Sisters Who Serve the World: Susan Workman

Susan, middle, with members of her fundraising team, the Wishful Walkers.

Susan Workman (Rho Kappa | Illinois State). This dynamic Chi Omega community service advisor for Zeta Beta | Arizona has helped the chapter become one of the top Chi Omega fundraising chapters in the country.

Zeta Beta has just wrapped up its last event of 2017, Wings for Wishes, benefitting Make-A-Wish. This is held in conjunction with the Tucson Walk for Wishes. The chapter is most fortunate to have an advisor who has been volunteering in meaningful ways since her college days and that service has continued during her years as an alumna.

When Susan moved to Arizona four years ago, she reached out to both the local Chi Omega chapter and Make-A-Wish to meet people and to serve her community. She began as the Community Service Advisor for Zeta Beta Chapter which fit hand in hand with her later involvement with the local Make-A-Wish Ambassador group.

The most meaningful experience Susan has had as Community Service Advisor was bringing the mom of the first Make-A-Wish child to speak to the chapter members. The young women in the chapter were so touched by this mom’s story and the experience provided them with motivation, dedication and passion to volunteer for Make-A-Wish. “Hearing Linda speak and seeing Wish Kids involved with chapter activities has had a great impact on our collegiate Sisters. The chapter is seeing that their hard work is helping make wishes come true while providing hope to children and their families.”

Sisters Who Serve the World: Esther Willis-Schroeder

Esther Willis-Schroeder (Zeta Gamma | College of Charleston). This Sister became involved with Make-A-Wish as a collegian and  has since made a career of granting wishes and raising money for this incredible organization.


In 2006, I had the joy of following in my grandmother’s footsteps and pledging Chi Omega. I spent four fabulous years at the College of Charleston making life-lasting friendships. It was through Chi Omega that I was first introduced to Make-A-Wish®. Now, in my current role with Make-A-Wish® Mid-South, I have the opportunity to work with the Psi Chapter at University of Arkansas. These young women inspire me and their passion for Make-A-Wish. They spend countless hours coming up with creative new ways to raise more funds to grant more wishes. They seem to keep just going up and up! This past weekend, on 11/11, they hit way over their goal and raised more than ever….$36K+ in one day!

I feel so privileged to work for such a transformational organization. A wish experience leaves a lasting impression on not only the wish kid, but the entire community. We know we can’t keep our children from getting sick, but what we can do is provide hope, strength, and joy for the ones who are sick (and their families). These wishes create something magical in their lives which make them emotionally, mentally and spiritually stronger. Often it gives them renewed resilience. Once you’ve been a part of one, you can’t stop. The gift of wish granting is contagious and that is why I love doing what I do.


Esther began working for Make-A-Wish Mid-South in January 2015. She had served as a former Development Coordinator and Development Officer and now serves as Development Manager for Make-A-Wish Mid-South. She lives in Fayetteville, AR.

Esther also volunteers with Girls on the Run International as a Girls on the Run Coach.  This organization provides a 10 week curriculum for 3rd through 5th grade girls at designated elementary schools. This curriculum is designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength and inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms.

Sisters Who Serve the World: DeAnne Wingate

DeAnne Wingate (Upsilon Beta | Rollins College). After extensive travel abroad, DeAnne saw the need to help eradicate the exploitation of children. She established Ripled Purpose to help fight human trafficking and child labor through education.

Deanne Wingate joined Chi Omega at Rollins College, where she was given the opportunity during the month of January (J-term) to travel the world to study or volunteer. Her brother was a year behind her at Rollins and went to Guatemala on a service-learning project for his first J-term while she chose to study French in Canada. He was actually the one who later encouraged her to venture to Guatemala for the following J-term…and it changed her life.

During her time in Guatemala, she helped build a medical center for a small mountain village that had no electricity, running water or bathrooms. The people were impoverished yet they were so happy. This experience rocked her world because, at the time, she believed money was the foundation of happiness. Yet these villagers had more joy than the people she knew with the most money.

She also discovered the powerful gift of serving others while in Guatemala. It filled her heart and soul with so much love and she realized why we’re here on this planet – to do for others. Love in action and not just in words. Letting our light shine every day with eyes wide open, searching for those in need of our love.

DeAnne left a successful internet advertising career in New York City in 2010 to follow her heart!  Wingate’s journey took her to India to initially work with girls forced into the sex slave trade and children living in slums.  While there, she learned the power of education in eradicating the vulnerabilities fueling the exploitation of children.

She returned to Charlotte (her hometown) in 2012 and established a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Rippled Purpose, to fight human trafficking and child labor through education.  Wingate’s school in India has 75 children enrolled. “It is a dream come true! My vision is to partner with other local change makers across the globe to offer education and provide love to every child,” says Wingate.

Wingate believes anything is possible when we are driven by love. Her mission is to empower women to change the world for our children. #everychildmatters

“My hope is to inspire others to help their neighbor – whether near or far. When we get outside of ourselves and serve others, we receive the greatest gift in return!”

Thank you, DeAnne, for being such an inspirational Sister and a Sister who serves the world! To contribute to Rippled Purpose, consider giving a gift here.

DeAnne Wingate graduated from Rollins College in 1996 with a major in Politics and minors in Economics and Spanish.

She left a successful internet advertising career in New York City in 2010 to follow her heart.  Wingate’s journey took her to India to initially work with girls forced into the sex slave trade and children living in slums. 

She returned to Charlotte  and established a 501(c)3 charitable organization, Rippled Purpose, to fight human trafficking and child labor through education.  Wingate also founded Blessed Lotus, a women’s apparel company, on the principles of social entrepreneurship.  

Wingate believes anything is possible when we are driven by Love. Her mission is to empower women to change the world for our children.

Sisters Who Serve the World: Jennifer McQuade

Dr. Jennifer McQuade (Lambda Gamma | Virginia). Known as one of “Harvey’s Heroes,” Sister McQuade (far right) helped mobilize medical efforts in Houston after devastating Hurricane Harvey hit earlier this fall.

Dr. Jennifer McQuade is a physician-scientist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. In the August 2017, she became involved in medical disaster relief when she helped set up medical shelters in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. From this, she formed the Medical Disaster Response Network which has sent countless medical supplies to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

Dr. McQuade jumped at the opportunity to help her community when Hurricane Harvey dumped 51 inches of rain on Houston. When she went to the George R. Brown Convention Center to bring her donations, she saw controlled chaos. “Helicopters landing on the overpass every 10 minutes to drop off evacuees from high-water rescues, people arriving soaking wet loaded into the back of garbage trucks. There was one first aid table with one other doctor and 2 nurses who also lived in the neighborhood doing basic first aid with donated Band-Aids and Tylenol,” she recounts.

Dr. McQuade’s next step was to post a call for help for medical volunteers on a Facebook group page called the Physician Moms Group. From that posting, she received a message from Dr. Ashley Saucier who had set up the Baton Rouge Emergence Aid Coalition after the floods in Baton Rouge a year prior during which she had run a medical shelter. Dr. Saucier encouraged Dr. McQuade to start a medical shelter and explained how to make it happen.

“I did not run the shelter. The City of Houston EMS MD team did and did an amazing job. But when I came back to the shelter on Day 2, there were 5,000 evacuees and still no medications other than over the counter medications and not enough medical personnel to care for this vast tide of humanity with pressing needs for insulin, cardiac medications, antibiotics, advanced wound care, etc.”

Dr. McQuade put another call out on social media and by that evening, had an entire pharmacy set up of medications donated from a small independent pharmacy who heard of the need as well as physicians that emptied their sample closets.

By Day 3, there were 10,500 evacuees and a full team of 30 medical professionals round the clock with an operational triage system, different levels of care, and even an “assisted living facility” with 75 residents.

On Day 4, when the Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team arrived to take over operations, they said it was the most well-stocked and well-run medical shelter they had ever walked into.

They then shifted the resources which continued to pour in to set up medical shelters at NRG Stadium and Lakewood Church and then began trucking and flying medical supplies via the Cajun Airlift to eastern and coastal Texas and western Louisiana.  From this, Dr. McQuade formed the Medical Disaster Response Network, a grassroots medical relief group meant to connect needs and resources during medical disasters.

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, 1,800 lbs. of excess medical supplies from the Houston shelters that were now closing were sent to San Juan for medical relief there. Dr. McQuade has now been involved in 11 flights of over 100,000 lbs. of disaster relief supplies to San Juan.

“I got involved because there were people in need and as a physician I have both the calling and the resources to help. I have stayed involved for the same reason. The first day in the shelter, I had diabetics that had been without their medications for 48 hours and I not only didn’t have insulin but I couldn’t even check their blood sugar. Patients with new cardiac stents that we didn’t have Plavix for, infected wounds we didn’t have antibiotics for, patients with epilepsy that we didn’t have seizure medicines for. That is a horribly desperate and helpless feeling. And I have heard that same helpless desperation in the voice of physicians in East Texas and in Central Puerto Rico. That feeling has kept me going and has left me with nightmares.”

Sister McQuade is a true Sister who serves the world! In disaster relief, she was able to immediately meet critical needs of her Houston community. Dr. McQuade is an alumna of the Lambda Gamma Chapter at the University of Virginia.

Her advice to the future generations of Chi Omega is to, “Get out there, get your hands dirty and DO something! Chi Omega is a service organization. Don’t just be the sister that enjoys the fundraising parties.”