Valerie Hollingsworth Baker

25th International President

of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated

Valerie Hollingsworth Baker was elected as the 25th International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated in July 2018. Previously, she served as the National First Vice-President overseeing the sorority’s membership functions..

Valerie is a Diamond Life Member who has shown her dedication to Zeta since her induction in 1982, and has held numerous positions on the local, state, regional, and national levels of the organization, including the Atlantic Regional Director, Chairman of the National Executive Board and National Director of Strategic Planning. She was a member of the originating Zeta Organizational Leadership committee.

Scholarship is a principle that Valerie holds in high regard having graduated from York Institute as the class valedictorian at the age of fourteen, and being accepted into ten of the nation’s top universities. At the age of eighteen, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University where she majored in child psychology with a minor in theater and drama.

The Brooklyn, New York native is the Director of the Inforce Systems Division for New York Life Insurance Company in New York City, responsible for managing multi-million-dollar projects and programs, training personnel, and overseeing new product development as the chief administrator of one the company’s major subsystems. She has been recognized in the International “Who’s Who of Information and Technology” and “Outstanding Women of America” publications.

Valerie is an active member of Delta Mu Zeta chapter in Harlem, and resides in Brooklyn with her soul mate and best friend Douglas Baker. These words shared by her mentor Founder Fannie Pettie Watts are a daily driving force for Valerie – “Be the best you can be, do the best that you can, give the best of yourself, and you will go far.” She hopes Founder Watts is looking down on her with a smile from above, because she is proud of her accomplishments.

Soror Gina M. Merritt-Epps, Esq.

Atlantic Regional Director

The 17th Atlantic Regional Director was initiated into Mu Eta chapter at Pennsylvania State University in 1987. She currently is an active member of Xi Tau Zeta chapter in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is a Diamond Life Member and Founders’ Society Member. She has served the sorority in several capacities, including her most recent service as the Sorority’s first National Director of Risk Management. In that role, she drafted the first Risk Management Policies for the Sorority and Amicae auxiliary, created the risk training program, and is now charged with creating the Risk Management Certification process. She also served as a member of the Zeta Organizational Leadership (ZOL) Steering Committee, the 13th New Jersey State Director, and previously was the parliamentarian for the Atlantic Region and the State of New Jersey.

A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and Howard University School of Law, professionally, RD Merritt-Epps is an attorney and corporate governance professional. Her areas of expertise include the protection of information, corporate compliance and ethics, regulatory compliance, and Board processes.

She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Soror Merritt-Epps is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the former chair of the Diversity Task Force, and board and finance committee member of the AtlantiCare Regional Health System. Soror Merritt-Epps is married to Michael C. Epps, Esq., and the mother of Taylor M. Epps, and is the aunt of Soror Danielle N. Epps.

Soror Ayris B. Granby

New York State Director’s Bio

Soror Ayris B. Granby, became a member of our Sorority on December 5, 1981 as a Charter Member of the Lambda Lambda Chapter, Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she served as the first Basileus. Soror Ayris B. Granby is a Diamond Life Member, ZOL Certified and Charter Member of Alpha Alpha Omega Zeta Chapter of Southern Westchester and the West Bronx, New York which was Chartered September 25, 2015.

Soror Granby is a New York State Licensed Funeral Director, the Vice President and Licensed Manager of her family’s business, Granby’s Funeral Service, Inc., and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner. Soror Granby is a graduate of Iona College, New Rochelle, NY.

Soror Granby proud of her family of Blue and White, father, Bro. Samuel Granby; brother, Reverend Lamont S. Granby; nephew, Bro. Kyle Granby; numerous cousins, her Goddaughter and Godsons.

New York State Elected Officers Contact Information

2018 -2020

Sorors Lael M. Pierce
(Kappa Xi Zeta)

Arissa Hill
(Omicron Epsilon Zeta)

Amber D. Koiner
(Kappa Epsilon Zeta)

Juliahann Washington
(Iota Theta Zeta)

Tomasina Cook
(Kappa Upsilon Zeta)


State Representative to the Regional Nominating Committee
Dominique Luke
(Omicron Epsilon Zeta)


State Representative to the Regional Election Committee
G. Joanne Yard
(Delta Mu Zeta)


Undergraduate Representative to the Regional Elections Committee
Langie Cadesca
(Epsilon Nu)




New York State Appointments 2018-2020


Appointed Position Name Chapter NYS Email
American Cancer Society Denise N. Gray Alpha Alpha Omega Zeta nyscancerprevcoord@gmail.com

Amicae Coordinator

Zenda Smith

Delta Mu Zeta


Awards Coordinator Jennifer Jackson Kappa Epsilon Zeta nysawardscoordinator@gmail.com
Budget & Finance Coordinator Theresa Patterson Delta Beta Zeta nysbudgetchaircoordinator@gmail.com
Centennial State Representative Cynthia Georges-Appiah Rho Omega Zeta zetacentennialny@gmail.com
Chief of Staff Latricia Warren Delta Mu Zeta newyorkstatecos@gmail.com
Chapter Management Ironda Lynce Tau Gamma Zeta nyschaptermanagement@gmail.com
Demographics Coordinator Lindsay Gregorio Tau Gamma Zeta nysdemographicscoordinator@gmail.com
Dove Coordinator Tamara N.Weathers Nu Phi Zeta nysdovecoordinator@gmail.com
Elder Care Tamara N.Weathers Nu Phi Zeta nyseldercarecoordinator1@gmail.com
Electronic Communication & Social Media Ironda Lynce Tau Gamma Zeta nyszetamedia@gmail.com
Executive Assistant Portia Harvey Iota Theta Zeta newyorkstatea@gmail.com
Finer Womanhood Monica R. Jackson Nu Psi Zeta nysfinerwomanhood@gmail.com
Founders’ Day

Denise N. Gray

Ironda Lynce

Alpha Alpha Omega Zeta

Tau Gamma Zeta


Geographic Coordinator


Lynn Wills Kappa Epsilon Zeta LWillisNYSGeographicCoordinator@gmail.com

Geographic Executive Assistant

 Wilhelmine Herard-James Delta Beta Zeta geocoordJames@gmail.com

Geographic Coordinator

Nassau/Suffolk Counties

 Alicia Tutt Iota Theta Zeta geocoordinatorlongisland3@gmail.com

Geographic Coordinator Area 4


Brandi Langhorn Omicron Epsilon Zeta geocoordlanghorn@gmail.com

Geographic Coordinator


Dr. Najah Jennings-Bey Kappa Xi Zeta upstategeocoordinator@gmail.com
Grant Administration Coordinator Carolynn Julien Tau Gamma Zeta



Historian Rita Woods Delta Beta Zeta
Internal Audit Coordinator
Legacy Coordinator Monica R. Jackson Nu Psi Zeta nyslegacycoordinator@gmail.com
Legal Counsel Jennifer R. Davis, Esq. Delta Beta Zeta nyschieflegal@gmail.com
Life Member Coordinator Oredola Edwards Delta Mu Zeta nyslifemembercoordinator@gmail.com
License Plate Coordinator Nana Anane Sigma Kappa Zeta nyslpc@gmail.com
March of Dimes Programs Coordinator Deven Tribble Alpha Alpha Omega Zeta nysmarchofdimespgms@gmail.com
Marketing & Corporate Sponsorships Coordinator nysmarketcorpsponsorship@gmail.com
Reclamation Coordinator Portia Harvey Iota Theta Zeta newyorkstatereclaimcoord@gmail.com
Strategic Planner Coordinator Wilhelmine Herard-James Delta Beta Zeta nysstrategicplanner@gmail.com
Public Relations Coordinator Ironda Lynce Tau Gamma Zeta nyszetamedia@gmail.com
Protocol & Rituals Coordinator Tasha Garcia Delta Mu Zeta nysproritcoordinator@gmail.com
Social Media Coordinator Ironda Lynce Tau Gamma Zeta nyszetamedia@gmail.com
Representative to NEF Veronica Straws-Malone Kappa Epsilon Zeta nysnefrepresentative@gmail.com
Scholarship Coordinator Dominique D. Barker Kappa Upsilon Zeta nysscholarship@gmail.com
Social Action Coordinators

Kesha Alleyne

Waheera Mardah

Sigma Kappa Zeta

Alpha Alpha Omega Zeta

Special Events Coordinator Dominique Luke Omicron Epsilon Zeta nysspecialeventscoord@gmail.com
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Coordinator nysstjudecoordinator@gmail.com
Stork’s Nest Coordinator nysstorksnestcoordinator@gmail.com
Undergraduate Relations Coordinator Denise N. Gray Alpha Alpha Omega Zeta nysundergradcoordinator@gmail.com
Vendor Coordinator Denise N. Gray Alpha Alpha Omega Zeta nyszpbvendor@gmail.com
WEB Mistress Ironda Lynce Tau Gamma Zeta nyszetamedia@gmail.com

Youth Auxiliaries Coordinator




Brandi Langhorn

Chandel Marion-Brown

Corrissa Faber

Omicron Epsilon Zeta

Phi Zeta Zeta


Delta Alpha Zeta






Z-HOPE Programming Coordinator Julliahann Washington Iota Theta Zeta



Zeta – Sigma Liaison Tasha Garcia Delta Mu Zeta NYZetaSigmaLiaison@gmail.com
Zeta Male Network Tasha Garcia Delta Mu Zeta NYZMNRep@gmail.com
Zetas Have Heart Lindsay Gregorio Tau Gamma Zeta nyszetashaveheart@gmail.com
SOP & Procedures Coordinator Maryanne Douglass-French Alpha Alpha Omega Zeta