Greetings! I am Kerri-Jo McLean and I am your 2017-2019 National Directress. I am very humbled to be in this position and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve this illustrious organization and surrounding communities.
Directress McLean is from Kingston, Jamaica. She was inducted into the University of South Florida Chapter of SISTUHS, Inc., in the fall of 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in international studies and political science with an associates of arts degree in international relations.
“I joined SISTUHS as it presented the opportunity to fellowship with women out to a make a difference in the community. The meaning of the acronyms stood out to me and the passion with which the ladies spoke when they spoke of the organization drew me in. I knew I could make a difference on my own in the community, but I knew coupled with like-minded women I could make an even bigger difference and gain a family in the process.” Goals for Term:
- Increased service
- Improved communication within the organization; chapter and national level
- Increased transparency from NBOD to chapters
“The greatness of a man [or woman] is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his [or her] integrity and ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley
“Failure is not an option!” – Unknown
Greetings! It is with immense pleasure that I serve as the National Assistant Directress of Administration for SISTUHS, Incorporated from 2017-2019. I look forward to the growth and reach that SISTUHS, Inc. will experience in the upcoming years. I am excited about increasing our organization’s scope and span through exceptional programming, both within our chapters and within our communities. As well, I anticipate working with our chapters, other community organizations and businesses to increase positive images in our communities as we continue to assist those less fortunate than ourselves.
Director Patterson was inducted into the Florida State University Chapter of SISTUHS, Incorporated in 2002. Her community involvement includes being a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, member & secretary for Sally Watterson #42, Order of the Eastern Star, PHA, member & past Senior Attendant for Queen City #245, Heroines of Jericho, PHA and member & past Secretary of Virtuous Women in Red.
Why she joined SISTUHS: “As soon as I walked into the Florida State University’s chapter of SISTUHS informational, I saw this group of young women, professionally dressed in all black, working together and I was instantly captivated. After being informed of all the things that SISTUHS stood for and worked towards, I was convinced that the organization was a good fit to help with my personal, educational and professional transition into adulthood.”
Her goals for her term are:
- Provide guidance and assistance to members and chapters with internal and external programming ideas and execution
- Establish and sustain a SISTUHS National Community Service Initiative
- Implement a yearly joint National SISTUHS & PBM event
- Establish and sustain a joint National SISTUHS & PBM Community Service Initiative
- Network with other community service organizations and community businesses in order to build relationships to accomplish the mission of SISTUHS, Inc.
“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets credit” – Harry S. Truman, United States President 1945-1953
Assistant Directress of Policy
Jessica Kelly Silverio
Greetings! My name is Jessica Kelly Silverio and I have the immense pleasure of serving as your 2017-2019 Assistant Directress of Policy. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve an organization that has taught me so much about Service and SISTUHood. I look forward to assisting our beloved organization in ascending to new heights.
Director Silverio is from Boston, Massachusetts by the way of Brazil. She is a Chartering Member of the Florida Atlantic University Chapter of SISTUHS, Incorporated that was chartered in the Spring of 2012. Prior to serving on the National Board of Directors, Director Silverio has served as the Activities Chair, Ambassador and Membership Chair for the Florida Atlantic University Chapter. Director Silverio joined SISTUHS because she wanted to bring change to, not only, the FAU community but to South Florida as a whole. “As soon as this organization was presented to me, I saw something bigger than myself. The idea of being able to grow with a group of women towards a higher cause was enamoring to me. It was because of SISTUHS that I have been able to grow and create everlasting relationships.”
Director Silverio’s goals for her term is to strengthen and improve any communication from the organization to the public. But most importantly, to raise awareness of the programs that SISTUHS, Incorporated is offering in many communities.
“Every woman is a queen, and we all have different things to offer.
Director of Correspondence
Greetings! It is with great pleasure and through your amazing support that I serve as your 2017-2019 Director of Correspondence. I look forward to these next two years with great passion and a positive outlook for the growth of our beloved organization!
Director Garnes was born in Maryland, however raised between Dover, Delaware and Miramar, Florida. Inducted in Fall 2002 through the Florida State University Chapter, Director Garnes joined SISTUHS, Inc. as a way to make connections on her new college campus and to continue performing community service projects. “I joined SISTUHS during my first semester on campus. After attending the first informational with a few people in my dorm, I knew I had made the right decision and put all of my effort into joining a sisterhood that I never had growing up as an only child. Through SISTUHS, Inc., I have made lifelong friends and gained extended family members who have been there for me during my happiest moments and darkest days. For this, I will always be grateful!”
Prior to her selection to the National Board, Director Garnes served as the re-chartering Parliamentarian, Membership Chair, Elder, and 2nd President for the North Florida Professional Chapter. Her community involvement includes being a member and Past Sargent-at-Arms of Alpha Phi Omega (Iota Rho) National Service Fraternity, member and Conductress of True Destiny #84, Order of the Eastern Star, PHA, member of Ahmed Court #134, Daughters of Isis, PHA, member of OJ Chesnut #207, Order of the Golden Circle, PHA, member of Ruth Court #2, Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, PHA, and member of Nicks Court #64, Heroines of Jericho, PHA.
Director Garnes’ goals for her term include:
- Disseminate information in a timely manner to board members and chapters alike, as a well-informed body is a happy body.
- Re-vamp the paraphernalia approval process to shorten the time frame it takes for chapters to receive a response.
- Create centralized “look book” for chapter paraphernalia sales.
- Shorten response time to chapter inquiries.
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 2oth. “-Julie Andrews