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Welcome


Greetings and welcome to the TZO Ivy and Pearl Affair Scholarship Ball, hosted by Theta Zeta Omega Chapter. It brings me great pleasure to have each of you as we come together for an evening of elegance and philanthropy supporting our community.

The Ivy and Pearl Affair holds a special place in our hearts as it represents more than just a glamorous event; it symbolizes our commitment to service and the empowerment of our local community. Through your generous contributions and attendance, you enable us to implement impactful programs and provide scholarships to deserving youth, ultimately making a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our shared mission of service and sisterhood. We hope you enjoy this wonderful evening and look forward to seeing you again in 2025 at the Ivy and Pearl Affair as we come together to positively impact our community.

Warm regards,

Theresa Haynes
President
Ivy Foundation President

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2024 TIPA Program

Order of Program

Mistresses of Ceremony

Mrs. Phyllis Braxton & Ms. Taeshaun Walters

Welcome

Meditation

Recognition of Special Guests

Royal Court Presentation

2023 TIPA King Gene Harmon

2023 TIPA Queen Tanya Haynes

2024 Woman of the Year/Lady Pearl Sheila Arrington

2024 Lady Ivy Shylonda Stewart

2024 TIPA King

2024 TIPA Queen

Crowning of 2024 Royal Court

Gifts Presented to 2024 King and Queen

Toast to King and Queen

Closing Remarks

Ms. Theresa Haynes, President

Theta Zeta Omega Chapter

Dinner Is Served

Please Remain Seated for the Duration of the Program

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2024 Royal Court

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TIPA 2024 Lady Pearl
Theta Zeta Omega Chapter
Woman of the Year

Mrs. Sheila Arrington
 

Sheila Arrington is a native of Biloxi. Sheila has been married to Michael Arrington for 26 years. She has traveled extensively as a military spouse and returned home to the community she reveres in preparation for retirement. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. Leo University and an MBA from William Carey University. Sheila has had an impressive 26-year career as a federal employee, with 17 years of service at NASA as the Chief of Accounting & Travel Services Branch. In recognition of the transition for the Extended Travel Program for NASA Employees & Astronauts, she was awarded the Space Flight Awareness Award (Snoopy Award), the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian, during her tenure.
 

Sheila has been an active member of Theta Zeta Omega Chapter since her initiation into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in April 2018. She served as Tamiochous in 2019 and 2020, during which she was instrumental in establishing electronic payment options. Currently, she serves as Financial Secretary (since 2021) and has been instrumental in bringing TZO up to date by creating an electronic receipt program. Sheila is known as TZO’s Spreadsheet Wizard, managing all payments made to the chapter, including dues, assessments, and registration fees. Sheila is the past (2023) and current (2024) chairman for TZO’s signature fundraiser, The Ivy and Pearl Affair. She was instrumental in steering the planning committees and ensuring TIPA was a sold out event in 2023.
 

Sheila has set the bar by taking TIPA to the next level as being an elite premiere scholarship ball hosted by a Divine 9 organization on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In addition to her contributions to TZO, Sheila is an active Silver Life member of the Biloxi branch of the NAACP, where she served as Treasurer and Assistant Secretary. She is also a member of the Second Liners Mardi Gras Association, where she currently serves as Financial Secretary and Chairman of the backpack giveaway and scholarship committees. Her dedication to community service is evident, as she is a lifelong member of Main Street MBC.

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TIPA 2024 Lady Ivy
Mrs. Shylonda Stewart

Shylonda B. Stewart is a native of Gautier, MS and is the proud daughter of Mrs. Jerry D. Torrey and the late Mr. James A. Torrey. She is married to her wonderful husband, Mr. Jesse L. Stewart who is a member of the Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi. They have one amazing daughter, Myla L. Stewart, an honors student at Mobile Christian School.

Shylonda was initiated into the Theta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1999, and this year she has achieved the milestone of becoming a Silver Star. She serves as an elected member of the Mississippi Regional Connections and Social Action Committee for the South Eastern Region, where she advocates for social justice and works to identify national and international issues which may impact others' quality of life. She worked with other members of the sorority on the main objectives to Promote Voter Engagement, Implement an AKA Advocacy Agenda, Engage in Public Policy, and Increase Women Leaders in Public Policy.

Shylonda graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration which allows her to be versatile in her field in higher education. Shylonda is currently employed with the University of South Alabama where she is the Graduation Specialist for the College of Arts & Sciences. Her role is crucial in facilitating the successful completion of academic programs for undergraduates, graduates, and professional students. Shylonda’s primary responsibilities involve guiding students through the graduation process, ensuring they meet all the necessary requirements for their degrees, and providing support to help them overcome any obstacles.

Her passion is to serve and assist where she can through Theta Zeta Omega’s service projects and throughout the Alabama and Mississippi communities. She also enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, but most of all, being an example for her daughter to continue to pave a path of serving the Lord, setting and achieving current and future goals and one day seeing her daughter fulfill her legacy as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

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TIPA 2024

King Ivy and Pearl
Mr. Scott Campbell

Introducing Scott Campbell: A Leader, a Mentor, and a Pillar of His Community:
Scott is a man whose journey is marked by steadfast love, academic excellence, and unwavering commitment to service. Celebrating 16 years of marriage to the love of his life, Angela Campbell, an esteemed member of Theta Zeta Omega Chapter, Scott's personal life is grounded in kinship and mutual support.


A proud alumnus of Alabama State University, his pursuit of knowledge led him to earn a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, further enriching his expertise with an MBA from the University of North Alabama. This educational background has propelled Scott to remarkable heights in his professional career at International Paper. For over two decades, he’s been an
integral part of the company, currently standing as one of the rare African American Managers at the helm of the paper machine, shipping, and recycling operations.


Scott is more than just his titles and achievements. His noble character and strong value system make him an exemplary candidate for the honor of King. His devotion shines at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, where he generously contributes his time and resources.

 

His alliance with Theta Zeta Omega Chapter is not merely one of support but of sincere partnership in service. From A Koastal Affair to the Breast Cancer Walk, Voter Registration Drives to MLK activities, and Founders’ Day celebrations, Scott’s dedication to TZO's causes and events is profound and unwavering.


Yet Scott's true character is unveiled in moments of crisis. During TZO’s disaster relief effort in Moss Point, MS, his compassionate nature took center stage as he prepared meals, served tornado victims, and packed essential supplies well into the night. These actions speak of a generosity of spirit that transcends expectations.


His active membership in Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, further accentuates his leadership skills. Having served as the Vice Polemarch of the Daphne Alumni Chapter, Scott's commitment to brotherhood and community service continues to resonate throughout his life’s work.


Scott Campbell represents the epitome of leadership, kindness, and dedication. His personal and professional achievements are deeply interwoven with his identity as a servant leader, making him not just a man of honor but truly a King among men. Let his story be a beacon, illuminating the path of service, integrity, and excellence.

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TIPA 2024

Queen Ivy and Pearl
Mrs. DeAnna Donise Harris Smith

Introducing DeAnna Donise Harris Smith: A True Servant Leader and Queen:


DeAnna Donise Harris Smith, a native of Pascagoula, MS, is married to Cletis B. Smith (a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated), and they reside in Monrovia, MD. Combined, they have four children: Knitra C. Smith, Kyra C. Smith, Kyle B. Smith, and Quinton H. Dodds. They are also blessed to have two adorable granddaughters, Aniyah C. Smith and
Zoe C. Smith and a handsome grandson, Benjamin, coming soon.


Donise is the daughter of the late Mr. Melton Harris, Jr. (who was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity Incorporated), the former District - II Supervisor for Jackson County, and Mrs. Portia
Harris, who completed Mr. Harris’ term as the District - II Supervisor for Jackson County, upon his untimely home-going. Mrs. Portia Harris is also an active member of Theta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.


Donise attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Donise was initiated into the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in Spring ‘88. She is an active member of Theta Zeta Omega Chapter and has achieved Silver Star status.


Donise is currently serving on the Awards Gala Committee for the 92nd South Eastern Regional
Conference of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and has worked diligently to garner corporate sponsorships for the upcoming conference. Donise also worked tirelessly to secure sponsorships and donations towards Theta Zeta Omega’s annual scholarship fundraiser to
ensure numerous local area youth who’ve achieved academic excellence in high school are provided well-deserved scholarships to help assist in furthering their education at the next level.


Donise is employed with the Headquarters Department of the Army G6 Cyber Integration as the Operations Manager. She is also an active Soldier in the United States Army Reserve, serving as an environmental science officer at the Defense Centers for Public Health (Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD). Donise recently received a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


In her limited spare time, she enjoys cooking and traveling abroad.

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TIPA 2023
King Ivy and Pearl

Mr. Wesley Harmon
 

Wesley Eugene “Gene” Harmon has been married to Alita Jones Harmon, an active member of Theta Zeta Omega Chapter, for 27+ years. They have 3 children: Chase, Khalyn and Kinsley. Both Khalyn and Kinsley are also active members of Theta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Coach Harmon has been a consistent pillar of the community since the family’s move to the MS Gulf Coast in 2011. He is esteemed in the southeastern regional coaching community. After more than 25 years as a successful football coach and Athletic Director in the state of Mississippi, Gene continued his coaching career in the neighboring state of Alabama.

Gene is currently serving as the Associate Head Football Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the Murphy High School Panthers in Mobile, AL. He is a member of Mississippi Association of Coaches, Alabama Association of Coaches, Victory International Christian Center, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Iota Upsilon Chapter and the Uplift Foundation.

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TIPA 2023

Queen Ivy and Pearl
Ms. Tanya Haynes
 

Ms. Tanya Haynes is a native of Moss Point, MS, currently residing in Mobile, AL. She is the daughter of the late Warnie Haynes, Sr. and the late Alcee Torrey Haynes. She is employed with the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, Mobile Community Based Outpatient Clinic, as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.

Tanya has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for twenty-five years and has achieved Silver Star status in the sorority. She is currently serving her second term as the 2nd Vice President of Theta Zeta Omega Chapter. Tanya is a lifelong member of St. Mark United Methodist Church, in Pascagoula, MS, where she is the President of the United Women of Faith.

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