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AROUND THE REGION Junior League of Pensacola elects first woman-of-color president The Junior League of Pensacola (JULEP) welcomes its 2019-2020 Board of Directors, the team of women who will lead the charitable, educational organization throughout its 63rd year. The newly elected Board of Directors includes Tori Woods, who will serve as President in 2019-2020, becoming the first woman of color President in the Junior League of Pensacola's history. She will be succeeded in 2020-2021 by Dr. Kim Thomas, currently serving as President-Elect, who is the second woman of color elected to serve in these roles. The Junior League of Pensacola celebrated this very special and important milestone welcoming incoming president Tori Woods as the first woman of color president in the

League’s 63-year history on Thursday, May 30th at the annual May Dinner held at Pensacola Yacht Club.

completed nursing school and is a Licensed Practical Nurse and a Certified Community Health Worker.

Woods has been a member of the Junior League of Pensacola for four years during which time she led the Kids in the Kitchen program and served as Community Impact CoChair as well as President Elect. She is a past recipient of both the Member Merit and annual Ray of Sunshine membership awards. Woods also serves as President of Escambia County Council of PTAs/PTSAs. She was recently honored by the Pensacola Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with the Servant Leader award. Woods is an alum of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She received her degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She also

“From day one, the Junior League embraced me and I am forever grateful. I am excited to work with the incoming board to make sure this year is as amazing for our members as my new member year was.” says Woods. “I am excited about this year and look forward to passing the gavel to my dear friend Kimberly Thomas in 2020.” Woods will be succeeded by Dr. Kimberly Thomas, the 2019-2020 President-Elect. Dr. Thomas, Assistant Principal of Escambia County Schools, also serves as the President of the Escambia County Association of School Administrators.

Leary named coordinator of Diversity Initiatives at Pensacola State College Dr. Rameca Vincent Leary has been named Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives at Pensacola State College. Her duties encompass student and employee minority recruitment, and producing/hosting responsibilities for the “PSC Today” and “PSC Aware” programs aired on WSRE-TV. An integral part of this position also entails assisting and leading various Cultural Diversity Committee initiatives and activities. Leary also is a business instructor at the College, and was recognized as the 20182019 Outstanding New Faculty Member. Leary has an extensive background in television news and diversity initiatives. While employed at WCSC-TV Channel 5 in Charleston, South Carolina, she

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worked as a producer, reporter, news anchor, “Live 5 News at Noon” host, and public affairs director. While at Trident Technical College in Charleston, she served as assistant director of recruiting, and spearheaded numerous community projects.

Also, Leary was awarded two Community Service Awards from the City of Charleston, and has received numerous accolades for her work with Project Cool Breeze, an initiative she co-founded, which helps provide brand new fans and air conditioning units for senior citizens.

Leary received a master’s degree in management with an emphasis in public relations from the University of Maryland. She earned a doctor of philosophy in communication from Regent University. Her dissertation focus was colorism (intra-racial discrimination) in film. The study was entitled: “Colorism in Media Content: A Qualitative Study Focusing on Film and Perception.” She explored its impact on African-Americans in the industry and society as a whole.

In 2009, she was recognized by the South Carolina State Senate and received a special proclamation for her outreach initiatives. Pensacola State President Ed Meadows stated that PSC having Leary in this role will enhance the efforts of the College in minority recruitment of students and faculty and staff. He added it will also further the College’s efforts to better serve the community with meaningful outreach initiatives.

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Pensacola Magazine, August 2019  

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