Omega Phi Alpha has several levels at which lifetime 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 multiple national levels.
The national level includes the sorority Board of Directors (BOD) members, the executive director, the past national president, the president of each chapter, and the legal adviser. The BOD is made up of five elected officers with each being two-year terms. Additionally, the national level includes the Operational Leadership Team (OLT), coordinator positions, additional advisers, several committees, and a virtual office assistant. (See the Elections page on how to run for an open BOD office. The next BOD election will be at Convention 2021.)
2019–2021 OPA National Board of Directors (formerly NEB)
|Jan B. Titsworth (Delta)||National President|
|Thea Moritz (Beta)||Vice President of Communications|
|Leanne Kirby (Rho)||Vice President of Finance|
|Alyssa Bernhardt (Alpha Zeta)||Vice President of Lifetime Membership|
|Andie Hixson (Epsilon)||Vice President of Programs|
Jennifer Schimmel Stanley
In December 2019, Jennifer Schimmel Stanley joined the national leadership team as OPA’s new part-time executive director. Read press release.
This role focuses on daily operations, developing partnerships, creating opportunities for engagement, inspiring the community and active collegiate members as well as alumnae while creating a world where service opportunities develop strong, driven leaders. The executive director also works with the OPA Board of Directors on developing a strategic plan. Jennifer brings many years of nonprofit leadership experience, having served for over a decade as executive director of the Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity. What sets her apart, however, is her national experience with her own sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha.
In addition to the sorority Board of Directors, 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: Operational Leadership Team (OLT) and coordinators, all supporting the five BOD officer teams. Five other national positions (chapter support director, alumnae membership director, cardinal principles director, collegiate membership director, and expansions director) are elected after the spring district summits with two-year terms that began on July 1 of that year.
Visit the Positions page for details about national appointed or elected director positions. (Petitions are being accepted now for the spring director elections.)
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 leadership training and fellowship retreat.
The District Summit event 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 organized 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, Midwest, South, 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.