ALUMNAE ALPHA CHI-LOUISIANA TECH GEORGIA DREW BOSWELL The day Georgia discovered Drew, her 15-month old son, had passed away unexpectedly in his sleep, she sat on her back porch trying to make sense of what had happened. Just the day before he had played on the swings in the yard. On the porch were his little red piano and a bongo. Thinking of how Drew loved music, Georgia felt her anger and confusion transform into a firm resolve to honor his life by ''bringing joy to other children.'' Georgia and her husband, Devron, asked, in lieu of flowers, for donations to a struggling children's arts program in an impoverished area of New Orleans. The donations, totalling $10,000, saved the program, which was renamed Drew's Krewe. Soon after Drew's passing, on March 12, 2014, the Boswells created Drew's Tunes, a nonprofit that has since raised $162,000 to support music education for children in underserved areas and research for Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). In addition, more than 1,800 instruments have been donated, impacting approximately 2,000 children. Drew's Tunes has garnered support from NFL star Drew Brees and Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandburg, to name a few. Last fall, the Roosevelt New Orleans hotel honored Georgia as the second annual ''Reigning Spirit of the Sazerac.'' Thirty-seven states declared March 2017 Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood Awareness Month because of the work of Drew's Tunes and the awareness efforts of Alpha Chi-Louisiana Tech sister Christina Grantham. For more information about Drew's Tunes, go to www.drewstunes.org. ''The values and principles I learned while in Kappa Delta are a huge part of why I have been able to rise from the ashes and focus on making the world better in my baby's name.'' 1 EPSILON-LOUISIANA STATE ALYSE LAMBERT HARRISON As a member of '' Team Jonathan'' and a designer with Marie Flanigan Interiors in Houston, Alyse, at right, participated in season 5 of Brother vs. Brother, the HGTV show that pits brothers Jonathan Scott and Drew Scott against each other in a competition to renovate and sell a home for the highest profit. Alyse's team had a $600,000 budget to purchase and renovate a home on Galveston Island in Texas. Although her team didn't win, Alyse says it was fun to work with the brothers and rewarding to know profits from the sales went back into the local community. 2 DELTA PI-MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE WHITNEY DIX Whitney, pictured at left with other honorees at Middle Tennessee State University's 2017 Distinguished Alumni and True Blue Citations of Distinction Awards ceremony, received the David Cullum Award for Service to the University. An aerospace graduate living in Houston, Whitney frequently supports MTSU aerospace students. She also has set up a scholarship and facilitated partnerships with Southwest Airlines and the Weather Company. 3 CAPE FEAR The Cape Fear Alumnae Chapter, formerly known as the Wilmington, North Carolina, AC, celebrated the chapter's reorganization with brunch at the Cape Fear Country Club on Oct. 1, 2017. The honor of presenting the charter was given to senior member Sarah Jordan, pictured at far left, and the charter was accepted by the chapter president, Brenda Vaughan, pictured third from left. 4 SIGMA LAMBDA-AUBURN ASHLEY FREEMAN GILBREATH With three children under the age of 7, Ashley understands the importance of coming home to an environment that is ''comfortable and livable.'' This past summer she shared her clean design style – and her family with husband Barrett – in a pilot episode of Sweet Home Renovation for HGTV. Ashley is the owner of Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design and Parish Shoppe in Montgomery, Alabama. Prior to opening her own firm, she studied at the New York School of Interior Design as well as Auburn University and worked for New York City interior designer Richard Keith Langham. 5 HOUSTON Houston Alumnae Chapter members took a road trip to help Eta Alpha-Texas A&M/College Station kick off recruitment with a practice event. Parents of the collegians and AC members acted as potential new members to help the collegians become more confident with their conversational skills. 6 SIGMA IOTA-WASHINGTON Sigma Iota sisters came home to Seattle to support chapter sister Elizabeth Bounds whose son Parker took his life three years ago. The alumnae participated in the Out of the Darkness walk for suicide awareness. They also support the Parker Bounds Johnson Foundation that serves at-risk young people and their families through wilderness therapy programs. 7 DELTA GAMMA-WESTERN KENTUCKY KAREN CHESER Karen serves as superintendent of Fort Thomas (Kentucky) Independent Schools. She also volunteers on numerous boards and committees, including the EdLeadem National Advisory Board and Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative Advisory Council. Her honors include the 2016 Toyota/Storer Business Collaboration Award, 2015 AASA National Woman Administrator of the Year Award finalist, and 2015 Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky. 8 SIGMA IOTA-WASHINGTON TRACY GARRETT Tracy, a retired major general with the U.S. Marine Corps, served as chairwoman for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation's 2017 Pacific Northwest Campaign, which included a fundraising banquet and generated more than $900,000 in donations. The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships to children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen who have served with the Marines. 9 BLOOMINGTON NORMAL Prior to fall recruitment at Illinois Wesleyan, Bloomington Normal Alumnae Chapter met with Omicron Chapter to help the collegiate members prepare for recruitment and to see some of the new renovations at the chapter house. 10 CENTRAL IOWA Sunny skies and warm friendships made for a fun day when Central Iowa Alumnae Chapter members and their guests took a bus tour that stopped at three wineries located in the region. 11 ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY The Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Alumnae Chapter welcomed Dierdre Kain Barnhart and Kim Manser Dixon, founding members of Zeta Mu-Towson, into the Nautilus Circle at the Founders Day celebration hosted by Heidi Wickstrand Chamberlin. Pictured from left are Heidi, Christine Haber, Virginia ''Gini'' Carlson McKenzie, Gretchen Seeling, Cydny Hofmann Holt, Kim, Sheri Schou Roe and Dierdre. 12 RICHARDSON/PLANO The Richardson/Plano, Texas, Alumnae Chapter hosted ''A Night at the Arts'' to celebrate International Women's Friendship Month. KD sisters and friends created one-of-a-kind art pieces by transferring their favorite photos onto wood. AC member Katie Boyd is pictured working on her photo transfer. Kd did it: COLLEGIANS ALPHA PI-WILLIAM & MARY KATHERINE WEBB Nominated by the College of William & Mary, Katherine is representing her school on the inaugural Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force launched this past summer by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The task force is working to increase civic engagement for students across the state through various resources and opportunities. One of its first acts was to host a roundtable discussion at William & Mary. Katherine jumped into community service soon after arriving on campus. As a freshman, she joined Branch Out, an organization that leads alternative breaks, and led a team to D.C. Central Kitchen where they helped prepare meals for the homeless and women in shelters. Katherine says alternative breaks provide learning experiences and and opportunities to get to know community members personally, hearing their stories and learning firsthand of their needs. The senior pre-med biology major has participated in numerous campus initiatives, including the social justice Lemon Project that was part of the Let Freedom Ring event in 2016. She also leads a Girl Scout troop of sixth-graders, in addition to her involvement with Girl Scouts and other philanthropies through Kappa Delta. Katherine says: ''Especially in college, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the 'bubble' of a college campus, so it's important to get to know community members and use your own blessings to help improve the lives of others.'' 1 GAMMA EPSILON-FLORIDA SOUTHERN ADDISON CANTOR Addison launched a beading company called Red Rock Beads, in reference to her home in Colorado, and donated 50 percent of her initial sales to Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine. 2 DELTA TAU-MOREHEAD STATE For the second year in a row, the executive council for the Gamma Omega chapter of Order of Omega is composed of KD sisters. From left are Alison Fletcher, treasurer; Kaitlin Williams, vice president; Amanda McDonald, president; and Audrey Ramsey, secretary. In addition, this is the fifth time a Delta Tau has served as president of the Greek honor society. 3 ZETA KAPPA-BALL STATE HANNAH SORDYL Hannah recently worked as a communications intern at the Prevent Child Abuse America headquarters in Chicago, an opportunity she learned about on Kappa Delta's website. She helped oversee PCAA's social media, wrote blog posts for its website, completed an audit of PCA chapters across the country and assisted with event-planning for PCAA's annual fundraiser. 4 ALPHA MU-MISSISSIPPI Ole Miss Diamond Girls, from left, Tri Delta member Caroline Moses and KD sisters Merrill Dean Rodgers, Emily Clooney and Sydney Hemeter assist the University of Mississippi baseball team and staff. 5 ETA SIGMA-ARKANSAS VICTORIA FENDER Tori turned a family tragedy into an opportunity to help her community. This past summer, a coyote mauled two of her dogs, one of which died. Tori appeared several times on the local TV news to talk about the danger coyotes pose to pets and worked with her town's mayor to create awareness and education for the prevention of coyote attacks. She provided content for the town's website and Facebook page, and a flier was created to insert in sanitation bills that urges residents to keep pets and their food and water inside at night to avoid attracting coyotes. 6 ALPHA UPSILON-BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN CAROLINE IRBY Caroline received the President's Service Award in recognition of her commitment, character, service and leadership. 7 PHI EPSILON-COLORADO STATE BRIANNE CUTTER Brianne completed an executive management internship with Target in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 8 EPSILON ALPHA-MISSOURI 5&T ANNIE MUEHLFARTH Annie competed in the American Society of Civil Engineers' Concrete Canoe Competition that was held at the University of Arkansas/ Fayetteville. Her team took home fifth place overall, and Annie contributed to that score by placing second in the women's endurance and co-ed sprint races. Overall scoring was based on the team's design paper, oral presentation, final product and race results. 9 MU-MILLSAPS LEAH TRAVIS AND SARA JO RIDGEWAY KD sisters Leah and Sara Jo are two of the four graduating seniors inducted into Millsaps College Hall of Fame in recognition of their collegiate efforts to ''go above and beyond.'' Leah also received the Don Fortenberry Award that is presented to an individual whom the faculty believes has given the greatest service to the college without expectation of recognition. 10 BETA UPSILON-SUSQUEHANNA GRACE CONTI While also serving her KD chapter as secretary, Grace was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education. 11 EPSILON OMEGA-KENTUCKY ERICA NESSELRODE Erica is working toward a degree in agriculture education with plans to teach at the high school or college level, but already she is in classrooms across the Commonwealth working with high school students through FFA (Future Farmers of America). Erica is serving as the Kentucky FFA Capital City state vice president, a position that is honing her communication and leadership skills. 12 SIGMA EPSILON-TEXAS HALLE BRAZDA At the 2017 Texas Exes Donors/ Scholars dinner, Halle received the Deborah E. Howell Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes an outstanding sophomore woman journalism major. Halle is a member of Phi Eta Sigma national honours society, a student manager for the UT women's tennis team, and a SET leader for Sigma Epsilon Chapter. In addition, her blog for national Daily Meal was recognized in the Austin American-Statesman as one of 10 meal blogs to watch.
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