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of www.perspectivepath.com, her wellness company that established Speak Out, an anonymous youth ho-tline to report gangs, weapons and drugs, created a children’s anti-drug activity book, and received a Nation-al Best Selling Author Award for “The Winning Way” with Brian Tracey. She has received numerous awards for being a true “Village Teacher”, bring-ing necessary awareness and layered prevention strategies to the fore front of elected officials, faith and commu-nity leaders. She was initiated at Mel-bourne- Palm Bay, FL Alumnae, mem-ber of Marietta Roswell GA Alumnae and National Committee, DST Emer-gency Response Team Task Force. s Soror Roxann Cooke has been promoted to Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of 17 retail banking locations in the Boston, Cambridge and MetroWest markets. “Roxann is a talented banker who has demonstrated outstanding lead-ership within Eastern Bank and in the community through her service to our customers and various not-for- profit organizations,” said East-ern Bank’s Robert DiGiovanni, Se-nior Vice President, Director of Retail Banking. “Roxann is a great addition to our senior leadership team.” In 2012, Eastern Bank appointed Cooke as Vice President and Branch Manager of the bank’s “Ashmont Sta-tion” office located at 1906 Dorches-ter Avenue in Dorchester. Prior to that, Cooke, who joined Eastern in 2009, served as Branch Manager of the bank’s Lynn office at 112 Market Street. Cooke serves on the board of several organizations including Girls Inc. of Lynn, the Dorchester YMCA, and Ashmont Hill Chamber Music. Cooke, who also received the Great-er Boston YMCA Young Black Achiev-ers award for her professional ac-complishments and her commitment to community service, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociolo-gy from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She completed a post graduate program at the Harvard University Extension School where she received a graduate certificate in Business Administration and Management. Cooke further developed her lead-ership s86 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. skills through the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She is cur-rently a member of South Middlesex County Alumnae Chapter, located in Framingham, MA where she serves as the First Vice President & Chair of Scholarship. s Dr. Thelma Day re-ceived the 2015 Villag-er Award – “Lifting as we Climb” from The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s. May 2015. The Village P.r.o.j.e.c.t.s., a proj-ect group of Afram Global Organization Inc., is a lead-er in bringing African-Americans to-gether to share their diverse strat-egies for making a difference, and founded on the principles of return-ing our spiritual talents to the com-munity. Dr. Day’s strategies are in-formed by years of education and a commitment to lifting others as she climbs. Dr. Day has worked in the field of education for more than 35 years. She currently serves as the Dean, Ac-ademic Affairs , Los Angeles Commu-nity College District (LACCD), one of the largest Community College Dis-tricts in the United States and the world. She has been employed at LACCD for 27 years. She is currently a leading partic-ipant in the Minority Male California Community College Initiative which focuses on student success for Af-rican American males and other mi-norities; and the Student Success Support Program which is designed to help close the national skills gap for minority students. As a member of Delta Sigma The-ta Sorority, Inc. she has served on the National Executive Board in sev-eral capacities including that of Far-west Regional Director. Dr. Day is also a member of the Inglewood Pa-cific Chapter of the Links and is the current president of the White Rose Foundation. She is the chairperson of The Education Across the Miles ini-tiative — empowering and expanding service to individuals in several Afri-can countries and in the West Indies. Her previous awards include Commendations for Outstanding Leadership, Councilman Curren Price (City of Inglewood) and Gov-ernor Gray Davis (California) and Outstanding Leadership and Public Service-presented by several civic organizations. She continues to find pathways to making a positive difference in the lives of others and is an exemplar of “Lifting as we Climb.” s Soror Rhonda Gilyard, Compton Alumnae Chapter, was honored by The Manufacturing Institute at the 2015 STEP Ahead Awards on Cap-itol Hill On March 26. Soror Gilyard is among 130 women from across the United States chosen because of their success and industry leadership. The Science, Technology, Engineer-ing, and Production (STEP) Ahead initiative was created to promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry and inspire the next genera-tion of female manufacturing leaders. Soror Gilyard is the Body Operations Manager at Toyota Motor Manufac-turing, TABC in Long Beach, Califor-nia. At TABC, she began as a quality engineer and has since taken leader-ship roles: developing an extensive quality training program, coaching cross functional teams, developing benchmarks used by Toyota across North America, and engaging team members to achieve common goals. Soror Gilyard was initiated into the Lambda Xi Chapter at Universi-ty of California, Davis in 1991. She actively shares her experience as a STEP leader through workshops for young women in the Compton Alum-nae Chapter Delta Academy and GEMS programs. In addition, Gilyard serves the community as a represen-tative on the Executive Board of the California Conference for Equality and Justice. Soror Rhonda Gilyard’s exceptional attitude, relentless work ethic, and dedication to service make


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