Initiated at Melbourne-Palm Bay, FL Alumnae, Cheryl Yates Catchings, PhD is Chair of the Delta Emergency Response Team of National Program Planning and Development Committee and a member of the Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter Emergency Response Team. A native of Ann Arbor, MI, she is a Navy veteran.
In 2013, Dr. Catchings became the first African American Branch Director for the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Disaster Survivor Assistance program and the first African American woman appointed to the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. As FEMA Region IV DSA Branch Director, she coordinates a workforce to support citizens and first responders, working directly with federal, state, tribal, local, and private sector partners to meet the needs of the state emergency management agencies in her region.
Dr. Catchings also serves as a community psychologist, empowerment coach and speaker, and village counselor. She often provides “Are You Ready for the Storm” disaster preparedness and motivational messages to local organizations. Through her wellness company, she established Speak Out, an anonymous youth hotline to report gangs, weapons and drugs, created a children’s anti-drug activity book, and received a National Best Selling Author Award for “The Winning Way” with Brian Tracy. She has received numerous awards for her advocacy work involving youth and community issues including BET Trailblazer of the Decade Award, March of Dimes White Rose Awards, LINKS Founder of the Year award, and a Motion Picture and Television Crystal Reel Award for producing several successful public service announcements.
Shanequa Dasher is a native of both Florida and Tennessee, and currently calls Atlanta, Georgia her home. Initiated at Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter, Shanequa celebrated her first anniversary as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. earlier this year. Since joining the sorority, she has been a dedicated member of the Educational Development Committee and a Delta Academy mentor.
At the age of five, her mother taught her how to sew, and she’s been sewing and crafting ever since. Shanequa is a former elementary school teacher, owner of handmade platform Dasher Creations, children’s book author, and co-founder of The Art of Confidence Foundation (AOC), which is a foundation that focuses on globally building confident families through the performing arts, literacy, and financial literacy. She has a true passion for math and crafting, and her new program, “Calculate and Create,” focuses on this through creative courses and products for girls, as well her new children’s book series release, “Calculate and Create Adventures: 2×2=1 and I’m DONE!”
Shanequa has a true desire to make a major impact on her local and global community through her work with youth and creative education. Her favorite pastimes include play time with her 8-year-old assistant Kayla and her 3-year-old little brother Kyler, shopping, international travel, crafting.