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About Us


Chapter History

Upsilon Omega Chapter was chartered October 24, 1925 by Sydney Mayo Brown, Zenobia Henderson Gilpin, Ruth Thomas Hargrave, 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 3 Diamond (75-year) Members, Clara N. McCreary, Eddie N. Patrick, and Thelma M. Robinson.

Upsilon Omega Chapter’s 90th Anniversary Celebration
The Chapter sponsored community- oriented events that culminated with a 90th Anniversary Celebration: An Evening at the Pearl Supper Club, a black tie event at the Richmond Marriott Hotel on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

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
2015 - 2016 Johnelle M. Torbert

2017 - 2018 Audrey Swann

2019 - 2020 Mary Hicks
* 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, Incorporated ®supreme in service to all mankind.”

2022 Upsilon Omega Chapter Officers

Daisy D. Greene


Vice President/Program Chairman
Kwanza Downs


Immediate Past Basileus
Mary Hicks


Recording Secretary
Velma Jackson Williams


Corresponding Secretary
Antoinette Smith


Financial Secretary
Wendy Baugham

Assistant Financial Secretary

Elaine Williams

Financial Secretary: Special Projects
Debbie P. Jackson


Treasurer/Finance Chairman
Sandra Robinson

Assistant Treasurer

Melody Bourne-Jackson


Treasurer: Special Projects
Evette Hobson

Assistant Hostess/Hospitality Chairman 


RoxAnn Battise


Parliamentarian/Bylaws Chairman
Angela Moss​


Sergeant at Arms 

Doris Moseley

​Graduate Advisors
Andrea D. Coleman, Forrestiner Dickerson, Patricia A. Gould-Champ, Bonita Towner, Betty Waller Gray, Leonetty Gray, Tanicea Dennis, Shalema Taylor, Jamelle Wilson, Brenda Spell, Shequra Dickerson, Cheryl Perkins, Melody Bourne-Jackson,

Kesia Flippin Hobbs


2022 Upsilon Omega Standing Committees

AKA Connection
Linda C. Jackson Shaw, Chairman


Billie Winzor, Co-Chairman -- Doris Moseley


Nikki N. Carter, Chairman


RoxAnn Battise, Chairman 


Chelsea Goode


Diane Briggs-Bacon, Chairman -- Cynthia Reveley, Vice Chairman


Andrea D. Coleman, Chairman 


Sandra Robinson, Chairman 


Future Young Leaders
Kamala Payne Chapman, Co-Chairman -- Patricia Janes, Co-Chairman


Graduate Advisor’s Council 
Forrestiner Dickerson, Chairman


Allison Coles-Johnson, Chairman


Sherry R. Hayes, Chairman -- Barbara Corbett, Vice Chairman


Ivy Leaf Reporter/Public Relations Chairman
Deanna Parker, Chairman


Mary Hicks, Chairman


Membership MIP
Allison Coles Johnson, Chairman -- Alycia C. Allen, Vice Chairman


Membership Reactivation/Reclamation
Jamelle Smith Wilson, Chairman -- Elaine Williams and Tiffany Dabney, Co-Chairmen


Johnelle Torbert, Chairman

Pan Hellenic Council 

Cynthia Reveley and Appointed Chapter Representatives


Bridgette S. Watkins, Chairman

Public Relations 

Deanna Parker, Chairman -- Pauletta James, Vice Chairman


Deborah Roane, Chairman -- Thelma O'Neal, Vice Chairman


Brenda G. Spell, Chairman​ -- Melody Bourne Jackson, Vice Chairman


Shoe Bank
Lillian S. Rasberry, Chairman - Belinda Friday, Vice Chairman


Tiffany Owens, Chairman -- Christal Bacon, Vice Chairman

Sisterly Relations 

Bonita Towner, Chairman -- Elaine Williams, Vice Chairman


Kelli Poindexter, Chairman - 


2022 Special Committees


Antoinette Smith, Chairman – Cynthia Reveley, Vice Chairman


Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF)
Angela W. Moss


Luncheon in Honor of Mothers
Lisa F. Townes, Chairman -- Bridgette S. Watkins, Vice Chairman


Runia B. Bullock, Chairman - Christina Bullock, Vice Chairman 


Velma Jackson-Williams, Chairman


Alycia Allen, Chairman



Margie R. Booker, Chairman - Cynthia Woodson, Vice Chairman

2022 Upsilon Omega Target Committees

Target 1

HBCU for Life

Jacqueline Curl, Co-Chairman -- Amy Harris, Co-Chairman

Target 2

Women's Healthcare

Chelsea Goode, Christine Hamblin, Sherry Hayes

Target 3

Building Your Economic Legacy

Cynthia Woodson, Chairman

Target 4

The Arts

Billie Winzor, Co-Chairman -- Doris Moseley, Co-Chairman

Target 5

Global Impact

Belinda Friday, Co-Chairman -- Lisa Townes, Co-Chairman

Upsilon Omega Chapter's First Membership Class - 1925


Grace Matthews Pleasants

International Parliamentarian


Janet Jones Ballard

8th Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

22nd International President


Maxine Lewis Black

12th Mid-Atlantic Regional Director

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