The Illustrious State of Illinois!

The first chapter to be chartered in the state of Illinois was the Alpha Alpha Metropolitan Chapter of Chicago in 1931.  Illinois has been the proud home or initiation place of many prominent members of our organization.

  • 8th International President Soror Violette Anderson.
  • Some of the final words of Soror Anderson, spoken in reference to an impending Zeta conference.
  • The 1968 National Convention of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Held in Chicago, Illinois.
  • 17th International President Janice Gantt Kissner with Founders Viola Tyler Goings and Myrtle Tyler Faithful
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated International Presidents

8th International President, Soror Violette N. Anderson. (1933-1937) First female city prosecutor of Chicago, First African American Woman to practice law before the Supreme Court

11th International President, Soror Blanche Thompson (1940-1943)

17th International President, Soror Janice Kissner.  (1974-1980) Youngest Soror to be elected International President in the history of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

20th International President, Soror Jylla Moore Tearte (1992-1996)

23rd International President, Soror Sheryl P. Underwood (2008-2012)

Great Lakes Regional Directors
  • Soror Vera M. Paul (1986-1990)
  • Soror Alice F. Craft (2008-2012)
  • Soror Cynthia A. McCoy (2010-2012)
  • Soror Michelle Porter Norman (2012-2018)
  • Soror Connie V Pugh (2018-2020)
Illinois State Directors & Associate Directors

1955 – 1962         Lillian Bray (Associate Director)

1962 – 1969         Ernestine Curry

1969 – 1974         Dr. Eva Smith

1974 – 1978         M. Ann Prendergast

1978 – 1979         Lula McKnight

1979 – 1980         Shirley Davis

1980 – 1986         Carolyn Wilson

1986 – 1992         Marietta C. L. Bailey

1992 – 1996         Linda W. Edwards

1996 – 2002         Earnestine Martin

2002 – 2006         Michelle Porter-Norman

2006 – 2008         Alice Craft

2008 – 2011         Renee Byrd

2011 – 2012         Barbara Banks-Hayes

2012 – 2018         Connie V. Pugh

2018 - 2020         Dawn Edwards

2020 - Present    Deborah Chima


Notable Sorors of Illinois

Notable Sorors of Illinois

Songwriter, Vocalist, Contestant on TV's "The Voice"
Soror Terisa Griffin


Grammy-Nominated Vocalist, Reality TV Star
Soror Syleena Johnson

Award Winning Vocalist/Songwriter
Soror Minnie Ripperton

Comedienne, Television Personality
23rd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Soror Sheryl P. Underwood

First Black woman to prosecute cases for the City of Chicago in Women’s Court.
Circuit Court Judge of Cook County, Chicago, IL
The Honorable Willie M. Whiting

Zeta Doves of Illinois



Zeta Doves of Illinois

 The Zeta Doves, established during the 2010 Boulé, are those members of Zeta Phi Beta who have served the organization for 50+ years.  
Listing coming soon!


Life Members of Illinois

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Life Members of Illinois