Greetings Dear Jacksonian, As a Candidate for President of JSUNAA, Inc., I have enjoyed traveling and speaking with Alumni from across the country. Each opportunity has further confirmed my belief that I am uniquely qualified to lead the Association into our next season of greatness as your next President. My service as the current Southeast Regional Vice President and past President of the Metro Atlanta Chapter demonstrates my leadership skills and experience. To continue the great work of the Alumni Association and reinforce the enormous strides made by previous administrations, I ask for your Vote. Your support and vote for my Presidency is a vote to strengthen our internal infrastructure, develop a sound plan to address the declining membership base and increase external support and funding for JSU. In order for JSUNAA to continue to survive AND thrive, we MUST establish and maintain strong, open and honest lines of communication with the JSU, polish the public image and perception of JSUNAA, fortify our governing documents, galvanize internal and external financial resources, reverse the current membership trends by actively engaging alumni from every generation and geographic location, ensure that student recruitment & retention remains a priority and develop a strategy to give the Association a stronger voice with a greater presence on the local, state and national level. Now is the time for the Alumni Association to rise to its full potential and move forward. With your support, WE can do this. How do we do this? It's As Easy As ABC! ALIGN the Alumni Association with the University to make local, state, national and global decisions that positively affect ONE Jackson State University. BRIDGE the gap between the Alumni and the students of ONE Jackson State University. COLLABORATE with community, civic and educational organizations for the advancement of ONE Jackson State University. This campaign is about the ABCs! I invite you to join our journey into greatness as we move forward to Align, Bridge and Collaborate for the advancement of ONE JSU! With Tiger Pride, Yolanda R. Owens JSUNAA Presidential Candidate 2014-2016
Summary of Service (Abbreviated) NATIONAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION JSUNAA Life Member Second Century Gift Club Southeast Regional Vice President: 2010-present Southeast Regional Board Member: 2009-2010 Southeast Regional Conference Coordinator: 2012 Black Tie Gala Souvenir Journal Designer: 2012, 2014 Development Foundation Ad Hoc Committee Chair: 2013-present Public Relations Committee Chair: 2010-present Constitution & By-laws Committee: 2009-present Nomination & Election Committee: 2011, 2013 Alumnus of the Year Committee: 2008-2010 Chapter Awards Committee: 2009-2012 JSUNAA Homecoming Graphic Designer: 2008 Chartered Augusta-CSRA Chapter: 2008 Chrysler Car Give Away Presentation: 2007 Biennial Conference Co-Chair: 2003 METRO ATLANTA CHAPTER (MAC) Metro Atlanta Chapter Life Member Alumnus of the Year: 2006 & 2010 President: 2005-2009 Assistant Secretary: 2003-2005 Alumni Affairs Chair: 2010-present Nominations & Elections Chair: 2011 Jazz Brunch Chair: 2009, 2010, 2012 Public Relations Chair: 2003-2005 Jazz Brunch Co-Chair: 2004-2006 Corporate Tour Co-Chair: 2005-2009 High School Day Co-Chair: 2005-2012 MAC ACCOMPLISHMENTS 2005-2009 JSU Founderâ€™s Day Award: 2007-2008 Student Recruitment Award: 2006-2008 Fundraising Award: 2008 Public Relations Award: 2006, 2007, 2009 DeKalb County (GA) Proclamation: 2007
Born in Hattiesburg, MS, Yolanda lived in several Mississippi towns before her family relocated to Athens, Georgia in 1987. She graduated from Cedar Shoals High School in 1989 and returned to her home state to attend Jackson State University, following in the footsteps of her parents. Enrolled in the dual-degree program, Yolanda received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from JSU as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, GA. After 10 years in the industry as a Civil Engineer, she shifted her focus from design to contracts and currently works for Jacobs Engineering Group as a Procurement Officer for the Southeast Region. A resident of Decatur, Georgia, Yolanda is a life member of JSUNAA, Inc. and a life member of the Metro Atlanta Chapter, Inc. She served as President of the Metro Atlanta Chapter from 2005-2009 and was named Alumnus of the Year in 2006 and 2010. During her presidency, chapter membership increased and more effective communication methods were established with a centralized email distribution list that the chapter still uses today. Also, during her tenure, the chapter website was professionally designed and fundraising reached an all-time high. Other service on the local level includes Assistant Secretary from 2003-2005 and chair of several committees including the well-known, highly successful Scholarship Jazz Brunch. Under Yolanda’s leadership, the Jazz Brunch sponsorships increased by 500%. Currently in her second term as Southeast Regional Vice President, Yolanda also served as a Southeast Regional Board Member in 2009-2010. Through her dedication and persistence, in 2012 the Southeast Region conducted its first regional conference in over 10 years. The Regional Motto is, “Building a Strong Region By Building Stronger Chapters”. Under Yolanda’s guidance, the Southeast Region has become a more cohesive unit with chapter presidents collaborating across state lines and engaging in friendly competition. An active member of Saint Philip African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Yolanda serves on the Richard Allen Usher Board, is trained as a Small Group Study leader for Crown Financial Ministries and is a past President of the Young Adult Ministry. She is also an active member of the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is currently the chair of the Nominating Committee. Yolanda enjoys running and has completed 4 half-marathons since January 2013. She enjoys travelling, spending time with family and finding creative ways to bond with friends. She is not afraid of unique adventure and has been spotted zip-lining, kayaking, parasailing and even belly dancing! She is the owner of two dogs, Foxy and Cleo.
Supporters JSUNAA Metro Atlanta Chapter, Inc. Luther Williams, JSUNAA Farwest Regional Vice President Lillian Wilkinson-Maynor, JSUNAA Northeast Regional Vice President Vera Watson, JSUNAA Mississippi Regional Vice President Johnny Gross, JSUNAA Midwest Regional Vice President 1999-2010 Lori Jackson, JSUNAA Mississippi Regional Vice President 2002-2004 Yolanda J. Butler, JSUNAA Northeast Regional Vice President 2010-12 Albert Holmes, JSUNAA Parliamentarian Sharon Davis, JSUNAA Secretary Arthur Lawson, JSUNAA Sergeant At Arms Katherine Cage, JSUNAA Treasurer Rev. Barron Banks, JSUNAA Chaplain Rosalind Hal, JSUNAA Mississippi Regional Board Member Bobbie Wilson, JSUNAA Mississippi Regional Board Member Henry Stovall, JSUNAA Northeast Regional Board Member Larry Cameron, JSUNAA Midwest Regional Board Member Raven Griffin, JSUNAA Southeast Regional Board 2010-2013 Brian Wilks, JSU SGA President 2012-2013 Andrell Harris, JSU Philanthropist Patrease Edwards, President Byram Terry Alumni Chapter Lance Bartee, President Huntsville Alumni Chapter Rodney Harris, President Nashville Alumni Chapter Jerry Zigler, President Charlotte Alumni Pending Chapter Latasha Ivy Rice, President Panola Tate Alumni Chapter David Robinson, President Dallas/Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter Drew Collins, Immediate Past President Dallas/Ft. Worth Alumni Chapter Carl Cunningham, Immediate Past President Mobile Alumni Chapter Tony Pigott, Immediate Past President Huntsville Alumni Chapter Frank Patterson, Immediate Past President Memphis Alumni Chapter Valda Barksdale, Immediate Past President Nashville Alumni Chapter Ranetta Goss, Immediate Past President Metro Atlanta Chapter Ken Archer, First Vice President Metro Atlanta Chapter Denise Gregory, Treasurer Birmingham Alumni Chapter Shakealia Finley, Secretary Metro Atlanta Chapter Sandra Scott, Past President of Augusta/CSRA Chapter C. Jerome Brown, Past President Hattiesburg Alumni Chapter