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The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 17,000 professional women of African descent in 299 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.


The Tacoma (WA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was chartered in 1966, and the chapter celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 19, 2016. Visit to learn more.


Mentha Hynes-Wilson


Kay Wilson-Kirby

Vice President

Gina Youngblood Hatcher

Recording Secretary

Colorado State University
University of Louisville
Retired College Professor
Christina Abby

Corresponding Secretary

Barbara Jean Lane

Financial Secretary

Denita Harden-Patton


Iris Williams-West


Johnson C. Smith University
Kent State University
Retired Educator


Alyce McNeil
Angela Walker
Christine Turner
Connie Lassiter
Dorothy Williams
Ella Williams
Dorris Okoro
Helen Henderson
Joan Ray
Los Angeles State College
Seattle University
College Administrator
The reason(s) I'm a Link
Desire to uphold standards
Kirsten Watts
The Evergreen State College, Olympia
City University, Seattle
Retired Power Account Executive/Key Accounts Manager
The reason(s) I'm a Link
To continue to be of service to my community along with other like-minded women
Lisa Shyne
Mary Green
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College
Elementary Administrator
The reason(s) I'm a Link
Because of their friendships and Service to the community
Melva Copes
Lincoln University
Retired teacher
Previous Links' Chapter(s)
The reason(s) I'm a Link
I liked what I saw in the ladies from a distance in MA .
Pamela Davis-Thompson
Pamela Jones Hadley
Samantha Black-Parker
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Realtor/ Property Manager
The reason(s) I'm a Link
Service the community and make a difference in people's lives
Sharon Freeman
Stephanie Croom Williams
Stephanie McGriff
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Sr. Technical Program Manager
The reason(s) I'm a Link:
Opportunity to help others in my community and make great friends.
Thelma Adenika Crovello
San Francisco State University
Florida State University
University of California at Los Angeles
Professor of Science Education
Previous Links' Chapter(s)
Orange County Links, Angel City Links
The reason(s) I'm a Link
Work with other African American Professional Women on service projects
Professor of Science Education
Tracy Flood-Harris
Vera Davis Marks
Victoria Fletcher
Alicia Stephens
Anne Wade
Denise Robinson
Frances Davis
Joann Jones
Kirsten V. C. Brunson
Kimberly Green
LaTonja Hunter
Mary Ellen Ingram
University of Washington
Technical Training Instructor
The reason(s) I'm a Link
Networking, Community Service, and the uplifting of Black Women and building up the community in which I live
Maren Turner
Stine Armstrong
Rossalind Woodhouse
Tanya Smith Brice
South Carolina State University
University of South Carolina
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Previous Links' Chapter(s)
Waco (TX) ; Columba (SC); Prince Georges County (MD)
The reason(s) I'm a Link
The sisterhood and service

Chapter Officers 2022-2024

  • President: Mentha Hynes-Wilson
  • Vice President: Kay Wilson-Kirby
  • Recording Secretary: Gina Hatcher
  • Corresponding Secretary: Christina Abby
  • Financial Secretary: Barbara Lane
  • Treasurer: Denita Harden-Patton
  • Parliamentarian: Iris Williams-West

Facet & Committee Chairs

  • The Arts: Christina Abby
  • Health & Human Services: Angela Walker
  • International Trends: Barbara Lane
  • National Trends: Gina Hatcher
  • Services to Youth: Tracy Flood-Harris
  • Archives & History: Anne Wade
  • Audit: Christine Turner
  • Bylaws: Stephanie Williams
  • Ethics & Standards: Sharon Freeman
  • Finance: Denita Patton and Barbara Lane
  • Fund Development: Sharon Freeman
  • Hospitality: Alicia Stephens
  • Inspirational Leader: Joan Ray
  • Membership: Kay Wilson-Kirby
  • Organizational Effectiveness: Lisa Shyne
  • Protocol: Iris Williams-West
  • Retreat Planning: Mentha Hynes-Wilson
  • Rituals & Ceremonies: Mary Green
  • Scholarship: Christine Turner
  • Strategic Planning: Kimberly Green
  • Technology: Gina Youngblood-Hatcher