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Pi Iota Chapter
Established March 22, 2013 pi iota chapter
Location North Carolina

Chapter Founders

Jackie Aponte (Kappa, Fall 2005)
Irene Godinez (Rho FPC, Spring 2003)
Jennifer Kinnebrew (Kappa, Spring 2002)
Karen Lopez (Kappa, Fall 2005)
Kathy Mendoza (Theta FPC, Fall 1997)
Maria Rodriguez (Rho, Fall 2007)
Wendy Tapia (Phi FPC, Spring 2010)
Rosita Vazquez (Alpha, Fall 1992)



In January of 2013, several alumnae gathered at the Mid-Atlantic regional meeting at UNC-Chapel Hill. At this meeting, Kathy Mendoza, Maria Rodriguez, Karen Lopez, Wendy Tapia, and Jackie Aponte began to discuss the possibilities of establishing a Pi chapter in North Carolina. During this meeting, these Hermanas reflected on their relationships with local undergraduate Hermanas and their involvement with the Sorority as a whole. After this meeting, it was evident that North Carolina had a significant number of alumnae that could benefit from being unified under a professional/graduate chapter in addition to assisting local chapters in building sustainability.

Kathy, Maria, Karen, Wendy, and Jackie reached out to all local alumnae to express interest in establishing a Pi chapter. With over a dozen alumnae in their area and a rapidly increasing number of local undergraduate Hermanas who were soon to enter the professional world, they believed North Carolina would greatly benefit from a professional/graduate chapter. From their outreach effort, three more Hermanas joined their collaboration: Jennifer Kinnebrew, Rosita Vasquez, and Irene Godinez.

The eight women mentioned above decided to meet and further discuss the establishment of a Pi chapter in North Carolina. Here, these Hermanas realized that a Pi chapter would meet the needs of several alumni who had voiced their desires throughout the years to become involved with the organization once again. Without a formal way to participate, however, re-engagement had been a challenging transition. Therefore, the Pi Iota Professional/Graduate chapter came to fruition as a group focused on the needs of professionals, graduate students, and parents dedicated to building a sense of continuity and connectedness beyond the college experience.

Pi Iota’s chapter founders are deeply committed to our communities, locally, regionally, globally, and within the Lambda Pi Chi network. As both the Latinx population and Pi Chi alumnae continue to grow in North Carolina, the Pi Iota Professional/Graduate chapter contributes positively to the realization of our Sorority’s vision, mission, and goals. Pi Iota members are committed to helping our Southeast region grow and sustain itself and giving our alumnae a voice and a home in North Carolina.

The goals of Pi Iota are:

  • To promote the ideals, vision, and mission of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.
  • To create a sustainable, permanent home and voice for alumnae in the regionTo create a means to reengage recent graduates and professional Hermanas moving into our area.
  • To lead by example and motivate young professionals and undergraduate Hermanas in our region.
  • To assist in the growth and support of the Southeast Region of Lambda Pi Chi.
  • To promote personal wellness, self-betterment, and balanced lives among members of our community.

In Spring 2018, the Pi Iota Professional/Graduate Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. welcomed four women with the chapter's first intake class: Quinny Sanchez Lopez, Frances De Los Santos, Sylvette Ramos-Diaz, and Michelle Ropero-Cartier.