Greetings! I am Kerri-Jo McLean and I am your Assistant Directress of Policy. I am very humbled to be in this position and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve this illustrious organization and surrounding communities.
Assistant 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! I invite you to join in on my excitement for the future of SISTUHS, Incorporated. We are indeed Nubian Queens and shall continue to be revered as such.
Director Williford joined SISTUHS through the Florida State University Chapter in the Spring of 2004. “I joined SISTUHS, Incorporated to be a part of an organization that had a spiritual and cultural purpose, with enough “woman-power” to make a change for the better within my community.
The objective that resonates the most with me is Objective 4: Promote a positive image of African-American women and anything that positively enhances the survival and well-being of African-American women.
“Shortly after joining the FSU Chapter, I was blessed to join the National Board of Directors as the Director of Legislation (2005-2009). For two terms, I was able to be servant for this organization and assist in providing the direction and guidance for us to grow as a national body. As I serve in the Director of Correspondence capacity, I am thankful for having the opportunity to serve my SISTUHS once again.”
Director Williford is currently a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, PHA as well as the Masonic PHA appendant bodies. She is also a member of the crisis management team with the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and currently serve as a Community Advisor for the Iota Rho Chapter (FSU) of Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity. She also has a beautiful daughter named Sarai Dominique.
Director Williford’s goal for her term is:
- Establish National Community Service Initiative: to secure projects that can become staple projects for the organization as a whole. These projects will be able to be completed in the various cities that the chapters of SISTUHS, Inc. exist in.
- Establish a National Board of Directors Calendar.
- Disseminate information in a timely manner to board members and chapters alike, as a well-informed body is a happy body.
“Be the change you want to see in this world.” – Mahatma Ghandi
Greetings! It is with great pleasure that I serve as your 2015-2017 Director of Finance & Budget within the National Board of Directors. I look forward to future serving with and for you all and to further develop the overall growth of SISTUHS, Incorporated!
Director Smith hails from Southwest Florida by way of Kingston, Jamaica. Inducted in SISTUHS, Incorporated in 2004 through the Florida State University Chapter, Director Smith joined SISTUHS, Inc. due its strong commitment to community service and empowerment of women of color. “I joined SISTUHS after being invited to an informational by one my friends. After listening to the information presented, I knew I had to be a part of this organization. It was through SISTUHS, Incorporated that I was able to break out of my shell and gain long lasting connections and friendships.” Prior to serving on the National Board of Directors, Director Smith served as the re-chartering Treasurer and Elder for the North Florida Professional Chapter.
Director Smith’s goal during her term on the National Board of Directors is to create and implement policies and procedures that will ensure the longevity of SISTUHS, Incorporated and to continue to encourage the SISTUH-Hood amongst the members.
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love”– St. Basil
Greetings! It is with great pleasure and through your amazing support that I serve as your 2015-2017 Director of Membership. I look forward to these next two years with great passion and a positive outlook for the growth of our beloved organization!
Director Kimbrough is a native Floridian from Daytona Beach, Florida. Inducted in Fall 2002 through the Florida State University Chapter, Director Kimbrough joined SISTUHS, Inc. due to a strong connection to the organization’s history and sense of community support. “I joined SISTUHS after two years of attending events with my friends that were already members. After attending the first informational, I knew I had made the right decision and put all of my effort into joining SISTUHS, Incorporated. Through SISTUHS, Inc., I have made lifelong friends and gained extended family members. For this, I will always be grateful!”
Prior to her selection to the National Board, Director Kimbrough served as the re-chartering Vice-President and Elder for the North Florida Professional Chapter. She also served as a Rites of Passage liaison for the Florida A&M University Chapter of SISTUHS, Incorporated.
During her term, Director Kimbrough’s goal is to continue to grow the membership through continual education and professional develop.
Director Kimbrough is married to W. Earl Kimbrough, II. She is also the mother of Kaidence Aurora and Kingston Apollo.
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”-Romans 5:3-5
Greetings! It is with immense pleasure that I serve as the National Director of Programs for SISTUHS, Incorporated from 2015-2017. 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
Jessica Kelly Silverio
Greetings! My name is Jessica Kelly Silverio and I have the immense pleasure of serving as your 2015-2017 Director of Public Relations. 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.
Directress Emeritus Joyce Olushola hails from Missouri City, TX by way of Nigeria. Seeking an opportunity to impact her community in a manner that was culturally relevant and socially empowering to Black people, Dr. Olushola joined SISTUHS in 2003 through the University of Florida chapter. What made her stay was the fellowship and the constant challenge and support from her SISTUHS to be a good student, a great professional and more importantly a better stewart of the talents she has been given. While at Florida, Dr. Olushola served in various positions including Elder and Political Action chair and joined the Nation Board in 2005 as Director of Programs. Dr. Olushola graduated in 2006 with a BS in Sport Management and minors in Health Science Education and Business Administration and continued her involvement in SISTUHS throughout her Master’s program at Temple University (2008) and PhD at The University of Texas at Austin (2013).
As Directress, Dr.Olushola’s vision was to position SISTUHS as a significant force in the empowerment of Black communities globally. With a focus on building the human capital of members, she desires to provide sustainable and defining services in the area of educational achievement, healthy living, family empowerment and political engagement.
“To truly appreciate the importance of the future, we must first acknowledge the significance of the past.” (Sankofa interpreted)
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3