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JOURNAL Spring 2014 s89 Soror Thomas is a member of Leadership Houston, Houston Galveston Area Council Sustainable Community Development Task Force and Harris County Health Alliance – Healthy Living Community Planning Team and Windsor Village UMC. Soror Thomas is a member of North Harris County Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Kim Trent was elected to an eight-year term to the Wayne State Universi-ty Board of Governors by Michigan voters in the November 6, 2012 election. Soror Trent was nominated for the post by the Michigan Democratic Party and re-ceived more than two million votes statewide. The Wayne State University Board of Governors’ duties include general supervision of the university; control and direction of all university funds; conferring of degrees and set-ting of tuition and fees. Soror Trent will serve an eight-year term on the board for Michigan’s third-largest university, which is also her alma mater. Soror Trent earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Africana Studies and a master’s degree in communication from Wayne State University. She also earned a gradu-ate degree in African Studies from the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa. Soror Trent is a past president of the Wayne State University Organization of Black Alumni and a recipient of the Women of Wayne Headliner Award. Soror Trent is a member and past president of the Inkster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. She became a member of the sorority at Tau Chapter on the campus of Wayne State University in 1989 and current-ly serves as Tau chapter’s secondary advisor. She also serves as a member of the National Social Action Com-mission and as the Midwest Region’s Social Action Coordinator. Soror Trent is an executive for Michigan Future, an Ann Arbor, Mich-igan- based think tank. She is a former political journalist whose career has also included stints as a top aide to former U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, U.S. Senator Deb-bie Stabenow and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. She is a freelance essayist and frequent com-mentator for Detroit television news and public affairs shows. Her community affiliations in-clude serving as president of the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation and vice president of Habitat for Hu-manity- Detroit, the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Friends of African and African- American Art, the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organiza-tion and City Connect Detroit. She is also a lifelong member of Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, where she serves in the social justice ministry. Soror Trent lives in Detroit with her husband and their five-year- old son. s Soror Erica Joy Washington was honored by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change for prevention and public health. She was honored for fight-ing healthcare acquired infections. Soror Washington is the Health-care- Associated Infections coordina-tor for the State of Louisiana. As the HAI coordinator, she works with acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation fa-cilities, and other providers to com-bat healthcare-associated infections. Her notable achievements include the successful implementation of the first state-based National Healthcare Safety Network Data Use Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This network will im-prove Louisiana’s ability to track and prevent healthcare-associated infec-tions. Soror Washington has served as the 2012 president of the Greater New Orleans Chapter of Association for Professionals in Infection Con-trol and Epidemiology and currently serves on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Hospital Adviso-ry Committee and the eQHealth Solu-tions Advisory Committee. Soror Washington is currently a member of Baton Rouge Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Deirdre Pow-ell White, chair of Delta’s National Tech-nology Committee, along with her hus-band, David honored twelve distinguished and longstanding pioneers of the Fredericksburg, Md. community during the Inaugural 2013 Fredericksburg Legends Luncheon hosted by The DPW Foundation on Sept. 22 at the Hospitality House. “I was so inspired by the Legends Ball held by Oprah Winfrey that I felt led to honor the men and women of our community that have so greatly impacted my life and that of count-less others for decades,” said White who is the founder and executive di-rector of The DPW Foundation. “Our family is so committed to service and each of these Legends has served as stellar examples of humanitarianism and compassion to our community. They are well deserving of this and so much more.” The 2013 Inaugural Fredericks-burg legends honored included Mrs. Gladys Todd lovingly known as “Mother Todd,” a centenarian who received the 2013 Lifetime Achieve-ment Award. She was not able to be present but her grandson, Juno Pitchford accepted the Award on her behalf with tearful joy. Rev. Lawrence Davies, Janice Davies, Cleo Lewis, Johnny Johnson, Marguerite Young, Ellen Noel, Richard Garnett, Jr., Col. William Stephens, Weldon Bailey, Bar-bara Weston and Dr. Gilbert Coleman rounded out the excited slate of leg-ends. Each legend received a beauti-ful crystal clock that referenced their humanitarianism as “timeless.” Pro-foundly, each legend referenced the tremendous impact that Mrs. Todd had on their lives and professed their


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