moderator for a year. The modera-tor holds the highest position of the governing body and presides over all meetings. She resolves issues and strengthens congregations. Soror Sessions said the mem-bers have embraced her. “They did not look at it as a color issue,” said Sessions, a member of the Martin Luther King Presbyterian Church in Neptune. “They look at it as a person who has the capacity to provide the leadership as needed.” Soror Sessions, who was initiated into the Eta Chapter at Fort Valley State University in 1972, received her degree in history and is currently re-tired. She is a member of Monmouth County Alumnae Chapter. Her ser-vice to Delta Sigma Theta over the years includes serving as financial secretary and chairing various com-mittees. She holds the positions of secretary for the Monmouth Ocean National Pan-Hellenic Council and vice-president for Coastal Habitat for Humanity. s Soror Cheryl Swa-nier was recently se-lected to participate in the White House Champion for Change program in the area of technology. The White House Cham-pions of Change program invites per-sons who are finding extraordinary ways to empower and inspire mem-bers of their community. Soror Swanier traveled to Wash-ington, DC to advise the government on creating programs to connect youth to computer science opportu-nities. She is passionate about prepar-ing underrepresented communities to become America’s next generation of computer scientists and researchers. At Fort Valley State University, she serves as a faculty advisor to three information technology campus or-ganizations: the Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact; the Association for Computer Machin-ery; and the Students in Technology, Academic Research and Service. This recent acknowledgment has only boosted her desire to ensure girls and minorities will enter the informa-tion technology field. Soror Swanier has received sev-eral awards in 2013, which, include: 2013 NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award; 2013 Outstanding STARS Corps Faculty Liaison Award; 2013 STARS Outstanding Commit-ment s88 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. and Dedication to the STARS Mission Award. s Soror Rhonda Thomas was named the Black Engineer of the Year for Community Service by the Career Communications Group. She re-ceived the award during the BEYA Conference in Washington D.C held on Feb. 9, 2013. Soror Thomas, a 36-year employ-ee of the United States Government began her career as a participant in an engineering cooperative educa-tion program for the Department of the Navy. She was the first African- American woman to complete this program and graduate with an engi-neering degree. As a Tennessee State University graduate, her collegiate education was offset by actual hands on experience at the Navy’s testing facilities in Southern Maryland. She also obtained a master’s degree in systems management from the Uni-versity of Southern California and from the University of Pennsylvania. Soror Thomas is currently em-ployed as a general engineer at the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington D.C. and is a certified project management professional. She is a life member of the National Society of Black Engineers. Her passion for engineering has aided Soror Thomas in her efforts to encourage youth to become their best. In 2001, she founded a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization focused on raising interest and exposing minor-ity youth to science, technology, en-gineering and math (STEM), entitled LEAP Forward, Inc. (named after the late Wallace Leeper, her high school counselor). In addition, in October 2012, she also received the Harriet Tubman Woman of the Year Award presented by the Calvert County Concerned Black Women. Soror Thomas is a golden life member of Delta Sigma Theta Soror-ity, Inc. and was a charter member of the Tri-County Maryland Alumnae Chapter. She is currently an active member of the Annapolis Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Tiffany D. Thomas was elected to the seat of trust-ee, for Position 7 at Alief ISD, a Houston area school district, for a 4-year term on November 5, 2013. A graduate of Alief Elsik High School, Soror Thomas will be the first Afri-can- American alumni elected to the board of trustees, and the youngest school board member in the Hous-ton area. She will be filling the seat of Gary Cook, the 15-year incumbent who decided not to run for re-elec-tion. She received 69 percent of the votes and defeated Fernanda Brady, a former Alief teacher. Soror Thomas will be responsi-ble for supporting and passing poli-cies that impact student education, workforce development and legisla-tive policy. Soror Thomas is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and Prairie View A & M University. She currently serves as the Chief Development Offi-cer for Bread of Life Inc. and Temenos Community Development Corpora-tion Inc. She responsible for fundrais-ing operations and programs.
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