MMHMF Honoree

2006 Community Service Award


Dr. Mack is the daughter of the late Reverend B.F. McManus and Mrs. Janie Barnes McManus.  Mrs. Mack was born in Ceraw, South Carolina. The family latermoved to Hamlet, North Carolina where she completed her elementary and secondary education in the Hamlett, NC Public Schools and the Laurinburg Institute in Laurinburg, NC.  She matriculated at the Shaw University, Raleigh, NC.  Soon after her entrance at Shaw University, she became a student worker in the home of President Robert Prentiss Daniel.  When Dr. and Mrs. Daniel moved to Petersburg, Virginia to become the President and First Lady at Virginia State University, Mrs. Mack accompanied them and completed her studies for the Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education/ Guidance at Virginia State University.  In May 1987, she was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters by Virginia Seminary and College, Lynchburg, Virginia.  She also received the Doctor of Humane Letters from Richmond Virginia Seminary. Mrs. Mack has spent most of her professional career in counseling and human services.  Shortly after her graduation ceremonies at Virginia State, Mrs. Mack became a Counselor in Women's Personnel Department at VSU and held this post for 18 years.

 She was married to the late Dr. Garnett Lloyd Mack, Retired Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia State University and they are the parents of two sons: Luis Garnett and Lloyd Joseph Mack; two foster sons: Colonel Johnnie Beale and Mr. Billy Robinson.  They also serve as parents for many other young men and women whom they have met along their way.

Following her voluntary service at The Children's Home of Virginia Baptist as Evening Program Coordinator, Mrs. Mack was appointed Director of the Children's Home, the first femal to hold that position; thus she has been affiliated with the Children's Home since 1971, and served as Chief Executive Officer from September 1972 to December 1999.  She served the Children's Home for 27 years as Director.  She served as Manager of the Ritchie Multi-Purpose Building and Learning Center at the Children's Home from January 1, 2000 - July 2004.  She is the Founder and Director of The Achievers Plus After School Program at The Children's Home of Virginia Baptist, Inc.  This program has been in existence since 1999.

Dr. Mack has many affiliations with civic and community service organizations including: Member of the Shiloh Baptist Church, where she has served as Chairman of the Deaconess Ministry; Member of Electa Chapter No. 7 Order of Eastern Star, P.H.A.; Member of the Petersburg Foster Grandparent Advisory Board; Member and Past Basilius, Delta Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  She is also the first African American to serve on the board of Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services.

Dr. Mack has received numerous honors and awards. Among those she holds dear to her heart are: ''Certificate of Merit'' from Virginia State University (May 1983); the ''Certificate of Appreciation'' from the BTU and Sunday School Congress of Virginia; and the honorary doctorates from Virginia Seminary and College of Richmond Virginia Seminary, as well as ''Mother of the Year'' Award from the Federal Correctional Institute (Seventh Step Foundation), Prince George, Virginia.  She also received the ''Mother of the Year'' Award from Shiloh Baptist Church in 1997. 

Dr. Mack's personal philosophy is that, ''Life gives, in return, to an individual that which he or she invests in it.'' 

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