Sorority presents honors
Published 3:00 pm Thursday, March 23, 2023
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Kappa Rho Omega Chapter, presented its annual Local Citizen of the Year Award to Edward Pennington of Victoria for his outstanding contributions to the community and his church. Sorority member Dana Ratliffe-Walker was the recipient of the Distinguished Soror Award and sorority member Sasha Trent Johnson was the recipient of the Basileus Award for their dedicated contributions to the community, their church and the sorority.
Pennington is a retired correctional officer with 32 years of dedicated service. He has been the recipient of several professional and community awards, such as the Virginia Association of Counties Supervisors Service Award for dedicated service to Lunenburg County Government and a plaque from the Southside Youth Development Corporation.
Pennington is actively involved at First Baptist Church in Victoria by serving as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Adult Sunday School Teacher, Senior Choir member and representing the church at various religious conferences and activities.
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Civic involvement is a great part of Pennington’s commitment to the community. He has been a member of the Board of Supervisors in Lunenburg County for several years and he has also been a member of the Town Council and is a former Vice Mayor of Victoria. He has served on numerous community boards and belongs to organizations such as the NAACP, the Democratic Party, served as a Youth Mentor, participates in voter registration and gives support to the elderly of the community through various activities.
Dana Ratliffe-Walker has been a guiding light to the sorority, church and community. A native of Danville, she has served in various sorority capacities, such as president, vice president, secretary, Graduate Advisor to the undergraduate chapter at Longwood University and chairperson of several committees. Being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® since 1984, she is a leader by example.
She has been employed by the Virginia Department of Corrections for over 36 years where she is currently the Warden at Virginia Correctional Center for Women and State Work Center in Goochland. She has previously served in other positions such as the Warden at Dillwyn Correctional Center and Lunenburg Correctional Center; positions at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, Coffeewood Correctional Center, James River Correctional Center, Buckingham Correctional Center and Virginia State Penitentiary.
As a faithful member of Jericho Baptist Church in Farmville, Ratliffe-Walker serves in the Youth Advisory and Prayer Line Ministries. She is an active member of the Farmville Chapter of the NAACP where she works with the Youth Programs.
She is also very involved in the Legislative process in several organizations, such as the sorority, the NAACP and the Virginia Governmental Employee Association. She has also served on many task groups, boards and special committees throughout her career in the Correctional Department.
Sasha Trent Johnson is a Public Health Professional who serves as the Director of Education and Prevention Programs at Longwood University.
Johnson is a dedicated member of New Bethel Baptist Church and Union Grove Baptist Church.
She serves as the chairperson of the Piedmont Alliance for the Prevention of Substance Abuse (PAPSA) which is the local substance abuse prevention coalition.
During her 17 years of dedicated membership in the sorority, she has served as vice president and president of the local chapter. She is the recent outgoing president of the chapter after serving three (3) terms in office.
She is a member of the Charlotte Chapter #147, Order of the Eastern Star, PHA where is has served as Worthy Matron (chapter president) and is currently serving as Grand Chapter Officer Grand Lecturer in the West.
Because of her passion for the community, she is an active board member for Piedmont Habitat for Humanity and has assisted in the construction of Habitat for Humanity homes.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is a community service organization whose motto is “Service to all Mankind.”