Omega Phi Alpha has four levels at which members can get involved. For collegiate members, involvement takes place primarily at the university level and at the district level. For alumnae members, involvement can be at the regional and national levels.
The national level includes the national board, the national executive board (NEB) members, the past national president, the president of each chapter and the legal adviser.
Beginning in June 2017, the NEB is now made up of five elected officers with each being two-year terms. Additionally, the national level includes new director and coordinator positions, additional advisers, several committees and a virtual office assistant. (See the Elections page on how to run for an open NEB office. The next NEB election will be in 2019.)
2017–19 National Executive Board
|Jan B. Titsworth (Delta)||National President|
|Thea Moritz (Beta)||Vice President of Communications|
|Michelle Brannon (Delta)||Vice President of Finance*|
|Suzy McTaggart (Gamma)||Vice President of Lifetime Membership|
|Andie Hixson (Epsilon)||Vice President of Programs|
*Due to the unfortunate passing of our dear sister, Pamela McEwen, in August 2017, National President Jan Titsworth has appointed Michelle Brannon to complete the remainder of the VP Finance term.
In addition to the national executive board, Omega Phi Alpha has countless dedicated alumnae who volunteer their time to the organization. Members can volunteer as an adviser for a local chapter, at the district or regional level, or on two national levels (directors and coordinators), reporting to a specific NEB officer. For 2017-18 transition year, all positions will be appointed. Next year, some will be elected.
Sets of two to four collegiate chapters make up a district. Chapters that are close to each other geographically are grouped into districts. Each spring, each district holds a District Summit, a weekend-long leadership training and fellowship retreat.
District Summits serve as a time for active and alumnae sisters to meet outside of their own chapters. This is a great way to connect with more friends within the sorority and to experience Omega Phi Alpha as part of a national organization. Summits educate sisters on important new developments and offer training to its members.
District Summits will be predominantly planned by the national events team and should have the same core content. Chapters can customize some aspects of the agenda to allow for each district to display its personality.
At this time, chapters should have an active district officer who will be the contact person for their chapter during District Summit planning with the national district summit director.
Under the new national structure, each chapter will be assigned to work with a chapter success coordinator (CSC). The CSC will assist chapters by answering questions, making sure they are turning in their chapter paperwork, and serving as their point of contact for the national organization.
Omega Phi Alpha is divided up into four alumnae regions. Each region is served by a regional alumnae activities coordinator (RAAC).
To best meet alumnae needs and encourage participation, our alumnae community is divided into geographical regions: East, South, Midwest and West. Each alumnae region has a RAAC who focuses energy within that region, and advises the collegiate chapters on how to build and strengthen their alumnae relationships. The RAAC mentors and monitors any alumnae chapters in the region, and works with individual alumnae who are seeking ways to get involved.
The alumnae regions are intentionally misaligned from the collegiate districts. The thought was that separating alumnae geography from collegiate chapter geography would reinforce the message that alumnae are not limited by their affiliation with the collegiate chapter where they joined. Since alumnae might live in a variety of places during their lifetimes, sisters can feel a part of OPA wherever they happen to live at the moment.
A separate, more practical reason exists for separating alumnae organization from collegiate chapter organization. Since the collegiate districts are subject to change each year, it is simpler to define alumnae regions along state lines. Alumnae regions are reevaluated regularly, and minor adjustments are made to ensure alumnae members is still being well served.