Annual Celebration to Honor 13 Distinguished African-American Women


(Jack Hummel| South Jersey Times)

Thirteen distinguished African-American women will be honored at the 11th Annual African-American Women Achievers celebration on Nov. 2 in Deptford, N.J.

The Kappa Community Development Corporation, in partnership with Burlington-Camden Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., recognizes African-American women whose business and community leadership make them local, regional and national pillars of the community.

“Each year we salute phenomenal women who have made major contributions in their communities,” said Richard A. Williams, president of the Kappa Community Development Corporation.

This year’s mistress of ceremonies will be Emmy Award winner Elleanor Jean Hendley, a 2011 African-American Woman Achiever, former CBS 3 Eyewitness news education reporter, and talk show producer/host.

The 2014 African-American Women Achievers are:

— Dr. Jeanne J. Arnold, Gettysburg College, chief diversity officer;

— Charlene Brown, AT&T regional vice president of external affairs, who is also the 2014 Rosa Parks honoree;

— Michelle Brown Dutton, Verizon Communications, vice president of global network systems;

— Gina Merritt Epps, South Jersey Industries, general counsel;

— Dawn Frazier, Leave the Details to Me, founder and CEO;

— Jennifer Lewis-Hall, Emmy-nominated journalist, author, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur;

— Dr. Althea Hankins, a board-certified physician and general practitioner;

— Sharon L. Hopson, United Health Care, network contract manager, Eastern Pennsylvania;

— Dr. Lori Lewis, a podiatrist and surgeon specializing in surgery of the foot and ankle;

— Shonda McClain, The Philadelphia Tribune and Sojourner Magazine award-winning editor;

— Regine Metellus, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, executive director of finance and administration;

— Sharon Scott-Rogers, Burlington County College, associate dean of educational services;

— Annie Williams Wright, 1955 Olympics qualifier, Bridgeton School District educator, coach and African-American woman trailblazer;

“Proceeds from this event will be used to develop an Academic Achievement Center in South Jersey, which would offer mentoring, a computer lab for students to do homework and workshops on topics important to their personal and academic success,” added Williams.


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