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Delta Newsletter WINTER 2017 • 37 Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to her appointment to the Department of Jus-tice, Judge Griggsby was an associate with the law firm of DLA Piper, LLP. Judge Griggsby earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in public policy political science from the University of Pennsylvania. s Soror Joann Henry was presented the “2016 Richmond History Makers” award for creating quality educational opportunities. In 2012, she founded her own school, Dream Academy, the first adult high school that awards di-plomas to adults in the Richmond area and the first to be based in Virginia. The school provides computer-based instruction through a state-approved, SOL-based program allowing students to take needed courses online 24/7 at their own pace. While still meeting state standards, Soror Henry has kept the school affordable by charging $750. She puts in 40-hours a week without compensation because the school’s costs outweigh its expenses. Students who pass the required courses are awarded a Richmond Public Schools Adult High School diploma. In July, 30 adults graduated, adding to the nearly 100 students who have received diplomas and gone on to jobs, to serve in the military, or enroll in college for additional training. Soror Henry is partnering with the Workforce Resource Center to provide the program to dropouts age 17 to 25, as well as offering classes. Dream Academy also is offering Certified Nursing Aide and Pharmacy Tech instruction leading to state licensure for graduates and others seeking admission to those fields. Soror Joann Henry is a member of the Richmond Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Sharon Johnson was installed as the president-elect of the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs in June 2015, during the orga-nization’s 35th annual meeting in Washington, DC. She assumed the presidency in January 1, 2016, and leads this national voluntary professional asso-ciation of Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical/Vocational nurses employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is passionate about NOVA’s mission to “Shape and Influence Health Care in the Depart-ment of Veterans Affairs.” During her tenure with the organi-zation, Soror Johnson served as a board member, chapter president-elect and chapter president. She has 40 years of nursing experience and currently serves as the program manager for the VA Maryland Health Care System Patient Flow. Soror Johnson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Pennsyl-vania State University and a Masters of Science degree in Nursing Administration from Bowie State University. She was initiated into the Epsilon Gamma Chapter, Pennsylvania State Uni-versity on May 14, 1971, and is currently a member of the Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter. s Soror Genetta Reeves joined the sec-ond cohort of the Woodrow Wilson Teach-ing Fellowship program. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal introduced 60 new Fellows at the Georgia State Capitol June 21, 2016. The highly competitive program recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math—the STEM fields—and prepares them specifically to teach in high-need secondary schools. Each Fellow receives $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program based on a year-long classroom experience. In return, Fel-lows commit to teach for three years in the urban and rural Georgia schools that most need strong STEM teachers. Throughout the three-year commitment, Fellows receive ongoing support and mentoring. “STEM education plays a critical role in our state’s competitiveness and future eco-nomic prosperity and the most important thing we can do for our students in this field is ensure they have effective teachers,” said Deal. “This opportunity for teachers is lead-ing to a brighter future for students as they prepare for the 21st century workforce.” s Soror Alonda Williams was named director of marketing, community relations and enrollment management marketing at Bellevue College in Washington state. In this role, she provides leadership and supervision for all marketing and communications outreach, enrollment and retention marketing and the college’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebration. “Alonda brings an impressive cache of experience that will contribute significantly to the college’s strategic foci on enrollment management, community partnerships and brand enhancements,” said Dr. Gayle Barge, Vice President of Institutional Advance-ment at BC. “Her diverse business acumen provides an excellent foundation for leading our marketing and creative team.” Soror Williams, a seasoned marketing professional with over 20 years of marketing leadership experience with several Fortune 50 companies, comes to Bellevue College from Microsoft where she most recently served as senior director, education marketing. In this role, she and her team were responsible for building and executing integrated marketing campaigns for IT Pro, Teacher and Student in both Higher Ed and K-12. During her tenure, Microsoft developed marketing part-nerships with NBC Education Nation, ISTE, EDUCAUSE, Scripps National Spelling Bee, and over 25 Colleges and Universities includ-ing several Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to joining Microsoft, Soror Williams worked in senior-level marketing positions for Qualcomm, Verizon Wireless and Bertelsmann. Soror Williams spent three years as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, where she taught undergraduate manage-ment courses and graduate-level CRM courses. She currently serves on the faculty of City University where she teaches leader-ship, entrepreneurship and human resources courses both in the U.S. and internationally. Soror Williams is also a children’s book author and serves as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Redmond. In addition to Delta Sigma Theta, Soror Williams is an active volunteer for Jack and Jill of America, Hope Washington and I URBAN TEEN. Soror Williams earned her undergrad-uate degree from Montclair State Univer-sity, her MBA from Rutgers University, and has gone through executive leadership training at Duke and UCLA. s


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