The Pacific Region was first identified as the Western Region in 1933. It’s first Regional Director was R. Lillian Carpenter. The Region’s first two chapters were both in Los Angeles, California; Gamma Sigma Zeta and Theta Eta Zeta. They merged in 1955 to become the Alpha Psi Zeta Chapter. Xi Alpha was the first undergraduate chapter of the region also located in Los Angeles, California. In 1996 the region expanded to Asia with the chartering of the Pi Eta Zeta Chapter in Seoul, Korea; Laura Farwell and Beatrice Nelson conducted the chartering ceremony.
In addition to Lillian, the first nine Regional Directors were as follows: Mildred Boone Bradham, Lenecia Weemes, Mayme Sweeney; Mydgette Laster of Oakland; Naomi Williams of El Cerrito, California; Millie J. Johnson of San Francisco; Juanita S. Simmons of Berkley; Kathleen Carter of Tacoma Washington.
The Phenomenal Pacific Region has provided 85 years of unwavering support to the tenants of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. The name “Phenomenal” was adopted from the poem by Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman as a declaration of our commitment to Finer Womanhood; in character, community service and our educational pursuits. This motto, was the brainchild of Stacye Montez who hails from San Francisco, California and is the thirteenth Regional Director of the Pacific Region. Stacye Montez also served at the Sorority’s Executive Director from 2010 – 2015.
The Pacific Region is the home of the 23rd International President, Sheryl P. Underwood. She served as President from 2008 to 2012 and took the presence of Zeta Phi Beta to new acclaim.
In 2014 during the International Conference in Washington, D.C. Bibliana L. Bovery was elected National Second Vice-President and Diane Fisher was elected National Treasurer.
The Pacific Region is excited and anticipates continual growth and great service as we approach our centennial in 2020, with the quote that is at the forefront of our minds….” Every day is a new Possibility.”
States of the Pacific Region:
Asian Pacific (Korea and Japan) – 3 chapters, established 1996 Arizona – 6 chapters, established 1952 California – 37chpaters, established 1933 Hawaii – 1 chapter, established in 1990 Nevada – 4 chapters, established 1976 New Mexico – 2 chapters, established 1978 Oregon – 3 chapters, established 1994 Washington – 4 chapters, established 1975