Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Expands to Pittsburgh with the Addition of New Chapter

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Three women who are passionate about community service have announced the formation of the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., Pittsburgh Steel City Chapter. Crystal McCormick, Bridgette N. Cofield, and Dr. Monica D. Lamar recognized the need for a TLOD chapter in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities and took the initiative to form the first chapter of TLOD in Western Pennsylvania.

Top Ladies of Distinction, Incorporated (TLOD) is a nonprofit professional humanitarian organization organized in Tyler, Texas, in 1964, with the purpose of marshaling the talents, energies, and skills of women nationally in a collaborative effort to help alleviate the moral and social problems confronting youth in the mid-sixties.  Since its inception, the organization has expanded its objective to include its focus on youth (known as Top Teens of America), improving the Status of Women, service to Senior Citizens, Community Beautification, and Community Partnerships. 

The 100+ chapters nationwide support the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Sickle Cell Disease Awareness (SCDA), and the awarding of national scholarships to Top Teens located in each of TLOD’s six geographic areas.  In addition, TLOD has been a long-standing partner with the March of Dimes and recently became a partner with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ongoing programs and projects are important to the fulfillment of TLOD’s mission.  

Crystal McCormick, Inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President for DEI at Duquesne University; Bridgette N. Cofield, J.D., Chief of Staff to the President & Secretary to the Board of Carlow University; and Dr. Monica D. Lamar, Assistant Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools, have joined forces to make a positive change where it is needed most. They will be leading the Pittsburgh Steel City Chapter to promote the ideals of TLOD, which include community service, leadership, and friendship.

The Pittsburgh Steel City Chapter will be led by McCormick, Cofield, and Lamar, all of whom have impressive credentials in the education and public service sectors. The chapter will promote the ideals of TLOD, which include community service, leadership, and friendship. The Pittsburgh Steel City TLOD Chapter is composed of 19 charter members who share the organization’s values and are committed to its mission. Those members include: Janice Bates Matuscak, Imogene Cathey, Bridgette N. Cofield, Bernadine Crawford, Lisa Garland, Nichol Greene, Nicola Henry-Taylor, Pam Heywood, Ola Jackson, Monica D. Lamar, Asia Mason, Crystal McCormick, Kelly McCormick, Velvet Mickens-Newman, Audrey Murrell, Deborah Norrell, Sabrina Saunders Mosby, Dara Ware Allen, and Ashanti York

An internationally known and respected public service organization, TLOD comprises six geographical regions. The Area V region includes the states of Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. There are currently 10 chapters with nearly 400 Top Ladies and Top Teen members in Area V.

The National Area V Director of Top Ladies of Distinction, Incorporated, Lady Marsha Wells, and all the members of Area V were eagerly awaiting to conduct the Induction and Chartering ceremony for the Pittsburgh Steel City Chapter on March 30, 2023, at the 48th Annual Area V Leadership Conference in Detroit, Michigan. “In recent years, Area V has experienced impressive growth that speaks to the diligent efforts and commitment of our members. We are delighted to see the meaningful impact we’ve had on the communities we serve and remain dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of those around us. With the addition of the Pittsburgh Steel City Chapter, we look forward to extending our TLOD family and continuing our efforts to serve the community,” says Lady Wells.

“We are thrilled to launch the Pittsburgh Steel City Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.,” said Crystal McCormick. “We believe that our chapter will make a significant impact on the communities we serve, and we are excited to work with our members to make positive change happen.” Bridgette Cofield added, “Our chapter will provide a platform for women to use their skills and talents to make a difference in the lives of others. We are committed to working together to address the needs of our community and make a positive impact.” Dr. Monica Lamar said, “We are honored to be the first chapter of TLOD in Western Pennsylvania. We look forward to partnering with other organizations and individuals to serve our community and promote the ideals of TLOD.” The Pittsburgh Steel City TLOD Chapter will include 19 charter members who share the ideals of TLOD and who are committed to its mission.

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The Area V Director of Top Ladies of Distinction, Incorporated, Lady Marsha Wells, and all members of Area V celebrated the Induction and Chartering ceremony for the Pittsburgh Steel City Chapter on March 30, 2023. The ceremony took place at the 48th Annual Area V Leadership Conference in Detroit, Michigan. Lady Wells expressed her enthusiasm for the growth of Area V and the addition of the Pittsburgh Steel City Chapter to the TLOD family.

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