Harvey’s Hero

Chi Omega is incredibly grateful to Sisters, neighbors, first-responders, and many more who have stepped up throughout Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to help with bravery and generosity.

One such Sister is Dr. Jennifer McQuade (Lambda Gamma | Virginia, pictured below on the left), an oncologist at Houston’s MD Anderson Center, who has been dubbed “Harvey’s Hero” by many in the community. The following was written about Sister McQuade on Facebook by fellow physician, Dr. Lourdes Eco-Jea on September 3, 2017:

“I wanted to share here first a story about a new friend I made about a very special Harvey Hero…Jennifer McQuade.

“She has been working nonstop literally since the early hours that this disaster hit. She was on the ground at George R Brown Convention (GRB) Center (walked from her home a mile away) when she heard that medical teams were needed to accept the first few evacuees….and initiated an overwhelming response during this tragedy. She just put out calls for help and assistance from GRB and brought complete strangers together working side by side.

“She has orchestrated such an amazing heroic response with the resources given her as hundreds and then thousands were bussed and unloaded out of metro buses and dump trucks. In a few hours, GRB was already double the capacity of 5,000 and still accepting more.

“I have nicknamed her so many names in these past few days…”corporate” because she was able with the help of another local Physician Mothers Group bring in much needed insulin and refrigeration (a rare commodity!) from reps of Sonofi, Lilly…almost like magic and the wave of her wand.

“[Another nickname] Wonder woman… From my ongoing texts with her and core group of heroes and brave boots-on-the-ground Physician Mothers Groupers she was literally flying from station to station at both the super shelters of GRB and NRG Park helping set up the initial medical response with donated medications from all over the city that we collected, sorted, and stocked (initially there was only Tylenol and ibuprofen and first aid kits).

“The evacuees were picked up in the early morning hours as the flood waters entered their homes and left them no time to take their own medications….they needed their injectable insulin, blood pressure meds, anti-seizure meds, antibiotics, and their psych meds…as well as trying to figure out what to do with other chronic medical issue needs of renal patients, chemo patients, special needs kids, nursing home residents, patients on long term tube feedings, etc…fellow colleagues posted their concerns and suggestions trying to seek solutions together in real time and virtual space. With her finesse, we were able to hold the fort until the Red Cross finally was able to mobilize their trucks and supplies through the flooded city…the following day it was the same response as we mobilized in a new super shelter at the NRG Center with a capacity of 10k.

“Today, I called her my Harvey Hero…she is running on fumes by now (day 5) along with her incredible and brave partners-in-crime Regina Troxell and Ashley Saucier … but because of her love for the city and the people that have welcomed her to her new home…she continued to run and make things happen. [She] brought in pallets of strollers and pack-n-plays so the kids could sleep without fear of falling off the cots or sleeping on a cold, damp floor….and even started to help mobilize the medical response team at the the Alexandria super shelter in Louisiana, sending shipments of the medications collected from Houston and also Oklahoma driven in by another Physician Mother’s Grouper Suzanne Cole across to another state!

“I know she will likely be one of the many unsung heroes during this unfathomable natural disaster…but I would like even for a minute highlight the wonderful and heroic role that this one individual has played. With so much division in our country these past few weeks…getting to know an individual with so much unselfish love and concern for others has truly restored my faith in our humanity and our capacity to give of ourselves for others. She is an angel.”

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Thank you to the 2018 Founders’ Day Challenge Donors

As this year’s Founders’ Day Challenge quickly approaches, we want to thank all who donated to the 2018 Founders’ Day Challenge. With your support the Chi Omega Foundation is able to provide philanthropic support for the Chi Omega Fraternity, strategically ensuring the needs of our collegians and alumnae are met. See a full list of those who donated here!

Giving Tuesday 2018

Help us reach 1,895 donors to reach our challenge! Give now!

Each gift of $15 or more will be matched by our Giving Tuesday Challenge Donors up to $27,000, amplifying the impact of your gift and helping to support leadership training and educational resources! All gifts support the Chi Omega Annual Fund.

Special thanks to our Giving Tuesday Challenge Donors

Jennifer Mueller Alderdice, Kappa Alpha/Kansas State

Jennifer credits Chi Omega for, “a lifetime of friendships and opportunities.”

After serving Kappa Alpha as secretary and president, and graduating with a degree in business management, Jennifer quickly became active volunteering for Chi Omega. She served on the Greater Kansas City Chi Omega Alumnae Association Board for a decade, including as its President. She then earned her master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Kansas and worked at the KU Alumni Association for nearly thirteen years doing student programs. Jennifer has been active with Lambda Chapter at Kansas for a number of years; she served on the Lambda House Corporation Board from 2010–2015 and has since served as Personnel Advisor. On a national level, Jennifer has served on the National Chi Omega Scholarship Selection Committee. She is also a Flagship graduate of The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute.

It might be hard to understand someone who claims to be both a Wildcat and a Jayhawk. Jennifer shares, “I have had the privilege of working for both of my alma maters and putting together this Giving Tuesday Challenge has been a fun Sunflower Showdown (Kansas versus K-State.) I give back because Chi Omega has given me so much, and I enjoy seeing the impact Chi Omega has on students today!”

“Chi Omega transcends all our different institutions of higher education by uniting us through our Symphony. Whether we met in college or as alumnae, we all sing the same words to ‘Shades’ the same! Only Chi Omega friendships share that unique bond of Sisterhood, which is why I love celebrating being a donor, volunteer, and member of this organization. I hope you will also celebrate our unique bond by giving back on Giving Tuesday!”


Kelly Bingel, Phi Gamma/Louisiana State University

Kelly was Chi Omega Model Initiate in 1986. Since then, Kelly has continued to serve Chi Omega in a number of roles.  Kelly currently serves as a Chi Omega Foundation Trustee; represents Chi Omega on the Fraternity and Sorority PAC Board; 2013 Firesides leader; previous Congressional Awareness Committee leader; served on National Recruitment Team; former Chapter Visitor (i.e. National Leadership Consultant) 1989-1990; former Chapter President and Panhellenic delegate at LSU.

Kelly started her career as a newspaper reporter in Houston and Tulsa. She then transitioned to Washington, D.C., where she spent a decade working for Blanche Lincoln in the House and Senate. Kelly’s last position as a Congressional staff member was serving as Blanche’s chief of staff in the Senate. Kelly has also lobbied for AT&T and was the only woman partner in a bipartisan lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas. Kelly’s husband, Thad is a founding partner of Command Consulting Group. Kelly and Thad have two children, a son Johnny and daughter, Hogan. Kelly and Thad also opened Dynamic Gymnastics in 2013.

“I give to Chi Omega because I want Chi Omega to be around for future generations. College has gotten so expensive that we can’t expect collegians to fully fund the Fraternity through their dues. My husband loves to read The Eleusis as much as I do so we’re happy to give back to ensure alumnae and collegians can continue to benefit from Chi Omega membership. “

“Without fail, if I’m connecting with a volunteer at my children’s’ schools or at a community event where a strong woman speaks, I learn that woman is a Chi Omega. Some of my closest friends in Virginia are Chi Omegas from New Mexico, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. Little did I know when I pledged in Louisiana, that I’d continue to make close friends through Chi Omega as I moved around.   And of course my sisters from LSU continue to be my first call when I’m struggling with a decision or want to share good news. I give to Chi Omega because our national strength has a positive impact on communities across America.”


Sabrina Lahiri, Mu/University of California, Berkeley

Sabrina Lahiri Field is a committed Chi Omega; an initiate of Mu Chapter at the University of California, Berkeley, Sabrina lived in the Chi Omega House for most of her undergraduate experience.  It is during this time Sabrina absorbed many of the life skills and leadership values that have catapulted her to a successful career as a physician and businesswoman.

Instilling thoughtful and productive concepts of character, leadership and good judgment in the hearts and minds of Chi Omega collegians has been a hallmark of Chi Omega membership.  Sabrina shares that commitment and understands this begins with the ability to make informed decisions in an increasingly complex world.

Sabrina is active in the Houston and The Woodlands Alumnae Chapter recently hosting the Eleusinian Celebration. Sabrina is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon; double boarded by The American Board of Surgery and The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Sabrina earned her BS in Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her next studies were completing a General Surgery Residency at the University of Texas, San Antonio Health Sciences Center. She completed her Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Miami in Florida. She created and built a medical facility, Lahiri Plastic Surgery, which includes her practice, licensed and certified surgical center, medical spa and overnight recovery retreat. Sabrina is married to Jimmy Field, a native Houstonian, who received his BS from Texas A&M and his medical degree from the University of Texas, San Antonio. He completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Texas, San Antonio Health Science Center and is a General/Trauma Surgeon.


Kelli Nations, Alpha Alpha/University of North Texas

Kelli Nations is the HCA Gulf Coast Division Chief Nursing Executive. She is an initiate of Alpha Alpha Chapter at University of North Texas. Kelli has earned additional degrees from Texas Woman’s University and is obtaining her Doctorate of Business Administration with a focus in Leadership Development from Northcentral University.

Her career is a study of leadership in her profession, as well as in the various communities in which she has worked and served. She is heavily dedicated to supporting and mentoring women to become leaders.  Kelli supports leadership development at all points in a Chi Omega’s lifetime and knows that the leadership education and experiences provided through Chi Omega are invaluable in creating an excellent foundation for further development.

Kelli states “I am truly committed to identifying and developing leadership skills for women early in their college career.  I believe membership in Chi Omega provides a unique opportunity for women to develop strong relationships and begin cultivating leadership skills that will serve them well in every aspect of their life.  These relationships and skills allow us to be better leaders in our homes, communities, and work.”

Giving back to an organization that has provided fabulous experiences, lifelong friends, and leadership development is a priority for Kelli and her family. They truly believe Chi Omega is a worthwhile organization for their financial commitment.

Kelli and her husband, John, have been married 25 years and live in The Woodlands with their seventeen-year old daughter Abigail, and are active members of The Ridge Community Church. Kelli also has two sisters who are Chi Omega Alpha Alpha/U of North Texas and Psi Zeta/U of Houston initiates.

“I do believe Chi Omegas possess certain characteristics that I am drawn to even today.  I love visiting with my local alumnae chapter, and I frequently identify a Chi Omega within my healthcare industry or social interactions, and there is always an immediate connection.    There just really is no other organization that allows you to have an immediate set of friends when you join a new community.  I feel so fortunate to be part of such a dynamic organization for women.”

Your Investment in Chi Omega Strengthens Every Chapter!

Your gifts to the Chi Omega Annual Fund support:

  • Leadership – Provide access to premier leadership opportunities for Sisters of all ages, including The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega.
  • Decision Making and Risk Management – Help members navigate the challenges facing all young women today with knowledge and confidence to make informed and safe decisions.
  • Member Development and Education – Support training for key chapter leaders through national meetings and volunteer-led teams.
  • Sustaining the Fraternity through Emerging Needs – Fund the immediate needs of the Fraternity. These dollars allow for a swift response to maintain a high degree of excellence for our membership.

Your gifts to the Annual Fund allow the Fraternity to provide engaging, thought-provoking content, ultimately helping our members make wise choices during college and beyond.

Chi Omega has almost 125 years of Sisterhood to celebrate, and the hallmark of our beloved Fraternity has been and is our commitment to helping each other cultivate a lifetime of purpose.

Thank you, Sisters, for helping keep Chi Omega strong.

Did you know that in 2017 the Chi Omega Foundation received 11,683 gifts of $100 and below which provided $374,867!

Every gift of any size makes a difference!

Convention Owl Tree Challenge

Special thanks to our Owl Tree Challenge Donors.

Kimberly Yamanouchi, Iota Alpha/SMU
Kimberly, an initiate of Iota Alpha/SMU continues to serve Chi Omega in a variety of volunteer positions. Kimberly is a current member of the Foundation Donor Relations Committee; past Board Member for the Dallas Alumnae Chapter; past Co-Chairman of Chi Omega Christmas Market (1996); past House Corporation Board Member for Iota Alpha/SMU; and member of the Margaret Hyde Heritage Society.

“Jim and I believe that small gifts can make transformative changes in lives. Growing up my parents always told me that “God gives you two hands; the first hand to help yourself and the second hand is to help others. I’ve tried to live my life as my parents have lived all their lives. Even though both came from poor families, they have a philanthropic heart.”

After a professional career of 25 years at UT Southwestern Medical Center as an anesthesiologist in obstetrical anesthesiology, Associate Director of Obstetrical Anesthesiology and a past faculty senator, Kimberly retired as faculty and is now caring for her aging parents and taking classes toward an MBA. Kimberly is married to Jim Sackett who is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with the Carrell Clinic (private practice). They have one son, Barton H. Sackett II.

Susan Ruhne, Iota Delta/San Jose State
San Francisco alumna Susan Ruhne has served Chi Omega in many capacities. From Chapter Advisor at Mu/Cal Berkeley to President of the San Francisco Alumnae Chapter or a National Volunteer, Susan is truly a Sister on purpose.

“Chi Omega has been a part of my life since I joined in 1985 at San Jose State,” Susan says. “For me, many times in my varied career I’ve had bosses look at me and ask, ‘How do you know how to do that?’ and my answer is always Chi Omega! I still have close friends from college, but also have made amazing friendships with women I’ve met through alumnae groups and national participation. These Sisters and friends are there no matter what life throws at me.”

As an employee of Salesforce in San Francisco, Susan was one of just 100 top employees who fulfill a rigorous volunteer schedule to be awarded a $10,000 grant from Salesforce to share with the non-profit of her choice – we are so grateful that Susan chose the Chi Omega Foundation for this honor. When asked why she chooses to give back to Chi Omega, Susan has a simple response – “because Chi Omega keeps giving back to me.”

Rosalyn Ray Donaldson, Psi Gamma/Mercer
Rosalyn is an enthusiastic alumna who has become more involved with Chi Omega over the last few years. She gives to the Chi Omega Foundation because she considers this as a way to support the present and future of our Fraternity.

“In years past, when I received phone calls from Sisters thanking me for small gifts, I was amazed that these meager amounts warranted calls of appreciation. At Convention 2016 in Orlando, I immediately felt the impact, the truthfulness of Sisterhood, and understood the meaning Sisterhood Never Stops. When I left, I had re-connected with Chi Omega, and have since grown in my appreciation for our Symphony, the ideals of our Fraternity, and the joys and love of Sisterhood.”

“I feel it incumbent upon me to help younger women embrace Chi Omega as a lifetime of strength, support, and love, and to remain in the loving arms of our Fraternity. I want all Sisters to understand that Chi Omega is a way of life that can enhance the journey of living. As we contribute to the viable Chi Omega, we are inspiring the younger generations to carry the torch of a Sisterhood that never ends.”

Founders’ Day Challenge 2018

The results are in! Thank you again for your tremendous efforts in making this Founders’ Day Challenge a success – we owe it to you, Sisters!


Leadership Training: Spotlight on The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of  Chi Omega

Here is one story of how our beloved Fraternity’s leadership program impacted collegiate member Lydia Hite, President of the Xi Theta/South Dakota State University chapter (pictured far left).

What leadership skills did you gain through your chapter’s workshop from The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega?

This workshop opened the door to what a true leader in Chi Omega should be, and how to emulate the Chi Omega Symphony. I never would’ve dreamed I’d serve as my chapter’s President, let alone gain the skills I have developed.

What changes have you seen in your chapter following the workshop?

Each member was eager to make changes so we could see our chapter thrive. The skills we each took to heart gave us the confidence to represent Chi Omega strongly and proudly. Whether leadership means serving on the Executive Board or simply reaching out to help at an event, each Sister gained the understanding that it is vital to have all kinds of leaders to ensure that our chapter continues to gain knowledge and to grow.

Your gift today can shape future Chi Omega leaders. I am so proud of how we come together to deliver invaluable educational resources to our younger Sisters.

Join me in supporting Sisters like Lydia as they become strong leaders who step confidently into new roles throughout their lives.





Letitia Fulkerson
Foundation President

Online Alcohol Education

Below, read from current collegians about the effectiveness of the online alcohol education each and every Chi Omega collegian receives on an annual basis.

Learn more about Chi Omega’s Risk Management programs here.

Sisters Helping Sisters: Harvey’s Hero

Chi Omega is sending love, thoughts, and prayers to our tens of thousands of Sisters who have felt the direct impact of recent Presidentially-declared natural disasters. We know many of our Sisters have been displaced, and we have already received several requests for financial assistance from Sisters impacted by Hurricane Harvey alone. Many of our Sisters impacted by Hurricane Irma and Maria are just now getting back electricity and we anticipate many more requests for assistance in the coming weeks.

We are incredibly grateful to Sisters, neighbors, first responders, and many more who have stepped up to help with bravery and generosity.

One such Sister is Dr. Jennifer McQuade (Lambda Gamma | Virginia, pictured below on the left), an oncologist at Houston’s MD Anderson Center, who has been dubbed “Harvey’s Hero” by many in the community.

“The first day of the storm, as Harvey swamped Houston, she [Jennifer] made her way to the city’s emergency shelter to donate blankets and socks. When she arrived, she found a chaotic scene. Evacuees were being delivered in the back of dump trucks, soaking wet and sometimes wounded, but, as McQuade discovered, there was no medical team in place.

So McQuade was spurred into action. She got on Facebook and made an urgent plea for help to the Physician Moms Group, some 70,000 women strong, all across the country (‘women doctors, getting it done,’ she says with a grin.)”

To read more about this extraordinary Sister visit click here or read NPR’s recent article about Jennifer’s efforts.

In that same spirit, Sisters around the country have asked how they can help their fellow Chi Omegas in need.

The Helping Hands Fund for Disaster Relief was created to assist Chi Omega alumnae and collegians who are suddenly in financial need due to Presidentially-declared disasters, such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Consider giving to The Helping Hands Fund for Disaster Relief and your gift will directly benefit these Sisters and help them start anew.