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 regular features.
Thank you to the individuals featured below, and thank you to everyone who generously supports the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation.
This year, we want to feature you! Whether your budget allows you to give $5 a year or $50 a month, we value your continued commitment and passion for investing in our Sisterhood.
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Ashley Hoogstraten Burk (Beta Pi 2007/Eastern Illinois) - Featured April 2020
Meet Ashley Hoogstraten Burk (Beta Pi 2007/Eastern Illinois). Ashley generously supports Alpha Sigma Tau through gifts of time, talent, and treasure as both a national volunteer and a Foundation donor. Ashley regularly contributes through an annual contribution during our Founders Day of Giving celebration and with an automatic recurring donation as a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle.
Initiation Year: 2007
Date of First Gift to Foundation: July 1, 2012
Occupation: Content Manager at a global commercial real estate firm.
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: I made a campaign run to sit on Eastern Illinois’ Student Government as Vice President of Business Affairs, and it was the most contested position that year. When I found out I won the election, the first place I went was to the Chapter House, where most of the Sisters were practicing for Greek Week. When I walked in everyone stopped because they knew where I’d been and when I announced I won everyone erupted in cheers! It was an amazing feeling knowing everyone was just as eager to hear the news as I was after months of their help campaigning with me. I felt so much love and support.
Fun Fact: I have a lifestyle blog and Instagram account where I share savvy house finds, easy recipes and cute clothing and finds.
I Give Because: The organization brought me my best friends and countless opportunities for self-development and improvement. I can’t imagine not considering the Foundation and our Sisterhood when giving back.
Carol Baril (Beta Zeta 1977/UAB) - Featured March 2020
Meet Carol Baril (Beta Zeta 1977/UAB). Carol has been a loyal supporter of the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation for nearly 35 years! Since her first gift in 1985, Carol has prioritized the Foundation in her charitable giving and supports our Sisterhood through regular annual gifts, as a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle, and with a planned gift commitment as a member of the Legacy Society.
Initiation Year: 1977
Date of First Gift to Foundation: September 4, 1985
Occupation: Senior Computer Programmer
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: One winter, a number of Sisters took a weekend trip to Gatlinburg where we rented a cabin and learned to ski. I also had a fun time when a number of newly initiated Sisters came to my apartment for a sleepover and we attended a late-night movie together!
Fun Fact: I am a crazy cat lady with three kitties and I have a passion for geeky things like Doctor Who, superheroes, and Dragon Con!
I Give Because: I was a junior transfer to my college and didn’t know anyone before joining Alpha Sigma Tau. After joining, my experience has helped me grow so much as a woman with leadership skills and as a member of a team, not to mention the friendships cultivated. I give because I want other young women to have the same experiences I have had and continue to have as an alumna member of such a great Sisterhood!
Kellie Vehlies (Epsilon Epsilon 2010/JWU North Miami) - Featured February 2020
Meet Kellie Vehlies (Epsilon Epsilon 2010/JWU North Miami). Since her first gift in 2016, Kellie has been a loyal supporter of and advocate for the Foundation and contributes regularly as a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle. Kellie also participates in our annual Founders Day of Giving and is recognized through the Believer’s Circle for her 2019 contributions.
Initiation Year: 2010
Date of First Gift to Foundation: November 4, 2016
Occupation: Development Associate at Project Bread, a non-profit committed to preventing and ending hunger in Massachusetts
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: My Little’s Big/Little reveal. It was so amazing to finally let her know who I was and strengthen our bond. She is still one of my best friends!
Fun Fact: I no longer do it professionally, but I’m a trained pastry chef and love to bake.
I Give Because: Alpha Sigma Tau has had such a positive and powerful impact on my life, both as a collegiate and alumnae member. I donate to open doors for other women to be impacted by our Sisterhood.
Shel Hujarski Golob (Delta Alpha 1995/Gannon) - Featured December 2019
Meet Shel Hujarski Golob (Delta Alpha 1995/Gannon). Since her first gift in 2002, Shel has been a loyal supporter of the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation—inspiring a culture of philanthropy through her own extraordinary generosity.
Shel is currently recognized through the Sybil and Jerry King Society for Cumulative Giving and also participates in our Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle. Shel was also recognized as an inaugural member of the Anchor Society in 2016 and has continued her support since.
Initiation Year: 1995
Date of First Gift to Foundation: May 17, 2002
Occupation: Pharmacist-Director of MTM (Medication Therapy Management) and Clinical Services for Discount Drug Mart, a regional retail pharmacy chain in Ohio
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: Too many to narrow it down to just one! However, my favorite thing I did with Alpha Sigma Tau was serving on the National Council. I worked with an extraordinary group of men and women in various capacities to move Alpha Sigma Tau in a positive direction. Looking back and being a part of those initiatives makes me reflect and think in a very good way, “Wow, I can’t believe we did that—that’s awesome!”. It also gave me the opportunity to meet many of our amazing members and supporters.
Fun Fact: I was a virtuoso pianist before I learned how to drive a car.
I Give Because: I support Alpha Sigma Tau because I have been inspired by so many women before me and what they have done for the organization that I feel every woman should have these opportunities and more! Throughout the years, I have met Sisters who have become more than friends and I am thankful to have them in my life.
Tina Opal Velt (Alpha Lambda 1994/Radford) - Featured September 2019
Meet Tina Opal Velt (Alpha Lambda 1994/Radford). For more than 20 years, Tina has been both an advocate and supporter of the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation. In addition to annual contributions around our national Founders Day, in 2019, Tina joined the Friendship & Fidelity Giving Circle through a monthly donation subscription. Tina is also an active member of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau and currently serves as chapter treasurer.
Initiation Year: 1994
Date of First Gift to Foundation: December 16, 1998
Occupation: Assistant Controller for a Government Contractor
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: The day I was initiated as a Sister with my new member class!
Fun Fact: I attended Game 5 of the 2018 Stanley Cup finals in Las Vegas when the Washington Capitals won the cup. It is and will probably always be the best sports memory of my life.
I Give Because: Being a Sister of Alpha Sigma Tau shaped my college life and my post-college life. The ability to support the Foundation and our Sisterhood is an honor.
Meilyng Gonzalez-Adams (Gamma Theta 2011/Penn State Behrend) - Featured August 2019
Meet Meilyng (Mei) Gonzalez-Adams (Gamma Theta 2011/Penn State Behrend). Mei is a loyal supporter of the Foundation and began contributing early on in her alumnae experience. In 2018, Mei was recognized as a member of the Believer’s Circle for Annual Giving, and she also contributes as a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle through her employer giving program.
Initiation Year: 2011
Date of First Gift to Foundation: December 22, 2015
Occupation: International Tax Manager at PwC in New York City. I have found myself working in a technology role helping develop calculations to model the implications of the new tax law for multinational corporations.
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: Picking my favorite memory is almost impossible! So many come to mind, but I guess I’m going to have to say that it was my initiation, as sappy as it sounds, because it was the start of every amazing experience I’ve had with my Sisters. I’m also going to have to say all the Sheetz runs I would make with Sisters during late-night study sessions!
Fun Fact: Every year for the last five years, I have gone on a vacation with Sisters! Locations have included Niagara Falls, U.S. Virgin Islands, New Orleans, and Mexico, and this year we are headed to Italy!
I Give Because: Alpha Sigma Tau has been such an amazing and supportive part of my life. Without the Sisterhood, I wouldn’t have met the fantastic people I have in my life. These women became my family when I was so far from home. I also credit Alpha Sigma Tau for helping me develop the skills I have needed in my personal and professional life. Once I got my job, I realized being able to give back a little bit to the amazing organization that gave me so much was quite literally the least I could do.
Meredith Rambo Murray (Gamma Pi 1991/Lycoming) - Featured July 2019
Meet Meredith Rambo Murray (Gamma Pi 1991/Lycoming). As a founding member of the Gamma Pi Chapter, Meredith has remained committed to the organization since a magical initiation night in December 1991. In anticipation of the chapter’s 25th Milestone Anniversary Celebration in 2016, Meredith was inspired to contribute to the Foundation through an automatic monthly donation and is recognized as a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Giving Circle. Meredith is also a supporter and advocate for the annual Founders Day of Giving event held each November.
Initiation Year: 1991
Date of First Gift to Foundation: February 29, 2016
Occupation: I am the Director of Development & Communications for the Princeton-Blairstown Center, a 111-year old youth development organization whose mission is to empower young people, primarily from under-resourced communities, to strengthen their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming. In my role, I am responsible for communicating the organization’s message to the public and increasing philanthropic revenue from individuals, corporations, and foundations. I have worked with nonprofits of all sizes for most of my career.
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: There are so many great Alpha Sigma Tau memories it’s hard to choose just one. Our installation experience was very meaningful because so many people were there to support us. Mary Charles Adams Ashby (Chi/Shepherd University) was there to represent the National Organization, and she was so much fun. Nancy Tyburski Rivard (Beta Xi/Michigan Technological University) and Channon Jordan Arteman (Beta Xi/Michigan Technological University) supported us throughout the colonization process and kept us calm. Plus, many of our parents and representatives from the college were there, too. Also, it was a cold but beautiful snowy night after everyone had left campus for the December holidays, so it felt special that it was just us there.
Fun Fact: I get great energy from being around all-female groups. I was a lifelong Girl Scout and still lead a troop today. I coached Girls on the Run for 10 seasons, went to an all-girls high school, and have been in several female professional organizations. So, for me, finding a group of women in college and being a founding member of the Gamma Pi chapter aligns perfectly with who I am and where my life and career have taken me.
Additionally, for the past several years, my New Year’s resolution has been to run at least one race a month for the whole year. It has meant running on New Year’s Day in single-digit temperatures and running on a night in July so hot and humid it felt like a steam room. My favorite runs are with my chocolate lab, Zipper, and my best running friends. I don’t run fast, but this gives me something to accomplish each month.
I Give Because: I support the Foundation because I was supported by Alpha Sigma Tau when I was an undergraduate member at Lycoming College. When my friends and I made the decision to start a chapter at Lycoming, the National Organization was terrific in providing the support we needed as a group and as individual leaders to ensure our chapter was off to a strong start. It was exciting to be part of the chapter’s 25th Milestone Anniversary Celebration in 2016 and to see how our work from years ago has continued to impact so many Sisters.
Joanne Rupprecht Walter (Psi 2002/James Madison) - Featured June 2019
Meet Joanne Rupprecht Walter (Psi 2002/James Madison). Joanne contributes time and treasure to Alpha Sigma Tau as a national volunteer and loyal supporter of the Foundation and is recognized as a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Giving Circle. Joanne also generously supports the annual Founders Day of Giving Campaign.
Initiation Year: 2002
Date of First Gift to Foundation: November 14, 2010
Occupation: I am a Navy spouse and stay at home mom to three kids (Liam, 8; Seamus, almost 6; Brigid, 3). I maintain my licensure and certification as a Speech-Language Pathologist and plan to return to a pediatric work setting once all my kids are in school full-time.
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: So many of my memories are linked to Alpha Sigma Tau, but the most prominent are: My preference night (2002) when I knew I was supposed to be a member of Alpha Sigma Tau; attending my first National Convention (2004); and advising some of our chapters on Panhellenic related matters which allows me to make connections with our collegiate members.
Fun Fact: Thanks to Uncle Sam, I just completed my fifth move in 10 years of marriage. My husband is a US Naval Officer, and together we have lived in six different states: Florida, Maryland, Rhode Island, California, Virginia, and Tennessee.
I Give Because: Alpha Sigma Tau was an important part of my collegiate experience, and I want today’s collegiate members to have the same access to our Sisterhood. Those friendships developed during my most formative years have proven to be for a lifetime — everyone deserves to have the same opportunity to achieve those friendships.
Joell Sperry (Gamma Theta 2004/Penn State Behrend) - Featured May 2019
Meet Joell Sperry (Gamma Theta 2004/Penn State Behrend). Long before monthly donors were recognized through the Friendship & Fidelity Giving Circle, Joell demonstrated a commitment to her vows as a member of Alpha Sigma Tau through her generous and loyal support. Since October 2014, Joell has faithfully made a donation to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation every month—that’s 55 consecutive months of giving! Joell has also been recognized in the Anchor Society (2017 and 2018), the 2018 Eternal Light Circle, and the Elliott Family Society for Cumulative Giving.
Initiation Year: 2004
Date of First Gift to Foundation: October 16, 2014
Occupation: Accounting Manager, EZ Shield Inc.
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: My proudest moment as a Tau was being awarded the Lois Schweikart O’Dell Anchor Award at the 41st National Convention. My favorite memories are all the fun after various initiations where we hung out and folded the new members into our family, as well as adventures with Sisters like a random trip to Canada one year!
Fun Fact: I was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot and have had two open heart surgeries. The most recent was in August 2013 when my pulmonary valve was replaced! I’m all repaired now and living life to the fullest!
I Give Because: I support the Foundation because I’ve seen the programming change so much since I was a collegian, and it’s been great to see our Sisterhood evolve to serve the needs of its members. Foundation-funded programs like Illuminate, Not Anymore and scholarships prepare our collegiate members to be strong, powerful, and confident women. It’s an honor of mine to contribute to mentoring future leaders.
Ruby Marcelo (Delta Nu 2002/Beloit) - Featured April 2019
Meet Ruby Marcelo (Delta Nu 2002/Beloit). Ruby has generously supported the Foundation since 2016 and, as an alumna, makes it a point to connect with her Alpha Sigma Tau Sisters in cities across the country, and even the world, as she travels as a Diplomat for the U.S. Department of State.
Initiation Year: 2002
Date of First Gift to Foundation: November 4, 2016
Occupation: Diplomat, U.S. Department of State
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: The initiation ceremony of adding new members. It is awesome to see the growth of a chapter!
Fun Fact: My home state is Hawaii, which has the only palace in the U.S., Iolani Palace. Also, your U.S. passport lets you into over 100 countries in the world visa-free!
I Give Because: I believe this organization truly builds women to be leaders in all facets of their life.
Allika Peeler-Bagley (Epsilon Upsilon 2016/Dalton State) - Featured March 2019
Allika Peeler-Bagley (Epsilon Upsilon 2016/Dalton State), has supported the Foundation as a member of the 1899 Society for Collegiate Giving Society since 2017. Additionally, as a founding member and two-time president for the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter at Dalton State College, Allika demonstrates a continued commitment to leadership as Sister of Alpha Sigma Tau.
Initiation Year: 2016
Date of First Gift to Foundation: June 22, 2017
Major/Career Aspirations: Marketing Major with Minors in Health & Wellness and Communications. I would love to work for an NPC organization one day!
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: The day the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter received its charter. As a founding Sister and the first Vice President of Organization Development, I will always hold my chapter’s establishment near and dear to my heart.
Fun Fact: I am currently serving my second term as Epsilon Upsilon’s Chapter President and get the chance to represent my chapter as a Dalton State College Homecoming Princess candidate for 2019.
I Give Because: I support the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation to give back to the organization that has given me so much. I have gained lifelong friendships, leadership skills, and confidence in myself.
Christie L. Fidura (Zeta Tau 1990/Longwood) - Featured February 2019
Meet Christie L. Fidura (Zeta Tau 1990/Longwood). Despite living across the ocean, Christie is a long-time supporter of the Foundation and has participated in our annual Founders Day of Giving celebration since 2016. She also utilizes her employer’s matching gift program to double her impact for our Sisterhood.
Initiation Year: 1990
Date of First Gift to Foundation: March 8, 2000
Occupation: Director, EMEA Developer Marketing for Salesforce
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: As a collegiate Sister, I was elected to be our chapter’s Panhellenic representative, which meant I could not directly participate in our recruitment activities. But when recruitment ended, our campus had a tradition of “rushing” back. It was such fun to run into my Sisters’ waiting arms with loads of balloons and streamers and signs as if I was a new member again!
Fun Fact: I grew up in Richmond, Virginia and now live in its sister city, Richmond-upon-Thames, London, United Kingdom.
I Give Because: I support the Foundation because Alpha Sigma Tau is an association of women who are active, self-reliant and trustworthy. These are characteristics everyone should possess and champion. In essence, Alpha Sigma Tau is creating good human beings. Additionally, the responsibilities that I undertook when I was a collegiate Sister helped me develop a strong sense of individual ownership and team collaboration that has contributed greatly to my success in my career.
Samantha Pankau Thomas (Beta 2008/Central Michigan) - Featured January 2019
Meet Samantha Pankau Thomas (Beta 2008/Central Michigan). Sam has been a generous donor and advocate of the Foundation since 2012 and stays engaged as an alumna through various national volunteer roles and as an active member of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter. In addition to her regular giving, Sam has hosted challenges for Beta Chapter during our annual Founders Day of Giving celebration and supports the event as a Founders Day of Giving Ambassador.
Initiation Year: 2008
Date of First Gift to Foundation: November 17, 2012
Occupation: Entrepreneur in Real Estate Investment, Director with Pampered Chef, and part-time Speech-Language Pathologist
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: I have so many great memories recent and distant with Alpha Sigma Tau. However, my favorites are the Ritual and ceremonies we experience together. From celebrating a Sister who received a lavalier during my collegiate days to seeing new Sisters experience Initiation at Convention—you just can’t replace that warm feeling and memory of such special moments.
Fun Fact: It has always been a dream of mine to flip a house. After years of watching television shows, reading blogs, and attending training events, I closed on my first flip which is in progress now!
I Give Because: I support the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation because I firmly believe in supporting an organization that supported me throughout my collegiate years and continues to do so. Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation supports Sisters through programs and scholarships and allows women the opportunity to embrace our values. My hope is that as collegiate women have these experiences, they will continue to promote what they have learned and support future Alpha Sigma Taus for generations to come.
Adeline R. Hummel (Beta Xi 2015/Michigan Tech) - Featured December 2018
Meet Adeline R. Hummel (Beta Xi 2015/Michigan Tech). Adeline currently serves as Director of Ritual for her chapter, and in just three years of membership has already attended two National Conventions. Adeline served the Foundation as an 1899 Society Collegiate Ambassador in the 2017-2018 year, and she has continued to be a strong supporter and advocate. In addition to joining the 1899 Society in 2017 and 2018, Adeline made donations during the 42nd National Convention Campaign, participated in our annual Founders Day of Giving celebration this past November, and recently joined the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle by setting up an automatic recurring donation.
Date of First Gift to Foundation: July 28, 2017
Major/Career Aspiration: I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on transportation. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue an MBA. I have been inspired by co-workers from my previous internships to work my way up the ladder of a company during my career to more of a management side, and maybe even one day start my own business.
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: There are so many, but the most memorable ones have been Convention and new member ceremonies. Attending my first Convention in 2016, I was overwhelmed with joy when I stepped into the hotel upon arrival. Greeted by Sisters I had never met before, I felt at home. Breaking out into the education sessions, making leadership decisions, and exploring Jacksonville with my Sisters, my heart was filled with warmth. Growing up with three sisters I thought I knew the true meaning of sisterhood, but this was so much more. I returned to Convention this past summer and am excited to continue sharing this amazing experience with these remarkable women I get to call my Sisters for many more Conventions to come. Growing up in a religious family, a system of beliefs and practices were instilled within me, and I was provided a large support network from those around me. Serving as Ritual Director for my chapter, I have looked forward to each of our new member ceremonies and being able to not only instill the core values of Intellect, Excellence, Graciousness, Respect, and Connections within our new members but to also re-instill them within our active members.
Fun Fact: I am passionate about the fight against pediatric cancer and helped to form a Love Your Melon Campus Crew on my University’s campus this past year. We have hosted multiple Be The Match Swab Drives, held tabling events for the Pinky Swear Foundation and will be hosting our first two Ronald McDonald House Dinners during winter break!
I Give Because: Alpha Sigma Tau has given me the aptitude to become the leader I am today and will become in the future. With the Sisterhood being something that I value, I felt the need to start my monthly contribution to the Foundation before graduating. By making programs like Illuminate, GreekLifeEdu, and Not Anymore possible for us collegiate sisters, we are being instilled with the skills necessary to navigate our own lives as well as learning how to enrich the lives of those around us. As the Foundation continues to grow, we will be able to provide even more opportunities for our Sisters to grow.
Kristina Moron Eaton (Gamma Delta 2000/UMASS Dartmouth) - Featured October 2018
Meet Kristina Moron Eaton (Gamma Delta 2000/UMASS Dartmouth (pictured with her husband, Andrew, and their son, Andrew Jr.). Kristina generously supports the Foundation as a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle and offers additional support as a matching gift/challenge event host during our annual Founders Day of Giving celebration. Kristina also contributes her time to the Sorority as the Epsilon Sigma (Bridgewater State University) Chapter Consultant and as Chair of the National Governing Documents Committee.
Initiation Year: 2000
Date of First Gift to Foundation: October 23, 2015
Occupation: Lead Accountant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: My chapter’s Friday night dinners. There was a Friendly’s close to campus and we would meet for dinner most Friday nights. It was an informal gathering, so the women were not always the same week to week. But the stories and laughs we shared, I will remember forever.
Fun Fact: We Boston women love sports! My husband and I have season tickets to the Bruins and the Celtics.
I Give Because: I support the Foundation because I would not have my career without Alpha Sigma Tau. The leadership, organization, and other skills that I learned as a collegian led to an internship that helped jump-start my career. I want to do what I can to ensure that the scholarships and programs available to our collegiate Sisters have the required funding.
Nicole Noyse France (Alpha 2000/Eastern Michigan) - Featured September 2018
Meet Nicole Noyse France (Alpha 2000/Eastern Michigan). Nicole has been a loyal supporter of the Foundation since she made her first gift during the 40th National Convention in 2014, and she is an active member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle. Nicole recently included the Foundation in her bequest and estate plans, which qualifies her for recognition as a member of the Legacy Society. Nicole also generously contributes her time to the Sorority as the Epsilon Eta (University of the Incarnate Word) Chapter Advisor.
Initiation Year: 2000
Date of First Gift to Foundation: June 27, 2014
Occupation: Senior Coordinator of Student Success in the Office of Outreach and Recruitment at San Antonio College
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: There are so many to choose from that it’s hard to pick one! I am going to say ALL OF IT, but there are a few specific memories that come to mind. I was 17 years old when I joined Alpha Sigma Tau and really did not understand the depth of opportunities and friendships this organization would provide me. A specific memory that comes to mind is past National President Martha DeCamp sending me a birthday card when I was deployed. That meant so much when I was uprooted from my home chapter, and I think I have received a birthday card from her every year since! Another favorite is serving as Chapter Advisor for the Epsilon Eta women. I came to Texas not knowing a soul, and they opened their hearts and chapter to me with open arms. I have been fortunate enough to serve as their Chapter Advisor for over eight years now! I have had the opportunity to share in their successes, trials, accomplishments, and milestones, and because of their efforts, we have shared so many memories and formed relationships for life. I also have to mention attending Convention. Sharing that experience with so many amazing women every two years has become a favorite! From watching the collegiate Sisters experience all their Convention “firsts” to late-night chat sessions and the motto of “No Sleep til Sunday”. I have shared not only Sorority life with these women, but our friendships continue to grow as we have experienced many of life’s milestones together. Lastly, helping to establish the San Antonio Alumnae Association and being the first Alpha Sigma Tau to serve as a delegate for Panhellenic Association of San Antonio will always be a favorite memory, not to mention getting to connect and serve with such amazing ladies!
Fun Fact: I served in the United States Army for nine years. I held the ranks of PFC, SPC, SGT, 2LT, 1LT, & CPT. While deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom, I received the Bronze Star Medal!
I Give Because: I support the Foundation because Alpha Sigma Tau provided me with opportunities to grow into the leader I knew I could be. This Sisterhood connected me with lifelong friends all over the country during my military service. It has been important for me to give back to the organization that has given so much to me and provide the generations that follow the same opportunities. We must lead by example and live our values daily! It is my hope by donating, I am serving as a role model for our collegiate women to understand that we all took the same vows and share the same beliefs. We must make sure we are preserving our future, just as women who came before us have done. When I joined Alpha Sigma Tau, I had no idea the impact this organization would have on my heart and how strongly I would feel about her. That impact is why I recently named the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation as a beneficiary in my will.
Brianna Metsger (Gamma Tau 2017/Lebanon Valley) - Featured August 2018
Meet Brianna (Bri) Metsger (Gamma Tau 2017/Lebanon Valley). Bri is celebrating her one-year anniversary as a Foundation donor this month; she made her first gift less than 5 months after being initiated as a collegiate member! Bri was selected as an 1899 Society Collegiate Ambassador for the 2017-2018 year and enjoyed the experience so much she has submitted an application to return in 2018-2019.
Initiation Year: 2017
Date of First Gift to Foundation: August 1, 2017
Major/Career Aspiration: I am an English and Creative Writing double major and I have a dream of becoming an editor.
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: Serving as my chapter’s Director of Philanthropy and planning and executing our two most successful philanthropy events; Treats For Troops and Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods. My chapter values service, and I am proud to have had a hand in making our events as successful as possible.
Fun Fact: I am super passionate about animals and love dogs! I currently work at my county’s Humane Society.
I Give Because: I support the Foundation because I know how crucial scholarships can be for some students, including myself. Without access to scholarships, I would not be able to finish my college education. I want to help as much as I can to give my fellow sisters the financial opportunity to earn their respective degrees!
Sarah Hinshaw (Delta Nu 1999/Beloit) - Featured July 2018
Meet Sarah Hinshaw (Delta Nu 1999/Beloit). Sarah made her first donation to the Foundation in 2004 and has been a loyal supporter since. In addition to being a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle, Sarah is recognized through the Sybil & Jerry King Society for Cumulative Giving and was a leading supporter in the Emerald Circle for Annual Giving in 2017. Additionally, Sarah volunteers her time to the Sorority as Delta Nu’s Assistant Chapter Advisor and has previously served both the National Organization and the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter in a variety of roles.
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: The most distinct memory I have is playing team Trivial Pursuit as a chapter during my senior year at Beloit. The camaraderie, intelligence, intensity, and joy of that game are a great example of the comprehensive experience I have had as a member. Joining Alpha Sigma Tau helped me find my home away from home and facilitated my becoming more brave, bold, and empowered. The women I was initiated with and then later recruited into the chapter are always close to my heart. They are why I have great memories of my collegiate years, and they remain inspirational to me now.
Fun Fact: I have a goal notebook that includes weekly, monthly, yearly, and life goals. These goals are personal, professional, silly, and serious. I love checking a goal off my list and continually being a work in progress. A few of my goals include visiting all 50 states (plus protectorates!), the 13 Canadian provinces/territories, and getting to more countries. I am currently working toward 30. The largest goal on my list is to live and work on every continent. Right now I have checked off three (North America, Europe, and Africa). Antarctica is the toughest one to get on the list, so one day soon I hope to be living at McMurdo Base in Antarctica. I may have to work as a custodian to do it, but that will be more than worth it to check a goal off my list! A few of my other goals include building my crazy Lego collection, giving blood at least five times a year, and so many more.
I Give Because: I support the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation for quite a few reasons. First, the mission of funding initiatives that impact the lives of members of our organization is paramount to the overall strength and impact of Alpha Sigma Tau. Whether through educational programming or scholarships that help make school more affordable, these initiatives enrich the lives of Sisters currently and well into the future, and that is powerful. Growing up in what used to be a small Indiana farming community, I saw the difference education could make in a woman’s life and in turn the ripple effect it has in the life of her family. The strong education my mother had helped keep my childhood stable through hardships and divorce. Now that I work in the international education realm, I see how this is true around the globe. Educated women tend to live longer, healthier lives, build stronger families and communities, and create more income equity. Education and literacy are not cure-alls for all the problems in the world, but they are key attributes to improving lives. Second, Alpha Sigma Tau has given me so much over the years that I want to make that experience available to as many women as possible. By giving to the Foundation I know I am helping fortify this Sisterhood for future members. Third, I support the Foundation because charitable giving (of time and money) helps me feel grounded and content. Research has shown that charitable giving increases happiness, stimulates the brain, and even correlates with improved income earning. I have found this to be true – the more I give the better my life experience has been. Lastly, I support the Foundation because each year as I meet members of Alpha Sigma Tau, in my collegiate chapter of Delta Nu, my alumnae chapter of Northern Virginia, or through national events, I am so proud of who we are. Alpha Sigma Tau is an organization that encourages growth in so many aspects of life and so many members embody that spirit to flourish as amazing individuals.
Briana Simko (Beta Delta 2008/Duquesne) - Featured June 2018
Meet Briana Simko (Beta Delta 2008/Duquesne). Briana was inspired at the 41st National Convention in 2016 to begin a monthly donation to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation and has been a loyal supporter ever since. Briana makes her monthly contribution as a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle and has also served as an ambassador for our annual Founders Day of Giving celebration. Additionally, Briana volunteers her time to the Sorority as Beta Delta’s Chapter Advisor and as President of the Pittsburgh Alumnae Association.
Initiation Year: 2008
Date of First Gift to Foundation: June 23, 2016
Occupation: I’m currently working in Insurance Services for UPMC.
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: It’s impossible to pick just one Alpha Sigma Tau memory, but I would say the friendships I found are incredible. I have met some of my closest friends and I can’t imagine my life without them.
Fun Fact: I lived in New York for a few years and managed to watch them film a scene for Gossip Girl!
I Give Because: I give because Alpha Sigma Tau has started so many great initiatives that need support. Illuminate is such an incredible program and when I heard that donations through the Foundation make that and scholarships possible, I knew I had to give back so that women could continue to get the most from the National Organization.
Melinda Henry Oates (Gamma Gamma 1991/UWA) and Christina Alexandria Oates (Gamma Gamma 2016/UWA) - Featured Mother's Day 2018
In celebration of Mother’s Day 2018, we’re sharing the story of one of our favorite mother-daughter donor duos: Melinda Henry Oates (Gamma Gamma 1991/UWA), and her daughter, Christina Alexandria Oates (Gamma Gamma 2016/UWA).
Melinda, who was initiated into the Gamma Gamma Chapter at the University of West Alabama in 1991, has served in a variety of roles for Alpha Sigma Tau’s national organization as an alumna.
Melinda regularly brought Christina along when fulfilling her duties for Alpha Sigma Tau, including her role as office manager for the Foundation when the organization was located in Birmingham, Alabama.
“She [Christina] grew up at Alpha Sigma Tau’s office when it was in Birmingham, AL, and watched some amazing women give everything they had to this Sisterhood.”
-Melinda Henry Oates, Gamma Gamma
Despite her close ties to a national organization, Christina was always adamant that Sorority life wasn’t for her and decided to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which does not currently have an active chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau.
However, shortly after, her mind began to change.
“Some major things happened in my family, and the people that were there for us were the amazing Sisters my mom had through Alpha Sigma Tau. Those Sisters were women I had considered aunts for so long because they were that close with my mother. It was then that the true meaning of Sisterhood hit home for me, and I began to work on a plan.”
–Christina Alexandria Oates, Gamma Gamma
“Alexandria [Christina] surprising me and becoming an initiated member of Alpha Sigma Tau was one of the most memorable moments in my life. Not only is she my daughter, but she is my Sister in Alpha Sigma Tau and that means so much to me.”
-Melinda Henry Oates, Gamma Gamma
Immediately after her initiation, Christina honored the vows she had just taken by setting up an automatic monthly donation to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation.
“She signed up to give $20 a month and she was a full-time college student with a part-time job. I asked her why and she said: “Mom, I just took a vow that said I would give back.” I am very proud of her and know she truly enjoys supporting something that means so much to her.”
–Melinda Henry Oates, Gamma Gamma
Melinda has been a loyal supporter of the Foundation since its start and helped establish the Gamma Gamma Chapter-Melinda Henry Oates Scholarship Fund. She generously contributes to the Foundation on a monthly basis through the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle and is also currently recognized through the Elliott Family Society for Cumulative Giving.
For Melinda, giving back is just what you do. “I guess for me it is easy to believe in Alpha Sigma Tau, so it has been easy to give to the Foundation. I want future young women to experience the joy and happiness that I have received and continue to receive every day as a result of this extraordinary Sisterhood.”
“To me, $20 a month would never amount to all that Alpha Sigma Tau has given me. The Sorority is a blessing in my life, and if my giving means that a scholarship is awarded to a woman who can receive these blessings as well, then my reward is greater than the donation.”
-Christina Alexandria Oates, Gamma Gamma
Debi McCain Pyszka (Alpha Nu 1969/Central Missouri) - Featured May 2018
Pictured left with Bobbie M. Nichols (Alpha Gamma 1968/Henderson)
Meet Debi McCain Pyszka (Alpha Nu 1969/Central Missouri). Debi has served in several national volunteer roles as an alumnae member of Alpha Sigma Tau and was one of the first supporters of the Foundation. Debi contributes on a recurring basis through the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle and is also recognized through the Elizabeth Wilson Society for Cumulative Giving.
Initiation Year: 1969
Date of First Gift to Foundation: June 21, 1986
Occupation: I am a retired teacher. I taught 26 years in Missouri and twelve years in Illinois, all middle school English.
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: When you’ve been a member as long as I have, it is hard to narrow it down, but a few of my favorites include new member ceremonies (I love welcoming our newest Sisters!), getting snowed in and missing the first day of class after Headquarters asked me and seven chapter Sisters to travel to Iowa to help with a recruitment party [circa 1970], my two candle lighting ceremonies when I was pinned and engaged (Having all my Sisters there was the best!), and my first National Convention in Pittsburgh in 1980 where I realized what Sisterhood for life meant.
Fun Fact: After college, some of my besties were Sisters from other chapters. Two of my chapter Sisters and six of my national Sisters started going to the beach together during the summers when there was no Convention and it has become a tradition.
I Give Because: I support the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation because of the skills and talents I acquired as a collegiate member. I was better prepared to interview for jobs, manage projects and take leadership roles in my adult organizations. I want today’s women to have the same access to this training and true Sisterhood as I did.
Mary Askins (Alpha Lambda 2013/Radford) - Featured April 2018
Meet Mary Askins (Alpha Lambda 2013/Radford). Mary has generously supported the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation as a recurring donor and member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle since 2015 and is always quick to make additional contributions and serve as an ambassador and advocate during the annual Founders Day of Giving and the Foundation’s biennial Convention Campaigns.
Initiation Year: 2013
Date of First Gift to Foundation: October 12, 2015
Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Agency/Administrative Marketing Associate
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: During our new member process, one of the other women in my new member class spent the night at my apartment. She told me about her family in New Hampshire, her interest in race cars, and her fluffy cat Chevy. That night I made a lifelong friend and someone who I look up to and trust.
Fun Fact: In the near future, I plan on becoming a Student Affairs Professional to help collegiate students reach their full potential. I also love the Clemson Tigers!
I Give Because: I give to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation because this Sorority has provided me with so many fun-filled opportunities since joining in fall 2013. I have established deep-rooted friendships, connected with Sisters across the country at conferences, joined the Tidewater Area Alumnae Chapter, and I look forward to many adventures with Sisters in the future. I want to pay it forward to all of the Sisters who will follow me and want to be an example to them to do the same to help Sisters and their educational endeavors.
Ronica Jackson (Epsilon Beta 2005/UT Rio Grande Valley) - Featured March 2018
Meet Ronica Jackson (Epsilon Beta 2005/UT Rio Grande Valley). Ronica is the president of the Rio Grande Valley Alumnae Association and serves as the Epsilon Beta Chapter Advisor. Ronica generously supports the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation as a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle and through additional contributions during our annual Founders Day of Giving event.
Initiation Year: 2005
Date of First Gift to Foundation: June 28, 2014
Occupation: CEO & Designer of Ronica Marie Couture and Financial Representative with Houston Methodist Hospital
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: I will never forget the day the Epsilon Beta Chapter was installed. As a charter member and president, I remember our Yellow Rose Banquet. I was standing at the podium and looking out at all my Sisters. As I was getting choked up, I said, “We did it and this is a legacy that we built together.”
Fun Fact: I love dancing! Since I’m a busy bee, my stress reliever is salsa dancing.
I Give Because: I give to the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation because Alpha Sigma Tau has made me the woman that I am today. I love to give back to help other Sisters reach their goals.
Stacey Daniel Fragile (Gamma Mu 1995/WVU Tech) - Featured February 2018
Meet Stacey Daniel Fragile (Gamma Mu 1995/WVU Tech). Stacey is the president of the Southern West Virginia Alumnae Association and has also held a variety of national volunteer roles. Stacey is a loyal supporter of the Alpha Sigma Tau Foundation, generously hosting challenges during our annual Founders Day of Giving event and contributing on a recurring basis as a member of the Friendship & Fidelity Monthly Giving Circle.
Initiation Year: 1995
Date of First Gift to Foundation: May 22, 1997
Favorite Alpha Sigma Tau Memory: I have so many wonderful memories that it is hard to pick just one. Some of my favorites are when I was pinned on Valentine’s Day 1995, the day I learned who my Big and Little Sisters were, and attending conventions with my fellow advisors which always lead to late night talk sessions in one of our rooms.
Fun Fact: I was the sole member of my New Member class when I joined in 1995.
I Give Because: Alpha Sigma Tau provided me with the opportunity to make lifelong friends from all across the country. It also taught me skills that I continue to use in my professional life even though I graduated over 20 years ago. In giving back to the Foundation I feel that I am helping to provide opportunities to our current and future collegiate members and thus I am doing my part to contribute to the progress of mankind which is something we pledge to do every time we recite our Creed.
Alice Ball (Epsilon Gamma 2009/Georgia Southern-Armstrong) - Featured January 2018
Meet Alice Ball (Epsilon Gamma 2009/Georgia Southern-Armstrong). 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 2015/Grand Valley) - 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 2008/Lebanon Valley) - Featured October 2017
Meet Megan Escobar (Gamma Tau 2008/Lebanon Valley). 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 a 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 2014/Cal State LA) - Featured September 2017
Meet Desiree Caro (Gamma Upsilon 2014/Cal State LA). 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 2007/Duquesne) - Featured August 2017
Meet Leah Smith (Beta Delta 2007/Duquesne). 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.