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Alison Shoemaker, Eta Theta/Central Florida, is finance advisor for Delta Theta/Florida and secretary and website coordinator for the Naples-Marco Island-Bonita Springs Alumnae Chapter.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Chapter president (now chief executive officer) and vice president finance (now chief financial officer).
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? I was approached by Christa Sobon, my college district president (now college district director) during the end of my term as chapter president, about the possibility of serving as an advisor, and jumped right into the role. Until she reached out, I did not think it was a possibility, as the closest college chapter was four hours away.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? During my time as an undergraduate, my chapter had an amazing advisory board. They were there for us but allowed us the opportunity to learn and make our own decisions. I wanted to give back to Theta as an advisor like the advisors who were role models for my chapter.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? I became a Theta volunteer in December 2008, just two weeks after I graduated from college. I was pulled into smaller roles with the alumnae chapter before starting to serve on the advisory board.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? Yes, Kristine Wix, who was the advisory board chairman (ABC) during my time at UCF. Kristine has always been someone I look up to in Theta. I also look up to April DuPree, who was serving as finance district director at the time. I know finance was not her original forte, but she stepped into the role and taught me that sometimes you take on leadership roles for the benefit of the organization. There are many others who have impacted me along the way, too!
Why do you stay involved with Theta? Theta has given me so much throughout the years: life experiences, leadership opportunities, friendships, and so much more. Volunteering gives me an opportunity to give back to Theta. I enjoy working with the college chapter because they are the next generation of leaders, and I hope they have as great of experience as I did.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? Because I am a remote advisor, I really enjoy the opportunities to meet the collegians whom I advise and the other advisors that I work with face to face. I am thankful to have conferences and Grand Convention that bring us together.
Do you have a special Theta moment? Earning and receiving the Golden Kite Award at Grand Convention in 2008 was a special accomplishment. Helping to apply and have the opportunity to have a facility on campus at UCF was also hard work, but the end result was so positive.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? Professionally, I am an accountant in Naples. I also coach a high school dance team and flag team of more than 100 girls. My leadership experience with Theta has helped me in my coaching endeavors. I also enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family!
Kristine is a member of the Central Florida Alumnae Chapter and currently serves as the college district director for District V. At Beta Nu/Florida State, she held the college offices of purchase fund chairman, vice-president finance, and preference day chairman. Her officer involvement at Eta Theta as an alumna have included two years as finance advisor, eight years as advisory board chairman, and eight years as development advisor. She also served as recruitment and Panhellenic district director for District V.
As ABC, Kristine led Eta Theta from its establishment in 2000 and for 10 years after. She is very proud of securing a facility for the chapter by shepherding a successful application and presentation process to the university that won them first choice of housing. Her leadership helped Eta Theta achieve quota during recruitment and receive Golden Kite awards, and she has inspired collegians to lead as alumnae.
Kristine holds bachelor's and master's of science degrees in accounting. She is a controller/CPA and full-time mom to her two daughters. She also has volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, Children's Council at her church, and PTA board member. She actively supports women in the Pregnant with Cancer Network and Relay for Life. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach and traveling.
Finding a home away from home at Florida State was what first motivated Kristine to join her friends in the recruitment process, and at Kappa Alpha Theta she found a special home where she could always be herself. She enjoys being able to meet women - both collegian and alumnae - from all over the country, knowing that you have an instant connection and a common bond. Volunteering for Theta is important to her because it keeps her connected to an amazing group of women, and it offers opportunities to step outside of her comfort zone, to try something different, and to grow and learn. It is also important to Kristine to give back to an organization that has given her so much and to share her knowledge and resources to help others.
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