Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker 
International President

During the Grand Boulé, Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker, Zeta’s immediate past International First Vice President, was elected as International President and will lead the organization into its centennial year in 2020.

The Brooklyn native is the Director of the Inforce Systems Division for New York Life Insurance Company in New York City, responsible for managing multi-million-dollar projects and programs, training personnel, and overseeing new product development as the chief administrator of one of the company’s major subsystems. She is an alumna of Fordham University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree at the young age of eighteen. Hollingsworth-Baker has been recognized in the “Who’s Who of Information and Technology” and “Outstanding Women of America” publications. Her civic endeavors include volunteering with the Red Cross, UNCF, and New York Cares; and she is a member of St. Augustine’s Church, the NAACP, and the Hancock T&T Block Association where she serves as the vice president.

Connie V. Pugh 
Director, Great Lakes Region

Connie V. Pugh is the immediate past Illinois State Director and has served in a myriad of appointed and elected positions within the sorority, including Basileus of her undergraduate and graduate chapters. She is a Life Member and currently a member of Xi Mu Zeta Chapter in Markham, Illinois. She was initiated into Zeta through the Psi Nu Chapter in 1990. Soror Pugh has also served in a leadership role with the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Chicago.



Dawn Edwards 
Director, State of Illinois