Chapter Officers

Bryn Learned


Bryn is a Sophomore from Denver, Colorado and she is majoring in Political Science. Bryn has chosen to accompany this with a minor in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. Outside of Sigma Kappa, Bryn is a member of the GW Polo Team while also serving on the teams’ Executive Board of Officers. Over the past year Bryn has worked on campaigns for Colorado Governor, State Treasurer, and Secretary of State through a political consulting firm based in Denver. Furthermore, she has worked as a political public relations intern addressing issues of the media’s portrayal of immigration in Colorado. Bryn was drawn to Sigma Kappa because “it is a group of strong women who value the individual contributions that each member makes to the Zeta Chapter. The women in our chapter never cease to amaze and inspire me in their commitment to academics, passion for the causes they care about, and their loyalty to the sisters of Sigma Kappa.” As President, Bryn hopes to continue to learn from the women in the Zeta Chapter as well as foster Sigma Kappa’s engagement in the greater GW community.

Emma O'Connor

Vice President of Standards and Values

Lauren Lamar

Vice President of Programming

Lauren is a sophomore from Houston, Texas, and plans to major in International Affairs along with two minors in Philosophy and Sustainability. Outside of her role as Vice President of Programming for Sigma Kappa, Lauren serves as the Senior Deputy Director of Programming for College Democrats. Both organizations have allowed her to channel her love of event planning into representing the passions and needs of their members. Additionally, Lauren is an incoming intern for Peace Corps in the Intergovernmental Affairs Department. For Lauren, Sigma Kappa has provided her “not only with her best friends, but a vast network of accomplished women. The impact of Sigma Kappa on the GW campus and beyond is indicative of the ambition and compassion of our women.” Lauren looks forward to continuing to represent the chapter as VPP while furthering our goals as driven women.

Skyla Segel

Social Chair

Skyla is a sophomore from Philadelphia, PA, majoring in Environmental Studies with minors in GIS and Women’s Studies. In addition to being Social Chairman for the Zeta chapter, she currently serves as a GW Campus Ambassador for UCapture, a green carbon offset company. For Skyla Sigma Kappa is somewhere she found comfort and friendship during a not-so-easy transition from high school to college. She feels motivated to be the best she can be when surrounded by such passionate and inspiring women who she is proud to call her sisters. Skyla hopes to continue learning from all the incredible women of the Zeta chapter, working to strengthen our values, and encouraging the engagement of Sigma Kappa within the greater GW community and beyond.

Grace Tatar

Panhellenic Delegate

Grace is a sophomore from Princeton, NJ. She is a double major in Public Health and Environmental Studies, minoring in Sustainability. Outside of her involvement with Sigma Kappa, she is part of a number of organizations on campus, including She’s The First, GW Women in Business, and Art for Advocacy. Previously an intern at Peace Corps Headquarters in the Office of Management, Grace has recently taken a Marketing and Communications position at The Association of Schools and Programs for Public Health (ASPPH) for the spring semester. Over the past several summers, Grace has worked as an intern and ambassador for Hope Loves Company, an ALS organization based in NJ. Sigma Kappa has been instrumental in shaping Grace as an individual at GW: “This organization has empowered and driven me to find myself through stepping out of my comfort zone and approaching challenges and opportunities with confidence. My sisters have shown me what it means it to have a supportive, loving family away from home. It is because of SK that I have had such a positive and fun experience at GW.” As Panhellenic Delegate, Grace plans to be dedicated in representing Zeta chapter in a non-biased, open-minded, and educated manner in order to continue shaping strong relations between Sigma Kappa and all chapters in the greek community.

Annaliese Keller

Vice President of Alumnae Relations

Annaliese is a sophomore from Newburyport, MA. She plans to major in Political Science with a minor in Sustainability. Last semester, Annaliese interned on Capitol Hill with Congressman Bill Keating, and she is now currently interning at the American News Women's Club, a nonprofit with the goal of promoting women in journalism. In her free time, Annaliese enjoys writing, listening to music, and practicing yoga. For Annaliese, Sigma Kappa has provided the opportunity to be a leader and work collaboratively with others, all while being surrounded by women who uplift her and inspire her to be better. As Vice President of Alumnae Relations, she hopes to create an atmosphere in which relationships between members of the Zeta chapter and Sigma Kappa alumnae can flourish and vital mentorship connections can be formed.

Shannon Badnin

Vice President of New Member Education

Shannon is a sophomore from Portland, Oregon. She is majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics and Public Policy, and additionally loves to take philosophy courses. Outside of Sigma Kappa, Shannon is a member of GW Women in Business and was a member of the GW club water polo team. She has served as as government relations intern and is currently a Strategic Communications and Operations associate with Cardinal Infrastructure, a consulting firm specializing in infrastructure and transportation issues. As VPNME Shannon hopes to support each and every new member in connecting deeply with other sisters and learning about the amazing opportunities and community Sigma Kappa has to offer.

Jess Butehorn

Vice President of Philanthropic Service

Jessica is a sophomore from Tampa, FL, pursuing a double major in Human Services & Social Justice and International Affairs with a concentration in International Development. Outside of her role as Vice President of Philanthropic Service, she is the event coordinator for GW Fem Dems, a staff writer for the Justice Journal, and the Diversity & Inclusion Chair for SK. This semester, she will be interning with the Institute for Policy Studies and working as a research assistant for a female empowerment project with the Global Women’s Institute. Sigma Kappa has been a driving force in Jessica’s personal and professional growth in college, and she hopes to return the favor by further developing Zeta Chapter’s philanthropic initiatives in the next year.

Meredith Duffy

Vice President of Membership

Meredith, a sophomore from Maine, is majoring in Communication with a double minor in Journalism and American Studies. In addition to her role as Vice President of New Membership, Meredith has spent the past year as Public Relations Chairman, promoting our chapter on social media and throughout the GW community. Outside of Sigma Kappa, Meredith is a member of GW Women in Business, GW Alternative Breaks, as well as the GW Women's Club Lacrosse Team. "SK has allowed me to grow professionally, but more importantly, as a person. Being surrounded by so many strong, successful women has pushed me to become a better version of myself." As VPM, Meredith is excited to help more women find their home.

Lauren Young

Vice President of Finance

Lauren is a Sophomore from Scarsdale, NY and seeks a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in spanish. In addition to being Vice President of Finance, she also is a member of GW Women in Business. Over the summer Lauren was a golf instructor at her local golf club teaching children the enjoyment of the game. To Lauren, Sigma Kappa is a community of powerful and inspiring women. This organization has given her great friends and support system that she couldn’t be prouder to be a part of. She wishes to contribute to Sigma Kappa as well as the GW community at large.

Sahra Merchant

Vice President of Academic Excellence

Sahra is a sophomore from Chicago, IL. She is double majoring in International Affairs and Arabic Studies. In the fall semester she interned for a nonprofit organization called Giffords. She worked on the development team to help decrease nation wide gun violence. Over the summer she additionally interned Girl Forward, a nonprofit organization devoted to increasing opportunities for refugee status girls in Chicago. To Sahra, Sigma Kappa is all about female empowerment. She loves the great group of women she gets to call sisters, and the great support everyone has for each other. Through Sigma Kappa Sahra has been able to attain leadership positions, and job opportunities in external fields. As VP of Academic Excellence Sahra hopes to provide any support her sisters need, and create spaces for everyone to excel.

Grace Cannell

Vice President of Communication and Operations

Grace is a sophomore from San Diego, California majoring in Public Health and double minoring in French and Psychology. Along with being the Vice President of Communication and Operations, Grace is also involved in other organizations in the community. She is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, an honors organization, as well as the campus organization Girl Up. This semester she will be interning in the health department of ECDC, a US voluntary agency dedicated to resettling refugees. For Grace, her Sigma Kappa sisters are a constant source of inspiration: “I look up to the women in my sorority, and I watch how they so gracefully balance difficult classes, internships, their passions, and much more. Seeing all that they are capable of motivates me to stretch my boundaries.” As Vice President of Communication and Operations, Grace is excited to help each sister find the perfect balance between Sigma Kappa and their unique interests by managing the point system.

Sarah Bacharach

Ritual Chair