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Chairman of Commerce Commission is a state executive position in the Illinois state government. Each commissioner is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Illinois State Senate for a five-year term. Prior to her ICC appointment, she practiced at the law firm of Locke Lord LLP, focusing on consumer finance litigation. She is a graduate of Spelman College receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She received a juris doctorate degree from Howard University School of Law. She was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta Sorority through the Eta Kappa Chapter at Spelman College in 2003. She serves on the National Executive Board as chair of the Collegiate Transition Task Force. She is currently a member of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Jacquelynn Y. Orr was awarded the 2013 Early Careerist Healthcare Award by the American College of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey, an international professional society of more than 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations. The award was presented on Jan. 25, 2013 during the Annual ACHE-NJ’s breakfast in conjunction with the New Jersey Hospital Association’s annual meeting held in Princeton, N.J. Soror Orr is currently the director for practice management at Princeton Healthcare System. She has operational oversight of 47 employed psychiatrists and advanced practice nurses within the healthcare system. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University’s School of Public Health. Soror Orr was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta through the St. Louis Alumnae Chapter and is currently a member of the Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter. s s62 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. Soror Diane Perkins received the President’s Lifetime Volunteer Service Award in April 2012. This award is given to persons who provide 4,000 hours or more of community service and is signed by President Obama. “I have been volunteering all of my life in many different capacities” said Perkins. “My parents instilled in me the importance of giving back. Volunteering has always been in my heart and soul.” Soror Perkins also has national and international volunteer experience leading military family support groups. Since being initiated into Delta Sigma Theta in April 2003, Soror Perkins has served on the Scholarship and Awards Committee, assisted with the EMBODI program and is a yearly participant at the DePelchin Children’s Center. In addition to her sorority service commitments, Soror Perkins is an active member of the Suburban Sugar Land Women and currently serves as the vice president and chair of the scholarship committee. She also volunteers at the Middle School and the Foster High School. At Foster High School she serves as vice president for fundraising. s Soror Joan M. Prince, was nominated by President Barack Obama as the Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the 67th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Soror Prince serves as vice chancellor for partnerships and innovation at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.  Previously, from 1996 to 2000, she was manager of the Health Professions Partnership Initiative at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.  She also served as a clinical laboratory supervisor at the Franciscan Shared and Medical Sciences Laboratories.  She has worked concurrently as a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1984.  Additionally, Soror Prince has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Council on Foundations, the Urban Libraries Council, and the Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship Committee.  Dr. Prince received a B.A. in biology, a B.S. in medical technology, an M.S. in clinical laboratory sciences, and a Ph.D. in urban education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a member of the Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Cathy Richardson, a member of the Williamsburg Alumnae Chapter in Williamsburg, Va., was installed as the 2012 president of the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors® on November 2, 2011. Dr. Richardson became the first African-American president in the 56 years of the Association’s history. Currently, Soror Richardson with over 16 years of experience in the industry, works as realtor/associate broker with Prudential Towne Realty. She also has multiple realtor designations and is a 2010 graduate of the Virginia Association of Realtors Leadership Academy. Prior to working as a full time realtor, she served 30 years with the Philadelphia Public School System. She began her career as an educator/teacher; served in multiple leadership roles; and upon retirement, rose to the position of district site administrator. Soror Richardson was initiated in the Quaker City Alumnae Chapter, Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University; Master of Science degree from Drexel University; and her Doctorate in education leadership/administration from Nova Southeastern University. s 62


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