Ernestine Allen grew up in Louisburg, North Carolina and is the tenth of 18 children. She earned a Bachelors’ degree in Elementary Education from the University of the District of Columbia and a Masters’ Degree in Education Administration from Trinity College. Ernestine has been a teacher for the last 20 years, has achieved an Administrative Service Credential (principals’ license), and is a certified HIV counselor and tester. She and her husband of 42 years are members of The Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church, where they are Elders on the Ministerial Alliance and pre-marital and marriage counselors. They also established a Bereaved Parent Support Group after the death of their youngest son. Ernestine visits the Fairview Women’s Facility monthly to minister and inspire the women on pursuing a better life. She is the mother of two adult sons and grandmother of six.