Justice Peggy A. Quince
Supreme Court of Florida
Justice Peggy A. Quince was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1948. She is married to Fred L. Buckine, (retired) attorney at law, and they have two daughters, Peggy LaVerne, a graduate of Florida A & M University, and Laura LaVerne, a graduate of the University of Central Florida. Justice Quince graduated in 1970 from Howard University with a B.S. Degree in Zoology; she received her J.D. Degree from the Catholic University of America in 1975. While a law student she was active in Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and the Black American Law Students Association; she received an award for her work with Catholic’s Neighborhood Legal Services Clinic. In 1999, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from the Stetson University College of Law. In 2004, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from St. Thomas University School of Law and Nova.
Presently, Justice Quince is on the executive counsel of the Appellate Section of The Florida Bar and is the Supreme Court liaison to the Small Claims Rules Committee and the Supreme Court Library Committee. She is also liaison for the following State Courts System Advisory Committees; Commission on District Court of Appeal Performance and Accountability, the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Task Force and the Local Rules Advisory Committee. She has lectured at a number of Continuing Legal Education programs on issues involving search and seizure, probation and parole, use of peremptory challenges, postconviction relief, professionalism and ethics, and the independence of the judiciary.
In 1993 Justice Quince became the first African-American female to be appointed to one of the district courts of appeal with her appointment by Governor Lawton Chiles to the Second District Court of Appeal to a term effective January 4, 1994. She was retained in office by the electorate in November 1996. On December 8, 1998, Justice Quince was appointed by the late Governor Lawton Chiles and Governor-elect Jeb Bush to the Florida Supreme Court. Justice Quince is a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Her civic and community activities include membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the Urban League, the NAACP, and The Links, Inc.
Justice Quince has received the following honors and awards: 2008, Lifetime Achievement Award by The Florida Bar’s Government Lawyer Section; Florida Commission on the Status of Women, 2007 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame award; American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession 2006 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award; 2006 Rickards High School Outstanding School Volunteer Award; 2005 Key to the City of Winter Haven; 2005 Richard W. Ervin Equal Justice Award; 2004 Key to the City of Panama City, Florida; 2004 Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Black Law Student Association Alumni Achievement Award; 2004 Lee County Association for Women Lawyers and the Lee County Bar Association Award for dedication to the promotion of equality in law and outstanding service as a distinguished member of the Florida judiciary; 2002 Florida Bar Equal Opportunities in the Profession Award; 2002 Florida Girls State Award; 2003 Helping Hand Award; 2003 Southern Women in Public Service Pacesetter Award; 2003 Florida Girls State Award; 2003 Pioneering the Future in our Community Award; 2003 Outstanding Jurist and Howard University Alumna Award; 2001 William H. Hastie Award from the National Bar Association Judicial Council; National Bar Association Presidential Achievement Award; Girl Scouts, Woman of Distinction Award, 2001; National Bar Association Women Lawyers Division Jurist Award for Outstanding Leadership Achievements and Dedicated Service to the Community At Large; Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association for Service on the Bench; Virgil Hawkins Bar Association Award for Community Service and Advancement of Equal Justice Under Law; the Virgil Hawkins Bar Association Certificate for Achievement in Jurisprudence; the Fort Lauderdale High School Award for participating in the School Law Magnet Program; the Broward County School Board Appreciation Award for Inspiration and Devotion to Our Youth; Award of Distinguished Service and Continuing Commitment to the People of Florida from the Fort Lauderdale B’nai B’rith; Proclamation from the Broward Board of County Commissioners stating that February 28, 1999, as “The Honorable Peggy A. Quince Appreciation Day”; Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Black Advisory Council Appreciation Award; Lakeland NAACP Award for Contribution to Civil Rights; the African-American Production Company Personal Achievement Award; Paul C. Perkins Bar Association Appreciation Award; Florida State University College of Law Appreciation Certificate for Contributions made to Summer Law Program For Undergraduate Students; and Certificate from the Office of the Attorney General, Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute for Exemplary Contributions to Crime Prevention in the State of Florida.
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Connie Elaine Jenkins-Pye
Ms. Connie E. Jenkins-Pye is the Second Vice President of the Delta Kappa Omega Foundation and Chairman of the Program Committee. Ms. Jenkins-Pye is a Silver Star (over 25 years of active service) and Life Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also serves as the Second Vice President for the Delta Kappa Omega Chapter. She has served on the South Atlantic Region’s Conference Planning, Medical Response and Sergeant-At-Arms Committees. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s International Building and Properties Committee.
Ms. Jenkins-Pye is a Case Manager with the Tallahassee Police Department’s Serious Habitual Offender Comprehensive Action Program (SHOCAP), and she also serves as a part-time professional therapist with Generations Behavioral Healthcare Inc. She received Bachelor of Science degrees in Social Work and Sociology from Florida State University (FSU). She also received a Master of Social Work degree from FSU. She is a certified Criminal Justice Instructor and Family Facilitator. Her philosophy, “to whom much is given much is required,” is exemplified through her life’s work. She is currently the National President for the FSU Black Alumni Association, where she is a life member. She is also a life member of the FSU Alumni Association and serves on its National Board of Directors. She is a member of the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the National Association for the Advancement of Color People, the National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Black Social Workers (North Florida Chapter), Leon County Juvenile Justice Council, Fairview Middle School Advisory Council, Springwood Elementary School Advisory Council, Bond Elementary School Advisory Council, and the Steering Committee of American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life (Leon Unit).
DR. Freddie Groomes-McLendon
Dr. Freddie Groomes-McLendon is a native of Jacksonville Florida. She received the Bachelors of Science and Master’s of Education from Florida A & M University and the PH.D in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University and did post graduate work at Harvard University. She retired in 2003 from Florida State University where she served as Executive Assistant to the President.
Dr. Groomes-McLendon is an author and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Edward Waters College. She served as National Secretary and National Parliamentarian for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Chairman of Florida Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women, member of the Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission and member of the National Leadership Board for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation along with several other local and national appointments. She has received numerous awards and citations, including one from the United States President. She is married to Mr. Dennis A. McLendon Sr. and is the mother of Linda Groomes Walton and the late Derek R. Groomes.
Dr. Juanita Williams
Dr. Juanita Williams, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a retired educator. She has an earned doctorate degree in Clinical/Community Psychology from Purdue University. Before moving to Tallahassee in 1980, she was an Assistant Dean of Students at Purdue University. She served as University Psychologist and later a full-time faculty member at Florida A&M University. In 2010, she retired from Tallahassee Community College after serving as a professor of psychology for twenty-two years. As founder of the Annual Women’s History Month, she left a rich legacy at TCC.
Dr. Williams has a passion for serving others. She is one of the founders of the Minority Alliance Advocating Community Awareness and Action, a grass roots organization which primarily focuses on HIV/AIDS education and testing. Since 2005, Miss Juanita, has served as a volunteer at HOPE Community where prepares home-cooked meals, sponsors an Annual Country Fair, Mr. V’s Haberdashery for men and the About Us-Women’s and Children Boutique, an unique “free” shopping experience for the residents. She is the current president of the Board of Directors for the Tallahassee Girls Choir of CHOICE. Dr. Williams is a dedicated member of Bethel A. M. E. Church. She loves young people and works to help them realize that they can be whatever they desire in life, if they are willing to work for it.
Clinita Arnsby Ford
It has been a beautiful journey, 66 years of uninterrupted membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. My glory day was in April 1946 at Lincoln University (MO) in Alpha Iota Chapter. I have spent 63years of the total time in Delta Kappa Omega Chapter. During that time I have served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Educational Foundation Advancement (EAF), Chair of the National Grants Committee, three times as Beta Alpha Advisor, five times as Delta Kappa Omega Chapter Basileus, numerous committees, and Cluster IV Coordinator during which time I authored the first Cluster Handbook. The occasion that we celebrate today, August 28, 2012, Grand Opening of a Community Center, began as an idea for a sorority house and I chaired that first committee in 1960. Throughout the 52 years the idea evolved and developed into a Community Center. This is a day of gratefulness to all who made it happen.
Mary Peters is a retired educator who taught elementary school children for thirty-six years. She currently volunteers at her previous place of employment, Sealey Elementary and other local elementary schools. She is a graduate of Florida A and M University with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in elementary education.
Mary is a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and the Delta Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. She enjoys reading to young children and her senior citizen friends and for relaxation and pleasure. She is the wife for forty-one years of Burl Peters, Jr. and the mother of five children.
Sharon Jefferson has lived in Tallahassee for more than thirty years. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, she married William Jefferson a Tallahassee native and they have two daughters. Mrs. Jefferson attended Indiana University where she earned the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science Degrees. She has worked in higher education for 38 years in the field of Student Development. She has held numerous positions; from Assessment Counselor to Assistant Dean of Students. Mrs. Jefferson is currently the Vice President for Student Affairs at Tallahassee Community College, and is the State Chairperson for the Council of Student Affairs Professionals.
Mrs. Jefferson has been an active community servant all of her life. She has a passion for helping young people to reach their full potential. Mrs. Jefferson stays actively involved with young people “to be a listening ear” when they need to talk about life’s challenges. Mrs. Jefferson is a member of Gethsemane MB Church where she previously served as the Youth Director. During her years as Director, the youth actively participated in oratorical contests and choir competitions as part of their involvement in the 5th Sunday Union conference meetings. As a community servant, Mrs. Jefferson has served as a Board member for Crisis Counseling and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Tallahassee Girls Choir of Choice. As a volunteer, she has supported numerous agencies by providing direct services or assistance with fundraising.