Charter Members: Tommye Kay Armstrong*, Beverly Baker-Kelly, Delores Benton*, Odessa Broussard, Dorothy Bryant, Ulyssine G. Clift*, Myrtle R. Davis, Grace Driver, Nerissa W. Jarrett*, Christine Johnson, Gladys M. Jordan, Osie Lawrence* , Rochelle Lester*, Ruth Lockhart, Henriette Major*, Bernice McMillan, Evelyne H. Myatt, Glenda Newell-Harris, Eloise Norton, Emma H. Pendergrass, Etna Laura Ross, Carolyn Bush Stuckey*, Gwendolyn Seay Townsend*, Norma Jean Tucker, Greta Clarke Wims

History of ACCL

ACCL had its beginnings in the early 1980s with a small group of talented entrepreneurial and professional women who formed the core nucleus.  In August 1983, the women were invited to develop an official chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The group selected the name the “Alameda/Contra Costa Innovators,” because the prospective members resided in the two counties.  On Saturday, February 9, 1985, 25 talented women participated in the formal chartering of the chapter. A formal dinner dance was held that evening during which the new Link inductees were presented to the public.

ACCL Today

Each member of ACCL pledges and commits to providing substantial service hours per year through the organization’s programs.  This time is spent by women with a “heart for service” who are dedicated and determined to make a difference. These services are implemented by strategic and focused goals in five program areas: the Arts, Services to Youth, Health & Human Services, National Trends & Services and International Trends & Services. ACCL has contributed more than $250,000 to our community while providing other services to families in crisis, youth in varied situations, welfare-to-work agencies and education and health concerns here and abroad.  Our signature projects for over fifteen years, include services to middle school youth through our award winning “Respect Yourself” Youth Symposium held each year and our monthly “Reading Links to Living” Book Club which focuses on reading and mentorship. We stand 54 members strong and our Links sisterhood continues to deepen as our membership expands. Our current chapter activities continue to advance community service to the Bay Area at the same levels of excitement, impact and standards of our earliest days as a chapter.  With a strong foundation of more than two decades, the Alameda Contra Costa Links are well poised for many more successful years of service and sisterhood.


Current Chapter Photo


Current Active Members

Adiminka Arthur

Teiahsha Bankhead

Veda Bartlow

Diana Bell

Stalfana Bello

Terri Phillips Bonner

Andrea Breaux

Vianna Briscoe

Deirdre Haizlip Celotto

Stephanie Jackson Christmas

Yvette Hollingsworth Clark

Simone Davis

Christina Deadwiler

Jocelyn Freeman Garrick

Rita Gordon

Deborah Gould

Theresa Handis

Donna Harper

Angela Harris

Brittany Harris

Beverly Harrison

Debra Hill-Houston

Shari Hollis-Ross

Sidney Hunter

Fern Jackson

Meryl Johnson Jackson

Regina Jackson

Andrea Jones

Saundra Jones (Current Chapter President)

Michelle L. Kenney

Yolanda LeBlanc

Denise LeNoir

Jacqui Love-Thornell

Jennifer Susan Madden

Joyce Melton

Ingrid Moore

Elaine Needham (Immediate Past President)

Glenda Newell-Harris (National President)

Chonda Jordan Nwamu

Gwen Renshaw-Ovid

Tamara Scott

Sonya Simril

Melissa Brown Sladden

Victoria Barber Spears

Shirley Steinback-Hawthrone

Tiffany Stevenson

Farae Strickland

Julie Waters

Kathrina Weekes

Lillian White

Dawn Sykes Williams

Nicole Willingham

Wendi Wilson

Alumni Members

Gale Bell

Doris Britt

Odessa Broussard

Dorothy Bryant

Myrtle Davis

Grace Diver

Myrtle Jones

Gladys Jordan

Emma Pendergrass

Etna Ross

Mary Rose Towns

Norma Jean Tucker

Val Weaver

Elouise Wilson