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Club Member; D.E.L.T.A. Inc. Member (Distinguished, Empowered, Ladies Taking Action); and Member of the South Carolina Summary Court Judg-es Association. s Soror Sherita Thomas has accept-ed a position in Corporate Social Re-sponsibility as the manager of Match-ing Gifts and Special Projects with the T. Rowe Price Foundation. This new position was created to support the T. Rowe Price Foundation’s desire to expand its philanthropic investments through the associate matching gift program and through direct commu-nity grant-making. In support of this, Soror Thomas will provide focus and oversight for the firm’s matching gift program with the goal of increasing associate participation globally. She will also research and develop rec-ommendations for Foundation invest-ment in core areas of interest (e.g., Early Childhood Education, and Sci-ence, Technology, Engineering and Math STEM) as well as identify oth-er new investment opportunities. For the last three years, Soror Thomas worked on T. Rowe Price’s HR Diversity and Inclusion team. So-ror Thomas was instrumental in fur-thering the firm’s efforts on D & I in-cluding implementing the annual firm-wide and Business Unit work-force data, participating in the estab-lishment of both the Ethnic Diversi-ty and Women’s Roundtables, and helping to develop and successful-ly implement the Unconscious Bias program. Prior to that, Soror Thom-as spent four years as a supervisor in Global Client and Investment Report-ing where she managed departmen-tal communication and production to both our clients and internal part-ners. s90 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. She brings experience in ven-dor management; communications; marketing; and data analysis, which we will leverage for researching and developing proposals for Foundation investments. Soror Thomas obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science from Frostburg State University. She is also active in the Baltimore com-munity including working with the Baltimore County Aging Commission and serving as a former board mem-ber for HeadStart. s Soror Ella Ward was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to a 4-year term on the Board of Visitors of Christo-pher Newport Univer-sity (Newport News, Virginia) in July 2014. Councilwom-an Ward also began her third 4-year term on the Chesapeake City Coun-cil at the same time. She was first elected to City Council in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. She was elected to the Chesapeake School Board in 2000 and re-elected in 2004. Dr. Ward was appointed to a 4-year term on the Virginia Board of Educa-tion by Gov. Mark Warner in 2003 and re-appointed to by Gov. Tim Kaine in 2007. She was elected as Vice-Presi-dent of the Virginia Board of Educa-tion in 2006 and was re-elected as VP four times. Dr. Ward was honored in 2011 for having served the longest term of elected and appointed offices in the 140-year history of the Virginia Board of Education. She is a retired educator who had 35 years of experi-ence as a teacher and administrator in the Portsmouth Public School Sys-tem before retiring in 2004. She has earned five degrees: a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts de-gree in communications from Norfolk State University, a Master of Science degree in educational administration from Old Dominion University, and both a CAGS degree and a Doctoral Degree from Virginia Tech. Dr. Ward’s extensive communi-ty service involvement includes ac-tive membership in the following or-ganizations: Portsmouth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Soror-ity, Inc (44 years of active member-ship and a Past President), Women’s Division Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Chesapeake Rotary Club, Chesapeake Sports Club, Na-tional Council of Negro Women, Nor-folk State University Alumni Associ-ation, Chesapeake Branch of NAACP, National Coalition of 100 Black Wom-en, East Suffolk High School Alumni Association, Tidewater Seniors in Ac-tion, Chesapeake Democratic Wom-en and Democratic Committee, and many others. Dr. Ward is a member and Greet-er at Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church. She has been happily mar-ried to Herman L. Ward for 50 years, and they have one son, Torilus. s Deborah Somerville CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9 Although Deborah always seemed to be in the headquarters’ office late nights, weekends and holidays, she is a devout Catholic and very devoted and loyal to her family. She is compas-sionate- always making time to visit and check on the welfare of co-work-ers, neighbors, church members and the elderly. She constantly rendered her services as a volunteer to sever-al agencies throughout the DC Met-ro area, especially those that served persons with HIV/AIDs. Deborah’s hard work, positive at-titude and unfailing support of the organization, the Information Sys-tems Department, and the Technolo-gy Committee has earned her several awards and numerous acknowledge-ments. Most recently, Dr. Walker pre-sented Deborah with the “Distin-guished Service Award” for her 35 years of dedication and commitment. “Deborah represents the true meaning of untiring service and we want to thank you, thank you and thank you for your contribution to making the organization’s mission, vision and values come true every day,” stated Dr. Walker during the presentation. “The successful growth of the organization is the direct re-sult of people like you who go above and beyond to get the job done.” s Sorors Gwendolyn K. Dailey, Deirdre Shoulars, Garlenda McNair and Ella McNair also contributed to the content of this article.


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