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Olivia Fryml Epps, Delta Phi/Clemson, is a member of the Young Alumnae Board. She previously served as advisory board chairman and finance and Panhellenic advisors for Beta Omega/Colorado College; facility corporation board treasurer for Beta Omega/Colorado College; and president and events coordinator for the Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter, for which she was also the Grand Convention delegate in 2012.
Undergraduate officer positions held: I didn't hold any official titles as an undergraduate member, but I did a lot of the behind-the-scenes work for the chapter. I tried to fill in where I could with new member education, event planning, philanthropy execution and donations, etc. My true passion came as an alumna.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? When I graduated from Clemson, I moved to Colorado to be a nanny for my nephew. Not knowing anyone there other than family, I immediately sought out Theta. I searched the website to find someone in the area and contacted Kim Matthews, Alpha/DePauw, a longtime Theta volunteer in the area. She welcomed me with open arms and provided wonderful information about volunteering and getting involved as an alumna. The website showed me information about volunteering, but it was really Kim who shared the opportunity to become a volunteer.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? Kim was really a huge catalyst for my volunteering. Additionally, the desire to make friends with similar experiences was a big motivator. Theta was such a big part of my life in college, I don't think I was ready to give it up as an alumna.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? Eight years.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? I don't think she knows it, but I've always considered Maggie McKenny Harris, Gamma/Butler, a Theta mentor. As a new advisor for Beta Omega Chapter, I was able to work directly with her and found her spirit and love of Theta inspiring. Any time I had a question or needed support, she was there. She has continuously empowered me as a volunteer, Theta, and career woman.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? Honestly, Theta fills my bucket. I love giving back to the Fraternity in any way I can. It has been a rewarding experience thus far, and I'm so thankful to continue to have opportunities to volunteer, even overseas.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? There have been so many, but I recall feeling overwhelmed with joy and passion for Theta at Grand Convention 2012. I was the Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter delegate, which in itself was an amazingly wonderful experience. While I was there, I connected with volunteers who encouraged me to revamp our Beta Omega Facility Corporation and advisory board.
Do you have a special Theta moment? A special Theta moment of mine was as a collegian experiencing our annual Fall Band Party for the first time. I went with 125 of my Delta Phi sisters to Pumpkintown, SC (it's true!) and danced the night away in the middle of the woods on an outdoor stage. We brought sandwiches, sodas and friends, and danced to a live band for hours. I felt so close and at home with these women and their friends, and it was the first time I really felt part of something so much bigger than myself.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I have both! As a civilian contracting officer for the U.S. Army, I have a passion for customer service, providing solutions to my customers while being a good steward of taxpayers' dollars. My personal passion, other than Theta, has been disaster response. I've volunteered with a veteran-focused organization called Team Rubicon, and provided administration and financial management for both domestic and international emergency response operations, including several in Colorado and one in the Philippines. It's been an invaluable, humbling experience to help those during a time of devastation and trauma (for instance, after a flood or tsunami), while also providing purpose to veterans who just want to continue serving others.
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