On March 16, 2007, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. expanded its reach into Southern Maryland by chartering Phi Alpha Zeta in White Plains, Maryland. Six intelligent and enthusiastic women believed it was important to share the ideals of Our Five Pearls with those in their community, and founded Phi Alpha Zeta as a mechanism by which they could share their wealth of knowledge and their passion for service to those who were in need. Our Charter Members are: Vaughnika (Johnson) Briggs, Aisha (Clarke) Johnson, Tanisha Sanders, Keyona Thomas, Lena Tolliver, and Michelle West.
The Southern Maryland region has experienced an expansion of its educational, cultural and economic diversity. However, despite the influx of more affluent citizens to the area, it harbors the same social, economic and health disparities characteristic of many of localities. Phi Alpha Zeta endeavors to improve the quality of life for those who are less fortunate through the implementation of the national programs of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., while performing direct outreach in conjunction with already established community organizations that exist to serve these varied needs. As the Chapter has expanded its membership, it has extended not only its visibility, but also its impact throughout the Southern Maryland region through expanded outreach, partnerships, and community service.
The membership of Phi Alpha Zeta is comprised of educators, attorneys, accountants, corporate managers, legal professionals, and private industry and governmental employees. Many of the members of Phi Alpha Zeta are wives and mothers, caregivers, adult learners, and members of various other professional and community organizations. The Ladies of Phi Alpha Zeta have already made an enormous impact within Southern Maryland, and will continue to promote the ideals of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. by fostering opportunities to make an even more significant difference within our community.
Front Row (L-R): Tanisha Sanders, Lena Tolliver (deceased), Keyona Thomas
Back Row (L-R): Vaughnika Briggs, Aisha Clarke Johnson, Michelle West