Sigma Phi Omega Sorority Charitable Foundation
Sigma Phi Omega Sorority Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit,tax-exempt 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. All donations are tax deductible:
Checks payable to Sigma Phi Omega Sorority Charitable Foundation
PayPal to email@example.com
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.
Debbie Wang - President
Hello! Born in Taiwan and raised in Houston Texas. Crossed Alpha Class (Fall ‘99) Baylor Eta Chapter, I served on the National Board as Vice President from 2004-2006 and as Texas Governor from 2002-2004, recently served as a board member on Foundation Board and about 20 years ago was Eta Chapter President and Vice President. Graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration class of 2002, I am currently a Business Analyst Lead for my team and have held a VP management position for previous 5 years. I have built a career in Derivative Energy Trading over the past 13 years and pledge to give back what was freely given to me.
I believe that to be an effective leader you will need people willing to work for you, which means you need to work for them. Leadership is a lonely place if you don’t work as a team. This is built on trust, respect and reliability. My hopes are to build awareness, build funding and create value. The most important role in a charitable foundation is to help others achieve what they cannot by themselves.
I am a creature of habit and an adrenaline junky. A day in the life consist of Starbucks in the morning, work, and cross-fit. Rinse and Repeat. Life skills I carried with me after college include leadership, public speaking, common sense, and how to treat people.
It never ceases to amaze me that “…we all love ourselves more than others but care more about their opinions than our own.” (Marcuz Aurelius)
Teri Pon Futaba - Vice President
Hello! 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.
Odette Tan - Secretary
Hello! I graduated from UT Austin in 2004 with a major in civil engineering and a minor in business foundations. After graduating, I worked in the private sector for 9 years, obtaining my Professional Engineering license in 2008, before moving over to the public sector in 2013. I currently have three jobs: a Senior Engineer at Travis County, a pole instructor, and a Hawaiian hula performer.
At the County, I manage approximately $70M+ of highly complex public works and parks projects ranging from roadways and sidewalks to new park development, including the construction of a world class BMX racing facility and a 73-acre sports complex. Professionally through Women’s Transportation Seminar, an international organization with the mission to attract and advance women’s careers in the transportation industry, I was Programs Chair, Vice President, President, and now Past President of my chapter. Being involved helped me network with transportation professionals throughout the highest levels of the transportation industry, engage transportation leaders in discussions about vital transportation issues, and even emcee my chapter’s gala to help raise $30,000 for STEM scholarships to young women.
As a hobby, I started pole dancing in 2010 and teaching in 2012. I now teach 8 classes a week and help manage the studio by creating the studio’s schedule, managing instructors’ schedules, and managing the website. I am also a certified judge and have judged in world pole competitions for the Pole Sports and Arts World Federation, an organization working towards recognizing pole sport in the Olympics.
As for involvement within the sorority, I was House Mom, Standards Board Chair, Treasurer, and President of my chapter while at UT Austin. After graduation, I was Treasurer and then President for 3 years on National Board. Stepping down because of term limits, I was later asked to be a part of the Charitable Foundation and was a Board Director, Director of Operations, and then President for 3 years. While President of the Charitable Foundation, I found myself back on National Board again as Vice President for 2 years. And of course, after leaving National Board and never able to leave Sigmas entirely, I’m now back on as Secretary for the Foundation Board.
I believe my experiences in the sorority shaped me into the leader that I am.
Krissy Purdy - Treasurer
Hello! 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 and 1 little girl. 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!
Thu Phan - Director of Sponsorship
Hello! Originally from the Dallas, Texas area, I grew up both in Lewisville, Texas and San Jose, California. I come from a family of six - and the youngest of 4 kids. I have two brothers and my sister is the oldest. I graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and then moved back home to earn a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Texas. I crossed Nu class in Fall 2002 and held positions such as Academic Chair, Treasurer, National Ambassador, and National Board Treasurer. By day, I am a Region Director for a healthcare company and by night, I attend pastry school. These days, you may also find me with my two great dogs (Scrappy and Darwin) or getting out and traveling abroad whenever I can.
Liza Agustin Lhospital - Director of Outreach
Abigail Flores - Director of Development
Hello! I was born and raised in a small town in Texas. I am a mother of two beautiful boys, Mateo and Noah, and a wife. Growing up I always knew I would attend Texas A&M University and follow the footsteps of my siblings. While attending school, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and join a sorority. I was drawn into Sigma Phi Omega by not only the welcoming environment but also how much they do as an organization to bring awareness for their philanthropy on our campus. I crossed Spring 2015, I gained so many amazing sisters, bigs, and a wonderful WILD family line. The following semesters, I was able to gain some of the best littles I could have ever asked for. The positions I held within the sorority were secretary and 5K chair. Every year, the Iota Chapter at Texas A&M University host an annual purple dash 5K to spread awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault, being able to put it together with my co-chair was an amazing experience. I graduated December 2016 with a Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Bilingual Education and minor in Spanish. I’m currently certified to teach Early Childhood- 6th grade in the state of Texas. Since graduating, my husband was relocated for work to the great state of South Carolina where I am currently living. I’m extremely excited to be embarking on this new journey in Sigma Phi Omega Charitable Foundation, where I can continue to represent and give back to the wonderful sorority that allowed me to find myself and gave me so much bliss throughout my college years.