Meet the Alpha Lambda Xi Officer Team
Your 2014-2015 Officer team is:
President- Mina Jahan
Mina Jahan graduated from Kingwood High School in 2012. She is currently serving as the President of LSC – Kingwood’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter, Alpha Lambda Xi. It is Mina’s duty to ensure that all the chapter’s projects, events and activities satisfy the four Phi Theta Kappa hallmarks (Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service).
Mina was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa in Spring 2014. She was committed to Phi Theta Kappa as soon as she learned that it was an organization where intelligent, bright, and driven students congregate and dedicate their talents to enhance the community.
In addition to serving as the President of LSC – Kingwood’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Mina also participates as a LSC-Kingwood Student Ambassador and as a delegate for the National Model United Nations. She firmly believes in involvement on the college campus as it provides opportunities for growth and development of soft skills.
She plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center and ultimately hold a Masters in Anesthesia. She also intends to try her hand at being a traveling nurse in countries with struggling healthcare systems, particularly in the Middle East or South America.
Her favorite pastimes include reading, watching musicals, trying new foods, and playing tennis or volleyball.
Executive Vice President- Toul Deguia-Cranmer
Toul T. DeGuia-Cranmer is a Houston native. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from New Caney High School in May 2012. Along the way he earned numerous academic and athletic awards such as being voted “Most Heart” by his team members, and being selected for the Dual Credit U.S. History Excellence award. Toul began attending the Lone Star Kingwood Campus in fall of 2012 and to date has finished his Associate of Science & Applied math, and his Associates of Liberal Arts degrees. Along the way he has met many incredible people who have inspired him to grow as a person.
Toul currently serves as Executive Vice President and Vice President of Scholarship for the Alpha Lambda Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. In this position, he is responsible for locating scholarship opportunity information for student members, communicating with the LSC-K faculty and staff, and speaking with prospective Phi Theta Kappa members. He joined Phi Theta Kappa to serve the students of the organization and of the campus. Toul plans on transferring to Texas A&M in the spring.
“Hope begins in the dark; the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up” Anne Lamott
Vice President of Leadership- Cydney Thrower
Cydney Thrower was born and raised in Houston, Texas. At a young age she developed a great passion for giving and achieving. Dedicated to pursuing her dreams, Cydney set her sights on success with hopes of becoming an entertainment lawyer after graduating from college. Wanting to take advantage of any opportunity for growth and development and to be recognized for her academic achievement, she showed a particular interest in Phi Theta Kappa, at Lone Star College-Kingwood.
Phi Theta Kappa “provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.” Knowing that Phi Theta Kappa could offer such great benefits that could further her career, Cydney was eager to accept her membership. It did not take long for Cydney to realize the great benefits of being involved in Phi Theta Kappa. Thus, she set out to take on the challenge to become Vice-President of Leadership.
The Vice-President of Leadership’s responsibilities are to oversee all leadership activities and encourage the development of leadership skills among members of the chapter. Being a Phi Theta Kappa chapter officer provides unique opportunities for leadership including working with people of all ages and backgrounds, learning to speak in front of a group, developing organizational skills, and service that gives back to the community. These are the essential qualities that Cydney believes make life worth living.
Her favorite quote is “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for a newer and richer experience.”
Vice President of Service- Michelle Balliet
Michelle Balliet joined Phi Theta Kappa during the Fall 2013 semester. For her, it was definitely an academic milestone when receiving the invite and becoming a member.
Through the encouragement of her mentor, she chose to become a Phi Theta Kappa officer as it provides wonderful opportunities to further her growth as a leader, meet new people, and make new friends.
Under Michelle’s diligent handling, the Vice President of Service’s aim is to enrich the lives of the chapter and the community through acts of kindness and voluntary service. It is the Vice President of Service’s role to seek or create opportunities where chapter members may devote skills and time in order to create a positive difference in lives of others.
The dreams of Michelle Balliet are many and still to be decided. She seeks to minor in entrepreneurship where she hopes to one day have a business that specializes in personalized gift-wrapping. As a major, her interest is to teach agriculture and/or to advocate for the migrant farm worker…all a journey to be found as she keeps her daily inspirational quote at heart to “live each day as [I want] it to be remembered!”
What are other things to know about Michelle? Family life and friends are her greatest joy. Coffee? A necessity…and being present in the moment makes life all, good times and hard, its greatest adventure!
Vice President of Fellowship- Allison Bogert
After graduating from Kingwood Park High School in May 2013, Allison Bogert readily registered for courses at Lone Star College – Kingwood for the fall of 2013. Eager to be a part of a group that was passionate about serving the community while commending academic achievement, Allison accepted her invitation to join the Alpha Lambda Xi chapter at Lone Star College – Kingwood in October of 2013. As a member, Allison organized and led a group of Alpha Lambda Xi members to assist battered women and children at Family Time Christmas Store in December 2013, served as Chairperson of Décor for Alpha Lambda Xi’s 2014 Spring Induction, and accompanied the Alpha Lambda Xi’s 2013 officer team to the Phi Theta Kappa District Two Regional Meeting.
Serving as the Vice President of Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic term, Allison took on an officer position because of her desire to develop her leadership skills and make a difference in her community. When she is not in the Phi Theta Kappa office writing emails, planning agendas, and calculating member hours, Allison can be found around campus mingling with both students and professors.
After graduating with an Associate’s Degree of Science from Lone Star College – Kingwood, Allison plans to receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Health School of Nursing in Galveston, Texas. With an ambition to care for others and continue forward in her education, Allison aspires to become a nurse anesthetist.
“It [is] better to live one day as a lion than a dozen years as a sheep." – Louis L’Amour, Flint