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The inaugural 35 Under 35 honorees are an impressive group of young women who live Sigma Kappa values every day in their careers, campuses and communities. They are the true definition of Living with Heart, and their boldness, bravery and sense of purpose can inspire us all, no matter what age. Click on the bios below to read more about these amazing women.

 

2019 35 Under 35 Award Winners

Abby Ancell, 32

Gamma Kappa, Southern Illinois University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Owner and general manager, St. Nicholas Brewing Company, DuQuoin, Ill.

Career/Academic Achievements:

Abby and her business partners purchased a deteriorating 125-year-old hotel in downtown DuQuoin and restored it to become the home of St. Nicholas Brewing Co. The brewery received the 2014 Emerging Business of the Year Award from the DuQuoin Chamber of Commerce and the 2015 Economic Development Award from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Abby was also named to the 20 Under 40 list from the Southern Illinoisian newspaper.

Service/Leadership:

Vice President, DuQuoin Chamber of Commerce; Founder, DuQuoin Farm to Table Dinner; President and Founder, Southern Illinois Beer Trail; Member, DuQuoin Master Garden Club; involved in many fundraisers and giveaways around the community

What her nominator said:

“Abby really embodies our values of service and personal growth. Being a woman in a male-dominated field is never an easy task. Abby does it with intelligence, determination, power and grace. She is a force of energy and creativity. Despite being extremely busy as an entrepreneur, she intentionally finds ways to serve her community and ensure that her success leads to the larger sustained success of others.”

Lisa Bagby, 35

Alpha Epsilon, Iowa State University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions

Career/Academic Achievements:

Lisa has an obvious passion for working with students every day to reach their goals. Prior to joining the faculty at Creighton, she served as a hospice director and a traveling occupational therapist. Her role in higher education is impacting patients by teaching students to become great clinicians who strive to do their best every day with every patient. Lisa was awarded the Terri Lynn Criner “That’s What Friends are For” Award, the Blessed Peter Faber Integrity Award, and the Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA) Award for Service and Community Outreach from Creighton. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership.

Service/Leadership:

Secretary and President, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions; OT class president; Student member, appointed by the Dean, of the Academic Issues Hearing Board; Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs Department, which provides exposure and mentorship to students from lower SES and minority backgrounds for health sciences careers; Alumni Advisory Board Director

What her nominator said:

“Lisa would be an excellent recipient of this award because she embodies so much of what our sisterhood stands for. Lisa is dedicated to her work, her students, and career, but also is always mindful about her impact on her community and what she can to do to enrich it.”

Stephanie Brown, 35

Kappa Beta, Grand Valley State University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Marketing and Communications Director, Lynn University

Career/Academic Achievements:

During Hurricane Irma, instead of evacuating to safety, Stephanie chose to stay on campus to fulfill her role as Public Information Officer. She is a highly effective communicator, creative, dedicated and intentional, who is passionate about strategies, campaigns and programs that reflect values and achieve objectives. In 2015, she won Women in Business Gold Stevie® Awards for Small-Budget Marketing Campaign of the Year and Consumer Marketing Campaign of the Year. In 2019, her team was a top-3 finalist in the American Marketing Association’s “Higher Education Team of the Year” award category.

Service/Leadership:

Member, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, International Association of Business Communicators, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education; Junior League of Boca Raton; Volunteer, Serve the City and Alzheimer’s Association The Longest Day

What her nominator said:

“Stephanie encourages others to develop their leadership skills and uses her voice to build sisterhood. She views other women as teammates, not competitors, and spreads words of encouragement. She is happy to accept challenges with a smile. Stephanie is encouraging and funny, bright and witty, strong and intelligent, outspoken yet compassionate, and she knows the meaning of the mystic bond.”

Gina Vangelisti Compton, 32

Kappa Nu, Marquette University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Director of Development, 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation

Career/Academic Achievements:

The purpose of the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation is to eradicate Ewing sarcoma (a type of childhood cancer) by funding promising research and providing scholarships to those impacted by Ewing sarcoma. Gina, herself a survivor of Ewing sarcoma, oversees all fundraising efforts relating to individual, donors, corporate sponsors, grants, third party partners, and events. She is responsible for an overall growth in donations of 22% and a 28% increase in the total number of gifts in 2018. She was named the 2014 Employee of the Year at iDesignMeetings and the 2015 Spirit Award Winner by the International Live Events Association, Dallas Chapter.

Service/Leadership:

1 Million 4 Anna Board of Directors (volunteer role); Sigma Kappa collegiate province officer; Vice President of New Member Education Advisor, Theta Tau, Kansas State University; Regional Leadership Conference facilitator and chapter mentor; Director of communications and VP of communications, Dallas Chapter of the International Live Events Association

What her nominator said:

“Gina embodies and lives Sigma Kappa’s value of service in her daily life. Because of her life experiences, especially her cancer fight, she chose a career in nonprofit. She works hard every day to help kids and families who are impacted by the same cancer she beat as a child. She strategizes ways to raise money to raise awareness for Ewing’s sarcoma, brighten patients’ days, provide teenage fighters and survivors scholarships to attend college, and improve research to advance treatments and, hopefully, find a cure.”

Jaime Holcomb Crews, 34

Gamma Theta, California State University, Long Beach
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Senior Manager, County of Orange, California

Career/Academic Achievements:

Jamie has dedicated her career as a public servant in the field of learning and organizational development. Currently, she is building Orange County’s first organizational development department, a rarity in the public sector. Under her leadership, the department serves as an internal consulting firm for individuals, teams, and organizational effectiveness and strategy needs. The department provides career development services, strategic educational partnerships, an integrated talent management system, and consulting services to support leadership development, team health, and organizational strategy. Jaime was given the National Association of Counties 2017 Achievement Award for her efforts.

Service/Leadership:

Association of Talent Development – Orange County Chapter; Mentor to young women studying organizational development and young professionals in the field; Social Chair Advisor, Theta Epsilon Chapter

What her nominator said:

“Jaime has dedicated her career to helping people and organizations reach their potential. She has chosen to do this in the public sector an effort to affect positive cultural change in the community. Jamie embodies the values of our sorority, especially through loyally befriending her sisters over the years when they have needed her. Additionally, her relentless focus on her own personal growth and the personal growth of others around her is astounding.”

Katie Derr, 20

Theta Eta, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Hospitality

Career/Academic Achievements:

Through her studies and extracurricular activities, Katie has placed an emphasis on sustainability initiatives and awareness in the hospitality industry. Katie is responsible for helping create and open an eco-friendly coffee shop on campus in partnership with the College of Hospitality. As a college student, Katie managed the coffee shop, created HR manuals, developed eco-friendly recipes, ensured local sourcing of food and supplies, and implemented plans to minimize waste, all while taking a full course load within the Honors College. Katie’s success in this role was recognized when she was selected to deliver a keynote speech at the Hospitality College scholarship reception. She also represented UNLV in the national Solar Decathlon competition, in which she participated in several events emphasizing sustainability and eco-friendliness. She is currently an intern at recycling company RENUoil, where she participates in environmental awareness initiatives and community service projects.

Service/Leadership:

Theta Eta Chapter sorority relations chair and Panhellenic delegate; UNLV Epicurean Club and Solar Decathlon team; Volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

What her nominator said:

"In everything Katie does, she puts others above herself. She uses any platform she has available to her to advance philanthropic and service-related causes. She has encouraged the entire Greek community on campus to get involved in service projects that she has either planned or been involved in. While Katie has served her community and made great strides in her career/field of interest, she is especially exceptional because she has done all of the above while also battling an unknown neurological disorder. Despite struggles with her health, Katie continues to keep a positive attitude and still dedicates any remaining free time to helping others."

Fiona Gammond, 26

Mu, University of Washington
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Professional Rowing

Career/Academic Achievements:

Fiona, who is from Great Britain, has been rowing since she was 11 and is now training full-time at the Great Britain Rowing Team base. Her sets are set on making Great Britain’s 2020 Olympic rowing team. At the University of Washington, Fiona was on the varsity 8 rowing team for all four years of her time in college and represented the UW at the PAC-12 Championships and NCAA Rowing Championships. She has represented Great Britain at the Junior Olympics, Under 23 World Championships, and World Championships. In 2015, she was selected as a first team All-American by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. She has won a gold medal at the World Rowing Junior Championships, numerous silver medals at the World Rowing U23 Championships, and silver and bronze at the World Cup Regattas.

What her nominator said:

“Fi shows tremendous dedication to herself, her sport, and her teammates. She pushes her body to the limit every day and strives to soon represent her country in the Olympics. Her work ethic is absolutely inspiring! She endeavors to be one of the best athletes in the world.”

Elizabeth Gentry, 32

Alpha Theta, University of Louisville
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Assistant professor of engineering and director of the engineering management master's program at the University of Louisville

Career/Academic Achievements:

Liz’s impact can be most felt in the students that she mentors, especially women in the STEM field. She mentors other women in the field through her work as an engineering professor. She also supports an engineering program in Panama, often travelling to support her students there and hosting them in her home state of Kentucky. As director of the master of engineering program at the University of Louisville, she guides students through the enrollment process to the point of graduation. Her belief in the advancement of STEM education guides her commitment to her students.

Service/Leadership:

Mentor, Society of Women Engineers; Junior League of Lousiville; Board member, Society of Health Systems

What her nominator said:

“Elizabeth Gentry is a bright star in the field of industrial engineering. She is an exceptional example of women in STEM who are excelling in their field, and making an impact through mentorship of other women.”

Hadas Gold, 31

Zeta, The George Washington University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Reporter, European Politics, Media and Business for CNN

Career/Academic Achievements:

Hadas is a correspondent for CNN, currently based in London, covering European politics, media, global business, and the continent’s changing relationship with the United States. Her work appears on across all CNN networks. She often appears on CNN as a panelist to provide analysis on the media and political issues of the day. Prior to joining CNN, Hadas spend more than five years at POLITICO in Washington, D.C., as a media reporter covering the intersection of media and politics. Hadas was named one of the “most influential media reporters” by Mediaite in 2017. In 2011, she was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, which sent her to Argentina to report on the city’s cartoneros, who flood the city after darkness and dig through trash for recyclables to sell. During college, Hadas received the GW Presidential Scholarship, the Gridiron Award, and the coveted Essary Prize, the School of Media and Public Affairs’ oldest prize.

What her nominator said:

“Hadas embodies personal growth. When I see her on television, she exudes confidence and commands respect. Hadas is a woman who entered college with an interest in journalism, and has pursued that dream with success at every turn, putting in her time with internships and learning the ropes. She is always up for a new challenge, and even moved with her husband to London in 2018 to report on European politics for CNN. On this journey, she has also remained grounded and loyal to her Sigma Kappa friends.”

Nicole Green, 27

Theta Rho, University of Kentucky
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Writer and Content Creator, WhatNicoleWore.com

Career/Academic Achievements:

Nicole started her blog, WhatNicoleWore.com, after noticing a lack of diversity in fashion and lifestyle blogs. She aims to bring more creativity, representation and fun into the fashion world. Over the past three years, Nicole has built a following on Instagram with over 16,500 followers, she receives more than 5.5 million views a month on Pinterest, and on Facebook she has more than 1,500 followers. She has been featured by or done collaborations with Macy’s, Southern Living Magazine, Old Navy, LikeToKnow.It, TJ Maxx, Vera Bradley, Charming Charlie, OPI, Real Techniques, and Draper James, to name a few. Nicole hopes to inspire other women and girls to share their creativity and talents with the world.

Service/Leadership:

Sigma Kappa collegiate public relations coordinator; Zeta Alpha Chapter advisory board member

What her nominator said:

“The combination of Nicole’s education, leadership skills, and volunteer experiences with Sigma Kappa Sorority prepared her to be successful professionally. Nicole leads by example and is truly a great mentor for our collegiate members.”

Nicole Gulotti, 25

Beta Eta, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Recruitment Coordinator, Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease and CTE Center

Career/Academic Achievements:

In her professional role, she works in the surrounding communities to provide education on Alzheimer's disease. This includes material distribution, collaboration with community leaders, and giving lectures on Alzheimer's basics and prevention. Much of her work in the past 3 years has been centered on minority recruitment and education, working with underserved populations, particularly with the African American and Hispanic communities in and around Boston. She serves as the Ambassador to Senator Ed Markey, with whom she worked to help secure funding for the BOLD Act to increase Alzheimer’s disease funding. In addition to all this, she is working on her MBA in Leadership, Organizational Transformation, Strategy and Innovation.

Service/Leadership:

Alzheimer’s Association Public Policy Advocate; Public Policy Chair, Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Recruitment Supervisor, Zeta Phi Chapter

What her nominator said:

“Nicole is making a difference. She makes a positive impact not only in her professional role but also her volunteer efforts with both Sigma Kappa and with the Alzheimer’s Association research initiatives and outreach. I cannot think of anyone more qualified to receive this recognition.”

Emma Haiser, 19

Gamma Beta, Western Michigan University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Political Science

Career/Academic Achievements:

Emma’s internship in the Lansing Capitol building during the spring 2018 semester led her to a job working for the 60th District Service Office of State Representative Jon Hoadley. Through the 60th District Service Office, Emma has dedicated her fellowship to addressing the needs of affordable housing complexes throughout the City of Kalamazoo. She managed eight field organizers that successfully canvassed over 16,000 doors in the lower income neighborhoods of the City of Kalamazoo in order to gather information to learn more about the community. Emma has taken the role of a mentor, professional developer, and manager of these young leaders. In addition, she was recruited by Representative Hoadley's campaign staff to be Jen Aniano's campaign manager for the neighboring State House district to Kalamazoo. She has received multiple scholarships from Western Michigan University, including The Global Ambassadors Scholarship and Richard Biadas Memorial Scholarship, and was presented a State of Michigan Special Tribute Award on the State House floor.

Service/Leadership:

Vice President of Scholarship, Gamma Beta Chapter; Volunteer, A Moment of Magic; Member, Alpha Lambda Delta Academic Fraternity

What her nominator said:

“As long as I have known Emma, she has embodied our values and seeks to live every day to be an ideal member of Sigma Kappa. She is dedicated to our philanthropies and furthers her service through involvement with other volunteer organizations. Her passion for giving back is rooted in her personal goals, and I have watched her use Sigma Kappa to simultaneously satisfy her personal and professional development.”

Heather Janssen, 26

Theta Eta, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Reporter, KOLD News, Tucson

Career/Academic Achievements:

Heather loves to make an impact on the public through her work as a news reporter. She reports information people need to know, as well as stories that will lift others’ spirits and remind them of the good in the world. In her first TV news market, Heather won a Best Feature award from the Associated Press for a story on an 8-year-old in Gillette, Wyoming, who was making a huge difference for people with cancer. She has held every job in the newsroom and now helps mentor newer journalists.

Service/Leadership:

Advisor to the Vice President of New Member Education, Vice President of Alumnae Relations, and Public Relations Chairman, Zeta Omicron Chapter

What her nominator said:

“In the nine years we have known each other, she has shown what sisterhood truly means. She has an amazing balance of self-love and caring for others, always converses with an open heart, and is consistently there for her loved ones. Through the years Heather has shown her trustworthiness, passion for her career, and most importantly always living with all of Sigma Kappa’s values in mind.”

Varsha Kayi, 33

Zeta, The George Washington University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Immigration Attorney, Kayi and Wilkes

Career/Academic Achievements:

Varsha is an immigration attorney who started her own immigration law firm with another young female lawyer. She specializes in humanitarian cases; family-based cases; employment and student matters; citizenship and naturalization; adjustment of status; and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and Circuit Courts. While in law school, she represented clients in cases before the Constitutional Court in Namibia through the school’s International Human Rights Law Clinic.

Service/Leadership:

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Pro bono attorney, Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition

What her nominator said:

“Varsha embodies all of the Sigma Kappa values. She has always been involved in service projects, and her legal career has been focused on service as well. Over the years she has grown confident in her legal abilities, going from being an intern in non-profit organizations to now starting her own law firm. Varsha is a role model to me and other females in the legal field because she pursues her career with such passion. She is also a wonderful friend and I am very proud of all she has accomplished with her quiet confidence, never seeking recognition for herself.”

Brooke Kennedy, 30

Theta, University of Illinois
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

High School Teacher, Muchin College Prep

Career/Academic Achievements:

Brooke is a high school teacher in an urban area of Chicago where many of the students will be the first in their families to attend college. She focuses them on this goal from their first day of high school, taking them on multiple college tours each year; inspiring them with stories about her own college experiences; and demonstrating how this preparation will open doors for them in the future. Two of her students recently entered a competition with her support, and as a result, her school won 75 Apple computers which will be given to graduating seniors to help prepare them for college. She was named one of the 2006 Golden Apple Teaching Scholars and one of the University of Illinois Top 100 Seniors.

Service/Leadership:

Chapter president, Theta Chapter; Teach for America; Sigma Kappa Leadership Consultant

What her nominator said:

“Brooke is working on her own personal growth as she nears completion of her Masters degree at Northwestern University. Brooke is always seeking out new experiences and makes friends at any event or experience that she participates in. She also consistently involves herself and her students in community service projects. She is an amazing woman!”

Carly Koza, 24

Kappa Mu, Duquesne University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Law

Career/Academic Achievements:

Carly is a law student and Miss America contestant who uses her platform to advocate for Alzheimer’s disease research and awareness. In 2017 and 2018, she spoke with representatives on Capitol Hill and at the Pennsylvania State Capitol concerning the disease, made legislative asks, and shared her personal connection with the disease, ultimately helping secure a $400 million increase in Alzheimer’s research funding. She also participated in a program offered by the Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center called “Alzheimer’s Disease: Observing the Diagnostic Evaluation.” Carly hopes to work with clients and/or hospital systems to address various aspects of aging, ranging from social to psychological to pharmacological.

Service/Leadership:

Vice President of New Member Education, Kappa Mu Chapter; Service and Philanthropy Chair, Duquesne Panhellenic Council; Mentor, Strong Women Strong Girls program; Volunteer, Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Tri Beta Honor Society for Biological Sciences

What her nominator said:

“From the time she was a young girl, Carly served as a true and just servant leader with extraordinary vision. I am confident that the values, integrity, intellect and selfless compassion that Carly possesses will continue to impact others throughout her lifetime. Her unique and varied qualities, combined with her genuine passion and commitment to continuously learn, lead and serve others, Carly is an exceptional candidate to receive this award.”

Michelle Jones Landry, 32

Beta Epsilon, Louisiana Tech University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Physical Therapist, Melanie Massey Physical Therapy

Career/Academic Achievements:

Michelle earned her doctoral degree before her 25th birthday and was named director of two physical therapy clinics before age 31. She also has a strong focus on women's health, ensuring that women receive therapy which is notably lacking for pregnant and post-partum women. She advocates in the community for therapy to become a standard of care for these women. Michelle understands the value of hands-on learning, so she serves as a clinical instructor for interns from both Louisiana Tech University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She also actively lobbies for direct access laws, which would remove the mandated physician referral to access physical therapy.

Service/Leadership:

Member, American Physical Therapy Association; Governmental Affairs Committee Member, Louisiana Physical Therapy Association; Vice President of Membership Advisor, Beta Epsilon Chapter; Volunteer, Future Business Leaders of America

What her nominator said:

“Michelle truly embodies the values of our sorority, and is a shining example to our women of the polished professionals we hope they all become. Her personal growth is shown through her strong commitment to her professional development and to the development of the education of those in her community. Her loyalty has been shown time and time again as an advocate for all of us when we don’t have the strength to advocate for ourselves. She gives without hesitation and loves those around her fiercely.”

Audree López, 26

Theta Omicron, Arizona State University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Fashion Stylist, Blogger and Influencer, Audree Kate Studios/Simply Audree Kate

Career/Academic Achievements:

Audree is a New York City-based fashion stylist, editor, fashion consultant and founder of Simply Audree Kate blog. She has single-handedly created an empire on her own at the age of 26. She has styled for celebrities, fashion shows, magazine and TV shoots, and interacts daily with her 33,000 Instagram followers, sharing behind-the-scenes looks at the fashion industry and day to day life in New York City. She is passionate about helping women feel confident about their style and their bodies. She has also created her own online course, Fashion Fundamentals, to mentor young people interested in fashion and help them break into the industry. Audree frequently speaks to college-age women about the business of fashion and freelance work, and employs multiple interns every semester to help them advance in the fashion world.

What her nominator said:

“Audree exemplifies the values of Sigma Kappa in everything she does in her professional and personal life. She faces the world with bravery, paving a way for herself in the incredibly competitive fashion industry with humility and grace. She is strong-willed, constantly pushing herself toward greatness and maintaining that same strength to form lasting connections with friends, mentees and industry professionals.”

Marissa Diaz Luedtke, 30

Beta Zeta, University of Maryland
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Resource Analyst at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Career/Academic Achievements:

Marissa is a resource analyst for NASA’s Landsat-9 project, the only U.S. satellite system designed and operated to repeatedly observe the global land surface at a moderate scale that shows both natural and human-induced change. In this role, she manages the support service contracts for the project, using her expertise in accounting, finance and Excel to improve the project’s efficiency and resource use. She is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, serving as the team leader for a Code 400 Flight Project-sponsored tech center. She and her team worked to renovate the technology learning center for a local women and children’s emergency shelter. They turned an outdated, bleak room in the shelter into a high-tech, colorful, positive learning environment for the women and children, all on a $0 budget and with only volunteer support. She is also the recipient of the Flight Projects Directorate Peer Awards – Rookie of the Year 2018 and Robert H. Goddard Honor Award – Customer Service 2017.

Service/Leadership:

NASA Diversity and Inclusion Committee, team leader

What her nominator said:

“Marissa’s dedication, creativity, analytical skills, and customer service are hallmarks of an exceptional employee, and Marissa shows the values of Sigma Kappa through her service, friendship, loyalty and personal growth. She is an exemplary woman and should be recognized for her excellence.”

Colleen Menadier, 25

Epsilon Mu, University of Missouri
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

News Producer, KOLD Tucson

Career/Academic Achievements:

Colleen works hard every day to keep the public informed about what is happening in their communities, and is a consummate team player in the newsroom. In 2017, she was nominated for an Emmy for her special report on the monsoon season in Southwest Arizona.  

Service/Leadership:

Advisory board, Zeta Omicron Chapter; Volunteer, Walk to End Alzheimer’s

What her nominator said:

“Colleen pours her heart into every day on the job and it shows. She cares so much about the community and keeping them informed as a producer. There isn’t a stressful situation she can’t conquer. She also embodies friendship and loyalty. She is always doing what she can to make sure you’re doing okay.”

Ashley Mielke, 23

Kappa Omicron, Florida International University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

PR and Marketing Manager, Florida International University’s Office of Engagement

Career/Academic Achievements:

Ashley leverages her role as the PR and Marketing Manager for Florida International University’s Office of Engagement to build connections between the university and the South Florida community, addressing obstacles and opportunities for growth throughout the community. She believes that FIU does not only stand for Florida International University, but the Future Is Us. Because of this, she created a series for FIU News called #FutureIsUs, in which she tells stories of FIU students, faculty, alumnus, and administration who are making an impact in local, national, and global communities. Ashley works hard to find the people who are putting in the work to make our world a better place and highlights their efforts in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same.

Service/Leadership:

Vice President, South Florida Red Shoe Society, an organization of young professionals who support the mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities South Florida; Volunteer/Mentor, FIU Social Media Marketing Association; Volunteer, City of Miami Beach STEM Service Learning Project; Volunteer, Miami-Dade Talent Development Network

What her nominator said:

“Ashley is truly an example of what a dedicated, service-oriented young professional looks like. She serves as a role model to the student assistants in our office and an inspiration to our senior staff. Ashley possess incredible vision and insight for all of our office’s initiatives. She easily sees where our programs can grow, what we can add, and how she can use her communications talents to help us get to where we long to be.”

Alexa Mooradian

Theta Eta, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Experience Designer, PRA Business Events

Career/Academic Achievements:

Alexa is a dedicated hospitality professional and uses her position to promote education, networking and corporate social responsibility. She has made a significant impact in her workplace by always doing whatever it takes to put smiles on guests faces. Clients recognize her dedicated work ethic and going above and beyond for them. She is a team player and consistently assists her coworkers to make sure all of PRA's events run smoothly. Alexa is constantly striving to make her workplace a better environment with her everlasting positive attitude, can do mindset, and providing ideas to make the company more efficient and prosperous. Because of her hard work and dedication, she was one of only five individuals from across her 300-employee company chosen to serve on the Young Leaders Council for 2018-2019.

Service/Leadership:

Member, ILEA (International Live Events Association) and LVHA (Las Vegas Hospitality Association); Volunteer, Spread the Word Nevada, a children’s literacy nonprofit dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy; Mentor, Books and Buddies Program

What her nominator said:

“Alexa’s thoughts, words and actions have always embraced personal growth. Alexa continues to take on projects that are sometimes a bit of a stretch, but ultimately will be a learning lesson for her. She is not afraid of failure, but instead embraces it because she knows it will only lead to a lesson that will spark more growth. She is a hard-working individual who knows what she wants and is not afraid to go after her dreams.”

Christina Parle, 26

Delta Eta, University of Central Missouri
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Director of Conduct and Curriculum, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity

Career/Academic Achievements:

As Director of Conduct and Curriculum, Christina creates educational opportunities for ZBT's 5,000 undergraduate men. She also serves as ZBT’s main conduct officer, working to create positive behavior change within fraternity chapters. Prior to this role, Christina was Assistant Director of Student Conduct. In this role, she made a huge impact on organizational conduct policy and practices. She was able to create trainings and best practices, connect headquarters and universities in a way that fostered collaboration, and create innovative educational programs.

Service/Leadership:

Director of Membership, Association of Student Conduct Administrators; Recruitment Supervisor, Zeta Kappa Chapter; Advisory Board Supervisor, Theta Psi Chapter; Facilitator and Chapter Mentor, Sigma Kappa Regional Leadership Conferences; Facilitator, numerous interfraternal and higher education conferences

What her nominator said:

“Christina is someone who has subscribed to the philosophy that you learn as much outside of the classroom as you do inside of it. Her belief in ethical and responsible leadership has made her a standout professional, and one who is respected by students, staff, and administrators. She is the type of leader who is not willing to ask someone to do something that she would not do herself. She is ethical and passionate, leading with charisma, drive, a servant’s heart, and a relationship-based approach to leading her peers.”

Alejandra Pulido, 29

Kappa Xi, University of Nevada, Reno
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Social Work, specializing in Aging and Dementia

Career/Academic Achievements:

Through her work, Alejandra provides awareness, care, and support to those affected with dementia. She has advocated in both the Nevada and California legislatures to increase funding for Alzheimer's disease research and policies to support a quality of life for those affected. In October of 2018, Alejandra was featured on Good Morning San Diego to discuss Sandra Day O'Connor's announcement of her dementia diagnosis, and in September 2018, she met with Congressman Scott Peters to educate and encourage him to pass the Alzheimer's BOLD Act. She facilitates Alzheimer’s Association community advocacy meetings in Spanish to ensure the Latino community has a voice at the state and national levels.

Service/Leadership:

Volunteer, Walk to End Alzheimer’s; Vice President of Philanthropic Service, San Diego County Alumnae Chapter

What her nominator said:

“Alejandra is a dedicated leader, positive example and loyal friend. I am proud to call her one of my sisters. Her work with the Alzheimer’s Association both professionally and through her Sigma Kappa membership is commendable.”

Gabriela Rodiles, 26

Theta Omicron, Arizona State University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Social Media Specialist, The Food Network; Blogger/Influencer, Gourmet Gab

Career/Academic Achievements:

Gabriela is passionate about food and has translated this passion into two successful careers. As part of the social media team at Food Network, she manages their Facebook content and is part of the Food Network digital series called Taste Test. During her freshman year, Gabi created her food blog, The Gourmet Gab. Nearly 10 years later, her blog has grown and developed to include videos, recipes, meal-prep downloads and and entire Gourmet Gab brand. Gabi writes, produces, edits, animates and hosts videos for Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram stories. Her impact in the food and social media sphere is seen through her audience that includes 5,000 monthly views and more than 270,000 all-time views. In college, she received two Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for Television News/Feature Photography and an Honorable Mention in the National Broadcast Education Association student competition for Television News Anchor.

Service/Leadership:

Extension Development Coordinator, Sigma Kappa

What her nominator said:

“Gabi's drive and passion to become the best version of herself and create an impact on the world is remarkable and truly personal growth personified. She is a lifelong learner - always striving to stay on top of food trends and social media trends while constantly enhancing her blog to meet the needs of an ever-growing readership. Her sincerity and warm heart makes others feel appreciated and loved, just by being herself. Even at just 26 years old, Gabi is a standard to which Sigma Kappa women should strive to be.”

Summer Staub Rothrock, 34

Gamma Upsilon, California University of Pennsylvania
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Director of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development, University of Pittsburgh

Career/Academic Achievements:

In her role at Pitt, Summer works to develop students into transformational leaders who positively impact campus, community, and society. Her efforts are focused on providing opportunities for student voice in each of the aforementioned arenas. Organizations and events aim to deepen cultural awareness, develop leadership skills, and promote civic responsibility. Summer has also directed the development of the Hesselbein Global Leadership Academy, which extends its impact to students around the world, and created the Emerging Leaders Program. Her efforts have been rewarded with Division of Student Affairs Excellence Awards in 2012 and 2013, and Student Affairs Advisor of the Year in 2010, which was chosen out of 150 organization advisors.

What her nominator said:

“Summer is the friend that people dream of having in their life, the one that motivational quotes are based upon, and the connection that is genuine and fulfilling. It is through this daily exhibit of friendship that Summer demonstrates the other qualities of a Sigma Kappa sister—she is loyal, supports others’ personal growth while being vulnerable and pushing hers, all while serving as a pillar to her family and community.”

Kristyn Royster, 28

Alpha Delta, University of Tennessee
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Deputy PAC Manager, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Career/Academic Achievements:

Kristyn serves as the Deputy PAC Manager for the US Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of all sizes and across all sectors. In this role, Kristyn is responsible for the administrative and operations side of the PAC, fundraising and campaign strategies and communication with donors. She is also passionate about fashion and runs a lifestyle blog, www.kristynalysse.com. On her blog, she shares fashion inspiration, home décor and daily life in Washington, D.C., and has worked with over 75 brands for collaborations.

Service/Leadership:

Tennessee Executive Member, Taste of the South Charity Gala, D.C.’s largest gala boasting over 2,100 attendees and raising money for various charities throughout the southeast and Washington, D.C.; Capitol Hill Liaison, Tennessee State Society

What her nominator said:

“Kristyn is a model sister. Yes, her resume is impressive and she has completed so much in a short amount of time. However, what impresses me the most is what a genuine, kind and gracious person she is. Kristyn truly embodies all values of Sigma Kappa. She makes me proud to be a Sigma Kappa and I am honored to be her sister.”

Kathleen Schwind, 21

Theta Lambda, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Urban Studies and Planning

Career/Academic Achievements:

Kathleen will graduate next spring with a master’s degree in city planning along with her bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning, with a focus on international relations and conflicts. She was recently named the Department of Urban Studies and Planning’s first undergraduate teaching assistant, and helped create two courses that will be taught in the department. Through MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI), Kathleen spent a summer in Singapore doing research and collaborating with Singaporean students as part of an international leadership program. She traveled to El Salvador her sophomore year to teach students how to fly, build, and repair drones for urban planning; spent a winter

in Spain and another in England studying art and literature; and spent this January leading a teaching team in Israel. She has also represented MIT at two United Nations events in Ecuador and Malaysia.

Service/Leadership:

President, Student Alumni Association; MIT Burchard and Fung Scholar; Margaret MacVicar Memorial AMITA Oral History Project, in which she interviews MIT alumnae to collect their stories; Coca Cola Scholars Foundation; Founder, Science Bowl of Massachusetts

What her nominator said:

“Kathleen exemplifies service – she is incredibly selfless and involved on campus.”

Emily Marmorek St. Martin, 34

Zeta Zeta, Babson College
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Entrepreneur, Dots & Stripes Organizing

Career/Academic Achievements:

Emily empowers her clients, helping them conquer “blocks” that are affecting their daily lives, which makes them feel better physically. She assists clients with decluttering and encourages donations to support multiple local organizations. Her family and business were featured in the July 2018 issue of Newton Neighbors. She was tapped as an expert on holiday organizing and decluttering for the Bad Ass Mamas Podcast in December 2018.

Service/Leadership:

Co-president of the board at Meeting House Child Care Center; Volunteers monthly for local Newton Food Pantry; Facilitated client donations to over a dozen local non-profits in the first year of her business including ThreadEd and Wentworth Institute of Technology; Member of Pepperlane - Boston based supportive community aimed at helping mom’s build businesses while maintaining balance in their lives

What her nominator said:

“Friends and family are the center of Emily’s world, and she goes above and beyond for them. She is not afraid to follow her dreams and is setting an amazing example for her two young daughters, not only by running her own business, but by instilling a value of service in them at an early age as well.”

Julia McAllister Stafford, 35

Kappa Lambda, University of North Georgia
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Major, United States Army – Executive Officer/Administrative Officer of the Brigade’s Sustainment Battalion in Macon, Georgia

Career/Academic Achievements:

Julia was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Georgia Army National Guard, Military Intelligence branch, upon graduation. She was deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and served as the Assistant Military Intelligence officer for her Infantry Battalion. Part of her Brigade was deployed to Afghanistan again in 2014. Julia, now a Captain, volunteered and served as the Logistics Officer at Camp Phoenix in Kabul. When she returned, she was offered an active duty job as the Assistant Logistics Officer and assigned to the Brigade Headquarters in Macon, Georgia.  She attained the rank of Major and became the Logistics Officer. Her awards include The Army Achievement Medal; The Knowlton Award in 2014, given by the Military Intelligence Corps Association to persons who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Military Intelligence. She has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal twice and received the NATO International Security Assistance Force Ribbon and the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon.

Service/Leadership:

Received an ROTC scholarship and joined the Georgia National Guard in 2004; attended Army training in 2005 at Ft. Lewis, Washington; commissioned as an officer in 2006; became Access Control Officer for the Forward Operating Base and led Army sponsored outreach to Afghan schools for girls in 2009. One of 50 active guard Army officers worldwide selected to participate in a pilot online class in 2018. This graduate level program is required for promotion to Lt. Colonel.

What her nominator said:

Julia’s determination and persistence were evident at an early age. Personal growth and service are important to her, and she values her close friendships. Her loyalty to her country is clearly shown by being willing to take the oath to defend our country and the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic.”

Nicole Pinto Stephenson, 33

Delta Pi, Lock Haven University
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Director of the Society of Professional Women (SPW) at the Main Line Chamber of Commerce (MLCC), Philadelphia, PA

Career/Academic Achievements:

Nicole was the Director of Marketing and Promotions at one of the top 5 radio stations, KYW News radio, in Philadelphia by 23. She was the only female leading a department and the only one under 40. Upon taking her current position at MLCC, she began connecting business professionals. Her objective is to develop, market and grow the SPW while adding value for members and sponsors alike. She is working to expand influence of women leaders, strengthen the surrounding business community and support the region’s non-profit organizations. She is responsible for planning and executing all SPW events ranging from interpersonal workshops and small mentoring groups to large scale keynote presentations with over 300 attendees. SPW has been recognized as the largest female networking organization in the region by The Philadelphia Business Journal, and, under Nicole’s leadership, has contributed to conversations surrounding women’s issues facing our society and is leading the way in providing a voice for those who need it. Nicole received the Rebecca Gross Award by Lock Haven University’s Communication Department in May 2019.

Service/Leadership:

Facilitates Women Helping Women Peer Mentoring Circle; Developed No Limits Leadership program for undergraduate women; Board, Delaware County Big Brothers Big Sisters; President, Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Kappa

What her nominator said:

“I was drawn to Nicole’s energy and passion to be a female leader. She taught me that, as Sigma Kappa’s, we had a social responsibility to one another and our community. She truly has the spirit that we can do anything and teaches her daughter the same. She is a positive influence not only within her professional community, but within her surrounding area.”

Avalon Jade Theisen, 18

Lambda Zeta, University of South Florida
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Student and creator/founder of non-profit organization, Conserve It Forward

Career/Academic Achievements:

Avalon’s dream is to help make the world a better place for all living things. Her goal is to use kindness and compassion to raise awareness and generate actions that benefit the natural world and people. She has traveled the world to share her message and inspire people to believe in themselves and achieve their dreams. Her greatest achievement has been connecting with youth and helping them realize that we can all make a positive difference no matter our age. At age 16, she created an 8-week Peacemaking course and used Blackboard to host live webinars and Moodle for an online classroom experience. Her awards include Robert Sheppard Leadership Awards – First Place for National Society of High School Scholars Recipient; P.E.O. STAR Scholarship Recipient; 2017 All-American Athlete – National Congress of State Games, 2017 State Games of America and President’s Honor List – St. Petersburg College.

Service/Leadership:

Peace First Fellow; Ambassador for the National Society of High School Scholars; Farm Sanctuary Youth Leadership Council member; and 2018 USA Yoga National Champion representing Team USA in the World Championships in China.

What her nominator said:

“Though she is only 18 years old, she is mature well beyond her years and that goes for their volunteer work as well. I don’t think I have ever known anyone as active and passionate about pursuing her dreams as Avalon. To be just 7 years old and create your own non-profit organization to conserve the environment is astounding! This young woman is going to do something great for our country and the world.”

Amanda Bowen Turk, 31

Alpha Delta, University of Tennessee
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Environmental Engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Career/Academic Achievements:

Amanda graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee in 2011 with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering. She has progressed from an entry-level engineer to a senior program manager in eight years. During this time, she has published two reports, which analyzed use of water in the Tennessee River Basin and projected future needs. Her results are used by the TVA, states and local municipalities to safeguard water resiliency. Amanda’s work has been highlighted at conferences in Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia and featured on several news stations in the region.

Service/Leadership:

TVA’s Day of Service Team Leader – responsible for filling volunteer team and coordinating community service projects; Served as Secretary and Chair on the Employee Advisory Group (EAG); Philanthropy Chair for the Sigma Kappa Chattanooga Area Alumnae; President and Treasurer of Theta Phi Chapter’s House Corporation Board, leading design and construction of Theta Phi’s new house, set to open in 2019. Recipient, Theta Phi Chapter Joni R. McNeil-Murray Outstanding Alumnae Award in 2015, 2016 and 2017

What her nominator said:

Amanda has accomplished so much as a degreed professional engineer making amazing strides in a highly technical field while continuing to volunteer for Sigma Kappa. She is the ‘busy’ person you go to if you need to get something done. Amanda’s gift in life is to serve selflessly, to help and improve the life of others, even for people she does not know.”

Brittany Whitestone, 20

Gamma Upsilon, California University of Pennsylvania
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Graphics and Multimedia

Career/Academic Achievements:

Brittany discovered her love for printing while taking a Print Production class. In an effort to expand her knowledge of the industry, she entered the SkillsUSA skilled trades competition. She received gold medals for Graphic Communications in 2016 and 2017 and almost broke the national record. She was also the Litho Club of Baltimore’s Student of the Year for 2016. Brittany was selected to represent the United States on the WorldSkills USA team at the Print Media Technology competition in August 2019 in Kazan, Russia. She is the only student in Maryland to pass five certification tests for the graphic arts industry. She has dedicated herself to inspiring students to join the printing industry. She drives four hours to teach classes at her previous technology school and encourage students who want to learn more about skilled trades.

Service/Leadership:

Treasurer for the Screen Printing Student Association; Lab assistant, Graphics and Multimedia; Volunteer, SkillsUSA competition

What her nominator said:

Brittany tries to inspire the others around her and give help wherever she is needed. Her dedication for her career has inspired her to want to make a difference. Brittany embodies loyalty because she makes it a priority to live by her values and assist her industry in any way that she can. She possesses the will to succeed, and her unquenchable thirst for learning forces her to push the envelope.”

Allison Williams, 26

Delta Eta, University of Central Missouri
Bio
Field of Work/Study:

Fifth grade teacher at Pleasant Lea Elementary in the Lee’s Summit School District

Career/Academic Achievements:

Allison began college as a premed major, but changed to elementary education and graduated summa cum laude. Both of her parents are teachers. She continues to seek new ways to help her students grasp concepts. Technology is a strength, which she shares with her students and fellow teachers. She has been asked to serve on various leadership teams at her school and on the district level. Building trusting relationships with her students and their families is one of her many gifts.

Service/Leadership:

Member of the site-based leadership team for her elementary schools since 2018; Robotics coach for fourth through sixth graders since 2017; Technology Leader for fellow teachers; Invited to work with intermediate students as a representative at central office

What her nominator said:

Allison's awards come in the form of her students. Each day Allie comes to her classroom ready to teach her fifth graders what they need to know in order to succeed. She infuses her love of technology into her daily lessons. She has made a difference in the lives of the students she has taught in the last few years and will continue to do so throughout her teaching career.”

Frequently Asked Questions
What are the age and eligibility requirements? 

Most importantly, you have to be under the age of 35 as of 12/31/19. This means you were born in or after 1984. If you are currently 36 years old or older you cannot make the list.  


Do you have to be a member of Sigma Kappa?
 

Yes. All honorees must be a member of Sigma Kappa in good standing. This means you cannot be withdrawn or expelled from Sigma Kappa. 

Why 35? 

We hope that you have made strides in your career or volunteer work that will inspire our members. You still have the opportunity to grow and perhaps achieve the distinction of being a Colby award recipient. 

If I’m a collegiate member, can I be an honoree? 

Yes, you can.  

Can a member make the list multiple times? 

No, former honorees are ineligible regardless of whether they have changed titles, companies or have recently graduated.

What if I don’t know all the information to complete the form? 

All the required fields need to be filled out and you should provide everything you know about your nominee. There is no save and exit option. Come prepared to submit all at once! 

Who should write the letter of support? 

The letter of support can be from a peer, colleague, employer, professor, etc. It’s important to have a variety of materials for our committee to review. Please keep the letter of support to one page. 

Can the letter of support be written by the nominator? 

Yes, unless you are nominating yourself.  

Does a nominator have to be a member of Sigma Kappa? 

No. Friends of Sigma Kappa, colleagues, employers, etc. are welcome to nominate a Sigma Kappa for this award. 

How is the final list chosen? 

Honorees are selected by a committee of members and staff based on the answers to the application below. The committee is comprised of members of Sigma Kappa. They may be past board members, Colby Award winners, past staff members, current staff members, volunteers, and members at large.  

Who owns the nominations? 

Once you click submit, the nomination becomes the property of Sigma Kappa Sorority. 
 

What is the timeline for nominations? 

The nomination form is open November 15, 2018 and will close on February 5, 2019, at 11:59pm EST 

What is the deadline to apply? 

All nominations must be submitted by February 5, 2019 at 11:59pm EST. No nominations submitted after this deadline will be considered.  
 

When will honorees be notified? 

35 Under 35 honorees will be notified by April 1. 

What happens if a member is not selected? 

If a member is not selected for the 35 under 35 award, she can re-submit the next year if she is still under the age of 35. If you are not selected, or if your nominee is not selected, you will be notified by April 5.  

What does a member receive if selected as a 35 Under 35 honoree? 

35 under 35 honorees will be featured in the Sigma Kappa Triangle along with the 2019 honoree class. Honorees may be asked to participate in various Sigma Kappa platforms such as writing for the Sigma Kappa blog, participating in a podcast episode, or asked to facilitate a program on behalf of Sigma Kappa.