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Kappa Alpha Psi Honors 12 Women

Friday, October 20, 2006

On Sunday, Nov. 5, the Burlington-Camden alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi will celebrate the achievements of 12 African-American women from the New Jersey/Delaware Valley region.

The 4 p.m. event, at Auletto's Catering in Deptford, will be hosted by Channel 3 TV personality Beverly Williams. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling Richard A. Williams, president of the Kappa Community Development Corp., at (856) 256-4111 or by e-mail at

This year, the group will be giving its inaugural Rosa Parks award.

The honorees are:

- Corrine Bradley Powers, owner of Corrine's Place in Camden. Prior to opening her business in 1989, Bradley Powers worked for the city of Camden as a bookkeeper, for the Department of Probation as a family intake officer and as a counselor with the Juvenile Resource Center.

- Dr. Audrey Thornton Miller, of Sicklerville, a 37-year educator with the Camden School District and recipient of many awards. She is currently chief of educational services at St. Matthews Community Development Corp.

- Claudia Smith, of Vineland. She holds nursing and social psychology degrees and is a leader in the struggle to improve the lives of people in need of services.

- Mary Ellen Rice Tillmon, of Chesilhurst and a retired teacher of the Philadelphia School System. Among her many accomplishments, she has been active with the Chesilhurst board of education and town council.

- Shirley Franklin Archie, of Philadelphia and a 30-plus-year educator with the Philadelphia School District. Among her many activities and achievements, she has been national president of the National Association of Bench and Bar Associates and a member of the Women's Team led by the late Corretta Scott King. She was named Teacher of the Year of the Delaware Valley in 2002 by the Daily News and the Inquirer.

- Joan Brickey, of Philadelphia. She is regional executive for Sovereign Bank's Philadelphia market and the highest ranking African-American at Sovereign Bank.

-- Dr. Corann Okorodudu, of Paulsboro and a distinguished faculty member at Rowan University for the past 37 years. Born in Liberia, she serves as the American Psychological Association's representative to the United Nations and has been recognized by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the American Psychological Association, among other groups.

-- Patricia Reid Merritt, of Hamilton Township and an educator, scholar and performing artist. She is professor of Social Work and Africana studies at Richard Stockton College in Pomona. Merritt is the founder and artistic director of Afro One Dance, Drama and Drum Theatre., Inc., a performing arts organization celebrating its 32nd year.

Merritt is the author of "Sister Power; How Phenomenal Black Women are Rising to the Top" and of "Sister Wisdom: Seven Pathways to a Satisfying Life for Soulful Black Women."

-- Janet Y. Bivins, of Wilmington, Dela. She is corporate counsel for E.I du Ponte Nemours and company. Among her many activities, Bivins has chaired the DuPont Primary Law Firm Diversity Taskforce, the Minority Counsel Conference and the corporate-wide Martin Luther King Day of Celebration. She has been active with many organizations, including Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Corporate Counsel Women of Color and the Eliot G. Heard Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

-- Dr. Penelope Lattimer, of New Brunswick and chief of staff for the New Jersey Department of Education. She worked for 31 years in the New Brunswick school system, where she served in numerous positions.

Among her many accomplishments, she traveled to South Africa as an educational consultant to evaluate Bantu education in the country's Johannesburg area.

- Linda Carroll, of Philadelphia. She is a 25-year employee of the Philadelphia School District, where she has served in numerous positions, including being the first black principal of Northeast High School.

Among her accomplishments, she has been a finalist for the Teacher of Excellence award and a regional finalist for the Rose Lindenbaum Award.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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