A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta G.E.M.S was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta G.E.M.S provides the frame work to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude. The goals for Delta G.E.M.S are:

  • To instill the need to excel academically; To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success; To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures high school and beyond; and To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.

The Delta G.E.M.S framework is composed of five major components (Scholarship, Sisterhood, Show Me the Money, Service, and Infinitely Complete), forming a road map for college and career planning. Topics within the five major components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth

If interested please contact www.omahadstgems@gmail.com

Tracey M. Newby (Delta G.E.M.S Chair):  Tracey is a graduate of Omaha Central High & an Alumnae of Creighton University, where she received a B.S.B.A in Finance & a minor in  Engineering from Appalachian State University. She’s been a member of Delta Sigma Theta for 26 years and currently serves as Chair of the Delta G.E.M.S and Co-Chair of Risk Management but has previously served as Vice-President, Chair of the Scholarship Committee, Chair of Membership Services, Co-Chair of Delta Academy, a Member of the Finance Committee and much more. Her true passion is helping people, particularly the youth of the community.  Her goal is to make a difference in a young person’s life the way people she admired made a difference in hers growing up.  Tracey attends Salem Baptist Church & is currently employed as a Financial Analyst for CHI Health, where she also serves as Vice-President of their African-American  Diversity Council.



Vanessa Warren (Delta G.E.M.S Co-Chair):  Vanessa is the Co-Chair of the Delta G.E.M.S and a native of Hahira, GA.  She’s been a member of Delta Sigma Theta for 22 years.  Vanessa received a Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution & Negotiation from Creighton University School of Law, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from UNO and her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Georgia State University.  She attends Salem Baptist Church and is a member of the Omaha Chapter of the Links, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women and a Charter member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.  Vanessa is an avid traveler who loves to read books, listen to music and watch movies at a local theater.  Vanessa is currently employed with CenturyLink as a Lead HR Business Partner.


2018- 2019 Delta G.E.M.S Committee Members:

Tracey Newby, Chair                 Tiffany Lassek

Vanessa Warren, Co-Chair      Kamina Lemons

Jessilene Anderson                      Daejanira LynCook        

Marla C. Bachus                           ShoShann LynCook

Nesi Ballew                                    Cassaundra Marisett-Banks

Valyn Beasley                                Sandra McGee

Levetta Chamberlain                   Lisa Medley

Denay Clark                                   Tawanda Mercer

Tynisha Northcutt                        Kisha Neal

Annette Crowder                          B.J. Shannon

Ruby Davis                                    Tracy Swait

Nia Dorsey                                    Stephani Tyrance

Jasmine Elmore                          Tasha Tyson

Lalia Hart                                     LaKesha Williams

Community Volunteers:

Linda Breakfield

Tish Finley