2014 Farwest Region Conference

July 17, 2014-July 20, 2014 - Long Beach, CA
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  • Wanda.jpg.w300h420Endowed with the spirit of a winning & giving attitude, a compassionate heart, and a commitment to serve, Wanda believes that one person can make a difference in our world today if we would just reach back! Luke 12: 48 is her life guide. Paraphrased, it reads; from everyone to whom much has been...
  • barbara-bagnerisBarbara Bagneris, of Orange County, has been appointed to the 32nd District Agricultural Association, Orange County Fair Board of Directors. Bagneris has been principal financial analyst at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems since 2010. She was a senior financial controls analyst at L-3...
  • KIM GATHERS (1)Congratulations to Soror Kim Gathers, Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter member! She and her husband, Anthony Gathers, were the recipients of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year Award. Voted on by the public, Ageez Hair Center was one of three...
  • Dr. Misha FaustinaKnown as “the eyelid and orbit expert,” Dr. Faustina is a fellowship-trained ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Her practice focuses on aging issues, cancers and traumas. She is the only M.D. Anderson Cancer Center-trained ophthalmologist in Arizona, making her uniquely qualified in...
  • Debbie CottonMs. Cotton has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Marks of Excellence Award presented by National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ Central Arizona Chapter. The NFBPA’s Marks of Excellence Award is the organizations highest award. It is presented to an African American public...
  • Dr.CarolSummerDr. Sumner was recently promoted to Associate Dean of Students, Student Affairs in Educational Outreach and Student Services at Arizona State University (ASU) on the Tempe campus. Arizona State University is the largest university in the U.S., with a record Fall 2012 student enrollment of...
  • VC OutsideMs. Churchwell has recently been appointed to a two-year term on the Airport Minority Advisory Council’s (AMAC) 25-member Board of Directors. AMAC is a national, non-profit, trade association dedicated in promoting minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises (M/W/DBE) in...
  • pcf-gloria-27San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter is proud to congratulate Soror Gloria Brown for her exceptional work in addressing health issues in our community. Her most recent accomplishment was to bring the Universal Sisters – Women’s Health Conference to the Bay Area for the 5th year, as she serves...
  • regina[1]San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter is proud to congratulate Soror Regina Wallace-Jones for her exceptional work in political action and community organizing. As a deep believer in political/community organizing, Regina recently served as a Regional Field Organizer for President Obama’s...
  • Front CameraSoror Grace Wright, Ed.D., has recently been appointed to People to People International (PTPI) Board of Trustees. Dr. Wright has been involved with PTPI since 2000 after traveling to China with Educational Administrators. The purpose of People to People International is to enhance international...

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Wanda F. Moore, Volunteer of the Year Recipient of Governor Jan Brewer and the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, State of Arizona

Wanda.jpg.w300h420Endowed with the spirit of a winning & giving attitude, a compassionate heart, and a commitment to serve, Wanda believes that one person can make a difference in our world today if we would just reach back! Luke 12: 48 is her life guide. Paraphrased, it reads; from everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required, and from the one to whom much has been entrusted even more will be demanded. She acknowledges that she have been entrusted with much! She is therefore committed to give back to her family, church, and community by utilizing the gifts, talents, resources, and skills for which she has been entrusted.

An entrepreneur, President of Moore & Associates , a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Chair of the UA Sarver Heart Women’s Education Committee Minority Outreach Program, recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Volunteer of the Year for the State of AZ, 2013 Vanguard Harriet Tubman Award, 2012 selected as one of the 25 Most Influential African Americans in Southern AZ, 2011 Heart Health Advocate of the Year, 2008 Lincoln J. Ragsdale, Sr. Outstanding Directors Award and 2008 “Breaking the Silence Award” for HIV/AIDS in the African American Community. She is an advocate for Voters Rights, Chair of the Board of Deltas of Southern AZ, serving as Social Action Chair of the Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. 2006-2008 the Sorority was recognized by the African American Aids Awareness Alliance for their continued advocacy for HIV/AIDS Education and Awareness in the Tucson Community. 

Wanda was named “Phenomenal Woman 2006” by the University of AZ Black Alumni for her outstanding community work. She established a scholarship under the Black Alumni for minority students at the U of A. She was appointed to the Arizona State Personnel Board, by Governor Janet Napolitano in March 2003. She was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court Bar Commission on Character & Fitness in January 2007 and served a seven year term. 

Additionally, she has served on the Board of the Tucson Urban League, Black Board of Directors Project, Community Foundation Of Southern AZ, Sahuaro Girls Scouts Nominating Committee, Chair for the 2006 American Heart Association Go Red for Women Campaign. Supports and works with the Southern Arizona Aids Foundation and the University of AZ Black Alumni. In 2005, she received recognition for Excellence in Social Action, Civic Responsibility, Advocacy, Coalition Building and Contribution to Public Policy & Service in the Farwest Region for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

She is currently serving on the American Heart Association Circle of Red, Community Foundation of Southern AZ’s African American Initiative Board, University of Arizona Sarver Heart Women’s Education Committee, University of AZ Sarver Heart Advisory Board, and Chair of the Community Coalition for Heart Health Education for Women of Color.

She is a wife (Jimmy D. Moore) mother of three, grandmother of one, community activist, and community volunteer, active in church, and an Advocate for Heart Health Education. She enjoys teaching, writing, reading bowling, and especially the game of golf. 


Honored on the African American Women's Arch.

Barbara Bagneris, Appointment to the 32nd District Agricultural Association, Orange County Fair Board of Directors

barbara-bagnerisBarbara Bagneris, of Orange County, has been appointed to the 32nd District Agricultural Association, Orange County Fair Board of Directors. Bagneris has been principal financial analyst at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems since 2010. She was a senior financial controls analyst at L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation from 2008 to 2010 and held multiple positions at the Boeing Company from 1980 to 2008, including business analyst and program financial controls analyst. Bagneris is president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Orange County Alumnae Chapter. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, Fountain Valley.  photo

Soror Kim Gathers, Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter

KIM GATHERS (1)Congratulations to Soror Kim Gathers, Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter member! She and her husband, Anthony Gathers, were the recipients of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce's 2014 Small Business of the Year Award. Voted on by the public, Ageez Hair Center was one of three finalists for this award. Soror Gathers and her husband are the owners of Ageez Hair Center, a division of AK Gathers, Inc. Kim holds her master’s in public administration and Anthony is a licensed barber with over 20 years of experience. The company employs a total of 19 people. Ageez opened its the first barbershop and hair salon in Chandler (AZ) in 1996 and expanded with another location in Phoenix in 2008. Ageez is more than just a barbershop and hair salon, it’s a community resource that connects people! Ageez has partnered with local community organizations hosting numerous events including voter registration drives, haircuts for underprivileged youth, free haircuts at Juneteenth, tutoring sessions, blood pressure checks, and forums to address depression among black men. Soror Gathers was initiated into the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter in the Spring of 2009. She is not only an active member of the Chapter, but along with her husband and their business, she is a committed community partner as well!

Dr. Misha Faustina, “The Only M.D. Anderson Cancer Trained Ophthalmologist in Arizona”

Dr. Misha FaustinaKnown as “the eyelid and orbit expert,” Dr. Faustina is a fellowship-trained ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Her practice focuses on aging issues, cancers and traumas. She is the only M.D. Anderson Cancer Center-trained ophthalmologist in Arizona, making her uniquely qualified in orbital and eyelid tumors. Dr. Faustina completed her general surgery and ophthalmology residencies in Level I trauma centers in Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn, New York, contributing to her comprehensive injury care. With her reconstructive expertise and artistic eye, she is a noted cosmetic eyelid surgeon and was the first in the state to offer Eyes by Thermage, the only FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure to work directly on eyelid skin to reduce wrinkling, hooding and crow’s feet. Dr. Faustina is the fourth generation in her family to graduate from Meharry Medical College. She continues her medical education legacy by speaking broadly and returning each year to teach at her alma mater.

Debbie Cotton, Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter

Debbie CottonMs. Cotton has been named as the recipient of the 2012 Marks of Excellence Award presented by National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ Central Arizona Chapter. The NFBPA’s Marks of Excellence Award is the organizations highest award. It is presented to an African American public administrator who has achieved extraordinary success in the field of public management while demonstrating an unselfish commitment to the community. Ms. Cotton was presented with her award at the Marks of Excellence Dinner on September 27th. Ms. Cotton currently serves as Interim Director of the Phoenix Convention Center, leading the organization’s daily operations with oversight of a budget of $47.5 million and a staff of 273 employees. Her professional career includes more than nineteen years of local government experience where she has served in several management positions including her previous position as Phoenix Public Transit Director where she oversaw operations of the largest transit system in Arizona which included an extensive multimodal bus system providing more than 18 million miles of service annually. Under her tenure, Ms. Cotton oversaw the successful launch the city’s first light rail line in December of 2008. Ms. Cotton holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Science from Western Illinois University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Arizona State University. She is a member of the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. Carol A Sumner, Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter

Dr.CarolSummerDr. Sumner was recently promoted to Associate Dean of Students, Student Affairs in Educational Outreach and Student Services at Arizona State University (ASU) on the Tempe campus. Arizona State University is the largest university in the U.S., with a record Fall 2012 student enrollment of 73,373. ASU, a New American University, is one university with four distinct campus locations, the largest of which is the Tempe campus. As Associate Dean of Students, Dr. Sumner provides direct oversight for the overall design, administration, delivery, supervision and fiscal management of Student Activities, International Student Programming, Gameday and Spirit Initiatives, and incubates and implements new initiatives and special programs until another area is identified to foster them. With more than 21 years of professional experience, 16 of those years are in higher education developing and implementing academic and co-curricular programs and services. She was most recently the founding director of University Academic Success Programs at ASU at the Downtown Phoenix campus of as well as the Director of University Academic Success Programs at ASU at the West campus. She joined ASU eight years ago as a coordinator with the TRiO Student Support Services program from the TRiO Student Support Services program at Washington University in St. Louis (MO). She has also worked at Illinois State University (IL), and Wilberforce University (OH). Dr. Sumner earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Spanish, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education, with a concentration in College Student Personnel Administration, from Illinois State University. She earned her Doctorate in Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University. She is married with two sons and a daughter. She is a member of the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Valerie Churchwell, Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter

VC OutsideMs. Churchwell has recently been appointed to a two-year term on the Airport Minority Advisory Council’s (AMAC) 25-member Board of Directors. AMAC is a national, non-profit, trade association dedicated in promoting minority-owned, women-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises (M/W/DBE) in airport contracts and employment opportunities. In addition, she will serve as the Co-Chair of the organization’s Communications Committee. Valerie is the Small Business and Community Outreach Manager for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department. With more than 20 years of corporate and community experience advocating education and economic empowerment, Valerie is responsible for outreach to promote the identification and use of small, disadvantaged, minority and women-owned subcontractors and businesses for aviation-related activities. Valerie previously served as the Director of Community Affairs for Turner Construction (Arizona Business Unit). She has also worked for Motorola, Inc., the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMZ-AZ), Com21, BDM, Dayton Public Schools, and Newport News Shipbuilding. In addition, Valerie is President and Founder of the Arizona Dream Builder Foundation, a private non-profit organization that provides scholarships and internships to students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice, leadership and academics. Valerie holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from The University of Alabama and has received a Certificate of Project Management from George Washington University. She is a member of the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Gloria Rhodes Brown, San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter

pcf-gloria-27San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter is proud to congratulate Soror Gloria Brown for her exceptional work in addressing health issues in our community. Her most recent accomplishment was to bring the Universal Sisters – Women’s Health Conference to the Bay Area for the 5th year, as she serves as the Event Coordinator. Universal Sisters is a minority-health program designed to address the unique health concerns of women of color. The goal is to celebrate women of color and to educate them about the significance of preventive health care. This year’s event was held on December 1, 2012, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott, with over 450 registered participants. Participants received inspirational messages from two keynote speakers, invaluable information through various topics offered during two breakout sessions and from several health care vendors -- in addition to health screenings; and health aids, gifts and gift bags were provided. Gloria Rhodes Brown is the retired former director of the University of California Cooperative Extension Service for San Mateo and San Francisco counties and coordinator of nutrition and family and consumer science programs in San Mateo and San Francisco. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in home economics with an emphasis in nutrition education from Texas Southern University and a Master of Public Administration from the College of Notre Dame. Gloria serves on numerous boards and commissions. She is on the leadership advisory council of the American Cancer Society, the Board of Directors of the East Palo Alto Family YMCA and the Board of Trustees of Notre Dame de Namur University. She previously served on the KQED and Mills-Peninsula Health Services boards. She also co-founded the Mills-Peninsula African American Community Health Advisory Committee. As a testament of her dedication and diligent work, Gloria recently received the following honors and award: ¨ June 2012 - Honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the 2012 Health Hero Care Awardees. ¨ June 2012 - Appointed to the National African Women’s Development Fund USA Board of Directors. ¨ November 2012 - Was presented the LEARN Outreach Award from the American Diabetes Association at its annual meeting in New Orleans. This national recognition is given to one person in the United States who has demonstrated in their community a significant ongoing commitment to those affected by diabetes by organizing, conducting and facilitating Association programs and activities that provide education, raise awareness, and deliver services.

Regina Wallace-Jones, San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter

regina[1]San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter is proud to congratulate Soror Regina Wallace-Jones for her exceptional work in political action and community organizing. As a deep believer in political/community organizing, Regina recently served as a Regional Field Organizer for President Obama’s campaign for re-election. As a Regional Field Organizer, she built 14 teams who worked together to plan and execute Public Days of Service for President Obama, Women for Obama events, Latinos for Obama programs and activities, and organized countless phone banks and training activities to assist with growing the swell of support for President Obama’s re-election. By far, the most rewarding experience was working with amazing people who shared a belief that President Obama is the right leader for United States of America, right now! Regina has toured the White House, met and taken pictures with the President and First Lady, attended her first ever Democratic National Convention, greeted the President on the tarmac of Air Force One at SFO, opened a campaign office in San Jose and met many interesting and inspiring people along the way. This month, she returned from a visit to the White House where she was invited to discuss how she would like to be involved in moving the President’s Legislative agenda forward over the next four years and most immediately, what she can do to assist with fiscal cliff negotiations. Regina Wallace-Jones is a Director of Technology and Operations at Yahoo!. She is also a founding member and managing partner of Entrepreneurial Spirit Investment Group, dedicates volunteer time to organizations such as “We Teach Science” and “Techbridge.” Regina graduated from Stanford University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. She later earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy with Emphasis in Technology Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is married to Steffond Jones and they have two daughters, Addison (4 years) and Jocelyn (2 years).

Grace Wright, Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter

Front CameraSoror Grace Wright, Ed.D., has recently been appointed to People to People International (PTPI) Board of Trustees. Dr. Wright has been involved with PTPI since 2000 after traveling to China with Educational Administrators. The purpose of People to People International is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences directly among peoples of different countries and diverse cultures. Dr. Wright has been a visionary and a pioneer in the field of Education for over 30 years. She has served in many roles within the Public School Systems in Chicago (IL), San Francisco (CA) and Phoenix (AZ) which include Pre-Kindergarten through University level, and Social Service Organizational Administrations. She has distinguished herself as a leader, teacher and administrator with her broad range of skills and experience and her passionate and diligent commitment to students and staff at all levels and stages throughout her career and lifetime. Dr. Wright holds a Bachelor of Arts from Roosevelt University (Chicago), a Masters of Arts in Special Education from San Francisco State University, an MBA from Keller Graduate Schools of Management, a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from National Louis University (Evanston, IL), and holds a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University (FL) in Educational Leadership. She is a Golden Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and an active member of the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter.d.ac

Iota Kappa & Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapters

iota-kappaOn September 24, 2013, the Iota Kappa Chapter in partnership with the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter presented the award-winning documentary “Standing On My Sisters’ Shoulders”. The documentary depicts the evolution of the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi in the 1950’s and 60’s from the point of view of the courageous women who lived it – and emerged as its grassroots leaders.  In addition to the viewing of the film, the Iota Kappa and Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae chapters had the pleasure of hosting two candidates running to be councilmembers for the City of Phoenix; District 4 Candidate Justin Johnson and District 8 Candidate Warren Stewart. Both gentlemen spoke on the importance of exercising your right to vote.

Sandra Nicholson Appointed to the Arts, Cultural and Tourism Board for the Town of Gilbert, AZ!

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Soror Nicholson, a member of the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter, has been appointed to serve on the Board for the Town of Gilbert.  Gilbert is a town southeast of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area with over 200,000 residents of which 3% are African-American.   Sandra was appointed the longest term of 3 years to the 7 member Board.
Soror Nicholson was initiated Spring 2004 at the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter and has been an active member, serving as Committee Chair for the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy (2006 – 2008), Fundraising Chair (2008 – 2010), Jabberwock Chair (2010-2012) and currently serves as the Chapter Treasurer (2012 – 2014) and Chair of the Finance Committee (2012 – 2014).  Throughout her Delta Life, Sandra has served (and continue to serve) on various committees including Founders Day, Policies and Procedures, Dr. Jeanne Noble Delta GEMs.
Professionally, Sandra is a Pre-Sales Systems Engineer for NetApp Inc. (one of the Top 3 Data Storage Companies!)  Originally from Pontiac, MI, Sandra has lived in various states, but specifically chose AZ for the sunny days and warm nights!    Soror Nicholson received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at Cameron University in Lawton, OK and her Master’s at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, CA.   Hard-working, Dedicated and Committed to striving to reach her highest goal, Sandra looks forward to making an impact in her town, family, career and Delta Sigma Theta!

Adora Lewis, Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae

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Soror Lewis has been named as the recipient of the 2013 President’s Award presented by Maricopa County NAACP. Each year the Maricopa County NAACP recognizes outstanding individuals who have created paths for others to follow to ensure that human and civil rights are achieved and economic justice prevails.  Adora received her award at the 43rd Annual Freedom Fund Dinner on April 26th.
 
Soror Lewis serves as the special advisor to City of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.  She has extensive city government experience beginning her career with the City of Phoenix in 1989 as a member of the City’s nationally acclaimed Management Internship Program.  In addition to her current role in the Mayor’s office, Adora has held assignments in the Human Resources Department, the City Manager’s Office, and has served on the staff for several City of Phoenix Councilmen.
Soror Lewis holds Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration degrees from Arizona State University. She was initiated Spring 2009 at the Phoenix Metropolitan Alumnae and continues to be an active member of the chapter.

Kiah Sherif, Omicron Psi Chapter

kiah-sherifKiah is the sole member of Omicron Psi Chapter and the President. She works closely with the Bakersfield Alumnae Chapter, attending their chapter meeting every month so that she can learn everything she can about how to run a chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. She is taking all of the necessary steps to ensure that Omicron Psi will be able to intake members in Spring 2014 so that the chapter can increase and grow the ranks of Delta! As secretary of the African-American Student Union April 2012-June 2013, Vice President of the African-American Student Union September 2013 to Present, and Co-Founder of the African-American Student Union's Mentor Program, she is an active leader. She is also a member of the CSU Bakersfield Hawk Honors Program and a Co-Founder of the Honors Mentor Program at CSU Bakersfield. Kiah has been a member of Delta Sigma Theta for only seven months, but in that short time she has worked hard to learn about the inner workings of the sorority so that she may contribute effectively to serving the community through her chapter. She is learning to become a better and stronger leader everyday through the work of Delta.