BAXZ Chapter History

SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 marked a historical occasion for thirty-two women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.  The leadership and support of Dr. Mary Breaux Wright, International President, Michelle Porter Norman, Great Lakes Regional Director, and Keisha D. Smith, Kentucky State Director, ensured the vision to continue the growth and development of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was advanced through the chartering of a 4th chapter for the Kentucky State Association in the last 4 years.

Thirty-two dynamic leaders propelled an exciting energy of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood in the name of Beta Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter in Louisville, Kentucky.  The charter members had a common goal to collaborate, continue to excel Zeta’s principles, and utilize their expertise and skill sets for scholarship and to serve various communities.

As the first chartered chapter of the 2016 – 2017 Sorority Fiscal Year, the Beta Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter Charter members elected Dr. Shervita West as the first chapter president. The charter member’s public, private, and government experience includes, but is not limited to: Principals/Educators, Captains in the Military, Lawyers, General Counsel for the Louisville Metropolitan Mayor’s Office, Retirees, Fortune 100 companies, Organizational/Agency Executive Board Members, University Director, Nurse Practitioner, Entrepreneurs, Engineers, and new/recent graduates from universities/colleges.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Beta Alpha Xi Zeta Inaugural Executive Board

Dr. Shervita West – President, Chasity Ross – 1st Vice President (deployed during term), Alissa Nannie – 1st Vice President, Rachel T. Smith – 2nd Vice President, Jerrica Mayes – Secretary, Kennedra Marshall – Treasurer, Kristina Downing – Financial Secretary, Carolyn B. Smith – Parliamentarian, Krystal Rice – Historian, Carmen Farris – Chaplain, Kellie Watson, Esq. – Chair of the Executive Board

SINCE IT’S INCEPTION, the Beta Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter has grown from it’s initial 32 charter members to a thriving membership. The chapter has been diligent in upholding Zeta’s national initiatives for service execution in the Louisville community. Each year, Beta Alpha Xi Zeta hosts events that serve the needs of all demographics through a focus on enriching the mind, body, and spirit. Our commitment to being a “community conscious, action oriented” organization is why we are the PREMIER CHAPTER!