Traditionally, Denver Area Panhellenic (DAP) welcomes the incoming president with a late summer President’s Tea hosted by her sorority sisters. Alpha Gamma Delta alumnae hosted a delightful afternoon at The Falls Event Center for Jennifer Morse, marking her fourth year of the five years required to serve on the executive board. (It’s a commitment!) In addition to Alpha Gamma Deltas, past presidents, DAP delegates and other women’s fraternity presidents were invioted at share the celebration and launch the year. Executive Board Members are: Vice President Stacey Cummins – Alpha Xi Delta, Treasurer Maureen Rojas – Phi Mu and Secretary Jill LaCroix – Sigma Sigma Sigma and Delegate-at–Large Clara Tomsula – Alpha Omicron Pi.
Denver Area Panhellenic has been celebrating sisterhood since 1908, currently represents alumnae from 23 fraternities for women and is a member of National Panhellenic Council (NPC) headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. DAP is also proud of its fundraising for student scholarships, philanthropy and programming and has won numerous national awards.
At the Annual Awards Luncheon, Mary Ellen Fitzsimonds – Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta) was named DAP Woman of the Year and Barb Goettleman – Kappa Kappa Gamma (Kappa) received the Alumnae Achievement Award.
Mary Ellen Kutsenda Fitzsimonds is a graduate of Drake University, where she became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, and received a B.S. in Pharmacy. As a licensed pharmacist, Mary Ellen worked in Chicago at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hospital and Fujisawa Healthcare. Mary Ellen is a dedicated volunteer in her community. She has been a Girl Scout leader for 13 years and a Gold Award mentor for high school- aged Girl Scouts. She also served on the Chicago Girl Scout Council of 100.She has also been a Boy Scout troop committee member and merit badge counselor. Involved in her children’s schooling, she served in the PTA and community organizations. Mary Ellen has been actively involved in Theta since graduation. She was president of the Chicago North Shore Alumnae Chapter. She served the international fraternity as: Alumnae District Officer, Alumnae District President, 3rd Alternate NPC Delegate, Panhellenic Resource Officer and Fraternity Vice President Alumnae and Kappa Alpha Theta Trustee Vice President. She is currently a member of Denver Alumnae chapter and serves as Theta Foundation Liaison. Her husband of 31 years, Steve, and their boxer puppy, RJ, reside with her in Larkspur. They have two children and four grandchildren with one more on the way. Her hobbies include hiking, skiing and cheering for the Chicago Cubs!
Barb Goettleman graduated from Syracuse University where she was a Kappa Kappa Gamma. with a degree in journalism and continued her education at Colorado State University, where she earned her Early Education Director Certification. Beginning her career in broadcasting, she shifted into various educator roles such as Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher. She has been an active leader in her community and was chosen as CEO/President of Assistance League Denver, Inc. Other offices include: corresponding secretary of Colorado Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and vice president of PEO International (Chapter DJ of Denver), national district coordinator – National League, Inc. and chapter board member of Volunteers of America.
She is a member of several other organizations. In each of the organizations she currently serves, she has been a long-time volunteer, holding various positions of responsibility.
By her Kappa Chapter, she is described as “the living example of civic and sorority leadership at its best as she constantly seeks ways to do good in Denver, for our Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity and for our National Panhelleninc Conference as a whole.”
Scottie Taylor Iverson is an alumnae member of Kappa Alpha Theta, was Denver Alumnae Chapter’s Woman of the Year in 2005 served as president of Denver Area Panhellenic and was DAP’s Woman of the Year in 2011.
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