Burnice A. Cain is the oldest of five children, originally born in Sacramento, Calif. and became a Maryland resident at 11, and District of Columbia resident at 30. She undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University in Communications and her Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Georgetown University. Her parents, Larry and Sherrie Henry are entrepreneurs’ and own a tax and financial firm in New Carrollton, Maryland where she is the Office Manager. They prepare Business and Personal tax returns for individuals and small business owners. She also works in the hospitality industry and bartends for special occasions or private parties.
While matriculating at Howard University, in the Spring of 2011 Burnice joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The sorority was founded on the campus of Howard University in 1920, on the principles of: scholarship, sisterhood, community service and the idea of Finerwomanhood. Burnice sought membership into this sorority since her Aunt was a already a member and because she liked the women on campus; they were ambitious, intellectual leaders on campus as well as within in the community. Moreover, they were well down-to-earth and benevolent at their events. Burnice also took part in other student activities like; playing on the Lacrosse team (the only one in the nation that was at a Historically Black College or University) and was the Editor of a bi-weekly student newspaper and hosted a weekly news radio show. She worked two jobs all four years and earned $20,000 in scholarships for academic merit. As a member of the sorority, Burnice was exposed to the March of Dimes and their partnership with Zeta regarding Prematurity Awareness. She and her chapter’s sisters raised $3,000 for the three years she was at school and participated in the annual walk. After she graduated, Ms. Cain joined the Beta Zeta Graduate chapter and was the March of Dimes fundraising co-chair where the chapter raised $4,000 that year and received recognition from the Sorority.
In 2013, Burnice became the Research Assistant of the Storks Nest and aids Rev. Georgia Davis, the Coordinator in collecting statistics and hosting classes for clients of Nest Mothers’ and their babies. Both mom & baby can receive incentive gifts for getting regular pre-natal care, breastfeeding, getting their children immunized and attending pre-natal classes. The parents and children must live in the District and be considered low-income or high-risk pregnancies as pre-requisites for the program http://zphib1920.org/storks-nest/
One of her siblings was premature. Her brother, Little Larry was born 2lbs 2 oz and was in the NICU for 4 months. Burnice was 12 and recalls her parents visiting her brother daily, and how his NICU $100K bill was covered by her Mom’s enrollment at Howard University’s Law school. Now, her brother is 22, 6’0”, 180-lb body-builder and attends Bowie University studying business. His delivery and the one of her own child deeply facilitated her passion about the March of Dimes mission.
When Burnice isn’t working, she watches TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, The Flash and Sports. She won two football teams 1st place her Yahoo & NFL leagues. Her NCAA march madness bracket is busted. She’s a “weekend warrior” and also plays recreational co-ed soccer weekly. She is high energy, quick talking and loves making others laugh and taking pictures. At the age of 33 she delivered her first child Brianna prematurely and will discuss how the March of Dimes and Zeta partnership helped her recognize the signs of early term labor and enabled her to seek medical attention immediately.