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2024 January Mag

December 27, 2023

Soror Gina Merritt-Epps is an active, esteemed member of Xi Tau Zeta in Atlantic City. Her pivotal roles include serving as Zeta’s first National Director of Risk Management, crafting influential Risk Management Policies, and excelling as an attorney in corporate governance. Elected as Zeta’s 30th International First Vice President, where she oversees all membership functions. Her achievements span groundbreaking leadership, legal prowess, and community service, resonating with her commitment to family and professional excellence.

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Gina is wearing Cerese D’s Falling in Reverse Earrings.

Soror Gina Merritt-Epps was initiated into Mu Eta chapter at Pennsylvania State University in 1987. She currently is an active member of Xi Tau Zeta chapter in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and is a Diamond Life Member and Centennial Founders’ Society Member. Gina has served the sorority in several capacities, including her most recent service as the Director for the Atlantic Region and Zeta’s first National Director of Risk Management.

Risk Management

Beautiful black woman wearing a black off the shoulder top and a large beaded necklace and dangling earrings standing in front of greenery.She created the first formalized Risk Management Policies for the sorority and Amicae auxiliary and created the risk training program, which is now a Certification program that is highly regarded by the Sorority’s insurance carrier and campus professionals.

She also served as a member of the Zeta Organizational Leadership (ZOL) Steering Committee on two occasions, the 13th New Jersey State Director, and previously was the parliamentarian for the Atlantic Region and the State of New Jersey. At the 2022 international conference, Gina was elected to serve Zeta as the 30th International First Vice President with responsibility for all of the Sorority’s membership functions.

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A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and Howard University School of Law, professionally, Gina is an attorney and corporate governance professional. She was the first African American female elected as an officer of southern New Jersey’s gas utility, serving in various capacities, including, Senior VP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. Her areas of expertise include the protection of information, corporate compliance and ethics, regulatory compliance, and Board processes. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Governing with Style

Gina is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance and the former chair of the Diversity Task Force. She is a Trustee for the AtlantiCare Health System and serves as Vice Chair of the Governance Committee.

A native and resident of New Jersey, Gina has two daughters, including her “bonus” daughter Soror Danielle Epps, and Taylor Epps, a reporter, and anchor for WKBW in Buffalo, New York. She is married to Michael C. Epps, Esq. a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

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