New Developments at the Delta Research and Educational Foundation During the 2013-14 fiscal year, s several new developments have occurred at the Delta Research and Educational Founda-tion (DREF) -- new leadership, new staff, new programs, and new oppor-tunities to give. The Foundation has also returned to using its acronym, “DREF.” At the Foundation’s 2013 fall board meeting, the directors voted to return to using “DREF” as the ab-breviated name. Dr. Alison J. Harmon, president of the Foundation, stated: “A few years ago, we attempted to create a new brand identity by using the abbrevi-ated name ‘The Delta Foundation’ because it immediately told who we are – the Foundation of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. However, our sup-porters wanted something else; you continued referring to us as DREF! Our board has given you what you wanted – our abbreviated name is DREF.” As DREF continues to support Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in its second century of service, it contin-ues to strengthen its infrastructure to keep pace with the demands of its charitable endeavors. The Founda-tion created a new executive leader-ship position and an associate posi-tion on the DREF staff. Dr. Harmon recently announced that Patricia Watkins Lattimore has been selected to fill the newly created chief execu-tive officer role, making her respon-sible for directing the Foundation’s daily operation. “Pat brings an enormous wealth of management experience, resourc-es, and sincere passion to moving our mission forward,” said Dr. Har-mon. DREF also recently created the new position of development and pro-gram associate to pro-vide the much needed human capital to service its stakeholders con-sisting of donors, Delta chapters, students, and African-American wom-en and their families. The new associate posi-tion has been filled by Delta member Trenise Cockerham. Bradley Gayton Among the new DREF board members assuming office as of July 1, 2013 is Bradley Gayton of Michi-gan. Professionally, Gayton is the corporate secretary and assistant general coun-sel of Ford Motor Company. Since joining Ford as a staff attorney in 1991, he has held a variety of leadership positions within the com-pany. The new DREF board member holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a law degree from the State Uni-versity of New York at Buffalo. He has been elected to serve a three-year term to the DREF board. New DREF Staff Members Patricia Watkins Lattimore assumed the mantle of CEO effective January 6, 2014. During the past year, she served as the Foundation’s interim director. As the CEO, she is re-sponsible for the creation and implementation of stra-tegic approaches to execution of the Foundation’s programs and resource development initiatives and serving as liaison to the Board of Directors. “She has the vision and expertise to direct our non-profit in achieving enhanced charitable and educational programming and greater fundrais-ing goals,” said Harmon. “Ms. Lat-timore is extremely knowledgeable about our Foundation and our par-ent organization, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her unqualified com-mitment to improving the lives of African-American women and their families represents the kind and caliber of leadership that upholds and advances the Foundation’s mission.” Trenise Cockerham joined the DREF team as the development and program associate on November 4, 2013. She is responsible for coordinat- By Deborah Peaks Coleman The Executive Committee (Officers) of the DREF Board PICTURED (L-R): Alison J. Harmon, president; Venida Y. Hamil-ton, secretary; Gloria Hardiman-Tobin, vice president, and Larry Suarez, treasurer. Bradley Gayton Patricia W. Lattimore Photo by Angela Gantt-Holmes 62 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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