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 made up of five elected NEB officers with each being two-year terms. Additionally, the national level includes 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 many dedicated national officers who volunteer their time to the organization. Members can apply to volunteer at the district or regional level, or as officers on two national levels (directors and coordinators), all supporting the five NEB officer teams. Five national directors (alumnae membership director, cardinal principles director, collegiate membership director, and expansions director) were elected at District Summits 2018 with two-year terms beginning on July 1, 2018.
Applications are now closed for the open national appointment volunteer positions for 2018-19. Visit the Positions page for details.
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 is a time for active and alumnae sisters to meet outside of their local 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 are predominantly planned by the national events team and should offer 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 as the contact person for their chapter during planning with the national district summit director.
Under the national structure, each chapter is assigned to work with a chapter success coordinator (CSC) as their primary point of contact to the national organization. The CSCs assist chapters by answering questions, making sure chapters turn in paperwork, and providing general advice.
Omega Phi Alpha’s alumnae community is divided into four geographical regions: East, South, Midwest, and West. A regional alumnae activities coordinator (RAAC) serves each area to best meet alumnae needs and to encourage participation. The RAAC focuses energy within each region and advises the collegiate chapters on how to build and strengthen their alumnae relationships. The RAAC also mentors and monitors any alumnae chapters in the region and works with individual alumnae who are seeking ways to get involved.
These alumnae regions are intentionally misaligned from the collegiate districts. Separating alumnae geography from collegiate chapter geography reinforces 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.
Since the collegiate districts are subject to change each year as the sorority grows, 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.