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2017 Founders’ Day Event Gospel Brunch
January 15, 2017 – 11:30 a.m. Crowne Plaza North Dallas Near Galleria-Addison 14315 Midway Road, Addison, TX 75001 Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Chapters Beta Mu Omega | Xi Theta Omega 1| Tau Rho Omega| Chi Zeta Omega
Reflections in Time
2017 Founders' Day
Founders’ Day... in remembrance of the sixteen founding members of our sisterhood. Through their vision, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® has been “supreme in service to all mankind.” That great legacy and rich heritage are the reasons we celebrate today. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Chapters are committed to implementing the programs of our sorority and rendering the highest quality of service to the communities we serve. Today’s celebration reminds us of the work that lies before us.
Linda Reed Chairman
Charyl McAfee-Duncan Speaker Co-Chair
Patricia Hawkins Logistics Chair
Dawn Redmon Chairman
Aubra Gantt, Co-Chairman
Honoree Reception Chair BMO Chapter Representative
Janet Bell Odom
Nichelle Dawkins Treasurer
Felicia Layeni Speaker Chair
Communications/ Publicity Chair
Steering Committee Cassandra Gallaspy Registration Chair
Daphne Anderson-Hood Hostess Chair
Michelle Mizell Chapter Display Co-Chair
Sharon Marshall Vendors Chair
Vanessa Johnson Decorations Chair
Service to all Mankind Chair
Program Book/ Ad Sales Chair
XTO Chapter Representative
Chapter Display Chair
Undergraduate Presentation Chair CZO Chapter Representative
TRO Chapter Representative
Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International First Vice President
r. Glenda Baskin Glover was elected as International First Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in July 2014. She is the former International Treasurer of the Sorority, and has served on several international committees. These include Finance, Building and Properties, Investments, and the Legacy Endowment Fund and Corporate Support Committees. She is a member of Beta Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha in Jackson, MS. Dr. Glover serves as President Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, a position she has held since January 2013. She advanced a five point vision that includes: (1) academic progress and student success, (2) fund raising and partnerships, (3) diversity and inclusion, (4) shared governance, and (5) community and business outreach. She is a certified public accountant, an attorney, and is one of two African American women to hold the Ph.D-CPA-JD combination in the nation. She is a frequently sought keynote speaker at churches, national conventions, professional associations, and community groups. Dr. Glover was formerly the Dean of the College of Business at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi where she led the College of Business throughout the initial accreditation process, and spearheaded the implementation of the nationâ€™s first Ph.D. in Business at an HBCU. Her educational development began as a student at Tennessee State University, where she majored in mathematics. After graduating with honors with a Bachelor of Science degree, she pursued the Master of Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University. She then completed her doctorate in business from George Washington University, and later completed her law degree from Georgetown University. Her past employment also includes high level positions in the corporate sector. Dr. Glover is among few women to rise to the heights to serve on corporate boards of publicly traded corporations. These include Pinnacle Financial Partners, The Lenox Group, CitigroupStudent Loan Corporation and First Guaranty Bancshares. Dr. Glover also served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Jackson (Mississippi) Airport Authority. Dr. Glover is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, is a member of several professional and civic organizations, and is the author of more than one hundred articles and papers. She is regarded as one of the nationâ€™s experts on corporate governance, and frequently consults with USDA regarding outreach programs to minority farmers and landowners. Dr. Glover is married to Charles Glover and they are the parents of two adult children, Attorney Candace Glover and Dr. Charles Glover II.
Lift Every Voice and Sing
"Black American National Anthem" by James Weldon Johnson (1871â€“1938) Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of Liberty; Let our rejoicing rise, High as the list'ning skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us, Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, Let us march on till victory is won. Stony the road we trod, Bitter the chastening rod, Felt in the days when hope unborn had died; Yet with a steady beat, Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed We have come over a way that with tears has been watered, We have come treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast. God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way; Thou who has by Thy might Led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest, our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee, Lest, our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee, Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand, True to our God, true to our native land.
Programme Inspirational Music ....................................................DFW Metroplex Foundersâ€™ Day Choir Introduction of the Dais.................................................................... Dr. Janet Bell Odom Protocol Chairman Chi Zeta Omega Chapter, Plano, TX Welcome............................................................................. Linda Reed, General Chairman Chi Zeta Omega Chapter, Plano TX Occasion......................................................................Dawn Redmond, General Chairman Chi Zeta Omega Chapter, Plano, TX Recognition of Special Guests................................................ Adrienne Hunter, President Xi Theta Omega Chapter, Arlington, TX Greetings............................................................................ Dewanna Jefferson, President Chi Zeta Omega Chapter, Plano, TX
Katina M. Simeon, Esq. South Central Regional Director Chelle Luper Wilson
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The Honorable Todd Meier
Mayor, Addison, Texas
Invocation................................................................................................ Shirley R. Fisher International Sisterly Relations Committee, 21st South Central Regional Director Alpha Xi Omega Chapter, Dallas TX
Programme Lunch is Served Service to All Mankind........................................................................ Keena Thicklin Luckett Service to All Mankind Chairman Chi Zeta Omega Chapter, Plano, TX Introduction of the Speaker............................................................... Tavernar Baxter, President Beta Mu Omega Chapter, Fort Wort, TX Musical Selection........................................................ Velester DeBro, Beta Mu Omega Chapter Speaker............................................................................................. Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover Ph.D., JD, CPA, First International Vice President Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Presentation of Honorees.......................................................................................... Aubra Gantt DFW Metroplex Founders’ Day Co-Chairman Honoree Recognition Chairman Beta Mu Omega Chapter, Fort Worth Musical Tribute........................................................ DFW Metroplex Founders’ Day Choir Arranged and Composed by Lisa Belt Chi Zeta Omega Chapter, Plano, TX
Introduction of Fellow Greeks.............................................Gabriella Williams-Hill, President Tau Rho Omega Chapter, Carrollton, TX
2017 Golden Honoree
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Barbara Odom-Wesley Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley was initiated March 6, 1967, through Delta Rho chapter
in San Antonio, Texas while a student at Incarnate Word College (IWC). She earned the Bachelor of Science In Medical Record Administration and the Master’s degree in education and management. She began her professional career at the Bexar County Hospital District and returned to IWC as a faculty member and department chair for Health Information Administration.
She relocated to Arlington, Texas and continued her career as a professor in health studies and academic administration at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). She earned the PhD in health and family science at TWU. After 25 years at TWU, Dr. Odom-Wesley retired as a tenured professor. She opened her consulting business, MedPro Services, and advised healthcare providers in ambulatory and long term care settings. However, she returned to the academic world and taught and directed the health information technology program at DeVry University for another 10 years. Throughout her 47-year professional career, Dr. Odom-Wesley has been actively involved with her professional association. She served as president for the San Antonio and Dallas Medical Record Associations. She was elected as president of the Texas Health Information Management Association and culminated her illustrious career serving on the national level as president of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). She is a published author, and frequent public speaker. She has received numerous awards for her service and has the distinction of being a Fellow with AHIMA. After college graduation, Dr. Odom-Wesley served in Alpha Tau Omega in San Antonio. Upon relocating to Arlington, She discovered there was no Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter there. She led the effort culminating in the chartering of Xi Theta Omega chapter in Arlington. Dr. Odom-Wesley was the first president and served Zeta Mu at University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) as graduate advisor for 10 years. She has served the chapter continuously in multiple capacities and is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. In recognition of her service, Xi Theta Omega awards an annual scholarship in her honor. Because of Dr. Odom-Wesley’s commitment to community service, she volunteers with the NAACP, MLK Celebration Committee, United Way and Bible Study Fellowship. She has received the Good Citizen award for the South Central Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha. Dr. Odom-Wesley and her husband of 33 years, Curtis, are parents of three adult children and have one grandchild. The Wesleys lead a married couple’s ministry and enjoy traveling. Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley, we honor you as a 2017 Golden Honoree.
2017 Silver Honorees
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Silver Star Honoree
Rayshana Adams Rayshana Adams is a member of the Chi Zeta
Omega Chapter in Plano, TX. She was initiated on November 22, 1992, into the Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. While attending UAPB, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education.
While teaching, she furthered her education by completing Graduate school at Texas A&M Commerce with a Degree in School Counseling. She has now committed 18 years of service in the education field having experience at both the elementary and secondary level. What she enjoys most about her job is being able to build great relationships with her students and helping guide them in developing a clearer focus or sense of direction. Rayshana enjoys mentoring her middle school age students 6th through 8th grades and she works closely with the McKinney ISD Communities in Schools program to ensure the needs of all students are being met. Rayshana Adams has been married to Anthony D. Adams for 20 years and they are the proud parents of Anthony R. Adams and Cydni R. Adams. She is big on family and believes that family is lifeâ€™s greatest blessing. Rayshana Adams, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
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Dr. Andrews is a seasoned professional whose diverse career spans
across the fields of government, transportation, and education. With over 28 years in the workforce, she has served in a variety of key public and private positions including having served as a civilian abroad for the United States Navy during Operation Desert Storm. Her education and professional experience in business management, public relations/marketing, journalism, project management, crisis management, workforce development, strategic planning, community outreach, and media management has influenced education and transportation programs across the country and abroad. Dr. Andrews served as a Community/ Communications Liaison for the US Navy at RAF St. Mawgan, United Kingdom. Her community relations efforts within the Cornwall community helped lead to the award of the prestigious Ambassador’s Award to the US Navy Command stationed at St. Mawgan England and she was awarded a medal and the US Navy Civilian Service Award. Additionally, she was recognized and awarded a medal of honor by the community in Cornwall for her heroic lifesaving efforts during a vehicular accident. Throughout her career, there were key opportunities that helped to shape her personal and professional career; however, she is best noted for her efforts in workforce development within HNTB; a national architectural and engineering firm. In 2005, she developed a “partners program” within HNTB Corporation that would evolve into business opportunities for small and local disadvantaged businesses to partner in transportation programs and assist with building transportation infrastructure in local communities across the country. The legacy of the Partners Program continues throughout the company and it has assisted with the win of many key mega projects throughout the firm. Currently, Dr. Andrews is the Director of Workforce Development and Outreach Programs for HNTB and serves as the Director of Small Business Development for the $2.9 billion Modernization Project on I-94 in Detroit, MI. She also serves as an adjunct professor for two colleges and one major University where she facilitates undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate courses and serves as the advisor for the development of the School of Business and Information Science. Dr. Andrews holds a Doctorate in Management, Master’s in Business Administration, Master’s in Science in Information & Telecommunication Systems Management, and a Bachelor’s in Journalism/Psychology. She is an accomplished writer and the co-author of several instructional textbooks on leadership. Dr. Andrews is the mother of three adult children and four dogs and attends East Ridge Church of Christ in Rockwall, Texas. Dr. Audrey Andrews we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree. 31
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Angela Aileen Auzenne is married to Manuel Auzenne of Baytown, Texas and is a resident of Garland, Texas. She and Manuel have been married for 29 years and have two beautiful children, Blair Auzenne of Richardson, Texas, and Ashley Moore and son-in-law George Moore of Memphis, Tennessee. She is a proud native Floridian of Jacksonville who migrated to North Texas more than 33 years ago. She is the daughter of Silas Emanuel Jones, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and Betty Ann Jones, a Golden Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated®, Gamma Rho Omega Chapter, of Jacksonville, Florida. While attending college at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, Angela was initiated into the Mu Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated® in March 1982. She was part of the second Membership Intake at UNF. During that time, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications.
Currently she serves as the Associate Dean for Distance Learning with Dallas Colleges Online of the Dallas County Community College District. She has proudly worked as an educator and dedicated her career to helping students within the DCCCD for more than 26 years. Her professional highlights include numerous awards including, “Innovator of the Year”, serving on award-winning promotions teams and hosting many educational television programs. She is a member of the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations for Colleges and Universities, the Texas Association of Community College Marketers, and a graduate of Leadership Garland (XVII). Prior to working in education, Angela worked as a news writer/ reporter for an ABC Television News station in Jacksonville, a news editor for KMEZ AM-FM Radio in Dallas, Texas and the special events coordinator for KKDA AM-FM radio station in Grand Prairie, Texas. During her tenure in the broadcasting field, she received many accolades for excellence in news writing and community relations projects. Angela attends North Dallas Bible Fellowship where she serves on the Angel Tree Committee and volunteers with Sunday school programs and teaches vacation bible school. For more than 10 years she has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, DFW Metroplex serving area students and fundraising. She has mentored countless students on the benefits of education and lifelong learning in her many outreach activities throughout the years. Angela Auzenne, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree. 32
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Katrina Butler Katrina Thompson Butler was initiated into the Kappa Nu
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® in the Spring of 1992 at Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas. While in College Katrina served on various committees within the chapter and participated in a variety of community service projects. The one that particularly stands out was the time spent at the local nursing homes reading, singing and talking with the elderly residents. Katrina graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Biology. While attending the University of Texas at Arlington, she was a member of the Lady Maverick basketball team for three years. Upon graduation she began working at the Department of Family and Protective Service; where she has been employed for the last 23 years. She has a passion for children. She is a big advocate of the agency’s mission of keeping children safe and improving outcomes for children and families. Through her work with the agency, she has had the opportunity to work on a statewide workgroup to establish improved training for new caseworkers across the state of Texas. She is also a “Knowing Who You Are” facilitator. In this role she has the opportunity to facilitate courageous conversations regarding racial and ethnic identity, institutional racism, and personal biases. She had the honor of participating in Tarrant Counties 2016 National Adoption Day where 70 children were adopted by loving families. Katrina currently is a member of Xi Theta Omega Chapter in Arlington, Texas. She is active on the Program and Membership committees. She has assisted with various events. She was part of the Logistics Team for the 2015 and 2016 Débutante Balls. She has served during several of the Chapter’s signature events, the YES Summit and Family Expo. Katrina and her husband are members of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church where she is part of the Guest Services Ministry. Katrina served as the director of the praise dance ministry for 12 years at her prior church. Katrina is married to her loving husband, Kenneth Butler. She is the daughter of Gladys Thompson and the late Dickie Thompson. She is the proud mother of two children, Katherine and Matthew, and one grandchild, Stefan. Katrina enjoys working out, shopping, and dancing in her spare time. Katrina Butler, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree. 33
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Cheryel Carpenter was initiated into the Gamma Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in 1992. She is currently a member of the Xi Theta Omega Chapter in Arlington, Texas where she serves as Connections Chair and a deputy voter registrar. In conjunction with the Arlington Foundation for Excellence in Education, she works to fund raise for Chapter programs and scholarships. One of her passions is helping to advance educational and career opportunities for youth. She is a past chair of the XTO Scholarship Presentation and Débutante Ball and past chair of the D/FW Metroplex Founders Day Celebration. Over the years, she has served in many other leadership roles, including XTO Chapter Anniversary Chair, Recording Secretary and Ivy leaf Reporter. Cheryel is a graduate of Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English. She spent her early years as a news reporter before starting a career in public relations with the City of Arlington in 1994. She currently leads the Arlington Police Department’s community relations initiatives. She serves as a spokesperson, editor and writer of special publications and public safety campaigns. She has many years of experience in crisis communication management. She was recently appointed to represent the Arlington Police Department on the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Community Policing. Prior to joining the City of Arlington, Cheryel worked as a columnist and news reporter with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tyler Courier Times-Telegraph and KZEY Radio. She has worked as a news reporter in Houston and Fort Worth and has won many state and national journalism and communication awards. She is also a former television host and producer of the Arlington Update Show. She is a graduate of Leadership Arlington. She is also a member of the African American Peace Officer Association of Arlington and Arlington Police Foundation. Cheryel currently serves as a member of the Arlington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Directors, Arlington Alliance for Youth Board of Directors, and in 2015 was elected vice chair of the North Texas Public Information Officers Group, which is comprised of working PIO professionals from the region’s police, fire, emergency medical, government, education and hospital districts. She is also a member of the Arlington Branch of the NAACP. Since 1994, Cheryel has been a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Arlington. Cheryel resides in Arlington and enjoys family time, writing, gardening, quilting, volunteering, mentoring and photography. Cheryel Carpenter, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree. 34
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Andrea Christie Andrea Christie was initiated on February 22, 1986,
into the Gamma Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, IncorporatedÂŽ. As a member of Gamma Theta Chapter, she served as first vice president and Membership Chairman. Andrea is currently a member of Chi Zeta Omega Chapter and serves on the Pearls and Ivy Committee. Andrea is a proud graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Media Arts. She also received her Masterâ€™s in Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Andrea Christie is a highly accomplished, self-motivated, senior marketing professional with over twenty years of combined experience in brand activation, brand management, and integrated marketing. She was trained at top fortune 500 companies in traditional brand marketing. She currently serves as an independent marketing consultant. Andrea attends Living Hope Bible Fellowship in Richardson, Texas. She enjoys volunteering at a local food pantry and at breast cancer awareness events. Andrea has been married to her husband Mark for over 23 years and they have three children. She resides in Dallas, Texas, with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and reading. Andrea gives credit to God for everything and she knows that He is her strength and her joy. Andrea Christie, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
Silver Star Honoree
LaKeisha Davis LaKeisha Bradford Davis known as Candy to
her family and closest friends is a hardworking mother of four girls (ranging in ages from 19 to 8) and the wife of a loving and wonderful husband of 16 years. Born as the only child, compassion and unselfishness is something that was spun from the core and has been unwavering and unchanged. From an early age, care and caring has been synonymous throughout her life. She graduated from the High School of Health Professions with honors. Her college studies began at The University of North Texas. It was at North Texas that her fabulous life of an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman began. She was initiated in the Spring of 1991, Epsilon Mu Chapter. From there she was accepted into nursing school at Prairie View A&M where she completed a Bachelorâ€™s of Science degree. After graduating from college a new chapter in life began with the focus on career choices, furthering education, and obtaining various certificates and certifications which allowed her to work throughout various hospitals in Med Surg, ER, ICU, PCIU, Cath Labs and the ability to float to various departments and specialties with a vast amount of knowledge. With accumulated experience she has now found her passion as the Director of Nursing Services for St Gabrielâ€™s Hospice and Palliative Care. She feels that her ability to assist as people transition from what she perceives from our Earth to a Heavenly Existence is one of the most powerful and spiritual acts that one can freely give. As life continues, LaKeisha has always explained to her daughters the ongoing benefits of acts of kindness, community service, leadership and self-respect. With joining Xi Theta Omega Chapter she continues to form lasting friendships, social networking, enrichment activities and ongoing personal achievements with college educated women who share the same values. Lakeisha Bradford, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
Silver Star Honoree
Naomi Douglas Naomi Ruth Davis Douglas, is a member of Xi
Theta Omega Chapter in Arlington, Texas. She was initiated on December 1, 1977, into the Zeta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® at University of Arlington, in Arlington, Texas. While attending the University of Texas at Arlington, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. Naomi currently serves on Xi Theta Omega Chapter’s Programs and Ways and Means committees. Naomi Douglas has been married to Walter Barry Douglas for 35 years and they are the proud parents of one son, Regenald Alexander Douglas. Naomi Douglas retired from United States Department of Justice after 32 years of public service. She began a second career as a Real Estate professional, where she strives to create long term relationships based on trust, support, and a passion for helping others. Naomi’s career goals mirror her driving principle: “To whom much is given, much is expected,” Naomi Douglas has been a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church of Arlington, Texas, since 1990. She has continuously served in numerous ministries, programs and activities. Naomi is a member of a non-profit community organization, Altrusa International, Incorporated, Southeast Tarrant County Early Risers, of Arlington, Texas. Naomi Douglas enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, decorating, antiquing, cycling and traveling. Naomi Douglas has continuously used her talent, energy and determination to promote sisterhood in Alpha Kappa Alpha mission of Service to All Mankind. Naomi Douglas, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
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Patricia Harris Dr.
Patricia Roberts Harris was initiated into the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Sorority at the University of Houston. She is currently a member of the Xi Theta Omega Chapter in Arlington, Texas where she serves on the Connections Committee and assists with voter registration, empowerment and education initiatives. She helps to raise funds for Chapter programs and scholarships through her involvement with Arlington Foundation for Excellence in Education. After completing her pre-pharmacy curriculum at the University of Houston, Patricia attended Texas Southern University where she remained on the Dean’s Academic List and was awarded several health science scholarships. Patricia graduated cum laude with a B.S. in pharmacy from TSU and she was a active member of the Gamma Psi Chapter. While working as a hospital pharmacist in Houston, she pursued her Master’s degree in Biology at Texas Southern University. She graduated from the University of North Texas Medical School in Fort Worth and became board certified in family medicine. At UNT, she received the Medical Pharmacology Scholastic Award, Community Service Award for Geriatric, Summer Institute Scholarship from Boston University, and National Medical Fellowships from the Department of Public Health and Department of Epidemiology in Rockville, Maryland. She was also voted Intern of The Year during her post-grad training. Currently, Patricia supports health and awareness for mostly minority families in Fort Worth, Texas. Her private medical practice, Extra Care Concerns, specializes in the complete care and needs of elderly patients as well as training of medical students, nurse practitioners, front office and medical assistants. She is the proud mother of twin girls Trysta Harris, currently enrolled as a sophomore at Texas Southern University and Taja Harris, who is enrolled as a sophomore at Prairie View A&M University. Both are former AKA Débutantes, sponsored by the Xi Theta Omega Chapter and the Arlington Foundation for Excellence in Education. Patricia is an active member of the Diva Docs Female Physician group, Mass Choir of Fort Worth, South Tarrant County Womens Alliance, and board member of the Tarrant County Black Historical and Geneological Society. Patricia’s hobbies include singing, dancing, reading and traveling. Dr. Patricia Roberts Harris, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
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Maxine Jackson Maxine
Jackson was initiated into the Beta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated in 1989 at Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA. She is currently a member of Xi Theta Omega Chapter, Arlington, TX. While attending Southern University, Maxine was heavily involved in her undergraduate chapter. She cherishes the many memories she created with her sorors there because she truly enjoyed the commitment to community, service, and the activities in which she participated. In 1990, Maxine graduated from Southern University with a BS in Accounting. After graduation, Maxine moved to Fort Worth, TX. She was employed for several years at the Department of Human Services; however, her passion for helping children led her to pursue a certification in Elementary Education. Currently, she teaches for Fort Worth ISD where she has been employed for over fifteen years. Maxine enjoys working with students both in the classroom as well as in afterschool programs. Maxine is the daughter of the late J.C. Wilson and Thelma Stewart both of Lake Providence, LA. She is the wife of Dennis Walker and the mother of three sons. Her eldest son is employed and lives in Fort Worth, TX, her middle son is a member of the US Marine Corps, and her youngest is a junior attending Seguin High School. Maxine is truly honored to be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, IncorporatedÂŽ. She is equally as honored to have had the opportunity to experience a sisterhood such as this for over twenty-five years. Maxine Jackson, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree
Silver Star Honoree
Angela Jones Angela D. Jones (also known by her pen name
Angie Ransome-Jones) is a member of Xi Theta Omega Chapter in Arlington. She initiated in the Spring of 1991 at the University of North Texas in Denton, Epsilon Mu Chapter, where she served as President prior to graduating. As an author and speaker, Angie has already made her mark in the literary world and given her platform, by God Himself, to help readers get through the grieving process after suffering a loss. Her first book entitled “Path to Peace: A Guide to Managing Life After Losing a Loved One,” chronicles her journey of finding peace after the devastating and sudden loss of her father in 2013. It has quickly become a bestseller and as a result Angie spends most of her time traveling to speak to others about her journey. In 2010, she founded a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Magnifying Our Mothers (M.O.M.) in memory of her mother who was lost to cancer in 2002. Because of her selfless efforts and compassionate heart to help others navigate through tragic and loss, on May 26, 2016, Angie was named a Shades of Success Honoree - Dallas’ Most Successful & Influential Women. She has been featured on WFAA-TV Channel 8’s Good Morning Texas and WATN-TV’s Local Memphis Live. She has also been a featured author at the National Book Club Conference and Black Writers Association Book Conference and a panelist for the 2016 Southern Business & Living Magazine Book Festival and Small Business Symposium. When she is not pursuing her passion of service to others, Angie is a full-time Banking Vice President and Project Manager. She has been married for 23 years to Kenneth D Jones, who is an active member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Together they have with two sons, Myles (21) and Keaton (17). Angie also serves as a church and community volunteer, teaches yoga in her spare time and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® where she serves on the Sisterly Relations committee. She is also a member of Toastmasters International. Angela Jones, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
Silver Star Honoree
Nicole Prince, better known by her family and friends as “Nikki”, is proud to say she was born and raised in the Southside of Chicago. She is the youngest child born to the late Charles & Rachel Hauer. She attended a small HBCU called Barber Scotia College in Concord, NC where she earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing. Nikki was initiated into the Delta Psi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated®., on March 8th 1992 along with her 5 other Initiates. Although Scotia was not her first choice it was one of the best life decisions ever made. After graduating from college in May 1994, she and her best friend Nita Foote moved to Austin, TX knowing absolutely no one. Although marriage, family, church and life in general swallowed up most of her time, she reactivated into Beta Psi Omega Graduate Chapter of Austin TX in 2006 and quickly realized what had been missing. Nikki was very active during this time as the Co-Chairman of Membership Committee, Sisterly Relation Chairman, and Technology Chairman. Her favorite of them all was Sisterly Relations Chairman, as she loved having fun and laughing with Sorority Sister and coming up with fun activities. Nikki married her lovely husband Lawrence “LP” in 2000 on a very special date to her; not thinking that every year there after she would regret having to share this date with her husband and over 250,000 Sorority Sisters. At the time it was a good idea. They have two children Jailen, who is a junior in college at Aurora University in Illinois and Caulin who is a 9th grader at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. Nikki loved her 19 years in Austin and was very active in her church, Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, and her community until LP received a position in Dallas at his company Holt Caterpillar that he could not refuse. They have been living in Allen, TX since 2014. Although the adjustment was hard for her, she has enjoyed the Sorority Sister from Chi Zeta Omega Chapter that have embraced her and made her feel welcomed. Nikki loves dancing, music and laughing and although she regrets it she secretly loves working out with Camp Gladiator and attending several Hip Hop Zumba classes at Fitness Connection. This year she stepped out and did something that she never thought she would ever do. She became a Football Officiator for the Fort Worth Football Organization and absolutely loved it. Complete GIRL POWER feeling!! To be among other Silver Star honorees is something that she has always imaged and is something that she will cherish for years to come. Nicole Price, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree. 41
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Christina Satcher Christina L. Satcher is a member of Xi Theta Omega
Chapter in Arlington, TX. She was initiated on November 15, 1992 into the Theta Mu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. While attending UCA, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Psychology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. At the undergraduate level, Christina served on many committees and in various capacities including vice president and president. While she was the vice president of Theta Mu Chapter, she developed a love for programs. As a member of Xi Theta Omega Chapter, she continues that passion by recently serving on the programs committee as the chair of the chapter’s successful AKA One Million Backpacks initiative, creating innovative methods to collect backpacks from the community; led the chapter’s annual Ice Cream Social which partners with a local school to provide an opportunity for parents and teachers to meet at the beginning of each school year; and served on the scholarship committee as the parent liaison for the Winter Emerald and Gold Scholarship Ball and Débutante Cotillion. She currently participates as a Pink Pal, which is the chapter’s Mentoring program for newly reactivated members, and serves as the chairman of the Scholarship Committee. Christina also participates in various activities in her community. She advocates for the rights of children with special needs; served on the Starline Booster Club Board for her daughter’s dance team; served as a block leader for her neighborhood and helps organize her neighborhood’s National Night Out; sponsored a drive for teenagers to donate toiletries to Safe Haven; and helped organize various food and toy drives. Christina is married to her best friend, Kwasi Satcher. They are the proud parents of three daughtersCorae’, Khirstian and Kamaria. Christina has spent most of her professional career as a speechlanguage pathologist in the school system. Currently, she is a licensed assistant supervisor in the Arlington Independent School District. She has a true heart for service and seeks to expand clear communications and effective feedback as a method of improving sorority operations and sisterly relations, ultimately continuing the legacy of Supreme in Service to All Mankind! Christina L. Satcher, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Soror Honoree. 42
Silver Star Honoree
Beverley Sherman Beverley Sherman is a graduate of Northeastern University in
Boston Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting in December 1982. In May 1995, she received her MBA with concentrations in Finance and International Business from the University of St. Thomas in Houston Texas. Beverley is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in the state of Texas. Additionally, she holds the designation of Certified Internal Auditor. Beverley has over 20 years of financial management experience in the healthcare setting. She has worked the hospital setting as well as the clinical setting and has experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Beverley was initiated into the illustrious Iota Gamma chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, in May, 1978. She has served with the Xi Alpha Omega Chapter in Houston, Texas and currently she is a member of the Chi Zeta Omega Chapter of Collin County, Texas. As a member of Chi Zeta Omega Chapter, Beverley has served on the Educational Enrichment Committee, the Health Program Committee and the Family Strengthening Committee. She has been instrumental in partnering with various companies and her community in order to assist the chapter in meeting its goals towards the One Million Backpack initiative. During 2016, Beverley was the proud recipient of the chapter’s SMART award. In addition to her service with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Beverley volunteers with The Samaritan Inn where she provides financial coaching services to the residents. The Samaritan Inn is a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence. Additionally, she is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care system. As a CASA she is charged with promoting and protecting the interest of children who have been abused and neglected. She is the child’s official voice in court. During tax season, Beverley lends her financial skills to the AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program. As a Volunteer Income Tax Aide, she provides free income tax preparation assistance to low and middle income consumers, especially those over the age of 60. Beverley is the proud mom of April and Steven Sherman and the proud grandma of Elijah and Khalil Edwards. She is a member of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. During her spare time you can find her sailing the seven seas. Beverley loves to travel. One of her favorite quotes is “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Beverley Sherman, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
Silver Star Honoree
Yvette Spinks Yolanda Yvette Spinks is a native of Greenwood,
MS where she attended Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS. While attending Alcorn State University she was initiated in Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® in November 20, 1987. She is currently a member of Tau Rho Omega Chapter in Carrollton, TX where she has served as 2016 Correspondence Secretary and is currently serving as 2017 Hostess. Yvette is part of a legacy of Alpha Kappa Alpha women; her mother and both of her sisters are all Silver Stars.
At Alcorn State University Yvette earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Biology Secondary Education. Yvette is a registered Histologist (study of tissue), and she received her training at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, TX. She is also a registered Cytotechnologist (study of cells), and she received her training at Dallas Pathology Association Dallas, TX. She is currently employed as a Lead Cytotechnologist at Laboratory Corporation of America and has worked there for 22 years. Yvette is member of Jack and Jill of America and a member of Westside Baptist Church, Lewisville, TX. She also volunteers with United Feed the Homeless where they feed anywhere from 200 to 500 people one Saturday of every month. Yvette is committed to living up to the creed of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated which is “Service to All Mankind”. Yvette has been married to Charles Alan Spinks for 22 years, and they are the proud parents of 20-year old Courtney Airin who is a junior at North Carolina A&T State University and 16-year old Charles Austin who is a junior at Guyer High School Denton, TX. Yolanda Spinks, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
Silver Star Honoree
LaShonda Talley LaShonda Faye Talley is a member of the Chi Zeta
Omega Chapter in Plano, TX. She was initiated on March 1, 1992 into the Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. While attending UAPB, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. After graduating from UAPB, LaShonda began her career as an elementary teacher in Garland ISD and continued in Richardson ISD as an Instructional Coach and Mentor Trainer. After taking time to stay at home with her growing family, she resumed her career and is currently a teacher in Frisco ISD. With a passion for serving during her time away from her career, she became involved with Sem Elementary PTA, where she served as vice president, Program chairman and Spirit Wear chairman. LaShonda is member of North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship in Plano, Texas where she has served in the Children’s Ministry as a Lead Servant along with her husband and continues to serves with the Registration Ministry. She’s a devoted track and basketball mom. When she’s not cheering on her sons, she enjoys dancing, home improvement projects, and spending time with family and friends. LaShonda and her husband James have been married 20 years. They enjoy traveling, going to movies, and spending time with their two sons Jacob, 14 and Jordan 10. LaShonda serves on the Educational Enrichment Program Committee as co-chairman of the ASCEND program. LaShonda Talley, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
Silver Star Honoree
Jennifer Thomas Jennifer Broderick-Thomas is a member of the
Chi Zeta Omega Chapter in Plano, Texas. She was initiated on June 12, 1981, into the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® at University of California Los Angeles. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology. She later went on to earn a Doctor of Medicine degree at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Jenifer trained in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University and Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She is a diplomat of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons. Jenifer is also a member of the American Medical Association and the National Medical Association. On moving to Plano, Texas in 1997, she joined Willow Bend Women’s Center and later became the Medical Director of Harmony Womens Healthcare and West Plano Hormone and Wellness Center. She has served on many committees at both Texas Health Plano and Baylor Hospital of Frisco. Jenifer currently serves as the Assistant Chief of The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Health of Plano. She is committed to a lifetime of compassion and service to mankind. In fact, Jenifer has traveled to Nigeria and the Dominican Republic on medical mission trips, where she has served hundreds of people needing medical care. Jenifer is an American citizen with Jamaican heritage. She has been married to Dr. Kevin F. Thomas for 21 years. They are the proud parents of Sydney, Chase, and Corey. Jenifer is a member of Living Hope Bible Fellowship, where she continues to serve her community both locally and globally. “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 Dr. Jennifer Broderick-Thomas, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
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Deidra Turner Deidra Rochelle Crawford Turner was born in Bartlesville,
Oklahoma and grew up in Houston, Texas. She was initiated into the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® at Texas Christian University (TCU) in the spring of 1992, her freshman year. Deidra is a lifelong learner and advocate of education. In addition to earning a BA in Sociology from TCU, she has earned a MEd in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, and a PhD in Sociology from Texas A&M University. Deidra has a proud history of dedicated service to Alpha Kappa Alpha. As an undergraduate, she served as Kappa Lambda Chapter’s treasurer and membership chairman. While she was pursing her doctorate degree, she was a member of the Rho Phi Omega Chapter in Bryan, Texas, and served as graduate advisor for the Xi Psi Chapter at Texas A&M. Upon receiving her doctorate degree and moving back to Fort Worth, Deidra joined the Beta Mu Omega Chapter where she continues to be an active member. Since joining Beta Mu Omega, she has held several leadership positions – Historian, Standards Chairman, First Vice President and President. In recognition for her strong sense of visionary leadership, she received second place in the South Central Region’s Jewel M. Thomas Visionary Award. In recognition of her outstanding contributions as chapter President, in 2016, Deidra received second place in the South Central Region’s Outstanding President Award, medium chapter. Deidra R. Turner currently works as the associate director for the Center for Academic Services at TCU. Deidra has also worked in student affairs, including fraternity and sorority life, housing, and student programming. In her free time, Deidra enjoys reading and scrapbooking. She is a patron of the arts, as evidenced by her community service profile. For four years she served on the board of directors for Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth, and she has also served on the board of Kids Who Care Musical Theatre. In addition, Deidra has been active with TCU’s Black Alumni Alliance, the TCU Clark Society Board, and the United Way Tarrant County Community Development Board as her way of giving back to TCU and the Fort Worth community. Deidra is an usher and a youth ministry volunteer at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. And even though she cannot sing, she plays a mean tambourine! Deidra is married to fellow Horned Frog and active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Darron Turner, who serves as the Chief Inclusion Officer & Title IX Coordinator at TCU. Together they have five wonderful children. Dr. Deidra Crawford Turner, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree. 47
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Katasha Varner was initiated into the Epsilon Sigma
Chapter during the fall of 1992 at Texas A&M University-Commerce, formerly East Texas State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Katasha is a Professional School Counselor with Fort Worth Independent School District and has held various positions in the education field throughout Texas. Katasha received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling as well as a Master of Arts in School Counseling at Amberton University. She obtained her Principal certification from Lamar University. Katasha has served on the following committees: Entertainment, Programs, Membership, Technology, Constitution and Bylaws, Graduate Council and AKA Connection. Katasha is the owner of Alliance Educational Consulting. She has served on committees with various organizations such as the Texas Association of College Admissions Counselors, National School Age Care Association, The American Cancer Society, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as having served as a City of Austin Human Rights Commissioner. Katasha enjoys domestic and international travel, film and theater festivals as well as spending time with family and friends. Katasha Varner, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree.
Silver Star Honoree
“She, who learns, must lead; and she who leads must never cease to educate others. It is our responsibility to cultivate leaders who can dream
big and boldly deliver.” It is this belief that inspires Chelle Luper Wilson to be a role model to others sending the message that there is a purpose and place for each of us, regardless of age, race or gender, in the betterment of our society. As a college student, Chelle lived this belief when she made history at the 1994 NAACP National Convention by becoming the first youth ever elected to the NAACP National Board of Directors At-Large position. As a national board member, Chelle served in several leadership capacities during a pivotal time of transition for the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From 2012-2016, Chelle served as Regional Director of the South Central Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. In this role, she coordinated service programs; planned and implemented nine annual conferences and managed the day to day operations of the more than 8,000 undergraduate and alumni members in 129 chapters across Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico & Texas. She was initiated into the Alpha Zeta Chapter of the sorority and now is currently a member of Tau Rho Omega Chapter where she has served in various leadership positions in both chapters. Chelle credits her professional development through her work experience in management capacities in the fields of Marketing, Advertising and Sales for such companies as Allstate Insurance, Sally Beauty Company and Pro-Line Corporation. While she enjoys entrepreneurial success as the owner of Pink Saige Boutique and Power Moves Communications where she has cultivated an upscale clientele of celebrities, professional athletes and luxury business brands, she also dedicates time continuing the legacy of her mother, the late civil rights activist Clara Luper through the Clara Luper Legacy Foundation. Chelle began the foundation in 2014 to embody the legacy of Clara Luper by establishing future generations of citizens dedicated to academic excellence and public service with a commitment to end acts of injustice and intolerance. An accomplished public speaker, many companies, organizations and schools have hired her to motivate and inspire their employees, members and students. Chelle’s conference and corporate retreat workshops have consistently evaluated as excellent and she has also received rave reviews for her work as a facilitator for many prestigious events and conferences. While her upbeat spirit and sense of style inspire all who come in contact with her, Chelle has a true passion for inspiring youth and helping them develop into their full potential so they are prepared to pursue their purpose. She is active with various youth charities and also maintains active membership in numerous civic and social groups including The Links; Jack and Jill of America; Denton County Medical Society Alliance; Langston University Alumni Association; Mocha Moms and the African American Museum. She is also the State Director for the Miss Black Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant, founded by her mom in 1968. Chelle, a native of Oklahoma City, is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Langston University. A McCabe Scholar and recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is happily married to Dr. Marc A. Wilson and the couple resides in Cross Roads, Texas with their three daughters Sasha (13), Sydney (12) & Saige (7) and son William (3). Chelle Wilson, we honor you as a 2017 Silver Star Honoree. 49
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