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JOURNAL Spring 2014 s87 the General Electric Company. Soror Madison was initiated as an honorary member during the 51st National Convention in July 2013. s Soror Susan F. Ma-ven made history on Aug. 1, 2012 by becom-ing the first female judge from Atlantic County New Jersey to be elevated to the Ap-pellate Division. Soror Maven was appointed to the Superior Court in 2001 by Go-venor Donald T. DiFrancesco and, served in the family division in At-lantic County until 2008. She was the first African-American woman to be appointed to the bench in Atlantic and Cape May counties. She returned to Atlantic County in 2010, serving first in the criminal division and then in the family division. Soror Maven also served as a temporary assign-ment to the Appellate Division earlier in 2012. She currently is the chair of the Supreme Court Committee on Mi-nority Concerns, a position she has held since 2010 and is the first wom-an to hold that position in its 28-year history. Soror Maven is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Law. She began her legal career in private prac-tice, as an associate at Horn, Kaplan, Goldberg, Gorny and Daniels. She has received many awards for her profes-sional and community service includ-ing: the Benjamin A. Rimm Award from the Atlantic County Bar Associa-tion as its Outstanding Young Lawyer; named Outstanding Black Woman of South Jersey; the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Volunteer Cen-ter of Atlantic County; and named as one of The City News’ 100 Most Influ-ential Persons in New Jersey. She was inducted into the Atlantic County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002 for her outstanding public service. Soror Maven is a member of the Atlantic City Alumnae Chapter where she served as the chapter’s president and has chaired numerous chapter committees. s Soror June C. McK-inney became the first African-American female president of the National Associa-tion of Administrative Law Judiciary’s in the association’s 40-year history. She was sworn in Sept. 18, 2013 during the association’s annual meeting in Chicago. Soror McKinney is currently an administrative law judge with Flori-da’s Division of Administrative Hear-ings. She is the first Florida female and second judge from DOAH to serve as NAALJ’s president and was elected at the 2012 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Soror McKinney became actively involved in NAALJ when she became an administrative law judge in 2007. She helped to charter the Florida As-sociation of Administrative Law Ad-judicators NAALJ affiliate chapter, where she served as both secretary and treasurer. In NAALJ, she served as treasurer and on the NAALJ board of governors. For more than 20 years, Soror McKinney has been at the forefront in volunteer leadership. She was the first and only person ever elected to serve two consecutive terms (2001- 2003) as president of Tallahassee Women Lawyers. In 2005, she was elected the first and only African- American president of the statewide women lawyers’ organization, Florida Association of Women Lawyers. Her extensive community activities in-clude: serving on the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls; being a founding member of The Oasis Cen-ter for Women & Girls in Tallahassee; and serving on the Mediation Qualifi-cations Board. In 2008, she founded a mentoring program for female law students at Florida State University entitled “Sister Talk.” A Diamond Life member of the Sorority, Soror McKinney was initiat-ed in the Tallahassee Alumnae Chap-ter in 1997. s Soror PJ Michelle Douglas Sands was nominated for the 2013 Bahamian Icon Award for Outstand-ing Entrepreneurship during the 40th an-niversary of the country’s indepen-dence and is one of the country’s out-standing business women under 40. Soror Sands is a celebrity event planner and brand strategist who has been at the helm of her organi-zation The DS3 Group of Companies for 11 years. The DS3 Group consists of 6 subsidiaries including A Design For Destiny Luxury Events, Caridon Properties, DS3 Entertainment, Di- RadioCast.com New Media Network, Douglas Sands & Associates Law Firm & LUXE Worldwide Concierge & Trav-el. She is considered a cutting edge pioneer in the destination event man-agement market and an authority on entertainment branding representing nearly 80 percent of the recording artists, producers and songwriters in the Bahamas. She is a past president of the Sunset Optimist Club of Nas-sau, Bahamas and a branding con-sultant for the Ministry of Tourism’s Bahamas Bridal Association. Soror Sands is a native of Prairie View, Texas, graduating from Bar-nard College of Columbia University in New York with a bachelor’s in Pan African Studies and Caribbean Socio- Economic Development in 1998. She is presently pursuing her law degree with the University of London’s Inter-national Program specializing in En-tertainment & Intellectual Property. Soror Sands is a member of the Nassau, Bahamas Alumnae Chapter. She serves in the public relations and fundraising committees of the Nas-sau, Bahamas Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Thelma Sessions recently became the first African- American moderator of the Monmouth Presbytery in New Jersey. She was ap-pointed moderator in June 2013, after serving as vice-


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