Former South Eastern Regional Directors
Mary B. Conner
25th South Eastern Regional Director2014 -2018
Mary B. Conner (2014 - 2018) was initiated in Kappa Lambda Omega Chapter in 1979. She was elected the 25th South Eastern Regional Director in 2014 introducing her "Power in the Pearl" theme focused on Connecting, Collaborating, Communicating and Celebrating (C4) successes across the region. Under her leadership, the region endowed four scholarships and nearly $600,000 in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through contributions made to the Educational Advancement Foundation. Additionally, she was instrumental in leading the establishment of four new graduate chapters and one undergraduate chapter as well as introducing the Mary B. Conner Sisterly Relations Award and A Kind Act initiative aimed at fostering positive sisterly relations.
Adrienne P-K Washington
24th South Eastern Regional Director2010-2014
Adrienne P-K Washington (2010-2014) was initiated into Gamma Mu Chapter in 1970, was elected as the 24th South Eastern Regional Director in 2010. Some of her goals include increasing undergraduate leadership opportunities, making regional financial procedures transparent, and improving understanding of sorority policies, procedures, and programs within the South Eastern Region.
Juanita Sims Doty
23rd South Eastern Regional Director2006-2010
Juanita Sims Doty (2006 - 2010) was initiated as a General Member by Theta Sigma Omega Chapter in 1972. In South Eastern, she raised over $250,000 for her HBCU initiative and secured corporate sponsorship for many community service efforts. She established the "Juanita Sims Doty Entrepreneur Award." Nationally, Doty chaired the National Membership and National Program Committee as well as the 2006 National Founders' Day Celebration.
22nd South Eastern Regional Director2002-2006
Cynthia Finch (2002-2006) initiated into Zeta Delta Chapter at the University of TN - Knoxville in 1977. Finch provided the South Eastern Region with its first regional website. She also established the "Cynthia J. Finch Mentoring Award." On the national level, she serves as the Chairman of the Time and Place Committee.
Jo Celeste Pettway
21st South Eastern Regional Director1998-2002
Jo Celeste Pettway (1998 - 2002) was initiated into Zeta Eta Omega Chapter in 1985 and served as South Eastern as Area Cluster III-B Coordinator. She led South Eastern in raising funds to build a school in Africa, supported undergraduates by sponsoring attendance at Leadership Seminars and International Conventions, and chartered one undergraduate and five graduate chapters.
Vanessa Rogers Long
20th South Eastern Regional Director1994-1998
Vanessa Rogers Long (1994 - 1998) was initiated into Beta Tau Chapter. Memorable programs initiated include established of the South Eastern Regional Summer Partners in Mathematics and Science (PIMS) Camp at Piney Woods County Life Day School, and the establishment of the "Vanessa Rogers Long Humanitarian Award." She served as Chair of the International Connection Committee.
Ida K. Martin
19th South Eastern Regional Director1990-1994
Ida Kathryn Martin (1990-1994) was initiated into Alpha Psi Chapter at Tennessee State University. She served as the first Area II and II-B Cluster Coordinator and organized the first Graduate Advisors Institute in the region. She also developed and published the first Procedure of Manual for Organizing and Implementing Clusters.
Nancy Gardner Sewell
18th South Eastern Regional Director1986-1990
Nancy Gardner Sewell (1986-1990) was initiated into Beta Pi Chapter, Alabama State University. She served on the international level as Secretary of the Education Advancement Foundation (EAF), Secretary of AKA Housing Foundation, International Secretary, and Chairman of the International Standards Committee and South Eastern's Heritage Committee. Significant programs implemented during her tenure include the establishment of the first Scholarship Endowment Award for Undergraduates in he South Eastern Region and the establishment of ten chapters.
Esther Martin Rigsby
17th South Eastern Regional Director1982-1986
Esther Martin Rigsby (1982 - 1986) initiated into Gamma Phi Chapter at Alcorn State University. Rigsby implemented the "Basilei Council Award", the "Esther Rigsby Connection and Collaboration Awards", and established the "Harriet Terry Scholarship" at Alabama A&M University. She serves as the first Area IV Cluster Coordinator.
Johnella H. Martin
16th South Eastern Regional Director1978-1982
Johnella H. Martin (1978-1982) was initiated into Alpha Psi Chapter, Tennessee State University in 1952. Her experiences of leadership led to prominence on the national level where she served as National Parliamentarian. Within South Eastern, she served as Cluster Coordinator for three years. During her tenure as Regional Director, she established the "Johnella Martin NAACP Award."
Savannah Crews Jones
15th South Eastern Regional Director1974-1978
Savannah Crews Jones (1974-1978) was initiated into Beta Pi Chapter, Alabama State University. Under the leadership, 13 undergraduate chapters were chartered, and five graduate chapters were also chartered. Formation of Area Clusters within the South Eastern Region was implemented during her leadership. History was made in 1975, when Jones chartered the second alumnae chapter in Nashville, Tennessee. At that time, Nashville was the only city in the South Eastern Region with two alumnae chapters.
14th South Eastern Regional Director1970-1974
Ernestine Holloway (1970-1974) was initiated into Gamma Omicron Chapter, Tougaloo College. She served as National Undergraduate Program Advisor and organized an Undergraduate Advisors Council in all regions while serving in this position. While serving as Regional Director, Holloway held the first Undergraduate Luncheon in South Eastern and established the "Ernestine Holloway Scholarship" for undergraduate with the highest academic average in the region
Velma Lois Jones
13th South Eastern Regional Director1966-1970
Velma Lois Jones (1966-1970) was initiated into Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter. Her experience on the national level includes serving as National Parliamentarian. Jones introduced the idea of clustering which has become a part of our national structure. The first cluster meeting was hosted in Huntsville, AL (1969) with Mary Chambers serving as Cluster Chair
Reva W. Allman
12th South Eastern Regional Director1963-1966
Reva W. Allman (1963-1966) presided over the 33rd South Eastern Regional Conference in 1965. Throughout her tenure in office, she established reading clinics, sponsored prizes for achieving high scholastic records among undergraduates - Reva Allman Cup, and established the Reva Allman "Name That Soror Award."
Julia Brogdon Purnell
11th South Eastern Regional Director1958-1962
Julia Brogdon Purnell (1958-1962), a native of South Carolina, was initiated into Beta Zeta Omega Chapter. Her outstanding leadership enabled her to become the 16th National President. During her service as Regional Director, she advocated peace and harmony in all undergraduate chapters and originated and implemented undergraduate chapter organization through an undergraduate manual.
Lois H. Daniel
10th South Eastern Regional Director1954-1958
Lois H. Daniel (1954-1958), a native of Columbia, Tennessee was the 1st South Eastern Regional Director under the current geographic configuration. She served as Professor of Library Science and Head Librarian at Tennessee State University. Upon the completion of a new building at Tennessee State, in 1976, the Board named the building the Martha Brown/Lois Daniel Library. Daniel developed and implemented undergraduate programs in the South Eastern Region and established a sequence of meetings for the region.
A. Cathryn Johnson
9th South Eastern Regional Director1951-1953
A. Cathryn Johnson (1951-1953), a native of Atlanta, Georgia traveled extensively to develop better relationships among Greeks. She worked to create a smooth transition, when the South Eastern Region and the South Atlantic Region was divided. After relinquishing her position as South Eastern Regional Director in 1953, she served as South Atlantic Regional Director, Lois Daniel, to plan a joint regional conference at Alabama A&M College in 1954.
8th South Eastern Regional Director1949-1951
Mayme Williams (1949-1951) was a native of Miami, Florida. In addition to her duties as South Eastern Regional Director, she delivered many keynote addresses and advocated unity among all Greeks. Her outstanding leadership ability contributed to her election as National 1st Vice President.
7th South Eastern Regional Director1945-1948
Arnetta Wallace (1945-1948) was a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and was initiated into Alpha Phi Omega Chapter in Danville, Virginia in 1931. Because her outstanding leadership, Wallace was elected National 1st Vice President in 1948 and later elected National President in 1953. She established the first chapter outside of the continental U.S. during her term as National President.
Collye Lee Riley
6th South Eastern Regional Director1943-1945
Collye Lee Riley (1943-1945) was a charter member of Alpha Pi Chapter, Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia. Riley worked to establish an open door policy on the national level and promote intra-fraternal projects and social achievements on the regional level.
Maude Brown Porter
5th South Eastern Regional Director1939-1942
Maude Brown Porter (1939-1942) is the only South Eastern Regional Director who served two separate terms.
4th South Eastern Regional Director1937-1938
Portia Trenholm's (1937-1938) outstanding planning and execution of conferences and sorority activities, the South Eastern Region's Hostess Chapters Award was established in her memory and is given at each regional conference to the hostess chapters.
C. Russell Harris
3rd South Eastern Regional1935-1936
C. Russell Harris (1935-1936) served as Regional Director during the Silver Convention which was held in Nashville, Tennessee. Harris raised funds to support the Mississippi Health Project and Young Men's Christian Association. She supported young artists in the Nashville area.
2nd South Regional Director1931-1934
Carolyn Blanton (1931-1934) served as Regional Director during the region's name change from the Southern Region to the South Eastern Region. No geographic realignment was associated with the name change.
Maude Brown Porter
1st South Eastern Regional Director1926-1930
Maude Brown Porter (1926-1930) was initiated into Alpha Chapter in 1915. Porter served as Regional Director of the Southern Region which was renamed the South Eastern Region in 1932. She went on to become the 7th National President. She also served as National 1st Vice President, Chairman of the National Nominating Committee, the Regional Directors' Council, and the National Standards Committee