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2018 UP THE HILL JACK AND JILL OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED


TABLE OF CONTENTS National President’s Letter

4

National Editor’s Letter

5

Mid-Western Regional Highlights

376

National Executive Board

6

Mid-Western Chapter News

384

National Teen Board

7

Mid-Western Family Albums

437

Jack and Jill History

10

Mid-Western Memorials

439

Central Region

11

Central Regional Highlights

12

Central Chapter News

21

Central Family Albums

44

Central Debutantes and Beaus

45

Central Seniors

48

Eastern Region

57

Eastern Regional Highlights

58

Eastern Chapter News

66

Eastern Family Albums

143

Eastern Memorials

146

Eastern Debutantes and Beaus

148

Eastern Seniors

154

Far West Region

217

Far West Regional Highlights

218

Far West Chapter News

226

Far West Family Albums

269

Far West Memorials

270

Far West Debutantes and Beaus

274

Far West Seniors

280

Mid-Atlantic Region

303

Mid-Atlantic Regional Highlights

304

Mid-Atlantic Chapter News

312

Mid-Atlantic Family Albums

348

Mid-Atlantic Debutantes and Beaus 350 Mid-Atlantic Seniors

354

Mid-Western Region

375

Mid-Western Debutantes and Beaus 442 Mid-Western Seniors

South Central Region

448

483

South Central Regional Highlights

484

South Central Chapter News

492

South Central Family Albums

531

South Central Memorials

533

South Central Debutantes and Beaus 535 South Central Seniors

Southeastern Region

543

571

Southeastern Regional Highlights

572

Southeastern Chapter News

579

Southeastern Family Albums

636

Southeastern Memorials

641

Southeastern Debutantes and Beaus 643 Southeastern Seniors

Children’s Art Contest

653

695


Letter From The

25TH NATIONAL PRESIDENT Greetings Jack and Jill Families,

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s we celebrate our beloved organization’s 80th Anniversary, it gives me great pride to acknowledge and thank Marion Stubbs Thomas and all our Founding Mothers, on whose shoulders we stand. We embrace their vision and highlight the meaningful work of our 238 chapters and graduating seniors from the Class of 2018 in Up the Hill, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated’s annual publication. The first annual issue of Up the Hill was published in 1947 and seventy-one years later, the annual yearbook continues to beautifully chronicle our collective Power to Make a Difference in the lives of all children. As we embark upon the next 80 years, let us grow in chapters, passionately live our mission and lead with intention, always keeping our Guiding Principles in mind: • Commit to Serving a Higher Purpose • Commit to Keeping Children First • Commit to Being Knowledgeable • Commit to Being Strategic • Commit to Being Accountable • Commit to Being Kind To the Class of 2018, we are grateful for your contributions to Jack and Jill and celebrate your many achievements. We wish you continued success on the next phase of your journey; remember the poignant words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” On behalf of the National Executive Board, thank you to National Editor Tanya Hand for her dedication to excellence. She has done a wonderful job capturing the true meaning of Jack and Jill “Forever Families” in the 2018 Up the Hill. Congratulations! Long Live Jack and Jill,

Joli Cooper-Nelson

25th National President Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated


Letter From The

NATIONAL EDITOR Greetings Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Families! -

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appy 80th Anniversary! It is with great honor that I share with you the 2018 Up The Hill. In serving as your National Editor, I have the privilege to help tell of the great work of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is an organization of mothers dedicated to raising the next generation of African American leaders while enhancing the lives of all children. We work to accomplish our mission through diverse programs focused on leadership development, cultural exposure, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving.

While serving as your National Editor, my communications have been intentional in speaking to the power of family and my belief that UTH is our Jack and Jill Family Scrapbook; the keeping of our family treasures. Up The Hill tells our stories across our regions. This publication helps to bind us as the community and the family that we are. This publication celebrates the families, chapters, regions and national highlights of our organization and demonstrates the strength of our family. Together, we celebrate the journey of family. We salute and celebrate our seniors as they matriculate to their next experience and our mothers as they become Associates. As we celebrate our 80th Anniversary, please take time to read the many pages of accolades, successes, accomplishments, graduations and memorials. Thank you for sharing our present stories because they will soon become history. Our family scrapbook is important because through it we share: Love, Leadership and Legacy. Thank you for allowing me the honor of this service. It has been a joy and a pleasure. Thank you to the National Executive Board for your love, support and belief in our tenants.; together we were able to “Make a Difference.� Thank you to the wonderful HQ Staff; you are the wind beneath our wings. Thank you to the Mighty Mid-Western Region and the Indianapolis Chapter for your support and love. Lastly, thank you to my wonderful family: Jon, Jessica, Joie, Jalyn, Juliana and now Nikhil- your unwavering love has shown me that the true Power comes from the love of family. Thank you for your love! In Service,

Tanya Hand

National Editor


2016-2018 NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD

JOLI COOPER-NELSON, 25TH NATIONAL PRESIDENT DANIELLE BROWN, NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT VARA ALLEN-JONES, NATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR MICHELLE GENTRY ANDERSON, NATIONAL RECORDING SECRETARY PAULA MCCANN HARRIS, NATIONAL CORRESPONDING SECRETARY PAMELA D. TAYLOR, NATIONAL TREASURER TANYA HAND, NATIONAL EDITOR


2017-2018 NATIONAL TEEN BOARD

HUDSON HAZELWOOD CENTRAL REGION

KAYLA BELLOW FAR WEST REGION

AUDREY WATTS EASTERN REGION

CARLOS BROWN JR. MID-ATLANTIC REGION

CANDACE JOHNSON MID-WESTERN REGION

TAYLOR ELLIS ZURI WILLIAMS SOUTH CENTRAL REGION SOUTHEASTERN REGION


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ur greatest and most influential leaders are the beneficiaries of the 80 years of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated: our children and all children. The National Teen Board (NTB) is one of the greatest examples of the great work and results of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The NTB members are creative leaders dedicated and focused on the objectives of our organization. They serve as seven outstanding Teen Presidents representing the seven regions of our organization. Together, with National Editor Tanya and their liaison, they have served both enthusiastically and selflessly to ensure that the voices and opinions of their constituents are heard. The 2017-2018 NTB worked diligently during the program year to ensure that their voices and the teen perspectives were heard locally, regionally and nationally. Their work this year included: • Working with the Legislative Committee to host and facilitate OTH 2017, •

Attending the Metropolitan COPA event

Hosting Teen Twitter Town Hall and Periscope

Hosting the Children’s Crusade

The NTB Twitter Town Hall with a commitment that each month they would discuss, via Twitter, subjects that affect and important to our teens. They chose topics such as: •

Negotiating Blackness in College

Will You Stand Up?

• Squash the Silence, the Shame, the Stigma; Addressing Mental Health and Fitness After the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Our youth leaders decided that they as a group would collectively support the Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) projects being held around the country and encourage all of our teen across the Organization to use their voice and advocate for gun control. The National Teen Board 2017-2018 has served Jack and Jill of America, Inc. very well. Thank you, members, of the NTB: Hudson Hazlewood (Central), Audrey Watt (Eastern), Kayla Bellow (Far

West), Carlos Brown, Jr. (Mid-Atlantic), Candace Johnson(Mid-Western), Taylor Ellis (South Central) and Zuri Williams(Southeastern) Hudson is the Regional Teen President of the Cool and Classy Central Region. Hudson, is a high school junior and a charter teen member of the Greater Peoria Illinois Chapter. He was elected to two terms as chapter Vice President, he also served as Regional Teen Treasurer 2016-2107. He has twice been recognized with the Presidential Service Award. He is a three-year Varsity soccer team member, and was voted All Conference, All Sectional 2016 and 2017. He is an Olympic Development Program Illinois State Player and Regional Pool player. Audrey is the Regional Teen President for the Mighty Eastern Region. Audrey is 17 years old and is a senior at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY. She has been passionate about Jack and Jill since she started seven years ago in 2010. During her time in the teen group, she has held the positions of Teen Treasurer and Teen President. In her spare time Audrey loves to read, cook, sing, and play her violin. After graduation, she plans to attend college and major in Political Science, after which she plans to go to law school, obtain her JD, and become a Federal Prosecutor.


Kayla is the Regional Teen President for the Fabulous Far West Region. She is currently a senior at Moreau Catholic high school. While at Moreau she has been very active, participating on the cheer squad for 1 year, track for 2 years and was a member of the Black Student Union for all 4 years. She is gifted with a voice that has commanded many audiences, as such she has enjoyed performing at a number of Jack and Jill events Specifically she sang the Jack and Jill Hymn at the 2016 National Convention and she also performed “Rise Up” at the 2017 On The Hill Summit. Kayla has been a member of the Tri-Valley chapter for 12 years. She was the first TriValley teen to serve at a regional level, Carlos is the Regional Teen President for the Marvelous Mid-Atlantic Region. In addition to serving in his role in Jack and Jill, his passions are International Studies, Political Science and Model United Nations. He has participated in numerous Model UN competitions each year across the eastern seaboard; where has been fortunate to win best delegate five times, and earn a honorary mention in other competitions. In the summer of 2017, he applied and was selected to participate in the prestigious Sorensen Institute High School Leaders Program at the University of Virginia. There he took classes on politics and government affairs and met with policy-makers from around the state. He also had the honor of serving as a Richmond Forum Scholar, where he was one of the five students in the Richmond area who were selected, through a rigorous screening process, to help execute the Richmond Forum which brings renowned speakers such as President Obama, Ambassador Susan Powers, and Actress Glenn Close. Candace is the Regional Teen President for the Mighty Mid-Western Region. Candace is a senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois.  She has been a member of the North Shore Jack and Jill Chapter for 10 years during which time she has served as chapter secretary and delegate, Recommendations Committee Co-Chair, Regional Teen Secretary and currently serves as Regional Teen President. In high school, Candace is an active member of her school’s We Are One organization and is committed to building an inclusive environment through participating in Black

Association of Stevenson Students and engaging with Diversity Club to promote awareness of African American culture and contributions. Candace is passionate about soccer and has played travel soccer for over 10 years. Taylor is the Regional Teen President for the SouthCentral Region. In addition to Jack and Jill, Taylor is part of the Junior Statesmen of America, where she is the Texas JSA Director of Activism. In this role, Taylor works to coordinate all of the political and social activism projects throughout the state of Texas. In the past year, Taylor started a toiletry, book, and clothing drive for veterans and created an overnight service trip to Rockport, Texas to help aid people who had been affected by Hurricane Harvey. As an active participant in Youth and Government, she has written mock legislation on sexual assault reform, gun control, and alcohol awareness. Zuri is the Regional Teen President for the Sweet Sweet Southeastern Region. She is an 18-year-old Senior at Clinton High School in Clinton, Mississippi. In addition to Jack and Jill, she is a member of New Jerusalem Church in Jackson, MS and currently, she is serving as the Student Body President and a member of her school’s award winning Attache’ choir. She is also active in other school clubs such as, the French club, with whom she traveled to Paris, France last summer to experience firsthand and practice her French in an authentic environment. She is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta where she serves as historian, book club, chess club, and model United Nations. Through student government she has lead school blood drives on campus, food drives, and partnered with the local Four C’s club to provide clothes to people in need.


The History of Jack and Jill of America 1938–2018

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ack and Jill of America, Incorporated was founded January 24, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from a meeting of 20 mothers under the leadership of Marion Stubbs Thomas seeking to stimulate a social and cultural relationship between their children. Jack and Jill of America has avalanched into a strong national organization from the humble beginning of a local group. The National organization was born on June 1, 1946 when representatives of eight of the ten groups that had formed since 1938 voted to establish the national organization. The second national convention was held in 1947 in Columbus, Ohio where plans were formulated to sponsor new groups in accordance to the governing documents. The Constitution and By-laws were drawn up and Jack and Jill of America was incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware on August 28, 1947. Each year, chapter programming activities are guided under a national theme in adherence to fulfillment of our organizational goals. Individual chapters embrace a plan of action geared toward a united commitment to address and help alleviate disturbing community problems that affect children. Since 1938 Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated has continued to grow and make a difference in our society for children through chapter programming and collaboration with other organizations that focus on the welfare of our youth. Today, Jack and Jill of America has a membership base of over 10,000 members and over 224 chapters functioning in seven regions across the United States. The organization’s colors are pink and blue and the flower is the pink sweetheart rose.

Our Organization’s Goals To create a medium of contact for children which will stimulate their growth and development. To provide constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational, social and service programs for children. To aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study. To seek for ALL children the same advantages we desire for our own. To support all national legislation aimed at bettering conditions for all children.


2018 REGIONAL STATS 16 CHAPTERS

1 PROVISIONAL GROUP 409 MOTHERS 131 ASSOCIATES 335 FATHERS 291 TEENS 365 CHILDREN

Air Capital Wichita, KS Bloomington-Normal, IL Denver, CO Des Moines, IA East St. Louis, IL Greater Little Rock, AR Greater Peoria, IL Greater Pikes Peak, CO Johnson County, KS Kansas City, KS Kansas City, MO Northwest Arkansas, AR Oklahoma City, OK South Suburban Denver, CO St. Clair County, IL Tulsa, OK

CENTRAL REGION


MICHELLE GENTRY ANDERSON National Recording Secretary

Greeting Members of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

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elcome to the Cool and Classy Region! You will see from our stats what we are small in numbers, but large in land. We are proud of our hardworking servant-leaders, our dedicated members, our very involved fathers, our outstanding teens and our wonderful children. We are led by the amazing RD Robin Rice Hodges and her equally amazing team, RS Thembi Conner-Garcia , RT Michele Henry-McGee and MAL April Hall-Key. These ladies have jumped right into their new positions and continued to lead the Central Region to grow in membership numbers and in chapter numbers. Thank you Central Region Team for your service to the region and Jack and Jill of America,

Inc.! Thank you to my chapter, the Tulsa, Oklahoma Chapter, led by the dynamic President Leslie Walters. I would not be able to be here as the National Officer of the Central Region without their support for me and my family. These ladies always make me so proud with their dedication and eagerness to do all that is needed to be a chapter of excellence. They have embraced all that Jack and Jill has to offer. It is obvious to all that they love Jack and Jill just as I do! I am most grateful for the support of my family. The understanding and willingness to help of my husband, National Fathers’ Auxiliary Committee Chair, Dr. Bret Anderson, my three children, Amelia, Brett and Alexis allow me to do what I love, serve Jack and Jill! And my mother, for making the choice to join the Tulsa Chapter many years ago. Her choice introduced me to this premier organization! Now, I am so proud to be given the opportunity to represent the Central Region, the region in which I grew up! I have so enjoyed this year as the National Officer of the Central Region, your National Recording Secretary. It has been a delight working with the Regional Secretaries as we discussed MIS and 1-in-4, the National Nominating Committee as they prepared for the elections of your 20182020 National officers, the Regional Nominating Committee as they assisted your teens with their 2018-19 regional teen officer elections, and the National Technology committee as they worked on ways to make the Jack and Jill processes easier and streamlined for our members. Thank you so much for letting me serve you, the families of Jack and Jill! Yours,

Michelle Gentry Anderson National Recording Secretary


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CENTRAL REGION T

he Central Region is one of the seven regions established under the regional plan of organization committee and finally adopted by the national body at the annual convention in San Francisco in 1957. The Central Region covers the largest geographical area in Jack and Jill spanning the heartland of America, from the mighty Mississippi River to the rustic Rocky Mountains. Currently, there are 16 chapters in seven states that stretch north to Iowa, south to Oklahoma and Arkansas, east to Illinois, and west to Colorado. States rounding out the rest of the region are Missouri and Kansas. At the first Mothers’ Regional Conference held in 1959, eight chapters made up the region including Memphis, TN; St. Louis, MO; Tulsa, OK; Kansas City, MO; Oklahoma, OK; Pine Bluff, AR; Kansas City, KS and Topeka, KS. Melba Briscoe was the first Central Regional Director. Margaret Simms from the St. Louis Chapter was elected National President in 1962 and Dr. Lillian A. Parks from the East St. Louis Chapter was elected in 1978. The region has hosted five national conventions in 1953, 1958, 1976, 1990 and 2004. The 2018 National Convention will be hosted by the Central Region in Kansas City, MO.

Regional Officers Regional Regional Regional Regional National

Teen Officers

Director: Robin Rice Hodges Treasurer: Michele Henry-McGee Secretary: Thembi Conner-Garcia Member at Large: April Hall-Key Officer: Michelle Gentry Anderson

President: Hudson Hazlewood Vice-President: J’Ron Collins Secretary: Nola Ornelas Treasurer: Cameron Key Foundation Chair: Chelse’ King

Regional Committee Appointments

Associate Chair: Jacquie Easley McGhee Bylaws Chair: Zina Cruse Editor: Yolanda Waldon Fathers’ Auxiliary Chair: Brett Anderson Legislative Chair: Tamara King Membership Chair: Vanecia Kerr Nominating Chair: Heather West Policy and Procedure Chair: Cassandra Green Program Chair: Denesha Snell Protocol Chair: Dawn Jones Gaffney Strategic Relevance and Value: LaShannon Spencer Technology Chair: Meosha Brooks Teen Advisor: Jocelyn Hazlewood Parliamentarian: Zina Cruse

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REGIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS For the Central Region, 2017 was a milestone year and the Cool & Classy members rose up and celebrated 60 years of the region. We commemorated the mothers who came before us and dedicated their time and talents to nurture our future African-American leaders through leadership development, community service, and philanthropic giving in our region for the past six decades. For the second time, the region held both the teen conference and mothers conference in the same week in Oklahoma City. The 30th Biennial Mothers’ Regional Conference – Rise Up and Celebrate: 60 years of Making a Difference in the Central Region was hosted by the Northwest Arkansas Chapter. Special guests included the 25th National President Joli Cooper-Nelson as guest speaker at the awards dinner and National Vice President Danielle Brown. The region also celebrated the record-breaking monetary contribution from its members to the Jack and Jill Foundation with the first “Spirit of Giving” Foundation Luncheon led by MAL Elsie Jackson. The 64th Annual Teen Leadership Conference was hosted by the Oklahoma City Chapter. During the foundation rally and luncheon, teens celebrated the “Spirit of Giving” by donating more than 150 teddy bears to the Oklahoma City police department who keep stuffed animal in their trunk to give to children

in traumatized situations such as abuse, missing children, and accidents. We again partnered with the Pack Shack to throw another crazy fun feed the funnel packing party. Over 20,000 meals were packed and donated to Skyline Urban Ministries in Oklahoma. In September, a record-breaking attendance by region occurred at the sixth Biennial On the Hill Legislative Summit as more than 50 mothers and teens descended to Washington D.C. to educate teens on civic engagement and bring key legislative issues to our congressional leaders. Teen Legislative Chair Jordyn Blythe (BMN) performed a rendition of “Hallelujah” on the piano and Teen Ailayna Gaffney (SCC) performed her lyrical dance to the song “Glory.” The region conducted two area work days in October. Immediate Past National Treasurer Crystal Johnson Turner presented a financial workshop at the south-west cluster hosted by the Tulsa Chapter and National Treasurer Pamela Taylor presented at the north-east cluster hosted by the St. Clair County Chapter. Also in October, seven new associates and life time members were installed as the newest associate group with the St. Clair County Chapter. Past National President Lillian Parks was our special guest at the installation.

“For my family, Jack and Jill allows my children the experience of learning and living with children who are just like them. In Jack and Jill, my children experience being a part of the majority they don’t see in their everyday lives, and they learn what it means to be a part of a supportive and loving village beyond their family. In Jack and Jill, my children have 10,000 moms and even more brothers and sisters.“

– Michele Henry-McGee, Central Regional Treasurer (East St. Louis, IL Chapter)

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Mother’s Conference 2017 Date: June 20-22, 2017 Theme: 60 Years of Making a Difference in the Central Region Location: Oklahoma City, OK Hosting Chapter: Northwest Arkansas, AR Chapter Conference Chairs: Sherrita Wilson, Chair; Yolanda Coronel, Co-Chair Teen Conference 2017 Date: June 22-25, 2017 Theme: Black Is The New Black: Embrace Your Roots Location: Oklahoma City, OK Hosting Chapter: Oklahoma City, OK Chapter Conference Chairs: Michelle Gray Mother’s Clusters Date: Oct. 14, 2017 (South-West Cluster) and Oct. 21, 2017 (North-East Cluster) Theme: Strengthening Families. Uplifting Communities. Location: Tulsa, OK (SW) and Belleville, IL (NE) Hosting Chapter: Tulsa, OK Chapter (SW) and St. Clair County, IL Chapter (NE) Conference Chairs: Angela Hardman (SW) and Tamara King (NE) Children’s Clusters Date: April 8, 2018 - North Cluster Theme: Harvesting Legacy and Leadership Location: Kansas City, KS Hosting Chapter: Kansas City, KS Chapter Conference Chairs: Danielle Jones Children’s Clusters Date: April 21, 2018 - East and South Clusters Theme: Harvesting Legacy and Leadership Location: East St. Louis, IL (East) and Wichita, KS (South) Hosting Chapter: East St. Louis, IL Chapter (East) and Air Capital Wichita, KS Chapter (South) Conference Chairs: Candace Coman (East) and Tracy Williams (South) Children’s Clusters Date: April 28, 2018 - West Cluster Theme: Harvesting Legacy and Leadership Location: Colorado Springs, CO Hosting Chapter: Greater Pikes Peak, CO Chapter Conference Chairs: Tasara Fudge

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ROBIN RICE HODGES REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Robin Rice Hodges currently serves the Central Region as its 25th Regional Director. Robin is the mother of three: Torres (27), Cameryn (16), and Jackson 113. Along with her husband Derrick, her family recently settled in Belleville, Illinois after more than 21 years as an active duty Air Force family. Robin’s journey in Jack and Jill began in 2008 in the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter in Alexandria, Virginia. In 2011, military duty relocated her family to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where she was a member of the Greater Tampa Chapter. Since 2014, Robin has been a member of the St. Clair County Chapter. Robin has served the in Jack and Jill in many capacities, including Recording Secretary, Grade Group Chair and Program Director. In the Central Region, she served as Chair of the 2015 East Children’s Cluster, 2016 Teen Conference Chair and Member of the 2015-2017 Regional Nominating Committee. In addition, Robin served as Regional Technology Chair 2015-2017 and Member of the National Technology Committee 2015-2017.

THEMBI CONNER-GARCIA REGIONAL SECRETARY

Thembi Conner-Garcia is a charter member of the Greater Peoria, Illinois Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. When the chapter was chartered in November 2014, Thembi served as chapter president. She has also served on the National Strategic Value and Relevance Committee from 2016-2017. Thembi received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine- Peoria. She currently teaches and supervises Internal Medicine residents in the ambulatory setting. She also does some independent contract work for local healthcare agencies. Thembi is a member of the Central Illinois Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the American College of Physicians. Thembi is the proud wife of Ramon Garcia and proud mother to Izaak (14) and Ayannah (9).

MICHELE HENRY-MCGEE REGIONAL TREASURER

Michele Henry-McGee has been a dedicated member of the Extraordinarily Exceptional East St. Louis Chapter since 2008. She has served her chapter in various capacities including Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Lead Teen Sponsor, and most recently, as two-term President. She has also served as chair of various committees as well as Chapter Delegate at Regional Conferences and National Conventions. Prior to assuming her current regional position, RT Michele served as the Central Region Chaplain. RT Michele is the spouse of Sylvester McGee, mom of 2013 Jack and Jill Alum daughter Paige, sons Myles and Drew, and bonus daughters, Ashley and Carla. She is also Mimmaw to six (6) bonus grandchildren, Jalyl, Julez, Daniah, Makila, Janila, and Keh’lan. She is a graduate of McKendree University and has established a career in corporate finance and global logistics. RT Michele is also owner of MEHC Real Estate Transaction & Design Service and MEHC Virtual Assistance. RT Michele currently sits on the Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School Board and serves as Board Secretary and co-chair of the Development Committee. Vowing to “work hard for the money”, RT Michele is happy and pleased to serve the phenomenal families of the Central Region.

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APRIL HALL-KEY MEMBER-AT-LARGE

April Hall-Key has been a member of the Johnson County, Kansas Chapter since 2009 and has served as President, Vice President, Parliamentarian and Teen Sponsor. She also served Central Region as The Regional Teen Advisor; Regional Nominating Committee Member and the Regional Legislative Chair where she helped plan the 2011 On The Hill Summit. April and her husband Vincent have been married for 25 years and have four children; Kaelin, who graduated out in 2016; Cameron, who is the Regional Teen Treasurer and will graduate out in 2018; Carson who is a Freshman in high school & Kaiya Lynne who is in middle school. April was raised in Shawnee, Kansas and has undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from The University of Kansas. She has a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and is licensed in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. After practicing law, April was a stay at home mother and became involved in church, social, political and community activities. She was a charter member of her local chapter of Mocha Moms, Inc. She is also active in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the mother’s clubs, booster clubs and football and track clubs.

JACQUIE EASLEY MCGHEE REGIONAL ASSOCIATE CHAIR

After 12 yearsof active membership, Jacquie Easley McGhee became a life Associate member in 2014 and was appointed Central Region Associate Chair in 2016. As a member of the Des Moines Chapter, RAC Jacquie served as Chapter President (2012-2014) and as Central Region Chair on the National Strategic Relevance and Value Committee under the leadership of forma NP Tamara Turnley Robinson. Jacquie is Director, Community & Diversity Services for Mercy Medical Center where she manages health equity programs. In 2017, Jacquie was elected Chair of the City of Des Moines Council Planning and Zoning Commission. Jacquie was inducted in the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame by Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds in August 2011. She has also been inducted in the Iowa African American Hall of Fame. Other honors include Metro Women’s “Woman of the Year in 2009”, Des Moines Business Record’s “Woman of Influence”, Dollars and Sense Magazine’s “Outstanding Business and Professional Award”, Iowa Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Iowan.

JOCELYN HAZLEWOOD REGIONAL TEEN ADVISOR

Jocelyn Hazlewood is a charter member of Greater Peoria Illinois Chapter. She has been married to her husband, Dexter for 29 years. She is the proud mother of two delightful children, Cameo who graduated Jack and Jill in 2015 and Hudson, a junior in High School. Since 2014, she has held the positions of Grade Group Coordinator, Historian and Lead Teen Sponsor. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and Doctor of Medicine from Howard University College of Medicine. Professionally, she works as a board-certified anesthesiologist in a private practice group. She is also involved in hospital Operating Room management and medical education. She serves the American Board of Anesthesiology as a Senior examiner and as an exam content editor. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Central Illinois Chapter of The Links, Inc. She enjoys reading, travel, photography. and beekeeping. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve and contribute to the lives of our future leaders.

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TEEN OFFICERS HUDSON HAZLEWOOD | TEEN PRESIDENT Hudson Hazlewood is a charter member of the Greater Peoria Chapter of Jack and Jill. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for three years and has served previously as chapter Vice President and Regional Teen Treasurer. Outside of Jack and Jill he is an avid soccer player and has trained with professional teams in both Spain and Brazil. In addition, he is a devoted public servant. He volunteers for several organizations in the community. He is the founder and principal organizer of eRACEing Hunger, a 5k fun run that raises food, funds, and awareness for childhood hunger.

J’RON COLLINS | TEEN VICE-PRESIDENT J’ron Collins is a senior at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy. He has been a member of the Kansas City Missouri chapter for 6 years and has served as Teen President, Vice-President, and Secretary. J’ron is a dual enrolled Early College Academy student and will graduate high school with his Associate of Arts degree. He ran track, played basketball, and plays Midwestern Regional League soccer. J’Ron works as a Peer mentor at his college helping other students, while maintaining honors grades. In the future, J’Ron plans to attend North Carolina A&T majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Aerospace Engineering.

NOLA ORNELAS | TEEN SECRETARY Nola Ornelas is a junior at eStem Public Charter School in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has been an active member of Jack and Jill for twelve years and is currently in the Greater Little Rock Chapter. Nola has been an active member of her chapter and has held various positions including historian, parliamentarian, and recording secretary. Outside of Jack and Jill Nola, is also a member of Arkansas Commitment, a college preparedness program and very involved in the YPD ministry at her church. In her free time Nola enjoys playing the piano and volunteering within her community.

CAMERON KEY | TEEN TREASURER Cameron Key is a Senior at Bishop Miege High School and member of the Johnson Country Chapter for 9 years and a leader in the teen chapter. School activities include Student Council, Campus Ministry Team, National Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D). Cameron is Captain of his fourtime State Champion Football Team and was named 1st Team All-Conference and All-State. He is the 2017 Kansas State Triple Jump Champion and 1st Team All-State. Cameron is involved in many community projects including an annual Medical Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic. Cameron plans to attend Duke.

CHELSE KING | TEEN FOUNDATION CHAIR Chelse King is a life-long member of the St. Clair County Chapter, serving as Teen President, Chaplain, Corresponding Secretary, and Recording Secretary. She is a senior at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School. Chelse is extremely active in her school’s Diversity Club, serving as the club’s secretary and group coordinator. She is also an avid participant in both Villa Duchesne’s performing arts department and athletic department as a Varsity Track and Field athlete. Chelse plans to carry her many talents onward by attending college and majoring in Business Marketing.

KENNEDY TURNER | TEEN CHAPLAIN Kennedy Turner is a senior at Waukee High School in Waukee, Iowa and is the daughter of Kermit and Tasha Turner. Kennedy has been a member of Jack and Jill for 12 years, and throughout that time she has held positions as Teen President, Vice President and Recording Secretary of the Des Moines Chapter. She is a varsity cheerleader and serves on the National Honor Society. Kennedy is a member of Banker’s Trust Youth Board and holds a volunteer residency position at Mercy Hospital. Looking towards the future, she plans to continue her studies at the University of Iowa. 19


JACKSON “ALEX” PHILLIPS | TEEN PARLIAMENTARIAN Jackson “Alex” Phillips is a sophomore at Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Illinois. He has been a proud member of the Bloomington-Normal Illinois Chapter for 6 years. In his teen chapter, Alex has served as Foundation Chair and Parliamentarian. Alex was a qualifier for the 2017 State Speech Team competition and also played a leading role in his school’s Fall Production of “The Crucible”. In addition, Alex is a member of his school’s Promise Council, the Musical Department, Freshmen Mentoring Program, as well as a founder and parliamentarian of Bloomington High School’s Black Student Union.

MYLES DEVIS PACE | TEEN SERGEANT-AT-ARMS Myles Devin Pace is from Aurora, Colorado, where he has been a proud member of the Denver Chapter for sixteen years. Myles is currently completing his Senior year at Cherokee Trail High School where he is an AP scholar, as well as an AVID student. He is presently taking concurrent enrollment courses at the Community College of Aurora. Myles will be attending Tuskegee University in the fall, where he plans to major in Architecture and Construction Management. With his degree, he hopes to be able to give back to his community by building sustainable and affordable housing.

“Jack and Jill has meant ‘connection’ for my family. As a military family moving from place to place, Jack and Jill provided bond and a sense of security, for my kids especially, when everything else around us was changing.”

– Robin Rice Hodges, Central Regional Director (Saint Clair County, IL Chapter)

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CENTRAL REGION AIR CAPITAL WICHITA, KS CHAPTER HISTORY

Associate Dad, Dr. Anthony Turner provided the opportunity for the kids to view the state-of-the art treatment rooms to familiarize the children and moms more fully and educate them on the possibilities. They explored the sterilization room process to prevent crosscontamination; learning that it is the highest priority in sterilization. There were also mannequin simulators for training dentists in new procedures. Finally, all the children received toothbrushes and toothpaste along with healthy snacks.

The Air Capital Wichita Chapter was voted in as a Provisional Chapter at the 2000 National Convention. The late Past National Program Director and Past National Associate Chair, Dr. Karen Clark facilitated the Chapter’s inception and a debt of gratitude is owed to her and the Oklahoma City Chapter. Under the leadership of Past Regional Director Regenia Moore-Lee and later, Past Regional Director Ann Clay, the Air Capital Wichita Chapter was chartered October 7, 2000 at the beautiful Wichita Petroleum Club that overlooks Downtown Wichita.

The recruitment efforts were not in vain as the Chapter was able to welcome seven new members: Dr. Khalilah Doss, Mrs. Carmen Moore, Dr. Delia Shropshire, Mrs. Angela Scott, Mrs. Trisha SmartCounts, Mrs. Angela Smith and Ms. Jacqueline Wright. The New Mothers assembled with Associates, Atty. Gwen Sharpe, Hon. Nelsonna Potts Barnes and IPNT Crystal Johnson Turner; along with the Chapter President, Lauren Williams for the Initiation Ceremony. We are excited. The New Mothers collectively bring backgrounds in youth leadership development, children’s programming and STE[A]M. Air Capital Wichita Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is on it’s way!

The following mothers are the Charter Members of Air Capital Wichita Chapter: Mrs. Carla Breckenridge, Mrs. Angela Breckenridge, Mrs. Sheila Clemons, Ms. Tamara Cotman, Dr. Mildred Edwards, Mrs. Janine Eustache, Mrs. Pamela Johnson, Mrs. Leslie Lyday, Mrs. Cynthia Mundine, Mrs. Sebrena Oliver, Mrs. Crystal Johnson Turner, and Mrs. Tracy Williams. Mrs. Pamela Johnson, President, Mrs. Crystal Johnson Turner, Vice President and immediately following, President; Mrs. Sebrena Oliver, Program Director, and Mrs. Tracy Williams, Treasurer.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Air Capital Wichita Chapter is focused on rebuilding its Chapter. Highlighted events were also opportunities to invite prospective members and provide an informational for prospective mothers to learn more about Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. The Associates Group gathered to assist and support the Chapter in that effort. Immediate Past National Treasurer Crystal Johnson Turner, Charter Member, called upon Dr. Fannette Thornhill-Scott, Hon. Nelsonna Potts Barnes, Atty. Gwendolyn Sharpe, and Mrs. Krista Lovette to grow the Chapter. The Associates began to strategize with the Chapter President, Lauren Williams and brainstorm recruitment opportunities. Everyone agreed that exposure was the key. The first event that provided an opportunity to showcase Jack and Jill was an event that was shared within Central Region as best practice in programming. For the 3rd year, Jingle & Jammies has served as a recruiting event where children came in their pajamas and make individual gingerbread houses. The evening was capped off by a very special visitor, Santa! In February, the Air Capital Wichita Chapter embraced STE[A] M, fully. We enjoyed a private tour of the Wichita State University Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) Residency Program. Wichita State University boasts the only independent AEGD Residency Program in the country. The children and mothers learned firsthand about the high-tech facility with 3-D radiography and digital impressions. The children were then able to see the live manipulation of the digital computerized tomagraph.

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BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, IL CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Pamela Starks Vice-President: Memuna Lee Program Director: Jennifer Palmer Franklin Recording Secretary: Kristal Shelvin, PhD Corresponding Secretary: Kentrica Coleman Treasurer: Denise Bridges Financial Secretary: Shomari Caffey Editor: Heather Butler Taylor Chaplain: Renarda Dumas Historian: Almetrise Price Foundation Chair: Jade Hursey Parliamentarian: Tania Willis Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Kia Blythe Associate Chair: Memuna Lee Father’s Auxiliary: Ken Starks

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(Civic/Community Service). Our Teens won 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place during the Central Region Teen Conference in Oklahoma City, OK, Oratorical Masters competitions, while PreK – 5th Grade Groups held Oratorical Masters activities at State Farm Hall of Business - Illinois State University (Social/Recreational). We cultivated partnerships with State Farm Insurance Companies, Illinois State University, Barnes and Noble and Bloomington Police Department. We continue to provide philanthropic services for BANSAGO (Bloomington and Normal Service and Greek Organizations), Boys & Girls Club, The Salvation Army, various senior citizen homes, Western Avenue Center, Midwest Food Bank and YWCA McLean County.

President: Alexis Starks Vice-President: Sumayyah Muhammad Secretary: Mia Chewe Treasurer: Brooklyn Mosley Parliamentarian: Morgan Palmer Chaplain: Gregory Carter

On May 20, 2000, a Jack and Jill Interest Group formed in the Bloomington-Normal community from which 21 mothers worked tirelessly towards approval as a Provisional Chapter. On May 24, 2001, the National Executive Board made it official by voting the Bloomington/Normal Group in as a Provisional Chapter. After completing requirements, our Provisional Chapter officially became the Bloomington-Normal Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated on Sunday, June 24, 2001 at Eastland Suites and Convention Center. Dr. Karen Clark, National 2nd Vice President –Programs presided over the induction ceremony. We celebrated our 17th annual Jack and Jill/Carole Robertson Day observance at the Western Avenue Community Center in Bloomington. The chapter currently consists of 33 Mothers and 3 Associates.

We are proud recipients of Dr. Karen Clark’s Exemplary Programming 1st Place Award, Foundation and Fundraising Largest per Capita 2nd Place Award, and several certificates of achievement during our 2017 Biennial Central Region Mothers Conference. Our Mothers and Teens hold National and Regional leadership positions as follows: Pamela Starks (National and Regional Small Chapter Task Force), Memuna Lee (Viva La Cuba), Lorraine Muhammad (Regional Technology Committee), and Central Region Teen Officers Jordan Blythe (Legislative Chair), Mia Chewe (Editor-InChief), and Jackson Phillips (Parliamentarian). We look forward to another stellar program year.

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chapter programming focuses on National Thrusts, Regional themes, and making positive community impact. A snapshot of our transformational and stellar programming includes: Teens-Historical Black College Linkage Informational at Heartland Community Bank (Cultural); 3rd5th Grade Group & Preteens participated in State Farm’s STEM Initiatives including learning the algorithm to solve Rubik’s Cube (STEAM); PreK – 2nd Grade Groups learned about healthy foods and portion control while touring HyVee Shopping Center with the store nutritionist (Health); Teens and Preteens participated in Black History Trivia featuring African-Americans in politics, community service, and civil rights with speaker, Nikita Richards, McLean County Clerk candidate. Our Chapter Legislative Committee planned monthly legislative-themed activities for all age groups based on the National ‘Our Families Matters’ 5A’s Legislative Framework (Legislative). Teens completed Project Linus where they made blankets for needy children and volunteered at the Midwest Food Bank, Preteens donated children’s books to the YWCA of McLean County’s Early Learning Center Library, and all Age Groups participated in the Candy Land Trunk-or-Treat event in partnership with local Black Greek sororities at Normal West High School 22


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DENVER, CO CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Denver Chapter started the year with its mother’s planning retreat. Mothers launched the day by learning about the history of Jack and Jill as well as the history of the Denver Chapter. President Simone Ross also delivered her strategic vision for the coming year in conjunction with the theme for this year’s programming.

During the month of September, the preschool and kindergarteners got their year off to a fun start with a trip to the Children’s Museum where they had fun getting their bodies moving during “Hop, Skip, and Jump Start” mini-meet run. The children also saw the play, “The Snowy Day.”

Our first major event of the year was Carole Robertson day, during which Jack and Jill families got together to commemorate Carole Robertson, one of four young girls who were killed when a Birmingham church was bombed by members of the Ku Klux Klan on September 15, 1963. The children participated in educational games that reinforced the history of Jack and Jill as well as black history. During the celebration Spike Lee’s documentary “Four Little Girls” was used to facilitate a discussion about the Civil Rights Movement. The entire chapter also participated in NASA’s Hidden Figures & Living Legends, a STEM event honoring Dr. Christine Darden who was a key scientist at NASA for forty years and made significant contributions to sonic boom research.

Finally, the highlight of our programming year was the 34th presentation of the Denver Chapter Beautillion on December 17, 2017. Twenty-five accomplished and college-bound seniors were presented, including our very own Myles Pace. In preparation for the event, the young men spent the semester completing a community service project that included hosting and facilitating a leadership conferment for young males grades 3-6. They also attended a series of workshops learning about various topics including interviewing and networking skills, how to fill out the FAFSA form, leadership, staying healthy, how to interact with the police.

Junior Teens kicked off their year with a Scavenger Hunt at Cherry Creek Mall. They had fun posing with a security guard as well as taking selfies showing they had completed the list of clues. Junior teens also attended the showing of Harry Potter presented by the Colorado Symphony. The children relived the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen while hearing the orchestra perform John Williams’ score live. Senior Teens got together in October at a pumpkin patch and ended the year with their annual bell ringing for the Salvation Army. They also participated in College Night, an informative evening where college freshmen return home and provide tips for surviving the first year of college.

“Jack and Jill means opportunity for my children and others like them. Through Jack and Jill, my family has met and become friends with people that we might not have otherwise come across. We have also been a part of events and experiences that have helped us grow and become better people”.

– Thembi Connor-Garcia, Central Regional Secretary (Greater Peoria, IL Chapter)

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DES MOINES, IA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Diondra Gamblin Vice-President: Betty Andrews Program Director: Hayley Harvey Recording Secretary: Vacant Corresponding Secretary: Vacant Treasurer: Ayesha Sonoiki Financial Secretary: Nyra M. Bottley Editor: Kimberly R. Hines Historian: Kimberly R. Hines Foundation Chair: Diondra Gamblin Parliamentarian: Betty Andrews Teen Sponsor: Tasha Turner Associate Chair: Betty C. Andrews Father’s Auxiliary: Eddie Andrews

President: Nya Bottley Vice-President: Chastain Evans Secretary: McKenzie Turner Treasurer: Lehana Sonoiki Parliamentarian: Hannah Harvey Sergeant-at-Arms: Chastain Evans

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Shondalette Adams, Betty Andrews, Nyra M.Bottley, Diondra R. Gamblin, Hayley Harvey, Kimberly R. Hines, Ayesha Sonoiki, Ashley Stewart, Tasha Turner

CHAPTER HISTORY The Des Moines Chapter was established in

areas, while building enthusiasm that will inspire them to enter the worthwhile field of science and math. For Veteran’s Day, the children participated with the Massing of Colors event sponsored by the board of trustees for the Fort Des Moines Museum, in gratitude of our Veterans’ selfless and courageous service to our country.

November of 1962 as the 104th chapter. Mrs. Margaret Emory Simms, the 7th National President, presided over the induction ceremony of the 15 charter members. Our chapter’s mission is to ensure that meaningful, cultural, social and educational programming is provided for the enrichment and betterment of our children’s lives.

Range Rovers (ages 9-12) & Black Leaders of Tomorrow (ages 13-18) The tween and teen groups had yet another busy year of strong participation with their guided modules, as well as community service inspired projects. This event was followed by an ACT Prep Workshop, with the Investing in My Future Program. Review of material on the test, along with test strategies were reviewed with the students to help build their confidence with taking the ACT. As the host chapter for this year’s Central Region’s Teen Conference, the teens engaged in activities highlighting their academics, community service participation, leadership and team building skills. The Teen Officers and delegates conducted regional business.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Mothers of the Des Moines Chapter began the program year with spirited enthusiasm on September 9th, with the observance of Carole Robertson Day, which included a worship service and culminated with an outside community event that was covered by the local media. All hands and hearts were fully engaged in the planning of the Teen Conference, for our “Cherished” Central Teens. The chapter youth gave full participation on MLK Day by completing a day of service preparing food for the homeless in the Meals for the Heartland Program. In February, in celebration of black history month the chapter volunteered and participated with the 20th Annual “I’ll Make Me A World” Celebration. This event is an annual event that celebrates the contributions of Iowans of African American descent. In May, the chapter lent their support to the national partnership with the March of Dimes through participation in the nationwide walk. The Black Family Day was held on May 20th and ended another successful programming year. Explorers (ages 2-5) and Path Finders (ages 6-8) The youngest children of the chapter began the year with an Educational and Social outing at Howell’s Pumpkin Patch, which allowed the children to have a firsthand glimpse into farming. In November, a Science Fair event provided an opportunity for our children to explore the structure and function of molecular biology. The youth enjoyed workshops focused on the fun aspects of STEM 25


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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Liberia Hunt Vice-President: Angela Davis Lyles Program Director: Carmella L. Hardnett Recording Secretary: Candice Coman Corresponding Secretary: Candice Coman Treasurer: Nakia Daniels Financial Secretary: Zina Cruse Editor: Carmella L. Hardnett Chaplain: D’Jamildo Graham Historian: Michele Henry Mc Gee Foundation Chair: Robin Carey Boyd Parliamentarian: Carmella L. Hardnett Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Zina Cruse Associate Chair: Angela Davis Lyles Father’s Auxiliary: David Hardnett

President: Marissa Cruse Secretary: Chayse Daniels Treasurer: Gunnell Jones Parliamentarian: Myles Mc Gee Chaplain: Jeremiah Hardnett

CHAPTER MEMBERS Robin Carey Boyd, Carmella L. Hardnett, Candice Coman , Michele Henry McGee, Zina Cruse , Liberia Hunt, Nakia Daniels, Lauren Parks, Angela Lyles Davis, Danita Springfield, Julie Gill, Tandra Taylor, D’Jamildo Graham, Nicole Thompson

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posted on our website and other social media outlets.

On September 20, 1960, sixteen East St. Louis mothers met with four members of the St. Louis, Missouri Chapter. As a result of this meeting the East St. Louis, Illinois Chapter was established in July 1962. The founding mothers were: Laura Beck, Thelma Blackwell, Annie Lee Bonner, Mrs. Frazier, Rosie Hancock, Bernice Higgins, Geneva Irby, Florence Jackson, Mildred Jeffers, Dorothy Kenney, Juanita Loveless, Myrtle Officer, Louis Polk, Mary Louis Perry, Lawanne Russell and Ada Woodson.

Our teen group have frequent discussion forums referred to as A Call to Excel (A.C.E.) During the discussions, they raise their AWARENESS about racial/cultural issues brought on by events around the county. Discussion leaders help them CONTEMPLATE the situations by evaluating the issue and how the incident affected them and lastly, EMPOWER them by giving them the tools to stay focused. They discussed the wake of Charlottesville, VA and the Stockley Verdict. These forums were indeed Powerful.

The mission statement for the East St. Louis Chapter is to Tune into PBS…Programming, Branding and Service. We are the home chapter of the 11th National President, Dr. Lillian Parks, Past Central Regional Director, Lisa Bobbitt, current National Bylaws and Constitution Chairperson, Judge Zina Cruse and current Regional Treasurer, Michele Henry McGee. East St. Louis takes pride in bringing home numerous awards from Teen Conferences, some of which include: 1st place Banner competition, 1st place Arts Awards, 1st place Scrapbook, 1st place T-shirt competition, just to name a few.

Our children and teens participated in the JJSwims initiative. Our key areas of focus were water safety and swim lessons for chapter members. They had fun, but more importantly learned how to save a life. Several new programs were implemented this program year. They were creative, filled with learning opportunities, service driven and interactive. The East St. Louis Chapter continues to make a difference in the communities in which we live, work and play!

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The mission for the East St. Louis Chapter aligns nicely with the overarching National Theme, “The Power to Make A Difference”. Our mothers along with our supportive group of Associates are always proud to showcase our phenomenal programs. Our signature programs include the Annual Pancake Breakfast, whereby we focus on the Black Family and encourage families in our communities to come out and feast together, while learning about Jack and Jill. “Call A Girlfriend Day” is a designated day during the month of October, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We invite Jack and Jill Moms across the nation to join us in our awareness campaign. We encourage them to call their daughters, mothers, nieces, aunts and girlfriends to remind them to do their breast selfexam. Our moms wore pink throughout the month of October and 27


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fishing, archery, rock climbing and team building. In October, the Busy Bees hosted their STE(A)M Activity at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The group toured the facility and had a demonstration of how the Angel One Helicopter and helipad are used to transport patients to the hospital. During the month of November, Kid Power hosted its program under the Education thrust. The group attended the Safe Kids Program at the FBI building. After the workshop, the children were all fingerprinted and the prints were issued to their parent s to aide in any type of emergency. Under the Civic/ Cultural Thrust, the Jamming Juniors toured the Mosaics Templars Museum. The purpose of this event was to learn about prominent Arkansas leaders and the historic 9th District. The Teens visited the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) facility also during the month of November. During this STE(A)M activity, the Teens spoke with a panel of experts about renewal energy sources, and the safe and cost effective delivery of electric power throughout North America. Our Chapter wide community event, Breakfast with Santa was held in the month of December. With the help of our community partners, the Greater Little Rock Chapter was able to provide a full breakfast, photos with Santa, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon sculptures, and a bike giveaway. To promote early childhood literacy, each child received an age appropriate book and enjoyed story time with Mrs. Claus. The chapters also sponsored ten families from our partner school, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary. The families received toys and clothes from the children’s wish list. The families were very appreciative of the efforts the chapter made to ensure their children enjoyed Christmas.

President: Ashi a Hall Muhammad Vice-President: Katrina Banks Program Director: Osmonetta Banks Recording Secretary: Angela Wesley Johnson Corresponding Secretary: Heather West Treasurer: Sophia Williams Financial Secretary: Cassandra Steele Editor: Debony Washington Chaplain: LaDonna Oatis Historian: Debony Washington Foundation Chair: Fritzi Hemphill Parliamentarian: Yvonda Jackson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Terri Hollingsworth, Edie Callaway-Frazier Father’s Auxiliary: John Stump

President: Alexandria Blouin Vice-President: Syndi Cook Secretary: Tenia Jones Treasurer: Khary Muhammad Parliamentarian: Myles Frazier Chaplain: Chase Green Sergeant-at-Arms: Joshua Davis

On July 18-22, 2000, six mothers, Kim Evans, Dr. Paula Martin-Fletcher, Priscilla Alexander, Patricia McCullough, Antoinette Brim, and Rosalyn Pruitt, attended the 2000 National Convention of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. held in Charlotte, North Carolina. There the Provisional Group became a Provisional Chapter. On September 9, 2000, the Installation Ceremony was held and the Greater Little Rock Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was born! The official ceremony took place at the Cammack Woods Board Room in Little Rock. National and Regional officers conducted the ceremony which included, Dr. Karen Clark, National Program Director, Ann Clay, Central Regional Director, and Gwendolyn Childs, Central Regional Parliamentarian. The charter members of the chapter are Kim Evans (President), Brenda Ficklin (Vice President), Adrienne Conley (Recording Secretary), Keli Williams (Corresponding Secretary), Garbo Hearne (Treasurer), Paula Martin-Fletcher (Financial Secretary), Bridgette Newson (Program Director), Kathryn Fitzhugh (Editor/Historian), Joyce Warren (Parliamentarian), Shrel Rose, Valencia Corrothers, Freda Jefferson, Antoinette Brim, Rosalyn Pruitt, Cassandra Steele, Stephanie Neal, Debrah Mitchell, Ramona Elliot, Miriam Bernard, Masha Davis, Natalie Loggins, Vera Watson, Helen Barnes, and Patricia McCullough. Each new member received a group photo in a special standing 8x10 frame. An installation ceremony took place later that evening at 1620 Restaurant.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Greater Little Rock Chapter began our year with a successful planning meeting aimed at the “Power to make a Difference” in the 2017-2018 programming year. In September, we kicked off the year with our Carole Robertson Day and the celebration of Jack and Jill Day. Members, fathers, children, teens and prospective families gathered at the Big Rock Fun Park to honor the memory of Carole Robertson, one of four girls that died in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. Each age group gave a tribute to Carole Roberson followed by a candlelight ceremony to honor all four girls. Also during the month September, the Explorers attended a recreational event at the 4H Center. The group participated in such activities as canoeing, 28


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GREATER PEORIA, IL CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Jameka Golden Vice-President: Kim Dickerson Program Director: Erika Carter Bailey Recording Secretary: Teri Rainey Corresponding Secretary: Margot Vance Treasurer: Jennifer Strickland Financial Secretary: Letecha Haywood Editor: Robyn Stewart Chaplain: Iris Leverett Historian: Jocelyn Hazlewood Foundation Chair: Tina Saddler Parliamentarian: Kelly Daniels Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Christa Spates Bell Father’s Auxiliary: Terrance McWhorter

President: Cameron Bell Vice-President: Trent Miles Secretary: Brandi Simpson Treasurer: Izaak Garcia Parliamentarian: Cameron Bland Chaplain: Christian Leverett

CHAPTER MEMBERS Dominique Alexandre, Monica Arbuckle, Erika Carter Bailey, Christa Spates Bell, Stacey C. Bland, Marcia Bolden,

Sonya Bolden, Dawn Bozeman, Karen Cadet-Saintilus, Veronica Coleman, Thembi Conner-Garcia, Kelly Daniels, Kim Dickerson, Felicia Edwards, Roberta English, Donna Fauntleroy, Lillie Gillespie, Jameka Golden, Ahdonna Keeling Guilford, Donniece Hall, Sundra Harris, Jennifer Hawkins, Letecha Haywood, Jocelyn Hazlewood, LaToya Horton, Iris Leverett, Tailetha McClinton, Denise McWhorter, Sonya Miles, Famaz Nani Moazzam, Djuana Montgomery, Marjorie Parent, Teri Rainey, Katrina Reynolds, Nikki Romain, Tina Saddler, Robyn Stewart, Jennifer Strickland, Margot Vance, Mireille Raoul Volmar, Yolanda Wright, Heather Young

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recognized as 1st Place in Overall Community Service Hours, 1st place in the Community Service Project Competition and 2nd place in Overall Foundation Giving.

On Sunday, November 9, 2014, the Greater Peoria, Illinois Chapter was chartered. In March 2013, our founding mothers Kim Dickerson and Thembi Conner-Garcia met and talked about what they could do to enrich their children and assist them in becoming well-rounded adults. Jack and Jill of America Incorporated was the focus of their conversation. Interest group status was given to the group on August 1, 2013. At the end of August 2013, the Peoria Interest Group sent in the provisional group application on behalf of 24 mothers. On October 20, 2013, the Jack and Jill of America Incorporated National Executive Board approved provisional group status. The first official meeting of the Peoria Provisional Group occurred on Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm, at the home of Kim Dickerson. The first gradegroup activities started in January 2014 and continued through May 2014. During that summer, the mothers eagerly prepared for their presentation at the 2014 National Convention. At that convention, on August 1, 2014, the Peoria Provisional Group was voted unanimously to become the Peoria Provisional Chapter. This new designation was a tremendous kick off to the 2014-2015 program year.

Planned by 42 dynamic Greater Peoria chapter moms, our programming year consists of over 50 grade-group activities with focus on making a difference in the lives of our children and our community. Chapter activities include our National Programming Thrusts: CULTURAL, EDUCATION, HEALTH, CIVIC, SOCIAL/ RECREATIONAL. Grades 3 through 5 children have had the honor of meeting with United States District Judge Joe Billy McDade, an African-American federal judge who serves the Central Illinois District. He shared his journey to success and his daily in life as a sitting judge. Also, our Act II tweens participated in a Leadership Development module by researching the impact of Historically Black Colleges & Universities on society. Each participant prepared a presentation on HBCUs. We look forward to many more opportunities to cultivate our children and engage them in meaningful activities that make a difference in our community.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Greater Peoria, Illinois Chapter started the year celebrating the life and contributions of Carole Rosamond Robertson. Kicking off our “Weekend of Caring,” chapter families participated in our local Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. The Campaign enables the Salvation Army to provide food, toys and clothing to families in our local community. With a continued focus on community service and The Power To Make a Difference, chapter families wrapped gifts for seniors at the Neighborhood House in Peoria, Illinois. Our chapter has been 29


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GREATER PIKES PEAK, CO CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Tonya Crawley Vice-President: Joanna Bowie-Pruitt Program Director: Joan Thompson Recording Secretary: Tasara Fudge Corresponding Secretary: Erika Zeigler-Rabet Treasurer: Brenda Deas Financial Secretary: Pricilla Alston Editor: Alicia Geolingo Chaplain: Pricilla Alston Historian: Alicia Geolingo Foundation Chair: Sharandis Jennnings-Farley Parliamentarian: Tasara Fudge Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Alicia Geolingo Father’s Auxiliary: Felton Crawley

President: Kaya Learned Vice-President: Nyah Geolingo Secretary: Brandon Deas Treasurer: Matthew Crawley Parliamentarian: Jackson Alston Recording Secretary: Ayannah Lang Sergeant-at-Arms: Jonathan Matoke

CHAPTER MEMBERS Pricilla M. Alston, Joanna Bowie-Pruitt, Tonya Crawley, Breanda Deas, Sharandis Farley-Jennings, Tasara Fudge, Alicia C. Geolingo, Cristin Johnson, Dinean Lang, Imani Learned, Carrie Matoke, Joan Thompson, Erika Zeigler-Rabet, and Stephanie Zenon CHAPTER HISTORY

group. Our first official meeting as a Provisional Group was held March 1, 2015 at Penrose Library, where we voted to call ourselves M.O.C.H.A. Mothers of Color Harvesting Achievers.

Tonya Crawley a member of the Greater Tampa Chapter moved to Colorado Springs in 2010. In 2011, she joined the closest chapter in Denver, Colorado which is approximately 70 miles away. She gladly drove the 140 miles round trip several times each month for two years because she believed in Jack and Jill’s mission. At the end of the program year in 2013, then Vice President Linda Williams of the Denver Chapter and Tonya began strategizing about forming a local chapter in Colorado Springs. Tonya reached out to Regional Director Debrah Mitchell and she shared the timeline and next steps for forming a Provisional Group. Tonya transferred from the Denver Chapter to a National/ Regional member the summer of 2013. This was a difficult decision for her family because it meant her children could not participate with their friends in monthly activities they had grown to love. As a mother, she understood the short-term sacrifice for her family for the long-term gain of many African American children in Colorado Springs, thus the process began in earnest. In August Priscilla Alston and Tonya met and made a list of mothers they thought would be a good fit. They ordered business cards and “We are Jack and Jill of America Inc. booklets”. They started spreading the word and passing out information. The first official informational meeting was October 20, 2013 at the Olympic Training Center. After that meeting Priscilla and Tonya became intentional in their planning and decided to provide events/opportunities that included children’s programming followed by a brief informational meeting at the end. They gave moms the opportunity to experience what Jack and Jill could offer their family instead of telling them. With the help of the Denver Chapters Meosha Brooks and Vanessa Howard they held a Youth Leadership Seminar on September 20, 2014. This event was the turning point and interest quickly spread. February 2015, the Colorado Springs Interest Group sent in the provisional group application on behalf of 26 mothers. On April 8, 2015, the Jack and Jill of America Incorporated National Executive Board approved a change of status from interest group to provisional

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August 19, 2017, the Greater Pikes Peak Mothers met to plan a phenomenal year of programming for our children. Moms coordinated and collaborated to produce a stimulating and educational age group calendar with creative and enriching activities. The different age groups met and enjoyed a program year with exciting activities in support of the national thrust. Buttons and Bows, our youngest age group, 2 years old to kindergarten, enjoyed activities that included Day of Play, Science Exploration with Elephant Toothpaste and Slime, and enhanced their financial literacy skills during their on-site visit at the Colorado Springs Money Museum. The Jetsetters, our 1st through 3rd graders, are moving into the future by learning computer coding skills. Trendsetters, our 4th and 5th graders, in conjunction with the Jetsetters, attended an energizing community culture event featuring West African drummers and dancers, with storytellers and the spoken word. They also had an opportunity to talk with the Colorado Springs Police Department and discussed bullying. The Junior Teens journeyed into the world of physics by making a Rube Goldberg Machine, also known as a chain reaction machine. The students worked together to design their machines using recycled materials with the end goal of creating the most effective way to get the marble to travel from the starting point, to the bucket at the end of the machine. The Senior Teens engaged in a community activity during a special Veteran’s Day wreath laying ceremony at the U.S. Air Force Academy, volunteered their time at a read-to-me event with all age groups, and focused on fundraising for the Jack and Jill Foundation. Overall, the children and mothers of the Greater Pikes Peak Chapter enjoyed an extraordinary program year that reinforced the “Let’s Work, Let’s Play” vision and focus, to foster leadership development, awareness of cultural heritage, and serve the community.

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CHAPTER HISTORY The Johnson County Chapter began in 1971

to fellowship, but it also served as a vehicle to pay tribute to the memory of Carole Roberson. The picnic also allowed the chapter to collect gift card donations to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana.

President: Natalie Banks Vice-President: Dana Nelson Program Director: Brianne Dawson Recording Secretary: Tara Boldridge Corresponding Secretary: Andrea Kelley Treasurer: Tiauna Ousley Financial Secretary: Sara Jean-Baptiste Editor: Alicia Combs Chaplain: Shea Kimbrough Historian: Jamila Jefferson-Jones Foundation Chair: Cecily Clark-Ganheart Parliamentarian: India Boulton Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Phaedra Lombard Associate Chair: Erin Pullen Father’s Auxiliary: Enid Ervin

President: Kendall Lanier Vice-President: Pria Jean-Baptiste Secretary: Lauren Winston, Rishi Rattan Treasurer: Maya Alexander Parliamentarian: Chris Lee Chaplain: Arrington Ervin Sergeant-at-Arms: Melaku Kelley

when a group of 12 mothers formed the JOMOs of Overland Park, Kansas. A year later, on October 28, 1972, they were chartered as a chapter of Jack and Jill, and were officially voted in as a chapter at the 20th National Convention of Jack and Jill of America in July 1973.

In addition, the Johnson County chapter was very honored to participate in the North East Area Work Day Cluster. The cluster also provided a great opportunity to support our own Johnson County chapter member, April Hall-Key, Member At Large, as she facilitated a dynamic workshop entitled, “We’re in This Love Together.” The workshop, which focused on the Jack & Jill Foundation and other philanthropic initiatives, was in perfect alignment with the overall theme, “Woke, Aware and Relevant in 2017.” Once again, the cluster allowed the chapter to provide toiletries, feminine hygiene products and monetary donations to the victims of hurricanes throughout the southern region of the United States.

As more African American families moved into the area, it became necessary to change the name to the “Johnson County Chapter” representing all of the neighboring communities. In the early years of the chapter, many community service projects were conducted. The chapter hosted Christmas parties for needy children and provided food, clothing and blankets. During the 80’s, the Johnson County chapter became more politically involved. The chapter campaigned to have the Martin Luther King holiday adopted in all Johnson County school districts; and we conducted workshops on strengthening the Black Family. We are committed to community service at all age levels and our programs for each of our grade groups have been reflective of this commitment.

Our chapter Teens continued this same momentum in their effort to give back by performing community service at the Kansas City Ronald McDonald House and partnering with Operation Breakthrough to adopt a teen/family. Operation Breakthrough provides educational/social services to impoverished youth and their families and our Teens were grateful to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday season by giving to those who are most in need.

As we progress through our 45th year of existence, the Johnson County chapter continues to embody the theme, “The Power to Make a Difference.” And we look forward to the unique opportunity to celebrate this significant milestone in our chapter’s history as we prepare to co-host the 2018 National Convention in Kansas City.

We are so very fortunate and blessed to have 44 amazing mothers and their families who have dedicated their time, talents and hearts to make significant contributions and display ‘The Power to Make a Difference’ in the Kansas City metropolitan area!

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Johnson County Chapter ushered

in the club year with many activities which showcase the ‘power to make a difference’ in our homes, organization and community. Not only did our annual chapter picnic provide an opportunity

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KANSAS CITY, KS CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER HISTORY In July of 1957, a charter was granted to the Kansas City, Kansas chapter at the National Convention held in San Francisco, California. At the helm of this new chapter were:

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The

President: Danielle Jones Vice-President: Sydney Breakfield Recording Secretary: Dr. Shelley Cooper Treasurer: Cynthia Eubanks Financial Secretary: Tamekia Mccauley

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President: Daijah Jones Vice-President: Brandon Cooper Secretary: Deanna Jones Treasurer: Vincent Otchere

KCK Chapter started the year with Jack and Jill Day at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, KS which also included a back to school backpack drive in support of a local foster care agency in Kansas. In recognition of Carole Robertson Day, we attended a performance with our teens entitled “We Shall Not Be Moved”, a story of the student sit-ins of the 1960s. Our preschool and elementary children enjoyed a fall day at the pumpkin patch and apple orchards learning about preparing traditional seasonal fall foods and treats. In addition, all ages had the opportunity to participate in the Kansas City Kids STEM Conference, a family event that allowed them to explore STEM topics with a focus on technology and engineering with hands-on, engaging activities that promote creativity and problem solving. To wrap up 2017, we hosted our annual Winter Social which brought together former and current members, as well as some mothers interested in learning more about our Chapter.

Maurita Davis President Adoria Taliaferro Vice-President Juanita Yancey Recording Secretary Marie Jackson Corresponding Secretary Leah Boone Treasurer Josephine Vandiver Journalist

In addition to planning worthwhile programs for our children and meeting our ongoing chapter obligations, we continue to serve the mission of the organization through:

Our annual fundraiser providing holiday treats at the Topeka Performing Arts Center during the performance of “The Chocolate Nutcracker”, an urban, multi-cultural twist on the classical ballet that’s supports Jack and Jill of America Foundation.

Founder’s Day host chapter in 2018 for the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Children’s Cluster host chapter in 2018 for the Central Region North

In 2017, we celebrated 60 years by hosting a dinner for all former and current members to recognize our history and legacy in service to the Kansas City, Kansas community. These former members, some children of our founders, have welcomed the opportunity to re-engage and serve in honor of our organization’s 80th year and another opportunity to host a National Conference in Kansas City.

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KANSAS CITY, MO CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER HISTORY

on STEM, building character and financial literacy. Mothers were treated to sessions on self-care and balancing life’s demands. The Adventurers also inspired us with their oratorical presentations. Children paid it forward by donating books, flash cards and other educational materials for the Linwood YMCA Reading Corner. Finally, the chapter held its annual Java and Jazz Fundraiser. This event is a wonderful opportunity to support minority and women owned businesses in the community. This year’s fundraising recipient is Higher Aspirations. Higher Aspirations’ mission is to support and mentor African-American males in the Kansas City community through activities like tutoring, leadership development, plays and workshops.

President: Denesha Snell Vice-President: Carla Johnson Program Director: Andrea Harris and Dominga Levin Recording Secretary: Dana Duncan Corresponding Secretary: Jamie Allen Treasurer: Tonasha Sylvester Financial Secretary: Cita Trice Editor: Sharon Ivy Chaplain: Angelica Walters Historian: Vacant Foundation Chair: JoEllen Richardson Parliamentarian: Tiffany Bradley Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Kristi Odums Associate Chair: Carla Johnson Father’s Auxiliary: Chris Evans

President: Rhyann Gray Vice-President: Rapheal Prevot III Secretary: Lauren Wyatt Treasurer: Caleb Odums Parliamentarian: Caleb Sylvester Chaplain: Tillman McClunie III Sergeant-at-Arms: Brennan McKinney Fundraising Chair: Phoenix Smith Historian/Editor: Anthony Thompson

The Kansas City, Missouri Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., was established in 1950. Betty Allen, the wife of an intern at General Hospital, brought the idea of starting an organization for the development of children with her from Philadelphia. She invited some of her friends and invited them to ask others, which brought Jack and Jill mothers from both Missouri and Kansas. In 1957, the group became too large and they separated in an effort to take in members from both Missouri and Kansas. Today, the Kansas City Missouri, Chapter boasts a membership of over 49 families, including 58 children and 20 teens.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Kansas City, Missouri chapter has been working hard to make a difference in the Kansas City community. We started 2017 hosting the city-wide Founders Day celebration and celebrating MLK Day by cleaning the W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center. We celebrated Black History month by educating our children about the legacy of African- Americans in the Kansas City community. April was a busy and exciting month for the chapter! We hosted a chapter-wide event on financial literacy with Mazuma Credit Union. Children learned about the value of saving, created new business ideas and delved into the effects of finance on business. We also hosted The Central Region North Children’s Cluster. Children enjoyed activities which focused

We wrapped up the programming year with an amazing senior brunch, celebration of our graduating mothers and the March of Dimes Walk. We kicked off the new programming year with a Family Day gatherng filled with BBQ and fun. In November, we hosted a chapter wide event on legislation where children learned about the power of voting, developed campaigns and cast their ballots on a variety of issues. Our December Holiday Party was full of merriment and fellowship. We are excited about all that is to come in 2018. We look forward to seeing our fellow moms at the National Convention!

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, AR CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Takama Statton-Brooks Vice-President: Tamia Collins McGuire Program Director: Maurissa Roberts Recording Secretary: Charys Williams Corresponding Secretary: Tommi Caston Treasurer: Shunya Howell Financial Secretary: Michelle Gray Editor: Tommi Caston Chaplain: Doris Davis Historian: Angela Smith Foundation Chair: Jaime Deigh Parliamentarian: Jennifer Bechet Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Celia Thompkins Associate Chair: Tamia Collins McGuire Father’s Auxiliary: Roger Brooks Jr.

President: Naomi Thompkins Vice-President: Maya Davis Secretary: Justin Smith Treasurer: Xavier Davis

CHAPTER MEMBERS Stephanie Adams, Wanda Austin-Wingood, Jennifer Bechet, Tommi Caston, Tamia Collins McGuire, Doris Davis, Jamie Deigh, LaKeshia Garrett, Michelle Gray, Kanosha Grigsby, LaTure Hicks, Tricia Hicks, Shunya Howell, Erika Jennings, Alison Jones, Sybil Maxam Rogers, Regine Moore, Maurissa Roberts, Angela Smith, Tammie Smith, Takama Statton-Brooks, Celia Thompkins, Angela Turner, Adesua Wejinya, Charys Williams

CHAPTER HISTORY After being voted in by a body of delegates

Embracing the “Power to Make a Difference” national theme, the Northwest Arkansas Chapter has continued to prioritize programming efforts toward age appropriate programming designed to challenge and foster our children. This year our chapter completed an educational family trip to Hot Springs and we on pace to increase our volunteer hours and donate more through our foundation efforts.

that the 41st Jack and Jill National Convention, the Northwest Arkansas Chapter was formally chartered on September27, 2014 with 21 mother members. In the 3 years since chartering, the chapter has seen growth in membership and philanthropic outreach.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Northwest Arkansas Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. welcomed back our families to the start of our new program year through our Jack and Jill Day activities which included food, fun, and folly, and programming. Celebrating the life of Carole Robertson through the recitation of two poems dedicated to Carole; every teen in our Master Mindz teen group recited pieces of the poems as well as read an introduction into who Carole was and why the organization of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. celebrates her every year. In tying with our theme of Stay Woke, we dedicated ourselves to building awareness on issues related to racial equality and human rights. The Chapter members observed the HBCU thrusts within our Jack and Jill Day. Each group was responsible for an activity and presentation. The Mega Mindz group discussed the culture of HBCUs and how the band is an important piece in that culture. They went over various instruments and songs and presented themselves as the Mega Mindz Drumline, complete with homemade drums and dance. The Kreative Mindz group played a matching black history memory game of various black history HBCU facts and each child presented 2 facts they learned to the entire chapter. The Mind Crafters and Inquiring Mindz groups combined to write brief character reports of individuals both from HBCUs and in the news that show examples central to our Stay Woke theme. Presenting in front of the entire chapter, our Master Mindz teen group presented experiences at the HBCU Awareness weekend. 37


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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK CHAPTER PROGRAMMING African clothing, jewelry and art will be highlighted. Village Circle showcases interactive Martial Arts demonstrations, storytelling, and local performers. To the delight of children and adults alike, Black Panther and his crew will make an appearance for photo- ops and souvenir giveaways. Awards given to essay winners concludes the pre- movie activities and makes way for the main event: Black Panther! While enjoying the evening and entertainment, OKC chapter ultimately supports positive cinematic projects highlighting Black Culture and watering seeds of cultural, civic and social pride in our children.

The Oklahoma City Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. will present an exclusive private screening of the movie “Black Panther” on February 17, 2018. Heralding as Oklahoma City’s signature fundraiser endeavor, the event is designed to address JJOA National programming thrusts, foster Black family outings, and celebrate Black Culture. The Pre-Screening Expo includes a fun-filled afternoon of educational and cultural activities geared toward the entire family. Guest dressed in African garb will take an immersive journey to Wakanda, the home of Black Panther. Guests will visit the Wakandan Marketplace where food tastings,

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President: Christyle J Russell Vice-President: Belinda Smallwood Program Director: Lisa Meriweather Recording Secretary: Breyon LeDuff Corresponding Secretary: Katrina Little Treasurer: Michelle Blackmon Financial Secretary: Jerilyn Hitch-Fuller Editor: Dianna Williams Chaplain: Lisa Buckley Historian: Elycia Cook Parliamentarian: Clenda Scales Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Elycia Cook, Janay Frank and Joni Johnson-Powe Associate Chair: Cathie Noble Father’s Auxiliary: Alan Russell

President: Aliyah Cook Vice-President: Lexi Powe Secretary: Nolen Meriweather and Caleb Meriweather Treasurer: Caleb Blackmon Parliamentarian: Kristoff Kerr Sergeant-at-Arms: Kori Kelly

CHAPTER MEMBERS Christyle Russell, Dana Stephens, Lisa Meriweather, Dianna Williams, Belinda Smallwood, Katrina Little, Pam Norman, Kathy Gatewood Clark, Michelle Blackmon, Rita Beard, Elycia Cook, Lisa Buckley, Kelli Kelly, Breyon LeDuff, Susan Trahan, Jeri Steen, Vanessa Anderson, Danielle Thompson, Lisa Wynn, Jerilyn Hitch-Fuller, Kesha Kayhill, Vanecia Kerr, Diane Parks-Stott, Janay Frank, Joni Johnson-Powe, Clenda Scales, Gerri Howard, Chawn Howard CHAPTER HISTORY

The weekend will always be remembered for the family time and how we chose to bring the mothers and families together to celebrate Jack and Jill Day. The kids and moms enjoyed S’mores and Karaoke by the fire while the fathers fellowshipped nearby over sports and snacks. The final day was really the centerpiece of the weekend as we held a Jack and Jill Olympics. This event for the entire family included canoe racing, basketball, the egg toss, the Frisbee toss, and bowling! It was a great opportunity for all the families to fellowship and bond over food and games!

The South Suburban Denver Chapter was organized when a group of moms recognized that an additional chapter was needed to fulfill the growing request for membership in Jack and Jill in the expanding Denver suburban areas. Following the provisional period, South Suburban Denver Chapter was officially chartered and installed on September 20, 1980, by Dr. Lillian Parks, National President, and Barbara Ponder, Central Region Director. Our group of 28 mothers are proud to be currently led by Christyle Russell, our President, and Belinda Smallwood, our Vice President.

In December we took time out to do a very special service project for our chapter. Service with Santa this year was held at the Zion Senior Center and supported the children of The Women’s Bean Project. The chapter blessed them with gifts and a little holiday cheer in the hope that we could make their holiday a little brighter. The children shared some musical joy, made crafts, and spent time with the elderly residents. We enjoyed an African dance performance and the kids were all smiles after Santa made a special surprise entrance to say Happy Holidays! Our Jack & Jill families all enjoyed the opportunity to come together during the holidays to celebrate the season and give back to our community.

The South Suburban Denver Chapter was created for the same reasons the National organization was established – the growth and nurturing of our children - and today we continue to take our goals and objectives seriously. We are implementing programs that are fun, educational, and community friendly, and we continue to collaborate with organizations designed to contribute to the community through various initiatives. In addition to supporting our Chapter initiatives, each age group has a calendar of activities and events that bring our children together in support of their growth, development, community involvement, and the building of relationships.

The remainder of the year will include Module Mania in January, Black Culture through Fashion for Black History Month in February and Black Family Day in June.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The South Suburban Denver Chapter

began the program year with a Mother’s Planning Retreat at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. A weekend focused on finalizing our chapter wide calendar for the year was accented with some wholesome family time. At the conclusion of that weekend we left Colorado Springs refreshed and confident that we had a strong and complete program calendar with chapter wide events and activities to support our national programming. As a bonus we had a little fun, relaxation, and bonding for the mothers before our calendar year started. 40


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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER HISTORY In 1983, the St. Clair County Chapter of Jack

into the activities. The second half of the year will continue the challenge with all of the age groups participating in a canned food drive for a local food pantry. Our teens will participate in a local community event entitled “40 Days of Non-Violence” by leading atrisk students in a workshop designed to engage them in important dialogue about the wonderfully evolving past, present, and future of our culture, challenging them to look within to discover who they are and where their potential will take them. The younger age groups will participate in activites that will teach how making healthy life choices early will affect their health as they grow. The entire chapter will raise money for and participate in the March of Dimes 5K, not only raising awareness for an important cause and teaching the children about the importance of giving back but also aligning with Jack and Jill Fitness Day. St. Clair County Chapter will complete the year with a variety of other great programming activities, including completing the remaining learning modules as well as prepare for the annual Teen Conference. We have no doubt that our children and teens are developing into well-rounded individuals who will go on to not only make the Jack and Jill organization proud but will leave a lasting impression on society with their notable contributions.

President: Tamara King Vice-President: Brianne LeRoy Program Director: Tamara Parker Recording Secretary: Margaret Bunton Corresponding Secretary: Margaret Bunton Treasurer: April Williams Financial Secretary: Ruby Richardson Editor: SiYan Lumas Chaplain: Monica Murray Historian: SiYan Lumas Foundation Chair: Ida Roundtree Parliamentarian: Dawn Jones-Gaffney Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dawn Jones-Gaffney Father’s Auxiliary: Maj Samuel A. Bunton

President: Cameryn Hodges Vice-President: Ailayna Gaffney Secretary: Milani Richardson Treasurer: Alexis Gaffney Parliamentarian: Jalil Roundtree Chaplain: Jalil Roundtree

and Jill was organized as a mother’s group by Margaret Handy. The East St. Louis Chapter provided guidance and sponsorship. Nineteen mothers were concerned about the isolation of black families living in small towns in St. Clair County. These mothers and twenty-nine children from the cities of Fairview Heights, O’Fallon, Belleville, Lebanon and Scott Air Force Base in Illinois were granted provisional status on October 27, 1983. St. Clair County was officially nominated and voted to become a Chapter at the 1984 Jack and Jill National Convention in Washington, D.C. On October 6, 1984, the Provisional Chapter Members were officially installed as charter members.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING In step with National programming theme “The Power to Make a Difference”, St. Clair County Chapter (SCCC) jump-started the year with a two day observance of Jack and Jill Day/Carole Robertson day! Saturday was a day in the park where the chapter remembered Carole Robertson with a Pacesetters (teen) presentation and chapter-wide a “Balloon Release” while expressing how they would be a ‘change agent’ in our community. Sunday was filled with worship and fellowship. With programming that’s out of this world, Beboppers (Group 3) blasted off with the Jr Astronaut program to learn about Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion, and how rocket design features affect their performance. Beboppers experienced STEM in full effect! Participation in a local community Fall Festival offered a variety of service and volunteer opportunities for our older aged groups while providing our younger aged groups a chance to engage in a fun filled day of fall themed activities. In November SCCC hit the streets with “Project Warm Wishes” to deliver warm clothing and blankets to the homeless. The holiday season brought St.Clair County families together for a holiday extravaganza where they learned the seven principles of Kwanzaa, assembled stockings filled with toiletries for donation to a local home for the elderly, and the Mothers’ Annual Holiday Dinner. It was truly a season of celebration and giving! In the midst of all the fun we’ve had over the first half of the programming year, we were also able to mix and mingle several of the learning modules 41


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TULSA, OK CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER HISTORY The Tulsa Chapter of Jack and Jill of America,

In October Teens volunteered at Meals on Wheels, made holiday cards and cleaned backyard debris for senior citizens. Embracing ‘The Power of Knowledge’, the 1st – 3rd and 4th-8th grade attended a STE[A]M activity in November at the Tulsa Dream Center, where they explored LEGO robot building using iPADs to program their robots. The 2-5 year-old age group children hosted an engaging hands-on activity called ‘Chat with District 1 City Councilor’ to learn about her job as a city leader and the role of city government in their young lives.

President: Leslie Shelton Walters Vice-President: Angela Bontemps Hardman Program Director: LaQuisha Jackson Recording Secretary: Marion Archie-Armoudian Corresponding Secretary: Erica Townsend Bell Treasurer: Kathryne Horner Financial Secretary: Torii Ransome Freeman Editor: Jennifer Rex-Turner Chaplain: Kimberly Beasley Foundation Chair: Charlyn Terry Parliamentarian: Joel-lyn McCormick Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Nuceka Chatman/Jolie Fredieu Associate Chair: Shelley Thomas Father’s Auxiliary: Robert Walters

President: Savannah Clayton Vice-President: Victoria Turner Secretary: Derrick Chatman Treasurer: Olivia Clayton Parliamentarian: Alyxandra Fredieu Chaplain: Sophia Armoudian Sergeant-at-Arms: Ransome Freeman

Inc. began in 1946. The Tulsa Chapter was chartered by its FounderLillian Perry, Charter President/Co-Founder- Helen Rouce, and Jeanne Goodwin. Under their leadership and the service of their successors, the Tulsa chapter thrived for many decades following its inception. After over 50 years of service it dissolved in the 1990’s. The revitalized chapter was chartered in 2008.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING This year, Tulsa welcomed 3 new families who enthusiastically helped formulate an inspired Programming Calendar loaded with distinct activities designed with the National Theme in mind. Chapter families gathered at Kendall-Whittier park to celebrate Jack & Jill Day where National Program Thrust: Culture - The Power of Purpose and Embracing Your Culture - was illustrated as the Chapter recognized the life of Carole Robertson through spoken word. Against the backdrop of the younger children blowing bubbles into the sky at dusk, teens read special dedications to Carole Robertson.’The Power to Make a Difference’ took on expanded meaning as the Chapter partnered with Tulsa Health Department’s Annual Community Baby Shower and donated diapers. As September ended ‘The Power of Advocacy and Action’ was on display as 9 Chapter Teens attended the Biennial On The Hill Summit in DC, creating awareness among Congressional leaders of our mission and issues that affect American children.

In December the Annual Christmas/Kwanzaa Party tradition of adopting a single parent household continued as our collective ‘Power to Make A Difference’ was exhibited as each of our Tulsa chapter families donated toys, clothing and gift cards to the adopted family. The 6th-8th grade age group shared a cultural presentation which focused on the core principles of Kwanzaa, while the 2-5 year olds and 1st -3rd grade ages presented an impressive recitation of ‘Hey Black Child’ showcasing their budding public speaking skills. The second half of the program year the chapter will continue to emphasize the National Theme as we address African American children’s mental health through a proposed educational workshop and a Mental Health Wellness medical poster presentation by the teens. The chapter tweens plan to meet with law enforcement to enhance community advocacy for rights.

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CENTRAL REGION DES MOINES, IA KENNEDY DREW TURNER

Kennedy Drew Turner is the daughter of Kermit and Tasha Turner. Kennedy will be presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha, Iota Zeta chapter, Debutante Ball on March 31, 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa. This Waukee High School student plans to continue her academic career at the University of Iowa, where she will pursue a degree in nursing.

GREATER LITTLE ROCK, AR MARLA NICOLE BIDDLE

Marla Nicole Biddle is the daughter of Connie and Marlon Biddle. Marla was presented to society at the 67th Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Debutante Ball on December 23, 2017. The Parkview Arts and Science Magnet student plans to major in Pre Pharmacy at Xavier University. Marla is a Senior ranked amongst the top 15% of her class with a 3.54 and a member of the Beta Club and the Track Club.

SYDNI N. COOK

Sydni N. Cook is the daughter of Vidal and Tonya Cook. Sydni Cook was presented to society and a scholarship recipient at the 67th Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Debutante Ball on December 23, 2017. The Parkview Arts Magnet High School student plans to major in Political Science at Henderson State University in the Fall. Sydni is a Senior Honor Student and a member of the Shamrock Trinity Chapter #425 Order of Eastern StarPrincess Matron, Parkview Liberty Belles (Captain), Future Business Leaders of America. Her hobbies include dance-jazz, and activities with her church ministry.

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS BRIANNE JANTZ

Brianne Jantz is the daughter of Shanita Bryant and Brian Jantz. Brianne was presented to society at The Mu Omega Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Ball on November 24, 2017. Brianne was awarded Miss Scholarship 2nd Runner Up resulting in a $2,000 scholarship. The Shawnee Mission East student plans to major in Biology at the University of Kansas.

CAMERON KEY

Beau Cameron Key is the son of Dr. Vincent and Mrs. April Key. Cameron will be presented to society at the Delta Sigma Theta Cotillion on March 31, 2018. This Bishop Miege Senior plans to major in Pre-Med and hopes to play football and run track at an Ivy League university.


KANSAS CITY, MO J’RON COLLINS

J’Ron Collins is the son of Mr. Wilbert and Mrs. Kristi Odums. J’Ron will be presented to society on March 31, 2018 at the Cotillion, co-sponsored by the DEED Foundation and the Kansas City, Missouri Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Lincoln College Preparatory senior will graduate high school with an Associate of Arts degree. He plans to attend North Carolina A & T and major in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering.

RHYANN ELIZABETH GRAY

Rhyann Elizabeth Gray is the daughter of Sheldon and Karla Gray. Rhyann will be presented to society on March 31, 2018 at the Cotillion co-sponsored by the DEED Foundation and the Kansas City, Missouri Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Blue Valley North senior plans to study architectural engineering.

LAUREN WYATT

Lauren Wyatt is the daughter of Brett Wyatt and Sheilahn Davis-Wyatt. Lauren was presented to society on November 24, 2017, at the 65th Annual Debutante Ball sponsored by the Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The Notre Dame de Sion student plans to obtain a doctorate in psychology and eventually work with Doctors Without Borders and the United Nations.

SOUTH SUBURBAN DENVER, CO IZHAYIA FORTUNE FULLER

Izhayia Fortune Fuller is the son of Mr. Derrick Fuller and Mrs. Jerilyn Hitch-Fuller. Izhayia was presented to society at the 34th Annual Jack and Jill of America Inc. Denver Chapter Beautillion on December 17, 2017. The Denver School of Science and Technology- GVR High School student plans to major in Biochemistry with aspirations to be an Orthopedic Physician or Surgeon at Xavier University of Louisiana.

KORI DANIELLE KELLY

Kori Danielle Kelly is the daughter of Mr. Marvin Kelly Jr. and Ms. Kelli Crawford Kelly. Kori was presented to society at the 34th Annual Jack and Jill of America Inc. Denver Chapter Beautillion on December 17, 2017. Kori plans to pursue a career in law enforcement and will major in criminal justice.

BRAXTON ALEXANDER STOTT

Braxton Alexander Stott is the son of Mr. Andre Quinnton Stott and Mrs. Diane Alexis Parks- Stott. Braxton was presented to society at the 34th Annual Jack and Jill of America Inc. Denver Chapter Beautillion on December 17, 2017. Braxton plans to attend Howard University in Washington D.C. where he will major in Computer Science with a specialization in Cyber Security.

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TULSA, OK BRETT MICHAEL ANDERSON

Brett Michael Anderson is the son of Dr. Bret Anderson and National Recording Secretary Michelle Gentry Anderson. Brett was presented to society on November 18, 2017 at the 42nd Fashionetta sponsored by the Alpha Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority where he was crowned Mr Fashionetta. The Riverfield Country Day School Senior plans to major in Engineering at his father’s Alma Mater, Morehouse College, Howard University or the University of Tulsa.

“Jack & Jill is a lifestyle. It is about surrounding myself with like-minded people who want the same exposures and opportunities for our children and our communities. It is a safe and caring space where my children have found their tribe.”

– Melissa Desravines, Eastern Region Program Chair

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CENTRAL REGION BLOOMINGTON-NORMAL, IL JORDYN BLYTHE

Jordyn Blythe is a senior at University High School in Normal, Illinois and is the daughter of Kia and Marcel Blythe. She has been a member of the Bloomington-Normal Chapter for 7 years. She has proudly served as the Central Region Teen President and Regional Teen Chaplain amongst other roles in Jack and Jill, in addition to founding the non-profit Serve Plus One. She is considering a variety of options for college, and she will major in communications and political science as well as work to achieve a law degree to start a career as a political and legal correspondent.

BROOKLYN MOSLEY

Brooklyn Mosley is a senior at University High School in Normal, Illinois. She is the daugther of Roosevelt and Yashica Mosley. Brooklyn joined the Bloomington-Normal Chapter in May 2008. She serves her community by volunteering at a local hospital, museum, and church. Brooklyn has been accepted to her top college choices and hopes to attend The Ohio State University, where she will pursue a degree in Business Administration. Upon gradutation, Brooklyn desires to pursue a career in business or sports management.

KARRIEM MUHAMMAD

Karriem Muhammad is the son of Maurice and Lorraine Muhammad. He will graduate from Normal Community High School (NCHS) in Normal, IL. Karriem has been a member of the Bloomington/Normal Chapter for over 12 years, serving as the parliamentarian and historian. While at NCHS, he was member of the Key Club, served as an assistant in the guidance office and worked at the Bloomington/Normal Jewel-Osco store. He served his community through the Salvation Army, nursing homes, reading programs, tutoring and food donation programs. Karriem enjoys exercising, photography and being with his friends. He will major in Business Administration.

ALEXIS M. STARKS

Normal Community High School has done an outstanding job educating Alexis M. Starks, Senior Class of 2018. Alexis resides with her parents, Kenneth and Pamela Starks in Bloomington, IL. A member of Jack and Jill since 2008, Alexis has held several leadership roles and will graduate out as Teen President. She is a member of Student Council, Key Club, Social Studies Club (Peace & Justice Committee) focusing on Illinois legislative issues. Our NAACP ACT-SO Olympian has earned 6 medals over the last 3 years and has been accepted to several universities majoring in Nursing or Speech Pathology.

DENVER, CO KYLAH ARICA COLEMAN

Kylah is a senior at East High School in Denver, Colorado. She is the daughter of Haroun and Toshia Cowans and Keith Coleman. Kylah has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2004 and has served as Sr. Teen Treasure in 2016 and Sr. Teen President 2017/2018. Kylah is involved in Student Council, National Honors Society, Church in the City Beth Abraham, and Black Student Alliance. Kylah hopes to complete a degree in Health and Exercise Science or Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing her degree, Kylah hopes to be a physical therapist.

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MYLES PACE

Myles is a senior at Cherokee Trail High School in Denver, Colorado. He is the son of Yvonne Pace. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 16 years and has served as Regional Teen Sergeant-At-Arms. Myles is active in the Technology Student Association, Black Student Union, Kappa League, and Student Advisory Counsel. He is also a peer mentor and an Ethnic College Counseling Center volunteer. He hopes to complete a degree in Architecture with a minor in Architecture and Construction Management. After completing his degree, Myles aspires to explore ways to build eco-friendly homes.

DES MOINES, IA CHASTAIN ROSS EVANS

Chastain Ross Evans is a senior at Waukee High School in Waukee, IA. He is the son of Kimberly R. Hines, and has been a member of Jack and Jill for 9 years. His community service volunteerism includes serving as a buddy to the elderly at nursing facilities and volunteering at animal shelters. Chastain is an avid lover of the arts and is currently President of the Art Club and VP of the Teen Chapter. He plans to attend N. C. A & T. State University, where he will major in Environmental Science with a minor in Music.

KENNEDY TURNER

Kennedy Turner is a senior at Waukee High School and is the daughter of Kermit and Tasha Turner. Kennedy has been a member of Jack and Jill for 12 years, and serves as Central Region Chaplain. In the past, she has held chapter positions as Teen President, Vice-President, and Recording Secretary. She is a varsity cheerleader and serves on the National Honor Society. Kennedy is a member of Banker’s Trust Youth Board and holds a volunteer residency position at Mercy Hospital. Looking towards the future, she plans to continue her studies at the University of Iowa.

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL STEPHEN AARON TIMOTHY CRUSE

Stephen Aaron Timothy Cruse is a Senior at Belleville Township High School - West in Belleville, IL and is the daughter of Judge Zina R. Cruse and Mark A. Cruse. He has been a member of the East St. Louis Chapter since 2014. He is an athlete and a scholar and has been active in his community through his participation with Jack and Jill of America, including serving as a Teen officer for 2 years and participating in the Chapter service projects. Stephen plans to attend Tennessee State University where he will major in Human Performance & Sport Sciences.

GREATER LITTLE ROCK, AR MARLA BIDDLE

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ALEXANDRIA BLOUIN

Alexandria Blouin is a senior at the Baptist Preparatory School in Little Rock, Arkansas and is the daughter of Yvonda Jackson and Perry Blouin. Alex has been a member of the Greater Little Rock Chapter for two years and serves as president and was previously in the Tuscaloosa Chapter for six years. In addition she has served her community by volunteering at Easter Seals, nursing homes, and a mission trip to South Dakota. Alex has decided to attend the University of Central Arkansas in the Fall, she will major in Occupational Therapy. 49


SYDNI N. COOK

Sydni N. Cook is a senior at Parkview Arts Magnet High School in Little Rock, Arkansas and is the daughter of Vidal and Tonya Cook. Sydni has been a member of the Greater Little Rock Chapter for 11 years and serves as Vice President of Teens. In addition she has served her community with consistent service and participation in Tacos 4 Life Mobile-Pack Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Initiative, Soup Kitchen- Friendly Chapel Church, Watershed Family Resource Center, and Arkansas Rice Depot. Sydni has decided to attend Henderson Sate University where she will major in Political Science.

GREATER PEORIA, IL JOELLE ALEXANDRE-STRONG

Joelle Alexandre-Strong, 17, has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2014. Joelle will be graduating from Dunlap High School in May of 2018. Joelle is an artistic person and has won awards for her work. One piece was displayed at the House of the Senate in Washington, DC after placing 2nd in the Congressional Art Competition for High School Students. Joelle has been a member of the Central Illinois Youth Symphony for 8 years and was recognized as one of the top upright bassists in the state. She is planning on attending Columbia College of Art in Chicago.

MORIAH ARBUCKLE

Moriah Arbuckle is a senior at Richwoods High School and is the daughter of Tommy and Monica Arbuckle. She has been a member of the Greater Peoria Illinois Chapter since 2014. During her years in Jack and Jill, she has served as Teen Corresponding Secretary and Foundation Chair. Moriah is also a member of Tomorrow’s Scientist Technicians and Managers, in which she serves as the 2017-2018 President. She is also a member, Delta GEMS, NSBE Jr. and MAAP (Minority Academic Advancement Project). Moriah has decided to attend University of Texas San Antonio and major in Pre-Denistry.

RODERICK CAMERON BLAND

Cameron is a senior at Richwoods High School in Peoria, IL and is the son of Roderick and Stacey Bland. He is a charter member of the Greater Peoria, IL Chapter (4 years) and is the Teen Parliamentarian and has served as President. He volunteers at the Crittenton Centers, Salvation Army, Neighborhood House and more. He is a member of the CI-NSBE, Jr Chapter, Vice President of the Minority Academic Advancement Program and a Goodwill Goodguides Mentor. Cameron is a scholar athlete. He plays varsity football and runs track. He plans to study Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas.

TAYLOR HAWKINS

Taylor Hawkins is a senior at Dunlap High School and is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Eric and Jennifer Hawkins. She is a charter member of the Greater Peoria Jack and Jill Chapter since 2014. She has volunteered her time for various fundrasiers such as the Brunch and Bubbly, charity drives such as Jeans for teens and community beautification projects such as repainting the playgrounds at a local elementary school, both through Jack and Jill and independently. She has decided to attend college in the fall where she will major in Psychology and later specialize in forensics.

DORON MONTGOMERY

Doron Montgomery, the son of Erec and Djuana Montgomery, is a senior at Dunlap High School in Dunlap, IL. He has been a member of the Greater Peoria Il Chapter of Jack and Jill for 2 years. Throughout high school, Doron has been involved in numerous volunteer projects that support the local and global community such as helping build a playground for youth in Athens, outreach programs for seniors in Belgium and Peoria, tutoring his peers in French and many other community initiatives. He will major in Chemical Engineering at the university of his choice.

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Seniors | CENTRAL REGION

AARON MORRIS

Aaron Morris is a senior at Richwoods High School in Peoria, Illinois and is the son of Alec Morris and Margot Vance. He has been a member of the Greater Peoria chapter for two years holding positions as Parliamentarian and Community Service chair. Aaron is an International Baccalaureate student and a student athlete playing football (All Conference Honorable Mention) and running track. He volunteered at the Crittendon Center and mentors students at an area primary school. He plans to attend Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Oh. His major is undecided.

GREATER PIKES PEAK, CO NYAH GEOLINGO

Nyah Geolingo is a senior at Liberty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is the daughter of Alicia and Harold Geolingo. She is a Charter Member, and Senior Teen Vice President of the Greater Pikes Peak, Colorado Chapter for two years. Nyah volunteers at the local food pantry, a member of the National Honor Society, Latin and French clubs, and Friends of Rachael, a teen advocacy program. Nyah has earned academic and activity letters for her achievements and service. She will attend Washington State University where she will major in Environmental Science.

AYANNAH LANG

Ayannah Lang is a senior at Discovery Canyon High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is the daughter of Anthony and Dinean Lang. She has been a member of the Greater Pikes Peak Chapter for one year. Ayannah has a 4.4 GPA and is a member of the English, French, Math and Science National Honor Societies, holding officer positions in both the Math and Science Societies. She is captain of the varsity cheer team, founder of her school’s Black Student Alliance and Sunday school teacher at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church. Ayannah will attend Spelman College and major in biochemistry.   

KAYAL MELAINA LEARNED

Kaya is a senior at Colorado Springs Christian School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is the daughter of Anthony and Imani Learned. She has been a member of GPP since chartering in 2016, Teen Chaplain from 2016-2017, then Teen President from 2017-2018. Kaya is Varsity Cheer captain, Witness choir alto, and enjoys soccer. She loves to serve locally helping the Salvation Army, Partners in Housing and other worthwhile organizations. She has decided to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where she will major in Global Security and Intelligence and plans to serve in the Air Force.

JONATHAN ANDREWS MATOKE

Jonathan Matoke, a senior at Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado is the son of Jeffrey and Carrie Matoke. He is a Charter Member of Greater Pikes Peak. He earned Eagle Scout Rank November 2017 and has served more than 4,000 community service hours. At his church Emmanuel, he planted several Blue Spruce trees helping with soil erosion issues amidst other benefits, works on third Sundays assisting with registration, volunteers throughout the region with LEGO Robotics, and reads to youths. He will attend Villanova undergraduate and Hampton for Masters in Biomedical Engineering.

JOHNSON COUNTY, KS MAYA JADE ALEXANDER

Maya Alexander is a senior at Blue Valley North West High School in Overland Park, KS and is the daughter of proud parents Clyde and Kathryn Alexander. She has been a member of the Johnson County chapter of Jack and Jill for 15 years. Maya is signed with Exposure Model and Talent Inc., was a member of the National Honor Society, and regularly participated in community service and volunteer activities. She has not made her final college decision, but intends to major in Marketing and/or Journalism.

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BRIANNE JANTZ

Brianne Jantz is a senior at Shawnee Mission East in Prairie Village, Kansas and is the daughter of Shanita Bryant and Brian Jantz. She has been a member of the Johnson County chapter for 12 years. Brianne has been involved in many community service projects from prepping food in the Kansas City Soup Kitchen and sorting items at Harvesters to watching children in afterschool programs and volunteering at elderly care homes. She has decided to attend the University of Kansas where she will major in Biology and go on to medical school.

PRIA E. JEAN-BAPTISTE

Pria, the daughter of Ari and Saradgene Jean-Baptiste, is a senior at Saint Teresa’s Academy (STA) in Kansas City, Missouri. Her membership with the Johnson County chapter dates back to 2012. Since 2016, she’s served as the Vice President of the teen group. In 2015, Pria served as the Recording Secretary. Pria volunteers with the Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City. Throughout her high school career, she played tennis on the STA Junior/Varsity team. She was accepted into both the University of Kansas’ Honor Program and Department of Architectural Engineering.

ADRIAN MELAKU KELLEY

Melaku Kelley is a homeschooled senior taking courses at JCCC and is the son of David and Andrea. He has been a member of the Johnson County Chapter for thirteen years and has held the positions of Sergeant at Arms and Recording Secretary on the Teen Board. Melaku is a cellist and has performed in festivals and concerts across the USA, inluding New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and Washington. He is currently a member of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. Additionally, Melaku is very engaged with geopolitics, geography, and learning Arabic, and plans to pursue a degree in International Relations.

CAMERON CALTON KEY

Cameron Key is a honor student at Bishop Miege in Roeland Park, KS and the son of Dr. Vincent and Mrs. April Key. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 9 years and is the Central Region Teen Treasurer. He received the Presidential Volunteer Service Award twice for his medical missions trips to the Dominican Republic. As Captain of his football team, he led Miege to win 4 consecutive State Championships. Cameron also won the State Championship in Triple Jump. Cameron hopes to play football and run track at an Ivy League university and major in Pre-Med.

BENJAMIN WILLIAM PEREZ

Benjamin William Perez is a senior at Blue Valley West in Overland Park, Kansas and the son of John Hewlett and Michele Hudson Perez. He has been a member of Johnson County for four years. Benjamin was Teen Treasurer, Foundation, Teen President and Central Region Teen Social Media Representative. Benjamin is a member of The Knights of Peter Claver, recipient of the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Award, Varsity track, Varsity Football Captain and Varsity Wrestling Captain. This future Software Engineer has been accepted to Emporia State where he will major in Computer Science and minor in Math.

COLE RILEY

Cole Riley is the son Chad and Alicia Riley. He is a senior at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, KS. Cole has been a member of Jack and Jill for one year. He is an AP student, a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. Cole plays varsity football and is on the varsity track team. Cole has community service hours with various organizations including Global Adventures Program-Costa Rica. He plans to attend Howard University and major in Journalism.

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Seniors | CENTRAL REGION

DAVID A. ROBINSON

David A. Robinson is a senior at Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, KS and is the son of Jeffrey and Shekita Robinson. He is a National Honor Society member and a varsity football and baseball athlete. He has been a member of the Johnson County chapter for 12 years and multi-year teen executive board member, serving as Parliamentarian, Chaplain, and Historian. David is planning to major in Chemical Engineering and pursue a career in Orthopedic Surgery.

KANSAS CITY, MO J’RON COLLINS

J’Ron Collins is a senior at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Missouri and is the son of Wilbert and Kristi Odums. He has been a member of the Kansas City, Missouri Chapter for six years. J’Ron is the current Central Region Teen Vice President and has previously served as Teen President for his chapter. J’Ron is a dual enrolled Early College Academy student and will graduate high school with an Associate of Arts degree. He plans to attend North Carolina A & T and major in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering.

RHYANN ELIZABETH GRAY

Rhyann Elizabeth Gray is the daughter of Sheldon and Karla Gray. Rhyann has been a member of the Kansas City, Missouri Chapter since the age of 2 and is the current Teen Chapter President. She has also served as Teen Secretary and Foundation Chair. Rhyann is a senior at Blue Valley North High School where she is involved in CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies), Basketball, Cross Country and lettered in Forensics. She also volunteers at her church and serves as a host on Generation Rap, a local radio show. Rhyann aspires to be an architectural engineer.

TILLMAN ALLEN MCCLUNIE III

Tillman McClunie III, son of Tillman II and Vonetta McClunie, is a senior at Blue Springs South High School in Blue Springs, Missouri. Tillman has been a member of the Kansas City, Missouri Chapter for 15 years and currently serves as the Teen Chapter Chaplain. Tillman is an honor roll student, lettering in Football and Forensics. Tillman volunteers in the AV and Children’s Worship ministries at his church and serves as President of the Kappa League for the Kansas City Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. Tillman will attend the University of MissouriColumbia and major in Communications.

RAPHEAL MOSES PREVOT III

Rapheal Moses Prevot III is the son of Rapheal Prevot, Jr. (Deceased) and Roberta Gumbel. Rapheal is a senior at Pembroke High School in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been a member of the Kansas City, Missouri Chapter since 2015 and currently serves as Teen Chapter Vice-President. At Pembroke, Rapheal is an honor roll student and member of the Thespian Club and school band. He has also been awarded an Independent Study Cup in Biology. Rapheal is an active volunteer at his church’s senior center. Rapheal is undecided on a college, but plans to major in architecture.

LAUREN WYATT

Lauren Wyatt is a senior at Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City, Missouri and the daughter of Brett Wyatt and Sheilahn Davis-Wyatt. She has been a member of the Kansas City, Missouri Chapter for four years and currently serves as Teen Chapter Secretary. Lauren is active in her school’s track and field teams and musical theatre programs, lettering in Drama. She also serves as Secretary of the Stewardship Club. Lauren is a member of Truman Medical Center’s Teen Mental Health Advisory Council. Lauren is undecided on a college, but intends to obtain a doctorate in psychology.

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, AR FLOYD SMITH III

Floyd Smith III is a senior at Bentonville High School in Bentonville, AR and is the son of Floyd and Angela Smith. He has been a member of the NWA Chapter of Jack and Jill for 1 year. Floyd has participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is an honor roll recipient, Kiwanis Student of the Month, a member of the Bentonville 2017 7A State Champion Track team and he currently competes on the Bentonville Varsity Basketball team. Upon graduation, Floyd plans to attend college and major in Sports Medicine later pursuing a career as an athletic trainer.     

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK JAYDEN HANNAH

Jayden Hannah is a senior at Edmond Sante Fe High School in Edmond, OK and is the son of Anthony and Tisha Clay. He has been a member of the Oklahoma City Chapter of Jack and Jill for 2.5 years. Jayden is a member of Kappa League, a leadership development program for young men. He currently serves as the chapter president. Jayden has also volunteered as a mentor for Boys and Girls Club, Junior Kappa League program and Intervention Child Advocacy Network, ICAN. He also served on the media production team at church for 3 years. In addition, Jayden has volunteered at the local food bank, escort in the Jabberwock and usher at the Ebony Awareness Bowl.

SOUTH SUBURBAN DENVER, CO ISHAYIA FORTUNE FULLER

Izhayia Fortune Fuller is a senior at Denver School of Science and Technology- GVR High School and is the son of Mr. Derrick Fuller and Mrs. Jerilyn Hitch-Fuller. He has been a member of the South Suburban Denver Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 13 years. Izhayia is involved in several community organizations where he enjoys serving the homeless, walking for the March of Dimes and caring for animals from the Dumb Friends League. He will attend Xavier University of Louisiana, where he will major in Biochemistry with aspirations to be an Orthopedic Physician or Surgeon.

KORI DANIELLE KELLY

Kori Danielle Kelly is a senior at Smoky Hill High School and is the daughter of Mr. Marvin Kelly, Jr. and Ms. Kelli Crawford Kelly. She has been a member of the South Suburban Denver Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 2 years. Kori’s community service involvement includes The Family Motel, US Taekwondo Center Leadership Club, and various other organizations. She has decided to pursue a career in law enforcement and will major in Criminal Justice.

BRAXTON ALEXANDER STOTT

Braxton Alexander Stott is a senior at Cherokee Trail High School and is the son of Mr. Andre Quinnton Stott and Mrs. Diane Alexis Parks- Stott. He has been a member of the South Suburban Denver Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 10 years. Braxton’s community service involvement includes Habitat for Humanity, The Family Motel, Tallyn’s Reach Library Teen Advisory Group and various other organizations. He has decided to attend Howard University in Washington D.C. where he will major in Computer Science and in the future develop a Cyber Security corporation.

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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL DAVID JOHNSON

David Johnson is a senior at O’Fallon Township High School in O’Fallon, Illinois and son of Dana and Kenneth Johnson. He has been a member of The St. Clair County Chapter for 5 years and served as Jack and Jill Regional Teen Parliamentarian. He has been involved in community service projects including Project Warm Wishes, Feeding America, Granite City Community Center, March of Dimes, and Our Lady of the Light Food Pantry Drive. He plans to attend Southern Illinois University in the fall to double major in Nursing and Theatre. His ultimate goal is to receive an Oscar Award.

CHELSE’ KING

Chelse’ King is a life-long member of the St. Clair County Chapter. She is currently the Regional Teen Foundation Chair. She has served as Chapter Teen President, corresponding and recording secretary, and chaplain. As a senior at Villa Duchesne School, she is extremely active. She is the Diversity Club’s secretary and event group coordinator. She enjoys her avid participation in Villa’s performing arts and athletic departments. She has starred in school plays and is a member of the Varsity Track and Field Team. Chelse` plans to attend college and will pursue two degrees in Business Admin.

TULSA, OK BRETT MICHAEL ANDERSON

Brett Michael Anderson is a Senior at Riverfield Country Day School in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is the son of Dr. Bret and National Recording Secretary Michelle Anderson. He has been a member of the Tulsa Chapter for 9 years and has served as Teen Chapter Financial Secretary and Treasurer. Brett is a talented bass player in the Riverfield Rocks program. He is a four year varsity letterman on the Oklahoma State Champion Tennis team and the Regional Champion Basketball team. Brett plans to attend Morehouse College, Howard or the University of Tulsa where he will pursue an Engineering degree.

HARRISON L. HARDMAN

Harrison L. Hardman, a senior at Cascia Hall Preparatory High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the son of Herbert and Angela Hardman and has been active in the Tulsa Chapter since 2008. He is a member of Cascia’s Library Advisory Council, and President of the Wednesday Night Tutoring Club. He’s also a member of the Cascia Football and Wrestling programs. He’s provided numerous community service hours at The Little Lighthouse with special needs children and has served as a mentor at Aaron’s Camp. He plans to pursue a career in criminal justice and work as a federal agent.

ALEXIS IYANA JACKSON

Alexis Iyana Jackson, a senior at Broken Arrow High School is the daughter of Keith and LaQuisha Jackson. She’s been a member of the Tulsa Jack and Jill Chapter for three years. Alexis is an active member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Student Council, and Senior Board. She loves working with children: teaching third graders on Friday afternoons, tutoring, and reading to them through her Leadership and Tiger Challenge classes. She is considering attendance at UCO, XULA, or Prairie View A&M University to study medicine and become a Pediatrician.

JORDAN OWENS

Jordan Owens is the daughter of Drs. Ray and Dion Owens. She has been a member of the Tulsa Chapter of Jack and Jill since 2010. Jordan attends Cascia Hall Prepatory School and is a member of the National Honor Society. Jordan was Miss Black Tulsa County Teen in 2016 and has served her community by teaching children to read through two programs, Project Transformation and Reading Partners. She also received a Gold Presidential Award for Community Service in 2017. Jordan aspires to become a surgeon and has completed two, monthlong internships in orthopedic surgery through her school.

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“A sisterhood of mothers A brotherhood of families. A refuge for African-American children who need to feel safe, confident in their own skin, proud of who they are and empowered to become who they want to be. A support system and resources/information sharing network. Above all of things, Jack and Jill, is the means by which I am privileged to use the gifts, talents and leadership skills that God has given me to help shape, inform, impact, nurture and invest in the lives of my children and countless other African-American children as well. I count that as one of my greatest blessings and hopefully, my lasting legacy. “

– Carolyn “Cookie” Mason, Eastern Region Sponsorships & Partnerships Chair


EASTERN REGION Alexandria-Mt. Vernon, VA Arundel Bay Area, MD Atlantic City, NJ Baltimore County, MD Baltimore, MD Bergen-Passaic, NJ Boston, MA Bridgeport, CT Bronx, NY Brooklyn, NY Bucks County, PA Buffalo, NY Burke-Fairfax, VA Burlington-Willingboro, NJ Central New Jersey, NJ

Chester County, PA Columbia, MD Eastern Fairfield County, CT Essex-Hudson, NJ Greater Albany, NY Greater Essex County, NJ Greater Suburban Maryland, MD Greater Union County, NJ Jersey Shore, NJ Loudoun County, VA Manassas-Woodbridge, VA Mercer County, NJ Metropolitan, NY Mid-Hudson Valley, NY Montgomery County, MD

Montgomery County, PA Morris County, NJ Nassau County, NY National Harbor, MD New Castle County, DE New Haven, CT Newton, MA North Jersey, NJ Northern Virginia, VA Philadelphia, PA Pittsburgh, PA Potomac Valley, MD Prince George’s County, MD Prince William County, VA Queens, NY

2018 REGIONAL STATS 57 CHAPTERS

2 PROVISIONAL GROUPS

3,083 MOTHERS

1,191 ASSOCIATES

2,741 CHILDREN

2,438 TEENS

Reston, VA Rochester, NY Rockland-Orange County, NY South Jersey, NJ Southern Maryland, MD Stamford-Norwalk, CT Suffolk County, NY Syracuse, NY Washington, DC Westchester County, NY Western Maryland, MD Western Massachusetts, MA


DANIELLE BROWN National Vice-President

To the Exceptional Families of the Mighty Eastern Region,

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ver the past two years, we have focused on the theme the “Power to Make a Difference” and I am thrilled that we have done just that! Our ability to make a difference in our communities has impacted many forgotten families and their children. I look forward to seeing what more we can do. Nationally, this program year has also been filled with impacting not only our children but all children in our communities and spreading the brand of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Thank you for advocating at the Capitol during On The Hill on behalf of all children and for marching in Birmingham during The Children’s Crusade. Our collective voices have power! On behalf of the entire National Executive Board and the liaison to our Regional Directors, National Membership Committee, Small Chapter Task Force and National Associates Committee, thank you for making a significant difference in Jack and Jill of America, Inc for the 2017 to 2018 program year. The heart of all Jack and Jill experiences begins at the local level. I want to acknowledge all the chapters and the families for their continued commitment to Jack and Jill. I also give much gratitude to my family, for whom I could not serve this year without the support from my husband Roy and our three girls, Ashlyn, Madison, Angelina and my dog Tobey. Yours in Jack and Jill,

Danielle Brown 27th National Vice-President


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EASTERN REGION J

ack and Jill of America, Inc., has its roots in the Eastern Region, so the region’s history mirrors the early days of the organization’s growth and development. Jack and Jill was founded in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1938, the community work of 20 mothers — galvanized by Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas — who wanted their children to have cultural opportunities, develop leadership skills, and form social networks in the extremely segregated society of the time. New York and Washington, D.C., followed shortly after, establishing chapters in 1939 and 1944 respectively. The national organization drew many of its early leaders from the Eastern Region, including the first three national presidents – Dorothy Bell Wright, Emilie B. Pickens and Edna Turner Seay. Over the years, the Eastern Region has continued to provide visionary National leadership for the organization, including, most recently, the 24th National President, Tammy King, from the Bergen Passiac, NJ chapter; and the current Vice President Danielle Brown, from the Loudon County, VA chapter. The first national convention was held in the region, on June 1, 1946, in Philadelphia, PA. The first regional teen conference was held in Philadelphia, June 15-17, 1951, with the theme, “Haitian Festival.” This program, organized by first-ever Teen Presidents Bara Scott and Lucille Blondin, was the summation of the Philadelphia Teens’ yearlong program of study and research on Haiti, and served as a forerunner to the annual Regional Teen Conferences that would come to be held annually across the nation. After delegates to the 1957 National Convention adopted a regional plan for the organization, we elected our first Eastern Region Director – Vernice Wynn from the Baltimore, Maryland, chapter – and held our first regional conference in Baltimore in 1959. The theme was “Time to talk about Chapter Planning, Programming, Problems.” Under the leadership of 2-term Regional Director Mondi Kumbula-Fraser, our theme is “Empowering Families for SUCCESS!” The region now boasts 57 chapters (and more than 3,200 families!) spanning the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The region is divided into four clusters: Delaware Valley, Metropolitan, Northern and Southern. We call ourselves “The Mighty Eastern Region,” not just because of our numbers – we are the largest region in the organization – but because of our enormous love for Jack and Jill, and our unwavering commitment to the ideals of the organization.

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Director: Mondi Kumbula-Fraser Associate Chair: Rose Richardson Treasurer: Crystal Mullins Bylaws Chair: Keita Young Secretary: Margaret Gibson Editor: Paulette Walker Campbell Member at Large: Akira Bell-Johnson Fathers’ Auxiliary Chair: Byron Johns Officer: National Vice President Danielle Brown Legislative Chair: Melinda Alexis-Hayes Membership Chair: Robyn Dawson-Bryant Teen Officers Nominating Chair: Maida Piggee President: Audrey Watt Policy and Procedure Chair: Jennifer DaSilva Vice-President: Sydni Scott Program Chair: Melissa Desravines Secretary: Tijara Smith Protocol Chair: VaCora Rainey Treasurer: Bria Beauvais Strategic Relevance and Value: Karen Heyward-West Foundation Chair: Lauren Turman Technology Chair: Teri Taylor Teen Advisor: Anissa McCall Wilson Parliamentarian: Karen McWilliams Sergeant-at-Arms: Kimberly Tapscott 60


REGIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

During the 2017-2018 Program Year, the Eastern Region continued it mission to “Empower Families for Success,” through a variety of programs, activities and initiatives. We kicked off the program year by hosting four Mother’s Cluster workdays for a record number of registrants – more than 2,000 Mothers, Teens and Middle Schoolers. We provided training in key areas such as Membership, Programming, Governance, Legislative Advocacy, Finances, Foundation, Gavel Clubs, Chaperone Certification and more. In addition, we held “Stay Woke” Town Halls to discuss current issues such as racial profiling, police brutality and juvenile justice with featured speakers such as U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, of New Jersey, and academic, author and radio host Michael Eric Dyson. Each cluster featured an oratorical contest with the theme, “Royalty: Our Past … Our Present … Our Future.” Winners in Division I (13 to 15 years old) and Division II (16 to 19 years old), received a discount off of their registration for Teen Conference and an opportunity to compete at Teen Conference. They were:

art space and reading corner; the Northern Cluster collected handbags and toiletry items for women who live in poverty and victims of domestic violence; and the Southern Cluster participated in food packaging at the Capital Area Food Bank and Baltimore Food Bank’s Youth Empowerment Society and Heart’s Place Services. In early March, scores of Mothers from the region gathered at the Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania for Eastern Region’s Annual Mother’s Retreat, “Relax Your Spirit, Rejuvenate your Soul!” The weekend provided a time for the Mothers to decompress, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Later that month – on March 24 – Jack and Jill families from the Eastern Region were among the thousands of people who gathered for the “March for our Lives” rally on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C., to support gun regulation, safer schools and safer communities. The rally was organized in the wake of the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staffers were shot to death. Many of our Jacks and Jills left the rally with plans to reach out to lawmakers and connect with like-minded students on ways to end gun violence.

• Northern Cluster: Division I—Jordin Rachal (Newton); Division II—Jordan Miller (Newton) • Southern Cluster: Division I—Brynna Boyd (Burke Fairfax); Division II—Christopher Cumberbatch (Reston)

Our 68th Teen Conference on April 5-8th was a rousing success. It was the largest Teen Conference in the 80 year history of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., with 1,274 registered for the conference and 1,804 attendees at the Graduating Senior Gala. The Mistress of Ceremonies for that event was Tony Award Winning Actress Renee Goldsberry from “Hamilton.” The full agenda for the weekend included guest appearances by singers and actresses Chloe and Halle from “Grown-ish,” and Michael Rainey from the hit Starz series, “Power.” Before the annual talent show, attendees were treated to a Greek Step Show and a performance by the Delaware State University Marching Band. They participated in workshops on STEM, Shark Tank, Mental Health, Wealth Building, Healthy Eating, DNA, Legislative Advocacy and more. They talked with admissions officers at a College Fair. They also socialized at a Day Party while cruising on the Potomac; and a Black and Gold dance party. The Teen Conference also featured a Technology Innovation Lab and Game Room in the Teen Lounge, courtesy of corporate sponsors Aetna, JP Morgan Chase, Microsoft, PNC, T-Mobile and Verizon.

• Metropolitan Cluster: Division I—Aaron Miller (Suffolk County); Division II— Kayla Singleton (Rockland Orange) • Delaware Valley Cluster: Division I—Aldwyn Porter, Jr. (Mercer County); Division II—Tyler Lynch (Chester County) With the installation of Associates Groups in Essex Hudson, New Jersey and Reston, Virginia, the Eastern Region now proudly claims 40 active Associates Groups. In January 2018, the Eastern Region held its third annual Regional Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. It continues to be a meaningful way to honor his legacy of service, compassion and humanity. The Delaware Valley Cluster undertook a Beautification Project at Samuel Gompers Elementary School in Philadelphia; the Metropolitan Cluster collected and donated items to Children of Promise of New York; and set up a library, 61


We capped off the month of April with our 2018 Children’s Cluster, hosted by the North Jersey Chapter, under the theme: “Empowering Our Children Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!” Our children enjoyed a fun-filled

weekend, including hip hop dance classes, Gavel Club oratorical training, robotics classes, community service and more.

Mother’s Conference 2017 Date: July 12-16, 2017 Theme: A Mighty and Magical Time Awaits! Location: Orlando, Florida Hosting Chapter: Rochester, New York Conference Chairs: Stella King-Turner, MD and Rachel D. Yanky, MD

Mothers’ Cluster (Delaware Valley Cluster) Date: November 11, 2017 Theme: Empowering Families for Success Location: The Westin Princeton, New Jersey Hosting Chapter: Mercer County, New Jersey Conference Chairs: April Butts, Sandra Madison and Barbara Richards

Teen Conference 2017 Date: APRIL 5-8, 2018 Theme: Royalty: Our Past … Our Present … Our Future Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD Hosting Chapter: Metropolitan Chapter Conference Chairs: Rae Wright Allen, Nadja Webb Cogsville, Cathleen Trigg-Jones, Regine Guerrier Love

Children’s Clusters Date: April 28, 2018 Theme: Empowering our Children — Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Location: Renaissance Newark Airport Hotel, Elizabeth, NJ Hosting Chapter: North Jersey Chapter Conference Chairs: Karen Hayes and Ali Scott

Mother’s Clusters Mothers’ Cluster (Northern Cluster) Date: October 7, 2017 Theme: Empowering Families for Success Location: Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hosting Chapter: Buffalo, New York Conference Chairs: Courtney E. Nelson-Benton Mothers’ Cluster (Southern Cluster) Date: October 21, 2017 Theme: Empowering Families for Success Location: Bethesda Marriot North and Conference Center, Maryland Hosting Chapter: Reston, Virginia Conference Chairs: Janelle Brevard and Turpin Stephen Mothers’ Cluster (Metropolitan Cluster) Date: October 28, 2017 Theme: Empowering Families for Success Location: Hyatt Regency New Brunswick Hosting Chapter: Central New Jersey Conference Chairs: Kim Charles

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MONDI KUMBULA-FRASER REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Mondi Kumbula-Fraser serves as Eastern Regional Director, and the Region’s theme for 2016-2017 is “Empowering Families for SUCCESS!”. This theme embodies the Eastern Region’s commitment to providing unique and enriching opportunities for children and families. RD Mondi previously served as National On the Hill Summit Co-Chair, Regional Membership Chair and Regional Legislative Chair focusing on juvenile justice, early childhood education, gun control and racial profiling. In addition, she served the Potomac Valley Chapter in several positions including President, Vice President, Legislative Chair, Protocol Chair, Age Group Coordinator as well as serving the chapter in other capacities as needed. RD Mondi is an attorney with a background in real estate, information technology, tax, immigration, housing and legislative advocacy. She has an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. She has held leadership positions with several organizations, including the Washington Bar Association and the Technology Council of Maryland.

MARGARET GIBSON REGIONAL SECRETARY

Margaret Gibson is the third Eastern Regional Secretary and has previously served the Region in the appointed positions of Protocol Chair, Community Service Chair, AIM Coordinator and Regional Scribe. A proud member of the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter in New York since 2007, she has also worked tirelessly for the organization in a variety of chapter roles, including chapter President, Vice-President, Program Director and Chair of the Metropolitan Cluster Workday. Always up for a challenge, during her tenure as Program Director, Margaret built the chapter’s first website by teaching herself HTML. RS Margaret has worked in human resources for over 20 years, leading a team of HR professional ex-perienced in designing and developing strategies to drive organizational change and business results. She is also adept at designing, implementing and leading effective workplace diversity strategies and initiatives. Currently, she is a HR Director & Client Manager. Prior to human resources, Margaret worked as a Productivity Analyst conducting workforce analysis studies which required her to travel between 70-90% of the time.

CRYSTAL MULLINS REGIONAL TREASURER

Eastern Regional Treasurer Crystal Mullins has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2000 when she joined Jack and Jill as a charter member of Greater Essex County, NJ Chapter. Over the years, Crystal has served in various roles including Chapter President, Program Director, Financial Secretary and Nominating Committee Chair. On the regional level, Crystal served on the Eastern Region’s Budget and Finance Committee immediately prior to her election as Regional Treasurer in 2017. Crystal is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and of The Links, Incorporated. Professionally, Crystal has worked in the investment banking industry for over 25 years and currently works as an Executive Director for JPMorgan Chase. Crystal received her B.S.E. in Engineering for the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She and her husband Don are the proud parents of Natalie, 21, and Noelle, 16.

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AKIRA BELL JOHNSON MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Akira Bell Johnson is proud to serve the Eastern Region as the Foundation Member-at-Large. MAL Akira is a legacy of the Central New Jersey Chapter, where she is currently a member. She has served Jack and Jill as a chapter president, and a regional community service chair. Akira graduated from Princeton University with a BSE in Civil Engineering and Operations Research, with a certificate in Engineering Management as well as a cer-tificate in African American Studies. Akira is the Senior Vice President and CIO of Mathematica Policy Research, a non-partisan research and analltyics company dedicated to improving public well-being. She has over 20 years of professional experience working in Information Technology with a specialty in IT Strategy, digital prod-ucts and cyber-security. MAL Akira enjoys promoting STEM careers for students of color and girls. MAL Akira lives in Somerset, NJ with her two wonderful children Ethan and Samantha who attend the Lawrenceville School and Peddie School respectively. In her spare time, MAL Akira trains and competes in triathlons and other en-durance events.

ROSE RICHARDSON

REGIONAL ASSOCIATE CHAIR Eastern Region Associate Chair Rose Richardson has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. since May, 2006. Rose was a proud member and now Associate of the Philadelphia chapter where she served in several capacities. Rose was a Chapter President, Chapter Vice President and Corresponding Secretary. She also chaired several committees. At the Regional level Rose served as Protocol Chair. Rose is married to Frank K. Richardson, Jr and proud parents to Frank K. Richardson, 3rd who is currently a student at Morehouse College and Ashley Richardson – Hardy.

BYRON JOHNS

FATHER’S AUXILIARY CHAIR Byron Johns serves as Father’s Auxiliary Chair for the Eastern Region. His wife Lynn, and two children, Byron II and Schuylar, have been members of the Potomac Valley chapter since 2001. He has been a leader in the telecommunications and information systems industry for more than 30 years and as a research and development engineer for Bell Laboratories, developed wireless technologies that are the basis for todays mobile cellular industry. Byron has held various leadership roles, including Vice President/Corporate Program Executive for Federal Programs, Information Technology Officer, and Inter-national Operations Executive in Australia and Brazil. Chair Byron is a graduate of Morehouse College and Georgia Tech with Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering, and has a Masters of Science degree from the University of Michigan. He also is a graduate of the Yale University Executive Management Program. He is an active member of the World Affairs Council, a past mem-ber of the Board of Trustees for Mount Saint Joseph College and the University of Cincinnati.

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TEEN OFFICERS AUDREY WATT | TEEN PRESIDENT Regional Teen President Audrey Watt is a member of the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, where she has served as the Teen President, Teen Treasurer and currently, as Vice President of the Gavel Club. As the Eastern Region Teen President, Audrey’s objective is to encourage teens to realize their power at the polls by participating in legislative activities. She is a senior at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, New York, where she is an avid member of the step team and thrower on the track team. She intends to become a civil rights attorney, and later pursue politics.

SYDNI SCOTT | TEEN VICE-PRESIDENT Regional Teen Vice President Sydni Scott is a member of the Greater Hartford Chapter. She is a senior at Miss Porter’s High School in Farmington, Connecticut. She active in soccer and track and field. She served as the Regional Teen Legislative Chair from 2015-2016. In 2017, she received the IMPACT Award from the Lazarex Cancer Research Foundation, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the cancer space.

TIJARA M. SMITH | TEEN SECRETARY Tijara M. Smith, Eastern Region Teen Secretary, is a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of the Washington DC Chapter for 12 years. She completed her Girl Scout Gold Award, volunteered with Project Giveback, So Others Might Eat, Howard University Hospital and AARP. She earned the President’s Volunteer Award throughout high school.

BRIA BEAUVAIS | TEEN TREASURER Regional Teen Treasurer Bria Beauvais is from the Philadelphia Chapter. She has been in Jack and Jill of America, Inc. since she was 5 years old and couldn’t imagine her life without it. She is a senior at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr. The summer prior to her senior year, she interned at the University of Washington in Seattle, under the mentorship of Dr. Eleanor Chen, in the department of Pathology. There, she developed a tool to assist in the research of the cancer Rhabdomyosarcoma and to test the efficiency of the CRISPR Cas9 cutting protein on genes in Zebrafish.

LAUREN TURMAN | TEEN FOUNDATION CHAIR Regional Teen Foundation Chair Lauren Turman hails from the Chester County, Pennsylvania Chapter, and has been in Jack and Jill since she was two years old. She is a senior at Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She loves to read (favorite books: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot). She is dancer, and enjoys making pottery and watching comedies.

JORDAN RUFFIN WALTON | TEEN REGIONAL NOMINATING CHAIR Jordan Ruffin is the Eastern Regional Teen Regional Nominating Chair for the 2017-2018 program year. He is a member of the Bergen-Passaic Chapter in New Jersey. Jordan has participated as Vice President for his chapter’s Teen Executive Board. He also served as the Regional Teen Parliamentarian during the previous program year. Outside of Jack and Jill he is a Varsity Athlete and Co-Captain for his school’s Water Polo team and received MVP during this season. Jordan is a senior at the Saint Benedicts Preparatory School and has made the honor roll each semester of his high school career. His goal is to major in Business Administration. 65


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Foundation Chair: Sonia Price Parliamentarian: Andrea McBarnette Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tiffany Latham Associate Chair: Sandra Jenkins Clark Father’s Auxiliary: Scott Woods

President: Monica Woods Vice-President: Evelyn Bynum Program Director: Lia Pendarvis Recording Secretary: Shawn Bell Corresponding Secretary: Tracey Coates Treasurer: Alexus Guilliod Financial Secretary: Tammie Smiley Editor: Candace Gomez-Broughton Chaplain: Barbara Driggins Historian: Michelle Jackson

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President: Aria Townes Vice-President: Lauren Joyner Secretary: Kayla Joyner Treasurer: Shannon Jackson and Skyelar Montgomery

CHAPTER MEMBERS Andrea Armour, Shawna Briochè, Shelly Brayboy, Keisha Culbreth-Brooks, Patricia Davison-Lewis, Angela Dorsey, Lorna Eaton, Crystal Gaines, Lyletha Hawkins, Kelly Hebron, Joy Hill, Collette Honorable, Michelle Jackson, Sheryl Jones, Annie Joyner, Michele Klopner, Monica Lateef, Steronica Mattocks, Kara Meade, Robin Meriweather, Keri McCoy, Prima McGrew, Jacqueline McKinney, Bronte Montgomery, Stephanie Moore, Nicole Morse, Nicale Nxumalo, Kara Powell, Sonia Price, Jelahn Stewart, Crystal Taylor-Julius, Lauren Trabert, Lisa Watts, Jerica Webber, Venus White-Welch, Brandan Wilburn-Herbert CHAPTER HISTORY

of this program year. These chapter-wide activities are in addition to the age group service projects. In September, we began supporting a family that survived Hurricane Harvey by routinely donating gift cards, and we donated 167 books to a local Boys and Girls Club in support of a reading corner we established through the Jack and Jill Foundation. In October, we supported the Sister’s Purse initiative by donating over 20 purses filled with toiletries and other necessities for women in transition. November’s efforts focused on partnering with Project Giveback to prepare Thanksgiving food boxes for deserving families, and serving Thanksgiving dinner at a local Boys and Girls Club. Kicking off January, we are participating in the regionally coordinated MLK Day of Service, and will continue throughout the year supporting foster care children, wounded soldiers, and the March of Dimes. We will end our chapter’s year of service leading recreational activities with senior citizens at a residential facility. Making a difference in our communities is a cornerstone priority for Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and Alexandria-Mt. Vernon is committed to doing our part.

The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. began as the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Mother’s Club. The group became a provisional chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in 1964 and was officially chartered in 1966. The original group of 31 mothers began a rich tradition of dedication to the cultural, social and educational development of their children and service to the community. Ms. Natalie Vaughn, President of the Mother’s Club, served as Chapter Organizer and later became an Eastern Region Member-at-Large and Honorary Life Member of the Chapter. Ms. Crozet Johnson served as the first Chapter President. Charter members include Louise Alexander, Julia Bradby, Virginia Contee, Marguerite Cooper, Will Dantley, Lillian Gray, Gloria Greene, Louise Harris, Evelyn Hopkins, Ida Mae Jones, Mable Lyles, Leota Newman, Lillian Patterson, Marjorie Price, Shirley Pulley, Laura Randolph, Georgianna Redd, Margery Robinson, Joyce Sanchez, Mildred Shriver, Dorothy Spears, Gladys Stokes, Eva Thomas, Thelma Wair, Decima Webber, Arminta Wood, and Gloria Wheeler. The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter now consists of 48 mothers, 57 children, 24 teens, and 10 associates. The Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016.

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In support of the national theme, Power to Make a Difference, the Alexandria-Mt. Vernon Chapter identified several focus areas to provide positive and lasting impact. Expanding our community service footprint is one of the areas. To facilitate this objective, we established a program calendar that identifies several chapter-wide service projects in nearly every month 66


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ARUNDEL BAY AREA, MD CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Romica Brashear Vice-President: LaToya Bates Program Director: Maisha Gillins Recording Secretary: Michelle Cannon Corresponding Secretary: Shawna Watley Treasurer: Pamela Daniels Financial Secretary: Cheryl Scott Editor: Rosemarie Frazier Chaplain: Kelley Coates-Carter Historian: Rosemarie Frazier Foundation Chair: Carla Haynes Parliamentarian: Denise Christian Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Karen Whiteside Associate Chair: Tryphenia Ellis-Johnson Father’s Auxiliary: Cliff Daniels

President: Niya Harding Vice-President: Siani Butler Secretary: Jason Gilliam Treasurer: Bennett Holmes Parliamentarian: Karis Tucker Chaplain: Jared Dove Sergeant-at-Arms: Christian Carter

CHAPTER MEMBERS Lesley Anderson, Lisa Brooks, Shadey Brown, Pier Butler, Rhonda Caldwell-Dove, Audran Downing, Bridnetta Edwards, Felicia Ellison, Ime Essien-Lewis, Evonne Gilliam, Kimberly Golder, Sonja Hamilton, Lavertta Harden, Stacy Herbert, Denise Holmes, Joi Howard, Monica Jones, Tia McNair, Elizabeth Morris, Tracee Strum-Gilliam, Jill Oliver, Terry Roundtree, Chalissa Taylor, Jenese Tucker, Tiffany Wallace, Michele Williams, Rosalind Williams, Zaminah Williams CHAPTER HISTORY

history and culture of African-Americans by visiting the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The 4th–5th graders learned how citizens can influence public policy. The 6th–8th graders collected non-perishables and toiletries for a local shelter. The 9th–12th graders wrapped gifts and learned about ways to give back to the community while working with the “Happy Helpers for the Homeless” organization.

On August 7, 1988, Christine Scott Davenport hosted six dynamic mothers from the Glen Burnie region of Anne Arundel County, Maryland at the home of Sylvia Tilghman in Severn. They discussed forming a family-related organization to meet the needs of African-American families in predominantly white Glen Burnie and its surrounding area. A Steering Committee was formed to begin recruiting mothers with the same interest and vision as Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The Committee consisted of Earnestine Butler, Christine Davenport, Doris Durrett, Nancy Jernigan, Eretta Morris, and Sylvia Tilghman. The group fulfilled the requirements set forth by National and was chartered as the Greater Glen Burnie Chapter on October 27, 1990.

ABA recently hosted two public events. A Parent University was held on November 4th to increase parent and community involvement. Sessions included water safety and college readiness. The Race and Law Forum was held on Dec 2nd and focused on youth advocacy. Still to come – financial literacy lessons, camping, dining etiquette, a Black Violin concert, a visit to the Owings Mills MPTV station and participation in the Egypt on the Potomac Tour. ABA celebrates our 2018 graduating seniors – Austin, Bennett, Christian, Jared, Kayla, Louis, Miles, Niya and Siani!

In July 2000 at the 21st Biennial National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Chapter’s name was officially changed to Arundel Bay Area, to better reflect the geographical region covered by the chapter.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING On September 9th, the Arundel Bay Area Chapter had a wonderful kick-off to the 2017-2018 program year with our annual Jack and Jill Day Celebration held at the beautiful natural setting of Downs Park in Pasadena, Maryland. We enjoyed a family scavenger hunt, a Carol Robertson tribute, outdoor games, a trail walk, photos and more. Our Jack and Jill Day aligned with the national theme of “The Power to Make a Difference” as we collected school supplies to donate in collaboration with the local Boys and Girls Club. Throughout the program year, each grade group cluster supports the theme in a variety of ways. The pre-K– kindergarten children gained the knowledge of helping others in their community by creating Christmas cards that will go to children at a domestic violence shelter. The 1st–3rd graders embraced the 67


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Sheila F. Smallwood Vice-President: Monica Coursey Program Director: Kelly Forbes Recording Secretary: Angela More Corresponding Secretary: Timia Johnson Treasurer: Teri Taylor Financial Secretary: Carla Hill Editor: Alicia White Chaplain: Sheila Smallwood Historian: Kristina Carr Foundation Chair: Janine Edmonds Parliamentarian: Sylvia Stephens Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Stephanie Thomas Associate Chair: Lynda Browne-Kidd Father’s Auxiliary: Walter Johnson & Xan Grant

President: Zoranay Coursey Vice-President: Logan Thomas Secretary: Najee Coursey Treasurer: Jason Gibbs Parliamentarian: Jalen Gibbs Chaplain: Geon Smallwood Sergeant-at-Arms: Dakota Hill

CHAPTER MEMBERS Olethia Brown, LaToya Gibbs,, Y’Tanya Gillespie, Donna Grant, Angel Miller, Shanee Muhammad, Joyce Sidibe, Erika Smalls, Tracey Triniwell, and Stacey Zacharoff. CHAPTER HISTORY The Atlantic City, NJ Chapter of Jack and Jill

participated in group activities that stressed healthy lifestyles which included healthy eating lessons, swimming activities and an escape room challenge. Seagulls’ (Grades 6-8) activities included a cultural trip to a museum where they were treated to a private tour, and an educational visit to one of our Chapter father’s dental practice.

of America, Incorporated was chartered in 1948. Chapter status for the Atlantic City Chapter was recognized at the Third National Convention, held in Washington, D. C., on May 15, 1948. As such, the Atlantic City, NJ Chapter became the sixteenth (16th) chapter recognized by the National organization. At the time of our chartering, Mrs. Dorothy Wright was National President. Our charter members were: Mrs. Wilma Nelson, President Emeritus, Mrs. Lucille Barbour, Mrs. Lillian Bryant, Mrs. Carrie Harrison, Mrs. Harriet Lamkin, Mrs. Edythe Marshall, Mrs. Alice Carter, Mrs. Juanita Fowler, Mrs. Hugh Gregory, Mrs. Elveta Harris, Mrs. Cecelia Hawkes, Mrs. Margaret Hawkins, Mrs. Florence Johnson, First President, and Mrs. Erma Spencer. We are proud to be the home of the 17th Eastern Regional Director, Mrs. Vivian M. J. Darkes, who served with distinction from, 2001-2005.

The Teens (Grades 9-12) are becoming empowered by practicing public speaking and exploring career opportunities. In October, they had the honor of meeting original Tuskegee Airman Dr. Eugene Richardson during a visit to HCBU Delaware State University. The teens learned about the many careers available to them in the field of aviation and flew planes with an experienced DSU instructor.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Atlantic City Chapter continues

in its tradition of strengthening the community and building future leaders through helping others. In November, the Legislative and Health Committees co-sponsored a panel discussion entitled: “Moving Beyond The 3 ‘Rs’: Adverse Childhood Experiences, School Disciplinary Policies And Their Impact On The Mental Health Of Children”. The Chapter teens did a fantastic job introducing each panel member at the beginning of the program. We were honored with a congratulatory letter from U.S. Senator (and former Jack) Cory Booker. The Chapter’s 2017-2018 Program Year includes events and activities incorporating National’s theme, “The Power to Make a Difference”. Our Sand Dollars (age 2-Grade K) focused their activities on developing the literacy skills of the emergent reader and learning “mindfulness” techniques to support good mental health. The Sand Pipers (Grades 1-3) and Beacons (Grade 4-5) 68


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BALTIMORE, MD CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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conjunction with an organization called Generosity Global. Teens also participated in numerous March of Dimes events including volunteering at a NICU reunion at Franklin Square Hospital.

President: Debra Thomas Vice-President: Adrienne Barnes Program Director: Annette Anderson Recording Secretary: Jocelyn Williams Corresponding Secretary: Kim Bedford Treasurer: Leah Abrams Financial Secretary: Anika Alvanzo Editor: Laura Lee Chaplain: Chrystal Green Historian: Laura Lee Foundation Chair: Aquan Manigault Parliamentarian: Deborah Thompson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Angelique Griffin Associate Chair: Shelley Bennett Father’s Auxiliary: Gary Rahman

President: Inaya Soudan Vice-President: Ethan Hoskins Secretary: Cameron Alexander & Jonathan Haywood Treasurer: Monica Griffin Parliamentarian: Nia Smith Chaplain: Sydney Saunders Sergeant-at-Arms: Miles Vance

The Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill was organized in 1945 by the Cornelias, a ladies social club founded in the 1940s. Mothers in the social club were also friends with members of the Philadelphia Chapter from which Jack and Jill originated in 1938. The Baltimore Chapter began with 25 members and added more members in 1947. Today, the Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill Inc. has 67 wonderful mothers, 111 beautiful children and nine dedicated associates.

In addition to serving others, the Baltimore Chapter believes that growing our children’s minds is another way to help them make a difference in the world. During this program year the Pre-K group learned how to test water for contaminants; the 1st-3rd group will experience black history first hand at their annual living history museum; the 4th-5th grade learned about black Baltimore on an extensive African American tour; middle schoolers learned how to write a resume; and the teens are diligently working on their public speaking skills with the Gavel Club.

The Baltimore Chapter’s commitment to empowering our children with knowledge ensures that they will be confident, compassionate and fearless contributors to the world.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Baltimore Chapter believes that our children have “The Power to Make a Difference.” To that end, our programming for 2017-2018 has been a deliberate combination of activities designed to be educational, cultural, civic-minded, and last but not least, fun.

The Baltimore Chapter is thrilled to be taking part in the Gavel Club during the 2017-2018 programming year. In February, the Baltimore Chapter will host an oratorical contest in which our children as well as children from neighboring chapters will perform an excerpt from a great African American speech competing for a $100 prize. This will be a new event for the Baltimore Chapter and promises to be an exciting challenge for our public speakers.

We kicked off the year with a wonderful family reunion-style soul food picnic in a local park to celebrate Jack and Jill Day and to honor Carole Robertson. New mothers jumped in feet first by organizing a presentation about Carole Robertson and helping the children to stage a mock civil rights protest complete with signs declaring “Equal Rights For All.” Chapter wide community service efforts include collecting uniforms and lunch bags for our community service partner Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School. Led by our first-third grade group, the Chapter also conducted a Pajama Drive for Casey Cares, an organization that provides resources for critically ill children. The Chapter also celebrated the MLK Day of Service by assembling over 300 bag lunches for a local homeless shelter. Baltimore Chapter Teens have been busy having fun and contributing to their community. They hosted a well-attended “Black and White” party which also served as a fundraiser and a collection site for school supplies for Walter P. Carter Elementary School. In November, they served the homeless on Selfless Saturday in 69


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BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Karen Heyward-West Vice-President: Karla Pryor Program Director: Chrissy Thornton Recording Secretary: Mycha Marshall Corresponding Secretary: LuAnn Leighton Treasurer: Heather Ross Financial Secretary: Erinn Gross Editor: Nichole Henderson Chaplain: Nikita Adams Historian: Lisa Jones Foundation Chair: Sabrina Jones Parliamentarian: Sharonne Bonardi Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Lisa Parker Associate Chair: Judith Britton Father’s Auxiliary: David Jones

President: Marcus Smith Vice-President: Jordan Ross Recording Secretary: Justin Marrow Corresponding Secretary: Marcus Moore Treasurer: Brentton Hicks Parliamentarian: Jordyn Jones Chaplain: Maliq Richardson Sergeant-at-Arms: Cydney Carr

CHAPTER MEMBERS Nikita Adams, Bettina Adjei, Kimani Anglin, Ayanna Baker, Melissa Benford, Jacquelyn Biggins, Sharonne Bonardi,

Joyce Bonsu, Patricia Brissett, Gail Bugg, Yvette Bunn-Jones, Jacquelyn Cade, Valerie Cherry-Jones, Julene Dunmore, Tiffany Fuller, Stacy Garrett-Ray, Marie Geddie, Erinn Gross, Camille Hammond, Giovonni Hargraves Smith, Pamela Harris, Nichole Henderson, Geanelle Griffith Herring, Karen Heyward-West, Yvette Hicks, Nicole Holland, Kendra Jolivet, Dawn Jones, Lisa Jones, Magda Jones, Sabrina Jones, Bridget Kelly, LuAnn Leighton, Deborah Lockley, Stephanie Madden Smith, Mycha Marshall, Marcia Moore, Marthe Motley, Robyn Murphy, Lisa Parker, Karla Pryor, Heather Ross, Monica Shuler- Marrow, Sherita Thomas, Chrissy Thornton, Angela Weems, Melvenia Wright, Kendel Wylie-Pugh

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the national organization’s 80th year of excellence, but the chapter will also celebrate its’ 30th anniversary this year. On April 21, 2018, the Baltimore County Chapter will celebrate 30 years of leadership, culture and family at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is Maryland’s premier facility highlighting the history and accomplishments of African Americans with a special focus on Maryland’s African American community. The museum is the perfect setting to host the elegant affair and to commemorate the historic milestone. Guests will enjoy an evening of entertainment, delicious food and fellowship. The museum will also feature a display to honor the history and achievements of the Baltimore County Chapter, and to highlight its’ contributions to the community.

The Baltimore County (MD) Chapter was chartered in 1988, and today is comprised of 48 accomplished mothers who are committed to serving their children and the community with quality programming focused on serving all families of Baltimore County. The chapter continues to develop meaningful relationships within our chapter, as well as, make a meaningful impact on our members and the greater Baltimore County community.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Mothers of the Baltimore County (MD) Chapter started the year with an amazing chapter retreat at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, PA. The serene ambiance created an environment that encouraged Mothers to further bond and establish new friendships. The weekend activities were creatively planned to highlight their shared vision for the future, and provide a renewed sense of commitment to the organization and the chapter. 2018 is sure to be an exciting year for the Baltimore County Chapter. They will produce and distribute their long-awaited Culture Cards. Drawing inspiration from a project completed by the Society of Visual Education in Chicago during the 1970’s, the chapter designed its’ own modern day African American themed alphabet and learning flash cards. The culture cards will be shared with children in the community to help African American children see the beauty in themselves, their history and culture. This visual display will inspire the Baltimore County community and remind its’ children that they have the Power to Make a Difference. The chapter is also looking forward to the wonderful milestones that the year will bring. They are not only thrilled about celebrating 71


BERGEN-PASSAIC, NJ CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

Parliamentarian: Stephanie Marshal Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Lisa Sweet-Brown Associate Chair: Dedra Tate Father’s Auxiliary: Erika Liles

President: Zandra Perry Ogbomo Vice-President: LaKreisha Montique Jean Program Director: Yolonda Baker Marshall and Leslie Wims-Morris Recording Secretary: Tiaa Allen Corresponding Secretary: Alicia Henderson Treasurer: Carmen Vega-Mathis Financial Secretary: Keisha Ingram-Washington Editor: Alicia Rangel-Haughton Chaplain: Gervonn Rice Historian: Alicia Rangel-Haughton Foundation Chair: Stacey St. Rose-Drayton

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President: Zoë Washington Vice-President: Xavier Sweet Secretary: Ragan Henderson Treasurer: Dayna de Montagnac Parliamentarian: Isaiah “Max” Mathis Chaplain: Jullian Rice Sergeant-at-Arms: Jaden Freeman

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a day of service in memory of Madinah Grier; a chapter mom who passed away in 2011.

At the National Convention in 1953, the journey of a new chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated began. Sponsored by the North Jersey Chapter, Bergen Passaic was founded with twelve members, one of whom was a dad, the Reverend Isaiah Bell. The other founding members included Edna Bullock, Marguerite Cordice, Nina Hardy, Virginia Lathan, Marguerite Miller, Irene Page, Louise Porter, Catherine Pen, Marian Thomas and Sara Washington.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Our 2017-2018 programming has been designed to include (at minimum) one activity that meets each of the National Program Thrusts. The following highlights the type of programming being implemented and its alignment to our National thrusts: Cultural: The Bergen-Passaic chapter celebrated Carole Robertson during the Jack & Jill Day/Fall Festival celebration. The special program was led by the senior teens where they shared Carole Robertson’s story and made connections to today’s geopolitical environment.

Our local and national project was the March of Dimes and in 1957, during Christmas, Bergen-Passaic Chapter held its first annual dance. Another highlight was the annual picnic honoring the chapter’s fathers held in June on Father’s Day. Today, we continue to celebrate our Dad’s and enjoy a very active Father’s Auxiliary. Signature fundraisers also remain a cornerstone of our program. In 2013, we celebrated our 60th anniversary by hosting a gala where we honored New Jersey Senator Elect Corey A. Booker; a Bergen county native and graduate of the chapter. The fundraiser raised over $30,000. Proceeds benefited the Jack and Jill Foundation, the Music Discovery Program at the Thurnauer School of Music and the Center for Food Action.

Education: The 6-8 grade group learned about the history of math and financial literacy. The program kicked-off with a mathematics lesson led by a resident educator in a classroom setting. The curriculum focused on how math forms the basic building blocks of modern life. Health: Focusing on mental health, the 6-8 grade group will engage in creating a vision board while creatively and clearly setting intentions. They will be guided with meditation to focus on specific life goals as they collect images and inspirational quotes to add to their boards. These images and quotes are strategically placed on the boards and serve as visual and emotional inspiration for their life’s journey. The end result will reflect their intentions: what they want to be, what they want to do and how they plan to get it done.

In 2016, the chapter hosted a literary luncheon with the theme: Educating the African American Child. The program featured a moderated panel of authors who are also strong advocates for educating African American children. We raised over $20,000 with proceeds benefitting the Jack and Jill Foundation and Sisters Network of Bergen Passaic county; the only national African American Breast Cancer survivorship organization in the Country. Enriching activities that enhance the growth and development of our children and foster a commitment to giving back to our community remain the core of the chapters program. In 2011, the Bergen Passaic Chapter was awarded its first ever independent grant from the Jack and Jill Foundation. This launched a robust partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Paterson and Passaic where the chapter hosted monthly activities for the children of the club aimed at encouraging both strong academics and healthy lifestyle choices. We also created a Jack and Jill Reading Room at the Paterson location that our chapters children both painted and stocked with donated books. One of our signature community service activities is the Madinah Grier service day where we spend 72


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BOSTON, MA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER HISTORY The Boston Chapter was established in 1946

Individually, Groups engaged in programming that will give our children the power to make a difference. The Nursery Group learned about the importance of self-care and heard from doctors and nurses who help promote it. The Primary Group participated in a mock trial and engaged in guided jury deliberations. The Early Teens took an impactful trip to the nation’s capital visiting the Smithsonian and African American History museums. The Teen Group participated in activities that emphasized the importance of home ownership and training in coding, investments and entrepreneurship. Bringing our efforts full circle, the Boston Chapter has decided to “AIM for Healthy Living,” by undertaking a twelve-week fitness challenge. Using the Chapter theme, the Boston Chapter has gone back to basics conceiving and achieving simple interactive events that educate and encourage its children to embrace their power to lead and make a difference.

President: Terry Wilkins Vice-President: Treniece Lewis Harris Program Director: Lori Britton Smith and Lisa Mitchell Recording Secretary: Dacia Campbell Corresponding Secretary: Alana Murphy Treasurer: Tamisha Atkins Financial Secretary: Rena Clark Editor: Stacey A. L. Best Historian: Lovette Curry Foundation Chair: Koinonia Givens Parliamentarian: Denise Casper Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Nikole Skoko, Karen Martin-Phillips and Earlene Avalon Associate Chair: Yvonne Sandiford-Horne Father’s Auxiliary: David Wilkins

President: Austin Moore Vice-President: Adia Maund Secretary: Sydni Britton and Uzoma Adiche Treasurer: Amari Kinch Parliamentarian: Menen Crawlle Sergeant-at-Arms: Alexander Mitchell

by eleven mothers, three of whom, Anne Magbie, Eva Jordan and Edna Roosa, served as chapter president, and one of which, Mrs. Roosa, served as a National Officer as National Corresponding Secretary. These founding mothers established the first Jack and Jill chapter in New England believing the goals of the national organization of Jack and Jill aligned closely with their collective vision for their own children. Today, we are forty-four members strong still believing in the Jack and Jill mission of creating the next generation of leaders. We are “Getting Back to Basics: Conceive it! Achieve it!” to execute on the National Theme of Power to Make a Difference.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Boston, MA Chapter started its year with an inspirational bang at Jack and Jill Day, with the Teen Group’s Carol Robertson presentation. The group drew a full circle of the violence against blacks during the civil rights era and beyond intertwining Carol Robertson’s death and more recent violence, with art expressing solidarity, music reflecting resilience and poetry entitled, “1963” giving voice to the pain and pride of being “Unapologetically Black.” Through the year, each group individually and collectively has focused on programming designed to give our children the tools and opportunity to demonstrate “The Power to Make a Difference.” For the last several years, the Boston Chapter has held at least two chapter-wide community service events, Thanksgiving basket donations and a “Chop-a-thon” that benefits the Pine Street Inn, an agency with a mission to end homelessness. At Thanksgiving, our families donated 35 baskets that our Teen Group delivered to the Epiphany School, an innovative learning community serving economically disadvantaged families of Boston. The Chop-a-thon was held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Intermediate and Primary Groups also did the Chapter proud with a morning of community service at Cradles to Crayons, an agency with a mission to reduce the impact of childhood poverty.

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BRONX, NY CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY In 1992, Mrs. Cheryl Simmons Oliver began

hosting their 3rd Annual Backpack Drive. They provided 220 book bags filled with school supplies for children of the Edenwald Community Center. Our teens continued to “make a difference by participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and raised funds toward the fight against breast cancer. The Teens joined Bronx Mothers at the Eastern Region Mother’s Cluster.

President: Crystal Isom First Vice-President: Celeste Ross-Barry Second Vice President: Lakisha Brooks-Perkins Program Director: Rachel Cheeks-Givan Recording Secretary: Kenya Brockington Corresponding Secretary: Lenice Nelson Treasurer: Heather Luke-Jackson Financial Secretary: Georgette Wilson Editor: Lisa Andujar-Ray Parliamentarian: Danielle Officer Foundation Chair: Sharon Spann-Bethea Historian: Ardis Carlos-Alim Chaplain: Cherisse Cleary Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Danielle Smith-Johnson / Lenice Nelson Protocol Chair: Danielle Smith-Johnson Community Service Chair: Charlane Brown-Wyands Legislative Chair: Alicia Ferriabough-Taylor Father’s Auxiliary: Victor Perkins and Hosea Givan

President: Alyssa Moore Vice-President: Jordan Officer Secretary: Savitri George Treasurer: Ayanna Nelson Parliamentarian: Rafiq Alim Foundation Chair: Mahdi Levine Chaplain: Jalynn Perkins Sergeant-at-Arms: Omari Wyands Legislative Chair: Naomi Rawlins

a journey to form the Bronx, New York Chapter with 20 interested mothers. These mothers shared the same concerns, interests and goals for their children and had a desire to offer opportunities to the children of the Bronx to make their communities stronger. In July 1994, during the National Convention in Austin, Texas the Bronx New York Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was confirmed. Later that year, The Bronx, New York Chapter adopted the theme “The Family Chapter” which provides cultural, social, civic and recreational activities to stimulate and expand the minds of the Bronx’ community children. As we strive to fulfill the objectives of Jack and Jill, our members have shared their resources with the community and provided activities for children throughout the Bronx.

For the holidays, we hosted a Kwanza. Our mothers and children learned the principles of Kwanzaa. We also exchanged holiday wishes over dinner as a family chapter. In celebration of Jack & Jill National Day of Service (MLK Day), the Bronx New York Chapter Mothers and children joined with Metropolitan Cluster Chapters to make a difference by donating items helping to set up a clothing closet for The Children of Promise whose mission is to embrace children of incarcerated parents. Finally, we started our Gavel Club in January 2018. Our children will continue to work through the materials toward completion.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Bronx New York Chapter kicked

off the 2017-2018 season with a Family Golf Outing at Moshulu Golf Course. Our families came together not only to rebuild connections and share summer experiences but also learned about the game of golf and how it contributed to a healthy lifestyle, build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. At the end of the day, the families celebrated Carole Robertson Day by learning about who she was and how she impacted human rights and racial equality. At our first meeting, led by NVP Danielle Brown, Mothers rededicated themselves to the mission of Jack & Jill. In support of National’s efforts to focus on mental health, we held the “Mental Health and Your Child: Stigma No More” awareness panel discussion designed to help families demystify the stigma behind mental illness and explore and options for children with mental illness and their families. Our Teens were active this year and embraced the theme, “The Power to Make a Difference” in their first event of the year by 76


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These politicians engaged in discussion with the 11-12s about the political process and how to unite communities around important social and economic issues affecting them. Meanwhile the 8-10s set an example for us all by collecting personal hygiene and baby products and donating them to victims of Hurricane Maria.

President: Melinda Alexis-Hayes, Esq. Vice-President: Tanya Levy-Odom Program Director: Kisha Ramsey Recording Secretary: Monica Covington Cradle Corresponding Secretary: Joanna Lewis Treasurer: Lou-Anne Walters Financial Secretary: Sunni Middleton Editor: Charlita Mays Chaplain: Marcella Gay Historian: Kamari Alexander Foundation Chair: Jennifer Jones-Austin Parliamentarian: Lorna McAllister Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Marsha Furby Associate Chair: Janet Collins Father’s Auxiliary: Edward Odom

President: Briana Fynes Vice-President: Destini Jones Secretary: Jasmine Neal Treasurer: Sequoyah Boyd Parliamentarian: Masiah Middleton Chaplain: Stephen Odom Sergeant-at-Arms: Walter DeFrietas

The Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. was founded by Emily Pickens, and voted in to the national organization in 1952. The Chapter celebrated its 65th anniversary last year. The Chapter is and always has been committed to engaging in community service, promoting health and wellness, and establishing a solid foundation grounded in philanthropy, leadership, and academic achievement for our children. Today, with seventy-four families, we continue to promote the national organization’s motto “Let’s Work, Let’s Play, Let’s Live Together”.

In December, the younger children participated in the Chapter’s traditional Kwanzaa celebration, learning about the seven principles and making Kwanzaa-themed crafts. The older age groups participated in a service project for Children of Promise, a non-profit whose work supports children of incarcerated individuals. The Junior and Senior Teens purchased gift cards for the children and wrote encouraging notes to them to provide some comfort despite their difficult circumstances. Also in December our Chapter mothers were honored to be a part of the launch of Sisters Thrive, an initiative by New York City’s First Lady Chirlane McCray to fight mental illness and raise awareness of the same within the black community. First Lady McCray partnered with black women’s organizations for this project, including Jack and Jill of America. National Vice President Danielle Brown attended and spoke at the event, with the support of Brooklyn Chapter mothers. In January 2018, the Chapter will continue to shine a light on mental health issues by hosting the Silence the Shame tour, sponsored by Jack and Jill of America. The tour features a panel discussion addressing depression, suicide and anxiety in the African-American community with a focus on our teens.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The mighty Brooklyn Chapter strives to be a model of excellence, benevolence and empowerment. We are a diverse, dynamic, caring and committed group of mothers engaged in our local communities, as well as communities beyond the Chapter’s borders. We are devoted to programming that exemplifies the national organization’s theme, “Power to Make a Difference.” The new program year started in September as it always does with a memorial ceremony led by the Junior Teens honoring Carole Robertson. We also bonded through teamwork by dividing into age groups to play basketball, soccer, and other games at a familyfriendly multiplex facility in Brooklyn. The emphasis on healthy living and exercise continued in October. The Senior Teens went on a Citibike Hike where they rented bicycles and explored various neighborhoods in Brooklyn by pedaling around town. The 8-10 age group combined exercise with mindfulness by participating in yoga class with their mothers. Most importantly, in October the Chapter continued its tradition of raising awareness of and money for breast cancer by participating in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” in Coney Island, Brooklyn. November was a month for politics. The 11-12 age group enjoyed breakfast with the Honorable Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Congressman for the Eighth District of New York and the Honorable Robert Cornegy, New York City Council member representing District 36. 77


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President: Brigitte Walker Quinn Vice-President: Andrea Corpening Program Director: Kelly Reid Recording Secretary: Margarita Lucas Corresponding Secretary: Jacqueline Mason-Scott Treasurer: Denise Allen-Williams Financial Secretary: Connie Peace Editor: Carolyn Talley Chaplain: Lena McIlwain Historian: Jill Jones Foundation Chair: Sydney Lewis Parliamentarian: Allyson McMillian-Youngblood Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Cassandra Woods, Robyn Johnson, Tayna Longino, Connie Peace Associate Chair: Rosalind Derricotte Father’s Auxiliary: Phillip Kelton

President: Mykal-Michele Longino Vice-President: Jayla Johnson (VP), Avery Wilson (PD) Secretary: Jared Farrior (Recording), Lauren White (Corresponding), Silas Smith (Financial) Treasurer: Kennedy Farrior Parliamentarian: Jalen Woods Chaplain: Kouri Peace Sergeant-at-Arms: Jalen Woods

CHAPTER MEMBERS Denise Allen-Williams, Denise Arnaud-Turner, Tracy Jackson Benson, Aliya Browne, Renee Bullock-Palmer, Lula Burke, Andrea Corpening, Tyhesha Elmore, Nichole Farrior, Sharon Fowler, Margot Goodson, Tammy Hudson, Candice Johnson, Robyn Johnson, Jill Jones, Annette Kelton, Deborah King, Sydney Lewis, Tayna Longino, Margarita Lucas, Jacqueline Mason-Scott, Lena Franks McIlwain, Tamala Mallett Moore, Tiffani Moses, Monira Parkinson-Cole, Connie Peace, Keisha Raghunandanan, Kelly Johnson Reid, Lynn Seth, Michele Smith, Subrenie Thomas-Smith, Carolyn Talley, Michelle Thompkins, Renee Tucker, Marci Urbanek, Brigitte Walker-Quinn, Kathleen Holt Whyte, Lisa Williams, Sheila Wilson, Cassandra Woods, Karen Yancey, Allyson McMillan Youngblood.

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2-8 continue to participate in the PenPal program, aiming to encourage writing and building connections across chapters. Our Chapter promotes the Power to Make a Difference by participating in a joint MLK Day of Service which include preparing meals, stuffed bears, toiletry and clothing donations and more, benefiting local organizations. Moving further into the year, mothers and teens will participate in discussions with a leading medical expert on mental health, specifically addressing anxiety and depression. In alignment with the Cultural aspect of our Power to Make a Difference, we feel it is critical to understand our African homeland, the Diaspora, and African American Change Agents, thus our children across multiple grade groups will be visiting the National Museum of African American History in February 2018. We are also proud to have 2 teens participate in Rites of Passage, 5 graduating seniors, and 1 graduating mom this year. The Bucks County Chapter will continue to focus on building our African-American leaders of tomorrow.

The Bucks County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. was established in 1988 by founding mother Mrs. Pearline A Greene. Our chapter has 41 Magnificent Mothers, 71 Beautiful Children and 20 Associate Jewels. Our mission is simple; develop phenomenal leaders through providing ageappropriate programs, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. We believe the leaders we develop today will be the voice for our communities, our children and our nation in the near future!

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Bucks County Chapter enjoyed

our “Fresh Start Retreat” on September 23-24, 2017, where we embraced the Power of Purpose, Self-Leadership, and Mindfulness, rejuvenating ourselves with the bonds of sisterhood. Our strength, creativity, and excellence are demonstrated in the stellar experiences we offer to our children and the Power to Make A Difference in their lives and in our surrounding communities. The 2017-2018 program year started by remembering our Jack and Jill History with a commemoration of Carole Robertson through shared ideas regarding “What Can You Do To Increase Peace”. Moving into an exciting program year exemplifying our Power to Make a Difference efforts, our children have experienced multiple programs from Healthy Cooking to STE[+A]M activities, including exploration of Robotics, teaching “Engineering” concepts to the “ART” aspect, at Painting with a Twist, including hands-on science experiments. Bucks County was also pleased to begin our Oratorical Masters (Gavel Club) for 3rd to 12th graders as they explore their Power to Make a Difference through speech. Our Jack & Jill’ers in Grades 78


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BUFFALO, NY CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Kenisha Smith Vice President: Tomasina Cook Program Director: Kemisha Houston Corresponding Secretarty: Courtney Nelson-Benton Treasurer: Jaquetta Abraham Financial Secretary: Cheri Carter Editor: Joyce R. Norward Foundation Chair: Tomasina Cook Parliamentarian: Leah Mitchell Teen Advisors: Kim Sales and Felicia Hanesworth Associate Chair: Ruby McKelvey

President: Keith J. Norward Secretary: Savannah Sales Treasurer: Jacob Hanesworth

CHAPTER MEMBERS Jaquetta Abraham, CourtneyNelson-Benton, Cheri Carter, Tomasina Cook, Sherita DuBois, Dionne Greene Punnett, Troi Fronczak, Felicia Hanesworth,Kenisha Brown-Houston, Melissa McDuffie, Davina Moss King, Leah Mitchell, Joyce R. Norward, Kimberly Sales, Kenisha Smith CHAPTER HISTORY

Buffalo Chapter showed up in our pink apparel and sneakers and participated in the “Making Strides” breast cancer walk in Downtown Buffalo which brings awareness to cancer research across the city.

The first Buffalo Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated began in 1945. The Buffalo Chapter had the distinction of having Edna Seay serve as National SecretaryTreasurer, National Vice-President, and in 1950, National President of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.

Our chapter spent the Jack and Jill Day of Service giving back to the community and sharing Dr. King’s Dream by handing out bag lunches that were prepared by our children to the Buffalo City Mission, which houses and feeds our homeless community. Throughout the reminder of the year our children and teens will participate in oratorical presentations, and legislative, cultural and educational activities. 
This summer, we were awarded $3,000.00 from the Jack and Jill Foundation for the Healthy Heart, Healthy Mind Grant. We hosted an Mental Health informational workshop in conjunction with Friendship Baptist Church’s annual Holiday Toy House which served more than 300 families in the community. The grant was also used to host a health fair in collaboration with Buffalo Say Yes Program and other community affiliations. Our chapter provided lectures and literature on mental health, healthy eating, as well how to exercise your body as well as your mind. We also exchanged mental health surveys, which will be used to track individuals mental health behaviors for fresh fruits and vegetables.

1945 Charter Members Erna Clark Corrine Blanton Lorraine Edwards Adeline Evans Laura Holland Evelyn Johnson Roberta Johnson Cerise Jones Hassie Robinson Janice Rollins Edna Seay Dorothy Service After several years of inactivity, in November 1972, through the efforts of Dr. Carrie Johnson, a group of parents sought to reestablish a Jack and Jill chapter. Under the sponsorship of the Rochester Chapter, the Buffalo Group became a provisionary chapter using the name “Pathfinders” with Maxine Baskerville serving as president. The Pathfinders was established as an official chapter in November 1974. Dr. Pearl Boschulte, National President at the time, officiated at the initiation ceremony. Gertrude Burke was elected to serve as the first president of the newly formed Buffalo Chapter.

Our holiday season was spent serving the community and celebrating with our Jack and Jill family. We hosted our 5th annual pancake breakfast fundraiser complete with Santa photos, children’s wish lists, candy canes, along with our holiday inspired basket raffles. A portion of the proceeds benefited the SENSES Foundation in Buffalo New York. We also had lots of fun decorating doors at one of our Senior apartment complexes for the holiday. The remainder of our program year will be will be spent on legislative, cultural, social and educational activities. Also, we are excited about the upcoming launch of our Gavel club at the closing of this program year.

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The Buffalo Chapter started this program year by celebrating Jack and Jill Day with a Chapter wide carwash fundraiser. This fun filled event of fellowship and play was a delightful time, especially for our children. Several weeks of planning went into preparations for hosting of the Northern Area Cluster in Buffalo, which was held October 6th-7th. The mighty

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President: Anna Middlebrook Vice-President: Angela Wade Program Director: Michelle Leete Recording Secretary: Marsha Anderson Corresponding Secretary: Tonyi Pelham Treasurer: Natalie Robinson Financial Secretary: LaShondra Cheathem Editor: Laurie Phelps Chaplain: Dietta Kitchings Historian: Tammy Mann Foundation Chair: Uchechi Wosu-Isirimah Parliamentarian: Traci Jenkins Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Jessica Bullard/Sabrina Boyd Father’s Auxiliary: William Wade

President: Lauryn Mann Vice-President: Jessica Kitchings Secretary: Jordan Phelps Treasurer: Raphael Huggins, Jr. Parliamentarian: Amira Sparrow

CHAPTER MEMBERS Lolita

Allen, Marsha Anderson, Awo Archampong-Gray, Patricia Bassett-Woltz, Sabrina Boyd, Jessica Bullard, Michele Bumbary, LaShondra Cheatham, Cimon Cox, Jacqueline Cranford, Alane Dent, Tilda Fleming, Angela Floyd-Sapp, Ruanda Garth McCullough, Yolanda Gore, Stephanie Gray, Nakesha Harris, Margo Holland, Coleste Huggins, Dora Hughes, Rebecca Grant, Traci Jenkins, Leslie Jones, Leslie Jones, Dietta Kitchings, Michelle Leete, Tammy Mann, Shanel McKenzie, Kimberly McVey Pringle, Anna Middlebrook, Tonyi Pelham, Laurie Phelps, Karen Pinckney-Womack, Arvette Reid, Natalie Robinson, Evelyn Samuel, Ranata Thorton, Angela Wade, Lizbeth White, Lemoiquel Williams, Uchechi Wosu-Isirimah

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chapter wide Thanksgiving Basket project. The chapter created and donated 21 baskets for families in the local community.

The Burke-Fairfax Virginia Interest Group of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was formed in the fall of 1979. The chapter was granted provisional status at the 1982 National Convention in Chicago with sponsorship by the Alexandria-Mount Vernon Chapter. In 1984, the Burke-Fairfax, Virginia Chapter was voted into membership at the National Convention in Washington, D.C. and installed on October 13, 1984 as the 40th chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

Our senior teens gathered at “The Dome” at Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute for a unique opportunity to witness a life-saving open-heart surgery narrated by a cardiac nurse. The firsthand experience allowed them to learn how lifestyle choices can impact their own heart health. The 40 mothers of The Burke-Fairfax chapter are a dynamic talented group of woman with committed to making an imprint in our community and empowered to provide our children with the necessary tools for success and prosperity. Our program year theme is empowering Burke-Fairfax Families for success and we are on track to reaching our goal!

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Burke-Fairfax Chapter began the 2017-2018 program year with the annual Burke-Fairfax Jack and Jill cook-out honoring Carole Robertson. This was an afternoon of fun and fellowship as we reflected on our summer experiences and got acquainted and reacquainted. During our planning session in June, we worked diligently to create sound activities designed to educate and encourage interests. Our primary age group made Christmas brighter for other children staying at Ronald McDonald House by purchasing and distributing toys. The children learned financial literacy skills by planning a budget. Our older primary group participated in a scavenger hunt at the National Archives Museum in Washington D.C. They partnered to find and answer questions about the Emancipation Proclamation, deed to the Statute of Liberty, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The intermediate children learned basic coding skills at the Apple Store. The group learned how to create an app and presented their work to the other attendees. Giving Thanks and Giving Back was the thrust of our Junior Teen group this Thanksgiving holiday. The children led the charge with our Community Service Chair in planning, and executing our 80


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BURLINGTON-WILLINGBORO, NJ CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Tia Baxter Vice-President: Michelle Williford Program Director: Debbie Johnson Recording Secretary: Leslie Allen Haddock Corresponding Secretary: Bahiya Hafeez Muhammad Treasurer: Chane Gilliam Financial Secretary: Darla Syres Editor: Felicia Hoagland Chaplain: Kerri Tillet Historian: Tracy Pegram Foundation Chair: Shinette McRae Parliamentarian: Melanie Babb Wilmoth Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tamika Rice Associate Chair: Vanessa Taliaferro-Jones Father’s Auxiliary: DeQuincy McRae

President: Jordan Baxter Vice-President: Taja Mitchell Secretary: Taylor Ward Treasurer: Jeremiah Mitial

CHAPTER MEMBERS Meredith Accoo, Leslie Haddock-Allen, Chiquita Anderson (LOA), Tia Baxter, Carlyne Turner Beverly, Sherlie Blaise, Nachelle Bolden, Deirdre Bonett, Karen Burroughs, Lynda Carter, Deirdre Webster Cobb, Dawn Davis, Ingrid Donnelly, Angela Durant, Chane Gilliam, Felicia Hoagland, Kimberly Crenshaw Jenkins, Debbie Johnson, Quinesha Strachan-McCain, Daria McGill, Shinette McRae, Yvette Mitchell, Kelly Walker-Moore, Ambre Brown Morley, Bahiya Hafeez-Muhammad, Rachel Nance (LOA), Tracy Pegram, Dionne Rice, Tamika Rice, Gem Rutherford, Jody Sanders, Tiffany Smith, Philippa Chaplin Squire, Darla Syres, Kerri Tillett, Branetta Toatley, Dana Walker, Azzmeiah Vazquez-Ward, Natascha Williams, Michelle Williford, Melanie Babb Wilmoth CHAPTER HISTORY

both their perceptions and self-awareness. The United Youth age group (6th - 8th grades) had an exciting trip to the Statue of Liberty and toured the facility where more than 12 million immigrants were processed through US Immigration before embarking on their new lives. The Black Onyx age group (9th - 12th grades) enjoyed a night of fun with laser tag & go karts.

The Burlington-Willingboro New Jersey Chapter was conceived and established by our organizer and advisor, Mrs. Marie V. Akins, who for many years was a member of the South Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She envisioned a need and interest for establishing a chapter in this area and through her efforts and concern for the young people of the Burlington-Willingboro area, this chapter was formed. The chapter was founded on October 13, 1973, the South Jersey Chapter was our sponsor. Our ongoing theme for this program year is “We Are Better Together”, which encompasses our chapter’s rich history and its future. Our chapter mission is to ensure our children and mothers have positive and productive experiences that build bonds and create leaders. This year, we will celebrate our chapter’s 45th Anniversary and we remain laser focused on our mission, as well as the National Mission of Jack and Jill.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Burlington-Willingboro Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. kicked off the program year with an act of kindness project, a Back to School Book Bag Bash, in remembrance of Carole Robertson. Our chapter donated book bags, which included positive notes written by our children, to our local National Guard in Bordentown, NJ. Each children’s grade group began the year with a social activity that reignited their bonds. The Wee Wisdoms age group (Pre-K & Kindergarten grades) experienced an introduction to Yoga. The Lads and Lassies age group (1st & 2nd grades) attended Johnson’s Farm and picked pumpkins and enjoyed a corn maze. The Brothers & Sisters age group (3rd - 5th grades) visited the Splash Lab Arts Painting in Philadelphia, PA where they learned to use their senses to stimulate 82


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CENTRAL NEW JERSEY, NJ CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Cheryl Spruill Vice-President: Kimberlyn Dennis Smith Program Director: Valerie Mason-Robinson Recording Secretary: Da’Shawn Reynolds Corresponding Secretary: Evette Alexander Treasurer: Clare Holley Financial Secretary: Keshia Golding Cooper Editor: Yvette Blaney Chaplain: Dr. Juanita Daly Historian: Dr. Joni Jefferson Foundation Chair: Tameka Smith-Mbaewke Parliamentarian: Patricia Kolaras Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Rhea Williams Associate Chair: Greta Peoples Father’s Auxiliary: Patrick Todd

President: Christopher Mereday Vice-President: Tylan Porterfield Secretary: Naiya Jefferson Treasurer: Evan Peal Parliamentarian: Abrielle DeVeaux Chaplain: Camryn Settles Sergeant-at-Arms: Vaughn Rice

CHAPTER MEMBERS Evette Alexander, Alicia Alston, Anela Anderson, Nefatiti Anderson Nefatiti, Sylvia Ayler, Carletta Beckwith, Lisa

Billington, Sherry Blake, Yvette Blaney, Kathy Bowman-Williams, Kenya Browns, Mary Brown, Tamaysha Bryan, Monica Burch, Kim Charles, Jonell Copeland, Dr. Juanita Daly, Angela DeMontagnac, Kimberlyn Dennis-Smith, Dawn DeVeaux, Christa Dozier, Tonya Edmonds, Afiyfa Ellington, Barbara Flores, Keshia Golding-Cooper, Shirline Heath-Mason, Kisha Hebbon, Clare Holley, Wema Hoover, Dr. Joni Jefferson, Akira Johnson, Tracey Johnson, Patricia Kolaras, Valerie Mason-Robinson, Maddisen Maxwell, Pamela McNeill, Stacey Mereday, Dr. Matilda Miranda, Suji Moton, Michelle Peal, Jill Pemberton, Dr. Jacqueline Phillips, Laura Pinkett, Aleta Pulliam-Tucker, Lisa Redmond, Da’Shawn Reynolds, Kisha Rose, LaBrena Settles, Tameka Smith-Mbaekwe, Cassaundra Spann, Cheryl Spruill, Stacey RodgersCrooms, Jenelle Sweet, Patricia Todd, Lumishka Turnbull, Zahara Wadud-Pinkett, Leisa Walker, Toyi Ward, Tina Wesson-Tolbert, Rhea Williams, Victoria Williams, Dominique Young

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and sponsorship of the North Jersey Chapter. On July 20, 1984, at the National Convention in Washington, D.C., we were voted in by the assembly to be the Central New Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Our chapter was installed on October 27 1984 with 41 members.

In the spring of 1976, Frankye Clarke and Mary Nelson saw a need to organize a positive base of operation for children to interact culturally and socially. As a result of their efforts, a group of ten mothers met at the East Brunswick Sheraton on a Sunday afternoon in March 1977 to discuss the possibility of organizing a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Those in attendance were Frankye Clarke, Mary Nelson, Frances Dunston, Nancy Durant, Nancy Jackson, Lana Sims, Dorothy Tabourne, and Ava Webber. Also present were Beverley Johnson and Hilda McIntosh, former Jack and Jill members. At this meeting, the decision was made to function as an Interest Group. Nancy Jackson and Mary Nelson served as the first co-chairpersons. In subsequent years, the co-chairpersons were Frankye Clarke and Ava Webber, Nancy Jackson and Holly Slaughter, Diane Greene and Mattian Moore, and Frances Davis and Beverley Johnson.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Central New Jersey Chapter is

off to a great start serving our community and making a difference in our surrounding areas. We started off the program year collecting supplies and goodies for our annual September back to school drive. We donated 28 backpacks to Jersey Cares, a non-profit organization who addresses and identifies needs in the State of New Jersey. In October, we continue with our community service initiatives by hosting a book drive with the Eastern Region Metropolitan 2017 Cluster attendees.

Over a period of six years as the membership and interest grew it became evident it was time to pursue the original idea. Frankye Clarke, Beverley Johnson, Faye Warren, and Mary Nelson formed the Steering Committee. Mary Nelson, the moving force, hosted the first organizational meeting in July 1982. Mrs. Gertrude Andrews of Philadelphia, a national Founder and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bourne, first President of the Brooklyn Chapter were present and shared their ideas and expertise. On September 21, 1982, our first formal meeting as a Jack and Jill Interest Group was held at the Rutgers Labor Education Center in New Brunswick. Forty-three mothers were in attendance. We were welcomed into Jack and Jill of America, Inc. as an Interest Group with support, encouragement, 83


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Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Jill Parham Associate Chair: Elise Cooper Father’s Auxiliary: Corey Massey

President: Monica Alston Vice-President: Elise Cooper Program Director: Tina Gilbert Recording Secretary: Anthonise Fields Corresponding Secretary: Shonda Little Treasurer: Willa Hightower Financial Secretary: Tonita Williams Editor: Michelle Strong Chaplain: Jill Parham Historian: Nancy Gainer Foundation Chair: Deirdre Reed Parliamentarian: Lisa Williams

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Jefferi Strong Vice-President: Laila Realer Program Director: Morgan Alston Secretary: Jasmine Williams Treasurer: Nia McCune Parliamentarian: Cameron Gray Chaplain: Jada Ward Sergeant-at-Arms: Zion Youngblood

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Strategic Relevance Committee and Teen Lauren Turman serves as Regional Teen Foundation Chair. We had 23 Mothers and 15 Teens attend Fall Cluster. Teen Tyler Lynch won top prize in the Oratorical competition! We’ll participate in the annual Regional MLK Day of Service Project at Samuel Gomper’s School in Philadelphia, PA.

Chester County started in September 1975 when the late Dr. F. DeVida Johnson held a meeting with 19 likeminded women in her Malvern, PA home. The “Las Madres” Interest Group conducted programs and performed community service activities during 1975-1976. The Provisional Group received a favorable vote at the 22nd National Convention held in Denver, Colorado. On October 23, 1976 in a ceremony on the campus of the Historically Black Cheyney University, the Chester County Chapter was officially installed by the National Board. Our Vision: Chester County creates unique programming experiences for our children by developing Leadership Capabilities; Oratorical Skills; and Sense of Community. Our 2016 – 2018 theme: “Forward Momentum, Consistent Excellence & Joyful Experiences!”

In support of National Program Thrust – Cultural, our teens participated in the 2017 DelVal Rites of Passage, themed “Standing Tall: The Power, Strength & Wisdom of Our Ancestors Upon Us”. We ended 2017 with a traditional Christmas Holiday Celebration “The Gift of Christmas” held at the Merion Tribute Mansion which included a donation drive for two of our community partners: Mercy Ministries (gift cards) and West Chester Baptist Church (Blessings bags for the homeless) and kicked off our donation drive for toiletries for the Regional MLK Day of Service Project.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Our

Program Year began with the 4th annual Parents only Soiree hosted by our Chapter President to socialize and build relationships. Our Chapter Legislative Chair and Teen VP attended the On The Hill Summit. We enjoyed another successful Jack and Jill Day which included our Teens conducting the Carole Robertson memorial ceremony and a Family Game Night, featuring Jack & Jill themed Family Feud.

Our commitment to Making a Difference and Empowering Families for Success continued with our annual “Christmas Shoppe” for another community partner, Bridge of Hope, for families transitioning out of homelessness. We also supported the annual New Year’s Day Stanley’s Dream race which raises money for childhood cancer. In alignment with National Programming Thrusts and our Chester County Programming Curriculum - Leadership Development and Financial Literacy – we’ll hold “Oratorical Masters & Cultural Art Showcase” in February and “Black Wall Street - Saving & Investing” in April.

Our annual Mother’s retreat themed “A Celebration of Us! Relax, Relate, Rejuvenate” featured an internet child-safety workshop and sisterly bonding time. Chester County continues to be active in Regional Activities. President Alston serves on the Regional

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COLUMBIA, MD CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Lisa Spear Ethridge      Vice-President: Cynthia Bell      Second Vice President: Angela Brade Program Director: Nicole Brown     Recording Secretary:   Tara Turner  Corresponding Secretary: Trina Ward      Treasurer: Valerie Mattison Brown      Financial Secretary: Tamara Lewis      Editor: Michelle Brooks      Chaplain: Martina Varnado      Historian: Robyne Brown      Foundation Chair: Pier Blake      Parliamentarian: Jewel Marsh      Protocol Chair: Lindiwe Burrison Sergeant At Arms: Kristen Daniel Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Janet Currie      Five Star Excellence: Sabrina Saunders-Hodge Associate Chair: Melvina Brown       Father’s Auxiliary: Michael Currie     

President: Max Reed      Vice-President: Emerson Daniel      2nd Vice President: Lauren Nixon Coorespon Secretary: Sierra Burrison Recording Secretary: Will Lomas      Treasurer: Bailey Roberts      Parliamentarian: Marla Varnado      Historian: Kennedy Manley Chaplain: Jacob Ethridge      Sergeant At Arms: McCall Brown     

CHAPTER MEMBERS There are ninety-eight mothers in the Columbia, MD Chapter.      CHAPTER HISTORY

The Columbia, MD chapter boasts over 180 parents who serve the community in many forms.

In the summer of 1968, Celonia Walden, Roberta Briscoe and Grace Dixon, members of the Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill, expressed the need for an organization of African American mothers, who desired to work cooperatively in guiding the educational, cultural and social growth and development of their children in the new city of Columbia, Maryland. After reaching out to other mothers of like minds, on November 12, 1968, a group of thirty interested mothers met at Celonia Walden’s home and founded the “Columbia Mothers’ Club”. The group decided to ask the Baltimore Chapter to sponsor them into Jack and Jill of America by 1970.

Other community service projects have included, but are not limited to, providing books about African American culture/history to public schools in Howard County. Provides an annual meal to those with intellectual disabilities in Howard County in support of the National Association of the Mentally Ill “NAMI”. Provides school supplies to Howard County Public School System after-school programs. Present the annual “giving tree” at our holiday party for Corduroy’s Closet event. Recognizing our rich heritage, both locally and nationally, the Chapter has continued the wonderful tradition established by our Founders to use our “Power to Make a Difference”.

On December 4, 1970, two years after its inception, the Columbia Mothers’ Club became the Columbia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated with seventeen Charter Members. The Chapter has grown significantly since it was established, our membership now includes over 90 mothers and more than 170 participating children and teens. Through the efforts and talents of our members, the quality of our children’s programs and the commitment to our community remains exemplary.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Columbia Chapter has donated

over $50,000 in scholarships through the most recent years. These awards have been made primarily through the Columbia Chapter Biennial Beautillion, founded to celebrate youth leadership. Stop Hunger Now and Jack and Jill of America, Columbia, MD chapter joined forces in the fight against hunger. Moms, Dads, Beaus and children volunteered to package 10,000 meals for the world’s hungry on Sunday, November 12, 2017. We serve to make a change, actively engaging with our national and local partners. 85


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Corduroy’s Closet

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EASTERN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Sharon Greenfield Vice-President: Satra Sampson-Arokium Program Director: Reine Boyer, Michelle York Recording Secretary: Collete Fearon Corresponding Secretary: Renita Crawford Treasurer: Maxine Lawson Financial Secretary: Valeria Nichols Editor: Denise Dunbar Chaplain: Collette Fearon Historian: Denise Dunbar Foundation Chair: Nikki Branch Parliamentarian: Stephanie Kirven Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Satra Orokium Father’s Auxiliary: Carlos Arokium

President: Zion Ollivierre Vice-President: Dharon Greenfield Secretary: Deona Yorke, Chrishna Laporte Treasurer: Caleb Kirven Parliamentarian: Glenn Manigault III Chaplain: Navia Ford/David Greenfield Sergeant-at-Arms: Glenn Manigault III

CHAPTER MEMBERS Satra Akorium, Reine Boyer, Denise Dunbar, Sharon Greenfield, Collette Fearon, Bridgette Gaillard, Maxine Lawson, Valeria Nichols, Angela Manigault, Cynthia Wilder, Stephane Kirven, Michelle Yorke, Renita Crawford, Nikki Branch, Margaret Farinella, Phylicia Brown, Andrea Fonseca, Nadine Ford, Kimberly Dunn Garvey, Stephanie Klein Wassink, Emmanuelle Clerisme-Beaty CHAPTER HISTORY The Bridgeport Chapter was established in October 1954 by a group of mothers interested in the holistic wellbeing of children and motivated by a collective desire to empower their community through civic engagement and education. The years 1954 and 1955 were marked by national civil unrest and social injustice, which spurred local communities to act. The founders of the Bridgeport Chapter advocated for the educational and cultural enrichment of all children while carrying out the core mission of Jack & Jill and building a solid foundation to support current and future aims of the national organization. The Chapter’s first President, Edith Elliot led the inaugural thirty-member chapter. The first Executive Board also included Geraldine Johnson, First Vice President; Ella Anderson, Second Vice President; Jeanne Williams, Recording Secretary; Peggy Lee, Corresponding Secretary; Minnie Smith, Treasurer; Helen Grinage, Financial Secretary; and Louise Johnson, Journalist.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING JJEFC started the program year with an opening day “Olympic Games” at Beardley Park in Bridgeport CT. After our Teen Chaplain led the group in a rememberance and celebration of the life of Carole Robertson, teams representing countries of the African Diaspora competed for “blue” medals in games of skill, speed and agility. We continued to build bonds with one another and our community with activities such as our HarvestFest, Toy Drive, and Holiday Party. We look forward to our MLK Day of Service projects in conjunction with the University of Bridgeport, our award-winning Black History Program with the Discovery Museum and celebrating our graduating seniors and new members with a “Farewell and Welcome” luncheon. JJEFC knows that we have “The Power to Make a Difference”. Finally, we are proud to present our graduating senior: Zion Ollivierre

In recognition of the broader geographic reach of the members and programming, in 2015, the Bridgeport Chapter became the Eastern Fairfield County Chapter (“JJEFC”). JJEFC currently consist of 21 members and is open to families from the eastern sector of Fairfield County, Connecticut, which includes fourteen towns and the cities of Bridgeport and Danbury. As we look back at the last 60 years, we are committed to continuing to build on the legacy of service and excellence of our predecessors by growing our membership and providing innovative programming to empower our youth to make a difference in their communities and beyond.

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ESSEX HUDSON, NJ CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY

STEM Rocks academy to experience the possibilities of coding and creating.

President: Sophia Branch Vice-President: Anissa Golden Nixon Program Director: Kenyanna Scott-Bell Recording Secretary: Erica Urquhart Corresponding Secretary: Michelle Trotter Treasurer: Kimberly Thomas Baugh Financial Secretary: Kimberly Clark Editor: Sharon White Chaplain: Ashley Buie Historian: Kimberly Clark Foundation Chair: Nadine Burnett Parliamentarian: Keita Young Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Paige Graves Associate Chair: Michelle Hall-Duncan

President: Jordan White Vice-President: Peter Young Jr. Secretary: Justine Prophete Treasurer: Ryan Henry Parliamentarian: Jasmine Prophete Chaplain: Christina Wright Sergeant-at-Arms: Ian Hawkins

The Essex Hudson Chapter is now in its 12th year with 54 energetic members who are collectively demonstrating the power to make a difference. On November 21, 2017, Essex Hudson installed its Associates Chapter which includes 8 dynamic mothers. Essex Hudson continues to build on the strong leadership of our founding mothers Patricia France, Debra Goldson, Keita Young, and the 47 charter members. The Chapter strategically provides powerful leadership training, rich cultural experiences, engaging STEAM programming, civic and volunteer events, and expressions of compassion through philanthropy year after year.

In keeping abreast with Legislative and Civic duties, the teens traveled to Washington DC to participate at On the Hill, Legislative Summit. The teens also participated in a Mock Trial within an a local courthouse. The teens had roles of, defense attorney, prosecuting attorney, witnesses, cops, EMT, passengers, jury, defendant and victim. The teens were then lead in a panel discussion with a local judge, a lawyer, a police officer and a mayor on the state of the current racial climate in the country. Fun and friendships are also enjoyed whether it’s during the Moms’ holiday party; the teens’ escape the room, the 5th and 6th graders’ snow tubing, or preschoolers’ movies and games fun. Essex Hudson is working together and playing together while making a difference.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Essex Hudson began the 2017-2018

program year with Greater Essex and North Jersey in a biennial trichapter picnic. The festive event included activities for children and adults. Carol Robertson was honored by collecting school supplies from each chapter to stock backpacks for back-to-school. Other tri-chapter events which were spearheaded by Essex Hudson have included teen collaborations, and bowling events. The fall season involved all age groups participating in meaningful service activities. The teens served food at the Church of the Epiphany for a Thanksgiving dinner for the needy. Age groups from 3rd-6th grades stocked backpacks of health snacks and food items for food insecure families in the community. Preschoolers – 2nd grades decorated Christmas ornaments and cards for seriously ill children. The entire Chapter participated in Project Linus by helping collect, make, and distribute security blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or in need at the Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. The entire Chapter also participates annually in the March of Dimes Walk while raising money, spreading awareness, and staying fit. STEAM programs are a very integral part of the chapter. The youngest age group participated in a program at Bricks for Kidz. The activity was a hands -on class where the children learn to design and build while exploring engineering and architecture. The 5th and 6th graders engaged in a discussion about finance and practical applications of money as they played Cash Flow Game for kids. Also, the 3rd-4th graders engaged in a coding class at 89


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GREATER ALBANY, NY CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Yolanda Caldwell Vice-President: Hyacinth Mason Program Director: Vanessa Threatte Recording Secretary: Angela Antonikowski Corresponding Secretary: Zuleika Sanchez-Gayle Treasurer: Shavonne Slaughter Financial Secretary: Kendra Chaires-Francis Editor/Historian: Michele Bridgewater Chaplain: Lakeia Bowman Foundation Chair: Andrea Marques Parliamentarian: Clara Walters Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Clara Walters Legislative Chair: Remeica Vaval Protocol Chair: Sheree Adams

President: George Stain Vice-President: Cydney Owens Recording Secretary: Salah Alozie Corresponding Secretary: Jonathan Ray Treasurer: Jonathan Caldwell Foundation Chair: Jonathan Caldwell Chaplain: Aaliyah Dallard Historian: Trinity Walters

CHAPTER MEMBERS Sheree Adams, Anzala Alozie, Angela Antonikowski, Lakeia Bowman, Michele Bridgewater, Jan Brown, Yolanda

Caldwell, Kendra Chaires-Francis, Michelle Charles, Shondra Conyers, Tia Corniel, Choyo Daniel, Kristie Ford, Nikita Hardy, Deidre Butler, Andrea Marques, Hyacinth Mason, Ceylane Meyers-Ruff, Monica Minor, Dawn Ray, Jabrina Robinson, Zuleika Sanchez-Gayle, Shavonne Slaughter, Vanessa Threatte, Remeica Vaval, Clara Walters, Amber Wiley, Terri Williams-Weekes

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In November children learned about the voting process and explored the linkage between today’s political climate during a visit to the Harriet Tubman museum. GRAL families participated in the annual “A Day of Simple Giving”. The Chapter donated beans and spices, creating more than 350 soup bags that were donated to the Regional Food Bank.

On October 6, 1990, the Greater Albany Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was installed with twentyfour charter members: Vera Bryan, Elousie Crowder, Sandra DeMond, Robin Flanagan, Rolene Ford, Linda Gillis, Denise Houston, Robin Jacobs-Yanthis, Cheryl Holley James, Renee Johnson, Beverly Littles, Carol Livingston, Carolyn Morgan, Marsha Mortimore, Juanita Murray, Desiree Nix, Stefanie Perez, Rita Vann Pete, Jacqueline D. Peterson, Diana Jones Ritter, Esther Sargent, Barbara E. Taylor, Morena Walker-Howe and Carolyn Williams.

We ended the year with our annual Black Santa Breakfast. Our families and their guests celebrated the holiday season with a delicious breakfast and afterwards, our GRAL teens facilitated various games for our younger children as they awaited the arrival of Santa.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Greater Albany Chapter began the program year in September with our annual celebration of Carole Robertson Memorial Day and Jack and Jill Day. Our families enjoyed a picnic along with fun-filled games for parents and children. We also commemorated the memory of Carole Robertson in a ceremony led by our teen officers.

We would like to congratulate our graduating seniors Jelani Wiggins and Ahmad Saunders. We wish them all the best as they continue their journey as Jack and Jill leaders.

In September each of our grade groups focused on the programming thrust of health and recreation. Children participated in physical activities that included pumpkin racing and pillow jumping at a farm, trampoline jumping, tennis lessons, African dancing and aerial zip lining at the top of 1,ooo foot mountain. GRAL Mothers also participated in a fundraiser for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. October’s activities focused on the thrust of education. Children learned about aquatic life at the aquarium and participated in a hike at a local pine barrens studying the earth, geological timelines and identifying animal tracks. One grade group participated in collage making using the style of Romare Bearden. Our oldest children studied the culinary business or made a pasta dish from scratch.

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GREATER ESSEX COUNTY, NJ CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Carolyn Mason Vice-President: Tara Favors Program Director: Jingle Bell Recording Secretary: Sharifa Atkins Corresponding Secretary: Dena Douglas-Patterson Treasurer: Moya Titus Financial Secretary: Janeene Balmir Editor: Tamaira Wilkes Chaplain: Kenna Baudin Historian: Tamaira Wilkes Foundation Chair: Marie McGehee Parliamentarian: Reggie Tindall Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Joyce Wade Father’s Auxiliary: Brian Harris

President: Alexandra Wade Vice-President: Kayla Mackay Secretary: Alanza Blake Treasurer: Sydney Tindall Parliamentarian: Mateo Green Chaplain: Chloe Mason Sergeant-at-Arms: Antonio Green

CHAPTER MEMBERS Abigail Epane-Osuala, Aishia Snider, Alliah Livingstone ,Carolyn Byrd, Chanel Gilmer, Chantel Adams, Carolyn

Mason, Courtney Rucker-Jawwaad, Crystal Mullins, Danielle Lee, Deirdre Guice Minor, Dena Douglas Patterson, Devin Glenn, Goldie Bryant, Janeene Balmir, Jeanine Downie, Jeffelee McClain, Jingle Bell, Joahne Carter, Joyce Wade, Kamilah Muhammad-Harris, Karen Heath-Wade, Keesha Jean-Baptiste, Kenna Baudin, Kerry-Ann Edwards, Kimberly Cockerham, Kimberly Hobbs, Kimberly Keys, Kimberly Louis, Kimberly Mackay, Kimberly Minor, Kuae Mattox, Latonyia Cameron, Lauren Forbes, Lezli Harvell, Lilly Williams, Lori Fouche’, Marcia Dukes, Marie McGehee, Marilyn Watson-LaVergne, Marki Ponder, Mauri Solages, Melani Wilson Smith, Melissa Kramer, Mercinth Pearce, Michelle Miller, Milbert Kiggundu-Bentham, Monica Elmore, Moya Titus ,Natasha Green, Nicole Stovall, Paula Donaldson, Paula Williams, Rachel Swarns, Raquel Wall, Reba Blake, Reggie Tindall, Rhonda Chrichlow, Sandra Oliver-Mukete, Shahri Griffin, Shanease Davis, Sharifa Atkins, Sharon Simmons, Shawndya Simpson

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CHAPTER PROGRAMMING It was standing room only at The Greater Essex County Chapter’s (GECC), Stay Woke: Surviving and Thriving at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) discussion. The panel was moderated by Harvard University professor of Race and Public Policy, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad. It’s well documented that balancing academia and incidences of micro-aggressions and macro-aggressions can negatively impact a student’s emotional well-being and academic performance. The panelists Kyle Borden (Temple ’20), Andrew Crichlow (Yale ’19), Jalisa Delauney (U. Delaware ’18), Jillian Jones (U. Penn ’19) and Gabriel April Alicia Mayers (Columbia ‘16), shared how they created community and maintained emotional well-being at their respective PWIs. Gems they shared ranged from seeking out black faculty when first arriving on campus to making sure there is a safe space specifically designed for black students when considering a particular institution. This event marked the culmination of critical conversations hosted by GECC. The facilities for this event were graciously donated by The Montclair Kimberley Academy.

In the summer of 1998 a group of mothers met several times at the home of Paula Tuffin to address the social and cultural needs of their children. Thus, the New Jersey Community Youth Group was formed as an interest group of Jack and Jill of America Inc. During the 2000 National Conference formal chapter status was granted.

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TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY

literacy skills of black and brown children in the Greater Hartford Community. We have a long-term relationship with Foodshare, our region’s food bank, donating thousands of dollars to this concern over the years. Last year we donated more than $4,000 to Hands on Hartford’s weekend backpack program that sends food insecure school children home with food for their families each weekend. This program will again be the beneficiary of our October 2017 Motown themed fundraiser. Our focus on early childhood literacy is demonstrated by yearly book drives benefitting Hartford Public Schools. We are committed to providing children and their parents easy access books, as we usher in our third year of stewardship for our Greater Hartford Jack and Jill Little Free Library in the North End of Hartford. The mothers of our chapter strive to provide creative and productive cultural programming for the active minds of our Chapter youth. We are fortunate to be in an area, which is rich in culture, history and the arts. Over the years, we have provided financial support to The Amistad Center for Art and Culture at the Wadsworth Atheneum and have been recognized by the Center for our strategic partnership. Our chapter continues to honor and celebrate our African American heritage at every opportunity and especially at our annual Black History celebration. Past themes have included African American History Jeopardy, African American Inventors during the Renaissance and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of The 1963 Civil Rights Act. The past two years we created a living history Museum at the Amistad Center where our children portrayed African American pioneers. The Greater Hartford Chapter is proud to be 60 years strong and looks forward to many more years of celebrating our children and community.

President: Tiffany Donelson Vice-President: Rochelle Collins Program Director: Christine Pina Recording Secretary: Leruth Bell Corresponding Secretary: Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson Treasurer: Carla Gunn Financial Secretary: Lisa Holloway Editor: Cynthia Peoples-Hobson Chaplain: Denise Mingo Foundation Chair: Shaun Biggers Alleyne Parliamentarian: Ashika Brinkley Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Nicole Cloud & Kimberly Williams

President: Evan Mingo Vice-President: Ananya Alleyne Secretary: Kennedy Williams Treasurer: Parker Reeves

As we prepare to celebrate our sixtieth year, we are honored to share the history of the Greater Hartford Chapter founded in 1958 by a small group of mothers who wanted to expand the social, cultural, and extracurricular opportunities for their children in our community. At the time, there were chapters in many of the large cities in the Northeast, and Hartford, the Connecticut state capital, was thought to be an obvious place to establish a chapter of this quickly expanding national organization. The first chapter president was Jean Bell. The Chapter thrived for decades, but then lost many members as they moved to the distant suburbs of Hartford. The chapter was rebuilt in the 90’s by the dedication of several mothers who felt it was more important than ever to have a haven for African American children in these disparate suburbs. Our 17th president, Lauren Jones, was instrumental in the rebuilding of the chapter.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING

Over the years, our Chapter has made its mark by sponsoring many ongoing community service activities. The alliances we have created with local institutions allow us to contribute to the cultural landscape of our community, while exposing our community to Jack and Jill of America Inc. as a national organization. We have a long relationship with My Sister’s Place, a shelter for battered women and The Village for Children and Families. We have also partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford to provide children with new pajamas. Our current community service thrust supports organizations that seek to solve the problem of food insecurity (local to global) and increase the early

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GREATER UNION COUNTY, NJ CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Kimberly Brown Vice-President: Hope Mitchell Program Director: Lisa Rose Recording Secretary: Deborah Neal Corresponding Secretary: Yvette Gibbons Treasurer: Kalshelia Lloyd Financial Secretary: Aquila Leon-Soon Editor: Naomie Dorilas Chaplain: Erika Phillips Historian: Alia Souels-Parker Foundation Chair: Lenore Washington-Graham Parliamentarian: Tahra Wright Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Joy Young/Melissa Harris Associate Chair: Aquila Leon-Soon Father’s Auxiliary: Fred Harris/Damian Facey

President: Taryn Phillips Vice-President: Keon Harris Secretary: Sydney Rose Treasurer: Madison Haynes Chaplain: Douglas Mitchell Jr.

CHAPTER MEMBERS Chaunte

Abdellah, Kimberly Brown, Courtney Calhoun, Nishea Clark, Naomie Dorilas, Toiya Facey, Yvette Gibbons, Melissa Harris, Celeste Kinard, Korena Garrett, Aquila Leon-Soon, Kalshelia Lloyd, Hope Mitchell, Deborah Neal, Alia SouelsParker, Erika Phillips, Lisa Rose, Ebonique Silver, Trish Stephens, Lenore Washington-Graham, Tonya Williams, Tahra Wright, Joy Young

CHAPTER HISTORY In 1984, the Greater Union County Chapter

annual Coat drive. In December the holiday season was ushered in by our annual Ginger Bread Event. This year we asked that each family donate a gift for our Angel Tree. In January we will continue our community service by celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day, by partnering with a neighboring chapter for a day of service. In February our Teens will hold their annual Madre Gras Party. In March we will continue to serve the homeless by participating in the Bridges Run Outreach program. In May, we will celebrate Black Family Day by helping to beautify our parks with a family planting event. These events help to keep our national vision alive by enforcing the” Power to Make a Difference”.

of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. began as the Plainfield Area Mother’s Group. Co-organizers Judith Marshall and Pat Hembree, together with five other mothers, sought affiliation in a group that fostered the consciousness of children with regard to their black heritage. Jack and Jill provided an opportunity to enrich their children through family-centered cultural, social and educational activities. Agreeing that Jack and Jill’s goals mirrored what these mothers wanted for their children, the group submitted an application for membership. In the spring of 1985, the application was accepted, and the group became known as the Union County Area Interest Group, under the sponsorship of the Morris County Chapter, Jack and Jill. In April 1985, the group held its first Membership Tea and twenty-three new members were installed into the group. The Chapter obtained provisional status during the National Convention held on July 24, 1985. Twenty-seven mothers, beaming with pride that they were part of the National organization of Jack and Jill, were installed on September 20, 1986.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING At a beautiful small venue, the fabulous Mother Members of The Greater Union Chapter of Jack and Jill gathered together to plan our 2017-2018 year. It was a buzz in the air as we planned for a new chapter in our history, having just graduated out eight wonderful moms, our new thrust would be to regain our strength and to continue our chapter’s mission. In September we kicked off our year with celebrating jack and Jill Day, and commemorating Carol Robertson. We also recognized mothers that are less fortunate by collecting baby essentials and donating them to Home First. In October we participated in our Fish Feeding program which assists families that are temporarily displayed. In November we held our signature event which is our 95


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In November and December, Tots hosted their 3rd annual Diaper Drive for a local charity and the entire chapter participated in the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree community service project and Holiday Social events.

President: Alyssa King Turner Vice-President: Carleena Graham Program Director: Saran Martin Recording Secretary: Harriett Richmond Corresponding Secretary: Tawanda Maignan Treasurer: Keisha King Financial Secretary: Toni Ross Harris Editor: LaShaun Martin Chaplain: Tamara Johnson Historian: Pamela Bond Foundation Chair: Cassandra Guichard Parliamentarian: Tamara Davis Brown Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Nayoka Irving Father’s Auxiliary: K’Ren Martin & Luis Clavell

President: Kwasi Irving, Jr. Vice-President: Jessica Brown Secretary: Shayne Richmond Treasurer: Jayla Hollie Parliamentarian: Cameron Carter Chaplain: Arija Martin Sergeant-at-Arms: Ishmael Leggett

GSM was established in May 2013, led by Organizer and President Alyssa King Turner. On October 30, 2016, fifty-two (52) mothers proudly chartered the Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter. The Butterfly Moms of GSMJJ are building upon the energy, excitement, enthusiasm, and experience acquired during their chartering phase and inaugural year. Like the butterfly, they have spread their wings and now it is time, 46 families strong, 39 children and 38 teens “GSM Families Take Flight” in programming, serving the community, and philanthropic giving!”

In January, Teens viewed the movie Detroit and held a robust discussion about the interaction young African Americans have with law enforcement, ending the activity with the completion of a leadership module. Focusing on Community Service, GSMJJ participated in the Eastern Region’s Southern Cluster MLK Day of Service event, preparing bags of donated food items for families in Baltimore, MD. The chapter maintained its partnership with the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services, donating items to be distributed to homeless families in the County. The Teens continue to support the Bowie Interfaith Pantry for individuals in need by collecting and delivering cereal and oatmeal monthly; they will also prepare a meal for homeless individuals through the Warm Nights Program for the Homeless with a local church. GSMJJ will culminate the program year with a retreat and Black Family Day in May.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING GSMJJ Chapter began its program

year executing a joint Jack and Jill Day/Carole Robertson Day activity in conjunction with ABC Dentistry’s “Back to SchoolCommunity Day” event. The purpose of Community Day is to promote and increase awareness of children’s oral health. ABC Dentistry provided complimentary oral health screenings coupled with a day of fun activities, music, video game truck, moon bounces, face painting, popcorn, snow cones and food. GSMJJ took this opportunity to honor Carole Robertson by educating all attendees about her life, providing a commemorative bookmark, including details about her life, her tragic death and how we can honor her through community service efforts. Lastly, this event served as the Chapter’s Jack and Jill Day welcoming our families back from summer.

GSMJJ fundraisers supporting programing and the community include, 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Zumbathon; Night at the Theatre and Silent Auction; Loose Change; and Family Night at Topolino’s Restaurant.

In September, each age group conducted a welcome back activity; Tykes enjoyed a “Dare to Dream Vision Board” social; the Tweens conducted a “24-Hour Lock-In” where they completed leadership and financial literacy modules and Racial Identity Kit activities coupled with a pool party/BBQ, Heart Healthy walk, an Oratorical exercise and other fun events. In October, Treasures attended a stress relieving “Paint & Sippy Cup” event; Tweens watched the movie Marshall and participated in a post-movie discussion while Tots and Tykes learned about their African culture with master performing and teaching artist, The Culture Queen.

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JERSEY SHORE, NJ CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Tasha Youngblood Brown Vice-President: Kimberly Giles Program Director: Suzanne Parchment Recording Secretary: Alpha Reynolds Lewis Corresponding Secretary: Karla Isaacs Treasurer: Angela Kulesz Financial Secretary: Laria Hamilton Editor: Memone Crystian Historian: Memone Crystian Foundation Chair: Monique Hutchinson Parliamentarian: Sajdah Muhammad Lead Teen Advisor: Monica Douyon Co Teen Advisor Valerie Brett Co Teen Advisor Jamie Garlington Green Father’s Auxiliary: David Brown

President: Shelby Ragin Vice-President: Kendall Garlington Recording Secretary: Taylor Crystian Corresponding Secretary: Kayla Giles Treasurer: Miles Crystian Parliamentarian: Alexandra Lewis Chaplain: Andre Douyon Sergeant-at-Arms: Jordynn Dow Foundation Chair: Jocelynn Dow Legislative Chair: Kenedee Giles Historian : Aaliyah Brown

CHAPTER MEMBERS Shawanda Beale, Rosalind Cox-Larrieux, Mariama Hubbard, Danielle Lamb, Melinda Ragin, Kim Waddy, Deborah West

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Monmouth Medical Center. Our Guys and Dolls worked together and played together, and happily helped other families in need.

The Jersey Shore Chapter was originally founded on Oct 23, 1986 under the Ocean County Charter. The Chapter was reactivated in May 2013 to include members from Monmouth and Ocean Counties and became known as The Jersey Shore Chapter of Jack and Jill.

The Legislative Committee led a group of our Jack and Jill’s in learning about the legislative process. Our own President, Mother Brown, successfully ran for the Long Branch, Board of Education. Together we canvased the community to help disseminate information and campaign literature. We all learned while having a fun time.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Jersey Shore Chapter kicked off our programming year by hosting our annual Jack and Jill and Carole Robertson Day celebration on Sept 23, 2017. The event was held at the Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch, NJ. There we reconnected with food and fellowship after a long summer recess. We held a candle lighting ceremony in which we learned about and honored Carol Robertson. We also collected back packs and school supplies and donated them to school age victims of the Texas hurricanes.

In November, Mother Isaacs lead our teen group in a seminar and discussion titled “Turning your dreams into Reality”. They discussed 10 steps to achieving goals. They discussed living with a purpose. Many plans for the future and fun memories were made that day. We finished 2017 with a Chapter wide holiday celebration held at Lunch Break, in Red Bank, NJ. Together our families enjoyed each other’s company and celebrated the holiday. The chapter held a winter coat and food drive for families and children in need.

In October, Our Guys and Dolls showed their “Power to make a difference” by preparing meals for families of sick children. These families were staying in the Ronald McDonald House in Long Branch, New Jersey while their children received treatment at the

The Jersey Shore Chapter has a host of exciting activities planned for the remainder of the programming year. We have the power to make a difference!

“Jack and Jill means long lasting bond, friendship and love for me as a Mom. For me as a legacy and for my children it means forever relationships, leadership training and recognizing the importance of my children as African Americans in this world.”

– Regina Clay, Eastern Regional Chaplain & Gavel Clubs Coordinator

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Greetings from The Jersey Shore Chapter

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President: Sophia McKenzie Vice-President: Shawn Morton Program Director: Sonya Long Recording Secretary: Melanie Bryson Corresponding Secretary: Jacqueline Henry Treasurer: Selina Johnson Financial Secretary: Adesimbo Jerry Editor: Karen Moore Jones Chaplain: Lena Hall Collins Historian: Karen Moore Jones Foundation Chair: Angela Mattox Parliamentarian: Tabatha Turman Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Courtney Holeman Associate Chair: Francine Nelson Father’s Auxiliary: Conrado Morgan

President: Leah Morton Vice-President: Victoria Burnette Secretary: Miles Turman Treasurer: Jordan Holeman

CHAPTER MEMBERS Melissa Alexander, Sheila Arrington, Tyeshia Bray, Melanie Bryson, Pamela Carter, Shandelyn Crittendon, Stacy

Davis, Monika Gooden, Lena Hall, Keniesha Haywood, Jacqueline Henry, Courtney Holeman, Telia Hughes, Desi Jerry, Selina Johnson, Karen Moore Jones, Sylvia Leverette, Sonya Long, Angela Mattox, Sophia McKenzie, Phyllis Morgan, Shawn Morton, Felicia Norwood, Kami Patton, Jane Reynolds, Sequana Robinson, Jackie Robinson-Burnette, LaKeisha Scott, Johnda Scott-Adams, Shinda Starr, Tabatha Turman, Tiffany Washington, Susann Wyllie-Kerr.

CHAPTER HISTORY The Manassas-Woodbridge, Virginia Chapter CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Manassas-Woodbridge, Virginia had a phenomenal year as we continued to create opprotunities for our children to have “The power To Make A Difference.” The chapter was founded and chartered by seventeen concerned and trailblazing mothers on January 24, 2004. This year the chapter welcomed Five dedicated mothers into our family. The chapter currently has 34 active mother members and 5 national lifetime members. In November of 2017 we were honored to charter our Manassas-Woodbridge Associate Group. Our National Vice President, Danielle Brown and Regional Director, Mondi KumbulaFrazer were in attendance for the chatering ceremony.

Chapter is committed to continue working on social issues and increasing their involvement in the community. They are focused on aligning programming with the National Theme: “The Power to Make A Difference” along with youth leadership and financial planning. The chapter is proud to have participated in several amazing community service, educational and cultural activities

“Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is an extended village for our family. It is a nurturing environment to help my children excel both academically and socially as they learn to be meaningful contributors to (our) their community. Additionally, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. creates an environment for them to become confident leaders where they can develop lifelong friendships.”

– Anissa Wilson, Eastern Region Teen Advisor

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METROPOLITAN, NY CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY

Our Black Family Day picnic is a tradition of reconnecting after summer break. Mothers, children and father’s bond while planning their activities for the year.

President: Monica Azare Davenport Vice-President: Dana Reed Program Director: Joycelyn McGeachy-Kuls Recording Secretary: Nissa Booker   Corresponding Secretary: Shannon Cowherd Treasurer: Bernirene Ramos Simmons       Financial Secretary: Sonja Jasienowski Editor: Darlene Grant Bruce Chaplain: Harriet Cole      Historian: Darlene Grant Bruce      Foundation Chair: Barbara Scott / Carmen Walker Gay      Parliamentarian: Robyn Alston      Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Erica McKinley / Lori Davis West Father’s Auxiliary: Jim Simmons

President: Zoe Hopkins      Vice-President: Dillan Hayes      Secretary: Chloe West / Alexa Watson      Treasurer: Ira Heppard      Parliamentarian: Amari Bowman      Chaplain: Ethan McKinley    Sergeant-at-Arms: Chandler Carr      

The Metropolitan Chapter, located in New York City, New York was founded in 1939. The chapter has over 110 dynamic members. Our members care deeply about our communities and serve on boards of a wide variety of philanthropic organizations, particularly those involving the arts, education, health care and children. We strive to motivate and empower our children become engaged in our commu-nity and to make a difference. The Chapter’s mission is squarely in line with our national theme - “Power to Make a Difference.” Our chapter proudly puts our words into action by awarding scholar-ships to college bound students who have demonstrated not only academic talents but also financial needs. Our community service programs actively touch the lives of those less fortunate than each member. We help to cook and serve food to feed the homeless, tutor, donate books and support children aging out of foster care through the Trigg House. The Metropolitan chapter is one of Jack and Jill’s largest and oldest chapters. One of our chapter’s founding members, fondly reminisced at our Night in Harlem Gala, that it was so important to bring together our families so that our children not only have friends and mentors, that looked like them but to also have a safe place to talk, play and network among ourselves.

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Each year, Metropolitan plans programming designed to address Jack and Jill’s national theme, the five thrusts and the pillars of power – all while we energize and engage our membership and our children! Metropolitan is privileged to announce two very important activities hosted by the chapter – Teen conference 2018 and COPA.

Our chapter’s annual educational seminar provides parents with the tools to navigate through the process of applying to boarding and independent schools. In November, Metropolitan hosted Cabana - the COPA for middle schoolers. This event is growing in popularity every year with over 150 ‘tweens in attendance from the eastern region. The kids eat BBQ while bonding with members from other chapters and dancing to their favorite beats. We also held our Annual Basketball Challenge for high school students. Teams from chapters across the Region attend this event at Riverside State Park in Harlem. Community service remains a chapter-wide priority. Annually, our parents and youth, participate with local Harlem Churches & Homeless Missions to help cook and feed the homeless and hungry. Our base during Thanksgiving is Harlem’s Bethel Baptist Church where 1000 meals are served.We also participate in City Meals on Wheels which feeds the homebound and sick/seniors of New York City. Every year, we celebrate and support activities sponsored by our sister chapters and their teens within the Region. We are happy to form collaborations with these chapters to strengthen our common bonds. As a chapter, we also support each other through monthly mother outings, retreats and special gatherings. We know that as we draw closer to one another, we have the power to make a difference.

Metropolitan is honored to host the 2018 Teen Conference in Baltimore, MD, April 5-8, 2018. Our theme is “Royalty – Past, Present and Future”. Metropolitan continues to host COPA – our annual teen holiday dance. This event is a highlight for our chapter and is well attended by teens and parents throughout the Eastern region. Metropolitan teens donate the proceeds from this dance to multiple charities of their choosing. 102


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MID-HUDSON VALLEY, NY CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Karen St. Vil Vice-President: De-Angela Watt Program Director: Sheryl Warren Recording Secretary: Valerie Raynor Corresponding Secretary: Diann Kelly Treasurer: Deborah Quarless Financial Secretary: Robin Williams Editor: Ellen Hilton Chaplain: Rhonda Clarke Historian: Janice Thompson Foundation Chair: Kecia Palmer-Cousins Parliamentarian: Dawanna Veneable Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Marie-Anne Maignan, Deon Perry, Michelle Valdes - Botter

President: Dylan Maignan Vice-President: Morgan Botter Recording Secretary: Taylor Perry Corresponding Secretary: Jayna Bryant Treasurer: Arielle Maignan Parliamentarian: Courtney Warren Chaplain: Tahari Williams Sergeant-at-Arms: Christian St. Vil Foundation Chair: Nicholas Gibson

CHAPTER MEMBERS Lori Anderson, Shayna Bryant, Shari Cushnie, Margaret Gibson, Tawana Haynes, Madonna Hughes, Sherry Grimes- Jenkins, Sophia McCallum, Juliet Nevins, Natalie Rawlinson, Ingrid Richards, Judith Thomas CHAPTER HISTORY

The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter (MHVC) was established in 1992. In December of 1990, a group of mothers met at the home of Pennye Walters Nash in Katonah, New York to begin the process required to form an upper Westchester chapter of Jack and Jill. Today, the chapter has 27 mothers, 48 children and 1 Associate Life member. The chapter’s engaging activities provide children with opportunities to develop their leadership skills, enhance their cultural knowledge, and serve their community.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING

The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter continued to demonstrate “The Power to Make a Difference” in the 2017-2018 program year. Chapter President Karen St. Vil led the MHVC chapter with the theme, “Living It, Loving It, Owning It”. 2017 marked a milestone year for the chapter, as MHVC celebrated 25 years of service. To celebrate this accomplishment, the chapter hosted their “Shimmering, Shining and Serving for 25 Years” gala on November 18, 2017 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, NY. The recipients of the fundraiser were the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, The Family Resource Center of Peekskill, and Jack and Jill of America Foundation, Inc.

their “kindness skills” by creating artwork and thank you cards for donation to the Veterans Home of Montrose. Group 2 visited the TD Bank to learn about the important skills of banking and saving. Group 3 will discover the meaning of celestial mechanics by exploring the galaxy through telescopes with guidance from the Amateur Astronomers of NY. Group 4 met Antonio Delgado, a candidate for Congress, who educated the children about voter registration and campaigning for office. MHVC members will support the Metropolitan MLK Jr. Regional Day of Service with the Children of Promise NYC located in Brooklyn, NY, and MHV chapter groups will come together for a chapter wide workshop where they will prepare 20-25 care bags for the Family Resource Center of Peekskill. In May, seven of the chapter’s Teens will graduate from the MidHudson Valley Chapter, and will be celebrated at the chapter’s Annual Black Family Day.

Other significant firsts for the chapter included former Teen President Audrey Watt’s election as Eastern Regional Teen President, and Regional Teen Secretary Margaret Gibson’s re-election as Regional Secretary. The chapter also established its first gavel club for children in the chapter. Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter Teens began their program year in support of our National partnership with NAMI by sponsoring a movie screening and fundraiser for NAMI and Jack and Jill Foundation featuring “Man of The House”, a documentary based on the true story of John Palomino’s father’s suicide when he was a child. Group 1 stepped to the plate by taking a “Be Kind Break” from their hard work and play. A “Be Kind Break” is where they develop 104


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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY The Montgomery County Maryland Chapter

forward to share how Jack and Jill Montgomery County, MD had shaped their lives.

President: Yaminah Leggett-Wells Vice-President: Bamidele (Kiki) Alexander Program Director: Katrina Adams Recording Secretary: Stacia Geiger Alston Corresponding Secretary: Lena Grimes Treasurer: Saudeia Martin Financial Secretary: Barbara Brown Elder Editor: Danene Smith Chaplain: Yashima White AziLove Historian: Lauren Laws Foundation Chair: Tameka Montgomery Parliamentarian: Tonia Bair Johnson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Laurece Laws, Lynn Moore Hill, Sherri Sampson, Tracy Dupree Davis Associate Chair: Kay Hairston Father’s Auxiliary: Adonis Adams and Ken Smith – Co Chair

President: Jordan Washington Vice-President: Nia Hope Recording Secretary: Laurielle Johnson Corresponding Secretary: Jessica Holloway Treasurer: Monieya Maynor Financial Secretary: David Hill Foundation Chair :Jayden Martin Editor: Alana Campbell Historian: Victoria (Tori) Sampson Legislative Chair: Joshua Holloway Parliamentarian: Zende Wells Protocol Chair: Lanelle Johnson Sergeant-at-Arms: Haley Porter Chaplain: Jelani Machen

of Jack and Jill was installed in October 1962, amid the background of separate drinking fountains, freedom rides and student sitins, by educator Henrietta Franklin. Mrs. Franklin and 13 other mothers wanted their children to experience social, cultural, and leadership opportunities in spite of the cultural segregation of the times. Today, the Montgomery County Chapter boasts 94 families that believe in the “Power to Make a Difference” by nurturing our children, engaging our mothers, and serving our community.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING This year, mothers started off the year with the Chapter’s fourth overnight retreat. This has proven to be an exceptional way to usher in the new program year after the summer off. This year’s theme was “Build, Strengthen & Grow 2.0 - focusing on the mind body and soul of our Jack and Jill families!”. The mothers enjoyed the opportunity to have fun, relax and bond. Mothers utilized this time to focus on the reason they joined Jack and Jill – “It’s All About The Children”. We started the day off with enlightening presentations including a presentation by former National Vice President Gail Johnson.

The chapter adopted families for the holidays in partnership with Stepping Stones shelter to address the impact of poverty among children and families. The chapter also participated in the March of Dimes March for Babies and also the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Awareness walks. For Black History Month, the chapter organized an HBCU fair in collaboration with the NAACP Montgomery County Branch and the Montgomery County Public School System and we hosted and celebrated our students with our Community Spelling Bee and Benjamin E. Mays Oratorical Competition.

To start the year, the Senior Teens and Middle Schoolers held grade group overnight retreats where they had an opportunity to bond and strengthen their friendships. Next, our families enthusiastically met at the annual Jack and Jill Day celebration to bond and fellowship with one another as we began a new program year. Our Senior Teens presented a moving memorial ceremony in honor of Carole Robertson. The Fathers Auxiliary planned and executed a wonderful event for Jack and Jill Day. A DJ, bounce house, field games, and great food prepared by our Dads made the event better than ever. The chapter held its Holiday Dinner Dance entitled “A Royal Holiday,” with African attire and theme. We celebrated our culture with a Kwanzaa ceremony and heard from several of our Gavel Club members throughout the evening on the importance of culture to them. Moms, Dads and kids danced the night away. Graduating Senior Teens were celebrated as they and their parents came 105


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The Golden Nuggets (3rd – 5th grade) and the Precious Jewels (6th-8th grade) tackled the difficult subject of race relations. The younger group focused on how they should react if they are called the “N” word and knowing the importance of their history. The older group discussed the current political climate with Dr. Barbara Moore Williams and learned how to handle difficult conversations involving race.

The Crown Jewels (9th – 12th grade) have selected Project Mercy, in Ethiopia, as the organization that they have been focusing their community service efforts on to date throughout this program year. Teens wrote letters to the children in the Yetebon orphanage and included photos of themselves in the letters. They have collected children’s books and art supplies to donate to Project Mercy.

President: Marisol Booth Vice-President: Kelly Bethea Program Director: Melissa Brown Recording Secretary: Jada Quann Corresponding Secretary: Jay Hall Treasurer: Lea Knight Financial Secretary: Stacy Hawkins Editor: Kelci Trent Chaplain: Nicole Black Historian: Karla Trotman Foundation Chair: Tracey Rogers Parliamentarian: Audrey Dudley Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Shelly Pullian

President: Pierce Hodges Vice President: Mackenzie Ramsey Recording Secretary: Victoria Watson Corresponding Secretary: Sasha Capers Treasurer: Colin Smith Parliamentarian: Myles Hugee Historian: Erick Pullian, Jr Chaplin: Collin Knight Editor: Sydney Kemp Sergeant at Arms: Shane Fordham

The Par-0-Monts organization was formed in September of 1982. The first meeting for interested families was held at the home of Mrs. Anne Reasoner Sumpter. Nineteen mothers attended the initial meeting, which formed the interest group of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Sponsorship was established in October of 1982 and the Chester County Chapter accepted the task of providing the guiding direction for our organization. In November of 1982, we adopted the name, Par-0-Monts. Provisional status was granted to the Par-O-Monts in the spring of 1983. Final notification was received in early May. On May 19, 1984, a delegation of 12 members of the Par-0-Monts attended the workshop for Provisional Groups to prepare for the day our organization would become an installed group in the National Organization of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Our program year has been designed to focus on the theme of “The Power to Make a Difference”. We have had several innovative programs geared to meet the collective needs of our children within the framework of the National objectives and to make an impact on our surrounding community. Under the leadership of Chapter President, Marisol Booth, the Chapter has engaged in activities that have provided members with opportunities to empower youth through leadership development, cultural heritage, and community service. The following highlights our year thus far: •

The program year kicked off in September for Jack and Jill Day with a family roller skating event and we also remembered Carole Robertson.

Copper Pennies (age 2 - Pre-K) enjoyed a hands-on workshop learning all about pumpkins. They tasted several pumpkin flavored treats: pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie, & pumpkin soup and decided what they liked best. No surprise, our Copper Pennies enjoyed the pumpkin pie the best!

The Silver Spoons (K-2nd grade) got to be meteorologists for a day and spend some time with Fox News meteorologist Scott Williams to learn how to predict the weather.

Upcoming chapter events include the Philly-Montco Love & Happiness Ski Trip, Fundraiser Gala in March, and Black Family Day. Our chapter is truly a close-knit community of families that enjoy working, playing and living together in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

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MORRIS COUNTY, NJ CHAPTER HISTORY The Morris County Chapter was formed by a group of compassionate and enthusiastic mothers, led by Maria Pryor and Carol Wilson. They were driven by a goal to enrich the lives of their children while also making an impact on the lives of children within their community. On September 14, 1980, an official steering committee was formed; working tirelessly to spread the word to others who shared their passion and to meet the requirements set forth by the National Executive Board. In March of 1981, the informal group became the Morris County, NJ Interest Group. These phenomenal women went on to create civic programming that, to this day, serve as the backbone of our philanthropic efforts. With 45 Charter Members, The Morris County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was installed at the National Convention in Chicago.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The

Morris County Chapter kicked off our programming year with an annual Carole Robertson/ Jack and Jill Day Celebration. We came together in reflection of our past, celebration of our present, and to renew our belief in unity for a prosperous future. With Anchor Golf and its many outdoor activities as a perfect backdrop, our children were reminded of their power to make a difference. The Teens lead our Carole Robertson ceremony. The Jr. Teens spearheaded a recycling challenge. The youngest among us (Pre-K through 1st gr) began their year long community service project by creating individual composting bins in support of Grow it Green, which is a community based non-profit.

Our children continued their enthusiasm into the programs that followed. Group 4 jumped into their ability to be change agents through exploration of the Children’s crusade and the various ways that children children helped shape the civil rights movement. Group 3 joined the Morristown Council Vice President, Toshiba Foster and the Mayor, Tim Dougherty to learn about the legislative process and reinact how a bill becomes law. Through hands on activities at the Statue of Liberty, Group 1and 2 found out that Lady Liberty is not only a beacon of freedom and justice,but a STEAM lesson on oxidation as well! Our STEAM activities tackled robotics, the arts, and career exploration. Our community service projects exposed the children to the work done by the Interfaith Food Pantry (on going food drive), Salvation Army (Angel Tree donations), The Neighborhood House (back pack initiative), Homeless Solutions (rotating monthly breakfast preparation and Thanksgiving basket distribution) and Deirdre’s House (collection/donation of snack items) to name a few. Our cultural endeavors took us to the underground museum in Swedeboro, NJ and the African American Burial Ground, National Monument in New York. With a focus on financial independence, the children learned what it means to be a young entrepreneur, how to be financially fit be staying in your financial lane, and the meaning of money utilizing “Bunny Money” tools. Throughout we covered the mind, body connection with an emphasis on stress management. All of this was done while helping our children gain/use their voice and realize that with privilege comes responsibility.

“Jack and Jill is one of those blessings that I am grateful for every day! As a legacy member I personally benefited from the social, emotional and cultural growth as a result of my J&J experience. I have felt even greater joy in seeing my 3 children be a part of this extended family and seeing how impactful J&J has been on their lives. Not only have they developed life-long friends and shared memorable experiences, they have benefited from being a part of a community that values and celebrates their black identify, their black history and their black excellence.”

– Keita Young, Eastern Region Bylaws Chair

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NASSAU COUNTY, NY CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY The Nassau County Chapter of Jack and Jill of

Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach. Our Amazing Associates hosted our annual chapter Oratorical Competition under the regional theme: Royalty: Past, Present & Future. In November, we held our Young Investors Symposium for Tweens to learn about finances and managing money. Shortly thereafter, we celebrated the Holiday season in service during our Holiday Extravaganza where our younger Jacks and Jills created ornaments to give to a local nursing home and our older ones wrapped gifts that were donated by our Magnificent Moms to donate. On December 16, 2017, Jacks and Jills went to Sunrise Assisted Living of East Meadow where they distributed ornaments and sang carols for the residents. On January 6, 2018, in partnership with Adelphi University, the Nassau County Chapter hosted its Tenth Annual Teen Leadership Summit. The Summit’s theme was Aspire to Inspire: Mapping Your Journey to Success. With more than 300 students registered, the Summit provided participants with a full day of intense workshops including leadership skills, public speaking, dressing for success, college-talk and career workshops. Presenters ranged from college students to an array of professionals. On MLK National Day of Service, the Chapter will partake in the Regional Day of Service Project followed by our own annual sandwich-making event. With every Jack and Jill assigned to a role, the chapter plans to exceed a goal of donating an estimated total of 2,000 pounds of food to the Mary Brennan Inn in Hempstead. In March, the Chapter will enjoy some rest and relaxation during our annual overnight retreat.

President: Sharon Hoskins Vice-President: Melissa Desravines Program Director: Patricia Cooper Recording Secretary: Tamra Walker Corresponding Secretary: Jay Valentine Treasurer: Denise Eldridge Financial Secretary: Cheryl Claxton Editor: Gloria Hay Chaplain: Paige East-Johansen Historian: Dionne Hansen-Sexton Foundation Chair: Margaret Desir-Hart Parliamentarian: Donyshia Boston-Hill Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dawn Larkin-Wallace Associate Chair: Renaire Frierson Father’s Auxiliary: Kevin Valentine

President: Zion Lewis Vice-President: Jordan Sealey-Ashford Secretary: Alexandra Deshommes Treasurer: Lauren Thomas Parliamentarian: David Boyd Chaplain: Reed Hoskins Sergeant-at-Arms: Chandler Perry

America is currently Making a Difference with 58 families (including 2 legacy families), 56 active mothers and 98 Jacks and Jills. The Chapter received its charter on October 25, 1958. The ceremony and installation of the 39 members were held in Manhasset, New York. The Nassau County Chapter became the 97th Chapter chartered by the National Organization and was sponsored by the Queens Chapter. Our Associates group was established in 2004 and we currently have 29 Associates. Our Fathers’ Auxiliary was chartered in 2005 and we currently boast 46 fathers. The Chapter brings its mission to fruition by continuing to focus on our children, impact our community, build our sisterhood, play hard and have fun. As in past years, our community impact extends to the awarding of annual college scholarships to non-Jack and Jill students in our community. Conferences hosted by the Nassau County Chapter include a Mothers’ Regional Conference in 1969 and two Regional Teen Conferences in 1996 and again in 2010. In 2009, the Chapter became the recipient of a grant from the Jack and Jill Foundation to develop its first ever Teen Leadership Summit for high students in schools with substantial minority populations. Nassau County is exhibiting its Power to Make a Difference by continuing the Teen Summit that is now in its tenth year herald approximately 200 participants of predominantly African American descent. In addition to being empowered with knowledge, skills and tools to map their journeys to success, students received a swag bag and a multitude of gifts, including five brand new laptops and gift cards were raffled. The Teen Leadership Summit continues to be our hallmark chapter community service initiative.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING We launched our 2017-2018 Power to Make a Difference program year honoring the memory of Carole Robertson at our annual Jack & Jill Day picnic. We next kicked off Columbus Day weekend with an African American History Tour in the Washington, D.C. area. Together with the Queens Chapter, we embarked upon a road trip where we visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, broke bread together and then visited the National Museum of African American History. Later in October, we came together in the spirit of service for the annual Making Strides Against 109


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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY

HEALTH/RECREATIONAL “Healthy cooking at its best!” The 4th and 5th graders met at Maggianos of Annapolis, MD and became amazing chefs for the day! They were tasked with putting on their aprons and interacting with the Head Chef as they collectively prepared and baked their very own Peach Crostadas.

President: Cheryl Muller Vice-President: Veronica Hutchinson Program Director: Cormekki Whitley Recording Secretary: Nicole Clifton Corresponding Secretary: Kimberly Hall Treasurer: Rebecca Muse Financial Secretary: Kendra Day-Hernandez Editor: Kya E. Mathews Chaplain: Wanda Smith Historian: Kimberly Scott Foundation Chair: Kelly Burks Parliamentarian: Tonya Jackson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Kym Taylor Associate Chair: Cheryl Muller Father’s Auxiliary: Kesa Russell

President: Jacob Solomon Vice-President: Barrington Taylor Secretary: Kyndal Cooke Treasurer: Nicholas Taylor Parliamentarian: Solange Muller Chaplain: Duval Harrell Sergeant-at-Arms: Jaden Smith

Chartered in 2010, 32 Moms made the commitment to carry on the mission of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Dedicated to nurturing future African-American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty; the chapter took to heart the mission of service (Stepping Up to Serve) upon which fuels our daily activities. Today, The National Harbor Chapter is represented by 57 families and 93 children.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The families of the NHC fellowshipped

to kick off the 2017/2018 Program year with a festive Pink and Blue Barbecue! The chapter wide event took place at Quiet Waters Recreational Park. The day was filled with a host of activities such as sports, games, face painting, music and so much more. For the finale, the life and legacy of Carole Robertson was celebrated and each family received a bookmark in her memory. STE(A)M “And away we go!” Our Jr. Teens, age group 6th – 8th graders received their first lesson at the adventurous indoor skydiving experience at the Baltimore IFly indoor Skydiving facility. They were engaged in presentations that by the STEAM Educators that involved learning about velocity, gravity, speed, density, and predicting the speed of the wind tunnel. Also, the children suited up and learned techniques on how to fly their bodies in the wind.

EDUCATIONAL/PUBLIC SPEAKING Our Pre/K group participated in an educational activity at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. The activity was facilitated by the Culture Queen of Culture Kingdom Kids who led the children through a municipal government focused interactive program incorporating music, storytelling and art. HBCU LINKAGE One of the first major decisions for a young adult is selecting an institution of higher learning. In order to discover what college is all about, the Pearls and Panthers National Harbor Chapter Teens along with their parents took matters into their own hands and planned the HBCU College Weekend Tour. The teens headed southbound on Interstate 95 to visit the illustrious AU Center, which houses the sophisticated ladies of Spelman College, the distinguished gents of the renowned Morehouse College, and the legendary Clark Atlanta University.

HEALTH/CIVIC “Hear ye…hear ye!” our 1st-3rd graders were fortunate and blessed to participate in, “Meet the Mayor” activity. The progenies traveled to the township of North Brentwood, Maryland to meet The Honorable Petrella Robinson, proud Mayor of North Brentwood. The children were explained the importance of voting and took part in a mock mayoral election.

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NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY The Wilmington Chapter of Jack and Jill was conceptualized in the spring of1973 by the mothers of Girl Scout Troop 210 from Wilmington and a mother’s club known as “The Group” from Newark. On January 19, 1975 National President, Dr. Pear W. Boschulte formally installed the provisional group into Jack and Jill. The new Jack and Jill chapter was named “The Wilmington Chapter”, and the occasion was celebrated by founding members: Rosie Mickey, LaWanda Newton, Thelma Noisette, Juanita Pritchett, Mattie Stallings, Evelyn Sills, Marguerite Hart, Kathryn Hazeur, Gloria Hinson, Yvonne Jensen, Telanna Johnson, Kay Leigh, Lucy McLamb, Ruby McMillan and Deidre Mercer.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING

President: Ronnette Finch Vice-President: Jacqualine Ridgley Program Director: Karen Chapman Recording Secretary: Adrienne Smith Corresponding Secretary: Licelis Brewington Treasurer: Shawn Hill Financial Secretary: Andrea Squire Editor: Crystal Barrow Chaplain: Chrishuan Fitzgerald Historian: Marlo Green Foundation Chair: Louise Butler Parliamentarian: Adrianne Quarles Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Karen Jenkins Associate Chair: Sheila Dean Ross Father’s Auxiliary: Kevin Barrow

President: Kennedy Crowder Vice-President: Leslie Butler Secretary: Chloe Barrow Treasurer: Taryn-Marie Jenkins Parliamentarian: Troy Oglesby Chaplain: Nigel McIntosh Sergeant-at-Arms: Justin Sharpe

On September 9, 2017 the skies were a rich blue, painted with feathers of clouds and a gentle wind blew as the Jack & Jill families of New Castle County Delaware gathered for our annual Jack and Jill/Carole Robertson Memorial Day event. The Champions, grades 3-5, requested that each New Castle County age group donate school supplies to celebrate our Jack and Jill Day Theme: JJ School Daze: Rock Your College/ Career Gear! New Castle County wanted to create a mindset that prepares for our children for their futures. The school supply drive memorialized Carole Robertson and all donations went to the Center in Chicago, IL which is named after her. The Carole Robertson Learning Center for Learning evolved in response to the needs of families on the West Side of Chicago in 1976. It currently offers center–based and home-based child development programs for children from birth through five years of age, school age and youth programming for children and teens through age 18. Each child researched and shared aloud the specific needs of the area it serves and how we should support those children who are less fortunate. Our “Jacks” and “Jills” learned the importance of helping others and know they have the POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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NEWTON, MA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Deloris Pettis Vice-President: Michelle Miller Program Director: Sybil Martin, Kim Savoy Recording Secretary: Kim Stanfield Corresponding Secretary: Patrice Pratt Treasurer: Lynn Harwell Financial Secretary: Ziporia Johnson Editor: Latoyia Edwards Chaplain: Anya Thomas Foundation Chair: Bithiah Carter Parliamentarian: Candice Hardiman Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Chenita Daughtry Father’s Auxiliary: Gregory Brown

President: Raya Keir Vice-President: Jordan Miller Secretary: Mira Donaldson Treasurer: EJ Smither Parliamentarian: Kiera Daughtry Chaplain: Donovan Crawford Sergeant-at-Arms: Bryce Williams

CHAPTER MEMBERS A member of the Eastern Region, The Newton, MA Chapter was granted Chapter Status in November, 1966. The Chapter includes Seventy-nine Mothers, Fifty-eight Teenagers, Eighty-four Children, Sixty-two Fathers, One Associate and Two Lifetime Members. CHAPTER PROGRAMMING

Celebrating 52 years of joy participating in Jack and Jill Inc., the Newton, Massachusetts Chapter is excited to have grown to one of the largest chapters in our region. Our 2017-2018 program year offered our Membership a varied compliment of uplifting, educational, empowering programs that steeped our children in the traditions of our royal past, embraced our present, and prepared them for future success. Our Teen Group launched 2017 programming with a spirit of giving. The Newton Teens showed up in force alongside their parents to proudly represent Jack and Jill in an esteemed walkathon that fundraises to raise awareness and sponsor research for leukemia.. Our Teens continued their strong leadership by hosting a phenomenal Jack and Jill Day that warmly welcomed current and new Families while also raising money for the Jack and Jill Foundation and the Reading Corner at The Dimock Center Comprehensive Health Center. Our Teens gave a powerful presentation about civil rights leaders during the event. The Newton Chapter encourages our Children at a very early age to be civic-minded. One example of this occurred with our Middle School and Upper Elementary Groups. They hosted a Legislative Forum which offered history and the tenants of how to create legislation in Massachusetts. A central theme in our programming has been challenging our Children to be great thinkers and problem solvers through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities. Examples of this can be found through our Lower Elementary Children exploring the Worcester, Massachusetts Ecotarium where children dove into three levels of learning activities with indoor and outdoor components.

through high tech Mission Impossible Adventures. Oratory has been a cornerstone of our Programming since our incorporation five decades ago. We are so thrilled that our Teenagers Jordin Rachal and Jordan Miller were selected as Division Winners with speeches centered around the Teen Conference Theme “Royalty: Our past, our present, our future.”. One Major highlight of our programming year was the Hot Chocolate Social Panel Discussion that featured Recent Jack and Jill Graduates who came back home to speak to Teenagers and their Parents about College Life. The honest and inspirational discussion lasted for hours. Preparing for future success was a must for our Teen Chapter. They put out the call for career building internships. The Massachusetts Community answered the call. Celebrated African-American Judges and Lawyers along with Physicians and researchers provided a comprehensive internship program for our Teens. Our Newton, Massachusetts Chapter is respected in our Community for giving back. Our Moms, Dads and most importantly our Children brought joy, activities, a talent show, and companionship to the Senior Citizens at the Benjamin Healthcare Center. Its annual tradition that receives rave reviews from the Elders in our Community. One of our most treasured moments this past year was witnessing the accolades received by one of our younger members on an international scale. 8 year old Chase Sullivan presenting Sir Elton John a humanitarian award from the Harvard Foundation at Harvard University.

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NORTH JERSEY, NJ CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER PROGRAMMING North Jersey is having a phenomenal

Then the moms came together for a post-holiday social and gift exchange, filled with lots of love, laughter, fun and games.

President: Monique Moore Pryor Vice President: Alison Scott-Williams Programming Director: Rochelle Herring Peniston Recording Secretary: Nichole Schier Corresponding Secretary: Elena Mack Treasurer: Margaret Cunningham Financial Secretary: Pamela Brodie Editor: Debbie Humes Chaplain: Charlene Davis-Williams Historian: Kimberly White Foundation Chair: Erica Clyburn-McDay Parliamentarian: Rhonda Richard Protocol: Jacqueline Johnson Brandon Community Service: Casilda Luck Barnes Teen Advisor: Audrey Qualles Associate Chair: Diane Moss Sergeant-at-Arms: Karma B. Warren Fathers Auxiliary: Eric Pryor

President: Zachary Dees Vice President: Chaz Gordon Programming Director: Harrison Johnson Recording Secretary: Armani Davidson Corresponding Secretary: Monet Simon Treasurer: Alex Imegwu Financial Secretary: Brandon Morrison Editor: Mecca Pryor Chaplain: Chyna Brodie Historian: Chase Barnes Foundation: Harrison Walker Parliamentarian: Jasiri Evans Protocol: Simon Winkler Legislative: Madison Green Sergeant-at-Arms: Dwight Levy Samuel

chapter year, packed with educational and entertaining activities for our children and moms alike. Under the leadership of President Monique Moore Pryor, we are using The Power to Make a Difference to introduce our children to Black Entrepreneurship, giving them the tools to build wealth and the heart to share it. Our Senior Teens and Junior Teens held business-oriented overnight retreats, focused on financial literacy, what it takes to run your own business and lessons from real entrepreneurs. The 7th and 8th graders visited the factory and showroom of a bath and body company and heard from the owner about how the business came to be. North Jersey associate Angela Adderley gave the younger kids a behind-the-scenes tour of one of her McDonald’s restaurants and shared her story of becoming a franchisee. Even our little ones are getting in on the act. They opened a pretend snack shop and took turns playing customer and owner. They’re also working on making and selling candy bags and ice cream!

North Jersey’s strong programming agenda continued as we entered 2018. Our hard-working moms prepared a beautiful MLK Day program featuring community service activities and a show inspired by Dr. King’s 1967 speech, ‘Where Do We Go From Here’. We also planned an amazing Founders Day Event in January in conjunction with our sisters from three nearby chapters. Congratulations to our talented Senior Teens for defending their title to become three-time champions of the Metropolitan Basketball Challenge. North Jersey is also incredibly proud and honored to host a fantastic 2018 Eastern Region Children’s Cluster. Here’s to another amazing year!

In addition to all that hard work, there is still plenty of time to play. North Jersey kicked off September by teaming up with Greater Essex and Essex-Hudson for a fabulous Jack and Jill Day tri-chapter picnic where a good time was had by all. Our joint community service project brought in much-needed supplies and gift cards for families recovering from a devastating hurricane season. We continue to have great success with our fundraising efforts after wrapping up the last chapter year with a donation of nearly $12,000 to The National Cares Mentoring Movement, proceeds from our Harlem Heyday Soiree. Our high schoolers had a fun time organizing and hosting a profitable Halloween fundraiser party, while our Junior Teens joined forces with our neighboring chapters for a “lit” Glow in the Dark bash to bring in funds for a local charity. The fun didn’t stop there. Our families gathered for a wonderful Christmas party and lovely presentation by the children.

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NORTHERN VIRGINIA, VA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER PROGRAMMING On Sunday, December 3, the Northern Virginia Chapter gathered to celebrate both Christmas and Kwanzaa at The Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Va. Dressed festively in holiday sparkles and Kwanzaa-inspired clothing, the entire Northern Virginia family enjoyed an afternoon of fellowship and learned about the 7 principles of Kwanzaa, or Nguzo Saba.

Forty-six chapter members, along with an associates group, work as servant-leaders in the community to inspire African-American cultural pride, embody an attitude of service and promote educational development in the youth of Northern Virginia.

Led by newly installed mother Maia Jackson, the chapter was introduced to a brief history of Kwanzaa and the various ways it can be celebrated at home and in communities.

President: Deneen Snow Vice-President: Leslie Fisher Program Director: Keely Wilson Recording Secretary: Carol Muleta Corresponding Secretary: La’Nae Robinson Treasurer: Arnetta “Jewel” Kelly Financial Secretary: Camille Ward Editor: Alison Bibb-Carson Chaplain: Bernadette Carroll Historian: Helen McIntosh Foundation Chair: Angela Parham Parliamentarian: Maida Piggee

President: Lauren Odom Vice-President: Justin Kelly Secretary: Christopher Craig Treasurer: Roman Kelly Parliamentarian: Zach Muleta

The Northern Virginia Chapter was established in 1966 and was organized by Pauline Ellison, who also served as the chapter’s first president. The Northern Virginia Chapter was the first Jack and Jill chapter in the Northern Virginia area, and its boundaries include Arlington and Fairfax counties, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.

In recent years, the Northern Virginia Chapter has hosted several regional events. In 2001, the chapter hosted the 51st Eastern Regional Teen Conference in Crystal City, Va. In 2005, the chapter hosted the Southern Cluster Mothers’ Workday at the Fairview Marriott in Fairfax County, Virginia. In 2007, the chapter hosted the Southern Children’s Cluster in Vienna, Va. In 2015, the chapter hosted a the Regional Conference in the Bahamas at Atlantis, Paradise Island. In May 2016, the Northern Virginia Chapter celebrated the beginning of 50 years of service and cultural education in the Northern Virginia community with its Golden Gala. Proceeds from the evening gala benefited the Jack and Jill of America Foundation and the Alternative House, a Fairfax County-based organization that transforms the lives of children and youth by helping them stay safe and overcome personal challenges.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, chapter families gathered at Hayfield Secondary School in Alexandria, Va. for a day of service. Indoor and outdoor activities included raking, sweeping, picking up debris, gardening and painting. For Black History Month, the chapter presented a Children’s Health Forum: Feeing the Mind, Body and Soul. Age-appropriate sessions were presented on mental health and physical fitness, as well as heart and dental health. The chapter children and the public learned about careers in medicine and science, took a Zumba class and participate in a fitness/steps challenge. Mothers participated in sessions on stress management and how to recognize mental health issues in our children.

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among our mothers, with the belief that the stronger and more positive our connections are with one another, the more positive our contributions can be to our children, families and communities.

President: Monique Mooring Vice-President: Ily J. Houston Program Director: MiaIsha Brown Recording Secretary: Sakina Parks Corresponding Secretary: Kimberly L. Turner Treasurer: Michelle Palmer-Waldron Financial Secretary: Lisa L. Corbin Editor: Stephanie K. Ewing Chaplain: Anne Rice-Burgess Historian: Stephanie Branche Carter Foundation Chair: Bobbie M. Moore Parliamentarian: Kimya S.P. Johnson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Celeste Dow; Kymberly Truman Graves; Henri Moore Associate Chair: Stephanie Gilbert Father’s Auxiliary: Samuel J. Brown IV

President: Alexandra Moore Vice-President: Cameron Hodges Secretary: Colbi Washington Treasurer: Seth Mooring Parliamentarian: Miles Johnson Chaplain: Carson DeMarco Sergeant-at-Arms: Dakota Carter

The Philadelphia Chapter is the founding chapter of Jack and Jill and was established in 1938 with 21 mothers. The founding mothers were Louise Truitt Jackson Dench and Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas. The Philadelphia chapter is committed to nurturing our future leaders through community service, legislative advocacy, outstanding chapter programming and philanthropic giving. The following words of Marion Stubbs Thomas, one of our founders, speak to what we the Philadelphia Chapter feel about the mission of Jack and Jill: “To us as mothers, it (Jack and Jill) has become a means of furthering an inherent and natural desire-the desire to bestow upon our children all the opportunities possible for a normal graceful approach to beautiful adulthood.”

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING 1) Building community and relationships with one another through activities focused on fun and fellowship. This year, we kicked off our Program Year with two fabulous retreats. Mothers gathered for our inaugural overnight retreat with a theme of “Refreshed, Renewed and Revitalized.” The retreat was centered on providing all chapter mothers with opportunities to bond and get to know each other, while engaging in self-development activities that were both fun and relaxing. Together we enjoyed mini-spa appointments, yoga and meditation, pajama and game night, and group sessions focused on teambuilding and sisterhood. Chapter teens kicked off the year with an overnight retreat of their own. Using their many creative talents, they completed annual modules, planned for upcoming activities, and reflected together about important moments and meaning in Jack and Jill history.

2) Thinking creatively and implementing educational and support programs. This year, we continued with addressing important topics related to mother, child and family health, launching our “Diva In You,” health initiative, as well as programming focused on positive racial identitiy development through incorporation of the “Racial Identity Kit,” provided by national leadership. 3) Working with local community agencies to engage in on-going community service efforts to help make significant differences in the lives of those in need. This year, our chapter continued our commitment to volunteering with the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, which supports families of seriously ill children. Through their guest-chef program, families are able to return after an exhausting day at the hospital to a prepared and served hot dinner. Other community service activities this year, included: preparing Thanksgiving meals for local seniors; organizing several clothing and toy drives; hosting a holiday craft party and meal for displaced mothers and their children at the Philadelphia Methodist Home; and helping to clean up and revitalize a local public school as part of our annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. The Philadelphia Chapter is committed to the goal of growing our kids into responsible and engaged citizens of the world through positive leadership, thoughtful programming, and supporting and strengthening our children and families.

Other bonding and community building activities this year included our annual holiday party, ski trip, regular get togethers for “Mom’s Night Out,” and our Black Family Day Picnic. With support and motivation from our Chapter President we are on continuing our focus on “Inreach,” or encouraging camaraderie and sisterly bonds 119


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President: Alexis James Steals Vice-President: Janine Frazier Macklin Program Director: Rhonda Bolding Recording Secretary: Nichol Greene Corresponding Secretary: Crystal Turner Treasurer: Shelley Milner Financial Secretary: Erica Grant Editor: Denise Smalley Chaplain: Ayana Teter Historian: Denise Smalley Foundation Chair: Daria Crawley Parliamentarian: Bridgette Cofield and Kelly McCormick Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Karen Swift Associate Chair: Carlotta Burgess Father’s Auxiliary: Darren McCormick

President: Warner Macklin Vice-President: Thurgood Moses Secretary: Sarah Swift Treasurer: Soleil Smith Parliamentarian: Open Chaplain: William Frazier Sergeant-at-Arms: Malcolm Jordan

The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Chapter was organized in 1944 as the fourth chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and was at the heart of the development of a plan for the national organization and its incorporation in 1945. Among the organizers and earliest members of the Pittsburgh Chapter were: Mrs. Lucille Cuthbert Mrs. Fannie Knott Mrs. Norine Cyrus Mrs. Winnie Nickens Mrs. Zelma Johnson Mrs. Bernice Uterback

Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Pittsburgh Chapter is embracing a new theme for our 2017-2018 Program Year: ELEVATE! Our goal is to deliver the ultimate Jack and Jill experience to our children and to our community through our community serv-ice efforts. As we embark upon our 75th anniversary, we realize that continuous improvement is necessary to evolve and to continue to grow. ELEVATE! is all about taking our chapter to the next level of greatness. We are elevating our programs, our involvement, our commitment and our bonds. This program year we will engage in community services projects with compassion by hosting a Girls Empowerment seminar for elementary female students at the Helen Fasion Elementary School. We will partner with a local grocery store chain and the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank to collect donations through the Fall Food Share Program for Thanksgiving. Our children will participate in a stocking stuffing activity for the Light of Life Ministries and our chapter will prepare and serve meals to the residents of the Ronald McDonald House in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Pittsburgh Chapter embraces The Power to Make a Difference.

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POTOMAC VALLEY, MD CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER HISTORY The Potomac Valley Chapter was established

Kim Richardson. Our families celebrated the season and collected coats for Montgomery County’s Interfaith Center.

President: Lynn Jollivette Johns Vice-President: Karen Borno Program Director: JeVivvien Ray Recording Secretary: Randi Chapman Corresponding Secretary: Sharon McDonald Johnson Treasurer: Marisa Grant Financial Secretary: Jana Goodwin Editor/Historian: Lia-Beth Moore Chaplain: Connie Doyle Foundation Chair: Suzanne Jenkins Parliamentarian: Tessa Cholmondeley Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dana Davis Mitchell, Christi Hay, Denise Hill, Yvonne VanLowe Sergeant at Arms: Andrea Edmonds Father’s Auxiliary: Andre Fraser

President: Natalie Rhiannon Hill Vice-President: Jonathan Haynes Secretary: Justice Williams Treasurer: Ian Ray Parliamentarian: Desirae McGee Chaplain: Blair Ellis Sergeant-at-Arms: Tarrus Richardson

in 1984. Carol Leftridge, with several other determined mothers, led an effort to create a Jack and Jill chapter on the western side of Montgomery County, MD and on October 6, 1984, the Potomac Valley Chapter was installed. Their goal was to create for their African American children an opportunity to join an organization whose ideals encouraged their spiritual, intellectual, and social growth. Today, at over 60 members strong, we carry out the vision and leadership of our charter members with the chapter theme of Let It Begin with PVC!

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Potomac Valley had a strong kickoff to the 2017-18 programming year. Over the summer, we demonstrated our commitment to serve our community by collecting backpacks and school supplies for the National Center for Children and Families NCCF) in Bethesda, Maryland. In August, PVC partnered with NCCF and stuffed hundreds of backpacks for children in need. In September, we gathered to honor the memory of Carole Robertson and officially kick off the 2017-18 program year. Over 75 PVC mothers, children and fathers gathered at Pinstripes in North Bethesda, Maryland to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship, bowling and honoring Carole Robertson. Children from each age group gave a stirring presentation about the importance of Carole Robertson’s life and death and the civil rights struggles of her day.

For MLK day, PVC families joined to support over 100 service projects under one roof. We participated in projects that ranged from packing food baskets, to making blankets for sick children, and making cards for our veterans. Our Teens joined other teens in Our Cluster to support the Eastern Region MLK service initiative of feeding the hungry. Our children have enjoyed a wide range of activities this year. Some of PVC’s age group activities have focused building friendships through theater outings, baking treats for the homeless, touring an African American-owned chocolatier, volunteering at the local food bank, and a movie outing and discussion of Marshall. During Black History Month, PVC will host a private screening of Marvel’s Black Panther. We will also hold our 6th annual poetry slam to celebrate the literary work of African American writers. We will showcase the oratorical skills of our children and make a book donation of books by African American authors of the Montgomery County Library System. Potomac Valley looks forward to the rest of the 2017-18 programming year and continuing to encourage the intellectual, social and spiritual growth of our children.

The Potomac Valley Chapter had a busy fall season reflecting and participating in the true meaning of the Thanksgiving Season – giving to others. PVC undertook its Annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive to address the needs of families serviced by the National Center for Children and Families (NCCF). The mission of NCCF is to create total, healthy living environments for vulnerable children, youth and families, and the quality of life which empowers their ability to thrive and demonstrate responsibility. PVC donated items and helped stuff over 400 Thanksgiving bags. The bags included foodstuffs to make dinner, along with supermarket gift cards that the recipient family could use to buy a fresh turkey or additional food. We held our annual holiday gathering at the home of Mother 121


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and lots of food and fun. In conjunction, the Senior Teens hosted a Holiday Shoppe to raise money. Most importantly, families bonded in the spirit of the season of giving.

President: Anissa Wilson Vice-President: Angel Williams Program Director: Dezmona Mizelle-Howard Recording Secretary: Kimberly Hulsey Corresponding Secretary: Crissy Crittenden Treasurer: Connie Page Financial Secretary: Siobhan Madison Editor: Marsha Mathis Chaplain: Lorise White-Wolfe Historian: Lisa Greene Henderson Foundation Chair: Francena Jackson, Gwen Spriggs Parliamentarian: Toya Randolph Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Sallie Cooper, Michele Fennelly, Katherine Mathis Associate Chair: Stephanie Locke Father’s Auxiliary: Paul Wilson, Jr.

President: Kennedy Grimes Vice-President: Aaliyah Smith, Jordyn Cooper Secretary: Kaylin Proctor Treasurer: Ryan Mathis Parliamentarian: Alexandra Figaro Chaplain: Austin Wilson Sergeant-at-Arms: Dorian Francis

The Prince George’s County Chapter was officially installed in 1974 with 43 charter members, including founding member Geneva Mays. Since 1974, the chapter has continued to grow, and has maintained an award winning status on both the regional and national levels. Through our commitment to the education of all children, book grants and scholarships totaling over $250,000 have been awarded to over 100 Prince George’s County students. Our commitment to service is fulfilled through ongoing partnerships and frequent activities in support of the Bowie Food Pantry, Columbia Park Elementary School and Villa Rosa Nursing Home.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Prince George’s County Chapter

began the 2017-2018 program year with the theme of “Punching into a New Program Year.” This theme has inspired the chapter to develop innovative and exciting activities in the spirit of excellence. We started the year with a Jack and Jill Day Throwback Bowling Party. Over 170 moms, dads, children, teens and guests participated in bowling, costume contests, and community service. In September, our Junior Teens and Senior Teens attended their annual overnight retreats and our K-2nd graders attended the National Book Festival. In October, our 3rd-5th graders participated in an overnight adventure at a museum and our newly established Gavel Club met for the first time. In November, all age groups incorporated service and oratorical components into their activities.

In March, we hosted our chapter fundraiser “Diamonds are Forever”. It included live music, dancing, seated dinner, and auction and raffle items, to raise money for Jack and Jill Foundation and scholarships. Spring showers brought 2-Pre-K’s Spring “Easter” Celebration, K-2nd’s Lacrosse Event, 3rd-5th’s Maryland State Scavenger Hunt in Annapolis, the Junior Teen’s participation in Youth Day at the Legislature, and a scavenger hunt by the Senior Teens at the African American Museum. We participated in the March of Dimes campaign and presented our 4th Annual Health and Fitness Expo – “Color Me Healthy”, which included various vendors representing physicians, food services, health insurance, screenings, as well as a host of mental health professionals that served on a “parenting panel.” In May, we ended the year with our Close Out ~ Cook out/ Black Family Day on May 19th. The final event included bridging ceremonies and tributes to the academic, athletic and artistic accomplishments of the children of PGCJ&J throughout the academic year.

In November we hosted our annual Module Madness, an interactive workday that addressed our regionally mandated leadership and financial modules, targeting our 3rd through 12th grade children. December brought in our “2nd Annual Home for the Holidays” event. Over 370 attendees gathered together to enjoy a hot chocolate bar, craft stations, a visit with Santa at the “Polar Express”, live music, age group performances, a service project, fundraising

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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through our “Toastmaster’s Gavel Club”, served their community and have improved their financial literacy. In addition to educational and social activities, our teens got physically fit in the “Blood and Guts 5K Run” and have started preparing for the upcoming Teen Conference. In December, our families attended an energetic and inspirational performance of Step Afrika’s Magical Musical Holiday Step Show in Washington, DC.

President: VaCora Rainey Vice-President: Yvonne Gaither Program Director: Alene Devereaux Recording Secretary: Ailsa Burnett Corresponding Secretary: Shirley Miller Treasurer: Anna Long Financial Secretary: Darlene Smith Editor: Yvonne Ferguson Chaplain: Carolette Melbourne Historian: Tonya Lawrence Foundation Chair: Carolette Melbourne Parliamentarian: Cassandra Johnson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tammie Irvin Associate Chair: Carol Wilkerson Father’s Auxiliary: Zol Rainey

President: Phillipe Desamours Vice-President: Maxwell Parker Secretary: Julien Irvin Treasurer: Aron Sobers Parliamentarian: Chelsea Chisolm Chaplain: Logan Russell Sergeant-at-Arms: Jaiden Hughes

In September 1981, the groundwork was initiated for a Prince William County Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Ten mothers attended a meeting at the home of Dr. Frances K. Wood. In March 1982, these mothers became an official interest group. After reaching provisional status, the chapter was installed on September 8, 1984 with 28 members. Over the past 30 years, our chapter continues to thrive by serving our families and the Prince William County community through our programs. We have earned distinction for Outstanding Chapter Programming in 2010, a 1st place finish for Outstanding Chapter Programming at the 2015 Biennial Eastern Regional Conference and a 3rd place finish for Outstanding Legislative Program at the 2017 Biennial Eastern Regional Conference. Our success is due, in part, by the support of our Associates and on March 15, 2015, National President Tammy King installed the 11 charter members of our Prince William County Associates Group. In 2016, President VaCora Rainey was appointed to serve as Eastern Region Protocol Chair, a first for the chapter. With 35 members in 2017, the chapter aims to “Go out. Give back.”

During the second half of our program year our children will attend the MLK Oratorical Contest and the MLK Regional Day of Service at the Capital Area Food Bank. We will celebrate our Founders at the 2nd Joint NOVA Founder’s Day Celebration and continue to “Go out. Give back” by participating in many community service activities including, the National Day of Fitness in the March for Babies with the March of Dimes and celebrate our graduating seniors at our annual Black Family Day. A key highlight of our year will be participating in the Jack & Jill Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, AL in May.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Prince William County Chapter

started the program year focusing on our National Theme, “The Power to Make a Difference!” In August, our chapter, including seven new members, kicked off our program year with our Mother’s Work Day Retreat at the beautiful Airlie Resort in Warrenton, VA. In September, the chapter, together with families from the ManassasWoodbridge, Northern Virginia and Alexandria-Mt. Vernon Chapters, participated in the Joint NOVA Jack & Jill Day and celebrated the life of Carole Robertson. Our chapter also raised money for local children in need and the Jack & Jill of America Foundation, Inc. through our successful Football Mania Fundraiser. In the 2017-2018 program year, our children continue to participate in activities that will equip them with the “Power to Make a Difference”. They have sharpened their public speaking skills

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QUEENS, NY CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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a platform to present a powerful and touching tribute to Carole Robertson. Also, the Chapter’s Jr. Teens and Teens worked together with vigor and zeal to prepare and ship care-packages to University of Houston Law School students that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

President: Carmelia Taylor Vice-President: Yvette Watkins Program Director: Greer Hansen-Velazquez Recording Secretary: Carla Hunter-Ramsey Corresponding Secretary: Alexandra Mc Glashan Treasurer: Vanessa Lindley Financial Secretary: Deborah Johnson-Ingram Editor: Sammantha Kaufman-Jones Chaplain: Felicia Staton-Olivas Historian: Jonelle Buddoo Foundation Chair: Tara Murray Parliamentarian: Lisa Burnett Leacock Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tracey Chavis Associate Chair: Kimberly Adams Father’s Auxiliary: Lamar Hughes

President: Sanaia Layne Vice-President: Dillon Ferdinand Secretary: Taylor Beckford Treasurer: Jeremy Chavis Parliamentarian: Wesley Ramsey IV Chaplain: Jade Killikelly Sergeant-at-Arms: Kadeem Scott-Dickens

In the spring of 1952, Emily Pickens and a group of mothers founded the Queens, NY Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. With over 65 years in existence and 39 mothers strong, we continue the legacy of developing constructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational and social programming that stimulates growth and development in our African-American children. Our chapter strives to nurture future leaders through outstanding chapter programming, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving. The Queens Chapter consistently works closely with local and national organizations and we continue to supply food to local pantries, as well as provide clothing and resources to women’s shelters in our area. Over several decades, we have eagerly given our time, resources, provided donations, and brought forth grant opportunities to various organizations, such as the local NAACP branch (during the civil rights movement), the Queens Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the 1970’s, The Black Spectrum Theater in the 1990’s and currently the Ronald McDonald House, the Jamaica YMCA and the Liberty Partnership Program (hosted at Saint John’s University). Throughout the years, we have worked diligently to establish long-term trusted community relationships and have seen many young people and families benefit from programs we have helped to establish or partnered with. It is our hope that these examples of commitment and dedication to the Queens community, set forth by the Queens Chapter, have demonstrated to our Jacks and Jills that our national theme holds true, we truly have “The Power to Make A Difference”.

Along with the many mandated programs set forth by the national and philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, the Queens chapter has maintained its yearly Emilie Pickens Scholarship and five-year partnership with the Saint John’s Liberty Partnership Program, which provides skills and training for high achieving high school students in under-resourced schools in Queens. During this program year, the Queens chapter will also embark on many first time ventures, such as a Gavel Club and a Red Cross Swimming Safety program. Furthermore, the chapter’s partnership with the Jamaica YMCA has remained strong, and they will continue to enhance the children’s reading corner, built by the fathers Auxiliary and maintained by the chapters’ family members. Additionally, they have launched a Book Writing Program with the students in the Y’s after school program and a spelling bee, led by chapter mothers who will provide professional training and guidance. We will also host a movie screening of the Black Panther movie. Always striving to put children first, the Queens Chapter has worked diligently this program year to provide opportunities for the community that will foster rewarding and beneficial outcomes for all children for years to come.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Queens Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated began creating another year of excellent programming at their annual Pasta and Planning meeting this summer. Aligned with the organizations national trust, the chapter put together activities for the 2017-2018 program year designed to enrich both the lives of their children and children in their surrounding communities. To kick off the year, the chapter hosted a Jack and Jill Day picnic which allowed families to reconnect, while providing our teens 125


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RESTON, VA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER HISTORY The Reston, Virginia Chapter was established

strengths. In November, the Senior Teens welcomed guest speakers focusing on communication skills and presentation styles at their annual lock-in. They continue to explore S.T.E.A.M. careers, work on S.M.A.R.T. goals and are highly engaged in program activities.

President: Cynthia Walters Vice-President: Nkeisha Dumas Smith Program Director: Jaquis Gaskins and Lisa Pilson Recording Secretary: Kia Braxton Corresponding Secretary: Vernice Gibson Jones Treasurer: Alicia Anderson Financial Secretary: Lisa Desamours Editor: Carly Mannava Chaplain: Tana McNeil-Taylor Historian: Cherita Lewis Foundation Chair: LaNay Coleman Parliamentarian: Candice Gary Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Michelle Crumes, LaSondra Gray and Kim Pinkston-Harper Associate Chair: Angela Trammel and Dina Paltoo Father’s Auxiliary: O’Kelly Williams III and Walter Clarke

President: Nia Dumas Vice-President: Kameron Clarke Recording Secretary: Zachary Crumes, Corresponding Secretary: Sydney Haywood Treasurer: Sekou Kingslow Parliamentarian: Maya Haywood Chaplain: Bryce Johnson Sergeant-at-Arms: Kelcey Parks

in 1974. In 1973, Ms. Antoinette Humphries formed a club to address the social and cultural needs of their children. In that same year the group became known as “Today’s Reston Youth”, Ms. Humphries and her club members were granted a “provisional status” in Jack and Jill of America, Inc. At the 21st National Convention in Los Angeles, California in 1974, “Today’s Reston Youth” was officially accepted into formal chapter status, and became the Reston, VA Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. In September of 1974, thirty-five chapter members were installed by the Tenth National President, Pearl A. WatsonBoschulte, M.D. Our commitment remains as intense as that of our founders. The Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., is “where children become respectful, responsible and resourceful leaders of tomorrow.”

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Reston, VA Chapter started the year with the annual Jack and Jill Family Day picnic on September 12. The Reston Senior Teens demonstrated “The Power to Make a Difference” by presenting an inspirational human rights program in remembrance of Jack and Jill member Carole Robertson. Her life was tragically cut short along with the lives of her friends Denise McNair, Addie Mae Collins, and Cynthia Wesley, in the Birmingham church bombing in 1963.

Groups III and IV exhibited their Power to Make a Difference by volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House. The groups spent a weekend sorting, organizing and cleaning up the grounds. Group III, embarked on a journey transitioning from childhood to pre-adolescence. The children started with a mixer in October to learn about the rites of passage. The Rites of Passage program will culminate in a celebration honoring the children’s accomplishments and commitment to academic achievement, physical development and family values in April 2018. Group II, had the luxury of exploring science and engineering behind the scenes at the National Harbor Capital Wheel. They will also learn about the value of financial literacy at TD Bank. Group I and Tiny Tots visited the Kennedy Center for an exceptional musical performance and a musical petting zoo. The Tiny Tots made their very own service project by making greeting cards that were included in the Thanksgiving baskets the chapter donated during the holiday.

On October 21, 2017, the Reston, VA Chapter mothers came together in an “all hands on deck” effort to host the Eastern Region Mothers Cluster. The Chapter mothers were honored to present news, information, and best-practices programming to more than 720 mothers, the largest number of registrants at any Cluster Workday in Eastern Region history. On October 22, 2017, National Vice-President Danielle Brown and Eastern Region Director Mondi Kumbula-Fraser installed 25 charter members in our newly-established Associates Chapter. The Reston Senior teens organized a planning retreat focused on career exploration, leadership and how to best utilize their 127


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ROCHESTER, NY CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Rochester Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., mothers and families have enjoyed creating memories this year. We had our annual Carol Robertson event where our children learned the importance her legacy and what she represents to Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Our chapter’s annual Holiday Party which brought our families together to cherish many of our children’s talents

through music, dance, and poetry. Our chapter has participated in the breast cancer walk, book for literacy, and visiting supportive living for the elderly. We look forward to more events to continue to show our community the true essence of the Rochester Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

“Being a member of Jack and Jill has enriched the life of my son and my family as a whole. The more I share my gifts, the more I receive in terms of support. I enjoy being in a position to directly impact the lives of so many children. Serving in Leadership on a Local, Regional and National level has given me the opportunity to meet a wonderful group of Mothers from across the country. I depend on my Jack and Jill network to sustain me as I navigate through this journey called parenting.”

– VaCora Rainey, Eastern Region Protocol Chair

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ROCKLAND ORANGE, NY CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

Father’s Auxiliary: Joseph Solan

President: Leslie Solan Vice-President: Mary Lynn Nicolas-Brewster Program Director: Marie-Carmel Durandisse Pressley Recording Secretary: Ann Marie Lebrun Corresponding Secretary: Deana Nelson Treasurer: Gwendolyn Parris Financial Secretary: Helen Hostin Editor: Sophia McIntyre-Daniel Chaplain: Loren Singleton Historian: Nycole Smith-Minniefield Foundation Chair: Pamela Verette Parliamentarian: Djenane Griffith Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Joylin Primus Armstrong- Chair Helen Hostin and Marci Daniel- Co- Chairs Associate Chair: Elizabeth Johnson

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Loren Armstrong Vice-President: Justin Armstrong Secretary: Kayla Singleton Treasurer: Courteney Mattison Parliamentarian: Christian Cephus Chaplain: Langston Miles Sergeant-at-Arms: Hudson Santana

CHAPTER MEMBERS Michelle Bowman, Patricia Brimais-Tenemille, Jennifer Cephus, Widley Cesar, Nikosa Collins, Cynthia Dansby,

Taisha Lewis Edouard, Claire Elpenord, Keemya Esannason, Icilma Fergus-Rowe, Jenny Figaro, Ericia Gray, Latasha Kempadoo-Riddle, Millicent Lee, Caroline Mattison, Chantay Miller, Taren Mitchell-Fleming, Shamaine Nials, Nathalie Riobe-Taylor, Angeline Santana, Johanne Santos, Loren Singleton, Teyanna Smalls-McEachin, Camille Stewart, Cheryl Waters, Peta-Gaye Williams.

CHAPTER HISTORY

The Rockland Orange Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. was founded in October of 1990 in Rockland County. It was during the Twenty-Ninth National Convention that the Rockland Chapter was approved. There were twenty-four dynamic founding women that paved the road in the establishment the two hundredth chapter of Jack and Jill. During the 2012 program year, a chapter expansion was approved to include Orange County and the chapter’s name became the Rockland Orange Chapter. In 2015, we celebrated our 25th anniversary, and in 2016 we served as host of the Teen Conference in Boston Massachusetts with the theme Unapologetically Black. We stand 39 members strong and are well poised to continue the Legacy of Excellence.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING

This year’s programming was focused on our National Theme “The Power to Make a Difference”. In September, we launched into the fall with a thoughtful and educational dialogue about the family movie, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham”. This movie was in celebration of Jack and Jill Day -Carole Robertson Remembrance Celebration . Prior to the start of the movie , the teens honored Carole Robertson in a private ceremony for Chapter members. After the ceremony, our Chapter invited friends and members of the community to view and discuss the movie. The movie was set in the summer of 1963, and follows a fictional Watsons--- an African-American family from Flint, Michigan who traveled to south to visit family in Birmingham, Alabama. They witness first hand one of the most defining events of the moment: the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church. This served as a wonderful precursor to the reenactment of the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, Alabama, for Black Family Day in 2018. The children learned about Carole Robertson and her influence at her young age in the civil rights movement and the

power of children to effect change in their community. The proceeds raised for this event were donated to the Children’s Defense Fund. Our children expanded the reach in the community to….. churches, food pantries, schools, nursing homes, Ronald McDonald house and building and sustaining a reading corner at local community center. They have been driven to serve more and to touch more lives and marvel at the opportunity to make a difference to the very fragile and vulnerable in the community. The Rockland Orange Chapter entered 2018 with a passion to align our people to purpose with a necessary dialogue, in a documentary, The Talk: Race in American in a combined chapter activity with the Bergen Passaic Chapter. Our Chapter will celebrate our legacy and leadership in February with one-man play about Adam Clayton Powell, entitled An Adam Experiment. Our Chapter will continue with activism with our teens hosting a Hoodie March in the Spring and end the year with an inspiring and empowering Black Family Day celebration.

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TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY

our chapter held our successful 5th Annual “Taste of Southern Maryland Wine Tour” fundraiser to raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maryland and Jack and Jill Foundation. The chapter will celebrate Black History Month learning about the African Diaspora and in April we will hold our annual “Heart and Sole 5k” race/walk to raise funds for the local non-profit.

President: Dr. Kimberly McClain Vice-President: Shaquisha Bishop Program Director: Lesley Quattlebaum Recording Secretary: Kendra Mays Corresponding Secretary: Kesia Wheeler Treasurer: La-Toya Barnes Financial Secretary: Karleshia Dorsey Editor: Nicole Cooksey Chaplain: Dawn Tucker Historian: Jill Monegain Foundation Chair: Rane Franklin Parliamentarian: Deirdre Pender Teen Sponsor/Advisors: La-Toya Barnes, Delecia Eller, Cynthia Pryor Associate Chair: Leslie Jackson-Jenkins Father’s Auxiliary: Jammal Dorsey and Christopher Pryor

President: Cole Pryor Vice-President: McKenzie Eller Secretary: Tiffany Jackson Treasurer: Cameron Payton Parliamentarian: Tia Jackson Editor: Taylor Jackson

The Southern Maryland Chapter was established in 2006 with the quest of one mother, Delecia “Dee” Reed Eller and 25 chartering members. Currently the Southern Chapter has 36 active mothers “Preparing the Whole Child: Spiritually, Mentally, Culturally and Physically for Limitless Possibilities in the 21st Century and Beyond.”

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING

The Southern Maryland (SoMD) Chapter is excited for our 2017-2018 Programming Year with a lineup of fantastic events planned by our wonderful mothers. We opened our year with our “Living for the Legacy” celebrating Carole Robertson and Jack and Jill Day honoring Carole’s legacy through remembrance, educating the Chapter about her life and bring our families together to get to know one another better and fellowship. The program consisted of watching a video clip of the opening of the Spike Lee documentary “4 Little Girls”. Our teens performed the Carole Robertson Memorial Ceremony. The children expressed themselves creatively with drawings and notes to honor Carole, which were tied to blue and pink balloons that they later released into the air to close the afternoon. Mothers prepared snack packs to be donated to Angel’s Watch Shelter for women and children who are fleeing domestic violence or homelessness. In October,

Each of the SoMD Chapter age groups have phenomenal events planned; Our Teens have served the community through Adopt-ARoad clean ups, visited the National Museum of African American History and participated in the American Youth Legislative Day in Annapolis, MD. The Teens will also hold a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to support Jack and Jill Foundation as well as a local community organization. The Middle school group plans to participate in the American Youth Legislative Day in Annapolis, MD., participating in the chapter Pen Pal program, taking a trip to the slopes for the annual Ski Trip, and a join teams to play in a black history game show to learn important facts about our African American culture. Our 3rd-5th grade group will learn all about the “Skin we live in” by enjoying an afternoon filled with exploring learning about melanin, human migration and why people come in different skin colors and enjoy a Murder Mystery lunch to learn dining etiquette while having the fun of investigating “who done it”. While our 2 year old-2nd grade group will have a little fun learning to ice skate as well as give back to the local Southern Maryland community by collecting and organizing toys to donate to a local shelter.

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SOUTH JERSEY, NJ CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY

the chapter’s Gavel Club is proud to offer this public speaking program to over 40 children ranging in ages from 8 to 17. Plans for a series of educational and fun activities are underway – to include a tour of the National Constitutional center, an HBCU college fair, a tour of an aviation station, coding lessons, personal financial workshops to teach children about managing money, a career fair designed to prepare our teens to seek summer employment, a tour of an underground railroad museum and programs focused on community outreach and culture awareness. In January 2018, we are ecstatic to celebrate Jack and Jill’s 80th Founder’s Day in collaboration with other chapters in the Delaware Valley Cluster. As part of this celebration, our chapter will have the privilege to witness the chartering of our Associates’ chapter. Our chapter will also observe Martin Luther King Day in service at the Samuel Gompers Elementary school in Philadelphia to help beautify the school. In March, the chapter is looking forward to a weekend chapter retreat entitled “A Good to Great Getaway” affording mothers an opportunity to bond and plan for the next program year.

President: Tanya Jackson Vice-President: Tai Battle Program Director: Virna Rhodes Recording Secretary: Nicole Miles Corresponding Secretary: Donica Venable     Treasurer: Kai Brown Financial Secretary: Yvette Lincoln Editor: Jackie Lopez-Perry Chaplain: Natasha Henry-Tookes Historian: Jenice Forde-Baker Foundation Chair: Paulette Crawford  Parliamentarian: Marsha Debow Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Jackie Lopez-Perry Father’s Auxiliary: Emory Brown

President: Jewel Phillips Vice-President: Joel Wilson     Secretary: Vivica McBean, Skylar Harris Treasurer: Allen Harley  Parliamentarian: Madison Wilkins Chaplain: Myles Williams Sergeant-at-Arms: Tyler Jackson

The South Jersey Chapter proudly enters its 64th year of service committed to the values and ideas that South Jersey visionary chapter founders Mrs. Vivian Brown and 19 other mothers envisioned in 1954. They had a vision for a chapter dedicated to upholding the core values of Jack & Jill nurturing young African American leaders in the South Jersey Community. Our chapter membership is strong and thriving with 60 mothers committed to our children, chapter and community.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The South Jersey Jack & Jill Chapter

commenced planning for the 2017-18 with a special planning meeting in June where mothers collaborated on program ideas. In September mothers were welcomed back in pink flair complete with a pink catwalk at the business meeting. The chapter celebrated Jack and Jill Day with an “Old School Retro Pink & Blue Skating Party” with a tribute acknowledging the Life of Carole Robertson, facilitated by our Protocol Committee Teens. This program year, our focus remained on delivering meaningful programs with an emphasis on more collaborative activities such as the STEAM committee’s chapter-wide kick-off event at a local zoo. Children learned about animal science, completed a CPR certification training course and gained team building skills used to navigate a series of zip line obstacle courses. In October, the Legislative Committee hosted the SNAP TO ACTION program that supports OTH’s National Summit theme, “Our Families Matter-Then and Now.” Tweens and Teens were guided towards executing a successful and formative public awareness #JJSNAPTOACTION program, a social media campaign where teens can email their congressional leaders and let them know their opinions on legislative policies with a simple 5 minute “SNAP”. Some of the dynamic speakers included - N.J. Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Dr. Paul C. Taylor, Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies at Penn State University, a representative from the Association of Black Cardiologists Inc., Dr. Frank S. James, Philadelphia FOX29 News Anchor Iain Page and Kyndall Ashe, VP of Amherst College Student Government and Jack and Jill alumni. Charting the path toward 5 Star Excellence,

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SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY The Suffolk County Chapter was established

in support of our community service partner, Boys & Girls Club of Bellport. The year continued along a stellar path as teen Aaron Miller won the Regional Oratorical Competition at the Metropolitan Cluster on October 28, 2017! We are very proud of Aaron as he progresses to compete at Eastern Regional Teen Conference in National Harbor, Washington, D.C. We closed out 2017 with a successful fundraiser, the Harlem Nights at The Royalton gala to benefit the Jack and Jill Foundation and two local organizations, Mommas House of Wantagh, NY and Tri-CYA of Huntington, NY. Our chapter membership consists of 61 families strong, with 39 children and 42 teens who share in the belief that, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

President: Khadijah Starling Vice-President: Kathryn Simmons Program Director: Andrea Bryan Recording Secretary: Josephine Hall Corresponding Secretary: Rafika Soaries Treasurer: Lisa Hutchinson Financial Secretary: Deborah Mercer-Miller Editor: Retha Fernandez Chaplain: Pia Alexander-Harris Historian: Juanita McKinney Sergeant-at-Arms Vanessa Braxton Foundation Chair: Lynn O’Connor Parliamentarian: Lisa Evans Chapman Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Lisa Evans Chapman – Lead, Melodie Laidlow, Sara Griffith, Candace Cummings Associate Chair: Andrea Midy, Lenore Battle Father’s Auxiliary: Kendall Richards

President: Kiara Starling Vice-President: Brianna Hutchinson Treasurer: Aaron Miller Recording Secretary: Ariana Levin Corresponding Secretary: Alissa Braxton Editor: Lauren Lubin Parliamentarian: Alexander Harris Chaplain: Isabella Griffith Foundation Chair: Justin McKinney Legislative Chairs: Cameron Chapman, Lauren Tucker Sergeant-at-Arms: Ian Laidlow Historian: John Cummings, Danielle Harris Technology Chair: Sadat Gresham

in 1962. There were sixteen founding mothers: Constance Alloway, Olive Baugh, Sarah Berhannan, Gloria Bowser, Esther Hayes, Gladys Hayman, Marie Hendy, Julia Higgs, Marie Hobbs, Alestine Owens, Vivian Powell, Delphine Primm, Blanche Robins, Gloria Smith, Kathleen Taylor and Helen Washington. Our chapter membership consists of 61 families, with 39 children and 42 teens who share in the belief that, “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING As Suffolk County embarks upon the

2017-2018 program year we acknowledge our power to make a difference in the lives of our precious Jacks and Jills, and the lives of children within our community. While programs have included educational, recreational, social, cultural, civic, health and political agendas, the Suffolk County Chapter has also enjoyed a reputation of being involved in the African American community on a variety of levels. The Chapter has made positive strides by being on the cutting edge of a good number of the political and social paradigms on Long Island. As many of the Suffolk County members are members of other organizations, Chapter families have enjoyed the privilege of being involved in a wide array of programs that have benefited the children of the Chapter, as well as the teens and adult members. Our goals continue to include cultural, educational, civic and political objectives. As a Chapter, we traveled together to visit the newly opened African American Museum in Washington, D.C. in February, 2017. The Chapter is also looking towards promoting technological and financial goals for our children. Programs involving computers, college preparation, S.T.E.A.M careers and workshops on stocks and bonds are at the top of the agenda. As we step into this program year, we celebrate our 55th year of service to both our children and the community at large. The 2017-2018 program year began with the entire chapter collecting, sorting, and distributing school supplies and backpacks

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SYRACUSE, NY CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY

November’s focus was on legislation. The pre-K to 2nd grade group visited Judge Derek Thomas’ office, an African American Judge in Syracuse at the time who subsequently won the election to retain his seat. The preschoolers learned that voting is a way to make decisions, like a family voting on a meal or activity. There were discussions around who can vote, who could not vote in the past and the four amendments to the constitution. These future voters understood “why vote?” The 3rd to 5th graders “Let the campaign begin” by demystify the voting process. They embarked in a speech writing campaign, active public speaking and discussion of current events. The 6th to 8th graders focused on “Empowering Leaders of Tomorrow” learning about the electoral process, public speaking, and presenting a convincing sound argument through a mock election. The children made posters, presented campaign speeches, cast ballots and reflected on the parts of the electoral process.

President: Miranda Askew-Brown Vice-President: Selina Lazarus Program Director: Miranda Askew-Brown Recording Secretary: Sheila Johnson-Willis Corresponding Secretary: Lillique Angel Ford Treasurer: Dana Zanders Financial Secretary: Camille Ferrell-Knighton Editor: Gloria Matthews Kilpatrick Chaplain: Cincereru Read Historian: Gloria Matthews Kilpatrick Foundation Chair: Janie Goddard Parliamentarian: Selina Lazarus Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Yolanda Mitchell Father’s Auxiliary: Ted Emmanuel

President: Nakai A. Brown Vice-President: Elijah Theus Recording Secretary: Mychal Emmanuel Corresponding Secretary: Aliyah Kilpatrick Treasurer: Jared Mitchell Parliamentarian: Kelton Porter Chaplain: Camryn Eure Foundation Chair: Elijah Theus

The Syracuse Chapter was established in 1982 with the following mothers serving as our first officers: Ethel S. Robinson -President, Jo McCall - Vice-President, Minnie Jenkins - Recording Secretary, Bettye Goodwine - Corresponding Secretary, Eva Harp - Financial Secretary, Geneva Williams - Treasurer, Barbara Kearse - Parliamentarian, Rachel Clark - Historian and Lee Watkins - Chaplain. The founders of our chapter met the need for an organization of African American mothers who shared concerns about the pressing problems and lack of activities for our children in the cultural, social, civic, educational and recreational areas.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING

The Syracuse Chapter began the 2017-18 programing year with a combined Jack and Jill and Carole Robertson Day. Families observed the impact that Carole Robertson and many others had on civil rights and freedom. Each child held and read a sign about the social justice movement, truly embracing our theme the power to make a difference, with the final quote stating “I am Carole Robertson.” After the memorial observance, families fellowshipped with food, fun and competitive bowling. In August, the teens also enjoyed laser tag and food. In September, the teens grappled with questions like: How do you maintain who you are? What situation might the teen group take on, to make a difference in their youth community? Phil Haddix, Sr., a doctoral student at Syracuse University led them through an exploration of Situations, Tasks, Actions and Results. In the presentation, Literature was used to illustrate royalty, meaning “how significant black people are to this country” and emphasized that “understanding your value entails being able to understand what is being asked of you at each moment” [situation].

In December, the younger children participated in the “Stockings with Love” project. They pulled names from the Salvation Army Christmas tree at a local mall to provide gifts for children in need. They made Christmas Stockings which included gifts/candy requested from the salvation army. The stockings were displayed during the annual Kwanzaa celebration. At the Kwanzaa Celebration, the children performed and families participated in the Kwanzaa celebration by displaying individual talent, participating in a drum circle and affirming the principles. The karamu was abundant and festive. Santa made an appearance, listened to the children’s request and took photos.

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WASHINGTON, DC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Debbi L. Jarvis Vice-President: Lori Soto Program Director: Trian Johnson Sana Corresponding Secretary: Regina Davis Moss Recording Secretary: Erika Martin Treasurer: Melane Conyers-Ausbrooks Financial Secretary: Tanya Tyler Editor/Historian: Tanya Tyler Foundation Chair: Rhonda Davis Smith Parliamentarian: Leila Batties Associate Chair: Helen Saulny Father’s Auxiliary: Andrew Moss

President: Matthew Baily Vice-President: Liana Harris Corresponding Secretary: Jared Giles Treasurer: Alex Leonard Financial Secretary: Kiara Coleman Foundation Chair: Evan Moses Regional Teen Officer: Eastern Region Teen Secretary: Tijara Smith

CHAPTER HISTORY On March 16, 1940, the Washington, D.C.

Chapter became the third Jack and Jill Club (as it was known at the time) following Philadelphia and New York. The first chapter members were: Lillian Bailey Huffman, Anne Burwell, Frances Dean, Doris Gregory, Angela Hayes, Olive Lindsay, Elinor McGuire, Frances Payne, Ethylbert Payne, Lillian B. Perry, Altona Robinson, Melba Syphax, Hortense Walton, Burma Whitted, Ruth Whitted, and Thelma Riggs. The founding mothers wanted to give their children the opportunity to forge friendships, to learn through cultural activities, and to develop into good citizens through civic and service projects.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Outstanding community service is the

hallmark of the D.C. Chapter, and our chapter family committed to the feeding of both the body and mind of those in our community. Our partnership with Project Giveback continued with D.C. Jack and Jillers from toddlers to teens collecting thousands of canned goods and distributing Thanksgiving boxes to over 2,000 area families. Chapter members participated in the So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E) 16th Annual Trot for Hunger to help those struggling with hunger. Martin Luther King Day of Service brought our families together for our annual Sandwich-Palooza to make hundreds of sandwiches and packed lunches. We launched a new service project by partnering with AARP and other area organizations in their Meal

Pack Challenge to help pack over 1 million meals to alleviate food insecurity among older adults. The D.C. chapter collected hundreds of books for local libraries and our teens began their Reading Partners program; meeting once a week in local libraries to provide story time and reading assistance to area children. Our fundraising efforts benefited three area organizations. We donated $10,000 to Butler-Wyatt Clubhouse, an organization dedicated to provided programs and services to members of the Sursum Corda section of the city; $5,000 to Sister Mentors, where women and girls of color are mentored to achieve personal and academic success; and $5,000 to Capital Fencing Club, where local athletes are trained to compete regionally and nationally. Educating our children about the African American Civil Rights movement has been a major focus since 2013. Exploring movement events in Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama, Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia intrigued our children and spawned the question, “where did these movements start?” In August 2017 families traveled to South Africa to find answers. Visiting Soweto, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Zululand provided vivid answers with doses of heritage. Our families were blessed to share supplies with girls at Inanda Seminary, the oldest boarding school for girls in South Africa. In support of Jack and Jill program thrusts, families donated a full year scholarship to Inanda.

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CHAPTER HISTORY The Westchester Chapter was established as

Also in September, our senior teens regrouped and reconnected during a weekend long retreat where they were able to map out their goals for the year, and work collaboratively on modules.

President: Nicole Finigan Ndizbah Vice-President: 1st Dr. Pamela Njapa-Minyard & 2nd Sheretta Walthall Program Director: Jasmine Bellamy Recording Secretary: Davina Burnett Corresponding Secretary: Vernex Harding Treasurer: Phillipa Wilson Financial Secretary: Jennifer Green-Smith Editor: Aimee Shay Chaplain: Kiana Washington Historian: Michelle Jorge Foundation Chair: Donna Brown Parliamentarian: Seana Watts Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Nadine Barnett-Cosby & Amy Owens Associate Chair: Marilyn Anderson Father’s Auxiliary: Kwame Ndzibah & Andrew Cosby, III

President: Cassius Owens Vice-President: Anthony Minyard Recording Secretary: Celia Gooding Corresponding Secretary: Maliha Walthall Treasurer: Sophia Bishop Parliamentarian: Gregory Cosby Chaplain: Blair Jacob Minyard Sergeant-at-Arms: Kaylee Owens

the 63rd Chapter at the National Convention held in Durham, NC in June 1954. On September 25, 1954 the first meeting was held at the home of Mrs. Viola Waters. The charter members were: Jesse Adams, Leticia Brown, Lois Bailor, Lois Black, Mae Carey, Johnnye English, Sarah Grey, Helen Mason, Vera Randolph, Mae Robinson, Mabel Smith, and Viola Waters. Vera Randolph presided over the meeting as the first President. We boast many members who have supported the organization on the Regional and National level, most notably 2 term National President Nellie Thornton (1990 1994). Throughout the years, the chapter has grown to over 100 mothers and more than 200 children. Our families support our chapter’s mission to enhance and strenghten the experiences of our members, teens and children through fellowship in Jack and Jill of America, Inc. We also remain committeed to serving families in need in our community.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Westchester County Chapter truly embodies the National theme “The Power to Make a Difference” as we endeavor to make a difference in the lives of our children and children at large. It is to that end that the chapter kicked off the 2017-2018 Program Year in September with a fun day of physical activity holding a field day for Jack and Jill Day. During the event, the children engaged in a sweet memorial tribute for Departed Child Gabrielle White, which concluded with a balloon release.

Our monthly activities are framed around themes, which each grade group implements in an age appropriate manner. This year’s themes are education, financial literacy, civic engagement & service, culture, mental & physical health, STEAM, the Black family and spoken word. Grade groups are also encouraged to include a community service component into their activities and create space for the children to socialize and grow their lifelong bonds. In addition to monthly thematic focuses, the chapter will participate in several chapter wide events, such as the annual Holiday Party, Ski Trip and Black Family Day. And the Fathers’ Auxiliary has a calendar of events aimed at supporting chapter events as well as foster relationships among the parents. To launch the second half of the Program Year, Westchester Chapter will participate in the 3rd Eastern Region Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The Metropolitan Cluster’s service project is being chaired by Westchester Chapter President Nicole F. Ndzibah and the project will bring together 18 chapters to serve community organization Children of Promise, NYC, furthering the outreach of the chapter’s community engagement. Lastly, Westchester mothers will continue nurturing relationships with our graduated mothers through participation in Associate activities.

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WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, MA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY

Massachusetts, Gavel Club oration skills development, modules), civic engagement (i.e. hosting a voters’ registration drive during a candidates’ forum), social (i.e. dinner and a movie events, “Seuss & Cream”), and health (i.e. participated/co-sponsored the 3rd Annual Heart Health Dance-a-Thon and NAMI Mental Health for Educators events). The Back-to-School Black Family FEASTival included a community service project, moving up ceremony, and “Black History Superlatives” for the children and teens. Community outreach continues to be a focus of this chapter as we donated over 40 totes and suitcases to the Department of Children and Families to support foster children in transition. Donating school supplies, books, and personal hygiene items to area children continues to be a focus of our families. The chapter also received a “Superior” rating on its ’17-’18 Program Handbook. The chapter will welcome its first group of new mothers this year.

President: Alesia Days Vice-President: Yolanda Johnson Program Director: Jamina Scippio-McFadden Recording Secretary: Rhonda Stowell Lewis Corresponding Secretary: Eleanor Williams Treasurer: Michele Alston Financial Secretary: Sheree Denson Editor: Donna Chaires-Smith Chaplain: Renay Hill Historian: Lisa Green Foundation Chair: Pamela Westmoreland Parliamentarian: Kelly Watkins Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Terry Powe, Michelle Barnett, Renay Hill Father’s Auxiliary: Eddie Lee

President: Wesley Days, Jr. Vice-President: Michael Denson Secretary: Nina Barnett, Sydney Maxey Treasurer: Brooke Days Chaplain: Alanna Alston

The Western Massachusetts Chapter was established on November 19, 2016. The Founding Mothers are Alesia Howard Days, Yolanda D. Johnson, and Jamina ScippioMcFadden. Our mission statement is Moms on a Mission (M.O.M.): Committed to Our Children’s Success.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING In our first complete program year, the Western Massachusetts chapter embraced the theme “Mission Possible: The Power to Make a Difference.” The chapter mothers have worked to impact our families and members of the Greater Western Massachusetts community. This included cultural activities (i.e. a visit to PAHMUSA Museum, attending the Hip Hop Nutcracker, and a Heritage dinner), educational activities (i.e. financial literacy presentations in collaboration with Junior Achievement of Western

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eslie Clarke Gregg was the eldest of two children born to J. Lance and Marion Joyce Clarke on December 22, 1972 in Chicago, IL. Leslie attended St. Thomas the Apostle School and continued her education at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School where she graduated with high honors. Leslie earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1996, graduating magna cum laude from Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) School of Business & Industry (SBI) in Tallahassee, FL. While attending FAMU, Leslie modeled with the Epicurean Modeling Experience and volunteered her time with the on-campus Child Development Center. In the spring of 1995, she was initiated into the Beta Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., prominently known as “The BADST.” Leslie spent her career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, with companies like Pfizer and Grifols, USA as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, progressing to a District Manger. In 2004 she wed her high school and college love, Trevoir D. Gregg. In 2006, their daughter Taylor Danielle Gregg was born. Taylor was the absolute love and light of Leslie’s life. She often boasted that Taylor was her most precious gift and greatest accomplishment. In 2014, Leslie became a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She served on the Fundraising Committee and co-chaired the 2016 Harvest Soirée, the chapter’s largest annual fundraising event.

Leslie was an amazing woman with a beautiful soul and she will be dearly missed by her family, friends, community and Jack and Jill Sisters. Rest well my sister, rest well.

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GABRIELLE EILEEN WHITE | WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY

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abrielle Eileen White was born on August 2nd, 2009 at 9:59 pm. She went home to be with the Lord on June 6, 2017. She is the daughter of mother member Michelle HordWhite. Gabrielle was an active member of Group 2 of the Westchester County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Gabrielle’s personality seemed to have begun its imprint from the womb. She moved around constantly. She loved music and she found her calm surrounded by water. Gabrielle had a creative spirit. She loved all types of arts and crafts. She loved painting, drawing and giving “art lessons” to any adult victim in her sights. She was actually a pretty good teacher and her feeble students were often impressed by what they could commit to paper under her guiding eye and hand. She was an avid swimmer and loved being in or around the water. She discovered gymnastics and would literally do cartwheels as much as she walked. Many things came easy to her, so loved ones encouraged her to try it all. She loved to sing, dance, bake, cook, read, play soccer, and try DIY projects from YouTube kids, particularly to make slime.

Gabrielle spent two academic years and four summers at her beloved Hudson Country Montessori School and Summer Camp. In 2016, she attended the Sarah Lawrence Summer Institute for the gifted for STEM courses. Her almost three full years at Ward Elementary School were an amazing experience. She was part of CILA, a coveted dual language immersion program. She would have continued in that program through the fifth grade. She was also an active member of her Girl Scout Brownie Troop at Ward. Currently, a new completely accessible playground is being planned in her honor to grace the front of her school. It will be called, “Gabrielle’s Playground.” Even at her young age, her spiritual life and faith were both very important to Gabrielle. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church and attended Sunday school regularly. In recent years, she joined her family on Thanksgiving serving the community at church. For her last two birthdays, she asked party guests for donations for needy children in lieu of gifts. Gabrielle was a light to everyone she met. She lived here on Earth for 7 years but she’s provided a lifetime of memories for all who know and love her.

“Jack and Jill is a family. From coast to coast Mothers are dedicated to nurturing the hearts and minds of our youth, to making a difference in the lives of people in our community. What better way to live your life, then by ‘Making a Difference’ in the life of another. I am glad that Jack and Jill is a part of my Village.”

– Delia Ware-Tibbs, Immediate Past Eastern Regional Treasurer


EASTERN REGION BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD BRENTTON HICKS

Brentton Hicks is the son of Yvette and Dane Hicks. He will be presented to society on May, 19, 2018 by the Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. The Our Lady of Mount Carmel senior plan to major in Electrical Engineering.

BURLINGTON-WILLINGBORO, NJ ARIANA ELIZABETH COBB

Ariana Elizabeth Cobb is the daughter of Robert and Deirdre Cobb. She was presented to society during the Ebony Suburbanites Silhouettes of Loveliness Cotillion on Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Holy Cross Academy student plans to major in Journalism at Howard University.

JEREMIAH BENJAMIN MITIAL

Jeremiah Benjamin Mitial is the son of Ms. Sherlie Blaise. He was presented to society during the Sixth Biennial Kappa Beautillion on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The Columbia High School student plans to major in Sports Management at the University of Maryland.

COLUMBIA, MD CAMERON “CJ” HUTCHINSON

Cameron “CJ” Hutchinson is the son of Colonel Jeffrey Hutchinson, M.D. and Mrs. Deneitra Hutchinson. He attends Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Maryland where he is a trombone player and member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. In addition, he also enjoys playing basketball and serving the community, with over 100 volunteer hours. CJ was presented to society at the Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Columbia, Maryland Chapter’s 18th Biennial Beautillion on April 22, 2017 at BWI Airport Marriott. Upon graduation, he plans to study kinesiology at Blinn College in Texas.

BURTON WORMLEY LEWIS IV

Burton Wormley Lewis IV is the son of Burton and Tamara Lewis. Burton was presented to society at the “Young Men of Excellence”, Jack and Jill, Columbia, MD Chapter Beautillian on April 22, 2017. The Oakland Mills High School student plans to major in psychology in pursuit of a career in the FBI.


Debutantes & Beaus | EASTERN REGION

JORDAN ROBERT MARSH

Jordan Robert Marsh is the son of Steve and Jewel Marsh. Jordan was presented to society at Jack and Jill Columbia, MD Chapter Beautillion on April 22, 2017. The Atholton High School student plans to major in business administration at Towson University in Towson, MD.

REINALDO “REY” ROBINSON

Rey Robinson is the son of Arthur and Luzmila Robinson. Rey was presented to society at the Jack and Jill of America Inc, Columbia, Maryland Chapter 18th Biennial Beautillion: Young Men Of Excellence - Expecting, Believing, Achieving on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The Glenelg Country School STEM student is applying to polytechnic universities to study engineering.

JOSHUA ALEXANADER TURNER

Joshua Alexander Turner is the son of Rev. Dr. Robert A.F. Turner and Dr. Kimberly Turner. Joshua was presented at the 18th biennial beautillion of the Columbia, MD Chapter of Jack and Jill, Incorporated on April 22, 2017. He was escorted by Sierra Burrison, also of the Columbia, MD Chapter. The Marriotts Ridge High School senior plans to attend an HBCU and study business and marketing.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE KENNEDY MARIE CROWDER

Debutante Kennedy Marie Crowder is the proud daughter of Dr. Kermit and Mrs. Rhonda Starks Crowder. Debutante Kennedy was presented to society at the 2018 Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Debutante Ball on April 20, 2018. The Padua Academy senior plans to attend a four-year college/ university and pursue majors in English and Psychology. Her ultimate goal is appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States.

NEWTON, MA KENNEDY CHRISTINE CAMPBELL

Kennedy Campbell, daughter and stepdaughter of Theresa and Michael Coney of Brockton, Massachusetts and David Campbell was presented to society at the Precious Pearls Cotillion sponsored by the Boston Pearl Foundation and the Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in June, 2017. Kennedy raised approximately $6,000 in scholarship funds and completed over 100 hours of community service during her debutante season. Kennedy was escorted by Bryce Williams of Framingham, Massachusetts. Kennedy is a junior at South Shore Christian Academy. She intends to pursue a career in forensic science.

KIERA AMARI DAUGHTRY

Kiera Amari Daughtry, daughter of Chenita and Sean Daughtry of Roxbury, Massachusetts was presented to society at the Precious Pearls Cotillion sponsored by the Boston Pearl Foundation and the Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in June, 2017. Kiera was crowned Miss Precious Pearls for raising nearly $42,000 in scholarship funds. Kiera was escorted by Ernest (EJ) Smither, Jr. of Ashland, Massachusetts. Kiera is a junior at Boston Latin School and aspires to attend Spelman College to major in math or chemistry.   

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MIRA IMAN JEAN DONALDSON

Mira Iman Jean Donaldson, daughter of Deloris Pettis and Carl Donaldson of Framingham and Arlington, Massachusetts respectively, was presented to society at the Precious Pearls Cotillion sponsored by the Boston Pearl Foundation and Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in June, 2017. She was the first runner-up on the Precious Pearls Court for raising scholarship funds. Mira was escorted by Jelani Steans of Framingham, Massachusetts. Mira is a sophomore at Framingham High School and plans on attending college to major in the arts.

CAROLYN PARKER-FAIRBAIN

Carolyn Parker-Fairbain is the daughter of Aujah Fairbain-Parker and William Parker. She was presented to society at the Precious Pearls Cotillion sponsored by the Boston Pearl Foundation and the Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in June, 2017. Carolyn was escorted by Carlos Cubia of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She is a senior at Brookline High School and plans to attend a liberal arts college in the fall.     

JORDIN ALEXIS RACHAL

Jordin Alexis Rachal, daughter of Doreen M. Rachal of Newton Centre, Massachusetts is a sophmore at Newton South High School. In June 2017, Jordin was presented to society at the Precious Pearls Cotillion sponsored by the Boston Pearl Foundation and the Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Jordin was escorted by Jordan Miller of Ashland, Massachusetts. Jordin earned 1st place in the Division I Northern Cluster Oratorical Competition in October 2017. Jordin plans to attend a university to major in pre-medicine and aspires to become a surgeon.

ZAKIAH WHITTAKER

Zakiah Whittaker is the daughter of Sharon Whittaker of Roslindale, Massachusetts. Zakiah was presented to society at the Precious Pearls Cotillion sponsored by the Boston Pearl Foundation and the Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in June, 2017. Zakiah is a junior at Newton South High School and plans to study architecture at a college or university located in the southeast.

NORTH JERSEY, NJ CHYNA ALEXA BRODIE

Chyna is the daughter of Pamela and Michael Brodie of West Orange, New Jersey. She was presented to society at the Essex County (NJ) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated 13th Bienniel Emerald and Ivory Debutante Cotillion on December 3, 2017. Chyna was selected by her fellow debs as “Miss Spirit of the Links” for consistently demonstrating friendship, integrity and dependability, and she was also crowned Second Ivory Princess. Chyna is a Junior at Montclair Kimberley Academy, a trained dancer and talented violinist. Chyna is also interested in law, biopsychology and musical theater.

PHILADELPHIA, PA BRIA YVETTE BEAUVAIS

Debutante Bria Yvette Beauvais is the daughter of Kim and Darwin Beauvais. Bria was magnificently presented to society at the Philadelphia and Montgomery County, PA Chapters Presentation Gala on Sunday, April 29th, 2018. Bria is the Eastern Regional Teen Treasurer of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Senior Class Vice President at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. She plans to major in Health Sciences at Spelman College.      

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STAMFORD-NORWALK, CT KENDALL ASHLEIGH BATTLES

Kendall Ashleigh Battles is the daughter of Curtis and Sheryl Battles. Kendall was presented to society at the 7th Biennial Presentation Ball of the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter of Jack and Jill in Greenwich, CT on June 9, 2018. Kendall is a Junior at The King School where she takes AP Computer Science, plays 4 instruments, is active in the theater and is on the Varsity Golf Team. She plans to major in Cybersecurity when she enters college in the Fall of 2019.

AUSTIN PHILIPPE COHEN

Austin Philippe Cohen, born in Lugano Switzerland, is the son of Lydia Rouzeau and Andrew Cohen. A junior at Greenwich High School, he is an avid alto saxophonist, playing classical, jazz and show tunes in multiple bands. Austin was selected by the Connecticut State Regional Band and plays regular weekend gigs with the “Jazz Standard” Youth Orchestra, an elite jazz club in New York City. A high achieving honors student, Austin attended Columbia University’s engineering program last summer, is a member of the French and Music Honor Societies and Chief Business Officer of his MIT Launch Club.

SYDNEY NICOLE CUMMINGS

Sydney Nicole Cummings is the daughter of Aeon and Shawn Cummings. Sydney was presented to society at the Stamford/Norwalk Chapter Presentation Ball on June 9, 2018. The St. Lukes student plans to major in Psychology/Neuroscience at a small Liberal Arts College.

KAITLYN ROSE DAVIS

Kaitlyn Rose Davis was born on June 27th, 2001, in Norwalk, Connecticut, to Victor Davis and Cynthia Davis. Kaitlyn is a junior at Greenwich Academy in Connecticut. Kaitlyn has been a member of the schools affinity group, SCORE, she has participated in SPOTLIGHT and the Chess Club. She is the founder of Mock Stocks. Kaitlyn has shown excellence as a scholar athlete, as an Honor Student and selection as a New England All Star Basketball player since eighth grade. After graduation, Kaitlyn will attend a school of her choice as a collegiate athlete.     

OLIVIA ANN DAVIS

Olivia Ann Davis was born on June 27, 2001 in Norwalk, Connecticut, and is the daughter of Victor and Cynthia Davis. Olivia is a junior at Greenwich Academy in Connecticut. She is an active member in SCORE (Affinity group), Spotlight, Chess Club, Mock Stocks, SDLC and Random Acts of Kindness. Olivia volunteers at the Port Chester Library where she teaches art classes. She volunteers at a local food pantry and animal shelter. Olivia ran track, in which she qualified for the New England Championships. Olivia is the captain of Greenwich Academy’s basketball team and a NEPSAC All-Star.     

EASTLYN FRANKEL

Eastlyn Frankel is a Senior at Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, Massachusetts and is the daughter of Adam and Stephanie Frankel. She has been active in the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter for nine years. As Andover’s student body co-president, Eastlyn enjoys doing improv, playing water polo and interacting with students and faculty. She has decided to attend Brown University where she will study Anthropology, Education and Chinese. She hopes to one day work in the White House reforming education policy and foreign affairs.

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JENNA MARIE HART GRANT HYMAN

Jenna Marie Hart Grant Hyman, daughter of Michael and Jennifer Hyman, is a junior at Greenwich Academy. She has been a participant of the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter for 12 years. Jenna is a member of the Greenwich Academy robotics team and Dance Corps Company. Dedicated to community service, Jenna is the recipient of the United Way of Southwestern Connecticut Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year award and has served as Foundation Chair of the Teen Group. She is co-vice president of SCORE which encourages respect of diverse cultures. Jenna plans to study engineering or chemistry in college.

CORNELIUS “CORY” ALEXIUS THEODORE JOHNSON

Cornelius (Cory) Alexius Theodore Johnson is the son of Cassandra L. Tribble M.D. and Claude Earl Johannes Johnson. A participant in the Jack and Jill Stamford-Norwalk chapter since 2006, Cornelius is a junior at Brunswick School and has played varsity football as a starting wide receiver since freshman year. In 2017, he was named All League and All New England. Cornelius was selected Team Captain for the 2018 season. Recruited by Division 1 university football programs nationwide, he has scholarship offers from Duke, Boston College and UCONN among other colleges. Cory is Teen Group treasurer.

ROBERT EVAN GRAYSON LAMB

Robert Evan Grayson Lamb is the son of Denise Massingale-Lamb and Robert Lamb III of Weston, CT. The Weston High School junior’s academic interests include math & science with a focus on environmental science, an area of study he plans to pursue in college. Among his extracurricular activities, Robert enjoys playing acoustic and electric bass and is a member of the Weston HS Orchestra. A lifelong nature and animal enthusiast, his career interests are veterinary science, animal rescue & nature preservation. A licensed sailor, Robert is a Boy Scout working toward his Eagle Scout designation.

GABRIELLE NICOLE MILLERS

Gabrielle Nicole Miller, daughter of Phillip and Cheryl Miller, of Stamford, CT., is a junior at School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY. “Nicole” has won numerous awards, and is an honor roll scholar athlete. Nicole plays basketball, softball and soccer. Soccer is her primary sport. She is preparing to play collegiate women’s soccer. Nicole a gifted writer who has a passion for community service, social justice advocacy, diversity, equality & inclusion initiatives. She has traveled throughout Europe and the Caribbean. A life time member, she has served as Teen Group Parliamentarian & Historian.

LAUREN MARJORIE SMITH

Lauren Marjorie Smith is the daughter of Dino Smith and Ci Ci Holloway-Smith of New Canaan, Connecticut. Lauren will be presented to society at the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter Biennial Presentation Ball on June 9, 2018, in Greenwich, CT. She is a senior at New Canaan High School and plans to attend college this fall with a major that combines her interests in theater, production and business management.

TIARA STARKS

Tiara Starks is a senior at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, CT and is the daughter of John and Jacqueline Starks. She has served as executive officer of the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter Teen Group since freshman year and volunteers at local non-profits including the Palace Theatre of Stamford and a community theatre program. She will major in Film Production and double minor in theatre and business. Tiara enjoys working with children and hopes to one day combine her love of the theater and working with the youth by pursuing a career in children’s theatre education.

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Debutantes & Beaus | EASTERN REGION

LOGAN PHILLIP WOODS

Logan Phillip Woods, son of Viveca and Walter Woods of Greenwich, Connecticut, was presented to society at the Stamford-Norwalk Jack and Jill Presentation Ball in June 2018. A Class of 2019 scholar athlete, Logan plays Squash and is a forward on the basketball team. Notably, Logan is the first and only student at his Upper School to play Squash competitively. His foremost passion is music. With an innate ability to play instruments by ear since age six, Logan enjoys playing piano and guitar. He plans to pursue a BFA in recorded music in Fall 2019.

“Being a part of Jack and Jill has meant being a part of not only African American history but American history. Being a part of an organization the develops leaders and supports advocacy for all children has given me the opportunity to share the gifts God has given me and honor the creed ‘to whom much is given’. I will always treasure the friendships of my extended family and village. Long Live Jack and Jill!”

– Michelle Strong, Eastern Region

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EASTERN REGION ALEXANDRIA-MT. VERNON, VA ARIA N. DRIGGINS-TOWNES

Aria N. Driggins-Townes is a senior at West Potomac High School and is the granddaughter of James and Barbara Driggins and niece of Stephen and Kimberley Driggins. She is a legacy member of AMVJJ, and is the current chapter Teen President. Aria is a member of the student government leadership team, Latin Honor Society, Young Democrats, and Black Student Union. She is a member of Alfred Street Baptist Church, Girl Scouts and the Gospel Inspirers Choir. Aria interns with Rebel Run Sports and Entertainment. She will attend college in the fall and major in film production and directing.

KAYLA JOYNER

Kayla Joyner is a senior at Robert E. Lee High School. She has been an active member of Student Government Association. She also enjoys playing varsity softball. She currently serves as the Teen Corresponding Secretary and has served as treasurer, chaplain, and editor. Kayla plans to attend a university in the fall and major in political science.

LAUREN JOYNER

Lauren Joyner is a senior at Robert E. Lee High School. She has been an active member of Student Government Association (SGA) and currently serves as the SGA treasurer. She currently serves as the Teen Vice President and has served as corresponding secretary, parliamentarian, and editor. Lauren plans to attend a university in the fall and major in special education.

ARUNDEL BAY AREA, MD SIANI BREE BUTLER

Siani is a senior at International Connections Academy in Baltimore, Maryland and is the daughter of Marcellous and Pier Butler. She has been a member of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter for 10 years. Siani is passionate about serving local, national and international communities. She has recently served: The Light House - Annapolis, Habitat for Humanity - NOLA, Happy Helpers, Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis, and Shepard’s Table. Siani would like to attend Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA where she will major in International Studies with aspirations of becoming a global leader.

LOUIS T. CANNON, III

Louis Cannon is a senior at Severna Park High School in Severna Park, Maryland, and is the son of Michelle and Louis Cannon, Jr. Louis has been a member of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter for seven years and a part of Jack and Jill of America for 11 years. He will major in Electrical Engineering when he attends college in the fall.

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Seniors | EASTERN REGION

CHRISTIAN KELLY CARTER

Christian Carter is a senior at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland. He is the son of Kevin Carter and Kelley Coates-Carter, and the brother of Camille Carter. He has been a member of the Arundel Bay Area Jack and Jill Chapter for 6 years. Christian volunteers at the Happy Helpers for the Homeless, and with Our Daily Bread soup kitchen. He plans on majoring in Accounting at an HBCU and becoming a CPA.

MILES MONROE CHRISTIAN

Miles is a senior at Saint Mary’s High School in Annapolis, Maryland and is the son of Denise and Charles Christian. He has been a member of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter for 12 years. Miles is a scholar athlete, playing both high school baseball and basketball. He has served as the Sergeant of Arms and Co-Chair of the Community Service Committee for the ABA teen group. Miles has been accepted by all eleven schools where he applied and is exploring his options for playing baseball at the collegiate level.

JARED DOVE

Jared Dove is a senior at Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland and is the proud son of John C. Dove Jr. and Rhonda Caldwell-Dove. At school, he is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, President of the Model UN, and a student mentor. He is also a four-year Varsity soccer player and plays club soccer with the OBGC Rangers. He has been a member of the Arundel Bay Chapter for 16 years, serving as the Corresponding Secretary, Chaplain, and Legislative Chair. He will go to college where he will major in Biology.

NIYA ELAINE HARDEN

Niya, a senior at Indian Creek High School in Crownsville, Maryland, is the daughter of Lavertta and Marrell Harden. She has enjoyed her JJ experience, being a member of the ABA Chapter for more than 15 years and currently serving as the Teen President. She is a member of two Honor Societies and played several sports in high school. She has a keen interest in supporting civil rights and inclusion efforts. Niya was recognized by the NAACP and NCBW100 for superior academic achievement, extracurricular activities and service to her community. Niya plans to attend an HBCU in the fall.

BENNETT HOLMES

Bennett Holmes is a senior at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland and is the son of Denise Holmes and Eric Holmes. He has been a member of the Arundel Bay Area chapter for 12 years, and a member of Jack and Jill for a total of 15 years. Bennett is the Vice President of the National Honor Society at MSJ, an Intern with Maryland Delegate Keith Haynes, and a tutor. He has been accepted into Princeton University and will major in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in either ‘Entrepreneurship’ or ‘History and the Practice of Diplomacy’.

AUSTIN K. SCOTT

Austin Scott is a senior at Old Mill High School in Millersville, Maryland and is the son of Lynn and Cheryl Scott. He has been a member of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter for 3 years. Austin has consistently made the Honor Roll and has received multiple scholar athlete awards. Austin was appointed to the Athlete Leadership Advisory Council. He is a member of his school’s cross country and track and field teams. Austin plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science.

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KAYLA RONELL TAYLOR

Kayla Ronell Taylor is a senior at Old Mill HS in Millersville, Maryland, an IB World School. She is the daughter of Ronald and Chalissa Taylor and a member of the Arundel Bay Area Chapter for 13 years. Kayla serves as Teen Community Service Chair and is a student leader in her church, school and county. She has received the Presidential Community Service Award, 2017 Summer Engineering Institute at Georgia Tech Survival Team Project Award and the AACPS Division of Advanced Studies STEM Student of Excellence Award. Kayla plans to major in Biomedical Engineering furthering science innovation.

BALTIMORE, MD JUWAN M. DAVIS

Juwuan Davis is a graduate of Freestate Challenge Academy in Baltimore, Maryland and is the son of Darlene Johnson-Strange and Darryl Strange. He has been a member of Jack and Jill Chapter for 4 years. He has over 500 hours in community service. Juwuan is currently operating his cafe, Melody, in Baltimore after completing the Harford Community College Advance Culinary of Arts Program. He plans to enhance his culinary skills in the future.

ANAYA BREANNE MORELAND

Anaya Moreland is a senior at St. Paul’s School for Girl in Brooklandville, MD and is the daughter of Che and Tiffany Moreland. She has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter for two years. During her senior year, Anaya co-founded the Invest in Girls Club at her school. Anaya has earned over 400 community service hours throughout her high school years by tutoring elementary school children and volunteering at Irvine Nature Center and Bridges at St. Paul’s School. She is undecided about which college she’ll attend, but wants to major in Finance and become an Actuary.

MYLES DENALI PEARSON

Myles Denali Pearson is a senior at McDonogh School, in Owings Mills, Maryland and is the son of Walt and Donna Pearson. Myles has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill for 17 years. Myles has been a volunteer with the Big Brother/Big Sister Program in Baltimore, St John’s Camp, Roots Garden and Our Daily Bread. Myles has decided to attend Syracuse University where he has been accepted into the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Sports Management program. He plans to minor in Business.

SYDNEY NICOLE SAUNDERS

Sydney Nicole Saunders is a senior at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland and is the daughter of Vondalin and David Saunders. She has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter for 15 years and has served as chaplain. At Roland Park Country School, Sydney serves as community service association president and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. In addition, she plays lacrosse and runs track. Sydney plans to study political science.

NIA MILAN SMITH

Nia Milan Smith is a senior at Western High School in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the daughter of Mr. and Dr. Willie and Gina Smith. She has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. Nia has been an active member of Girl Scouts of Central Maryland since age 5 and has earned the Silver Award and is currently completing service for her Gold Award. Nia is undecided about her college selection, but she will major in biomedical engineering and pursue a career as a medical doctor specializing in radiology.

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IINAYA SOUDAN

Inaya Soudan is a senior at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland and is the daughter of Tori and Abdul Soudan. She has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter for 6 years. She is currently the teen president of her chapter. She has decided to attend Spelman College where she will major in political science and eventually become an attorney.

VANCE LEE THOMAS

Vance Thomas is a senior at The Park School of Baltimore in Brooklandville, Maryland and is the son of President Debra A. Thomas, Esq. and Anthony W. Thomas, Esq. He has been a member of the Baltimore Chapter for ten years and has served as teen vice president. Vance is the captain of the varsity tennis team at Park and loves music. Though trained as a classical pianist, he now focuses on music production and serves as a teaching assistant at school. It is undecided where he plans to attend college, but his major will be communications/media studies.

BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD KAILI A. BEVERLY

Kaili Beverly is a senior at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland and is the daughter of Deborah Lockley. He has been a member of the Baltimore County, MD chapter for 15 years. Kaili has been very active in JDRF as an Ambassador and a JDRF Children’s Congress Delegate. As an Ambassodor, Kaili has raised over $7,000 for research to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. As a Delegate, he solicited members of Congress to continue funding the Special Diabetes program at NIH. Kaili has not decided on which college he will attend but plans on majoring in Screenwriting.

CYDNEY ALEXIS CARR

Cydney Alexis Carr is a Senior at Randallstown High School in Randallstown, Maryland and is the daughter of Michael and Geanelle G. Herring. Cydney has been a member of the Baltimore County of Jack and Jill Chapter for 2 years. Cydney volunteers at Our Daily Bread. Cydney has decided to attend Bowie State University where she will major in Forensic Science. Upon receiving her undergraduate’s degree, Cydney would like to obtain a Master’s Degree in Anthropology in order to fulfil her career goal of becoming a Forensic Anthropologist. Cydney hopes to one day work for the Federal Bureau of Investigations or her local Coroner’s Office.

BRENTTON L. HICKS

Brentton L. Hicks is a senior at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School. He is the son of Yvette and Dane Hicks. He plays the drums and is a member of the golf team. He has been a member of the Baltimore County, MD chapter since 2008 and serves as the teen treasurer. He plans to study Electrical Engineering in college.

TORI HOLLAND

Tori Holland is the daughter of Nicole and Troy Holland. Tori is a senior at Baltimore City College High School. 98% of Tori’s high school classes were IB. Tori has an unweighted GPA of 3.91, and is attending the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in the fall of 2018. Tori has been the President of the American Sign Language Club since the 11th grade; in the 10th grade she was the Vice President. Tori has co-captained the Model United Nations team; she has represented her school in that capacity across the country since the 9th grade. .

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JORDYN LANGLEY JONES

Jordyn Langley Jones is a senior at The Bryn Mawr School for Girls in Baltimore, MD. She is the daughter of Rev. Dr. Clarence Jones and Yvette Jones. She has been a member of the Baltimore County MD Chapter for eight years, where she’s the Teen Parliamentarian and has served as Teen VP. She is co-founder of the Women in Business Club at school, Music Director at church, and has studied Piano for nine years at Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute where she’s a member of the Children’s Chorus. Jordyn plans to major in Public Relations and has received early acceptance into five universities.

JUSTIN MICHAEL SHULER MARROW

Justin Michael Shuler Marrow is a senior honor roll student at Calvert Hall College High School. He has earned letters in school for his participation in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. Justin is the son of legacy Vernon Marrow and Monica Shuler-Marrow. He has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2010 and has held positions as Treasurer, Sergeant at Arms, and Recording Secretary. Justin has a heart for service and has earned the presidential award for serving the community. Justin is considering a number of offers and will major in journalism in the fall of 2018.

WILLIAM JORDAN DOUGLAS ROSS

William Jordan Douglas Ross, son of William Matthew Ross IV and Heather Ross is a graduating senior from the Baltimore County Chapter. Jordan will be graduating from McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. Jordan held leadership positions in the Teen Chapter including Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary and recently Vice President. Jordan enjoys running and will continue his track experience in college, while studying Business Management and Accounting. Jordan is a member of the ministry team at Messiah Community Church and is involved in communityservice through Sigma Beta Club.

ADRIAN B. SIMS

Adrian, born in Seattle and the son of Tony and Pamela (NYC legacy), has been a member of J&J since 2006. Adrian is known for his musical accomplishments including selection to Maryland All-State Band, playing with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and being commissioned to guest conduct in schools across the state. Adrian is a published composer with FJH Music and holds membership in the National Honor Society, the Tri-M Music Honor Society and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 613. He will graduate from Catonsville High and continue his studies by majoring in Music Education and Composition.

LEONARD ALAN WILLIS

Leonard Alan Willis, III has been a member of the Baltimore County Chapter since 2012 and has served as Teen Treasurer. Son of Nicole Holland and Leonard A. Willis, Jr.; Lenny is a senior at Archbishop Curley High School and a member of the National Honor Society. He is also a member of the Concert Band, Jazz Lab, Cultural Awareness Team and played basketball for the school. Lenny is interested in pursuing a career in Cyber Security and Information Intelligence and will soon select the HBCU he will attend in Fall, 2018.

BERGEN-PASSAIC, NJ LORING RIVER BUSH

Loring River Bush is the son of Colonel Loring Quintin Bush and Dr. Nahndi Bush and the older brother of Logan Dakota Bush and sister Azure Corrine Bush. He is a senior at Community High School in Teaneck, NJ. Loring will attend college in the fall where he is leaning towards environmental science as a major and minor in music.

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DAYNA DE MONTAGNAC

Dayna de Montagnac is a senior at the Biomedicine Academies at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey and is the daughter of Mark and Stacy de Montagnac. She has been a member of the Bergen Passaic Chapter for seven years. She has assisted in many community activities. She plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she will major in biology, and study to become a neonatologist.

BRYCE NASH

Bryce Nash is a senior at Northern Valley Old Tappan in New Jersey. The son of Dwayne and Patricia Nash, he is a member of the Bergen Passaic Chapter. Along with Jack and Jill, Bryce is an active member of Heroes and Cool Kids, and a three year letterman in basketball and track and field. Bryce is committed to helping kids in his community and as a role model, abides by the code of no drinking or drugs. Bryce is undecided on his university choice but he plans on majoring in Bio-Medical Engineering, developing and improving the abilities of prosthetics.

JULLIAN WILLIE RICE

Jullian Willie Rice, son of Willie and Gervonn Rice, is 9 year proud member of the Bergen-Passaic Chapter. A Senior at RiverDell, he’s participated in the Teaneck Terpsichorean Dance Troupe for 8 years. Jullian’s community service includes volunteering on political campaigns from his mother’s school board to presidential campaigns for Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton. He volunteers at Center for Hope and Safety’s annual picnic and gift wrapping fundraiser. Jullian’s interest in visual fine arts -photography influence his career choice and application to Colleges and Universities in New Jersey.

EMMANUEL ROBINSON

Emmanuel is the son of William Robinson and Nancy Robinson. Manny has been in Jack& Jill four years. He is a senior at Monticello High School NY where he enjoys Culinary Arts Program Manny has served as Corresponding Secretary, and Parliamentarian. He plans to major in Culinary School and Business at the American Culinary Institute

JORDAN RUFFIN WALTON

Jordan Ruffin Walton is a senior at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ and is the son of Mr. Clayton L. Walton and Mrs. Margo Wainwright Walton. He has been a member of the Bergen Passaic Chapter for 10 years. Jordan has decided to apply to an array of colleges and Universities where he will major in Business and has plans to work in Entertainment Law in the future.

XAVIER NAEEM SWEET

Xavier Naeem Sweet is the son of Lisa Brown and the late Shango Sweet. He has been a member of the BergenPassaic Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 13 years. Xavier attends Xavier High School in NYC. His leadership activities include Vice President, Treasurer, and Sergeant at Arms of his chapter’s senior teen group and Captain of the Track Team. He has volunteered his time tutoring children for the last four years. Xavier enjoys music and analyzing cultural icons and themes. His career goal is to intertwine his interest in law and journalism.

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ZOE WASHINGTON

Zoë Washington is a senior at Ramapo High School and is the daughter of Bill Washington and Keisha IngramWashington. Zoë has been a member of Jack and Jill for 10 years in four different chapters around the country. Zoë has served as Fundraising Chair for the Greater Frisco chapter in Texas and is the current Teen President for Bergen-Passaic. Zoë holds leadership roles in DECA and NHS and is on the Varsity track and cheerleading teams. Zoë has applied to several colleges to major in Business Administration Management and attend law school with the goal of becoming a corporate attorney.

BOSTON, MA CHRSITOPHER BRYCE BENTLEY

Christopher Bryce Bentley is a senior at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA and is the son of Christopher and Tiarra Bentley. Christopher has been a member Jack and Jill for 14 years; the last 10 in the Boston, MA chapter. Christopher is a musician, founded a digital music club and is the leader of a cultural coffee house. An athlete, Christopher participates in football, wrestling and track. He was nominated to be captain of his wrestling team. He also teaches youth to swim. Christopher plans to study biology and music. He has been accepted to Fordham University.

SYDNI ANNE BRITTON

Sydni Anne Britton, a senior at Boston Latin School in Boston, MA, is the daughter of Milton L. Britton Jr. and Lori Smith Britton. She has been a member of the Boston Chapter for 12 years. Sydni is active in her school community as a member of the Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team, Chamber Music Orchestra and the National Honor Society. She is also a volunteer at Beth Israel Deaconness Hospital and works as a lifeguard for the YMCA. Sydni will attend college in the fall majoring in bio-chemistry in preparation for her dream to pursue a career in medicine.

MENEN HAILE TAJARI CRAWLLE

Menen H.T. Crawlle is a senior at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is the daughter of Laurita Kaigler-Crawlle and Ori Crawlle. She has been a member of the Boston Chapter for 15 years. She has served as the Parliamentarian for the Boston Chapter, is one of three elected student council representatives at her school, and is involved in numerous multicultural groups. She hopes to attend a college of her choice as a Political Science major. In the future, she hopes to be a civil rights lawyer or a public official.

CHELSEY CHRISTINA HERNDON

Chelsey Christina Herndon is a senior at Canton High School in Canton, MA and she is the youngest daughter of Michelle Burnett and David Herndon. She has been a member of the Boston Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. Chelsey is a Varsity Cheerleader and Lacrosse player. Chelsey is a member of the Canton Link Leaders, Spanish Club and volunteers her time supporting various community service projects. Chelsey will attend college in the fall and major in Psychology aspiring to become a developmental child psychologist.

AMARI K. KINCH

Amari Kinch is a senior at Stoughton High School in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and is the son of Dr. Eric Wallace and Mrs. Aprylle Wallace. He has been a member of the Boston Chapter for 7 years where he’s served as the Teen Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer. Amari is a competitive dancer and musical theatre thespian who played football and basketball and volunteered his time with The Greater Boston Food Bank. He plans to pursue a career in Computer Science.

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ADIA MICHELLE LYDIA MAUND

Adia, a senior at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA is the daughter of Arnott and Karen Maund. Adia has been a member of the Boston Chapter for 17 years, and is currently the Teen Vice President. She participates in school clubs serving as a Core Leader, Mentor, Tutor and Big Sister. Adia has played varsity and AAU basketball and has helped her school team in win several Championship titles. Adia has received several college offers and is deciding which to accept. An aspiring psychologist, Adia plans to major in psychology.

A. AUSTIN MOORE

A. Austin Moore, a senior at Boston Trinity Academy in Boston, MA, is the daughter of Kymberly Terry and David Moore. She has been a member of the Boston Chapter for 10 years and is currently Teen President. She has also served as Vice President, and Recording Secretary, while chairing several committees. Additionally, she is President of the Premier Choir of the Boston Children’s Chorus, and Spiritual Prefect at her school. Austin will major in Political Science. Ultimately, her goal is to become an attorney for the U.S. Government.

BROOKE KENNEDY SMITH

Brooke Kennedy Smith is a senior at Concord Carlisle High School in Concord, MA and is the daughter of Brad and Shanique Smith. She joined the Boston Jack and Jill Chapter in 2017. Brooke is an excellent student, athlete, and advocator. She is an accomplished athlete with years of volleyball experience. Brooke is engaged in the community with over 400 volunteer hours through the National Charity League and Red Cross. Academically, she will receive an Engineering Certificate in conjunction with her Diploma. Upon graduation, Brooke will pursue a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

CASSANDRA ELIZABETH WEST

Cassandra Elizabeth West is a senior at Chelmsford High School in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and is the daughter of Michael and Christina West. Cassandra has been a member of the Boston Chapter for 12 years and served as the teen editor. In school, Cassandra has played volleyball and basketball while participating in other school activities including DECA (Distributed Education Clubs of America), RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards), and Mock Trial. Cassandra is active in her church and has traveled abroad with People-to-People. She plans to study psychology with a pre-law track.

BRONX, NY RAFIQ ALIM

Rafiq is a senior at Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics. He has been a member of the Bronx NY Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. since 2014. He is also a member of ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc; The Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) program mentors high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. The college of his choice would be Morgan State University, he is interested in the Construction Management Program and his future goal includes owning a carpentry/construction company. He does not want to “just look for a job, but help to create jobs for others.”

ALYSSA GABRIELLE MOORE

Alyssa Gabrielle Moore is a senior at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. She is the daughter of Danielle Smith Johnson. She has been a member of Bronx, NY Chapter for six years. Over the years Alyssa has worked on a variety of projects in her community such as the Annual Backpack Drive, Annual Breast Cancer Walk, preparing and serving meals at several food pantries and soup kitchens. Most recently Alyssa facilitated a workshop to local teens during the Day of Code Initiative, where she taught a group of girls the basics of coding and helped them create their own Google Doodles. Alyssa will study Computer Science, Music and Asian Studies.

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JORDAN OFFICER

Jordan is a senior at Riverdale Country School in Bronx, NY and is the son of Lance and Danielle Officer. He has been a member of the Bronx, NY Chapter for 11 years. Jordan has held leadership positions including Teen Vice President of his chapter, co-leader of G.L.O.W., co-leader of the Testostertones (a male a Capella group) and choreographing for dance team. Acting and singing are his passions and he has held leading roles including his most recent as Sid in The Pajama Games. He has not decided on the college he will attend but he will be majoring in Musical Theater with the hopes of one day being a musician.

BROOKLYN, NY BRIANA NICOLE FYNES

Briana Nicole Fynes is the daughter of Michael and Pamela Patton Fynes. Briana has been a member of Jack and Jill for twelve years. She has served as community service chair, junior teen president and is currently the senior teen president of the Brooklyn Chapter. Briana is a senior at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, where she is on the honor roll. Briana has been a member of the track team, volley-ball team, is currently a school ambassador and is on the cheer squad. Briana will attend Delaware State University on an athletic lacrosse scholarship and will major in communications.

SHELDON M. LEONARD

Sheldon M. Leonard is a senior at William E. Grady High School, where he is on the varsity track team and in the culinary arts program. The son of Antoinette Leonard-Jean Charles (Brooklyn Chapter Graduate) and Didier Jean Charles, Sheldon has been a member of J&J Brooklyn Chapter for eleven years. He is a competitive fencer and plays guitar and trumpet. Sheldon applied to several culinary, restaurant management programs and is interested in working for a cruise line so he can travel the world and learn more culinary techniques. Sheldon was admitted to SUNY Delhi and Goldley-Beacom College.

MASIAH MIDDLETON

Masiah Middleton is the son of Sunni Middleton and Reginald Middleton. He is a senior and honor roll student at Brooklyn Technical high school. He has been in Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill for fifteen years. Having created multiple businesses in his lifetime, he plans to hone his skills in college by majoring in finance and or entrepreneurship.

JASMINE ALEXIS NEAL

Jasmine Alexis Neal is a senior at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan, NY. She will earn an Advanced Regents Diploma with an Arts Endorsement. Jasmine is the daughter of Sylvia D. Neal, PsyD. She has been a member of the Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 11 years. Jasmine is also a member of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Jasmine received the Van Lier Scholarship and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation Scholarship. She’s applying to colleges and conservatories and will major in voice performance.

CAMERON CHRISTOPHER OLIVER

Cameron is a senior at The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He has a 3.8 GPA (out of 4.0), and will graduate in June 2018. Cameron is the son of Kendall Ramseur Oliver, a member of the Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 12 years. In 2017, Cameron’s debate team participated in and won the renown Harvard Model Congress. Cameron is also a two-time all-conference selection in soccer, and the top goal scorer in the 2017 ACIS Conference. After graduation, Cameron will attend Davidson College where he will major in international studies and political science.

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BUCKS COUNTY, PA KENNEDY N. FARRIOR

Kennedy N. Farrior, is a senior at Central Bucks High School-East in Doylestown, PA and the daughter of Booker and Nikki Farrior. She has been a member of the Bucks County Chapter for 12 years. She currently serves as chapter Treasurer and Treasurer of the National Honor Society and Heifer Club. She volunteers as a Bridge Valley Homework Buddy and is Captain of CB East Varsity Cheer, earning UCA All Amercian stauts. She is a member of Second Baptist Church of Doylestown, Links Youth Council and FBLA. In the Fall, Kennedy plans to attend college majoring in Accounting or Finance.

JAYLA BRIELLE JOHNSON

Jayla Johnson is a senior at Council Rock North High school in Newtown, Pa and is the daughter of Carvon and Robyn Johnson, and sister to Janai Johnson. She has been a member of the Bucks County Chapter for 17 years and has served as current Teen Vice President, and Program Director. She will either attend NYU, or Hofstra University. She will major in Journalism and one day hopes to work for an editorial magazine and have her own talk show.

CAMERON DAVID JONES

Cameron Jones is a senior Homeschooler in Doylestown, PA and is the son of William and Jill Jones. Cameron has been a member of the Bucks County Chapter for 16 years. Cameron participates in extracurricular activities and programs including: National Thespian Honor Society, C.B. East High School Patriot Players Drama Program, The Young Actors Program at Strasberg, Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Music Nation Academy. Cam has received a scholarship to attend The New School, College of Performing Arts-Drama Division in the Fall.

MYKAL-MICHELE LONGINO

Mykal-Michele Longino is a senior at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA. Daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Tayna Longino. A 16-year member of the Bucks County Chapter of Jack and Jill and currently Teen President. A leader in school, serving as House Prefect, Student Government Senator, and mentor to girls in the Lower and Middle Schools. Excelling academically, Mykal was inducted into her school’s Academy Club and received several Literary Awards for writing. She works full time in an afterschool day care. Mykal’s collegiate pursuits include an English degree and preparation for Law School.

MYLES MASON SCOTT

Myles Mason Scott is a senior at The Haverford School in Haverford, PA and is the son of John and Jacqueline Scott. He has been a member of the Bucks County Chapter for 2 years. Myles is the photographer for the teen group. Myles served as the school editor for the yearbook. He ran cross country and played soccer and is currently running track. Myles has aspirations of becoming a photojournalist. This aspiration has lead him to travel to Cuba and Montana. He has also been hired to do several other engagements including a wedding photo shoot.

BUFFALO, NY KEITH JELEEL NORWARD

Keith Jeleel Norward is a senior at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, NY and the son of Keith and Joyce Norward. He has been a member of the Buffalo, NY chapter for 14 years. In the community, he participates in volunteer services at the Buffalo urban League Gala, Children’s Hospital and Habitat for Humanity. He has decided to attend DePaul University where he will major in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship, with a Concentration in Marketing, Management and Decision Sciences.

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BURKE-FAIRFAX, VA AMIRI A. ANDERSON

Amiri is a senior at South County High School in Lorton, Virginia. He is the son of Antonio and Marsha Anderson, and he has been affiliated with the Burke-Fairfax Chapter for two years. Amiri is currently in the Marching Band, and he is in the Jazz Band at school. He enjoys swimming in his leisure time. Amiri is looking forward to pursuing a career in Hospitality Management.

AMAYA GRAY

Amaya Gray is the daughter of Chris Gray and Stephanie Gray. Amaya attends Edison High School in Alexandria, Virginia. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 12 years. She currently serves as the parliamentarian for her senior teen group. Amaya is a four-year varsity letterman in basketball and serves as the captain for her school’s team. She is looking forward to attending college in the fall of 2018, and will pursue a major in finance.     

JESSICA LAUREN KITCHINGS

Jessica Kitchings is a member of the Burke-Fairfax chapter, currently serving as senior teen Vice-President. Jessica is the daughter of Dietta Kitchings. An honor-roll student at Fairfax Baptist Temple Academy, she currently serves as Vice-President of the student council and she is on the school’s basketball team. Jessica serves in the youth ministry at her church and she desires to live out her favorite Bible verse “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31. Upon graduation from high school, Jessica plans to attend college a

LAURYN MANN

Lauryn is a senior at James Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia. She is the daughter of Cedric and Tammy Mann and has been a member of the Burke-Fairfax Chapter for 16 years. Lauryn currently serves as Teen President and has held other offices including, Vice President, and Teen Conference Chairman. At her school, Lauryn serves as a team leader for the yearbook staff and as an officer in the Partners Club, an organization for students with special needs. Lauryn has a heart for service and volunteers at INOVA Children’s Hospital. Lauryn plans to pursue a career in Social Work.

AMIRA SPARROW

Amira Sparrow is a senior at South County High School in Lorton, Virginia and is the daughter of Alan Watson and Tilda Sparrow-Fleming. She has been a member of the Burke-Fairfax Chapter for 4 yrs. Amira is currently the co-chair of the teen conference committee and she has also served as the historian and the secretary. She plans on attending Hampton University and going into the phramacy field.

BURLINGTON-WILLINGBORO, NJ JORDAN Z. BAXTER

Jordan Z. Baxter, son of Tia V. Baxter, is a senior at Holy Cross Academy in Delran, NJ. He has been in Jack and Jill for fifteen years. Currently, he serves as President of the Black Onyx Teen Group. He played football and basketball for the last four years and served as captain for both teams. He volunteers at Lourdes Hospital distributing newspapers to the sick and SisterHood, Inc. organizing donated items. Jordan has been accepted to numerous colleges, but he is undecided on which to attend. He plans on earning a dual degree in Business and Psychology.

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FAITH VICTORIA BONETT

Faith, a senior at Moorestown High School, is the daughter of Drs. Anthony & Deirdre Bonett. She has been a member of the Burlington-Willingboro Chapter for 16 years. She is active in her church and Young Life. Faith is president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes & Students United for Driving Safe. She is a 4 yr varsity basketball player, 3 year captain, and has received awards including Complete Athlete Award & All-Conference/AllTournament Teams. Faith will attend the University of New Hampshire on a full academic/athletic scholarship for Division 1 basketball majoring in Marine Biology.

ARIANA ELIZABETH COBB

Ariana Elizabeth Cobb is a senior at Holy Cross Academy and is the daughter of Robert and Deirdre Cobb. She has been a member of the Burlington-Willingboro Chapter for 15 years and has served as Teen Editor and Chair of the Nominations & Elections, Bylaws, Apparel and Scrapbook Committees. Ariana is Senior Class Secretary and a member of the softball and cheerleading teams and the Yearbook and Tumbler Magazine staff. She is also a Technical Arts Intern at her church and a member of the Burlington County Times Teen Reality Panel. She will attend Howard University and major in journalism.

TAJA YASMEN MITCHELL

Taja Yasmen Mitchell, is a senior at Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton, New Jersey and is the daughter of Todd and Yvette D. Mitchell, she has been a member of the Burlington~Willingboro Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for six (6) years. Taja is an active member of the Alice Paul Institute’s Girls Advisory Council where she leads projects that encourage young women around the world to be a voice of change and positivity. She has decided to attend Rutgers University where she will major in Animal Science and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

JEREMIAH BENJAMIN MITIAL

Jeremiah Benjamin Mitial is a senior at Columbia High School and is the son of Ms. Sherlie Blaise. He has been a member of the Burlington-Willingboro Chapter for 4 years and has served on the following committees Banner, Display, Apparel and Bylaws. He is currently the treasurer of the Black Onyx teen group. He will attend the University of Maryland where will he will major in Sports Management and minor in Journalism.

KADIN PEGRAM

Kadin Pegram is a senior at Burlington Township High School in Burlington, New Jersey and is the son of SMSgt John Pegram and Tracy Pegram. He has been a member of the Burlington-Willingboro Chapter for ten years and served as the Historian and Secretary. Kadin is a varsity letterman in football and a two-time varsity letterman in baseball. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. Kadin’s top college choices are the University of Maryland and The College of New Jersey. He plans to major in Computer Science.

CAMREN RICE

Camren Rice, senior at Burlington Township High School in Burlington New Jersey, son of Darren and Tamika Rice. Member of the Burlington Willingboro Chapter for 2 years and served as Fund Raising Chair. Member of the National Honor Society and Boys State Delegate, Class of 2017. Participated in Cooper Medical School Junior Urban Medical Pioneers Program 2016. Volunteered at Ronald Mc Donald House, and VFW Post 4914, Willingboro. Camren will attend Towson University in a pre-med related major, to pursue a career as a physician.

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CENTRAL NEW JERSEY, NJ JUSTIN BROWN

Justin Brown is a senior at Hillsborough High School in New Jersey and is the son of Timothy and Mary Brown. He has been a member of the Central New Jersey Chapter for eight years. Justin has participated in many activities including National Spanish Honor Society, Peer Mentoring, Omega Leadership Institute and three varsity sports (football, basketball and track). His future plans include majoring in Kinesiology and becoming a physical therapist.

CHRISTOPHER MEREDAY

Christopher Mereday is a senior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, New Jersey and is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Clifton and Stacey Mereday II. Christopher has been a member of the Central New Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill for sixteen years. He is currently the Teen President of his chapter. Christopher has been a member of his high school cross country team and track team for four years. Christopher has decided to attend Temple University where he will major in supply chain management.

SAMUEL EVAN PEAL

Samuel Evan Peal is a senior at the Solebury School in New Hope, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Audi and Michelle Peal. Evan has been a member of the Central New Jersey Chapter of Jack and JIll for 16 years. He has served as Teen Legislative Chair, Teen Editor and Teen Treasurer. He is a member of the Solebury Debate Club and Competition Team and has been a Varsity Wrestler. Evan is the Vice President of the Youth Ministry at Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, and has spent two summers in Appalachia helping to repair homes. He plans to major in Political Science.

NINA PEMBERTON

Nina Pemberton is a senior at Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, NJ and is the daugther of Dennis and Jill Pemberton. She has been a member of the Central New Jersey Chapter for 4 years and was a previous member of the Pittsburgh and Buckhead Atlanta chapters. She is a member of the Varsity Swim team, participates on the stage crew for her school plays and musicals, and has a passion for film. She plans on attending a liberal ars school majoring in Film Production.

CAMILLE JOCELYN REDMOND

Camille Jocelyn Redmond is a senior at West Windsor- Plainsboro High School North in Plainsboro, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Dwayne and Lisa Redmond. Camille has been a member of the Central New Jersey Chapter for 16 years. She has served as the Treasurer and Recording Secretary of the Senior Teen Group and is the Vice President of the Gavel Club. Camille is a member of the National Honor Society, the captain of her varsity field hockey team, and a varsity lacrosse player. She has been a Girl Scouts for 13 years. She plans to major in neuroscience.

VAUGHN AIDEN RICE

Vaughn Aiden Rice is a senior at Bernards High School in Bernardsville, NJ and is the son of Roger Allen Rice and Monica Burch. He has been an active member of the Central New Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill for 16 years and has served as Teen Chaplain and Sergeant at Arms. He is a member of The National Society of High School Scholars. Vaughn has volunteered with the Appalachia Service Project to help repair homes in West Virginia and Tennessee. He plans to major in BioMedical Engineering and minor in Mechanical. He also plans to participate in a NCAA fencing program while in college.

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CAMRYN SETTLES

Camryn Settles is a senior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School, in Flemington, New Jersey and is the daughter of Corey and LaBrena Settles. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 4 years; with her last two years spent in the Central New Jersey Chapter, where she is currently serving as the Teen Chaplain. She is also Secretary of the Gavel Club, a member of the National, Science, and Spanish Honor Societies, the Harlem Gospel Choir, and an active volunteer throughout her high school career. She plans to attend an HBCU, majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in music.

CHESTER COUNTY, PA JUSTIN SPENCER CALDWELL

Justin Spencer Caldwell is the son of Jeffrey and Patrice Caldwell. Justin is a senior at B. Reed Henderson High School in West Chester, PA, where he is the captain of the varsity tennis team. Justin has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Chester County Chapter for over 13 years. He plans to major in Business Management.

JARED COOPER

Jared Cooper is a senior at West Chester East High School in West Chester, PA and is the son of Emilio and Elise Cooper. He has been a member of the Chester County PA Chapter for 8 years. Jared is a year-round varsity athlete, two-time team captain, and school record holder in football and track and field. He is a member of the National Honor Society and has maintained a 3.5 grade point average througout his career. Jared serves as a tutor, mentor, and youth usher at church Jared is currently determining where he will continue his education.

CAMERON GRAY

Cameron is a senior at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. His classes focused on science and math, and he has consistently made the honor roll. He is the son of Samuel D. Gray, Jr. and Tanya V. Deyo. Cameron has been a member of the Chester County Chapter since he was two years old, and is currently Parliamentarian of the teen group. Cameron participates in several school clubs and activities, and also enjoys traveling. One of his travel goals is to visit every state in the U.S. Cameron is interested in pursuing a career in international business or finance.

TYLER GENET LYNCH

Tyler Genet Lynch is a senior at Harriton High School in Rosemont, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Thomas G. Lynch IV and Dr. Robin Vann Lynch. Tyler has been a member of the Chester County Chapter since 2016. She has served on the Teen Executive Board as Corresponding Secretary and Chaplain. Tyler is a member of the National Honor Society, Harriton Theater Company, Pep Band and Black Student Union. Tyler plans to study English and Film and Television Studies in college and has been accepted to Duquesne University and The University of Pittsburgh.

JASMINE MACFARALANE

Jasmine MacFaralane is a senior at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware and is the daughter of Damita and Earl MacFarlane. She has been a member of the Chester County Chapter for 10 years. She is a volunteer at Jennersville Regional Hospital and works as a tennis coach with the program Tennis Rocks. She has decided to attend Washington University in St. Louis where she will major in Biology on a Pre-Med track.

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SEMARI MASSEY

Semari Massey is a senior at Downintown Stem Academy in Downingtown, PA and is the son of Dawn & Corey Massey. He has been a member of the Chester County Chapter for 3 years. Semari is a member of the Continential Futbol club and enjoys the community service activities he participates in. His most memorable activity was participating in Rites of Passage. Semari has not committed to a college, however, he has decided to pursue a degree in a STEM field.

KAYLA MADELINE PARHAM

Kayla is a senior at Downingtown East and is the daughter of Christopher and Jill Cochran Parham. 13 year member in Chester County, Kayla was honored with a certificate from PA State Senator Andrew Dinniman for her equestrian community service and selected by the Smithsonian as a National Youth Delegate at Washington Youth Summit on the Environment. She served as Teen Officer Nominations Chairperson, held various offices and attended National and Regional JnJ Conferences in Bermuda and Bahamas. Kayla will matriculate at Delaware Valley University, majoring in equine breeding. and training.

JEFFERI ANDREW STRONG

Drew is an Honor Roll Senior at Strath Haven High School in Wallingford, PA and is the son of Harold and Michelle Strong. A member since 2015, Drew has served as Teen Vice President and is currently Teen Chapter President. He is a 2nd degree Black Belt, a member of the Franklin Mint Credit Union Youth Advisory Board, the Strath Haven Mock Trial and Hi-Q Teams and serves in the Scolarship Ministry at First African Baptist Church. Drew will attend college in the Fall and major in Political Science with plans to pursue a career in Public Service or Law.

LAUREN ELIZABETH TURMAN

Lauren is an honors senior at Westtown School in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and is the daughter of Terrance and Yolanda Turman. She has been a member of the Chester County chapter for 15 years, and has presided as chapter Teen President and is currently Eastern Regional Teen Foundation Chair. She participated in Rites of Passage 2017, chaired the Girls Advisory Board of Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, heads her school’s Black Women’s Affinity Group, Religious Life Committee, and Democrats Club. Lauren is considering several schools, in aspiration of becoming a Broadcast Journalist.

JADA IMANI WARD

Jada Imani Ward is a senior at Downingtown high school east in Pennsylvania. Jada has been a member of the Downingtown marching band all four years of high school. This past summer she traveled to Europe and performed band music with other high school students. Jada is an active member of New Direction Bible Fellowship. Jada plans to attend an HBCU in the fall of 2018. She has been a member of the Chester County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. since 2013. She is currently Teen Chaplain and has previously served as Teen Parliamentarian.

CORA WILLIAMS

Cora, the daughter of Edward & Deanna Williams attends Episcopal Academy. She is on the boards of the BSU and Diversity Awareness group, and is co-captain for her school’s dance team. Cora has participated in competitive gymnastics, and received many awards and recognition. Cora’s community service is extensive, including work in Jamaica and tutoring children at an afterschool program. She has been member of the Chester County Chapter since 2001 and currently holds the position of Editor. She is a member of St. Paul’s Baptist Church and looks forward to attendiing college in the Fall.

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JASMINE NICOLE WILLIAMS

Jasmine Nicole Williams is the proud daughter of Terence and Lisa Williams. She has been a member of the Chester County chapter for 10 years. She’s currently recording secretary of the teen group, and she has held this position for three years. Jasmine is a graduating senior at Garnet Valley High School. She’s a distinguished honors student and a member of the National Honors Society, Tri-M , and National Journalism Society. She has participated in track and basketball at her high school, and has been an active leader in Aevidum, drama club, choir, and her school’s prestigious select choir.

COLUMBIA, MD MCCALL ALEXIS MATTISON BROWN

McCall Alexis Mattison Brown, daughter of Mark and Valerie Brown, is the Sergeant at Arms of the Columbia, Maryland Chapter. McCall is a senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland. She is an exceptional student, Captain of the Varsity Track team, President of Best Buddies, Treasurer of the Black Student Association, and Vice President of the FBLA. McCall volunteers at Celebration Church and other community organizations. McCall was presented to society on April 8, 2017 by the Columbia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. McCall will pursue an accounting degree in the fall.

SIERRA IMAN BURRISON

Sierra Iman Burrison is a senior at Atholton High School in Columbia, MD and is the daughter of Mr. David R. Burrison Jr. and Dr. Lindiwe F. Greenwood Burrison. Sierra has been a member of the Columbia, MD Chapter of Jack and Jill for fourteen years. Sierra has been involved in the Columbia, MD Teen Executive Board as Parliamentarian and Corresponding Secretary. She is a member of the Atholton High Women’s Choir. She is also involved in Delta Gems and Scholars. Sierra enjoys volunteering in the community. She plans to major in psychology once she attends college in the fall.

DAYNA VICTORIA BUTLER

Dayna Victoria Butler is a senior at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, MD and is the daughter of Richard and Valerie Butler. She has been a member of the Columbia Chapter for ten years. Dayna is currently the President of the Next Generation Leadership Academy, NSBE Jr. Chapter in Howard County, MD, and has been a member for three years. She has decided to attend an HBCU where she will major in engineering and plans to focus on healthcare.

CAMERON CARTER

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Barack Obama. Cameron Carter, son of Lisa Harbour Carter and Renfield Carter, is a senior at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, MD. He actively participates in the Student Government Association, former Junior Varsity Basketball team player, JROTC, volunteers and serves within the community, and has been a member of Jack and Jill of America since 2014. Cameron plans to attend college in the fall, with an interest in cybersecurity.

KENDALL VICTORIA HOWZE

Kendall Victoria Howze is a senior at Glenelg High School in Maryland and has actively participated in theatre, the Black Leadership Union, Varsity Basketball, and Delta Scholars. In addition, Kendall has volunteered with the Therapeutic Recreational Riding Center; served at St. John’s Baptist Church’s cold weather shelter for the homeless; and packaged meals for Howard County’s Feed the Homeless Initiative. She received an accommodation from President Obama in recognition of her volunteer hours. Kendall is active in ASCEND which not only offers educational and career development but provides community service. She will pursue business and Spanish.

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BURTON WORMLEY LEWIS IV

Burton Wormley Lewis IV (Tony) is a senior at Oakland Mills High School (OMHS) in Columbia, MD and is the son of Burton (III) and Tamara Lewis. He has been a member of the Columbia, MD Chapter for six years. Tony played Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity Football (MSJ and OMHS -Middle Linebacker). He has been serving his community since age five. Tony plans to major in Psychology to pursue a career in the FBI.

WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER LOURY LOMAS

William is currently homeschooled in Howard County, Maryland. He is the son of Jarrod Lomas and Dr. Lisa Loury Lomas. He joined Jack and Jill in Chicago at the age of four, and has been a member of the Columbia, Maryland Chapter since the age of seven. He has al-ways been very active and is currently the Senior Teen Recording Secretary. He plans to at-tend Hampton University majoring in sociology and film.

KENNEDY GRAY MANLEY

Kennedy Gray Manley is the daughter of Julie and Kenneth Manley and a senior at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore, Maryland. She has been a member of the Columbia, Maryland Chapter for fifteen years. Kennedy is an honor student who serves as President of the Model United Nations Club. Kennedy is a member of Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society, the National Spanish Honor Society, Red Key Admissions Ambassadors, and the Varsity Crew team. Kennedy also serves as Congressman Elijah Cummings’ Youth Fellow and looks forward to majoring in computer science in college.    

JORDAN ROBERT MARSH

Jordan Robert Marsh is a senior at Atholton High School in Columbia, MD and is the son of Steve and Jewel Marsh. He has been a member of the Columbia, MD Chapter of Jack and Jill for ten years. Jordan enjoys serving the homeless at So Others Might Eat (SOME) in Washington, DC and volunteering at the Howard County Food Bank. He will attend Towson University where he will major in business administration while continuing to play football.

BROOKE TAYLOR MASON

Brooke Taylor Mason is a senior at Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland and is the daughter of Gregory and Kelly Mason. She has been a member of the Columbia, MD Chapter of Jack and Jill for twelve years. Brooke is an honor roll student whose activities include being a member of the National Honor Society, Delta Scholars, Black Student Union, and four year member and Captain of the Varsity Volleyball team. She hopes to attend Howard University where she will major in psychology/criminology with plans to pursue a career as a forensic psychologist in the FBI.

LAUREN NIXON

Lauren Nixon is a senior at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland. She has been a member of Jack and Jill, Inc. for sixteen years. Lauren currently serves as the Senior Teen 2nd Vice President and volunteers her time at Excel Academy, a public charter school in SE Washington, DC. Lauren plans to attend college in the fall and will major in business and minor in biology.

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MAX REED

Max Reed, son of Darrell and Rebecca Reed has been a member of the Columbia, MD Chapter for five years. He currently serves as Senior Teen President. Max attends Reservoir High School in Fulton, MD. He is a member of the National Honor Society, National Mathematics Society, and President of Alpha Achievers. Max is a Varsity Letterman in Football, Wrestling and Lacrosse while maintaining a 4.5 weighted GPA. He was recently voted 2nd Team All County, Tight End. Upon graduation, Max will attend University of Southern California or West Point to pursue a degree in neurobiology.

MILAN REED

Milan Reed is a senior at Our Lady Of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland and is the daughter of Candace Dodson-Reed. She has been a member of the Columbia, Maryland Chapter for sixteen years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a graduate of Leadership Howard County, a member of the International Baccalaureate program, treasurer for Model UN, and four year starter on the Varsity Track team. She also participates in the Black Student Union and Future Medical Students Club. Milan will attend college and major in neuroscience or biology.

BAILEY SIMONE ROBERTS

Bailey Simone Roberts has been a member of the Columbia, MD Chapter for five years. Her parents are Lewis and Erica Roberts. She attends Atholton High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society, the Junior Dance Company, Delta Scholars and GEMS, the Black Student Union, and Howard County TAC. She is the Senior Teen Treasurer. Bailey plans to major in neuroscience.

REINALDO “REY” ROBINSON

Rey Robinson is a senior at Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City, Maryland and the son of Arthur and Luzmila Robinson. He has been a member of the Columbia, Maryland Chapter for nine years. He has been a World Hunger Youth Ambassador at the Model United Nations, Leader for Global Citizenship on the Journey to Adulthood Ireland Pilgrimage, a member of the Glenelg STEM Robotics Team, a Captain and Junior Olympics wrestler on the Varsity Wrestling Team and a Hurdles record holder on the Varsity Track & Field Team. He plans to attend Rochester Institute of Technology to study environmental engineering.

JOSHUA ALEXANDER TURNER

Joshua Alexander Turner is a 2018 graduate of Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville, Maryland. He is the son of Rev. Dr. Robert and Dr. Kimberly Turner, and the brother of Jessica Antoinette Turner. He is a four year athlete, with Varsity Letters in Football and Basketball. Josh was inducted into the Alpha Achiever’s program, and currently serves as the Vice President of this student organization. He has been a member of the Columbia, Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill, Incorporated since 2012. He plans to attend an HBCU and study business and marketing.

MARLA VARNADO

Marla Varnado attends Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Towson, Maryland. She is the daughter of Arthur and Martina and has been a member of the Columbia Chapter for nine years. Marla is Senior Teen Parliamentarian, NDP Senior Class Treasurer, a Captain of her Varsity Basketball team, a school Ambassador, and the lead for her school’s partnership with Sisters Academy in Baltimore. She is also a 2017 Debutante. She is an active participant in teen events that stop hunger and serve needy children and the mentally ill. She is a college bound scholar.

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EASTERN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT ZION OLLIVIERRE

Zion Ollivierre is a senior at Bunnell High school in Stratford, CT. He is the son of Garrick Fearon and Collette Fearon. At school, he is involved in marching band and attends a performing arts school where he studies music. Zion has been a member of the Eastern Fairfield County chapter for 3 years. He has held the role as Photographer, Corresponding Secretary, and chapter President. Zion is also a member of his church’s Praise and Worship team where he plays the drums. Ultimately, he will attend college and major in Music technology and production.

ESSEX HUDSON, NJ GERALD GRAVES, JR.

Gerald Graves, Jr., is a senior at Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is the son of Jerry and Paige Graves of South Orange, New Jersey. Gerald has been a member of the Essex Hudson Chapter for 11 years and has served as President, Historian and Sergeant-at-Arms. Gerald has held many leadership positions in his school, such as band president and student diversity board and received the school’s highest individual award, the Spirit Award. Gerald is undecided as to where he will attend college, but has been accepted to Ithaca College, Drexel University, Fairfield University and Emerson College to study film and media arts.

CHANNING BLAISE RUSSELL

Channing Blaise Russell is a senior at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, NJ and is the son of Tatia Mays-Russell and Royce Russell, Esq. and big brother to Monroe Bailey Russell. Channing has been a member of the Essex Hudson Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. He has served as Essex Hudson Chapter’s Foundation Chair, Vice President, and on the Eastern Regional Board as Teen Foundation Chair. Channing is a 4-year All-Conference Football player and member of the Varsity Basketball team. This fall Channing will attend Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

GREATER ALBANY, NY JELANI WIGGINS

Jelani Wiggins is a senior at Fairfield Preparatory High School in Fairfield, AL and is the son of Franklin and Sheree Adams. He has been a member of the Greater Albany Chapter for 5 years. Jelani has been active in Equinox, A Simple Day of Giving, Youth Activities at his church, Regional Food Bank and Alpha Esquires Mentoring. He has decided to attend Talladega College where he will major in General Studies while playing on the Mens’ Basketball Team.

GREATER ESSEX COUNTY, NJ ALANZA BLAKE

Alanza was born in Maplewood, NJ and is currently an honor student attending Columbia H.S. Athletics’ have played a major role in her life, playing lacrosse for three years. Alanza is an avid world traveler. She hopes to continue traveling the world and to study abroad in Paris. Community service is an integral part of Alanza’s life. Since the age of two she has been a member of GECC. As a sophomore, Alanza received early acceptance to Hampton University. She is also considering Temple University, and Spelman College. As an alumni of the Girls Who Code program, Alanza has decided to pursue

KARA BORDEN

Kara Borden is a senior at The Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, NJ and is the daughter of Bill and Terri Borden. She has been a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter of Jack and Jill, Incorporated for 15 years. Kara has been involved in various community activities including New York City Harvest, community clean up and has volunteered at several elder care homes through her school. Kara will attend The University of Miami where she is a recruited soccer player and will major in Exercise Physiology. Kara wants to work with athletes in physical therapy. 172


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JOELLE NICOLE CRICHLOW

Joelle Nicole Crichlow is a Senior at The Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey, and is the daughter of David and Rhonda Crichlow. She has been a Greater Essex County Chapter member for 15 years. Joelle served as Class President during her Freshman, Sophmore and Junior years of high school, and attended The School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, DC during the second semester of her Junior year. Joelle is also a four-year varsity tennis player, and served as a Co-Captain of the tennis team during her Senior year. She has decided to attend Amherst College.

MATEO GREEN

Mateo Green is a senior at Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ and is the son of Natasha Green and Antoine Green. He has been a member of the Greater Essex Jack and Jill chapter for 15 years. He is a member of the Minority Achievement Council (MAC Scholars), and Players Development Academy Soccer team (PDA). He is undecided as to which school he will attend and intends to study Business. He plans to play collegiate soccer.

KAYLA ALEXANDRA MACKAY

Kayla MacKay, a Senior at Newark Academy (NA) in Livingston, New Jersey, is the daughter of Craig and Kimberly (Banks) MacKay. Currently Teen VP, she has been a member of Greater Essex County Chapter (GECC) for 18 years. Kayla plays Varsity Field Hockey, runs Indoor/Outdoor Track, is VP of NA’s black student group (Umojaa), and performs in the IB Dance class. Kayla’s community activities include tutoring local elementary students, building houses for needy families in Guatemala and working at Homeless Solutions Inc. (NJ). She will attend college in the Fall, where she plans to study Public

COLE BENOIT MATTOX

Cole Benoît Mattox is a senior at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, NJ and the son of Kuae Kelch Mattox and Teddy Louis Mattox. He has been a member of the Greater Essex County, NJ chapter for 13 years. He is an AP Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society and Founder/CEO of North Tabor Capital, a quantitative hedge fund. Among his many activities, he is a Varsity lacrosse player, Peer Leader and treasurer of the Chinese Honor Society. He plans to attend college in the fall and major in computer science.

CHRIS MUKETE

Chris Mukete is a senior at Millburn High School in Millburn, New Jersey and is the son of Colin Mukete and Sandra Oliver-Mukete. He has been a member of the GECC for over 12 years. He has ran in the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and volunteered at various local food shelters. Lacrosse has played a major role in his life. Next year he will be attending IMG Academy.     

FLOYD EMMANUEL PATTERSON, JR.

Floyd Emmanuel Patterson, Jr is a Senior at The Pennington School in Pennington, NJ where he is a boarding student. He is the son of Floyd Patterson, Sr. (Deceased) and Dena Douglas Patterson and has been a member of the Greater Essex Chapter for 8 years. Floyd has volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club of Newark 5K Race, Clothing, Toy & Food Drive and the Stop Hunger Now Food Bank. At Pennington he played Varsity Lacrosse and ran Varsity Track. Floyd will attend college in the fall where he plans to study Business and play Lacrosse.

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MYLA SKYE STOVALL

Myla Stovall is a senior at the The Pingry School in Basking Ridge and is the daughter of Nicole and Tony Stovall. Myla has been a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. Myla has been a 4 year Varsity field hockey player for which she received numerous awards including 2nd Team All-State North Non-Public, 1st Team All-County and All-Conference. Myla was Captain of her Field Hockey team, a Peer Leader and Blue Key Society member. Myla plans on playing field hockey for Wesleyan University where she intends on majoring in Neuroscience and Journalism

ALYSE EMMA THORNTON

Alyse Emma Thornton is a senior at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey and is the proud daughter of Ivan Thornton and the wonderful Thomasina Toles Thornton. She has been a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter for 17 years. She has been involved in numerous groups and organizations, such as Progressive Achievers; Leading Ladies, Minority Achievement Club, Fountain Baptist Church, and Student Council. She has applied to numerous Universities; however she has not made her final decision where she anticipates receiving a baccalaureate degree and making a positive impact on her community and the political world.

LEEANA THORNTON

Leeàna Thornton is a Senior at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey and is the daughter of Thomasina and Ivan Thornton. She has been a member of Greater Essex County Chapter for 17 years. In her community, she is a member of Progressive Achievers: Leading Ladies, Black Student Union, and The Debate Team; along with tutoring students in Algebra. She has decided to take a gap year to travel with a philanthropic group intending to support/aid citizens in third world countries     

ALEXANDRA FLOURNOY WADE

Alexandra (Ali), the daughter of Joyce and Charles Wade of South Orange, NJ graduates from Montclair Kimberley Academy in 2018. Ali has excelled in leadership positions at MKA serving as Class Vice President for four years, Student Diversity Committee leader, House Captain, and Cheerleading Captain. As a 16-year GECC member, Ali has served as Chaplain, Community Service chair and currently the Teen Chapter President. In 2018 Ali will attend The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a healthcare related business career.

JACOB ROSS WALTHOUR III

Jacob Ross Walthour III is a senior at Salisbury Boarding School in Salisbury, Connecticut. He is the son of Jacob Walthour, jr. and Judge Shawndya L. Simpson, a past president of GECC. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 17 years. Jacob is a Top Nationally ranked Lacrosse Player, he is ranked 43rd Nationally, 7th best Defender and 2nd best Long Stick Middie in the Nation. Jacob ran a summer Lacrosse camp for young boys in East Orange, NJ and has voluntee

TYLER D. WILLIAMS

Tyler Williams is a senior at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, NJ and is the son of Anré and Paula Williams. He has been a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter, NJ for 14 years. Tyler is an accomplished photographer serving as the resident photographer for multiple school clubs. Additionally, he has been a member of the varsity track team throughout his time in high school. Tyler has decided to attend The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania where he will major in Finance.

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GREATER HARTFORD, CT JACKSON DAVIS V

Jackson is a senior at Avon High School in Avon, CT and is the son of Jackson Davis IV and Cynthia Davis. He’s been a member of the Greater Hartford Chapter for 5 years. Jackson is a three-time oratorical cluster winner, appointed to the judicial board and participated in community service from west to east coast. He was handpicked to travel to China for President Obama’s first international My Brother’s Keeper trip and youngest person to submit and receive approval for an USPS stamp for York, the slave who traveled on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

EVAN MINGO

Evan Mingo is a senior at Canton High School in Canton, CT and is the son of Alan and Denise Mingo. He has been a member of the Greater Hartford Chapter for 9 years, and is currently Teen President. Evan is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the Math, Science, Social Studies and Spanish National Honor Societies. He is a Model UN enthusiast, plays bass clarinet in the Symphonic Band, sings tenor in Concert Choir, and is a tutor. He plans to major in History and Sociology, obtain a PhD and become a professor.

SYDNI ALEXIS SCOTT

Is the cherished daughter of Kimberley Scott and the late Stuart Scott, and a 16 year member of the Greater Hartford Chapter, where she has been a regional oratorical winner, held various chapter and regional offices and presently serves as the Regional VP. She will graduate Miss Porter’s School, where she is a high honor student, Head of Diversity, All-State varsity soccer player, record holding jumper for varsity T/F and an avid singer. Sydni proudly brings awareness disparities in cancer research in partnership with the V Foundation. She is excited to compete as a track recruit.

ALEXA ARIANA SIMPSON

Alexa Ariana Simpson is a senior at Farmington High School in Farmington, CT. She is the daughter of Janel Simpson and Robert Simpson. She has been a member of the Greater Hartford Chapter of Jack and Jill Chapter for 11 years. Alexa is captain of the swim team, member of the varsity lacrosse team, National Honor Society and National Math Honor Society. She is founder and president of the Farmington High School Black Student Union. She has served as chapter Treasurer and Editor. Alexa plans to double major in statistic and communication and pursue a career in sports analytics.

TORY WESTBROOK, II

Tory Westbrook, II is a senior at Glastonbury High School in Glastonbury, CT and is the son of Dawne and Tory Westbrook. He has been a member of the Greater Hartford Jack and Jill Chapter for 12 years. He is a talented vocalist performing with the Glastonbury High School Concert Choir, the Madrigals Choir, and New England Music Festival Association’s regional choir for the past four years. Tory will attend Fisk University on a scholarship where he will major in Music Education.

FRANK HOWARD WILLIAMS

Frank Williams is a senior at Hall High School in West Hartford Connecticut. His parents are Kimberly and the late Anthony Williams. Frank is active in social justice. He is involved with the National Conference for Community and Justice Youth Action Coalition, leading the Hall High School Action Club, attending Connecticut Youth Forum Leadership Network, and attending the Hall High Gender and Sexuality Alliance. Frank is also active in Hall High’s theatre department. Frank will attend New York University in the fall to major in Physics, earn a Ph.D. andbecome a physics researcher.   

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GREATER UNION COUNTY, NJ MALCOLM D. FIELDS

Malcolm D. Fields is a senior at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and is the son of Dave and Holly Fields. Malcolm has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated since 2001. Malcolm is a nationally ranked fencer and is the founder of the Malcolm Fields Fencing Project; established to expose young children to the sport of fencing. Malcolm was recruited to the University of Notre Dame where he will major in business and fence for the Fighting Irish.

MADISON HAYNES

Madison Haynes is a senior at Cranford High School in Cranford, NJ and is the daughter of Mark & Aquila Haynes Leon-Soon. She has been a member of the Greater Union County Chapter for 2 years. During high school, she has participated in several programs and clubs including Duke University - Summer College Program, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. ASCEND program, community service in Costa Rica, Women’s Choir and her school’s Diversity Council. She also enjoyed playing on the school basketball team. Madison currently works as an intern at an accounting firm and plans to major in finance.

TARYN SPENCER PHILLIPS

Taryn Spencer Phillips is a senior at the Union County Vocational Technical Schools-Academy for Performing Arts, in Scotch Plains, New Jersey and is the daughter of Dr. Cory and Mrs. Erika Phillips. She has been a member of Greater Union County for 5 years and is currently Teen President. She volunteers at the Lord’s Kitchen at Shiloh Baptist Church in Plainfield, NJ and has been an avid participant in Relay for Life, raising money for the American Cancer Society. She has decided to attend Hampton University where she will major in business with a concentration in entrepreneurship.

GREATER SUBURBAN MARYLAND, MD JESSICA NICOLE BROWN

Jessica is a graduate of The Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, and is the daughter of Jerry and Tamara Brown, Esq. She is a Teen Charter Member of the Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter and served twice as Teen Vice President. Jessica is President of the Environmental Awareness and 3D Printing Clubs, and is a flutist in the Band and Chamber Orchestra. She serves on the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and is a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. She plans to attend college and major in Civil Engineering and minor in Urban Planning.

CAMERON KEITH CARTER

Cameron is a senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, MD and is the son of Darrin K. and Michelle H. Carter. Cameron serves as the Greater Suburban Maryland (GSM) Chapter Teen Parliamentarian. He is a member of the St. Mary’s Scholars, the National Honor’s Society, and the Captain of the Varsity Basketball Team. Cameron plans to attend college to major in physical therapy or materials engineering.

JAYLA HOLLIE

Jayla Hollie is a senior at North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland. She is the daughter of Derrick J. Hollie and Jacquannette Rene Hollie. She is a Teen Charter Member of the Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill and serves as Teen Treasurer. Jayla is an honor roll student, eight year competitive swimmer, and a four year letterman in high school. She also serves as a leader to her peers. In her spare time, Jayla plays piano and serves as a lifeguard in her community. She will attend college in the Fall majoring in Computer Science.

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KWASI KARL IRVING, JR.

Kwasi Irving, Jr. is a senior at St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Maryland and is the son of Kwasi Irving, Sr. and Nayoka Irving, Esq. Kwasi is a teen charter member of the Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter, has served as the Teen Vice-President and is currently serving his second term as the Teen President. Kwasi has participated as a Biomedical and an Engineering Intern at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is a Captain of the St. Vincent Pallotti Panthers Varsity Baseball. Kwasi will attend a university where he will major in Sports Medicine and Sports Management.

SKYLAR MADISON NORMAN

Skylar is in her senior year and is the daughter of Dana E. and Laura Norman. Skylar has taken honors courses, which earned her recognition from the National Honors Society. In addition to her core high school requirements, Skylar will have a full college semester completed upon graduation. She has been a Varsity Basketball Player for 4 years and Varsity Soccer Player for 3 years. She plans to finalize her selection to play college basketball this Spring. Skylar is a member of the Christian Athletes, Women in Leadership, AAU to name a few. Skylar wants to pursue a career in Sports Medicine.

MARLON ALEXANDER WAITS

Marlon Alexander Waits is a senior at the Oxon Hill High School Science and Technology Academy in Oxon Hill, MD and is the son of Kenneth and Barbara Waits. He is a Teen Charter Member of Greater Suburban Maryland Chapter and is the Teen Nominating Committee Chairman. He is an Eagle Scout and has a Black Belt in Taekwondo. He will attend college to study criminal justice and plans to pursue a career in forensic science.

JERSEY SHORE, NJ SHELBY CARRINGTON RAGIN

Shelby Carrington Ragin is a senior at the Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ. She is the daughter of Melinda and Shelwyn Ragin. Shelby has been a member of the Jersey Shore Chapter for five years. She is also involved in public speaking, investing, and community service. Shelby has decided to attend Cornell University where she will major in Finance and minor in Real Estate.

LOUDOUN, VA KENDALL SIMONE BOXE

Kendall Simone Boxe is the oldest daughter of Nicolette and Marlon Boxe. Kendall entered the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter (LCVC) of Jack and Jill, Incorporated, during middle school. Kendall maintained above a 4.0 G.P.A. throughout middle and high school and successfully balanced LCVC, her school’s National Honor Society service projects, and playing volleyball for her school and club league. Kendall’s dedication earned her early acceptance to Hamilton College in upstate New York, with a verbal commitment to Hamilton’s Volleyball program. Kendall plans to secure dual enrollment in Hamilton College and Dartmouth University to study Engineering.

CHLOE BROWN

Chloe Brown is a Senior at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, VA. Chloe has been a member of the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter for 10 years, and serves as the Teen Parliamentarian. Chloe is a member of the BRHS Key Club, Sigma Tau Sigma, and the Varsity Women’s Soccer Team where she has played since her freshman year when the team won the Virginia State High School 5A Championship. Chloe will be attending Howard University in Washington, DC, in the Fall of 2018, where she will represent the Bison as a member of the Women’s Soccer team.

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NOAH FORT

Noah Fort, a Senior at Briar Woods High School, is co-President of the History Club, Secretary of the International Club, Secretary of the Woodworking Club, Sergeant At Arms for the Spanish Club and is active in Falcon Legacy, INOVA Hospital Helpers, and the Jewish Club. Noah is also a member of the Saturday Leadership Academy, 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C., National Society of High School Scholars, and the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Upon graduation Noah will pursue a degree in Sociology with a minor in History at Old Dominion University.

TAYLOR BRIANNA HOSTEN

Taylor Brianna Hosten, daughter of Terence and Shani Hosten, is a senior at Dominion High School in Sterling, Virginia. Taylor has maintained a 4.0 GPA, is recognized by the National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society and participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum-Advanced Careers in Medicine at Johns Hopkins receiving college credit. She currently plays varsity basketball, varsity soccer, and was Dominion High School Girls soccer team’s 2017 “Most Valuable Player.” Taylor plans to pursue an education in Medicine. She has currently been accepted to Hampton University (Merit scholar), Spelman College and is awaiting other responses.

GABRIEL JEAN-MICHAEL JUPITER

Gabriel Jean-Michael Jupiter is a senior at Freedom High School in South Riding, VA, and is the son of Claton S. & Tracy Jupiter Vassell. He has been a member of the Loudoun County VA Chapter for 8 years and served as Community Service Chair. Gabriel is a multiple Community Service award-winner outside of Jack and Jill as well. He serves on several in-school leadership teams: FELT, FBLA and SOS. He is a varsity letterman in Baseball and one of the first young black men to integrate the school’s baseball program. Gabriel will pursue his collegiate education and major in Science.

MILES MYRON LIPSCOMB

Miles Myron Lipscomb is the son of Michael and Brenda Baugh Lipscomb, and is a senior at Potomac Falls High School in Potomac Falls, VA. He has been a member of Loudoun County VA chapter for six years where he worked on various committees. Miles served as a captain of the Varsity football team and received numerous leadership awards including Offensive MVP. He was selected All -District in 2017. He is member of the Jr. Usher Board at his church and serves as chaplain. Miles plans to attend Old Dominion University and will major in Education.

KENDALL LEIGH SHORT

Kendall Leigh Short is a senior at and a member of the National Honor Society and National Science Honor Society at Riverside High School in Leesburg, Virginia and is the daughter of John and Brenda Short. Kendall has been a member of the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill for eight years. Kendall recently received an Academic letter for achieving a 4.3 GPA through her junior year at Riverside High School. Kendall will take her talents to a four-year university and major in Bio-Chemistry to become a Dermatologist.

JAMES ALLEN SMITH, III

James Allen Smith, III, is the son of Carl and Tiffany Smith. He’s a senior at Freedom High School in South Riding, Virginia, where he is a member of the varsity football and baseball teams. James plays the bass for Freedom’s Artist Orchestra and has been a member of the Junior Regional and All County Orchestras. James has been a member of the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill for 11 years.

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AARON JASPER TALBERT

Aaron Jasper Talbert, a senior at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, Virginia, is the son of Trevor Talbert, M.D., and Amber Talbert. Aaron has achieved the Rank of Eagle Scout and is the Current Teen President of the Loudoun County Virginia Chapter. Aaron serves the needy through service projects with the Scouts, local shelters, and the Epsilon Zeta Boule. Aaron is a member of the Youth Leadership Academy of 100 Black Men, an avid soccer player and member of the Chess and Debate teams. Aaron is a physics tutor, and will double major in Finance and Mechanical Engineering.

WILLIAM JARED VAUGHN

William Jared Vaughn is a senior at Heritage High School in Leesburg, VA and is the son of William H. and Clarine Simpson Vaughn. He has been a member of the Loudoun County, VA, Chapter of Jack and Jill for 15 years, one of the last charter children. He served as Parliamentarian, Chaplain and Legislative Representative. He is a member of DECA and the Military Appreciation Club. He is a varsity letterman in Football and Track and Field. Jared will major in Marketing at Christopher Newport University.

MANASSAS-WOODBRIDGE, VA GABRIEL ARRINGTON

Gabriel Arrington is a senior at Potomac Senior High School in Dumfries, Virginia and is the son of Sheila and Gerald Arrington. Gabriel has been a member of the Manassas Woodbridge Virginia Chapter for twelve years and held positions in the chapter to include Editor, Chaplain and Sergeant of the Arms. Gabriel community activities include Prince William County NAACP Youth Council, President, Woodbridge Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha PSI Fraternity Kappa League Mentoring Program and Top Teen of America. Gabriel plans to major in business entrepreneurship.

JAMAL JALEN CARTER

Jamal Jalen Carter is a Senior at Potomac Senior High School in Dumfries, Virginia and is the son of Pamela R. and Jerome Carter. Jamal has been a member of the Manassas-Woodbridge, Virginia Chapter for eleven years. Jamal currently holds the position of Foundation Chair and former Recording Secretary. Some of his volunteer activities include: Teen Chapter Volunteering, Omega U Mentoring Program, and Kyle Wilson Walk for Fitness. Jamal plans to major in Business, focusing on Accounting working in a public or private sector.

JAMEL JEREMIAH CARTER

Jamel Jeremiah Carter is a Senior at Potomac Senior High School in Dumfries, Virginia and is the son of Pamela R. and Jerome Carter. Jamel has been a member of the Manassas-Woodbridge, Virginia Chapter for eleven years. Jamel currently holds the position of Program Director. Some of his volunteer activities include: Teen Chapter Volunteering, Omega U Mentoring Program, and Dale City Boys and Girls Club Fitness Passport. Jamel plans to major in Sports Management, focusing on Kinesiology working in the private sector.

LEAH JOLIE MORTON

Leah Jolie Morton is a senior at Kettle Run High School in Nokesville, Virginia and is the daugher of Shawn A. and John P. Morton. Leah has been a member of the Manassas-Woodbridge, Virginia Chapter for six years. Leah has held the positions of teen treasurer, editor and president. Some of her volunteer activities include: teen chapter volunteering, Fauquier County Superintendent’s Student Council, and Fauquier County School Modernization Council. Leah plans to major in education and would like to teach in the upper elementary grades.

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METROPOLITAN, NY CHANDLER CARR

Chandler Carr is a senior at Trevor Day School in New York, New York and is the daughter of Lynette Alison Carr and John William Carr. She has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter for 11 years and has served as corresponding secretary and vice president. She has volunteered as a 2nd grade math teacher for the past three summers at St. Aloyisus and on Saturdays during the school year. She also participates regularly in community service activities. Chandler has not decided what college she will be attending in the fall but she plans to major in Biophysics.

LEE DENNIS

Lee Dennis is the son of Caryn Bailey and Willie Dennis. Lee is currently a senior at York Preparatory School. He has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter of Jack and Jill for 15 years. Lee has been an active volunteer via the chapter at the Bethel Church’s annual Thanksgiving Celebration as well as a tutor for four years at the St. Aloyisius Education Clinic. This past summer, Lee participated in National’s afro-cuban cultural exchange and humanitarian effort by traveling to Cuba. Lee will be attending Ithaca College in New York and will be majoring in psychology.

KHARI DERRICK

Khari Derrick is a senior at York Preparatory School in New York City and is the son of Rachel Christmas Derrick and Karlton Derrick. He has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter for 11 years. His interest in health and nutrition has led him to volunteer at the Food Bank for NYC and to participate in educational programs at Harlem Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical School. Khari will be attending Wesleyan University and plans to apply to the school’s College of Integrated Sciences.

DEBORAH EADDY

Deborah Eaddy is a senior at The Dalton School in New York, NY, and is the daughter of Richard and Carolene Eaddy. She has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter for fourteen years. Deborah is on the varsity track and field team at Dalton, competing in shot put, javelin, and discus. She is active in community service, especially through her church. Deborah has decided to attend Wesleyan University where she plans to major in history and economics.

DILLAN ROSS HAYNES

Dillan Ross Haynes is second generation Metropolitan Chapter and has been an avid participant since she was three years old. She has served as teen officer in the roles of editor, program director and is currently vice-president. She’s a senior at School of the Future where she participates in the chorus, was captain of the soccer and basketball team and plays on the softball team. She enjoys working with special needs children and participated in Nationals’ excursion to Cuba. Dillan aspires to be a world renowned fashion designer, interning for various designers and taking pre-college courses at FIT.

PAUL HILL

Paul Hill is graduating from The Asheville School in Asheville, NC on May 26th. Paul is the son of Paula Broadwater-Hill and David Hill and is a resident of New York City. Paul has been an active participant in the Metropolitan Chapter for 17 years. As an active NYC teen, Paul has taken an interest in film, art, and social justice. As an Asheville School athlete, Paul has excelled in football, wrestling, and lacrosse. Paul plans to play football in college.

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ZOE LEAH HOPKINS

Zoë is a senior at the The Brearley School in New York City. She is the daughter of Sheila Hopkins and Keith Butler. Zoë has been a member of the Metropolitan chapter for 13 years and is currently Teen President. Zoë founded Brearley’s Students of Color Association, is an award-winning Model Congress member and Interschool Leadership fellow. A nationally ranked fencer, she also loves art history having interned at several museums. She is also passionate about the elementary school children she tutors on a weekly basis. Zoë will attend Harvard University and plans to study History and Government.

SOPHIE LOUISE JOHNSON

Sophie Louise Johnson is a senior at the Hewitt School in New York. She is the daughter of Joseph and Dana Johnson and has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter for 13 years. She’s volunteered both locally and abroad and has been a summer camp counselor at the Bank Street School in New York. She was a high school all-star in volleyball and enjoys photography and culinary arts. She is an active member of her schools Young Women of Color Alliance and is looking forward to college where she plans pursue foreign language skills and study international relations.

NIA NORMA MEADOWS

Nia Meadows has been a student at Trinity School in NYC since kindergarten. She will be attending Harvard University in the fall of 2018. She has played piano since the age of five at the Mannes School of Music and guitar for three years. She is the founder and co-president of Women of Color, a student club addressing issues including cultural appropriation and representation in STEM. She studied computer programming with Girls Who Code and Introduction to “C” at Columbia University. Last summer she taught at the Harlem Math Institute. She is fluent in Spanish and is learning Mandarin.

RACHELLE RITTER

Rachelle is a senior at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ and is the daughter of Chrystie and Corbett Price. She has been a member of the Metrolpolitan New York Chapter of Jack and Jill for 8 years, and prior to that was a member of the Baltimore Chapter. Rachelle is active in the Young Democrats Club and the Association of Black Cultures Club. She also tutors middle school students in Chinese. She will major in East Asian studies in college.

HANNA LEE SANDERS

Hannah Sanders is a senior at Scarsdale High School in Scarsdale, New York and is the daughter of Howard and Karen Sanders. She has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter for 16 years. She is involved in volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and is a student athlete playing varsity field hockey and varsity track. She is a Free the Children recruitment officer, VP of Back to Work and on the prom committee . She has not made a decision on where she will attend college but she is interested in both STEM and artificial intelligence fields.

TYLER WOODS

Tyler Woods is a senior at Peddie, a boarding school in New Jersey. He is the son of Lana and Willie Woods. Tyler has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter for 15 years and served as editor. He is active in community service to the Bridge Foundation and Abyssinian Baptist Church. He is a LEAD fellow an Model UN Delegate. Tyler was on the junior varsity golf and football teams, and served as the manager for varsity football. Tyler plans to study sports management, political science and economics.

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MID-HUDSON VALLEY, NY MORGAN D. VALDES-BOTTER

Morgan D. Valdes-Botter, daughter of Michelle & Anthony Botter, will graduate with honors from Poughkeepsie Day School in June of 2018. A member of the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter for 4 years, Morgan has served as Vice President and Recording Secretary on the Teen Executive Board. A socially conscious and active young lady, Morgan is an aspiring attorney who has represented her school at Harvard University for Model UN and at Sarah Lawrence College for the Undoing Racism Seminar. Making the most of her time in Jack and Jill, Morgan has developed strengths and friendships that will last a lifetime.

AMONI HAYNES

Amoni Haynes is a Senior at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose New York, and is the son of Mark and Tawana Haynes. He has been a member of the Mid- Hudson Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill for nine years where he formerly served as Corresponding Secretary. Amoni is an honor student athlete who plays Varsity Basketball as well as competitive AAU Basketball. He has continuously serviced his community through his volunteer work at various organizations. Amoni will attend a four-year university where he will major in sports management and marketing.

KEIMONI HAYNES

Keimoni Haynes, a Senior at Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, New York, is the son of Mark and Tawana Haynes. He has been a member of the Mid Hudson Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill for nine years and has served as Sergeant-at-Arms. Keimoni is an honor student athlete who plays school and competitive travel basketball. He has volunteered his time at various community organizations. Keimoni is currently studying sports medicine and will continue his education at Mercy College where he will major in Exercise Science. Keimoni plans to pursue a career in physical therapy.

DYLAN MAIGNAN

Teen President Dylan Maignan is a Senior at Yorktown High School in Yorktown Heights, New York. He is the son of Marie-Anne and Pierre Maignan. Dylan has been a member of the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter for nine years, and has held the positions of Teen President, Treasurer and Foundation Chair. As a strong young man, Dylan is always ready to lend a helping hand. Dylan has a passion for medicine; he wants to be considered as a guardian or a friend to any patient in need, because that is what he loves to do.

TAYLOR ASHLEY PERRY

Taylor Ashley Perry is a Senior at Yorktown High School and is the daughter of Troy and Deon Perry. She has been a member of the Mid - Hudson Valley Chapter for 12 years. In her Senior year in high school, Taylor served as the Recording Secretary for the chapter.

BARRON THOMAS

Barron Thomas, a Senior at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut is the son of Derval and Judith Thomas. As a member of the Mid - Hudson Valley Chapter since 2011, Barron served as Sergeant at Arms. At Hotchkiss, Barron is the head of Men of Color and Board member of St. Luke’s Society, Hotchkiss’ community service club. Barron is a teaching assistant and tutor. He also plays soccer, and will enter Tulane University this fall.

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AUDREY WATT

Eastern Region Teen President Audrey Watt is the beloved daughter of Gary and De-Angela Watt. From the beginning, Audrey has been passionate about Jack and Jill, and has actively participated on all levels. As a member of the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter teen group, Audrey has held the positions of Treasurer, President and Vice President of the Gavel Club. In her spare time, Audrey loves to read, cook, sing, and play violin. Currently attending Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, NY, Audrey plans to major in Political Science, obtain her Juris Doctorate degree and pursue her dream of becoming a Federal Prosecutor.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD CAMRYN WREN CROSS

Camryn Wren Cross is a senior at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, MD and is the daughter of Sheila J. Mosee and Patrick A. Cross. She has been a member of the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter for 14 years. Camryn always advocates for the underdog and enjoys acting, sing and traveling. She will attend either Tulane University or The College of Wooster where she will be pre-med with a major in Psychology. Her future plan is to be a psychiatrist.

RODERICK “RICK” WAYNE HART III

Roderick “Rick” Wayne Hart III is a senior at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland and is the son of Robyn Hatchel Hart and Roderick W. Hart II. Rick has been a member of the Montgomery County (MD) Chapter for 4 years and previously the Prince Georges County Chapter for 4 years. He has been actively involved in community and extra-curricular activities, including: MSJ Senior Class President, National Honor Society, 2017 Alpha Phi Alpha Community Service Award recipient, and Eagle Scout. Rick plans to attend Morehouse College or Hofstra University and major in Global Studies

NIA LAUREN HOPE

Nia Lauren Hope is a senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland and is the daughter of Gregory and Doreen Hope. She has been a member of the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter for nine years and was Chapter Teen VP, Recording Secretary, and Editor. She served her community through volunteering at the Montgomery MedStar Hospital for two summers and on a regular basis for A Wider Circle, a local nonporift dedicated to furnishing homes of families in need. She is still contemplating her college choice but plans to major in History or Biology for pre-med studies.

LAURIELLE JOHNSON

Laurielle, the daughter of Laurece T. Laws and Lawrence M. Johnson, is a senior at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, MD. She has been a member of the Montgomery County Maryland Chapter for 13 years and serves as the Senior Teen Recording Secretary for 2017-2018. She is very active in the Youth Ministries at the People’s Community Baptist Church. She is a member of the National, Science National, Math and World Language Honor Societies. She is President of Girl Scout Troop 6260 and member of the DC Chapter of Children’s International Summer Villages. She intends to major in Architecture.

KENDALL CLAIRE JONES

Kendall is a senior at James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, MD. She is the daughter of Kevin Jones and Schonay Barnett-Jones, and has been of member of the Montgomery County, MD Chapter of Jack and Jill for 15 years. Kendall is a mezzo-soprano, and has performed in the MTI Broadway Jr. Collection (NY) , The Washington National Opera and the National Junior Theatre Festiival. She was nominated for the DC Theatre Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical Production. Kendall is excited about her opportunities and is undecided on her college choice at this time.

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RONALD LITTLE II

Ronald Little II is a senior at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, MD and is the son of Ronald & Kimberly Little. Member of Jack and Jill Chapter Montgomery County (MC), MD for 11 years. Volunteered for Race for the Cure, Manna Food Center and Wings For Joy. Ronald has received awards from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., MC Maryland Chapter for academic achievements. Ronald earned a spot on Maryland’s 1st Team All-State & 1st Team All-County soccer teams. Selected to Washington Post’s 2017 All-Met Team Second Team Soccer. Plans to major in Engineering & play soccer for University.

BENJAMIN ANDREW MAHONE

Benjamin is a senior at Colonel Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland and he is the son of Brian and Keitha Mahone. He has been a member of the Montgomery County Maryalnd Chapter of Jack and Jill for 13 years. Benjamin is a active member of Reid Temple AME Church - North Campus and a mentor for a community organization called Together Helping God’s Son, Inc. He has decided to attend Delaware State University in Dover , Delaware and will be majoring in Biology and is looking to become a Veterinarian.

HALEY ALEXIS PORTER

Haley Alexis Porter is a senior at the Bullis School in Potomac, MD and is the daughter of Stanley Eason Porter and Dr. Jennifer Parker Porter. She has been a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter for 16 years. Haley has been active in school playing on her Varsity Field Hockey Team, serving as a Student Ambassador and Tutor and as a member of the National Art Honor Society. She has also held office in the senior teen group for the past three years. Haley has decided to major in Applied Mathematics or Computer Science.

VICTORIA “TORI” SAMPSON

Victoria Sampson is a senior at Montgomery Blair High School located in Silver Spring, Maryland and is the daughter of Erwin and Sherri Sampson. She has been a member of the Montgomery County, MD chapter for 3 years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society and the National English Honors Society. Tori loves theater and photography and has served as Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager for various drama productions and as a photographer for the Montgomery Blair High School online newspaper. She will pursue a BFA in Photography in college.

JORDAN WILLIAM WASHINGTON

Jordan William Washington is the son of Samuel L. Washington, Jr. and Jacquelyn Sykes-Washington. He has been a member of the Montgomery County MD Chapter for fourteen years. Jordan was the 2017-18 chapter Teen President, and is an International Baccalaureate scholar, his high school marching band Drum Major and saxophone Section Leader, a varsity baseball player (Second Base), and an Eagle Scout and Gold Palm award recipient. He has decided to attend Hampton University where he will major in Pre-Law Studies and eventually pursue a career in Sports and Entertainment Management.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA JOHN “JACK” ANTHONY CLARK, JR.

John “Jack” Anthony Clark, Jr. is a senior at Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, PA and is the son of Dr. Jill and Mr. John Clark Sr. Jack has been a member of the Montgomery County, PA chapter since the age of 2. He is a member of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church and serves the community via local food banks and churches. Jack has accepted a full athletic scholarship from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA and intends to major in Business and Sports Management.

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DARREN GILES

Darren Giles is a senior at Cheltenham High School in Wyncote, PA and is the son of Susan Levy Giles and Darrell Giles. Darren has been a member of the Montgomery County, PA Chapter of Jack and Jill for the past year. He has been a member of his high school’s varsity track team for the past 3 years, a member of the track team for the Ambler Olympic Club, and has volunteered at the Elkins Park Free Library. To date, Darren has been accepted to St. John’s University, Fordham University, Loyola Marymount University, and Hofstra University. He intends to major in Business.

ASHLEIGH JANE GUNDY

Ashleigh is a senior at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Deirdre and Roy Gundy Jr. She has been a member of the Montgomery County Chapter for two years. Ashleigh has been involved with the Northern Home for Children, Cradles to Crayons, the Katie Sampson Foundation for spinal cord injury research, the Andrew Jackson School mentoring program and Bryn Mawr Tutoring. Ashleigh has decided to attend Cornell University where she will major in Communications in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism and play Division 1 Lacrosse.

MYLES XAVIER HUGEE

Myles Xavier Hugee is a senior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA and is the son of Byron and Jacqulynn Hugee. He has been a member of the Montgomery County, PA Chapter for nine years, and was a member of the South Jersey Chapter for one year. When Myles is not busy playing football or wrestling, he serves in leadership in several school organizations and volunteers in the children’s church and audio visual ministries at his church. Myles plans to attend Bowdoin College and major in Psychology and Political Science and play cornerback for the football team.

DERRICK JULIAN LAWSON

Derrick Julian Lawson is the son of Derrick and Tina Lawson. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for twelve years. He is a senior at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and is a member of the varsity basketball and Lacrosse teams. Derrick volunteers for several school and community organizations and plans to study political science in college.

AVERY JOAN PARKER

Avery Joan Parker is a senior at the Agnes Irwin School and has been a member of the Montgomery County, PA Chapter since 2015. She is the daughter of Albert and Melissa Parker. She currently serves as the Teen Community Service Chair and has also served as Recording Secretary and Historian. Avery will be attending Northeastern University, in Boston, MA, in the fall where she will pursue her interests in communications and marketing.

ERICK L. PULLIAN JR.

Erick L Pullian Jr is a senior at Upper Dublin Highschool in Fort Washington, PA and is the son of Erick and Shelly Pullian. He has been a member of the Montgomery County PA Chapter for 15 years. Erick has been an active member of his teen group where he has served as Sergeant of Arms and Historian. Erick is also an active member of his highschool community where he sings on two choirs, runs track and is a member of the Environmental Educational Club. Erick plans to attend college in the fall and at this time his major is undecided.  

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MACKENZIE RAMSEY

Mackenzie Ramsey is a senior at Springside Chestnut hill Academy in Philadelphia, Pa and is the daughter of Ric and Kym. She has been a member of Montgomery County for 13 years. As a Historian, teen conference chair, apparel chair, scrapbook committee, fundraising chair, scrapbook committee, and vice president. She is currently undecided, but will major in commercial real estate and pursue a career in that industry.

ALEXIS SMITH

Alexis Smith is a senior at Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Vanessa and Larry Smith. She has been a member of the Montgomery County, PA Chapter for 3 years and was a member of the Potomac Valley, MD Chapter for 4 years prior. She plays for an ECNL travel soccer team and is involved in many school activities such as School Board Representative, National Honor Society Officer, and Varsity Soccer Captain. She is undecided were she will be attending but plans to double major in political science and statistics.

VICTORIA PAIGE WATSON

Victoria Paige Watson is a senior at and honors student at the William Penn Charter High School in Philadelphia, PA. She is the proud daughter of Clarence Watson, Jr. and Marilou Watson. She has been a member of Jack & Jill for 6 years where she has served as teen chapter Recording Secretary. She will attend the George Washington University McDonough School of Business in Washington, DC in the Fall of 2018.She plans to pursue a career in international business utilizing my Mandarin and Spanish language skills with a focus on linguistics.

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ NILE AMAN BIRCH

Nile Birch is a senior at Morristown High School in Morristown, New Jersey and is the son of Garth Birch and Leslie Halyard. He has been a member if the Morris County Chapter of Jack and Jill for 14 years. Nile has been involved in the Arts since he was 4 years old and has been performing in and for the community for the past 10 years. He has performed as a trumpet player for the Veterans and performed musical theater for local Nursing homes in the Morris County area. Nile has not yet made a decision on which school he is attending in the fall.

RAQUEL “KELLI” CHRISTINA GOMEZ

Raquel “Kelli” Gomez is a senior at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. She is the youngest daughter of Rick and Ramona Gomez. Kelli has been a member of the Morris County Chapter for 11 years and currently serves as Senior Teen President. She is actively involved in The Pingry community and currently serves as the Head of Journal Club, is a member of the Black Student Union, is Co-Captain of the JV Tennis team and she enjoys serving the Morris County community. Kelli plans to attend college (TBD) in the fall and dreams of pursuing a career as a medical doctor.

CONNOR EUGENE KIRK

Connor Eugene Kirk, a senior at Gill Saint Bernard’s in Gladstone, NJ, is the son of Robert and Rose Stuckey Kirk. Connor has been active in JnJ for 14 years, holding numerous leadership positions including Vice President. Honored for his outstanding contribution to the chapter, he has an extensive community service portfolio including work with homeless veterans, homeless families and underserved children globally. At Gill, he is involved in the Robotics Club, Gill for Diversity, Tennis and Model UN. He will major in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Architectural Design.

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JEHLAN MAXIE WILLIAMSON

Jehlan Williamson, son of Cheryl and Byron Williamson, is a senior at West Morris Central HS, Chester NJ. He has been a member of the Morris County Chapter for 13 years where he has held the offices Sergeant at Arms, Corresponding Secretary and VP Teen Conference Committee. Jehlan lettered in Football and Track & Field and he is currently captain of the sprint team. Jehlan volunteers at the homeless shelter where he prepares breakfast for the residents. He plans to attend Hampton University where he will major in Marketing.

JENDAYA MICHELLE WILLIAMSON

Jendaya Williamson is a senior at West Morris Central HS in Chester, NJ. She is the daughter of Cheryl & Byron Williamson. Jendaya has been a member of the Morris County Chapter for 13 years where she has held the offices of Foundation Chair and Corresponding Secretary. She is a captain on winter/spring varsity track and is a member of the varsity volleyball team as well. She has achieved many awards for her athletic ability and plans to continue running in college. Jendaya plans to attend Montclair State University where she will major in Psychology.

NICHOLAS WOLMART

Nicholas Wolmart, a senior at Randolph High School, has been a member of the Morris County Chapter for fifteen years. During his high school career, Nicholas served as student government Secretary and a varsity athlete in football and wrestling. Nicholas has dedicated numerous hours to community service, including as a volunteer at the Morristown Community Soup Kitchen and La Vida Daycare center. After graduation, Nicholas will attend the College of New Jersey where he will study political science and continue his football career. Nicholas is the son of Peter and Lisa Wolmart, and the brother of Peter, Alexander and Grace.

NASSAU COUNTY, NY DAVID BOYD

David Boyd is a senior at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, New York and is the son of Deon Boyd Sr. and the late Alicia Ashby Boyd. He has been a member of the Nassau County Chapter for 12 years. He has decided to pursue The New School, where he will major in Contemporary Music or Five Towns College where he will major in Acoustical Engineering and will continue to work as an A&R, Artist, Producer, Engineer, and Product Manager for his Independent Label, Blaq Wall Street LLC.

JORDAN AUDREY GREAVES

Jordan Audrey Greaves is a senior at West Hempstead High School in West Hempstead, NY and is the daughter of Tyrone and Patricia Greaves. She has been a member of the Nassau County Jack and Jill Chapter for two years and is serving as secretary for Gavel Club. Jordan is a National Art Society member, student council secretary and varsity cheerleading captain. She also volunteers as a cheerleading coach for girls aged 7-9 in her community. She plans to attend the college of her choice and major in Business Administration so she can become an entrepreneur.

SYDNEY HAY

Sydney is the daughter of Maurice and Gloria Hay and has been a member of the Nassau County Chapter for six years. She has participated in community service activities and on the scrapbook and poster committees for Teen Conferences. Sydney has many passions and is an advocate for those that are less fortunate than herself, animals and civil rights. Sydney is in the process of applying to undergraduate Colleges and Universities and would like to pursue a career in the medical field, while also continuing to be an advocate for all people and animals.

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ANASTASIA V. KING

Anastasia V. King is a senior at Valley Stream South High School and is the daughter of Sharif and Keisha Rucker. She has been a member of the Nassau County Jack and Jill Chapter for 6 years. Anastasia has served on the teen executive board for the past two years. Anastasia is an active member of student council, step team, art club and chorus. She enjoys drawing- free hand & still life, fashion design, culinary arts and make- up artistry. Anastasia is undecided; however, she plans to pursue a career in business and marketing.

ZION LEWIS

Zion Lewis is a senior at Xavier High School in New York City, and is the son of Adsonia and Mark Lewis. He has been a member of the Nassau County Chapter for 4 years. Zion is the current Teen President and has held other leadership positions. He has travelled to Robbins, Tennessee with Habitat for Humanity as well as, Tijuana, Mexico with Esperanza International on service trips. Zion tutors students at Our Lady of Pompeii in New York. He also runs varsity track. Zion is undecided on a major, but is currently exploring liberal arts colleges in the Northeast.

JORDAN SEALEY-ASHFORD

Jordan Sealey-Ashford is a senior at St. Dominic High School in Oyster Bay, New York and is the son of Nicole Thomas-Sealey and Jerome Sealey-Ashford. He has been an active member of the Nassau County Chapter for 9 years. He is currently the Vice President of his chapter, captain of his track team and varsity member of his school’s baseball team. He has decided to attend a University or College that focuses on his anticipated major of Athletic Training and Kinesiology and eventually attend medical school to be a physician with a focus on Sports Medicine.

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD DYLAN JAMES LIPSCOMB

Dylan James Lipscomb, a senior at Bowie High School Pre-Law Academy, is the son of Vernon and Monica Lipscomb. A Jack and Jill member for 7 years, Dylan is currently Teen Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee in the National Harbor Chapter, he was also the past Teen Chaplin and Teen Treasurer. He was a member of the Golf and Lacrosse teams at Bowie High and is currently the co-captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team. He is also an L.E.E.P to College Foundation (Leadership Education Empowerment Performance) scholar. Dylan plans to attend Hampton University and major in Business.

DYLAN SCOTT

Dylan is a senior at Academy of Health Sciences in Largo, Maryland and is the son of Coleman and Kimberly Scott. Dylan has been a member of National Harbor Chapter for 7 years. Dylan is an active teen who volunteered as a camp counselor, is an active member of the Computer Programmer Club, Future Health Professionals Club, and Campus Crusade for Christ Club at school. In addition, he is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Dylan will be attending a University in the fall of 2018 with an undecided major.

JACOB ANDREW SOLOMON

Jacob Solomon is a senior at Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland and is the son of Orin and Angela Solomon. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 7 years and he currently serves as Teen President of the National Harbor Chapter. Jacob is a National Youth Leadership Forum participant and a member of the National Harbor Toastmasters Gavel Club. Jacob plays lacrosse and was the 2017 MVP on his school’s Varsity Track and Field team. He plans to compete athletically in college where he will major in Business prior to attending law school.

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BARRINGTON LOUIS TAYLOR

Barrington is a senior at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland and the son of Lynne and Barrington Taylor. Barrington serves as teen Vice President and a member of Jack and Jill for 4 years. Barrington has received Cum Laude recognition throughout high school and been a member of the swimming and tennis teams. Barrington’s favorite community service includes providing food for the homeless. In 2016 he was selected for an internship at Mobility Capital Finance in Manhattan, NY as well as the ASBC International Discovery program in Cuba.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DE LESLIE ELYSE BUTLER

Leslie Elyse Butler is the daughter of Louise Hewlett-Butler and George Anthony Butler III. Leslie attends The Tatnall School. She is a four-year varsity athlete having played basketball, volleyball and is currently focusing on track and field. Leslie is an accomplished bassoonist and assistant conductor for the Tatnall Singers. Leslie has been in Jack & Jill since 2003. She has served as Corresponding Secretary during 2016-17, and is currently Senior Teen Vice President. Leslie also served on the Eastern Regional Nominating Committee. Leslie will pursue a degree in film studies and business.

KENNEDY MARIE CROWDER

Kennedy Marie Crowder is the daughter of Dr. Kermit Paul and Mrs. Rhonda Starks Crowder. As a senior at Padua Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, she has exceled in many leadership activities: Founder – Kennedy’s Book Nook, Co-Founder – Black Student Union, Mock Trial, National Honors Society, and AP Peer Tutor. Kennedy has been a member of the New Castle County Chapter for 16 years and currently serves as Teen President. She plans to attend a four-year college/university and major in English and Psychology. Kennedy’s ultimate goal is appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States.

AUTUMN BRI’ELLE GRAY

Autumn Bri’Elle Gray is a senior at Concord High School in Wilmington, DE and is the daughter of Virginia and Jeffrey Gray. She has been a member of the New Castle County Chapter for 10 years. Autumn provides volunteer services for seniors living in assisted living communities. She is a mentor for children with special and a member of the National Honor Society at her school. Autumn is deciding on her college options and plans to pursue a degree in Psychology (forensic specialty), wih a minor in Crminology.

JOSEPH LINDSAY

Joseph Lindsay is a senior at Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, Delaware and is the son of Joseph and Gloria Lindsay. He has been a member of the New Castle County Chapter for 15 years. Joseph has contributed to many events in the community including the annual MLK Day of Service. Hel also enjoys giving a helping hand to the Salvation Army. He has decided to attend college where he will major in Sports and Business Management with a minor in Law.

NIGEL WINSTON MCINTOSH

Nigel Winston McIntosh is a senior at the Centreville Layton School in Centreville, Delaware and is the son of Drs. Shauna and Karl McIntosh. He has been a member of the New Castle County Chapter of Jack and Jill since 2004. Nigel volunteers regularly at Faithful Friends where he is a dog walker. He has decided to attend Delaware Technical Community College where he will major in Automotive Engineering and Design.

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TROY CLAUDIUS OGLESBY JR.

Troy Claudius Oglesby Jr. is a senior at Salesianum High School in Wilmington, Delaware. and is the son of Troy Claudius Oglesby Sr. and Lisa Oglesby. Troy has been a member of the Jack and Jill New Castle County Chapter for nine years and prior The South Jersey Chapter for three years. Troy’s involvement in the community includes The Sunday Breakfast Mission, The Food Bank, mentoring at Warner Elementary, and volunteering at the Veterans Adminsitration Hospital in Washington, DC. for a summer program. He will pursue his underegraduate degree in Physical Therapy/ Sports Medicine.

JUSTIN SHARPE

Justin Sharpe is a senior at the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Delaware and is the son of Dr. Pamela Sharpe. He has been a member of the New Castle County Chapter for 12 years. Justin participated in the Delaware Valley Rites of Passage program and will participate in the Achiever’s Program. He participates in many community service projects and recently became an Eagle Scout. Justin has been also active in various club at his school including Model United Nations and the Diversity Club. Justin will attend college plans of majoring in economics and business.

MIA WILSON

Mia Wilson is a senior at Wilmington Friends School in Wilmington, Delaware and is the daughter of Steven and Cheryl Wilson. She has been a member of the New Castle County, Delaware Chapter for 15 years serving as Corresponding Secretary, Community Service Chair, and Editor. Mia has also served as a mentor for the Fletcher Brown Boys and Club, a mentor for African American pre-teen girls at school and a volunteer with the Delaware Humane Society. She is undecided about where she will attend college, but plans to major in anthropolgy and sociology, with a minor in psychology.

NEW HAVEN, CT MORGAN COBBS

Morgan Cobbs is a senior at the Engineering and Science University Magnet School in Hamden, Connecticut. He is the son of Mr. Raymond Lomax, Sr. and Mrs. Darcey Cobbs-Lomax. He has been a member of the Bridgeport, and New Haven Connecticut chapters for 14 years. Morgan has been an active volunteer of the St. John’s Food Pantry and the St. Luke’s Soup Kitchen all throughout high school. He is also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America where he will achieve the rank of Eagle Scout this year. Morgan will major in mechanical engineering and computer science in college.

DARRELL N. DRAUGHN, JR.

Darrell Draughn, Jr is a senior at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, CT and is the son of Mr. Darrell Draughn and Mrs. Shenae Draughn. Darrell has been a member of the New Haven Chapter for two years serving for one year as the Teen Treasurer. Darrell enjoys tutoring high school students in math and has interned at Facebook in New York City. Darrell will major in Computer Science when he begins his college studies this fall.

MATTHEW HILL

Matthew Hill is a senior at Hope Academy in Orange, CT and is the son of Howard & Nancy Hill. Matthew has been a member of the New Haven, CT Jack & Jill Chapter for one year and will be attending Mitchell College in N ew London, CT.

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ALEXANDRIA JOHNSON

Alexandria Johnson, daughter of Michael and Avon Johnson, is a senior at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, Connecticut where she plays 3 varsity sports, Field Hockey, Basketball and Lacross. Alex is a member of the Princeton Peer Leadership Program, the president of the Minority Student Interest Club and an Honor Student. Alex has been a member of the New Haven Chapter for 6 years, participatng in community service projects:Stop Hunger Now, serving at the local soup kitchen and voluteering at Yale New Haven Hospital. Alexandria will attend college and purse a degree in Biology.

MICHAEL JOHNSON

Michael Johnson, son of Michael and Avon Johnson, is a senior at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, Connecticut where he plays 3 varsity sports, Football ( NEPSAC Champions twice), Basketball and Lacross and served as lower school mentor. He is a member of the Minority Student Interest Club and is a Honor Student. Michael has been a member of the New Haven Chapter for 6 years, participatng in community service projects:Stop Hunger Now, serving at the local soup kitchen and voluteering at Yale New Haven Hospital. Michael plans to atteend college and persue a degree in Sociology.

KAELYN RICE

Kaelyn Rice is a senior at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden Connecticut and is the daughter of William and Paula Rice. She has been a member of the New Haven Jack and Jill Chapter for two years and currently serves as vice-president of the teen chapter. She volunteers for many charitable organizations that are near and dear to her heart including the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, and local soup kitchen. She has decided to attend Montclair State University where she will major in early childhood education.

NIA SIMMONS

Nia Simmons is a senior at Hopkins School in New Haven, CT and the daugher of Reginald and Wendy Simmons. She has been a member of the New Haven Chapter for 11 years. She is currently Teen Foundation Chair and served two terms as Teen Recording Secretary. She has fundraised for local nonprofits including Connecticut Food Bank and volunteered at St. Luke’s Soup Kitchen and Yale New Haven Hospital. She is a certified lifeguard, peer tutor, head teacher for Path Finder and Hopkins’ literary magazine co-editor. She will major in Political Science with the goal of being a public defender.

KALEB ELIJAH WALTON

Kaleb Walton is a senior at New Haven Academy and Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT. He is the son of Mr. Kevin Walton, Sr. and Dr. Karen DuBois-Walton. He has been a member of the New Haven Chapter for 7 years serving for two years as the Teen President. Additionally, Kaleb is the President of the Greater New Haven NAACP Youth Council and actively pursues his theater interests. He is interested in attending Howard University or the University of CT where he plans to major in psychology with a focus on social justice and equity.

PEARL ELISABETH YOUNG

Pearl is a senior at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut and is the daughter of Edgar and LoriBeth Young. Pearl has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2009 when she and her family joined the Greater Waterbury area provisional chapter named “The Blackbury’s”, subsequently merged into the New Haven Chapter of Jack and Jill. Pearl will attend Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts where she will major in psychology and veterinary science. Pearl has worked as a camp counselor, horseback riding instructor, and dance instructor. Pearl intends to practice psychology, focusing on youth and specializing in equine therapy.

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NEWTON, MA HOPE VICTORIA BELL

Hope Victoria Bell, daughter of Leigh A. Mills and Henry E. Bell, Jr. is a senior at Milton High School in Milton, Massachusetts. Hope served as Teen Treasurer for the Newton Chapter and is a member of the St. Mary of the Hills Parish youth community service team. Hope was selected as a Student Leader and mentor at MHS. She also plays on the MHS Varsity Soccer Team, the New England Futbol Club (NEFC), and is the Manager of the MHS Boys Basketball Team. Hope’s future plans include studying Business and Communications in preparation for a Sports Marketing career.

CARLOS WESLEY CUBIA II

Carlos Wesley Cubia, son of Terri and Carlos Cubia is a senior at Newton South High School in Newton, Massachusetts. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 17 years and the Newton Chapter for 13 years. Carlos is the Nominating Committee Chair and previously served as Corresponding Secretary. In June, 2017 he was an escort in the Precious Pearls Cotillion sponsored by the Boston Pearl Foundation and the Psi Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Carlos plans to attend an arts and media college where he will study Music or Audio Sound Production.

RACHEL JESSICA DASILVA

Rachel Jessica DaSilva, daughter of Jennifer and Kevin DaSilva of Dover, Massachusetts is a senior at DoverSherborn High School, an Honor Roll student and Co-Captain of the Outdoor Track and Field team. Actively involved in Jack and Jill since 2000 in the Newton, Massachusetts and Greater Essex County, New Jersey Chapters, she served as Vice President, Legislative Chair, Community Service Chair, Conference Apparel Co-Chair and Regional Teen Conference Theme Committee Chair. Rachel has earned The President’s Volunteer Service Award, National Spanish Award and the Jack and Jill Teen Academic Award. She will study Business.

JORDAN EDWARD SPENCER MILLER

Jordan Miller, son of Michelle and Edward Miller of Ashland, Massachusetts is a senior at the Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlboro, Massachusetts. A member of the Newton Chapter for 14 years, he served as Teen Vice President, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Teen Conference Scrapbook Co-Chair and is a recipient of the Distinguished Teen Award and The President’s Volunteer Service Award. He earned 1st place in the Division I & Division II Northern Cluster Oratorical Competitions and is a member of the AMSA Speech & Debate team. Jordan plans to attend an undergraduate business school to study Economics & Data Analytics.

CAROLYN PARKER-FAIRBAIN

Carolyn Parker-Fairbain, daughter of Aujah Fairbain-Parker and William Parker is a senior at Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts. A member of the Newton Chapter for 11 years she has served as Community Service Chair, Teen Conference Apparel Co-Chair and received the Distinguished Teen Award. A member of the National Honor Society, she received the Brookline Student of the Year Youth Award and Brookline Superintendent Award. Carolyn co-founded Homelessness Awareness for the Youth and is a member of To Write Love On Her Arms and the ICA Slam Team. Carolyn plans to attend a liberal arts college in the fall.

BRYCE ASHER WILLIAMS

Bryce Williams, son of Debra and Vance Williams of Framingham, Massachusetts is a senior at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He has been a member of the Newton Chapter for 13 years and served as Teen Sergeant-at-Arms. He is a Joe Lane Scholar and a member of the Saint John’s Varsity Basketball team as well as the Co-Captain of the Framingham Express AAU Basketball team. Bryce plans on attending a liberal arts college to major in English and Pre-Law with a focus on Sports Management.

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NORTH JERSEY, NJ DANE CLARKE II

Dane Clarke II is a senior at West Orange High School in West Orange, New Jersey and is the son of Kecia Clarke and Dane Clarke. He has been a member of the Mighty North Jersey Chapter for 9 years. He was one of the original petitioners for a skatepark in West Orange NJ, which was made 7 years later. Dane is hoping to attend The Juilliard School where he will major in Drama and later become an established actor, director, screenwriter, and producer.

ZACHARY ALEXANDER DEES

Zachary Dees is a senior at The Morristown-Beard in Morristown, New Jersey and is the son of Angela CulverDees and Taylor Dees. He has been a member of the North Jersey chapter for 5 years. He is currently serving his second term as Teen President. Zachary has also served as treasurer, and received the Distinguished Teen and President’s Volunteer Service Awards. He is an honor student, leader of the Diversity Club, member of the Golf Team and captain of the Varsity Basketball Team. Zachary plans to pursue his undergraduate degree in International Business/ Global Studies.

JASIRI S. EVANS

Jasiri Evans is a senior at St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, New Jersey and is the son of Tiana and Guka Evans. He has been a member of the North Jersey Chapter for 11 years. Jasiri is the Vice President of his high school’s Ebony Club and the Paliamentarian of his Jack and Jill Senior Teen group. He is very passionate about both social justice and sports, and aspires to be a business leader in the sports industry. In the Fall, Jasiri will attend Howard University where he will major in Marketing and minor in Economics.

CHAZ KENNEDY GORDON

Chaz Kennedy Gordon is a senior at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey and is the son of Lynn and Kennedy Gordon. Chaz has been a member of the North Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. He serves as the Senior Teen Chapter Vice President and previously held the office of Treasurer. Chaz is actively involved in several community service programs including coaching Special Olympics figure skaters. He is a national and international figure skating champion and is the Captain of a modern dance ensemble. Chaz is an honor student and plans to major in psychology.

ALEX IMEGWU

Alex Imegwu is a senior at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey and is the son of Diane Moss and Obi Imegwu. He has been a member of North Jersey Jack and Jill for 14 years. Alex has been an active volunteer at Camphill Village, assisting the mentally handicapped. He also worked as an advisor in organizations aiding underrepresented youth. Alex is a member of the National Honor Society. He is also a competitive basketball player who enjoys coaching and instructing younger children. Alex plans to major in economics in college and pursue a career in business.

JORDAN MAX-PIERRE LA MAR

Jordan Max-Pierre La Mar is the son of Natasha Gaujean-La Mar and Han La Mar. Jordan has been a member of Jack and Jill, Inc. for 11 years. As a student at Seton Hall Preparatory High School, Jordan is a member of the Future Business Leaders Club as well as the West Indian Organization. His extracurricular activities include the Ping-Pong Club, volunteering, being with friends and listening to music. Jordan plans on majoring in Business or Computer Science at either Saint Joseph’s University, Xavier University of Ohio or Loyola University of Maryland.

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MARCUS TAYLOR STEVENSON

Marcus is a senior at Summit High School in New Jersey and is the son of Michelle and Ken Stevenson. A member of the North Jersey chapter for 10 years, Marcus received the MLK Keeper of the Dream Award in 2017 in recognition of his social justice work in Summit. He has decided to attend a Conservatory of Music to pursue his passion to play viola in orchestra and chamber music. He will double major in music education and linguistics. Marcus is currently in Precollege at the Manhattan School of Music as the principal violist in the Philharmonic Orchestra.

J. HARRISON WALKER

J. Harrison Walker is a senior at Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey and is the son of Kim and J. Kent Walker. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 13 years and is serving his second year as Teen Foundation Chair in North Jersey. Harrison is a captain of his lacrosse and football teams. Committed to serving his community, he devotes time to the Human Needs Food Pantry, and teaches lacrosse skills at the Newark Public Schools summer camp. In college, he will continue to play lacrosse and plans to study environmental science and economics.

ARIEL TYRA WHITE

Ariel Tyra White is a senior at Gill Saint Bernard’s High School in Gladstone, New Jersey and is the daughter of Kimberly and Michael White. She has been a member of the North Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill for 6 years. Ariel has been involved in the Art Club, Girl’s Basketball and Volleyball during her four years in high school. She has decided to attend Saint John’s University where she will major in Graphic Design or Architecture. Ariel plans to become an animator and designer in addition to acting.

ASHTON WILLIAMS

Ashton Williams is the son of Alison and Ivon Williams of South Orange, New Jersey. Ashton is a senior at St. Peter’s Preparatory School. He’s a 10-year member of the North Jersey Chapter and has participated in numerous community service activities. He is an honor student, a member of the National French Honor Society, the Varsity Crew Team, the Ebony Club, assistant rector for the Campus Ministry Team, and an editor of the Annual Art Review. Ashton is a talented artist, plans a career as an artist, and has been accepted into the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA, VA BRANDON LLOYD FISHER

Brandon Fisher is a senior at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia. He is the eldest son of Dr. Keith and Leslie Fisher and has a younger brother, Cameron, in middle school. Brandon has been a member of Northern Virginia Chapter ack and Jill Chapter for eight years. He is currently chair of community cervice in the Senior Teen age group. Brandon is appreciative of his Jack and Jill experiences and the rewarding community service opportunities. Brandon will attend The Ohio State University as a Division I student athlete where he will play lacrosse and explore a major in business.

ZOE ELIZA JOYNER

Zoë is a senior at McLean High School in McLean, Virginia and is the daughter of Charles G. Joyner, Esquire and Dr. Samantha Buery-Joyner. She has been a member of the Northern Virginia Chapter for three years. Zoë is active in the Girl Scouts, Alfred Street Baptist Church Gospel Inspirers, McLean High School Book Club and Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead. She has spent countless hours volunteering at the African American Civil War and Alexandria Black History Museums, as well as various animal shelters. Zoë will attend college in the fall and plans to study history and allied health.

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JUSTIN KELLY

Justin Kelly, the eldest son of George and Arnetta Kelly, is a senior at The Bullis School of Potomac, Maryland. Justin has enjoyed his years as a member of the Jack and Jill family and now serves as the Vice President of the Northern Virginia Chapter. Jack and Jill haa exposed him to many potential careers, of which he is extremely grateful, and has stressed the importance of education and community service. Justin has decided to join the class of 2022 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he will begin studies in Medicine.

MATTHIOS MULETA

Matthios is the son of John and Carol Muleta. The Yorktown HIgh School senior is a scholar-athlete, having lettered in football and track & field, and earned state and regional awards for academic achievement. Matthios is also active in the Minority Student Achievement Network and Pathways to Baccalaureate Program. Matthios has been a member of the Northern Virginia Chapter for six years and has served as Sgt.-at-Arms, Secretary and Vice President. He is a member of Michigan Park Christian Church where he serves as a Deacon. Matthios will attend college and study Business Administration.

ZACHARIAS MULETA

Zacharias is the son of John and Carol Muleta. The Bishop O’Connell HIgh School senior is an honors student who has studied abroad in Spain and will earn a Global Studies Certificate with his diploma. He has participated in the basketball program and is currently a member of the Young Men’s Executive Club. Over six years in the Northern Virginia Chapter, he has served as Editor/Historian, Program Director, Treasurer and Teen Conference delegate. In college, Zacharias will study Political Science and Economics before attending law school and pursuing a career in policy or business.

LAUREN ODOM

Lauren Odom is the Teen President of the Northern Virginia Chapter and has been an active Jill for the past 13 years. Lauren attends South County High School where she a member of the student leadership board and serves as the Student Government Association representative. As a pre-professional level dancer, Lauren performs with both a jazz and a tap company at Metropolitan School of the Arts. Lauren is also a 3-time varsity letterman and student choreographer on the South County Varsity Dance Team. Following graduation, Lauren will pursue a degree in communications.

RYAN POTTS

Ryan Potts (Ryan Henry) is a filmmaker and multifaceted artist from Alexandria, Va. He has involved himself in multiple realms of creativity, from filmmaking and visual art, to game development and clothing design. In 2015, Ryan founded Cut x Sewn Magazine, a digital magazine and creative platform that features editorials and articles placing unheard talent under the spotlight. The following year, Ryan applied his creative drive in throwing his first major event; Sense: A Creative Culture Convention. Now, Ryan works to one day take his throne as one of the most prominent filmmakers to do it.

MYLES WARD

Myles Ward, son of Camille and Victor Ward, is a senior at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia. Myles is a member of the National Honor Society and the AP Scholars program. He was on the varsity football team, varsity track team, and has been involved in many mentorship and community service activities. Myles has been a member of the Northern Virginia Chapter for three years, and was previously a member of the Westchester County Chapter in New York. In the fall, Myles plans to major in film and business at a college of his choice.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA BRIA YVETTE BEAUVAIS

Bria Yvette Beauvais is the daughter of Kim and Darwin Beauvais and serves as Senior Class Vice President at The Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA. Bria has been a member of the Founding Chapter of Jack and Jill for 13 years. Bria served as our Eastern Region Teen Treasurer. She also sat on faculty/student advisory boards, served as a peer counselor and tutored underserved children. Her passion for Diversity and Inclusion work on a national and local level has led Bria to places such as Italy and Denmark. Bria was admitted early decision to Spelman College and plans on becoming a doctor.

DEVON DICKERSON

Devon is a senior at St. Joseph Preparatory School in Philadelphia, PA and is the son of Adrienne Byrd and Horace Dickerson. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for eleven years and as a member he has participated in a variety of service projects. Devon helped those in need through the Prep’s campus ministry and was a member of the State Championship football team. Devon is considering his options for college after graduation in 2018 where he hopes to continue his football career and pursue a degree in business at a leading university. 

CAMERON ISAAC ALSTON HODGES

Cameron Hodges is the son of Suzanne and Keith Hodges and is a senior at Abington Friends School. Cameron has been a member of Jack and Jill for four years and is the current Teen Vice President. Cameron is a talented actor and theater technology designer. Cameron is a passionate percussionist and has performed in numerous concerts playing the drum kit and timpani in the jazz band and orchestra, including a performance at the Philadelphia, Kimmel Center in 2016. Cameron will attend Howard University in the fall of 2017 and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Elementary Education.

ALEXANDRA LEIGH MOORE

Alexandra Leigh Moore is the daughter of Henri and Anthony Moore and is a senior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia. Alex has been been a member of Jack & Jill for twelve years, and she is the current Teen President. At school, Alex is a diversity facilitator helping students understand diversity and inclusion matters. Alex is program diretr for Philly Phit which is a helthy lifestyle program she leads at the Boys and Girls Club. Alex is undecided on the college she will attend in the fall, but she will study english and journalism.

PITTSBURGH, PA CURTIS AIKEN JR.

Mr. Curtis Aiken Jr. is the son of Adrianne and Curtis Aiken Sr. Curtis was presented to society at The Pittsburgh Chapter’s 2016 Presentation Ball held on December 30, 2016. Curtis is a senior at North Allegheny HS where he works diligently to maintain a 3.6 GPA. He has been a starter on the Varsity basketball team since his freshman year and has received numerous academic and athletic recognitions. Curtis aspires to attend a four-year university and plans to major in the field of business, while playing basketball in college. His ultimate goal is to own a successful business.

MICHAEL BRIDGES

Michael is a senior at Quaker Valley High School in Leetsdale, PA. Michael is the son of Reginald and Simquita Bridges. He has been a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter for 6 years. Michael has particpated in community services activities to include, the Pittsburgh Cares Downtown Beautification Project, the 5K Doc Turner Walk/Run, the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, Stop Hunger Now, and Tender Loving Food Share. Michael plans to attend a Historically Black College or University where he will major in Business.

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KENDALL MILTON THOMAS

Kendall Milton Thomas is a senior at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the son of Lara Washington and Brandy Thomas and the stepson of Kenneth Spruill. Kendall has been a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Jack and Jill for 14 years. Kendall will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2018, where he plans to major in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economcs). Kendall plans to attend law school after college.

KENNEDY ALEXIS WILSON

Kennedy Alexis Wilson is a senior at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania and is the lovely and talented daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Howard LaMar and Mr. Eric Wilson. Kennedy has been a member of the Pittsburgh Chapter for 4 years. She has served in multiple senior citizens homes, children hospitals, volunteered at health fairs, participated in several Heart walks and raised money for Breast Cancer awareness in which is near to her heart as her grandmother is a cancer survivor. Kennedy is most proud of the work she has done for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

POTOMAC VALLEY, MD NATALIE RHIANNON ADAMS HILL

Natalie Rhiannon Adams Hill is the daughter of Denise Adams Hill and Reginald McKay. She has been active in the PotomacValley Chapter since 2011 serving as Parliamentarian and Chaplain, and elected as Most Distinguished Teen and President this year. She will graduate an honor roll student from Winston Churchill High School, President of the Photography Club and a member of Sources of Strength, and the Black Student Allliance. She has danced since age 3 performing with the Davis Center, Cherry Blossom Festival, City Dance at the Strathmore, the Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet and Enfund

LAUREN NICOLE BELCHER

Lauren Nicole Belcher, daughter of Glenda Proctor Belcher and the late Dr. Kelvin Belcher, is a senior at the Madeira School in McLean, VA. Originally from Atlanta, where she was a member of the Buckhead Chapter, Lauren currently lives with her mother in Bethesda. Lauren started dancing her freshman year, and is a member of Madeira’s Select Dance Team and Company. She is currently the President of Madeira’s Black Student Union, having previously held the positions of Secretary and Vice President. Lauren will attend Barnard College of Columbia University. Lauren plans to major in Biochemistry.

BLAIR JESSICA ELLIS

Blair Jessica Ellis, daughter of Jeanette Conrad-Ellis and Brian Ellis, is a senior at Maret School in D.C. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Bethesda with her family and her beloved puppy, Chapo. Blair has been a member of Jack & Jill since 2007. She has played for several travel soccer teams & played varsity soccer for all 4 years of high school. This past season she served as the Maret Varsity captain. Hobbies include: lifting/fitness, piano, reading, and dance. Blair has not finalized her college choice but plans to pursue studies in neuroscience and bio technology.

ASHLEIGH NICOLE HALE

Ashleigh Nicole Hale, daughter of John H. Hale, III and the Honorable Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale of Bethesda, Maryland, attends Holton-Arms School. A legacy member since 2003, and formerly a member of the Detroit Chapter, Ashleigh served as Vice President and Editor/Historian. She currently serves as Regional Teen Protocol Chair on the Eastern Region Teen Board. At Holton, Ashleigh is Co-President of the Orchesis Dance Ensemble, Event Coordinator of the Black Student Union, and an award winning delegate of Holton’s Model UN Club. Ashleigh will major in international relations and political science.

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CATHERINE GRACE HAY

Catherine Grace Hay, daughter of Christi Hay and Reginald Hay, is a senior at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC. Catherine has been a member of Jack and Jill for 14 years. She has served on the executive board as Historian/Editor for the past 2 years. Catherine is an avid writer and has written several pieces for her school’s literary magazine and is an editor of the diversity magazine. Catherine volunteers weekly as a tutor for elementary school students. She plans to attend college and major in English. Catherine aspires to become a professor of English and a writer.

JONATHAN JOSEPH MENELIK HAYNES

Jonathan Haynes, known as Jay, is a senior at Georgetown Preparatory School and the son of Dr. Felicia Wilson of Rockville, Maryland. Jay became a member of the Oakland County Chapter in Michigan in 2005 and transferred into the Potomac Valley Chapter in 2012. He has served as Sergeant-At-Arms at teen convention, Treasurer, and Vice President. In addition to being active in Jack and Jill, Jay has played varsity football throughout is high school career. Jonathan’s long-term goals are to run companies and /or hedge-funds. His intentions are to study Economics and Business and Financing.

SCHUYLAR JOHNS

Schuylar is a senior at Good Counsel High School and the daughter of Lynn and Byron Johns of North Potomac, Maryland. She has been a member of the Potomac Valley chapter since 2002. Schuylar has performed nationally and internationally with Young Artist of America, the Finest Performance troupe, and Good Counsel’s Choir and Theater Company. She has exceled academically; athletically, in soccer and varsity cheerleading; and is captain of her schools nationally ranked Speech and Debate team. Additionally, Schuylar has been recognized for her international community service work. She plans on majoring in the Performing Arts and Communications.

DESIRAE MCGEE

Desirae McGee is a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, MD and is the daughter of Sean and Wileeta McGee.She has been a member of the Potomac Valley chapter for two years after transferring from the Jersey Shore chapter. Desirae enjoys community service through Jack and Jill, church and school. She has not yet decided which university she will attend, but she plans to pursue nursing with a pediatric specialty.

ELIJA MITCHELL

Elijah Mitchell is a senior at the Bullis School in Potomac, MD. An active student-athlete and community member, Elijah enjoys lacrosse, skiing, and speaking Mandarin Chinese. Throughout his academic career he has participated in a diverse range of extracurricular activities culminating in earning his Eagle Scout. He has studied abroad in Cuba and Shanghai. He hopes to pursue international business and continue his study of Chinese in college. Elijah has worked as a lifeguard for the past two years; in his remaining spare time, he enjoys cheering on his beloved Washington Wizards.

KERRY MITCHELL

Kerry Mitchell is a senior at the Bullis School and is the daughter of Dana Davis Mitchell and James Mitchell Jr. of Potomac, Maryland. Kerry joined the Potomac Valley Chapter in 2009 and served as teen treasurer in 2016. She is currently the chair of the scrapbook committee. Kerry has played tennis and be a part of the community service team at school. Kerry intends to pursue a career in medicine and will major in pre-med/biology.

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CARMEN PROFIT

Carmen Profit is a senior at Walter Johnson High School and has been a part of Jack and Jill for nearly ten years. She was nominated to be parliamentarian of the Potomac Valley Chapter in her junior year and later went on to be corresponding secretary. Outside of Jack and Jill, she participates in her school’s national honor society, black student union, minority scholars, as well as ushers at her local church. She’s currently undecided about what college she’ll attend but hopes to go to one where she can major in business, and pursue a career of becoming an entrepreneur.

RACHEL HEATHER RUFFIN

Rachel Heather Ruffin is a senior at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, Maryland. She is the daughter of Evon and Steve Ruffin. Rachel was recently inducted into Stone Ridge’s Cum Laude Honors Society. She is a Johns Hopkins Gifted and Talented student, a Stone Ridge Merit Scholar, It’s Academic Team Captain, and a GEMS Robotics Award recipient. Rachel has played competitive ice hockey on a traveling girls team and her school’s varsity team for six years. Rachel also enjoys drawing, painting, writing, and serving the community. Rachel plans to attend Spelman College.

IVAN CECIL WALKS

I have had an amazing four years at Magruder High School. I have performed in eight school drama productions and four with the Levin School of Music. But wait, there’s more. On the side, I somehow mange to sign, spit bars, march in the marching band. But seriously, as I prepare for my next phase of pursuing a BFA, I want thank all of my teachers, my counselor, friends and family. I especially thank my dad, Dr. Ivan Walks and his wife; my mom, Dr. Dawn Kum and my sister. Without your love and support, this would have been possible.

DAVID ALEXANDER WILLIAMS

David Alexander Williams is a Senior in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD. He is an avid soccer player having earned a varsity letter 3 times and plays for the Bethesda Soccer Club. David has been a member of the Potomac Valley Chapter since 2009 and, in 2016, he won the Southern Cluster Oratorical Contest. He is the son of John and Stephanie Williams and brother of John “Darren” Williams,II (‘14). The Williams family resides in Potomac, MD.

JUSTICE WINSLEY WILLIAMS

Justice Winsley Williams, is a senior at Clarksburg High School and is the son of Bernard and Kathy Williams of Clarksburg, Maryland. Justice joined Jack and Jill-West Chester PA chapter when he was five, and has been a member of the Potomac Valley chapter since 2009. Justice has held leadership positions as the Senior Teen Recording and Corresponding Secretary. During his high school career, Justice played varsity football, lacrosse and track and field. Justice intends to obtain a degree in Criminal Justice and pursue a career in federal law enforcement.

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD SPENCER D. ANDERSON

Spencer D. Anderson is a senior at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Md and is the son of Robert & Anita “Yvette” Anderson. He has one brother, Devin Anderson. Spencer is a student/athlete and has played Varsity Football and Basketball. He is also an esteemed member of his school Chess Club where he is remains undefeated. Spencer has been a member of the Prince Georges County Chapter for 11 years and has committed to play Division I College Football at University of Maryland College Park and will major in Sports Journalism.

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CHARLES ANTHONY BRISCOE, III

Charles Anthony Briscoe, III. is a senior at St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. and is the son of Dr. Gail Kirkland-Briscoe and Charles A. Briscoe, Jr. He has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. As a student-athlete, Charles received the Matt Dillon Award honoring the top two-sport senior athlete in the football program. Charles has received multiple college offers to play Division I football and is finalizing his decision where he will pursue a business major.

CAITLIN ELISE BROWN

Caitlin Elise Brown (aka “Katie”) is a senior at Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania and is the daughter of Andrew and Patricia Brown. She has been a member of the Prince George’s County Jack and Jill Chapter for 10 years. She is an avid skier, creative artist, and talented chef. She speaks French and German. She has worked as a ski instructor and German tutor. After high school, she intends to major in Biomedical Engineering and Art at an American university.

KYLE ALEXANDER BROWN

Kyle Alexander Brown is a senior at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. He is the son of Dr. Wayman Brown and Dawn Brown. He has two siblings, Miles and Jillian. He has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter for 7 years. Kyle is an active member of Prince George’s Community Church. He is a Gonzaga Campus Ministry Leader, a member of the Gonzaga Drama Association and a McKenna Center Volunteer. He is a scholar thespian who loves acting and producing. Kyle plans to major in Music Production and minor in Business.

SAHARA IMAN CHAPMAN

Sahara Iman Chapman is a senior at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland and is the daughter of Vincent and Camille Chapman. Sahara has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter for 13 years. At Seton she is a flutist in the Honors Wind Ensemble, a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a Varsity Dance Team member, and in the Pharmacy Program. She is also competitive gymnast, a member of the INROADS College Links, and a Girl Scout. Sahara will attend college where she will major in Psychology with a goal of becoming a Psychologist.

LEILANI ASUNWA CLEMENT

Leilani Asunwa Clement is a Senior at Bowie High School in Bowie, Maryland and is the daughter of Brian Clement and Maria Killian-Clement. She has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter of Jack and Jill for 13 years. Leilani is actively involved in the National Honor Society, varsity athletics and the American Field Service attending 6 months in a Russian High School. She hasn’t made a decision on where she will attend college however, she is considering pursuing International/Diplomatic Relations at Duke, Georgetown, University of Quebec, or University of Southern California.

BRENDAN W.E. DAVIS

Brendon W.E. Davis is a Senior at Georgetown Preparatory High School in Bethesda, Maryland. He is the son of Dr. Brian C. Davis and Dr. TraShawn Thornton-Davis. Brendon will play Division 1 Baseball when he graduates, and has been selected as an Under Armour Pre Season All American; and a Perfect Game All American. Brendon is a talented artist, who was also selected to participate in a service project sponsored by “Trees for the Future” in Senegal, West Africa. Brendon is making his final decision on college choice, but plans to major in Biology.

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JAIR ELIJAH ELLIS

Jair Elijah Ellis, a senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, is the son of Jamellah Ellis, Esq. and the late Malik Ellis, Esq. He is a member of Good Counsel’s Varsity Football team and the 2017 recipient of Good Counsel’s Joseph M. Cardachi, Jr. Academic Scholarship awarded to male students who foster the spirit of caring and excellence. Jair was the Senior Teen 2016-2017 Sergeant at Arms for the Prince George’s County Chapter. Jair plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and attend Morehouse College in Fall 2018.

ALEXANDRA ELIZABETH ENGLISH FIGARO

Alexandra Elizabeth English Figaro is a senior at Indian Creek School in Crownsville, Maryland and is the daughter of Dr. K. Michael and Cheli Figaro. Alexandra has been a member of the Prince George’s County, Maryland Chapter for 15 years and has served as Teen Co-Editor and Teen Parliamentarian. Alexandra is an active member of Woodstream Church participating in both the Girls of Character and the Judah Dance Ministries. Alexandra also skated with the DC Edge Synchronized Skating Team. She is making her final college decision and will major in Agriculture and Public Policy.

DARIUS GILLIAM

Darius Gilliam is a senior at Riverdale Baptist High School in Riverdale, MD and is the son of David and Kimberly Gilliam. He has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter for 14 years. Darius played Varsity Baseball for three years. He received a scholarship to attend Southern University where he will play baseball and major in Communications.

KENNEDY SIMONE GRIMES

Kennedy Simone Grimes is a senior at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland and is the daughter of Jason and Phyllis Grimes. Kennedy has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter for 15 years, currently serves as the Chapter’s Teen President, and is very active in her school, church, and community. Kennedy is making her final decision on her college choice but she plans to major in Broadcast Journalism to eventually pursue a career as a television news anchor.

MITCHEL “CADE” JACKSON

Mitchell “Cade” Jackson is a senior at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD and is the son of Darryl and Francena Jackson. Cade is a member of NHS and SGA and has been a member of the swim team for 4 years and is the captain. He also lettered on the crew team and is a certified lifeguard. He has 2 siblings Cecily and Christian. Cade has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter for 10 years. Cade is making his final decision on college, but plans to major in psychology and attend medical school.

KRISTEN JOSEPHINE MARSHALL

Kristen Josephine Marshall, daughter of Raquel H. Marshall and Shawn Marshall, is a senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland. Kristen is an avid dancer whose favorite dance styles include ballet, jazz and lyrical. She is a member of the senior competition dance team at Elite Dance Studio, Maryland. Kristen also enjoys softball and currently serves as a ministry leader for her high school’s Xaverian student leadership program. Kristen is making her final decision on her college choice, but she plans to major in pre-law and minor in computer science.

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EVELYN GISELLE MATHIS

Evelyn Giselle Mathis, daughter of Billy and Marsha Mathis, is a senior at Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, MD. She has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter for 14 years and has served as the Senior Teen Editor for the last 2 years. Giselle played JV and Varsity Volleyball and has been an active member of the National Honor Society. She has also participated as a member of the Young Democrats, the Caribbean Cultures Club, and the Drama Club Makeup Team. Giselle will attend Howard University and major in Supply Chain Management.

OLIVIA LYNNE MITCHELL

Olivia Mitchell is a senior at Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland and the daughter of Joseph Jr. and Tracye Mitchell. She has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter of Jack and Jill for 13 years and has served as Historian and Teen Corresponding Secretary and is a U.S. Presidential Service Award winner. In school, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Tri M Music Honor Society, Volleyball Team Manager and Varsity Softball catcher. She is a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Debutante and plans to attend Hampton University to pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine.

JUSTIN ALEXANDER MORTON

Justin is a senior at Bishop McNamara High School, Forrestville, MD and is the baby boy of Karl J. and Royce Slade Morton. His older two brothers graduated out in 2002 and 2005. He has been a member since age 2, starting in Tuscon, Arizona transferring to the Prince George’s chapter at the age of 3. Justin has been involved in several community activities within Prince George’s County and has served as Legislative Chair. He is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering and has applied at the University of Cincinnati, Howard University, Michigan University and Buffalo State (SUNY).

LAURYN TITUS

Lauryn Titus is a senior at Bishop McNamara High School and is the daughter of Gil and Monica Titus. She has been a member of the Prince Georges County Chapter for 10 years. She volunteers at the community outreach facility, Loaves and Fishes and has spent many years working with children with disabilities. Lauryn has played high school varsity golf for 4 years. She is an active member of the National Honor Society as well as the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society. Lauryn will major in biology, with the aspiration of becoming an orthopeadic surgeon.

JEANNINE JACQUEL WALKER

Jeannine Jacquel Walker, daughter of Monique Anderson Walker and The Honorable Jay Walker, is a senior at Saint Stephen’s and Saint Agnes School in Alexandria, VA. Jeannine is a 4-year record-breaking Varsity Athlete and Co-Captain of her school’s Varsity Debate, X-Country and Track Teams. She founded and presides over the Black Student Union, partcipated in Envision Leadership Conference and completed Youth Leadership Greater Washington. She plans to attend North Carolina A&T to pursue a career as an attorney.

CAMERON WILLIAMS

Cameron Williams is a senior at Annapolis Area Christian School in Severn, MD and is the son of Marc and Angelique Williams. He played basketball and football all four years and served as a captain for both. Additionally, he was recognized as a top wide receiver in Anne Arundel County. He is the proud brother of Christian and Channing Williams. He has been a member of the Prince George’s County Chapter since he was three years old. Cameron is in the process of making his final decision on his college choice but he plans to major in Business Management.

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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA PHILLIPE DESAMOURS

Phillipe Desamours is a senior at Kettle Run High School in Warrenton, VA. He is a member of the Student Council Association. Phillipe, a Prince William County Chapter member of nine years, is the son of Claudine and Georges Desamours. He has served as Chaplain and currently is the Teen President. He is an avid writer with a couple of publications: Pages of Spilled Ink: KRHS Literary Publication, The American Library of Poetry, Accolades 2014 Poetry Collection and Eloquence 2015 Poetry collection. He is making a final decision on his college choices and plans to major in Acting and Writing.

JULIEN IRVIN

Julien Irvin is a Senior at Battlefield High School in Haymarket, Virginia and is the son of Channing and Tammie Irvin. He has been a member of the Prince William County Chapter for 4 years. Julien currently serves as the Teen Secretary and has participated in various community service projects as well as competed in a multitude of sports and martial arts. He is planning to attend the Virginia Military Institute with a major in Business Economics / International Studies and plans to become a Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps.

MARGARET TECORA WEST

Margaret Tecora West, a senior at Forest Park High School in Dumfries, Virginia, is the daughter of Jennifer Williams West and Norvin West. She’s been a member of the Prince William County Chapter for one year. Margaret is in High School Choir and was selected and participated in the All County and District Choirs for four years. Her artwork was selected to be in an art show. She’s served the homeless community with #HappyPeriods and is planning a fundraiser to help with the homeless. Margaret’s thrilled about attending college majoring in criminal justice and minoring in performing arts.

DWIGHT G. WHITTED, II

Dwight is a senior at John Champe High School in Aldie, Virginia and is the son of Dwight & Gail Whitted. He’s been a member of the Prince William County Chapter for 6 years. Dwight has been involved in numerous community service projects in Northern Virginia and served as Foundation Chair for the Teens. Dwight plans to attend Old Dominion University, major in Business and head the residential development division of his family’s business.

RESTON, VA LEONIE JOHANNA ALDER

Leonie Johanna Alder is a senior at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia and is the daughter of Janice and Matthias Alder. She has been a member of the Reston Chapter for ten years. Leonie is a talented athlete, an honor student, a community volunteer and an activist. She plans to attend a University and major in Political Science and eventually earn a law degree.

KAMERON CLARKE

Kameron Clarke is a senior at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia and is the daughter of Walter and Kellye Clarke. She has been a member of the Reston Chapter for 11 years. Kameron is Teen First Vice President. Kameron is a member of the National Honor Society, Girls Varsity Lacrosse, Student Government Association, President of the Black Student Union, Vice-President of the Young Democrats, 2017 class of Virginia Girls State and a 2018 recipient of the Student Peace Award. Kameron plans to attend Virginia Wesleyan University and major in Political Science.

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NIA JANELL DUMAS

Nia Dumas is a senior at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Virginia and is the daughter of Nkeisha Dumas Smith, Esq. and Mark Smith. She has been a member of the Reston Chapter for ten years. Nia is currently the Teen President and has served as First Vice President and Corresponding Secretary. Nia is Student Government Treasurer, Boy’s Lacrosse Manager, NSHSS Ambassador. She is also a member of the National and English Honor Societies, DECA, Girl’s Up and Model UN clubs. Nia will attend college in the Fall, majoring in International Relations and Public Policy.

SYDNEY HAYWOOD

Sydney Haywood is a senior at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virgina and is the daughter of Michael and Sherry Haywood. Sydney has been a member of the Reston Chapter for eight years. Sydney is the Teen Corresponding Secretary. She is the captain of the George C. Marshall Color Guard and Winter Guard teams. Sydney will attend college and will major in Biomedical Engineering and will minor in Pre-Medicine. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine.

KAYCEE L. HUBBARD

Kaycee Hubbard is a senior at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia and is the daughter of David Hubbard and Cynthia Walters. She has been a member of the Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill for ten years and served as Historian on the Teen Executive Board. Kaycee is a writing tutor, member of the National English Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society, chamber chorus, A Capella club, ambassador for the Positivity Project and has earned an academic letter. She plans to pursue a degree in Communications and Jazz Vocal Music.

KYNDALL L. HUBBARD

Kyndall Hubbard is a senior at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia and is the daughter of David Hubbard and Cynthia Walters. She has been a member of the Reston Chapter of Jack and Jill for ten years and served as Editor on the Executive Board. Kyndall is the captain of the Color Guard, a member of the National and Spanish Honor Societies, ambassador for the Positivity Project, Copy Editor of Chantilly’s newspaper, and has earned three academic letters. Kyndall plans to pursue a degree in Journalism and Spanish.

LINCOLN MERCER MOORE

Lincoln Moore is a senior at Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Virginia and is the son of Jerry and Annette Moore. He has been a member of the Reston Chapter for seven years. Lincoln is on the varsity track and field team at Fairfax High School, volunteers for the Capital Area Food Bank and attends Antioch Baptist Church. Lincoln plans to attend a four-year university and pursue a career in the healthcare and medical field.

KELCEY EDWARD PARKS, JR.

Kelcey Edward Parks, Jr. is a senior at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Virginia and is the son of Kelcey Edward Parks, Sr. and Benita D. Parks. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 14 years. Kelcey is a founding member of the Marshall Black Student Union and is on the Teen executive board. Kelcey is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Business Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, and Future Business Leaders of America. Kelcey plans to attend Baylor University in Waco, Texas in the fall 2018.

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JUSTIN TAYLOR

Justin Taylor is a senior at Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia and is the son of Tana McNeil-Taylor and Hugh Taylor. He has been a member of the Reston Chapter for four years. Justin has decided to attend Cornell University, where he will major in Civil Engineering and play Division I Baseball for Big Red.

SOMER ARNETTE TAYLOR

Somer is a senior at St. John’s High School College in Washington, DC and is the daughter of Kim and Darryl Taylor. She has been a member of the Reston Chapter for 12 years. She is a second lieutenant in JROTC, and member of the French and Yearbook clubs, Black Student Union, Debate and Speech and National Honor Society. She is also a memebr of the Alfred C. Baptist Church. She plans to attend the Art Institute of Chicago or the University of San Francisco and become an art curator at a museum.

ROCHESTER, NY ROBERT DIAZ-JUDSON

Robert Diaz-Judson is the son of Gina Lashay Lopez. Robert is Graduating from Irondequoit High School. He has been in Jack and Jill for 4 years and held the position of editor & historian and parliamentarian. He enjoys playing football, basketball, community service and spending time with Family. Has received awards for Monroe County 1st Team Football, Defensive Player of the year 2017, Science Student of the month, and a DECA Participant. Robert will be attending Utica College, pursuing a degree in criminal justice, psychology or sports marketing. Motto: The more experiments you make, the better.

ROCKLAND ORANGE, NY LOREN ANNANDA ARMSTRONG

Loren Annanda Armstrong is a senior at Mary Help of Christians Academy North Haledon, New Jersey. Loren has been a member of Jack and Jill Rockland Orange Chapter for 15 years. She is serving as Teen Presiden and has received regional academic awards. Loren’s hobbies are photography and creative writing. Loren is a professionally-trained classical ballet dancer with Alvin Ailey and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Loren plans to major in Dance and Exercise Science. She has been invited to to dance with Alvin Ailey and Richmond Ballet BFA Program. Loren aspires to be a Dancer/Therapist.

COURTENEY MATTISON

Courteney Mattison is a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, New York. Courteney has been a member of the Rockland Orange Chapter for two years. She is serving as Teen Treasurer. Courteney is mission driven and has participated in many community service initiatives. Courteney is a natural leader and co-founded the Environmental Club at Our Lady of Lourdes HS. She has been inducted in the National Honor Society and plays on the Varsity Lacrosse team. Courteney plans to study Biomedical Engineering with a focus on tissue and a minor in Dance and Theatre.

HUDSON SANTANA

Hudson Santana is a senior at Montclair High School and has been a member of Jack and Jill Rockland Orange Chapter for six years. Hudson is serving as Teen Sergeant-at- Arms. Hudson is an exceptional and talented athlete who has traveled the globe competing in Fencing. He is nationally and internationally ranked. Hudson has made the World Cup Team and is a candidate for the 2020 Olympic Team. Hudson is the youngest and highest ranked referee in Fencing. Hudson aspires to be an investment banker.

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SOUTHERN MARYLAND, MD MAYA GOREE

Maya Goree is a senior at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia and is the daughter of Shanita and Marcellus Goree. She has been a member of the Southern Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill for 7 years. Maya’s most notable service activities include her volunteer work with her school’s partnered Special Olympics Basketball team. As a player on her high school varsity team, Maya enjoys sharing her skill, passion, and love of the game with those who participate on the special olympic team. She has decided to attend DePaul University in Chicago, IL, where she will major in Buisness.

TAYLOR JACKSON

Taylor Jackson is a senior at Northern High School in Owings, Maryland and the daughter of Darryl and Theresa Jackson. She has been a member of the Southern Maryland Jack and Jill Chapter for 2 years. She is the Lead Community Service Project Coordinator of her Future Business Leaders of America chapter. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of Black Engineers Jr. chapter. She plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology where she will double-major in Computer Engineering and Business with a goal of becoming CEO of her own a technology company.

TIFFANY JACKSON

Tiffany Jackson is a senior at Northern High School in Owings, MD and is the daughter of Darryl and Theresa Jackson. She has been a member of the Southern Maryland Chapter for 2 years. Tiffany is heavily involved in her community with over 300 hours of community service through National Honor Society, Student Government, and her church. Tiffany is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America and currently serves as the Maryland FBLA State President. She has decided to attend the University of Alabama where she will major in Nursing with a focus in pediatric specialty care.

MILES CHRISTOPHER PAYTON

Miles is a senior at La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland and is the son of Hank and Keysha Payton. He has been a member of Jack and Jill of America for 13 years. Miles is a member of the National Honors Society and World Language Honors Society and participates in montly community service projects. Miles enjoys playing soccer. He will major in Accounting in College and plans to become an Investment Banker in New York.

COLE ALEXANDER PRYOR

Cole Alexander Pryor is a senior at North Point High School in Waldorf, Maryland and is the son of Cindy and Christopher Pryor. He has been a member of the Southern Maryland Chapter for 7 years, and has served as the President, Vice President, and Parlimentarian for the teen group of his chapter. Cole is an active member of his school’s Student Council, Destination Imagination team, varsity lacrosse team, and currently serves as president of Educators Rising. Cole plans to attend Old Dominion University and major in Education with the hopes to become a local public school superintendent.

SOUTH JERSEY, NJ KAILEY CARROLL

Kailey is a senior at Camden County Technical School in Sicklerville, NJ and is the Daughter of Harry and Kelly Graham. She has been a member of the South Jersey Chapter of Jack and Jill for 4 years. Kailey is a 2018 Debutante and one of New Jersey’s 2017-18 “Rising Scholars”. Kailey served as teen Parliamentarian for her chapter in 2016. Kailey is undecided which college to attend but has currently been accepted to Bennet College for Women, Norfolk State, Claflin State, Copin State, and Florida Memorial. Kailey will major in Social Work.

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KENNEDY DEBOW

Kennedy Debow is a senior at the Hun School of Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey and is the daughter of Jamieon and Marsha Debow. Kennedy has been a member of South Jersey chapter of Jack and Jill for 6 years. She serves on the fundraising committee. Kennedy is a four year varsity soccer player at Hun as well as club soccer with the Player Development Academy. She has not selected a college at this time, but plans to be a Physician’s Assistant.

ALLEN E. HARLEY

Allen Harley is a senior at Moorestown High School in Moorestown, NJ and is the son of Damon Harley and Tamala Jamieson-Harley. He has been a member of the South Jersey, Jack and Jill Chapter for 5 years. Allen has serviced on the executive board as the parliamentarian and the treasurer during his tenure. In addition to Jack and Jill, he is actively involved in Student Government, Concert, Prep and Jazz Band. Allen has been accepted to a number of universities but has not selected his university at this time. Allen plans to major in Electrical Engineering.

JEWEL J. PHILLIPS

Jewel J. Phillips - Teen President, South Jersey Chapter: Jewel is also a Senior at Lenape H.S. in Medford, NJ and the daughter of proud parents: Kimberly D. Deal, Esq. and John Phillips. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 14 years where she has also served as the Teen Vice-President and Editor. At the Eastern Regional level, Jewel was awarded the Distinguished Teen Award 2017 and she has served as a Delegate and on the Editorial Committee. Presently, Jewel intends to pursue a degree in Pharmacy at a top institution such as Spelman or Howard University.

JOEL CHRISTOPHER CARTER WILSON

Joel Christopher Carter Wilson is a senior at Camden County Technical High School in Sicklerville, New Jersey, he is a student in their Music Academy. Joel is the beloved son of legacy Mother Stephanie James Harris, Ph.D, and Joel Wilson. He has been a member of the South Jersey Chapter for 12 years, he is Vice-president of the teen group. Joel’s Grandmother, Great Aunts, Mother, Aunts, and cousins have also all been members of the South Jersey Chapter. Joel plans on majoring in Music Technology and Business in the Fall semenster at one of the nation’s illustrious HBCU’s.

STAMFORD-NORWALK, CT EASTLYN FRANKEL

Eastlyn Frankel is a Senior at Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, Massachusetts and is the daughter of Adam and Stephanie Frankel. She has been active in the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter for nine years. As Andover’s student body co-president, Eastlyn enjoys doing improv, playing water polo and interacting with students and faculty. She has decided to attend Brown University where she will study Anthropology, Education and Chinese. She hopes to one day work in the White House reforming education policy and foreign affairs.

LAUREN MARJORIE SMITH

Lauren Marjorie Smith is a senior at New Canaan HS in New Canaan, CT. She is the daughter of Dino Smith and Ci Ci Holloway-Smith. Lauren has been active in the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter for 10 years and has served as Chapter Historian, Recording Secretary and President. In her junior year, Lauren was elected Regional Teen Secretary. She is recognized for academic and other honors; consistently achieving a strong GPA, while performing in each theater production and school concert. An active community leader, Lauren volunteers at St. Aloysius Church, Town Hall and local sports events.

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TIARA STARKS

Tiara Starks is a senior at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, CT and is the daughter of John and Jacqueline Starks. She has served as executive officer of the Stamford-Norwalk Chapter Teen Group since freshman year and volunteers at local non-profits including the Palace Theatre of Stamford and a community theatre program. She will major in Film Production and double minor in theatre and business. Tiara enjoys working with children and hopes to one day combine her love of the theater and working with the youth by pursuing a career in children’s theatre education.

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY AMANDA BELGRAVE

Amanda Belgrave is a senior at Farmingdale High School in Farmingdale, New York and is the youngest daughter of Christopher and Dr. Dionne Walker-Belgrave. She has been a member of the Suffolk County Jack and Jill Chapter for 17 years. Amanda mentors students in SMILE club, collects food for the hungry with the National Honor Society and Key Club. She has decided to attend Syracuse University where she will major in Business Management.

ANAYA BRITTON

Anaya Britton is a senior at Farmingdale High School in Farmingdale, New York. She is the daughter of Wendy Lattibeaudiere and Rodrick Britton. Anaya has been a member of the Suffolk County Chapter of Jack and Jill for 3 years. Anaya is passionate about serving her community; and commits her time to serving the youth. She volunteers as a student dance teacher and organized an alcohol abuse seminar for teens. Anaya plans to be a Nurse Practitioner specializing in pediatrics and anesthetics. She will be attending Hampton University where she will study nursing and American Sign Language.

CAMERON GERALD CHAPMAN

Cameron Chapman, son of Maurice and Lisa (Evans) Chapman, attends Patchogue-Medford High School, Medford, NY. Cameron, a member of the National Honor Society and Patchogue-Medford History Honor Society, is a Scholar Athlete and AP Scholar. He played varsity basketball and varsity football. Cameron played trombone in the Wind Ensemble and Marching Band. A member of Jack & Jill for 16-years, Cameron served as Co-Legislative Chair and Sergeant-at-Arms. Cameron will major in history and attend law school.

SHELBY ERICA DONALD

Shelby Erica Donald is a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School East, located in Dix Hills, New York and is the only daughter of Yvonne Hill-Donald and Eric Donald. Shelby has since the age of 2 been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Suffolk County Chapter in New York. Shelby is most impassioned about animal rights and serves as the President of Animal Friends and Advocates at her High School where she has led and participated in many fundraisers for local animal shelters. She tutors elementary school students with challenges. Shelby will study Biology in the fall.

SADAT R.M. GRESHAM

Sadat Gresham is a senior Honor Student at William Floyd High School in New York. He is the son of Rafika Soaries and James Gresham; a member of Jack and Jill Suffolk County for 10 years, served as teen Vice President where he initiated the Jeans4Teens drive and served on the Apparel/Banner and Legislative committees; Technology Committee Chair and the recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. He plays the Tenor Saxophone with the HS Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. He has decided to attend Howard University majoring in Computer Science and plans to own a video game company.

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ISABELLA GRIFFITH

Isabella Griffith is the daughter of Wayne and Sara Griffith and will graduate from Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills, New York. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 6 years, holding various positions on the chapter’s Teen Executive Board. Isabella was Miss New York Teen USA 2017, and walked in New York Fashion Week numerous times. She volunteers at Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County. She is a member of the Huntington Youth Court and has received a proclamation from the Town of Huntington. Upon graduation, Isabella will pursue a career in law.

DANIELLE HARRIS

Danielle Harris is a senior at Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington, New York and is the daughter of Dr. Lynn M. O’Connor and Douglas L. Harris. She has been a member of the Suffolk County Chapter for 4 years. She served as the Foundation Chair and Corresponding Secretary. She is an ALL League Scholar athlete. She has decided to attend Cornell University where she will major in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing.

BRIANNA ROSE HUTCHISON

Brianna is a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School West, in Dix Hills, New York and is the daughter of Chevin and Lisa Hutchinson. She has been a member of the Suffolk County Chapter for 9 years. Brianna is active in track and field and enjoys playing the violin with her high school orchestra. She is also an active member of the Youth Court for the Town of Babylon. She has decided to attend Howard University where she will major in psychology and pre-law and intends on becoming an attorney.

PIERCE MALIZE

Pierce Malize is a senior at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, New York and is the son of Tochi and Charles Malize. He has been a member of the Suffolk County Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc for three years. He is involved in community service, musical theater and performances with the diocesan men and boys choir. He has decided to attend college locally to study Performance Arts, Mandarin and Computer Science.

JUSTIN TYRONE MCKINNEY

Justin Tyrone McKinney, son of Juanita McKinney and Tyrone McKinney, attends Mattituck High School. Justin is the Student Body Executive Secretary and CEO of the Virtual Enterprise Entrepreneurship Team. He is a member of DECA and the Varsity Wrestling Team. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 16 years. Justin currently serves as Teen Foundation Chair and previously served as Vice President and Corresponding Secretary. Justin is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award and a four time DECA Regional Business Competition Winner. Justin plans to major in business.

OLIVER ROC

Oliver Roc is a senior at Longwood High School in Longwood, New York. He is the son of Sybil Mimy Johnson and Vogel Roc. He joined Suffolk County Jack and Jill Chapter in May 2017. Oliver served as a volunteer martial arts instructor teaching children. Oliver received his black belt at age 14. He also volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club. He will attend Springfield College and major in business to become a venture capitalist.

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HANNAH SPENCER

Hannah Spencer is a senior at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York and is the daughter of Dr. William R. Spencer and Rachel Spencer. She has been a member of the Suffolk County Chapter for 13 years. Hannah is an officer for the student government, was selected as the Harborfields representative for Girls State and has raised thousands of dollars for Swim Across America and cancer research. Hannah has committed to attend and swim for Tufts University in the Fall.

KIARA STARLING

Kiara Starling is a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School West in Dix Hills, New York and is the daughter of Carlton and Khadijah Starling. Kiara has been a member of Suffolk County Chapter for 11 years and is the current teen president and past editor of the Suffolk County Chapter. Kiara is also a member of the Huntington Youth Court, the track team and Future Educators of America. Kiara has decided to attend Hampton University where she will major in Journalism. Kiara intends to become an editor of a magazine.

LAUREN TUCKER

Lauren Tucker is a senior at Half Hollow Hills High School West, in Dix Hills, NY. She is the daughter of Dennis and Terry Tucker, and has been a member of the Suffolk County Chapter for six years. In school, Lauren is the Co-founder and President of the Women in Science and Engineering club, President of the African American Student Organization, Captain of the robotics team, and Captain of the girls Golf team. Lauren has served as Past President, Treasurer and Legislative Chair for the J&J Suffolk County Chapter. Lauren will attend Harvard University where she will study Neurobiology.

SYRACUSE, NY NAKAI A. BROWN

Nakai Brown is a senior at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, New York and is the daughter of Miranda Askew-Brown. She has been a member of the Syracuse, New York Chapter for seven years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a Varsity Cheerleader for football and basketball, and a Peer Minister for her school. She is the current Teen Chapter President and has served as Vice-President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Foundation Chair. Nakai will attend Tuskegee University where she will major in biology and food nutrition; and plans to become a pediatrician.

ELIJAH THEUS

Elijah Theus is a Senior at Jamesville Dewitt High School in Syracuse, New York and is the son of Shonette and William Harper. He has been a member of the Syracuse, New York Chapter for seven years. He is a member of the show choir group SPARK at school. He has performed in several musicals, and is involved in sports. He is the Current Vice President and has served as Chaplin, Foundation Chair, and Corresponding Secretary. Elijah will attend either South Carolina State University or West Virginia State University majoring in Music Education, with hopes to become a Music Professor.

WASHINGTON, DC SPENSER ADAMS

Spenser Adams is a 6th Former at Saint James School (SJS) in Hagerstown, Maryland. He’s the son of Gina and Eugene Adams, Washington D.C. Chapter. Spenser’s been a Jack and Jill member since 2006; has a 3.8 GPA and will attend the University of Miami, fall 2018 to study business. He plays basketball for SJS, enjoys music, fashion and his volunteer work and regular summer employment, dating back to ninth grade. He worked as a camp counselor and tutor during the academic year, has volunteered at S.O.M.E. and participated in many J&J activities that help the less fortunate in D.C. 210


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ALEXANDRA ALFONSO

Alexandra Alfonso is a Senior at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in the Vocal Arts program and is the daughter of Pedro and Kim Greenfield Alfonso. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 16 years. Alexandra is a member of the National Honor Society, Duke Ellington’s Honor Roll, Children’s Chorus of Washington and a Senior Girl Scout. She is a member of Youth Leadership Greater Washington and a member of the National Federation of the Blind’s STEM Leadership Academy. Alexandra is still considering offers, but will study Music Education, Linguistics and Creative Writing.

JALEEL BEN ALI

Jaleel Ben Ali is a senior at The Lab School of Washington. He is the son of Sonya and Kamal Ali. Jaleel has been a member of the Washington D.C. Chapter since 2008. Jaleel is the first student in the school’s history to be named yearbook editor. He has been the M.V.P. of the tennis team 3 consecutive years. He is a member of the diversity, chess and gaming clubs. He is a National Thespian Society inductee and an Eye to Eye mentor. He will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, majoring in Game Design and Animation.

SURAYA JAMIL ALI

Suraya Jamil Ali is a senior at Georgetown Day School - Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Sonya and Kamal Ali and a member of Jack & Jill, Washington, D.C. for 10 years. An avid dancer and choreographer, Suraya teaches dance and mentors young girls. Suraya managed the girls’ Varsity Basketball team for 4 years. Named M.V.P. for JV volleyball, Suraya also participates in several school clubs and organizations. Suraya is an NSLC alum as well as a recognized scholar by the NSHSS. She will be attending New York University focusing on global liberal studies and psychology.

MATTHEW BAILEY

Matthew Bailey, senior at Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, D. C., is the son of Claude and Denise Bailey. Son of a legacy, Matthew has been active in the Washington, D.C. Chapter for his entire life. Matthew has excelled as a scholar, athlete, leader and activist. Matthew serves as teen president and his leadership was recognized by selection to Leadership Washington’s Youth Program. His community service efforts haves received several Presidential Service Awards. His activism and photography has taken him to France, Israel, Cuba and South Africa where he has captured amazing photographs. He aspires to become a photo journalist.

ANANIAH BOLTON-RAIGNS

Ananiah Bolton-Raigns is the granddaughter of Doris Barnes and a graduating senior at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Washington, D.C. As a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Jack & Jill she has enjoyed participating various enrichment and cultural activities over the years culminating in August 2017 when she visited South Africa with her Jack and Jill family. Ananiah has regularly participated in community service initiatives and cluster activities. A gifted visual artist and musician who also enjoys playing the ukulele and singing, Ananiah plans to study interior design in college.

AMIRA LOVE CLARK

Amira is a senior at The Edmund Burke School in Washington, D.C. and is the daughter of Keisha and Joseph Clark. Amira joined the Jack & Jill Washington, D.C. Chapter in 2013. At Burke, Amira was an active member of the volleyball team, the Black Student Union, and the Leadership Program. An artist, Amira’s work has been featured in a gallery and auctioned for the benefit of Children’s Hospital. Amira has been admitted to several colleges and universities and received an academic scholarship to Loyola University in New Orleans. Amira has not decided on the college she will attend.

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KIARA E. P. COLEMAN

Kiara E. P. Coleman is a senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase (BCC) High School in Bethesda, MD, and is the daughter of Kecia L Brown and Charles P. Coleman. She has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter for 6 years. Kiara has received the Presidential Community Service Award from President Obama. At BCC, Kiara founded the Fashion Club and was involved with Cheer, MoCat, and Minority Scholars. She is a member of The National Society of High School Scholars. Kiara has gained acceptance to college, but has not decided; her interests include business, design, environmental science, and fashion design.

CARTER DEANE COOPER

Carter Deane Cooper, the daughter of Renata and James W. Cooper, is a senior at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C. A member of the Washington, D.C., Chapter of Jack and Jill since 2009, Carter has served her community, among other ways, through volunteer work with Wear It Blue by teaming with peers to increase awareness about autism. She has trained as a ballerina with The Washington School of Ballet for 13 years as well as with The Summer Dance Intensive of The Boston Ballet. Carter looks forward to pursuing her interests in psychology and neuroscience on the college level.

JAMES KENDRICK “RICKY” COOPER

James Kendrick “Ricky” Cooper, the son of Renata and James W. Cooper, is a senior at Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., and has been a member of the Washington, D.C., Chapter of Jack and Jill since 2009. Ricky has enjoyed participating in Harvard Model Congress as well as serving as a captain of his varsity lacrosse team. He has served his greater community by helping to restore homes in New Orleans still struggling to recover from storm damage. Ricky will continue to pursue his interests in government, economics, and Middle East and Islamic studies on the college level.

ALLYSON EDGE

Allyson Edge is a senior at the National Cathedral School in Washington D.C. and is the daughter of Sharman and Peter Edge. She has been a member of the Washington D.C. Chapter for 6 years, prior to which she was in the Morris County Chapter in New Jersey. Allyson is a Captain on her school’s Varsity Lacrosse team, a Black Student Union Officer, a four-year participant of both the Model United Nations, and the National Cathedral School Choir. She is still deciding which college she will attend next year, but she plans to study History and Spanish in the Fall.

COLUMBUS JARED GILES

Columbus Jared Giles is a senior at Blyth-Templeton Academy in Washington, D.C. He is the son of Dr. & Mrs. Columbus Giles and has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter for 17 years. He has been actively involved in numerous activities including Boys Scouts, Operation Understanding DC, Iona Senior Services, and Tae Kwon Do. For his commitment, he has achieved the Black Belt rank; the Eagle Scout rank; Bronze, Gold and Silver Palms; and the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award. He has not made a decision on a college but intends to study psychology in the fall.

MIKE GRIMES

Mike Grimes is a senior at The Potomac School in McLean, VA and is the son of James and Lori Simone Grimes. He has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Jack and Jill Chapter for six years. Mike is passionate about entrepreneurship, he won the National Teen Entrepreneurship Competition in Irvine, CA, and is a proud business owner. Mike is the varsity basketball team captain and starting point guard; spends hours as a tutor with his school, and has received the U.S. Presidential Service Award. Mike will major in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at a top university in the fall.

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SHALVIT GRIMES

Shalvit Grimes is a senior at Saint John’s College H.S. in Washington, D.C. and is the son of James and Lori Simone Grimes. Shalvit has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Jack and Jill Chapter for six years. Shalvit is honored to have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the U.S. Presidential Service Award, and to serve as president for her school’s Sports Management Club. Shalvit engages in social justice causes including building homes in poverty stricken countries. Shalvit will major in International Affairs and Policy at a top university in the fall and plans practice law.

AYENDE JULIAN HEGWOOD

Ayende Julian Hegwood is a senior at Washington Latin PCS in Washington, D.C. and is the son of Tamiko Overton and William Hegwood. He has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter for 6 years. Ayende loves music. He has served as Vice President for the Classic Chorus Club at his school. Since the age of 14, he has had his own DJ business. He has shared his love for music by volunteering his DJ services to shelters, community centers, and to his Jack and Jill Chapter. Ayende is still considering offers, but will study business in the fall.

MICHAEL JONES, JR.

Michael Jones, Jr. is a senior at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C. and the youngest son of Michael and Shaun Jones. Michael has been actively involved in Jack & Jill for eight years. Michael completed 60 hours of service at Stride Camp for boys and girls teaching healthy eating habits and sports. Michael was the running back for St. Albans School Football in 2017 and rushed 150 yards against Paul VI Catholic School and 186 yards against the toughest defense in their school’s conference Episcopal H.S. Michael is excited to study business when he starts college this fall.

GRACE MARIE MARION

Grace Marie Marion is a senior at Discovery Academy in Provo, Utah and the daughter of Drs. Tanya Lumpkins and Philip Marion. She has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Jack and Jill Chapter for 15 years. Grace received the Gold Award from the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital for a music workshop with children in Haiti. She received her Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2016. Grace has served as secretary in her Jack and Jill Teen Group. She has not decided which college to attend, but plans to major in creative writing and literature.

MILES ELLIOTT REID

Miles Elliott Reid, a senior at Maret School in Washington, D.C, is the son of Drs. Karl and Andrea Reid. He has been a member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of Jack and Jill for 8 years. At Maret, Miles is a tour guide, active in Foreign Policy Club and musical theatre, co-leads the a capella group, Alpha Males, and plays varsity soccer and baseball. He received baseball All-MAC Conference Honors as a sophomore and junior, and is the baseball co-captain. He attends Reid Temple AME Church. Miles will attend and play baseball at Tufts University, major undecided.

JADE SIMMONS

Jade Simmons is a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. and is the daughter of Sellano and Shameka Simmons. She has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Jack and Jill for two years. Jade is an active member at Grace Covenant Church D.C. where she serves in the Children’s Ministry, working in the nursery and toddler classes. She plays flag football for Wilson High School and rec basketball. Jade has earned the privilege of making the Honor Roll. Jade is still considering offers, but will study Business and Entertainment in the fall.

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TIJARA M. SMITH

Tijara M. Smith, Eastern Region Teen Secretary, is a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Timothy and Rhonda Smith. TJ has been a member of the Washington D.C. Chapter for 12 years. She completed her Girl Scout Gold Award, volunteered with Project Giveback, So Others Might Eat, Howard University Hospital and AARP. She devoted her middle school years to volunteering at Thrive D.C. She earned the President’s Volunteer Award throughout high school. She has decided to attend Spelman College where she will major in Biology and minor in French.

JACQUELINE THOMPSON

Jacqueline Thompson is a senior and Outstanding Student Awardee at School Without Walls in Washington, D.C. The daughter of Michelle Davis and Dakarai Thompson, she’s a 10-year legacy member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter where she serves as Sr. Teen Legislative Chair, is on the Eastern Region Junior Gazette Editorial Board, and recipient of Jack and Jill’s National Service Award. A Presidential Gold Volunteer Service Awardee, Youth Leadership Greater Washington graduate, Co-Captain of the Capital Juniors Rowing Team, French Bi-Literacy certificate recipient and recipient of an Oxbridge Academic Scholarship, she will study International Relations.

MICAH CHRISTIAN WHITE

Micah Christian White, is a senior at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., and is the son of Vanessa and Louie White. He has been a member of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. for 13 years. Micah is very involved in community service, his interests include swimming, video games and spending time with his family. Micah plans to attend college concentrating in graphic design and voice over. Micah’s motto is “This is the way God made me.”

WESTCHESTER, NY CAMERON CHAVERS

Cameron Chavers is a senior at Horace Mann School and is the daughter of Ginger McKnight-Chavers and Kevin Chavers. She has been a member of Jack and Jill Chapter for 14 years. Cameron spent 10 years in Dance Theatre of Harlem’s pre-professional ballet program. She is Publicity Chair of HM Dance Company, member of HM Theater Company, Co-President of Glee Club, and Co-President of Art Detectives. She interns at Lucy Moses School’s Summer Musical Theatre Workshop, and attended the Young Actors’ Workshop at London’s Globe Theatre.

GREGORY A. COSBY

Gregory A. Cosby is a senior at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY. He is the son of Andrew C. Cosby, III and Nadine Barnett Cosby. Gregory has been a member of the Westchester Chapter for 8 years. He has been involved in the Higher Aims program with the Westchester Clubmen for the past 6 years, and has participated in volunteer drives and the Black College Tour with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, which his father is a life member of. Gregory is currently undecided on which college he will attend, but plans to major in Business and Psychology.

JULIAN EPPS

Julian Epps is a senior at Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY. He is the son of Jerrice and Anthony Epps. He has been a member of the Westchester Chapter for 15 years where he served as Treasurer and then President of the Senior Teens. He is a proud graduate of the Goldman Sachs LauchPad, LEADership Education and Development and the Blue Nile Rites of Passage programs. Julian has traveled to Denmark and South Africa to represent his high school at global youth conferences. He plans to major in Sociology to study the interrelationship of race and economics.

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ISAIAH-MARC ARISTOTLE GILES

My name is Isaiah-Marc Aristotle Giles and I am a senior at Irvington High School in New York. I am the proud son of Mr. Marc Elliott Giles (Legacy) and Dr. Vijayalakshimi Montgomery-Giles. I am the last of three sons to graduate from Jack and Jill: Paul Ira-1998, Julian Adonnis-2008, and Isaiah Marc-2018. I have been an active member of Jack and Jill since 2002. Acting is my utmost aspiration but coding, gaming, and traveling the world are my inspiration. I love dancing, acting, and singing and plan on attending New York University or Purchase College in the Fall.

RUBY AYN HASTIE

Ruby Hastie is a high honors senior at New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, NY and is the daughter of Jeffrey and Rachel Hastie. She has been a member of the Westchester Chapter of Jack and Jill for 15 years. Ruby has been active in her church as a volunteer with Midnight Run and on mission trips. In high school, she was involved in Junior Statesman of America, Human Rights Coalition, Habitat for Humanity and National Honor Society. She will attend Amherst College where she was recruited for the women’s soccer team and will major in Neuroscience and Creative Writing.

NAOMI HORSFORD

Naomi Horsford is a senior at Marymount School for Girls in Manhattan. Naomi is the daughter of Robert and Nicole Horsford. Naomi has been a member of Jack and Jill for sixteen years. Naomi has been a member of her school soccer and softball teams for six years. Currently, Naomi is president of her school Art Club, photography editor of yearbook, Secretary of Code Club, student ambassador and member of her school Diversity Council. Naomi has participated in numerous summer abroad programs. Naomi plans to dual major in Engineering and Art.

CASSIUS C. OWENS

Cassius C. Owens, a senior at White Plains High School in White Plains, New York, is the son of Brian and Amy Owens. He has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2012 and serves as the 2017-2018 Teen President of the Westchester Chapter. Throughout high school, Cassius has enjoyed volunteering his time working with children who reside in some of the county’s homeless shelters. He plans to pursue a career in Child Psychology and looks forward to assisting youth suffering from emotional trauma.

AIDAN FREDERICK SIMPSON

Aidan Frederick Simpson is a senior at Fordham Preparatory High School in the Bronx, New York and is the son of Scott F. Simpson and Angela Lockwood Simpson. Aidan has been a member of the Jack & Jill Westchester Chapter for 10 years. He is an honor roll student, a volunteer hockey coach for disabled children and the starting goaltender for the varsity ice hockey team. Aidan will attend college in the fall and major in astrophysics.

JAZMINE SMITH

Jazmine Smith is the daughter of Kelvin and Jennifer Smith and has been a member of the J&J Westchester Chapter since 2015. She is a senior at Horace Mann High School and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. She is a national swimmer who has been swimming since she was eight years old. She serves as the captain of the Horace Mann Varsity Swim Team. She serves as a math and SAT tutor. Jazmine will attend college in the fall where she will swim competitively and major in Engineering.

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ALEXANDRA “LEXIE” THOMAS

Alexandra is the daughter of Laurie Collins-Thomas & Kevin Thomas, both parents are alumni members of Jack and Jill. Alexandra has 16 years of service to the Westchester Chapter and is serving as Teen Historian. She is graduating from Ardsley High School. She has been a Varsity Cheerleader for 4 years, Treasurer of the Key Club and a yearbook photographer. She serves as Vice President of Youth -to- Youth and was selected to participate in the Westchester County, Project Worthy Youth Summit. Alexandra works tirelessly with children with disabilities as a volunteer with Best Buddies and Gigi’s Playhouse.

MALIHA WALTHALL

Maliha Walthall is a senior at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, New York and is the daughter of Sheretta Walthall and Gregory Walthall, Esq. She has been a member of the Jack and Jill of America Inc: Westchester Chapter for 14 years. Maliha has participated in soup kitchens, midnight runs, backpack drives, car washes, March of Dimes fundraiser walk, Breast Cancer walk, and feeding of the homeless. She has decided to attend Hampton University where she will major in Forensic Science.

BREA AMBER WATKINS

Brea Amber Watkins, 17 is the proud daughter of Inga and Samuel Watkins Esq. She has been a member of Jack and Jill Westchester for 14 years. Brea attends New Rochelle HS where she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Italian Honor Society. She is an Executive Mentor for Ignite and co-president of the Black Culture Club. Brea is also in the NRHS PAVE Theatre program. She has thoroughly enjoyed growing up in Jack and Jill and is thankful for the friends she has made. Brea will attend the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

DAEGAN “DJ” WILLIAMS

Daegan “DJ” Williams has been a member of Jack Jill since 2003, and is the son of Westchester Chapter legacy mother Carla Jones Williams and Arthur Williams. He attends Don Bosco Preparatory High School and The Salisbury School, where he is an honor student and plays varsity football. He has been the chapter Sergeant at Arms for the past 2 years. DJ will be attending Trinity College in Connecticut, where he will be playing football and majoring in computer science.

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, MA TAMIRA POWE

Tamira Powe is a senior at Longmeadow High School in Longmeadow, MA. She is the daughter of Attorney Maurice and Terry Powe. She has been a member of the Western Massachusetts Jack and Jill Chapter for one and a half years. She served as a class officer, Unity Club President, captain of the Longmeadow High School Indoor and Outdoor track and field teams, and participated on the basketball and cheerleading teams. She enjoys, singing, acting, volunteering, traveling, and helping others. She has decided to attend University of Massachusetts Amherst and will major in communications.

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2018 REGIONAL STATS 28 CHAPTERS

1,109 MOTHERS 117 ASSOCIATES 923 TEENS 870 CHILDREN

Anchorage, AK Phoenix, AZ Tucson, AZ Bakersfield Golden Empire, CA Contra Costa County, CA Fresno, CA Greater Vallejo, CA Inglewood, CA Inland Empire, CA Long Beach, CA Los Angeles, CA North County San Diego, CA Oakland Bay Area, CA Orange County, CA Pasadena, CA

Pomona Area, CA Sacramento, CA San Diego, CA San Fernando Valley, CA San Francisco, CA San Jose, CA Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley, CA South Los Angeles, CA Tri-Valley, CA Las Vegas, NV Portland-Willamette Valley, OR Seattle, WA Tacoma, WA

FAR WEST REGION


VARA ALLEN JONES National Program Director

Greetings Mothers! I am honored to serve as your 2016-2018 National Program Director. As your NPD I join you as we celebrate all of the wonderful accomplishments of our chapters and our Jack and Jill children throughout the country. This honor of this service provides a front row seat to the phenomenal families that make up our organization and the programming that’s impacting our diverse communities through our chapters. The fantastic Mothers of the Fabulous Far West Region continue to inspire and amaze me. Your commitment to “all” children is evident. I will always shout out that you serve faithfully at the chapter, regional and national levels in a manner that puts the “Fab” in Fabulous. Thank you. I cannot imagine this journey without you. I am blessed to serve alongside a wonderful Far West Region Executive Board whose members truly embrace the “work, play, live” mantra. Ladies, thank you for ALL of the love and support that you so willingly give to our mothers and to me. I am thankful that we are a team! As I shared last year; there are no words which adequately express the thanks and love I have for the members of the Awesome Anchorage Chapter. You always remind me that “this is how WE do it”. Putting First Things First is more than a slogan to me, and it is with this in mind that I thank my wonderfully supportive husband and our 3 teens for all they do. Because of the love and support that I have received, I am a better woman, wife, mom and leader in this wonderful organization: Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Thank you, and enjoy this 80th Anniversary Edition of Up the Hill.

Vara Allen Jones National Program Director


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FAR WEST REGION T

he “Fabulous” Far West Region encompasses the 5 western-most United States. There are currently 27 chapters in 6 states; Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. The Far West Region has been a vibrant and active contributor to the vast history of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The Far West Region continues to grow and add to its illustrious roster additional chapters comprised of mothers with passion and purpose to serve by providing for all children the same advantages we desire for our own. Four National Presidents have come from the Far West Region including the 6th, Ruth Brown Howard, (1958-1962) from the San Francisco Chapter, 12th, Dr. Ramona Arnold (1982-1986) from the South Los Angeles Chapter, the 18th, Carla Williams (2000-2002) from the Pasadena Chapter and the 19th, Ida La Brie Younge (2002-2004) from the Pomona Area Chapter. Dr. Sheryl Thomas, the 7th National President, appointed the first Father’s Auxiliary Chair, Fitzroy L. Younge, Jr., legacy from the Oakland Bay Area Chapter (and husband of 19th National President, Ida L. Younge), in 1997. The region has also held many appointed positions including, but not limited to National Legal Advisor, which was held by Cecilie Vaughters Johnson, Esq. from the San Jose chapter from 2002-2004 and Denise Eaton May, Esq. from the Oakland Bay Area Chapter 2006-2008. In 20122014, the National Associate Chair position was held by Norma Ryles, Tri-Valley Chapter. During the 2014-2016 programming years, the Far West Region was honored to hold three National Chair positions. The National Father’s Auxiliary Chair was held by Greg Young, Contra Costa County Chapter, the National Legislative Chair was held by Karen Clopton, San Francisco Chapter, and the National Protocol Chair was held by Patricia Grooms-Jones, North County San Diego Chapter. Currently, we hold the National Program Co-Chair appointment, which is held by Tasha Penny, Los Angeles Chapter. Additionally, the region was the proud host of the 2016 National Convention held in Palm Desert, CA. How the Far West Region Began In 1949, the national office of Jack and Jill of America reached across the nation to form the Los Angeles Chapter, the first chapter in our region. The year 1952 brought two more chapters into the Region, the Phoenix Chapter and the San Francisco Chapter. Through 1955-1958, our Region grew even more with the chartering of the following chapters: Oakland Bay Area Chapter (1955), San Diego Chapter (1955), Pasadena Chapter (1956), Sacramento Chapter (1956) South Los Angeles Chapter (1957), and Seattle Chapter (1958). By 1959, our region elected its first regional officer. Ms. Willia Jean Lewis was elected at the regional conference hosted by the Los Angeles Chapter. Ms. Lewis served two terms, from 1959 through 1963. In 1963, Ms. Muriel Spaulding was elected at the regional conference hosted by the Denver chapter in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Spaulding was re-elected for a second term at the 1965 regional conference hosted by the Oakland Bay Area chapter in Oakland, CA. In 1967, Ms. Mariam Rogers took the helm, having been elected at the regional conference hosted by the Pasadena Chapter in Pasadena, CA. In 1968, the San Jose Chapter joined the ranks of Far West Region chapters. The year 1969 marked a new era for the region as the particular duties of overseeing a region were split into different offices. As the structure of the organization changed, more and more chapters were chartered. At the 2008 National Convention, the duties of the Regional Secretary/Treasurer were split into two positions. The Far West Regional Conference held in July of 2011 was the first time elections were held for four officer positions: Regional Director, Regional Treasurer, Regional Secretary and Member-At-Large.

Regional Officers Regional Regional Regional Regional National

Director: Florence Lankford Treasurer: Diane Little Secretary: Erica Dennings Member at Large: Dana Brooks Officer: Vara Allen Jones

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Regional Committee Appointments Associate Chair: Della Caver Bylaws Chair: Karen Clopton Editor: Cydney Junius Fathers’ Auxiliary Chair: Greg Young Legislative Chair: Cyreena Boston Ashby Membership Chair: Misha Dawson Nominating Chair: Cheronda Guyton and Berna Rhodes-Ford

Policy and Procedure Chair: Arianna Sholes-Douglas Program Chair: Tasha Penny Protocol Chair: Carla Tyson Strategic Relevance and Value: Amanda McWilliams Technology Chair: Cesanee Johnson Teen Advisor: Melissia Buckhalter-Honore

Mother’s Conference 2017 Date: July 23-27, 2017 Theme: Sisters at Sea: The Power to Build a Region of Leaders and Legacies Location: Aboard the Carnival Imagination Hosting Chapter: Fresno Conference Chairs: Tracey Fowlkes

Children’s Clusters Date: March 17, 2018 Theme: I Love S.T.E.A.M Location: Hiddenbrooke Country Club Hosting Chapter: Greater Vallejo Conference Chair: Alicia Cook

Teen Conference 2017 Date: June 22-25, 2017 Theme: Unify Us, Don’t Divide Us Location: University of Alaska, Anchorage Hosting Chapter: Anchorage Conference Chairs: Mattie Alexander and Dionne Willis Teen Conference 2018 June 21-24, 2018 Theme: Unapologetically Educated and Melanated Location: Azusa Pacific University Hosting Chapter: Pasadena Conference Chair: Traci Glover

Date: March 17, 2018 Theme: Boots, Bling and All Things STEAM Location: California State University, Fresno Hosting Chapter: Fresno Conference Chair: Dr. Edythe Woodruff Stewart and Dr. Nicholette Rabetsimba Date: March 17, 2018 Theme: Be Well Location: Springbrook Clubhouse Hosting Chapter: Inland Empire Conference Chair: Katina Knapper Date: April 7, 2018 Theme: Kid’s College - Children On Their Way to Learning, Leading, Engaging and Growing their Excellence Location: Chandler Environmental Center Hosting Chapter: Phoenix Conference Chair: Marisa Woods

Mother’s Clusters Date: October 21, 2017 Theme: Building a Region of Leaders and Legacies: Learn. Lead. Take Action! Location: Cedarbrook Lodge, SeaTac, Washington Hosting Chapter: Tacoma Chapter Conference Chairs: Monique Dubose Date: October 28, 2017 Theme: Building a Region of Leaders and Legacies: Learn. Lead. Take Action! Location: Costa Mesa, CA Hosting Chapter: Orange County Conference Chairs: Alisa Covington and Cathy Goings

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Date: April 21, 2018 Theme: Arts Extravaganza Location: College of the Canyons Hosting Chapter: Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Conference Chair: Kimberly Humphries Date: April 21, 2018 Theme: Healthy Living Inside and Out Location: Crossroads Community Center Hosting Chapter: Seattle Conference Chair: Natalie Matthews


REGIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS The “Fabulous” Far West Region continues to fulfill its mission of Building a Region of Leaders and Legacies through outstanding programming, engaging leadership conferences, and heartfelt philanthropic service. The regional team sought to enhance membership experiences through efforts such as a redesigned regional website and reimagined Area Work Day agendas. In the summer before the programming year began, the region hosted the 2017 Mothers’ Regional Conference aboard the Carnival Imagination cruise ship -- a first for the region-- which sailed to Ensenada, Mexico and Catalina Island. Mothers aboard worked to conduct the business of the region, and later, toured the ports-of-call, dined, shopped, and enjoyed excursions. In October 2017, the region enjoyed two impactful Area Work Days (Mothers’ Clusters) where members from across the West Coast convened in Washington and Orange County to conduct the business of the organization and further the mission of the region. Both conferences featured a reimagined agenda, incorporating workshops on grant writing, mental health, and protocol, as well as training for members ranging from presidents, teen advisors, to mother members. The teen oratorical competitions were inspiring and reinvigorating, showcasing our teens’ leadership at its best. The Northern Area Work Day featured T’wina Franklin, Co-Founder of Ladies First, who graced the event as the keynote speaker. In the Southern Cluster, mothers were treated to a keynote by Pamela Samuels Young, attorney and award-winning author.

teens also participated in educational plenary sessions and enjoyed themselves at a fun zone outing and dance. Philanthropy is an integral part of our Jack and Jill experience and the Far West Region continues to further this aim through programs and events designed to fundraise for organizations in need. The Tri-Valley Chapter held a Jazz, Jeans, and Jimmy C’s fundraiser, while the Orange County Chapter held a white party to raise funds for charity. The Oakland Bay Area Chapter held a Flip Flop party and Sacramento held a Bold Lips & Bow Ties affair. Our teens practiced philanthropy in their own right. One such example is the South L.A. Chapter teen group, which held a neon party to support the Jack and Jill Foundation. On a celebratory note, the South L.A. Chapter celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a beautiful tea, commemorating decades of diligent service to children. For MLK Day of Service in January, chapters around the region participated in meaningful and enriching events. Regional Director Florence Lankford, along with other regional officers and members, celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the 2018 Los Angeles MLK Day Parade. Walking the parade route, the members joined Senator Kamala Harris, who was the event’s grand marshall. Other Far West chapters volunteered at local organizations, schools, and food banks to serve the community.

The unforgettable 2017 Teen Leadership Conference, hosted by the Anchorage Chapter, took place at the University of Alaska, Anchorage where attendees participated in workshops and social events while experiencing the unique Alaska summer with nearly total daylight. The teens performed community service at the nearby Alaska Native Medical Center, donating several hours and goods and reading to children at the center. The service event was covered by the local media, bringing the newspaper and local television station to film approximately 400 African American youth volunteering their time and talents and also learning about the local native american culture. The

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FLORENCE LANKFORD REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Florence Lankford was elected Regional Director in 2017. She is a charter member of the Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter, which was chartered in 2008. She is married to Timothy and they are the proud parents of two beautiful, brilliant and energetic children, Taylor (11) and Tyler (9). Since joining, Florence has served in various capacities within the organization. Within the chapter she has served as Chapter President for 3 years, Treasurer, Historian, Group 1 Chair, Parliamentarian and on a host of committees. At the regional level she has served as Regional Secretary, Regional Editor, and Regional Technology Chair. Florence received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Computer Information Systems from Texas State University. She’s currently a Project Manager for one of the largest Occupational Healthcare Providers in the country. Her primary role is implementing clinical enhancements through information technology. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and works heavily with Wiley Canyon Elementary PTA as the volunteer coordinator. Florence’s mission is to promote and foster positive and productive environments.

ERICA DENNINGS REGIONAL SECRETARY

Erica Dennings is married to Robin Dennings and has three children; Joshua 19, Hayley 17, and Jordan 15. Erica has been a member of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of Jack and Jill since 2008. She has held several leadership roles in her chapter: While President her chapter hosted Northern Area Work Day in 2015, and celebrated its 60th anniversary with a gala fundraiser in 2016. She also served as VP of membership, group leader, Parliamentarian, By Laws Chair, Activities Committee Chair, and lead chaperone for teen conference. On the regional level she has served as a member of the Teller Committee, a member of the Nominating Committee, and Chair of the Regional Policies and Procedures Committee. She was appointed to the position of Regional Secretary in 2017. Erica is an attorney who has worked as a litigator in the public and private sectors. For the past 25 years she has been a senior trial counsel at the State Bar of California where she prosecutes attorneys who commit misconduct. In addition to Jack and Jill, her community service activities include serving as board member of the Stanford Black Alumni Association of Northern California, mentoring a college

DIANE LITTLE

student through East Bay College Fund, and being on her family reunion planning committee.

REGIONAL TREASURER Diane Little is a proud member of the North County San Diego Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. She resides in Escondido, California, with her husband, William, and sons Malcolm (17) and Solomon (16). She has been a member of the Jack & Jill of America Organization for over 15 years, since her initiation in the Hartford (CT) chapter in 2005. She served in the Newton (MA) chapter as committee chair, and was elected to the board as Recording Secretary, just prior to her relocation to California. In the Far West, she has served the North County San Diego Chapter as President, Treasurer, and Financial Secretary. Professionally, Diane is the Vice President of Finance for a renewable energy developer, specializing in Wind energy projects. She earned an MBA from Indiana University, and a BS in Accounting from Santa Clara University. She maintains an active CPA license in the state of California. Diane and William are actively involved in their sons’ basketball program at Balboa School in Escondido, an independent school where William is a basketball coach. The family opens their home to host and support many international students as they pursue their dreams of education and basketball in the United States In all that she does, Diane enjoys collaborating with many to achieve individual and corporate goals. She is honored to serve the Far West Region of Jack and Jill. 223


DANA BROOKS MEMBER-AT-LARGE

MAL Dana Brooks hails from the Phenomenal Phoenix Chapter and has 2 sons, Terrell who graduated in 2013, and Kerwin II, who is the Sergeant-at-Arms for the chapter’s Teen Group. Dana has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. since 2010 and has served her chapter as Recording Secretary for 2 terms, Program Director, Teen Advisor, and Chapter President.

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Far West as the Regional Membership Chair, was appointed to complete a 1-year term as Memberat-Large, and was then elected to serve again in 2017. Dana is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and is currently active as Treasurer of a new Interest Group in the Far West hoping to be chartered in 2018. As the current Executive Director of Clinical Services for a local Hospice company, it’s important for her to maintain that work, play, and service balance.

DELLA J. CAVER

REGIONAL ASSOCIATE CHAIR Della J. Caver, mother of alumna Briaunna D’Nae Caver, is from the Fabulous Fresno Chapter and has been a member of Jack and Jill for over 19 years. She has served as the Fresno Chapter President, Vice President, Parliamentarian, Editor, Chairman of a variety committees, Group Leader of all the age groups, and served on the Regional Nominating Committee for 2 years. She is currently the Far West Associate Chair and she feels truly blessed to have this opportunity to serve in this capacity!

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TEEN OFFICERS KAYLA BELLOW | TEEN PRESIDENT Kayla Bellow is a senior at Moreau Catholic high school and the daughter of Leonard Bellow and IPRD LaTanya Bellow. While at Moreau she participated on the cheer squad for 1 year, track for 2 years, and the BSU for all 4 years. She is gifted with a voice that has commanded many audiences. As such, she has enjoyed performing at a number of Jack and Jill National events. Kayla has been a member of the Tri-Valley chapter for 12 years. She was the first Tri-Valley teen to serve at a regional level. She was Protocol Chair from 2015-2017 and then elected as Regional Teen President, another first for her chapter.

LEE ERNEST RUDOLPH III | TEEN VICE-PRESIDENT Lee (Trey) Ernest Rudolph III is the son of Lee E. Rudolph Jr. and Shaney Bell Rudolph. Trey has been a member of the Jack and Jill Seattle Chapter for 11 years and has served as the chapter’s Teen Group VP and as the FWR Teen Group Pages Chair. Trey is a junior at The Overlake School in Redmond, WA and has played on the varsity basketball and LAX teams for the last 3 years. His future goals include attending college to study Computer Engineering and travelling to South Africa.

BROOKLYN LEWIS | TEEN SECRETARY Brooklyn Lewis is a Junior at Pleasant Grove High school and is the daughter of Tara Lewis and a younger sister to her brother Blair Lewis. She has been in Jack and Jill for 6 years in the Sacramento chapter and plans to stay until she graduates out with all the knowledge she had gained while taking in the experiences she had with her teen groups and others. She aspires to go to a UC College and start a career in journalism to be able to spread the word of things that are truly happening in this country as so many other amazing men and women have done before her.

KINDYL HENLEY | TEEN TREASURER Kindyl Henley is the daughter of Roderick and Carrie Henley. Kindyl has previously served as Regional Teen Foundation Chair and now serves as Regional Teen Treasurer. As a junior at Santa Monica High School, she has had a successful academic career with membership in the Delians Honor Society and the Associated Student Body. She is further involved in her school as vice-president of the Make-A-Wish Foundation club, Section Editor of the Nautilus Yearbook, and a student member of the School Site Council. Kindyl aspires to major in Business Administration with a Focus on Finance in college.

ZARI NAILAH SCOTT | TEEN FOUNDATION CHAIR Zari Nailah Scott, daughter of Tyrone Scott and Cheryl-Ann Webb-Scott, is a Senior at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. A member for 12 years, she strives to better her community through service and participation in local outreach programs, such as Habitat for Humanity, fundraising for the Boys and Girls Club, Campus Ministry, and Ambassadors for Christ Corps. She plans to major in Broadcast/ Journalism when she attends college.

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FAR WEST REGION ANCHORAGE, AK JACK AND JILL ANCHORAGE, ALASKA CHAPTER CELBRATES 15TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY Excitement is in the Atmosphere! October 4, 2017, the Anchorage, Alaska Chapter celebrated 15 years as a Chartered Chapter in the Last Frontier with a Wine and Cheese Vision Board Party. This reflective and celebratory event was spearheaded and hosted by Chapter President, Dr. Jervette R. Ward. National Officer and Charter Member Vara Allen-Jones, New Mother Members, Associates, Charter Members, and Mother Members attended the anniversary party. The evening was filled with food, fun, and fellowship. Attendees creatively constructed vision boards of our vision for our individual futures and the future of our Jack and Jill Chapter.

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Since our official charter in 2002, the Anchorage Chapter has hosted the Northern Cluster Area Work Day, October 8, 2005, October 3, 2009, and October 13, 2012. The Anchorage Chapter successfully facilitated a Children’s Cluster in March 2007. Our most recent success is the hosting of the Far West Region’s 27th Biennial Mothers’ Regional Conference in July 2013 and the Far West Regional Teen Conference in 2017. Also in 2017, our Immediate Past President Janderia Burrell received a grant to start our first Reading Corner at the Beacon Hill Safe Families Department. As we reflect on our 15th anniversary, we will continue to serve our community with the spirit of commitment. Long Live Jack and Jill!


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BAKERSFIELD GOLDEN EMPIRE, CA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY The Bakersfield Golden Empire Chapter was

In December, the chapter participated in the Escape Room. This is a teen favorite! This year the teens wanted to work together without the mother members. We had one group who “escaped” and the other group came really close. This teambuilding activity helped them problem solve, build rapport and confidence, use critical thinking skills, uncover hidden talents and increase engagement and morale while locked in a room. Also, we celebrated Kwanzaa at an annual community event where we all enjoyed music, dancers, and displays.

President: LaMeka Ross Vice President: Celeste Travis-Clark Program Director: Rhea Lyons Recording Secretary: Tiffany Smith Treasurer: Kalisha Hudgins Financial Secretary: Kesha Owens Foundation Chair: Christi Dugas-Cramer Teen Advisor: Rhea Lyons/Kalisha Hudgins

President: Carissa Lyons Vice President: Jayla Burton Secretary: Jahi Hudgins Treasurer: Jalen Hudgins

established in 2014. On July 30, 2014, at the 39th National Assembly of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated in Charlotte, NC, the national body unanimously voted in favor to officially grant the mothers of the Bakersfield Interest Group new status as Bakersfield Provisional Chapter. On October 19, 2014 the Bakersfield Golden Empire Chapter was officially charter by fifteen dedicated and determined women, friends, and mothers. Our chapter is dedicated to the growth and development of African-American children, motherhood, family involvement, and community service.

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The Bakersfield Golden Empire Chapter kicked off the year with worship service at one of our mother members church, followed by fellowship and remembrance of Carole Robertson at a local soul food restaurant where the children shared history of “Who was Carole Robertson?” In October, the chapter participated in the local National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) walk. We had a 100% participation of our chapter members. Our children were able to engage in the interactive activities on site as well. In November, the children created hygiene kits that were distributed to families at the local homeless shelter during Thanksgiving break.

During the month of January, the Mother members attended the annual MLK Breakfast and several members participated in the march and program later in the evening. In the month of February our teens attended the local HBCU expo to gain knowledge and exposure to the various HBCU’s at a college fair and panel discussion. Our signature event, the Youth Career Fair, targets 7th -10th graders to explore the top careers where African-Americans tend to be scarce in. Students were given a folder to keep track of each company and reflect on what they learned. There was also a keynote speaker who inspired and encouraged the students to start planning early. This annual event is designed to show children in our community positive, successful African American role models.

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CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Cherisse Shephard Vice-President: Cynthia Cormier Program Director: Tamara Scott Recording Secretary: Kelly Willoughby Corresponding Secretary: Lillian Morse Treasurer: Petrina Winston Financial Secretary: Audrey Johnson Editor: Sherry Beeler Young Chaplain: L’Tanya Stroughter Foundation Chair: Kristen Clement Parliamentarian: Janene Grigsby Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tracie Christmas Associate Chair: Mary Savoie Williams and Karen B. Wilson Father’s Auxiliary: Greg Young

President: Nia Dorsey Vice-President: Camille Alexander Secretary: Nick Graves Treasurer: Jordan Samuel Parliamentarian: Rayna Carter Sergeant-at-Arms: Peri Woolridge

CHAPTER MEMBERS Elaine

Alexander, Monique Angara, Lori Beard, Trina Bedford, Sonja Bell, Carolyn Brown, Namita Brown, S. Jamila Buckner, Roburta Burroughs-Massent, Christina Carter, Tracie Christmas, Uganda Clark, Kristen Clement, Cynthia Cormier, Cheryl Cotton, Jasmine Dartez, Misha Dunford, Karla Fields, Lisa Gamble, Cydia Garrett, Kimberley Goode, Latondra Goode, Nicole Graves, Janene Grigsby, Sukoji Grigsby, Mia Gunter, Audrey Johnson, Karimah Lawrence, Terranessa Lewis, Michelle Marshall, Wanda McAdoo, Dionne Meadows, Amelia Mitcalf, Angela Moore, Christine Pauley, Kim Robinson, Lillian Samuel, Tamara Scott, Cherisse Shephard, Lalene Shepherd, Melissa Sladden, L’Tanya Stroughter, Svonne Underwood, Tracey Walthall, Karen Washington, Shelley Whyte, Mari Williams, Kelly Willoughby, Petrina Winston, Lapondza Woolridge, Sherry Beeler Young, Cassandra Youngblood

CHAPTER HISTORY The Contra Costa County Chapter was established in 1982 with Ruth Lockhart serving as its first chapter president. OUR GOALS: At its inception the goal of the chapter was to create educational, cultural, civic, recreational and social programs for their children. These goals remain the same today as our chapter strives to also promote a medium of contact for our children to promote bonds that foster self esteem and integrity, build strong leadership skills, instill a commitment to excellence, foster empathy and respect for others, model positive images and be role models for our children.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The

Contra Costa County Chapter began the program year with our annual Family Day Celebration in September followed in October by a chapter walk to support Junior Diabetes Research Funding (JDRF) raising money to find a cure for Type I Diabetes. In November, the Group V teens gave back to their community by volunteering with the Contra Costa Food Bank. December brought the festivities of our chapter holiday celebration, Santa’s Workshop, sponsored by the Breakfast with Santa Committee. And now, as we enter a new year, both our Group V teens and the chapter membership are working diligently towards two exciting events – The Teen Dance Fundraiser in January and the our Heritage Ball Fundraising Gala to take place in February. This program year is off to a great start exemplifying our National Theme - The Power to Make a Difference.

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FRESNO, CA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Alicia Townsend Vice-President: Priscilla Williams Program Director: Monique Bell Recording Secretary: Natashia Gridiron Corresponding Secretary: Natashia Gridiron Treasurer: Chenena Ward Financial Secretary: Camille Valentine Editor: Ronda R. Turney Chaplain: Michelle Phipps Historian: Ronda R. Turney Foundation Chair: Nicolette Rabetsimba Parliamentarian: Morgan Fields-Berry Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Priscilla Williams Associate Chair: Raquel Overall Father’s Auxiliary: Curlen Phipps

President: Senaj Jones Vice-President: Philip Brown Secretary: Sarah Garrett Treasurer: India Estrada Parliamentarian: Chauncey Turney Chaplain: Brooklyn Ward Sergeant-at-Arms: London Walker

CHAPTER MEMBERS

Alicia Austin-Townsend, Monique Bell, Morgan Fields-Berry, Jaca Drake, Natashia Gridiron, Ebony Hailey, Raydiance Jolivette, Kimberly Lewis, Rena Mitchell, Gina Murphy-Garrett, Michelle Phipps, Nicolette Rabetsimba, Edythe Stewart, Ronda Turney, Chenena Ward, Priscilla Williams, Tara Wills, Kathleen Yarmo, Raquel Overall

CHAPTER HISTORY

In 1978-1979, an interest group of approximately 20 mothers, led by Dollie Whitehead and Poppy Booker, met in the home of Doris Bugg to discuss forming a chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., in Fresno, California. Committees organized to create educational, cultural, recreational, and social activities for their children. This Interest Group later applied for membership in Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and became a Provisional Chapter. In July of 1980, the chapter was approved and accepted for membership during the 24th National Convention, held in Houston, Texas. Later that year, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the Far West Regional Director installed The Fresno Chapter. The Associate Chapter has 11 life members and 4 active associate members. Fresno Chapter is blessed to have three Associate Chairs since inception Willie Mae 2000-2008, Carolyn Burns 2008-2010, Linda Simpson 2010-2016 and the current Associate Chair is Raquel Overall. Our current membership includes 19 mothers and 18 children. Our goal is to continue to grow in membership, to continue giving to our community, and to provide excellent programming for our children.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Fresno Chapter of the Fabulous

Far West Region continues to focus on the National’ s thrust of the power to make a differnence in our community through service, education, cultural awareness, financial literacy and health and wellness. Letting our children’s lights so shine is the focus of building our children’s confidence and self identity. We started the year with the annual Jack and Jill Day at Paso Tiempo Park, honoring and highlighting Carole Robertson by reading of poetry, creating bookmarks and with a moment of silence. This year’s harvest festival was amazing and empowering as our children made slime and discovered computer coding for the first time. Mad scientist and technology were the themes for Groups 3 & 4 at the

annual harvest event. Our children were encouraged to be scientist and computer techs for the days activities. In the spirit of health and cancer awareness our associate mother Dr. Whisenhunt successfully raised funds to fight breast cancer by supporting her team for the 9th year as the Bald and Beautiful. This event is supported by all who have been touched by someone with the fatal disease. Our youngsters helped to celebrate the 36th anniversary of Fresno Jack and Jill by participating in the orotorical performances of Hidden Historical Heros during our annual Christmas Party. Each child dressed up as a historical character in Black History and delivered a speech by memory of the what, when, and how their character has made an impact in America. We were culturally inspired by our children as they performed Lena Horne, Jesse Owens, Harriet Tubman, Lonnie Johnson, Langston Hughes and Little Miss Zora Neal Hurston just to name a few. History surely came alive through our children and our teens also participated by giving a story telling tribute of the rich and powerful history of Jack and Jill. The youngest to the oldest members of the Fresno Chapter have embraced their power to make a difference by honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the annual march and national day of service. Literacy and access to books is important to our chapter. On Martin Luther King Jr. birthday all groups sorted and packaged children books to be distributed by the non profit book donation program, Reading Heart. Reading Heart has collected over 500,000 books to share with other children in hospitals and where there is less access to books in our immediate community and around the world. The Fabulous Fresno Chapter continues to make a difference in our community and families.

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GREATER VALLEJO, CA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING

President: Rhonda Smith Vice-President: Stacey Bowman Program Director: Jacalyn Ellison and Alicia Cook Recording Secretary: LaTasha Hurd Corresponding Secretary: Shalana Penyweit Treasurer: Gillian Reader Financial Secretary: Carol DeGrace Editor: Ashley Worsham Chaplain: Lisa Jackson Historian: Ashley Worsham Foundation Chair: Tasha Smith-Knight Parliamentarian: Nicol Turner Teen Sponsor/Advisor: LaTasha Hurd Associate Chair: Mary Grant Father’s Auxiliary: Darius Cook

President: Aundrea Smith Vice-President: Aubri Bowman Secretary: Shane DeGrace Treasurer: Quincy Patrick Parliamentarian: Alexis Freeman Chaplain: Madison Firle Sergeant-at-Arms: Alexis Freeman

The Greater Vallejo Chapter of Jack & Jill was established in 1988 when Greater Vallejo was installed as the 23rd Chapter of the Far West Region with 23 chartered members. Greater Vallejo became the 188th chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated and with 27 current mother members, Greater Vallejo continues to strive for excellence in programming, community service and educational goals.

The Greater Vallejo Chapter celebrated our annual Jack and Jill Day at Andrews Park on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Mother members, family and guests enjoyed many activities including: the Carole Roberson Trivia game, tie dying t-shirts, three leg races, and potato sack racing. Families and friends also donated to the Carole Roberson School Supply Drive benefiting VCUSD teachers. The delicious barbecue was prepared by our father members. It was a beautiful day and was enjoyed by all in attendance.

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INGLEWOOD, CA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

Parliamentarian: Melissia Honore Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Melissia Honore, Auxsophene (Trish) Jones, and Deanna Hamilton Associate Chair: LaChanee Thompson-Earl Father’s Auxiliary: Derrick Solomon

President: Donna Solomon Vice-President: Karma Nicolis Program Director: Lori Penix Recording Secretary: Alicia Chastang Corresponding Secretary: Rosalyn Collier Treasurer: Deanna Hamilton Financial Secretary: LaChanee Thompson-Earl Editor: Auxsophene (Trish) Jones Chaplain: Nicole Jacquet Historian: Renee Haskin Foundation Chair: Karen Hamilton

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Dakotah Hamilton Vice-President: Mackenzie Williams Secretary: Alexis Webb Treasurer: Devyn Whetts Parliamentarian: Christina Honore

CHAPTER HISTORY

On November 6, 1970 the Incomparable Inglewood Chapter of Jack and Jill was chartered by a group of twenty dynamic women. Mrs. Mary Ann Smith served as Inglewood’s first Chapter President. As the chapter flourished over the years, Inglewood members have also held higher positions. We are especially proud of nine of our members; JoAnn Manning – National Corresponding Secretary (2004-2006), Judith Hernandez, a former Far West Region Protocol Chair, Winifred Yancy, Chair of the Regional Nominating Committee 2010-2012, Anna Barefield Far West Regional Teen President 2013-2014, Elizabeth AlexanderBernard Regional Public Relations Chair 2015-2016 and Small Chapter Chair 2016-2018, Trish Jones, Regional Editor 20152017, Tarina Murray, National Historical Taskforce Chair 20162018, Melissia Honore’ Regional Teen Advisor 2017-2019 and Karma Nicolis, Regional 5-Star Chapter Committee 2017.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING

The Incomparable Inglewood Chapter of the Fabulous Far West Region continues to make a difference in the community. Inglewood continually focuses on the thrusts of the National body while incorporating the areas of recreational and social, legislative, financial, educational, cultural, and volunteer service projects to empower youths and families. The chapter begins each year celebrating Carole Robertson Memorial and Jack and Jill Family Day with members and prospective families. This festive event allows families to partake in food, fun, and group presentations in memory of Carole Robertson through plays, poetry, dance, and readings. Jacks and Jills in various groups also participated in an event known as Financial Park which allowed them to increase finacial literacy skills. Our teen group continues to bond with “Wood Weekends” in order to have more fun filled social activities. This group of emerging leaders also received regional recognition by earning 2nd place for their foundation contribution.

each group performed their best skits, songs, and dances. This event not only teaches our children and Teens about the importance of service but also the importance of family, friendship, philanthropy, and community. Group 3 displayed a spectacular performance of silent night in American Sign Language; so amazing that they were invited to repeat their performance for the annual midnight Mission Christmas Party. Next, the chapter had its first Annual Golden LEAF (Leadership, Etiquette, Academics, and Financial literacy)Tea for young ladies in all groups, in preparation for the 3rd Annual Cotillion/Beautillion. The event was a huge success and focused on subjects such as dining etiquette, bullying, and stranger danger. Our Jills also had a fun time decorating Christmas cookies and making sugar body scrubs. The following day, the young men of all groups engaged in similar topics at the first Annual Golden LEAF Brunch and some our younger Jacks learned to tie neckties. The chapter fundraiser, “Stallions and Stilettos” was successful and the proceeds went to our local charitable partners. Lastly, our second Annual Belles and Beaus Golden LEAF Cotillion-Beautillion was a huge success! Our graduating seniors were presented to society and all groups were recognized for their achievements in Leadership, Etiquette, Academics, and Financial literacy. Guests at the event included Joann Boyce of the Clinton 12 and her grandson, the keynote speaker and Disney actor Cameron Boyce. The Incomparable Inglewood Chapter continues to make a difference in the lives of families and the community.

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INLAND EMPIRE, CA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Angelique King Vice-President: Lisa Williams-Baker Program Director: Katina Napper Recording Secretary: Astrid Mickens-Williams Corresponding Secretary: Ange Saunders Treasurer: Qiana Amos Financial Secretary: Gayle Conn Editor: Janice Payton Chaplain: Benita Byrd Foundation Chair: Kecia Washington Parliamentarian: Trudie Baptiste Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Leslie Hughes Associate Chair: Madelyn Millen

President: Kortni Washington Vice-President: Karsyn Hughes Secretary: Braelyn Baker Treasurer: Joshua Hudson Parliamentarian: Landon Stubblefield Sergeant-at-Arms: Jailan Blackwell

CHAPTER MEMBERS The members of the illustrious Inland Empire Chapter are:

Shauna Albright, Qiana Amos, Lisa Baker, Renee Bailey, Trudie Baptiste, Debra Barber, Christine Bereal-Page, Dawn Belton, Sonietta Brown,Frederica Bush, Bonita Byrd, Gayle Conn, Cherysa Cortez, Stephanie Foster, Sophia Grant, Dezzarae Henderson, Hytosha Hodges-McDaniels, Cheryl Hudson, Leslie Hughes, Angelique “Nickie” King, Denise Mack, Azuree Morris, Katina Napper, Janice Payton, Stephanie Pettaway, Ange Saunders, Tamika Smith-Jones, Lenita Snow, Luciana Starks, Denise Sterling-King, Rosalyn Stewart, Tauria Stubblefield, Tracy Tillman, Lakeisha Unaka, Kecia Washington, Dana Wheeler and Shelby Wimberly. Our wonderful Associate Mothers are: Cassaundra Johnson, Sherron Lewis-Campbell, Danielle Mackey, Detra Marshall, Madelyn Millen, Kim Rutherford and Tonja Underwood.

CHAPTER HISTORY The Inland Empire Interest Group of Jack and

Jill of America, Incorporated was initially started in June 1985 with a group of ten mothers under the direction of the Pomona Area Chapter. The Pomona Area Chapter sponsored the organization of this chapter. The Inland Empire Chapter was installed on October 4, 1986 with sixteen members. The charter president was Mildred Sparks. The sixteen charter mother members also included Virginia Beecher, Nan Clopton (deceased), Debbie Cooper, Clementine Cospy (deceased), Elizabeth Davis, Sandra Doyle, Darnetta Duncan, Vivian Grant, Joyce Harvey, Ardyce Johnson, Dorothy Martin, Jacqueline McKinney, Diane Seaton, Audry Taylor, and Beverly Wright.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Inland Empire Chapter has had a year of powerful and diverse programming, making a difference in the communities that we serve. Having welcomed nine new mothers for this program year, we launched our year with a winery tour and wine tasting day, to have fun and get to know one another better. Our first program of the year was our annual celebration of the life of Carol Robertson.

In October, we focused on health, with group 4 going horseback riding and groups 1 and 2 going roller skaing. In November, the teens focused on community service, providing assistance at a local Turkey Trot walking and running event on Thanksgiving Day and continuing their annual “Shoes and a Gift” community service project, providing shoes and gift certificates to children living in a homeless shelter. In December, the chapter celebrated the holidays by attending the Hot Chocolate Nutcracker and hosting our annual holiday luncheon, including a teen fashion show. Our chapter celebrated Heritage Night in February with an event focused on the power of HBCU’s, with each child highlighting graduates who have made a difference from a HBCU of their choice. In the spring, our youngest children toured a Fire Station, making a difference by learning about fire safety and group 3 learned about proper etiquette. We closed out our year celebrating our graduating seniors and honoring our moms moving on to become Associates, at Black Family Day.

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President: Berna Rhodes-Ford Vice-President: Sandra Douglass Morgan Program Director: Piper Overstreet-White Recording Secretary: Paula Watson-Baker Corresponding Secretary: Tracy West Treasurer: Cheree Toombs Financial Secretary: Myra Thompson Editor: Sonya Daniels Walker Chaplain: Chareece Sheppard Historian: Sonya Daniels Walker Foundation Chair: Christie Means Parliamentarian: Chaka Crome Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Sonya Daniels Walker and Tracy West Associate Chair: Traci Peterson Father’s Auxiliary: Aaron Ford

President: Evan Franklin Vice-President: Willis Walker, IV Recording Secretary: Lyric Marsalis Corresponding Secretary: Aaron Ford II Treasurer: Christopher Goode Chaplain: Jaiden Miles

CHAPTER MEMBERS Darlene Adams, Shondra Armstrong, Marguerite Brathwaite, Traci Cheatham, Sabrena Clinton, Chaka Crome, Shadra Goode, Jennifer Green, Shelli Hayes, Alexandra Hinkle, Naysha Isom, Latoya Jordan-Brown, Amanda McWilliams, Christie Means, Sandra Douglass Morgan, Jordana Myles, Tamiko Olabintan, Piper Overstreet-White, Berna Rhodes-Ford, Chareece Sheppard, Deja Smith, Toni Smith-Wood, Myra Thompson, Jeneen Thompson-McLaurin, Cheree Toombs, Sonya Daniels Walker, Cerisse Ward, Paula Watkins-Baker, Tracy West, Nikkollette Williams, Karen Williams-Cormier CHAPTER HISTORY

The Las Vegas Chapter was established on September 26, 1992. The charter members are Lorecia Alston, Michelle Banks, Alfreda Chapman, Linda Dougan, Rosalind Dumas, Lillian Harrison, Nancy Justice, Rayne Hill, Jacqueline Jackson, Barbara Lewis, Dr. Kim Lamotte Malone, Rosa Mcnair, Blanca Minott, Earline Mullen, Jamesetta Nichola, Jackie Phillips, Ophelia Springer, Dorothy Stepp, Denise Williams, Lula Williams and Roxie Witt.

The Las Vegas Chapter Father’s Auxiliary was also active during the 2017-2018 year. They started the year with a college preparation workshop at the U-CAN HBCU College Fair and continued their support by hosting a fundraiser for the family of Bakari Henderson. The Las Vegas Chapter concluded the 2017-2018 year with educational opportunities designed to teach our children computer coding, African American history, performing arts and physical and mental health.

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The Las Vegas Chapter started the year with Jack and Jill Day where we celebrated the life of Carole Robertson. We carried out the theme, “The Power to Make a Difference” with the dedication of a reading corner at Victory Missionary Baptist Church, sponsored by the Las Vegas Chapter. Our 25th Anniversary celebration highlighted our service to the Las Vegas community and we were honored to receive proclamations and recognition from State Senator Aaron Ford, Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly and Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow for 25 years f developing young leaders. To commemorate our chapter leadership, President Berna RhodesFord compiled a book of our presidents entitled “Eye on the Prize: A 25 Year History of Leadership” which will be placed in the Library of Congress. The Las Vegas Chapter continued the programming year with several community service projects, including Thanksgiving grocery baskets for seniors, feeding homeless families, cleaning Clark County Wetlands Park, and sending care packages to students away from home. Families concluded 2017 with a Kwanzaa celebration featuring a marketplace with items made by our children. 236


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CHAPTER HISTORY The Long Beach Chapter was established in

school year. Then, they all launched into service as groups 1 and 2 made over 300 lunches for the homeless, with colorful pictures as a contribution from the little ones. The teens gave out toys to children at the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach, and prepared and served food for 211 people at the Macedonia House of Hope. We ended the year with our first annual junior cotillion, attended the popular Debbie Allen production of “Chocolate Nutcracker”, and had a fantastic holiday party.

President: Nicole Ballard Vice-President: Traci Nelms Program Director: Johnette Creary Recording Secretary: Adriene Gray Corresponding Secretary: Lauren Yanthis Treasurer: Renita Johnson Financial Secretary: Joyce Wilson Editor: Valerie Brown Chaplain: Tresa Lewis Historian: Valerie Brown Foundation Chair: Kimberly Johnson Parliamentarian Tracie Harvey-Hardy Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Marie O’Kelly Green Father’s Auxiliary: Ryan Ballard

President: Cameron Johnson Vice-President: Dylyn Hardy Secretary: Kyle Nelms Treasurer: Mekhi Haris Parliamentarian: Omar Killum Chaplain: Jonathan Green Sergeant-at-Arms: Omar Killum

1988 by two visionaries; Doris Cooper Robinson and, the late, Indira Hale-Tucker. These leaders, with twenty-three committed mothers, thrived for many years, but eventually dissolved when the last of their teens graduated out. Fortunately, the chapter was reinstated in 2006 by Mrs. Dana Washington and Ms. Sonia Hall. The re-chartering group became known as “The Lovely Sweet Sixteen”; and these 16 driven mothers remained tenacious and determined to rebuild the legacy of Jack and Jill, Inc. in Long Beach. The chapter continues to grow today with 25 current mother members. Our mission is to create an innovative and impactful slate of activities designed to uplift our children and promote educational, cultural, and social growth. As mothers of the Long Beach chapter, we are completely committed to the goals and aims of the national organization. We are responsible for fulfilling all the club obligations as set forth in the bylaws. We work, as a team, to provide our children with impactful and interesting activities that will prepare them to succeed in society, and to be productive individuals.

Lastly, our whole chapter has supported and partnered with the new Michelle Obama library this year to ensure a successful opening and strong presence in the community. We were honored for our support with a plaque in the library, and held a chapter-wide service project to beautify the library’s garden on MLK day. We embrace the power to make a difference in our community.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Long Beach Chapter started this year with a splash! Our third annual beach party was filled with great fun and family bonding. The mothers, fathers, and prospective families ate great food, watched their children play on the beach, and honored Carole Robertson, a member of the Birmingham Jack and Jill chapter that was killed in the 1963 church bombings. We embrace our “Power to Make a Difference” by remembering our past and embracing our future. The high tides of the fall brought heightened excitement for groups 1,2, and 3 as they explored aquarium animals and exhibits. They squealed with excitement as they found crabs and tiny ocean animals in the natural tide pools at the Cabrillo Aquarium. Group 3 had a behind-the-scenes science lesson on jellyfish that got them all inquisitive about their responsibilities and power to make a difference to protect our oceans. The teens got focused on their futures by attending the local HBCU college fair early into their busy 238


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The JJLA Community Service Committee served as sponsor for The Children, Youth and Family Collaborative, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Lend-A-Hand – Alexandria House and continued supporting the March of Dimes Organization.

President: Tammy Hinkle Vice-President: Tasha Penny Program Director: Koko L. Renee Smith Recording Secretary: Khalisha Jefferson Corresponding Secretary: Tanisha Masatis Treasurer: Angela Kimbrough Financial Secretary: Connie Williams Editor: Vanessa Trice Peter Chaplain: Lynette Brooks Historian: Stacy Messaye Foundation Chair: Ryan Bathe-Brown Parliamentarian: Gwen Abbott Sargeant at Arms: Cheronda Guyton Group 1A Chair: Danielle Dabbs Group 1B Chair: Tasha Welton Group 2 Chair: DeAnn Spell Group 3 Chair: Nicole Lowrie Group 4 Chair: Nichole Smith Group 5A Chair: Monica Batts-King Group 5B Chair: Stacey Bowers Protocol Chair: Lori Shreve Blake

President: Briana Hammond (5B), Madison Burnett (5A) Vice-President: Nailah Smith (5B), Jordyn Murray (5A) Secretary: Isabella Kimbrough (5A) Treasurer: Sydney Bentley (5B) Parliamentarian: Remington Abbott (5B) Chaplain: Ayo Sosanya (5B), Lauren Blake (5A) Sergeant-at-Arms: Montgomery Greene (5B), Carrington Greene (5A) Recording Secretary: India Bland (5B) Corresponding Secretary: Kindyl Henley (5B) Historian: Spencer Abbott (5B), Langston Holly (5A)

In 1948, Emily Brown Portwig, Ph.D., a pharmacist, was the impetus for the formation of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Dr. Portwig, learned of the Jack and Jill organization while visiting her good friend Emilie Pickens, the second National President, in Brooklyn, New York. Although she did not have any children of her own, her sister, Josephine Brown had two children and Dr. Portwig felt that her niece, Emily and nephew, Conklin would benefit greatly from an organization like Jack and Jill. The Los Angeles Chapter was inducted as the twentieth chapter along with Cleveland, Ohio; Gary, Indiana; Petersburg, Virginia and Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 21, 1949, in New York City, New York.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The 137 members of the Los Angeles

Chapter continue fostering the ideals of Jack and Jill through the National Theme “The Power to Make a Difference.” To start the year off we hosted a wonderful Jack and Jill Day, New Orleans Style, at Kenneth Hahn State Park. Our “Beads, Beignets and Blues” Mardi Gras Celebration opened with 5B teens singing, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Carol Robertson Day was also recognized with a special performance honoring her life. A Jack and Jill “Second Line Parade” filled with stilt walkers and amazing New Orleans style food rounded out the chapter-wide launch of this club year.

The Los Angeles Chapter sent 31 teens to the regional teen conference in Anchorage, Alaska and earned four (4) awards. The Teens brought home trophies for skit, fundraising (highest contribution and per capita,) and short film. Seven teens participated in the On the Hill Summit, one teen was recognized for the essay contest and the group met with Senators Kamala Harris (CA) and Corey Booker (NJ.) We are also pleased to have Tasha Penny the Far West Region, Regional Program Chair serving as Vice President of our beloved Los Angeles Chapter. As always, we are excited to see our Father’s Auxiliary actively participate in supporting the mothers execute events such as monthly group activities, Jack and Jill Day, our Chapter Teen Leadership Summit, Black Family Day and chaperone our Teens during the annual teen Conference. We treasure and value our Associates Group who are always ready and willing to offer their support. They are responsible for our Outstanding Senior Award program and also participate in the Mothers Away from Home program for local college students.

Our traditional holiday party, held at Bowlero Lanes in Mar Vista, included food and festivities for all. There were arcade games, air hockey, crafts, a photo booth and of course bowling! It was really a family affair. We had over 230 revelers in attendance, including many dads. In March 2018, an ad hoc committee on mental health will host the national Silence the Shame Tour addressing depression, suicide and anxiety in the African American community. 239


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CHAPTER HISTORY In January 1993, Mrs. Catherine Joseph and

our focus on our children and discuss the strategies and execution to accomplish our programming goals. In November, we partnered with Qualcomm, Raytheon, and UCSD to provide San Diego and Riverside counties with the Full STEAM Ahead program, filled with lab tours, STEAM concept exposure, engineering building games, and activity-focused lunch. NCSDJJ was the exclusive guests of Registrar Michael Vu at the San Diego Registrar of Voters an experienced a facility tour, mock election, a teen speech on voting, and the pre-registration to vote by nine of our teens. Our chapter was blessed to participate in three community service events during the holiday season. Our entire chapter volunteered with the La’Roi Glover Foundation to package and giveaway turkey dinners in South San Diego as well as volunteered at the Veterans Museum’s Toys for Tots Event. As we look to 2018, our chapter-wide events include our annual participation in the Dr. MLK Day Parade and Day of Service, our Black History Month Art and Cultural Food Appreciation Event, Swimming Saves Lives, the March For Babies, and National Black Family Day. We look forward to closing our year together in celebration of our graduating mothers and teens, gratitude for our outgoing, installation of our officers, and a warm welcome to our new mothers.

President: Lee Wills-Irvine Vice-President: Maisha Cobb Program Director: Edrienne Brandon Recording Secretary: Angela Miller Corresponding Secretary: Anitra Glover Treasurer: Denise Holmes Financial Secretary: Blair Strother Editor: LaShawn Summerour Chaplain: Chris Clerkley Historian: LaShawn Summerour Foundation Chair: Regina Buckley Parliamentarian: Michelle Jones Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Cheryl-Ann Webb-Scott Father’s Auxiliary: Steve Clerkley

President: Kristal Settles Vice-President: Anastasia Raymond Secretary: Adam Carter/ Corresponding Secretary: Shane LaCour Treasurer: Tahir Scott Parliamentarian: Reece LaCour Chaplain: Malcolm Little Sergeant-at-Arms: Solomon Little

Mrs. Patricia Dupont-Norton organized a meeting of San Diego Jack and Jill Mothers to discuss the formation of a new chapter in North County. Other key organizers included Dr. Donna Baytop, Mrs. Shirley Hall, Mrs. Phyllis Collins, Mrs. Charlotte Houston, Mrs. Pamela Sanford, Mrs. Angela Ashwood and Mrs. Layurne Carey. These Mothers (known as the “Vanguard Nine”) founded a group called the African American Families of North County, consisting of 25 dedicated members who sought and received Interest Group status in August, 1993 from the National Executive Board of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. After successfully completing the required probationary period and with the sponsorship of the San Diego Chapter, the North County San Diego Chapter was voted in at the 1994

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The North County San Diego Chapter

opened its 2017-2018 Program Year with 34 motivated mothers ready to educate and expose our future leaders to “The Power to Make a Difference” through innovative programming. This program year, we are focused on “Family, Fellowship, Fun, & Fitness” as we work to serve the Greater San Diego community together. In June, our members convened at Fairbanks Ranch Country Club to renew

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of fresh food and groceries for the community as well as serve them a hot breakfast they prepared.

President: Mildred Oliver Vice-President: Andrea Lowe; Camille Stroughter; Nicole Colley; Stacey Hunt Program Director: Theresako Harris; Sharon Durousseau Recording Secretary: Adrienne Faxio; Nicole Johnson Corresponding Secretary: Samara Rivers Treasurer: Maisha Wilson Financial Secretary: Adimika Arthur Editor: Kelly Howard Foundation Chair: Shaune Zunzanyika Parliamentarian: Shari Hollis-Ross Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Chelsea Charles and Millicent EdwardsCox

President: Malachi Poole Vice-President: Christian Dawkins Secretary: Hayley Dennings and Jordan Dennings Treasurer: Darrell Edwards Parliamentarian: Jordan Hunt Sergeant-at-Arms: Sierra Stallworth

The Oakland Bay Area Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was organized in 1955 by 25 interested chapter members who served as sponsors for the new group. Ruth Howard, National Treasurer, presented the charter at the national convention. Winifred Younge had the distinction of serving as the first President from 1955-1957. Chapter Motto: “Unity for Positive Growth”

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support of our national theme, “The Power to make a Difference”, the Oakland Bay Area Chapter believes in the power of education, philanthropy and civic and legislative advocacy. We accomplished so much in the last Program Year including but not limited to being recognized by the Far West Region for our Philanthropy; sending a delegation of 17 teens to Anchorage, Alaska for Teen Conference; to supporting one of our very own chapter members as she was appointed to the position of Far West Regional Secretary! A few additional highlights for this program year include: Community Service: Feed the People event in East Oakland that fed over 100 homeless and families in our community. Our elementary through high school students worked together to compile donations

Education: This year we will host a number of fundraisers that will raise money for education awareness in STEM and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). The chapter has established a number of scholarships, including a scholarship in the name of the Chapter’s first President, Winifred Younge, which is provided each year to a deserving student designated by the Marcus Foster Institute. Civic/Legislative Advocacy: During our Carole Roberson Day Family Picnic, we set up several lap-top stations open to the website “WRITE THE POWER”. Adults and kids took the opportunity to send postcards to their local, state, or federal representatives on several relevant topics such as Health Care, Climate Change, Woman’s Rights, National Parks, Immigration, Black Lives Matter, the inequality in the Justice System and the Dakota Pipeline. Some with no grievances sent their representatives “Thank-you” notes. All in all, at least 25 of our young kids and teens sent postcards to their Local, State and Federal Representatives. Surprisingly a large majority of the postcards were sent to our President Donald J. Trump.

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President: Renee Johnson Vice-President: Brandi Guiterrez Program Director: Tyra Wright Recording Secretary: Nicole Jones and Cheryl Beavers Corresponding Secretary: Carol Brown Treasurer: Shaeneya Nelson Financial Secretary: Candice Norwood Editor: Deidra Powell Chaplain: Katina Bland Historian: Alesia Jackson Foundation Chair: Renee Sears Parliamentarian: Tifani Bradley Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Ude Ohuche Associate Chair: Alesia Jackson and Lisa Woods Father’s Auxiliary: Andree Smalls

President: Anuli Ononye Vice-President: Victoria Pugh Secretary: Cayla Cruse and Ezugo Ononye Treasurer: Malcom Sears Parliamentarian: Ryan Wright Chaplain: Trenton Covington Sergeant-at-Arms: Noah Johnson

CHAPTER MEMBERS Andrea Askins, Chery Beavers, Katina Bland, Stephanie Bogan, Tifani Bradley, Carol Brown, Letitia Clark, Alisa

Covington, Lisa Crane, Tricia Crosby-Cooper, Patricia Dalton, Angelia Duncan, Berenecea Johnson-Eanes, Aviane Ford, Gwendolyn Gore, Brandi Gutierrez, Marcelle Holmes, Alesia Jackson, Dimetria Jackson, Marijka Jefferson, Renee Johnson, Nicole Jones, Tracee Jones, Robin Ross Kirk, Jona Knight, Adrienne Landrum, Tamala Murray, Kimberly Murry, Shanaeya Nelson, Candice Norwood, Ude Ohuche, Racquel O’Quinn, Deidra Powell, Karen Pugh, Sakeenah Redmond, Renee Sears, Andree Smalls, Kim Thomas-Cruse, Tangla Waddy, Sonya Weaver-Johnson, Natasha West, Lisa Woods, Sonya Woos, Tyra Wright.

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The Orange County Chapter has been in existence since 1980, in a county that comprises of less 10% African American. Then and now, it has been imperative to create a culture to provide an organization where AfricanAmerican families could interact and keep in touch with their roots. Organizing an Orange County Jack and Jill Chapter was the direction the founding members believed would assist AfricanAmerican mothers and their children with an opportunity to meet and develop bonds through recreational, educational, civic and social events and activities. The founding members of our organization felt strongly that the establishment of an Orange County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated would offer an excellent vehicle to provide a positive, supportive environment for Black children to develop healthy feelings about themselves and others.

to Carol Robertson. As the host chapter of Area Work Day for Southern California, the chapter worked collaboratively together to support the region in a memorable and successful Area Work Day. The chapter has participated in feeding and clothing the growing number of homeless families in Orange county, donating to an organization that supports homeless children, learning and celebrating our culture with participation in Black History Programs, and exploring and bonding in the outdoors during the annual Black Family Day Weekend Camping Trip at Carlsbad State Beach. Some of the individual activities have included nature and beach walks, visits to Reptile Centers, Judge’s Chambers and Police Departments, Caroling at a Senior Citizen home, Old-fashioned Story Telling from a National Orator, Cooking classes, STEM-infused activities, Budgeting and Money Management with fun grocery store shopping expedition, and Educational Lesson in Sailing at an Orange County Nautical School, located on the Beach.

On Sunday, February 6, 1983, the Orange County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated was officially installed by the newly-elected National President of the Far West Region, Mrs. Ramona Arnold. There were fifty charter members. The Orange County Chapter is committed to ensuring our youth feel empowered, develop solid leadership skills, remain culturally aware, and become socially and politically conscious by developing and facilitating a comprehensive series of activities for our children to learn and grow into trained servant leaders of tomorrow.

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President: Dawn Wilson Vice-President: Suzanne Alexander Program Director: Dana Weaver Recording Secretary: Deidre “Didi� Mumford Corresponding Secretary: Stephanie Mire Treasurer: Kim Qualls Financial Secretary: Joelle Morriseau-Phillips Editor: Tarsha Proctor Standridge Chaplain: Gina Tervalon Historian: Dena Brummer Foundation Chair: Lys Wilcox Parliamentarian: Shante Younker Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Annette Starks Associate Chair: Barbara Dugas-Patterson

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President: Elizabeth Patterson Vice-President: Marissa Starks Secretary: Elise Tervalon Treasurer: Simone Robinson Parliamentarian: Chandler Washington & Lauren Hazel Chaplain: Shelby Glover Sergeant-at-Arms: Thomas Glover

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gave financial assistance to victims. In 2007, the chapter adopted families through Phoenix Children’s Hospital and provided gifts, necessities and financial assistance during the holidays. In 2009, the chapter contributed financially to Cultural Cup Food Bank and Clinic, First Institutional Baptist Church and the Rescue Project Dream Center to assist families/young women who are part of the homeless or working poor population. In 2013, we supported the Back to School Clothing Drive, which supports over 20,000 children in need. In 2014, our chapter partnered with Florence Crittenton Center of Arizona to help at-risk girls ages 10 to 21. From 20152017 our chapter has partnered with Black Family Services to assist in the distribution and collection of much needed items for families. We also enjoy partnering also with #Hashtag Lunch bag where we make and distribute sack lunches and inspirational notes to the homeless.

President: Tara Winey Vice-President: Leah Landrum-Taylor Program Director: Joanne Curry Recording Secretary: Tiffany Hardaway Corresponding Secretary: Stacie Nowiln Treasurer: Arlisa Richardson Financial Secretary: Regina Holmes Editor: Megan Poole Chaplain: Monet Davis Historian: Megan Poole Foundation Chair: Lurlyn Pero-Anderson Parliamentarian: Taj Rahi-Loo Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Yvette Kinsey, Monet Davis Associate Chair: Julie Lynk Father’s Auxiliary: Randy Jones

President: Jerome Sims III Vice-President: Jada Sims Secretary: Cecelia Okeke Treasurer: Autumn Matthews Parliamentarian: Winston Brown Chaplain: Kerwin Danley III Sergeant-at-Arms: Sonyiah Robinson Editor/Historian: Victoria Davis

The Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was established November 28, 1952 by 25 mothers. It was formed to bridge the social gap for African American children who, at that time, were denied access to museums and other cultural venues. The Charter Members are Louise Phillips, Senoma J. Smith, Charlesetta F. Banks, Thelma F. Shaw, Juanita U. Dickey, Lorraine P. Crump, Elaine Mullins, Anzella Grant, Margaret Warren, Ethel Warren, Eddie J. Johnson, Mary E. Stanford, Josephina Smith, Lucy B. Orum, Jacquelyn Rideair, Cora Griffen, Pokie Clark, Rosa J. Williams, Helen F. Edwards, Betrice Brown, Clara T. Moore, Regina M. Blackburn, Geraldine Solomon, Helen Mason, and Ada Devine. The chapter has grown over the past sixty-two years from 25 families to nearly 60 families and continues to provide a positive and nurturing environment for African American children. Juanita Dickey served as the first president of the chapter. In addition to local positions held, members of the Phoenix Chapter have also served on the leadership team of the Far West Region. These members include Evelyn Warren as Regional Director, Lois Myers as Member-at-Large, Linda Fullmore, Rochonne Simmons and Carla Underwood as Regional Secretary/Treasurer, Tracey Walker-Banks as Regional Nominating Chair, Marie Boykin Scott as Regional Program Chair and Dana Brooks as Membership Chair and Member at Large. The Phoenix Chapter has hosted several conferences for the region, including Teen Conference (1975, 2002 and 2013), Regional Conferences (1969 and 1995), Southern Ara Work Day Cluster Conference (1973, 1985 and 2008) and several Children’s Clusters for the Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas chapters.

Every other year, the Phoenix chapter hosts Father Daughter Dance, a community event that celebrate the special bond between fathers and daughters. The Phoenix chapter contributes annually to the Jack and Jill Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Jack and Jill and hosts our biennial Beautillion, a fundraising event that is designed to showcase outstanding African American young men. This black-tie affair gives young men the opportunity to attend social, cultural, educational and enrichment activities designed to assist in preparing them for life after high school. As we near the end of our 2017-2018 programming year, we are excited to provide unique and exciting programs to support our National programmatic thrusts in the lives of our children in our communities and in our chapter. As of 2017 we have provided the Phoenix Area with 65 years of continuous service!

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The chapter participates annually in events for the March of Dimes and Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona. In 2001 a Jack and Jill of America Foundation grant that allowed the chapter to conduct a city-wide leadership conference. In 2002 four families were adopted through Black Family and Child Services and the chapter provided many of their needs for the holidays. 2003 we collaborated with the Phoenix Birthing Center, and after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 we 246


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POMONA AREA, CA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Marcie Graves Poole Vice-President: Gail Grayson Program Director: Rochelle McLaurin Recording Secretary: Phelisha Licerio Corresponding Secretary: Lisa Buffong Treasurer: Patrice Cole Morrow Financial Secretary: Kim Britt Editor: Janetta McDowell Chaplain: Kimberly Peters Historian: Janetta McDowell Foundation Chair: Vacant Parliamentarian: Erika Calhoun Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Karen Edison-Holland Father’s Auxiliary: David Morrow

President: MaLaun Phillips Vice-President: Troy Holland, Jr. Secretary: Sydney Blount Treasurer: Zamarie Grayson Chaplain: Jarratt DanceKelly

CHAPTER MEMBERS Michele Baham, Melanie Adams, Tracey Blount, Kimberly Britt, Lisa Buffong, Erika Calhoun, Patrice Cole-Morrow, Tanya DanceKelley, Karen Edison-Holland, Gail Evans Grayson, Marcie Graves Poole, Gina Hanna, Alicia Hamilton, Carla Knowles, Phelisha Licerio, Deanna Margaritha, Janetta McDowell, Rochelle McLaurin, Kimberly Peters, Bridgett Tucker, Bridget Williams CHAPTER HISTORY

Pomona Area Chapter was established in 1983. The founding members of the Pomona area chapter were Gloria White, from the Chicago North Shore Chapter and Janice Dawsey from the Pasadena Chapter. Realizing the potential growth of the Pomona Valley area, other mothers joined them in January 1980. With the help of supporting members from adjacent chapters, this small group persevered in the journey to achieve chapter status. Members attended Jack and Jill functions up to acceptance as a provisional chapter at the National Convention in Chicago in July of 1982. The first family activity was a picnic held in June 1980. On February 19, 1983, the San Gabriel Valley Chapter was chartered. Due to the growth in the valley and the establishment of the West Covina Chapter and the Inland Empire Chapter, the San Gabriel Valley chapter was renamed the Pomona Area Chapter. Through fundraising projects, members support the National Foundation and contribute to local non-profit service organizations. Past recipients include Pomona Unified School District, Pomona Council of Churches, WINGS, NAACP, The Human Race, the YWCA, the Leroy Boys home, The House of Ruth and Project Sister. The Pomona Area Chapter also founded the Pomona Area Saturday Academy, which was funded by a grant from the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Foundation. The project enjoyed several years of success with the support of partnerships and the dedication of members of the Pomona Area Chapter.

had two past teens that held Regional Positions as Regional Teen Secretary 2015 -2016 (Jayden Taylor) and 2016 – 2017 (Mikala Page). The current President of the Pomona Area Chapter is Marcie Graves Poole and the Immediate Past Chapter President is Karen Edison-Holland.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Pomona Area chapter started the program year with fellowship and a strong foundational education for our families. We celebrated the life of Carole Robertson who was killed in 1963 at the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Our children presented information on the life and how Carole lives within us all. We continued to show our communities the Power to Make a Difference through our Founders’ Day celebration, Mothers’ Tea as well as honoring the family unit with our Black Family Day. Our Black Family Day event allowed us to showcase the excellence within our chapter and celebrate our graduating seniors.

Members of the Pomona Area Chapter that have held positions of leadership include Foundation Member-at-Large (Marion Duff), Regional Secretary-Treasurer (Ida Younge & Regina Page), Regional Director (Ida Younge & Regina Page), Regional Pr-otocol Chair (Renee Young), National Editor (Regina Page), National Recording Secretary (Regina Page), National Program Director (Ida Younge) and the 19th National President (Ida Younge). In addition, we have 248


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PORTLAND WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OR CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Tia Coachman Vice-President: Claudia Arana Colen Program Director: Jamia Tyler Recording Secretary: Nicole Bragg-Scott Corresponding Secretary: Chastity Weaver Russ Treasurer: Susan Monfries Financial Secretary: Mica Davis Editor: Angelique Okeke Chaplain: Latricia Tillman Historian: Constance Tucker Foundation Chair: Cyreena Boston Ashby Parliamentarian: Cindy Fontenot Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Angela Patrick Associate Chair: Claudia Arana Colen Father’s Auxiliary: Benjamin Okeke and Rashad Williams

President: Aarie Good Vice-President: Rachel Patrick Recording Secretary: Caitlyn Monfries Corresponding Secretary: Jasmine Patrick Treasurer: Joshua Rossi Parliamentarian: Amira Folsom

CHAPTER MEMBERS Anisha Abdul-Ali, April Allen, Christine Anyetei, Cyreena Boston Ashby, Nicole Bragg -Scott, Tia B. Coachman, Claudia Arana Colen, Mica Davis, Felicia Tripp Folsom, Cindy Fontenot, Darlise Blount Harrison, Kimberlynn Heller, Kevia Jeffrey- West, Heather Johnson, Shantel Johnson, Kali Thorne Ladd, Tracy Mack- Askew, Melanie Maurice, Charlene McGee, Selamawit Mehary, Susan Monfries, LeKisha Moore, Angelique Okeke, Angela Patrick, Traci Rossi, Ayeshia Toy, Latricia Tillman, Constance Tucker, Jamia Tyler, Chasitity Weaver Russ, Tia Wideman, Marsha Williams CHAPTER HISTORY The Portland Willamette Valley Chapter was

established in October 2014. In 2012, Chapter President and Jack and Jill legacy Cyreena Boston Ashby brought several local moms together to initiate the process of re-establishing the Portland chapter of Jack and Jill. An initial group of 21 mothers became an interest group, then a provisional chapter. We were installed in October of 2014; this is our third year as a fully chartered chapter, and our membership has grown to 32 mother members.  

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Our Portland Willamette Valley Chapter kicked off our program year by celebrating Jack and Jill Day and honoring the legacy of Carole Robertson. We fellowshipped together in a historically African American park in Portland, Oregon on a picturesque sunny September day. The children participated in a trivia game and earned prizes based on their knowledge of Jack and Jill history. This was truly a family affair of learning, playing and sharing stories together.

its “Power to Make a Difference” and raised hundreds of dollars for Camp ELSO, an Oregon based nonprofit providing science summer camps with hands-on experiential learning programs for youth of color who are underrepresented in STEM fields. What’s next? Next month, our chapter’s children and teens will again participate in a citywide event commemorating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., performing Lift Every Voice and Sing to the sounds of African drummers. Their performance will be simulcast live on Portland Community Media and KBBO. This chapter has been a blessing for all our members, and its ongoing success is a tribute to our collective commitment to Jack and Jill, and the value it brings to our lives.

In October, we had the pleasure of meeting local Black female elected official, Janelle Bynum and discussed the importance of laws that protect our personal rights, including our voter rights, civil rights, and environmental rights. In November, we explored our roles as leaders in our community through service and storytelling. We assembled care packages for the homeless community in Portland and handed the pacakge out directly to those in need. In December, we hosted a Black Santa event and fundraiser. Over 80 families from our chapter and community came to our event. Our teens did the face painting while local residents sold hand- made scarves, jewelry and other items. Best of all, our chapter showed 250


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a Harvest Festival at the facility, complete with a Petting Zoo for the local children, hosted our Children’s Cluster at their facility showcasing their Computer Lab, Library and Community Garden and held our Black Family Day event at the location where we engaged each level of our youth in community service activities, such as cleaning the computer lab, purging the storage shed, planting flowers and vegetables in the garden and the mothers cleaned the kitchen. Upon completion of these service activities, the chapter’s fathers barbequed for the mother members and children. The Sacramento Chapter of Jack and Jill of America was recognized by RFDC and received its Community Partner Award at its Annual Suits and Slippers Event.

President: Chanel Price Vice-President: Tara Lewis Program Director: Wendy Johnson Recording Secretary: Joycelyn Ward-Richardson Corresponding Secretary: Latrece Smothers Treasurer: Tonia Walton Financial Secretary: Dominique Bellow Editor: Nicole Fitt Chaplain: Tamara Armstrong Historian: Carla Galbraith Foundation Chair: Lenore Tate-Cook Parliamentarian: Jo’Vel Prejean-Hickey Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Jillian Spears Father’s Auxiliary: David Smothers

President: Kennedy Simpson Vice-President: Alana Smith Secretary: Amirah Rogers Treasurer: Leila Fitt Parliamentarian: Shelby Johnson Chaplain: Jalen Watkins Sergeant-at-Arms: Myles Hunt

In June 1956 at the National Convention, in Cleveland, Ohio, Sacramento Chapter received its charter. Its purpose is to provide a constructive educational, recreational, social and cultural program for children and by this medium of contact create a greater bond of friendship for the children and their parents and guardians. A group of women got together with Mrs. Lucy Amerson and Mrs. Grace Morgan Jones to establish our local chapter. Mrs. Grace Morgan-Jones was the first President. In August 2006, the Sacramento Chapter celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the chapter with a grand family reunion style celebration. A commemorative plate was created to recognize the 50 years of service our Mother Members have given. Sacramento The Sacramento Chapter has produced numerous regional officers who have come from its ranks including Regional Directors Elnor Tilson (1973-1977), Gretchen Garner-Easter (2001-2003), Leslie Cox (20072009), and Regional Treasurer Mary Bush (20042007). Additionally, National Corresponding Secretary Denise Eaton-May, elected from the Oakland Chapter, was inducted into the Sacramento Chapter prior to transferring to the Oakland. Our Members have also served on many Regional and National leadership positions including Regional Parliamentarian (Cassandra Pye), Regional Bylaws Committee (Chalon Green-Rogers) Regional Legislative Chair and Member of National Legislative Committee (Carolyn Veal-Hunter), Regional Program Handbook Reading Team (Chanel Stafford) and Regional Grievance Committee Members (Chalon Green-Rogers and Dominque Bellow).

The Sacramento Chapter teens embody the spirit of service. Under the leadership of Mother Member Artavia Taylor the Teens conceived a program called Team PHITT (Teens: Educating, and Affectively Motivating, Physically Healthy, Informed Thick and Thin kids), to increase awareness in the areas of fitness and healthy eating habits. In a half-day program, the teens provided breakfast, lunch, Zumba classes and nutritional information. They also engaged youth, ages 6 – 12, in athletic activities including basketball, football, volleyball, soccer and mixed play. This program was the recipient of the Vivian D. Greer Teen Award to provide young people with opportunities and challenges to learn about leadership. Using the proceeds of that grant, in its second year, Sacramento Chapter expanded the program by conducting it at both Father Keith B. Kinney K – 8 School and during the Annual MLK365 March for the Dream Event following the Walk.

In 2009, the Sacramento Chapter continued its service to the Sacramento Community by instituting another program focused on educating our youth on the dynamics of communications, through the study of Pragmatics. The program, Leadership through Mastering Communications, initiated by Mother Member Lynn Williamson and directed by Associate Mother Member Natasha Boyd, focused on helping our youth better understand the relationship between their words, expressions, actions and symbols. The Sacramento Chapter of Jack and Jill also adopted one of our local community organizations, The Roberts Family Development Center (RFDC). During a two year period, the chapter conducted 252


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President: Pamela Gray Payton Vice-President: Connie Gibson Program Director: Angelite Armento-McWhorter Recording Secretary: Schuyler Twyman Corresponding Secretary: Valarie Littlejohn Treasurer: Robin Campbell Financial Secretary: Tracy Norris Editor: Joyce Allen Chaplain: LaDreda Lewis Historian: Joyce Allen Foundation Chair: Jahari Weir Harrison Parliamentarian: Traci Williams Jones Teen Sponsor/Advisor: LaDreda Lewis and Schuyler Twyman Associate Chair: Peaches Huff-Tunstall Father’s Auxiliary: Jerome C. Payton

President: Olivia Lewis Vice-President: Mychal Johnson and Caroline Twyman Secretary: Simeon Speight Treasurer: Nahla Darcuiel

CHAPTER MEMBERS Joyce Allen, Angelite Armento-McWhorter, Lajuana Bradley, Robin Campbell, Geneva Robinson Darcuiel, Connie

Gibson, Vellet Wyatt Finley, Frances Henderson, Jahari Weir Harrison, Christie Hill, Esq., Peaches Huff-Tunstall, Mirta Innis-Thompson, Joanee’ Johnson, Traci Williams Jones, Esq., Leslie Lake-Cyprian, LaDreda Lewis, Valarie Littlejohn, Kirsten Lollis, Esq., Antionette Marbray, Esq., Tracy Norris, Michaelia Overton, Pamela Gray Payton, Victoria Peterson, Jazzma Rainey, Tammy Robinson, Cheryl Sykes, Schuyler Twyman, and Dr. Akilah Weber. Associate Members Lisa Marie Harris, Angela Hilliard, Dr. Rita Monteiro, Marquetta Stewart-Brown, Esq., Inez Thomas, Judge Randa Trapp and Dr. Emma Turner.

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In January of 1955, the late Mrs. Voradel Carey brought a group of San Diego mothers together to learn about Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. Mrs. Carey, a modest, respected community leader, was encouraged by the mother’s interest. She quickly organized a tea attended by Dr. Geraldine Woods, President of the Los Angeles Chapter. Through Dr. Woods, mothers learned about the national organization’s focus on promoting the spiritual, social, physical and cultural welfare of children. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter, the San Diego Chapter was installed in August of 1955 at the landmark U.S. Grant Hotel. Then National Secretary, Dr. Ruth Howard of San Francisco served as Installing Officer. Today, chapter mothers are very involved with local nonprofits and annually collaborate with the North County Chapter to walk in San Diego’s historic Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. Through a Jack and Jill Foundation grant, the San Diego Chapter established the Malcolm X Library Children’s Book Collection which brings hours of joy to young readers. Today, the San Diego Chapter includes nearly 30 active families including 28 children and 14 teens, and a wonderful group of active Associate Jewels.

community and our children. Group 1 & 2: During our annual Kwanzaa celebration, the Group 1 & 2 children jointly participated in a community service activity created to support a local family in need. Group 3 prepared for the 2017 annual Kwanzaa celebration by learning about the traditions and heritage of the African American experience specifically the events of the Jim Crow era, and how those events shaped the history and culture of African Americans. They researched and gave speeches which facilitated learning about the causes, character and consequences of the AfricanAmerican experience. Group 4 completed an activity meant to prepare them for leadership. Wearing their finest business attire, a facilitator taught them some of the key points of dining, communication and confidence through a hands on etiquette lesson. They learned the history of etiquette principles, and reasons to engage in appropriate conversations and show proper manners. Teen Group: In November, our Teen Group shared the gift of time and compassion with homeless children living in a temporary tent city. In partnership with volunteers from a local university, the Teens made and served pancakes to the children and their families, and led the children through several craft making activities.

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The chapter’s January group activities focused on STEaM! Showing our children that they can make a difference in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and math We carried this theme into Black History Month where our chapter planned and partnered with the San Fernando Valley Boys and Girls Club. All of our groups put on different science workshops for the youth that visited the center on that day. We hosted a Focus on the ARTS program featuring Culinary Arts, Fine Arts, Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Art of Music and the Art of the Game! As succession implementation is crucial for all of our chapters, we continued our new tradition in the month of February in which we honor and recognize our chapter Associates as well as identify possible future leaders within or chapter with our Ladder to Leadership Luncheon. Held in the home of one of our Associates, our chapter brought these wonderful woman together to acknowledge their contributions as chapter members and allow a dialog with those who seek to step up into leadership roles from the chapter all the way to National! Who better to learn from than those who have gone before. May brought our chapter more wonderful memories with a lighthearted Black Family day bowl-a-thon and our Installation and Re-dedication Ceremony, honoring our graduating Mother members and High School Seniors. In all, it was a wonderfully fulfilling Jack and Jill year.

President: Jacalyn White Williams Vice-President: Kim Porter Fluellen Program Director: Carla Waddles Recording Secretary: Rochelle Poland Corresponding Secretary: Leslie Palmer Treasurer: Dawn McNairy Financial Secretary: Charyn Harris Editor: Tiffany Pinder Patierno Chaplain: Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i Historian: Denise Williams Foundation Chair: LaVerne Seales-Saley Parliamentarian: Jenean Glover Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Alisa Prewitt and Phyllis Jordan Associate Chair: Toi-Shawnn McGlover-Jeffery Father’s Auxiliary: Akida Mashaka and Bryce Fluellen

President: Amir Saley Vice-President: Alexandra Patierno Secretary: Ayana Prewitt Treasurer: Jaden Williams Parliamentarian: Garnett Marsh Chaplain: Ivory Tooles Sergeant-at-Arms: Joseph Thomas Historian: Spencer Jordan

The San Fernando Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, was established in 1978. Chapter Founder Jackie Smith had the vision to begin a chapter in our community and 38 years later, the chapter has grown to 40 dynamic, creative and caring members. Our mission statement is “it feels good to do good” and our chapter emulates that motto in all activities through our programming.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Believing in “The Power to Make a

Difference”, the San Fernando Valley Chapter started the 2017-18 year on an extremely high note. We held our annual Jack and Jill Day at the wonderful and spacious Los Encinos neighborhood Park and enjoyed a glorious day filled with down home games like sack races and tug of war and concluded with a fun movie night under the stars. Our teens did a video tribute to Carole Robertson. What was also exciting was that many people in the neighborhood were so mesmerized by the quality of our family event that they wanted to know more about Jack and Jill and how they could join with their children. Our children made a difference in their various November service activities that ranged from executing thanksgiving dinners for homeless and low income families to gardening and performing light yard work at the Penny Lane Foster Care Center. As our mother’s community service activity, we had our second visit of the year to Penny Lane where our chapter held its 8th Annual Christmas Store for the children/teens/emancipated youth where those who attended received toys, puzzles, board games, personal care items, and a yummy hot lunch! We served over 400+ of Penny Lanes clients!! We enjoyed the celebration of our third annual Winter Banquet in December. This event was a merging of our Christmas/Kwanzaa celebration and our Senior Banquet and it was a huge success. We honored and recognized our 2018 Graduating Seniors as they spoke about the impact Jack and Jill has made on their lives. Groups 1-5 performed fun holiday skits, and songs that put us all in the best holiday spirit.

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President: Beverly Yates Vice-President: Tonia Karr Recording Secretary: Renee Thierry-Jones Corresponding Secretary: Gina Moreno-John Treasurer: Cristal Waldrop Financial Secretary: Nkia Richardson Editor: Mia Threatt Historian: Mia Threatt Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Kimberly Qualls and Ayana Stevenson

President: Natalie Pierce Vice-President: Maya John Secretary: Anise Crump Treasurer: Jasmine Gonzalez Parliamentarian: Julia Clopton-Foster Chaplain: Tyler Stevenson Sergeant-at-Arms: Raphael Gonzalez

CHAPTER MEMBERS Stacey Bancroft, Gina Benson-Warren, Michele Chambliss, Sonya Clark-Herrera, Karen Clopton, Jill CowanDavia, Stephanie Crump, Wendi A Duplessis, Monique Handy-Jones, Niquette Hunt, Ayana Jenkins-Toney, Tonia Karr, Kendall Laidlaw, Lori Luddington, Gina Moreno-John, Laura Morris, Shannon Nash, Kimberlly Qualls, Aisha Queen-Johnson, Nkia Richardson, Valerie St. John-Starbird, Jennifer Stevens, Ayana Stevenson, Renee Thierry-Jones, Mia Threatt, Gail Toliver, Cristal Waldrop, Chantal Walker, Maretta Ward, Beverly Yates CHAPTER HISTORY The Great Migration brought many African-

American families to the San Francisco Bay Area. During the summer of 1950, a small group of mothers gathered to share their thoughts regarding African-American Culture/History, and their ideas and concerns about parenting their young children in San Francisco. This small gathering eventually led to the establishment of the San Francisco Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. The year was 1952 and the founding members were: Nellie Bonner, Theresa Griffin, Vivian Hambrick, Ruth Howard, and Charlotte Poole.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The San Francisco Chapter has had another successful year with programming in keeping with the National Jack and Jill Theme of “The Power to Make a Difference.” We started the year with our annual Fall picnic. This year, our chapter traveled south to the Peninsula for warmer weather. Families enjoyed Carribean food, arts/crafts, Kona shaved ice, and the children organized games of soccer and baseball allowing time for parents to fellowship. At Area Work Day, our mothers attended workshops on ways to support our chapter regarding finance, programming, and membership. In December 2017, the Sisterly Relations committee planned another successful Mothers’ Night Out, chapter members socialized while dining on crab and other sea food delights.

view a very special exhibit titled “Revelations: Art from the African American South”. The art acquisition included 62 pieces of work by several African American artists from the South. The children were able to see many works that represented the African Diaspora, slavery and the Jim Crow period. Each child was encouraged to discuss their thoughts and feelings about the art and overall experience. This activity was both emotional and culturally uplifting. Lastly, one of the greatest achievements of the San Francisco Chapter is the children’s philanthropic efforts and commitment to community. On March 11th, 2017, the teen group (Group V) hosted their 2nd Annual Teen Jam, an event in which members from at least ten local chapters attended. Even though the primary purpose of this event is to raise funds for charitable organizations, the teens also enjoyed an evening of dancing and socializing. Furthermore, the San Francisco chapter continues to be involved in many service missions, most notably a strong commitment to the March of Dimes March for Babies. In the midst of busy programming we continue to strengthen our infrastructure, reviewing chapter bylaws, policies, and protocols. We also take time to enrich each other’s lives and celebrate each other’s personal and professional accomplishments. Mother members are demonstrating to our children that they do have “The Power to Make a Difference.”

Our Founder’s Day Tea was a huge success. We welcomed several of our Associate members, and we learned more about the origins of our chapter and shared the history of National Founder, Marion Turner Stubbs Thomas. Programming highlights of the year included a chapter-wide Holiday Party. The committee planned a unique holiday celebration for the chapter, the event was well attended by current mothers and associates members. This adult-only affair gave our chapter an opportunity to enjoy great food and libations as well as good music and dancing. Holiday fun was had by all! On December 17, 2017, Groups III and IV visited the de Young Museum in San Francisco to 257


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President: Rochelle Woods Vice-President: Tia Arzu Program Director: Linda Alexander Recording Secretary: Shelby Hilton-Dugar Corresponding Secretary: Korri Jackson Treasurer: Melissa Hawkins Financial Secretary: Dominique Martin Editor: Kristin Penner Chaplain: Janice JonesMitchell Historian: Dionne Morgan Foundation Chair: Rebecca Sledd-Williams Parliamentarian: Kalila Spain-Patty Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Stephanie Wemusa, Kim Jackson, Kristin Penner Associate Chair: Frances Lewis-Johnese Father’s Auxiliary: John Castelly

President: Lilah Penner Brown Vice-President: Evan White Recording Secretary: Paige Ashton Corresponding Secretary: Jackson Williams Treasurer: Harrison Peters Historian: Trent Lawson Chaplain: Miles Lawson Foundation Chairs: Natania JonesMitchell, Jaden Morgan, Laila Wemusa

CHAPTER MEMBERS Linda Alexander, Carrie Arbuckle, Tia Arzu, Jocylen Ashton, Leah Backhus, Nicole Burwell, Nia Castelly, Terry Cato, Melissa Chabran-Bouie, Machelnil Cormier, Jennifer Cox, Carolyn Duncan, Alissa Erogbobo, Cassandra Hambrick, Melissa Hawkins, Mishua Hicks, Shelby Hilton-Dugar, Kim Jackson, Korri Jackson, Renee Jones, Janice JonesMitchell, Cherie Lawson, Janine Mallory, Dominique Martin, Christina Mireles, Dionne Morgan, Kym Moore, Medeina O’Neal, Kalila Patty, Kristin Penner, Teddi Pinkston, Tesha Poe, Kanika Raney, Kimberly Reddrick-Peters, Melissa Ross, Brett Solomon, Carol Somersille, Shanta Stewart, Cynthia Stewart-Green, Kyla Thomas Duncan, Wanji Walcott, Regina Wallace-Jones, Candice Weaver, Elizabeth Wells Aguilar, Stephanie Wemusa, Aleshia White, Rebecca Williams and Rochelle Woods. CHAPTER HISTORY

The Sensational San Jose Chapter was first established in 1967 as the San Jose Mother’s Club of Jack and Jill, Inc. Our chapter was formally approved at the National Convention in 1968 and became the 12th chapter in the Far West Region. There are 48 mother-members and 24 Associates of the San Jose Chapter, dedicated to building future African-American leaders.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING This year the San Jose Chapter is celebrating 50 years of excellent cultural, educational, and philanthropic programming with an emphasis on demonstrating for our children our “Power to Make a Difference.” We have a strong presence in our Silicon Valley community with an annual Foundation Fundraiser evening event and nearly $30,000 in Jack & Jill Foundation grants awarded to our local partners.

innovative community service and fundraising activities like our yearly children’s yard sale that raises funds for Loose Change. We are raising our children at a critical time in our history, and Jack and Jill is the perfect medium to help our children navigate the world today. Founders’ Day 2018 will be the first event in our chapter’s 50th anniversary and Jack and Jill’s 80th. We intend to honor our Associate jewels and appreciate the foundation they built as we move into our next 50 sensational years in San Jose and Silicon Valley.

We are dedicated to the development of our children into leaders and social advocates in our communities. At Northern Area Work Day, two San Jose teens earned spots in the regional oratorical competition at teen conference. After raising the most funds in the Far West Region at last spring’s March of Dimes Walk, we joined the San Jose NAMI Walk this fall, bringing funds, awareness and recognition to mental health priorities in our community. Groups 3 through 5 will participate in a March Legislative Summit entitled: “Re-Designing School Discipline: Dismantling the preschool to prison pipeline.” Even our youngest children are engaged in

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Regional Director: Florence Lankford President: Ebony Macon Johnson Vice-President: Sheree Spencer Program Director: Danielle Cooper Recording Secretary: Tosca Stepter Corresponding Secretary: Melissa Delahoussaye Treasurer: Kara Price Financial Secretary: Sophia Powell Editor: Cydney Junius Chaplain: Tosca Stepter Historian: Gilonda Butler Foundation Chair: Michelle Keller Parliamentarian: Patricia Cannon Teen Advisor: Lisa Holmes Protocol Chair: Judy King-Smith Father’s Auxiliary: Billy Johnson, Jr.

President: Jailah Keller Vice-President: Halle Holmes Recording Secretary: Davis Howard Treasurer: Brianna Price Foundation Chair: Reese Johnson Program Chair: Peyton Washington Parliamentarian: Joshua Stepter Sergeant-at-Arms: Christopher Cannon Chaplain: Courtney Cannon Historian: Bailey Junius Protocol Chair: Sydni Taylor Legislative Chair: Myles Butler T-shirt Chair: Ariana Butler

CHAPTER MEMBERS Gilonda Butler, Patricia Cannon, Danielle Cooper, Melissa Delahoussaye, Karen Fenderson, Zahari Freeman, Donna Hardnett, Lisa Holmes, Cerene Howard, Kimberly Humphries, Cydney Junius, Michelle Keller, Judy King-Smith, Florence Lankford, Ebony Macon Johnson, Bree-Anna Maxwell Strange, Cherise Moore, Sophia Powell, Kara Price, Eboni Shields, Sheree Spencer, Tosca Stepter, Stacy Egby Taylor, Ebonie Thomas, Janine Washington, and Candice Williams CHAPTER HISTORY

The Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter first established as a provisional group of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in 2007 and was organized by Katrina Schauble and Kimberly Hudson with an initial interest of more than 70 women. On September 13, 2008, the Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter was inducted as the 29th chapter in the Far West Region with 34 families.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING We began our programming year with our kick-off Jack and Jill Day event in September at San Buenaventura Beach where our families gathered for food and fun on the sandy shores of Ventura. For the annual Carole Robertson tribute, our teen group gave a wonderful presentation about the Jack and Jill teen who perished in the Birmingham church bombing in 1963. Our first community service event of the year was at River Rally in September. We worked alongside the many organizations in our valley and residents by cleaning up the river and helping with arts and crafts.

first book, Courage and Valor, Above and Beyond, about black veterans who were awarded the Medal of Honor. That same day, teens also wrote letters for veterans and placed flags in the yards of veterans’ homes in the Homes 4 Families Veteran community. In January, chapter members and friends participated in a water safety class at Academy Swim Club in an effort to increase the community’s water-safe population. The children learned how to survive in water during an exercise where they entered the water fully clothed. Participants also learned land and water safety techniques. A Father’s Auxiliary-sponsored community service event will be held at the Children’s Hunger Defense Fund in February. The chapter will build food packs and package a variety of gifts to help suffering children and families around the world. We will also host the Southern California Children’s Cluster themed “Arts Extravaganza,” a celebration and exploration of the arts on April 21 at the College of the Canyons.

SCV/AV Chapter families gathered December 17 to serve at the 8th Annual Holiday Boutique, held at the North Hills Penny Lane center. Started by the San Fernando Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill, the event provides families in need with necessities and gifts during the holiday season. More than 600 clients from the various Penny Lane local centers were expected. Our chapter sponsored the Bath and Body boutique, to which chapter families donated beauty and hygiene products and volunteered at the event. TNT Teen Group members met at the Stevenson Ranch Library where they had the honor of hearing veteran Mr. Ed Tingstrom discuss his 261


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CHAPTER HISTORY The Seattle Chapter was established in 1958,

Leadership and Financial Literacy activities in the months of October and November, respectively. Our calendar year ended with our annual Santa Brunch themed “I Wish,” and included caroling, a hot chocolate station, and the annual visit from Santa. We decorated rocks to pass out kindness in the community. Mothers brought perfume to donate to a local women’s shelter – recognizing that perhaps a woman’s “I Wish” may span beyond the basics of toiletries and other necessities. Even so, earlier in the season we collected basic items to ensure that we remained thoughtful about the more urgent needs of our community. In January 2018, we celebrated our 60th Anniversary with a special program that included Associate and alumni Mothers. March 17th, 2018, marks our 47th Biennial Honoree Ball and fundraiser – a beautiful evening of celebrating our High School juniors and seniors, their achievements, and aspirations. Our remaining Grade Group activities are mapped to our National Thrusts, to include Children’s Cluster on April 21st, 2018 - a day dedicated to healthy living and fitness for the Pacific Northwest Chapters. Our year ends with Black Family Day where we’ll recognize our graduating Mothers and Teens.

President: Ninevah Rudolph Lowery Vice-President: Brandi Robinson Program Director: Chanta Cain Recording Secretary: Sarah Potter Corresponding Secretary: Leslie Wright Treasurer: Naomi Truitt Financial Secretary: Kiyosha Baird Editor: Donna Jordan Taylor Chaplain: Glisenys Heyward Historian: Stephanie Wright Foundation Chair: Tiffany Stroy Parliamentarian: Onik’a Gillium

President: Chanel Cain Vice-President: Sophia Hall Corresponding Secretary: Rumi Robinson Recording Secretary: Sloane Miller Treasurer: Myles Heyward Chaplain: Amiyah Marshall Editor: Jared Taylor     

the 98th Chapter to join the national organization. Since then, the Seattle Chapter has enriched the lives of member children and others in the Greater Seattle community. With 74 active Mothers, 121 Children and Teens, and 29 active Associates, our Charter Mothers would be proud to know that their legacy is blooming with commitment, purpose and the Power to Make a Difference. In July 2009, the Seattle Associates group was established. On January 7, 2018, the Seattle Chapter celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a special program, and guests that included Seattle Chapter Associate and alumni Mothers.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Seattle Chapter embarked upon the 2017 – 2018 program year uniquely positioned as the premier organization for African American families in the greater Seattle community. We’re committed to producing relevant programming to stimulate the needs of member children and others in the community.

We kicked off our Program Year with an amazing Jack and Jill Day – an afternoon of laughter, great food, and fun. We paid tribute to Carole Robertson with all Grade Groups participating in oral presentations featuring the History and Imaginings of Carole. It was heart-warming to hear the children, tweens and teens imagine various things about Carole – the life she lived and the possibilities, had she not died so soon. They recognized her contributions and those of other African American civil rights leaders.

We’re committed to fostering relationships and community within our Chapter so that we may increase our value to each other and position ourselves to deliver exceptional programming and member experiences the Jack and Jill way. We are proving to be a Power and a force, Making a Difference in the lives of Children. We are indeed Five-Star focused, striving towards Chapter excellence in Membership, Programming, Operations, and Community Service. We are Sensationally Seattle!

In keeping with our National Thrusts, Grade Groups participated in

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CHAPTER HISTORY The South Los Angeles Chapter was organized in 1956, in the home of Velma Woods, along with JoAnna Hayes as the first President of the Mother’s club. The Chapter was chartered in July 1957. Jewel Jackson served as the first Chapter President. The Chapter has a rich history, which includes a former National President, the late Ramona Worlds Arnold, a Former National Program Director, Dr. Jacki Parker-Scott and numerous Regional and Teen Officers.

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President: Dr. Kanika White Vice-President: Ardra Fleming Program Director Melanie Winns Treasurer: Danielle King Financial Secretary: Chiquita Crawford Recording Secretary: Jaimie Page-Hodge Corresponding Secretary: DeWanna Sharp Editor: D’Ondra Marie Arnold

President: Klark White Vice-President: Chloe Hightower Treasurer: Sydnee Boutelle Foundation Chair: Nykolas Ennols Recording: Secretary: Angel Winns

Over the past six decades, the South Los Angeles Chapter continues to serve its community, model leadership qualities that embody the Jack and Jill mission , which is aimed at making a positive impact in the community and the lives of our children. For the last 60 years, Mother Members have joined together for the enrichment of our children. Our mother members realized over six decades ago, that as individuals, we are all- powerful and dynamic women. As the old adage goes- there is power in numbers. Our sensational South Los Angeles Mothers are a powerful group of women using its collective power to impart the Jack and Jill values upon the lives of our children, by demonstrating and reflecting the values of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

sensational South Los Angeles Chapter began its program year strong with Mothers focused on making a powerful difference in the community, while raising our children to be service oriented and leadership driven. Some of the sensational highlights include: a tribute to Carole Robertson, during our annual Jack and Jill Day celebration. The Chapter took part in an educational event where the focus was on sustainable resources and using natural resources wisely. The highlight of the Chapter’s program year is the celebration of 60 years of Mothers working together for one goal-our children. The Chapter celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Tea Rose Garden. It was a day of celebration as Mothers, children and Associates, all celebrated the amazing work done by all of the sensational Mothers that have brought us to such a momentous occasion. The sensational South Los Angeles Chapter will continue the mission of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., committed to service, leadership and the power to make a difference!

Throughout the years, our community service projects have included: cleaning up the bay to protect the environment; partnering with the Palos Verdes library during Black history month In 2014, the South Los Angeles Chapter received its first grant, from the Jack and Jill of America Foundation, The grant was used to fund an event aimed at raising community awareness about sex trafficking and its effects on young girls and the community as a whole.

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Area Work Day at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac, WA. Everyone benefitted from the workshops and presentation at this beautiful venue. Later in the fall, the Tacoma Chapter hosted a wine tasting at a North Tacoma winery and welcomed prospective mothers. It was simply an unforgettable night!

President: Monique Dubose Vice-President: Cynthia Lewis-Harris Program Director: Louise Boxhill Recording Secretary: Tina Williams Treasurer: Belinda Smith Financial Secretary: Locky Kamau Editor: Cynthia Lewis-Harris Historian: Cynthia Lewis-Harris Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Angela Fields

President: Noah Fields Vice-President: Arianna Njonge Secretary: Samira Harris Treasurer: Troy Mckinley Parliamentarian: Ariana Smith

The Tacoma Chapter, sponsored by the Seattle Chapter, was voted into the national body of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. at the 42nd National Convention in Houston, TX. Installation services were held on Sunday, October 25, 1980, at the Fort Lewis Officer’s Club. Dr. Gertrude Paxton, past national officer and Edna James, then Regional Director, rendered a very memorable service installing twenty-seven founding mothers. At that time, Tacoma became the thirteenth chapter in the Far West Region. The teens and children’s groups in the Tacoma Chapter convene monthly to participate in an educational, cultural, civic, recreational, legislative, health, or service--‐related project. Mothers and fathers coordinate the activities to meet the defined goals and aims of the national focus of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The Tacoma group designs strategies to improve the organization’s effectiveness in the local community as well. The Mission Statement is “Giving our Time and Talent is good for our Community”.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Mighty Tacoma Chapter brainstormed and planned our program year at our annual summer retreat. We started the fall program year with the Grand Opening of our Tacoma Reading Corner at the Tacoma Urban League. Books were donated via the summer book drive. The Reading Corner was beautifully decorated and dedicated to Carole Robertson. A Jack and Jill father and law enforcement officer, presented to the kids on how to interact with officers if stopped by the police while driving. The emphasis was getting home “SAFELY”. The Tacoma Chapter hosted the Northern Cluster Far West Region

On National Chess Day, the teens volunteered at a Chess-themed Fundraiser in Kirkland, WA. The money raised was earmarked to help two students from Uganda – Benjamin and Phiona, whose lives were portrayed in the movie “Queen of Katwe”. The teens helped with the chess simul exhibition, carnival games, arts & crafts and the silent auction. Groups 2 and 3 collected blankets to donate to those in need. Social activities included pizza & movie night and creating holiday gifts at a local glass fusing studio. We concluded the calendar year with our annual Kwanzaa Celebration Potluck dinner, held this year in Olympia, WA. The teens once again participated in a weekend retreat with the Seattle Chapter, this year welcoming the Alaska teens as well. In addition to bonding activities, the teens completed financial and leadership modules. The Tacoma Chapter will host the 2nd annual Joint Founders Day Celebration on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Tacoma Country Club with the Seattle and Portland/Willamette Valley Chapters. The Mighty Tacoma Chapter is looking forward to providing many more educational, cultural and exciting programs for our children and the community and continue to pass on “The Power to Make a Difference”.

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President: Windy Bryant Vice President: Vallery Twamugabo Program Director: Nicol Williams-Pruitt Recording Secretary: Ericka Mitchell Corresponding Secretary: Ayana Carroll Treasurer: Robin Dozier Financial Secretary: Michelle Tompkins Editor: Lori Taylor Chaplain: Ayana Carroll Historian: Brandy Taylor Foundation Chair: Ayana Carroll Parliamentarian: Candace Gray Fathers Auxiliary: Lori Taylor

CHAPTER HISTORY The Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Tri-Valley

Chapter was sponsored by the Contra Costa Chapter and was originated by Denise Pugh. Her vision was to bring together African American families who live in various southern Alameda county cities in order to decrease their sense of isolation, provide mutual support and to provide opportunities for them to network and to collectively contribute to their communities. The Tri-Valley Chapter’s installation ceremony was held October 23, 1994 by Jacqueline D. Scott, Past National Program Director and Ida Younge, Past Far West Regional Director. Chapter Presidents Windy Bryant (Current President) Leticha Hawkins (2013-2014) LaTanya Bellow (2012-2013) Deborah Moss-West (2010-2012) Norma Ryles (2006-2010) Lisa Tyler-Stanley (2002-2006) Linda Walls (1998-2002) Denise Pugh (1994-1998)

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Group I & II met at The Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California. Fairyland’s four pillars of education are literacy, science, social/emotional responsibility, and creativity. The children had the opportunity to participate in a puppet show “Why the Sea is Salt”; they visited the Arts & Crafts Center, and attended the Children’s Theater to hear the multilingual story of the mariposas (butterflies) that migrate between California and Mexico. A mix of science and sweets were presented to Group III through the introduction of the 7th atomic element on the Periodic Table. They learned the science behind ice cream, the freezing process and the properties of Nitrogen. After “Learning of the Ice Cream Freeze”, the rapid processing secrets to creamy ice cream, they ordered their favorite flavors and watched the “Ice Cream Freeze” in action. The vapor from the Nitrogen captivated the group as they all explored the concepts of science.

Group IV maintained their civic duty meeting at their local Kid’s Against Hunger facility to package meals for kids around the world in need of a hot meal. The kids formed an assembly line to package white rice, crushed soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, and vitamins and minerals. Through their hard work, Tri-Valley Group IV helped package 6,696 meals in 1.5 hours making a difference to curb hunger. Tri-Valley’s Group V teens began the Programming Year at the Altamont Raceway in Tracy, California for a “Get Real Behind The Wheel” driving event. The event encompassed safe driving awareness and responsibility. During this activity, teens explored risk taking, accountability, responsibility, communication, listening, trust and respect as well as problem solving skills as it concerns the laws and responsibilities of driving. The teens then took to the track for a spin in their parent’s cars to test their driving skills. The teens learned valuable lessons and are striving to make a difference in teen safe driving skills. The Mother’s Retreat was held at Parties That Cook in San Francisco. Mothers enjoyed a three-hour event with a seated formal dining service. Private professional chefs provided hands-on instruction as our groups of moms worked together to craft their four-course meal. Attending mothers received a personalized Jack & Jill apron, many of which still enjoy while preparing means for their families at home. The Bay Area Heart Walk was well supported and Tri-Valley Moms were in great shape and ready to walk for a cause supporting the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

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Group V (The Elite Eleven) started the year recognizing our veterans by participating in the Veterans Day half marathon. Our teens gained valuable knowledge about the judicial system as jurors in the Pima County Teen Court and served meals during the holidays at the Ronald McDonald House. In February, they plan to attend the Arizona Black Rodeo in Phoenix. They are preparing to maintain their championship title at the Arizona Financial Face-Off in April where they will apply their knowledge through various financefocused modules. We also congratulate our teens for participating in and winning (Divisions I and II) the oratorical contests at the Far West Teen Conference.

President: Arianna Sholes-Douglas Vice-President: Regina Hart Program Director: Kimberlynn Williams Recording Secretary: Nicola Finley Corresponding Secretary: Laila Hishaw Treasurer: Monica Wilson Financial Secretary: Dedra Clark-McGee Editor/Historian: Tarin Bynum Neal Chaplain: Leslie Williams Foundation Chair: Debi Chess-Mabie Parliamentarian: Misha Dawson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dedra Clark-McGee Associate Chair: Laila Hishaw Father’s Auxiliary: Nicola Finley Five Star Chair: Lisa Crooms Technology Chair: Cesanee Johnson

President: Nigel Dawson Vice-President: Joshua Hart Secretary: Khalib Douglas Treasurer: Kaylyn Williams Parliamentarian: Martha Mabie Chaplain: Zari Williams

In 1976, Frannie “Fran” Keith and several moms concerned about the development, social, and recreational opportunities for their African American children raised in the Tucson community joined together to start the process of creating a Jack and Jill provisional group. Supported by the Phoenix Chapter, the Tucson Chapter was chartered in 1978 with 22 moms. Fran Keith was the president of the provisional chapter and Wyllstyne “Styne” Hill was the first official president after the chapter was chartered.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Tucson Chapter was excited to begin our 40th year with the addition of three new mothers. In September, we celebrated Jack and Jill Day with sack races, board games, food, and fellowship. Our teens also recognized the life and memory of Carole Robertson. Group I (Desert Bloomers) started their year by reinforcing bicycle safety and healthy “food for fuel.” They learned how stars are formed at the Flaundrau Planetarium and gained early tools for financial literacy during the “Spend/Share/Save” activity. In December, they made toiletry bags for those in need during their Attitude of Gratitude holiday party.

We are enthusiastic about our upcoming events, including creating a Reading Corner in the Growing Steps Childcare & Learning Center, participating in the Martin Luther King Jr Day walk, Father’s Appreciation Picnic, and our 40th Anniversary Founder’s Day/ Associates Appreciation Luncheon.

Groups II & III (Jack & Jill Kids Crew) celebrated the holiday season at the Hip-Hop Nutcracker and sponsored a Socks for Seniors drive for a local nursing home. A STE(A)M activity at the Apple Store introduced them to robotics and coding. In February, they will meet with legislators to learn about advocating for children’s rights. Group IV (Mighty Monsoons) participated in the New Year’s Day Cocoa 5K Run/Walk. Through the Take Charge America financial workshop series, they will enhance their financial skills and knowledge. In April, they will shop and budget for a luncheon and serve the families at our local Ronald McDonald House.

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FAR WEST REGION RICHARD LEROY MITCHELL | FRESNO, CA

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ichard Leroy Mitchell from Fresno, California went to be with the Lord on September 14, 2017. He was the husband of Irma L. Mitchell (tenure completed) and father of Richie Mitchell, Rena Mitchell (active mother) and Raymond Mitchell and grandfather Kali and Kevin Chambers. He was a graduated father & his daughter is an active mother her sons in the Fresno Chapter where he was an active father for 12 years as a great mentor especially to the young men in the teen group. Richard Mitchell was a pillar of the community during his thirty plus years working in Fresno Unified School District as a teacher and a Vice Principal eventually retiring 2002. Richard always instilled in his children the importance of having a relationship with God. He taught this message through this message through his actions by attending church of the Living God CWFF. Over the years he served as janitor, trustee, bible study teacher and Sunday School Superintendent. Richard Mitchell will be missed by the Fresno community, his Jack & Jill Chapter along with his family and friends.

JOYCELYN CRUMPTON | LOS ANGELES, CA

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oycelyn Crumpton was a Member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. She served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter from 1995 to 1996. She was an active working mother of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, on the local, regional, and national levels, who kept her family involved in the activities of the organization. Upon her demise, she was a former Associate Member of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. Joy held a lifelong commitment to being a social worker, mentor and educator to clients and colleagues alike. With over 35 years of experience in the profession of social work, her dedicated service to children, youth, families and adults is represented in her 20 years of work in curriculum development and training implementation in Child Abuse and Neglect. Her administrative leadership extended beyond the classroom and into community organizations. Evidenced in her service as Training Coordinator and Lead Trainer for the Bay Area Academy, Child Welfare Ombudsman for the Health and Human Services Agency of the City and County of San Francisco, and as Director of Social Services for Trinity Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Joy was also the founder and director of the Family Tree, a private organization that supported larger entities in creating deeper meaning in social work, and in training staff and clinicians to provide effective services to youth, adults and families in need. Her talents were also seen in her therapy work, providing direct services for youth, adults and families at El Nido Services in Los Angeles.

Joycelyn is survived by her children, Beryl Crumpton Potter (James) and Howard Eric Crumpton (Karen), grandchildren Madison Sinclaire, Miles Eric, Idris and soon-to-be born, Aviva Joy, nephews John Dixon, III (LaShon) and James Dixon, lifelong partner Eric Crumpton and many family and friends.

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JEAN WHITESIDE GREEN | LOS ANGELES, CA

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oan Whiteside Green was a Member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. She served as President of the Los Angeles Chapter from 1986 to 1988. Throughout her life, she upheld the main objectives of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, which are to “aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study; and, to seek for all children the same advantage which we desire for our own.” She has demonstrated her love, care, and concern for all children through her work in the Los Angeles community, being constantly recognized for her outstanding volunteerism in the Los Angeles community. Upon her demise, she was a former Associate Member of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporate. Joan’s community involvement spans many years and organizations. Joan was also active in several organizations including the California Association of Black Lawyers, where she served as President. She was also active in the National Bar Association where she served as Region Nine Director and Chief of Staff/General Counsel. She was active in many NBA Committees and Divisions including the Women’s Division, Criminal Law Section, Family Law Section, and Solo Practice Section. She was a panelist on many subjects including “How to Make Money Practicing Law,” several criminal law panels, and “How to Become Bond Counsel and get into the Red Book”. Joan chaired the Gertrude Rush/Mid Year Conference, created an all pink souvenir booklet and helped NBA net over $40,000.

Joan was also a longtime member of the Angel City Chapter of the Links, Inc. She was presented as a Links Debutante in High School. Joan was also a longtime member of the Lullabye Guild. Our hearts and prayers go to Joan’s family, including her son.

SHEILA SPIKES-DICKERSON | PHOENIX, AZ

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he Phoenix Chapter also lost former Chapter President (2004-2006) and Associate Mother Sheila Spikes-Dickerson in October of 2017. An Arizona native, Sheila was rooted in her Christian faith throughout her life. After being crowned Miss Black Arizona in 1974, Sheila was awarded a scholarship that allowed her to complete her Bachelor’s degree and begin her career. She became a business owner in 2010, and in 2012 transitioned into her role as a childcare provider coach with KidsWatch AZ. In this role, Sheila provided monthly visits to twenty-eight families on her caseload as well as learning and literacy strategies to unlicensed childcare providers to help them become successfully licensed. As President of the Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill, Sheila Dickerson founded the Living History Program. This awards program is presented yearly in collaboration with the Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Gamma Mu Boule. The program exposes Phoenix area youth to prominent African American figures in various disciplines through a series of educational enrichment activities and interviews. Sheila was known for being a helping hand to those in need, and for glorifying God in all her endeavors. She leaves on Earth her husband, Emory, and two children, Erika and Justin.

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n October of 2017, our organization lost a leader and true gem, Tamela Franks, to cancer. Tamela joined the Phoenix chapter after relocating from her hometown of St. Louis with her three children (Ovie III, 25, Jordan, 21, and Tia, 18) following the passing of her husband Ovie Franks, Jr. She brought with her many years of experience in working with underserved youth as well as experience with Jack and Jill. In Arizona, Tamela served as Director of the Phoenix Coalition of Opportunities for Youth, and as a “second mother” to disadvantaged youth. Tamela was committed to the mission and work of Jack and Jill. Always armed with an encouraging word, a smile and an incredibly fashionable ensemble, Tamela gave firm, yet loving and honest advice and feedback that always reflected her enormous heart as well as her passion for community, youth and sisterhood. Though she was only with us for a single year, the Phoenix Chapter was incredibly fortunate to have Tamela Franks as a chapter member. Tamela’s loving, positive, supportive spirit and her faith in God will not be forgotten.

GAYNELLE “GAY” ALEXANDER | SAN JOSE, CA

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aynelle “Gay” Alexander was a dedicated, active member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., San Jose Chapter for 13 years and served in many leadership roles, including serving two terms as Chapter President from 1976-1977 and 1983-1984. She was the loving wife of Mr. Harold Alexander, proud mother of daughters Claudia and Suzanne and sons David and John, devoted grandmother of Bria, Brandon, Carol and Ryan. A distinguished librarian and member of the African-American community in Silicon Valley, with membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and The Links, Inc., Gaynelle was adored by her daughter-in-law and twoterm Chapter President Shawanda Alexander as well as current and former members of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., San Jose Chapter.

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ELRETHA “RITA” SCOTT | SAN JOSE, CA

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lretha “Rita” Scott was a dedicated member and associate of the San Jose Chapter, Jack & Jill of America, Inc. In addition to other leadership roles, she served as Chapter President from 1989-1991. As President, Rita presided over the chapter’s 20th Anniversary black-tie event, which included a tribute, reception and “Exquisite Spring Ball.” During the early 1990’s the chapter continued emphasizing the importance of family and extended family relationships, black history, community service, and standards. Mothers who were members of the chapter during Rita’s tenure as President also remember her emphasis on aligning with national standards. This alignment set the stage for the chapter to grow and thrive in the 90’s, continuing on today. Rita was also an active member in The Links, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

“Community is defined as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests and goals. Jack and Jill provides a national community of mothers that covers various stages of the parenting journey. I love that I am not alone on this journey and can glean from the wisdom of those who have gone before as well sow into mothers who are just starting this adventure. Our shared history provides a compass.”

– Vara Allen-Jones, Far West Region National Program Director

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FAR WEST REGION GREATER VALLEJO, CA ALEXIS FREEMAN

Alexis Freeman is the daughter of Rex Freeman and Lisa Patterson Freeman. Alexis was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Kappa Beta Omega Chapter’s 39th Annual Debutante Ball in Concord,, CA on November 18, 2017. Alexis was crowned the 1st Runner-Up for Miss Fashionetta. A Benicia High School honor student, she plans to attend Spelman University or Hampton University and major in pre-medicine.

AUNDREA DENYSE SMITH

Aundrea Denyse Smith is the daughter of Rhonda Rochon Smith and André Smith. Aundrea was presented on November 18, 2017 at the 40th Annual Miss “Fashionetta” Debutante Ball sponsored by the Kappa Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she was awarded Second Runner Up. This Angelo Rodriguez High School scholar-athlete is the Black Student Union President, Vice President of Link Crew, and on the varsity volleyball team. She is the Teen President of the Greater Vallejo Chapter and the Far West Region Teen Chaplain.

INLAND EMPIRE, CA CHASELYN AMOS

Chaselyn Amos is the daughter of Kenchasa Amos and Qiana Amos. Chaselyn was presented to society at the 2018 Refined Pearls Debutante Ball, sponsored by the S.U.P.R.E.M.E. Foundation in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Omega Delta Omega Chapter. The Eleanor Roosevelt High School student plans to major in Biology at Stanford University, Brown University, or UCLA.

SHAELYN AMOS

Shaelyn Amos is the daughter of Kenchasa Amos and Qiana Amos. Shaelyn was presented to society at the 2018 Refined Pearls Debutante Ball, sponsored by the S.U.P.R.E.M.E. Foundation in conjunction with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Omega Delta Omega Chapter. The Eleanor Roosevelt High School student plans to major in Biology at UCLA.

JOSHUA EVAN HUDSON

Joshua Evan Hudson, son of Craig and Cheryl Hudson, was presented to society by the Angel City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated at the 35th Annual Affair of Honor on May 6, 2018. Joshua, an Eleanor Roosevelt High School Senior, has excelled in academics and athletics. He participates in track and field, the Roosevelt High School Newspaper, the Inland Empire Chapter of Jack and Jill, Kappa League-Riverside, and has been a member of the Far West Regional Teen Board for three years. Joshua plans to apply his passion for astronomy to pursue a career in astrophysics at Hampton University.


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KORTNI GRACE WASHINGTON

Kortni Grace Washington is the daughter of Kecia Washington of Eastvale, California and Howard Washington of Buffalo, Texas. Kortni was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Omega Delta Omega Chapter’s Inaugural Debutante Ball, “Refined Pearls” on March 3, 2018. Kortni is a Junior at Eleanor Roosevelt HIgh School where her current gpa is 4.16 and serves as the Group 5 President and Regional Teller’s Committee Chair for the Far West Region. Kortni plans on attending a university and medical school pursuing a career as a Dermatologist and skin care entrepreneur.

LOS ANGELES, CA REMINGTON CAMILLE ABBOTT

Remington Camille Abbott is the daughter of Tony and Gwen Abbott. Remington Camille Abbott was presented to society at The Los Angeles(CA) Chapter of The Links, Inc. 65th Anniversary Cotillion on Friday, November 24, 2017. Remington attends Walnut High School. Her dedication and passion for the Arts has earned her an induction into the International Thespian Society. Remington is Vice President of BSU and serves as Parliamentarian for Jack and Jill, Los Angeles. Remington’s top choice for her undergraduate studies is Howard University where she plans to study in their Theatre Arts program.

SPENCER NOELLE ABBOTT

Spencer Noelle Abbott is the daughter of Tony and Gwen Abbott. Spencer Noelle Abbott was presented to society at The Los Angeles(CA) Chapter of The Links, Inc. 65th Anniversary Cotillion on Friday, November 24, 2017. Spencer attends Walnut High School. Spencer is Co-Captain of her high school’s Color Guard team and serves as President of BSU. She is also fluent in German. Spencer is a teen officer serving as Historian. Spencer’s top choice for her undergraduate studies is University of Southern California where she intends to pursue a career in medicine as an Obstetrician Gynecologist.    

DREW ALEXANDRA ALDRIDGE

Drew Alexandra Aldridge is the daughter of Tiffany and Erikk Aldridge. Drew was presented to society at the 65th Anniversary Cotillion by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Links, Incorporated on Friday, November 24, 2017. The Pacifica Christian High School senior is a long-time competitive gymnast. She has qualified for three USA Gymnastics’ Junior Olympic National Championships and in 2017 posted the 6th highest vault score in the nation. Drew will attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on a full athletic scholarship with plans to major in Communications and pursue a career in sports broadcast journalism.

BRANDON DAVID BROWN

Brandon David Brown is the son of Anne Haley Brown and Wren T. Brown. Brandon was presented to society by the Angel City Chapter of the Links, Inc. at its Achiever Affair of Honor on May 6, 2018 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. A graduate of The Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California, where he excelled in Latin, acting, and track & field, Brandon plans to attend Temple University where he will major in business and design.

JAY DAVIS

Jay Davis is a senior at Crossroads School for Arts and Science in Santa Monica, CA. He has been a member of Jack & Jill Los Angeles Chapter for seven years. He is a scholar, athlete, and leader. Jay enjoys volunteering at camps, shelters, food banks, and church. He takes his problem solving skills to the basketball court, where he has to reason and think quickly. Jay hopes to attend Santa Clara University, where he will continue to play basketball. After college he want to be an owner of an NBA team, and eventually becoming the first black NBA commissioner.

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JEREMIAH D. FOUNTAIN

Jeremiah D. Fountain is the son of Tonia D. Mendinghall and was presented to society as an Achiever at the Angel City Chapter of the Links, Inc., Affair of Honor, May 6, 2018 where he further developed his leadership talents, created lasting bonds, worked on projects benefiting his community and tapped into a lifelong network. Jeremiah was also an Escort for the 2017 Los Angeles Links Cotillion. He spends time as Cedars-Sinai Teen Volunteer and Research Intern. The Buckley School student will be attending a major university majoring in Economics, Business, and Finance along with growing his company, JCRM Worldwide.

MONTGOMERY GREENE

Montgomery Greene is the son of Bailey and Angela Greene. Montgomery was presented as an Achiever at the Angel City Chapter of the Links, Inc., Affair of Honor on May 6, 2018. Montgomery is excelling as a student, an athlete, and a community leader. He has received several awards for academic achievement including the President’s Education Awards Program for Outstanding Academic Achievement as well as a recipient of the Eleanor Greenhill Scholarship. He also received athletic awards in soccer ranging from most improved player to coach’s award as well as being named All League first team for the 2017 season.

MATTHEW CARRINGTON HAMILTON

Matthew Carrington Hamilton, son of Dr. Michael and Mrs. Charlene Hamilton, is a senior at Notre Dame High School. Matthew participated in the 2018 Achievers program sponsored by the Angel City Links Chapter on May 6, 2018 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. He plans to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. to major in Business Administration with a pre-health emphasis. Matthew plans to become an Endodontist, providing care to an underserved community. Matthew has been a member of the Jack and Jill Los Angeles Chapter for five years.

BRIANA ALEXIS HAMMOND

Debutante Briana Hammond, is the daughter of Rhonda Cotton and Alton Hammond. Briana was presented to society as a Cotillionette with Los Angeles Chapter of The Links, Inc. on November 25, 2016. As a participant in the Cotillion program, Briana received scholarship awards for Highest Revenue and the Most Community Service Hours. Briana dedicated much of her volunteer time to the American Cancer Society, an organization that is near and dear to her heart, and continues to do so today. She works 16 hrs weekly caregiving. Briana is a Girl Scout Ambassador, currently working on her Gold Award.

KINDYL CHERISE HENLEY

Debutante Kindyl Cherise Henley is the daughter of Mrs. Carrie Griffith Henley, and Mr. Roderick Henley. Kindyl is a 3rd generation legacy Debutante and was presented to society by the Los Angeles Cotillion Charitable Trust and the Los Angeles (CA) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated at their 65th Debutante Cotillion on November 24th, 2017. Kindyl is the recipient of the Highest Revenue Award and completed her community service hours at Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation. She is a junior at Santa Monica High School and intends to major in Business with a focus on finance upon graduation.

NICOLE NOELLE HIDRETH

Nicole Noelle Hildreth is the daughter of Cheryl and Torres Hildreth. Nicole was presented to society on November 25, 2016 by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Los Angeles Links, Incorporated. As a debutante, she won the Raymond T. Wilder Memorial award for her essay on pursuing a career in education. Nicole is an honor student at Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School. She plans to attend Howard University and major in Political Science.

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GABRIELLA KIMBROUGH

Gabriella is the daughter of David and Angela Kimbrough. Gabriella was presented to society at The 65th Annual Los Angeles Links Debutante Ball on November 24, 2017. The Marymount High School student plans to major in Theater and Creative Writing with a minor in Psychology at Vassar College in New York.

SELENA MARIE MCLURKIN

Selena Marie McLurkin is the daughter of Oren and Gigi McLurkin and was presented to society at The Los Angeles 65th Links Cotillion on November 24, 2017. She is a 3rd generation Debutante. Over the summer, she attended different seminars and workshops as well as participated in numerous hours of community service. She taught basketball to girls ages 6 to 14, assisted with homework and games and Escuela Plus School, and worked to generate profits for donations to those on Skid Row. Through her experiences she learned the importance of hard work but most importantly, having fun while doing so.

NAILAH SMITH

Debutante Nailah Smith, daughter of Koko Renee and Nathan Smith, was presented to society as a Cotillionette with Los Angeles Chapter of The Links, Inc. on November 25, 2016. Nailah received the Lauren Kennebrew Leadership scholarship award for an essay defining the value of creating a future that includes meaningful opportunities for adults with special needs . Nailah’s volunteer service was at the Beyond the Bell Summer Camp at Horace Mann Middle School in South Central Los Angeles. She was escorted by fellow “Jack and Jiller” Jay Davis, now, a senior at Crossroads School in Santa Monica.

PASADENA, CA THOMAS GLOVER

Thomas Glover is the son of Jon-Rene and Traci Glover. He was selected as an Achiever by the Angel City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated to be presented at their Affair of Honor. This Affair is the culmination of a leadership development program that will honor senior high school men who have attained excellence in academics, sports and the arts.

JAMES Z. WILCOX

James Z. Wilcox is the son of James and Lys Wilcox. He was selected as an Achiever by the Angel City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated to be presented at their Affair of Honor. This Affair is the culmination of a leadership development program that will honor senior high school men who have attained excellence in academics, sports and the arts.

PHOENIX, AZ MADISON CATHERINE PINA

Madison Catherine Pina is the daughter of Derek and Terri Pina. She was a participant in the 2018 Links, Incorporated Biennial Cotillion on March 31st. Madison is graduating from Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona where she maintains a 3.4 GPA and plans to attend New York University, University of Southern California, Penn State or Howard university after spending her first year as an exchange student in Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica studying Spanish Fluency. Madison will then study Journalism and aspires to be a fashion journalist in New York, Los Angeles or London.

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JADEN WEST

Jaden West is the daughter of Janet and Donald Bagley. She was presented to society at the Links Biennial Cotillion on March 31st, 2018. The Xavier College Prep Student plans to double major in computer science and mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley, UT Austin, or Georgia Tech.

POMONA AREA, CA MALAUN ALEXANDRIA PHILLIPS

Debutante MaLaun Alexandria Phillips is the daughter of Rochelle McLaurin and Steven Phillips. Debutante MaLaun was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Epsilon Eta Omega Chapter’s 2017 Scholarship Debutante Ball on March 25, 2017. As a Debutante she received awards for top sales, spirit, essay on community service and grade point average. MaLaun is an honor student at Upland High School, and an active volunteer at school, Jack and Jill, church, and in the community. MaLaun plans to major in Biology, and continue on to achieve her goal of becoming a surgeon.

SAN DIEGO, CA JORDAN MARIE FINLEY

Jordan Marie Finley is the daughter of John and Vellet Finley. An AP and honors junior at Francis Parker School, she is actively involved in campus activities including varsity cheer and dance, the Community Engagement Board, Academic League, and on the Chairman’s Board for robotics. Jordan is a Delta Intern, an AKA debutante, and is completing work on her Girl Scout Gold Award. She is a 10-time Golden Pyramid Scholar, and a 3-time recipient of the U.S. Presidential Service Award. Jordan hopes to attend Stanford, UCLA or NYU, major in Literature and minor in Theater, and become a teacher.

MYCHAL EDEN JOHNSON

Mychal Eden Johnson is the daughter of Joanee’ Johnson. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. presented her to society during their Debutante Ball on April 14th, 2017. She is a junior at Eastlake High School. Has served 4 years in San Diego Zoo Corp and 11 years in Jack and Jill. She was elected as a Girl Scout (GS) National Delegate and has spent the last 4 years encouraging over 160 GS to pursue Science careers through her troop’s Thinking Outside the Cookie Box conference. Upon graduation Mychal would like to attend an HBCU, major in Pre-Law and study abroad.

BRIAJAH CHANEL PAYTON

Debutante Briajah Chanel Payton is the 16-year old daughter of Pamela G. and Jerome C. Payton. Briajah was presented to society at the 63rd Annual Alpha Kappa Alpha Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter Debutante Ball, April 14. An AP/Honors student at Olympian High, she serves on the ASB and the championship volleyball team. Active in Assemblymember Shirley Weber’s Young Legislators’ Program, Briajah serves the FWR Teen Board as co-editor, and Briajah founded Soles Moving Souls, a ministry serving the homeless. Her goals are to study business and become a successful entrepreneur.

SEATTLE, WA JORDAN DARIUS HAZEUR

Jordan is the son of Derek and Tabitha Hazeur. Jordan was presented to society at the Seattle Chapter Jack and Jill Honoree Ball on March 17, 2018. The Bellevue Christian High School student plans to major in Mechanical Engineering to pursue a career in automotive research and development.

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JACKSON HOLLIE

Jackson Hollie is a junior at Issaquah High School in Issaquah, Washington and the son of Paul Hollie and Lynne Varner. Jackson has been a member of the Seattle chapter of Jack and Jill for 12 years. Jackson is an accomplished swimmer and budding water skier. He builds Japanese model figures and studied 2D video game design at the DigiPen Institute of Technology. Jackson gives back to his community by raising money each year for Hopelink, a non-profit serving low-income individuals and families. Jackson will attend college and study computer programming and game design.

ISAIAH JONAS MIGEUL TRUITT

Isaiah J.M. Truitt is the eldest son of Roland and Naomi Truitt. Beau was presented to society at Jack and Jill of America Incorporated, Seattle Chapter Honoree Ball on March 17th, 2018. Isaiah plans to major in Computer Engineering at The University of Washington.

TACOMA, WA SAMIRA SABREEN HARRIS

Debutante Samira Sabreen Harris is the daughter of Angelo and Cynthia Harris. Samira will be presented to society at the Seattle Jack & Jill 47th Biennal Honoree Ball on March 17th, 2018. Samira is a junior at Summit Olypmpus High School, where she is a leader Student Ambassodor and maintains above a 3.6 GPA. Samira has a passion for all living things and plans to study in Veteranarian Medicine at a fine academic institution.

GABRIEL CHARLES WORDSWORTH MENZIES

Gabriel is the son of the Vivian Menzies and the late Dr. Paul Menzies. Gabriel was presented to society at Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Seattle Chapter Ball on March 17, 2018. Gabriel attends Aeronautical Engineering Magnet Program at Emerald Ridge High School. Gabriel plans to continue his studies in Aeronicatical Engineering at one of the top Engineering schools within the HBCU family.

“I love Jack and Jill because my children have an opportunity to interact with other AfricanAmerican children and begin making life long friendships. This organization provides additional tools and resources for the next generation to make a difference. As a mother, I have been able to make lifelong friendships as well as learning different ways I can give back to my community.“

– Florence Lankford, Far West Regional Director

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FAR WEST REGION ANCHORAGE, AK AMINA EARLY-RICE

Amina Early-Rice is a senior at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska and is the daughter of Major Shannon Early-Rice. She has been a member of the Anchorage chapter since 2016. Amina participates in the Army JROTC and is a manager on the female varsity basketball team. Amina was recognized in 2016 as Joint-Base Elmendorf’s teen of the year. She was given the President’s Volunteer Award in 2016 and 2017. She is currently serving in the Army National Guard. After graduation, Amina will attend basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After training, Amina will pursue a Master’s degree in Nutrition.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA CAMILLE YVONNE ALEXANDER

Camille Yvonne Alexander, is the daughter of Dr. Keith and Elaine Alexander. She is a senior at The Branson School in Ross, Ca. where she is a leader in the Kindness and Body Positive Clubs, assists with the school’s social media and tech support. Camille volunteers with the Alameda County Food Bank and is involved in Black Girls Code and Girls Who Code. She been in the Contra Costa County Chapter for 12 years where she is Teen Vice Presisdent, was Teen Secretary for 2 years and was previously in So. Suburban Denver Chapter. She plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science.

NIA YVONNE DORSEY

Nia Yvonne Dorsey is a senior at Dougherty Valley High in San Ramon, CA. She is the daughter of Janene Grigsby and Michael Dorsey. She has been a member of the Contra Costa County Chapter (CCCJ&J) for over 10 years. Nia is the President of CCCJ&J and BSU; Winner of J&J Oratorical Contest; Edge Leadership Conference at UC Berkeley Participant; Global Glimpse Volunteer; Scholar Athlete: Varsity Stunt & Varsity Cheer; Member of The Ballet Joyeux; and regular volunteer at Glide Memorial, St. Anthony’s and The GGNPC. Nia has decided to attend Howard University and will major in Marketing.

JORDAN W. SAMUEL

Jordan Samuel, is a senior at St. Mary’s College Preparatory High School in Berkeley, California. He is the son of Lillian and Craig Samuel. Jordan has also been a member of Jack and Jill, Contra Costa County Chapter for 13 years. He serves as the Teen Treasurer. At school, Jordan has been a member of the varsity tennis team for 4 years. He also plays the Bass Guitar in the Advanced Band. Jordan has served as a Patrol Leader in Boy Scouts for 4 years. He plans to study electrical and computer engineering at University of Massachusetts, Drexel or Seton Hall University.      

BRITON A. SHEPHERD

Briton Shepherd is a senior at Monte Vista High School in Danville, CA and is the son of Dr. Ronnie and LaLene Shepherd. He has been a member of the Contra Costa County Chapter for seven years. He has developed original videos while honing his craft with local Bay Area production companies. He is a member of the Black Student Union in High School where he continues to advocate for social issues within his community. He will attend Diablo Vista Community College where he will study Media Communications with plans to transfer to a four-year university. 280


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SYDNEY A. SHEPHERD

Sydney Shepherd is a senior at Monte Vista High School in Danville, CA and is the daughter of Dr. Ronnie and LaLene Shepherd. She has been a member of the Contra Costa County Chapter for seven years. She has played competitive soccer for ten years and has achieved 1st Team All-League East Bay Athlete League and North Coast Section and a member of the Olympic Development Program State and Regional Teams. She will attend the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor where she will major in Public Health Science and play on the Wolverines Division 1 Women’s Soccer Team.

PERI ALISE WOOLRIDGE

Peri Alise Woolridge is a senior at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, CA and is the daughter of Lapondza and Connie Woolridge Jr. She has been a member of Contra Costa County Chapter for 15 years. She has volunteered at food banks, creating blankets, collecting supplies, creating toiletry kits for the homeless, and coordinated fundraisers. Peri plans to attend a four year university in the fall and plans to major in Journalism with a minor in Political Science. She hopes to become an Editor at a major fashion magazine.

ISAIAH Z. YOUNGBLOOD

Isaiah Youngblood is a senior at Heritage High School in Brentwood, California and is the son of Anthony and Cassandra Youngblood. He has been a member of Contra Costa chapter for 10 years. Isaiah active in AFJROTC, NHS and CSF. Inducted in the International Thespian Society, he won Best Actor at his school film festival. He also started a successful small business, YB Bakers, last year and enjoys daily sales of his baked goods. Isaiah will attend a 4 year university, majoring in Engineering. He hopes to combine his love of the arts, engineering and business in his future endeavors.

FRESNO, CA PHILLIP ALLEN BROWN, JR.

Phillip Brown, Jr. is a senior at Edison High School in Fresno, California and is the son of Brian and Ebony Hailey. He has been a member of Jack and Jill Fresno Chapter for 4 years. He has been involed in a number of volunteer service experiences such as packing lunches to feed the homeless, participating in a Day of Service for Martin Luther King Jr Day in which can food was donated and a day of giving personnel donations and leading games at the Fresno Children’s Rescue Mission. Phillip has enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in which he will begin his career on July 30th, 2018.

SENAJ PATRICIA JONES

Senaj Patricia Jones is a senior at Clovis East Hgh School in Clovis California and is the daughter of Priscilla Williams. She maintains a 3.4 grade point average. She is a 3-year member of the Varsity Track Team. Senaj is a 4-year member of her Jack and Jill Chapter that has served as secretary and is currently the teen president. Senaj has been a member of Hope of Glory Praise Team, for 5 years and volunteers with disabled students after school at her high school. She plans to attend UC Merced where she will major in Psychology.

JALEN WILLS

Jalen Wills is a senior at Clovis High in Clovis, California, and is the son of Shawn and Tara Wills. Jalen is a Captain on the Varsity Basketball team. This is his third year playing on the Varsity team, and his seventh year playing basketball. Jalen is Sergeant at Arms for the African American Student Union, and has been a member for four years. Jalen is involved with the Fresno County Chapter of Pink Heals, and has volunteered at his church for over ten years. Jalen maintains a 4.0gpa, and this is his first year with Jack and Jill. Jalen plans to attend college in the Fall. He will major in Psychology, and plans to become an officer with the California Highway Patrol, like his father.

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GREATER VALLEJO, CA ALEXIS FREEMAN

Alexis Freeman is a senior and honor student at Benicia High School, and is the daughter of Rex Freeman and Lisa Freeman. She’s been a member of the Greater Vallejo Chapter for 11 years. Alexis has served the last two years as Sargent at Arms. She’s completed 600+ hours of community service including GVRD Camp Counselor, Take Wings Foundation, Girl Scouts Lead the Way Program and the Willie B Adkins Scholar Program. She’s participated for the last 7 years in competitive cheerleading and is with Pacific Coast Magic. She plans to attend either Hampton or Spelman aspiring to be an OBGYN.

MARQUEZ ROBINSON

Marquez Robinson is Senior at Buckingham Magnet Charter High School and is the son of Shalana Penyweit and Jamal Robinson. Marquez has been member of Jack & Jill since 2013. Marquez has been an active member of the BCMHS Choir and Jazz Ensemble for the past 4 years and aspires to be a professional drummer. He is active in his community and participates in multiple community service projects that include teaching at-risk children drumming basics, providing meals to families in need and laying wreaths at the Dixon Veteran’s Cemetery. Marquez will pursue a career in healthcare or social work.

AUNDREA DENYSE SMITH

Aundrea Smith is a senior at Angelo Rodriguez High School and is the daughter of Rhonda Smith and Andre Smith. Aundrea has been a member of Jack & Jill since 2005. She is the current Regional Chaplain for the Far West Region and Teen President for Greater Vallejo. Aundrea is also a Link Crew leader and President of the Black Student Union at her high school. Aundrea is active in her community and participates in various community service projects. Aundrea plans to attend college with the career goal of becoming a Veterinarian who specializes in exotic animals.     

INGLEWOOD, CA DAKOTAH HAMILTON

Dakotah, a senior at Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, is the son of Derek and Deanna Hamilton. A member of the Inglewood Chapter for five years, he is the current Teen Group President. A leader at school, Dakotah is President of the Black Student Union, a Peer Mediator, a Mentor for the Dolphin Leadership Academy and a member of the Justice League, a group dedicated to diversity and empowerment. As the Captain of the Varsity Football Team, Dakotah received First Team All-City as a Running Back and team MVP for 2017. Dakotah plans to major in Mechanical Engineering.

CHRISTINA MARIE HONORE

Christina—daughter of Derek and Melissia Buckhalter-Honore—is a senior at Notre Dame Academy (NDA), Los Angeles. She served in several officer capacities during her seven-year membership in Jack and Jill. Christina is also a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Scholar, National Honor Society member, AP Honors eligible, Mock Trial participant for three years, Le Grand Concours Silver Medalist, designated by California UC system as an ELC top performing student, and president of NDA’s creative writing club.

ERYN SIMONE KING

Eryn Simone is the daughter of LaMonte and Alison Whyte King and a senior at Cerritos High School where she is an honor roll student. A varsity track and field athlete for four years, former athlete of the year and co Most Valuable Player of the year. Eryn is biliterate in Spanish, an award winning poet and oversees the media ministry at her church.

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ANTHONY “TONY” MERRIWEATHER

Anthony is a senior at New Roads High School in Santa Monica, CA and is the son Jeanette Magee and Anthony Merriweather, Sr. In addition to being an honor student, he is the reciepient of the Distinguished Spirit of New Roads School Award, Rotary Club of Santa Monica Scholarship, and New Roads School Scholar Athlete Award. Additionally, he has been recognized for his involvement in the SuperCamp Enrichment program, UCLA Bruin College Initiative, KIPP through College program, Student Leadership Conference, Mouthful.org , and the Arise Church Teen Ministry.

INLAND EMPIRE, CA JAILAN BLACKWELL

Jailan Blackwell is a senior at Summit High School in Fontana, CA. He is the son of Denise Sterling-King, Anthony King and Willie Blackwell. He has been a member of the Inland Empire chapter of Jack and Jill for 9 years. He has been a member of the Riverside Alumnae Chapter Kappa League leadership/mentoring organization for 2 years. He has participated in food banks in shelters and visiting senior citizen facilities. Jailan has decided to attend Cal State Univesity, Fullerton, where he will major in Kinesiology to later obtain his Doctorate in Physical Therapy and minor in Spanish.

BLAKE GILMORE

Blake Gilmore is a graduate of Cajon High School in San Bernardino, California. He is the son of Danny and Tracy Tillman. Blake has been a member of Jack and Jill since the age of 3 and has served on the FAR West Regional Team as Co-Editor, Evaluation and Statistics Chair. While in high school, Blake was a scholar athlete who participated in Football and Track, earning varsity letters. He is a member of Abundant Living Church where he volunteers. Blake’s career goal is to become a Computer Engineer. He will attend a University of his choice in the fall.

KAELYN M. GORDON

Kaelyn is a senior at St.Mary’s Academy in Inglewood, CA and is the daughter of the Renee Bailey and the late Wandell Gordon. She has been a member of the Inland Empire Chapter for 4 years. Kaelyn is involved in American Red Cross, Black Student Union and the National Honor Society. Kaelyn has decided to attend Spelman College where she will major in Biochemistry to pursue a career in medicine.

JOSHUA HUDSON

Joshua Hudson, a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, is the son of Craig and Cheryl Hudson. Joshua has been a member of the Inland Empire chapter since 2009, where he was elected as Foundation Chair and Treasurer for two years. Joshua is a 2018 Achiever with the Angel City Links Incorporated, a member of Kappa League- Riverside, Track Team, ERHS Newspaper, BSU, and the National Space Club. Joshua is presently the JJ Far West Regional Sergeant at Arms. Accomplishments: Honor Roll, National Society of HS Scholars. Joshua plans to attend Hampton University majoring in Astrophysics.

KARSYN SARITA HUGHES

Karsyn Sarita Hughes is a senior at La Quinta High School in La Quinta, California. She is the daughter of Deon and Leslie Hughes and has been a member of Jack and Jill for twelve years. She has been a star volleyball player on her school and club teams for four years. Karsyn currently serves as Vice-President of her teen group. She is planning to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she will major in Chemical Engineering. Her goal is to one day work for or own a Fortune 500 company where she can put her learned skills to work.

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VINCENT KING JR.

Vincent King Jr. is a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, CA. Vincent is the son of Vincent Sr and Angelique King . He has been a member of the Inland Empire Chapter for 8 years. Vincent has been actively involved in community service , volunteering at food banks and a local family shelter, since he was in elementary school. Vincent will attend college in Southern California with an eye on writing and creating in the entertainment industry. He plans to major in English.

RENEE PAYTON

Renee Payton is a senior at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and is the daughter of Renato and Janice Payton. She has been a member of the Inland Empire Chapter for fourteen years. Renee enjoys singing and photography and teaches Sunday school at her church. She has also done several community service projects through Jack and Jill and Girl Scouts, including feeding the homeless and providing Christmas gifts at a homeless shelter. Renee will attend Chaffey College and Cal State Long Beach, where she will major in Interior Design.

GABRIELLE STEWART

Gabrielle Stewart is a senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) in Eastvale, CA and is the daughter of David and Rosalyn Stewart. She has been a member of JJIE for five years and has served as Teen Secretary as well as Foundation Chair. At ERHS, Gabrielle participated in Varsity cheer throughout high school as well as in the Associated Student Body (ASB), since Sophomore year. She currently serves on the board as ASB Historian. Gabrielle will attend Howard University where she will major in Biology with the intention to pursue a medical school degree as a pediatric oncologist.

LANDON X. STUBBLEFIELD

Landon Stubblefield is a senior at Santiago High School in Corona, CA and is the son of Baron and Tauria Stubblefield. He has been a member of the Inland Empire Chapter for 13 years. He loves playing the piano and video games. He has studied classical piano since he was 5 years old, achieving level 9 from the MTAC. He has maintained a 4.3 GPA and hopes to attend the University of California Los Angeles majoring in Economics in the Fall.

LAS VEGAS, NV NAHJE BLACKWELL

Nahje Blackwell is a senior at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, NV and is the daughter of Joseph Blackwell and Judge Shlli Hayes. She has been a member of the Jack and Jill North Shore Chicago Chapter for 12 years and recently transferred to the Las Vegas Chapter. Nahjae has been involved with feeding the homeless and “Iced Out Barber Shop Toy DZriveZ” with Floyd Mayweather. She has decided to attend University of Nevada Las Vegas where she will major in Biology/Physiology with future plans to attend medical school.

AARON “DEUCE” FORD II

Aaron “Deuce” Ford II is a senior at The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT and is the son of Aaron Ford and Berna Rhodes-Ford. He has been a member of the Las Vegas Chapter for 11 years. Deuce started on Varsity football and was captain of Varsity track. He has logged over 300 hours of community service. Deuce is the first black president in the 100-year history of his school, founded a student-run division of his school’s athletic department, and was president of the multiculturalism organization. He plans to attend Harvard, University of Chicago, Stanford or UCLA.     

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WILLIS W. WALKER, IV

Willis Walker, IV is a senior at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, NV and is the son of Willis Walker, III and Sonya Daniels Walker, PhD. He has been a member of the Las Vegas Chapter for 10 years. He has served as the Regional Teen Co-Editor, Regional Teen Sergeant-at-Arms, Las Vegas Chapter Teen Secretary and Las Vegas Chapter Teen Vice President. He has decided to attend Morehouse College where he will major in Business. Post college, Willis plans to attend law school and pursue a career in sports management.

LONG BEACH, CA AUSTIN CARRADINE

Austin Carradine is a senior at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 10 years. Throughout his high school career, Austin spent time playing piano in the jazz band and holding the positions of vice president and president of the computer-programing club during his junior and senior years. Austin is currently pitching for the Long Beach Poly baseball team. Austin has not decided where he will continue his academics in the fall of 2018, however he would enjoy a career in the sports entertainment field.

CAMERON TYLER JOHNSON

Cameron Tyler Johnson is a senior at Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach and is the son of Mr. Floyd Johnson and Dr. Kimberly Johnson. Cameron has been a member of the Long Beach Chapter for 10 years and is currently serving as the Teen President. He is a two sport varsity athlete and made 1st & 2nd team all league in football while maintaining a 4.1 GPA. In the fall Cameron will major in Bio-Medical Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

AARON ALEXANDER STRICKLAND

Aaron Alexander Strickland, son of Daryl and Teer Strickland, has been a member of the Long Beach Chapter of Jack and Jill for five years and has served as Recording Secretary. He is a senior at St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, CA and a member of the varsity football team. Aaron’s community activities include volunteering at the Urban Community Outreach Drop-In Center. He plans to attend college and major in Business, with a concentration in Computer Information Systems.

MCKENZIE ROSE WILSON

McKenzie Rose Wilson is the daughter of Christopher and Joyce Wilson. She has been a member of the Long Beach Chapter for 11 years. In Student Government, she currently serves as Senior Class Vice President and Campus Ambassador. She is the recipient of the California Interscholastic Federation’s Champion of Character Award for her community service, responsibility, and competitive spirit. She has excelled in athletics, been named team MVP 2 years and last year’s league MVP. She will be attending college in the fall, where she will major in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communication.

LOS ANGELES, CA DREW ALDRIDGE

Drew Aldridge, daughter of Tiffany and Erikk Aldridge, is a senior at Pacifica Christian High School in Santa Monica, California where she holds a 4.3 cumulative G.P.A. and will graduate a member of the National Honor Society. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for 11 years. Her volunteer endeavors include working at The Fulfillment Fund, where she helps students from socio-economically disadvantaged communities navigate the college process. Drew received a full athletic scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with plans to major in Communications and pursue a career in sports broadcast journalism. 285


KAYA BRANCHE

Kaya is a senior at the Windward school in Los Angeles. Kaya is captain of the varsity soccer team, a peer counselor, and founder of the UCLA Teen Heart Health Program. Kaya has been a member of Jack & Jill for 16 years. She has also been a member of the Redondo Beach Youth Commission for the past four years, participating in official city council meetings and providing the youth perspective on municipal affairs. Kaya plans to pursue a career in medicine.

CHARLES BROUSSARD

Charles Broussard is a senior at University High School in Los Angeles, CA and is the son of Marchelle and Craig Broussard. He has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for 3 years and was a member o f the Inland Empire Chapter for 9, where he served on the Teen Executive Board. Charles has been involved in a variety of community service activities during high school and decided to attend a University of California school where he will major in Economics.

BRANDON DAVID BROWN

Brandon David Brown is a senior at The Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California and is the third child and only son of Anne Haley Brown and Wren Brown. He is a legacy member of Jack and Jill of America and has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for nine years. He has been particularly committed in the areas of community service and Teen Conferences. Brandon enjoys acting, music and computers and competes in Varsity Track & Field, excelling in the long jump. He is likely to attend Temple University with career interests in business, fashion and design.

ASHLEY CHOYCE

Ashley Choyce is a senior at Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet in LA, CA and is the daughter of Dwight and Tina Choyce. While maintaining a 4.56 GPA, she has served as ABS Treasurer at school, President of the Archonettes Youth Community Service Organization, and Youth Events Coordinator at church. She is also a member of the Knights and Ladies, National Honor Society, Aspen Club and Key Club. Additionally, Ashley has enjoyed playing on the Venom Club Soccer Team for five years. She plans to attend Stanford or UCLA where she will major in Accounting or Business.     

RALEAH LORIAN COLE

Raleah Cole is a Senior at Heritage High School in Menifee, CA and is the daughter of Robert and Dr. Karen Cole. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Jack and Jill Chapter for 11 years. She helped clean beaches, donate personal care packages for those less fortunate, and also helped with the GOTV for the 2012 presidential election. She has decided to attend Arizona State University where she will major in Criminology and minor in Psychology and has plans to either join the FBI or serve in the Supreme Court as a judge. She has been swimming for over 5 years and ranked 3rd competing in city finals as a sprinter in the 50 yard free style.

JEREMIAH D. FOUNTAIN

Jeremiah D. Fountain is a Senior at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, CA, and son of Tonia D. Mendinghall. Jeremiah has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for nine years. He is Co-Owner of JCRM Worldwide. As a Ron Brown Scholar, he will study Business/Economics at a major university. In addition, he is a Competitive Junior Olympic Fencer and an Assistant Fencing Coach for the Beverly Hills Fencers’ Club and plays Varsity Basketball. Jeremiah received Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair for his “Ultimate Sustainable System”, a kit designed for impoverished communities.

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COLE GREEN

Cole Green is a senior at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, California, and is the son of Andrea and Jimmy Green. He has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for seven years. Cole volunteers at the St. Francis Center feeding the homeless and referees youth soccer games for his club soccer team. He played competitive soccer for seven years and traveled to Barcelona and Ireland to represent his team. Cole hopes to attend USC and major in Human Biology to become a Physical Therapist and work with trained professionals and Division 1 athletes at USC.

KHLOE GREEN

Khloe Green is a senior at Marlborough School in Los Angeles, California, and is the daughter of James and Andrea Green. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for seven years and has served as Secretary and Historian. Khloe is a member of the American Red Cross and is President of the BSU. She is Student Council Athletic Representative and plays Varsity Lacrosse. Khloe is a member of Chamber Choir and traveled to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall. She hopes to attend Howard University and to pursue a Philosophy major and start her own non-profit.

MONTGOMERY OSBORNE GREENE

Montgomery Greene is a Senior at Providence High School in Burbank, California. He is the son of Bailey and Angela Greene. Montgomery has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for 12 years and currently is serving as Sergeant at Arms for Group 5B. He has participated on the Varsity Men’s Soccer team as well as LAUFA and HFC Club Soccer teams. He is a member of the Key Club, FAD, and the Technology Focus Program. Montgomery intends to major in Chemistry as an undergraduate and then continue his education in Pharmacy School; his ambition is to become a Pharmaceutical Scientist.     

MATTHEW CARRINGTON HAMILTON

Matthew Carrington Hamilton is a senior at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. Matthew is the son of Michael and Charlene Hamilton. Matthew has been a member of the Los Angeles, Far War Region Chapter for 5 years. Matthew is involve in the football and baseball and supports the local community senior center. Matthew plans to attend Howard University in the Fall and major in Business Adminstration with a pre health emphasis preparing him for a dental career. Ultimately, Matthew aspires to become an Endodontist providing care to an underserved community.

BRIANA ALEXIS HAMMOND

Briana Hammond, daughter of Rhonda Cotton, is a senior at Culver City High School; currently serving as the Vice President of Black Student Union. Briana has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Los Angeles Chapter for 15 years and is currently the Teen President of Group 5B. Briana is dedicated to serving her community and has completed over 500 volunteer hours, earning her the Jack and Jill President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award. She is an officer of the California YMCA Youth & Government. Briana plans to major in BioChemistry to achieve her aspirations of becoming a Radiologist.

NICOLE NOELLE HILDRETH

Nicole Hildreth is a senior at Cleveland Charter Humanities Magnet in Reseda, CA and is the daughter of Cheryl and Torres Hildreth. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill for 9 years. Nicole has been actively involved in community service by volunteering with organizations that provide assistance to homeless youth and families in transitional housing facilities. Nicole has decided to attend Howard University where she will major in Political Science. Her career goal is to become a Civil Rights attorney.

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GABRIELLA KIMBROUGH

Gabriella is a senior at Marymount High School in Los Angeles, California and is the daughter of David and Angela Kimbrough. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for 4 years. She has participated in a capella choir and theater all four years of high school and has volunteered for the past two years as a volunteer teacher at the Children’s Collective Child Care Center in South Central. She will attend Vassar College and major in theater and creative writing with a minor psychology. She plans to be a stage actress and to own her own non-profit.

SELENA MARIE MCLURKIN

Selena Marie McLurkin is a senior at Windward School in Los Angeles, CA and is the daughter of Oren and Gigi McLurkin. She has been a member Jack and Jill for 8 years creating life long friends while participating in service and legislative activities. Academically, Selena earned a place on the Dean’s List every year of high school. In addition, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Service Honor Society, and Global Scholars Program. A competitive athlete, she has participated in Varsity softball, volleyball, and basketball and holding 3 league titles, one CIF Championship and one State Championship.

PAYTON MOORE

Payton Moore is a senior at Santa Monica High School and is the son of Eric and Courtney Moore. He holds a 3.5 GPA and is the captain of the varsity basketball team. Payton has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for two years. Payton is business savvy and has decided to pursue a career in entrepreneurship in college. In September, Payton will attend Rice University in Houston, Texas.

NAILAH SMITH

Nailah Smith, daughter of Koko L. Renee and Nathan Smith, is a senior at Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles. She is an honor student and officer of the Queen’s Council. She currently serves as Vice President of the Los Angeles Chapter Teens and has been a member of Jack and Jill for 14 years. Her volunteer activities include volunteering at LA Speech and Language Therapy Center and co-founding #HygieneKits&Hope to help the homeless. Nailah will attend Howard University in the fall to pursue a career in communications science and disorders at the the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.

RYAN WILLOUGHBY

Ryan Willoughby is a senior at Culver City High School in California and is the son of Anthony and Denita Willoughby. He has been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter for 6 years. Through his time in Jack and Jill, Ryan has been the President of the 5a group and Sergeant at Arms of his 5b group. He plans to attend The University of Miami where he will major in Business Administration and plans to pursue an entrepreneurial career.      

NORTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO, CA ADAM CARTER

Adam Carter is a senior at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA and is the son of Matthew and Theresa Carter. He has been a member of the North County San Diego Chapter for fifteen years. Adam is a current member of the Teen Executive Board. He will attend Syracuse Univeristy in the fall to study business management with future plans to work in executive management in professional sports.

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AVA CARTER

Ava Carter is a senior at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA and is the daughter of Matthew and Theresa Carter. She has been a member of the North County San Diego Chapter for fifteen years. Ava has served as Treasurer and led community service projects with Walden Family Serivces during her years in the teen group. Ava will attend college in the fall and study Science Technology and Society with a future goal to develop new technologies that will help address societal problems.

MARK STEPHEN “SONNY” CLARK, II

Sonny is a senior at Great Oak HS in Temecula, California and a current AFJROTC Officer. He is the son of Mr. Mark S. and Dr. Juanette G. Clark and has been a member of the NCSD Chapter for the past 12 years. In 2015 Sonny achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor. Sonny will attend the University of Kansas in the fall, majoring in Computer Engineering, with future plans to work in the field of Cyber Security.

MORGAN KAYLEE GILLESPIE

Morgan Gillespie is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy and is the daughter of Dr. Robert & Lisa Gillespie. Morgan has been a member of the North County San Diego Chapter for 15 years, serving as Parlimentarian and Historian of the Teen Group. She has been a member of her high school’s Dance, Soccer & Track Teams. Morgan has played Contemporary Piano since the age of 7, awarded the Urban League Golden Pyramid Scholar 20152017 and received 2016 Bronze level award for Community Service from the US President’s Office. Morgan plans to major in Early Childhood Education.

WINSTON F. JONES

Winston Jones is a senior at Murrieta Valley High School in Murrieta, California and is the son of Michelle and Frederick Jones. He has been a member of North County San Diego Jack and Jill Chapter for 15 years. Winston has volunteered over 250 hours as a YMCA Assistant Camp Counselor. He is the co-founder of his school’s Black Student Union and the recipient of the Top Student Award in Business & Practical Arts for Film and TV Production. Winston will major in Visual Arts with a focus on TV/Film Production and Photography and aspires to manage his own film editing and media company.

LORRAINE NANCE

Lorraine is a senior at Temescal Canyon High in Lake Elsinore, California and is the daughter of Vickie and Felix Nance. She has been a member of the North County San Diego Chapter for 13 years. Lorraine has over 700 hours of community service, building playgrounds; painting shelters; stuffing packages for wounded vets; and feeding patients at the Rady’s Childrens Hospital. She would like to attend USC and double major in both political science and business. Lorraine plans to become an entrepenuer, start her own law firm, become a published author, and a youth track coach.

ZARI NAILAH SCOTT

Zari Nailah Scott is a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California and is the daughter of Tyrone Scott and Cheryl-Ann Webb-Scott. She has membership over 2 regions for 12years. She hopes to attend Howard or Syracuse University, where she will major in Broadcast/Journalism. Accomplishments include, serving as Regional Foundation Chair, Campus Ministry, Ambassadors for Christ Corps, Musical Theatre and 2017 CIF Division I Champion Tennis Team.

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KRISTAL A. SETTLES

Kristal Settles is a senior at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego, California. She is the daughter of David & Cleopatra Settles and has been a member of North County San Diego Jack & Jill Chapter for 14 years. Kristal’s community service involvement includes missions trips to Africa and Central America, Teen Court jury duty, and feeding homeless families in San Diego. Kristal plans to attend a four year university where she will major in Political Science and attend law school therafter.

ZAIN SINCLAIR

Zain Sinclair is a senior at Mount Carmel High School in San Diego, CA and is the son of Yvette and Freddie Amos. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for eleven years. Zain was also a member of the Boy Scouts for six years. During his time in the teen group, his community involvement has included food drives and agrucultural cultivation to assist his community. Zain served as Teen Foundation Chair and raised funds for a local foster care and adoption agency. He has decided to attend Palomar College where he will major in film and further his skills in the industry.

OAKLAND BAY AREA, CA JOY BROWN-BRYANT

Joy Brown-Bryant is a senior at Oldfields School in Sparks, Maryland. She is the daughter of Meredith Brown and Guy Bryant. As a member of the chapter for 8 years, Joy has worked on community service projects in Oakland and with Oldfields school. Joy volunteered on the Sandre Swanson senate campaign, and was a physical therapy intern. Joy attends a STEM program that places her in labs across the nation; freshman summer she worked at CHOP on genomic diagnostics of patients and her junior year at the University of Washington helped to engineer a virus that negates the effects of heart failure.

BRANDON EDWARD BELL CHARLES

Brandon Edward Bell Charles is a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High Shool in Oakland, CA and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonrad & Chelsea Charles. He has been a member of the Oakland Bay Area Jack and Jill for 14 years. Brandon gives back to community by participating in the UNCF Walkathon, Feed the People Food Drives, and he adopts a Black family each year in the East Oakland neighborhoods. Brandon plans to major in Computer Science with an emphasis in Video Gaming.

CHRISTIAN ALEXANDER JAMES DAWKINS

Christian Alexander James Dawkins is a senior at College Preparatory School in Oakland California. He is the son of Dr. Terri Dunn and Dr. Patrick Dawkins. He has been a member of the Oakland Bay Area chapter for 16 years and is the Teen Vice President. He served as Teen President 2015-2016. Christian is a member of the Varsity Golf and Soccer Team, and is the Varsity Basketball Team Manager. He is a member of the Black Student Union, and spends his summers teaching sailing to Oakland youth. Christian will attend Dartmouth College and plans to major in Economics.

HAYLEY ANN MARKUM DENNINGS

Hayley Dennings is a senior at Head-Royce School in Oakland, California and is the daughter of Dr. Robin Dennings and Ms. Erica Dennings. She has been a member of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of Jack and Jill for 10 years. Hayley played varsity basketball and softball, is involved in the Black Student Union, and does community service. Hayley has held chapter offices and served on the the regional teen board. She has decided to attend a four year university where she will major in English and biology, and hopefully become an author and surgeon later on in life.

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DARRELL “DJ” EDWARDS, JR.

The son of Dr. Darrell Edwards and Millicent Cox-Edwards, DJ attends Bentley School in Lafayette, CA. He has been in the chapter since grade school. Outside of playing basketball, DJ’s main interests are computer science and business. He participated in Hidden Genius Project to complement his coursework in coding and computer science. He serves as co-president of Vanguard, and is founder and vice president of the Black Student Union at Bentley. DJ is on the Oakland Youth Advisory Council appointed by the mayor. He may attend either Morehouse, Loyola Marymount or Lehigh University.     

JUSTIN EDWIN HEBRARD

Justin Hebrard is a senior at Head-Royce School in Oakland, CA and is the son of Rachelle and Michael Hebrard, M.D. He has been a member of Jack and Jill Oakland Bay Area Chapter for thirteen years. Justin is an accomplished artist and volunteered at The Crucible Industrial Arts School to teach Bike Art to inner-city youth. He also volunteers as a Chemistry Teacher’s Assistant. Justin played Pop Warner Football where he served as a team captain, and is a member of the Head-Royce varsity lacrosse team. Justin will attend college in California or New York to pursue Industrial Design.

RYAN HUNT

Ryan Hunt is a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California, and is the son of Hamilton and Gina Hunt. He has been a member of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter for 10 years and has served as Teen Vice President and Teen Recording Secretary. He plays trumpet in the Advanced Jazz and Symphonic Bands at his high school and is also a Commissioner on the Oakland Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission. Ryan is currently applying to colleges and is interested in pursuing a career in medicine as a cardiothoracic surgeon.

DYLAN JAMES-MEKHI WYATT

Dylan Wyatt, senior at St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley, Ca is the son of Darrell & Brenda Wyatt. Dylan has been a member of the Oakland Bay Area Chapter for 13 years. Dylan founded a non-profit, “The Shoe Game Project” where players and friends donate gently used shoes to the less fortunate. He also launched a clothing line, “Lavish Lifestyle” and was a semi-finalist in Marshawn Lynch’s “Beastmode-A-Business” incubator. Dylan volunteered annually at “Oakland Natives Give Back” backpack giveaway. He received 7 full scholarship offers and will attend Northern Arizona University.

ORANGE COUNTY, CA MCKENNA NICOLE DUNCAN

McKenna Nicole Duncan is a senior at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California and is the daughter of Steven and Angelia Duncan. She has been a member of the Far West Region, Orange County Chapter since 2010. She is a member of the Jr. National Society of Black Engineers. As a member of CIEE, she attended a Chinese summer immersion program in China where she took classes at Nanjing University. McKenna has been involved in swim for 8 years and was recently named MVP on her high school swim team. She is also a member of her high school Marching Band, Jazz Band, and is a Chinese Club board member.

ANULI ONONYE

Anuli is a senior at Sage Hill School in Newport Beach, California and the daughter of Oni and Ude Ononye. She has been a member of the Orange County chapter of Jack and Jill for four years. She has had many leadership roles including founding the Feminist Club at her high school, being captain of the Varsity Golf team for two years, Student Ambassador for her school, and President of Orange County’s Group Five. She has been admitted to Boston College and would like to study political science before working for a non-governmental organization such as the United Nations.

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MALCOLM SEARS

Malcolm Sears is a senior at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, CA. He is the son of Renee and Victor Sears. Malcolm has been a member of the Orange County chapter for 3 years although he originally joined the Phoenix chapter. Malcolm is currently serving as his chapter’s treasurer and JSA secretary. He has been active as a Varsity football player and in Track & Field. Malcolm is a regular volunteer with the Compton Initiative and other organizations. He plans to attend Saddleback College in the fall.

CAMERON WOODS

Cameron Woods is a Senior at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California, and is the son of Terence and Sonya Woods. He is a member of the Varsity Football team and Performing Arts Choir. He has been in the Orange County Chapter for one year. Cameron will attend college in the fall and intends to study business and focus on obtaining a law degree and work with a reputable Sport Agency as a Sports Agent.

MARIAH WOODS

Mariah Woods is a senior at Yorba Linda High School and is the daughter of Dr. Julian and Lisa Woods. She has been a member of the Orange County chapter for 7 years serving twice as Parliamentarian. Mariah is a 4 year member of the Varsity Soccer team and Golf program, has a 4.2 gpa and will graduate with a bilingual certification in Mandarin. Some of her volunteer activities include Chinese exchange student liaison, suicide prevention program education and peer tutoring. She plans to enroll in college and major in math or finance eventually pursing a career in the Navy.

PASADENA, CA THOMAS GLOVER

Thomas Glover is a Senior at Harvard Westlake High School in Studio City, California and is the son of Jon-Rene and Traci Glover. He has been a member of the Pasadena Chapter for 15 years and currently serves as SergeantAt-Arms. Thomas played football at Harvard Westlake for 4 years. He was awarded all league, awarded the most valuable player on his team and was team captain. He also played basketball and ran track. He participated in peer support and the Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club on campus. He has decided to attend Cornell University in the fall.

ELIZABETH PATTERSON

Elizabeth Patterson is a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada Flintridge and is the daughter of Barbara Dugas-Patterson and Donald Patterson. She has been a member of the Pasadena Chapter for six years, is the Teen President and previously held the offices of Secretary and Vice President. Elizabeth is a Rose Bowl 2017-18 Student Ambassador, FSHA BSU President, Campus Ambassador and member of the Diversity Committee. She has been a member of FSHA’s Hip Hop Company, Comedy Sportz team and Theatre Club for three years. In the fall she will attend college and major in History.

CAROL RYAN

Carol Ryan is a senior at Campbell Hall in North Hollywood, CA. and is the daughter of Suzanne Alexander and the late John Ryan. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 15 years, in the Pasadena, CA. and Boston, MA. Chapters. She will attend Howard University in the fall, where she will major in Political Science with hopes of becoming a civil rights attorney. Carol was an editor for her school newspaper, The Piper, participated in her school’s musicals and plays and was the president of The Diversity Club. In addition, she was a frequent volunteer at the Los Angeles County Food Bank.

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JAMES ZION WILCOX

James Zion Wilcox is a senior at Village Christian High School in Sun Valley, California. He is the son of James and Lysteria Wilcox. He has been a member of the Pasadena Chapter for five years. He has served as the fundraising chair, parliamentarian, treasurer, and chaplain. He plans to attend Morehouse College or Woodbury University and major in filmmaking and animation. James won the Jack and Jill Oratorical Contest in 2015 and the NAACP-ACTSO national Bronze medal in filmmaking in 2016. Jaime has directed two stop- motion films and one live action film over the past few years. Jaime writes poetry, and is a sculpture.

PHOENIX, AZ ZION GOODLOE JONES

Zion is a senior at Pensacola Christian Academy and is concurrently enrolled at Estrella College, Phoenix AZ. She is the daughter of Robyn McClendon-Jones and Aaron Jones Jr. She has been a member of Phoenix Jack and Jill Chapter for 3 years and a transferee from Montgomery County Maryland Chapter of Jack and Jill where she entered as a “Pooh. Zion’s interests are theater, computer coding, she plays the Piano, Ukulele and Acoustic Guitar, and is an avid artist. Zion will continue her courses at Estrella College as she decides on a future school and her major.

CECELIA ADAOMA OKEKE

Cecilia Adaoma Okeke is the daughter of Charles Okeke and Natalie Okeke. She is a senior at Pinnacle High School, where she maintains a GPA of 3.9. Cecilia is an active participant in many school clubs and organizations, and also enjoys community service. She has been an active member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 4 years, where she currently serves as secretary of her teen group. Cecilia is excited about the future, and cannot wait for college. She is currently undecided about future career plans, but has been accepted to ASU and NAU.

MADISON CATERINE PINA

Madison Pina is a senior at Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona and is the daughter of Derek and Terri Pina. Madison is also a Spanish tutor to her classmates and underclassmen. She has volunteered with the Salvation Army, Hashtag Lunchbag and numerous elderly care centers. She has also appeared on television shows and in numerous print ads including one magazine cover. Madison plans to attend USC, NYU or Howard University after spending her first year in Costa Rica studying Spanish Fluency. She will then study Journalism and aspires to be a fashion journalist in New York, LA or London.

JEROME SIMS III

Jerome Sims III is a senior at Brophy College Preparatory where he is enrolled in Honors and AP courses. Jerome has been a member of Jack and Jill for nine years, is currently Teen President, and has previously served as Treasurer and Vice- President. He is a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church where he serves in the greeter ministry. Jerome is applying to a variety of challenging universities. He plans to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering and then go to medical school.

JADEN WEST

Jaden West is a senior at Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix, Arizona and is the daughter of Janet and Donald Bagley. She’s been a member of the Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill for 6 years. She actively involves herself in the community by volunteering to teach young girls about STEM fields, tutoring peers in computer science and making dinners for the poor and homeless. She plans to attend UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech, or UT Austin where she will double major in computer science and mechanical engineering. Her future plans are to be a software engineer or design elite cars.

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POMONA AREA, CA BRYCE M. ENGLISH

Bryce M. English is a senior at Etiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA and is the son of Richard and Donna English. He has been a member of the Pomona Area Chapter for eight years. During this time he has had many great experiences serving the community, including feeding the homeless, stocking food pantries, and decorating floats for the Rose Parade. He has decided to attend Howard University where he will major in Accounting and plans to become a Certified Public Accountant.

MALAUN ALEXANDRIA PHILLIPS

MaLaun Alexandria Phillips, is a senior at Upland High School in Upland, California and is the daughter of Rochelle McLaurin and Steven Phillips. She is a member of the Pomona Area Chapter, were she has served as Secretary, Vice President and President. MaLaun is an honor student and an active volunteer, not only at school, and Jack and Jill, but also in the community with various organizations and as a teen volunteer at San Antonio Regional Hospital in the Emergency and Surgery Departments. MaLaun plans to major in Biology, and continue on to achieve her goal of becoming a surgeon.

PORTLAND-WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OR WILLIAM HUGHES MUNDY

William Hughes Mundy, a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon, is the son of Marcus Mundy, the late Leslye Mundy, and Tricia Tillman. He is currently Teen Foundation Chair, was Teen Treasurer, and is a 5-year member of the Portland Willamette Valley Chapter. William played basketball and lettered in football and track. He won the Oregon State 6A championship for the 400x4 relay. He plans to attend Howard University, North Carolina Central University, or University of Oregon and major in Criminal Justice. He hopes to serve his community as a police officer.

JOSHUA DAVID ROSSI

Joshua David Rossi is a senior at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon and is the son of Michael and Traci Rossi. Joshua is a charter member of the Portland Willamette Valley Chapter which was established in 2014. Joshua currently serves at the Teen Treasurer, has a passion for creating and producing music, is a member of the African American Student Union, played Catholic Youth Organization basketball for three years and has dedicated many hours serving hot meals to the homeless in Portland. Joshua’s love of music and entrepreneurship will play a key role in his

SACRAMENTO, CA DAVID KENT BAREFIELD II

David Kent Barefield II is the son of Dr. Carla T. Galbraith and grandson of Bishop Albert Galbraith and Carolyn Galbraith. He is a senior at Franklin High School. David was a varsity athlete in Football and Men’s Volleyball where he received the Delta League Sportsmanship Patch in 2017.David is in the STEM Academy at Franklin High. He is 1 of 10 students selected for the Apple Internship where he is currently a certified iOS Technician. David wants to attend Stanford University or Morehouse College. He plans to major in Computer Science with an emphasis in Video Game Design.

KENNEDY CARMELA SIMPSON

Kennedy Carmela Simpson is a senior at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, CA. She is the daughter of Wornel and De Jada Simpson and has been a member of the Sacramento Chapter for 15 years. She is an athletic trainer, a three-year member of the varsity track and field team, and the current black student union president. She is also the current Jack and Jill chapter teen president and former chairman of the community service committee and sunshine committee. Kennedy plans to attend the University of California and major in Anthropology. Her goal is to become a medical doctor. 294


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AKIL BOMANI AJANI GREEN

Akil Bomani Ajani Green is a hard-working, well-rounded, college-bound scholar-athlete attending Brookside Christian High School in Stockton, California. He is the son of Marcus Green and BernNadette Best-Green. Akil’s long-standing interests and distinction in the sciences have influenced him to pursue a career as an environmental engineer. At BCHS, Akil has excelled as a valuable member of the varsity basketball and football teams.Akil’s hobbies include the culinary arts and photography.

SHELBY AMEL JOHNSON

Shelby Amel Johnson is a senior at Capital Christian High School in Sacramento, CA and is the daughter of Eric & Wendy Johnson. She has been a member of the Sacramento Chapter of Jack and Jill for 7 years. Shelby is a member of the Safety Center Incorporated, Youth Advisory Committee and a volunteer for Coffee & Conversation, a mental health counseling service which provides treatment for the underserved communities in the Sacramento area. In the future, Shelby plans to become an Athletic Physical Therapist.

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KENNEDY CARMELA SIMPSON

Kennedy Carmela Simpson is a senior at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, CA. She is the daughter of Wornel and De Jada Simpson and has been a member of the Sacramento Chapter for 15 years. She is an athletic trainer, a three-year member of the varsity track and field team, and the current black student union president. She is also the current Jack and Jill chapter teen president and former chairman of the community service committee and sunshine committee. Kennedy plans to attend the University of California and major in Anthropology. Her goal is to become a medical doctor.

NICOLAS SMOTHERS

Nicolas Smothers is a senior at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, CA. He is the son of Rev. David and Dr. Latrece Smothers. He has been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Sacramento Chapter since 2015 where he has served as the Teen Historian. Nicolas has volunteered for two years when his church hosted the Winter Sanctuary Program, a seasonal emergency shelter program sponsored by the County of Sacramento Nicolas plans to attend Sacramento State University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Nicolas also plans on joining the United States Air Force working in Cyber Warfare.

JACOB JAMES WILLIAMS

Jacob James Williams is a senior at Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, California. He is the son of Cecil I and Karen Williams. Jacob has been a member of the Sacramento Chapter for five years. Community involvement includes participation in school organizations and clubs: Varsity Football Team, Varsity Track Team, Associated Student Body, Sierra Service Project Mission Field and usher at Calvary Christian Center. Jacob has studied Spanish for 12 years and plans to use this ability to study International Business and Marketing at Northern State University as well as play Football.

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SAN DIEGO, CA OLIVIA LEWIS

Olivia Lewis is a senior at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in San Diego, California and is the daughter of Terrence and LaDreda Lewis. She has been a member of the San Diego Chapter for 12 years and currently serves as the Chapter Teen President. She was a member of the Reproductive and Oncofertility Science Academy’s class of 2017 at UCSD and conducted research centered around aggressive breast cancers and African American women. She is hoping to attend Brown University where she will major in Biology. She aspires to become a doctor.

ALEXANDRIA PAYTON

Alexandria Payton is a senior at Olympian High School in Chula Vista, CA. The daughter of Jerome C. and Pamela G. Payton, Alexandria has been a member of the San Diego Chapter for four years and serves as the Teen Sergeant-at-Arms. An AP and Honors student, she is an accomplished trumpeter who has passionately led the Olympian Eagles Trumpet Section while also participating in the San Diego Delta Foundation’s Leadership Development Intern Program. After graduation, she plans to attend Southern University where she will study Mechanical Engineering, and join the renowned Human Juke Box.

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA ALEXANDRA MARIE PATIERNO

Alexandra is a senior and honor roll student at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, California where she is an Ambassador, Commissioner of the Diversity Team and member of Student Council and the National Honor Society. She’s been a member of Jack and Jill for 5 years and has received the Outstanding Leadership and U. S. Presidental Volunteer Service Awards. Alexandra has volunteered with the National Charity League for 6 years and was a selected panelist for the USC Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference. In college, she plans to major in Psychology and attend Law School.

CHRIS SIMMONS

Chris Simmons is a senior at Campbell Hall Episcopal School in North Hollywood, California. He’s been a member of Jack and Jill since he was 4 years old. An accomplished student and athlete, Chris has a 4.4 GPA and plays point guard on the Varsity Basketball team. He’s on both the honor roll and the Headmaster’s list. Chris also participates in Campbell Hall’s legendary Gospel Choir and plays African, West Indian and Brazilian rhythms as part of Campbell Hall’s World Drumming Ensemble. He would like to study economics in college and, ultimately hopes to start his own business.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA SIENA CAYENNE STARBIRD

Siena Starbird is the daughter of Scott Starbird and Valerie St. John Starbird. She is a senior at Marin Academy in San Rafael, California, where she co-founded the art cooperative and represents her school as winner of both the 2017 Scholastic Arts & Writing Regional Key Award and the 2017 Ed Rev Art Competition in two categories - music and visual design. She serves her community through Youth-in-Arts and joined the San Francisco chapter 13 years ago. Siena will attend the Rhode Island School of Design, the Parsons School of Design in NYC, or the Art Center in Pasadena, CA.

ELDRIDGE CLARK-HERRERA

A senior at San Francisco University High School, Eldridge is the son of Eugene and Sonya Clark-Herrera. He has been in Jack and Jill for five years. Eldridge plays trumpet in the Jazz Ensemble, including regional and national performances. He has participated in many sports including soccer and basketball, and he is currently playing Varsity Lacrosse. Eldridge will attend Columbia Universisty in New York this fall.

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JULIA CLOPTON-FOSTER

Julia Clopton-Foster, daughter of Dr. Robert Foster and Chief Judge Karen Clopton, attends International High School and is an International Baccalaureate Bilingual candidate. She is fluent in French, plays the electric and acoustic guitar as well as the piano, and plays elite soccer. Julia has held various teen leadership roles in Jack and Jill and will attend Vassar College in the fall where she plans to study film, art, and French.

ANISE CRUMP

Anise Crump is a senior at San Francisco University High School in San Francisco, California. She is the daughter of Stephanie Green Crump and Andre Crump. Anise has been a member of Jack and Jill San Francisco Chapter for 10 years. She served as a JJ Chapter Teen Officer and is mentor with the Breakthrough Program. She is an active member of her school community. Anise was elected to student government, played varsity volleyball, served as a student admissions ambassador, and conducted independent study research on cancer. In addition, she took part in a medical anesthesiology internship for

CHANDLER CRUMP

Chandler Crump is a senior at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, California. She is the daughter of Stephanie Green Crump and Andre Crump. Chandler has been a member of Jack and Jill San Francisco Chapter for 10 years. She served as a JJ Chapter Teen Officer and a mentor with the Breakthrough Program. She is an active member of her school community. Chandler is the founder and President of Young Democrats Club, an officer of the Girls Who Code Club, a trainer for Varsity and JV football teams, and a member of the Robotics Club and Service Club.

SEAN LAIDLAW

Sean Laidlaw is a senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, CA and the son of Kendall and Stuart Laidlaw. He had been a member of the San Francisco Chapter for six years and served as the Teen Treasurer. He participated in varsity tennis and track & field, is an alto saxophonist in the Advanced Jazz Combo and has 4 varsity letters in cross-country and was Team Captain this year. He worked part time on a bioengineering research project at Stanford University, has applied to several Universities and plans to major in engineering and run collegiate cross-country.

NATALIE PIERCE

Natalie Pierce, senior at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, CA, is daughter of Michele Chambliss and Ron Pierce. A member of the San Francisco Chapter for 15 years, she currently serves as Teen President. She is an avid athlete who loves volleyball and basketball, and co-captains Lick’s varsity girls’ basketball team (2018 league champion). Natalie is also a vocalist with 8 years in the prestigious San Francisco Girls Chorus and in her second year leading Lick’s women’s a cappella group, Muses. Natalie will attend college in the fall seeking a Business degree in Film and TV.

TYLER STEVENSON

Tyler Stevenson is the daughter of Aaron & Ayana Stevenson and a senior attending Hercules High School. Tyler is a member of the National Honor Society, The Scholarship Federation for Academic Achievement, National Society of Black Engineers and The International Thespian Society. Tyler has been a member of Jack and Jill for 10 years and the immediate past Group V President. Tyler was presented at the Oakland Bay Area Chapter of the Links, Inc., in December 2016. Tyler hopes to attend Spelman College majoring in Biochemistry in the fall.

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SAN JOSE, CA ASHLEIGH JOANNE ALEXANDER

Ashleigh is a senior at Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, California and is the daughter of Linda and Anthony “Tony” Alexander. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 16 years. At church Ashleigh has served as youth usher, assists with children’s church and helps the Audio/Video team. Ashleigh is the Goal keeper for her high school soccer team and plays on a top 20 NorCal travel team for over 10 years. Ashleigh plans to attend Chapman University, Azusa Pacific, or Sonoma State and major in Kinesiology/Sports medicine to become an Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist.

JEREMIAH JACKSON

Jeremiah Jackson is a senior at Piedmont Hills High School in San Jose, California and is the son of Charles and Kim Jackson. He has been a member of the San Jose Chapter of Jack and Jill for 6 years. He has been involved in several community service projects including, but not limited to Sacred Heart volunteer, San Jose Word of Faith volunteer, audio and visual volunteer at Cathedral of Faith, and EMBODI to name a few. He will attend San Jose State University in the Fall where he will major in Business to help him achieve his entreprenurial aspirations.

NATANIA JONESMITCHELL

Natania JonesMitchell is a senior at Notre Dame High School in San Jose, CA and is the daughter of Janice JonesMitchell and William Mitchell. She has been a member of the San Francisco (4) and San Jose Chapters (10) totalling 14 years. She has held the office of Corresponding and Recording Secretary and is currently the Foundation Co-Chair. Natania is a National Honor Society member, enjoys tutoring and interperting in Spanish, an advocate for social justice and Co-Captain of the Varsity Basketball Team. Natania will pursue a Political Science and Spanish degree with a future in Law.

MLES B LAWSON

Miles B Lawson, the son of Derek B and Cherie K Lawson is a senior at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA. Miles has been a member of the San Jose Chapter of Jack and Jill for 11 years and has served as chaplian, co-foundation chair and designed the t-shirts for multiple Jack and Jill teen conferences. He has spent his time in Boy Scouts, played on soccer, track and football teams and has worked with kids volunteering in youth ministry at his church. In college he plans to focus on design and/or bio engineering. .

JARRISON F. PETERS

Harrison F. Peters, son of Elliott F. Peters, Esq. and Kimberly Reddrick-Peters, is a senior at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 11 years, and served as: Historian, Co-Foundation Chair and is currently Treasurer. His academic achievements placed him on the Honor Roll, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation and Delegate for the American Legion California Boys State. He also is apart of the African-American Student Union, Football, and Track & Field. Harrison plans to major in Finance and attend Law school.     

SANTA CLARITA VALLEY / ANTELOPE VALLEY, CA CHRISTOPHER STERLING CANNON

Christopher Cannon is a senior at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California and is the son of Patricia and Robert Cannon. He has excelled in academics and football, receiving the Departmental History Award, winning the 2016 State Championship, and being named All-CIF, All-Conference, Defensive MVP and Team Captain. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 10 years. Christopher has enjoyed his time in Jack and Jill and hopes to connect with many Jack and Jill alums in college.

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ELLE COOPER

Elle Cooper is a senior at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and is the daughter of Dwayne and Danielle Cooper. She has been a member of the Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter since 2008. She is currently Varsity Track Captain, Ultimate Frisbee Champion, a Prefect, member of the Oval Society(over 200 hours of community service), Aldo Leopold Society (Honors Environmental Studies) and a 2016 Los Angeles Link Debutante. Her future plans include obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Thought & Practice in order to advance water legislative policy.

HALLE HOLMES

Halle Holmes is a senior at West Ranch High School in Valencia, CA and is the daughter of James and Lisa Holmes. She has been a member of the SCV/AV Chapter for 2 years and served as Teen Vice President and Recording Secretary. She has decided to attend Chapman University where she will major in Creative Producing, thus becoming a Producer in TV and Film.

JAILAH M. KELLER

Jailah is a senior at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita, CA and is the daughter of Wendell and Michelle Keller. Being a member of SCV/AV for 9 years, Jailah has served in leadership roles in both the chapter and region. She currently serves as the Regional Teen Nominating Chair. In addition to being an avid athelete, Jailah is also committed to serving the community by being an ambassador in an antidrug and alcohol program at her school, serving meals to the homeless, and volunteering with Special Olympics. Jailah will attend college and major in Pharmaceutical studies.

NHE’ZHEM EFREM PEOPLES

Nhe’Zhem is a graduate of Desert Winds HS in Lancaster, CA and he is the son of Zahari Freeman. He has been a member of the Santa Clarita Valley/Antelope Valley Chapter for three years. Nhe’Zhem’s community involvement started as a Young Marine of Antelope Valley, a Cadet Senior of the Jr. AF-ROTC, an Alpha Esquire, Beta Psi Lambda of APA Fraternity, a Juror of Teen Court of LA County Probation, a participant L.A.M.P. Mentor of Sigma Pi Phi-Gamma Zeta Boulé Foundation, Kappa League, Valley Nupes of KAP Fraternity, and participant of the A.S.C.E.N.D. Program of Tau Beta Omega-AKA Sorority.

SEATTLE, WA CHANEL CAIN

Chanel Cain, a senior attending Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, WA. is the daughter of Lionel and Chanta Cain. She’s involved with French club and served as president of theatre club. Chanel enjoys theatre, reading and singing. She’s a member of The National Honor Society and The National Society for High School Scholars. Chanel has been a member of Jack and Jill for 11 years. She serves as president of the teen group for the Seattle Chapter and co-editor for the Far West Region. In the fall she plans to attend college and study Journalism and Musical Theatre.

CHRISTOPHER N. GRAY

Christopher is a senior attending his second year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia and is the son of proud parents, Phillip Gray and Gail Conway Gray. Christopher has been a member of the Seattle Chapter of Jack & Jill for seven years. At Hargrave, Christopher is a shooting guard on the varsity basketball team and during off-season has worked in the school store. During summer break, he worked as a coach and camp counselor for Skyhawks Sports Camps and played AAU basketball. Christopher plans to attend a small liberal arts college during Fall 2018 or 2019.

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SOPHIA ELISABETH HALL

Sophia Elisabeth Hall, a senior at Woodinville High School in Woodinville, WA, is the daughter of Henry and Lisa Hall. She has been a member of the Seattle Chapter for 13 years. Sophia’s favorite subjects are Biology, Physics, French and Philosophy. She maintains a 3.9 GPA. Outside of class, Sophia is a two-sport varsity athlete in softball and cross country. Additionally, Sophia excels in dramatic and musical theatre, and has performed in plays and musicals at the acclaimed Seattle Repertory, 5th Avenue, and Seattle Children’s Theatres. Sophia was admitted to Yale University and is considering several other colleges.

JORDAN DARIUS HAZEUR

Jordan is a senior at Bellevue Christian School in Clyde Hill, Washington and is the son of Derek and Tabitha Hazeur. He has been a member of the Seattle Chapter Jack and Jill for 4 years. Jordan actively volunteers with Bellevue Auto Angels helping needy families with auto repairs and volunteers with the American Diabetes Association’s Step Out Walk and Tour de’ Cure. Jordan is a member of the National Honor Society. Jordan also plays center field for his school’s varsity baseball team. After graduation Jordan will major in Mechanical Engineering to pursue a career in automotive research and development.

MYLES HEYWARD

Myles Heyward was born in New York City on March 24th, 2000. He is the oldest son of Glisenys and Julian H. Heyward IV, and brother of David and Justin Heyward. Myles has been in the Seattle Chapter since 2013. He currently serves as Treasurer in the chapter. Myles’ other activities include: President of the Seattle Sigma Beta Club, President of the Liberty HS Choir, Middle Linebacker for Liberty Patriots Football, Young Executives of Color program ( Univ. of WA), and an active member at KCCIM Church. Myles will be pursuing a career in Business Administration and Marketing this Fall.

SARAH ANASTASIA MARTIN

Sarah is a senior at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington, and is the daughter of Kimberly Walker. Sarah has been a member of the Seattle Chapter for four years, where she served as Teen Foundation Chair. At Interlake, she has been a dedicated member of the drama society, flute section leader, and President of the Black Student Union. Sarah has also continued to act in several productions in Mercer Island and Redmond. She will attend a four-year university next fall where she will major in drama and criminology.

KENDELL OAKES

Kendell Oakes is a senior at John F Kennedy Memorial Catholic High School in Burien, Washington, and is the son of Ola and Craig Oakes. He has been a member of the Seattle Chapter of Jack and Jill for 1 year. Kendell excels in the sports of football and track but his passion lies with volunteering in his community through his school. Kendell has not decided where he will go to further his education, however his goal is to major in Political Science.

RUMI MARK ROBINSON

Rumi Robinson is a senior at The Bush School in Seattle, Washington and is the son of Jason and Brandi Robinson. He is a member of the Seattle Chapter and serves as Teen Corresponding Secretary. In his 11 year tenure with Jack and Jill, he has also been a member of the Greater Essex County Chapter in New Jersey and the Suburban Atlanta Chapter in Georgia. Rumi is a member of The Bush School Varsity Track & Field team and the Blazers of Color affinity group. He plans to attend a four year university and major in genetics and biology.

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GRAYCE LORRAINE SALAGUINTO

Grayce is a Senior at Bothell Senior High School. She is the daughter of David and Beth Salaguinto. Grayce has been a member of Jack and Jill for over 10 years (Seattle and North Puget Sound). She is President of her school’s Fashion Club, editor of the yearbook, and a member of DECA. She has participated in the Nordstrom Fashion Board for the past four years. Grayce has logged over a hundred hours of community service as a camp counselor for disabled children at Kiwanis Camp Casey. She has also received the Seattle Chapter of Jack and Jill’s outstanding leadership award. Grayce will attend a four-year college in business with fashion merchandising.

ISAIAH D. TRUITT

Isaiah is a senior at South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington. Isaiah is the eldest son of Roland and Naomi Truitt. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 13 years. His activities include Boy Scouts, N.J.R.O.T.C., Civil Air Patrol, The University of Washington’s Young Executives of Color Program, Track, Cross County, and Orienteering. Isaiah served in the Washington State House of Representatives Page program. He also has countless hours of volunteer work through his church and community. He will attend The University of Washington next fall where he will major in Computer Engineering.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES, CA CHLOE JUNE HIGHTOWER

Chloe June Hightower is a senior at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Ms. Holly Hancock, Esq. and the late Mr. Robert L. Hightower. Chloe is the Vice-President of Group V for her senior year in the South Los Angeles Chapter. Chloe, a choir soloist, has been a pianist from the age of three and a piano instruction assistant. Chloe has participated in 5K fundraising walks for Our House Grief Center. In addition to her love of music, Chloe is a theatrical performer. Chloe was a 2016 debutante with the Los Angeles Links.

TACOMA, WA NOAH FIELDS

Noah Fields is a senior at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, WA and son of Dr. Angela and Dennis Fields. He has been a member of the Tacoma Chapter for 12 years and currently serves as the Teen President. Noah was a three-sport athlete for all 4 years of high school and played varsity football, basketball and baseball. He is a competitive chess player and achieved the title of Candidate Master. In addition, he has studied classical piano for 14 years and performed in over 50 recitals. Noah will attend Stanford University in the fall and major in Bioengineering.

TRI-VALLEY, CA KAYLA BELLOW

Kayla is a senior at Moreau Catholic high school and the daughter of Leonard Bellow and IPRD LaTanya Bellow. Kayla has been a member of the Tri-Valley chapter for 12 years. She was the first Tri-Valley teen to serve at a regional level. She was Protocol Chair from 2015-2017 and then elected as Regional Teen President, another first for her chapter. Kayla is a very confident and poised young lady. She has an interest in studying mental illness and plans to attend a four-year university to study cognitive science/neuroscience with aspirations to become a military psychiatrist.

AUSTIN JALIL FIELDS

Austin Jalil Fields is a senior at Castro Valley High School in Castro Valley, CA and is the son of Fitzgerald and Dr. Tracy Fields. He has been a member of the Tri-Valley chapter for 15 years. He volunteers his time at local food banks and mentors his younger relatives. Austin was recently named CVHS Varsity Football Most Outstanding Back, 1st team All-League Defensive Back and 2nd team All-League Running Back. He also competes on the Varsity Track and Field team. Austin has decided to attend college where he will major in Civil Engineering or Computer Science. 301


KENNETH “K.C.” TOMPKINS

Kenneth “K.C.” Tompkins is the oldest of 4 children, born to Ken and Michelle Tompkins. K.C. is a senior at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. He has played basketball throughout high school. He is currently on the varsity basketball team he plays the positions of center and power forward. K.C. is a member of DECA and the BSU. K.C. has been a member of Jack and Jill since 2006 while a member of Jack and Jill he has served as Treasurer as well as Community Service Chair. In his spare time K.C. enjoys sports statistics, reading, and hanging out with family and friends. He also has spe.

AUSTIN PIERRE TWAMUGABO

Austin Twamugabo is a senior at Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California and is the son of Charles and Vallery Twamugabo. He has been a member of the Tri-Valley Chapter for five years. Austin is a co-captain of the Varsity basketball team and is Vice President of the BSU at Foothill. He currently serves as the Far West Regional Teen Protocol Chair and as Teen President for Tri-Valley. Austin has decided to attend Arizona State University where he will major in Business Management with a concentration in sports media and communication.

TUCSON, AZ LEAMON ANDRES CROOMS IV

Leamon Crooms IV is the son of Leamon III and Lisa Crooms. He is a senior at University High School in Tucson, AZ. He has been a member of the Tucson Jack and Jill Chapter for 16 years and has served as Chapter Teen Vice President, President (2 years), and Regional Teen Parliamentarian (2 years). At UHS, he maintains a 4.25 GPA while a member of the golf team (4 years), the mock trial team (2 years), student council representative (4 years), president of the mock trial team, and the school board’s student representative for all 14 TUSD high schools.

“I love Jack and Jill because it has allowed my children to share life experiences with other children, develop sound friendships, explore new ventures and prepare them for adult life. My children have also developed life skills that have allowed them to maneuver threw school and college with other African-American children. As a mother, I have fostered new friendships with other mothers locally and nationally and the activities, meeting and workshops have allowed me to continue with community service and develop my leadership skills.”

– Dana Brooks, Far West Region Member At Large

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2018 REGIONAL STATS 29 CHAPTERS

1,169 MOTHERS 37 ASSOCIATES 417 FATHERS 842 TEENS 1,105 CHILDREN

Burlington-Graham, NC Capital City, NC Charleston, SC Charlotte, NC Charlottesville Area, VA Chesapeake, VA Columbia, SC Conway, SC Durham, NC Eastern North Carolina, NC Fayetteville, NC Florence, SC Gastonia-Piedmon, NC Greater Fredericksburg, VA Greensboro, NC

Greenville, SC Hampton, VA James River, VA Midlothian, VA Norfolk, VA Orangeburg, SC Portsmouth, VA Queen City, NC Raleigh-Wake, NC Richmond, VA Roanoke Valley, VA South Charlotte, NC Spartanburg, SC Wilmington NC Winston Salem, NC


PAMELA D. TAYLOR National Treasurer

Greetings Mothers of Thank you to my wonderful family, the Mothers The Marvelous Mid- of the Raleigh Wake Chapter, and all my Jack and Jill sisters; please know that the laughter, Atlantic Region! love and patience is greatly appreciated. I have hank you for the enjoyed this term serving as your National honor of serving Treasurer. This is a big job that I do willingly as your National because of you. Treasurer for the 2016-2018 term; Congratulations to all the 2018 graduates; it has been my please remember that you have the power to pleasure to work with make a difference. Remember this always, pay no mind to the fear of failure. It’s far more you. valuable than success!!!

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Peace and blessings, Serving as your National Officer in the position of National Treasurer has been my pleasure Pamela D. Taylor because of your support, and the trust of my National Treasurer NEB sisters. Together, you allowed me to follow my vision to help move our organization forward. Moving forward is always the objective of our organization. Through programs our talented and committed Jack and Jill Mothers across the country work to ensure that our children have a phenomenal, fulfilling and service-led Jack and Jill experience that will propel them forward in life. It has been a privilege to serve with the Marvelous Mid-Atlantic Regional Team: Chanda DouglasWard; Regional Director, Andrea Owens-Byrd; Regional Treasurer, Michelle Avery; Regional Secretary and Holly Alford; Regional MemberAt-Large. Each Regional Officer has served selflessly and made a lasting impact on our Region.


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he idea of the first Regional plan was advanced at the 3rd annual meeting of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated held in Washington, DC in 1948. This concept was discussed during annual conventions but was adopted at the 1957 annual convention in San Francisco. The MidAtlantic Region is one of seven Regions established by the National Body in San Francisco, 1957. The Regional plan was brought forth as a means of involving more participation at annual meetings. Regional meetings would shorten travel, allow more time for discussions and promote children/teen inclusion at annual meetings. Regions would also bring together representatives of chapters within the Region, allow closer communication between chapters, enrich chapter programs and through discussion, interpret National policy, programs and projects. The National Assembly established rules and regulations for hosting meetings and conducting business at the Regional Meetings/Conferences. Each Regional Conference is held alternate years with the National Convention; each chapter has one vote and must meet the attendance requirements for the Region. The business during such time consists of matters referred from the Executive Board, interpretations of and recommendations for programs and policies, consideration of Regional projects and programs and election of Regional Officers. The Mid-Atlantic Region was thus established and embodies four states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. By the year 1957, when the Regional concept was implemented, there were already 22 chapters established across these four states. The first chapter in the Region was established in Durham, NC in 1945 which was the sixth of the ten charter chapters of the National Organization; the other chapters that soon followed were Newport News, VA; Norfolk, VA; Petersburg, VA; Lynchburg, VA; Raleigh, NC; Richmond,

VA; Columbia, SC; Hamlet, NC; Roanoke, VA; WinstonSalem, NC; Bluefield, WV; Charleston, SC; Greensboro, NC; Burlington, NC; Graham, NC; Charlotte, NC; Fayetteville, NC; and Portsmouth, VA. Since then, some of the chapters have become inactive. The first Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Conference was held in November 1953 in Newport News, VA. Raleigh, NC hosted the first Mid-Atlantic Mother’s Regional Conference in 1959, under the direction of Regional Director Eva Miller. The theme was “Building Programs for Today’s Youth and Tomorrow’s Citizen.” Mrs. Miller served until 1963. Each Mid-Atlantic Regional Director has worked for the betterment of the Region since the inception of the Regional Plan. The Mid-Atlantic Region continues to provide leadership for the organization. Ingrid Watson Miller of Charlotte, NC served as the 17th National President from 1998-2000. The region has hosted four National Conventions: 1954 Durham, NC; 1972, Roanoke, VA; 1986 Norfolk, VA; and 2000 Charlotte, NC. In 2014, the region hosted a MARvelous 41st National Convention in Charlotte, NC. The Mid-Atlantic Region continues to implement the National programs and legislative agendas of the National organization while keeping the National theme, “The Power to Make a Difference” in the forefront. The current regional theme is “Let’s Move 4 Ward” with a focus on: 1. 2. 3. 4.

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The current chapter census is 29. The latest addition to the Mid-Atlantic Region is the Greater Fredericksburg Chapter (Fredericksburg, VA) which was chartered on October 16, 2016.

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Throughout the illustrious history of the “MARvelous” Mid-Atlantic Region, we have strived for excellence in programming for our children and enhanced the value of the Jack and Jill experience by serving in our local communities. In keeping with our regional theme “Let’s Move 4WARD”, we hosted a presidents’ retreat and a program directors’ workshop in October 2017 to layout the agenda for the next two years. This set the stage for an inspiring Fall Workday meeting in October, where we provided great training and bonding opportunities for mothers and teens. Our hard-working, dedicated mothers “worked, played and lived in the spirit of faith, family, and focus on having fun” throughout the program year to deliver impactful programming for our children and teens. This is supported on the regional level with activities such as our regional family event. In January 2018, our families came together during our 3rd annual regional family event, which allowed our families to enjoyed the battle of the bands, HBCU tours, and the many sites of our rich African American culture. In March 2018, our Norfolk Chapter partnered with local educational organizations to host the region’s STEAM-focused Children’s Cluster. Hands-on exhibits and interactive workshops fueled our children’s imaginations, introduced new skills and offered a glimpse of the “Wave of the Future!”. Later, in June 2018, our teen officers lead the 64th Annual

Teen Conference in Charleston, SC. We celebrated our seniors as they prepare to pursue their dreams and provided training to allow them to dream, “Black Excellence: The Sky is Not the Limit”. Along with high-quality programming, community service and “fund-giving” is embedded in the fabric of this region. Teen groups hosted dances, skating parties, and pancake fundraisers. Many chapters held signature events and galas. Durham Chapter celebrated with a Denim and Diamonds Are Forever fundraiser in November 2017 to benefit the Jack and Jill Foundation and other charities. Also in November 2017, the South Charlotte Chapter Installed their Associate Group, hosted the Pink, Blue, and Philanthropy fundriaser, and the Columbia Chapter hosted their annual “Stilettos and Beaus” event. In addition, the Capital City and Raleigh Chapters hosted their annual Holiday galas. The Fayetteville Chapter hosted an Evening of Jazz fundraiser. The various fundraising events around the region help us continue our legacy of giving back to our communities. With a renewed focus on quality programming and leadership development for our children and teens, enhanced by our commitment to intentional, impactful community service, the Mid-Atlantic Region is moving 4WARD to make a difference.

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Regional Committee Appointments

Director: Chanda Douglas-Ward Treasurer: Andrea Owens-Byrd Secretary: Michelle Avery Member at Large: Holly Alford Officer: Pamela Taylor

Associate Chair: Paulette Motley Bylaws Chair: Kimberly Gatling Editor: Victoria Paul-Dozier Fathers’ Auxiliary Chair: William Ray Legislative Chair: Veleria Levy Membership Chair: Karla Starks Nominating Chair: Warrenetta Mann Policy and Procedure Chair: Diane Cabbell Program Chair: Geshla Windley Protocol Chair: Maria Bright Strategic Relevance and Value: Nichelle Levy Technology Chair: Sheronda Jeffries Teen Advisor: Donna Stoeling

Teen Officers

President: Carlos Brown, Jr. Vice-President: Ashleigh Fields Secretary: Erianna Hammond Treasurer: Myles Copeland Foundation Chair: Dasia Bandy

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CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS 2018 National Convention 43rd National Converntion 2018, Celebrating 80 Years in Kansas City, MO Mother’s Conference 2017 Date: July 27-30, 2017 Theme: Families First Location: Williamsburg, VA Hosting Chapter: James River, Richmond, and Roanoke Valley Chapters Conference Chairs: Monica B. Davis, Amanda Johnson, and Melanie Glover Teen Conference 2017 Date: June 22-25, 2017 Theme: Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire Location: Charlotte, NC Hosting Chapter: Gastonia Piedmont and South Charlotte Chapters Conference Chairs: Shawnya Gore and Amber Logan Children’s Clusters Date: March 24, 2018 Theme: Wave of the Future! Location: Norfolk, VA Hosting Chapter: Norfolk Chapter Conference Chairs: Monica B. Davis, Amanda Johnson, and Melanie Glover

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CHANDA DOUGLAS-WARD REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Chanda Douglas-Ward is the 2017-2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. Chanda is a native of North Carolina. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina and a MBA from Elon University. Chanda is a Human Resources Professional with over 25 years of experience. She joined the Durham Chapter and was initiated in 2008. She began her Jack and Jill career serving as the chapter’s Program Director and then assumed the Vice President and President roles, respectively. Chanda was voted Distinguished Mother of the Year. During her term as Chapter President, she was appointed to serve as the chair of the Regional Policies and Procedures Committee and was a member of the National Committee for two years. At the 2015 Mother’s Conference, she was elected with the highest votes to serve as Chair of the Regional Nominating Committee. At the 2017 Mother’s Conference, she ran unopposed and was unanimously elected as the 22nd Mid-Atlantic Regional Director. She has attended numerous Area Workdays, Children’s Clusters, Mothers’ Conferences.

MICHELLE O. AVERY REGIONAL SECRETARY

Michelle O. Avery is the 2017-2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Secretary. She joined the Hampton chapter of Jack and Jill in 2009 and has served in a number of leadership roles. She served in various capacities at the chapter level including President, Program Director and chair of various committees and programs. She also served as the Mid-Atlantic Region Program Chair and on the Celebrate 75! National committee. Michelle is married to Charles L. Avery and they have two beautiful children, Mikalah (12) and Malik (9). Michelle received a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Masters of Business Administration from Averett University and Masters of Arts in Human Resource Development from The George Washington University. She serves as Senior Organizational Development Coach and Trainer for a major shipbuilding manufacturer where she coaches current and future leaders on effective leadership skills.

ANDREA OWENS-BYRD REGIONAL TREASURER

Andrea Owens-Byrd is the 2017-2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Treasurer. She resides in Cary, NC with her husband Rodney Byrd and daughter Kennedy Byrd (16). She was elected as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Treasurer in July 2017 after serving in this appointed position since September 2016. Prior to the appointment she served as the first Mid-Atlantic Regional Logistic Chair. Andrea is a charter member of Capital City Chapter in Raleigh, NC. She has served her chapter as President, Treasurer, Program Director and Teen Advisor and participates on numerous committees. She was voted as Distinguished Mother of the Year in 2015. She attended three National Conventions in 2012, 2014, and 2016. She has also attended various Mothers’ Conferences, Fall Workdays, Children’s Clusters and Teen Conferences. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BS in Accounting and Pfeiffer University Business School. She has worked at Banking, Branch and Trust (BB&T) for over 11 years in Information Technology Risk Management and Corporate Information Security.

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HOLLY PRICE ALFORD REGIONAL MEMBER-AT-LARGE

Holly Price Alford is the 2017-2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Foundation Member at Large. She has been a member of Jack and Jill of America Inc. for the past 15 years. She is the Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity for the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising. As Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, she works with students, staff and faculty to help advocate and advise on matters of discrimination, compliance, and inequities, as well as secure funding for forums and workshops for the School of the Arts. She has been an Associate Professor for the past 18 years, and the author of the Fifth and Sixth editions of Who’s Who in Fashion published by Bloomsbury.

PAULETTE D. MOTLEY REGIONAL ASSOCIATE CHAIR

Paulette D. Motley is the 2017-2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Associate Chair. Paulette has previously held the positions of Regional Protocol Chair, Teen Advisor, Acting Regional Parliamentarian and President of the Raleigh-Wake Chapter. As a legacy member, RAC Paulette, has fond memories of her Jack and Jill childhood experience. She feels blessed to have been able to share the Jack and Jill nurturing and loving spirit with her own children and continue the legacy. Paulette is the wife to William Motley Jr. and the proud mother of William III (Trey) & Cerise Lynn. She has over 25 years in the insurance, telecommunications, and healthcare industries. Paulette is the President of Power of Protocol and shares her social and corporate/business etiquette, international protocol and executive communication skills to businesses and individuals nationwide. Paulette is a woman who loves the Lord and is committed to sharing God’s word and encouraging others to establish a relationship with Jesus Christ.

WILLIAM RAY, JR.

REGIONAL FATHERS’ AUXILIARY CHAIR William Ray, Jr. is the 2017-2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Fathers’ Auxiliary Chair. He earned his B.S. degree from South Carolina State University in Agribusiness and Economics. During that time, he also received a commission in the United States Army as an Ordinance Officer at graduation. After graduation, William worked many years with the US Department of Agriculture as an Executive Director for several counties in South Carolina. During this time with the USDA, he was deeply involved with educating and assisting underserved and under-represented farmers and employees throughout South Carolina as the State Equal Opportunity Representative. In this capacity, he was able to assist in the establishment of new federal employment policies and procedures for hiring county employees. Currently, William enjoys working in his company as a Residential and Commercial Real Estate Broker in the Charleston Tri-county area. In his spare time, he serves on a several boards including the Charleston County Board of Zoning and Appeal, and Mount Pleasant Historic Board.

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TEEN OFFICERS CARLOS BROWN JR. | TEEN PRESIDENT Carlos Brown Jr. is the 2017-2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen President. He is a junior at Henrico High School in the International Baccalaureate Program, where he currently serves as Junior Class President. Carlos is an active member of the Model United Nations Club, Chinese Club, and Student Congress. Carlos has a passion for diplomacy and international relations. He hopes to apply these passions to serving others and crafting solutions for a more tolerant world. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and playing soccer for his high school. He lives in Richmond, VA with his parents and three sisters.

ASHLEIGH FIELDS | TEEN VICE-PRESIDENT Ashleigh Fields is the 2017-2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Vice President. She is a junior at East Mecklenburg High School and is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. She is an active member on the varsity track team; varsity speech and debate club and is a student ambassador. She is a student government officer, member of the International Thespian Honor Society, and correspondent for the school newspaper. Ashleigh has a passion for advocating for others and currently does so while serving on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners Juvenile Crime Prevention Council as one of two youth representatives.

ERIANNA HAMMOND | TEEN SECRETARY Erianna Hammond is the 2017-2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Secretary. She is a senior at Western Branch High School. She is actively involved in her school, as she holds the office of President for Student 2 Student, and holds many roles in five other clubs. Erianna loves spending time with family, friends, the community, and her church. Furthermore, she has served as the 2016-2017 Regional Teen Protocol Chair. Erianna has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Mid- Atlantic Region of Jack and Jill of America Inc. After high school, Erianna plans to major in Marine Biology at Savannah State University.

MYLES STERLING COPELAND | TEEN TREASURER Myles Sterling Copeland is the 2017-2018 Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Treasurer. He is a dually enrolled senior at Kings Fork High School and Paul D. Community College. Myles is a scholar-athlete, having lettered in academics and sports. He is a member of the varsity Baseball, Wrestling, Football and Track teams. He is a member of the Portsmouth Chapter were he has held various leadership positions, a two term Regional Teen Treasurer and a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Leadership Development League. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and an Eagle Scout.

DASIA BANDY | TEEN FOUNDATION CHAIR Dasia Bandy is the 2017-2018 Mid Atlantic Regional Teen Foundation Chair. She is a sophomore at Grassfield High School (Governor’s STEM Academy). She is an active member of the varsity gymnastic team, National Society of High School Scholars, National Academy of Future Scientist and Technologist, and a candidate to be a Virginia DECA state officer. Also, she serves on the City of Chesapeake Youth Advisory Board where her accolades have been recognized by Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. She is also the Vice President of the Keystone Club. Dasia enjoys talking to senior citizens, volunteering, crafts, and traveling.

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MID-ATLANTIC REGION BURLINGTON-GRAHAM, NC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY

November saw our mothers and teens dressed in purple for Prematurity Awareness, our families enjoying the Hip Hop Nutcracker at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, NC, and the 3rd to 12th grade BGJJ youth becoming engaged in a day-long leadership and financial literacy workshop and STEAM Career Fair in Burlington, NC featuring professor Vickie Morrow, John Peterson Jr., Richard Gary and the Hon. Larry Brown, Jr. Our youngest Jacks and Jills enjoyed a few lessons in dining and social etiquette in historic Kimball Hall at Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum! Our Jet Set Teens shared their social skills with the younger children by teaching them proper posture and how to tie a bowtie and necktie!

President: Latoia Valentine Vice-President: Bridgett Rogers Program Director: Sheila Stallings Recording Secretary: Sharon Harris Corresponding Secretary: Karla Leath Treasurer: Kathy Cousins-Cooper Financial Secretary: Karla Leath Editor: Reisha Drumgold Historian: Reisha Drumgold Foundation Chair: Sharon Harris Parliamentarian: Shannon Peterson Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tameka Ferrell

President: Chyna Ferrell Vice-President: Austin Stallings Secretary: Brion Rogers Treasurer: Wisdom Talley Chaplain: Nicholas Harris Sergeant-at-Arms: John Peterson, III Fundraising Chair: Imani Leath Nominating Chair: Alana Drumgold

The Burlington-Graham Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. joined the national body in 1956, as its 80th chapter. Mrs. Juanita F. Spaulding formed an interest group called the Guys & Dolls. The Installation ceremony of the charter members was held on September 29, 1956 at the home of Odessa Davis. In the years that followed, the youth and families of the Burlington-Graham Chapter developed lasting relationships through community service and meaningful involvement.

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Jack & Jill of America, Inc. celebrated Jack & Jill / Carole Robertson Day at Beth Schmidt Park in Elon, NC with fun, families, food, and fellowship! Our impromptu talent show and family dance party made legendary memories that will never be forgotten! The Jet Set Teens shared a riveting presentation complete with dancing, singing, a living wax museum, and original poetry and artwork in celebration of Carole Robertson’s legacy. Finally, we donated books to the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club!. Also in September, former BGJJ mother, Mrs. Brenda Hampton, delivered an outstanding interactive presentation titled “Essentials of Table Manners.” Our teens then demonstrated their dining etiquette skills during a delicious three course meal at Michelle’s Kitchen & Table!

December brought STEM exploration for our Guys & Dolls and Jr. Jets at Steam Junction makerspace in Burlington, NC. They experienced hands on by learning how to use a 3D printer, creating their own three dimensional models, making telegraph lightbulbs and circuit music synthesizers. Our Jet Set Teens day began with “Random Acts of Kindness” at Alamance Crossing and continued with a gift exchange, making no-sew blankets to donate to a family in need, team-building activities, a s’mores roast, and a movie night!

In October, BGJJ wore pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and donated head scarves and fuzzy socks to the Alamance Regional Medical Cancer Center in Burlington, NC. Families also enjoyed an outstanding performance by the NC Black Repertory Company, “The Legend of Buster Neal” during the North Carolina Black Theater Festival! “Conversations on Manhood,” was followed by a panel discussion of Jack & Jill teens from the BurlingtonGraham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem chapters, led by U.S. Representative Ed Hanes. 312


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CAPITAL CITY, NC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Felice Corpening Vice-President: Korrie Hester Program Director: Pia Anderson Duncan, Keisha Williams Recording Secretary: Simone Cummings Corresponding Secretary: Anita Jackson Treasurer: Trina Burkett Financial Secretary: Nacole Erwin-Inkumsah Editor: Petra Sargent Chaplain: Nicole Johnson Historian: Candra Bass Foundation Chair: Nikale Cooper Parliamentarian: Adrai Lindsey Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Netasha McLawhorn, Dawn Blagrove Father’s Auxiliary: Melvin McLawhorn, Pierre Duncan

President: Jaedon Williams Vice-President: Aaron Williams Secretary: Kimberly Parris Treasurer: Melvin McLawhorn, III Parliamentarian: Reji Simpkins Chaplain: Christopher Williams Sergeant-at-Arms: Bryson Johnson

CHAPTER MEMBERS Pia Anderson-Duncan, Candra Bass, Dawn Blagrove, Trina Burkett, Ayanna Carr-Brown, Shonette Charles, Erika Clark-Trapp, Nikale Cooper, Felice Corpening, Simone Cummings, Karrie Dixon, Kesha Dozier, Arrica DuBose, Anitra Duncan, Nacole Erwin-Inkumsah, Korrie Hester, Anita Jackson, Dana Jefferson, JesSanne Johnson, Nicole Johnson, Randi Jones-Simpkins, Adrai Lindsey, Netasha McLawhorn, Andrea Owens-Byrd, Chimone Parris, Petra Sargent, Clastrola Williams, Keisha Williams, Nicole Williams, Shonda Williams, Tene Williams CHAPTER HISTORY Mrs. Shonette Charles and Mrs. Dawn Blagrove gathered a group of mothers in December 2010 with the common need to reinforce ethnic pride, development and leadership in their children. After successfully operating as a provisional group for over 20 months, the Capital City Chapter was chartered 09/15/2012 at the Capital City Club in Raleigh. Since chartering, the chapter has established superior programming activities including an Annual Leadership Summit, Winter Wonderland funraiser and Biennial Rose & Sapphire Cotillion-Beautillion.

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City exuberantly embraced and implemented the national program themes, and planned a phenomenal program year to comport with the 2016-2018 National Program Theme, “The Power to Make a Difference!” Through thoughtful, passionate, and POWERful programming, we will optimistically impact, improve, and make a positive DIFFERENCE in our families, chapter, and community. The 2017-2018 Program Year started with a bang! To observe Jack and Jill/Carole Robertson Day, 109 Capital City mothers, fathers, and Jacks and Jills chartered a bus and traveled to Charlotte, NC. While in Charlotte, we took a guided tour of The Harvey Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture where we were regaled with information about the John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art. On the bus ride, we watched and reflected upon the films “Ruby Bridges” and “Four Little Girls.” Once our hearts, souls, and minds were sufficiently filled with a MARvelous cultural experience, we took over Carowinds amusement park to round out the day.

In December, Capital City hosted our annual fundraising event, Winter Wonderland Holiday Gala. The proceeds from the event will be used to support the Jack and Jill of America Foundation as well as our community partners and local initiatives, i.e. March of Dimes, The Autism Society of NC, Ronald McDonald House, InterAct & Harbor House, and Rebuild America. On January 20, 2018, the Sixth Annual Capital City Leadership Summit will be held. The Leadership Summit provides POWERful workshops and engaging speakers focused on leadership, cultural awareness, and civic duty so that our Jacks and Jills and other community participants can further make a significant DIFFERENCE in the community. Capital City will also host our Third Biennial Cotillion-Beautillion this program year. The program is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the community and includes five months of life skills workshops, leadership training, community service, etiquette training, and ballroom dancing lessons. These activities are destined to enhance the growth and further social and intellectual development of our debutantes and beaux. The program will conclude with the Rose & Sapphire Ball on March 16, 2018, where the debutantes and beaux are formally introduced to society. Additionally, our five grade groups (Explorers, Discoverers, Pathfinders, Innovators, and Trailblazers) have developed POWERful program calendars filled with educational, cultural, civic, and social activities that are designed to enlighten them and provide them with the POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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CHARLESTON, SC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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with The Black Pages, USA to host the Taste of Black Charleston, a premier event featuring local culinary talent and national recording artist to raise additional funds for its community service projects.

President: Vaudrien Ray Vice-President: Tiffany Spann-Wilder Program Director: Sharlonda Tullock Recording Secretary: Kimberly Brown Corresponding Secretary: Terra Burke Treasurer: Jamilah Frazier Financial Secretary: Sharvette Slaughter Editor: Ebony Carolina-Franklin Chaplain: Della Jordan Historian: Ebony Carolina-Franklin Foundation Chair: Deidre Moss-Pinkney Parliamentarian: Rita Roache Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dawna Gardner Associate Chair: Sylvia Washington Father’s Auxiliary: William Ray

President: Jada Orr Vice-President: Caleb Smith Secretary: Summer Ray Treasurer: Alexis Wood Parliamentarian: Ellis Goodwin Chaplain: Vigi Orr

The Charleston Chapter was established in 1954. On October 8, 1954, the installation service was held at the Owls “Whist” Roost conducted by the National President, Nellie Roulhac. There were 21 charter members, and throughout the years, we have shown our steadfast commitment to our families and the Charleston Community. We have provided financial and physical support to the United Negro College Fund, Florence Crittenton (a home for unwed teenage mothers), Jenkins Institute for Children, the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital, NAACP, MOJA Arts Festival, Rural Mission, Inc., Reid House, and Interfaith Crisis Ministries to name a few.

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service is at the heart of what we do. We have provided support on a continuous basis to several signature projects over the years that have included the Boys and Girls Club, the Teachers’ Supply Closet (TSC), and Charleston Development Academy (CDA). We also continue to provide a variety of activities for our children and the children of our community, aimed at building future leaders for tomorrow. Activities such as a sleepover at the South Carolina Aquarium, donations to: nursing homes, Thanksgiving baskets, Lowcountry Food Bank and toy drives; participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade, the Komen Race for the Cure and the Walk Against Childhood Obesity; Afro-American history carriage tours, college tours, service based Christmas parties, hockey games, MOJA performances, theatrical plays, Sensational Saturday at the Gibbs art gallery, art exhibits, poverty simulations, lectures from financial advisers, sex education and etiquette training are just a few we have participated in over the years. To date, the Chapter has received three (3) Jack and Jill foundation grants to fund its community service activities in 1995, 2013 and 2014. The chapter focused its efforts into a signature project to maximize its impact. Since the chapter helped to establish The Teacher’s Supply Closet in 2008, it has lived up to its promise to support low-income children with school supplies to give them a better opportunity to succeed. The chapter’s current partnership is

The mothers of the Charleston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., are committed to giving 1/3 of all foundation contributions to our Foundation. We have continued to support Teacher’s Supply Closet with current contributions in excess of $10,000.00 and our most recent gifts of $1,200.00 to the African American Leadership Council (an affinity group of United Way) and $1,700.00 to The Colour of Music festival to support minorities in the classical arts and expose this genre of music to the African American community. The Associates membership began in 2011 where six (6) graduated mothers were inducted at Gullah Cuisine restaurant. The associates support the chapter in community services, fund raising, legislative and social activities. Most of all, they serve as guides to the chapter so that the lessons will be passed on. The father’s auxiliary is another growing component where we welcome the support of chapter fathers in nurturing tomorrow’s leaders. Fathers serve as presenters at activities and organize the “Pops on Patrol” for teen social functions and conferences. Numerous chapter mothers and teens have served on the regional level as officers, committee members and committee chairs. At our 42nd Biennial Convention, the Charleston Chapter soared to a new height as we received “The National Best of the Best in Programming” in the Civic Category for our 2015 Teen Summit. The chapter was also acknowledged for presenting a Superior Handbook. Our Chapter has endured the years with strength and a determination to continue the legacy that our founders and charter members envisioned for the families that thrive under our programmatic thrusts. We will continue to nurture our membership so that they, along with our children, blossom and flourish.

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CHARLOTTE, NC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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dollars to benefit Jack and Jill Foundation, and Johnson C. Smith University’s Phasing Up to New Possibilities Program which supports the unique needs and challenges of college students who are aging out of foster care.

President: Ericka Gibson Vice-President: Chandra Hollier Program Director: Rachel Greene Recording Secretary: Terrie Hagler-Gray Corresponding Secretary: Regina Cooper Treasurer: Tara Laguerre Financial Secretary: Deanita McCall Editor: Erica Bryant Chaplain: Pamela Wilkins Foundation Chair: Cynthia Davis and Krista Marshall Parliamentarian: Cynthia Davis Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Regina Cooper and Terrie Hagler-Gray Associate Chair: Camille Davidson Fuller Father’s Auxiliary: Kevin Price

President: Makenzie Davis Vice-President: Brittany Gray Secretary: Savon Brathwaite Treasurer: Je’len Wilkins Parliamentarian: Camille Simmons Chaplain: Nigel Denny Sergeant-at-Arms: Hamilton Cooper

The Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill of America was established in 1957. In October 1956, organizers of the local chapter of Jack of Jill of America, Mrs. Vivian Lewis Williams and Mrs. Margaratha Rann, met with 29 enthusiastic mothers to formulate plans for a club. Over the next year, the mothers planned an interesting program of cultural and civic activities for their children. The local club was admitted for National Membership in July 1957 with assistance from Mrs. Herbert DeCosta of Charleston, SC and sponsorship by the Winston-Salem Chapter. The Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill of America was officially installed by Mrs. Burma Whitted and Mrs. LuSybil Taylor on October 29, 1957.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill of America fully embraced this year’s national theme, “The Power to Make a Difference.” The Charlotte Chapter celebrated its 60th anniversary as the oldest chapter in the Queen City with 88 active mothers, 133 children and teens, and an active Fathers’ Auxiliary. In honor of this milestone, the “Jazzin’ with Jack and Jill Diamond Gala” was held in grand style on Friday, October 27th at Le Meridien Charlotte with overwhelming attendance and community support. The signature event raised thousands of

In addition, our commitment to legislative awareness entered its third year with our “Activate Your Activism” series. Our Jack and Jill families connected the community with political leaders, elected officials, and law enforcement for an interactive forum to educate and explore issues together. Monthly updates also kept our families abreast of critical issues as they arose. The Charlotte Chapter also continued its tradition of hosting “Breakfast with Santa.” Our Jack and Jill moms, dads and children provided breakfast, entertainment, games, gifts and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for kids who are being helped through “A Child’s Place.” The agency supports children and families who are facing a housing crisis. On this day of joy and giving, the Charlotte Chapter impacted 15 families with 40 children who are in need. The Charlotte Chapter looks forward to continuing to excel at our mission through diverse programs focused on leadership development, cultural exposure, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving.

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CHESAPEAKE, VA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Stephanie Cuffee Vice-President: Natia Williams Program Director: Debra Dart Recording Secretary: Bonita Billingsley-Harris Corresponding Secretary: Shelby Bazemore Treasurer: Lamalia Echevestre-Grant Financial Secretary: Lavera Tolentino Editor: Allyn L. Howard Chaplain: LaToya McGlone Historian: LaToya McGlone Foundation Chair: Shavon Coulter Parliamentarian: Janice Fleming Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tamice Jones Associate Chair: Bernetta Brown Father’s Auxiliary: Tony Tolentino

President: Kenneth Alexander Vice-President: Antonio Tolentino Secretary: Justin Overton and Brandon Jones Treasurer: Lauren Harewood Parliamentarian: Cheyenne Harris Chaplain: Jasmine Brown Sergeant-at-Arms: Bryanna Cuffee

CHAPTER MEMBERS Donna Alexander, Shelby Bazemore, Sherrine Boseman-Rives, Bernetta Brown, Rosalind Brown, Shavon Coulter, Stephanie Cuffee, Debra Dart, Lamalia Echevestre-Grant, Phyllis Fitchgerald, Janice Fleming, Miriam Gorganious, Dionne Harewood, Bonita Harris, Allyn Howard, Doral Jackson, Lauren, James, Tamice Jones, LaToya McGlone, Jacqueline Nesbitt, Jodi Overton, Michelle Perkins, Lisa Price Stevens, Marquel Price, Arlinda Taylor, Natia Williams, Lavera Tolentino

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The Chesapeake Chapter was organized as a provisional group, in 1966 under the guidance of Regional Director, Mrs. Elizabeth Coefield. The group, which was founded by Mary Brabble, Ruby Dupree, and Evelyn Williams, was known as the Lads and Lassies of Chesapeake. The group remained in provisional group status for two years providing activities for the children and the community. In 1968, the group was voted into membership with provisional chapter status during the National Convention held in Washington, DC.

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year with a goal to have fun and educational activities for our kids, but also focus on the National theme of, “The Power To Make A Difference”.

This spring we are excited to support a Jack and Jill of America, Inc. partner, March of Dimes, by participating as a chapter in their walk for healthy babies. Finally, 2018 marks 50 years of the Chesapeake Chapter, and we are looking forward to hosting an event that recognizes half a century of fun and philanthropy by the sea. There is a line from Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, “And though she be but little, she is fierce!” This quote truly represents the Chesapeake Chapter. Although what could be considered a small chapter, this group of dedicated and determined moms has exemplified the national theme of by incorporating service activities along with fun family and youth led excursions throughout the year.

In October we visited Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, and got a history lesson on the location as well as Sally Hemings. This historical venture was not only interesting but offered a teachable moment as a chapter and with our children about our African American history and contributions to society despite unfathomable obstacles in our way. In November our teens volunteered at the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia by helping to pack boxes of food and stock groceries for the organization. It was a fun team building exercise that further instilled the importance of helping others less fortunate. We brought the December holiday spirit to individuals at the Sentara Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Facility. Our youth serenaded the residents with Christmas carols, violin, trumpet and modern dance solos. We then distributed gift bags we put together to each resident.

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COLUMBIA, SC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Dr. Joann Moore Thompson, DDS Vice-President: Robyn Watson Program Director: Lydia Padgett-Bell Recording Secretary: Fern Kelly Corresponding Secretary: Kimberly Davis Treasurer: Audra Kimpson Financial Secretary: Sonja McIntosh Editor: Ashlye V. Wilkerson Chaplain: Sonya Brailsford Historian: Michelle Hurley Johnson Foundation Chair: Christine Wells Parliamentarian: DeAndrea Benjamin Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Tonya Green Associate Chair: Dr. Traci Cooper Father’s Auxiliary: Dawana Robinson

President: Timothy McDowell Vice-President: Donovon Toomer Secretary: Chandler Cooper, Delaney Tooomer Treasurer: Bryson Earle Parliamentarian: Jamey Graham Chaplain: Jamara Green Sergeant-at-Arms: McKeith Goff

CHAPTER MEMBERS Jackie Meggie, Michelle Kimpson, Paige Moore, Aisha Lusk, Brittany Smith, Cynthia Johnson, Danielle Davis,

Eileen Price, Sharon Earle, J. Michelle Childs, Jamelle Ellis, Jennifer Bishop, Jill Davis, Jocelyn Caldwell, Joi Gilliam, Kachet DesChamps, Karel Givens, Karen Pollock, Kela Thomas, Kimberly Jones, LaTanza Duncan, Linda Bell, Mary Goff, Michele Dugar, Nashiba Boyd, Edna Langley, Patricia Glasgow, Tarcia Flemming, Ragin Jeter, Sharon Aldrich, Tameika Isaac Devine, Tania Jones Toomer, Teresa B. Wilson, Toby Jenkins Henry, Tracy McDowell, Trell Canty Belk, Tynika Claxton, Victoria Dozier, Walletta Moore Johnson, Candace Pringle, Dr. Nicole Yvette Strange-Martin, Erin Slayton

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The Columbia Chapter was established in 1945 when Inez S. Simkins, her husband Wilson, and their children, Florence and Wilson Jr., moved to Columbia, South Carolina. After serving as one of the founding members of the Philadelphia Chapter, Inez was asked to organize a chapter in her new hometown. On the night of September 13, 1951, the charter members were installed in an impressive candlelight service conducted by then National President, Mrs. Edna Seay. Charter members included: Lois Bailey, Ethel Bolden, Margaret Boulware, Meredith Douglas, Anges Evens, Harriett Everette, Rachel Griffin, Bessie P. Jenkins, Elsie Jenkins, Pearl M. Mance, Vivian Marshall, Marion Morgan, Katherine Moses, Inez S. Simkins, Mary Soloman and Billie Stephenson. Inez S. Simkins was elected the first president of the Columbia Chapter. Past Presidents of the Columbia Chapter are Inez Simkins, Pearl Mance, Juliette Gilliam, Mary Solomon, Ethel Bolden, Mildred Pendergrass, Wilhelmina Kershaw, Gardenia Fair, Jacqueline Spann, Barbara Weston, Joy Pindar, Mildred Pride, Cynthia Smith, Alice Hurley, Fosteen Harriford, Irene Kelly, Wilatrel Stockton, Patrick Noble, Beryl Dakers-Burton, Jodi Gallman, Brandolyn Thomas Pinkston, Rosalyn Frierson, Cynthia Walters, Versie Wilson, Tonya Green, Dr.Traci Young Cooper, and currently Dr. Joann Moore Thompson, DDS.

teens read a tribute to honor Carol Robertson and released earth friendly balloons in her memory. Chapter members have served our community by preparing food distribution at Harvest Hope Food Bank, contributing to the Fall Area Work Day service project, packing donation boxes of shoes and hosting a community holiday party for children in need. Our chapter mothers enjoyed an evening of elegance while partying with a purpose at our 4th Annual Stilettos and Beaus event which raised over $30,000 of which a $10,000 check was presented to Dawn Staley, Founder of InnerSole and Head Coach of the National Champions 2017Women’s Basketball Team at the University of South Carolina. Additional funds were donated to other charities and non-profits. Our Jacks and Jills have enjoyed formal galas, author visits, science exploration activities, laser tag fun, and other events that engage them in community service and cultural development.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Columbia Chapter started the year owning our “Power to Make a Difference” and successfully kicked off our programming year by earning the Outstanding Volunteer Team award for registering the most participants in the 12th Annual Dr. James R. Clark Memorial Sickle Cell Walk on September 9, 2017. Immediately following the walk, our 320


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DURHAM, NC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Makeba McDaniel Vice-President: Jasmine Smith Program Director: Tracey Burton Recording Secretary: Carla Oldham Corresponding Secretary: Lakisha Robinson Treasurer: Andrea Durant Financial Secretary: Nakenge Robertson Editor: Tina Ndoh Chaplain: Kelly Robinson Historian: Stephanie Ebron Brown Foundation Chair: Joscelyne Brazille Parliamentarian: Myra Griffin Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Claudia Curtis and Rhea Franks Associate Chair: Norma Martin Father’s Auxiliary: Mark McDaniel

President: Alexandra Mauney Vice-President: London Graham Secretary: Donovan Herndon Treasurer: Briana Paris Parliamentarian: Michael McGirt Chaplain: David Elien, Jr. Sergeant-at-Arms: Christopher Rogers

CHAPTER MEMBERS Bernice Bond, Joscelyne Brazile, Maria Bright, LaShana Broussard-Morris, Stephanie Brown, Tracey Burton, Trella Cooper, Tamera Coyne-Beasley, Robin Crawford, Claudia Curtis, Josephine Davis, Melissa Davis, Chanda Douglas-Ward, Andrea Durant, Tabitha Elien, Tammeka Evans, Kathy Everett-Perry, Arnica Foulkes, Rhea Franks, Erica Frasier, Tina Graham, Myra Griffin, Stephany Hand Biggs, Lisa Harewood, Rochelle Hayes, Kara Henderson, Brooke Jackson, Sheronda Jeffries, Yolanda Keller-Bell, Cherreka Kiel, Pamela Kirkland-Johnson, Carmen McLean, Makeba McDaniel, Dorothy McGirt, Shawna McKinnon, Valerie Merriweather, Malana Moshesh, Felicia Mullen, Christina Ndoh, Carla Oldham, Kelley Paris, Tenita Philyaw-Rogers, Jeanetta Powell-Hopkins, Valerie Quiett, Charique Richardson, Monica Rivers, Nakenge Robertson, Felecia Robinson, Kelly Robinson, Lakisha Robinson, Anitra Royster, Yolanda Scarlett, Halona Shaw, Janelle Shumate, Jasmine Smith, Carol Stone-El, Tracey Temne, Tina Travis, Kara Turner, Sabrina Vereen, Felicia Washington, Lesley Washington CHAPTER HISTORY The Durham Chapter was founded October

9, 1945 by Mrs. Leonia Dorsey, a founding member of the first Jack and Jill club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Twenty-one charter members joined Mrs. Dorsey on the campus of North Carolina College, now North Carolina Central University. Durham was the sixth chapter founded within the organization and the first in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Today the Durham Chapter is comprised of 63 families and 114 children.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Durham Chapter continues to be focused on excellence in programming. We are actively supporting the National Theme of “The Power to Make a Difference,” as well as the Regional Theme of “Let’s Move 4Ward.” In addition to supporting our National and Regional themes, we are also focusing on enhancing our children’s Jack and Jill Experience, strengthening our current membership with active engagement, and planning and execution of important tasks and activities within a “Five Star Chapter Excellence” mindset. The Durham Chapter celebrated Carole Robertson Day and Jack and Jill Day with a visit to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to tour the

RACE exhibit and the North Carolina Museum of History for our Carole Robertson Memorial Service on September 24, 2017. The day began with education about Carole Robertson, and her legacy. One exciting and memorable event that the children won’t forget was the releasing of a dove in Carole’s honor. As part of our mission “to seek for all children the same advantage which we desire for our own,” the Durham Chapter has committed to participating in the March of Dimes walk with financial support and community service on the day of the walk. In addition to participating in the walk, the Durham Chapter also volunteers to cover a food tent that provides needed snacks for runners participating in the 5K that supports March of Dimes fundraising. Our chapter is providing over $1000 in funding to support the March of Dimes in the efforts to combat premature births. We will end our programming year with a Black Family Day celebration. Our chapter celebration will begin with worship at a local church, and later in the day our families will gather at a park for food, fellowship, and a Bridging Ceremony for our graduating teens and parents.

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EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA, NC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Angela Mebane Vice-President: Elizabeth Jenkins Program Director: Nicole Hall Wilkins Recording Secretary: Carlotta Lindsay Corresponding Secretary: Rhea Miles Treasurer: Ericka Lawrence Financial Secretary: Kelli Pack Smith Editor: Angela Haskins Chaplain: Dorothy Jordan Historian: Angela Haskins Foundation Chair: Kim Edwards Parliamentarian: Dorothy Jordan Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Rhea Miles Associate Chair: Jenise Phillips Father’s Auxiliary: Rudolph Mebane

President: Selena Wilkins Vice-President: Chandler Atkinson Secretary: Lucas Mebane Treasurer: BJ Miles

CHAPTER MEMBERS Alicia

Artis, Lynnette Atkinson, Kim Edwards, Ericka Griffin, Angela Haskins, Kimberly Hughes, Tamra Iroku, Elizabeth Jenkins, Dorothy Jordan, Ericka Lawrence, Carlotta Lindsay, Angela Mebane, Sharon McNeil, Rhea Miles, Kelli Pack-Smith, Althea Taylor, Diane Taylor, Nicole Hall-Wilkins; Associates Regina Edmonds, LaVette Ford, Jenise Phillips

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The Eastern North Carolina Chapter was established in July 2010 after being voted in at the 39th Biennial National Convention of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in Chicago, IL. On September 18, 2010, 16 mothers were installed as chapter members. These mothers were Julia Atkins, Sherry Bullock, Tracy Burton, Regina Edmonds, Kim Edwards, Ericka Griffin, Dorothy Jordan, Angela Mebane, Ebony Mitchell, Lisa Overton, Kelli PackSmith, Mary Patterson, Jenise Phillips, Heather Rhodes, Cheryl Robbins, and Yolanda Soney. We are a growing, child-focused chapter aligned with the national and regional mission to nurture future African-American leaders through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, and civic duty. Our committed members deliver on our goal of quality programming and leadership aimed at seeking for all children the same advantages which we desire for our own.

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ENC Chapter started the year with a Jack & Jill Day celebration. With food, fellowship, bouncy house, and fun, all ages were able to participate. In alignment with our theme (“Let’s work, let’s play, let’s live together”), we decided to add some work by collecting school supplies in memory of Carole Robertson. The teens were able to divide the supplies into bags for donation and distribution to a local school in need. In September, our teens continued their tradition of community service by volunteering at the Kids Zone at the March of Dimes’ Walk for Babies held in Greenville, NC. Other chapter members and children joined the walk.

University’s BRITE Futures (Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise). Throughout the remainder of the year, our Jacks and Jills led and participated in many activities that supported our national thrusts. The 2 oldest age groups planned and hosted a community forum, entitled “Our Lives Matter,” where a local representative, law enforcement, and district court judge addressed pertinent issues pertaining to black communities, legislative advocacy, and knowing your rights. Younger age groups learned financial literacy (Millionaire’s Club), self-defense, and volunteered to be ushers at a local highway historical marker dedication in Washington, NC, for those slaves and ex-slaves who volunteered and fought to free the city during the Civil War. Our teens also hosted a red carpet movie premiere of “Hidden Figures” at a local movie theater. The proceeds from the event were donated to the J&J Foundation and the Kennedy Home, a local Baptist Children’s Home in Kinston, NC. Our chapter-wide Black History event was held in February. While engaging in public speaking, each age group represented “Blacks in Wax,” choosing an important African-American who has impacted STEAM.

In October, our youngest age group came together to learn the importance of healthy snacks, experimenting with different combinations that they created themselves, while hearing from a chapter-Dad/gastroenterologist about healthy habits. “Tiny Chefs,” as the program was titled, won a regional programming award. Also, our teens were able to tour the 2016 HBCU of the year and participate in the HBCU STEM Program of the year—NC Central 323


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President: Andrea Taylor Vice-President: Stephanie Benson Program Director: Stephanie Oliver Recording Secretary: Benita Powell Corresponding Secretary: Benita Powell Treasurer: Brenda Hubbard Financial Secretary: Daralyn Bryant Editor: Kimberly Hardy Chaplain: Lisa Hailey Historian: Kimberly Hardy Foundation Chair: Tina Ford Parliamentarian: Madiana Sanoh-Udeozo Teen Sponsor/Advisor: April Smith Father’s Auxiliary: Fred Barber

President: Madison Lapsley Vice-President: Kai Hubbard Secretary: Justice Haygood Treasurer: Sam Glover Parliamentarian: Isaiah Bennett Chaplain: Christian Benson Sergeant-at-Arms: Isaiah Bennett Foundation Chair: Lark Taylor

CHAPTER MEMBERS Wanda Baker, Patrice Barber, Rondell Bennett, Stephanie Benson, Patricia Bradley, Angel Bryant, Daralyn Bryant,

Melanie Cooper, Tiffany Daniels, Karla Dunigan, Cathy Everett, Tina Ford, Lisa Hailey, Denise Hamlin-Glover, Kimberly Hardy, Brenda Hubbard, Marian Jordan, Wendy Lapsley, Audrey Noble, Stephanie Oliver, Brenda Owens, Benita Powell, Madiana Sanoh-Udeozo, April Smith, Yvette Stokes, Andrea Taylor, Ericka Whitaker

CHAPTER HISTORY The Fayetteville Chapter was chartered in 1957 by founding mothers Mary Cherry, Nettie Daniels, Mabel Douglass, Inez Early, Dorthy Lane, Margaret McDaniels, Mildred Miller, Earlene Mitchell, Beatrice Pindle, Beulah Quick, Lee Reeder, Louise Rogers, Marie Vaughn and Jesse Vick, who was the chapter’s first President. Currently, the chapter is twenty-seven members strong, which has become a historical record for membership given its transient membership due to location in a military environment. The chapter’s mission is to continue developing future African American leaders by nurturing youth through educational and leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving, civic duty, while also affording the same opportunities to youth within our community.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Fayetteville Chapter kicked off the 2017-2018 programming year with a chapter planning retreat in Raleigh, N.C. entitled “I AM Superwoman,” which was based on the various roles our mothers play throughout the course of the year in conjunction with our commitment to Jack and Jill. The chapter hosted an array of events and activities to include: First Responder’s Day; college tours to Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Spelman and Morehouse College; Jack and Jill/ Carole Robertson Day, Teen Mending Hearts Sweetheart Dance Fundraiser, West Area Elementary Community Day/Backpack Drive; Second Harvest Food Bank, Adopt a Grandparent, Sandhills 5K Heart Walk; Adopt a Family; Cookies for A Cop service project; The Compassion Experience , Love Connection/Black History Program; Marbles Kids Museum, Yoga 4 Me, Kid Chef, Stemville Science Symposium, Walk to End Lupus Now, Leadership/Financial Modules, Hurricane Relief Project, MLK Day of Service, Black Family Day and hosting the second annual “Evening Of Live Jazz and Dancing” Fundraising Gala in support of the National Foundation.

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FLORENCE, NC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Lamibia Dunham Vice-President: Charmeon Cooper Program Director: Valerie Nowlin Recording Secretary: Ester Thomas Corresponding Secretary: Ester Thomas Treasurer: Kenyetta Sanders Financial Secretary: Donya Wallace Editor: Patricia E. Lewis Chaplain: Valerie Nowlin Historian: Patricia E. Lewis Foundation Chair: Jeniqua Duncan Parliamentarian: Jeniqua Duncan Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Daphne Stewart Associate Chair: Pat Parr Father’s Auxiliary: Famon Whitfield

President: Darius Nowlin Vice-President: Rianna Stewart Secretary: Ryein Bennett Treasurer: Nilah Whitfield Parliamentarian: Amiya Alston Chaplain: Andre Aikens Historian: Doron Bennett

CHAPTER MEMBERS Karen Aikens, Anica Bennett, Lisa Brockington, Ladrica Christian, Tava Cunningham, Ashley Denmark, Jeniqua Duncan, Lamibia Dunham, Clementine Elmore, Charmeon Cooper, Jamilia Hudley, Kenyetta Sanders, Patricia E. Lewis, Tracy Miller, Shameeka McDuffie, Valerie Nowlin, Daphne Stewart, Ester Thomas, Donya Wallace, Natalie Whitfield and Octavia Williams-Blake. CHAPTER HISTORY

The Florence Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was organized as an interest group in 1990 under the guidance of Dianna White, Jeanette Pendergrass, and Dr. Linda Bigelow. Twenty-four (24) mothers attended the first meeting held at the home of Dianna White. The group was later established as the Pee Dee Children’s Association with sixteen mothers. Remaining an interest group for the next year, the children and families experienced a variety of positive activities including a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach; Family Day; Christmas Dinner; teen visits to colleges/universities and conferences. In 1991, the association was voted into membership with Provisional Chapter status during the National Convention in Orlando, Florida as the 247th chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. Mid-Atlantic Region. After two years of hard work from seventeen (17) mothers, a chapter was formed that now serves Florence, Darlington and Williamsburg counties. On Saturday, October 24, 1992, the Florence Chapter chartering ceremonies were held at the Oakdale Country Club. Charter members included: Teresa Anderson; Linda Bigelow; Barbara Brooks; Carolyn Brown; Diane Chapman; Elizabeth Clark; Hilda Conner; Shirley Green; Betty Jackson; Nellie Jones; Ann King; Gloria McCutcheon; Jeanette Pendergrass; Janetha Prioleau; Teresa Rozzelle; Marian Weeks; and Dianna White.          

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Florence Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. began the year with our annual planning session in July. The teens followed pursuit with an Ice Cream Social. To commemorate Jack & Jill Day and Carole Robertson Day, the chapter participated in a Sickle Cell 5K Walk followed by educational enrichment and games at the local library. Age group activities included a visit to the pumpkin patch, movie theater and dinner inclusive of a Toastmasters speaking engagement. Main highlights of our fall program year included the “Time of Sharing” in which we entertained and prepared Thanksgiving Dinner for residents of a local residential home. Our Chapter takes great pride in adopting a family during the Christmas season. The children budget, purchase and wrap gifts for the chosen adopted family. A variety of additional activities are planned for the remainder of the program year including an MLK Rally and March/Day of Service and a Manna House Service Project . We are grateful to provide our children with programming experiences that build upon the fact that they have the “Power to Make a Difference”.

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deal with each scenario. The second part of their activity involved coping with emotional stress through art therapy.

President: Leverne Lomick Vice-President: Heather Wright Program Director: Toni Godfrey Recording Secretary: Whitney Jackson Corresponding Secretary: Whitney Jackson Treasurer: DeLisa Tolbert Financial Secretary: Lisa Reynolds Editor: Melanie Eubanks Chaplain: Valerie Waddell Historian: Abbie Overton Foundation Chair: Cindy Odom Parliamentarian: Shawnya Gore Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Crystal Bowe, Regina Taylor Associate Chair: Angela Harris Father’s Auxiliary: Herman Gore

President: Virginia Waddell Vice-President: Josiah Lott Secretary: Nelson Lomick Treasurer: Eugene Reynolds Parliamentarian: Charles Cason Chaplain: Patricia Williams Sergeant-at-Arms: Caleb Odom

Dr. Shawnya Gore had a vision to start a chapter in the Gastonia area embodied with women who were committed to family and shared similar values. The GastoniaPiedmont Chapter was chartered on September 28, 2008, at North Carolina A&T State University. Nineteen mothers were installed as charter members of the Gastonia-Piedmont Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. Our mission is to create a medium of contact for our children which will stimulate growth and development and provide for them contructive educational, cultural, civic, recreational, health, and social program. Our chapter designs events with the goal of equipping our children with the belief of self-empowerment and the determination to make a difference in the local, national and global communities.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING In September our cubs and jaguars participated in activities to help in educating and encouraging children to eat healthy. Our kids took a cooking class at Bakers Buzzin where they learned how to cook healthy and delicious meals. In October as a part of their cultural development, our teens attended an Art Exhibit at the Levine Art Museum, K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace. This was a community event focusing on policeinvolved shootings throughout the nation. The event featured acitvists, law-enforcement, protestors and faith leaders from the community. Also in October our Jaguars participated in a breast cancer walk, Making Strides of Greater Charlotte at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. They had the opportunity to support breast cancer survivors in our chapter and walk along beside them.

In December, we had our annual Christmas Social which was led by children. The beautiful event was held in McAdenville also known as Christmas Town USA. The children introduced themselves, and stated their greatest accomplishment of the year. This gave our children a chance to practice public speaking and develop leadership skills. Members donated toys, food, and toiletries to donate to a local shelter for women and children. In April we participate in our annual fundraiser for the community, Community Foundation Run. Our chapter raises money to donate to a local charity that is matched by the Community Foundation. Money raised will be donated to a school to purchase educatiional needs for students. Other programming activities we have completed this year include, Chinese Lantern Festival, Expression of Self Painting; the Play, The Snowy Day Place, Teen Public Speaking Improvisation, Highland Community Healthier Highland Event and the Play, Grapes of Wrath. Additional events have been planned for 2018 will include Service Project With Hands on Charlotte, Senior Bingo, Play about Cassius Clay And in This Corner, Savings Workshop at First Legacy Bank, Ice Skating, Discovery Place, Patriotic Appreciation Day, and Sky Zone. We will conclude our program year with our National Black Family Day at Kate’s Skating Rink.

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GREATER FREDERICKSBURG, VA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Mia N. Valentine Vice-President: Donna Green Program Director: Ayonda Batts Recording Secretary: Nancy Ellis Corresponding Secretary: Penny Hairston Treasurer: Tamara Barnes Financial Secretary: Talethia Thomas Editor: Elena Gold Chaplain: Anedra Logan Historian: Natasha Edlow Foundation Chair: Pamela Hood Parliamentarian: Sukeena Stephens Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Michelle Cartagena Father’s Auxiliary: Wilbur Barnes

President: Elyssa Cartagena Vice-President: Keishon Ellis Secretary: Tamia Barnes Treasurer: Justice Hood Parliamentarian: Kayla White Chaplain: Kayla White Sergeant-at-Arms: Jonathan D’Lima

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Tamara Jones Barnes, Ayonda E. Batts, A. Nancy Carroll, Michelle Cartagena, Hope R. Coleman, Natasha Monique Edlow, Nancy T. Ellis, Elena P. Gold, Donna Gordon Green, Penny Juggins Hairston, Anedra Henley-Logan, Belinda A. Porter, Rachel Samuel, Sukeena Whiteman Stephens, Victoria Sulyans, Talethia H. Thomas, Mia Newell Valentine, Deirdre Powell White

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The Greater Fredericksburg Chapter began our year with a fun celebration for our Jack and Jill Day and included our first service project where our children used their “Power to Make a Difference” by collecting school supplies and backpacks for the children of victims of domestic violence. Our next program was the observance of Carole Robertson Day with a program facilitated by our teens. Our middle, elementary and preschool children learned how they have “The Power to Make a Difference” at their age just like Carole and the other children involved in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. During this current year and since our chartering in 2016, our individual age groups have participated in

events that empower them to make a difference. Our preschool and elementary aged children participated in “Samaritan’s Purse,” an international service project where they made Christmas boxes for less fortunate children. Our junior teens enhanced their oratorical skills in a public speaking workshop and participated in “Wreaths across America” to honor fallen veterans. Our teens volunteered at the polls on election day and participated in financial and public speaking informational sessions. On Martin Luther King Day, our families will spend the day facilitating activities for children in a local shelter and serving lunch to those housed in the shelter. We will also have a chapter program for the American Heart Association.

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GREENSBORO, NC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER HISTORY The Greensboro Chapter was established in

Greensboro Country Club. A portion of the proceeds benefited the Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro and the Jack & Jill Foundation. On July 22, 2017, the end of the program year was celebrated with a pool party at Bur-Mil Park for National Black Family Day and Father’s Appreciation Day. In October, our Rugrats enjoyed a STEM Saturday at NC A&T State University the theme was, TEST TUBES & TOUCHDOWNS! To incorporate STEM, our children participated in a biology lab experience at NC A&T conducted by current biology and chemistry students, afterwards the Rugrats attended the NC A&T vs. Bethune Cookman football game. In November 2017, the Juniors gathered to discuss Fundraising ideas and its Financial impact. Also in November our Senior teens hosted the Nashville chapter Teens for an evening of bowling and games at the Power Play Center. One of the chapter’s major service projects is the annual Christmas party given by our teens for the Greensboro Boys & Girls Club which was held on December 8, 2017. The teens collected donations for the Club as well as planned activities for the children of the Club. On January 21, 2018, members celebrated our Founders and our Associates again with our sister Moms from Burlington and Winston Salem. Tenured mothers were invited to reflect and share the wisdom gleaned from their experiences in Jack and Jill.

President: Loury Floyd Vice-President: Diane Cabbell Program Director: Joi Bulls Recording Secretary: Sheila Allen Corresponding Secretary: Tonya Wilson Treasurer: Doris Godette Financial Secretary: Jocelyn Becoats Editor: Franchellie Brewer Chaplain: Adlois Shoffner Historian: Felicia Cooper Foundation Chair: Jillian Morgan Parliamentarian: Kim Gatling Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Monica Speight Associate Chair: Ladonna Gore-Tisdale

President: Torre Stokes Vice-President: Samantha Cabbell Secretary: Clarke Phillips Treasurer: Demetria Hall Parliamentarian: Brandon Speight Chaplain: Sydney Allen Sergeant-at-Arms: Caleb Leach

1954. The charter members were Elreta Alexander, Sallie Corbett, Elizabeth Dowdy, Edna Fisher, Margaret Falkener, Blanche Grant, Anne Graves, Mae Sue Henry, Eva Miller, Winnie Robinson, Sue Taylor and Ivy Williamson. The Chapter currently has 44 members. For over 63 years, it has endeavored to maintain the high ideals of the organization by fostering constructive, educational, recreational and social programs for the cultural enrichment of our children and the children of the Greensboro community.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Greensboro Chapter started the year with our annual Jack and Jill Day. This was observed on September 9, 2017 at the International Civil Rights Museum, during the celebration our chapter also paid tribute to Carole Robertson and the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Afterwards, families attended the National Folk Festival in downtown Greensboro. On January 22, 2017, Mothers enjoyed a wonderful celebration with the Burlington/Graham and Winston Salem Chapters at the Pumps and Pearls Jack & Jill Founders’ Day and Associates Appreciation Tea, National Historian, Carol Bolden Stone-El, our guest speaker gave us historical information about the Mid-Atlantic Region. On May 6, 2017 we hosted the first Annual Jockeys & Juleps Kentucky Derby Fundraiser. This was held at the

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GREENVILLE, SC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: April Simpson Vice-President: Angie Owens Program Director: Latonya Phillips Recording Secretary: Sherlyn Kelly-Thompson Corresponding Secretary: Tarsha Brown Treasurer: Kenya Ford Financial Secretary: Brenda Spearman-Harris Editor: Kimberly Kizito Chaplain: Schevelle Boyce Historian: Kimberly Kizito Foundation Chair: Kimberly Reed Parliamentarian: Natasha Cummings Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Sherlyn Kelly-Thompson

President: Bailey Rogers Treasurer: Jalyn Owens Parliamentarian: Victor “Trey” Austin Sergeant-at-Arms: Kamryn Williams

CHAPTER MEMBERS Pamela

Askew, Jacquelin Austin, Gisele Rogers, Nicole Bennett, Schevelle Boyce, Regina Wall, Shani Brister, Melissa Brown, Tarsha Brown, Natasha Cummings, Kimberly Cunningham, Portia Dantzler, Nina Dunlap, Kenya Ford, Lisa Williams, Crystal Garner, Qena Jennings, Sherlyn Thompson, Kimberly Kizito, Cestine Latimore, Tomiko Long, Nicole Mclelland, Kathy Bennon, Angela Owens, Selena Parker, Andria Patterson, Ashley Peden, LaTonya Phillips, Kimberley Reed, Aminah Richburg, Katrina Robinson, April Simpson, Brenda Harris, Rochelle Sullivan, Brandy Fisher, Tiffany Whitney.

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The Greenville, SC chapter was fully established in 1960. Our founding mother was Mrs. Alberta Tucker Grimes, who along with 17 mothers, became the founding members of the chapter. We are dedicated to nurturing our future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty.

cultural upbringing and tied it to how Kwanzaa is celebrated here in the United States. We will soon celebrate our Founders day in the coming weeks as a chapter where we will worship together at the church of Jack and Jill mom/Chaplain Schevelle Boyce where her husband Dr. Tony Boyce is the pastor. The chapter is also quite busy as we plan for our biennial Beautillion to be held on March 3, 2018.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Greenville Chapter started the year with a wonderful program planning retreat hosted by PD LaTonya Phillips. It was there that we discussed activities for the upcoming year as well as debuted our chapter website www. jackandjillgreenville.com. Children’s groups were able to meet separately to plan activities for the year that coincide with the National Programmatic Thrusts. We currently have 4 groups that meet monthly. Highlights for those children’s activities include ages 2-5 making cards for Veterans and Cookies in a huge basket taken to the VA hospital for Veteran’s day, ages 6-9 volunteering at Magnolia Manor nursing home, ages 10-12 learning about the election process with a speaker, ages 13-19 coordinating with the NAMI organization to learn about mental illness. These are just a few of the things our children have been working on along with much more in the areas of Health, STEM, Civic, Social, Financial, Education and Culture. As a chapter, we have had some wonderful activities including our most recent Kwanzaa celebration where we had a delicious international meal including joloff rice and other delicacies, learning a dance from Ghana, learning the principles of Kwanzaa and hearing from a Ghanaian family who shared their

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President: Carla Strothers-Durr Vice-President: Angela Henry Program Director: Rachel Nerissa Horne Recording Secretary: Monica Manns Corresponding Secretary: Brooke Taylor-Street Treasurer: Toni Cook Financial Secretary: Shannon Green Editor: Elan Taylor Historian: Karen Jefferson Foundation Chair: Tamara Charity-Brown Parliamentarian: Angela N. Brown Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Rashida Gray Father’s Auxiliary: Carlos Brown

President: Morgan Williams Vice-President: Kobie Foxx Secretary: Alana Durr Treasurer: Kya Foxx Parliamentarian: Brandon Brown Historian: Gabrielle Jefferson

CHAPTER MEMBERS Michele Allen, Delores Carrington-Hill, Monica Davis, Hilary Dixon, Toni Hamlin, Delena Harris, Lisa HicksThomas, Robin Hill, Michelle Kyles, Morenike Miles, Donna Powell, Nicole Roberts-Boyd, Gail Taylor, Darvina Terry, Vonzella Vincent, Sonji Williams CHAPTER HISTORY

The James River Virginia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. (JRVA) was chartered in 2005 with 17 mothers and 23 children. In the last twelve years JRVA has doubled its membership and continues to achieve high levels of success in programming activities and community service. As the chapter grows and ages, JRVA is working to become more strategic to ensure that everything that we do supports our mission and focus on raising leaders and enhancing the lives of every child in the metro Richmond area.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING JRVA

was founded on the premise of ensuring opportunity for all children. This year the chapter has partnered with the Henrico Education Foundation to provide book corners for four Title I schools in the Richmond metropolitan area. The pre-school and lower elementary age groups have also partnered with the Richmond and Midlothian chapters’ younger age groups to collect books to amplify book collections at the Capital City Boys & Girls Club and a Friends Association Day Care. JRVA is also providing decorations to beautify and make the existing book corners more enticing to young readers.

The Richmond Renaissance Junior Cotillion, JRVA’s signature event is beginning its seventh year. This event and its accompanying workshops help middle school students develop strong interpersonal skills and strengthen their communication skills. Participants also learn social graces, manners, and are provided an opportunity to socialize with peers in a constructive environment. Our teens are dynamic and working to make a positive impact on the Richmond Community. They have partnered with the Office of Community Wealth Building for an extended community service effort where they babysit for mothers attending training and educational programs aimed to move them out of poverty. This endeavor is part of the teen group’s larger college preparation strategy because universities are looking for long-term sustained community service efforts that have a meaningful impact. It is clear that the James River Virginia Chapter has continued the legacy of our founders of becoming a progressive, community minded chapter. We will continue to elevate each other as mothers, and push our chapter to new levels of excellence.

Oral tradition and cooking are important in our community. In order to ensure recipes are passed down through the generations, the Upper Elementary group started “Soul Food Fest.” These potluck dinners foster the children’s relationships, but also serve as a push for parents to cook with our Jacks and Jills, passing down treasured family recipes. The Middle School Group’s programming has an eye toward the future. They have had workshops on coding from Experimac; and financial planning from Morgan Stanley. JRVA’s programming focuses on providing our children with tangible skills that will ensure our burgeoning leaders possess the necessary tools to be major contributors in the global community. 334


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President: Detra Hunt Vice-President: Robyn Young Program Director: DeAnne Watson Recording Secretary: Monica Hoyos Corresponding Secretary: Shirlean Harris Treasurer: Kimberly Baine Financial Secretary: Pamela Givens-Urquhart Editor: Verna Bradby-Duhart Chaplain: Pamela Branch Sergeant-at-Arms: Sadeqa Johnson Historian: Lillian Harris Foundation Chair: Paitra Russell Parliamentarian: Vanessa Jones Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Nicole Diamond Associate Chair: Robyn Young

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in the health/medical fields during this visit. Our children also enjoyed the Super Hero Halloween at the Richmond Symphony. Another highlight for our children was meeting an actual Scripps Spelling Bee competitor after attending the Akeelah and the Bee play at the local Children’s Theatre.

President: Sydni Laws Vice-President: Kyndall Diamond Secretary: Ava Alford Treasurer: Nia Vaughan Parliamentarian: Juleon Pointer Chaplain: McKenzie Harris Sergeant-at-Arms: Damian Covington

The Midlothian Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. was formally installed on September 15, 1990. The officers installed were Ernestine Armstrong - President, Tommye Finley - Vice President, Brenda Durosinmi - Treasurer, Rita Roane - Recording Secretary, Barbara Jones - Corresponding Secretary, Brenda Gardner - Parliamentarian, Grace Holmes - Reporter, Rosemary Gaskin - Historian, Pam Boston - Membership Chair and Natasha Granger - Financial Secretary; 43 mothers were installed as charter members.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Mighty Midlothian Chapter’s program year started with a fun and educational Carole Robertson Tribute and Jack and Jill Day celebration. Midlothian Chapter families met at Robious Park in Midlothian, VA to enjoy great food, fun activities and fellowship. The Junior and Senior Teens read the biography of Carole Robertson, as we all gathered under the shelter to learn and understand the events that made history and to remember and celebrate the life of one who is no longer with us. As part of this event – our chapter also conducted its first Move Up Ceremony, which recognized our children as they transitioned to the next age group.

We ended 2017 with a Chapter-wide holiday party that focused on giving much needed items and gifts to families sponsored by the YWCA. We also held a showcase featuring the talented children of our chapter – which included live performances where our youth displayed their talents in singing, acting, instrumental performance, gymnastics and comedy. Our Chapter continues to Move 4Ward with Faith, Family, Focus and Fun and our Power to Make a Difference has been realized through these activities and much more.

Throughout the year the Midlothian Chapter has engaged our youth in cultural, educational and social activities that support the National thrusts of our organization. The Midlothian Chapter also continues to impact the community through service activities. Our Teens packaged 19 Thanksgiving meal boxes that were donated to the Peter Paul Development Center in the Churchill area of Richmond, VA. This area is considered a “food desert”, with little to no access to healthy food options. The Midlothian Chapter also celebrated Veteran’s Day by serving ice cream to African-American veterans and their families. Among the various cultural and educational activities, the children had the opportunity to interact with the Bon Secours Hospital Staff during a mock EMT meeting and they became acquainted with the DaVinci Robot in the operating room. The children focused on STEAM topic that related to careers

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NORFOLK, VA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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CHAPTER HISTORY The Norfolk Chapter was chartered in 1948

from our very own Norfolk Chapter. In March our annual tennis event was held that is always fun for everyone. Social events were also held to get to know potential new Moms with a Paint Night and At-a-Glance. Future Jack’s and Jill’s were also given an opportunity to mingle and enjoy a sweet treat at Coldstone Creamery where they were able to create their own ice cream. We ended our year in support of Pajama Jams. The teens held a fundraiser dance to collect pajamas and canned foods for families in need. The chapter sorted, collected and counted over 950 pairs of pajamas. The chapter will continue to focus special emphasis on activities that provide opportunities to have fun, foster relationships and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The Norfolk Village is committed to demonstrating our “Power to Make a Difference”.

President: Dianna White Vice-President: Judy Stewart Program Director: Tracy McGlothian Recording Secretary: Dayna Bandy Corresponding Secretary: Robin Corbett Treasurer: Hope Quinn-Keys Financial Secretary: Charlene Britt Editor: Yolanda Vaughn Chaplain: Geshla Windley Historian: Angie Hudgins Foundation Chair: Peney Williams Parliamentarian: Renee Walker Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Ruth Smith-Kirven Associate Chair: Sharon Harrington Father’s Auxiliary: Jonathan McGlothian

President: Simone Windley Vice-President: Sarah Kirven Secretary: Sydney Beverly Treasurer: Elwood Boone Parliamentarian: Hailey Keys Chaplain: Jonathan McGlothian Sergeant-at-Arms: Danielle Doss

by 24 dynamic women with a focus on the pursuit of knowledge and personal and educational enrichment for their children. Louise C. Mitchell was the first chapter president. Ella Perry, a founding member, served as National Editor of the “Up the Hill” publication from 1952-1956. Our mission is to maintain the highest quality of children’s activities through maximum teamwork, partnership and community involvement.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING During the 2017 program year the Norfolk Chapter accomplished much in the fulfillment of our motto to work, play and live together. The year began with a celebration of the life of Carole Robertson/Jack and Jill Day with our annual family picnic. The teens lead the ceremony and school supplies were collected and donated to a necessitous school in the community. We continued the educational and cultural enrichment with a trip to the National Museum of African-American History and the National Mint where we all developed a greater appreciation of how far we have come and how money is made. In celebration of Black History month, we attended a production of The Marian Anderson Journey at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts. Families received an extra treat when they were able to participate in a meet and greet with the cast and learn more about the struggles Marian Anderson faced in her lifetime. A Financial Literacy for Kids workshop was held at Towne Point Bank where all age groups learned about the importance of saving money. The importance of mental health was the focus of our Casuals group as they learned about peer pressure, bullying and decision making. The year was not all about work as the grade groups also supported our motto of playing with a variety of social events. The Humpty Dumpty’s hosted a pumpkin carving at the park. A visit to Howl-OScream at Busch Gardens was a mixture of work and play for our teens. October also provided an opportunity for all age groups to attend a performance of The Lion King that featured a former Jack

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ORANGEBURG, SC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Tarshua Teresa Mack Vice-President: Mellinda Tyler Program Director: Starlette Jean Recording Secretary: Colleen Whetstone Corresponding Secretary: Hope Bonnette-Smalls Treasurer: Wanda Harmon-Smoak Financial Secretary: Pamela Free Editor: Audrey Irick Chaplain: Kemeka Johnson Historian: Verlie Tisdale Foundation Chair: Jackie Mack Parliamentarian: Melissa Smalls Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Nicole Anderson Associate Chair: Candace Berry-Vaughn Father’s Auxiliary: Howard Free

President: Tekiah McClary Vice-President: Layla McMillan Secretary: Jaela Tyler Treasurer: Arrin Anderson Parliamentarian: Seve Mack Chaplain: Olivia Jeffries Sergeant-at-Arms: Joceline Irick

CHAPTER MEMBERS Melissa Amaker Smalls, Nicole Anderson, Hope Bonnette-Smalls, Pamela Free, Audrey Gordon, Aisha Graham,

Wanda Harmon (Smoak), Wallette Hudson, Audrey Irick, Starlette Jean, Lakesha Jeffries, Kemeka Johnson, Eve Lighty, Jackie Mack, Tarshua Teresa Mack, Nikki McCants-Carr, Adrienne McMillan, Clay Sandra Ray, Verlie Tisdale, Mellinda Tyler, and Colleen Whetstone.

CHAPTER HISTORY

The Orangeburg Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated was established October 22, 1966 by Mellicent Anderson. There were thirty-one members.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Orangeburg Chapter dove into a successful, heartfelt planning year, on August 11-12, by participating in their first overnight retreat at St. Christopher Camp & Conference Center in Charleston, SC. This excursion led to stimulating ideas for the upcoming year. Mothers understand that we must help our children reflect on their past in order to embrace the future. In combined efforts to commemorate Carole Robertson’s Day and celebrate Jack and Jill Day, our first family outing was held at South Carolina State University. Children in all age groups were able to present posters about information they researched about Robertson’s tragic death. Afterwards, Jack and Jill Day was celebrated by families tailgating and attending an HBCU football game.

2017 the Orangeburg Chapter was presented a plaque for their community service. New beginnings bring about meaningful changes. On January 15, MLK Community Service Day will take place at Connie Maxwell’s Children’s Home. This is a home for children in Orangeburg who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. Our kids will present them with care packages and create friendship bracelets as a keepsake to remind them they have a new friend. In February, Buttons and Bows (ages 2-8) will spearhead an oratory program entitled “A World without Black People”. Youngsters will perform a play and give speeches on an inventor of their choice to discuss what life would be like without that invention, and how they will continue the legacy. Of course, other great activities are planned each month, but these will surely enable our chapter “The Power to Make a Difference.”

Thus far, our Jack and Jill darlings have been engaged in cultural, educational, and most importantly, meaningful civic activities. Some highlights for the fall season include: care packages for the elderly (Buttons and Bows, preK-2), The Taste of Orangeburg (Lads and Lassies, 3rd -5th), a visit to a Holocaust Museum (Skirts and Shirts, 6th-8th), and a vivacious African Dance/Drumming Class (Vogues and Esquires 9th-12th). In November, our teens continued an ongoing community service project, which began in 2016. Through a funded grant, our chapter was able to provide a reading corner at the Orangeburg Development Center for kids from the ages of 2-8. This year, teens made this reading corner even more inviting by painting a Dr. Seuss mural, and will continue to volunteer to read. On December 15,

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PORTSMOUTH, VA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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President: Schwanzetta Williams Vice-President: Tracey Young Program Director: Melissa Jones Recording Secretary: Ronda Davis Corresponding Secretary: LaSondra Adams Treasurer: Summer Banks Financial Secretary: Monica Sparks-Williams Editor: Melanie Gilchrist Foundation Chair: Janet Lawrence Parliamentarian: Latanya Gray Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Dana Woodson

President: Trinity Woodson Vice-President: Jordan Young Secretary: Horace Gilchrist, III Treasurer: Nehemiah Aikens Parliamentarian: Nehemiah Aikens Chaplain: Vincent Echols Sergeant-at-Arms: Maurice Harrison

CHAPTER MEMBERS LaSondra Adams, Clarine Allen, Summer Banks, Victoria Cobbs-Echols, Allison Copeland, Ronda Davis, Nichol

Fisher, Melanie Gilchrist, Sonya Grant, Latanya Gray, LaReese Harrison, Melissa Jones, Janet Lawrence, Stephanie Morales, Dianna Ransom, Monica Sparks-Williams, Schwanzetta Williams, Dana Woodson, Thomasina Wright, and Tracey Young

CHAPTER HISTORY

The Portsmouth Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated began as the “Jay and Jays” and was organized in 1957. The group had 25 charter members. Working as an affiliate group of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the mothers carried out numerous service projects while awaiting installation into the national organization. The Portsmouth Chapter was installed into Jack and Jill of America, Inc. on Saturday, October 3, 1958.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Members of the Portsmouth Chapter

and their families embraced “The Power to Make a Difference” through impactful activities during the 2017-2018 programming year. In September, the Portsmouth Chapter celebrated our annual Jack and Jill Day at the Kroc Community Center in Norfolk, VA. The event was designed to foster J&J relationships and inspire camaraderie amongst all our families with swimming, food, and fun. That same month, we began our year-long debris removal from the grounds of Parkview Elementary, helping beautify the community through the Adopt-a-Spot Program. In November, the chapter presented two complete Thanksgiving Feast Baskets to the Wesley Center of Portsmouth, VA for families in crisis. That month, Roadrunners also experienced math and science in action during the Billiards: Pool-sticks, Angles, and Speed event. December was

a time for cultural enhancement as the Unicorns group celebrated with our Kwanzaa Cookies and Cocoa Exchange. In January, all four area chapters hosted our annual Founders’ Day Luncheon which honored the history and heritage of our organization. In February, Portsmouth Roadrunners spent time honoring their elders when they connected with the seniors at Golden Living Center for arts and crafts. In March, the Teen Achiever’s attended the MEAC Semifinals/Championship at the Norfolk Scope for one of the ultimate HBCU experiences. Teens were able to compare that HBCU experience with other educational program year events at Hampton University, Norfolk State University, and the Battle of the Bands in Atlanta. Our Fathers and Fitness Nerf War proved to be a popular event in that month as well. In May, the Teen Achievers organized a Mother’s Day Brunch to show honor and admiration for moms who have guided them along the path of life, the J&J way. The entire chapter came together for a National Black Family Day Celebration, recognizing our children’s accomplishments and community service while focusing on STEAM with a massive geocaching scavenger hunt and barbecue. Families used mobile devices to find geospatial coordinates beginning at home then navigated to the first clue in the Lake Shore community. The next several clues required teams to head out on foot to find goodies in various geocache containers previously placed at specific coordinates and then met up at the barbecue for lunch and presentations.

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QUEEN CITY, NC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

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2, 2017, the chapter ended the program year with our signature fundraiser, Taking It To The Top – Part III. Our event was a day into the night Progressive Party With A Purpose, celebrating charitable fundraising in an elevated fashion.

President: Laura Bynum Vice-President: Rhonda McNutt Program Director: Kimberly Cope McCrary Recording Secretary: Mechael Lewis Corresponding Secretary: Allison Atwell Treasurer: Cynthia Bush Financial Secretary: Nichole Majors Editor: Tamara Harrison Chaplain: Shauna Graves Historian: Tamara Harrison Foundation Chair: Lasheta David Parliamentarian: Corie Pauling Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Chevelle Haley, Kym Selden, Sharay Selden, Aimy Steele, and Kym Walker Father’s Auxiliary: Eric Byrd

President: Bailyn Bolds Vice-President: Chaney Howard Recording Secretary: Kirsten Roddey Corresponding Secretary: AJ Love Treasurer: Mariah Steele Parliamentarian: Kayla Roddey Chaplain: Forrest Williams Sergeant-at-Arms: Dwayne Haley

At the 39th National Convention, Queen City was granted chapter status. Our chapter installation and initiation of 62 charter members took place August 28, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our mission is to ensure meaningful, cultural, social and educational programming is provided for the enrichment and betterment of our children’s lives. We will continue the legacy that our founders envisioned for the families of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The members of Queen City kicked off the program year with a joint Carole Robertson Memorial and Jack & Jill Day of remembrance and celebration of family on September 16th. We remembered Carole and the three other girls killed in the Birmingham Church bombing during the Civil Rights Movement. Afterwards, our families enjoyed fellowshipping with each other and participating in the many park amenities such as wildlife adventure, train rides, gem mining, miniature golf, and paddle boats. Queen City hosted this year’s Leadership Summit. The theme, Leadership: Is It Inside Your “DNA”? and similar course titles were infused with popular Hip Hop, Pop and R&B lyrics to encourage work and play amongst the children. 2nd thru 12th graders from all four Charlotte area chapters had the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills by focusing on financial literacy, public speaking, mental health and legislative advocacy. On June

Trailblazers (4th – 5th Grade): Sweet Cases – We Are Kids, Not Trash Did you know that when most children enter foster care they receive two trash bags? These children do not have any luggage when they travel from one home to the next? As a Community Service Project, the Queen City Trailblazers’ decided to change the way many foster kids carried their valuable life treasures. They decorated duffel bags to ensure foster kids had something to call their own. These personalized duffel bags were delivered to a local foster care agency. This service project gave the Trailblazers’ an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of foster children in Charlotte. Innovators (6th – 8th Grade) & Trendsetters (9th – 12th Grade): K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace The tween and teen groups visited the Levine Museum of the New South community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings in Charlotte and throughout the nation. They made posters and signs to state their views about civil rights as well as participated in a peaceful and orderly march.

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TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Thea Horton Vice-President: Shelly Watson Program Directors: Virginia James and Shelia Reich Recording Secretary: Courtney Telfaire Corresponding Secretary: Bridgette Wilson Treasurer: Udobi Campbell Financial Secretary: Lin Kimsey Editor: Koren Townsend Chaplain: NeSonya Parker Historian: Pamela Woodyard Foundation Chair: Trina Fischer Parliamentarian: Donna Murray Teen Advisors: Monica Pigues and Tijuana Crosby Associates Chair: Beverly Ellis Morgan Father’s Auxiliary: Kelly Lumpkin Immediate Past President: Ife Mitchell-Parks

President: Chaz Crosby Vice-President: Ellis Woodyard Recording Secretary: Justin Lumpkin Corresponding Secretary: Zachary Martin Treasurer: Adam Clark Parliamentarian: Nia Pierce Sergeant at Arms: Nicolas Kimsey Chaplain: Travis Barker Historian: Leah Horton Foundation Chair: Meagan Kelly Editor: Maya Kelly

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Raleigh-Wake program year began with our annual tradition of combining Carole Robertson Day and Jack and Jill Day with an excursion to New Bern, NC. New Bern, which was the first capital of North Carolina, was known as the gateway to freedom during the Civil War. It starts with the history celebrated in the exhibits of Tryon Palace to the many houses and buildings in the area constructed by black craftsmen to historic firsts and a marker honoring U.S. Colored Troops. RWJJ honored Carole Robertson and our ancestors in New Bern who blazed a path for freedom. In November, Raleigh-Wake co-hosted the N.C. State University Jack and Jill Engineering Day. This was a joint activity with RaleighWake, Capital City and Durham Chapters of J&J in collaboration with NCSU College of Engineering Minority Programs held at the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library on NCSU Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC. The children participated in NCSU student-led science demonstrations that taught them how to collect and analyze data and perform team-based experiments. Families were led on a tours of the campus and library by members of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The chapter teens participated in a Day in the Life College Student Panel session.

Also in January, Raleigh-Wake families will volunteer for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service United Way Signature Program for Wake County. With our children, we will create soup mixes and rice bags for area food pantries, make blankets for local homeless shelters and create literacy tools for early childhood education programs. Raleigh-Wake will host the National Black Family Day in May. The event will focus on positive self-image and the importance of family solidarity. A family barbeque with recreational activities that focus on group/family cohesion will be provided. Our annual “Stepping Up” ceremony will also be a part of this event. Raleigh-Wake children look forward to upcoming events like the March of Dimes Walk in Raleigh, NC, NCSU Veterinary Medicine Open House in Raleigh, NC, a ski trip to Sugar Mountain, NC, a STEM flight training program in Durham, NC, Youth Legislative Day in Raleigh, NC, a tour of the International Civil Rights Museum and N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, NC.

In December, Raleigh-Wake families and friends joined together for our annual holiday celebration held at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, NC with the theme of “The Night Before Christmas”. There was a youth dance presentation as well as dedicated activity stations for all age groups. The Raleigh-Wake teens got the opportunity to hang out in the black cinema room to watch the movie “This Christmas.” In January, mother members will gather to observe the founding of our organization. This year’s theme “Treasuring Our Past While In Touch With Tomorrow” will highlight our national and chapter history. We will also have the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the aims and goals of Jack and Jill.

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RICHMOND, VA CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

President: Clara M. Pettus Vice-President: Chris Carlisle Program Director: Shandra Stewart & Remy Thompson Recording Secretary: Amanda Johnson Corresponding Secretary: Renee Goode-Boyd Treasurer: Courtenay Scott Financial Secretary: Ronnette Anderson Editor: Renee V. Johnson Historian: Angela Moss Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Robin Beale, Charlene Fox, Lisa JohnsonHicks, Karen Pettis-Walden

President: Donnie Oliver Vice-President: Kelli Hicks Secretary: Logan Anderson; Chandler Pettus Treasurer: John Moss Sergeant-at-Arms: Carson Chavis

CHAPTER MEMBERS Linda Anderson, Ronnette Anderson, Robin Beale, Marla Bell, Lillie Bennett, Kenya Blake, Carol Brown-Harris, Gina Burgin, Gena Burr, Maricia Campbell, Chris Carlisle, Cynthia Coleman, Karen Crawford, Marsha Crawley-Williams, Movita DanielGardner, Tasha Dickerson, Catherine Epps, Anissa Foster, Christina Foster, Charlene Fox, Guarnetta Gaines, Stephanie Gilliard, Renee Goode-Boyd, Michelle Green, Dawn Greene, Kelly Harris-Braxton, Amanda Johnson, Lydia Johnson, Renee Johnson, Lisa Johnson-Hicks, Audra Jones, Vicki Latham-Solomon, Melanie Layne, Karen Love, Mary Malveaux, Mia Mimms, Angela Moss, Wendy Patterson-Prescott, Karen Pettis-Walden, Clara Pettus, Kimberly Robinson, Erica Royal, Courtenay Scott, Almeater Smith-Alston, Shandra Stewart, Nicole Thomas-Jackson, Remy Thompson, Tracy Tucker, LaTasia Turpin, Thanda Warner, Katina Worsham, Shawne Zollar CHAPTER HISTORY

The Richmond Chapter was established in 1950 with 14 charter members: Mrs. Clara J. Brown*, Mrs. Alice R. Calloway*, Mrs. Sue C. Clay*, Mrs. Marion C. Davis*, Mrs. Irma R. Dillard*, Mrs. Evelyn S. Fraser, Mrs. Aretha S. Freeman, Mrs. Evelyn R. Johnson, Mrs. Altia H. Picott*, Mrs. LeMoyne W. Savage, Mrs. Irma H. Smith*, Mrs. Leola C. Turpin*, Mrs. Carolease B. Wallace, Mrs. Bernice D. Winston* (*deceased). Since its founding, the Richmond Chapter has worked hard to provide for children by planning and providing entertaining activities that enrich their lives educationally, socially, religiously and culturally.

importance of honeybees in our everyday life. Richmond Senior Teens began their program year with their annual Lock-In. They were fortunate to have Minister Reginald Meyers from St. Paul’s Baptist Church as their facilitator for the evening. The teens were provided with modules and discussion on several of their key modules. The teens collected money at their lock-in and were able to donate $250 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief efforts. We are looking forward to chartering our Associates Chapter, fine-tuning our signature fundraising event and celebrating our Jack and Jills and mothers. The women of the Richmond Chapter of Jack and Jill have “The Power to Make a Difference.”

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Richmond Chapter kicked off the 2017-2018 program year with our annual Chapter Retreat. Mothers accepted the challenge to “Move 4Ward,” and commit themselves to being more present in the community through service, developing leadership in our children, and cultivating relationships with each other. Mothers collected $300 to send Visa gift cards to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Relief Fund to benefit our friends affected by Hurricanes Imra and Harvey. In November, the Chapter collected toiletry items to be presented to hundreds of families at the Richmond Community Thanksgiving Feast held at the Convention Center. The Chapter came together to celebrate Carole Robertson and Jack and Jill Family Day in Jackson Ward, one of Richmond’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. After remembering Carole Robertson, we attended the Second Street Festival, where we held a voter registration drive. Our youngest Jacks and Jills kicked off the program year with Mr. Keith Tignor from the Virginia Department of Agriculture for a Bee Garden Party. Using games and hands-on learning tools, Mr. Tignor shared the

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CHAPTER HISTORY The South Charlotte Chapter was officially installed on August, 28, 2010, after an exciting journey that began in September 2008 by a determined group of talented women. With the Greensboro Chapter Sponsorship and the leadership of Sonja Nichols, the South Charlotte Provisional Chapter worked diligently in their community and with National and Regional Officers to ensure that their dream of being part of Jack and Jill, Inc. be successfully realized. By 2010, the Provisional Chapter, which consisted of 63 mothers and 121 children and teens, completed 13 mother’s community service projects, 80 program activities, and raised close to $20,000 in monetary donations. Today, the South Charlotte Chapter has more than doubled in size with a strong and dedicated membership of 118 mothers.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING Dedicated to teaching our children we all have “The Power to Make a Difference,” the South Charlotte Chapter is participating in programming which is educational, productive and fun. The program year began with a “splash” in August with age group swim pool socials to re-connect and to continue to foster new friendships. By September, the Chapter celebrated Jack and Jill Day where we welcomed new and returning families with fellowship at the Sanctuary on Lake Wylie. During that day of fun activities, the Junior Teens flexed their leadership and presentation skills by leading our Carole Robertson Memorial, and the Senior Teens led the family fun activities.

President: Nichelle Levy Vice-President: Kim Richards Program Director: Jennise Kelson Recording Secretary: Gaye Holmes Corresponding Secretary: Shamieka Dixon Treasurer: Brandy Simons Financial Secretary: Tabitha Tyler Editor: Kama Pierce Chaplain: Chelsea Padgett Historian: Kelli Putman Foundation Chair: Tiffani Jones Parliamentarian: Tiffany Fox Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Karen Workman Associate Chair: Lila Donaldson Father’s Auxiliary: Stephen Silvera and Malik Dixon

President: Rebecca Oliver Vice-President: Sahara Willis Secretary: Jada Hampton Treasurer: Jillian Dees Parliamentarian: Amanda Oliver Chaplain: Kayla Knight Sergeant-at-Arms: Charles Oliver

Since its inception, the South Charlotte Chapter has been blessed with strong leadership beginning with the continued guidance by President Sonja Nichols (2010-2012), and amply followed by President Nikki Fleming (2012-2014), and President Nichelle Levy (2014-2018). Under President Levy’s leadership, the South Charlotte Chapter’s mission of “Fostering Families, Friendships, Futures and Faith with a Foundation of Excellence” continues to be our focus as our Chapter works diligently to positively impact our children and community.

All age groups have been “making a difference” in our community as evidenced by the Senior Teens’ Kids and Nature Volunteer Day at Squirrel Lake Park assisting local youth with a host of nature activities in October; by the 4th and 5th graders assembling Bedtime packages for children affected by Hurricane Harvey also in October; and by the 2nd and 3rd graders working with Bright Blessings to assist in creating packages for children staying in local shelters in November, to name a few activities. In addition, the 2017-2018 program year for our Chapter included the Installation of the South Charlotte Associates Group on November 5th; a chapter-wide “Night at the Museum” Christmas gathering; a multi-chapter Legislative and Leadership Summit; and a myriad of other programming in support of our mission and theme.

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SPARTANBURG, SC CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017-2018

TEEN OFFICERS 2017-2018

CHAPTER HISTORY The Spartanburg Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Incorporated was organized by the joint efforts of Mrs. Lonnie Holman, Mrs. David Parks, and Mrs. Charles Spann in March, 1975. After the required probationary period, the Spartanburg Chapter was voted to go to the twenty-second (22~) National Convention of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. The chapter began with 23 members.

CHAPTER PROGRAMMING The Spartanburg Chapter began the year volunteering with a community wide event in the back to school drive. After the event, Our children gathered for their back to school splash party. Our annual chicken and waffle fundraiser was held in September along with the celebration of Carole Robinson recreational activity at the bowling alley. Meeting with our teens, Moms and Dads enjoyed the movie day out seeing ‘Marshall’. Our younger children welcomed October with a day at the farmers market, while the teens enjoyed Scarowinds in Charlotte. Our seasonal wrap project was a success helping provide coats to unserved children. Feeding the Community project for November, meet the needs of about 150 elderly residents. We adopted a family for the holidays, and created holiday ornaments with prospective families. In December we welcomed our Associate group with the attendance of NT Taylor, RD Douglas-Ward and RA Motley.

President: Karla Starks Vice-President: Erica Brown Program Director: Kamala Mcfadden Recording Secretary: Anissa Milbourne Treasurer: Audril Jones Financial Secretary: Anesha Rumble Historian: Glynis Peters Foundation Chair: Myra Foster Parliamentarian: Lornea Prioleau Teen Sponsor/Advisor: Bonita Wise Associate Chair: Angelina Cunningham

President: James Wise Vice-President: Jordan Starks Secretary: Margaret Young Treasurer: Morgan Prioleau Chaplain: Charity Metcalf

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MID-ATLANTIC REGION CAPITAL CITY, NC KENNEDY LOGAN BYRD

Debutante Kennedy Byrd is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Byrd (Andrea). Kennedy Byrd was presented to society at the 2nd Annual Rose and Sapphire Ball sponsored by the Capital City Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. on May 6th, 2016. She was escorted by Mr. Chancellor Mills. As part of the the six month program, Kennedy participated in life skills workshops, leadership training, and community service. Upon graduation, she plans to attend college and pursue a major in Journalism and Public Relations.

REJI SIMPKINS

Reji Simpkins is the daughter of Kelvin and Randi Jones. She was presented to society at the Raleigh Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc. Beautillion as the escort of Capital City Chapter Jack, Jaedon Williams on April 1, 2017. Reji plans to attend Louisburg College in the fall and begin her studies in Sports Medicine.

J. JAEDON TRENT WILLIAMS

J. Jaedon Trent Williams is the son of James and Tene Williams. Jaedon was presented to society at the Kappa Alpha Psi Militaire Scholarship Beautillion in April 2017 and at the Rose and Sapphire Ball sponsored by the Capital City Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. in March 2018. Jaedon attends Heritage High School in Wake Forest, NC and plans to attend college in the fall majoring in Communications.

CHARLESTON, SC SIERRA MONAE’ BROWN

Sierra Monae’ Brown is a senior at James Island Charter High School. She is the daughter of Hope W. Brown and the late Marvin Brown. Sierra was presented to society at the North Charleston Cotillion on April 29, 2018. She’s been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 12 years. Sierra was on the Cheerleading Squad at James Island Charter High School. She is a member of Morris Brown AME Church/Jr. Usher. Sierra will attend college & major in Psychology.

JADA ORR

Jada Orr is the daughter of Johnny Orr, jr and Paula Orr, MD. Jada was presented to society at the Gamma Xi Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Youth Leadership Program on March 17, 2018. The Charleton County School of the Arts student pans to major in mass communications at Howard University.


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CALEB AVERY SMITH

Beau Caleb Avery Smith is the son of Kevin L. and L. Nichole Smith and brother to Miss Carsyn Ashleigh Smith. Beau Caleb Smith was presented to society at Charleston Youth Leadership Council’s Rites of Passage Program on February 25, 2018. This Charleston County School of the Arts student plans to major in Film at Howard University in the Fall of 2018. Caleb plans to pursue entrepreneurship in the fim industry.

COLUMBIA, SC JAMARA NOEL GREEN

Debutante Jamara Noel Green is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.R. and Tonya Green. Jamara was presented to society at the Seventeenth Season of the Poinsettia Cotillion on December 28, 2017. Jamara is a Junior in the Early College Academy at Fairfield Central High School. Upon graduation in 2019, Jamara plans to attend college majoring in Pre-Law as a first step to fulfilling her desire to become a family law attorney.

JANELLE NICOLE GREEN

Debutante Janelle Nicole Green is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.R. and Tonya Green. Janelle was presented to society at the Seventeenth Season of the Poinsettia Cotillion on December 28, 2017. Janelle is a Junior in the Early College Academy at Fairfield Central High School. Upon graduation in 2019, Janelle plans to attend college majoring in Mathematics/Computer Science in pursuit of a career in cryptology, the study of writing and solving codes.     

DURHAM, NC T’LEZ ERSKINE LORENZA FOULKES

T’lez Erskine Lorenza Foulkes is the son of Dr. Dave and Arnica Foulkes. T’lez was presented to society at the 2018 Sapphire Rose Ball, sponsored by the Capital City Chapter in Raleigh, North Carolina of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. on March 16, 2018. This Cardinal Gibbons High School student plans to attend a four-year university and major in Mathematics with a goal of becoming an oral surgeon.

NICHOLAS JOHN PERRY

Nicholas John Perry is the son of John Perry and Kathy Everett-Perry. Nick participated in the nationally recognized Beautillion Militaire Scholarship Program sponsored by the Durham Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity in the spring of 2018. The Jordan High School honor student plans to attend a four year university and major in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

ALEXANDRA NICOLE MAUNEY

Alexandra Nicole Mauney is the daughter of Mrs. Felicia Washington and Mr. Ronald Gibson. She was presented to society on April 14, 2018 at the 55th Annual Spring Cotillion, sponsored by the Beta Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Alex is the Durham Chapter Teen President and Mid-Atlantic Region Teen Parliamentarian. Upon graduating from East Chapel Hill High School, she plans to focus on a pre-med track at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before going to medical school and settling into a career as a dermatologist.

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC MADISON EBONI LAPSLEY

Madison Eboni Lapsley is the daughter of Mr. Brian and Mrs. Wendy Lapsley. Madison was presented to society and crown Debutante Queen of Alpha Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. on November 24, 2017. Additionally, Madison was the recipient of essay writing scholarship. The Pine Forest High School senior plans to attend Hampton University or Winston Salem University and major in Kinesiology.

LARK NAIEMA TAYLOR

Lark Taylor is the daughter of Dr. R. Demetrius and Andrea Taylor. On June 16, 2018, she was presented to society at the Jabberwock Scholarship Pageant sponsored by the Fayetteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. The Jack Britt High School student plans to major in Biology at North Carolina A&T State University in pursuit of becoming a Pediatric Dentist.

GREATER FREDERICKSBURG, VA KAYLA CHERIE WHITE

Kayla Cherie White is the daughter of Dr. David O. White and Ms. Deirdre Powell White. Kayla was presented to society at the Xi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s Biennial Debutante Cotillion on November 18, 2017 where she was crowned “Miss 2017 Debutante”. The James Monroe High School junior plans to major in broadcast journalism at James Madison University or The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

PORTSMOUTH, VA TRINITY ELISE WOODSON

Trinity Elise Woodson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie and Dana Woodson. She was presented to society at the Eureka Club’s Debutante Cotillion in April 2018. The Lakeland High School student plans to major in Political Science at Howard University, Hampton University, or North Carolina A&T State University.

QUEEN CITY, NC BAILYN TEMI BOLDS

Bailyn is the daughter of Anthony Bolds and Beverly Hammonds-Bolds. She has been selected by the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to participate in their 2018 Cotillion. As a participant, she will be exposed to community service, personal development, educational enrichment, financial responsibility and cultural awareness activities from September 2017 - April 2018. Bailyn will be presented to society on April 7, 2018. She attends Mallard Creek High School and plans to major in Biology at Spellman College. Her goal is to become a Cosmetic Dermatologist.

CHANEY KIMBERLEIGH HOWARD

Chaney Kimberleigh Howard is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Howard. She was presented to society at the Pearls of Distinction Debutante Cotillion, sponsored by Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Deltas of Charlotte Foundation on April 7, 2018. The Charlotte Latin School student plans to major in International Business and Spanish at University. Future plans include study abroad, language immersion and mission work in Spanish speaking countries.

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RALEIGH-WAKE, NC ADAM NORWOOD CLARK

Adam Norwood Clark is the son of Tom and Vanessa Clark. Adam was presented to society at the Rose and Sapphire Cotillion/Beautillion, sponsored by the Capital City Chapter of JJOA, on March 6, 2016. The Wake Early College of Health and Sciences student plans to major in Clinical Laboratory Science and minor in music education.

CHAZ CROSBY

Chaz Crosby is the daughter of Dr. Kenneth and Tijuana Crosby. Chaz was presented to society at Beta Iota Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated Cotillion on April 14, 2018. The Ravenscroft student plans to major in biology/pre-med at a 4-year university.

RICHMOND, VA CARSON CHAVIS

Carson Chavis was presented by his mother, Ms. Maricia Campbell Chavis, and his uncle, Dr. James Ashton Campbell, Jr. Carson is a junior at Hanover High School where he has lettered in football for three years. Carson plays the alto saxophone in the Hanover High Concert Band and is on the wrestling team. Carson has won first place in the STEM Science Fair twice and aspires to attend a four-year university, where he will major in engineering and sports Medicine. He has a career goal of creating medical devices that will allow athletes to heal faster and live better lives.

HALIE ALEXIS FOX

Halie Alexis Fox is the daughter of Kevin L. Fox and Charlene Jones Fox. Halie was presented to society at The Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s Debutante’s Ball Event on December 16, 2017. The St. Catherine’s student plans to major in Music Technology at The University of Miami.

MADISON IRIS GARDNER

Madison Iris Gardner is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Gardner. Madison was presented to society at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Debutante Ball on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Madison was escorted by Mitchell Pettus, son of Mr. and Mrs. Randy Pettus. A junior at St. Catherine’s School, Madison serves as a student ambassador, peer advisor, and is a member of Censations a capella choir, and Ampersand Theater. She currently is earning her Gold award with Girl Scouts. Upon graduation, Madison plans to study business or political science.

ROBERT AUGUSTUS “GUS” TURPIN, IV

Robert Augustus ‘Gus’ Turpin, IV is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Augustus Turpin, III. Robert was presented to society at the 2017 Beautillion hosted by the PROC Foundation, Inc. on November 18, 2017. The Lee-Davis HS student plans to major in music at an HBCU. Robert is an Alto Saxophonist in the Concert band and a Tenor Saxophonist for the school’s Marching and Pep bands. Robert was an Alto Saxophonist for the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild. He serves on the Youth Usher Board at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church where he is an active member of the Dream Maker Academy.

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MID-ATLANTIC REGION CAPITAL CITY, NC KENNEDY LOGAN BYRD

Kennedy Byrd is a senior at Cary Academy in Cary, NC and is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Rodney Byrd (Andrea). She has been a member of Capital City Chapter for 5 years and has served as the 2016-2017 Regional Teen Vice-President. Kennedy is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Senior Editor of the yearbook and Track Team. She has voluntered for the March of Dimes, Boys & Girls Club, United Way, Reedy Creek Elementaray Tutoring, Ronald McDonald, Haven House and Autism Society. Upon graduation, she plans to attend college and pursue a major in Journalism & Public Relations.

CHRISTOPHER DANTE PARRIS

Christopher Parris graduated from Panther Creek High School in Cary, North Carolina. He is the son of Chimone Parris and Timothy Parris. He was a charter Jack of Capital City, participating since 2011. Christopher was a member of Panther Creek’s Cross Country team for three years. He was also in Duke University’s Talent Identification Program for the past 7 years. His community service activities included the Cary YMCA, Raleigh Boys and Girls Club, March of Dimes, MLK Day of Service and Hurricane Relief. Christopher will attend Wake Tech in the fall and study graphic design.

REJI SIMPKINS

Reji Simpkins is a senior at Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC and is the daughter of Kelvin and Randi Jones. She has been a member of the Capital City Chapter since 2016. She serves as Capital City’s Teen Parliamentarian and on the Nominating Committee for the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Region Teen Conference. She is a member of FFCLA, the Sports Medicine team, senior manager for the Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team and teen liaison for the Youth Committee at NROCC Church in Raleigh, NC. She is exploring her college acceptance offers and is looking forward to majoring in Sports Medicine.

J. JAEDON TRENT WILLIAMS

J. Jaedon Trent Williams is a senior at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, NC and is the son of James and Tene Williams. He has been a member of the Capital City Chapter since 2011. He is currently Capital City’s Teen President and served as Chaplain. Jaedon has lettered in varsity football all four years and was the team captain his Senior year. He has also received a varsity letter award in track and field both his Junior and Senior year. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The Letterman’s Club and the Kappa Scholars. In college he will major in Communications

CHARLESTON, SC ZOE COOPER ASCUE

Zoë Cooper Ascue is a senior at Wando High School in Charleston, South Carolina and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craig and Tanya Ascue. She has been a member of the Charleston Chapter for 15 years. Zoë attends Greater Zion A.M.E Church. Zoë has been an active member of the Wando Orchestra playing the string bass, tennis player of six years, and Rotary Club member. She has decided to attend South Carolina State University where she will major in Nursing. She aspires to become a registered travel nurse and work internationally.

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SIERRA MONAE’ BROWN

Sierra Monae’ Brown is a senior at James Island Charter High School in Charleston, SC and is the daughter of Hope W. Brown and the late Marvin Brown. She’s been a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for 12 years. Sierra was on the Cheerleading Squad at James Island Charter High School. She is a member of Morris Brown AME Church/Jr. Usher. Sierra will attend college & major in Psychology.

ELLIS AUSTIN GOODWIN

Ellis Austin Goodwin is a senior at Fort Dorchester High School in North Charleston SC. He is the son of Bill, Jr. and Vanessa Goodwin. Ellis has been an active member of the Charleston Chapter for 10 years. Ellis volunteers with several organizations such as the Local Homeless Shelter and neighborhood schools for science and reading tutoring. Ellis is a member of the Beta Club, 4 Year Lettered Honors Scholar, Captain of the Varsity Basketball Team and South Carolina Boys State member. He plans to attend Wofford University where he will major in Medical Science.

WILLIAM LLOYD HEPBURN

William Lloyd Hepburn, a senior attending Charleston County School of the Arts, is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hepburn. An avid piano player and cyclist, William is a quiz bowl team leader, serves on the Mayor’s Youth Commission, plays rugby, and has been a member of Jack and Jill for nine years where he has held the position of treasurer. He was a Palmetto Boys State Citizen and volunteers with the Veterans Administration. William also regularly volunteers with organizations providing assistance to special populations. He plans to major in Biology.

JADA ORR

Jada Orr is a senior at Charleston County School of the Arts in Charleston South Carolina and is the daughter of Mr. Johnny Orr, jr and Paula Orr, MD. She has been a member of the Charleston chapter of Jack & Jill for 18 years and currently serves as the teen president. Jada also served as the regional Nominating chair and the teen regional parliamentarian. Jada began her own after-school program which has been in place for three years to teach the arts to children in the Charleston community. She has decided to attend Howard University where she will major in communications.

CALEB AVERY SMITH

Caleb Avery Smith is a senior at Charleston County School of the Arts in Charleston, SC. He is the son of Kevin L. and L. Nichole Smith and big brother to Carsyn Ashleigh. He has been a member of the Charleston Chapter of Jack and Jill of America for three years.Caleb volunteers with several organizations such as The March of Dimes, Hands of Christ, American Heart Association. Caleb has over 450 hours of community service, which has been recognized on a local, state and national level Caleb has plans to attend Howard University where he will major in film

CHARLOTTE, NC CHARLEE BALTIMORE

Charlee Baltimore is a senior at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlee is the daughter of Kevin and Gail Baltimore. She has been a member of the Charlotte Chapter for 5 years having served as senior teens Sergeant at Arms. Charlee is involved in the Black Student Union, Order Of The Mavs, Girl Scouts, concert band, Mayors Youth Program, Toastmasters International Youth, and UNCC STEM Program. Charlee will be presented in the 55th annual AKA Cotillion. She will pursue a degree in Forensic Science to later become a Forensic Pathologist.

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SAVON ANDERSON BRATHWAITE

Savon Anderson Brathwaite is the son of Allison Brathwaite and a senior at Hough High School. He has been a member of the Charlotte Chapter for 8 years, and previously the Brooklyn NY Chapter for 7 years. He is an honors student, co-captain of his varsity soccer team (Player of the Year), member of the Black Student Union and Beau for the Beta Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Community involvement includes Special Olympics of Lake Norman, Habitat for Humanity and Crisis Assistance Ministry. Savon plans to pursue interests in Sports Medicine and Exercise Sciences.

MAKENZIE SAVONNE DAVIS

Makenzie Savonne Davis is a senior at Davidson Day in Davidson, NC, and daughter of Cynthia and the late Wayne Davis. Makenzie completes 14 years as a member in the Phoenix and Charlotte Chapters. She is active in school and the community, and has received academic and athletic honors. She loves anthropology. As a thespian, Makenzie has been in over 19 performances in Davidson Day Theatre. Makenzie is participating in the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 54th Annual Debutante Cotillion. She plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill or NYU and major in fine arts.

ALEC EASTON

Alec Easton is a senior at Cannon School in Concord, NC. He is the son of John and Jilda Easton. Alec has been a member of Jack and Jill Charlotte for ten years. He was a member of the Men’s Varsity Tennis team and is currently the president of Spectrum, the diversity and inclusion club at Cannon. Through Spectrum, Alec seeks to broaden perspectives and engage others in meaningful dialogue to celebrate the power of diversity. He plans to study sociology in the fall.

RION GIPSON

Rian Gipson is a senior at East Mecklenburg High School in the International Baccalaureate Program. She is the daughter of Ron and Erica Gipson and has been a member of the Charlotte Chapter for 12 years. She has been an active member of Executive Class Council, ACE Mentor Program, Co-Captain of both her Varsity Volleyball Team and National Club Volleyball Team, Marching and Symphonic Band, and Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Rian serves as co-chair of the Community Service Committee in Jack and Jill. Rian plans to major in political science in the fall.     

ASHLYNN LACEY GRAY

Ashlynn Lacey Gray is an honors student in the top 5% of her class at Blythewood High. She is an Honors Marshal, Palmetto Fellow, member of Beta Club, Science National Honor Society, Spanish Club and a DECA regional finalist. Ashlynn is the daughter of Attorneys Glenda Faye Coleman and Glenn Gray. She has been a part of Jack & Jill since elementary school. Ashlynn is the Foundation Chair for the Charlotte Teens and served as Teen Conference Chair. Ashlynn has not selected a college, but has received full-tuition scholarships. She will major in bio-medical engineering to become a pediatrician.

BRITTANY U. GRAY

Brittany Gray is a senior honor student at Blythewood High where she is in the National Science Honor Society, BETA Club, and founder of the Cultural Appreciation Club. She is the daughter of Attorneys G. Faye Coleman and Glenn O. Gray. Brittany has been in Jack & Jill since 2009. She is the Vice President of the Charlotte Teen Group and former Mid-Atlantic Regional Teen Nominating Chair. Brittany is a first chair violist, usher at Friendship Missionary Baptist, and plays on her school’s varsity Lacrosse team. Brittany will attend college this fall on scholarship majoring in pre-pharmacy.

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JOIE ELAINE MILLS

Joie Elaine Mills is a senior at Christ the King , in Huntersville, NC and is the daughter of James and Yvette Mills. Joie has been a member of the Charlotte Chapter of Jack and Jill for fourteen years. She is a scholar, athlete, musician and entrepreneur. She is active in the National Honor Society, Breve Glee Club and Varsity Basketball. She also manages a tutoring business and teaches Faith Formation classes and is a distinguished pianist and flautist. Joie plans to major in English and Spanish and pursue a career in law.

CAMILLE A. SIMMONS

Camille A. Simmons is a Senior at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, North Carolina. She is the daughter of the Honorable Theresa Holmes-Simmons and Melvin Simmons, Esq. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 15 years, and has been in the Charlotte Chapter for 9 years. Camille is a Delta Debutante and is active in many community service projects. She will attend Spelman College and will major in biology. Camille plans to attend medical school and become a surgeon.

COURTNEY SIMMONS

Courtney Simmons, an honor roll senior at Ardrey Kell HS in Charlotte, NC, is the daughter of Martin & Andrea Simmons. She has been a member of the Charlotte Chapter for 9 years and Jack & Jill for 13. She is a member of DECA, All Mecklenburg County Chorus, Region Debate Team and Creative Writing Club with poems published in area newspapers. She is a Black Lives Matter Activist and helped coordinate a sit-in at her school after the shooting of an unarmed man. She plans to attend North Carolina A&T majoring in Mass Communications and becoming an Entertainment Lawyer.

JALEN TYRELL LITTLE WATLEY

Jalen T.L. Watley is a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham, NC, where he is a Student Ambassador, member of the basketball team, member/officer of several clubs, and a volunteer at a veterinarian’s office. Jalen is an Eagle Scout candidate. The son of Theresa J.L. Watley and Tim Watley, Jalen has been a member of Jack and Jill since birth and a member of the Charlotte Chapter for 15 years. Jalen intends to pursue a degree/career in Engineering and/or Animal Sciences. While undecided, he has been accepted into the Biological Engineering Program at NCA&T.

JE’LEN LARENZ WILKINS

Je’len Larenz Wilkins is a senior at Covenant Day School in Matthews, NC and is the son of Jose’ and Pamela Wilkins. Je’len has been a member of Jack and Jill for fourteen years; four in the New Castle County Delaware Chapter and ten in the Charlotte Chapter. He presently serves as Teen Treasurer and previously served as Vice President and Chaplain. Je’len holds memberships in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Council, and is a Chaplain, and Peer Tutor. Although currently undecided on which college he will attend, Je’len plans to double major in Psychology and Neurosciences.

JEREMIAH CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS

Jeremiah Christopher Williams, son of Candace and Rufus Williams, attends Lake Norman Charter High School. Jeremiah joined Jack and Jill in seventh grade. He was chaplain for the teens. Jeremiah is active in chorus, theater, and many clubs. He is a First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is co-president of Playing for Others (PFO). Through PFO, Jeremiah held leading roles in musicals, wrote and performed spoken word pieces and original songs, emceed programs, and led seminars. Jeremiah has political aspirations and will select college and post graduate programs with his goals in mind.

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CHESAPEAKE, VA LAURYN ELISE FAUNTROY

Lauryn Elise Fauntroy is a senior at Portsmouth Christian School. She is the daughter of Dr. Dionne Harewood and Mr. Kevin Fauntroy of Chesapeake, VA. Lauryn is active in the local community; volunteering for the American Red Cross, the Foodbank of Hampton Roads, and the March of Dimes. She is a member of Brighton Rock AME Zion Church and in the Youth Choir. At school she is Varsity Cheerleading Captain, Chair of the Poster Club, Art Club, and leader of the Signs of Glory performance sign language group. Lauryn will attend college in Virginia, and major in Psychology and Art.

ERIANNA SERAIAH HAMMOND

Erianna Seraiah Hammond is a senior at Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, Virginia and is the daughter of Debra Dart and Louis Hammond, and the step daughter of Elgin Dart and Carol Hammond. She has been a member of the Chesapeake Chapter for nine years. In the past four years Erianna has served well over 3,500 hours. She has decided to attend Savannah State University where she will major in Marine Biology and plans to become a Marine Mammal Physician or Researcher.

COLUMBIA, SC JAELYN ELLIS

Jaelyn Ellis is the daughter of Tyrone and Jamelle Ellis. She is a graduate of Blythewood High School in Blythewood, SC. She has been a member of the Columbia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for nine years, during which, she served as the 2015-2016 Teen President. Jaelyn was the former secretary and president of the Leo Club, historian of National Honor Society, and member of the art, math, English, and social studies National Honor Societies, in addition to being a Disney Dreamer in 2016. In the fall, Jaelyn will attend a university, majoring in Film Production.

JORDAN CHRISTOPHER FLEMMING

Jordan Christopher Flemming, the son of George and Tarcia Flemming, is a senior at Blythewood High School. He has been a member of the Columbia Chapter of Jack & Jill since 2010 and has served as keen teen president and foundation chair. Jordan is a member of the Varsity Baseball Team, the Beta, Latin and Leo Clubs, and National Society for High School Scholars. He volunteers as a Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School Reader and with the InnerSole Foundation. Jordan will attend North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University to study bioengineering.

TIMOTHY ISAIAH MCDOWELL, JR.

Timothy Isaiah McDowell, Jr. is a senior at A.C. FLora High School in Columbia, SC and is the son of Timothy Isaiah Sr. and Tracy McDowell. He has been a member of the Columbia Chapter of Jack and Jill for six years. Timothy currently serves as the teen president and the immediate past legislative chair. He serves his community as a volunteer for the R.A.M. Foundation, on A.C. Flora’s wrestling team, George Bryan Academy golf team, and as an active member of the homeless ministry at Francis Burns United Methodist Church. Timothy is a new entrepreneur and launched WAV Clothing in 2017.

ANIAYA JHONITA PRICE

Aniaya Jhonita Price is a senior at Ridge View High School in Columbia, SC and is the daughter of Geonard and Eileen Price. She has been a member of the Columbia Jack & Jill Chapter for fourteen years. Aniaya is in the 4-year AVID program, a member of the National Beta Club, HOSA, Blazer Ambassadors, Science National Honor Society and the varsity softball team. She has also been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years, earning her Bronze Award and currently working on attaining her Gold Award. She plans to major in nursing and aspire to become a nurse anesthetist once graduating from college.

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DURHAM, NC KAYLA BEASLEY

Kayla Beasley, daughter of Darryl and Tamera Beasley, is a senior at Hillside High School in the International Baccalaureate program. She’s ranked 2nd in her class and is the Vice-President of the Student Government Association. Kayla has been a member of Jack and Jill for 11 years. She is an 11-Time All-American, the 2017 Indoor USATF National Champion and 4A State Indoor and Outdoor Champion in shotput. She has received Jack and Jill Youth Service Recognition awards and the 2017 Chapter Teen Athlete Award. Kayla will attend a Division I college to major in Business and participate in track. 

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LAUREN SYDNEY DIONNE GRAHAM

Lauren Sydney Dionne Graham is a senior at Chapel Hill High in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Dion and Tina Graham. She has been a member of the Durham Chapter for 11 years. An accomplished athlete, Lauren plays both club and varsity soccer. She competed in the Gothia Cup in Sweden, where her team placed 8th out of 120 international teams. She co-founded the L.O.C.K.E.T Club, is a member of the National Technical Honors and Achievers’ Societies and fluent in Spanish. She plans to attend college and pursue a career in Nursing or Physical Therapy.

LONDON HALEY DIONNE GRAHAM

London Haley Dionne Graham is a senior at Chapel Hill High in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the daughter of Dion and Tina Graham. She has been a member of the Durham Chapter for 11 years and currently serves as Teen Vice President. London co-founded a club for minority girls called L.O.C.K.E.T , and is a member of the National Honors, Spanish and Achievers’ Societies. London is a competitive senior company dancer at To The Pointe Dance and Arts Studio. She plans to attend college, majoring in Business Marketing, with aspirations of becoming a CMO for a Fortune 500.

JACOB “JAKE” JEFFRIES

Jacob (Jake) Jeffries, son of Rex and Sheronda Jeffries, is a senior at Durham Academy where he serves as a Senior Class Student Council Representative, a St. Augustine tutor and a member of the varsity track team. Jake has been a Jack and Jill member for 12 years and serves as the Teen Foundation Chair. He is a multi-year recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and the Durham Mayor’s Award. Jake has served as a Page for the NC General Assembly and for Governor Cooper. He plans to attend a univeristy in NC to pursue a liberal arts degree.

ALEXANDRA NICOLE MAUNEY

Alexandra Nicole Mauney, the daughter of Mrs. Felicia Washington and Mr. Ronald Gibson, is a senior at East Chapel Hill High School. A seasoned “Jill” (since age 4), Alex is the Durham Chapter Teen President and MidAtlantic Region Teen Parliamentarian. She plays point guard on the varsity women’s basketball team and is a member of the pep and year book clubs, as well as student government. Alex plans to focus on a pre-med track at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before going to medical school and settling into a career as a dermatologist.

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MICHAEL DANIEL MCGIRT

Michael Daniel McGirt is a senior at Hillside High School (HHS) in Durham, North Carolina and is the son of Emanuel and Dorothy McGirt. He has been a member of the Durham Chapter of Jack and Jill for 10 years and currently serves as Teen Parliamentarian. He also serves as president of HHS Student Government and captain of the HHS football team. He is a member of Mt. Level Missionary Baptist Church and is an usher and a youth missionary. He plans to attend Howard University and major in Pharmaceutical Sciences and become a researcher and lobbyist.

BRIANA LOUISE PARIS

Briana Louise Paris, daughter of Brandon and Kelley Paris. attends North Carolina School of Science and Math. She is an honor roll student and has received academic awards for physics and biology. She is a volunteer youth tutor, serves as president of several clubs at school, and a cheerleader. She is the current Teen Treasurer of the Durham, NC Chapter and has been a Jack and Jill member since 2008. She was a competitive gymnast earning individual and team state titles. Briana will attend a four-year university majoring in pre-med/chemistry and pursue a career in dermatology.

NICHOLAS JOHN PERRY

Nicholas John Perry, son of John Perry and Kathy Everett-Perry, is a senior at Jordan High School in Durham, NC where he is active in baseball, band, and the National Technical Honor Society. He is a member of Antioch Baptist Church where he serves on the usher board and the church’s “Serving Our Community” volunteer society. Nick has been a member of Jack and Jill for 10 years and has made the AB Honor Roll every quarter since middle school, except one. Nick plans to attend a four year university and major in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.

FAYETTEVILLE, NC JONATHAN TYLER EVERETT

Jonathan Everett is a senior at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, NC and is the son of Joseph and Cathy Everett. Jonathan has been a member of Fayetteville Jack and Jill Chapter for 2 years. Jonathan is a member of the Academy of Scholars, Key Club, National Honor Society, Academy of Information Technology, Junior Marshall 2017, and voted Outstanding Senior. Jonathan plans to attend University of North Carolina in Charlotte and major in Information Technology.

MADISON EBONI LAPSLEY

Madison Eboni Lapsley is a senior at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, NC and is the daughter of Brian and Wendy Lapsley. She has served the Fayetteville Chapter for fourteen years in various positions and is currently Teen President. Her accolades: Key Club, Marching Band (Drum Major), National Honor Society, Academy of Scholars, Junior Marshal, Outstanding Senior, Academy of Emergency Medical Sciences, Debutante Queen of ATO Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Cultural Pearls /ASCEND programs, Dance Team and Girl Scout Silver Award. She plans to attend Hampton University or Winston Salem State University.

LARK NAIEMA TAYLOR

Lark Taylor is a senior at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, NC and is the daughter of Dr. R. Demetrius and Andrea Taylor. She has been a member of Jack and Jill for 13 years with membership in the Fayetteville and Nashville chapters. Her accolades include: SGA, HOSA, Key Club, Varsity Track/Field (Captain) & Cheerleading, High School Young Entrepreneur Rep, N.C. Scholar, J&J Teen Vice-President, Treasurer, Corresponding/Recording Secretary, and currently Foundation Chair. She will attend N.C. A&T State University where she will major in Biology in pursuit of becoming a Pediatric Dentist.

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GASTONIA-PIEDMONT, NC CHARLES CORNELIUS CASON

Charles Cornelius Cason is a senior at South Point High School in Belmont, NC and is the son of Mr. Justin and Dr.Crystal Bowe. He has been a member of the Gastonia-Piedmont Chapter for 3 years, and has served as chapter parliamentarian. Charles has played football, basketball and track, is co-captain of his varsity basketball team and MVP for track 2 consecutive years. He is a member of the National Beta Club, National Honor Society, DECA, and Spanish Club. Charles plans to attend a 4 year university, where he will major in computer engineering.

JOHN WESLEY GIBBS, II

John Gibbs is a senior at Forestview High School in Gastonia, NC and is the son of Mr. John Gibbs and Dr. Jacqueline Folks. He has been a member of the Gastonia-Piedmont Chapter for 10 years. John has been active in participating in community service with Holy Angels, March of Dimes, and Gastonia’s Community Foundation Run. He has been co-captain of his Varsity Basketball team for the past two years and plans to attend Appalachian State University this fall to study business management..

HERMAN CLARK GORE, III

Herman Clark Gore, III attends South Point High School, Belmont, N.C. He is the son of Drs. Herman and Shawnya Gore (charter President). Since joining Jack&Jill in 2008, he was Chapter Teen President (2016) and Foundation Chair(2017). He is a member of the Chamber Choir,Interact club,Spanish club and HOSA. Herman is a board member of Teens Changing Gaston County,member of NAACP,volunteers for Holy Angels,Backpack Weekend program and performs for local charities/organizations as a member of The Gore Boyz(TGB). His goal is to major in Pre-med and become a physician.

CALEB EDWARD ODOM

Caleb Edward Odom is a senior at South Point High School in Belmont, North Caroline and is the son of Charles Odom and Cindy Friday. He has been a member of the Gastonia-Piedmont Chapter for nine years. Though he has not made a final decision on where he wants to attend college, he has strong interest in, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and well as Winston Salem State University. He considering a career in Nursing.

DENNIS MITCHELL TAYLOR

Dennis Mitchell Taylor is a Senior at Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, North Carolina and is the son of Terry and Regina Taylor. He has been a member of the Gastonia-Piedmont Chapter of Jack and Jill for 9 years. He has served as Foundation Chair and Editor. He is captain of the wrestling team, 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force R.O.T.C., and a member of the German Club. He will attend N.C. A&T State University where he will major in Computer Science and after graduation become an officer in the U.S. Air Force.

COURTNEY A. WILLIAMS

Courtney is a senior at Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia, NC and is the daughter of Mr. David and Mrs. Melissa Williams. She has been a member of the Gastonia-Piedmont Jack and Jill Chapter for eight years. Courtney provides community service to United Way of Gaston County, Girls on the Run and Salvation Army of Gaston County. She also raised over $500 during Breast Cancer Awareness Month for Cancer Services of Gaston County. Courtney has decided to attend Appalachian State University and major in exercise science.

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CYDNEY A. WILLIAMS

Cydney is a senior at Piedmont Community Charter School in Gastonia, NC and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David and Melissa Williams. Cydney has been a member of the Gastonia-Piedmont Jack and Jill Chapter for eight years. Cydney served as Junior Marshal for the 2017 Graduation Ceremony at Piedmont Charter School. She also serves as the current Secretary of Student Council. Cydney is an active volunteer for United Way of Gaston County, Girls on the Run and Gaston County Special Olympics. She will attend Appalachian State University and major in occupational therapy.

GREATER FREDERICKSBURG, VA ELYSSA M. CARTAGENA

Elyssa Cartagena is a senior at Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Virgnia and is the daughter of Tommy and Michelle Cartagena. She has been a member of the Greater Fredericksburg Chapter since chartering and currently serves as Teen President. Elyssa has been very active in the Fredericksburg community through both Jack and Jill and Girl Scouts, participating in clothing and food drives, tree planting, voter registration and volunteering at the YMCA. Elyssa is undecided where she will attend college but plans to major in Aerospace Engineering.

KEISHON ELLIS

Keishon Ellis is a senior Massaponax High School in Fredericksburg, VA and is the son of Mr. Clarence and Mrs. Nancy Ellis. He has been an active member of Jack and Jill for the past two years. Since the chartering of the Greater Fredericksburg Chapter in 2016, Keishon has been the Vice President for the Greater Fredericksburg Teen Chapter. Keishon is recognized in two sporting events, Bowling and Track/Field. He is an active DECA member and is captain of his High School Track Team. Keishon plans to attend Indiana Tech.

ALEXIS CATHERINE REBECCA GREEN

Alexis Catherine Rebecca Green is a senior at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries, VA and is the daughter of Gregory and Donna Green. Alexis is a member of the Greater Fredericksburg Chapter. She is a member National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society at her school. She is a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, VA where she is in the youth choir. She is undecided at this time on your college choice but plans to become either a surgeon or human rights lawyer.

GREENSBORO, NC SAMANTHA CABBELL

Samantha Cabbell is a senior at Weaver Academy in Greensboro, NC and is the daughter of Kyle and Diane Cabbell. She has been a member of the Greensboro Chapter for 15 years and is Teen Vice President. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Weaver Ambassadors, Interact Club, Providence Baptist Church Youth Fellowship and Girl Scouts. She has volunteered with NCCJ, the Greensboro Children’s Museum and the UNCG All Arts and Sciences Camp. Samantha plans to attend Georgetown University, Spelman College, UNC-Chapel Hill or Elon University and major in Spanish or International Studies.

HAVEN VIRGINIA GRIER

Haven is a senior honor roll student at Southeast Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina and is the daughter of Clarence and Yvetta Grier. She has been a member of the Greensboro Chapter of Jack and Jill for six years and has served as Teen Parlimentarian. Haven is a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. She is captain of the Varsity Cheerleading Team at school and serves as a youth member at St. Matthews United Methodist Church. Haven plans to attend Spelman College where she will major in Psychology and Law. 362


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SHELBY LENICE JACKSON

Shelby Lenice Jackson is a senior at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina and is the daughter of Mr. Thaddeus Jackson and Dr. Mishi Jackson. She has been a member of the Greensboro Chapter of Jack and Jill for six years where she served as Teen Secretary her junior year. She has volunteered at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, at the Boys and Girls Club and collected non-perishable items to feed victims of natural disasters and the homeless. Shelby plans to attend UNC Charlotte and major in International Business.

CLARKE LEIGH GILLIAM PHILLIPS

Clarke is the daughter of Mr. Wendell Phillips and Dr. Ruth Phillips. The Greensboro Day High School student plans to major in film at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Clarke’s leadership, honors and awards include: The National Honor Society, Varsity Tennis Team Captain, All-Conference Award 2014, 2015 and 2017, Year Book Editor and Diversity Leadership Council President. During Clarke’s free time, she volunteers as a youth tennis coach.

TORRE OSHAY STOKES

Torre Oshay Stokes, son of Atty. T.O. Pella Stokes and Dr. Sharon Long-Stokes, is a senior at the Early College Academy at Dudley High School and has been a member of Jack and Jill since the age of three. Torre resides as the Greensboro Chapter Teen President. He is extremely involved with his school, church and community. He reigns as Mister James Benson Dudley High School, second basemen on the varsity baseball team, and a member of the National Honor Society. Upon graduating Torre will attend Howard University with a major in Biology, then pursuing to become a Plastic Surgeon.

GREENVILLE, SC ADIA KATHRYN BENNON

Adia Bennon is a senior at South Carolina Connection Academy in Greenville South Carolina and is the daughter of Kathy Mcmillan-Bennon and Lee Anthony Bennon. She has been a member of the Greenville Chapter for 9 years. Adia is a leader the community including Harvest Hope Youth Leadership Board, where she organized a goods drive for local homeless shelters, plans to start a Non- Profit for girls her age called Flawed Yet Beautiful. She will major in Political Science and Minor in English and hopes to one day become a lawyer.

KEVIN LAMONT WILLIAMS, II

Kevin Lamont Williams, II graduated from Christ School in Arden, North Carolina. He is the son of Dr. Kevin and Lisa Williams. He has been a member of Jack and Jill for 11 years. Kevin’s achievements and community involvement include: soup kitchen volunteer, breakfast ministry, artistic stagehand volunteer, youth tutor, Jack and Jill teen treasurer and recording/corresponding secretary. He has been a member of his school basketball, baseball, football and track team. Kevin enjoys playing golf, listening to music and traveling. Kevin plans to attend the University of South Carolina or The Citadel and major in biology/pre- dentistry.

HAMPTON, VA MYLES BALDWIN

Myles Baldwin will be graduating from Tabb High Scho