The Iota Gamma Omega Chapter


The motivating and stirring force in the chartering of Iota Gamma Omega chapter was North Atlantic Regional Director, Esther Pollard. Regional Director  Pollard revealed to the pioneering ladies her personal dream of expanding Alpha Kappa Alpha by organizing chapters in each county circling the Capital Beltway of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.

With the strong and compassionate leadership and the constant encouragement of Regional Director Pollard, “ the founding five” (Ertie Barnes, Barbara Billups Seaforth, Theatrice Davis, Susan Trent and Sarah Wooten) met with Regional Director Pollard to discuss the possibility of establishing a chapter in Prince George’s County, Maryland, on October 24, 1969. Thus the stage was set for using the talents and strengths of these women to benefit humankind in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Iota Gamma Omega Chapter was chartered on November 14, 1970. The ceremony was held at the Colony 7 Motel in Laurel, Maryland. Anne Mitchum Davis, North Atlantic Regional Director, presided. A “vision fair had been captured” as twenty-four Alpha Kappa Alpha women participated in the chartering ceremony.

Charter Members

Venda Jennings *
Elenda Jones *
Cenetta Lee
Alice Luckey
Carole Jamison Parrish
Doris Sensabaugh
Dessie Smith *
Mary Ray Thompson *
Susan Trent
Trevious Coleman Watts *
Sarah Wise Wooten *
Rose Wynn
Ertie Barnes
Erma Barron
Barbara Billups Seaforth
Annette Stone Blake
Hazel H. Carter
Joyce B. Clark
Theatrice B. Davis
Charlotte N. Dension *
Ella Edwards
Myrtle Fentress *
Cathine Garner Gilchrist
Charline Yvonne Lewis Jacob


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Former Chapter Presidents

1970-1975: Sarah Wise Wooten*
1976-1979: Ertie F. Barnes
1980-1983: Mary Ray Thompson*
1984-1987: Erma W. Barron
1988-1989: Louise L. Brown
1990-1993: Oretha Bridgewaters
1994-1997: Gloria McCollum
1998-2001: Cheryl Petty Garnette
2002-2005: Carolyn N. Pinckney
2006-2010: Kathy Keys Waymmann
2010-2013: Ingrid S. Harrison


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Current Chapter Officers


President, Saran Baker
First Vice-President, Jennelle Rush
Second Vice-President, Carlita Head
Recording Secretary, Latia Hutton
Assistant Recording Secretary, Tanesha Gibson
Corresponding Secretary, Deidre Jackson
Assistant Corresponding Secretary, Jacqueline Glast
Financial Secretary, Carolyn Lyons Piper
Assistant Financial Secretary, Sharon Allen
Treasurer, Airenne Jeffery
Assistant Treasurer, Tawanda Cannon
Parliamentarian, Andristine Robinson
Hostess, Serenity Garnette
Door Keeper, Kim Boddie
Historian, Lisha Penn
Ivy Leaf Reporter, Rosalind Daniel Walker
Member-At-Large, Carol Herring Reid
Chaplain, Tammi Brantley
Graduate Advisor, Eta Chapter, LaTasha Gatling
Graduate Advisor, Theta Nu Chapter Carol Herring Reid

Operation Committee Chairs

Audit, TBA
Awards/Display, TBA
Bylaws, Andristine Robinson
Connection, Kim Harris-Cox & Courtney Glass
EAF Captain, Demetrius Windom
Executive, Saran Baker
Finance, Airienne Jeffery
Founders’ Day, Yvonne Owens
History/Archives, Lisha Penn
IGO Chorale, Karleen Powell
Inspiration, Tammi Brantley
Membership/Sisterly Relations, Carlita Head & Jacqueline Glast
Newsletter, Deidre Jackson & Jacqueline Glast
Protocol, Nythra Braxton
Nominating, Tammi Brantley
Pan Hellenic Council, Jen Dewberry
Program, Jennelle Rush
Public Relations, Rosalind Daniel Walker
Social, Debra Ballard Rious & Betty Robinson
Standards, Stacey Chisholm & Tina Savoy Ross
Summer Retreat, Jennelle Rush
Technology, LaTisha Durham & Shané Hargraves
Tellers, Michelle Boone
Ways & Means, Tanya Penny Woods & Sharon Collins

Program Committee Chairs National Initiatives

Emerging Young Leaders (SWWYLA), Krystal Adkins, Lauren Estep, & Portia Joyner
Health, Sonja Bruce
Leadership Development, TBA
Social Justice & Human Rights , Thee Hickman
MLK Day of Service, Tammi Brantley

Ivy League Initiatives

Institute for Growth and Development for All American’s Youth (GADAAY), Sharyn White,
Andrea Williamson & Angela Battle
Parents on Track, Samecia M. Brousard &
Phyllis Gillians
Popcorn Club,Bea Leonard

Ivy League Resource Teams

Economic Development, TBA
Family, Stephanie Taylor & Jean Humphrey
Scholarship, Rochelle Harley & Toni Perry
Shoe Bank,Michellle Wiilams

Local Initiatives & Partnerships

Ivy League Awards, Jennelle Rush
Sunshine Concerns, Denise McKinney & Kellie Cosby

Iota Gamma Omega Awards

  • First Place Exhibit Award- 2010
  • Second Place Chapter of the Year Award, Large Chapter – 2012
  • Second Place Basileus of the Year Award – 2012
  • Erma W. Barron Making A Difference Award – 2012
  • Best of the Best – Standards Award – 2012
  • First Place for Excellence in Reclamation – Large Chapter for the New Century Membership Campaign

Undergraduate Chapters

The Iota Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is the graduate chapter that oversees the undergraduate chapters Eta, Bowie State University, and Theta Nu, University of Maryland –College Park.  Please visit their websites for additional information.

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