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Kristin Quartuccio Schopac, Eta Iota/San Diego, is president of the Providence Alumnae Chapter and permanent alumnae secretary (PAS) for Eta Iota/San Diego. She previously served as administration advisor at Zeta Rho/UC San Diego; website and events coordinator for the Providence Alumnae Chapter; and on the Fraternity's Young Alumnae Board. Kristin is a charter member of both Eta Iota/San Diego and the Providence Alumnae Chapter.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Music chairman and vice president of administration (now chief administrative officer). Also served as a recruitment counselor for San Diego's Panhellenic Council.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? Being a founding member of my college chapter, I had a close relationship with the educational leadership consultants (ELCs) who established our chapter as well as our advisors. Many of our advisors were members of the San Diego Alumnae Chapter, so after graduation, I decided to join them as a member. I first learned about the opportunity to volunteer as a chapter advisor through the alumnae chapter.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I had gotten so much from my membership in Theta (lifelong friendships, leadership opportunities) that I wanted to give back. Being an advisor at a college chapter gave me the opportunity to serve as a mentor to younger Thetas, as our advisors had done with us.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? I'd say it's probably been a total of 10 years volunteering for Theta in some capacity. I volunteered right out of college as an advisor for a few years, then had a hiatus when I moved back east. I began volunteering again when we established the Providence Alumnae Chapter in 2010.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? I have so many Theta mentors! The ELCs based at my college chapter, Kristen Kaiser and Stacy Rini, were my first Theta mentors, along with Advisory Board Chairman Christiane Hoffman. Since then I have gained even more Theta mentors, most notably Liz Drake, Theta's director of alumnae engagement.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? Every time I introduce a recent graduate to Theta life as an alumna, it is special to me. So many think that their experience ends after graduation, and I just love showing them how much more Theta has to offer after graduation. I've made just as close friendships and had just as many great experiences as an alumna!
Do you have a special Theta moment? There were so many special Theta moments, but one that stands out was the first time I attended Grand Convention. I was in awe the entire weekend meeting so many Thetas from around North America, all different ages from all different chapters, bonding and sharing our Theta stories and ritual! It will forever remain one of my most memorable Theta memories.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? Before I had children, I worked in residence life at Providence College and as a career advisor at Johnson & Wales University. I took a hiatus from work to raise my three young children, but I love working with college students and I hope to go back to work in the university setting once my children are a bit older. I love seeing students grow during their college years and following their successes after college!
Beth Spransy Dickinson, Delta Theta/Florida, is alumnae district director in Alumnae District IV and event coordinator for NC Triangle Alumnae Chapter. She has previously served as advisory board chairman (ABC) and education advisor for Eta Theta/Central Florida; alumnae district officer and alumnae district president; member of the Raleigh scholarship application review committee; and chapter establishment volunteer.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Archivist & historian and member of the alumnae relations and ritual committees.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? After moving from Florida to North Carolina, a state in which I knew no one, I was definitely missing my alumnae chapter and the interactions I had as a Theta volunteer. While looking on the Theta website, I found out about an opportunity on the alumnae committee. The rest is history!
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? I first became a college chapter advisor in 2001, and with the exception of about four months after moving, have been a volunteer ever since.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? There are so many Thetas who I look up to, admire and respect, but my Theta mentor has definitely been Debbie Allen, Delta Theta/Florida. Our first connection was our love for Theta and then our love for our Florida Gators! She was the first Fraternity vice president alumnae with whom I had the pleasure of volunteering. She is a volunteer at heart like me and has helped me grow in many of those roles.
Why do you stay involved with Theta?. I get so much out of my continued involvement with Theta! I love the opportunity to connect with Thetas across the district in which I serve (currently Ohio, Tennessee, and Kentucky) as well as those on the alumnae committee. I had a great time during college, but the relationships I have built as an alumna are even stronger.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? One of my favorite "special volunteering" experiences has been as the member of a chapter establishment team. I have been fortunate to contribute in this role for Zeta Omicron/Wake Forest, Theta Theta/NC State, and Epsilon Nu/Virginia Tech. I enjoy meeting the potential new members, but my favorite part is presiding over the Pledge Service and seeing the look on a new member's face as she recognizes me as one of her interviewers.
Do you have a special Theta moment? The Theta moment that is most special was my wedding day. In addition to my six bridesmaids, our soloist and scripture reader were my Theta sisters. At our reception, we were surrounded by Thetas who serenaded us with the candle lighting song!
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I am a preschool director, and children are my passion!
Meg Hill Heubeck, Epsilon Omicron/Randolph-Macon, is the community involvement advisor at Delta Chi/Virginia. She has served the chapter in many advisory board capacities, including advisory board chairman. She was also finance advisor at Zeta Chi/Johns Hopkins and president of the Baltimore Alumnae Chapter.
Undergraduate officer positions held: editor (now publications director) and historian (now archivist & historian).
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? My Epsilon Omicron sister, Mary Kate Rada-Collins, saw me at Cross Street Market in Baltimore. She asked me why I wasn't involved and I didn't have a good answer.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I am a teacher, I like working with people, and I thought I had some skills that would be useful. Theta is also a great way to meet other professional women and expand one's group of friends.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? I have volunteered for the past 13 years since coming to UVA. I also volunteered at the Johns Hopkins chapter prior to that. I've never really thought about it, but it has probably been about 20 years total. Wow!
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I love working with Delta Chi Chapter. They help me stay positive, think young and make me feel like I am contributing to the UVA community. Thetas make me smile!
Do you have a special volunteering moment? Many. I was the ABC at Delta Chi when one of the collegians was killed. It was the worst experience ever; I still think about her often. That experience taught me a lot about what it means to advise and assist college women. I take the role very seriously, and I really wanted to protect the women in the chapter so that this doesn't happen again. Although it was a horrible and sad time, I was honored to think that in some small way I may have helped the women in the chapter.
Another memory that means a lot to me occurred when I was at a conference. I was approached by a young woman who happened to be one of the women I advised at Delta Chi. She said something that I will never forget, "You know, at UVA, I didn't have very many female role models. You were someone who really showed me what leadership is all about. You came in, said, 'We can do it,' and helped us make things happen." That's what advising is about to me!
Do you have a special Theta moment? My favorite Theta memory is when I learned who my big sister was. I am an only child and having a big sister was always a dream for me. I am still in contact with my "Theta family," especially Susan. She is someone I still look to as a role model- she is simply amazing. I just remember when my hat matched hers during big sis revel; I was overjoyed. It was the greatest. Thanks for making me remember that. It is something I would want her to know. I value my Theta sisters now more than ever since we rarely see each other. Volunteering with Theta has really made me appreciate that.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I am an educator and I am passionate about teaching and working with young people, especially civic engagement. I am the director of instruction for the UVA Center for Politics where I run the Youth Leadership Initiative. For 2017, I have decided that I am dedicating myself to helping folks learn to have civil conversations with those who are different. It is a huge goal, but I am excited to get started. I think a lot of people realize that we need to reconnect with our fellow Americans in order to make our country stronger.
Do you know a Theta who's made a difference in her local Theta chapter? Let us know!