2012: "The Year of the Local Chapter" for NAPW




So far, 2012 has proven to be “The Year of the Local Chapter” for NAPW. In March alone, NAPW launched 32 new Local Chapters, rounding out the first quarter of 2012 with over 175 Local Chapters throughout the U.S. and Virgin Islands!

This astounding growth is big news to existing members and women who are considering becoming a part of NAPW because it means that whether you live in a large city or a small town, it is likely that there is a Local Chapter nearby.

Below is a list of the 32 Local Chapters launched in March:

City State President City State President
Little Rock AR Jennifer Samuel Troy MI Selena Passo
Glendale/Peoria AZ Karen Padron Independence MO Shawn Boswell
Fairfield CA Kathie Kalafatis Jackson MS Sandra Edwards
Modesto CA Angela Martinez Holmdel NJ Tina Dahr
Oakland CA Jenise Borrasso Toms River NJ Camilla Fahmie
Temecula CA  Sheila Cohen Bronx NY Christlean Alphonse
Clearwater/Tampa FL Robin Puskar Syracuse NY Jewel Hunter
Daytona Beach FL Chelsea Patrick Cleveland OH Michelle Jackson
Lithonia GA Kim Dildy Philadelphia PA Naketa Thigpen
Savannah GA JoeQueata Francisco Beaufort SC Mickelle Chisolm
Wichita KS Rachelle Ecklund Sumter SC Miranda R. Davis-Choice
Baton Rouge LA Trina Armstrong Clarksville TN Cheryl Durham
Frederick MA Tracey Fitzpatrick Knoxville TN Shari Strong
Rockville MA Nan Mehta Conroe TX Wendy Leonard
Ann Arbor MI Ellen Terpening Newport News VA Lisa Waller
Traverse City MI Dawn Pater Virginia Beach VA Erin Philp


Although March was a busy month for Local Chapter inaugurations, January and February were bustling as well!

Sherri Hitchcock-Hutson was installed as the President of the Jacksonville, North Carolina Local Chapter in February and is planning to roll out a schedule of monthly networking meetings for professional women in her area, beginning with a launch meeting in April.

Preceding Jacksonville, NAPW also introduced Local Chapters in Chester, VA, which will be led by Deandra Dorsey; Charlottesville, VA, which will be led by Kimberly Armstrong; West Valley, CA, led by Trisha Malin; Dutchess County, NY, led by Darlene Haywood; Lafayette, LA, led by Deborah Young; and Mercer Country, NJ, led by Victoria Swanson.

Our newest Chapter Presidents represent a wide variety of professions.

  • Deandra Dorsey is the CEO and Director of Excellence Child Care Center, LLC. Her expertise is in child care and development.
  • Kimberly Armstrong is the owner of Nooks and Crannies Cleaning, Inc.
  • Trisha Malin is the President of TMG Management and her expertise is in insurance and financial services.
  • Darlene Haywood is the Founder and Director of DH Essence of Wellness and her expertise is work force diversity training and public awareness training.
  • Deborah Young is the Owner of D&R Vision Enterprises, Inc. and her expertise is policy issues.
  • Victoria Swanson is the Owner of Swanson  Brother’s  Restoration-Cleaning, LLC and her expertise is janitorial and restoration services.

NAPW is thrilled to have these pioneers to launch their respective Chapters! Local Chapters enable members to gather in the company of like-minded women and benefit not only from a professional standpoint, but personally as well.


Megan Bozzuto

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