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Chapter Officers

Rachel Tobler

President

Position Description: As the President, I serve as the executive officer of the chapter and am responsible for its operation. I am the face of the chapter to the University of Arizona campus, as well as the outside world beyond our school. I encourage teamwork to achieve chapter goals and understand the chapter's relationship with the Advisory Board, the House Board, the Fraternity, the campus, and the Tucson community. I foster communication at all Fraternity levels, as well as preside and maintain order at all meetings of the Chapter and Chapter Council. I strive to lead the chapter with grace, compassion, and strength as our Chapter Council works together to help the chapter run smoothly. I am incredibly honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as a role model and to represent Kappa’s values to others within the community.

Age: 20

Class: Junior

Pledge Class: 2014

Major of Interest: Psychology and Pre Med

Hobbies: Shopping, baking, Netflix, spending time with family and friends

Favorite Kappa Memory: Although it is impossible to pick just one, one of my favorite Kappa memories has been living in the house as a sophomore and a junior. Being surrounded by my best friends everyday has truly been the most amazing experience. The women I have had the pleasure of living with have shaped me into who I am today with their constant encouragement, laughter, and advice. It has been so comforting to always have someone to grab ice cream with, or even just lay on the floor and talk about life together. I have been so blessed to be given the opportunity to embark on my college journey with these women and this incredible organization that I am so thankful to be a part of.

Alexa Thorell

Vice President of Standards

Position Description: As Vice President of Standards, I am the liaison between the Fraternity and the members of the chapter on the understanding and execution of the Bylaws and Standing Rules. I am the head of the Standards Committee and also in charge of planning sisterhood events for all members. I serve as a confidential support system for the chapter as well as maintain spirit and high morale throughout the year. I am spirit chair during recruitment and help with any and all issues regarding Kappa and its members.

Age: 19

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2015

Major of Interest: Criminal Justice and Sociology

Hobbies: Golfing, Netflix, cooking, music, spending time with friends and family

Favorite Kappa Memory: My favorite Kappa memory would be living in the house. Each day is a new memory, from getting ready for football games to movie nights in the back TV room, it's always so fun to spend time with my sisters! Kappa has become my home away from home, and I love being able to spend every day with my best friends.

Hannah Matthiessen

Recruitment Chairman

Position Description: As the Recruitment Chair of Gamma Zeta, I am in charge of planning and executing the formal fall recruitment for Kappa Kappa Gamma. I work with our entire chapter to educate them on our methods for a successful recruitment. It is my job to ensure that the active members of our chapter recruit women that possess and are able to uphold the values of our chapter as well as our sisterhood.

Age: 21

Class: Junior

Pledge Class: 2014

Major of Interest: Studio Art with an emphasis on Photography

Hobbies: Cooking, Netflix, working out, spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Kappa Memory: There are so many Kappa memories that I have had over these past three years that it is hard to choose one! However, one memory that stands out most to me was bid day my freshman year. Being from out of state, it was extremely hard to move so far away from home and leaving behind all my best friends. Showing up on bid day and seeing so many kind faces was such a breath of fresh air. The very first girl that I met was someone who had the same name as me and we immediately hit it off. She is now my best friend and roommate and I couldn’t imagine my life without her. Kappa has given me more than I ever could have ask for and I am so thankful to be a part of such an amazing organization.

Brooklyn Barney

Membership Chairman

Position Description: As the Membership Chairman of Gamma Zeta, my responsibilities include recruiting the future women of our Fraternity. It is my job to ensure active members of Kappa Kappa Gamma recruit women that uphold the values of our sisterhood and reflect the spirit of the University of Arizona. As Membership Chairman I ensure the legacy of our chapter will be embodied in the future women of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Age: 21

Class: Junior

Pledge Class: 2014

Major of Interest: Nursing

Hobbies: Snorkeling, hiking, swimming, hanging out with friends, running

Favorite Kappa Memory: I am extremely thankful for all the memories I have gained from my time in Kappa. The memory that stands out the most is living in West Wing with my 7 best friends. Throughout the year we had a memory jar and would add special memories on sticky notes to remember our experiences together. We read all the memories at the end of the year and it will forever remind me of the friends I have gained through Kappa as well as unforgettable experiences.

Bailey Skinner

Vice President of Organization

Positions Description: As VPO, it is my responsibility for upholding the organizational and leadership goals of the chapter through the maintenance of online communication, the creation of a formal calendar, the development of leadership action plans, and hostessing of Leadership Consultants and other Kappa Guests who enrich the chapter with their advice and guidance.

Age: 20

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2015

Major of Interest: Pre-Nursing

Hobbies: Traveling, shopping, reading, Netflix, spending time with my friends and family.

Favorite Kappa Memory: There are so many memories that I have in Kappa that makes it so hard to choose just one. This past year I was fortunate enough to live in the Kappa House. I loved this experience because I was able to create new friendships and build even closer ones with the other girls who also lived in. I was fortunate enough to live in West Wing before construction took place. Although my room is now torn down due to construction, living in West Wing with my best friends was the best experience I could have ever asked for. I will never forget all of the memories and laughs we shared, and more importantly the three best friends I gained.

Sydney Kofron

Public Relations Chairman

Position Description: As Public Relations Chairman, it is my responsibility to manage all social media accounts such as our Instagram, Facebook page, Kappa website, Twitter and more. I project the chapter's positive reputation to the public as well as complete press releases regarding special events like our philanthropies. I oversee each member's individual social media and reinforce positive public relations. I keep alumni updated on all that we do and compose our annual newsletter.

Age: 19

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2015

Major of Interest: Communication and eSociety

Hobbies: Spending times with my friends and family, writing, reading, online shopping, Instagram and working.

Favorite Kappa Memory: My favorite Kappa memory is the first night that I slept in the Kappa house the day we all moved in. I was surrounded by all my friends that I hadn't seen in so long and we all piled into the balcony room, sharing stories about our summer memories. It made me so excited for the remaining years I will have with them and it was the start of many amazing friendships.

Michelle Hook

Vice President of Academic Excellence

Position Description: As VP of Academics, it is my responsibility to encourage and support the ladies of Gamma Zeta in every aspect of academics, here at the University of Arizona. Each week, I reward members who are working exceptionally hard, inform the chapter of various scholarship opportunities, and provide the tools necessary for members to succeed.

Age: 19

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2015

Major of Interest: Nutrition

Hobbies: Hiking, reading, baking, Pinterest-ing

Favorite Kappa Memory: While it is hard to choose just one, the memory that comes to the forefront of my mind is when a few Kappas and I piled into my car late at night dreaming of Krispy Kreme Donuts. As soon as we got there, I locked my keys in the car; we were stranded at Krispy Kreme! AAA eventually came to rescue us, but I will never forget the time we had to stay at Krispy Kreme for a few hours eating delicious donuts.

Kate Hall

Marshal

Position description: As Marshal, I educate the chapter on ritual and tradition. During Inspiration week, I coordinate activities for the New Members to participate in with each other and with the entire chapter. At the end of the week, I organize initiation for all the New Members so they officially become active Gamma Zetas. I also lead the new members in ritual reviews in order to familiarize them with Kappa Kappa Gamma traditions once initiated.

Age: 19

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2015

Major of Interest: Business

Hobbies: Working out, going to AJs with friends, playing with my 2 dogs, and reading.

Favorite Kappa Memory: On the first day of classes, everyone in Kappa wears the Kappa Bid Day shirt so you can easily spot all the Kappas around campus. As a freshman I didn't know anyone in my classes so this was really helpful. My first day of college, I walked into a small English class of 20 people and remember instantly seeing another Kappa shirt. We sat by each other, found out we lived near each other, and started walking together to class. This is my favorite memory because the girl who sat next to me in freshman English has become my best friend and my person.

Hayley Helsten

Risk Management Chairman

Position Description: As the Risk Management Chairman, I am responsible for completing an event planning form for all the events we have to participate in, as well as making sure all Kappa events abide by our insurance policy. In addition, I serve as the Health Advocate for our chapter which entails the act of attending several meetings held throughout the school year, participating in an all-day retreat and informing the chapter of various topics throughout the year.

Age: 20

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2015

Major of Interest: Public Health

Hobbies: Traveling, spending time with friends and family, my dogs (two golden retrievers), eating

Favorite Kappa Memory: It is nearly impossible to pinpoint one favorite memory as I feel like Kappa gives me a new memory every day. However, I would have to say living in has been truly an amazing experience. There is no other time in life where you get to live with 86 of your best friends. Whether it’s getting ready all together, watching movies in the back TV room or staying up in the late hours of the night studying it has made me realize how amazing of an organization Kappa is and how thankful I am to be a part of it.

Mackenzie Alveshire

Treasurer

Position Description: As treasurer, I am responsible for billing chapter dues to our 300+ member chapter through the Billhighway system. I prepare and manage the annual budget. Lastly, I communicate and educate members about the budget and their financial obligations.

Age: 20

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2015

Major of Interest: Mechanical Engineer with Engineering Management Minor

Hobbies: Dancing, crafting, hiking, spending time with my family and chocolate lab, and eating

Favorite Kappa Memory: My favorite Kappa experience has to be living in the house. I have grown to become so close with all the girls in the house. My favorite nights are when we all get cozy and pack as many of us as we can on the back TV couches and watch a movie. I have shared so many laughs and memories with these girls and wouldn't trade it for the world!

Raven Rodrick

Philanthropy Chairman

Position Description: As Philanthropy Chairman, I am responsible for Kappa Kappa Gamma’s community service among its members and organizing out philanthropy events. Each fall and spring, Kappa hosts two philanthropy events, Kappa Con Queso and Hoops for Hope. Both of these events are designed to support our national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, as well as another charity in honor of a Kappa sister. It is my job to encourage and excite our members to engage in service opportunities that impact the Tucson community and the University of Arizona.

Age: 20

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2015

Major of Interest: Veterinary Science/Biology

Hobbies: Horseback riding, spending time with friends and family, hanging out with/petting any and every animal, and Kappa Kappa Gamma

Favorite Kappa Memory: When I think about Kappa Kappa Gamma and all that this sorority has given to me, its hard to pinpoint one exact memory that can sum up Kappa. Ultimately, it is the little moments that have made Kappa so incredible. By living in the Kappa house this year, I have become so much closer to the other girls and I am truly thankful for that. Just being able to spend time and live with my best friends everyday has given me the best memories.

Mackenzie Padish

Event Chairman

Position Description: As the Event Chairman, it is my job to plan and organize all events for the Gamma Zeta Chapter. Date dashes, formals, mom/dad weekends, family weekend, Spring Fling, and Homecoming are my top priorities. Our chapter is very social and it is my job to keep it this way! I work very closely with the Public Relations and Risk Management Chairmen and enjoy getting the girls excited for upcoming events.

Age: 19

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2015

Major of Interest: Political Science

Hobbies:Traveling, working out, Netflix

Favorite Kappa Memory: My favorite Kappa memory is the first day of English class my freshman year. My whole pledge class wore our bid day shirts to our syllabus week classes in hopes of finding friends. I stumbled into English class wide-eyed and nervous but excitedly left that day with a new best friend in a matching KKG shirt. Kappa brought me my best friend and my current roommate in the Kappa Kastle!

Ella Guajardo

New Member Educator

Position Description: As New Member Educator my mission is to ensure that our new members are equipped with the knowledge and guidance to be the best Kappas that they can be, while also preparing them for success in everyday college life. In doing so I will become their leader and go-to resource for anything that they may need during their New Member period. I will also plan exciting events such as Bid Day, Big Little Reveal and Pledge Presents to help welcome them into our Chapter.

Age: 19

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2015

Major of Interest: Pre-Business

Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, working out, Netflix, and anticipating the arrival of PC17!

Favorite Kappa Memory: From Bid Day to living in this year, Kappa has given me too many amazing memories to count. By far some of my favorite times with my sisters have been spent living together in the Kappa house. There isn't another time in our lives when we will be able to say we live under the same roof as over 80 of our best friends. This experience has not only brought me closer to my pledge class, but it has allowed us to create friendships and memories that I know will last forever. I cherish every second of it and I can't wait to show our new pledge class what an amazing sisterhood we are a part of.

Morgan Duss

Corresponding Secretary

Position Description: My role as Corresponding Secretary is to answer and send all chapter correspondence. I also ensure that all material that requires ordering such as new member pins, new member badges and kappa notebooks is done in a timely and efficient manner as well as organize and keep records of all mail and packages sent to the house.

Age: 19

Class: Sophomore

Pledge Class: 2016

Major of Interest: Family Studies and Human Development

Hobbies: Hiking, outdoors, shopping, going to the beach and hanging out with friends.

Favorite Kappa Memory: Kappa has added an immeasurable amount of good things to my college experience. My favorite memory would have to be getting pinned by my big during initiation, this was an overjoying and prideful experience and it ensured me that kappa is where I belong.

Alexandra Bala

Registrar

Position Description: My position as registrar requires keeping information for members of the chapter in key reports up to date, and inputting the new information from the members of the incoming pledge class. I am also responsible for organizing and scheduling the Composite Photoshoot and ordering the final composite. As the year comes to a close, I gather together pictures that I receive from the chapter and am responsible for setting up a date and time for everyone to come together to create a scrapbook of the memories that were made throughout the year.

Age: 19

Class: Freshman

Pledge Class: 2016

Major of Interest: Physiology

Hobbies: Dancing, hiking, yoga, going to the beach, spending time with friends and family

Favorite Kappa Memory: Bid Day would have to be my favorite memory so far because of how wonderfully overwhelmed and excited I was to finally be apart of Kappa. I loved Kappa throughout recruitment and I could not imagine what being a kappa would be like until I was surrounded by hundreds of fun loving girls. Bid Day began my excitement for my future as a Kappa member and the rest of the memories that would come along with being one.

Cassandra Tomchak

Recording Secretary

Position Description: My job as Recording Secretary is to track the attendance of all members at all mandatory Kappa events and to excuse girls from events as well. I take minutes at Chapter on Monday nights and during Chapter Council meetings. I also update the bylaws and communicate with the Fraternity by sending a copy of certain documents, such as minutes, each week.

Age: 19

Class: Freshman

Pledge Class: 2016

Major of Interest: Pre-Nursing

Hobbies: Hiking, yoga, shopping, reading, playing with my five dogs, eating creme brûlée and watching the Eagles play with my dad

Favorite Kappa Memory:My favorite memory of Kappa so far would have to be the new member sleepover. I bonded with so many girls during the night and laughed until my stomach hurt. I probably gained five pounds from how many sweets I ate. I bonded with my potential big that night, and after she asked me to sneak her five cookies, that’s when I knew I wanted to be her little. When the night ended, I was confident that joining Kappa was the right decision.

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