Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. http://zphib1920.org Tue, 18 Sep 2018 19:28:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.11 Regional Director Appointments 2018 http://zphib1920.org/regional-director-appointments-2018/ Fri, 10 Aug 2018 17:54:32 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=5120 Gina Merritt-Epps Atlantic Regional Director Email Address Most recently, Gina Merritt-Epps served Zeta as its first National Director of Risk Management, and drafted the first Risk Management Policies for the sorority and Amicae auxiliaries. She also served as the 13th New Jersey State Director, and previously was the […]

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Gina Merritt-Epps

Gina Merritt-Epps

Atlantic Regional Director
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Most recently, Gina Merritt-Epps served Zeta as its first National Director of Risk Management, and drafted the first Risk Management Policies for the sorority and Amicae auxiliaries. She also served as the 13th New Jersey State Director, and previously was the Atlantic Regional Phylacter, and New Jersey State Phylacter. Professionally, she is an attorney and corporate governance professional.

Gina Merritt-Epps was initiated into Mu Eta chapter at Pennsylvania State University in 1987. She currently is an active member of Xi Tau Zeta chapter in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is a Diamond Life Member and Founders’ Society Member. Outside of Zeta she is a board member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the chair of the Diversity Task Force; board member of the AtlantiCare Health System; and member of the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is married to Michael C. Epps, Esq., and the mother of Taylor M. Epps, and is the aunt of Soror Danielle N. Epps.

Charlisa Davis

Charlisa Yolonne Davis

Eastern Regional Director
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Charlisa Davis is a Diamond Life member who most recently chaired the “Precious Pearl Project” raising $20,000 to purchase and design the first historical burial site marker honoring Founder Pearl Anna Neal. In 2017, she was awarded the Zeta of the Year Award by her chapter Gamma Upsilon Zeta chapter, where she has served as the Basileus and Chair of the Executive Board. She has served on the national and regional levels across different committees and appointments, including the National March of Dimes Coordinator. For the past three decades she has been employed with Cumberland County Public Health Center (Fayetteville, NC) as an Environmental Health Program Specialist (EHPS).

Presently, she is an active member of Gamma Upsilon Zeta chapter in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and was initiated into Gamma Gamma chapter at North Carolina Central University in 1976. Soror Davis is an actively involved member of Evans Metropolitan AME Zion Church. Her community and organizational memberships include the National Environment Health Association; The Dr. Martin Luther King Committee; Rape Crisis; Second Chance Scholarships for HBCU’s and The Links Incorporated. She is engaged to Mr. Cornelius D. Manns of Winston Salem, NC.

Connie Pugh

Connie V. Pugh

Great Lakes Regional Director
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Connie Pugh is the immediate past Illinois State Director, and has served in a myriad of appointed and elected positions within the sorority, including Basileus of her undergraduate and graduate chapters. She is a Life Member and currently a member of Xi Mu Zeta Chapter in Markham, Illinois. She was initiated into Zeta through the Psi Nu Chapter in 1990. Soror Pugh has also served in a leadership role with the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Chicago.

Constance Harris

Constance Harris

Midwestern Regional Director
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Constance Harris has served in many elected and appointed regional, state and local positions, including the Midwestern Regional Election Officer, and the Phylacter of the state of Missouri and Kansas. She is a current member of Alpha Epsilon Zeta chapter in Kansas City, Kansas, and was initiated into Zeta at Langston University (Oklahoma), Lambda Alpha chapter in 1981.

Zakkiyyah Nazeeh

Zakkiyyah Nazeeh

Pacific Regional Director
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In 2014, Soror Nazeeh was appointed to the Northern California State Director, and served as the Pacific Anti-Grammateus, and chapter Basileus. She is an active member of Iota Delta Zeta chapter in Hayward, California.

LaWanda Harper

LaWanda Harper

Southeastern Regional Director
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LaWanda Harper most recently served as the Southeastern Executive Board chair and basileus of her chapter. She is an active member of Iota Omicron Zeta chapter in Belle Glade, Florida. Professionally, she is a regional math specialist with the Palm Beach County, Glades Region School District. Her professional membership affiliations include the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Florida Educators Association and the National Education Association.

Kathy Tatum

Kathy R. Tatum

South Central Regional Director
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Kathy Tatum is the immediate past Arkansas State Director where she spearheaded a successful Zeta license plate campaign to help build brand awareness and pride for the sisterhood. She has also served as the Arkansas Executive Board Chair, Chaplain and Antipokritis, as well as numerous chapter-level leadership positions. Professionally, she is a school counselor at Henderson Middle School in Little Rock.

The Diamond Life member is an active member of Eta Sigma Zeta chapter in North Little Rock, and was initiated into Zeta at the University of Central Arkansas, Gamma Eta chapter in 1982. Soror Tatum has been married to Gerald Tatum for 34 years, and is the mother of Janay Camille Tatum, and grandmother of Jordan Chanelle Brown. Her professional memberships include the American School Counselors Association and the National Education Association.

Keisha Beasley

Keisha M. Beasley

Southern Regional Director
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Keisha Beasley is a Diamond Life Member and has served the Sorority on all levels, including, but not limited to, Chapter Basileus (graduate and undergraduate), National Trustee and East Texas State Director. Since 2007, she and her husband have been the owners of SERVPRO® of Westfield, a company that specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration services.

She became a member of the sorority in 1992 through the Omicron Theta Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin. She currently holds membership in Phi Iota Zeta chapter in Montgomery County, Texas. Soror Beasley actively attends Bammel Church of Christ. Her organizational memberships include the American Business Women’s Association and the Federation of Houston Professional Women.

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Installs 25th International President, Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker during Grand Boulé in New Orleans http://zphib1920.org/zphib-installs-25th-international-president/ Fri, 27 Jul 2018 14:38:04 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=5098 Washington, D.C., July, 25, 2018 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a 98-year-old international women’s service organization, held its Grand Boulé in New Orleans from July 18 – 22, 2018 with the purpose of bringing members together for business meetings, fellowship, community service, and rededication to its founding […]

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Washington, D.C., July, 25, 2018 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a 98-year-old international women’s service organization, held its Grand Boulé in New Orleans from July 18 – 22, 2018 with the purpose of bringing members together for business meetings, fellowship, community service, and rededication to its founding principles of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. During the Grand Boulé, Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker, Zeta’s immediate past International First Vice President, was elected to International President, and will lead the organization into its centennial year in 2020.

The Brooklyn native is the Director of the Inforce Systems Division for New York Life Insurance Company in New York City, responsible for managing multi-million-dollar projects and programs, training personnel, and overseeing new product development as the chief administrator of one of the company’s major subsystems. She is an alumna of Fordham University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree at the young age of eighteen. Hollingsworth-Baker has been recognized in the “Who’s Who of Information and Technology” and “Outstanding Women of America” publications. Her civic endeavors include volunteering with the Red Cross, UNCF and New York Cares; and she is a member of St. Augustine’s Church, the NAACP, and the Hancock T&T Block Association where she serves as the vice president.

Mary Breaux Wright, of Houston, Texas, precedes Hollingsworth-Baker as Zeta’s 24th International President. Under her leadership, the sorority held record-breaking fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes, and made notable contributions to St. Jude, the American Cancer Society, Women’s Veterans ROCK, and the Smithsonian African American Museum. Wright also led Zeta’s international expansion, chartering chapters in Belgium, England, the United Arab Emirates, the Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded in 1920 on the belief that the social nature of sorority life should not overshadow the real mission to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. The international organization’s 125,000+ initiated members, operating in more than 850 chapters, have given millions of voluntary hours to educate the public, provide scholarships, support charities, and promote legislation for social and civic change.

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Video Message: Former Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards GOTV http://zphib1920.org/donna-edwards-gotv/ Mon, 06 Nov 2017 18:07:55 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4984 Tuesday, Nov. 7 is Election Day! Regardless if you are voting for governor and lieutenant governor in Virginia and New Jersey, attorney general, mayor or city councilperson, your vote counts. “Take a friend, a neighbor, a family member….hey, you can even take a stranger. Just go vote!” ~ […]

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Tuesday, Nov. 7 is Election Day! Regardless if you are voting for governor and lieutenant governor in Virginia and New Jersey, attorney general, mayor or city councilperson, your vote counts.

“Take a friend, a neighbor, a family member….hey, you can even take a stranger. Just go vote!” ~ Former Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards

#ZetasGetEngaged #Vote #GOTV

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Video Message: March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart http://zphib1920.org/mod-thank-you/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:33:00 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4907 A special thank you from March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart to the members and auxiliaries of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in the final weeks of this year’s March for Babies (M4B) fundraising campaign.

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A special thank you from March of Dimes President Stacey Stewart to the members and auxiliaries of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in the final weeks of this year’s March for Babies (M4B) fundraising campaign.

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NPHC Joint Statement on Hazing in Response to the Movie Burning Sands http://zphib1920.org/nphc-joint-statement-hazing-response-movie-burning-sands/ Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:10:52 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4846 NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma […]

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NPHC is comprised of local councils drawn from the ranks of 1.5 million college and professional members of the nine historically African-American fraternities and sororities, namely: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., and the Council of Presidents of these member organizations who come together on issues that promote the common purposes and general good for which these organizations exist.

In 1990, the NPHC organizations issued a joint statement announcing the elimination of pledging and each has instituted within its respective organization, a revised membership development and intake process.

Each NPHC organization has instituted strong policies against hazing and has taken steps to reinforce and strengthen its stand against prohibited conduct whether it is displayed though movies, books, or any type of social media.

NPHC and its member organizations have developed and instituted policies against hazing and have taken steps to reinforce and strengthen their stand against this prohibited conduct. Equally important NPHC and its member organizations do not condone, support, or encourage the production of movies, books, or any type of social media that promote hazing.

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Council of Presidents

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Everett B. Ward, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Paulette Walker, Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Mary Wright, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Robert Clark, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Thomas L. Battles, Vice Chair, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Deborah Catchings-Smith, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Jonathan A. Mason Sr., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
Antonio (Tony) Knox, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Reflections | Global Day of Service http://zphib1920.org/global-day-of-service/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:25:07 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4831 Reflections from our Global Day of Service. The service projects on January 16, 2017 began the official count toward completing 20 million service hours between now and Founders’ Day 2020. 2017 Zeta Phi Beta Global Day of Service from ZPHIB2020 on Vimeo.

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Reflections from our Global Day of Service. The service projects on January 16, 2017 began the official count toward completing 20 million service hours between now and Founders’ Day 2020.

2017 Zeta Phi Beta Global Day of Service from ZPHIB2020 on Vimeo.

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Zeta Phi Beta Honors the Legacy of Its Founders and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with Global Day of Service http://zphib1920.org/zphib-honors-global-day-service/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:37:27 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4778 On the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated celebrates Founders’ Day by completing hundreds of community service projects, and declaring 2017 the Global Year of Service. These service projects begin the official count toward completing 20 million service hours between now and […]

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On the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated celebrates Founders’ Day by completing hundreds of community service projects, and declaring 2017 the Global Year of Service. These service projects begin the official count toward completing 20 million service hours between now and Founders’ Day 2020.

“Today, we share Jan. 16 with a very special man – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – who once said “life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘what are you doing for others?’” said Dr. Mary Breaux Wright, International President. “It is only fitting that as we celebrate, we will serve,” added Wright.

For 97 years, the women’s service organization has been a committed contributor to society with partners such as the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Women Veterans Rock and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A few of the community projects on Jan. 16 include:

  • Abu Dhabi: Brown Bag initiative; The Emirates Autism Center volunteering
  • Atlanta: “One Block at a Time” Community Clean Up
  • Chicago: March of Dimes “A No Sew Fleece Blanket” distribution
  • Frederiksted (St. Croix), Houston, Philadelphia and New York: Blessing Bags distribution
  • Louisville, Ky.: St. Jude Children Research Hospital fundraiser
  • New York: Cold Weather Items Drive
  • Oakland, Calif.: Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Clean Up
  • Rome: Project Rome homelessness initiative
  • Washington: Food & Friends, Inc. delivery to those with chronic illness

Since its inception, Zeta has continued its steady climb into the national spotlight with programs designed to demonstrate concern for the human condition both nationally and internationally. Last week, women’s empowerment advocates, Dr. Anita Hill, Esq., Cynthia James and Rhona Bennett were inducted in the sorority as honorary members.

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on Jan. 16, 1920 by five co-ed students at Howard University that envisioned a sorority that would promote the highest standard of scholastic achievement and Finer Womanhood. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zeta has a diverse membership of more than 120,000 college-educated women with over 800 chapters in North America, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. For more information about Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. visit www.zphib1920.org and follow on Twitter @zphibhq.

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Happy Founders’ Day – Celebrating 97 Years http://zphib1920.org/founders-day-celebrating-97-years/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:16:22 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4769 Happy Founders’ Day! A special message from International President Mary Breaux Wright! #ZPHIB97

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Happy Founders’ Day! A special message from International President Mary Breaux Wright! #ZPHIB97

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Zeta Phi Beta Launches Global Year of Service with Induction of Women’s Empowerment Advocates http://zphib1920.org/zphib-launches-global-year-of-service-with-induction-of-womens-empowerment-advocates/ Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:46:42 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4787 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a 96-year-old women’s service organization, inducted Dr. Anita Hill, Esq., Cynthia James, and Rhona Bennett as honorary members. A reception in their honor was held following their induction, which occurred during the sorority’s national executive board meeting in Dallas, TX. During the reception, […]

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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, a 96-year-old women’s service organization, inducted Dr. Anita Hill, Esq., Cynthia James, and Rhona Bennett as honorary members. A reception in their honor was held following their induction, which occurred during the sorority’s national executive board meeting in Dallas, TX.

During the reception, International President Mary Breaux Wright officially launched the sorority’s Global Year of Service with a pledge to provide 20 million hours of community service by the organization’s centennial year in 2020. “As Zetas, we take service seriously, which can be seen through our partnerships with the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Dr. Mary Breaux Wright, International President. “It is my honor to welcome women of such prominence who are willing and ready to roll up their sleeves, and help us fulfill our mission as a community-conscious, action-oriented organization,” Wright added.

Natalie Dillard Brannon and Shonté Fuller, National Co-Chairs of Honorary Membership, formally presented the inductees to attendees:

  • Dr. Anita Hill, Esq. is a pioneer of women’s equality in the workplace. The Yale School of Law graduate is currently a Professor of Law, Public Policy and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University, and author of Speaking Truth to Power and Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race and Finding Home.
  • Cynthia James is a multiple-award winning author of What Will Set You Free and Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence, and international life coach. In 2014, her Extraordinary Living Project was selected to be a Commitment Maker by the Clinton Health Matters Initiative.
  • Rhona Bennett is a singer, songwriter and actress who appeared on popular television comedies such as Living Single and Martin, with a reoccurring role on The Jamie Foxx Show. She is currently a performing member of the R&B group EnVogue and a “Personal Power” life coach.
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Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was founded on Jan. 16, 1920 by five co-ed students at Howard University that envisioned a sorority that would promote the highest standard of scholastic achievement and Finer Womanhood. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Zeta has a diverse membership of more than 120,000 college-educated women with over 800 chapters in North America, Europe, Asia, The Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. For more information about Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. visit www.zphib1920.org.


New Honorary Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated (From left to right – Shonté Fuller, National Co-Chair of Honorary Membership; Natalie Dillard Brannon, National Co-Chair of Honorary Membership; Rhona Bennett, entertainer and “Personal Power” coach; Dr. Mary Breaux Wright, International President; Dr. Anita Hill, Esq., professor, author and women’s equality activist; Cynthia James, speaker, author and coach; Dr. Jylla Moore Tearte; Past International President; Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker, National First Vice-President of Membership; and Norma Dartis, National Historian)

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NPHC/Zeta Phi Beta Get Out the Vote http://zphib1920.org/nphc-zeta-phi-beta-get-out-the-vote/ Thu, 13 Oct 2016 01:01:53 +0000 http://zphib1920.org/?p=4543 The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) has created a Social Action Task Force to engage our communities in the 2016 electoral process. All voter education and registration activity should continue throughout Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Please see the video below for an important message from […]

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The National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated (NPHC) has created a Social Action Task Force to engage our communities in the 2016 electoral process.

All voter education and registration activity should continue throughout Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Please see the video below for an important message from the NPHC Council of Presidents.

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