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DDELTs eWOlMtEaN Women Soror Mona H. Bai-ley, 17th National President, is the 14th honoree of Therapeu-tics Health Services’, Alvirita Little Award, for her years of hard work and dedication at all levels of Washington State Pub-lic Schools and her constant focus on equality in education for students in Washington State and beyond. The Alvirita Little Award is given to individuals for their selfless ded-ication and tireless commitment to help children, youth, adults and fam-ilies at-risk. Beginning her thirty-two year ca-reer in public education, Soror Bai-ley worked tirelessly to promote eq-uity and excellence for students in her role as a science teacher at the middle and high school levels, a high school counselor, Personnel Admin-istrator, an Assistant and Deputy Su-perintendent in the Seattle School District and as the Assistant Superin-tendent in the Washington State Of-fice of Public Instruction. In 2008, she co-chaired the House Bill 2722 State Advisory Committee to Close the Achievement Gap of Af-rican American children, the first bill to pass in the state’s legislature tar-geting African Americans. Soror Bai-ley currently serves on the Pacific Science Center Board of Directors and chairs its Science Education Ad-visory Committee. As part of Seattle Alumnae’s Centennial Torch Celebra-tion, Soror Bailey helped her chap-ter to sponsor a STEM Day at the Pacific Science Center (PSC) for sev-eral schools with significant under- served populations. The event was so successful, staff at PSC invited the chapter to bring a new group of third graders the following year. The Mona H. Bailey STEM Day @ the Pacific Sci-ence Center is now one of the chap-ter’s annual educational programs. Alvirita Little (1913-2006) con-tributed s84 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. 50 years of professional and volunteer services in support of youth and families in the Great-er Puget Sound Region. For many of those years, she collaborated with Founder Bertha Pitts Campbell. As an awardee, Soror Bailey joins a dis-tinguished group of individuals and organizations such as Mother Hale, Senator George McGovern, and The Alcohol/Drug 24 Hour Helpline, an organization primarily composed of volunteers. Soror Bailey is an active mem-ber of the Seattle Alumnae Chapter. She chairs the Property Commit-tee and serves on the Social Action Committee. s Dr. Gayle Colston Barge, Bellevue Col-lege Vice President for Institutional Ad-vancement, has been named one of the na-tion’s Top 25 Women in Higher Education by Diverse Issues in Higher Educa-tion in their annual special issue for Women’s History Month. Barge is recognized as an ex-pert on African-American wom-en and work-life balance. This fall she will present at the Oxford Wom-en’s Leadership Symposium in Ox-ford, England. She has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing, com-munications and public affairs posi-tions. At Bellevue College she pro-vides leadership and supervision for all fundraising, marketing and com-munications outreach, including the college’s 50th anniversary celebra-tion in 2016. s Judge Tangela Barrie was elect-ed Chief Judge of the DeKalb Superi-or Court in the Stone Mountain Judi-cial Circuit on December 2, 2014. She will also serve as Chief Judge of the 4th Judicial Administrative District (which includes Rockdale County). Her two-year term began on January 1, 2015. Judge Barrie is the youngest Su-perior Court Judge elected to the cir-cuit, at age 35, and is the second Af-rican- American female on the DeKalb County Bench. In her capacity as a Superior Court Judge, she han-dles felony cases ranging from theft to murder (including death penalty cases). Her civil case load includes adoptions, child custody, divorces and various other civil matters. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Barrie was assigned to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office Do-mestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit. She worked vigorously advocating for the safety of Women. In recogni-tion of her efforts, she was awarded by the DeKalb County District Attor-ney’s Office the Boundless Commit-ment to the Community Award in 2006 and was named the 2007 Pros-ecuting Attorney of the Year for the successful prosecution of her cases. She is an active member of sev-eral service organizations, includ-ing but not limited to the Stone Mountain – Lithonia Alumnae Chap-ter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, In-corporated and the National Coun-cil of Negro Women (NCNW- DeKalb Chapter). Judge Barrie is also on the board of various professional organi-zations, including the Wade Walker YMCA, Charles L. Weltner Family Law Inn of Court (executive board), and DELTAS in the NEWS honors D awards D reco


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