Volunteers

Every year, hundreds of Thetas from around the country donate their time and skills to Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation. Whether evaluating scholarship and grant applications, meeting with donors, or sharing their financial expertise, these volunteers play a vital role in our organization. Without them, Theta Foundation would be unable to support the educational, leadership, and philanthropic programs of the Fraternity and the scholastic, professional, and service pursuits of its members.

Standing Committees
Programs Committees
Development Committees

Standing Committees

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee provides oversight to the annual audit and oversees, monitors, and works collaboratively with management to prepare financial statements and conduct internal audits of these statements. The committee also oversees, monitors, and works collaboratively with external auditors in conducting audits. The committee safeguards the overall objectivity of the financial statements, financial reports, and internal controls.

Chairman – Patricia (Pat) Fellows Parker*, Delta Eta/Kansas State
Victoria (Vicki) Laughlin McCluggage*, Omicron/USC
Donna Levens Schmidt*
, Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi

Foundation Governance Committee

The Governance Committee is responsible for ongoing review and recommendations to enhance the quality and future viability of the Board of Trustees. The work of the committee revolves around the following five major areas: Board Role and Responsibilities, Board Composition, Board Knowledge and Development,  Board Effectiveness, and Board Leadership.

Chairman – Susan Byers Patrick, Beta Omicron/Iowa
Mary Ellen Kutsenda Fitzsimonds*, Beta Kappa/Drake
Lisa Davis Olney*, Delta Epsilon/Arizona State
Gloria McVay Cochran*, Beta/Indiana
Tara (TJ) Flynn Condon*, Epsilon Lambda/Dickinson

Investment Committee

The Investment Committee is comprised of Board members and volunteers. They prepare and update investment policy; manage and oversee investment funds; oversee investment consultant’s engagement, evaluate performance of outside investment managers; annually review and recommend to the Board appropriate spending rate.

Chairman – Zita Enloe, Gamma Phi/Texas Tech
Donna Levens Schmidt*, Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi
Patricia (Pat) Fellows Parker*, Delta Eta/Kansas State
Aimee Billow Forsythe*, Nu/Hanover
Tara (TJ) Flynn Condon*, Epsilon Lambda/Dickinson
Mary Ellen Kutsenda Fitzsimonds*, Beta Kappa/Drake – ex-officio member
Steffanie Carter Rhinesmith, Gamma/Butler
Margaret McCullough Buescher, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt – immediate past chairman
Beth Nagel Marcin, Delta Sigma/Ball State

Investment Committee Advisory Committee

Catherine C. Sullivan, CPA, CFP, PFS, Delta Xi/North Carolina

Programs Committees

Chapter and Individual Grants Committee

The Chapter and Individual Grants committee supports staff with application development, review process and guidelines, report review, and policy development.

Virginia A. Ahalt, Delta Phi/Clemson
Dinah Harriger Cummings
, Delta Omega/Texas A & M
Elizabeth (Betsy) Schultz Humphreys*, Epsilon Iota/Westminster
Jennifer Dolphin Rottkamp, Rho/Nebraska

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee supports staff with application development, review process and guidelines, policy development, and recipient selection.

Rebecca Reed Barker, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State
Joan Hastings Kreiger*, Chi/Syracuse
Katharine P. Murphy, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut

Scholarship Application Review Committees

All scholarship applications are reviewed by a dedicated group of volunteers who serve on Theta Foundation Scholarship Application Review Committees.

2016 Committees & Committee Members:

Chicago Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Rachel M. Tilghman, Eta Sigma/Chapman
Kelli Lynn Austin, Zeta Iota/Washington & Lee
Meghan Luke Breitenbach, Gamma/Butler
Kristin Hellquist Cunningham, Beta Kappa/Drake
Heidi L. Holladay, Beta Pi/Michigan State
Karen Sloan Keane, Beta Omicron/Iowa
June F. Kendall, Beta Kappa/Drake
Gayatri Malhotra, Alpha Psi/Lawrence
Elizabeth Nagel Marcin, Delta Sigma/Ball State
Priscilla Mader McInerney, Upsilon/Minnesota
Kathleen Anne Neelsen, Psi/Wisconsin
Connie Talbot Schiele, Gamma Upsilon/Miami
Bethany Sharp, Eta Chi/Boston
Alissa Melczer Trumbull, Alpha Psi/Lawrence
Megan E. VanDagens, Beta Pi/Michigan State
Elise Samantha Woulfe, Alpha Tau/Cincinnati

Dallas Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Amanda Miner Davison, Gamma Gamma/Rollins
Ann Elizabeth Fritsche, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Tracy Pickett Hinton, Gamma Gamma/Rollins
Francie Stevens Johnsen, Epsilon Epsilon/Baylor
Caroline Constance Livingston, Delta Phi/Clemson
Jann Patterson Mackey, Beta Sigma/Southern Methodist
Candice Baumgarten Nelson, Psi/Wisconsin
Anita Brunner Rager, Chi/Syracuse
Chrissie Suttle, Beta Sigma/Southern Methodist
Eva Bennett Todd, Beta Sigma/Southern Methodist
Kara Prestage Van Duzee, Zeta Omicron/Wake Forest
Bonne McCalmont Whittaker, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt
Sara Huggins Woodall, Beta Sigma/Southern Methodist
Susan Frey Woodall, Beta Sigma/Southern Methodist
Michele Dascanio Woodcock, Epsilon Theta/Stetson
Sharon Smith Wooldridge, Beta Sigma/Southern Methodist

Denver Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Leslie Holzmark Franklin, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Laura Bowman, Beta Iota/Colorado
Shan Heyman Burchenal, Beta Tau/Denison
Lesley A. Cross, Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi
Kendall Cusick-Rindone, Rho/Nebraska
Sheri DeCoste, Psi/Wisconsin
Martha Cawley Doughtie, Beta Lambda/William & Mary
Lucinda Howell Greene, Phi deuteron/Stanford
Shannon Chandler Gross, Beta Gamma/Colorado State
Stacy Decker Hayes, Rho/Nebraska
Sarah Benbrook Hittner, Alpha Iota/Washington-St. Louis
Jennifer K. Koch, Alpha Beta/Swarthmore
Kathleen M. Markey, Chi/Syracuse
Stacy Chestnut Rini, Beta Iota/Colorado
Courtney Schapira, Beta Omicron/Iowa
Lindsay Lane Sell, Beta Gamma/Colorado State

Fairfield County, CT Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Laura Osborne Arena, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut
Meredith McLaughlin Chesrown, Eta Iota/San Diego
Kathryn L. Daddario, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut
Caryn A. Frick, Epsilon Upsilon/Columbia
Anne Brafford Fritz, Beta/Indiana
Brynne Gaulin, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut
Kelly M. Grady, Eta Xi/Quinnipiac
Amanda Rose Kohalmi, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut
Linda Ihle Lewis, Psi/Wisconsin
Ellen Morello, Omega/UC Berkeley
Julie A. Roarty, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut
Judith Bechtel Soto, Mu/Allegheny
Julia Davis Turner, Alpha Gamma/Ohio State

Houston Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Alyssa Schilling Warner, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State
Erin Kathleen Abercrombie, Gamma Tau/Tulsa
Lin S. Boynton, Epsilon Phi/Chicago
Susan Seybold Campbell, Alpha Theta/Texas-Austin
Linda Castellon Debrovner, Beta Lambda/William & Mary
Meredith Read Harris, Gamma Phi/Texas Tech
Alice Arnold Helms, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt
Maura Aiken McCarthy, Beta Tau/Denison
Wyn Emerson McCubbin, Gamma Phi/Texas Tech
Dina Sullivan Ormiston, Delta Omega/Texas A&M
Ashley G. Price, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State

Indiana Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Traci Nagle, Iota/Cornell
Claire Otte Becker, Beta/Indiana
Rebecca Wilson Cambridge, Beta/Indiana
Pamela Bibler Chapman, Delta Sigma/Ball State
Jamie Henry Emmert, Alpha Chi/Purdue
Chloie M. Favinger, Alpha/DePauw
Susan Garrison Kruse, Delta Sigma/Ball State
Beth Toon Lohman, Gamma/Butler
Carol Thomson Maloney, Beta/Indiana
Joni Ruller McGary, Iota/Cornell
April Jean Pickett, Delta Sigma/Ball State
Julie Lyn Rowlas, Beta/Indiana
Jocelyne B. Scott, Epsilon Pi/Bucknell
Shawn Osadchey Wadell, Iota/Cornell
Karin Emmonds Wetzel, Gamma Omega/Auburn
Erin Crask Wood, Alpha/DePauw

Kansas City Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Angela Buccigrossi Schafer, Delta Eta/Kansas State
Lynda Page Bergman, Alpha Mu/Missouri
Shelly Laubhan Blake, Delta Eta/Kansas State
Gayle Gerritz Boyd, Kappa/Kansas
Kathryn Bruning Bussing, Kappa/Kansas
Renee L. Fischer, Delta Eta/Kansas State
Loryn N. Goebel, Kappa/Kansas
Molly Westering Hunter, Kappa/Kansas
Leah Eaton Logan, Epsilon Iota/Westminster
Katherine Welch Luck, Alpha Mu/Missouri
Sarah Campbell McKee, Kappa/Kansas
Heidi Bielenberg Pollmann, Delta Eta/Kansas State
Valerie Schroeder, Delta Eta/Kansas State
Amy Blair Snively, Alpha Mu/Missouri
Tricia Elliott Stephens, Kappa/Kansas
Elizabeth Foard Swift, Kappa/Kansas

Nashville Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Laine M. Milam, Eta Phi/Belmont
Jennie Graves Bowman, Delta Zeta/Emory
Emily Beasley Brittain, Beta Sigma/Southern Methodist
Shannon Turner Cannon, Nu/Hanover
Alice Emberton-Feazell, Gamma Iota/Kentucky
Caryl Lynn Hippler, Delta Theta/Florida
Catherine Cook Krumm, Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi
Elizabeth Dellner Logsdon, Eta Theta/Central Florida
Katherine Marie Lombard, Delta Phi/Clemson
Sherry Elizabeth Martin, Delta Omicron/Alabama
Anna Chalfant O’Neal, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt
Andrea Beth Pritchett, Eta Phi/Belmont
Jessica C. Siegel, Gamma/Butler
Margaret F. Walker, Epsilon Mu/Princeton
Nancy Lee Windley, Gamma Iota/Kentucky
Nancy Youssef, Beta Phi/Penn State

New Orleans Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Kathleen A. Peaden, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Joanna M. Bautista, Delta Kappa/Louisiana State
Meredith A. Beers, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Christine Thompson Briede, Delta Omicron/Alabama
Emma Dean Condon, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Emily M. Doliner, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Emily E. Engberg, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Margaret E. Francez, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Marina Elliott Gregorio, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Jennifer L. Kuechmann, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Ginny Pope, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Stephanie J. Rubin, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Rachel S. Stickney, Eta Nu/Lake Forest
Monica A. Vaughn-Flam, Gamma Zeta/Connecticut

Oklahoma City Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Celena Baker McCord, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State
Emily Richardson Blake, Epsilon Iota/Westminster
Kathryn Glover Carrington, Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma
Casey Tippens Delaney, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State
Lisa Elder, Beta Iota/Colorado
Ashley Birdwell Engle, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State
Randi Osborn Freeman, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State
Lori Hurley Hardy, Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma
Susan Vermillion Harroz, Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma
Mollie Bennett McCurdy, Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma
Cari Constien Morelock, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State
Bonnie Waters Schwarz, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State
Wendi Shipp, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State
Susie Gerhart Stuerman, Epsilon Iota/Westminster
Amanda Flood Wards, Beta Zeta/Oklahoma State
Susie Rulewicz Wilson, Beta Sigma/Southern Methodist

Phoenix Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Kristel Rydman Smith, Beta Epsilon/Oregon State
Elizabeth LaSusa DeLouise, Delta/Illinois
Heather Breuninger Granato, Epsilon Psi/Richmond
Ann Katzenbach Harris, Beta Delta/Arizona
Bonnie Baldwin Kasten, Kappa/Kansas
Nancy Benneson Riley, Delta Epsilon/Arizona State
Barbara Najar Ennis, Beta Pi/Michigan State
Paula Crafton Swartz, Gamma Iota/Kentucky
Marcia Milne Wright, Delta Epsilon/Arizona State
Lara Perry Klinkner, Zeta Rho/UC San Diego
Debra Ilchak, Delta Epsilon/Arizona State
Stacey Paullin Mortenson, Gamma Psi/TCU
Lindsey Witt Distler, Beta Delta/Arizona

Raleigh Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Amy Bartel Lingenfelser, Delta Eta/Kansas State
Valerie L. Bateman, Delta Xi/North Carolina
Erin Schnieders Champion, Gamma Pi/Iowa State
Gigi Nayfeh Crane, Delta Xi/North Carolina
Elizabeth Spransy Dickinson, Delta Xi/North Carolina
Regina Whitney Edwards, Epsilon Omicron/Randolph-Macon
Allison Gribben, Beta Gamma/Colorado State
Mary Margaret Harris, Zeta Omicron/Wake Forest
Susan Davis Kelley, Delta Rho/South Florida
Martha Lynch Newton, Zeta Omicron/Wake Forest
Emily S. Parks, Zeta Omicron/Wake Forest
Carlyn Grau Poole, Gamma Phi/Texas Tech
Sandra Potter Reynolds, Delta Xi/North Carolina
Loren Cammie Rice, Epsilon Nu/Virginia Tech
Kathleen Di Giulio Skov, Delta/Illinois

Seattle Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Grace R. Davis, Alpha Sigma/Washington State
Gabriella E. Blunk, Omicron/Southern California
Lisa McGuinness Carroll, Alpha Lambda/Washington
Mary Bocek Comstock, Alpha Sigma/Washington State
Gina Kuprianiak Fleck, Pi/Albion
Nancy Lundberg Frost, Alpha Lambda/Washington
Lyndsey M. Kemper, Beta Mu/Nevada
Elizabeth M. Lemon, Alpha Sigma/Washington State
Jessica Mikasa Perry, Eta Iota/San Diego
Nicole Smith Skyrud, Eta Lambda/~

Southern California Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Annie Mason Van Dyke, Alpha Xi/Oregon
Margaret Wells Bentley, Omega/UC Berkeley
Kristin Peterson Cook, Tau/Northwestern
Heather K. Dennis, Delta Psi/UC Riverside
Kelly McGuire Diehl, Gamma Psi/TCU
Katherine E. Fabanish, Eta Sigma/Chapman
Judith Kerr Graven, Beta Xi/UCLA
Cari Price Hall, Beta Xi/UCLA
Carolyn Watson Kruger, Alpha/DePauw
Amelia Sedano McDonald, Omega/UC Berkeley
Margaret Crill Means, Mu/Allegheny
Heather DeGroff Morgan, Delta Psi/UC Riverside
Stephanie Moss Nyce, Epsilon Sigma/UC Irvine
Janet Paine Peters, Beta Omega/Colorado College
Johanna M. Renfro, Eta Iota/San Diego
Janna Bryant Wright, Omicron/Southern California

Virtual I Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Paula Dahlgren Newberg, Zeta Theta/Cal Poly
Chelsea Blake, Epsilon Sigma/UC Irvine
Catherine Helen Conroy, Epsilon Sigma/UC Irvine
Amber Nicole Costantino, Phi/Pacific
Natalie Milosovich Cox, Beta/Indiana
Bette Christoffersen Daniele, Beta Lambda/William & Mary
Kellie Dickerson, Zeta Lambda/Charleston
Miriam Lawler Gilkinson, Zeta Mu/MIT
Kimberly Walker Howard, Beta Chi/Alberta
Ansley Noel Howze, Eta Phi/Belmont
Maria B. Killos, Zeta Mu/MIT
Susan Lucas Kamat, Zeta Mu/MIT
Allison Orpe, Beta Chi/Alberta
Sue Shane Sautermeister, Beta/Indiana
Brittany N. Scancarella, Lambda/Vermont
Marissa Hall Wickboldt, Zeta Theta/Cal Poly

Virtual II Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Tina Villarete Tran, Zeta Nu/UC Davis
Megan Sherlock Brooker, Delta Eta/Kansas State
Melanie Hull Cromer, Alpha Nu/Montana
Christina Holsapple DeWaal, Zeta Nu/UC Davis
Tina Finley Early, Gamma Psi/TCU
Danika Gurley, Zeta Nu/UC Davis
Mary Howard Leppo, Delta Upsilon/Eastern Kentucky
Katherine A. Oldham, Zeta Mu/MIT
Marci Matsushita Sanchez, Zeta Nu/UC Davis
Malou Guevara Sette, Zeta Nu/UC Davis
Linda Bostwick Sherrell, Gamma Omega/Auburn
Linda Pike Snyder, Zeta Nu/UC Davis
Jennifer Payne-Strimaitis, Zeta Nu/UC Davis
Patricia Hood Thomas, Delta Omicron/Alabama
Victoria A. Thomas, Beta Epsilon/Oregon State
Victoria Freese Verkamp, Alpha Mu/Missouri

Virtual III Scholarship Application Review Committee
Chairman – Penny Chirazi Gowen, Epsilon Theta/Stetson
Deborah Bornmann Allen, Delta Theta/Florida
Maria Vergari Call, Gamma Rho/UC Santa Barbara
Lisa Flanigan, Zeta Omega/Loyola Marymount
Susan Brown Horsewood, Gamma Delta/Georgia
Marianne Lalonde, Eta Pi/Case Western
Alyson Bloom Lauer, Beta Pi/Michigan State
Leslie Grable McGinnis, Delta Omega/Texas A&M
Jennifer L. Meisberger, Delta Iota/Puget Sound
Ellen Gurley Morris, Gamma Delta/Georgia
Elizabeth Foisie Mundy, Alpha Gamma/Ohio State
Alison Galbreath Sawyer, Delta Omega/Texas A&M
Karen Clark Tinsley, Epsilon Epsilon/Baylor
Denise Raiche Wulff, Gamma Tau/Tulsa

Development Committees

College Chapter Giving Committee

The College Chapter Giving Committee is comprised of Fraternity and Foundation staff and Theta alumnae and collegians.

Chairman – Jami Slaton, Alpha Sigma/Washington State, Foundation Manager for Annual & Chapter Giving
Ellen Barlow
, Delta Gamma Fraternity, Fraternity Assistant Director for Education & Leadership
Cathie Cardelucci*, Beta Xi/UCLA, Foundation Trustee
Kelley Hurst, Beta Iota/Colorado, Fraternity Director of Chapter Services
Christy Lazarow, Epsilon Rho/Lehigh, Chapter Advisor & Local CASA
Alicia Lee, Zeta Omicron/Wake Forest, College District Director – District IX
Karyn Uptain, Alpha/DePauw, Budget District Director – District XI
Cara Weinmann, Beta/Indiana, College Chapter Service & Philanthropy Director
Megan Zullo, Beta Epsilon/Oregon State, Collegian & CASA Volunteer

Give to Lead, Give to Learn Campaign Cabinet

The Campaign Cabinet is comprised of key Fraternity and Foundation leaders serving as the volunteer leadership of the Give to Lead, Give to Learn Campaign.

Co-Chairman – Vicki Laughlin McCluggage*, Omicron/USC, Foundation Trustee
Co-Chairman – Karen Albrecht Ledbetter, Gamma Tau/Tulsa, Former Fraternity President
Laura Ware Doerre*, Delta Xi/North Carolina, Fraternity President
Mary Ellen Kutsenda Fitzsimonds*, Beta Kappa/Drake, Foundation President
Julie Ruffolo Gilpin, Alpha/DePauw, Former Fraternity Vice-President
Dinah Hampton McClymonds, Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma, Steering Committee Chairman and Foundation Trustee
Kathy Bennett Tonkel, Eta/Michigan, Former Foundation President

Give to Lead, Give to Learn Campaign Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is comprised of Board members and volunteers who fundraise on behalf of Theta Foundation in their local communities.

Chairman – Dinah Hampton McClymonds, Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma, Foundation Trustee
Debbie Bornmann Allen, Delta Theta/Florida
Laurie McGregor Connor, Gamma deuteron/Ohio Wesleyan
Jennifer Hinfey, Delta Epsilon/Arizona State
Jillian Mathias Kyde, Eta Iota/San Diego
Kate Gleason Madigan, Omega/UC Berkeley
Jill Pedicord Peterson, Beta Gamma/Colorado State
Kellie Applegate Prusiecki, Alpha Chi/Purdue
Mandy Burgett Wushinske, Zeta Sigma/Ohio Northern, Fraternity Vice-President

Give to Lead, Give to Learn Campaign Honorary Steering Committee

The Honorary Steering Committee is comprised of past and current leaders of the Fraternity and Foundation. They provide feedback and recommendations to the Give to Lead, Give to Learn Campaign leadership.

Florence Helen Ashby, Beta Nu/Florida State
Mary Jane Parker Beach, Beta Nu/Florida State
Lissa Luton Bradford, Alpha Eta/Vanderbilt
Anne Sadler Budill, Alpha Chi/Purdue
Katie Busby, PhD, Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi
Wendy Sears Goshert, Gamma/Butler
Amy Hayner Kates, Alpha Phi/Tulane
Carryl Wischmeyer Krohne, Nu/Hanover
Janet Paine Peters, Beta Omega/Colorado College
Hilary Stout Salatich, Gamma/Butler
Sue Farrell Supple, Alpha/DePauw
Helen Edwards Woodward, Alpha Omicron/Oklahoma

*Denotes individual is a trustee.


If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for Theta Foundation, please contact Foundation Executive Director Kristen Kaiser at kkaiser@kappaalphatheta.org

03/01

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 http://bit.ly/AppHelpSession. 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.