Meet MC '20!

We are so fortunate to welcome such incredible women into our sisterhood. Back in August 2020, we celebrated with a birthday-themed bid day. This Spring 2021, we welcomed 12 new members into this wonderful member class. Looking forward to everything they accomplish during their time in Theta and at Mizzou. Get to know them a little bit better below!


Name: Abby Moriarty

Major: Strategic Communications

Hometown: Elmhurst, Illinois

What drew you to Theta? I really loved how with Theta, everything felt so natural! Right off the bat I felt so comfortable with Theta and felt like I could just be myself and I would be completely accepted for it, which is something that I didn't really experience when talking with other sororities.

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is definitely Sanibel Island, Florida. I have so many great memories there throughout the years with my family and friends, and I also love the warm weather! It makes me happy being by the ocean and to share that experience with loved ones is even better :)



Name: Addison Pearman

Major: Business

Hometown: Springfield, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? I was drawn to Theta because of our devotion to personal excellence. I saw it as a place where I could grow into the best version of myself over the next four years, and I knew that I would find friends who would be there to support me through that journey.

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? I feel like my truest self when I am with my closest friends. It doesn’t even matter what we are doing, but I know that I can let all my walls down and be completely myself when I’m with them.



Name: Alexis Bonder

Major: Business

Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is my lake house in Massachusetts. I love being on the lake, and when I’m there I get to see all of my extended family and close family friends. I have the best memories from spending my summers growing up there.

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? I feel like my truest self whenever I’m with my hometown friends. We’ve gotten so close that it seems as if they’re a part of my family, and I know that I can share absolutely










Name: Alia Abu-Shanab

Major: Geography Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? Initially I was intrigued because of the philanthropy work Theta does with CASA, as it aligns well with my long-term goal of going to law school! What really captured me though was the ease of the conversations I had with my Thetas and how authentic they felt during recruitment!

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is on a cruise ship! Not even a specific destination, just knowing I’m going to wake up in another beautiful location day after day!







Name: Alisyn Tharp

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Blue Springs, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? I was first drawn to Theta because one of my high school teachers was a Theta here at Mizzou, but it was the never ending conversations during recruitment that locked me in : )

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? I feel like my truest self when I am with my friends. They encourage me to be authentic and I never second guess myself around them!










Name: Alli Brinton

Major: Spanish Education

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place would have to be my city! I love this vibrance and joy of KC! Growing up there has been a blessing!

Can you pinpoint a defining moment in your life? A defining moment in my life would be when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. That’s when I found my true purpose, to love God and love His people!









Name: Alli Haertling

Major: Health Sciences and Spanish

Hometown: Jackson, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? I was drawn to Theta because every single girl that I met during recruitment were girls that I aspired to be like. I could tell that the girls in Theta would inspire me every day and push me to be the best person I can be. I knew Theta was my home because I could tell how great the sisterhood was and will forever continue to be. TLAM

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is whenever I’m with my friends on a new outside adventure! I love discovering new and unique places and having my best friends with me. Nothing can beat a new trail that you’ve found and sharing it with the people you love.







Name: Allison Ortmann

Major: Journalism-Strategic Communication and Romance Languages-French

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri (Kirkwood)

What drew you to Theta? During recruitment, I remember leaving each conversation with a Theta with this overwhelming feeling of peace and comfort. Recruitment is frightening and stressful, yet each time I spoke with a Theta I felt heard, seen, and respected. Each woman was passionate, welcoming, and I saw in them what I hoped for in both a friend and a role model. During recruitment I kept a journal, and I wrote down “feels like home,” under an entry about Theta. Theta continues to feel more and more like home every day.

Can you pinpoint a defining moment in your life? Summer of 2019 I participated in an exchange program where I stayed with a host family in Lyon, France for two weeks before traveling with other Americans. I remember trying not to cry and throw up when leaving the airport with my host family (between no sleep for over 24 hours and nerves, I was rattled). As the days went on I began to laugh when I messed up the language, I began to adapt, embrace, and truly live as fully as I could. We were sitting after a big lunch one afternoon when I announced that I felt like a cow. My French little brother immediately started laughing, while the rest of the family kindly told me I said “cow.” I told them that I meant to say cow, and we all laughed harder than I ever had before (Apparently the French just say they’re no longer hungry…). The rest of my stay they all would finish our meals stating they felt like a cow. I realized how easily humans can connect through the barrier of language, culture, and country with something as silly as a cow.


Name: Ally Sivapiromrat

Major: Biology and Economics on the pre-med track

Hometown: O’Fallon, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? Every older Theta that I talked to during rush was so inspiring, whether she was studying the same thing as me or not, I knew she was extremely passionate about what she was pursuing. During spring 2020, I wasn’t feeling like Mizzou was really my home, but when I went on an informal date with Maddie Brownfield and a few other older Thetas, I felt like I finally belonged at Mizzou and was actually happy to be here, even though it wasn’t necessarily my first choice!

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is in the culture room in my research lab, just because I get to wear medical booties, so I feel sophisticated...






Name: Anna Kirby

Major: Health Sciences - Rehabilitation Science

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is my living room couch because of all the happy memories it brings, like watching my favorite movies, unwrapping Christmas presents every year, holding my niece for the first time, etc.

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? I feel like my truest self when I’m with my best friends because they understand my sense of humor and who I am better than anybody.










Name: Anna Knittig

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? I chose Theta because of the inviting and encouraging atmosphere I noticed when going through recruitment. All of the girls are so genuine and kind and embodied everything that I wanted to stand for as a member in a sorority. Every woman I have met has been so positive and has pushed me to be a better person in every realm. I am so thankful to call Theta home.

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place lies within my friends and the people I get to do life with. The people that support me every day bring out the best parts of me and I wouldn’t be me without them. They bring me joy and happiness on an everyday basis and have created memories that will last a lifetime. There are so many places that bring me happiness, but the people in my life make me who I am and that is when I’m most happy.


Name: Anna Romine

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Centralia, Missouri

Can you pinpoint a defining moment in your life? A defining moment in my life was when I graduated high school because I finally became more independent and felt excited for the opportunities that were soon to come. I truly believe you get to start exploring what makes you, you after high school!

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? I feel like my truest self when I am in the study room preparing for the next day. I feel that I thrive off of the chaotic energy of cramming and can’t wait to experience it as a physician.








Name: Ashley Monks

Major: Biology, Pre-Med

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? Theta stood out to me during recruitment because I felt like I saw myself in the upperclassmen. In every video I watched and every conversation I had, they seemed like genuine, caring, and successful girls that I really just wanted to be friends with. Theta offered a warm sisterhood with ample opportunities that I was very excited to be a part of.

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? I feel like my truest self when I’m around my family and the friends I’ve made in theta. My family accepts me for exactly who I am and supports me in every way possible. The women I’ve met in theta have fostered a similar environment that accepts and supports me through everything.






Name: Ashleigh Gifford

Major: Nursing with Psych Minor

Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is when I take my dog to my local dog park and clear my head for a little bit. I walk around with my pup while she runs around with the other dogs listening to a podcast and just taking in the beautiful scenery that surrounds me.

Can you pinpoint a defining moment in your life? At the beginning of initial quarantine, I didn’t have any school for about 4 weeks and was completely isolated from people other than my immediate family. During this time, I noticed multiple aspects of my health was declining. When I finally went to the doctor, I was diagnosed with Hoshimoto’s Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disorder. This was a defining moment for me because I trusted myself and paid attention to how I was feeling and advocated for myself in order to get the answers I needed. Since my diagnosis, I have been focused on my health and have come to realize that it has to come before anything else if I want to lead a happy and successful life.

Name: Ava March

Major: Health Science

Hometown: Hallsville, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? Something that drew me to theta was the fact that all the girls were so authentic. I felt like they weren’t trying to act a certain way to win us over which is how I knew that I would love it here!

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is the beach because my whole family takes a vacation there every year. I love sitting by the ocean and listening to the waves with my family.













Name: Blaney Powers

Major: Health Sciences

Hometown: Campbell, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? What drew me to Theta was that I felt like the girls were people I could look up to & be inspired by. I felt as though I could be myself, while still growing into the person I am meant to be.

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is at my family's lake house. I always feel so connected with my family & with nature. The memories that we have made at the lake are some of my favorite memories ever, because they are filled with happiness and love.








Name: Brooklyn Cross

Major: Political Science Pre-Law and Linguistics

Hometown: Cole Camp, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? Theta had women that seemed genuine and fun, and I felt the most myself and the most comfortable when I was talking to them.

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is anywhere that I can be by myself reading a good book because my happiest moments are those spent reading :)
















Name: Burke Howe

Major: Journalism

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? All my conversations with sisters were so natural and I knew immediately it was the place for me!

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is Castlewood State Park. I love it there because walking on the trails is so peaceful and whenever I walk my dog there, I have a great time.








Name: Cat Curcuru

Major: Strategic Communications

Hometown: McKinney, Texas

What drew you to Theta? It’s cheesy but during rush week I looked forward to Theta the most. Every girl I met I either wanted to be best friends with them or I wanted to be them. Theta really is a sisterhood full of a range of leading women who truly care. Even virtually, I had that “I’m home” feeling.

Where is your happy place and why? Grand Teton National Park is the most beautiful place in the world. My family went five summers in a row to hike and get away from the real world. It quickly became our favorite place.








Name: Kate Parrish

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders (I want to be a speech pathologist!)

Hometown: Liberty, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? What drew me to Theta was all the leading women that are members. Everyone I talked to was passionate and hardworking, and that is something I would really like to emulate in my years at Mizzou!

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is the Lake of the Ozarks, because I have gone there every summer with my family since I was born. I have so many happy memories there, and I can unplug from technology and just relax with my family.

Name: Emma Foley

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? From the very first day of recruitment, I knew I wanted Theta to be my home! It was so apparent that this was a sisterhood who genuinely cared for one another and wanted each other to thrive. The girls allowed me to be myself and it was so easy to connect in conversation with them, even over Zoom.

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is the mountains in Vail, Colorado. My family and I visit there every year. Getting to watch the sunrise on the horizon of the Colorado mountains with my family brings me so much peace!



Name: Emma Goodlet

Major: Agribusiness Management with an Emphasis in Public Policy, minor in Environmental Sciences

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is anywhere out in nature (mountains, forests, canyons, etc.) because it brings me peace. Going to places like these helps center me and allow me to feel free.

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? I feel like my truest self when I am laughing. Laughter is how I express every emotion. Naturally, I like to have a good time, and I know I’m having a good time when my stomach hurts from laughing too hard.








Name: Emma Peck

Major: Architecture

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? What drew me to Theta was the confident and accepting women.

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is at the lake!












Name: Emma Thomas

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado

What drew you to Theta? What drew me to Theta were the people. Every person I talked to I felt like I could be myself and talk about anything. They make me feel comfortable and that they will never judge me. I've found my closest friends in Theta and that's because the girls in Theta are the most genuine kind souls I've met.

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is whenever I'm with my friends. I love being out in nature talking about everything. I feel so at peace and my truest self around my people. They bring out the best in me and can always make me feel like I'm in a safe place.





Name: Evelyn Morgan

Major: Elementary Education

Hometown: Peoria, Illinois

What drew you to Theta? I knew that Theta would challenge me and motivate me. I resonate with the values of Theta and have always wanted to be kept accountable for the goals I have. I’ve always been surrounded by leading women in my family, but not always in my friendships which changed when I joined Theta. The fact that I am able to be part of an entire sorority full of women that inspire me makes me feel very lucky.

Can you pinpoint a defining moment in your life? Sounds very unoriginal but truly the first lockdown from Covid. I really came to terms with who I was as a person and decided who I wanted to be. I become unapologetically myself because there was no one around me bringing me down or telling me to not to do things that i had always wanted to do.










Name: Faith Quist

Major: Journalism and International Studies with an emphasis in East Asian Studies and Chinese

Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is this nature reserve near my house. Ever since I was in elementary school, my friends and I would bike to this nature reserve, walk around, take photos, and just spend time together. I believe this is where my love for the outdoors sprouted.

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? The time I felt like my truest self was when I visited Xi’An, China in 2016. I went to this local street market called Muslim Street. The vibrant colors, delicious food, and happy atmosphere has always stuck with me. Being in that street market felt so natural; I could easily picture a life where I interact with food vendors and merchants and struggle to bargain on a daily basis. I hope to move to China after my undergrad.






Name: Grace Andrews

Major: Business Marketing

Hometown: Parkville, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? Every time I left a zoom with Theta I literally couldn’t stop smiling, so that made it pretty easy for me.

Where is your happy place and why? Anywhere on the beach because it reminds me of my favorite memories with my family













Name: Grace Cunningham

Major: Environmental Science/Political Science

Hometown: Columbia, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? What drew me to Theta was how inspirational every member is. During rush Theta especially stood out to me because I found myself looking up to the older girls and wanting to be like them!

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is in the mountains! I find peace when I’m in Colorado whether I’m hiking or skiing.











Name: Grace Lynn Holloway

Major: International Business

Hometown: Branson, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? I was drawn to Theta because I could feel an immediate connection with the girls I talked to during recruitment. I could tell that Theta was full of girls that would both welcome me and push me to succeed.

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is really anywhere in nature! I love hiking and going to the lake because it’s so peaceful.











Name: Holly Jacobson

Major: Journalism

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? During the recruitment process I loved all the conversations I had with Theta. All of the girls I talked to radiated positivity which I really admired.

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? I feel like my truest self when I am surrounded by my friends and family. They have shaped me into who I am today bring out the best in me.












Name: Ireland Shelton

Major: Broadcast Journalism

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? How comfortable I felt with all the girls I talked to! I felt like the girls in Theta push each other to be the best version of themselves and I wanted to be around an amazing and talented group of women!

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is whenever I am surrounded by people I love!










Name: Jenna Phelan

Major: Business

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? Theta drew me in during recruitment because I was impressed by every Theta I talked to. The girls were excited to get to know me, clearly invested in Theta, and genuinely authentic people. I found such an inspiring yet comforting energy in Theta and knew that the women of this sorority were people I wanted to surround myself with during my time at Mizzou! Where is your happy place and why? This past semester my happy place has become Columbia! It is the first new place I have lived and the first time I have lived on my own. Going to Mizzou opened my world to so many new opportunities and people. It has been a place of so much growth for me and I am excited for what the next years will bring at Mizzou!





Name: Jillian Voskovich

Major: Biology Pre-Med

Hometown: Warrensburg, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? During recruitment, I was drawn to Theta because of all the positive interactions I had with every member. Even through Zoom, I could see how smart, fun, and passionate every girl was. Everyone truly made me feel like I belonged there. Along with all the positive interactions I had, I also connected to Theta’s values and felt that I would be pushed to become my best self in this chapter. Thinking Theta was the best decision I could have made!

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is not necessarily a physical location – my happy place is wherever I am surrounded by the people who make me the happiest. I believe that you can have a fun time anywhere if you’re with the right people!





Name: Josie Christen

Major: Nursing

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? When I talked to the girls in Theta during recruitment, I instantly felt like I belonged there. I felt like I could be myself around every single person I met. We didn’t just talk about my resume, but the girls in Theta genuinely wanted to get to know me. I am so happy to be surrounded by people who make me feel at home!

When do you feel like your truest self? I feel like my truest self whenever I’m with my friends. I am constantly laughing when I’m with them, and their positive energy is contagious. I know this all sounds cliche, but my friends truly bring out the best in me.



Name: Katelyn Reichart

Major: Textile and Apparel Management

Hometown: Waukee, Iowa

What drew you to Theta? What drew me to Theta was the genuine nature of each girl I talked to. I could tell each member truly wanted to get to know me, for me! It’s exciting to feel accepted and valued by a house from the get-go :)

Where is your happy place and why? My happy place is the beach. I don’t get to go there often, but when I do, I never want to leave. I swim, I explore, I read Vogue, and of course, there’s always cute boys ;)













Name: Katherine Armbruster

Major: Undeclared Arts & Sciences

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

What drew you to Theta? During my recruitment process, I was immediately drawn to Theta because of its values of intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, commitment to service, and personal excellence. I graduated from an all girls’ Catholic high school, and that environment shaped me into the empowered, confident woman I am today. I love to challenge myself to become the best version of myself and to help others, and I could see that Theta honors and practices the very values that I have used to become the person I am today.

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? I feel like my truest self when I am surrounded by things that inspire me, such as art, nature, and empowered women. I love photography, birdwatching, hiking, guitar, and archery, and I do all of these passions while mostly outdoors or exploring my surroundings. This combination of both nature and fulfilling my life purposes makes me feel like my most authentic self. Additionally, surrounding myself with empowered women inspires me to become and continue to be the best version of myself.


Name: Kathryn Eberhart

Major: Engineering Undeclared

Hometown: Moro, Illinois

What drew you to Theta? The values that Theta has aligned perfectly with what I was looking for in a chapter. Every Theta I met with during recruitment week was open with me and I could tell they genuinely held Theta’s values too. They made me feel so comfortable too! I felt like I could be my most authentic self around the Theta girls yet still be pushed to be the best version of myself.

When (or where) do you feel like your truest self? I feel like I am my truest self when I am with supportive friends like my Theta sisters! I sometimes lack confidence, so I feel the most myself when I am with friends who love me for me. Especially when we get to share things that we are passionate about with each other.


Name: Katie Campbell