Valdosta-Lowndes Section of NCNW Celebrates 5 Years chartered with new Executive Board

| May 25, 2016

VALDOSTA- After five strong years as a chartered section, the Valdosta-Lowndes Metropolitan Section welcomed a new President and new Executive Board to carry on the vision and initiatives that have been implemented.

Elected positions are for no more than two consecutive terms. Charter President and Section Founder Sharah Denton served six years in the Presidential capacity and Tiffany Vinson, who served as the 1st Vice President during that term was recently elected as the new President of the section. Tiffany Vinson has served as the 1st Vice President of the section alongside Denton for six years and was very active in the Florida A& M Collegiate Section of NCNW in her undergraduate years. She will bring passion for NCNW and continue working with local organizations, as well as bring forth a strong vision of being more present in the community, bringing more ideas to refine the organization and retain members as well as growing the organization to newer heights. Vinson was the NCNW nominee for the 2013 Valdosta Woman of the year, and named the 2015 Medical Person of the Year by the Alpha Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Vinson serves as the Executive Director of the Baby Luv Program, which focuses on preventing premature births and infant deaths by providing education and intensive home case management to high risk African American pregnant women. Vinson also recently earned her MSN and MBA dual degrees from Thomas University.

The organization was nationally founded by the late Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935 and was created to be an “organization of organizations” that brought together various organizations for women and men. Denton met with four ladies in the early stages to begin the foundation of bringing NCNW to Valdosta in 2010. Those ladies were Denese Henderson, Christy Sirmans, Malynda Dorsey and Javonda Robinson. Together the ladies began sending information to women throughout the community about the section, and on August 3, 2011 became an official chartered section. The organization has successfully implemented various community-based initiatives and activities including the Annual Community-wide Family Reunion which is a free family fun filled day opened to the entire community with local resources, games, health screenings, free groceries, entertainment and much more; the Annual Bethune Leadership Banquet which recognizes young ladies in high school, college and in the community who exhibit a commitment to community service and leadership; the Mother Daughter Brunch and the Back to School Health Fair/Free school supply drive in partnership with South Health district and local churches. In 2012, Christina Resolus began implementing a section of NCNW at Valdosta State University. The community section has also had very prestigious recognitions among its members including being named Valdosta Woman of the year, (Denton in 2012), Victoria Copeland in 2014 who serves as the 2nd Vice President and Karla Walker who was named in 201, who chairs the sections S.E.L.F.I.E. conference each year for ladies ages 16 through 24 years old in collaboration with the Maceo Horne Learning Center. The newly elected eboard consists of Tiffany Vinson, President; Gloria Butler, 1st Vice President; Victoria Copeland, 2nd Vice President; Regina Kimbrough, Recording Secretary; Dr. Elena Ponder, Corresponding Secretary; Anya Burns, Financial Secretary; Dr. Beverley Richardson-Blake, Treasurer; Dr. Deborah Demps, Parliamentarian; Tanyala Calloway, Chaplain; Elaine Lewis, webmaster; Sharah Denton, Public Relation Liaison; Katrina Royal, Collegiate Liaison; Kelisa Brown, Historian.

Pictured L to R: Regina Kimbrough, Victoria Copeland, Kelisa Brown (back), Dr. Beverley Richardson-Blake, Katrina Royal, Tanyala Calloway, Elaine Lewis, Sharah Denton, Tiffany Vinson, Dr. Elena Ponder and Anya Burns. * Not pictured Dr. Deborah Demps and Gloria Butler.

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