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Mary Bentley-LaMar Joins Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated’s Board of Directors as North Atlantic Regional Director
Montclair, NJ – August 2, 2018 -- Mary Bentley-LaMar, Founder and Executive Director of the Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey, Inc. (SCANJ), was installed as the 2018 - 2020 North Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), a 110-year old international service organization founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. Comprised of more than 300,000 members who hail from 1,204 graduate and undergraduate chapters worldwide, Alpha Kappa Alpha is the nation’s oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women.
A member of the Sorority’s Omicron Xi Omega chapter serving Montclair, NJ, Mrs. Bentley-LaMar was sworn in along with the Sorority’s board members at the organization’s 68th international convention in Houston, TX on July 12.
Mrs. Bentley-LaMar joins nine other regional directors who serve as local managers of AKA chapters and members within their prescribed geographic territory. She will serve as the Sorority’s North Atlantic Regional Director, managing local AKA chapters and members in Massachusetts, Eastern New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and the District of Columbia. Ms. Bentley-LaMar is the 34th woman to hold this position and is a direct report to Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Mrs. Bentley-LaMar is excited to lead the North Atlantic Region in support of the newly launched platform, Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service, introduced by Dr. Glover at the convention.
To commemorate this historic occasion, Omicron Xi Omega chapter will host a ‘Leading With a High Note’ themed celebration on Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 12 PM until 5:00 PM at the Sheraton Parsippany, 199 Smith Road in Parsippany, New Jersey. Tickets may be purchased by any member of the public at a cost of $75 per person by going to:
About Mary Bentley-LaMar
Mary Bentley-LaMar is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey, Inc. (SCANJ). With more than 10 years’ experience in the health care industry, Ms. Bentley-LaMar is trained in respiratory, diabetic and infectious disease pharmaceuticals. She is experienced in promoting awareness on reproductive endocrinology and she has worked with community-based sickle cell agencies nationwide to educate the public about sickle cell disease and related conditions. A graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington Indiana, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Mrs. Bentley-LaMar also has over 20 years’ experience in the entertainment industry where she received critical acclaim as a musical theatre artist.
A partial list of Ms. Bentley-LaMar’s affiliations include: the Newark Boys Chorus School Board of Trustees and Past President Parent Advisory Council, National Association of Black Storytellers, Indiana University Alumni Association, Actors Equity Association, American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild, USO World Shows, The Masters School Parents Association and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
Mrs. Bentley-LaMar resides in Newark, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Ansley W. LaMar and son, Hunter.
Mary Bentley-LaMar, North Atlantic Regional Director
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of 300,000 members in 1,024 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa and in the Middle East. Led by International President Dr. Glenda Glover, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, visit AKA1908.com .
About the Omicron Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
The Omicron Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was chartered on June 30, 1984 in Montclair, New Jersey. Throughout its history, the chapter has served the community through programs focused on mentoring, literacy, child protection and safety, and have raised money in support of important causes including the March of Dimes, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer and has sponsored voter registration drives in Montclair and its surrounding communities. Omicron Xi Omega Chapter has donated more than $130,000 in scholarships to young students and has partnered with countless other organizations to protect the quality of life for the local community.
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