Former Regional Directors
*Denotes Ivy Beyond The Wall
A. Cathryn Johnson (Atlanta, GA)
1st Regional Director1953-1958
2nd Regional Director (Orlando, FL)1958 - 1959
Becomes an Ivy Beyond the Wall while serving her term
3rd Regional Director (Miami, FL)1959
Appointed by Marjorie Parker, International President, to serve as Regional Director
Sujette F. Crank
4th Regional Director (Atlanta, GA)1959 - 1964
Later appointed to complete the unexpired term of Georgia Schank
Odessa S. Nelson
5th Regional Director (Columbia, SC)1964 - 1968
The first African American woman to receive a master of science in zoology from the University of Pittsburgh
Margaret Blake Roach*
6th Regional Director (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)1968 - 1970
Characterized by many as a “living legend.” She brought recognition to Alpha Kappa Alpha through her work with the Mississippi Health Project
7th Regional Director (Ft. Valley, GA)1970 - 1974
College Librarian; she led the committee to preserve Alpha Kappa Alpha history’s, resulting in the sorority’s archival collections being housed at the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center at Howard University
Norma Solomon White
8th Regional Director (Jacksonville, FL)1974 - 1978
25th International President Build and dedicated 10 schools in South Africa. The first female member of the “FAMU Marching 100” band; and, the first female to direct the band.
Delores Ham Oliver*
9th Regional Director (Spartanburg, SC)1978 - 1982
Maintained a no nonsense approach to implementation of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s policies and procedures. Knowledge and respect for the sisterhood are paramount.
Mary Shy Scott*
10th Regional Director (Atlanta, GA)1982 - 1986
23rd International President As International President, she completed the building and financing of the 3rd story addition to the national office.
11th Regional Director (Miami, FL)1986 - 1990
Former member of the Florida Senate and currently a member of the United States House of Representatives. She organized a role model program for black males.
12th Regional Director (Charleston, SC)1990 - 1994
She encouraged the undergraduate members to become Leadership Fellows
Lucretia Payton Stewart
13th Regional Director (Decatur, GA)1994 - 1998
Former International Parliamentarian Brought high acclaim to the region with national recognition of PIMS (partners in Math and Science) program.
Sonja Williams Garcia
14th Regional Director (Tampa, FL)1998 - 2002
Established the Stella Lett Undergraduate Leadership Institute and the Stella Lett Scholarship.
Irene Westbrooks McCollom
15th Regional Director (Orangeburg, SC)2002 - 2006
Led the region through a national moratorium on undergraduate membership and return of initiation for the collegian.
Ella Springs Jones
Centennial Regional Director (Augusta, GA)2006 - 2010
First soror in Alpha Kappa Alpha’s history to contend for the office of Regional Director unopposed. Established the South Atlantic Endowment Scholarship and served as Regional Director during the Centennial Celebration of the Sorority
Marsha Lewis Brown
17th Regional Director (Tampa, FL)2010-2014
Delivered by mobilizing, leading and building the region to more than 10,000 members. She was the first regional director to have an endowed scholarship funded in her name at her undergraduate alma mater, Florida State University.
Sharon Brown Harriott
18th Regional Director (Columbia, SC)2014-2018
During the administration of 18th South Regional Director Sharon Brown Harriott three of the largest regional conferences in Alpha Kappa Alpha's history with over 5000 conference attendees were hosted. Additionally, ten (10) chapters were chartered and the South Atlantic Region became the first region to raise One Million dollars for EAF during a four-year period.