Mary Bentley LaMar is the 34th North Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA). She is the presiding officer over 14,000 members in Massachusetts, eastern New York, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Mary keeps the members focused on philanthropy and service to the communities they serve.
Mary is a former president of AKA’s Omicron Xi Omega Chapter. There she was awarded President of the Year; the chapter received the Chapter of The Year award and they received the region’s Leadership award three times during her four-year term.
Mary is the Executive Director of The Sickle Cell Association of New Jersey (SCANJ). She founded the agency in 2009 to assist the sickle cell community with non - medical needs such as, support groups, transition, education, access to research, resource sharing, family follow up and other programs that improve the quality of life. Under her leadership, the SCANJ is nationally recognized for patient engagement and innovative programs such as the following:
-Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Research Awardee
-Chronic Disease Self-management Program & Peer Certification
-Annual Statewide Sickle Cell Symposium
Mary is Vice President and Secretary for the Newark Boys Chorus School Board of Trustees and she serves as National Secretary to the Executive Leadership Council of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
Mary and her husband, psychologist Dr. Ansley LaMar, founded SuperKidz Kamp; a residential camp program dedicated to the belief that all children are gifted and talented. They are the proud parents of Hunter, a talented musician and graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
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