About Us


Chapter History
Upsilon Omega Chapter was chartered October 24, 1925 by Sydney Mayo Brown, Zenobia Henderson Gilpin, Ruth Thomas Hargraves, Leah Virginia Lewis, and Gladys Powell, the first Black sorority in the city of Richmond, Virginia. Evelyn Lightner served as Regional Director at the time and the chapter was a part of the South Atlantic Region. Zenobia Henderson Gilpin was the first chapter president.

Prior to the establishment of the Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR) in 1953, Upsilon Omega Chapter members who served as regional director in the South Atlantic Region include Sydney Mayo Brown, a leader in chartering Alpha Epsilon Chapter in Petersburg, Virginia, Zenobia Henderson Gilpin, Viola Chaplain, and Clarissa Kyles Dillard. Upsilon Omega Chapter members who served as Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region include Grace Matthews Pleasants, Janet Jones Ballard, and Maxine Lewis Black.

After being elected First Vice-President and completing her term in that position, Janet Jones Ballard ascended to the highest position on the Directorate, that of 22nd International President. Clarissa Kyles Dillard served as First Vice-President and Grace Matthews Pleasants served as National Parliamentarian. Maxine L. Black was Chairman of the International Standards Committee (1986-1990). In addition, through the years, numerous chapter members have served on various national and international committees.

Upsilon Omega Chapter has hosted several regional conferences and cluster meetings. The first regional conference was hosted in 1930 as a part of the South Atlantic Region. Since the establishment of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Upsilon Omega Chapter hosted Regional Conferences in 1954, 1970, 1983, and 1993. The cluster concept for hosting conferences began in 1994, and Upsilon Omega Chapter, part of the Northern-Western Virginia Cluster, hosted regional conferences in 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011.

Upsilon Omega Chapter’s active membership averages 200 and the chapter is proud to boast of five diamond (75-year) members; Leah V. Lewis, Edith D. Booker, Naomi W. Jeter, Cora W. Moon and Ruby T. Bryant.

Upsilon Omega Chapter Presidents who have served include:
1925 - 1927 Zenobia Gilpin Henderson*
1927 - 1928 Sydney Mayo Brown*
1928 - 1929 Viola Chaplain *
1930 - 1933 Edwina Clay Sharp Hall*
1933 - 1934 Ora J. Newman *
1935 - 1937 Corinne Brown Galvin *
1938 - 1940 Henrietta Barrett Segear *
1940 - 1942 Zenobia Gilpin Henderson*
1943 - 1947 Emma Bradley Davidson *
1947 - 1948 Ruby Townsend Bryant*
1948 - 1950 Mary Wingfield Payne *
1950 - 1952 Lenora Coleman Ziegler *
1952 -1954 Grace Matthews Pleasants *
1954 - 1956 Ruby Towensend Bryant
1956 - 1958 L. Barbara McDaniel Harris
1958 - 1960 LaVerne Byrd Smith
1960 - 1962 Edna Bradford Hale *
1962 - 1964 Lucille Murray Brown
1965 - 1966 Thelma M. Robinson
1967 - 1968 Maudy W. Mays
1969 - 1970 Janet Jones Ballard *
1971 - 1972 Calvine Shadd Battle*
1973 - 1974 Rizpah L.Welch
1975 - 1976 Maxine Lewis Black
1977 - 1978 Laverne W. Cooper
1979 - 1980 Florence B. Henderson
1981- 1982 Muriel D. Felder
1983 - 1984 Jane H. Gray
1985 - 1986 Cynthia R. Mayo
1987 - 1988 Henrietta A. Morris*
1989 - 1990 Gloria E. Green
1991 - 1992 Joanna T. McLaughlin
1993 - 1994 Vasti DeLoatch
1995 - 1996 Justine J. Baugham
1997 - 1998 Elaine M. Wright
1999 - 2000 Lillian Avent Shearin*
2001 - 2002 Patrese A. Pruden
2003 - 2004 Lillie Lipscomb Taylor
2005 - 2006 Cynthia E. Bentley
2007 - 2008 Jacqueline M. Curtis
2009 - 2010 Peggy Fox
2011 - 2012 Rosalin Ball
2013 - 2014 Tabatha M. W. Spurlock
* Deceased

Upsilon Omega Chapter has a proud history that is cherished for its focus and service to the community. The diligent effort continues to strengthen the chapter and promote its growth. Committed to “greater laurels to win, greater tasks to begin,” Upsilon Omega Chapter looks forward to meeting the challenges of keeping Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. “supreme in service to all mankind.”

2015 Upsilon Omega Chapter Officers

Johnelle M. Torbert

Vice President
Audrey H. Swann

Immediate Past President
Tabatha M. W. Spurlock

Recording Secretary
Loretta O. Speller

Assistant Secretary
Vickey D. Drew

Corresponding Secretary
Cynthia D.C. Reveley

Financial Secretary
Kwanza S. Downs

Financial Secretary: Special Projects
Cheyenne H. Moss

Cynthia R. Woodson

Treasurer: Special Projects
Sonya P. Shaw

Ivy Leaf Reporter
Gladys H. Jordan

Sargeant at Arms
Kenisha A. Winder

Doris D. Moseley

Assistant Hostess
Stephannie F. Crutchfield

Nancy J. Parker

Ruby B. Smith

Graduate Advisors
Alycia C. Allen, Shari M. Hobson, Andrea D. Coleman, Tracey Y. James, Forrestiner D. Dickerson, Kristina B. Molyneaux, Patricia Gould-Champ, Angela W. Moss, Leonetty Gray, Betty Waller Gray, Daisy D. Green, Bridgette S. Watkins

2015 Upsilon Omega Standing Committees

AKA Connection
Linda Jackson Shaw, Chairman

Brenda G. Spell, Chairman - Valerie L. Mills, Vice Chairman

Nancy J. Parker, Chairman - Maxine L. Black, Vice Chairman - Carolyn L. Johnson, Chairman

Cynthia R. Woodson, Chairman

Graduate Advisor’s Council
Forrestiner D. Dickerson, Chairman

Stephannie F. Crutchfield, Chairman

Margie R. Booker, Chairman - Jacqueline S. Joyner, Vice Chairman

Elaine M. Wright, Chairman

Bridgette S. Watkins, Chairman

Sisterly Relations
Peggy E. Fox, Chairman - Shalema R. Taylor, Vice Chairman - Taniciea Dennis, Vice Chairman

Gloria E. Green, Chairman - Eula J. Colbert, Vice Chairman

Audrey H. Swann, Chairman

Educational Enrichment
Vickey D. Drew, Co-Chairman - Doreen L. Williams, Co-Chairman - Jamelle S. Wilson, Co-Chairman

Health Promotion
Allison Coles-Johnson, Chairman - Dawncherrie Walker, Vice Chairman

Environmental Ownership
Unwanna B. Dabney, Chairman - Gina M. Burgin, Vice Chairman

Family Strengthening
Antionette H. Smith, Chairman - Janice W. Robinson, Vice Chairman

Global Impact
Gwen P. Whiting, Chairman - Marsha G. Vandervall, Vice Chairman

Middle School Leadership
Kamala P. Chapman, Chairman - Patricia C. Janes, Vice Chairman

Jacqueline M. Curtis, Chairman - Telmyr F. Lee, Vice Chairman

Public Relations
Gladys H. Jordan, Chairman - Reba H. Newby, Vice Chairman

Rosalin E. Ball, Chairman - Shari M. Hobson, Vice Chairman

Shoe Bank
Lillian S. Rasberry, Chairman - Daisy D. Greene, Vice Chairman

Justine J. Baugham, Chairman - Mary R. Hicks, Vice Chairman

Tiffany Owens, Chairman - Leonetty Gray, Vice Chairman

Jacqueline M. Curtis, Chairman - Telmyr F. Lee, Vice Chairman

Special Committees

Deanna L. Parker, Co-Chairman - Billie Winzor, Co-Chairman

Jennifer Dishman, Chairman

Carlotta B. Jackson, Chairman

MLK Living the Dream
Jane H. Gray, Chairman

Luncheon in Honor of Mothers
Lisa F. Townes, Chairman

Thelma G. O’Neal, Chairman - Runia B. Bullock, Vice Chairman

Florence Neal Smith, Chairman - Alycia C. Allen, Vice Chairman