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DREF Elects New President, Launches New Programs JOURNAL Spring 2016 s97 BY DEBORAH PEAKS COLEMAN New Leadership The newly elected president of the Delta Re-search and Educational Foundation (DREF), Caro-lyn E. Lewis assumed of-fice on July 1, 2015. Soror Lewis had most recently served as the vice pres-ident of the DREF Board of Directors. The new DREF president has expe-rienced a distinguished professional career in business and an exten-sive record of volunteer service to Delta Sigma Theta Soror-ity, Inc. and other national, region-al and local not-for-profit organiza-tions and faith-based institutions. Soror Lewis is a past national trea-surer of DST (2006-2010) and present-ly serves as national treasurer of The Links, Inc. and The Links Foundation (2014-present). Soror Lewis is currently a busi-ness consultant with expertise in the areas of tax law, finance, auditing and real estate. She retired with honors, after 38 years of illustrious service, from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2012. At the IRS, she was a se-nior manager in the Local Taxpayer Advocate Division. Joining the DREF Board as a member in 2010, Soror Lewis has been a longtime financial supporter of the Foundation and is committed to ensuring its growth and sustainability to support programs impacting the lives of African Ameri-can women and their families. She ex-pressed that her leadership style and volunteer service are guided by the scripture Luke 12:48: “to whom much is given, much is required.” In addi-tion to her national volunteer ser-vice, Soror Lewis is engaged in sever-al local community service initiatives in her New Orleans home-town. She is a member of New Zion Baptist Church, where she serves on several ministries and committees. The new DREF Pres-ident stated: “My vision for DREF is nothing less than realizing the full potential of our philan-thropic mantle—provid-ing the needed platforms and funding to promote financial literacy, healthy lifestyles, quality and af-fordable education, and informed non-partisan civic engagement.” So-ror Lewis also acknowledged imme-diate past DREF president, Dr. Alison J. Harmon, commending her leader-ship as DREF president for nine years (2006-2015) and recognizing her dis-tinguished efforts in strengthening the Foundation infrastructure, en-hancing fund development and creat-ing new program endeavors. This fiscal year, three new mem-bers joined the DREF board. Elect-ed last spring, Dr. Anjanette Wyatt, a pharmacist who is a Delta soror in the Houston Alumnae Chapter, be-gan her term of service July 1, 2015. At the fall 2015 DREF Board meeting, two new board members were elect-ed to complete unexpired terms; those new DREF board members are Soror Renee L. Harper, an assistant vice president and controller of The Liberty Mutual Group and member of Boston Alumnae Chapter and Dr. Tchicaya Ellis Robertson, a business executive at a multi-national consult-ing firm and second vice president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s Jo-liet Area Alumnae Chapter. Carolyn E. Lewis DREF Board of Directors: SEATED L-R: Pat Hurlock, Josie Daniels, Dr. Paulette C. Walker, Carolyn E. Lewis, Constance Y. Ross, Esq., Taylor McCain, and Deborah A. Jones-Buggs; Standing L-R: Xavier C. Richardson, Dr. Martha Scott Lue Stewart, Teresa Harman, John-nie Brooks Booker, Larry P. Suarez, Phyllis Dickerson, Michelle Rhodes Brown, Leona Bridges, and Patricia W. Lattimore; not pictured: Renee L. Harper, Sharnita Johnson, Jerry Malone, Esq., Suzanne Brown Peters, Dr. Tchicaya Robertson, Dr. Anjanette Wyatt, and Roseline McKinney. PHOTO BY ANGELA HOLMES


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