From left are Letisa Vereen, NAUW president; Yvonne Meredith, NAUW-SM president; Zola Jones, former Southwest Sectional Director; Dr. Kathye Jenkins, CPRF president. (Courtesy photo)

Letisa Y. Vereen, national president of the National Association of University Women (NAUW), has appointed Dr. Kathye D. Jenkins as the organization’s new national chaplain.

Jenkins is the founder of the Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation and the Gardena Valley and Vicinity Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Sisterhood Connection. Also, she is a member of the NAUW Santa Monica Branch under the leadership of president Yvonne Meredith.

For the past few years, NAUW-SM has collaborated with the CPRF’s Witness2Fitness Health and Wellness Awareness. In addition, the branch will participate in the program’s official launch next month in houses of worship throughout the greater L.A. area.

Jenkins has also been appointed to the NAUW National Health Committee and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Locally, she has been instrumental in recruiting faith leaders, government officials and health agencies in the prevention, treatment and survivorship awareness of the health disparities that plague communities of color. She is currently overseeing the implementation of a nationwide health program through various churches and organizations across the country.

The NAUW was established in March 1910. This year’s convention will be held in Manhattan, New York, where will Jenkins’ will direct her first national worship service centered around the president’s theme of “A Legacy of Service and Commitment in Action.”

To learn more about Cynthia Perry Ray Foundation and NAUW Santa Monica, email [email protected] or call (310) 896-5741.