Sigma Phi Omega Sorority Charitable Foundation
Sigma Phi Omega Sorority Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2009 to become the philanthropic arm of the National Board and to dedicate Sigma Phi Omega National Scholarships in honor of our Founding Mothers. Each year, the Foundation hopes to award at least one scholarship to a full-fledged active member of Sigma Phi Omega. Through this scholarship, the Foundation aims to support sisters who have shown exemplary achievements in their college experience through their commitment to academic excellence, community service, and the sorority.
We accept all forms of donations to the scholarship through various ways:
Checks payable to Sigma Phi Omega Sorority Charitable Foundation
PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Venmo to SigmaFoundation
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We would like to thank our alumnae in assisting us in this endeavor to encourage our younger sisters to continue to excel academically.
Francis Nguyen - President
I crossed Fall 2005 (Upsilon Class) during my first semester of college at the University of Houston, Epsilon Chapter. I remained active all 4 years of college and held various positions including National Ambassador. While in college I was on the executive board of many organizations including the Greek Programming Board, Order of Omega, and the Council of Ethnic Organizations. I graduated Spring 2009 with a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. I was the National Board Treasurer in 2010-2011 and joined the Foundation Board in 2014 and was Director of Fundraising, Vice President, and now President. What drew me to Sigmas was their philanthropy work and to be able to help continue the work is such an honor! I was born and raised in Lewisville, TX and moved to Seattle, WA after graduating from UH. I worked as a medical assistant at an eye clinic until I went to graduate school at the University of Washington. I received a Master of Public Administration with a focus in nonprofit management in 2013. I spent four years working at nonprofits that focused on high quality child care and STEM education for birth to five. Two of the centers that I worked with were part of the first year of the Seattle Preschool Program, and one of them is one of the first Vietnamese bilingual preschools in the Seattle area! I am currently the Science Coordinator at the YWCA GirlsFirst Program in Seattle. We work on empowering girls and young women to become strong leaders both in life and STEM. Education has also been a driving factor in my life. During my free time I like to play with my dog TeMolly, go dancing (especially ballroom), try new foods, and volunteer for other organizations throughout Seattle. Sigmas have been a huge part of my life both during college and after. Not only has it given me a great network of sisters, but it also thought me many valuable skills. I don’t know what I would do without my sisters and am looking forward to continue the tradition for future sisters!
Teri Pon Futaba - Vice President
Born and raised in the Los Angeles County, I graduated from the University of Southern California with my Bachelors of Art Degree in Communications with a minor in Linguistics and then earned my paralegal certification from the University of California Los Angeles Extension Program. With eighteen years work experience mostly in the corporate environment, I joined Fisher & Paykel Healthcare early July 2015 as a Contracts Administrator reducing my daily round trip commute from 50 miles to 6 miles per day.
As a college sophomore Fall 1988, Sigmas of Alpha Chapter at USC became a part of my life. I learned to fine tune my time management skills to balance school, studies, work and Sigmas. Over a span of five+ years as an active member then as an alumna, the chapter positions I held ranged from Secretary, Fundraiser, New Member Director for Delta Chapter’s Charter Class at SDSU and alumni advisor along with my involvement as formals waltz choreographer and with Gamma Chapter’s Charter Class at UT Austin as a big sister to a UT charter member. Later in 2004, my involvement with National Board started and spanned over nine years with positions as California Governor, Vice President, Treasurer, Philanthropy Chair and Alumni Chair. When the Sigma Phi Omega Charitable Foundation was created I become involved with the Foundation board early on in 2009. I served as Foundation Treasurer, Secretary, and currently as Vice President.
When not at work, I’m kept busy with my son’s extracurricular activities, mainly Cub Scouts. I continue my personal trend of holding two concurrent positions in my son’s Cub Scout Pack. I assist the Pack as Advancement Coordinator and the Webelos 2 den as Den Coordinator while previously I was the Pack Treasurer. I use my time management, budgeting and planning skills I’ve learned as a Sigma towards keeping the den on track with their goals and scheduling events.
Through Sigmas, I gained friendships from our many chapters over the years along with helpful skills that I used in the various aspects of life from interpersonal, family, social and work. I hope to continue to contribute whenever I can.
Nicole Song - Secretary
I was born and raised in Fort Worth, then moved all the way to Dallas for college at Southern Methodist University, a whopping one hour drive away. Needless to say, I'm a family oriented person and I got the opportunity to have sisters away from home with the Theta Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega. I crossed as a sophomore in the Fall of 2013 (Kappa Class). I was active in the sorority every semester until I graduated this past semester in May 2016. I've been Service Chair all but one semester, and also Secretary, Mom, and Treasurer (I'm sure there's more). I majored in World Languages, and minored in Women's and Gender Studies. Sigmas has brought me a group of women that I love beyond comprehension, and also a perfect way for me to volunteer and make a difference in my community. I'm so grateful I can now continue this work through the Charitable Foundation.
I currently work full time at a marketing firm called Golden Events Group. I feel motivated every day at the office, and I'm slowly turning into a workaholic and morning person, both of which I never thought I'd be in any universe. Two big driving forces in my life are food and family/friends, thus my pastime of choice is going out and trying out all the food with my boyfriend and friends, or going home and spending precious time with my sister, parents, and dog.
Krissy Purdy - Director of Fundraising
Originally from the Southern California area, I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area and love being here. Married and a mother to 3 rambunctious boys I love spending time with my family and enjoying all of life’s little surprises. I also own a small business running small group and personal training services. I am an NASM Certified Personal Trainer with certifications in Women’s Fitness, Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness and Youth Exercise. I am also a qualified TRX Trainer and a Road Runners of America Coach. In July I completed an Ironman 70.3 triathlon that includes a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run! Prior to this I worked with technology and medical device start-ups in Silicon Valley.
Since joining in Fall 2002, I’ve held multiple top positions at both Chapter and National levels. I served as National Board President for many years and have now returned to be a part of this next chapter. Sigmas has always been an integral part of my life and has shaped me in many great, unexpected ways. It has given me my best friends and best memories. I want to give back all I have gained and continue to build upon our strong foundation a place for women to find themselves and other sisters for years to come. GO SIGMAS!
Florianne Arce Lew - Director of Alumnae Relations
Born in Aberdeen, Maryland but raised in sunny San Diego, I crossed Delta Chapter in Spring of 1993 (Beta Class). I would say Sigmas was one the best times of my college life, I created lots of meaningful friendships/sisters, had many good times meeting people from other orgs, and eventually met my husband, Dave. We have 3 beautiful kids, Samantha (sophomore at SDSU-YAY!), Madalynn (13 going on 30) and Matthew (blessed son).
Life since college hasn’t always been an easy one, but when you’re young you tend to make a lot of mistakes but it’s those mistakes that help you grow and change. Looking back now, I see where I could have made better choices but again, you live, learn, ask for forgiveness and move on. By the grace of God I believe everything that was meant to happen, happened for a reason. I moved to Long Beach in 1996 to finish school but again, life had other plans. I had Samantha in 1997. Again, life never really ever goes as you plan but some times that may be a blessing in disguise. I eventually went back to school at Long Beach City but balancing work, family and school proved to be a lot harder than one thinks. I graduated in 2007 at LBCC with an AS in Business Accounting. During all that time I was not involved with Sigmas. Remember I mentioned those mistakes and choices you make when you’re young? Well those choices took me away from one of the greatest sisterhoods I had come to know. And even though I wasn’t actively involved, my heart always longed to be a part of it again. I knew in my heart that I wanted to give back to an organization that gave and taught me so much. So after almost 15 years of being away from Sigmas, I wrote to the National Board to ask if I can be recognized as Alumni. I was determined to do what I had to, to prove I had the heart and love to give back. And to my amazement NB agreed, but first I had to attend the big 5 events. And although I crossed at Delta chapter, I lived in Long Beach so they graciously let me attend the various events at different chapters close to me. Needless to say, attending these events really opened my eyes as to how much has changed and yet how much has stayed the same. I was scared as I felt alone in this new journey but reconnecting with other Alumni and meeting girls that were literally half my age, surprisingly all welcomed me with open arms and respect. It was then that I realized that the sisterhood was still as strong as ever, and solidified my decision to return as Alumni.
I've spent the last 5 years attending events from SD to LB and SC getting to know the chapters, alumni, actives and new members. Learning what’s new and what’s changed. I've attended some Conventions and Mid Years, and in 2014-15 held the position of National Board Alumni Chair. My hope is to gain more alumni support for each chapter. Most know I enjoy making cookies for informals and/or formals and ribbon leis for graduating Sigmas as small tokens of my support, love and appreciation. I want to be able to look back and know that my efforts to come back were not for nothing, that I was able to make a difference, no matter how small or big. So I encourage all Alumni to come out and support not only your chapter but any chapter. My reasons for joining Foundation are to learn more about we have to offer and give, and whatever little time or resources I can offer I again hope to make a difference.
Hae Okimoto - Director of Outreach
I graduated from the University of Southern California in 1980. Born in South Korea, I came to the US when I was 10 and consider Hawaii my home. As the only student from Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Hawaii - the sisterhood of Sigma Phi Omega became an instant community for me. They helped me to grow … living our motto "the reward is in the doing" - and through the doing, continuing to learn and improve. It is a special blessing that I remain friends with some of my pledge sisters - sharing Christmas cards, Facebook posts, and even an occasional visit when we are in each other’s location of residence. Reflecting back, it’s hard to believe that when I graduated from USC, the Internet as we know it today didn’t exist, nor cell phones nor digital cameras! Who would have ever imagined that I would be the director of Academic Technologies for the University of Hawaii System. The common technology during my college days included the electric typewriter and code-a-phone. But, I believe, that the lessons we learned as Sigmas exemplify our goal: “to achieve a greater womanhood” has meant applying life lessons to the evolving world we live in. This has included active involvement in the Punahou Parent Faculty Association, Hanahau’oli Board of Trustees, Hawaii Baptist Academy Board of Trustees, the Junior League of Honolulu, YMCA, and Olivet Baptist Church.
I am married to Anson, also a 1980 graduate of USC (Accounting) and have two adult daughters Alyssa and Ashlyn (USC School of Architecture 2014).
Sigmas were a large part of my college career and helped define who I am today. I hope that through my participation on the Sigmas Charitable Foundation, the legacy of the Sigmas will continue for all young women in the years ahead.
Jeniffer Kim - Director of Scholarship
I joined Sigma Phi Omega my freshman year at USC and crossed spring 2005. Sigmas helped me transition into college life as I found it to be difficult. With the support of my pledge sisters and active members, I was able to make most of my time at USC. During my four years in the sorority, I held various positions from academic chair to vice president and even sat on the board for the Asian Greek Council.
I graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in Mathematics only to go back to school soon thereafter for my Master's in Public Health. After my MPH, I took a research position with the USC Eye Institute and was a project manager for a children's eye study. I worked a few years in ophthalmology and then decided to pursue my passion in public health research. I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in epidemiology at USC and am studying the effects of air pollution on childhood obesity. Aside from being a diehard Trojan, I love to stay active, discover new restaurants and plan my next scuba diving adventure with my husband.
More than a decade later, I am still close to many Sigmas from different classes and chapters. We are fortunate to have sisters all over California and Texas. I fondly remember all the fun, productive years we had as college students and am excited to be part of the sorority again. I have been on the Charitable Foundation Board for two years now (2017-2018, 2018-2019) and hope to bring new ideas as well as help grow our national philanthropy. In the wake of the #metoo movement, organizations like our sorority need to be in the forefront of bringing awareness to sexual harassment and assault as well as domestic violence. Though these are sensitive, personal issues, we believe that talking openly about these societal problems can empower victims of all races, ethnicities and genders.
May Nguyen - Director of Fundraising
I'm a native of and currently reside in Dallas, TX. Although I'm an only child, I actually have the propensity for solitude so I had no intentions of affiliating with a sorority. Then, Sigmas came into my life. Their laid-back attitude, welcoming nature, and the fact that so many of them were also North Texas transplants gave me pause to reconsider my preconceived notions. I proceeded to join this sisterhood in Fall of 2003 (Omicron Class) at the University of Houston.
I have been employed by Walgreens Pharmacy for the past 16 years. My current position is Senior Certified Pharmacy Technician/Care Coordinator for Kidney & Liver Transplant Patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
I previously served on National Board in the Secretary capacity from 2011 to 2013; TX Governor during 2015 to 2016; and resumed my secretarial role from 2016 to 2017. I've now transitioned to the Charitable Foundation, where I’ve been a board member for a year, and was recently elected to Director of Fundraising. I aim to assist in guiding the next generation of ladies to achieve greater womanhood, continue our philanthropic efforts against domestic violence & sexual assault, and promote solidarity amongst chapters through joint fundraising activities.
Abigail Flores - Iota Chapter, Spring 2015
Beverly Besinga - Theta Chapter, Fall 2011
Debbie Wang - Eta Chapter, Fall 1999
Liza Lhospital - Gamma Chapter, Spring 2004