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Women gnitions D honors D awards D recognitions JOURNAL Spring 2016 s85 Gate City Bar- Judicial Section (exec-utive board). Judge Tangela M. Barrie, now 41, is a devoted wife to Dr. Mahmoud Barrie and the mother of three young sons. s Soror Lisa Lu-cas- Burke was ap-pointed by the Ports-mouth City Council to serve as a Com-missioner on the Eco-nomic Development Authority Board in September 2010, and was recently elected by Commissioner Colleagues to serve as Board Chairman. Soror Lucas-Burke previously held the po-sition of Vice Chair, where she was the first African American woman to serve with this Economic Develop-ment Authority. Soror Lucas-Burke holds a Bach-elor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from Norfolk State Uni-versity and is currently working to-wards the Masters of Art degree in Psychology. She was employed as a Programmer Analyst with the City of Portsmouth Information Technology department for 13 years prior to join-ing her family owned business (Lu-cas Lodge in 2000) which serves the adult individual with intellectual dis-abilities. Soror Lucas-Burke is the Ex-ecutive Director and partners with her mother, Senator L. Louise Lucas, CEO, and Sister Theresa Lucas Lamb, Human Resource Director of the pri-vately operated company which em-ployees 75 staff. Soror Lucas-Burke was initiated into the Sorority through the Ports-mouth Alumnae Chapter in 1996. She has served as the Chair of Social Ac-tion and Arts & Letters and also held offices of Chaplain and President during her 19 years of sisterhood. Soror Lucas-Burke is the immediate Past President of the Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter and has a passion for Social Action. She is a Delta legacy of her mother, Senator L. Louise Lu-cas, who was initiated into the Ports-mouth Alumnae Chapter in 1976. s Soror Crystal Bush was elevated to the sacred office of Bishop under the Living Water World Ministries of Day-ton, Ohio in April 2014. Soror Bush is the founding and Senior Pastor of New Zion Tabernacle Church of Fort Wayne, IN. A 2014 retiree, she served as a teacher and principal with the Indianapolis Public and Fort Wayne Community School systems for a to-tal of 42 years. Soror Bush currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees for Associated Churches of Fort Wayne and Allen County, Inc. She has also served as a Board Director for Ear-ly Childhood Alliance. Soror Bush is a graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne and collaborates with governmental entities, local universities and entre-preneurs. She is also the founder of Rehoboth Fellowship of Pastors. Soror Bush has received numer-ous awards and honors for her lead-ership and service. She recently was the recipient of the 2014 Ayers Com-munications Inc. Award and in 2013, she was honored as the MLK Clergy of the Year at the annual Unity Day Celebration. Soror Bush is a graduate of In-diana State and Butler Universities. She has a Master of Science degree in school administration. She also has a Master of Arts degree in urban minis-tries from Christian Theological Sem-inary and Martin University. She has two Doctorates- Divinity and The-ology, respectively from Christian University of Indianapolis and Fort Wayne Theological Seminary and Bi-ble College. Soror Bush was initiated into Zeta Nu Chapter at Indiana State Uni-versity. She is a member of the Fort Wayne Alumnae Chapter and serves as Chaplain. She actively serves on the Hospitality and Courtesy Com-mittee. s Soror Cheryl Yates- Catchings, PhD from Ann Arbor, MI is the first African Ameri-can Branch Director for the Department of Homeland Securi-ty, Federal Emergen-cy Management Agency (FEMA), Di-saster Survivor Assistance program. Dr. Catchings was recently appointed to the White House Faith Based Orga-nizations and Neighborhood Partner-ships curriculum committee and also represents FEMA on the NAACP Re-gional Advisory council. As FEMA Region IV DSA Branch Director she oversees and serves the southeastern states of Alabama, Flor-ida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississip-pi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and six Native American nations. Her duties include coordi-nating a workforce to support our cit-izens, first responders and works di-rectly with federal, state, tribal, local and private sector partners to meet the needs of the state emergency management agencies. As a community psychologist, empowerment coach and village counselor she often provides “Are You Ready for the Storm” (natural and spiritual) disaster preparedness and motivational messages to local organizations. She is a Navy veteran and the Chief Empowerment Officer


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