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The Central North Alabama Alumnae Chapter (formerly Athens-Decatur (Alabama) Alumnae Chapter came to be through the efforts of a group of Delta women in Lawrence, Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties.  These women had a vision of establishing a chapter dedicated to service in the North Alabama communities.  They worked tirelessly to bring the vision to light.  Included in this group were Dora Davidson Ashford*, Sara B. King*, Neva Johnson Bright, Katie Winston Byrd, Deloris Crook Brown*, Mary Sanford Brown, Barbara A. Davis, Theresa Powers Deshields, Annie Lewis Dickerson, Carmelita Stennis Gandy, Joyce Calhoun Glover, Shara Glover, Pearl Echols Jackson Green, Angela Cunningham Griffin, Nancy Mitchell Harkey, Frances Jones Harris*, Sandra Newteria Harris, Hedy Smith Ibezim*, Leona Grace Leonard, Sheila Warren Lightfoot, Cynthia Nash McCollum, Ethelda Mason Malone*, Martha McLin Malone, Julia Priest Kitt Owens*, Gwendolyn Lightford Posey*, Nancy Palmer Rooks, Gladys Dobbins Smith* and Sharon Malone Waddle.  

On April 9, 1999, at the Village View United Methodist Church in Athens, Alabama, the chapter was officially chartered.  Charter members were: 


​Dora Davidson Ashford* 

Cheryl Annette Bowman

Roberta Matthews Cowans

Pearl Echols Jackson Green

Gloria Lynn Ratliff-Herring

Sheila Warren Lightfoot

Ethelda Mason Malone* 

Martha McLin

Claudette Carmichael Owens

Julia Priest Kitt Owens*

Tonjalyn Buchanan Owens

Kesha Ni-Kel Pointer

Notosha Maria Poole

Gladys Dobbins Smith*

Sharon Malone Waddle

Ollye Marie Fuller Ward*

Opal Michelle Tapscott Washington 



Mrs. Pearl Green  (1999 – 2001)

Dr. Mary S. Brown (2001-2003) 

Dr. Katie W. Byrd(2003-2007) 

Mrs. Frances Harris (2007-2011)* 

Ms. Regina Jamar Burden (2011-2013)  

Dr. Edwinta Merriwether (2013-2017)  

Ms. Judise Harris Lanier (2017 - 2021)

Mrs. Terry Green (2021 - present)


Currently, the chapter has over 115 members who serve in the communities of our service areas: Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties.  As career women they are employed in the various private and government installations in the area as well as local schools, colleges and universities.  Others are retirees who continue to serve through the chapter and through other volunteer agencies in the community.  In short, the women of the Central North Alabama Alumnae Chapter are committed to service for and through Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

*Represents deceased

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