National Board Spotlight: Nikita DeBarros

Nikita “ADANNA” DeBarros
Executive Vice President


Nikita DeBarros returns to the National Board this term as our Executive Vice President. Over the last two years, Nikita served as the East Regional Advisor, acting as an ally and support for the five active chapters in the northeast. She is a member of the Rho Chapter at the University of New Hampshire, where she completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies in Occupational Therapy. Currently, Nikita lives and works in Boston, MA. She hopes to expand her passion and love for Delta Xi Phi to positively benefit the sisters across the nation as she takes on this new role.

Learn more about Nikita below:

1.) What are you most excited about for this term?
I am most excited about returning to the National Board and being a resource and support for the entire sorority. Over the last three years, I have worked closely with the East Region as a district representative and then the East Regional Advisor. I hope to be able to better understand, interact with, and create positive change for every chapter and every member of Delta Xi Phi in this new role as Vice President. I’m also excited to attend conferences and events, which comes with the chance to represent our national organization.

2.) What are your big goals for your position?
A personal goal of mine would be to continue to engage members through our social media and website/blog platforms. Brittany Savko, our outgoing Vice President, was a champion of social media (I suggest you follow her!) so I’m trying to keep that up. Additionally, I’m working to create a service and philanthropy initiative to help members re-engage with their communities and continue to live our pillars by supporting organizations that align with our values, so be on the lookout for that soon!

3.) What was your favorite time or memory from being an active?
I have so many positive memories from being an active at Rho (University of New Hampshire). One of my favorite celebrations each year was our Founder’s Day Event, where we invited faculty, staff, friends, family, and our alumnae (of course) to join us for a potluck lunch/dinner and acknowledge our successes and growth each year. It genuinely brought me so much joy to combine both my families, biological and chosen, in one place each year to celebrate an organization and chapter that I was so proud to be a part of.

4.) What do you most enjoy about your city? Your job/career?
For the past year, I have been working as an occupational therapist for Easter Seals MA and traveling throughout Massachusetts to work with clients in various settings (skilled nursing facilities, elementary schools, collaboratives, day habilitation programs, etc.). I commuted from my hometown of Providence, RI for a while but recently moved to Boston, MA which brought me much closer to work. I love my career for the simple fact that I get to help people. I love my job because it lends me the opportunity to work with different populations. And I love my new surroundings for the independence it has allowed me as well as the diversity of people, culture, and FOOD that I have access to.

5.) Any advice for our current active sisters?
I’m sure that many sisters of Rho have heard me say this a thousand times but I strongly live by the statement- “It is what you make it”. That applies to many things in life but when it comes to Delta Xi Phi and being a part of a sorority, it’s not going to simply fall in your lap and engulf you in sisterhood and friendship. It takes work and energy just like any other relationship in your life. Support your sisters, go to events, show up and show interest, take on what you can, and be positive.

6.) What do you enjoy outside of work and the sorority?
I love spending time with my family (I have four of the cutest nephews to ever grace this earth), reading, dancing, doing yoga, cooking, and binge watching TV.

7.) What else would you like to share?
I have two tattoos (and want more), I danced competitively for almost 10 years before going to college, and I cannot wait to be a mom in the future. Oh, and my ethnicity is Cape Verdean. My family heritage stems from the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa (google it- you won’t regret it).  

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