Get to know the Women behind our Sisterhood
Ms. LaTonya Gunter was initiated into Alpha KappaAlpha Sorority, Incorporated on April 23, 1990 at Western Illinois University. LaTonya has served Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for over 30 years in many different capacities.
As a chartering member of Phi Epsilon Omega, a Silver Star and a Life Member of the sorority, LaTonya served as the President in 2009. During her tenure, she wanted to make sure that the chapter kept true to its rules by making sure that the chapter’s bylaws were appropriate and had more frequent discussions on parliamentary procedures.
She has served as the chapter’s Philacter, Parliamentarian, Epistoleus, Nominating and Technology Chairman. She continues to support the chapter in every aspect by making sure that the chapter’s website is up to date and continues to mentor younger members in the chapter. Her most recent role is the chapter’s Historian and is currently working on the chapter’s second history book.
LaTonya received her Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University and a Master’s Degree from Keller Graduate School and is currently a Regulatory Affairs Manager at Rush University Medical Center.
As you can tell by LaTonya's profession, she has made sure that her career is mirrored after the love of ensuring the Sorority's business is carried out accordingly with order and compliance. Moreover, she is also a certified Parliamentarian.
LaTonya enjoys hanging out and is a wine connoisseur to say the least. She loves to have a good time and enjoys shopping, having dinner, and spending time with friends and family.
LaTonya is a proud aunt to Alex and Frankie, G-Tee to Alexandria, and loving younger sister to Renee otherwise known as “Boo”. Those who really know her, know that she is a daddy’s girl and loves her some Mr. Frank Gunter.
Mrs. Tamara McClain has been a bedrock member of Phi Epsilon Omega with over 17 years of service. Since joining PEO, Tamara has served in numerous positions including leading our chapter as President.
On a regional level, Tamara has served as the Central Region Regional Time and Place Chairman, the Central Region Regional Logistics Chairman and currently the Central Region's, Regional Conference Public Committee Chairman. Tamara has truly been steadfast in living our motto "in service to mankind". She can be counted on to lend a hand, to share a kind word and definitely act as a cheerleader celebrating her Sorority Sisters' successes.
Professionally, Tamara is the interim Associate Vice President, Academic Partnerships and Learning Resources at the College of DuPage. Her Master's in Education from Loyola University Chicago and her current pursuit of her Doctorate in Education Leadership from DePaul University affords Tamara a great foundation to provide service excellence in her new role.
Tamara excels at juggling her Sorority, professional and family roles, with her family being her favorite.
In Tamara's spare time she enjoys spending time with her Sorority Sisters, watching TV, enjoying a great glass of champagne, walking her dog Colbie, laughing with neighbors and bonding with her family.
She is the proud Mother of two, her heartbeats Taylor and Mya and the amazing wife of Howard McClain.
Ms. Germayne Cade has been a member of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Incorporated for over 25 years of service and is now a lifetime member of the illustrious sorority. As one of the chartering members of Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter, she has served as the vice president, historian, chaplin and currently is the ritual Chairman.
What started as a short term position with an executive search firm over 20 year ago has led to a career as the first African American woman to hold this position as Vice President Client Solutions for North America at Korn Ferry.
She is responsible for leading the integrated go-to-market strategy for business development as an integral member of the North America Solutions Leadership team.
Germayne is married to Honey Do and a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Jeffrey, proud mother of “Lil Jeffrey” and dog mommy to Boomer. Germayne is the proud editor of her family's quarterly newsletter that spotlights family members. She enjoys highlighting accomplishments of all of her family so that they can all stay connected. She is a proud member of the Washington Cousin Connection including her cousins Soror Sukari and Soror Ceisha.
Germayne is diplomatic, resilient, strong and very spiritual. Her messages and words of encouragement will brighten up spirits when needed. She enjoys hanging out and supporting her sorority sisters and enjoys traveling. As a sports and wine enthusiast, she can give you the latest news and information on different football teams; just as fast as offering information on wine and spirits.
Coffee and reading are her zen moments in her backyard oasis. When she is in chill mode and not getting up for her 5:00 workouts you may find her snacking on Doritos. She is a phenomenal speaker and she is often called upon to give reflections, remarks or offer a prayer. She is a dynamic and fun loving soror who’s glass is half full. Let’s give her a full round of applause for her continued service, leadership and sisterhood.
Ms. Brittany McGhee is the epitome of an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman. Growing up and witnessing some of the hard work, passion, and dedication that went into establishing Phi Epsilon Omega as a chapter set the foundation for her drive toward pink & green. As our resident News Buff, Brittany keeps our chapter up to date with what is going on in the world, how it can impact us and women of color, and provides excellent recommendations on how we can incorporate these topics into our Sorority’s educational and service initiatives.
Brittany obtained her Bachelor’s degree in global studies at Loyola University Maryland and completed her Master’s degree in international relations at the University of Chicago. After her initiation into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 2013, the she used her hunger for global relations to jump at each opportunity to lead Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter into the next generation of sisterhood & service. Brittany has successfully chaired various committees, such as Ivy Leaf Reporter and is currently the 2nd Vice Presidentand has been a delegate at multiple Central Regional and Biannual Conferences. Brittany currently works as the Director of Young Professional Programs and Community at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Those blessed with her presence for even 5 minutes, can testify to Brittany’s bubbly personality and how she keeps you engaged in whatever she is talking about or doing. She is a very family oriented young woman, so you will often see her molding her nieces and nephews or chatting it up with her aunt (one of Phi Epsilon Omega’s charter members). Brittany is eager to get back to her thrilling travel lifestyle once the pandemic subsides, but in the meantime, you can catch her on long walks with her precious pup Lola. Make sure you keep an eye out for her White House debut!
Ms. Shawanda Jennings, also known as "Shay" is lovingly known as the Heart of S.I.S.I.S.because of her ability to bring them all together. She is the planner and usually the driver, because she expects things to be done in an orderly fashion. She sets the date, coordinates the plan and everyone falls into place, trusting her leadership. Similarly she is the heart of her family. You can find her in her parents' kitchen cooking on holidays, hanging out with her family and their bowling league on a Wednesday or Saturday night or just curled up in her bed watching a movie with the one who holds heart, her son Tremont.
Shawanda attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana for her undergraduate degree and completed a second Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She has dedicated 25 years of service to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and has been a pillar of sisterly example since joining Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter. As a Social Worker with Ounce, it is her heart that drives her decision making. Always working for the best interests of children and families. Thus, it is not surprising that she has had many positions in the chapter including, but not limited to, Cotillion Chairman (2019), Secretary (2011-2012), Treasurer (2019-present), Vice-President (2013-2014), and President (2015-2016). It is her meticulous, detailed oriented, and sincere spirit that drives her in every aspect of her life. She is also a sister who never seeks the spotlight that she deserves and is equal part exceptional and humble. Small in stature, but Mighty in Heart! If you don’t believe it...catch her out on the Homewood-Flossmoor High School field at 6:15 in the morning!!
Ms. Denedra Grossett was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated in November 1997. She is currently an active member of Phi Epsilon Omega and has been for over 20 years. She has served on various PEO committees in a multitude of capacities such as Leadership Coordinator, Epistoleus, and Cotillion Chair. Regardless of the committee, Denedra remains dedicated to building and maintaining strong, sisterly relationships through mentoring, inspiring and motivating others to be the best version of themselves.
As a naturally inquisitive person, Denedra was drawn to the field of molecular biology, and has been successful in exploring the unknown for over 15 years. In between her time researching unanswered questions, she makes ample time to be a devoted mother to her amazing daughter, Kalese, and a loving wife to her husband.
Those who know Denedra, can vouch for her loyalty, love of people, dance, and the perfect glass of wine. True to her exploratory nature, she enjoys traveling and expanding her knowledge beyond the mundane.
Ms. Nisa Hill was initiated into Alpha Kappa AlphaSorority, Incorporated-Zeta Iota Chapter on April 21, 1989 as a Sophomore at Western Illinois University. Now a “Life Member” and a "Silver Star," Nisa has been faithfully and consecutively serving Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for over 32 years.
Nisa possesses advanced leadership skills and has used those skills and her love for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to become a chartering member of Phi Epsilon Omega (PEO) Chapter in Harvey, Illinois. Nisa has served and continues to diligently work in many capacities within PEO and on the Regional level.
As a member of PEO, Nisa has served in a variety of roles and positions, some of which include: Philacter, Standards Committee Chair and National Panhellenic Council Chapter Representative. Most recently, she served as the Membership Chair, where her hard work contributed to the historic completion of PEO’s largest Membership Intake. On the Regional level, Nisa has been appointed to and served on multiple teams and committees, including, the Evaluation and Investigation Team, the Ivy Center Grand Opening Souvenir (Committee Chair), Regional Standards Committee and Cluster 8 Standards Committee.
Nisa is equally successful in her career and has excelled academically. She is a proud graduate of Western Illinois University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in Information Systems from New York University. Professionally, Nisa has built an outstanding career in the sales industry. Currently serving as a Renewal Manager, Nisa has led her company in sales and increased revenue.
If you know anything about Nisa, you'd know she loves her family dearly. She is a proud mother of a “Howard Man'' and no one is more important to her than her highly intelligent son, Quaran (who makes his mother proud every day). The other very important man in her life is her husband and the love of her life, Mr. Henry Hill. After a whirlwind romance, they were married in 2018.
Nisa is devoted to her family and as the oldest child in the immediate and extended family, Nisa has been a positive role model to all of her younger family members. She encourages them to pursue higher education, and has recently sponsored two of her family members for membership into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Alpha Kappa Alpha is so dear to Nisa’s heart and selflessly she pours herself into the work and mission of the Sorority and PEO. The epitome of a trailblazer and a true asset to our amazing Sisterhood,
Nisa’s hard work and dedication to the fulfillment of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s motto, “service to all mankind” has led to her being bestowed with the prestigious award of “Soror of the Year.” An honor well deserved.
Ms. Charlotte Curtis joined the illustrious AlphaKappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated on April 9, 1991 initiated into Zeta Iota Chapter at Western Illinois University with seven other aspiring women. She is a bright Silver Star and recently celebrated 30 years of service to our Sorority. As a member of Phi Epsilon Omega for over 15 years, Charlotte has served as our Recording Secretary and on just about all of PEO’s committees in some capacity which is a testament to her willingness to serve "all mankind".
Professionally, Charlotte worked for Cook County for 10+ years and was recently promoted to Parent Engagement Manager at Chicago Jesuit Academy. Charlotte also served as an Assistant basketball coach for four years.
As a lifelong learner, Charlotte is focused on self-improvement and the betterment of others through encouragement and uplift. Charlotte’s zest for life is infectious and her vivacious laugh leaves a lasting impression on new acquaintances, mature friendships and her family. People are drawn to Charlotte because of her optimistic, “can do” spirit. She enjoys walking and has done two half marathons. Charlotte is very active in her church serving in several leadership positions and in the Choir. In fact, Charlotte, the song bird, has sung in a recording studio.
Of all of the roles that Charlotte plays, she cherishes being an incredible wife to the love of her life and college sweetheart Shabazz Curtis, and as a phenomenal mother to two adult children who are her ‘heart beats’; Legacy Sidney Curtis and Amari Curtis.
Ms. Rachel Giddens was initiated into Phi EpsilonOmega on April 20, 2000, on the inaugural line of the chapter. She has been a devoted wife to husband Rodd Giddens for 14 years and has two sons, Ryan and Rodd. Rachel adores spending quality time with her family. She has been working in education for a total of 28 years; of those, 18 years have been in the classroom as a special education teacher and 10 years as a Test Accommodations Coordinator. She is currently employed at Homewood Flossmoor High School as a Special Education teacher. Rachel is passionate about education and seeing students persist with support and tools to be successful. Her dedication and drive for educational attainment has motivated her to achieve her Ph.D. in Special Education leadership from Capella University. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys the pleasures of gardening, making lotions, soaps, and candles, selling real estate, traveling, and supporting health and wellness organizations.
Dr. Charlesnika Evans joined Phi Epsilon Omega immediately after it was chartered and celebrated 25 years of service in 2020. Dr. Evans is the Co-Director of the QUERI Program at the Hines VA. In 2012, Charlesnika received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama (PECASE) which is the highest award bestowed upon Government Scientists and Engineers for their independent work. In 2013, she received the Rising Star Alumni Award from UIC. She is a member of the City of Chicago’s Covid-19 Vaccine Commission. Dr. Evans was recently promoted to Full Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern. She has provided guidance and essential information to numerous organizations, businesses, and educational foundations about the Covid-19 Vaccine. Fun facts about Dr. Evans - she loves astronomy and all things science, is an avid reader plus binge watches time period pieces (e.g. Bridgeton and Outlanders). Lastly she enjoys traveling and participating in the Tough Mudder 5K races with her husband.
Ms. Sharice McCants has dedicated her life to theservice of mankind; from a career in law enforcement corrections of 23 years to becoming a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and over 10 years as a member of the Order of the Eastern Stars.
As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc. with 25 years of service and sisterhood, Sharice is a Chartering member of Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter, a Silver Star member and has served in numerous positions including 4 years as a graduate advisor, 4 years as a philacter, 2 years as our chapter's vice-president and program chair. She has also served as an active member of the scholarship, membership, sisterly relations, programs, and fundraising committees throughout her time as a member of the Chapter. Lastly, she served as a philacter at the regional level. Sharice has been awarded the Chapter's “Soror of the Year” twice as an acknowledgement of her dedication and contributions to Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter.
She is a dedicated mother of 4 adult children, Jermaine, John, TJ and Brandon and a loyal, loving friend to all who know her.
Dr. Keiana Winters was initiated in the Zeta IotaChapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in 2004. Dr. Winters has been active in the chapter on several committees and was recently the Ivy Leaf Reporter.
She recently received her Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision and is a licensed Clinical Psychotherapist who has always had a passion for helping her community and wants to see everyone have access to quality mental healthcare.
She is a devoted mother to three beautiful children, Ethan, Logan and a future legacy, London.
Keiana is extremely creative and can always be found searching the aisle of Sephora looking for the latest and greatest skin care products.
Ms. Yolanda Talley is currently working as a schoolcounselor at Haines School, one of the top neighborhood schools in the Chicago Public Schools. She received her Masters of Science in Counseling from National Louis University.
Yolanda’s career began at the University of Chicago, then worked with students in elementary schools prior to becoming a school counselor. She continues to advocate for young children to make sure that they achieve their goals and overcome barriers, whether they are social or emotional.
Yolanda has been an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated since 2000. Although Yolanda is an incredibly soft-spoken person who radiates power in a gentle way, she is always available for you.
Yolanda has a heart of gold and you can always count on her for anything.
Yolanda has been married to her husband, Shawn for 18 years. She is very family-oriented and loves to take trips with her cousins at least once a year.
She loves to watch movies and looks forward to the annual Oscar’s Movie Week Program, where she, her friends and family have an opportunity to experience the very best films of the year in the movie-watching environment.
Ms. Heather Duncan Whitt is a National BoardCertified Teacher and is the Director of Early Learning & Equity Initiatives for Collaboration for Early Childhood. She started her career in the South Suburbs and then founded Ahadi Early Learning Center which she directed for five years. She then taught preschool at South Shore Fine Arts Academy; a Chicago Public School where she received a 2018 Golden Apple for Excellence in Teaching Award.
Heather has been married to her husband, Howard for 18 years and has two children. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Heather is celebrating her 25th year in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated this year as a Silver Star!
Mrs. Sherry Hardin attended & graduated from Western Illinois University. Sherry was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated on December 5, 1981. She is a faithful member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and is currently active in Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter.
Sherry fell in love and has been married to the love of her life, Lenny, for 35 years. They love going out on their boat and fishing. She has two beautiful daughters, Shavahnna and Clarreesa and two beautiful grandchildren.
She worked and retired from the United States Postal Service.
Sherry has the most beautiful smile. Although Sherry has a quiet spirit, she is full of wisdom.
Ms. Josalyn Brand, also known as Jossy is currentlyworking at CVS as a Pharmacy Technician and aspires to be a Pharmacist.
She has been an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated since 2014 and is currently the Technology Chairman, a role she has held since 2018 for Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter.
Not only is she an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Josalyn is also the Vice President of the Chicago Hampton Alumni Association and was the Technology Chair previously. She has served as a representative of the National Pan-Hellenic Council for Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter.
Josalyn enjoys music and watching movies; Harry Potter being one of her top movies.
Josalyn is a legacy; where her mother and sister are both proud members of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Incorporated.
Josalyn has been instrumental to the chapter with her wealth of knowledge leveraging her technology skills as we venture into the digital world with committee and chapter meetings.
Ms. Yolanda Greer, affectionately known as Lonnie,was initiated as a woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in the Spring of 1989 at Western Illinois University. After dutifully serving during her undergraduate years in Zeta Iota, Lonnie took time to build her life and career with her family. She is a devoted wife and mother of 4 beautiful daughters. In 2015, she reactivated as an active member of Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter. Since her reactivation, she has been an active member of the Membership and Scholarship Committees as well as serving on the Cotillion Committee. Most recently, she planned and coordinated a Sip and Paint for the members during the pandemic. Ms. Yolanda “Lonnie” Greer has been an asset to our chapter.
Ms. Amy Moy has worked for Chicago PublicSchools for over 27 years and has been married for 13 years. She and her husband, Peter, have a beautiful 11 year-old daughter Paige. Her leadership serves beyond the field of education. She has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Phi Epsilon Omega Chapter since 2013. She has served as the Technology Chairman, Membership Committee, and now serves as the Membership Chairman. Amy is dedicated to excellence in everything she does, and leaves a positive impact on people that she engages with as her legacy.