Xi Omega Xi Founder – Katy MacDiarmid Leach

Katy was initiated into Beta Eta in the Fall of 1998. During her collegiate years, she held the offices of Warden, Recording Secretary and Par-Tee Chair. She was also a memeber of the Lady Spirithunters.

She graduated in 2001 with a BS in English/Creative Writing. She moved back to St. Petersburg, FL and started working with Cox Radio Tampa in the promotions department. At the same time, her relationship with Ryan Leach was growing more serious and when her parents told her that they were moving to Louisiana, she decided to see where the relationship would lead and she followed her heart to Orlando where he was living. She started her new job with Everything But Water as the Executive Assistant. In the summer of 2002, Ryan proposed to Katy at her annual family reunion…he got down on one knee in front of 96 of her family members! They were married November 8, 2003 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with 3 Alpha Chi sisters standing by her as bridesmaids and her Big Sister as her maid of honor! During the reception, they ladies serenaded Ryan with the Sweetheart Song in the garden.

After returning from their honeymoon, Katy started working with Plato’s Closet as the Orlando district manager and opened 3 stores in the area. In March 2005, they were excited to find out that they were expecting their first child. Gavin Micheal Leach was born November 25, 2005. Katy decided to stay home to raise their son, but also started her own wedding coordination business (Event Fabulous) that has been steady since day one with referrals from past clients and other wedding vendors. On January 7, 2010 Ryan, Katy & Gavin welcomed the newest member of their family; Caden Michael Leach.

Katy has enjoyed staying in touch with her Beta Eta sisters and in looking forward to meeting more as the Xi Omega Xi chapter continues to grow.

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