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THE BOARD

The Charlize Angel LaTonya Gilliam Scholarship Foundation, Inc. was established in 2020 by her loving mother and six of her mother's sorority sisters in celebration of her legacy. The foundation was created to honor a remarkable daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and friend, who lost her battle with lymphoma and leukemia cancers on May 23, 2020. The goal of the foundation is to provide scholarships to members of the community pursuing postsecondary education, who otherwise would not have the financial means to fulfill their educational goals. It is our hope to provide support to those in need, to begin or continue a higher level of education. The founding members of the foundation are Tonya Wilson (Charlize’s mother), June Wood,  Tracy Lewis Hall, Sherri Small, Denisa Gilchrist, Jennifer Humes, and Gail Moody.

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Elder Tonya Wilson | Chaplain

Tonya Wilson is the proud and bereaved mother of Charlize. Ms. Wilson is a licensed insurance broker in the State of Maryland and has worked in the insurance industry for more than 30 years.  She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications from Towson State University, where she was also initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Mu Mu Chapter. She currently maintains membership at the Baltimore City Alumnae Chapter. Ms. Wilson is a published author and a motivational speaker. Ms. Wilson is a member of New Antioch Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland.

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June Jennifer Wood | President

June Jennifer Wood has worked as a Human Resources professional over the past 25 years. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Towson State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Administrative Management at Bowie State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and was initiated at Mu Mu Chapter at Towson State University and is currently a member of the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter. Ms. Wood is a member of Epiphany Episcopal Church, Forestville, Maryland and a member of The Baltimore Drifters, Incorporated.

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Tracy Lewis Hall | Vice President and Treasurer

Tracy Lewis Hall attended Towson State University and majored in Art in the Bachelor of Arts program, where she was also initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Mu Mu Chapter. She is the proud owner of “ReFrame It” art gallery, since 2006. She is a member of New Shiloh Baptist Church of Baltimore, Maryland and SuperLadies Inc., a social organization.

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Sherri V. Small | Secretary

Sherri V. Small is a Mortgage Lending professional with over 20 years of experience and works at Prime Lending in Timonium, MD. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Towson State University. She was initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Mu Mu Chapter and is also a charter member of the Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter.

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Denisa Gilchrist 

Denisa Gilchrist has worked in the private sector and government agencies over the past 20 years in the finance industry. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Towson State University, where she was also initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Mu Mu Chapter. She is a member of Grace Cathedral Ministries, Seat Pleasant, Maryland.

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Jennifer Lynn Humes | Sergeant at Arms

Jennifer Lynn Humes currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and has over 20 years of experience in National Commercial and Multifamily real estate development and financing. Mrs. Humes received a dual Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications and Political Science from Towson State University, where she was initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Mu Mu Chapter. She is an avid golfer, who served on the Board of Directors of The First Tee of Delaware.

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Gail Moody​ | Public Relations Specialist

Gail Moody is an entrepreneur who owns a State Farm Insurance Agency located in Towson, MD.  She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morgan State University, where she was initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Alpha Gamma Chapter. She is currently a member of the sorority’s Baltimore Alumnae Chapter, as well as a member of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter.

Our Members

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Hope Bankett | Grants and Proposal Administrator

Hope Bankett has worked in the insurance industry for over 35 years, serving in multiple
leadership positions. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration
from Towson State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and was
initiated at Mu Mu Chapter at Towson State University and is currently a member of the Prince
George’s County Alumnae Chapter. Ms. Bankett is a member of Hope-St. Mark United
Methodist church in Edgewater, Maryland.

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Jennell Rogers | Assistant Treasurer

Jennell Rogers works for the City of Baltimore as the Bureau of Treasury Management Chief. She received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Towson State University and has over 40 years of accounting experience. Additionally, she has served in other public finance positions within the Baltimore City government. Mrs. Rogers received her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in 1992. Mrs. Rogers is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a charter member of the Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter, whereby she has held positions of Treasurer, 3rd Vice President, and Chair of Budget and Finance. She is a member of The Lord’s Church, where she is the dance ministry leader and serves on the “In Touch Love” and “First Lady” ministries.

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Samone Brown | Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Liaison

Samone Brown is the proud friend and peer of Charlize. Ms. Brown is an Administrative
Specialist for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for the State of
Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Also, she was initiated as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Omega Chapter at Lincoln University. Ms. Brown was the Vice President of her and Charlize'
s 2017 graduating high school class at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in Baltimore, MD and has led many groups and organizations in her college career as well.

Melody Lewis | Social Media Creator

Melody Lewis is currently an Elementary Level Special Education Teacher for an autism blind students’ program. She graduated from Delaware State University, whereby she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Studies: Early Childhood Education and Psychology.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and was initiated at Delaware State University, Epsilon Alpha Chapter. Recently, she obtained the state of Maryland Esthetician License and enjoys spending time specializing in treatments for clients. In addition, she creates website content for marketing and business purposes.

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