Honorary Members

 

Our Honorary Sisters are distinguished professionals and community leaders who are nominated by entities of Kappa Delta Chi, voted in by National Leadership and who officially accept our invitation. Once initiated, honorary sisters are part of the family and enjoy many privileges of membership in Kappa Delta Chi Sorority. If you are a KDChi chapter and would like to nominate an outstanding individual to be an Honorary Sister, please contact Connie Ann Tucker, our Vice President of Records at Records@kappadeltachi.org with your name and chapter. You will then receive communication on how to move forward with your nomination. 

Dr. Lorena Gonzalez is a national speaker who facilitates training sessions and provides consulting services to educational, government, and corporate entities. Her specialty is conducting leadership training for families and youth. As the daughter of immigrant parents, she knows first-hand what it is like to work hard and persevere. Lorena holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies, and her research interests are in culture and leadership. Her personal philosophy and mission includes living in passion, hope, and service. She inspires others to seek within themselves the courage to triumph over challenges and obstacles. Lorena sits on various boards and is a former City of San Antonio Commissioner on Family and Children. She is married and has three children, all graduates of Clark High School. One of her daughters is Kappa Delta Chi Legacy Amanda Gonzalez, who served President of the Pi Chapter. Dr. Gonzalez was initiated as an Honorary Sister by the Pi Chapter at the University of Texas.

Dolores Huerta's numerous contributions to immigrant and civil rights have inspired generations of young Latina women. Dolores Huerta has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination. To further her cause, she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) in 1960 and co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW) with Cesar Chavez. Chavez was known as the mighty leader and speaker, Dolores was the skilled organizer and tough negotiator. Dolores Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues her efforts to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women. Dolores Huerta has been honored for her work as a fierce advocate for farm workers, immigration and women. She received the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom Award and was inducted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. That year proved bitter-sweet for her as she also experienced the passing of her beloved friend Cesar Chavez. In 1998, she received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award, a year before she stepped down from her position at the United Farm Workers. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. The $100,000 award provided her the means to create the Dolores Huerta Foundation, whose purpose is to bring organizing and training skills to low-income communities. Huerta was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in 2011. Ms. Huerta was initiated as an Honorary Sister by the Alpha Alpha Chapter at Wichita State University on September 30, 2005. 

Gloria de Leon is a national expert in youth leadership development, devoting the majority of her life studying the nature of success among the Latino student population. As Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the National Hispanic Institute, she has over 27 years of experience in organizational development and non-profit management. As a chief strategist, she defined NHI as an independent, enterprising organization, working as a curriculum and program design for various populations including at-risk, migrant, and high ability youth. She also serves as a consultant to colleges and universities on Latina/o student recruitment and retention, with a special emphasis on the needs of the Latina student population. As creator of the Lorenzo de Zavala (LDZ) Youth Legislative Session, Gloria became the principal architect of the high intensity, “game technology” training models used in all NHI programs today. As NHI’s most successful program, participants gain admission to college at a rate of 98%, with 90% completing an undergraduate degree and 65% of LDZers pursuing graduate and professional studies. She was initiated as an Honorary Sister by the Pi Chapter at the University of Texas.

Dr. Laura Murillo is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She has received many awards and honors for her work in the community, most notably in the field of higher education. Dr. Murillo served as the Director of the Urban Experience Program at the University of Houston where she increased retention and graduation rates amongst Latina/o students. She was initiated as a Honorary Sister by the Theta Chapter at the University of Houston.     

Ms. Ann Marie Newman is the Director for Diversity for the American Cancer Society's High Plains Division. She was instrumental in establishing the official partnership between the ACS and KDChi in 2004. Ann Marie works with the Diversity Council for the development and implementation of the High Plains strategic diversity business plan, the diversity development and education program, and the language translation service. In addition, she is a liaison for the international activities of the ACS. She is the former Executive Director of the ACS in El Paso, TX. Career highlights include working in the Nationwide Talent Management Program, staff recruiter, volunteer management, program implementation, fundraising, staffing the Hispanic/Latino Leadership Summit, African American Leadership Summit and the National Hearing on Cancer and the Poor (Harold P. Freeman, MD, 1995). Ann Marie received a bilingual Bachelor's in International Commerce from the University of the Americas, Puebla, Mexico. Ann Marie has worked for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Mexico City, Mexico, and for the Kingston Legal Aid Clinic, in Kingston, Jamaica. She was initiated as an Honorary Sister at the 2008 Convention in Houston, Texas.

Salinas with her sister at her induction ceremonyRetired Marine Major General, Angie Salinas was inducted as an honorary sister of Kappa Delta Chi on June 11, 2016 while attending the KDChi National Conference in Austin, Texas. The ceremony took place during the National Conference and was attended by national leadership and those in over 300 sisters in attendance. The relationship between Salinas, now CEO of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, began in 2012 at KDChi's 25th year while at the Annual National Conference held in Lubbock, Texas, the home of the first chartered chapter of the sisterhood. Salinas was part of the Marine troop who was then sponsoring a portion of the organizational leadership conference and was a guest speaker at the luncheon. While attending, then still active in the Marines, Major General Salinas, the first and highest ranked Latina ever to hold the position in the Marines asked to stay and attend some of the workshops being held at the national conference. She immersed herself into the network, found life long friends and asked how she could be more involved in this sisterhood she felt made such a difference in young women's lives. It was then that the forever relationship was formed.  Read more about her background and the KDChi connection by clicking here.