Living Legends 

Rosemarie Tyler Brooks

President 1982-1985

Rosemarie Tyler Brooks was installed as the first President of Xi Zeta Omega Chapter at the time of its chartering on January 16, 1982. She was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, at the illustrious Alpha Chapter at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Administration Highlights:

  • adopting Banneker Academic High School, providing tutors, presenting Outstanding Achievement awards to two students; and
  • establishing the Hollie C. Chapmon Scholarship earmarked for a graduating senior at Banneker.

Johnnie R. Brown Swift

President 1986-1989

Xi Zeta Omega’s second President was Johnnie Blanche Reddick Brown- Swift. In 1957, she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Rho Chapter at Arkansas AM& M, which is currently known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Paving the way and setting the standard of excellence for Xi Zeta Omega in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, Brown-Swift tirelessly served the chapter from 1986-1989. Under her leadership Xi Zeta Omega was able to touch the community in ways that had a generational impact.


Administration Highlights:

  • volunteer and Tutorial Program at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School;
  • senior Citizen activities at Asbury Dwellings; and
  • rooted in southern charm, Brown-Swift’s leadership was aligned with Alpha Kappa Alpha’s national program of “Service with a Global Perspective.” During her tenure as President, Xi Zeta Omega Chapter grew readily through membership reclamation and the retention of sorority members. 

Ferial Bishop
President 1990-1993

Ferial Anne Sherman Bishop was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Alpha Chapter at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1957.  Under her leadership the chapter held the first Tea Rose Ball and the first Black Male Conference. 

Administration Highlights:


  • hosting the first Youth Services Award Program;
  • continuing with a Community Health Fair, Clothing Drive and WIRF Bazaar;
  • hosting the 4th International Forum on DC/Dakar Sister Cities program; and
  • holding forums on what statehood means for the District of Columbia.

Rosalie H. Stroman

President 1994-1997

Rosalie Holmes Stroman was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® in the Gamma Upsilon Chapter at the majestic Savannah State College (now University), in Savannah, Ga in 1961.


Administration Highlights: 

  • the Innovations in Teaching Math and Science Award for fourth grade teachers in District of Columbia Public Schools who were implementing innovative techniques in their classrooms to improve student performance in mathematics and/or science;
  • the Barbara Caldwell Gibson Book Award for Mathematics/Science awarded to District of Columbia Public Schools students enrolled in advanced classes in mathematics and science; and
  • Chapter received the North Atlantic Region Chapter of the Year recognition for four consecutive years to include first place in 1994, 1995, and 1996; and third place in 1997.

Ora M. Darby

President 1998-2001

Ora M. Darby was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Gamma Theta Chapter at the great Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), in Hampton, Va. in 1974. Under Darby’s leadership, the chapter won the North Atlantic Regional 1st Place Chapter of the year award, at the Regional Conference in Connecticut. She was recognized as a silver member at the Regional Conference in New York and the Boule in Dallas, Texas in 2000.


Administration Highlights:

  • launching Xi Zeta Omega’s first Tea Rose Cotillion;
  • creating Xi Zeta Omega’s first Leadership Development Task Force;
  • developing Xi Zeta Omega’s manual of chapter procedures; and
  • winning the first place large chapter of the year at North Atlantic Regional Conference (NARC) in Atlantic City, NJ.

Beverly Ann Fields
President 2002-2005

Beverly Ann Fields was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Nu Beta Chapter at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga in 1984. Her vision as President for Xi Zeta Omega Chapter was embodied in the word “IVY.” She believed that this symbol encapsulates sisterhood and strength through Institutionalized Tradition, Vital- Member Participation, and the notion of saying Yes- the Sorority is Sisterhood.

 Administration Highlights:

  • establishing the Ivy Reading AKAdemy for elementary school students at the Make A Difference Center;
  • programming, such as Black Dollar Day, Buckle Up Day, Days of Caring, and the first D.C. Chapters’ MLK Day On and Not Off;
  • increasing the funding programs from an average of $15,000 in the previous few years to $32,000 in 2004 and $27,000 for 2005; and
  • awarding over $53,000 in scholarships to deserving youth in the metropolitan area through the Ivy Foundation. 

Maggalean W. Weston

President 2006-2009

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was gifted with a pearl of service when Maggalean Williams Weston was initiated into our beloved sisterhood at Norfolk State University’s Delta Epsilon Chapter in 1964, in Norfolk, Va.

Administration Highlights:

  • Treasured Pearls in 2007 (originally called Emeritus Status); and
  • Chapter received more than 10 sorority honors and awards.

Sabrina E. Williams

President 2010-2013

Sabrina E. Williams was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Alpha Chapter at Howard University, in 1990.

 Administration Highlights:


  • fine tuning and updating of the chapter’s and foundation’s Bylaws and Manuals of Standard Operating Procedures; and
  • the establishment of Ad Hoc Committees that significantly improved the operation of the Chapter and assure alignment with Regional and International requirements and guidelines, including a President Advisory Council, a Pearl Capital Campaign Committee, and a Chapter Leadership AKAdemy; and
  • restructuring the Archives Committee to assure that Record Keeping and Collection requirements and guidelines are being adhered to. This has resulted in a massive overview and coordination of all files and records in a manageable and accessible file system, synchronization of chartering data in a comprehensive manner, and the development of this our first Chapter History Book that encompasses the first 30 years of the chapter