Donor Features

Without the generous support of Sisters and friends, the Foundation would not be able to accomplish its mission to fund initiatives that impact the lives of members of Alpha Sigma Tau. That’s why we are excited to highlight some of our loyal supporters through the monthly “Meet a Donor” feature.

Thank you to the individuals featured below, and thank you to everyone who generously supports the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation.

Want to share your donor story? Email foundation@alphasigmatau.org and you may be featured next!

 

Alice Ball, Epsilon Gamma - Featured January 2018

Meet Alice Ball, Epsilon Gamma (Armstrong State University. For nearly two years Alice has generously supported the Foundation as a monthly recurring donor and has also contributed to various Convention Campaigns and annual Founders Day of Giving events. Alice volunteers for the Sorority as the Assistant Chapter Advisor for Epsilon Gamma and previously served on the Nominations Committee.

Initiation Year: 2009

Date of First Gift to Foundation: June 26, 2014

Occupation: Part-time Law Student at Savannah Law School and Legal Secretary to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory:  There are many to choose from, but some of my favorites are spending a bachelorette with Sisters in Disney World, multiple Advisor Academies spent laughing and learning, and Conventions where your committee you were serving on decides to share a suite. I can’t pinpoint one memory because each one has its own unique quality that makes it special.

Fun Fact: I am a Disney fanatic and love to be organized.

I Give Because: Alpha Sigma Tau gave me the courage and tools to bring out the leader in me and still teaches me how to grow in that role today. I want to be a part of bringing out that role in other women.

Diane Wehby, Gamma Xi - Featured December 2017

Meet Diane Wehby, Gamma Xi (Grand Valley State University). Diane generously contributes to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation as a monthly recurring donor and has also served as an ambassador for both the 2016 and 2017 Founders Day of Giving events. Diane became an initiated member of Alpha Sigma Tau as an alumna in 2015 after receiving encouragement to join from her daughter Kate Wehby, Gamma Xi.  Diane is a loyal supporter of the Foundation, and she is always quick to volunteer her time or offer a kind word of encouragement to a Sister.

Initiation Year: 2015

Date of First Gift to Foundation: June 26, 2014

Occupation: I am a registered nurse working as a quality improvement specialist for one of the largest physician groups in Michigan. I have a BSN and MSN from Madonna University in Livonia, MI.

Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory:  My best experience was being initiated into the same chapter (Gamma Xi at Grand Valley State University) as my daughter. It was so special to share the same vows that she took and to share that day with her and the members of Gamma Xi!

Fun Fact: After I completed my Master’s degree in Nursing at Madonna University, I had an annual clinical research scholarship named after me that is still given out twenty years later.

I Give Because: I support the Foundation because I believe that you should spend your money where your values are. I believe that all of the Sisters deserve quality programming and scholarship opportunities. It is my hope that my donations will help secure future funding in high impact areas. I feel it is especially important to support our collegiate members so that they remain active with the Sorority past their university experience.

 

Megan Escobar, Gamma Tau - Featured October 2017

Meet Megan Escobar, Gamma Tau (Lebanon Valley College). Megan generously contributes to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation as a monthly recurring donor and is also an ambassador for the 2017 Founders Day of Giving. She currently volunteers for the Sorority as Chapter Advisor for the Gamma Tau Chapter at Lebanon Valley College, and she organized a Founders Day of Giving Chapter Challenge event with other members of the Gamma Tau Chapter Advisory Board.

Initiation Year: 2011

Occupation: Solutions Manager and IT Support at a Telecommunications and IT Consulting company

Date of first gift to Foundation: June 23, 2016

Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: There are so many I hold close to my heart, but if I had to choose one, it would be shortly after I joined the Advisory Board for Gamma Tau. All of a sudden, after a regular chapter meeting, I realized I was standing in a room with 30+ members. This was the largest the chapter had been in years, and I was overwhelmed by how much the chapter had accomplished. It was the same feeling I get at Convention surrounded by hundreds of my Sisters; an appreciation and joy at being a part of this amazing group of women who all have something in common with me – a love for Alpha Sigma Tau.

Fun Fact: I recently left the country for the first time and spent aweek adventuring in Iceland.

I Give Because: I support the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation because I want future sorority women to have as many opportunities as possible. The scholarships and programs funded by the Foundation have measurable impact, and at the moment, my favorite is Illuminate. This program has so much potential and every chapter should have the opportunity to participate. I know the donations are used in ways that support the missions of the Sorority and Foundation, and I am proud to contribute.

Desiree Caro, Gamma Upsilon - Featured September 2017

Meet Desiree Caro, Gamma Upsilon (California State University, Los Angeles). Desiree currently leads her chapter as President and has previously served as Vice President of Community Relations, Panhellenic Delegate, and Director of Philanthropy. Desiree generously contributes to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation on a monthly basis and is passionate about the Illuminate program. She was also unknowingly the first member of the 1899 Society for Collegiate Giving thanks to her monthly support.

Initiation Year: 2014

Date of first gift to Foundation: March 9, 2017

Major: Childhood Development with a minor in Political Science. I am going to add a second minor and am currently deciding on Chicano/Latino Studies or Asian and Asian American Studies. I’d also like to pursue a PhD after my undergraduate studies.

Career Aspirations: I am inspired by my professors at Cal State LA and would like to teach at a higher education level while also leading my own research lab. I want to focus on topics related to developmental psychology while publishing my findings and presenting at conferences worldwide.

Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: There’s so many, but if I had to pinpoint the one favorite memory where it all started, I’d say when I opened my invitation to join the Sorority on Bid Day after going through Panhellenic recruitment.

Fun Fact: I’ve studied abroad twice for two consecutive summers! The first time abroad was in London for photography, and the second was in Japan with the kinesiology students at my university. I have family in Japan and was able to meet my cousins for the first time!

I Give Because: I give to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation because I believe it has provided opportunities to collegiate chapters nationwide to enhance their members’ experiences. It empowers collegiate members with programs like Illuminate and Not Anymore.

Leah Smith, Beta Delta - Featured August 2017

Meet Leah Smith, Beta Delta (Duquesne University). Leah contributes monthly to the Foundation through her employer’s year-round giving program and also hosted a matching gift for her initiating chapter during the inaugural Founders Day of Giving.

Initiation Year: 2007

Occupation: Clinical Pharmacist, Drug Utilization Review at UnitedHealthcare

Date of first gift to Foundation: June 28, 2014

Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: One of my favorite memories is the Big/Little night when I was matched with my Little, Maria Baker Theys. We officially became best friends that night, and now we live 2 miles down the street from each other.

Fun Fact: I also have a biological sister who decided to Go Greek when she went to college! She is a Zeta Tau Alpha, and now we are Panhellenic sisters too.

I Give Because: I give to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation because it helps educate the next generation of women to become leaders, donors, and philanthropists of tomorrow.