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s Soror Cynthia J. Rioland recently returned from a missionary tour of South America where she served as an educational minister to Moengo, Suriname and St. Laurent, French Guyana. Soror Rioland is copastor, along with her husband, Pastor Kenneth E. Rioland, Jr., of the historic Macedonia Baptist Church in Heathsville, Va. Soror Rioland received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University. She has served as a missionary in Bermuda, an instructor for the Progressive National Baptist Convention Christian Education Congress, Youth Consultant for the District of Columbia Baptist Convention and Convener for the Triangle Cluster of American Baptist Churches of the South. Soror Rioland was initiated into Delta Sigma Theta through the Virginia Northern Neck Alumnae Chapter in 2010 and served as chair of the chapter’s Arts and Letters Committee. s Soror Jona Sargent was awarded the DiversityFirst ™ Award by the Gulf Coast Advisory Board of the Texas Diversity Council for her commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and business community. She has served as a member of the Gulf Coast Advisory Board for five years and currently serves as the chair for the Education Committee. Continuing her passion for community service, Soror Sargent serves as the volunteer chair for the NAACP Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACTSO) competition for youth. Soror Sargent’s commitment towards the Houston community and youth is evident through the contribution of funds to support scholarships and her work in the community with the State Farm Good Neighbor Grant program. She is an active member of the Houston Alumnae Chapter and currently serves as the board chair of One Delta Plaza Educational Center, Inc., a non-profit foundation promoting and funding programs for children and youth. A native Houstonian, Soror Sargent earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. s Soror Lydia Cincore Templeton joined a prestigious group of trailblazing women that include a Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State, CEOs, athletes, activist and entertainers. She, along with six other women, was selected as Next MAKERS. The Next MAKERS program is a collaborative effort sponsored as a partnership between AOL and Simple® Facial Skincare brand by Unilever. Soror Templeton was selected after a nationwide search for extraordinary women who are driving positive change in their communities. She received a $10,000 grant from Simple® and the opportunity to tell their story on MAKERS.com Soror Templeton serves as the CEO of Children, Youth and Family Collaborative, a nationally recognized organization serving over 4,000 at-risk youth at 25 sites in Los Angeles and Compton. She is a member of the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter and sits on the National Executive Board of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as the chair of the Charitable Partnership Task Force. s Soror Tracie Todd, a municipal judge in Birmingham, Ala., was recently elected as a Circuit Court Judge. Soror Todd is the only woman of color and the youngest jurist serving the citizens of Alabama in the Jefferson County Circuit Court Criminal Division. She was appointed by the Birmingham City Council as a municipal court judge in 2010. She presided over cases involving violations of municipal ordinance and state misdemeanor law. Prior to her appointment, Soror Todd served as special judge for the City of Birmingham, where she received acclaim for her efforts to extend fairness to the community and taxpayers. Prior to her appointment, she served as a prosecutor in the Family, District and Circuit Courts for the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office-Birmingham Division. Soror Todd is a graduate of Dillard University with a dual major in international business and Japanese studies. She received her juris doctorate degree from the University of Alabama’s School of Law in 2007. In honor of her work in the judicial system, Soror Todd has been the recipient of many awards including the NAACP’s Woman of Excellence; City of Birmingham Hidden Hero; and the United Negro College Fund’s Young Alumnus of the Year. Soror Todd was initiated into the Beta Gamma Chapter at Dillard University in 1999. She currently serves on the National Executive Board of Delta Sigma Theta as co-chair of the Ritual and Ceremonies Committee. She is a member of the Birmingham Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Lisa Williams was appointed principal of Ferndale High School in Ferndale, Mich. She is the youngest and first African- American female to serve as principal of the school and will be responsible for managing over 900 faculty and students. Soror Williams is the creator of WINGS, a female mentoring program at Ferndale H.S. designed to inspire, nurture and guide self-efficacy in atrisk students. Through WINGS, stu- JOURNAL Summer 2013 63


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