After a semester of online learning, our active members handled challenging situations with grace, poise, and professionalism. Although our Class of 2020 members’ time was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to continue recognizing their outstanding efforts.
Give our senior class members a massive shout out on their successes from their respective universities. We are excited to see these members flourish as they start their new adventures.
Six phenomenal graduates from our active chapters
Jessica Newton – Gamma Chapter
Jessica (pictured top left) attended Eastern Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in Human Resource Management. She has decided to take a breather while applying for her dream job. In the future, she wishes to become a world traveler, global citizen, and adventurer.
During quarantine, her favorite activities include putting together puzzles and going on long walks. Omega Phi Alpha has shaped her into “becoming a confident, experienced leader, and professional.” Our sorority will forever be part of her future, especially her lasting connections and support systems made throughout her collegiate experience.
Hannah Hart – Phi Chapter
Hannah (pictured top right) received degrees in special education and elementary education from Arizona State University. She will start her teaching career in an emotional disability classroom for students in grades K-2 in Phoenix, Arizona. A lifelong dream for Hannah is to create a name for herself in the education industry by helping other special educators.
One of her favorite OPA memories was attending Flagstaff District Summit with her sisters. She says, “We sang most of the drive.” Lasting moments like these made Hannah’s connections even more reliable. Special, blooming, and loving are three words that highlight her OPA collegiate experience.
Reilly Cordell – Rho Chapter
Reilly (pictured middle left) graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in science. Her immediate plans post-graduation include moving to Nashville to pursue a degree in leadership and getting married. She will continue to serve as a fearless leader with our three cardinal principles in mind: friendship, leadership, and service.
During her active collegiate membership, she met her bridesmaids, best friends, and sisters. One of her favorite activities was participating in Greek Week’s events. She describes OPA as life-changing, honorable, and charismatic.
Taylor Outler – Chi Chapter
Taylor (pictured middle right) graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in exercise science and a minor in health promotion, education, and behaviors. After a gap year, she plans to head to graduate school to get her masters in public health with an emphasis in health disparities and social determinants of health. “I hope to be able to start my own non-profit for women of color to navigate life. Similar to a mentor program for every step of life even into adulthood with life coaches. I also hope to work as a program coordinator for DHEC, CDC, or something similar for health disparities awareness,” Taylor says.
Her favorite Omega Phi Alpha experience includes serving as a membership director. She loved helping her new member classes transition to active life. She says, “Fostering that relationship has been more than fulfilling.” In the future, she plans to attend alumni tea and is thrilled to support her sisters on social media.
Katrina Tselentis – Alpha Alpha Chapter
Katrina (pictured in the center of bottom left) graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. A favorite collegiate experience was traveling and competing with her friends in Model UN and Mock Trial. She is looking to get a job working on a 2020 campaign. In the future, she hopes to attend law school and work in Washington, D.C.
“Helping my big plan for her second little” was an exciting moment for Katrina. Throughout her active experiences in Omega Phi Alpha, she was able to make friendships with her sisters and her OPA family line. In the next ten years, she hopes that OPA continues to grow in numbers, making it a well-known sorority across the nation.
Katherine Chalfant – Alpha Rho Chapter
Katherine (pictured bottom right) graduated from Virginia Tech University with a degree in biological sciences. Now, she looks forward to shadowing dental hygienists and nurses. Ultimately, she would love to be a successful healthcare professional in whatever path she decides.
Amazing, grateful, and rewarding are words that define her time as an active member of OPA. Attending the Spring 2019 sisterhood retreat gave Katherine very fond memories. She is excited to be an alumna and support her chapter in a new way. She says, “I will always go and visit the chapter.”
We celebrate these six members and ALL of our recent graduates. Omega Phi Alpha welcomes you with open arms, and we hope you continue to stay involved in our organization as an alumna. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!