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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.
Undergraduate officer positions held: Vice president Panhellenic (now chief Panhellenic officer), vice president development (now chief operating officer), and president (now chief executive officer).
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? We had an active advisory board and alumnae chapter when I was a collegian, so I always had it in my mind that I wanted to continue as a volunteer with Theta in some capacity after graduation. When I moved to Phoenix, I met all of my now close friends through the alumnae chapter. I can't personally think of a better way to give back to the larger organization than to be at the helm of a group that is responsible for creating opportunities to form new relationships and connections between leading women in the Valley of the Sun.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? Since graduating in 2011 (about five years).
Why do you stay involved with Theta? The women of this Fraternity—from our founders, to the current staff and volunteers, to my close friends—have inspired and challenged me since the day I joined. This organization is amazing: Four women 146 years ago have impacted my life and countless others. Think for a moment who you wouldn't know if it weren't for our founders and those who followed after them. Now it's time for people like me to pick up the call and serve, so that women who come after us reap the same benefits and opportunities. Theta changed my life for the better and in ways I could have never anticipated, and it will continue to change my life because I'm going to continue to let it.
Do you have a special Theta moment? At this year's Founders Day celebration, Ann, a 75-year Theta being honored, addressed the women with the most eloquent, relevant remarks. She encouraged the women (of all ages) who were present to continue to let Theta provide opportunities to meet interesting people and grow personally. Even with an audience of 300 women, you could have heard a pin drop during her speech. After a year-long, stressful planning process on my end, she brought the entire event together for me. For someone who has been in the organization for 75 years to still feel how I often feel about Theta—"Theta for a Lifetime"—that's what it's all about!
What do you do outside of Theta? Do you have a profession or personal passion? After a previous life in government and politics, I'm now a lobbyist with a public affairs firm in downtown Phoenix. Our team is about as close to family as you can get, and I'm fortunate to have found a profession in which I can use my passion for community building and planning in my day-to-day job. When I'm not working or "Theta-ing," you can find me hiking with my two dogs (Dixie and Doris), brunching with friends, or living out my HGTV dream/nightmare by working on my 1930s historic home. Life is good!
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.
Do you know a Theta who's made a difference in her local Theta chapter? Let us know!