MEET THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR & REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
Dr. Patricia R. Johnson
Hickory Alumnae Chapter, Hickory, North Carolina
Dr. Patricia “Trish” Rhyne Johnson, retired in June 2018 after 39 years of service to the students, families and employees of North Carolina Public Schools. In 1994 she was appointed principal in Catawba County Schools, becoming the first African American female principal to serve the school district after desegregation and school system consolidation. Most recently she served as Associate Superintendent of the Caldwell County School district from January 2000 until her retirement.
Recognizing that to whom much is given, much more is required, Trish is an active member in her community. She serves as Superintendent of her church Sunday School, is a Sunday School Teacher, and a member of the Women’s Ministry. An active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated for more 43 years, she is a charter member of the Hickory Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. She is also a member of the Piedmont Chapter of The Links Incorporated, a Commissioner for the Hickory Affordable Housing (formally Hickory Public Housing) Board of Directors and a member of the Girl Scouts Piedmont 2 Peaks Board of Directors.
Dr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City North Carolina, a Masters of Arts Degree in Speech Pathology from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg South Carolina, Specialist in Education and Doctor of Education Degrees from Appalachian State University, Boone North Carolina.
Omicron Phi Chapter - Clemson University,
Clemson, South Carolina
Born in Greenville, SC but raised in Atlanta, GA. Illana is a Biomedical Engineering major with a concentration in Bio-materials at Clemson. As a Spring 2019 initiate in our organization, she has served as the Chapter’s Chaplain, Alumnae Relations Chair, and Treasurer. On campus and in the community, Illana is a former student-athlete, STEM mentor, involved in student government, community volunteer basketball coach, and so much more. She also manages "The Protected Purpose Project" blog and brand focusing on the millennial faith journey and building faith based community. After college, Illana plans to continue her education at a medical university becoming a pediatrician with a specialization in prosthetics and orthotics. Always service minded as well, she looks forward to creating a non-profit startup focused on providing healthcare to underserved communities domestically and abroad. At the 29th South Atlantic Regional Conference, she was elected the 2020 -2022 Regional Representative where she focused her campaign on being intentional and purposeful!