Board of Directors


Members of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Chapter of USNC-UN Women serve a two year term. Elections for new board members are held in May every year.  Please e-mail us at if you are interested in receiving more information about our work.  

2014-2016 Board of Directors

Tsegga Seyoum Medhin, President.


Since 2011 when Tsegga was instrumental in IBM’s sponsorship of USNC for UN Women’s national conference which was held in Raleigh, Tsegga has been interested in doing more for the organization because UN Women’s mission aligns perfectly with her core values of empowering women and girls globally.   Tsegga recently retired from IBM and is excited to be able to do more to support UN Women.  As a manager of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs at IBM, she raised over $9M for local charities since 2012, she provided consulting to the NGOs and communities in Tanzania and Ethiopia, and supported STEM education outreach for the girls in the under-served communities locally and globally.  Tsegga currently is the executive director of The Pearl Leadership Institute, dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls; serves as a board member of Boundless Impact and NCSU’s Science house STEM outreach programs.  She has an MBA from Strayer University, lives in Raleigh with her daughters and husband.



Diane Jordan, Vice President of the Triangle Area and Tresurer.

Over the past two years, Diane served as the vice president and treasurer for the North Carolina Chapter of USNC for UN Women. She feels privileged to participate in advancing the mission of the UN Women programs and in the renewed growth of the NC Chapter. As a retiree, she has time and energy to work to advance the rights and impact of women. Over the course of her life, Diane has enjoyed advantages arising from work of women before her. Educational and career opportunities have provided her the potential for economic and social impact. She wishes to give back and especially value the global perspective of UN Women. Diane has over 30 years of professional experience in management, leadership and technology, with international engagements that provided insight into cultural differences in commerce and society. She was always aware of her role as a female leader, role model and mentor and worked to advance both individual careers for female colleagues as well as company programs. Diane has extensive experience in project management working across culturally diverse teams. She is honored to contribute to the NC Chapter of USNC for UN Women and looks forward to continuing to do so as a board member.

Jean Hall, Vice President of the Wilmington area.

Jean has been an educator since 1992 and taught abroad in Czech Republic and Japan from 1994 to1998. She and her husband also traveled the world and developed a taste for anything international. As a high school teacher, Jean had opportunities to impress upon students that, from the food on the table to world religions, global thinking is the spice of life and, as a result, saw many of her students go on to spend years abroad, major in foreign languages and international studies in college, and host foreign students. It gives Jean a great joy and satisfaction to help make those international connections occur. During past several years working on the annual walks of NC Chapter of USNC for UN Women, Jean found it truly refreshing to work with others who is on point with the women’s issues that must be addressed locally and internationally, and who has strong connections and insight to bring those issues to the forefront in a positive, constructive, and effective way. She believes the work of NC Chapter in the past year has made an impact – especially on girls and young women – a group that she is passionate about further incorporating into NC Chapter’s mission on a local and state level. Jean chaired NC Chapter’s 2016 annual walk and the film screening of “Sweet Dreams”. She has also been a long time member of Coastal Carolina Chapter of UN Association.

Ruth Anne Appiah, Secretary.

Ruth Anne is interested in serving on the board of NC Chapter of USNC for UN Women because NC Chapter’s mission aligns with her core values of empowering women and girls globally. She has over 10 years of experience in private, public and non-profit sectors in public relations, event management, funddevelopment, as strategy and operations consultant, a project manager, and a team leader. Ruth Anne’s experience includes her role as director of corporate relations for Women in Africa Summit and a policy intern for UN Development Program. She is recipient of many awards for her performance and professionalism including the President’s Club prize for top producers from TCF National Bank. Ruth Anne is originally from Ghana, worked in Minneapolis, Princeton NJ, New York, Washington DC and recently moved to Durham.




Septina Florimonte.

Having spent most of her formidable years in the third world, Septima developed an understanding of what it is to have no rights as a girl or as a woman. Spending those impressionable years in the third world has shaped her vision. Septina is an advocate, a mother and a friend.   She has a deep passion about women and girls right and would like to contribute to the elevation women & girls right, be the voice of change. Septina currently serve on the Board of Directors for Wake County Commission for Women as the Chair Public Relations Committee, and as the Vice-Chair, Wake County Advisory committee on aging.  When not serving on Boards, she volunteers at Urban Ministries. Septina also is a nurse practitioner and brings the healthcare perspectives into all she does.  Septina serves as the president of North Carolina Chapter.


Emily Harris, Communications.


From her experience working with local and international organizations on anti-trafficking projects, Emily has deeper understanding of the humanitarian aid needs and issues, and how these issues have a profound impact upon women, especially in the developing world.  As a member for the NC Chapter of USNC for UN Women, Emily appreciated the opportunities to assist in increasing awareness on social issues that impact women and girls; she truly enjoyed being part of women-mobilized community and international change.  She is committed to applying her skills and experience in mobilizing supporters and increasing donor relations in order to support UN Women.  She is especially excited about the HeForShe campaign.  Emily holds a Master’s degree in Social Work.



Past Presidents


Septina Florimonte, President (2014-2016)

Mary Beth Loucks Sorrell, President (2012-2014)

Younghee Overly, President & Founder (2008-2012)