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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Welcomes New Executive Director Soror Jeanine Henderson Arnett, Executive Director PHOTO BY BERNADINE WILLIAMS STALLINGS JOURNAL Winter 2017 s7 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. welcomes Soror Jeanine Henderson Arnett as she joins the National Headquarters staff as its new Executive Director. Soror Arnett joined the management team July 24 and fully assumed her new role following the retirement of, now, Executive Director Emeritus, Roseline McKinney. Soror McKinney officially ended her 45-year service to Delta Sigma Theta’s National Headquarters office Aug. 9. “We are so fortunate to have Soror Arnett on-board and filling such a vital role to our Sorority,” said Beverly Smith, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. “She brings a wealth of business and professional knowledge that will undoubtedly have positive effects throughout the sisterhood as well as inspire innovation, motivation, and insightfulness throughout all areas of operation at the headquarters office – true signs of a great leader.” Arnett, a native of Brooklyn, New York, attended Syracuse University, and was initiated into the Sorority in the spring of 1999 through the Kappa Lambda Chapter at Syracuse. Arnett moved from the Empire State to the Washington, D.C. area to work on Capitol Hill. She joined the Federal City Alumnae Chapter and immediately volunteered to serve on the Social Action Committee. She was also an active member in the Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter where she was a member of the Social Action Committee, the Step Team and the Delta G.E.M.S (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) (formerly DelTeens) Committees. In late 2010, Arnett and her family moved to Northern Virginia where she joined the Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter – where she has been actively engaged ever since. Arnett has served in a variety of leadership positions within the chapter including but not limited to: assistant recording secretary; chair, Social Action Committee; chair, Fundraising Committee; and co-chair, Area Wide Founders Day Committee. In 2013, she was elected as LCAC’s first “Delta of the Year.” “As an 18-year member of this organization, I am extremely humbled to serve Delta Sigma Theta in this capacity and sit on this side of the table,” said Arnett. “On a professional level, I will not aim to fill Soror McKinney’s shoes or the shoes of sorors who previously held this position - that would be impossible. I will only strive to continue the legacy of excellence they have perpetuated throughout the organization’s history.” Arnett began her professional career working as an intern and staffer on Capitol Hill in the offices of former U.S. Representative & current U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) former U.S. Representative James T. Walsh (R-NY). Arnett has served as a senior government relations, public affairs, grassroots and advocacy professional in various organizations in and around Capitol Hill/Washington, D.C. Immediately prior to her appointment at National Headquarters, Arnett served as the chief of staff for Soror Phyllis J. Randall, chair atlarge of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Arnett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and African American studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Masters of Arts degree in political management and legislative affairs from the Graduate School of Political Management at The George Washington University. Arnett is a loving wife and mother of three vivacious and dynamic little ladies. s


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