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These 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. 

 

2021 Honorees

Angela Alfano

Epsilon Epsilon, The University of Georgia
Bio
Field of Interest:

Sports Industry

 
About Angela:

Angela is a trailblazer in the sports industry. As Senior Director of Corporate Communications for Major League Soccer (MLS), she leads publicity efforts in the business and lifestyle space for the league. Angela is passionate about forging a new path for the next generation of female sports public relations executives, championing the new wave of leadership in the industry, and reimagining the mentorship experience. As the driving force behind the league’s multi-faceted corporate communications team, Angela’s diverse background has been critical during the growth period of MLS leading up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup, which will be the most powerful sporting event in the history of North America. Since joining MLS in 2018, Angela has been instrumental in garnering positive publicity for the league and Soccer United Marketing (SUM) properties – the preeminent commercial soccer enterprise – outside the traditional scope of soccer. Previously, Angela worked at Tough Mudder’s headquarters in the communications department and spent six years working in public relations for professional football – both at the NFL headquarters and for the Washington Football Team. Angela graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a master’s degree in Sports Industry Management (2011) and received undergraduate degrees in both public relations and political science from the University of Georgia (2010) where she started her sports communications career working as a student assistant in UGA’s Sports Information Department. While at UGA, she was a member of the Epsilon Epsilon chapter where she served as Vice President of New Member Education.  

 
What Her Nominator Said:

 "Angela is an inspiration, not only to those in the Sports Industry, but to all women everywhere. Through her intelligence, compassion, hard work and dedication, she has accomplished so much in her career. The thing that sets her apart is her heart and desire to build sisterhood within a primarily male-dominate industry. She lifts up those around her and supports other women in every way she can. She has paved the way, through her example, for women everywhere, especially young women who desire to change the game."

Alexandra Amato

Kappa Xi, University of Nevada, Reno
Bio
Field of Interest:

 Nonprofit Development & Management

 

About Alexandra:

Alexandra has taken the Las Vegas nonprofit world by storm. Since 2015, she has worked with three nonprofit organizations, developing successful fundraising programs that support the community. As the Campaign Development Manager for the Students of the Year Campaign at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southern Nevada, Alexandra built the program from the ground up. Under her leadership, it has grown from four high school candidates who raised about $50,000 to ten candidates who raised $264,000 in 2020. Alexandra improved the program with focus on recruitment and innovative teaching methods on fundraising, structure and insight – skills she honed as a member of Sigma Kappa. Alexandra served as executive vice president, continuing membership chairman and PR chairman after transferring to the Theta Eta Chapter at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and has been an advisor for Theta Eta for four years, currently serving as ABS. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society honored her two years in a row with the Transformational Growth Award. She also was awarded the Attainment to Budget Award in 2020.  

 

What her nominator said:

"Alexandra deserves to be recognized as one of Sigma Kappa’s 35 under 35 Honorees because of her devotion to making the Las Vegas community a better place. With her forward-thinking mindset I am confident that Alexandra will continue to make positive impacts in Sigma Kappa, her career, and any other project that she touches. Her unequivocal successes continue to prove that she is an outstanding member of the community. Alexandra lives with Sigma Kappa’s values at the forefront of her mind; Personal Growth For the past 10 years that I have known Alexandra she has grown into a confident and strong woman. Life is not always easy and Alexandra has shown that even during difficult times she perseveres and comes out stronger than before. Service Her dedication to service is profoundly noted through her successes at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southern Nevada. Using this as a platform for leadership and growth for herself and the students that she interacts with. Loyalty Alexandra stands up for what she believes in and this stems from her loyalty to her passions. Friendship Putting aside all of her professional accomplishments, Alexandra does not let her personal relationships lack. She fosters her relationships and is always there to support those that she loves. Alexandra Amato would be an ideal addition to Sigma Kappa’s 35 under 35 Honorees. Her love and passion for Sigma Kappa has helped shape her into the remarkable woman she is today!"

Danielle Bechta

Zeta Phi, The University of Rutgers
Bio
Field of Interest:

Associate Director at the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF)

 
About Danielle:

Danielle has a passion to serve and to help those in need, and she approaches life with energy and enthusiasm. Professionally, Danielle puts her passion into action as an Associate Director for the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), which is dedicated to eliminating Parkinson’s Disease. In her role she supports the foundation’s efforts to engage the broader community in its mission to speed a cure for Parkinson’s, attending meetings and events with Parkinson’s patients, caregivers, donors and other MJFF stakeholders. A natural leader, Danielle fills her free time with volunteer work. She has served Sigma Kappa in many capacities, including as an advisor and ABS for the Zeta Phi Chapter, recruitment supervisor for the Kappa Upsilon Chapter, and on the Sigma Kappa Foundation Development Committee. Danielle also has served in multiple positions on the area Panhellenic board. Impressively, Danielle is the youngest person to ever serve as president of the Rutgers Alumni Association, a position she currently holds, and was awarded the honor of "Loyal Daughter of Rutgers." This award is the university’s highest recognition of service as an alumna. 

 
What her nominator said:

" I believe Danielle represents the best of what we seek to instill in women when they choose to follow the path of our Sigma Kappa founders. I see in her a love for our sorority, and a great desire to serve her sisters. She in tune with what really matters to her, and has chosen career and personal paths which allow her enthusiasm, and her skills and talents, to flourish in a way that impacts everyone she connects with every day. She's the kind of woman I aspire to be."

Jessica Bowser

Zeta Pi, Colorado School of Mines
Bio
Field of Interest:

Infrastructure & Engineering

 
About Jessica:

Jessica is the Assistant City Engineer for the City of Glenwood Springs, Colo., a small mountain town that has some big transportation and infrastructure challenges, including the bisection of the community by an interstate, highway, and two rivers in a narrow valley. Additionally, over 30,000 cars per day travel on the city’s main street, which is actually a highway. Jessica is one of three city engineers who manage the many challenging city projects and other developments that come through review. During Jessica’s tenure, her department has overseen a number of projects from apartment complexes to traffic detours, trail development and utility projects. Jessica’s first assignment was to replace the 27th Street Bridge, which was the worst-rated bridge in Colorado at the time. She was able to take this project from an idea through construction in a short amount of time, obtaining matching grants to supplement federal funding for the project. Jessica is also a competitive Olympic recurve shooter and bowhunter who has a Level II coaching certification from USA Archery. In her spare time, Jessica loves to coach kids (and friends!) at the archery range.  

 

What her nominator said:

"Jessica embodies what it means to be a Sigma Kappa to me. I have known her for 15 years and all of my memories with Sigma Kappa involve her. She was a hard-working student and member of our chapter. It has been wonderful to watch her carry those qualities into her career."

Sidney Collin

Epsilon Omega, California Polytechnic State University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Entrepreneurship & Engineering

 
About Sidney:

Sidney is a hard-working entrepreneur with heart. She is the CEO and Co-founder of De Oro Devices, a company whose mission is to improve mobility, independence, and quality of life. De Oro’s first product, NexStride, is a small, portable device that uses research-backed visual and auditory cues to help people with Parkinson's disease overcome “freezing of gait,” one of the most common and most debilitating symptoms of the disease. Sidney has an academic research background in computational neuroscience, with a research paper published in the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology. In 2019, Sidney was awarded Cal Poly’s 2019 Outstanding Woman in Engineering Award, Outstanding Student Award, and the Lisa Hufford Scholarship Award. She has also been recognized as one of the most influential women at Cal Poly by the Wire in their 30 under 30 list, and as a business leader in the Pacific Coast Business Times' 40 under 40 list.  

 

What her nominator said:

"Sidney has always been a warm-hearted person and full of light. She is hard-working, dedicated, and truly wants to make a difference in this world. Since I've known her in college she has been focused on making an impact in the medical field and create a device that helps those suffering from Parkinson's disease. She is the true embodiment of performing self-less service for others."

Paige Cook

Xi, The University of Kansas
Bio
Field of Interest:

Events Planning & Performing Arts 

 
About Paige:

Paige puts her penchant for positivity and people skills to work each day as the Guest Experience Coordinator at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. Paige is responsible for ensuring visitors to The Clarice have a positive experience by interfacing with them in person and over the phone. She also trains and supervises the student staff who work in the ticket office and volunteer as ushers. Her coworkers praise Paige for making an impact every day in the way she shows up with purpose, a positive attitude, and a willingness to learn and grow. Because Paige is deeply committed to and cares about all people, non-discriminately, she has taken the initiative to improve accessibility at the performing arts center, courageously leading the organization to embark on improvements to make the center and performances more accessible to guests by offering effective sensory-friendly performances. Paige is also Vice Chair of the Staff Council where she advocates for The Clarice with the Dean, campus partners and at industry conferences. Paige joined The Clarice after serving as a Leadership Consultant for Sigma Kappa, living on the west coast and providing support and motivation to collegians. When Paige is not at The Clarice, she spends her time volunteering at a local bookstore and exploring Maryland with her fiancé and dog. 

 

What her nominator said:

"Paige Cook is an incredible leader, mentor, colleague, and friend and I cannot imagine a person more deserving of this honor. To know Paige, is to know warmth, joy, loyalty, and care. One of Paige’s many gifts is an ability to make people feel like they are the most important person in a room. Whether she is talking with a student employee or the President of the University of Maryland, Paige extends the same kindness and respect to everyone she meets. I am incredibly impressed with Paige’s drive to ensure that people of all backgrounds and abilities are able to enjoy the same level of access to the arts. Paige’s enthusiasm and dedication to amplifying the voices of others make our university a brighter and more equitable place. I feel confident about the future of the arts because of people like Paige. A person who puts incredible care into creating meaningful and transformative experiences for others while being energized to go beyond what seems possible and achieve goals that elevate the quality of life for all."

Katie Coughlin

Alpha Chi, Georgetown College
Bio
Field of Interest:

Neuropsychology

 
About Katie:

A board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, Katie focuses on cognitive skills, as well as emotional symptoms to help clarify why someone has trouble with their thinking related to either a neurologic or psychiatric condition. This field of study is the gold standard for diagnosing dementia and its cause (including Alzheimer’s disease). Katie doesn’t just help people with dementia; she also helps people with movement disorders (such as Parkinson’s disease), epilepsy/seizures, brain tumors, head injuries, schizophrenia, and other neurologic and psychiatric conditions. Katie works in a nonprofit hospital system and previously worked at a community mental health center that primarily serves low-income and/or homeless individuals. She also does contract work at a long-term care facility that specializes in helping people with brain and spinal cord injuries. Katie particularly enjoys working with elderly individuals, a passion that was stoked during college with Sigma Kappa’s philanthropic efforts. In addition to helping her patients, Katie also trains students and advocates for her profession. Katie has served as a clinical training supervisor for the past four years, which has given her the chance to invest in the future of clinical psychology and neuropsychology. She has also served as the 2020 President for Colorado Neuropsychological Society, which has allowed her to advocate and lead neuropsychology in the state. Katie has also served as a committee member for the Women in Leadership (WIL) for the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) for two years. WIL’s mission is to educate, encourage, and mentor female neuropsychologists to become leaders within NAN and in the field. 

 

What her nominator said:

"Katie has worked incredibly hard to pursue her fieldof pursuit. She has taken on extra responsibility, additional effort and gone to great lengths to help her patients. Her pursuit of education and experience in her own knowledge helps improve the lives of her patients. Mental health and brain conditions are an important subject in our nation that is starting to turn the tide of stigma and misunderstanding. It is due to professionals like Katie that more and more resources exist for those who suffer from these issues."

Jessica Cunningham

Epsilon Tau,California State University, Fullerton
Bio
Field of Interest:

Racial Equality Advocate & Credit Officer

 

About Jessica:

Jessica is a force of nature who goes above and beyond to make the world a better and more equitable place. After four years on Sigma Kappa staff, including two years as a Leadership Consultant, Jessica landed a job as the credit officer at Citi Bank, where she supports leaders at Best Buy stores across Indiana and Kentucky. She has already made an impact in this role, winning a prestigious award for her good work and being asked to work on specialty projects like the company’s podcast. Along with her professional skills, Jessica is a motivator who inspires those around her to know better and do better. Jessica co-chairs Sigma Kappa’s Diversity Equity Inclusion and Access (DEIA) Committee and has been featured in the Sigma Kappa Triangle for the inspirational way she motivates others to create a more equitable and world. Jessica is an outspoken advocate for Black people in America and uses her charisma, passion, leadership, and talent to help others learn more. Jessica is a go-to resource for Sigma Kappa volunteers and NHQ staff members on the topic of racial equality and the issues that matter most to our Black members. The progress Sigma Kappa continues to make toward becoming a truly inclusive organization will be, in large part, due to Jessica’s dedication and diligence. Jessica is the embodiment of the infamous Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote, “Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” In addition to her commitment to Sigma Kappa, Jessica has also served at the Programming Coordinator for District 7 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree. 

 

What her nominator said:

"Jessica is a force of nature who goes above and beyond to help others. She has been a go-to resource for Sigma Kappa volunteersand NHQ staff members on the topic of racial equality and the issues that matter most to our Black members. Jessica has done this no matter whatwhether as part of her role with the DEIA committee, or as a knowledgeable alumna who is always a text or callaway. While we may have gotten to where we are now without her help, I firmly believe that she has been influential and immensely helpful in getting us here even faster. The progress we continue to make toward becoming a truly inclusive organization will be, in large part, due to Jessica’s dedication and diligence. Jessica is the embodiment of the infamous Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote, 'fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.'"

DeAnna DeForest

Beta Theta, Marietta College
Bio
Field of Interest:

Public Health & Mentorship

 

About DeAnna:

DeAnna is a leader with a heart for service and a passion for developing the youth of Cleveland. She serves as the Executive Assistant for Building Hope in the City, a fast-paced and growing organization that seeks to advance the good of the city of Cleveland, magnify the mission of Jesus and unleash the capability of underestimated people. The Executive Assistant is key to this transformational work in Cleveland, supporting daily operations and ministry success. Previously, DeAnna worked for the Cleveland Department of Public Health as an Administrative Assistant for the MomsFirst program. This program provides home visits, education, and support to pregnant women until their babies reach 18 months old, an important step needed toward reducing the racial disparity in infant mortality. DeAnna also has a heart for youth in the Cleveland area and hosts bi-weekly Bible study meetings with Black youth, packages and distributes meals at local food banks, and distributes “care kits” to the city’s homeless population. She also organized and implemented a summer day camp program for Cleveland youth during the summer of 2020 when many childcare options were on pause due to COVID-19. Utilizing the experience she gained working with various nonprofit organizations in Cleveland, DeAnna recently founded a nonprofit called Chosen Generation, an organization focused on developing the whole child through education, work ethic, service, and kindness. DeAnna radiates positivity, passion, and commitment. She sees the youth of Cleveland as not only the future of the city, but also the world.  

 

What her nominator said:

"DeAnna is one of the most loyal and selfless individuals I know. She is constantly volunteering and encouraging others to volunteer or donate their time as well. DeAnna is someone who will find ways to cheer someone up and make their day. For as long as I have known DeAnna, she has been doing volunteer work within the greater Cleveland area, helping in homeless shelters, educating others in healthy lifestyles, helping to keep youth out of negative or violent situations, and promoting peaceful ways within today's youth, so that they can build a better community around them." 

Mindy Dilley

Delta Upsilon, Missouri State University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Student Involvement & Fraternity/Sorority Life

 

About Mindy:

As the Associate Director of Student Involvement at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, Mindy DilleyDelta Upsilon, advises and supports student organizations and student involvement. Additionally, Mindy is an advisor and former Advisory Board Supervisor for the Kappa Alpha Chapter at Northwest Missouri State University. 

Her past work in Fraternity/Sorority Life has revitalized communities on campuses, and she has empowered students to take ownership of and accountability for their community. She brings a passion and energy for working in student affairs that breathes new life into the students and the community.  

Mindy is a highly sought-after facilitator, because she empowers and includes people in a way that is rare. “She makes those around her better and ignites a spark and passion in folks,” her application read. “From advancing important DEIA initiatives and work to dedicating herself to facilitation and empowering others, Mindy has made an incredible impact in the field of Student Affairs in Higher Education.” Mindy is a two-time winner of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity’s National Greek Advisor of the Year (2014 & 2015) and Northwest Missouri State University’s Greek Advisor of the Year (2018). 

In a letter of support, her Delta Upsilon sister wrote, “Mindy is truly the type of person that every member of Sigma Kappa should strive to be. Her professional and personal life is dedicated to service. She gives so much of herself to others and invests in people and organizations. Mindy believes in people. She empowers people. She inspires those around her.” 

 

What her nominator said:

"Mindy is the definition of what it means to live with heart. She has made an incredible impact on the campus and in the community of the University of Missouri Saint Louis (UMSL). She started at UMSL as the Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Mindy believes in the power of the sorority and fraternity experience. She invests in helping student leaders take ownership of their student organizations and she works to empowerstudents. Mindy’s is the type of Fraternity/Sorority Life Advisor that we want all of our collegiate chapters to have. She cares deeply about people and pours time and energy into mentoring, advising, and supporting folks. She inspires confidence and helps people find their potential. The work she is doing resonates and has a lifelong impact for students. When I look at Mindy’s work and volunteer commitments, I am in awe of how much she gives to others. She does all of this while bringing energy, passion, and light to everything. Those who work with Mindy are better because they had the opportunity to collaborate with someone who inspires people to be better. Mindy is someone I look up to and deeply admire. She lives our values of friendship, loyalty, personal growth and service every day. She is a woman who leaves communities and people better than when she was introduced to them. She is someone who fighting for a more inclusive and tolerant world. Mindy is the definition of what a Sigma Kappa member should be."

Molly Ellery Moore

Kappa Xi, University of Nevada, Reno
Bio
Field of Interest:

Public Relations

 

About Molly:

Over the past four years as director of public relations for communications firm Argentum Partners, Molly Ellery MooreKappa Xi, has been responsible for the success of more than 30 high-profile Nevada businesses. But her success did not come without its share of hardships. Since graduating from college in 2015, Molly has faced several trials including the passing of her father in 2016. This major event greatly changed Molly’s outlook on her future and drove her to focus on her family and career path. In three years, she went from office manager to head of the public relations department, helped secure national awards for her firm and was recently named a “Rising PR Star 30 & Under” by PR News. Furthermore, she has volunteered her time with several organizations across the state in addition to serving on the advisory board for her chapter. Mike Draper, partner at Argentum Partners, said in his letter of support, that Molly, “represents the public relations industry with the highest level of integrity and pride.”  

 

What her nominator said:

"Since graduating college and Sigma Kappa in 2015, Molly has faced several trials including the passing of her father in 2016. This major event greatly changed Molly’s outlook on her future and drove her to focus on her family and career path. In three years, she went from office manager to head of the public relations department, helped secure national awards for her firm and was recently named a ‘Rising PR Star 30 & Under’ by PR News. Furthermore, she has volunteered her time with several organizations across the state in addition to serving on the advisory board for her chapter. Molly exemplifies Sigma Kappa’s values of service, loyalty and particularly personal growth."

Dana Finley

Delta, Boston University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Fraternity and Sorority Life Industry & Higher Education

 
About Dana:

An open mind and passionate viewpoint helps Dana FinleyDelta, thrive as an experienced and adaptable higher education professional. Her meaningful experience working with a variety of fraternal stakeholder groups has further served to highlight what makes Dana stand out among her peers in the fraternity and sorority life industry. She began working in the higher education and fraternity and sorority life arena seven years ago as a Sigma Kappa leadership consultant and now as an industry professional. Dana has developed deep expertise in facilitation and continues to be tapped for opportunities to speak in the fraternity and sorority space as she is recognized as a subject authority in risk management, harm reduction, and accountability work. Dana works at Delta Tau Delta Fraternity as the accountability training coordinator, supporting chapters and Fraternity volunteers through risk management concerns and developing both proactive and restorative programming to address accountability practices in Delt chapters across the country. In Dana’s volunteer role with Sigma Kappa, she has served as a Collegiate Coordinator and serves now as Collegiate District Director for District 4. 

 
What her nominator said:

"I have had the distinct honor and privilege of working with Dana Finley for over 7 years. We first met when I served as her Collegiate Province Officer and she was serving as chapter president of Sigma Kappa for our Delta chapter. During this time, I have watched Dana grow both personally and professionally. She has continued to serve Fraternity and Sorority life in her career and as a volunteer, taking on service in all aspects of her daily life. At each transition point in Dana’s journey she has built upon that which she learned and served to further propel and empower members of each organizations that she as supported. Her open mind and passionate viewpoint as an experienced and adaptable higher education professional with meaningful experience working with a variety of fraternal stakeholder groups has further served to highlight what makes Dana stand out among her peers in the fraternity and sorority life industry."

Annie Forrest

Theta Zeta, University of Virginia
Bio
Field of Interest:

Advocate for Relationship Violence & Author

 

About Annie:

At only 28 years old, Annie ForrestTheta Zeta, is a recognized leader in her field and has a bright future ahead of her. Since her collegiate days at the University of Virginia, Annie has been a champion for ending relationship violence. At UVA, she was deeply involved in sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts on campus and in the community, working with the Sexual Assault Resource Agency and Albemarle County Police Department. She received the “2015 Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance’s Act. Honor. Hope. Award” for advocacy in the state of Virginia. Through her work at the One Love Foundation, she crafts policy around relationship violence and manages partnerships with national community-based organizations, the United States military branches, and corporate entities around relationship health programming. Annie is also a published author, sought-after speaker, and a volunteer with many organizations close to her heart, including Sigma Kappa. In her application, her nominator wrote, “if you asked the many Sigma Kappas across the nation whose lives she has touched, they would tell you it feels as if that tagline was written to describe her. Annie is the most impressive person I know, let alone the most impressive Sigma Kappa I know, and I'm confident she will one day have a bio in the ‘Significant Sigma Kappas’ section of our website.”

 

What her nominator said:

"Annie truly lives with heart and I'm confident if you asked the many Sigma Kappas across the nation whose lives she has touched, they would tell you it feels as if that tagline was written to describe her. At only 28, Annie is a recognized leader in her field and has an incredibly bright future ahead of her. As she continues to excel she remains committed to where she came from and the people she's met along the way through her work with Sigma Kappa and in Appalachia. She is a woman who balances the sides of her character effortlessly, giving her all to her work while still being an incredible friend, partner, daughter, sister, and volunteer. Annie is the most impressive person I know, let alone the most impressive Sigma Kappa I know and I'm confident she will one day have a bio in the "Significant Sigma Kappas" section of our website."

Rachel Gelman

Mu, University of Washington
Bio
Field of Interest:

Women's Health

 
About Rachel:

Dr. Rachel Gelman, DPT, Mu, is willing to broach uncomfortable conversations for the good of women’s health. As an expert in the field of pelvic floor rehabilitation, Rachel is passionate about busting taboos regarding women’s health and sexual wellness. In addition to being the owner/founder of a private physical therapy clinic, Pelvic Wellness & Physical Therapy, in San Francisco, Rachel also teaches as an adjunct instructor at Samuel Merritt University in the Department of Physical Therapy. She provides pro bono mentorship to students and healthcare professionals with an interest in women’s health. She was a recent guest instructor at the Kenya Medical Training College where she taught Kenyan physiotherapists how to treat advanced pelvic pain conditions.  

While in college together at the Mu Chapter, Maggie Morris saw Rachel serve passionately as both the Continuing Membership Chair and chapter President. “I am pleased to see those leadership skills put into action in her professional career and that she is still making a tremendous impact for women,” Maggie wrote in her recommendation letter. “She continues to serve Sigma Kappa by hosting workshops on sexual health and serving on career panels at collegiate chapters in California.” 

 

What her nominator said:

"Rachel is the most bold and talented young professional I know. She is willing to broach uncomfortable conversations for the good of women’s health and is one of the top leaders in her field. I cannot think of anyone more deserving for this honor. She truly loves Sigma Kappa and is always willing to give her time and talent to other women and deserving causes. She is a tremendous role-model, gives back to current Sigma Kappa collegians, and is just a terrific person in general. She has already come so far in her profession and I cannot wait to see where the future takes her."

Namoos Haider

Xi, The University of Kansas
Bio
Field of Interest:

Neuroscience

 
About Namoos:

Coming from Pakistan to study internationally, Namoos Haider, wants to take her education home to make her country a better place. She is a behavioral neuroscience major with plans to attend graduate school for clinical psychology. Namoos then aims to take that education and knowledge back to Pakistan to advocate and create awareness for mental health. “As it is so taboo, I personally believe one's mental health should be as important as your physical well-being,” Namoos said. Her career goal is to further free mental health clinical services in the rural areas of Pakistan and has been working with a non-governmental organization in Islamabad, Ally Foundation, since 2014. Ally Foundation is a social justice organization that helps women fight for their rights by paying legal fees and providing a just and supportive legal team, something which can be difficult to obtain in Pakistan. Namoos is the diversity and inclusion co-chairwoman for Xi Chapter, president of the Pakistan Student Association, public relations coordinator for KU Alternative Breaks and community outreach coordinator for the Big Event at KU. Namoos uses her various identities to help improve her campus, her community and eventually the world.

 

What her nominator said:

"As a Muslim, queer woman of color from a developing nation that is on the spectrum, I think that it is important for the Co-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair to embody these identities that I hold. Within the Panhellenic Community, I have faced adversity in a multitude of ways. I feel that it is my duty firstly as a student of the university of Kansas and as amember of the Xi chapter to use this platform to further our efforts to make our chapter a prime example for diversity, equity and inclusion on our campus. I hope to pave the way in this position, to create a more equitable and inclusive environment for current and future members."

Emma Kalayjian

Zeta Upsilon, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Bio
Field of Interest:

NASA UX & Tech Content Creator

 

About Emma:

Emma KalayjianZeta Upsilon, is driven to bridge gaps, whether it’s automotive and aerospace, engineering and design, or masculine and feminine. These all do well on their own, but are unstoppable forces together. Currently, Emma works for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a User Interface Designer, working on cutting edge digital applications while fostering accessibility and inclusion, and is also the UX & Tech Content Creator and Concept Programming Contributor for Auto Conduct (autoconduct.com). There, Emma ensures viewers have a proper understanding of user experience design and technical insight on the latest vehicles while still looking for creative ways to invite fringe automotive enthusiasts into the car culture experience. She was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 List for Enterprise Technology. 

“We all have the power to make an impact, but sometimes we don’t realize the power we have within ourselves,” Emma wrote. “I aim to share my story, mistakes, successes, lessons learned, trials and errors so that our sisters have the same tools for success that I’ve learned along the way.” 

 

What her nominator said:

"We all have the power to make an impact, but sometimes we don’t realize the power we have within ourselves. I aim to share my story, mistakes, successes, lessons learned, trials and errors so that our sisters have the same toolsfor success that I’ve learned along the way. I want to build a platform and share a wealth of knowledge. Empowered women empower women!"

Courtney Kloske

Theta Xi, Auburn University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Biology Mechanisms in Alzheimer's

 

About Courtney:

Not only has Courtney Kloske’sTheta Xi, commitment, service and leadership reached far and wide, but her heart and her passion guide her as well. Courtney is actively pursuing her doctorate at the University of Kentucky. She is focused on the biological mechanisms in Alzheimer's, with a goal of unlocking some of the disease's mysteries to develop potential therapies and treatments. In addition to the research she does in the lab, she has made an impact by continuing her efforts in her community and beyond. During her tenure at Auburn and with her Sigma Kappa sisters, Courtney took an active role in our charitable organization: Alzheimer's disease and the Alzheimer's Association. As a graduate student, she has continued to live this pillar of Sigma Kappa, and has devoted significant time outside of graduate school to the Alzheimer’s Association and helping the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Sigma Kappa has helped Courtney solidify her passion for finding a cure for Alzheimer's, and now she wants to work continue to work in the fight to end Alzheimer's after she graduates with her PhD. She is also a recognized leader in her research, and is a recipient of the highly competitive National Institutes of Health NSRA F31 fellowship awarded to promising pre-doctoral students. In reflecting on Sigma Kappa's definition of leadership, loyalty to one's values and enacting them in daily life, Courtney’s nominators said they cannot think of a better person than Courtney. “Her work and her passion inspire all those who interact with her, and her leadership shines through in everything that she does.” 

 

What her nominator said:

"Courtney has had the goal of pursuing Alzheimer's research since I met her our freshman year of college when she was my random roommate and then my sorority sister almost eight years ago. Not only has she accomplished this goal, but she has surpassed it. Sigma Kappa hashelped Courtney solidify her passion for finding a cure for Alzheimers and now she wants to work for the Alzheimers Association after she graduates with her PhD. She has worked so hard to help further a cause that is so close to Sigma Kappa. She is extremely intelligent and works very hard not only in her academics but also in her community."

Erica Lagos

Delta Delta, Central Michigan University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Campaign Project Management

 

About Erica:

Erica LagosDelta Deltahas a big heart and cares deeply for others. Through her professional role as the Campaign Project Manager for Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, Inc., she identifies the best ways to support members and helps raise the funds to provide more opportunities for them to be successful in their lives. Erica gives her time to ensure that students and young professionals learn and grow in the space where they are. She focuses on connections and helping individuals build community. Through her role on the Central Michigan University Alumni Association Board of Directors, she identifies ways to engage alumni to provide a larger impact with current students. Erica also volunteers with Sigma Kappa as a member of the alumnae team and frequently raises her hand to help with collegiate management projects. She wants what is best for every member and will donate her time to help them achieve their goals. During 2020, Erica helped launch a group called Community and Culture Night in Indianapolis. Through Community and Culture Night, Erica helped provide a space for young adults looking to make a connection with others in their community. A common thread through each of these examples is how Erica cares for others and strives to help them be successful, meeting them where they are and providing opportunities for them to grow.  

 

What her nominator said: 

"Erica's heart for others and providing the opportunity for people to connect in creative ways makes her the perfect candidate for the 35 under 35. Through her professional role, she identifies the best ways to support the members of Alpha Chi Omega. Her end goal is to raise the funds to provide more opportunities for their members to be successful in their lives. Through her CMU Alumni Association Board of Directors role, she advocates for student's best interests and identifies ways to engage alumni to provide a larger impact with current students. Through Community and Culture Night, Erica helped provide a space for individuals looking to make a connection with others. A common thread through each of these examples is how Erica cares for others and strives to help them be successful. She helps meet people where they are and provides opportunities for them to grow. Erica is a model member and giving her this honor would allow more members to look up to her as a role model and follow in her footsteps"

Ella Lewis

Beta Tau, University of Florida
Bio
Field of Interest:

Child Development & Non-Profit Management

 

About Ella:

Ella Lewis serves as Vice President of Advancement for Girls Inc. of Sarasota County, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold as they navigate economic, social and gender barriers and become independent women. She uses her skills in child development and program leadership, along with her passion for non-profit work, to coordinate fundraising strategies and ensure supporters have a clear understanding of the organization’s mission and impact. Friends describe Ella as a lifelong learner, dedicated to making a lasting impact in her work and community while also serving in the key roles of wife, and mother of three girls, a 6-year-old and 2-year-old twins. She has held many leadership roles in the Sarasota Junior League, currently serving as President-Elect, has completed the Leadership Sarasota Program, volunteered in the recent presidential election, and served on the scholarship committee of a local foundation that provides hardworking students with support for secondary education. A co-worker says, “Ella Lewis is a woman of many talents, but more importantly she is a genuine, authentic, person and friend who builds up women around her. She is not driven by ego or accomplishment, but by the true desire to see and make the world around her a sustainably better place. Ella challenges not only herself, but everyone around her to do more and do better with the knowledge that she will support you every step of the way.” 

 

What her nominator said:

"Ella inspires me every single day. She is a wife with 3 daughters (2 are twins!). She is so passionate about helping others, especially in her community, as evidenced by her hard work at her employment and through her volunteer efforts. Through this all,she remains an amazing, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend."

Nicholle Miller

Upsilon, Oregon State University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Marine Officer

 
About Nicholle:

Nicholle Miller started defying the odds at an early age. Diagnosed with a learning disability, she was told she would never attend college. Not one to accept limits, in high school she excelled in both athletics and academics, graduating with a 3.8 GPA and receiving a full NROTC scholarship to Oregon State University. She continued to excel in college where she was President of the OSU Rifle team Club and became the #1 female shooter in her age group in the State of California and Oregon and on the OSU Varsity Rifle Team. Commissioned as a Marine Corps officer in 2013, she then attended The Basic School in Quantico where, out of a class of 204, she was one of 24 Second Lieutenants. She became the first female Marine Officer in a Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion ground combat unit, and her performance as an Intelligence Officer has brought her numerous awards, including special recognition by the Commanding General of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. During this time Nicholle earned her Master’s degree from Boston University, graduating with a 3.87 GPA. Her Commanding Officer says she has not only held her own in a male-dominated field, but consistently earns the respect of peers. 

Major Kevin Mooney, who has known Nicholle since she was a child, says of her, “Throughout my life, there have been few people I have known who stand out from the crowd; Nicholle Miller is one of those people. Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay to Nicholle, as a combat Marine, is if I should be called upon to defend this country once again, I would fight alongside Nicholle without hesitation.”  

 

What her nominator said:

"Nicholle has given her heart and soul to the Marines in her charge. She consistently puts her Marines before herself. She strives to set her Marines up for success. She is the person who will help you overcome obstacles, help you meet deadlines, or any help when needed. I recall a time when several Marines were having a difficult time getting through security clearances. If a Marine does not get the approved clearance, their career in the Marines must come to an end. I have seen Nicholle chip away at whatever the issues are until she is finally able to get her Marine cleared. Nicholle has earned the respect of her fellow Marines. She has been asked to personally pin or promote Marines for advancement. These may seem like small things to a civilian, but to a Marine it is an honor. Nicholle has given freely of her time to our Veterans. She has participated in several 21 Gun Solutes, presided over Marine memorial services and volunteered to help veterans during her time in college. Nicholle was written up in the USMC Globe for making Marine Corps history as the first female officer ever in the 2nd LAR Battalion. When they called to interview her, she didn’t want to be known as the first female, she wanted to be known as a Marine. Nicholle doesn’t look for recognition. In fact, she turned several reporters away. It was her commander who finally asked her to do the interview."

Eva O'Brien

Delta, Boston University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Medicine & Public Health

 

About Eva:

In the Fall of 2021, Eva O’Brien will enter medical school to pursue an MD/MPH and her dream of becoming an emergency room physician. Unlike many of her peers who have followed a traditional classroom path, Eva will bring a vast array of experiences in the public health field gained both in the United States during many years lived in Haiti. Eva graduated in 2013 from Boston University where she was awarded a federal fellowship for Zulu language study and was a Peer Health Educator in Boston public schools, graduating she worked for one year working as a Population Health Manager in Brigham and Women’s Hospital community health centers, the moved to Haiti in 2014 where she began as the Oncology Research Liaison for Partners in Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Mirebalais, Haiti. Then over the next six years Eva worked in a variety of hospitals in Haiti for both Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante and Health Equity International where her responsibilities included program management, facilitating research, supporting rollout of new clinical services, analyzing clinic design and procedures, implementing vaccination programs and organizing a post hurricane disaster team. Facilitating communication with various stakeholders and world health agencies has been a key component of her work and is, enhanced by her fluency in Haitian Creole and proficiency in French, Spanish, and Zulu. As a future physician she hopes to promote bidirectional learning opportunities between the US and experts in resource-constrained countries, so is currently a member of the Haitian Surgical Care consortium, where she works to help Haitian colleagues start a 501c3 nonprofit focused on research equity and is a co-authored published on articles about healthcare in Haiti. In May of 2019 Eva returned to the US to begin a pre-medical program at Bryn Mawr College, and since September 2020 has worked with Partners in Health as the University and College Liaison for the Massachusetts COVID-19 Community Tracing Response. 

 

What her nominator said:

" I can't think of another woman who so deeply personifies our value of service and has so outwardly demonstrated our value of friendship to others. From the day I met Eva when I was a new member of Sigma Kappa, she has been passionate about public health and helping others. Her resume would be impressive for any public health practitioner, but she has managed to accomplish so much since graduating from Boston University in 2013, even before pursuing her MD. I am incredibly proud to call her my Sigma Kappa sister."

Monica Pechous

Theta Eta, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bio
Field of Interest:

Law

 
About Monica:

Losing her father to cancer at a young age inspired Monica Pechous to follow in his footsteps in the field of law. She completed the three-year program at Chicago Kent College of Law in just two years, while also writing for the Law Review Journal and participating in the Moot Court Honor Society. While in law school Monica won five writing competitions, served as a mentor to younger students and worked in the criminal defense clinic. She is currently working on her MBA while studying for the bar exam with her goal being to serve in a managerial role in her law firm. Monica was a leader in her collegiate Sigma Kappa chapter, and despite a demanding career she continues to give back to the organization, serving as vice president for philanthropy for the St. Louis Alumnae chapter, and as the vice president for finance advisor for the Theta Eta Chapter.   

 

What her nominator said:

"Monica deserves this honor because she is the most driven, loyal, genuine, and loving person I know. Monica's success will be known by all one day. She is a young woman who lost her father to an aggressive form of cancer. Yet, through this tragic experience, and many other moments of adversity, Monica came out on top. She aims to make the most out of any bad situation and is always thinking of others before herself. She embodies all of the values of a Sigma Kappa and she is a role model to every one around her. Monica deserves this recognition more than anyone else."

Kristina Ridgen

Zeta Upsilon, Cal Poly Pomona
Bio
Field of Interest:

Engineering & Mentorship

 
About Kristina:

Described as a “champion for engineering education,” Dr. Kristina Rigden has made a significant impact on the Women in Engineering Program at her alma mater, Cal Poly Pomona. As Director of Outreach she created programming to encourage K-12 females to pursue STEM careers, and secured more than 135,000 in grant funding, much of it dedicated to implementing hands- on programs for females in economically disadvantaged communities. Under her leadership the Femineers (Female Engineers) program grew from 20 schools in 2017 to 120 schools in 2020, and the percentage of Engineering degrees awarded to women increased from 15.8 percent in 2017 to 21.8 percent in 2019. Dr. Rigden is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and has presented at several educator conferences. She was a leader in her collegiate Sigma Kappa chapter, and has continued to volunteer for Sigma Kappa as an alumna, as an advisor and active member of the Riverside County Alumnae Chapter.  

 

What her nominator said:

"Dr. Rigden has been an outstanding member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She has been a dues paying alumnae member for many years and always donates to the Sigma Kappa Foundation. Her passion for women succeeding in life has transitioned into her employment to empower women to major and have a career in a STEM field. As a first-generation college student, Dr. Rigden sees the power in acquiring a college degree and shows other first-generation and underrepresented minorities that college is possible. She is a role model for women and embodies Sigma Kappa’s values of personal growth, friendship, service and loyalty."

Kareen Shatikian

Zeta Upsilon, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Bio
Field of Interest:

Law & Advocacy

 
About Kareen:

Kareen Shatikian believes in the importance of women supporting one another as they strive to achieve career and personal goals, and she credits her Sigma Kappa sisters for supporting her as she works toward her goal of becoming an attorney. While in law school she was a law clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney Sex Crimes Division, and has participated in the Community Lawyering Clinic where she provides legal guidance on criminal, housing and immigration issues for students. She was also part of the Removal Defense Clinic at Southwestern Law School, where she assisted low-income immigrants in immigration removal proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration. She also externed for the Honorable Amy M. Pellman of the Los Angeles Superior Court, where she drafted case summaries and worked on presentations, and currently a law clerk at Schweitzer Law Partners, a family law firm, where she prepares declarations and conducts research for the attorneys. Kareen values her heritage, and for many years has been very active with the Armenian Youth Federation. She volunteered with the AYF Youth Corps program in Armenia and Artsakh which led day camps in underserved areas, teaching children English along with Armenian history, songs and culture.  

 

What her nominator said:

"It's important for other Sigma Kappa women to see that we are all successful in our careers. As woman we all have professional goals that we would want to meet, and with the support of one another, we can accomplish anything we put our minds to. If it wasn't for my Sigma Kappa sisters being so accommodating and understanding when I was studying for the LSAT, I would not be in law school right now. This honor isn't a reflection on one individual, but rather the group of woman that supported that individual to get where she is now."

Lyndsey Eadler Siara

Beta Tau, University of Florida
Bio
Field of Interest:

Philanthropy & Law

 
About Lyndsey:

Recently named the 13th Judicial Circuit’s Outstanding Staff Attorney, Lyndsey is a servant leader in her career and personal life. Her professional accomplishments include serving on the local bar association’s Young Lawyers Division Board, and as a Fellow in the W.M. Reece Smith Jr. Leadership Academy. A member of The Junior League of Tampa, for the past three years she worked to create a diaper bank that distributes disposable diapers and other items to babies in need. Under her leadership nearly 1 million diapers have been distributed. She received the COVID-19 Heroes of Tampa Bay award for helping ensure that diapers were available during the pandemic shortages. As a former Vice President of Philanthropy for the local Sigma Kappa alumnae chapter, Lyndsey started a program of exam goodie bags to benefit college chapters across Florida. A friend explains, “Lyndsey doesn’t just occupy leadership roles, she makes lasting positive change for the groups and people with whom she interacts.” 

 

What her nominator said:

"Lyndsey embodies all of Sigma Kappa’s long-held values. Lyndsey is a community change agent, making a positive impact on countless families in our community through her service to the diaper bank. She has demonstrated our value of service both professionally and in her communities. In all of this, Lyndsey lives a purposeful life for herself, her daughters, and her community. Lyndsey is a model of personal growth. We have had many conversations about our personal development and growth, and we lean on each other as we strive to live purposeful lives. (Mainly on our bridge walks and life chats when we can sneak away for some self care.) Most important to me as it relates to Lyndsey are the values of friendship and loyalty. Lyndsey and I have been friends since I joined the Beta Tau chapter at the University of Florida in 2005. We had the great fortune of both moving to Tampa, Florida almost ten years ago, and our friendship has continued to blossom in the years since. I will forever be grateful to Sigma Kappa for having brought us together and provided a foundation for our life-long friendship. Significantly, Lyndsey models the values of Sigma Kappa to her two young daughters, nurturing the next generation of panhellenic sisters."

Emily Smith

Beta Tau, University of Florida
Bio
Field of Interest:

Nonprofit Management & Community Development

 

About Emily:

Emily Smith values giving back to the community that supported her growing up, so she works and volunteers in her native Volusia County, Florida. Passionate about non-profits, she works for Halifax Health Hospice as a fund development specialist, overseeing fundraising and donor relations. Her projects have included managing a 5K that raised more than $200,000 over a three-year period, and supporting the BeginAgain Children’s Grief Center which provides free grief counseling for children in the community. Emily has a personal connection to this program which she used herself 20 years ago when her grandparents passed away. Prior to her current position Emily worked for the local American Cancer Society as a Community Development Manager where she was successful in raising more than $180,000 in the 2017 fundraising year. For Emily, support of her community doesn’t stop when the clock strikes 5. She has been an active leader in Women United, the Daytona Beach Gator Club, and is president-elect of the Volusia Young Professionals Group. As part of Women United, Emily is the co-chair of the Chicks for Kicks committee which collects gently used shoes and donates them back out in the community non-profits and local schools. She is a graduate of Leadership Daytona and the Goodwill CORE Management Program, and has served as an advisor for the Beta Tau and Lambda Kappa chapters of Sigma Kappa. In her personal life Emily is a cat mom and new aunt, and keeps herself healthy by competing in local 5Ks and half marathons along with attending OrangeTheory Fitness. Daytona Beach News - Journal has recognized her success by honoring her as a 40 Under 40 nominee in 2018 and 2020. 

 

What her nominator said:

"I think Emily deserves this honor because she lives to give. She is rocking the fundraising and development world to help others in her professional role day to day while giving back to various community organizations in her spare time. All the while, she continues to work on her professional development and raises up our sisters. She is not someone who asks what she can get from others or how she can get to the top. Her work is motivated by how she can use her skillsets and passions to help others and enjoy her work at the same time. She is a pillar of her community and our Sorority."

Kaitlin Soracco

Epsilon Lambda, California State University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Optometry & Healthcare Advocate

 

About Kaitlin:

Kaitlin Soracco’s passion is creating access to affordable eyecare for communities in need. She is currently employed as an optometrist in low-income healthcare clinics across Northern California, and did clinical rotations at the Veteran’s Association in Tucson and the Santa Fe Indian Hospital in New Mexico. As a volunteer for non-profit optometric organizations she has provided free access to residents of communities in El Salvador and Tijuana that have no insurance or healthcare access, and was recognized for providing eyecare and free glasses to the residents of Paradise, Calif., during the devasting fires there. As a member of the California Optometric Society Association she has lobbied in Washington, D.C. and at the state capital for improvements in access to eyecare for all. Kaitlin also gives back to Sigma Kappa. She has served as an advisor for several chapters in California, and is currently recruitment supervisor for Epsilon Lambda. 

 

What her nominator said:

"Kaitlin is living with heart by giving back to those in need both in and outside of her community. Through both her career and volunteer work, she has continued to provide and advocate for eye care for all. She has boldly gone outside of her comfort zone, pursuing career opportunities in underserved communities that not many are willing to selflessly serve. She has found a greater purpose in serving her community through the eye care profession and will be a driving force in advocating for health care change in the future."

Brigitte Spence

Epsilon Tau, California State University, Fullerton
Bio
Field of Interest:

Epidemiology

 

About Brigitte:

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged all of us in different ways. For Brigitte, her challenge was to help bring an end to the pandemic and allow us all to return to normalcy. Brigitte, an epidemiologist at Kaiser Permanente, worked on the research and clinical trials for the Pzifer & BioNTech vaccine. Prior to this, she interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She is passionate about educating others on infectious diseases and separating myths from facts. She also serves as the ABS for the Epsilon Tau Chapter and played a pivotal role in supporting the collegiate chapter through the challenges of the pandemic, leading her to be named the university’s Chapter Advisor of the Year in 2020. When not protecting us from infectious disease and being a role model to Sigma Kappas, she also spends her time fostering kittens and guide dog puppies, and helping them find their forever homes.  

 

What her nominator said:

"Brigitte Spence not only upholds our values in her everyday life but encourages others to as well. As an alumnae, she continues to epitomize what it means to be a Sigma Kappa woman. She inspires all that meet her and makes me proud to not only know her but to call her a fellow Sigma Kappa."

Cady Ruth Stoever

Epsilon Delta, Susquehanna University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Childhood Literacy & Nonprofit Organizations

 

About Cady:

A passion for personal growth, leadership and learning makes Cady a role model in her chapter, on her campus and in her community. Cady is a Public Relations major with Leadership & Psychology minors at Susquehanna University and serves the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) as the vice president and director of special events. In addition, she has served as the president and vice president of membership of her Sigma Kappa chapter, and was crowned National American Miss 2020. In this role, she advocates for childhood literacy and works with local organizations including Little Free Libraries and Worth More Nation, an organization that empowers young women in foster care. Cady also volunteers as a Board member for Free Books for Kids Town, is a former state ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and is a coach for Girls on the Run. 

 

What her nominator said:

"Cady is an absolutely beautiful person inside and out and she exemplifies what it means to be a Sigma Kappa. She is a positive role model for young women and inspires me to be a better person. Cady continues to wear many hats in the sorority and in her community and she does so with grace. She is wise beyond her years. Her passion for positivity and leadership make her an excellent candidate for Sigma Kappas 35 under 35."

Kathleen Sturgeon

Kappa Tau, University of West Georgia
Bio
Field of Interest:

Journalism

 

About Kathleen:

Kathleen Sturgeon, Kappa Tau, University of West Georgia, uses her work as a journalist as a way to tell the stories of people who otherwise would go unheard. As an editor at Patch Media, she covers stories on local elected officials, crime, breaking news, current events, and investigative pieces. She has been honored with both national and local awards for her writing about homelessness, animal rescues and about a breast cancer survivor. She was named a Thriving Under 30 nominee by the University of West Georgia, which is given to alumni who have made a significant impact in their career. Kathleen has also served Sigma Kappa as a features editor since 2015, as an advisor for multiple chapters, and as president of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter

 

What her nominator said:

"Kathleen is a great collaborator and supports her co-workers, teaching new Patch editors the ropes when the team manager is busy. She offers great advice on projects and is always willing to give more time and share best practices to help colleagues. She is generous at work, and through her volunteer efforts with the sorority, the Alzheimers Walk and the Atlanta Humane Society. Kathleen approaches work and her personal life looking for ways to be of service to the community. There can be no better representation of your organization"

Samantha Tiller-Schenck

Beta Upsilon, Ohio University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Women's Health Awareness

 
About Samantha:

Many women who suffer through personal or family health concerns choose to do so in silence because of shame or stigma. For Samantha, her decision to be open and honest about her health journey has helped countless other women feel confident in their own choices. In May 2020, Samantha shared with the world her decision to begin the process of undergoing a preventative double mastectomy. Samantha’s family history of early-onset breast cancer left her with a 49 percent risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime. She completed her last surgery in October 2020, and continues to post about her story on social media in hopes of helping other women make informed decisions related to breast cancer and their own risks and family history. Many women, including Sigma Kappa members, have reached out to her with questions and concerns, and Samantha is more than willing to share her story and her experiences to help others feel empowered about their own health. Through what has been a scary and uncertain time to undergo surgical procedures, Samantha has leveraged her own voice, vulnerability and strength to amplify the importance of women advocating for themselves in their own healthcare journeys. Samantha also recently founded Her Voice Collective, an Instagram account that strives to educate, empower and elevate the voices of women (@hervoicecollective). In addition, she also finds time to serve as advisory board supervisor for Alpha Tau, Michigan State University, a role she took on just a few months before the birth of her first child in 2017. She is an inspiration to both the chapter members and women worldwide. 

 

What her nominator said:

"Samantha embodies our values of friendship and service. She continues to give back to Sigma Kappa at a time when many of our alumnae choose to take a step back--in their early 30s. I continue to be moved by Samantha's vulnerability in sharing her story with her mastectomy. She has taken something that has been incredibly painful and used it as an opportunity to help others feel empowered about their own health."

Jimi-Lee Tomboc

Zeta Upsilon, California State Polytechnic University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Nonprofit Work & Community Outreach

 

About Jimi-Lee:

Jimi-Lee Tomboc, Zeta Upsilon, California State Polytechnic University, is an example of Sigma Kappa’s value of service in action. Beginning when she was young and was able to attend a YMCA camp with financial aid provided by community donations, she developed a love for service that has sustained her throughout life. Jimi-Lee later became a camp counselor and a camp director, hoping to have the same impact on young people as her camp experience had on her. She is also highly involved in California YMCA’s Youth and Government, a program she took part in in high school, later becoming an intern and intern manager, and is an advisor for the LA Teens & Government virtual program. As a childhood cancer survivor, she has volunteered with organizations such as St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the American Cancer Society and City of Hope. Jimi-Lee has also leveraged her love of working with young people into her career, teaching PE at an elementary school and working as School-Based Programs Coordinator for the YMCA. Currently, she works with a social-distance learning program for elementary and middle school students. Throughout the pandemic, she has continued to remain active in non-profit work and community outreach, working directly with LA’s unhoused population to provide food, clothing and personal hygiene products with help from donations from Sigma Kappa sisters. She finds time to give back to Sigma Kappa by serving as vice president of membership for the Pomona Valley Alumnae Chapter and running the chapter’s Instagram account, as well as advising Zeta Upsilon’s vice president of new member education.

 

What her nominator said:

"I believe that I am a excellent candidate for Sigma Kappa’s 35 under 35 because I not only live the values of friendship, loyalty, personal growth and service, but am constantly encouraging others to do the same. Sigma Kappa Sorority is an organization of women who empower women, and through Sigma Kappa, I am able to do so everyday. Not only do I strive to do good in my day to day and in my community, but shine the light on people who deserve the recognition for all the good that they do as well. I am a friend to all, and love to remind others of how amazing they are. I am loyal to the people, organizations and causes that have helped me to become who I am today. I have shown personal growth by becoming a leader in programs in which I was once led. I have true passion for service with everything I do for the community and the people around me. Most of all, with everything I know, I constantly do all that I can to live with heart"

Samantha Vazquez

Delta Psi, Radford University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Events Production

 

About Samantha:

Efficiency, communication, budget planning and strategy are values important to Samantha in her career as an events producer and the values around which she founded her company, SV Productions. SV Productions specializes in experiential events to elevate a brand, designer or individual. Due to COVID-19, which halted the live events industry, the company shifted from experiential marketing events to virtual programming and pre-recording projects. Samantha’s success in creating events ranging from runway shows to luxury dinners, galas, conferences, mobile pop-up activations, and more has landed her on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Marketing & Advertising. Samantha is a first-generation college graduate who makes it a point to work with local nonprofits such as North Star Fund, Housing Works, Lambda Legal and Malaria No More, offering deep discounts for events. Personally, Samantha volunteers with organizations that provide food and Christmas gifts to families in need, proving business acumen and a heart for service can exist side-by-side. 

 

What her nominator said:

"I believe Samantha deserves this honor because she is a dedicated and passionate about her work. She has recently been named on Forbes 30 under 30 listfor these very reasons. Working with Samantha I have seen her leadership skills, her passion, and her drive. She is hard working in both her event planning business she has started and in her personally life. I hope you consider Samantha for this honor."

Corina Lau Wiles

Kappa Beta, Grand Valley State University
Bio
Field of Interest:

Business Marketing

 

About Corina:

Corina Lau Wiles, Kappa Beta, Grand Valley State University, knows the importance of relationships on business success. As a Director at Merkle, Inc., she has been supporting Fortune 500 companies in measuring the success of their marketing for nine years, and recently began a new initiative in which she consults with clients and helps them achieve unified measurements across departments. Since taking over this project two years ago, she has grown it from a one-off service to a project considered vital by her colleagues. Not only has she improved her clients’ efficiency, she has also ensured her success helps other women in business. She grew and promoted a mentorship program for the women at her company and has mentored eight different women over the last three years, helping them grow their careers, navigate the company culture, and develop a healthy work-life balance.   

 

What her nominator said:

" I've worked hard to not just climb the corporate ladder but bring younger women along with me. I've been able to carve out a specific offering for my company that no one else in our Analytics department does. I've been supporting and uplifting women around me so they can grow in their career and their lives. I also do all of this while fostering an inclusive community within my office."

Caren Yap

Theta Eta, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bio
Field of Interest:

Women's Leadership in Government & Politics

 
About Caren:

Fewer than one in four elected officials are women, and Caren seeks to change that. Caren is a junior double majoring in International Business and Business Marketing with a double minor in Global Entrepreneurship and Brookings Public Policy. Through her work in public policy and local politics, Caren has educated and encouraged women to pursue their own political aspirations. Caren co-founded a registered student organization at UNLV called iGNiTE, which empowers women to take leadership positions in politics. Her chapter was the first iGNiTE chapter in Nevada and is now one of the leading iGNiTE chapters on the West Coast. Through this, she has also formed connections with local representatives. In Spring 2020, Caren became the youngest intern in her cohort for Senator Cortez-Masto, which has inspired her involvement in policy change. Caren was elected a Consolidated Students of the University of Nevada (CSUN) Student Government Senator for her college and was appointed as Senate President Pro Tempore. She has grown the Student Government internship program by triple while overseeing the entire internship program. Caren has also helped kickstart a marketing campaign called Amplify, which highlights multicultural organizations at UNLV. She has also served as the first-ever University Initiatives Committee Chair where she was responsible for tackling health and safety issues that impact all of UNLV, including COVID-19.

 

What her nominator said:

"Caren deserves this honor for her dedication to service and her leadership involvement. Aside from what was previously mentioned, Caren was Vice President of Academic Excellence for Sigma Kappa as a new initiate. She created monthly academic newsletters and oversaw an increased chapter GPA by 0.3 during a pandemic. She was also recently elected Panhellenic Executive Vice President and named UNLV 2019-2020 Sophomore of the Year while balancing 21 credits a semester."

2019 Winners

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.”