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Because of your dedication and support last year, Sigma Kappa stayed strong during an unprecedented time. It was a challenging year for all, and the Sigma Kappa Foundation was not immune. We aimed to do as much as possible while facing uncertainty and are proud of our accomplishments.     We are thrilled students are returning to campuses this fall to experience as much of what we remember and love about being together as possible. At the core of the Sigma Kappa experience is the spirit of sisterhood and rooted in values with the promise that together we can achieve more than we could alone.   Thank you for helping sisters reach their potential, lead with their strengths and overcome financial challenges. Your generosity has also helped the Foundation sustain its mission and continue building for the future. Enjoy reading about what you made possible.   Gratefully,   Dawn Copple O’Connor, Tau, Indiana University  Foundation President

$998,527 Cash and Pledge Payments, 3,677 Donors, 98 Collegiate Chapter Donors, 58 Alumnae Chapter Donors

Finance

Financial Highlights
Assets 2021 2020
Cash $302,462 $429,750
Due from Sorority $0 $563
Inventory $22,204 $23,639
Prepaid expenses & other assets $16,466 $36,164
Contributions receivable, net $202,877 $350,698
Investments $9,442,063 $7,560,694
Property & equipment, net $29,745 $43,516
TOTAL ASSETS $10,015,817 $8,445,024

 

Liabilities  2021 2020
Accounts payable & accrued expenses $50,652 $34,203
Grants payable $701,769 $772,505
Scholarships payable $122,100 $121,840
Due to Sorority $5,376 $38,133
Due to NHC $373 $29,839
Refundable advance $87,770 $89,995
TOTAL LIABILITIES $968,040 $1,086,515

 

Revenue  2021  2020
Contributions $851,812 $1,335,944
PPP grant income $89,995* $0
Gain (loss) on valuation of contributions receivable  $(659) $189
Investment return, net $1,847,793 $372,083
TOTAL REVENUE $2,788,941 $1,708,216

 

Expenses  2021  2020
Program services

$432,824

$1,429,864
Fundraising $255,783 $268,293
General and administrative $411,066 $396,596
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,099,673 $2,094,753

*We applied for and received a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to maintain our services at the highest possible level.Net Assets

Scholarships

 

The pursuit of an education is fundamental to our members. Because of your investments, Sigma Kappa Foundation is uniquely positioned as a resource for members who represent the best of the best and need assistance as they face the rising cost of education. Academic scholarships, for undergraduate and graduate students, allow our sisters to focus more of their time and energy on academics and personal growth during school.

$125,100 Scholarships Awarded

$125,100 Total Awarded, 90 Sisters Assisted

 
Sylvia

“This scholarship will help me alleviate the financial burdens of college so that I am able to focus on my studies and being an active member of our chapter. Before I started college, I never thought that I would join a sorority. After the past two years in Sigma Kappa, I now wouldn’t trade the experience for the world. I have enjoyed making memories with my sisters, had the opportunity to give back to our local community and grow as a leader and as a woman. I will work hard to pass on this goodwill to others in the future. I hope that one day I will be able to help others just as you have helped me.”

-Sylvia Dawson, Lambda Gamma, Robert Morris University
  2021-22 recipient, Marian Johnson Frutiger Scholarship

Grace

“After the sudden death of my parents when I was in high school, I was left to finance my college education independently. The Sigma Kappa Foundation scholarship not only aided me financially, but was also a loving reminder of how supportive the sisters of Sigma Kappa are. This scholarship helped me to earn my education degree, so that I could go on to teach the future of America. I am now starting my fourth-year teaching in the fifth grade.”

-Grace Campbell, Kappa Upsilon, The College of New Jersey
  Past recipient, Elizabeth Hunt Curfman Scholarship

Individual and Chapter Grants

The Foundation supports sisters through the good times and the bad. One area of focus is sisters in need. COVID-19 presented a number of sisters with unexpected financial challenges, in addition to personal tragedies and illnesses.

 

 $20,000 in Emergency Grants

$20,000 Total Emergency Grants, 7 Collegiate Heart Grants Totaling $6,000, 4 Alumnae Heart Fund Grants totaling $14,000

Danielle

“When a chronic illness rocked my world and left me financially unstable, I turned to my sisters when I had nowhere else to go. In response, I received this life-changing grant which allowed me confidently to pay rent, medical bills and put food on the table. This grant has truly aided me in my healing process, and I will be forever grateful. Sigma Kappa is not for four years, it's for life.”

-Danielle Cech, Theta Theta, Albright College
  2021 Alumnae Heart Fund Grant recipient

Grace

“These past four years have been some of the most challenging of my life. I'm so proud of myself, as a first generation Latinx student I put myself through school! There were so many times when I honestly wanted to quit or wondered if it would be worth it and I'm SO insanely happy that I persevered because it feels amazing to be done! Thank you to everyone who has gone on this journey with me, it truly takes a village and I'm so grateful for my community – especially my Sigma Kappa sisters. Thanks to the Sigma Kappa Foundation I was aided with an emergency grant in a time of uncertainty during the pandemic to ensure I was able to complete my undergraduate degree, as well as a graduate scholarship to assist me as I pursue a master’s degree in teaching (secondary) at the University of Auckland.“ 

-Carson Torres, Mu, University of Washington
 2020 Collegiate Emergency Grant recipient and 2021-22 recipient, Elizabeth Hunt Curfman Scholarship  

Trish

“I support the Foundation through annual contributions to the Alumnae Heart Fund and the Sister to Sister Disaster Recovery Fund, because they provide immediate financial assistance in times of need. And I support our partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association in its search for a cure in our lifetime. I hope my 50 years as an involved alumna helps remind our collegians that Sigma Kappa is for life.”

-Patricia Savoye (Trish) Tardiff, Epsilon Beta, University of New Orleans

 

Chapter Educational Area Grants


The Educational Area Grant Program is a special initiative whereby the Sigma Kappa Foundation and local house corporations work together to establish funds for housing grants for purely educational spaces, as long as the specific request complies with Internal Revenue Service requirements. The charitable purpose of the Educational Area Grant Program is to improve the educational facilities available at eligible chapters and, at the same time, relieve the local college or university of some of the burden of providing study and library facilities.  

Gamma Phi received $92,278

Gamma Phi House

The Gamma Phi Chapter grant helped build the educational space in their new chapter house. The house opened in January 2021.

Photo Credit: Flyboy Photo & Media

 

 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA)

Chapter Grant

 

Educational grants are available to underwrite the cost of DEIA programming for chapter Chapter leaders are encouraged to submit a grant application once a program concept has been designed.   

 

The first DEIA chapter grant was awarded in spring 2021 to Delta Eta Chapter, University of Central Missouri. Their educational program focused on definitions of diversity, equity, inclusion and access along with developing an understanding of unintentional bias. As a result of the program, the chapter is incorporating DEIA programming into pre-recruitment. They also plan to share resources and education on an ongoing basis with the chapter at large and will use what they learned to change their terminology and be more aware on campus.

 

Leadership Grants

 

These grants allow members to attend the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), a summer leadership conference. While attending UIFI, participants will enhance their leadership potential, foster personal growth and gain skills to positively impact their chapters and fraternity/sorority communities. These grants are made possible by collegiate membership in the 1874 Giving Circle. 

 

We promoted and administered our leadership grant application process in early 2021. Unfortunately, due to continued uncertainties of the pandemic, all UIFI (Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute) summer 2021 sessions were canceled.  We are ready and eager for UIFI 2022! 

 

Sorority

Enhancing the member experience through grants to support the educational, leadership and philanthropic initiatives of Sigma Kappa is a priority for the Foundation.

 $40,000 in DEIA Funding

The purpose of the grant was to grow, reflect and become aware of our own unconscious bias and to learn effective principles and practices that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within Sigma Kappa. The goal is to create a culture that is transparent, receptive, respectful and responsive. Our work with DEIA consultant, Vicki Clark, is intended to go deep. To reflect on the past, look the present square in the face and begin planning a future that is inclusive in all areas. Throughout our time with Vicki, national leadership including staff and volunteers, strived for continual innovation to develop and utilize an organizational culture that is responsive, collaborative, flexible and nimble. She helped us to begin peeling back the layers of systemic issues and to PAUSE.

 

PAUSE, Pay attention, Acknowledge, Understand, Search, Execute

 

Jordan Bentalge

“Vicki has helped us provide a more supportive and engaging environment for all members and employees. She has helped us to understand the perceptual, institutional, and psychological processes that impact the ways people of various backgrounds interact with each other. With this knowledge, we have created resources to support our DEIA chairs, eliminated our legacy policy, formed a history task force and revised the charge of the Ritual Inclusivity task force. We have also begun a complete review of the Sigma Kappa Bylaws and National Policy Handbook, looking at them through the lens of equity.”

-Jordan Bentlage, Theta Upsilon, Bowling Green State University
 Sigma Kappa Sorority Executive Director

$12,000 Leadership Consultant Program

The LC program adapted to the needs of our chapters in a global pandemic with much success. The consultants focused on helping chapters remain viable, improving in areas with significant opportunities for growth as well as understanding how to adapt to the changes and pressures of navigating the pandemic. The LC team made 42 virtual visits to 31 collegiate chapters. While the number of chapter support visits was lower than past years, the number of touchpoints chapter officers received was much higher. Through a new initiative implemented this past year, chapter presidents were able to engage monthly with an LC as part of virtual chapter support. These monthly touchpoints allowed for the LC and president to focus on the needs of the chapter as well as support the president in her own personal growth. Presidents of 113 chapters were able to touch base with an LC in some form throughout the year.

 

$25,000 Careerhouse

Earlier in 2021, more than 800 Sigma Kappa collegians and alumnae participated in Careerhouse, a six-week live virtual course focused on career development. This program allowed members to access the course for free. Participants learned how to articulate their value to potential and future employers, how to better utilize their networks, and are empowered to take control of their career development and planning, while also better managing other stressors in their lives as a result of the changing hiring landscape following the pandemic. 

Danielle

“The Foundation showed great diligence and creativity, and our donors rose to the occasion to support the emerging needs of our members throughout the pandemic. Funding scholarships, emergency grants, DEIA initiatives and key programs for the Sorority, such as Careerhouse, offered timely and impactful support for our members during a challenging time.”

-Ann O’Connell Adams, Theta, University of Illinois
 Sigma Kappa Sorority National President

Philanthropy Header

The Foundation inspires our sisterhood to excel in philanthropic service to benefit society. We are proud to continue our long-standing partnerships with the Maine Seacoast Mission and Alzheimer’s Association. 

 

U.S. POINTER

In 2021, our collegiate members have been given the opportunity to fundraise for the Foundation’s grant to the Alzheimer’s Association by supporting the U.S. POINTER study. The U.S. POINTER is ground breaking in that it isn’t researching medical intervention. This two-year clinical trial evaluates whether or not adopting a healthy lifestyle, delays or prevents the onset of Alzheimer’s in high-risk populations. These lifestyle modifications include healthy diet, cognitive stimulation, physical exercise and self-monitoring of heart health risk factors. To learn more, see the August 2021 Impact Report presented to Sigma Kappa Foundation.

 

Walk to Alz

 

 

During the 2020 Walk Season, Sigma Kappas raised $962,865 for the Alzheimer’s Association with more than 9,000 walkers on Sigma Kappa teams.

 

 

Maine Seacoast Mission Logo

Sigma Kappa was recognized by the Maine Seacoast Mission with the Sunbeam Award in August. The award is in recognition of those who embody the ideals of community. Sigma Kappa, through the Foundation, provides the Maine Seacoast Mission with support for several programs including Housing Rehabilitation, Christmas gift program, and Island Services.

Mission President John Zavodny said the values and accomplishments of award recipients are clear examples of actions and spirit that make communities strong and they are honored to celebrate Sigma Kappa's contributions.

 

Donor Recognition & Special Giving Initiatives

We are grateful to each of you who contributed to the Sigma Kappa Foundation and helped make the important work of enhancing the member experience possible. Beginning this year, we are introducing a celebration of our loyal supporters through cumulative year giving milestones:

Love & Loyalty Circle (5-19 years) - 4,754 donors

Love & Loyalty Circle

4,754 donors

The circle recognizes the impact of donors who have contributed annually for at least 5 years. This count includes all living donors contributing annually 5-19 years.

(As of 5/31/21) 

Lifelong Loyal Designation

Lifelong Loyal

697 donors

Recognition of the power of donors who have contributed
20 years or more. 

 

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Horizon Society

133 members

Those who have made Sigma Kappa the beneficiary of a planned or deferred gift. The count includes both realized and future gifts.  

 

 

Lifetime Giving Society

169 members

Those who have given $10,000 or more to the Foundation
in their lifetime.
 

 

 

Anne Dale

“Sixty years ago, Sigma Kappa promised me lifetime opportunities which would impact my life; my forever promise was to uphold her values. I proudly support the Foundation because I know every gift dollar is spent wisely as members' lives are made better each day. The Foundation keeps our organization strong. When promises are kept, good things happen for our incredible Sorority.”

-Anne Dale, Alpha Delta, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Special Giving Initiatives

 

1874 Minutes of Giving

 

 

For the second year in a row, our alumnae and friends stepped up to support 1874 Minutes of Giving. In 2020, 702 donors committed more than $119,000 for the PULSE Annual Fund, allowing us to address critical needs as they arise, in addition to funding new and ongoing Sorority programs.

Time to mark your calendars for Nov. 8 - 9, 2021! Our third annual event is coming soon.

 

 

Additional Fundraising Events 

Each year, the Foundation relies on money raised through chapter fundraisers. As campuses closed and chapter fundraisers were no longer possible, Foundation staff and volunteers pivoted creatively. Special thanks to Melissa Kruminas, Epsilon Zeta, for her creativity and extraordinary efforts. Our 2021 virtual fundraisers provided members across the country a way to connect and feel useful in the face of adversity. We thank our sisters who supported the Foundation through these events. Take a look at some of the most successful fundraisers this year. 

 

Yoga with Ann

Sisterhood Cycle

 

Kendra Scott Even

T-Shirt Contest

 

Community of Support

Contributions by Purpose 

Jamie

“I have witnessed the impact Sigma Kappa has made on the many lives of our members. I will personally continue to support the Foundation to keep the organization strong for the years to come.”

-Jessie Kenny, Zeta Upsilon, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

 

Olivia Elam

“Theta Xi chapter is honored to be able to support the PULSE fund every year in exciting and engaging ways! We are proud to host large-scale fundraisers such as our poker tournament, Sigma Hold 'Em, and our regional Walk to End Alzheimer's. It means so much to be able to give back to not only those suffering from Alzheimer's but also our fellow sisters.” 

-Olivia Elam, Theta Xi, Auburn University
 Vice President of Philanthropic Services 

 

The work of the Sigma Kappa Foundation would not be possible without the team of volunteers who willingly give of their time to advance the mission of the Foundation. To these tireless volunteers – 

Thank You for your commitment.

 

Foundation Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Dawn Copple O'Connor

Foundation President
Bio

Dawn Copple O'Connor, Tau, Indiana University, has served as a Foundation trustee for the past five years and most recently served on the executive committee in the executive vice president role. Prior to that, she served as the Foundation vice president of finance for four years. She served the Sorority as the Sigma Kappa 2016-2018 nominating committee chairman. Her previous volunteer roles with Sigma Kappa are across the spectrum. Dawn served the Sorority on national council from 1999-2008 as the national vice president for programming and national vice president for finance. She also has served as a board member for the National Housing Corporation. Over the years, her other roles have included: alumnae district coordinator, national trainer, director of training, panhellenic alternate delegate, corporation coordinator, and nominating committee member. She just completed a 10-year volunteer role as Panhellenic coordinator for district 1. Dawn is employed by Ford Motor Company as a Senior Quality Analyst supervising a team of quality analysts and inspectors working at the Sharonville Transmission Plant near Cincinnati, Ohio. She is Six-Sigma Black Belt certified and has trained many technicians in Green Belt classes. Dawn lives in Mason, OH, with her husband, Tom O’Connor. They love to spend time with their family – daughter, Molly, son-in-law, Todd, and son, Mark.

Teresa Gray John

Foundation Vice President Administration
Bio

Teresa Gray John, Tau, Indiana University, has served as a Foundation Trustee since 2016. She has served as the chairman of the scholarships and grants committee since 2016 She has served as an advisor to the Kappa Zeta Chapter for more than 20 years, 12 of those as the advisory board chairman. She has also served as an ABS for Epsilon Alpha, a collegiate province officer, a foundation ambassador and scholarship evaluator. She has also served as a facilitator at RLC for the past two years. Teresa received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Indiana University, but currently does not practice. She is a member of the Triangle Alumnae Chapter. Teresa has served on several local and state non-profit boards. Teresa has been married for 30 years to her husband, Jim, with whom she has three sons and two daughters-in-law. She enjoys traveling, reading, Pilates and running.

Tawny Mekeel James

Foundation Vice President Finance
Bio

Tawny Mekeel James, Epsilon Omega, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, has 31 years of experience in public accounting and several years volunteering with Sigma Kappa Sorority as the director of chapter finance, financial advisor and corporation board treasurer for Delta Iota, and a member of the Sigma Kappa Foundation scholarship selection committee. Her career is focused on tax compliance, consulting and accounting support with all entity types including corporations, partnerships, S Corporations, trusts, estates and individuals. She works with many industries but has extensive experience with agriculture, real estate, professional firms and service industries. Tawny is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is involved with several non-profit organizations including the Cal Poly Alumni Association where she serves as Chief Financial Officer. Prior board positions include The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America – Leadership Board of Sacramento and the Cal Poly Parent Advisory Council. Tawny received her Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. Tawny has been married to her husband, Buzz, for 30 years, and they have two sons. When they are not in Northern California they spend as much time as possible in Morro Bay on the central coast.

Ann O'Connell Adams

National President
Bio

president@sigmakappa.org

Ann O'Connell Adams, Theta, University of Illinois, is the national president. She provides direction and leadership toward the sorority’s purpose, strategic plan and various goals and objectives of the organization and partners with the Sorority executive director to oversee operations of the organization. Ann has been a Foundation trustee for 14 years and previously served as national vice president for alumnae, executive vice president of the Sigma Kappa Foundation, director of collegiate alumnae relations, advisory board supervisor, recruitment supervisor, and leadership consultant. Ann is a member of the National Capital Region Alumnae Chapter. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in speech communication and political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School. Professionally, Ann is an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Criminal Division. She has argued 21 cases before the Supreme Court of the United States and regularly represents the United States in criminal cases before the federal appellate courts. Ann received the John Marshall Award, the Justice Department’s highest award for attorneys, for her Supreme Court advocacy in defense of sovereignty for Indian tribes. In her spare time, Ann teaches yoga at CorePower Yoga and enjoys spending time with her husband, Doug.

Angie Naniot Ahrens

National Vice President for Alumnae
Bio

alumnae@sigmakappa.org

Angie Naniot Ahrens, Beta Eta, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is the national vice president for alumnae. She is responsible for all matters pertaining to the promotion, organization and general welfare of the alumnae membership, and performs the duties of the president in her absence or at her request. Since graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology, she has served as a national headquarters staff member (director of alumnae services, director of events and programming), alumnae district director, director of alumnae chapter management, advisory board member, and on a variety of task forces and committees, including the alumnae area campaign coordinator for the Sigma Kappa Foundation capital campaign. Angie is a member of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter and has recently served the Atlanta Panhellenic Association as president. Professionally, Angie is the vice president of operations for Leadercast, where she oversees content curation and event production for the leadership content development platform. In her personal time, Angie volunteers with Junior League of Atlanta, Meeting Professionals International, and the Events Industry Council. Angie enjoys traveling and cooking with her husband, Tim, while being a pup mom to her two Shiba Inus, Nala and Remy.

Lisa Wade Humenik

Trustee
Bio

Lisa Wade Humenik, Gamma Mu, Eastern Illinois University, joins the Foundation after 14 years of dedicated service to the Sigma Kappa National Housing Corporation including fulfilling the roles of president, vice president of property management, and vice president of programming. Her Sigma Kappa volunteer experience encompasses roles in the both the Sorority and NHC, including positions in collegiate management, recruitment, and programming. She served as a member of Sigma Kappa’s national council from 1996-1999 as national secretary and national vice president for programming. She also represented Sigma Kappa as a board member for the Fraternity Sorority Political Action Committee. Lisa holds a Master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in nonprofit management and leadership. She is the executive director of Waunakee Neighborhood Connection, a social service and volunteer engagement hub for rural areas north of Madison, Wisconsin. She and her husband, John, live in Madison and have two adult children, Brian and Lauren.

Susan Fong Polizzotto

Trustee
Bio

Susan Fong Polizzotto, Theta KappaUniversity of Southern California, recently served as Sigma Kappa Foundation vice president of administration. She also serves as a trustee for the National Panhellenic Conference Foundation for the past 5 years. Other Sigma Kappa volunteer roles include collegiate district director, collegiate province officer, national trainer, advisory board chairman and nominating committee member. Susan is senior manager of product marketing at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Previously, she held product marketing and marketing communication positions at Eastman Kodak and Hewlett-Packard. Susan earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Southern California. In her community, she is actively involved with fundraising for STEAM+ learning for Del Mar Schools Education Foundation, Torrey Pines High School Foundation, and academic scholarships for University of Southern California. Susan lives in San Diego with her husband, Jeff, and plays dance mom for their two Sigma Kappa legacies, Lauren and Rachel.

Amber Singleton Soergel

Trustee
Bio

Amber Singleton Soergel, Gamma Gamma, Indiana State University, is bringing a 20-year career in higher education to the Foundation board. She currently serves as a Senior Academic Advisor in the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona. In addition to her professional role, Amber has been an active alumnae chapter member with the Phoenix and Tucson Alumnae chapters; served the National Housing Corporation as a housing coordinator and as a member of the corporation board for the Zeta Omicron Chapter; and was a member of the major gifts team for the first-ever capital campaign of Sigma Kappa Foundation. Amber has received a number of volunteer and professional honors and awards. She loves to travel, is married to Ed, and currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Marsha L. Traub

Trustee
Bio

Marsha L. Traub, Epsilon Nu, University of Maine, has served Sigma Kappa in many capacities – national council from 1998-2004, alumnae district director, alumnae expansion coordinator, national trainer, alumnae chapter officer, and advisor to Theta Delta, University of Delaware. She previously served as a Foundation Ambassador. Marsha helped to establish the Foundation’s scholarships for Theta Delta and the European Alumnae Chapter, and she established the Sorority’s investment committee and investment policies. Marsha is a member of the Northern Delaware/South Jersey and European Alumnae chapters. Marsha has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Maine and a Master of Science in computer science from West Chester University. She is employed part time at Garnet Valley School District having retired from a career as an IT project manager. She volunteers for Forgotten Cats, a rescue shelter with adoption centers at various pet stores in the greater Philadelphia area.

Sarah Nelson Womble

Trustee
Bio

Sarah Nelson Womble, Delta Tau, University of Central Arkansas, has recently served the Foundation as president and vice president administration. She served the Sorority as vice president for extension for six years, extension development coordinator, member of the nominating committee, advisory board chair, and recruitment advisor for Delta Tau, University of Central Arkansas, and past president of the Central Arkansas Alumnae Chapter. She is a recipient of the Pearl Court Award and when serving as an advisor for Delta Tau, she received recognition as a Distinguished Advisor. Sarah has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Arkansas and Master of Science in education from the University of Central Arkansas. Professionally, she was a teacher and administrator, in the Pulaski County Special School District in Arkansas After retiring from the district, Sarah worked ten years for the International Literacy Association as a Leadership Development Associate. Outside of her volunteer work with Sigma Kappa, she is involved with the Arkansas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Arkansas Leadership Academy as a coach, and serves as Publicity Chair for the women's coordinating team at Park Hill Presbyterian Church. Sarah has been married to her husband, Joe, for 52 years. She has a son, Jody, daughter-in-law, Paige, and two grandchildren, Josh and Chloe.

Lynne Utter Walter

Trustee
Bio

Lynne Utter Walter, Lambda, University of California, Berkeley, comes to the board with more than 40 years of experience in finance and business and most recently wrapped up her career after serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Exadel, a position she held for nearly 20 years. Lynne served as the corporation board president for the Lambda Chapter of Sigma Kappa for eight years. She has continued to be involved with the chapter for many years since graduation. Lynne has been a member of the Junior League Chapter of Oakland East Bay, serving as a director; president of the National Charity League, Acalanes Chapter; active committee member at her children’s schools; and is a current finance committee member at the Orinda Country Club. Lynne is interested in competitive bridge, traveling and golf. Lynne was married for 34 years to her late husband, Carl, and is a proud mom to two children.

Volunteers

District 

NAME 

Position 

1 

Marisa Wilkes 

Foundation District Director 1 

1 

Hillary Dooley 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 1 

1 

Samantha Vazquez 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 1 

1 

Hannah Agnus 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 1 

1 

Janna Budde Shaffer 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 1 

1 

Alexis Nicole Fleming 

Alumnae Connector 1 

 

 

 

2 

Martha Costa 

Foundation District Director 2 

2 

Gibson Stone 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 2 

2 

Amanda Bell 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 2 

2 

Sheila (Page) Stevenson 

Alumnae Connector 2 

2 

Ashlee O'Neil 

Alumnae Connector 2 

 

 

 

3 

Marie Hassel 

Foundation District Director 3 

3 

Barbra Silva 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 3 

3 

Kelli Byard 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 3 

3 

Maggie Monaghan 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 3 

3 

Kristynn Lee 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 3 

3 

Shawna Nalley 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 3 

3 

Joey Goodman 

Alumnae Connector 3 

 

 

 

4 

Michelle Binkowski 

Foundation District Director 4 

4 

Denae Bishop Rusk 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 4 

4 

Cora Seibert 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 4 

4 

Nicole Porter 

Alumnae Connector 4 

 

 

 

5 

Adriana Diachenko 

Foundation District Director 5 

5 

Natalie Arington 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 5 

5 

Kelly Short 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 5 

5 

Krystin McDermott 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 5 

5 

Kimberly Boehm 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 5 

5 

Caroline Moen 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 5 

 

 

 

6 

Susan Cathey 

Foundation District Director 6 

6 

Sherri Gendron 

Alumnae Connector 6 

6 

Molly Kathleen Beck 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 6 

6 

Autumn Shepherd 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 6 

6 

Talon Roberts 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 6 

6 

Haley Stiles 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 6 

6 

Leah Minton 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 6 

 

 

 

7 

Jessie Kenny 

Foundation District Director 7 

7 

Christina Marie Daubeneck 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 7 

7 

Casey Edwards 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 7 

7 

Bernice Ramos Girasek 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 7 

7 

Elizabeth Luneza 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 7 

7 

Monica Reyes 

Alumnae Connector 7 

7 

Rita Nabarrete Lopez 

Alumnae Connector 7 

7 

Dani Elliott 

Alumnae Connector 7 

7 

Brigitte Spence 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 7 

7 

Jocelyn Campbell 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 7 

7 

Stephanie Oliver 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 7 

Foundation Staff

Foundation

Lisa Swiontek

Executive Director
Bio

lswiontek@sigmakappa.org

Lisa is chief executive for the Foundation and responsible for overseeing the implementation of the strategic plan of the Sigma Kappa Foundation. She also oversees the capital campaign, planned giving, major giving, legal and financial areas of the foundation. Lisa is a member of the Theta Omicron Chapter at the Arizona State University.

Teresa Glassman

Director of Donor Relations
Bio

tglassman@sigmakappa.org

As the director of donor relations, Teresa directs efforts related to donor recognition and administers the scholarship and individual grant programs (collegiate emergency, Sister to Sister Disaster Recovery and Alumnae Heart Fund grants). Teresa is a member of the Gamma Lambda Chapter at East Tennessee State University. 

Caren Chopp

Director of Operations
Bio

Caren is the point of contact for the mechanics of chapter fundraising efforts, specifically Ultra Violet events. She assists in setting up CrowdChange fundraising pages and confirming the receipt of gifts. In addition, she implements the 1874 Giving Circle Grant program. Caren oversees the processing and acknowledgement of gifts. Caren is a graduate of Michigan State University and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. 

Jennifer Janik

Director of Finance
Bio

jjanik@sigmakappa.org

As the director of finance for the Foundation, Jennifer’s primary responsibility is to oversee the financial aspects of the organization and stay on top of needs and best practices. Her duties include preparation of monthly financial reports, implementing transparent financial practices and facilitating the annual audit.  Jennifer is a member of the Gamma Gamma chapter at Indiana State University.

Erica Lagos

Director of Philanthropy
Bio

elagos@sigmakappa.org 

Erica is responsible for working with donors to invest their gift in personally meaningful ways and to share the impact of those investments. Specifically, she serves as the direct liaison to donors through major gifts and fundraising efforts.   

Erica is a member of the Delta Delta Chapter at Central Michigan University. 

Michelle Jeffreys

Donor Services Coordinator
Bio

mjeffreys@sigmakappa.org

Michelle’s role for the Sigma Kappa Foundation is to process chapter fundraising donations, prepare acknowledgements and support donor stewardship. Michelle is a graduate of Indiana University School of Journalism and is an alumnae initiate of the Kappa Gamma Chapter at the University of Dayton.

Pattie Adams

Donor Services Coordinator
Bio

donorservices@sigmakappa.org

As the donor services coordinator, Pattie’s role for the Sigma Kappa Foundation is to process individual’s donations, prepare acknowledgements and support donor stewardship. She is a graduate of Ball State University.