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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
* 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.”

2019 Upsilon Omega Chapter Officers

President 
Mary Hicks

 

Vice President/Program Chairman
Daisy Greene

 

Immediate Past Basileus
Audrey Swann

 

Recording Secretary
Velma Jackson Williams

 

Assistant Secretary 
Janet Palmer

 

Corresponding Secretary
Belinda Friday

 

Financial Secretary
Michele L. Atkinson

 

Financial Secretary: Special Projects
Cheyenne H. Moss

 

Treasurer/Finance Chairman
Allison Coles-Johnson

 

Treasurer: Special Projects
Sonya P. Shaw

 
Assistant Hostess/Hospitality Chairman 
Jennifer Giles


Parliamentarian
Vicky D. Drew

 

Parliamentarian/Bylaws Chairman
Angela Moss​

 

​Graduate Advisors
Andrea D. Coleman, Forrestiner Dickerson, Kristina B. Molyneaux, Patricia A. Gould-Champ, Bonita Towner, Betty Waller Gray, and Leonetty Gray

 

2019 Upsilon Omega Standing Committees

AKA Connection
Linda C. Jackson Shaw, Chairman

Archives

Betty Waller Gray, Vice Chairman -- Lena Morgan

 

Arts
Billie Winzor, Co-Chairman -- Doris Moseley

Audit

Valeria Mills Pullen, Chairman

 

Bylaws
Angela Moss, Chairman -- RoxAnn Battise, Vice Chairman

 

Chaplain
Janice Brown-Corbett

Chorale

Diane Briggs-Bacon, Chairman -- Cynthia Reveley

 

Debutante 
Andrea D. Coleman, Chairman -- Evette Hobson

 

Finance
Allison Coles-Johnson, Chairman 

 

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

 

Graduate Advisor’s Council 
Forrestiner Dickerson, Chairman

 

Historian/Archivist
Betty Waller Gray, Chairman

 

Housing
Carlotta B. Jackson, Chairman -- Barbara Corbett, Vice Chairman

 

Hospitality
Jennifer Giles, Chairman -- Beverly Taylor, Vice Chairman

 

Investment
Margie R. Booker, Chairman

 

Ivy Leaf Reporter/Public Relations Chairman
Deanna Parker, Chairman

 

Leadership
Audrey Swann, Chairman

 

Membership MIP
Doreen Williams, Chairman -- Stephanie Crutchfield, Vice Chairman

 

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

 

Nominating
Antoinette Taylor, Chairman

Pan Hellenic Council 

Appointed Chapter Representatives

 

Protocol 
Doris Mosley, Chairman -- Randa Molyneaux, Vice Chairman

Public Relations 

Deanna Parker, Chairman -- Pauletta James, Vice Chairman

Remembrance 

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

 

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

 

Shoe Bank
Lillian S. Rasberry, Chairman

 

Standards
Tiffany Owens, Chairman -- Christal Bacon, Vice Chairman

Sisterly Relations 

Bonita Towner, Chairman -- Elaine Williams, Vice Chairman

 

Technology
Tabatha Spurlock, Chairman -- Keli Poindexter, Vice Chairman

 

 

2019 Special Committees

Awards

Cheryl Deloatch Frierson, Co-Chairman – Cynthia Reveley, Co-Chairman

 

Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF)
Tanicea Dennis, Representative

 

MLK Living the Dream
Jane H. Gray, Chairman

 

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

 

Telephone
Runia B. Bullock, Chairman

 

Transportation
Velma Jackson-Williams, Chairman

2019 Upsilon Omega Target Committees

Target 1

HBCU for Life

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

Target 2

Women's Healthcare

Lisa Overton, Chairman -- Patrese Pruden, Vice Chairman

Target 3

Building Your Economic Legacy

Robin Pope-Moss, Chairman -- Cynthia Woodson, Vice Chairman

Target 4

The Arts

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

Target 5

Global Impact

Jennifer Giles, Co-Chairman -- Doris Moseley, 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