Simone Ramsey was born in Chicago, Illinois. After being placed in child protective services Simone was raised in Zion, Illinois from childhood to her teenage years. She was part of the Naval Junior Reserves Officer Training Corporation (NJROTC) all four years of high school. Her love for people and life catapulted her in the direction of leadership at an early age. Simone became a youth camp counselor for the Y.M.C.A. and worked there for 2 years. Due to Simone working closely with children in the Chicagoland area, she realized a great need for healthcare. Placing her dreams of working in healthcare on hold, Simone decided to enlist and serve in the United States Army as a cook and a member of the Female Engagement Team.
Working alongside her male-counterparts, she deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 to aide units in missions where they encountered local women and children. Throughout Simone’s time deployed, she learned the value of life and its importance. Simone also learned how necessary it is to provide resources for healthcare, food, and water to challenging communities around the world. After experiencing the loss of her fellow comrades, Simone had a completely different perspective of life and wanted to make sure no matter what she did, that it brought her happiness. After serving in the United States Army for 6 years and being stationed in 6 locations including South Carolina, Virginia, South Korea, Tennessee and Hawaii, Simone left the military to continue her pursuit of higher learning. Simone returned to Illinois where her family resides in 2016 to make the adjustment back to civilian life easier. For 2 years Simone worked as a customer service representative and went to school part-time at the College of Lake County. In 2019 Simone decided to focus solely on school and enrolled at the City Colleges of Chicago. Simone is currently enrolled at DePaul University in a combined psychology program obtaining her bachelors of science and masters of science. Through adversity and opposition, Simone has triumphed through obstacles and is now ready to show the world her various skill sets. Simone looks forward to working with the Bernie Mac Foundation as the new program assistant. She hopes to bring a new and innovative perspective to the promotion and awareness of sarcoidosis.