[ATLANTA, Ga] – On Wednesday, January 20, President Joseph R. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into the highest elected offices in the United States. Alpha Delta Pi sisters were in full force on Wednesday as Maria Miller Lohmeyer, Zeta Omega—Central Florida, led the charge as the Chief of Inaugural Ceremonies for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC). Jennifer Hemingway, Gamma Iota—Florida, executed her duties at the inauguration as the Acting Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate, a role she stepped into on January 7, 2021, following the storming of the Capitol on January 6.  

Lohmeyer similarly coordinated the 2017 inauguration and previously served as the Public Liaison and Director of Events for the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. She also served as a Leadership Consultant for Alpha Delta Pi, where she honed her skills in communication, strategic planning, and logistics. Lohmeyer keeps sisterhood alive on her team. Abby Stahl, Gamma Chi—Texas Christian, serves as Staff Assistant for the JCCIC for Lohmeyer during a gap year. The two met at a leadership training event in 2018, and Stahl’s mother lived with Lohmeyer in college.  

Hemingway began her life in public service over two decades ago and most recently served as the Deputy Sergeant at Arms for the Senate. During the 115th Congress, she served as Director of House Operations for Speaker Paul D. Ryan. Then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said of her appointment, “I thank Jennifer in advance for her service as we...strengthen our preparations for a safe and successful inauguration on January 20.” 

Alpha Delta Pi even had a sister play an integral part in the iconic Bernie Sanders meme that’s gone viral on social media in the days following the inauguration. Jen Ellis, Gamma Tau—Vermont, is responsible for making the uniquely patterned mittens seen on the Vermont Senator. Ellis handed the mittens to Sanders on the 2016 campaign trail and "was totally delighted” to see he has held onto them all these years.  


About Alpha Delta Pi
Founded at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Ga., on May 15, 1851, Alpha Delta Pi was the first secret society established for college women. Its principles of scholarship, leadership, sisterhood, and service guide more than 265,000 women in 158 active collegiate chapters and 158 alumnae associations of Alpha Delta Pi.


Published: January 22, 2021