By Kristine “Aster” Medina, Editor-in-chief

Delta Phi Lambda’s Board of Directors announced its national headquarters staff for 2016-2017 on Oct. 27.

New directors appointed include Katy Rivera (University of Central Florida) for risk reduction, Camarin Chargualaf (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) for alumnae relations, Jenna Bradshaw (Grand Valley State University) for expansion and Sarah Nguyen (University of West Florida) for web. Managers newly appointed include Joan Podoll (University of Georgia) for finance and Honey Hong (University of West Florida) for ritual. The new southeast governor is Lyna Cao (University of North Carolina at Charlotte).

Alumnae who continue being involved with the sorority after their collegiate careers enhance the experience by becoming national volunteers. Rivera, a Central Florida alumna, held several positions within her chapter during her collegiate career and looks forward to continuing her service to the sorority as the director of risk reduction.

“Staying active as an alumnae just takes the same passion that you have for the sorority that you did in undergrad,” Rivera said. “When you have that passion, you find new ways to stay involved, and figure out how you can contribute time to the organization that helped develop you.”

Rivera is an assessment coordinator at Valencia College, working with first-year students. She graduated from Central Florida in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations. She is now working toward a master’s degree in higher education administration.

Along with the incoming headquarters staff members, Jennifer Kim, the former director of collegiate services, was appointed as the interim vice president collegiate. She graduated in fall 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in mass media arts from the University of Georgia. She is currently a Starbucks barista but has recently accepted an offer to become an associate publishing producer for Hi-Rez Studios.

Kim joined the headquarters staff in December 2015 as the director of new member services. She hopes to learn more about the sorority and spread knowledge to all sisters during her term as vice president collegiate, especially with younger sisters and alumnae wanting to stay involved.

“A lot of undergrad chapters want alumnae support,” Kim said on alumnae involvement. “If you think national staff may be too much of a commitment now, go back to your home chapter and give them support. That’s where our sisterhood stems from as we keep having newer and younger generations join us. They want our knowledge so feel free to give back.”

Podoll, a Georgia alumna, works for the Georgia Institute of Technology through the Grants and Accounting office. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree of accountancy at UGA. She is set to become a tax accountant for Cherry Bekaert LLP in January. She is fully versed in her role as finance manager and encourages other alumnae to seek volunteer opportunities within the sisterhood.

“If you see an opportunity you’re interested in, just go for it,” Podoll said. “Whether it’s big or small, anything you do can help keep you connected to the sisterhood we all love.”

See the announcement below for the complete list of 2016-2017 national headquarters staff members.


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