Local AKA sorority passes torch to new president

ST. PETERSBURG — Members of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. recently passed the leadership torch to its newly elected president Cassandra Williams.

Williams has been a member of the sorority since 1994 and provides a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organization. She earned a bachelor’s of science in accounting from University of South Florida and a Master Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University.  She is also a Certified Public Accountant employed with Pinellas County Government.

Williams said her vision is to continue moving the chapter forward while building upon a nearly 60 year legacy of sisterhood and service.

“I am humbled and honored that the members of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter have provided me this wonderful opportunity to serve in such a meaningful capacity,” Williams said. “The responsibility of leading this chapter is indeed a blessing and a privilege that I do not take lightly.”

She previously served the chapter as vice president, treasurer and program chairman. Williams is a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, is married to her husband Frank Williams and has two sons Justin and Devante.

The following chapter officers will also support and help guide Williams during her 2015-16 administration: Vice President, Attorney Lisa Brody; Corresponding Secretary, Kyesha Robinson; Recording Secretary, Dharvette Barwick; Treasurer, Debora Dandridge; Assistant Treasurer, Joi Davies; Financial Secretary, LaTonya Alexander; Assistant Financial Secretary, Joyce Bell; Historian, Myrtle Williams; Curator, Inez Ford, Ivy Leaf reporter, Lesley Cooper; hostess, Yolanda Fintak; assistant hostess, Angela Owens; chaplain, Loretta Gilstrap; Parliamentarian, Manitia Moultrie and Sergeant at Arms, Denise Smith.

Under the dynamic leadership of the sorority’s international president Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Williams will guide the local chapter in implementing a full spectrum of new program initiatives focused on five target areas:  Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership and Global Impact.

The community is also invited to save the weekend of December 18-20, 2015 as the ladies of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter will celebrate its 60th year anniversary of providing service and scholarships to the St. Petersburg community.

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