Soror Melissa I. Walton - Jones, was elected to serve as the National Graduate Member to the Executive Committee from 2014-2016. Melissa is a graduate of a Historically Black College, Rust College, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She attended on a full academic scholarship and was inducted into Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, named an Arthur Ashe Athletic Scholar, and recognized in Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities. She is a an alumnus, former section leader, and soloist of the World Renowned Rust College A'cappella Choir and was active in other sports, social, and civic organizations such as Student Government Association, Students in Free Enterprise. She was an active athlete, as a cheerleader, and member of the basketball team. It was here in the Spring of 2000 that she joined the best sorority in the world, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Iota Gamma Chapter. She is a daughter of the Unconquerable South Central Region, and has been a member of the sorority for 17 years.
Melissa has held numerous leadership positions as an undergraduate including, Phylacter, 1st Anti-Basileus, and Basileus, as well as Undergraduate Member at Large for the State of Mississippi. In addition to being elected to a national office in 2014, she has served on every level of the organization as a Graduate Member, including Basileus, State Phylacter, Regional Auditor, National Communications Team, National Membership Committee, other National Ad-hoc Committees as assigned, and the Centennial Commission, having served as Tournament Director for the Inaugural Blue & White Golf Tournament in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the 2016 Grand Boule'. She is also active with other civic, service, and social organizations in the community such as Junior League, Jack and Jill, Incorporated, and the Executive Women's Golf Association, to name a few. Melissa is a former member of the Board of Directors for The Kansas City Boys' Choir and previously served as the Auditor of Record for the Institute of Internal Auditors in Kansas City, Missouri. She was named Who's Who in Black Kansas City in 2014.
Over the years, Melissa has developed various start-up companies and has owned a successful, regional award-winning, wedding and event planning company. She is currently a partner and Principal Accountant for her own small financial services firm, Premier Financial Solutions. Soror Walton - Jones is an up and coming corporate finance executive for the largest pork consumer foods group company in the world. She leads the Corporate Accounting Division in the area of Governance, Risk, and Compliance, where she recently completed a multi-million dollar software implementation for domestic and international operations for internal controls over financial reporting, encompassing a quarter of the company's roughly 50,000 employees. Melissa has fifteen years of demonstrated leadership experience, business acumen, and expertise in compliance, accounting, and finance in the not for profit sector and for profit global administrations and operations.
Melissa's Zeta residence is in the Magnificent Midwestern Region, where she is a charter member and current Phylacter of the Outstanding Omega Iota Zeta Chapter in Kansas City, Missouri, having been elected as the chapter's first Basileus, a position she held for two consecutive terms. The chapter had many notable accomplishments under her leadership, and continues to make new strides under new leadership. Their chapter motto is "Expand to Service with Excellence in Everything!"
Melissa is a licensed minister to preach and deliver the gospel of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is married to Lester "Chip" Jones, also a Mississippi native, licensed minister, and her partner in life. They are parents to two children, a son, Darion and a daughter, Dawsonne, a Pearlette. Melissa's hobbies include serving others, singing, dancing, leisurely reading, journaling, and golfing.
Her life's mission is based on Exodus 9:16. But I have raised you up for this very purpose that I might show you power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. She is a an anointed songstress, gifted composer, and a deeply affectionate worshiper after the heart of God.She is an extraordinary leader, administrator, faithful, and faith-filled servant in the community and through our beloved sorority, Zeta Phi Beta.
She is a FINER Woman.