|Rosie Stewart, VP of Standards|
“I want to always make a difference in people’s lives.”
INTRODUCING KDCHI VP OF STANDARDS, ROSIE STEWART
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Introducing Rosie E. Stewart, MPH your Vice President of Standard for Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc.
You may know her as the “walking constitution” of Kappa Delta Chi as her fellow officers like to call her, and although she scoffs at the comment, the amount of information at her finger tips is only the tip of the iceberg of what this young woman has to offer her sisters and the community. Rosie Stewart hails from the Delta Chapter at the University of Arizona where she acquired a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Master of Public Health (MPH). She’s currently a Research Associate and Community Health Education Community Liaison for PADRES Contra El Cáncer, a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families. (You may recognize this group as the one connected with Texas native, Eva Longoria.)
Her job duties entail a whole host of things that include serving as a liaison with study participants, conducting literature reviews, producing educational literature and forums for PADRES families and community members and managing databases chock full of statistics derived from studies that will improve the lives of those that she works with. What you may not know about her is she also spent almost a decade of her life working for The University of Arizona College of Public Health Arizona Prevention where she assisted with projects aimed at chronic disease prevention and self-management along the U.S.-Mexico Border. Working for a non-profit has been a sacrifice in that she’d grown used to working a 9-5 schedule in an academic job and now she regularly sacrifices sleep, works a minimum of 12 hours a day with no lunch breaks and weekends. Overall, she feels her current position gives her the satisfaction of giving directly to those in need. Aside from serving her community, if given the opportunity Rosie would jump at the chance at being a forensic pathologist whose job it is to investigate cases of sudden, unexpected death. To get her fix, she’ll continue watching Crossing Jordan and Dr. G Medical Examiner.
Rosie grew up in Phoenix, Arizona alongside her younger brother Bernie and was on the academic path in high school thinking she’d go to medical school. She knew she would be involved on her college campus when as a high school senior she went to the University of Arizona on a tour of campus and visited a KDChi booth at an organizational fair. “I remember seeing the pictures on the table and talking to the sisters that were there and I just knew this was the sorority for me.” As soon as she started at U of A, she sought out KDChi and began attending open rush. “The rest is history, as they say.”
Anyone who knows Rosie knows that she’s a passionate person and is always connected to her android phone since it holds her calendar of life. She’s now served on the KDChi national board for 10 years and she’s focused on her position that some may not fully understand. As Vice President of Standards, Rosie makes sure standards are KDChi’s top priority and she and supervises the Risk Management Officer. “I Chair and oversee the Constitution & By-Laws Committee, which will bring proposals for annual changes to the sorority’s governing documents, as well as Chair the Standards Committee, that oversees and votes on measures to be passed through to the next level of approval. Something else others may not understand is that she’s often the bad cop who brings tough news to chapters and holds court should a situation arise. Rosie’s devotion to the sisterhood is proof positive that she’s passionate about KDChi and about serving her community in need. She sums it up best by sharing, “I want to always make a difference in people’s lives.” Aside from a goal to make a difference, she’s also passionate about KDChi’s diversity and commitment to service. “Our members do so much and make such a difference in their communities, it’s just awe inspiring and I love being a part of it.” Topping her bucket list are hopes to travel to Poland and Spain, learn to surf, and go skydiving. Rosie lives in North Hollywood, CA with her two Chihuahuas, Coco and Toby.