Theta Alpha Omega Chapter mourns the loss of our beloved Tomasita Spann who passed this life on July 21, 2014 at home in the loving care of her family. She was initiated in 1975 in the Alpha Gamma of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® On October 24, 1976 she became a charter member of Lambda Alpha Chapter at California State University, Long Beach. In 1977, Tomasita received a bachelor’s degree in Communications from California State University, Long Beach. After graduation, she became a hard working member of Theta Alpha Omega. At the time of her death, she was also an active member of the Pearl Foundation Board of Directors. Following graduation, she worked as a speech pathologist and teacher for Compton Unified School District. In 1979, she began her 31-year career with Pacific Bell and retired in 2010 as a Project Manager from AT&T. In 1981, Tomasita married Leonard Mundy. To their union was one child, Richard Mundy. She adored her granddaughter, Anisa Berry. She loved God, family and her Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters!
Carol Ferns received the prestigious 2013 Quincy Beaver Community Leadership Award in the City of Carson. Carol graduated from California State University Long Beach where she was initiated into the Lambda Alpha Chapter. She transitioned into the Theta Alpha Omega Chapter where she is a Silver Star (25 years+ service to Alpha Kappa Alpha). Carol is actively involved in the church. She has been a member of New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church since 1982. She is passionately involved with Sunday School. She was the Mission Friends Leader for ages 2-5 years old. She also works in the Children’s Church with the 4 to 5 year olds. Aside from being active in Theta Alpha Omega, Carol is active in several organizations, including, but not limited to She is the Carson/Torrance Branch of the N.A.A.C.P where she serves as the 2nd Vice President. Currently, she is working on plans to start a Youth/College Chapter of the Carson/Torrance Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. She is passionate about the “right to vote” and works tirelessly on voter registration drives. She gives all praises, glory and honor to God.
Dr. Kimberly Horne-Johnson was appointed as Long Beach Unified School District’s first Advanced Placement Outreach and Female Leadership Academy Coordinator. As Coordinator for these two distinct programs, Kim will support school administrators in the Long Beach Unified School district to identify, support and retain African American and other underrepresented students for Advanced Placement (AP) courses. She will also facilitate the Female Leadership Academy programs, which are designed to support and cultivate the educational and social issues that face adolescent women at the high school & middle school level. Her responsibilities will include implementation of AP preparation programs that will focus on enrollment and successful transition for these students into AP courses. She will also provide professional development workshops for counselors, teachers and parents as well as supervise the coordination of Female Leadership Academy programs district wide. Dr. Johnson holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University and a Masters in Educational Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. Kim has over fifteen years of experience in the educational system.
In November, 2013 Cynthia Terry received the Long Beach Press Telegram's "Amazing Woman Lifetime Achievement Award". This was the first time that this award was presented. Cynthia is a member of the Theta Alpha Omega Chapter in Long Beach, California. Her mother, Ruby Terry was a Charter Member of the chapter. Ms. Terry worked for 38 years in the Long Beach Unified School District as a teacher and principal, including at Naples Elementary, Hamilton Middle School and Cabrillo High School. She retired from LBUSD in 2009, but she continues doing consultant work for several area school districts. When she served as principal, her success was evident in the increase in test scores and college bound students. Her under-pinning of leadership philosophy is that really good teaching is “just giving access and opportunity, opening up one’s mind to potential and then going beyond what you are capable of.”
Dr. Joanne Williams-Lozoya (Dr. J) is an Emergency Physician and is a founding member of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) and a past member of its Board of Directors. At the 2014 National Scientific Assembly of AAEM, Dr. Williams was awarded the prestigious James Keaney Award. This award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to AAEM. Nominees for this award must have 10 or more years of experience in Emergency Medicine clinical practice. At the 85th Far Western Regional Conference of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Inc.® Dr. J received another prestigious award, the Charlene D. Carodine Unique Professional Achievement Award. She has been certified and recertified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. J is a Past-Chair of the Emergency Medicine Section of the National Medical Association and continues to serve on its Program Committee. She is a national and international lecturer on Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care. She was a part of the team that introduced formal training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support to India. She serves on the National Emergency Medical Response Team for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Inc.® and has served as the Chairman of the Far Western Region Team. She is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and the Keck School of Medicine of USC.