The Flint, Michigan Chapter of The Pierians, Inc. was chartered on November 19, 1990.  Charter members were: Carolyn Burgess, Derenda Collins, Denise F. Davis, Sheila A. Graham, Brenda Roger-Grays, Faye T. Johnson, Kathleen A. Jones, The Honorable Ramona W. Roberts, Dr. Mildred B. Smith, Dorothy H. Waller, Rosemary C. Ward, Ada C. Washington, Adrienne S. Wells, and Marion Williams. Ada C. Washington served as the first chapter president.

The Chapter has been actively engaged in promoting the arts in the Flint area since its chartering.  Chapter activities have included sponsoring an exhibit and program at the Flint Institute of Arts for Jacob Lawrence, hosting a photographic exhibit in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Brown. v. Board at the Alfred P. Sloan Museum, awarding college scholarships to deserving emerging artists, and hosting trips to out-of-town museums and cultural programs.   Members of the Chapter, many artists in their own right, have served on local arts and cultural boards, including the Flint Institute of Arts, Greater Flint Arts Council, and the New McCree Theatre.

The Flint, Michigan Chapter has also been actively involved in The Pierians at the National level.  The Flint, Michigan Chapter hosted the National Assembly in 1997.  Members of the Chapter have served in national officer roles, including National Nominating Committee, National Rituals and Protocol Committee Chairperson, National Parliamentarian, National Chaplain, National Corresponding Secretary, and National Vice President.

Past presidents have included:

  • Nelda Hebert [ 2013-2017]
  • Mildred Smith [2009-2013]
  • LaNesha DeBardelaben [2007-2009]
  • Frances Faithful  [2003-2007]
  • Dr. Karen Weaver  [1999-2003]
  • Dorothy Hitts   [1997-1999]
  • Dr. Mildred B. Smith  [1995-1997]
  • The Honorable Ramona W. Roberts   [1993-1995]
  • Ada C. Washington  [1990-1993]

Chapter Officers 2018-2019

Semaj Brown

Edith Withey

Elizabeth Jordan

Janet Poole-Little

Diane Kirksey

Julie Arter

Patricia Burrell



Recording Secretary

Corresponding Secretary

Financial Secretary


Immediate Past President



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