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Corey Burnett, Omicron/USC, is an advisory board trainer for Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and also the marketing advisor for Theta Iota Chapter. She served as an educational leadership consultant (ELC) from 2011-2013 and began volunteering for Theta two years ago, after the completion of her second term as an ELC.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Athletic chairman, assistant membership chairman and member of the member development committee, nominating committee, and executive recruitment board.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? I had many wonderful interactions with Theta volunteers as a collegian and ELC. I absolutely knew that I wanted to enrich my alumna experience in a volunteer role.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I saw first-hand the immense impact Theta volunteers had on our members and chapters, and I was eager to serve in a volunteer role as soon as possible.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? I am continuously inspired in my Theta life by the commitment and dedication of Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation Trustee Victoria McCluggage, Omicron/USC, who was also my advisor during my undergraduate years. She encouraged me to apply for the ELC position—an experience I couldn't imagine being without!
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I stay involved with Theta because it was truly important to me to be able to give back and stay connected to an organization that has given me so much throughout my experience, including lifelong friends and professional development.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? It is always really special to take part in establishment weekends for the Fraternity's newest chapters. Being a part of such memorable moments for charter members and seeing history unfold is always a wonderfully exciting experience!
Do you have a special Theta moment? I will never forget how special it was to be able to share so many great memories with my sister, who is also a Theta, while we were in the same chapter together.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I am currently in my third year of law school, pursuing a career in labor and employment law at American University's Washington College of Law.
Taryn currently serves as the advisory board chairman for Theta Iota Chapter and as an advisory board trainer. She was initiated at Eta Theta/Central Florida, and she held the offices of president, vice-president education, and archivist/historian. She majored in journalism with a minor in political science and pre-law at UCF, and then served as an educational leadership consultant (ELC) for the Fraternity from 2008-2010. Taryn now works in Washington, D.C. as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Taryn is proud of being appointed as ABC for the newly-established chapter at Georgetown University, following in the footsteps of her own ABC, Kristine Wix, who set an example for the positive influence that advisors can have on college women.
With her passion for politics, Taryn is right at home in Washington, D.C. When she is not volunteering for Theta, she loves being a hometown tourist, enjoying all of the sites of the District, showing visitors around town, and sampling its excellent food scene. She also spends time with family in Montreal, where she enjoys sports such as skiing in the winter and wakeboarding in the summer.
When asked her favorite part about being a Theta, Taryn responded that it is "the special bond I share with so many amazing women throughout the country. The Theta connection truly cannot be put into words. The most special Theta bond I share is with my biological younger sister, Kylie, who is also an alumna of the Eta Theta chapter."
Volunteering for Theta is important to Taryn because it is her way of giving back to an organization that has given, and continues to give, so much to her. She hopes that she can improve the membership experience of every Theta she works with. Volunteering and spending time with sisters also serves as an outlet from a stressful job working on Capitol Hill.
Taryn first joined Kappa Alpha Theta to carve out a smaller, comfortable place for her on a huge college campus, but it has turned out to be so much more than that. The values instilled through Theta ritual are what continue to inspire and motivate her in every aspect of her life.
Do you know a Theta who's made a difference in her local Theta chapter? Let us know!