildren.
Eva ‘s life- long desire has been to see strong communities, where families are happily secure and women and children live free from violence.
Eva is guided by Philippians 4:13-I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me. Eva enjoys traveling, reading, working out, and serving others.