Virginia Echols was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1947. She began her career as a Dental Assistant, Instructor and Collections Expert in 1966. She taught at the University of Detroit Dental School, Wayne County Community College. In 1982, she founded the Dental Auxiliary Services, Inc., a consultant agency and taught Dental Assisting at Wayne County Community College in Detroit.
Ms. Echols served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1983 to 1986 in Liberia, West Africa, following her tour of duty she worked as a collections agent for Liberia Telecommunications and later became the Director for Admissions and Student Records at the A. M. E. Zion Community College, Liberia, West Africa. She joined the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is currently a licensed Missionary of that church.
Ms. Echols migrated to Belize in 1993 and is now the Director of Credit Master System. She serves as a host on a Women’s Talk Show on KREM Radio & TV. She is also the host of a Radio Ministry called Moment of Inspiration which started the first Sunday in June 2000 as a half hour program and has developed into a two and a half hour program airing 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Sundays. Moment of Inspiration is Ministry based on the concepts of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Moment of Inspiration: Get Lost in the Music, Get Found in the Music, Get Up With GOD.
Ms. Echols is a member of the Board of the UBAD Educational Foundation and is responsible for the programmes at the Library of African and Indian Studies including the Youth Group programmes and the Women’s Outreach Group that visit the women who are in prison. She initially was a volunteer at the Dorothy Menzies Child Center and became a member of the Board of Governors in 1996. She currently serves as the Treasurer. Ms. Echols is the mother of two sons and a daughter and has seven grandchildren.