National Board

National Board, 2016

Our sorority is run by dedicated alumnae who give their time and talents to lead the sisterhood. Their home chapters are listed next to their name and short biographies can be found below. For more information or to reach out to a National Board member directly, please click their name and the sister’s e-mail address will appear.

National Executive Board

Nikita DeBarros

Nikita DeBarros – Rho

In May of 2010, Nikita became a sister of the Rho Chapter at the University of New Hampshire where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies. Nikita associates her confidence and leadership skills to her membership in Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. She is employed as an Occupational Therapist in an elementary school in Boston, MA, where she works to promote her students’ independence and participation in all aspects of their daily lives. She is passionate about helping others and strives to be an advocate and ally for individuals with disabilities. Nikita is also passionate about her sisters and takes great pride in supporting chapters, actives, and alumnae to have the same empowering experience that she has had as a member of this organization. This is her third term as president and my fifth term on the board.

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Executive Vice President

Emily Mennenga – Eta

Emily was born in a small town outside of Delta Xi Phi's Alpha Chapter in Illinois. She joined the Eta Chapter in Fall 2010 at Marquette University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2013. She is entering her 2nd term on the National Board. Emily currently resides in Milwaukee and is working as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Badger Meter.

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Jamie Davenport
Vice President of Membership

Jamie Davenport – Omega

Jamie "PGB" Davenport is an alumna of the Omega Associate Chapter at Samford University. Jamie was initiated in the Fall of 2016 and graduated in May 2020 with a BA in International Relations, French, and Arabic. Jamie currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana where they are pursuing their MPA-MSES at Indiana University. This is their second term on the board and they're looking forward to continuing to support our members in this new role. In their free time, Jamie likes to hang out with their 3 cats and travel.

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Jill Hayes

Jillian Hayes – Rho

Jill became a sister of the Rho Chapter of Delta Xi Phi at the University of New Hampshire in November 2011. She graduated from UNH with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Women’s Studies in May 2015 and now resides in Massachusetts. Currently unable to work due to chronic illness, Jill focuses her time and energy on advocating for herself and others living with illness and disabilities in hopes of contributing to a kinder, less stigmatized world. She attributes much of her drive, strength in leadership, and empathy to her experiences as a sister of Delta Xi Phi, and she is thrilled to return to the National Board for her second full term as Secretary.

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Vicki Nelson

Vicki Nelson – Lambda

Vicki is an alumna and founding sister at Delta Xi Phi's Lambda Chapter at Johns Hopkins University where she graduated in 2005. Having joined Delta Xi Phi's National Board of Directors in 2005, she is entering her tenth term with the board. Vicki completed her PhD in Genetics and attended medical school at Case Western University. She currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina where she is a Family and Sports Medicine doctor and researcher. Vicki attributes much of her leadership abilities and successes to her experiences with Delta Xi Phi and enjoys serving on the National Board where she can continue to enrich the undergraduate experience for women through involved with Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

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National Judicial Board

Jen Connell
Chief Tribunal

Jen Connell – Lambda

*Also a member of National Executive Board

Jen became a sister of Delta Xi Phi at the Lambda Chapter at Johns Hopkins University in December 2005. She graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and then went on to earn her PhD from Rice University in Bioengineering in 2014. She has served 5 previous terms on the national board over the last 14 years, including a term as National President and multiple terms as National Vice President of Membership. She currently lives outside Houston, TX with her spouse, two kids, and dog, and works as an academic research lab manager.

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Jenna Morin
Director of Chapter Development

Jenna Morin – Delta

Jenna “Halika” is an alumna of Delta Chapter at the University of Illinois Chicago where they graduated in the spring of 2016 and continued on to earn a Master’s of Social Work. Currently, Jenna is employed as a social worker with a high school. This is Jenna's second term on the board and they look forward to working with sisters.

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Director of Member Development

Bianca Knight - Gamma

Bianca became a sister of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. at the Gamma Associate Chapter at Mississippi State University. She graduated with a Degree in History and African American Studies. Afterwards she went on to complete the Masters of Art in Teaching at MSU earning her teaching licenses in the State of Mississippi. She later earned her Master's in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College. Bianca currently uses her passion for education to help the students in Mississippi that she serves to develop a love for learning and tries to lead by example by being a lifelong learner. Bianca is excited to be in a position to give back and serve the sorority that has given and taught her so much over the years.

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National Officers

Marina Teruel
Director of Alumnae Affairs

Marina Teruel - Delta

Marina “Rozadira” is an alumna of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she joined the sisterhood in the Fall of 2017. She studied Neuroscience and pursued a minor in Italian and Italian American Studies. She graduated in the Spring of 2020 with a degree in Psychology. Marina took a gap year to work in the Illinois State Laboratory in their Covid Department (2020-2021). She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology specifically working with adolescents. She currently works as an intern at a clinic in Downtown Chicago. In her time, if she is not sitting in the library reading for hours on end, you can find Marina participating in a Latin Dance group, singing with her community group, painting a new art piece, spending time with her family, or trying new restaurants with sisters. This is Marina’s First term serving as the Director of Alumnae affairs; she has many great things planned!

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Aliah Taylor
Director of Public Relations

Aliah Taylor  – Eta

Aliah “Xiu-Xnu” is an alumna of Marquette University’s Eta Chapter where she joined in the Fall of 2013. She studied Interdisciplinary International Affairs (2016). Following a gap year, she then pursued a master's degree in International Higher Education (2019) at the Loyola University Chicago where her research focused on student identity in community organizations within the campus climate as well as identity explorations. She believes in the significance of highlighting the achievements and efforts of sisters and of the Sorority. This is her third term on the National Board as the Director of Public Relations and she is delighted to create media spotlights to connect sisters and communities starting in an online spaceCurrently, Aliah works as a program/administrative assistant at a university. Moreover, Aliah also serves as the Secretary for the National Multicultural Greek Council and as a media design lead and event coordinator with the Young Asian Professionals of Milwaukee group. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking, and is a fan of the "Alone" series.

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Erien Watson
Director of Expansion

Erien Watson – Gamma

Erien “Nalani” Watson is an alumna of Delta Xi Phi’s Gamma Associate Chapter at Mississippi State University where she studied Political Science until 2009. She also attended Georgia State University where she received her M.S. in Sports Administration in 2014. She then went on to get a certification in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration from Western Kentucky University in 2018. She serves as the National Board’s Expansion Chair, and is based out of Houston, TX. She currently works at Maxim Healthcare Staffing as a Healthcare Recruiter. She has two fur babies, Tilly (cockapoo) and Cali (schnauzer). They take up a lot of her time and snuggles. With her strong communicative skills, sense of humor, professional background in leadership and academia, and her passion for all the sorority's pillars, she is eager to support expansion efforts to campuses throughout the country where Delta Xi Phi’s pillars are ready to shine.

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Abigail Magat
Regional Director - West (CA)

Abigail Magat – Alpha Alpha

Abigail is an alumna of Delta Xi Phi’s Alpha Alpha Associate Chapter at the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated in 2019. She is currently a 2L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she performs research and field work in areas relating to international law, family and child law, education law, and employment law. Additionally, she continues to be employed as an Academic Counselor, where she works with a wide range of students from middle school to college in academic, college, and career advising. She is passionate about education policy and non-academic factors that affect students’ performance in and out of school. Aside from this, Abigail loves making her own clothes, learning other languages, and traveling. She is very excited to help continue to foster an inclusive and supportive community.

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Toni Jo
Regional Director - South (AL , MS, NC)

Toni Jo - Gamma

Toni Jo is an alumna of the Gamma Associate Chapter at Mississippi State University where she devoted herself to studying History until 2018. While active, she served as Associate Member Educator and Historian. Her degree has gained her access to the world of education where she  gets to mold and grow the minds of the youth of Mississippi. She is currently serving as Southern Regional Director and is based out of Jackson, MS. Toni is eager to serve her first term with tenacity and grace with each pillar in mind and in heart.

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Liliana Zimbron
Regional Director - Midwest (IL, WI, MI, MO, OH, IN)

Liliana Zimbron – Delta

Coming soon!

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Kayara Burnette
Regional Director - East (MA, MD, NY, NH, PA)

Kayara Burnett - Iota

Kayara "Corazon" joined Delta Xi Phi's Iota Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall of 2015. She served on Iota's Executive Board before graduating with a Bachelor's degree with an Individual Concentration in Creative Entrepreneurship and the Business of Culture in 2017. She currently lives in Massachusetts and is focused on building and expanding her small business.

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East Regional Council

Kayara "Corazon"
District 1 - Iota, Rho, and Upsilon

Kayara Burnett - Iota

Kayara "Corazon" joined Delta Xi Phi's Iota Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall of 2015. She served on Iota's Executive Board before graduating with a Bachelor's degree with an Individual Concentration in Creative Entrepreneurship and the Business of Culture in 2017. She currently lives in Massachusetts and is focused on building and expanding her small business.

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Emma "Ohada"
District 2 - Lambda, Chi, and Alpha Beta

Emma Berryman-Moore - Rho

Emma joined DXP in Fall of 2014, in her first semester at the University of New Hampshire. She graduated from UNH in 2018 with a BS in Environmental Economics and International Affairs, and currently lives in New York City where she is an academic advisor for first-year international students. She loves traveling, reading, being outdoors, sports, exploring, and her loved ones. She is passionate about political engagement and supporting students in finding the place they feel most comfortable and can call home.

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