Madeliene Humphrey Dobbins
NOTABLE PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
As an attorney, Soror Dobbins has served in many executive-level roles. Notably, she served as the first director of the newly independent Office of Zoning for the District of Columbia. She was of counsel at Arter & Hadden, LLP, Attorneys at Law as well as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. during its expansion and renovation in the 1990s. Soror Dobbins was also Director/Chief Administrative Officer of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) where she rebranded the foundation, automated the office, initiated the Community Grant Program, strengthened DREF’s financial representation of Chapters, and revised and increased fundraising and published the premiere issue of Phillis, The Journal for Research on African American Women. She was also the Director of Legal Services for the Metropolitan Baptist Church & Entities.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS CHAPTER PRESIDENT:
As President, Soror Dobbins established the preliminary guidelines and policy and procedures for the Presidents Council. She also served as Chapter Delegate during the debate related to the implementation of the Capital Fee by National Headquarters. NoVAC also inducted 31 new members under tenure.
NEW PROGRAMS OR INITIATIVES IMPLEMENTED: Soror Dobbins required that chapter business come before the Executive Board before being presented to the Chapter, unless an emergency existed.
PRESIDENTIAL NUGGET TO IMPART ON NOVAC:
Take the time to know who is within your sphere/chapter. Undoubtedly, you will have persons there who have all the skills and energy needed to be successful in moving your chapter or organization forward. Guide them and allow them to shine at what they do well, it will reflect positively on you and make you look good, as well.