Canena wears many hats; she’s a wife of 19 years to her business partner and best friend Gregory Adams; she’s a mother of 5, and a mentor to many. Canena has held various leadership positions, which includes her current position, Founder and Director of “WOW”/Women of Worth, Inc.  "WOW" is  a local nonprofit, headquartered in Jackson, MI (which is now solely online) whose overall mission is to see women, youth, and families live their absolute “best” and “healthiest” life. Canena also served as Interim Executive Director of Marriage Matters Jackson; CEO of Birthline of Jackson, Women’s Chair/President of a Women’s Group (a position she held for over 14 years); Outreach Specialist/Social Worker of her county’s Department on Aging through their local Health Department; and Link Scholars Program Advisor for Spring Arbor University. 


Canena has sat on various boards and currently serves on the Spring Arbor University, Michindoh Board of Trustees. Canena is a certified SRA (Sexual Risk Avoidance) Specialist, Adjunct College Professor, and uses her credentials and expertise via public speaking, teaching, training, and more! Canena has a lengthy background in healthy relationship training  (youth and adults); in hosting and participating in community events and more! She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and an MA in Communication and Leadership from Spring Arbor University; and is currently pursuing her PhD at Liberty University. 


Canena considers herself to be very versatile in that she is comfortable in one-on-one settings but has also stood on larger platforms as the keynote speaker with audiences of 700 or more. Canena has taught, keynoted, and facilitated groups and events for faith-based organizations as well as secular. Additionally, Canena has also done contractual work with the US Department of Health and Human Services/ FYSB (Family and Youth Services Bureau) and has had the honor of speaking on Capitol in Washington, DC. 

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My WHY...

  • Overcame Childhood Trauma

  • Was a Teen Mom TWICE

  • Got Married at 22 years old/I've been Married to My BEST Friend for the past 19+ Years

  • Was a High School Dropout

  • Graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work & a Master of Communication

  • Current PhD Student

  • And so much more...

Experience, Honors, and Credentials:

  • Ambassador/Minister of Christ (over 20 years). My Husband I are the Ministry Leaders of Revive Ministries of Knoxville, TN

  • Public Speaker (Has spoken on Capitol Hill, before an audience of over 700 people for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and more) 

  • Over 20 plus years of experience as a Women's Ministry Leader

  • 20 years of mentorship (7 years at Florence Crittenton before their closing) - Jackson, MI 

  • Over 19 Years of Marriage/a Marriage & Family Ministry Leader (My Husband and I)  

  • Bachelor of Social Work  (Spring Arbor University) | Limited Licensed Social Worker (State of Michigan) 

  • Master of Communication and Leadership - Spring Arbor University

  • PhD Student - Liberty University

  • Board of Directors, Spring Arbor University, Michindoh Conference Center 

  • Past Board of Directors - Marriage Matters Jackson of Jackson, MI

  • Certified Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist - Ascend -Washington, D.C. 

  • Lifetime Member of Phi Alpha - Social Work Honor Society 

  • Chosen TEDx Speaker (she hopes to accomplish this task as the speech was canceled/postponed due to the global pandemic)


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