Grand Chapter Staff
Gamma Iota Sigma's International Staff Members
The Grand Chapter Staff executes the strategic direction of Gamma Iota Sigma's growth and aids with sustaining a robust and diverse student talent pipeline, ensuring the industry's vibrant future.
Grace joined Gamma Iota Sigma in 2013 and has served in multiple roles across the organization focusing on university engagement, chapter expansion, collaborative industry initiatives, and organizational operations. She is responsible for the strategic direction of Gamma Iota Sigma and manages all governance-related matters including the Board of Trustees and its committees. She previously held several roles at the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation, working closely with universities across the country to implement insurance education programming for state and federal legislators. Grace earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Wittenberg University before pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership from Ashland University. She is an avid runner and sports fan, residing in Powell, OH with her husband and their five children.
MBA, CPCU, ARM, ASLI
Vice President, Industry Engagement
Alyssa joined Gamma Iota Sigma in 2018 after several years of volunteer leadership with the organization, including service on its Board of Trustees and National Alumni Council leadership team. She leads industry relations, brand management, and communications for GIS, working to build strategic partnerships and showcase the value of the organization. Prior to GIS, Alyssa held insurance industry roles in wholesale brokerage, association management, and human resources. Alyssa holds a Business Administration degree in Risk Management & Insurance from Appalachian State University where she served as President of the GIS Rho Chapter and an MBA in Insurance from Olivet College. Alyssa lives in Charlotte, NC, and outside of work enjoys hiking, visiting breweries, and trying new restaurants.
Nikia Jefferson, MS
Vice President, University Relations & Member Services
Nikia joined Gamma Iota Sigma in 2021 following many years working on-campus with undergraduate students. She brings a wealth of higher education experience, previously developing fraternity/sorority communities on university campuses throughout the United States. Nikia is responsible for managing relationships with university stakeholders, developing member services, and enhancing chapter operations. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations from Penn State University. She continued on to complete a Masters of Science in Education, specializing in Higher Education Administration, from the University of Pennsylvania. Nikia lives in Philadelphia, PA, and enjoys both traveling and fitness.
Ashley joined Gamma Iota Sigma in 2021 after 13 years of experience in Higher Education specifically in Greek Life, Residence Life, Student Activities, Enrollment Management, Event Planning and Management, and Leadership. Ashley is responsible for coordinating communications with GIS stakeholders and GIS Grand Chapter events. Ashley obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Dance and a Masters Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Slippery Rock University. She lives in Butler, PA - about an hour north of Pittsburgh - and enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, attending the Twins Days Festival with her identical twin sister, and planning events.
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Cassie Jacobs, MS Ed
Member Services Coordinator
Cassie joins GIS with valuable experience in higher education, student services, professional development, operations, and residence life. In her new role, Cassie will coordinate membership functions, member services, and chapter operations. She holds a Master’s of Science in Education with a concentration in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mercer University. Cassie is a member of Phi Mu and Delta Sigma Pi Fraternities. Cassie lives in New Orleans, LA, and outside of work enjoys spending time with her cat Tillie and partner Austin, and exploring the food scene in New Orleans.