Deloris (Dee) is the Founder and CEO of Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc. She retired from the US Air Force after 20 year of service and that career has taken her around the world.
After returning home to Jacksonville and working for the state of Florida as a Local Veterans Employment Representative, she was able to understand some of the challenges veterans face, especially women. Answering to the call, she founded the Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc, in 2011 which places her in front of women veterans daily to help them excel beyond their won expectations.
As a lifetime volunteer, Dee believes that every talent and ability is given by God and must be shared. She started “Our Father’s House Ministries” in Naples Italy, which resulted in countless homeless Africans having a place to live. She worked many hours supporting the Oklahoma City bombing crisis. She has shouldered the full responsibility of military chaplaincy during deployments and has ministered from the barrios to the capital. Since returning to Jacksonville, Dee has given countless hours to volunteer efforts such as raising funds for the American Cancer Society, serving on the National Congress of Black Women Board of Directors, Northeast Florida Veterans Council member, On-call Director for Stage Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc., guest soloist at several city events, and hosting the annual “Pretty in Pink” events to encourage breast cancer survivors and many more causes. Dee is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of America and has chosen to give back by making a difference in her community wherever needed. She is also a member of St. Matthews Baptist Church and choir.
Currently, she is working to bring awareness to the needs of women veterans. Now going into its 6th year, she has received proclamations from the Jacksonville mayor’s office, Florida’s governor and a resolution from Congress declaring the third week of March each year, “Women Veterans Recognition Week”, she spearheads a week-long celebration that culminates in honoring WWII female veterans. She is now working to make the celebration a permanent legislative occurrence nationally.
Dee is a graduate of William M. Raines High School and the Community College of the Air Force. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Limestone College of Gaffney, South Carolina and her Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix.
She is a Florida Certified Workforce Professional Tier I, II, & III, an Associate Certified Career Coach and a Certified Workforce Development Coach.
Dee’s volunteer efforts resulted in her receiving the Commander’s Award for Public Service and the Air Force Angel Award for Volunteerism. Having provided direct support for the Oklahoma City bombing in 1996, she received the Humanitarian Service Medal. In addition to the Air Force Commendation and Meritorious Service medals, she recently received the Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2016 Veteran of Influence Award, ESGR Seven Seals Award, 2014 Workforce Champion Award, 2015 HandsOn Jacksonville Celebrate Good Award- Military category, Wealth Watcher’s Homes for our Heroes recognition, and the Women of Color Compassionate Award.
Dee is the proud daughter of Ms Sallie E. Harris and the mother of two sons, Wes and Cyrus; and one daughter, DeAndra.