Jezel Best was literally an upcoming shining star; born in Panama, at an early age she traveled to the US for a new life. In the US she enlisted and served in the military. Jezel worked, sometimes multiple jobs, to advance her lot in life and that of her son. I first met Jezel as a student; she had already completed much of her undergraduate curriculum, and she did it her way. Jezel went on to an executive MBA program while working on several entrepreneurial projects.