Alpha Tau Omega History 

Alpha Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was the first woman’s Greek letter organization established in San Antonio, Texas. Bettie S. Browne of Phi Chapter was instrumental in establishing the Alpha Tau Omega Chapter. On November 15, 1930 at the Pine Street Branch Y.M.C.A. Bettie S. Browne saw her dream come true when Alpha Tau Omega Chapter was chartered. M. Viola Butler, of Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter, Houston, Texas, Southern Regional Deputy, presided at the chartering. Bettie S. Browne, Lucille L. Bonnett, Vivienne Hood of Phi chapter assisted in the initiation of Laura E. Gates, Susie M. Curtis, Kittie M. Haywood, Violette E. Kane, Mattie T. Lewis, and Euretta K. Fairchild. These nine visionary women are the charter members of Alpha Tau Omega Chapter. Other members present at the initiation were: Iris L. Robinson, Stella Jean Eustace, and LeDora Shelton of Alpha Mu Chapter, Margaret Davis, Willie Cowen, Edna Morris and Anna Mae Caine Walker of Alpha Chapter.

The first elected officers of Alpha Tau Omega chapter were Bettie S. Browne, President; Lucille Bonnett, Vice President; Kittiie Haywood, Second Vice President; Susie Curtis, Secretary and Hostess; Laura Gates, Treasurer and Susie Mae Curtis was appointed Reporter for the chapter.

Although the year of 1930 presented turbulent racial discrimination the charter members of Alpha Tau Omega were important figures in the San Antonio community. They served in the community as Educators, Activists, Shapers of Social Action, Speakers, Business Women, Writers, Church women, Civic workers, Members of Councils and served on Board of Directors. The racial environment of the 1930’s endorsed a conscious awareness of the need to promote scholarship and academic achievement and Alpha Tau Omega heeded the challenge. In addition, several of Alpha Tau Omega’s charter members were involved in various forms of artistic expression before there were such role models. The charter members of Alpha Tau Omega Chapter were women many years ahead of their time.

Our Purpose

The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Tau Omega Chapter, is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, to promote unity and friendship among college educated women, to study and help alleviate problems concerning girls and women in order to improve their social stature, to maintain a progressive interest in college life, and to be of service to all mankind.

Our Vision

Alpha Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, is the premier sisterhood of college-educated women working together to serve the citizens of San Antonio and surrounding Bexar County communities.

Alpha Tau Omega Chapter provides numerous innovative programs of service that are beneficial for our youth such as our First Responders program for young men, a reading enrichment program at the Eastside Boys and Girls Club, and the Mahogany Brain Challenge, a contest for youth on African American History  held annually in February. Currently we sponsor an Emerging Young Leaders Program Initiative for the female students at MLK Academy with a focus in academic enrichment and leadership development.  We also promote programs to educate the community in regards to Health Issues, Economic Security, Global Poverty, Social Justice, and advancing education with Scholarships for graduating seniors. 

Our Legacy

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated had its humble beginnings as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of nearly 300,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.

As Alpha Kappa Alpha has grown, it has maintained its focus in two key arenas: the lifelong personal and professional development of each of its members; and galvanizing its membership into an organization of respected power and influence, consistently at the forefront of effective advocacy and social change that results in equality and equity for all citizens of the world.

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Legacy of Leadership

18th South Central Regional Director

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dr. Jacqueline O. Dansby

1990 - 1994

Alpha Tau Omega Chapter is also the home of the 18th South Central Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Dr. Jacqueline O. Dansby, Ph.D.

Dr. Jacqueline O. Dansby was elected as the 18th South Central Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1990. Re-elected in 1992, she served two terms in this position. Her tenure was characterized by a warm and positive spirit of sisterhood, a passion for excellence, tireless energy and enthusiasm, innovative approaches, solid commitment, and attainment of goals.

Chapter Leadership


Sharon Crockett-Ray



Kelly Nash-Forrest

Vice President


Carolyn James

Second Vice President

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Jileene Vivians

Recording Secretary

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Donnie Whited

Assistant Recording Secretary


Keisha Dawkins


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Stephanie Johns

Assistant Corresponding


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Charlott Carpenter

Treasurer & Budget Chairman

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Pamula Thomas

Treasurer & Budget Chairman


Beverly Johnson

Financial Secretary


Vanessa Henley

Assistant Financial Secretary


Regina Horne-Espress

Delta Rho Chapter
Graduate Advisor


Montrae Williams

Official Hostess


Kimberly Douglas

Delta Rho Chapter
Assistant Graduate


Angela Johnson

Omicron Tau Chapter
Graduate Advisor


Demetria Roberts

Omicron Tau Chapter
Assistant Graduate Advisor


Arleya Horne

Public Relations


OraNetta Hall



Arleya Horne



Linda Lewis


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Annette Burleson



Brenna Whitfield



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Mary Taylor


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Gratches Propps



Janice Wilson

Assistant Custodian

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Monique Vernon

Chief of Staff to the President

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Melanie Cowart


 Roseville Housing Trust

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Velma Kemp


Alpha Tau Omega Senior Opportunity Services of Texas, Inc.

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Monique Vernon


San Antonio Ivy Educational Fund, Inc.