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Delta Newsletter SPRING 2015 • 29 the values and goals of the profession through that school social worker’s specific accomplishments and contributions in his or her services to students and families. Soror Grandison has applied for grants such as those from SDNEA to help students with shoes, clothing, bed-ding, senior fees, among other needs to assist in dimin-ishing barriers to their success in school. Every year, Soror Grandison takes seniors shopping at the St. Louis Galleria to buy their graduation clothes and shoes. Soror Grandison has already received honors from Special School District of St. Louis County as a recipient of the Lasting Impression Award for her initiative in making a difference in the lives of Normandy High School students within and outside the classroom. She received official rec-ognition as the 2014-2015 Missouri School Social Worker of the Year at the 47th Annual Midwest School Social Work Conference in Louisville Sept. 24-28. Soror Zsa Zsa Heard has been named executive di-rector of the LaGrange Housing Authority. The job entails developing housing communities, implementing HUD programs to aid families in becoming self-sufficient and partnering with the community to build programs. Soror Heard was previously employed with the Technical College System of Georgia where she served as chair of the Arts and Sciences Department and the chair of the Psychology Consortium for the system. She also taught psychology at West Georgia Technical College in LaGrange, Ga. and Columbus State University. She received her undergraduate degree in social work from Tuskegee University. Soror Heard holds a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from Troy State University. Soror Heard was initiated into the LaGrange Alum-nae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in 2000. She currently serves as president. Soror Daun Sessoms Hester, a member of Norfolk Alumnae Chapter, was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates for the 89th District in Norfolk, Va. Nov. 5, 2013. Soror Hester will serve the city of Norfolk, and the state of Virginia in Richmond. Soror Hester’s legislative assign-ments include the Education and Privileges and Elections Committees. Soror Hester has an extensive background in the political arena embracing 14 years on the Norfolk City Council. While on the city council, she was appointed as the vice mayor of Norfolk from 2004-2008 and was bestowed the honor of being the first African-American woman to serve in that capacity. Despite her incredibly busy schedule as an ardent and effective political figure, Soror Hester has served on many committees and in various leadership roles in Norfolk Alumnae Chapter, including vice president. She is the principal of Calvary Christian Early Education Center and is an educational consultant for Hester and Company. She is a graduate of Virginia State University where she serves on the board of directors. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in education and human development from George Washington University. Soror Patrice A. Hinnant, has completed a one year term as chair of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, the nation’s largest and oldest association of African-American lawyers and judges. Soror Hinnant was appointed to the Superior Court in 2009 by Governor Beverly Perdue and retained the seat by election in 2010 as the first African-American female Superior Court judge in Guilford County. She serves as secretary of the North Carolina Association of Superior Court Judges and delegate to the American Bar Association Judicial Division Conference of State Trial Court Judges. Soror Hinnant served as the first African-American assis-tant public defender and engaged in private practice. In 1996, she became the first female Democrat elected District Court Judge in Guilford County under which authority she partic-ipated in the creation of a Drug Treatment Court and served as its’ first presiding judge. In 2007, she became the first judge and African-American female president of the Greensboro Bar Association. Prior to becoming a judge, she served as a member of the State Bar ethics committee and grievance committee and has been affiliated with other Bar associations in various capacities over the years of her legal career. Soror Hinnant joined the Sorority in 1979 through the Greensboro (NC) Alumnae Chapter where she served as president (1986-90). She is a graduate of Spelman Col-lege and North Carolina Central University School of Law. Dr. Chavonda Jacobs- Young was recently named Administrator for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, becoming the first woman and African-American to lead the scientific agency. ARS is one of the world’s premier agricultural scientific organizations (approximately $1.1B annual appropria-tions). ARS’ portfolio of research and technology transfer programs deliver solutions to many of the nation’s highest priority agricultural challenges. Dr. Jacobs-Young recent-ly served as ARS associate administrator for National Programs. Prior to moving into her role at ARS, Dr. Jacobs-Young served as the director of the Office of the Chief Scientist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also served as the acting director for USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Jacobs-Young was a senior policy analyst for agricul-ture in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she supported President Obama’s science advi-sor and others within the executive office. She has participat-ed in a variety of agricultural scientific activities and worked across the federal government to improve interagency cooper-ation and collaboration on high-priority scientific issues. Dr. Jacobs-Young is a member of the Potomac Valley Alumnae Chapter. She holds master’s and doctorate degrees in wood and paper science and a bachelor’s degree in pulp and paper science and technology from North Car-olina State University. She also is a graduate of American University’s Executive Leadership in Public Policy Imple-mentation Program. In October 2013, Dominique Lewis was crowned Miss Shaw University 2013-2014. As Miss Shaw, Lewis enacted her platform to LEAD by example through leadership, energy, accessibility, and dedication. Her sister inspired her service project centered on being an advocate and bringing awareness to Shaw about Lupus and its affect on the African-Amer-ican community. Lewis, her court and students at Shaw helped raise $300 in the April 2014 5k Walk to End Lupus Now. Additionally, she hosted professional development fo-rums for students and was an ambassador to the university. Lewis served as the vice president of the Alpha Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, president of NPHC, a presidential scholar of the Honor’s College and member of Alpha Chi Honor’s Society. She was also on the Dean’s List throughout her time on cam-pus. Lewis has a passion for serving others and has volun-teered for four years at Save the Seed Learning Center, an afterschool program for elementary school students with learning disabilities. In addition to helping children, she is a peer mentor to the freshman students at Shaw providing guidance academically and socially. Lewis graduated summa cum laude with a major in psychology and minor in aerospace studies. She made history at Shaw University as being the first female to commission as a second lieutenant into the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, she will be a personnel officer at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia and will start work on her master’s degree in mental health counseling. On Aug. 28, Bennett College christened the renovated Merner Pfeiffer Plant, home of the College’s Journalism and Media Studies Program, by naming it after its 15th president, Dr. Julianne Malveaux. The naming ceremony took place at the former Merner Pfeiffer Plant now called the Julianne Malveaux Journalism and Media Studies Building. During her tenure at one of America’s oldest histor-ically black colleges, Soror Malveaux helped to usher in significant and notable transformation at Bennett Col-lege. She was instrumental in leading a successful 10-year reaffirmation of Bennett College’s accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; notice-ably improved existing facilities; and embarked on a $21 million capital improvements program—marking the first major campus construction in more than 25 years. Since leaving Bennett in 2012, Soror Malveaux has lectured at more than 500 colleges and corporate events. A respected economist, Soror Malveaux is also a broadcast and print journalist and author. Her books include: “Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes: Perspectives of a Mad Economist” and “Wall Street, Main Street and the Side Street: A Mad Economist Takes a Stroll.” Soror Carol Goss was awarded the Distinguished Business Leader Trailblazer Award during the Michigan CBC Delegation Reception and Motown Live Afterglow at the Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Sept. 26, 2014. Sponsored by Ford, the event honors Michigan’s leaders that empower the African-American community. Soror Goss is currently a fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative program at Harvard University. She previously served as president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation, a private independent foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of children in metropolitan Detroit by strengthening their schools and neighborhoods. She was named president & CEO of the Foundation in 2004. Crain’s Detroit Business cited her as one of South-east Michigan’s Most Influential Women. A native Detroiter, Goss has a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Master of social work from the University


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