1990's Milestones: Alumni Achievements

Ayanna Jenkins Toney

Tanya Gardner

Tanya Gardner (M.A. ’92) (pictured) was a 2018 recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes exceptional faculty in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Gardner is an associate professor of communications studies at Delaware County Community College. Lindback recipients are committed to the intellectual and social development of students and have a teaching approach that extends beyond the classroom.


Kadidia V. Thiero (B.A. ’94) was appointed SOARS program lead at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.


Derricke Dennis

Derricke M. Dennis (B.A. ’96) ​(pictured) joined I24NEWS—a national and international news outlet—as weeknight anchor.

He is now host of “Take:30” and will also anchor and report for other I24 news broadcasts.


Ayanna L. Jenkins-Toney (B.A. ’97), (pictured above) founder and senior partner at the Law Offices of Ayanna L. Jenkins-Toney, has been recognized by the California Association of Black Lawyers as the 2018 Solo Practitioner of the Year.

For 15 years, her law office has provided legal services to individual clients, families and small businesses in the areas of family law, civil rights, civil litigation and personal injury.


Beverly VanTull

Beverly VanTull (B.A. ’99) was named as the women veterans program manager at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. In this newly created position,

VanTull will develop and provide fulltime support to Virginia’s women veterans and their unique and diverse needs at the state level.




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