The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated have elected Glenda Newell Harris, M.D., as its 16th national president. The election of Newell-Harris marks the first time a medical doctor will serve at the helm of the organization, and the first time a national president has been elected from the state of California.
A 29-year member of the Alameda Contra Costa (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, (Oakland Bay Area), Newell Harris steps into her new role after having served four years as the organization’s national vice president.
Excited about her election, Newell-Harris said “It is an honor of a lifetime to serve as national president of The Links, Incorporated.” Recognizing the importance of her role as national president, Newell-Harris stressed that “My predecessors in this position have demonstrated not only the significance of this role, but also the profound impact it has across the nation and in several foreign countries.” The Links, Incorporated is dedicated to serving communities that need the volunteer services of its more than 12,000 members. “Building a Healthy Legacy: Our Prescription for the Future” is her theme for the next biennium. As a physician, Dr. Newell-Harris intends to make individual and community health a key focus of her presidency.
Currently a regional medical director at Corizon Health, Inc., she is a board certified physician in internal medicine and a media spokesperson whose opinions on new advances in medicine and controversial medical issues have made her a valued medical expert. Newell-Harris is a past president of the Sinkler-Miller Medical Association, an affiliate of the National Medical Association, and recently co-authored a book, entitled “Focus on Your Best Health.” She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors from many organizations including Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Bay Area Black United Fund, John Hale Medical Society and Cinnamongirl, Inc.
A native of North Carolina, and a graduate of Miss Porter’s School, Newell Harris is the daughter of Dr. Virginia K. Newell and the late George F. Newell. She received her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine and a bachelor of science in Biology from Tufts University. A mother of four children, she is married to Robert L. Harris, Esq.
Newell-Harris was elected during The Links, Inc.’s 39th National Assembly, held in National Harbor, Maryland, at Gaylord National Resort. During the five day assembly, the organization celebrated community achievements, recognized outstanding contributions of individuals and also elected Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, Ph. D., national vice president; Clara Lee, national recording secretary; Carolyn
Lewis, national treasurer; and Kimberly Mumby Green, chair, national nominating committee.
The Savannah Chapter was represented at the National Assembly by Links Zena McClain-Haymon, Rebecca Cooper. Connie Cooper, Beverly Hall, Angela Young, Denise Cooper and Carolyn Bell.