During the Winter of 2020, two new staffers were hired to work in the Central Office. JP Winkel joined the staff in February as the Programming & Communications Coordinator and Ernestine Bethea joined in March as our new Office Manager.
JP Winkel (they/them/theirs) is the Programming & Communications Coordinator in the Theta Tau Central Office. Their role is a new one for the Central Office and it matches up almost perfectly with Winkel’s strengths and background as a fraternal program developer.
Winkel is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa after being adopted from Busan, South Korea. They were initiated into the Psi Chapter of Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity Inc., at Iowa State University in the Spring of 2008. Pi Alpha Phi is the oldest APIDA-interest (Asian Pacific Islander Desi-American) fraternity in the United States. Winkel holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Education from Iowa State University, specializing in Higher Education and Student Identity Development. Winkel most recently served as the Director of Education for Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc.’s Executive Office in North Liberty, IA.
In their spare time, JWinkel commits time to programming for APIDA students through organizations like the Midwest Asian American Student Union (MAASU) and the United Vietnamese Students Association-Midwest.
Ernestine Bethea (she/her/hers) is the Office Manager of the Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity Central Office. Bethea is a 2013 initiate of the Nu Gamma Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated located at Coppin State University where she studied Social Work and Sociology. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Service Administration from the University of Baltimore. She has worked as a Grant Services Specialist in the Mayor’s Office of Human Services located in Baltimore, Maryland, an Administrative Program Coordinator in the graduate school at Johns Hopkins University and most recently as a Family Services Specialist at the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County.
Bethea started her journey in sorority life by being elected as President of her Undergraduate chapter. She has participated and chaired many community service programs that cater to veterans, the homeless, the elderly, as well as premature babies. Ernestine currently holds a leadership certification which allows her to serve on a national level in Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Bethea is also certified in risk management through Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and enjoys sharing knowledge and best practices.
Bethea relocating to Miami from Baltimore in 2017, which had been home for most of her life. When not working, she enjoys encouraging young women through body positivity speaking engagement. Bethea brings a wealth of administrative and program support experience to the Central Office.