Gamma Zeta Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Gamma Zeta Chapter was chartered on October 4, 1976 as the 76th chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, ten years after the opening of the Baccalaureate Nursing Program at UNCG, the year the Graduate Program in nursing was started and the year Moore Building was named. Since being chartered, over 900 members have been inducted into Gamma Zeta with 450 members being active at this time.

Gamma Zeta has been the recipient of the prestigious Chapter Key Award five times: 1991, 1993, 1997, 2007, and 2009.

Gamma Zeta is a very active Chapter. The following Committees carry out the mission Of STTI and the daily work of our Chapter. We need members to volunteer to be an active member of one of these Committees.

Archivist Committee
  • Oversee the filing and/or preservation of committee meeting minutes.
  • Manage the collection and preservation of statistics, documents, individual contributions and other information of historical significance for the chapter.
  • Oversee the process of developing and maintaining a written history of the chapter, which is annually reviewed and updated.
  • Also take photographs at Chapter Functions
  • Work with staff to maintain FaceBook page being current
Awards Committee
  • Oversee the process of developing, reviewing, revising criteria and funding for recognition awards and scholarships.
  • Manage the process for reviewing and judging award and scholarship applications.
  • Recruit candidates for awards and scholarships – locally, regionally and internationally. Assist with the application process.
  • Ensure that all applicants are notified of judging results, selected or not selected. Inform award and scholarship recipients of the manner in which they will receive their award or scholarship.
  • Coordinate preparation of entries for any regional or international awards in which the chapter wishes to make application.
  • Encourage chapter members to apply for international awards.

Note: Those serving as the Awards Chair, on the Awards Committee or as any other chapter officer or chair are not eligible for scholarships or other monetary awards while in any appointed or elected positions.

Community Service/Philanthropy Committee
  • Oversee the development of strategies for funding specific chapter projects as determined by the board of directors.
  • Manage the implementation of projects and events that increase funds as well as the visibility of the chapter.
  • Manage the philanthropy events and ensure that an effective publicity program is in place, through collaboration with the appropriate committee.
  • Coordinate the donation of goods or services, if necessary, for the event.
  • Solicit the general membership for participation and support of community service /philanthropy events
Development Committee
  • Oversee fund raising functions to support chapter activities
Globalization Committee
  • STTI’s President, Dr. Karen Morin, issues four calls to action in the upcoming Biennium. One of these was for the organization to contribute positively to global health. This committee searches and develops initiatives for Gamma Zeta to support the vulnerable in our world and in our own community.
Governance Committee
  • Lead the bylaws amendment process by considering, reviewing, editing and/or correlating amendments as suggested or appropriate
  • Update the chapter’s bylaws to comply with changes made to the international bylaws by utilizing the chapter bylaws template created and updated by STTI headquarters (updated template is typically available in January of even-numbered years)
Leadership Succession Committee
  • Develop members in organizational leadership roles across the span of their careers
  • Mentor members to assume positions at all levels of the organization
  • Oversee the selection of members who can provide the necessary leadership to achieve chapter goals and to meet the needs of members
  • Manage the preparation, distribution and tallying of election ballots
  • Notify all candidates (elected and non-elected) of the election results
  • Note: Those serving on the Leadership Succession Committee are not permitted to be on the slate of candidates for officer or committee positions. In charge of Gamma Zeta’s Mentorship Program
Membership Committee
  • Oversee the promotion of membership renewal and membership involvement.
  • Manage the process of involving members in chapter committee membership.
  • Oversee the development and maintenance of a new member mentoring program.
  • Plan and implement an orientation for new inductees and multiple and transfer members.
  • Inform membership about Volunteer Interest Profile (VIProfile) and encourage membership to submit profiles.
Newsletter Committee
  • Oversee the development and implementation of promotional strategies to maintain chapter visibility within the community.
  • Manage the development process and publishing of the chapter newsletter.
  • Submit content online for the monthly Create the Future e-newsletter that is distributed by headquarters.
  • Oversee the publication of all program, conference and chapter activity announcements.
  • Manage the development of content for chapter displays at special events.
Ruth P. Council Committee
  • Oversee the process of developing, reviewing and revising criteria for research awards and the funding of research grants.
  • Manage the process for reviewing and evaluating abstracts for research awards and proposals for research grants.
  • Oversee the planning of any chapter research conferences or research day activities.
  • Manage the development of strategies for promoting the conduct of research and for the dissemination and utilization of research findings.
  • Recruit candidates for research awards – locally and internationally. Assist them with the application process.
  • Note: Those serving as the Research Chair, on the Research Committee or as any other chapter officer or chair are not eligible for research funding while in any appointed or elected positions.

Contact any Board member to find out about the work of these committees and join! This is the best way to realize the benefits of membership in STTI and GZ.

Gamma Zeta inducts new members during the fall semester each year. A Newsletter is published once in the fall and once in the spring. The Chapter holds at least three scholarly meetings each academic year. Any nurse or nursing student is invited to attend the meetings.

Schedule of Membership Meetings

Check back often for a schedule of upcoming meetings.

Executive Board


Sarah Moore


Britton Lee Rust-Chester

Vice President

James Beaulieu


Gabriel Montague


Terri Craft


Debra Brendley

Tammy Hall

Governance Chair

Jean Reinert

Governance Committee Member

Julie O’Neal

Governance Committee Member, Leadership Succession Committee Member

Marlienne Goldin

Leadership Succession Chair

Kay Cowen

Leadership Succession Committee Member

Lori Lupe

Other Committee Position

Deborah Lekan


to be filled

Ruth P. Council (Research)

Debra Wallace
Began service: 2012
Phone: 336-256-0572


Sarah Moore and Devon Lofters
Began Service 2014
Phone: 336-675-0803


Courtney Caiola
Began service: 2017
Phone: 336-334-5238


Monette Mabolo
Began Service 2017
Phone: 336-675-0803


Louise Ivanov
Began service: 2011
Phone: 336-601-2999

Community Service

Donna Owens
Began Service: 2018
Cell: 336-254-1230

Administrative Support

Jennie Rikkola
Phone: 336-334-5280


Jean Reinert
Term: 2018-2020
Home: 336-286-8716
Cell: 336-558-8828


Gamma Zeta’s Mentorship program is modeled after the guidelines from STTI. A mentee is any nurse who wants to build skills and knowledge while attaining his or her development goals. A mentor is a nurse leader who is willing to guide the development of other nurses. Both benefit from this relationship. Complete the application to be a mentor or a mentee.

Ruth P. Council Research Grant Awards

The Ruth P. Council Research Grant Fund for Gamma Zeta Chapter was established in 1981. This fund was named for Ruth Payne Council who was President of the North Carolina Nurses Association from 1935-1937. Grants, typically $500 each, are awarded to nurse researchers to defray the expenses associated with the conduct and dissemination of nursing research projects. Grants are awarded twice yearly. Application deadline for the fall cycle is November 1. The deadline for the spring cycle is March 1.



Gamma Zeta Mentoring Program