Chapter History

box_aao_historyIn April of 1927, Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter was organized in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Chapter was officially chartered at the Centre Avenue YMCA by Norma Boyd, one of the founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  There were eight young college graduates who are recognized as charter members:Four college graduates from the University of Pittsburgh, Two from Carnegie Tech (aka Carnegie Mellon University), One from Emerson College in Boston, the nation’s only 4 year college devoted exclusively to communication and performing arts at that time, and One from Howard University in Washington, DC.

Below are the AAO Chapter Charter members:

  • Charlotte Enty Catlin
  • Kathleen Brown Douglass
  • Edith Hawkins
  • Eleanor Jones
  • Jessie Hailstalk Roy
  • Ester Summers
  • Norine Webster Taylor
  • Jean Hamilton Walls

During the chartering weekend, the newly formed chapter initiated their first member,Orlean Collins. These young women immediately began to provide service to Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities. They made high scholastic achievement,sincere sisterhood, and high moral standards a priority.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is an international sisterhood and every member adheres to these standards and holds our motto “Service to all Mankind” dearly.  Since its chartering, Alpha Alpha Omega has continued to uphold the ideals of the sorority by carrying out the organization’s international programs.  The chapter is proud of its leadership, including several past and present members who have extended their service as national officers.

Alpha Alpha Omega is also the mentoring graduate chapter to six undergraduate chapters: Iota (University of Pittsburgh), Alpha Sigma (Pittsburgh City-Wide Chapter, which includes: Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University,Duquesne University and Robert Morris University), Kappa Beta (California University of PA), Kappa Zeta (Clarion University), Mu Omicron (Slippery Rock University), andRho Rho (Indiana University of PA).

Today, with an active membership of 175+ of college educated women, Alpha Alpha Omega, is dedicated to continuing its positive impact on the Pittsburgh community and globally through dynamic programs and collaboration with other organizations to promote its International Program target areas of Educational Enrichment, Family Strengthening, Health Promotion, Environmental Ownership and Global Impact. These efforts will constitute a priceless part of the American experience in the twenty-first century.


  • Norine W. Taylor (1927-1929)
  • Jessie Hailstalk Roy (1929-1930)
  • Christine Jefferies (1931- 1933)
  • Marjorie Levy Harris (1933-1935)
  • Jewell Blow (1935- 1937)
  • Lucille Cuthbert (1938-1940)
  • LaRue Walker Frederick (1940-1943)
  • Ethel Mock Bellenger (1943-1945)
  • Oteria Willaman Nicholson (1945-1946)
  • Mary Wade (1946-1948)
  • Lucille Cuthbert (1948-1949)
  • Juanita Derritt Alston (1949-1951)
  • Ruth Williams Fields (1951-1953)*
  • Victoria C. Hargon (1953-1958)
  • Mary Wade (1955-1958)
  • Mary Jane Page (1959)
  • Armater Russ (1960-1962)
  • Nan Currington (1963)
  • Merline Stewart (1964-1965)
  • Lee B. Nicklos (1966-1967)
  • Dr. Janet L. Thompson (1968)
  • Laura Cooper (1969)
  • Elise Bennett (1969)
  • Mildred D. Glenn (1970-1971)
  • Madelyn M. Hairston (1972-1973)
  • Nan Currington (1974-1975)
  • Dr. Gayle W. Griffin (1976-1978)
  • Mona Morphis (1979)
  • Dr. Alice M. Scales (1980-1981)
  • Dr. Delphina Briscoe (1982-1983)
  • Lee B. Nicklos (1984-1985)
  • Dr. Ogle B. Duff (1986-1987)
  • Lydia York (1988-1989)
  • Jackie Blakey (1990-1991)
  • Dr. Janet Johnston Haymon (1992)
  • Toni S. Kendrick (1993-1995)
  • Ruthie D. King (1996-1997)
  • Allison Lee Mann (1998-1999)
  • Dr. Rhonda Taliaferro (2000-2001)
  • Denyse Littles-Cullens (2002-2003)
  • Barbara McCloy (2004-2005)
  • Donna L. Pollard (2006-2007)
  • Dr. Lisa Issac (2008-2009)*
  • Toni S. Kendrick (2010- 2011)
  • Dr. Christina Wilds (2012-2013)
  • Jackie Blakey-Tate (2014-2015)
  • Dr. Monica D. Lamar (2016 -Present)

*The Mother-Daughter Legacy as Presidents of Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter


LaRue Walker Frederick (1958 – 1961)
Madelyn M. Hairston (1974 – 1978)
Toni S. Kendrick (2014 – Present)