Penn Towne (PA) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated

About Us

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 16,000 professional women of African descent in 292 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Our core values are friendship, integrity, honesty, service, commitment, family relationships, courage, respect for self and others, legacy, confidentiality, responsibility, and accountability. The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work toward a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Links members contribute more than 1 million documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs. In 2019, The Links, Incorporated was nominated for a Luxembourg Peace Prize by the Schengen Peace Foundation and recognized by the late Congressman John Lewis as a distinguished organization of outstanding community service and influence.

The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.

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Click Here – Regional – Eastern Area Website

Executive Committee

President:                                  Kimberly Bridges-White

Vice President:                          Heather Ruddock

Recording Secretary                 Mavis Ball

Corresponding Secretary:        Gabrielle Baugh

Treasurer:                                  Lydia Allen Berry

Financial Secretary:                 Tina Williams

Parliamentarian:                       Linda Gilliam

Chaplain                                    Lynda Thomas-Mabine

Immediate Past President      Thais McNeal

Member -at-Large:                   Miriam Harden

Program Coordinator:             Marcellette Wise

Strategic Planning:                 Robyn Jones

Historian:                                Alexcia Mikell Wells

Facet List

Health and Human Services: Lisa Suarez and Gabrielle Baugh, Co-Chairs

  • Rhoda McKinney-Jones
  • Renee Chenault-Fattah
  • Eydie Miller-Ellis
  • Caroline DeMarco
  • Leslie Wyche
  • Rosalyn Robinson
  • Linda Thomas Marine
  • Wilfreta Baugh
  • Denise Hooks Anderson
  • Susan Taylor
  • Nicole Black

International Trends: Charlotte McKines-Lawrence, Chair

  • Alexcia Mikell Wells
  • Deidre Guice Minor
  • Pamela Jordan
  • Shariah Dixon-Turner
  • Catherine Dabney Clemons

National Trends: Lea Knight, Chair

  • Miriam Harden
  • Melissa Parker
  • Kellyn Hodges
  • Lydia Mallet
  • Robyn Jones

Services to Youth: Darnell Belford, Kymberly Truman Graves (HBCU) Co-Chairs

  • Nicole Pullen Ross
  • Sheila Woods-Skipper
  • Louetta Hadley
  • Tamara Greenfield King
  • Deidre Farmbry
  • Sharon Parks
  • Charisse Lillie
  • Annette Miller
  • Emily Pollard
  • Erica Armstrong-Dunbar
  • Rebecca Chastang

Arts: Kelley Hodge, Chair

  • Kelley Hodge
  • Joye McDonald-Hamer
  • Annette McDaniel-Turner
  • Carol Horne Penn
  • Mavis Ball
  • Lydia Allen-Berry
  • Alycia Horn
  • Lavida Allen
  • Tanya Deyo

Members

 Lavida Allen

Melanie Allen

Lydia Allen-Berry

Bert Asbury

Crystal Ashby

Mavis Ball

Gabrielle Baugh

Darnell Belford

Nicole Black

Kimberly Bridges-White

Priscilla Sims Brown

Rebecca Chastang

Catherine Clemons

Lisa Crutchfield

Caroline DeMarco

Tanya Deyo

Shariah Dixon-Turner

Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Linda Gilliam

Scheryl W. Glanton

Kymberly Graves

Deidre Guice

Phoebe Haddon

Miriam Harden

Kelley Hodge

Kellyn Hodges

Denise Hooks-Anderson

Adrienne Horn

Alycia Horn

Robyn R. Jones

Pamela Lanham

Tamara Greenfield King

Lea Daniels Knight

Carolyn Oakley Lowe

Lydia Mallett

Annette McDaniel-Turner

Joye McDonald-Hamer

Charlotte McKines-Lawrence

Syliva Watts McKinney

Rhoda E. McKinney-Jones

Thais McNeal

Eydie Miller-Ellis

Henri Moore

Bonnie Murdah

Melissa Parker

Sharon Parks

Carol Horne Penn

Theresa A. Powell

Nicole Pullen-Ross

Rosalyn Robinson

Heather Ann Ruddock

Lisa Channing Suarez

Paula Taylor

Susan C Taylor

Lynda Thomas-Mabine

Alexcia Mikel Wells

Tina B. Williams

Marcellette Wise

Sheila Woods-Skipper

Penn Towne Past Presidents

Dr. Gwendolyn G. Hewlett
1975-1977
(First President )

Naomi Hamilton
1977-1979

Dr. Constance E. Clayton
1979-1981

Ora Bundy
1981-1983

Nettie Taylor
1983-1985

Reba Bowie
1985 (passed away while in office)

Ruth Moses
1985-1987

Carolyn Hall
1987-1989

Beverly Coleman
1989-1991

Ruth Bridges
1991-1995

Nina Kenney
1995-1997

Naomi Strange
1997-1999

Scheryl Glanton
1999-2003

Rosalyn Robinson
2003-2007

Joanna Lewis
2007-2011

Thelma Henderson
2011-2015

Caroline DeMarco
2015-2019

Thais McNeal
2019-2023

Charter 

Constance Clayton

Ruth Bridges

Carolyn Hall

Annette Miller
Vivian Vaughters

Alumni

Wilfreta Baugh

Yvette Bradford

B. Ruth Bridges

Beverly Coleman

Deidre Farmbry

Louetta Ray Hadley

Carolyn Hall

Thelma Taylor Henderson

C. Irene Hill

Joanna Lewis

Annette Miller

Emily Pollard

Louise Watkins

Leslie Wyche

Platinum

Annette Miller

Louis Watkins