Welcome to Genesis Lifestyles
Every Mind ~ Every Spirit ~ Everybody~ Life begins with Genesis

Meet the Team

- Alan Stephens: Director

"Genesis is my gift to the world. " ~Alan Stephens 

Hello, my name is Alan, and this is my story...

I am a 53-year-old husband and father of two. Ten years ago I had one foot in the grave. I weighed nearly 400 lbs and could barely walk. My blood pressure was 150/105. My cholesterol was 370. I had trouble breathing and couldn't sleep more than 3 hours a night. My hair was falling out, I had skin disorders, and found myself with type II diabetes. Morning and evening insulin shots were part of everyday life. I had mood swings and lost 60% of my eyesight. I all but lost my wife and family, and was a failure in every aspect of my life.

I tried every diet and fell for every quick fix, miracle pill, or powder I saw advertised.

Today... I am happy to report that I weigh 185 lbs., have 20/20 eyesight, my cholesterol is 170, and my blood pressure is 114/70. I breathe in the air like a well-trained athlete and have a full head of hair. I no longer have skin disorders or take insulin shots. My family life is the best it has been in the 32 years that I have been married, and I sleep like a newborn baby.

I am one of the most blessed people on this planet, having been given a second chance to live my life. 
What I have been given, I want to share with you.

- Harriette Garrison: Co-Director

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Harriette Garrison, Co-Director

Harriette is a mother of two and volunteers as the Co-Director of Genesis.  Her daughter Ashley is twenty-two and her son Caleb is twelve.  She has been married to her husband Mike for over 13 years.  

She began struggling with depression in her early 30’s and found herself constantly feeling fatigued.  With a total cholesterol number of 214 and an LDL number of 154, in December of 2006 Harriette’s doctor began discussing the potential need for cholesterol medication.  In 2007, she was introduced to the Genesis program and by March of 2011 her total cholesterol number had dropped to 177 and her LDL to 110.  She found herself feeling better physically as well as emotionally and had more energy to devote to her family. Harriette notes that, “Naturally, with something you love, you want to get involved and spread the word!  So I began volunteering my time with Genesis in 2008 and have been serving in whatever capacity I can since then…”

- Jackie Garrison: Web - Marketing - Admin. Asst.

Mother of three (ages 28, 25, and 21), sister, daughter… web guru, geek, office assistant, web marketing specialist… crafter, reader, gamer, cat lover.  These are all parts of who I am.  I've lived all over the US… grew up in Snow Camp, NC, have lived on both the NC coast and in her mountains.  I've lived in Florida, near Orlando and Mickey Mouse, and in Washington State, near Mt. Rainier.  San Diego was my home for awhile, with its constant temperate climate.  My journey finally brought me back home, to Snow Camp, with its peaceful wide open countryside, four distinct beautiful seasons a year, and the love and fellowship of family and friends.
I’m an avid Crafter from a long, long line of Crafters, and will "create" with just about anything, from the traditional yarn, fabric and paints, to the non-traditional.  Creativity isn't just what I do; it’s a large part of who I am.  When a person can take something that another might just discard and create something amazing and beautiful out it, it becomes a joyous thing, and a deep sharing of self!
I’m the sort of person that embraces challenges, realizes that difficulties are brought into our lives as opportunities to learn and grow, and never afraid of change, as long as it’s not surrounded by chaos and lack of thought.  I’m a deep thinker, and enjoy learning about how other people (past and present) view the world.
Helping people brings me joy.  If I can help YOU in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Every Mind ~ Every Spirit ~ Everybody ~ Life begins with Genesis
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