New Haven (CT) Chapter

Toni N. Harp


Camille J. Cooper

Vice President

Brenda H. Oneal

Recording Secretary

Djana F. Harp



April Adams-Johnson

Maritza Bond

Elsie Chapman

Cindy Crusto

Jean Patterson-Downing*

Keisha S. Gatison**

Jamil A. Harp

Tamika Hollis

Kyle Marie Jones

Sherene Mason

Thais G. Moore

Gail Dianna Myatt

Andrea M. Scott

Kathy E.Townsend

Jieyoni Vaughn

Linda Baylor

Patricia Free-Brett

Wendy A. Clarke

Deborah Dyett Desir**

Patricia Downing*

Roberta Gill-Brooks

Keisha Blake-Harp

Tanya A. Hughes

Jenell Marie Lawson

Tamiko Jackson-McArthur

Emma Moore-Rogers

Jennifer Pierre-Thomas

Carolyn Louise Streets**

Tracey Twitty-Philpot

Rolan Young Smith

Fendi Bentley-Samuels

Sheila Carmon

LaTatia Colbert-Reed

Leslie Douglas-Churchwell

Joy A. Gary

Cathy R. Graves

Cheryl Henderson

Dawn H. Johnson

Donna Marie Lecky

Cynthia Hall-McCraven

Maria Morris

Dara Richards

Deborah G. Thomas

Gretchen Vaughn


**On Leave

"My greatest reward has been establishing friendships with women in the Chapter whom I might never have gotten to know and enjoy otherwise."

Link Elsie Blackshear Chapman

"We took care of business but we had fun too, many times until late at night. I always came home with a smile on my face and never took a leave of absence."

Link Patricia Downing, Celebrating 54 Years of Membership in 2024

Our History

Our illustrious chapter, The New Haven (CT) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was Chartered on December 18, 1972. We represent the longest-standing chapter in the State of Connecticut. Since our founding, the Chapter has maintained a significant legacy of lasting contributions to the community and has worked tirelessly toward enhancing the quality of life and serving the needs of Greater New Haven. We are proud that some of the New Haven Chapter’s initiatives have gained national recognition. Working under the guidelines of the National Organization of The Links, Incorporated, The New Haven Chapter provides outstanding programs. The Chapter’s members are women of influence and accomplishment who serve through the organization’s five facets:

Our Chapter Goals and Strategy

Our Chapter Goals 

The New Haven (CT) Chapter of The Links, Inc. continues to embody the highest principles of friendship and service through community service programs and community-focused chapter activities. Through the leadership of professional women: 

  • Implement and maintain an Umbrella program that involves 100% active participation of each Chapter member from 2020 through 2024 that will serve St. Martin de Porres Academy;

  • The Umbrella program shall incorporate the 5 facets in support of the students;

  • Design, develop and implement and evaluation tool to assess the effectiveness of the Chapter’s umbrella program; and, 

  • Increase the visibility of the Chapter members in one or more of the National Program Initiatives.

Our Strategic Goals 

  • Promote and engage in educational, civic and intercultural activities for the benefit of the community;

  • Increase the number of sustainable and measurable programs;

  • Contribute to the formulation of a positive, productive and culturally diverse society while preserving our history;

  • Create partnerships which promote activism that fosters transformational change in the community;

  • Ensure chapter continuity by identifying and nurturing the next generation of The Links, Incorporated leadership;

  • Support the National Organization through thought leadership as regards enhancing the facets, programs and other activities.