Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, serves as a base for eight Foundation employees working on a range of Foundation programs and in communications, fundraising, and operations. These professionals work with the Board of Trustees to execute the vision and mission of Theta Foundation.

Theta Foundation Teams:


Kristen Magnes KaiserExecutive Director

Kristen Magnes Kaiser, CFRE, Alpha/DePauw
1.800.526.1870 ext. 147


  • Serves as Chief Executive Officer of Theta Foundation.
  • Provides leadership for the effective and efficient operation of Theta Foundation according to the stated mission, goals, and policies established by the Board of Trustees.
  • Is responsible for the success and efficiency of development, programs, communications, and operations of the Foundation.
  • Serves as primary spokesperson for the Foundation, communicating the mission of Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation.

Administration Team:

Donna HeinekampDirector of Finance and Administration

Donna Heinekamp
1.800.526.1870 ext. 109


  • Serves as Chief Financial Officer.
  • Directs and oversees Theta Foundation’s strategic financial, investment, and administrative operations.
  • Facilitates and supervises employee benefit programs, contracts, audits, and items that lead to the success and efficiency of Theta Foundation operations.

Cindy ThoennesManager of Operations

Cindy Shaffer Thoennes, Alpha Chi/Purdue
1.800.526.1870 ext. 119


  • Supports organization operations by managing and maintaining office systems and gift entry, processing, and acknowledgement.
  • Prepares reports, provides customer service and other tasks to support the operations of Theta Foundation.
  • Assists with the Theta Foundation stewardship program.
  • Serves as executive assistant to the Executive Director.

ERickeGift Entry & Donor Records Coordinator

Elizabeth Ricke
1.800.526.1870 ext. 110


  • Records, acknowledges, and legally receipts donations to Theta Foundation.
  • Assists with recording development activity and donor research.
  • Assists with the preparation of mailing lists and reports.
  • Helps donors with questions regarding gifts and established funds.

Programs Team:

Gaylena MerrittDirector of Programs

Gaylena Merritt, Alpha/DePauw
1.800.526.1870 ext. 148


  • Directs all aspects of Theta Foundation’s scholarship and grant programs, including application processes and recipient notification.
  • Works closely with Foundation leadership, staff, volunteers, and professional partners to administer and manage Foundation programs.
  • Works in partnership with development and finance staff members to oversee endowed funds and maintain relationships with fund contacts.

MKKronzerThumbnailPrograms Coordinator

Mary Kate Kronzer, Gamma/Butler
1.800.526.1870 ext. 113


  • Supports all aspects of Theta Foundation’s scholarship and grant programs, including application, evaluation, and selection processes.
  • Maintains membership and application databases.
  • Prepares and coordinates communications related to Foundation programs.

Fundraising Team:

Madisen Ray PetroskyMarketing Manager

Madisen Ray Petrosky, Sigma Kappa Sorority
1.800.526.1870 ext. 108


  • Responsible for executing the marketing projects and campaigns associated with individual and chapter annual giving programs, Theta Foundation’s strategic brand identity, and stewardship activities.
  • Responsible for executing print publications and online presences in social media and websites.

Jami Slaton - Staff PhotoManager of Annual & Chapter Giving

Jami Harrison Slaton, Alpha Sigma/Washington State
1.800.526.1870 ext. 126


  • Responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive and strategic Annual Giving program across multiple constituencies in coordination with the marketing and development teams.
  • Serves as primary contact for college and alumnae chapter giving opportunities, including Theta Foundation’s $1 million commitment to support National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA) and chapters’ philanthropy donations.


Scholarship Application Help Session Webinar

Free Event

@ 12:00 pm

Theta Foundation is offering a final Application Help Session Webinar for candidates completing the 2017 Scholarship Application on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at 12 p.m. (noon) EST.

No need to register in advance! Access the help sessions at For audio during the sessions, call 1-888-222-0475 and enter the attendee code 5901365. Contact Mary Kate Kronzer, Programs Coordinator, if you have any questions about the help sessions or the scholarship application process.

Find additional webinar information and webinar recordings here.