Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated
Celebrates the Professional Achievements of Our Sisterhood

The Zeta 100 is a unique collective of sorors, spanning every profession, chosen for their career accomplishments, leadership, and dedication to their fields. This initiative promotes networking opportunities and highlights the excellence of our sorors, while inspiring and empowering the next generation of Zeta leaders.

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Cydny A. Neville

Eastern

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Politics

Title

Councilwoman Cydny A. Neville

Industry

Local Government

Professional Firsts

I introduced policy that led to the Town of Dumfries becoming the first municipality in Virginia to recognize the November General Election Day as a Holiday, in exchange for Lee-Jackson Day.

I am the first African-American woman to serve as Vice Chair of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC).

Cynthia Elliott, CPA

South Central

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Education

Title

Associate Professor - Accounting

Industry

College Education

Professional Firsts

I am the first to obtain a Master's Degree in the Business Science field within my family. Also, I am the first to obtain a license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in my family.

I am the first and only Accounting Professor to have written a financial self-help book, "ABCs That Make Cent$." at the Southwest TN Community College.

I am the first and only at my college to have received the "Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award" by the Tennessee Society of CPA's.

Lastly, I am the first member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to become the National Treasurer as a CPA.

Cynthia Sampey

Southern

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Education

Title

Direcor of Accountability

Industry

Education

D'Wauna Young Mann

South Central

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Journalism

Title

Multimedia Journalist

Industry

Radio, TV and Print Media

Professional Firsts

The first female and the first African-American hired by WDEF-TV (CBS affiliate) to hold a newsroom management position as Assignment Manager for one of the top-rated commercial television stations in a medium-sized market. While in that position, I was the first Chattanooga media professional to receive a national journalism award from the National Association of Black Journalists (Salute To Excellence Journalism Award for special documentary series with co-winner Chief Videographer David Moore, 2008.) I also served as a president of the Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters for two terms.

Dakara A. Barnes

Southeastern

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Human Resources

Title

Human Capital Management Business Consultant

Industry

Human Resources

Dalene Johnson-Lowery

Eastern

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Education

Title

Media Specialist/ Teacher

Industry

education

Danialle Riggins

Southeastern

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Legal

Title

Civil attorney

Industry

Law/litigation

Professional Firsts

First female minority attorney in Marion County, Florida to own/operate her own real estate litigation firm and be awarded and acknowledged as a Super Lawyer and Florida Bar Pro Bono award recipient.

Danielle C. Powell

Great Lakes

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Non-Profit

Title

Match Support Specialist

Industry

Social Services

Danielle Coleman

Great Lakes

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Education

Title

Associate Professor

Industry

Nursing Education

Danielle J. Coleman

Southeastern

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Health and Medicine

Title

Family Nurse Practitioner

Industry

Community Health

Professional Firsts

Developed hospital-wide protocols for continuously monitoring telemetry patients on med-surg floors.
First black NP student to graduate from the Nicholls State University Nurse Practitioner program.

Danielle L Simspon-Holder

South Central

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Health and Medicine

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Register Dental Hygienists

Industry

Dental

Danielle S. Lyn

Southeastern

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Legal

Title

Associate Attorney

Industry

real estate

Danyale Taylor Williams

Southern

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Arts

Title

Professor of Dance

Industry

Fine Arts Academy

Professional Firsts

As the Artistic and Executive Director of Classic Dance Ensemble( the dance company in residence at Prairie View A&M University) my choreography was selected to be presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. in 2002. We were the first dance company from a Historically Black College or University to receive that honor. We were invited to perform there again in 2004.

I have taught Dance in Japan for over 5 years, one of the first African American teachers to offer Liturgical Dance in concert settings in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe, and Fukuoka.

DARA K. MCINTOSH

Southeastern

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Human Resources

Title

LEAD WORKFORCE TALENT DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST

Industry

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Professional Firsts

CREATED A DIGITAL LITERACY PROGRAM/CURRICULUM FOR YOUTH & ADULTS TO ASSIST WITH ENHANCING JOB READINESS SKILLS

Darlene Jenkins

Southeastern

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Government

Title

Executive Officer Specialist

Industry

Government

Darlene M Fung

Southeastern

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Education

Title

Teacher

Industry

Education

Professional Firsts

Immediately out of college, I began working in the Investment Services field in a variety of roles within the organization. I became one of the youngest Supervisors at my firm in Tampa, Florida at 24 years old managing associates and high level transactions.

I joined The University of Miami Executive Leadership MBA 2010 cohort in Tampa, Florida and was originally denied entry as the youngest candidate. However, through the evidence of my professional and academic achievements I was accepted into the program and graduated with a 3.92 GPA.

I followed my dream to become an educator and after 12 years in investment services and finance, I completed all my requirements to become a classroom educator in the State of Florida. I am currently a third grade teacher. My first year teaching I received the Teacher of the Month Award (September 2017). Most recently I was a nominee for my school's Teacher of the Year 2020 designation.

Darlene Slade

Eastern

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Education

Title

Exceptional Education Dept Chair

Industry

Education

Darlene T. Sparks

Southeastern

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Business

Title

Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis

Industry

BioMedical

Darnella E. Parks

Atlantic

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Non-Profit

Title

Manager of Scientific Meetings

Industry

Health

Darwina M Johnson

South Central

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Technology

Title

IT Project Manager

Industry

Information Technology

Dasia Brown

Southeastern

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Non-Profit

Title

CEO

Industry

Afterschool empowerment program

Professional Firsts

First college generation and entrepreneur and greek representative in family.

Davida Grant

Atlantic

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Human Resources

Title

Project Engineer

Industry

Government

Dawana Gudger-Richardson

Atlantic

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Entertainment

Title

Entertainer

Industry

Music Industry

Dawn Ann Spicer

Atlantic

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Human Resources

Title

Senior Human Resources Business Partner

Industry

Medical Devices

Dayena Corcoran

Southeastern

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Law Enforcement

Title

Commissioner of Division of Correction

Industry

Corrections

Professional Firsts

First female facility administrator at Southern Maryland Pre-Release Unit
First female Warden at Maryland Correctional Institution-Jessup
First female Commissioner of the Maryland Division of Correction

Deanna Lewis

Atlantic

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Education

Title

Instructional Academic Coach

Industry

Education

Deanna R. Andrews

Southeastern

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Military

Title

Major

Industry

Army

Dearline Thomas-Brown, MPH, BSN, RN

Southeastern

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Health and Medicine

Title

Legal Nurse Coordinator

Industry

Division of State Group Insurance

Professional Firsts

First African American professional registered nurse hired for DMS-DSGI and Florida Department of Health as Executive Community Health Nursing Director for the Statewide Immunization Program.

Deborah A. Crockett

Great Lakes

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Business

Title

VP of Information Technology

Industry

Financial Services

Professional Firsts

First African American hired as Director of Operations for Loomis Sayles, LP (Boston MA)
First African American to serve as Board President for Casa Myrna (Boston's largest provider of domestic violence awareness efforts and of shelter and supportive services to survivors)
First female appointed as Finance Chairperson for Progressive Community Church, Chicago, Illinois

Deborah Ann Woodberry

Southeastern

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Health and Medicine

Title

RN Case Manager

Industry

Health

Deborah Chima

Great Lakes

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Business

Title

Executive Coach

Industry

Retail

Deborah Jackson

Southeastern

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Government

Title

Account Executive

Industry

Federal Government

Deborah Raney Woodly

Great Lakes

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Business

Title

Fiscal Consultant - Training & Technical Assistance

Industry

Non-Profit Financial Management & Grants Administration

Professional Firsts

In 1999 Columbus, Ohio received a 10-year federal Empowerment Zone designation to reduce unemployment and generate economic growth in some of Columbus’ most disadvantaged neighborhoods. The Columbus Compact Corporation was created as a non-profit organization to oversee and administer the programming and Empowerment Zone funds received on behalf of the City of Columbus. I was asked to come and work for the Compact as its Vice President of Finance and Grants Administration. This was a unique opportunity for me, to build a finance department and the fiscal infrastructure of an organization that would oversee millions of dollars in federal funding from the ground up. The Empowerment Zone designation was very politically sensitive, with many entities, from large well-established corporations to small community-based organizations vying for some type of allocation from these funds. Along with the political aspect, was the fact that the President and CEO of this newly formed organization was a black man, and there were individuals in high places looking for any reason to cast aspersions on the work of the organization. We could not just be good, we had to be excellent. All eyes were on us…
I set up an accounting infrastructure with appropriate internal controls and hired and trained staff in the systems that had been created. I developed a grants management system that included: an assessment of the fiscal systems of the entities that sought funding; training and technical assistance for those entities that were funded to ensure compliance with the fiscal and administrative requirements of the funding they received; a reporting system for those receiving funding to ensure that what they used the funding for was in alignment with their contracts; and a monitoring system to further ensure compliance with the requirements of the federal funds they received as well as to ensure the structures they had in place internally would meet the required standards if they were monitored by the federal government.
We did great work and left a lasting footprint on the City of Columbus. From converting a vacant building into a grocery store, converting vacant and abandoned buildings into condominiums and beautiful apartments, providing loans to small businesses and start ups in the community, to neighborhood advocacy, after school programs and community policing, we executed the strategic plan for this funding flawlessly. This venture was not without its challenges. Some entities that expected to receive funding for their project did not because they thought they were above having to comply with the requirements. A couple entities that did receive funding lost it because they could not maintain compliance with the requirements. And there were a couple of entities that defaulted on their loans as they struggled to maintain a business in an at-risk area.
Despite the challenges I could not be more pleased with the results of the systems that I put into place. Each year our audits were clean with no adjusting entries, no questioned costs and no management letter. I shared my grant tracking system with folks at the City of Columbus so they could see how I was tracking the funding that came through them, as my numbers and their numbers matched to the penny. The City was pleased with the systems that we were utilizing to ensure compliance and proper oversight of the funding, as they were the recipient of the funding from HUD and passed them on to the Compact to administer.
To put an exclamation point on the successes, in 2006 the Compact was awarded the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations Standards for Excellence certification. The certification process included an in-depth application and peer review process to confirm adherence to its 58 guiding principals which promote ethical practices and accountability in nonprofit organizations across the state. At the time there were only a handful of organizations that had obtained the certification and they were much larger and well-established organizations. The certification was the highlight to my time with the Compact, as it was an external recognition that the systems that were put into place promoted ethical practices and accountability. I could not have been prouder. My goal was to make sure that the Compact did not end up in the paper unless our President and CEO wanted to be in the paper. We worked very well as a team. He let me do my thing and I supported him. We got the job done. We did it, and we did it well! This was my dream job...

Debra A. Benjamin

Pacific

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Non-Profit

Title

Chief Administrative Officer

Industry

Social Work-Child Welfare

Debra A. Thomas

Southeastern

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Business

Title

Claims Manager

Industry

Insurance

Debra J. Carroll Col (R) USAF/ANG

Eastern

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Government

Title

Program Analyst

Industry

Department of Defense

Professional Firsts

First Female Commander Virginia Air National Guard
First Female Colonel Virginia Air National Guard

Debra Jackson

Atlantic

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Entrepreneurs

Title

President/CEO

Industry

Transportation

Debra P. Evans

Great Lakes

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Engineering

Title

Global Program Manager

Industry

Pharmaceutical

Professional Firsts

First African American Graduate from Northwestern University Materials Engineering Department
First African American Engineering Manager for Hughes Aircraft South Carolina Facility
First African American President of the University of Illinois @ Chicago Engineering Alumni Association
Women of Color Technology Award: Career Excellence Award
Fellow Society of Women Engineers

Dee Curtis

Eastern

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Education

Title

Teacher

Industry

Education

Professional Firsts

First African American to receive an M. A. Degree in Child Development from Michigan State University

Deena Smith

Atlantic

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Technology

Title

Librarian

Industry

Government, Legal