Five New Members Join the National Board of Directors of Gamma Phi Omega Int’l Sorority, Inc.

Chicago, Ill., June 3, 2016 – Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. has officially elected five new members to the National Board of Directors (NBOD) at this past National Founders’ Conference in April and have begun their term June 1st. These five new members will serve as the National President, Financial Director, Membership Intake Director, Expansion Director, and Director of Undergraduate Affairs.

Joining the NBOD are Irma Amparo Ortiz of University of Illinois at Chicago, Beta Chapter, Laura Soria of University of Illinois at Chicago, Beta Chapter, Jeanette Bonilla of Northern Illinois University, Theta Chapter, Priscilla Marrero of Illinois State University, Sigma Chapter, and Reina Salcedo of Northeastern Illinois University, Nu Chapter. “These five ladies have already displayed qualities of leadership and the passion to advance the organization. I am looking forward to what this group of women will accomplish in the upcoming year,” states Gina Nunez, outgoing National President.

Irma Amparo Ortiz, the new National President, works for Northeastern Illinois University as a Program Manager for a federally funded program called GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) in partnership with Chicago Public Schools. She has served on NBOD from 2004-2010 as Academic, Expansion, Membership Intake, and Program Director, as well as National President. With an increase in membership and chapters, Irma hopes to revamp the organization’s systems and structures to adapt to both the growth and needs of the sorority.

Laura Soria is a Legal Support Team Specialist/Paralegal for a primarily IP law firm in Chicago, Husch Blackwell, LLP. She’s served on NBOD from 2001-2007 as Expansion Director, Financial Director, and National President. As Financial Director, Laura anticipates developing investment strategies and making sure the organization’s budgets align with the long term goals.

Jeanette Bonilla works at Champs Sports and is currently serving her first term on NBOD. As Membership Intake Director, she plans to work closely with the new Expansion Director in hopes of improving recruitment and communication.

Priscilla Marrero is a Diverse Learner Instructor at Norman Bridge Elementary and is serving her first term on NBOD. Her goal as Expansion Director is to maintain and increase the sorority’s membership within existing and potential universities. Marrero’s knowledge from being a Cygnet and chapter founder allows her to put things in perspective of those who want to do the same.

Reina Salcedo works at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine as the Assistant Director of Student Development and is serving her first term on NBOD. As Director of Undergraduate Affairs, Salcedo plans to provide longitudinal personal and professional opportunities for undergraduate members and provide resources to Regional Directors and Chapter Mentors.

With five new board members, the National Board of Directors is now comprised of nine women. The 2016 National Board of Directors is listed below:

Irma Amparo Ortiz, National President

Andrea Elizabeth Keller, Vice President

Laura Soria, Financial Director

Cynthia Gonzalez, Marketing Director

Jeanette Bonilla, Membership Intake Director

Kathy Portillo, Academic Director

Tania Figueroa, Philanthropic Director

Priscilla Marrero, Expansion Director

Reina Salcedo, Director of Undergraduate Affairs

About Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.

Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. (Gamma Phi Omega) is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega strives to unite sisters in the principles of achieving academic excellence, serving the communities in which we live and learn, preserving the sacred bond of sisterhood among women, and uplifting and advancing a cultural awareness among Latinos and those in our global communities. Gamma Phi Omega is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations.


Gamma Phi Omega Announces Newest Colony

Sorority expands presence in the South at Texas A&M University


College Station, Texas—Since 1991, Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. has expanded within the Midwest to numerous colleges and universities. In its 23rd year of existence, the Sorority announces its newest colony outside the Midwest region. On April 26, 2014, Gamma Phi Omega welcomed Kassandra Peña, Dessiree Martinez, Elizabeth Castillo, Xochitl Colunga and Melissa Gutierrez into the organization and recognized them as Noble Founders of the Texas A&M University Colony.

The Sorority is committed to developing mature, supportive, professional women. “The National Board of Director’s congratulates the women and recognizes their determination, passion and strength for establishing Gamma Phi Omega. We are confident that they develop into an exceptional chapter,” said Socorro Garcia, national president of the National Board of Directors. “We would also like to acknowledge Nicole Thomas and Joanne Reyes, the leaders of the membership team, guiding the women as they sought membership into Gamma Phi Omega.” The most recent expansion contributes to the Sorority’s 17 undergraduate chapters, two alumnae chapters, four alumnae colonies and three undergraduate colonies.


Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991


West Suburban Illinois Alumnae Colony Attains Chapter Standing

CHICAGO, Ill. Nov. 16, 2015 – Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. (Gamma Phi Omega) has officially recognized West Suburban Illinois Alumnae Colony (WSIAC) as Phi Delta Chapter, marking it as the 4th chapter serving its alumnae members. These entities grant women of the organization an opportunity to develop programming suitable for alumnae.

The alumnae members who form part of WSIAC appeared before the National Board of Directors (NBOD) Sunday morning to present an overview of their past year’s events and initiatives. All programming is led by the organization’s four goals: academic excellence, community service, cultural awareness, and sisterhood. “We are so very proud of our alumnae for continuing to build a strong foundation for future generations of alumnae,” said Gina Nuñez, National President of the NBOD. “Our graduate members and groups are integral to our organization’s development.”

WSIAC was established in September 2012 with 5 members and have now grown to 13 members. With hopes of engaging more alumnae and increasing their involvement with their chapter philanthropy, Mutual Ground, Phi Delta members are thrilled for their journey ahead. “We are very excited and thankful to have been granted chapter status. We have been committed to setting and achieving goals with hopes of receiving this great opportunity,” said Rosalinda Niño, Phi Delta President. “We look forward to continuing to give back to our communities, collaborating with other chapters, and representing our organization to the best of our abilities.”

The mission of alumnae and alumnae entities of Gamma Phi Omega is to promote education by empowering communities, leading social change and investing in philanthropic endeavors; to make a positive impact on the organization and society through innovation in professionalism, mentorship, diversity and kinship experiences.

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991


Western Illinois University Instates as Colony

Macomb, Ill., April 1, 2015—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. (Gamma Phi Omega) has officially recognized Western Illinois University (WIU) as the sorority’s second undergraduate colony in the Midwest. A colony in the United States college Greek system is formed after a group of college students have met certain criteria on their college’s campus from a fraternity or sorority’s headquarters and the first step to official recognition from its headquarters. Gamma Phi Omega has chapters and colonies located throughout Illinois, Indiana and Texas.

The eight ladies at WIU recently celebrated their official colony standing on March 21, 2015. They have dedicated time and efforts to raising awareness to multicultural affairs and promote the values associated with Gamma Phi Omega. Sisterhood, leadership and success are core values instilled in the members of Gamma Phi Omega serve as a guiding force to the sorority’s goals: academic success, cultural awareness, community service and sisterhood. The ladies representing Gamma Phi Omega on WIU’s campus include:

  • Marleyna “Yaotlí” Carrillo
  • Josephlyn “MIRAGE” Mendoza
  • Luz “Nylania” Bernal
  • Vanessa “DunAmis” Rodriguez
  • Corinna “Arabella” Castanon
  • Sara “ELOiSa” Stampanato
  • Monserrat “pitBULL” Zepeda
  • Loren “CitAla” Lewis

The NBOD reviews criteria for interested groups to achieve colony-status including: a detailed listing of recruitment and academic efforts along with fundraising and social programming, a letter of support from university personnel and grades for all interested members.

“We are proud as an organization to promote diversity at campuses across the nation,” said Gina Sanchez, national president of the NBOD. “These ladies have established a great cultural platform providing incoming students with an additional outlet to explore multiculturalism and create bonds that transcend ethnicities.” WIU welcomes Gamma Phi Omega’s colony as the third multicultural Latina oriented sorority on campus and will be a part of the university’s United Greek Council.

The mix of junior and senior standing women share various professional and personal ambitions. Career paths for the ladies represent various sectors from the workforce including communication studies, education, law enforcement, park and tourism administration and youth development.

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991


North Shore O’Hare Attains Chapter Standing

CHICAGO, Ill., Feb. 16, 2014—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. has officially recognized North Shore O’Hare (NSO) as the sorority’s Phi Gamma Chapter marking it as the 3rd chapter serving the its alumnae members. The organization has graduate chapters located in Illinois and Indiana. These entities strive to develop programming that better suits the alumnae women of the sorority.
The alumnae members who form part of NSO appeared before the National Board of Directors (NBOD) to present an overview of their past year’s cultural and social events. All programming is spearheaded by the organization’s four goals: academic excellence, community service, cultural awareness and sisterhood. “Our graduate members and entities are important to our organization’s development and its future generations,” said Gina Sanchez, national president of the NBOD. “These ladies serve as a foundation to our younger members providing them with mentorship and sisterhood.”

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991


Illinois State University Achieves Official Chapter Status

NORMAL, Ill., June 26, 2014—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. has officially inducted Illinois State University as the sorority’s Sigma Chapter marking it the 18th chapter in the Midwest. The organization has chapters located throughout Illinois, Indiana and Texas.

The ladies at Illinois State University recently celebrated their one-year colony anniversary June 22ndand on June 22nd appeared before the National Board of Directors (NBOD) to present their past year’s events and achievements. All programming is spearheaded by the organization’s four goals: academic excellence, community service, cultural awareness and sisterhood.

The NBOD reviews criteria for colonies to achieve chapter-standing including: a detailed listing of recruitment efforts and outcomes of all lines started, letter of support from university personnel and grades for all members.

“These ladies worked hard this past year to create thought-provoking events and establish relationships with other student organizations,” said Gina Sanchez, national president of the NBOD. “Their hard work has earned attention from university faculty, staff and students while establishing themselves as young leaders on their campus.”

Career paths for the ladies encompass various sectors from the workforce including communication studies, education, finance, sociology and anthropology, human resources and business information systems.

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991


Gamma Phi Omega Announces 2014-2015 National Board of Directors

Chicago, Ill.—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Incorporated has elected a National Board of Directors (NBOD) for the 2014-2015 term. The NBOD has nine returning members and welcomed four sisters to serve the organization on a national level. The NBOD is the governing body that oversees the various entities of Gamma Phi Omega. These ladies establish policies and procedures for chapters and colonies to abide while also creating programs encompassing the Sorority’s four goals: academic excellence, community service, cultural awareness and sisterhood.

The 2014-2015 National Board of Directors:

  • Gina Sanchez, DePaul University Communication master’s graduate, brings with her six years of experience on the NBOD and will be celebrating 10 years as a sister of Gamma Phi Omega in December 2014.

  • Andrea Keller, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville masters in Public Administration graduate, has helped create policies beneficial for Gamma Phi Omega and the institutions where membership is held.

  • Jazmin Romo, alum from DePaul University’s College of Communication, continues to serve the organization she joined six years ago and will provide the Sorority’s body with an open line of communication increasing transparency regarding NBOD matters.

  • Nycole Natalia Smith, DePaul University graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Finance and Marketing, will ensure that all three Sorority trademarks submitted to United States Patent and Trademark Office are fully approved and active.

  • Daisy Magaña, masters graduate from DePaul University’s College of Communication, continues to increase the Sorority’s online presence through her web content development and social media skills.

  • Kimberly Roberts, Indiana University alumnae with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting/International Business and Spanish, will oversee expansion efforts.

  • Vanessa Valentin, Indiana University graduate with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism, will continue to improve national programs for the undergraduates and alumnae in her role as program director.

  • Melissa Claudio-Lewis, Masters of Education from National-Louis University graduate with a Masters of Education, will service the Sorority as director of alumnae affairs and organize a graduate chapter retreat.

  • Kathy Portillo, a DePaul University alum with a Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations & Advertising, plans to establish an official academic month and scholastic challenge to promote the Sorority’s goal of academic excellence.

“This is a very exciting time for us. For the first time in recent years, we have a full board comprised of sisters ranging in years of membership and professional experience,” said Gina Sanchez, national president of the National Board of Directors. “I am looking forward to what this diverse group of women will accomplish in the upcoming year.”

Joining this year are Northern Illinois University Master of Arts graduate Constance Ervins, masters candidate Valerie Vargas, Indiana alum with a degree in Sports Marketing & Management Sophia Lugo and recent Indiana University graduate from the School of Education Tania Figueroa. These new directors bring a combined 11 years of involvement.

The new term begins June 1, 2014 and will end May 30, 2015. During the term the NBOD will meet on a monthly basis to discuss agendas and establish action items in addition to participating in a summer and winter retreat for business and social purposes.

Contact Info:
Daisy Magaña
National Marketing Director
marketing@gammaphiomega.org

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991


Gamma Phi Omega Announces Newest Colony

Sorority expands presence in the South at Texas A&M University


College Station, Texas—Since 1991, Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. has expanded within the Midwest to numerous colleges and universities. In its 23rd year of existence, the Sorority announces its newest colony outside the Midwest region. On April 26, 2014, Gamma Phi Omega welcomed Kassandra Peña, Dessiree Martinez, Elizabeth Castillo, Xochitl Colunga and Melissa Gutierrez into the organization and recognized them as Noble Founders of the Texas A&M University Colony.

The Sorority is committed to developing mature, supportive, professional women. “The National Board of Director’s congratulates the women and recognizes their determination, passion and strength for establishing Gamma Phi Omega. We are confident that they develop into an exceptional chapter,” said Socorro Garcia, national president of the National Board of Directors. “We would also like to acknowledge Nicole Thomas and Joanne Reyes, the leaders of the membership team, guiding the women as they sought membership into Gamma Phi Omega.” The most recent expansion contributes to the Sorority’s 17 undergraduate chapters, two alumnae chapters, four alumnae colonies and three undergraduate colonies.


American Diabetes Association Names Gamma Phi Omega Top Team For Fourth Year In A Row

Sorority contributes to its national philanthropy and surpasses its fundraising goal 


Chicago, Ill.—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Incorporated was named the top fundraising team at the American Diabetes Association’s Indianapolis Step Out to Fight Diabetes Walk. The Sorority was able to earn this honor from the combined efforts of its members, the Running Swans that participated in the 2013 Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon, friends and family.

Gamma Phi Omega raised a record amount, more than $15,600, to help find a cure for diabetes in 2013. The sorority has worked together to raise more than $34,000 in the last three years at the Indianapolis Walk. The ladies tirelessly raise money for family and friends affected by diabetes. Experts approximate 366 million worldwide currently have diabetes, 25.8 million in the United States.


Gamma Phi Omega Establishes National Scholarship Month

Chicago, Ill.—Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. (Gamma Phi Omega) has long revered academic excellence as its primal goal. In a historic move for the sorority, Gamma Phi Omega is inaugurating October as its National Scholarship Month.

The new national initiative was established as a means to further promote educational advancement in academia that fosters the sorority’s membership, the Latino community and all collegiate Greeks that strive to excel scholastically.

“This is truly a significant and exciting moment for us because very few organizations have a designated month for academics so it speaks to how much we value higher education,” said Kathy “PYROS” Portillo, national academic director. “This will be a time where we provide our membership with resources necessary for their academic enrichment and personal success as well as assist our communities with educational initiatives.”

Members will receive tools and resources outlining financial assistance links and deadlines for college tuition and/or study abroad programs.

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Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. is a Latina-oriented organization founded on the campus of Indiana University April 17, 1991. Gamma Phi Omega promotes and fosters collegiate academic success, creates serving leaders within the community, raises cultural awareness, and unites women through the values of sisterhood. Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion in order to attain and maintain excellence within our sisterhood providing women an equal opportunity without regard to race, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status or disability. Gamma Phi Omega is a proud member of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations. Visit our webpage at www.gammaphiomega.org, or on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/GammaPhiOmega. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GPhiO1991





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