Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter, 2012

Alpha Zeta Omega was chartered on April 14, 1928 by eight members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated who desired to set up a chapter in Durham, North Carolina. These members were Marjorie Shepard, Frances Eagleson, Bernice W. Jones, Jean Holtzclaw, Byrd Jackson, Beatrice Qualls Burnette, Aida Fortune and Gladys Powell. Vivian Mason, South Atlantic Regional Director established the chapter which remained a part of the South Atlantic Region until 1953. Alpha Zeta Omega then became a part of the newly created Mid-Atlantic Region under the leadership of Rose Butler Browne, the first Mid-Atlantic Regional Director and a longtime member of the Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter. Alpha Zeta Omega was the first Greek-letter Sorority in the city of Durham as well as the third Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha to be established in the State of North Carolina.

The first officers of the Chapter were:

  • President: Jean Holtzclaw
  • Vice President: Bernice Jones
  • Secretary: Beatrice Burnette
  • Treasurer: Frances Eagleson
  • Corresponding Secretary: Alda Fortune

Gertrude Taylor and Clydie Scarborough were the first new members to be initiated into the chapter.

aka_signThe membership of Alpha Zeta Omega includes talented and professional women who represent high ethical and moral standards. Alpha Zeta Omega has a long legacy of promoting and upholding the policies, initiatives and programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority as envisioned by our founders, to be of service to those within the Durham community. Our cornerstone programs over the years have included The Links to Learning Program, an after-school tutorial program for middle school students and the annual scholarship program highlighted through our AKA Cotillion. Other initiatives have included programs for the community including economic/financial literacy, promoting breast cancer awareness, entrepreneurial workshops and assisting families in becoming self-sufficient. Annually, Alpha Zeta Omega makes contributions to organizations whose mission is consistent with our goals of providing services which enhance the quality of life for citizens of the Greater Durham area. Organizations which have received funding from our sorority include the Durham Crisis and Response Center, Durham Rescue Mission, John Avery Boys & Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, Sickle Cell Foundation, National Council of Negro Women, Women in Action, SeeSaw Studios, Inc., UNCF, Merrick-Washington Magazine, and more.

Chapter Officers

President Susan Sharpless
Vice President Susan Scarville
Treasurer Euba McKoy
Assistant Treasurer Jackie Ellis
Financial Secretary Vivian Leeper Ford
Assistant Financial Secretary Scottie Dowdy
Secretary Tracey Brown Burton
Assistant Secretary Rosemary Gillespie
Corresponding Secretary Kamala Uzzell-Jones
Graduate Advisor (Duke University) La-Toyer Hargrave & Venisha Hoskins
Graduate Advisor
(North Carolina Central University)
Rosalind Garmon & Sabrina Speller
Sergeant at Arms Francine Davis
Parliamentarian Mattie Moss
Chaplain Tedra Anderson-Brown
Ivy Leaf Reporter Cheresa Simpson
Hostess April Rowland
Historian Sandra Chambers
Pan Hellenic Council Representatives Sheila Bennett, Kristi Leak,  & Avera White

Committee Chairmen

RitualsGale CrewsStandardsNichelle PerryStrategic PlanningAngela Miles

AKA Connection Patrice Nelson
Arts and Music Kay Patterson
Auditing Yolanda Banks Deaver
Awards/Exhibits JoAnna Brodie
Bylaws Mattie Moss
Cotillion Marguerite Peebles
EAF Betty Brown & LeSheryl Stoudermire
Finance Euba McKoy
Founders’ Day JoAnna Brodie
Graduate Advisory LaTonya Everett
Handbook Tara Fikes
History/Archives Sandra Chambers
Meditation Tedra Anderson-Brown
Membership Constance Scott
Nominating Shamieka Rhinehart
Programs Sharon Scarville
Protocol April Rowland
Public Relations Cheresa Simpson
Risk Management Lacky Barnes
Scholarship Jennifer Campbell
Sisterly Relations Angela Teal & Ebony Oaks
Social Renita Hart & Stephanie Williams
Standards Nichelle Perry
Technology/Communication Tammeka Evans
Educational Enrichment Euba McKoy & Kamala Uzzell-Jones
Environmental Ownership Deltra Tate and Stephanie Fennell
Family Strengthening René Johnson & Antoinette Burris
Global Impact Toni Terry
Health Promotion Sandra Johnson

Alpha Zeta Omega is blessed to have women who have been Alpha Kappa Alpha members for twenty-five years or more. To our Jewels, we salute you!

Diamond (75+ years)

  • Gladys Rennick

Golden (50+ years)

  • Annetta B. Perry
  • Audrey Boykin
  • Barbara Blue
  • Barbara Ellis
  • Carolyn Wallace
  • Claudette Howell
  • Claudine Lewis
  • Constance Scott
  • Edna Williams
  • Elfreda Woods
  • Gloria Green
  • Grace Rowland-Curtis
  • Iris Gilchrist
  • Janeen Gammage
  • Joan Brown
  • Julia Fairley
  • Lilla Fran Ellison
  • Marguerite Peebles
  • Mary Black
  • Mattie Moss
  • Mildred Williams
  • Norma Royal
  • Patsy Perry
  • Rose Vaughn
  • Sandra Rogers Alston
  • Standra Kay Patterson
  • Vivian Crump
  • Vivian Leeper Ford
  • Willia George
  • Yolanda E. Ford
  • Zelphia Watson

Silver (25+ years)

  • Adrienne W. Barnes
  • Alice W. Hughley
  • Alice Walker
  • Angela Miles
  • Angela Teal
  • Barbara W. Lewis
  • Bernadine Harris
  • Betty Brown
  • Betty McNair
  • Bettye S. Jones
  • Beverly Washington Jones
  • Brenda Hall
  • Carmen E. Dorsey
  • Carol Lynne Nixon
  • Cassandra Smith
  • Catherine Ascott
  • Cheri J. Harrell
  • Cheryl W. Hudson
  • Claudia M. Woods
  • Cynthia N. English
  • Danielle Elliot Range
  • Darnell Tabron
  • Debna Porter Walters
  • Del Mattiolo
  • DeLois Walker Washington
  • Delphine Coward
  • Desdemona Faison
  • Earnestine Faye Watkins
  • Fleta Alston
  • Francine Dalton Davis
  • Gail Hollowell
  • Gale Crews
  • Gassennie W. Hodge
  • Gerald Hatcher
  • Gerrelyn C. Patterson
  • Gwen Paschall
  • Gwendalina Shaw-Pieters
  • Hazel Layne
  • Ida Alexander
  • Jacinta Allmond
  • Jacqueline Jeffrey
  • Janice Gaddy
  • Jessica Harris
  • Joanna Brodie
  • Juaneza Amos
  • Katherine Dubose
  • Katrina Lewis-Teachey
  • Krista Lewis Hunt
  • LaNar Knight
  • Lisa Biggs
  • Lisa Smith Barnes
  • Mamie Lewis
  • Marcia Conner
  • Mary D. Jacobs
  • Mary Walker
  • Michelle Hedgepath Smith
  • Myra Shobande
  • Norma Martin
  • Pam Clark
  • Patricia Tapp
  • Pearlie McNeill Hudson
  • Queen Lawrence
  • Queen Scarborough
  • Regina Lewis
  • Regina Youngblood
  • René Galloway Johnson
  • Rita Pompey
  • Robin Pyles
  • Rosetta Johnson
  • Rubie Lawson
  • Sabrina Speller
  • Sandra Chambers
  • Sandra Harper
  • Sandra Meachem
  • Sandra Armstrong
  • Sandra Walden
  • Scottie Dowdy
  • Selena Hunter
  • Sharon Scarville
  • Sonya Laws
  • Starletta Williamson
  • Susan Sharpless
  • Tara Fikes
  • Tedra Anderson- Brown
  • Tiajuana M. Stewart
  • Tiffany Edwards
  • Toni Jordan
  • Tracy Hester
  • Valderia Hillard-Shumate
  • Valita Holmes
  • Veronica B. Johnson
  • Val McLean
  • Victoria Washington
  • Vivian Rawlings Lewis
  • Yolanda Banks Deaver

Alpha Zeta Omega is blessed to have ladies who have been Alpha Kappa Alpha members for at least twenty-five years and are now life members of our Sorority.

Alpha Zeta Omega Life Members

  • Alice Williams Hughley
  • Angela Kennedy Miles
  • Bernadine Hudson Harris
  • Betty Dalton Brown
  • Betty Rouse McNair
  • Carmen E. Dorsey
  • Cheryl Watson Hudson
  • Claudine Barr Howell
  • Claudine Daye Lewis
  • Connie Black Scott
  • Cynthia Neely English
  • Darnell Thigpen Tabron
  • Debna Porter Walters
  • Desdemona L. Faison
  • DeLois Walker Washington
  • Edna Johnson Williams
  • Elfreda Patterson Woods
  • Felecia Robinson
  • Fran Ellison
  • Gale Crews
  • Gerald K. Hatcher
  • Gladys Brown Henderson Rennick
  • Grace E. Rowland-Curtis
  • Gwendolyn T. Paschall
  • Ida Lee Jones Alexander
  • Iris Worley Gilchrist
  • Janeen J. Gammage
  • LaHarve M. Johnson
  • Lauretta H. Holloway
  • Lisa S. Barnes
  • Marguerite Peebles
  • Mary Walker


  • Mattie Elizabeth Moss
  • Norma J. Blaylock Martin
  • Norma Royal
  • Olive Williams Hopson
  • Pamela B. Clark
  • Patricia Tapp
  • Pearlie McNeill Hudson
  • Queen Bass Scarborough
  • Queen E. Lawrence
  • René Galloway Johnson
  • Rita Hester Pompey
  • Rose Vaughn
  • Sabrina Allen Speller
  • Sandra M. Walden
  • Sandra Sanders Meachem
  • Sandra Williams Walker
  • Selena Hunter
  • Sharon Scarville
  • Standra K. Patterson
  • Starletta Flowers Williams
  • Susan Sharpless
  • Tara Lynne Fikes
  • Toni Jordan
  • Valderia Hilliard-Shumate
  • Val J. McLean
  • Victoria B. Johnson
  • Victoria Motley Washington
  • Vivian Leeper Ford
  • Vivian M. Crump
  • Yolanda Banks Deaver
  • Zelphia G. Watkins

In looking at the illustrious history of Alpha Zeta Omega Chapter, there are several women whom have served as president of the Chapter and carried out the mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. It has been because of their commitment, determination, loyalty, and devotion to the Sorority that the chapter has been able to reach new heights and accomplish many goals.

Alpha Zeta Omega Presidents

  • [1928 – 1930] Jean Holtzclaw
  • [1930 – 1932] Bernice Jones
  • [1932 – 1934] Clydie Scarborough
  • [1934 – 1936] Bernice Jones
  • [1936 – 1938] Florice Holmes
  • [1938 – 1940] Frances Eagleson
  • [1940 – 1942] Jewel Watson
  • [1942 – 1944] Datie Mae Bridgeforth
  • [1944 – 1946] Pauline Newton
  • [1946 – 1948] Pearl Cordice
  • [1948 – 1950] Beatrice Burnette
  • [1950 – 1952] Rose Butler Browne
  • [1952 – 1954] Lucile J. Hancock
  • [1954 – 1956] Elna Spaulding
  • [1956 – 1958] Elizabeth Pratt
  • [1958 – 1960] Jocelyn Stevens
  • [1960 – 1962] Beatrice Burnette
  • [1962 – 1964] Grace Massey
  • [1964 – 1965] Gwendolyn Newkirk
  • [1965 – 1967] Thelma Bass
  • [1967 – 1969] Katherine Thomas
  • [1970 – 1972] Elva DeJarmon
  • [1972 – 1974] Adele Butts
  • [1974 – 1975] Velda Fluellen
  • [1975 – 1976] Elizabeth Pratt
  • [1976 – 1978] DeLois Washington
  • [1978 – 1979] Linda Hubbard
  • [1979 – 1980] Norma Royal
  • [1980 – 1982] Constance Scott
  • [1982 – 1984] Caroline Lattimore
  • [1984 – 1986] Alice Hughley
  • [1986 – 1987] Sybil I. Burke
  • [1987 – 1988] Octavia Knight
  • [1989 – 1990] Dorothy Wiggins
  • [1991 – 1992] Betty Brown
  • [1993 – 1994] Mattie Moss
  • [1995 – 1996] Janeen Densen
  • [1997 ] Elfreda Woods
  • [1998 – 1999] Betty Brown
  • [2000 – 2001] Eurydice W. Smith
  • [2002 – 2003] Tara L. Fikes
  • [2004 – 2005] Zelphia Watson
  • [2006 – 2007] Norma Martin
  • [2008 – 2009] Claudette Howell
  • [2010 – 2013] Tara L. Fikes
  • [2014 – 2017] Yolanda K. Stith
  • [2018 – current] Susan Sharpless


Founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women. To trace its history is to tell a story of changing patterns of human relations in America in the 20th century.

The small group of women who organized the Sorority was conscious of a privileged position as college-trained women of color, just one generation removed from slavery. They were resolute that their college experiences should be as meaningful and productive as possible. Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded to apply that determination.

As the Sorority grew, it kept in balance two important themes: the importance of the individual and the strength of an organization of women of ability and courage. As the world became more complex, there was a need for associations which cut across racial, geographical, political, physical and social barriers.

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s influence extends beyond campus quads and student interest. It has a legacy of service that deepens, rather than ends, with college graduation.

The goals of its program activities center on significant issues in families, communities, government halls and world assembly chambers. Its efforts constitute a priceless part of the global experience in the 21st century.


The Original Group: Anna Easter Brown, Beulah Burke, Lillie Burke, Marjorie Hill, Margaret Flagg Holmes, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Lavinia Norman, Lucy Slowe and Marie Woolfolk Taylor

Led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, the nine Howard University students who came together to form Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority were the scholastic leaders of their classes. Each also had a special talent or gift that further enhanced the potential of this dynamic group.


The Sophomores: Norma Boyd, Ethel Jones Mowbray, Alice Murray, Sarah Meriweather Nutter, Joanna Berry Shields, Carrie Snowden and Harriet Terry

With the exception of Ethel, the original group of women was comprised of college seniors. To ensure the continuity of the organization, seven Class of 1910 honor students who had expressed interest were invited to join without initiation.

The Incorporators: Norma Boyd, Julia Brooks, Ethel Jones Mowbray, Nellie Quander, Nellie Pratt Russell and Minnie Smith

Nellie Quander was elected president in 1911. Under her visionary leadership, Alpha Kappa Alpha initiated a dynamic plan of expansion. The first step of establishing an international body in perpetuity was taken in 1913 when Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority was legally incorporated.

Tribute to our Founders

“By Culture, By Merit”

The Nine Howard University Students who were led by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle began a sisterhood in 1908. Nellie Quander and her gallant group contributed the added dimension of an international organization and perpetual membership. Those who have come after them, the never ending stream of eternally young, hopeful enthusiastic women, must be remembered.

The Original Group: Marjorie Hill, Lucy D. Slowe, Lillie Burke, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle, Anna E. Brown, Marie Woolfolk Taylor, Beulah E. Burke, Margaret Flagg Holmes, and Lavinia Norman

The Sophomores of 1908: Norma Boyd, Ethel J. Mowbray, Alice P. Murray, Sarah M. Nutter, Joanna B. Shields, Carrie E. Snowden, and Harriett J. Terry

The Incorporators: Norma Boyd, Julia E. Brooks, Ethel Jones Mowbray, Nellie M. Quander, Nellie Pratt Russell, and Minnie B. Smith.

Link to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. International History