Sharon McDougle – CLS Houston, Texas Executive Advocate

by LaShanda Pitts
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Classy Living Society is pleased to congratulate and welcome CLS member Sharon McDougle on her acceptance as Executive Advocate for Houston, Texas and surrounding areas. Sharon will play a pivotal role in expanding CLS’ presence and assist in launching the CLS Society in our sister city.  In this important position, Sharon will be responsible for providing support, leadership and aid in the building of CLS’ Houston Society.  

Let’s get to know our Houston Executive Advocate…

Sharon was born and raised in Moss Point, Mississippi.  After graduating from high school, she had the honor of serving in the Air Force Physiological Support Division for over seven years. After leaving the Air Force, Sharon had the opportunity to work with NASA’s Space Shuttle Program as a Crew Escape Equipment (CEE) Suit Technician for 22 years. She was the first African American to serve in that department.  Sharon soon became the first and only African American woman Crew Chief, as well as the first and only African American woman to manage the department. She has been considered a “Modern Day Hidden Figure”. Sharon’s suited up many astronauts, but her most memorable suiting was Dr. Mae Jemison for her historic trip into space.  

Sharon has had many positive influences in her life but those who influenced her the most were her teachers and especially her oldest sister, Erma Jean Martin. Sharon lost both of her parents at an early age and lived with her sister and her family after she turned seven years old. She has no doubt that her sister helped her to become the woman she is today. 

She currently lives in La Porte, Texas with her wonderful husband Maronald and her two amazing children, Dominique and Corbin.  

Sharon told us about her relationship with CLS…

Sharon was invited and attended the 2019 Red Dress Gala. At the Gala, she felt the love and extreme sisterhood in the room and that did it!  Sharon joined CLS after hearing all of the amazing things the organization was doing in the community. She knew that this was the organization she needed to be a part of. Sharon signed up to be part of CLS at the Gala!

To Sharon, being a part of CLS means volunteering, sisterhood and fun – three of her favorite things!  Being a member means being a servant. Community service is important to Sharon because helping others has been a passion of hers for a long time.  She feels that there’s no better way to give back to the community than through an amazing organization like CLS. 

Fun facts about Sharon…

Sharon loves to dress up in costumes and read to children. She says she’s very adventurous and a little bit of a daredevil; she’s gone skydiving, held an alligator and a python and has been involved in axe throwing activities. 

Other good stuff about Sharon

Sharon is a busy lady!  In addition to her commitment to CLS, she volunteers with Unveiled Aspirations and the Khambrel Foundation. Sharon is also a Houston Brand Ambassador for “That Girl”.

Sharon we wish you well on your Executive Advocate journey. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to CLS!

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arpitts

Sharon has an amazing story to tell! Looking forward to her helping take CLS to the next level in Houston.

Sharon McDougle

Thank you for the opportunity to serve!

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