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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

Finance

2021-2022 GIVING

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

Click the + icon below to view our financial highlights from 2021-22.

Financial Highlights
Assets 2022 2021
Cash $536,966 $302,462
Due from Sorority $3,208 $0
Inventory $25,502 $22,204
Prepaid expenses & other assets $29,481 $16,466
Contributions receivable, net $120,905 $202,877
Investments $9,103,316 $9,442,063
Property & equipment, net $19,983 $29,745
TOTAL ASSETS $9,839,361 $10,015,817

 

Liabilities 2022  2021
Accounts payable & accrued expenses $65,419 $50,652
Grants payable $389,739 $701,769
Scholarships payable $136,620 $122,100
Due to Sorority $209,048* $5,376
Due to NHC $11,440 $373
Refundable advance $0 $87,770
TOTAL LIABILITIES $812,266 $968,040

 

Revenue 2022  2021
Contributions $1,389,234 $851,812
PPP grant income $87,770** $89,995**
Gain (loss) on valuation of contributions receivable  $1,630 ($659)
Investment return, net ($142,222) $1,847,793
TOTAL REVENUE $1,336,412 $2,788,941

 

Expenses 2022  2021
Program services

$672,714

$427,260

Fundraising $296,261 $255,783
General and administrative $388,119 $411,630
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,357,094 $1,099,673

*Grant funds totaling $195,000.55 in transit.
**We applied for and received two loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to maintain our services at the highest possible level. Both were forgiven and are reflected as grant income.

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.

93 Scholarship Recipients

Breakdown of Students 

 

Julia

“From an early age, I knew I had a passion for geriatrics. My zeal has been cultivated through my relationship with my grandmother, who I have watched go through the highs and lows of aging. My love for the aging community continued to expand during my collegiate years through volunteerism opportunities. Sigma Kappa has opened many doors for me and I am forever grateful for your generous contribution to my education!  Thank you for supporting my journey as a gerontologist! I hope I am making Sigma Kappa proud!”  

- Julia Buschbacher, Alpha Delta, University of Tennessee
Current first-year student in Miami University’s Master of Gerontological Studies program

 

Individual and Chapter GrantsThe Foundation supports sisters through the good times and the bad. One significant area of focus is sisters in need. Today our members face a growing number of unexpected challenges, in addition to personal tragedies and illnesses. 

 

Emergency Grants totaling $43,100 4 Collegiate Emergency grants  5 Alumnae Heart Fund grants  1 Sister to Sister grant

Jen Martin

“This Alumnae Heart Fund grant is a true life saver. Following multiple recurrences of breast cancer and accompanying treatments, I had very few quality teeth left. I can’t even begin to tell you what a gift of hope and love it is to have new dentures. Thank you."

-Jennifer M. Martin, Beta Psi, San Diego State University

 

Laura Miller

“This Collegiate Emergency Grant has meant the world to me. Knowing that people I’ve never met have been willing to help in my time of greatest need makes me eternally grateful and so happy I joined Sigma Kappa. My mental and physical health will improve because of receiving this grant, as I can finally pay bills that have caused me extreme stress and anxiety, which hugely affects my illness. For this I am so, so, so, thankful.”

-Laura Miller, Zeta, George Washington University

 

Gabrielle Birdrow

“Sigma Kappa has provided me with sisterhood for life; I didn’t realize the Sister to Sister Disaster Recovery Fund grant was available until a sister recommended it. Having Hurricane Ida destroy our home was horrific, but having my sisterhood stand with me to rebuild is priceless. Thank you, Sigma Kappa!"

-Gabrielle DeBaene Birdrow, Zeta Omega, Louisiana State University

  

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.  

 

$93,111 Received by Gamma Phi

Gamma Phi House

The Gamma Phi Chapter grant helped fund the educational space in their new chapter house. 

Photo Credit: Flyboy Photo & Media

 

Leadership Grants

 

We are pleased to offer grants to attend AFLV (Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values) leadership conferences - AFLV Central and AFLV West. Each year, more than 3,000 participants from more than 200 campuses come together for a transformational experience.

Olivia Doody, Gamma Mu, Eastern Illinois University was a grant recipient and attended AFLV Central in February 2022.

 

 

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

$250,000 total amount of grants awarded for the fiscal year. Largest grant total to date. Below are details about each grant area.

 

$25,000 Careerhouse

For the second year in a row, Sigma Kappa offered the six-week career development program Careerhouse, to provide personal development and career guidance to juniors, seniors, and alumnae members. Members were able to access the sessions either live or recorded. Eighty percent of participants were between the ages of 23-39. This program was fully funded by the Foundation and was entirely free to members. 

 

Jordan Bentalge

“Thank you for the Careerhouse program! It helped me so much on my career journey, and I successfully landed a new job! I just got a promotion and wanted to pay it forward to Sigma Kappa!”

-Cara Garfield, Zeta, The George Washington University
 Foundation Donor

 

$13,000 Emerging Leaders Conference

Sigma Kappa shifted the regional conference model from officer education to emerging leader education. Nearly 600 members attended the inaugural Emerging Leaders Conferences (ELCs) in early 2022. The ELC experience focused on leadership and personal skill development in an institute model designed exclusively for collegiate members who have never held a leadership position, or who are in their first elected position within the chapter. Through a mix of general sessions and small cohort groups (teams with shared interests and goals who progress through an educational experience together) led by trained facilitators, attendees learned more about leadership skills and how they can be used, both in their chapters and in everyday situations. 

 

“My favorite memory was talking to a Sigma Kappa from a different chapter who lifted me up in my time of doubt! I know now that I did not get a leadership role for a reason and I can pursue it in the future with the information the ELC provided me!” 

- ELC Participant

 

$9,451 Volunteer Summit

A two-part solution to volunteer training was offered in the summer of 2021; a Virtual Volunteer Summit available to any volunteer and a four-week release of eight new eLearning content modules meant to expand on topics introduced during the virtual summit. Topics included in the virtual summit and the eLearning series included Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA), governance, CliftonStrengths, building relationships and working together as teams, establishing mentoring relationships as volunteers, and mental health.  

  

“The content was applicable to my volunteer role and helped develop my knowledge to make me a better volunteer and person.” 

- Volunteer Summit Participant 

$108,565 leadership consultant (LC) program

The LC program embodies the organization’s core value of personal growth for all participants. The program consistently provides the staff member the opportunities to grow professionally and personally while simultaneously motivating and inspiring others. Note: Recently leadership consultants have been renamed as traveling leadership specialists.

With the ongoing pandemic still impacting our membership in the Fall 2021, consultants were able to return to in-person support in addition to supporting chapters remotely. Nearly all chapters received an in-person, virtual, or consultant touchpoint during the 2021-2022 academic year. Both models of visits provided tailored and ongoing support to chapters in order to best meet their needs as they transitioned back into hybrid and in-person structures.


One chapter president who worked with the same consultant over a span of nine months noted the impact consultant support and mentoring provided her:

“She greeted our chapter with understanding and listened to what we had to say whenever we sent a message her way. For me, her bi-weekly meetings helped me to reflect on me and my chapter and made me feel proud of what we were accomplishing. The roundtables helped the officers that were committed to solving those problems identify the issues and take time to problem-solve, which was super helpful in making action plans.”


As a part of the Chapter Advancement Program (CAP), chapters set goals and the consultants offer specific guidance and mentorship based on identified outcomes. In one example, a chapter had a goal to align their chapter programming with member interests. Using data collected through a membership benchmarking survey, the consultant coached the sisterhood chair and vice president of programming into coordinating events that aligned with member feedback provided in the survey. She offered subject-matter expertise on trending and relevant event ideas and taught the officers how to make data-informed decisions when it came to chapter programming. The following term, there was measurable growth in this area, as indicated in the membership benchmarking survey.

The Leadership Institute (TLI) was a four-day leadership development program designed for collegiate members, hosted in Indianapolis, June 2021, with thirteen participants. Using a cohort model, TLI allowed participants to build connections amongst attendees while pursuing their individual leadership journeys. Sessions were facilitated by a team of four alumnae who made up the “TLI Work Group”. The in-person program was followed by participation in monthly webinars including regular touchpoints with assigned mentors. Mentors are Sigma Kappa alumnae who have been paired individually with cohort members to provide support as they apply what they learned at TLI in their day-to-day activities as well as their ongoing development.

 TLI Photo

$20,000 grant for E-Learning: Leadership and Health/Safety Courses

Online learning provides meaningful access to all members and is important to meet the learning and personal growth needs of our members. The leadership and health and safety awareness courses contain a total of 23 eLearning modules that were professionally developed alongside a field expert who served as a subject matter expert. Top themes include: Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Sexual Violence Prevention, Bystander Behavior, Integrity and Ethics, and Building Credibility. This suite of courses is LIVE and available to all members through Sigma Kappa’s online learning management system, The Learning Center. By participating in self-paced online eLearning modules, members will gain key skills that are transferable to any aspect of their lives.

 

$50,000 History IT project

For nearly 150 years, Sigma Kappa has preserved a wealth of historical materials, including our Founders' personal letters, member photographs, meeting notes, scrapbooks, jewelry, and more. Previously, these artifacts have lived at national headquarters or with individual chapters. Now, through a partnership with HistoryIT, a transformative technology archival company, Sigma Kappa is taking steps to ensure our history remains safe and accessible to all our members for years to come.  Launched in June 2022, this dynamic site shares Sigma Kappa history with current and future generations.

Click here to visit Sigma Kappa's Digital Museum!

 

Sigma Kappa's Founders

 

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U.S. POINTER

Sigma Kappa has proudly partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association for 20 years. The Foundation’s current initiative with the Association is a $1 million grant to support the monumental study – U.S. POINTER. This two-year clinical trial evaluates whether adopting a healthy lifestyle, delays or prevents the onset of cognitive decline. We are pleased to share with you a progress update provided to us in the June 2022 Impact Report.

Many thanks to our collegiate chapters who raised $179,659 to support the U.S. POINTER initiative this fiscal year.

 

Walk to Alz

 

 

During the 2021 Walk Season, Sigma Kappas raised $1,433,836 for the Alzheimer’s Association with more than 11,500 walkers on 225 registered Sigma Kappa teams.

 

 

Maine Seacoast Mission Logo

Once again, we funded a $10,000 grant for the Mission’s Housing Rehabilitation program to provide help for Downeast residents who struggle with inadequate housing due to Maine’s tough weather. With the grant, the Mission is able to fix or rebuild up to 20 houses each year, with repairs and renovations that range from painting to insulation to new roofs and more.

In addition to the grant, we are excited to support Sigma Kappa’s expanded commitment to the Mission through the rollout of a Service Immersion trip for Summer 2023. Through an application process, select alumnae and collegians will experience the Maine Seacoast Mission through hands-on service and see the direct impact on community members in Downeast Maine. Participants will also visit Colby College as a part of the program. More information coming soon.

 

 

Donor Recognition & Special Giving InitiativesThe Foundation recognizes the BOLD commitment all our donors make. We are grateful to each of you who contribute to the Sigma Kappa Foundation and make the important work of enhancing the member experience possible.

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

Love & Loyalty Circle

4,692 donors

This circle celebrates the impact of donors who have contributed for at least five years.

Lifelong Loyal Designation

Lifelong Loyal

767 donors

This circle recognizes the power of donors who have contributed 20 or more years and/or those with lifetime giving of $10,000 or more.

 

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Horizon Society

133 members*

This society recognizes members who have named Sigma Kappa Foundation in their estate plans.

Gifts through wills and trusts allow you to give back in a way that is meaningful to you, and can also help you prepare for your future through gift and estate tax deductions and favorable capital gains tax opportunities. For more information on a legacy gift/planned giving strategy, please contact Lisa Swiontek, Foundation Executive Director.

*This count includes future and realized gifts

 

 Lifetime Giving Society

130 members

This society recognizes those who have given $10,000 or more to the Foundation in their lifetime. 

  

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Karyn Sneath

“Giving our wisdom and experience through volunteering is critically important to Sigma Kappa. Equally important is demonstrating our loyalty through donations to the Sigma Kappa Foundation. The Foundation supports the Sorority’s educational programming and training initiatives. The funds also directly help sisters through scholarships and grants and our philanthropic partners with financial gifts for research and direct aid. Because of the Sorority, I have gained meaningful relationships and life affirming experiences. Donating is one small way to say, 'Thank you, Sigma Kappa!'”

-Karyn Nishimura Sneath, Delta Sigma, Western Illinois University

 

 

1874 Minutes of Giving 

1874 Minutes of Giving

In conjunction with Founders’ Day, the Sigma Kappa Foundation held the 3rd annual 1874 Minutes of Giving; 670 donors contributed to raise $137,452. These gifts make an immediate impact, addressing emerging needs of our members, supporting chapter programing and aiding members in crisis.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming event on November 8-9, 2022.
Be watching for more information about the Sigma Kappa Foundation and You. How together we can:

  • Inspire leaders
  • Help sisters in need
  • Provide scholarships
  • Make dreams come true!

 

 

Community of Support

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Kappa Pi Chapter

Kappa Pi, Bid Day 2022

"It is because of our Sigma Kappa value of friendship that we prioritize participation in the 1874 Giving Circle, specifically to support members through emergency grants. Kappa Pi strives to promote the well-being of sisters in every chapter, which is why giving back is so important to us. I am proud to be a member and a leader of a chapter that represents our value of friendship every day through support, kindness, generosity, and above all else, love."

- Maggie Harvey, Kappa Pi, Clemson University
Chapter President

 

 

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. To these tireless volunteers -

THANK YOU for your commitment!

 

 

Foundation Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Tawny Mekeel James

Foundation President
Bio

foundationpresident@sigmakappa.org

Tawny Mekeel JamesEpsilon Omega, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, has more than 30 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 more than 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.

Teresa Gray John

Foundation Vice President Administration
Bio

foundationadmin@sigmakappa.org

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.

Laura Dragoo Mickler

Foundation VP Finance
Bio

 foundationfinance@sigmakappa.org

Laura Dragoo Mickler, Gamma Eta,  is a senior loan officer with Ruoff Mortgage. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and a master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration and Higher Education from Ball State University. Laura has previously worked as the director of development for the Foundation, extension educator for Purdue University and as a leadership consultant for Sigma Kappa Sorority.

Laura is active with the Central Indiana Board of Realtors and volunteers with several community organizations. Laura has been a long-time Sigma Kappa volunteer. Her previous roles have included: alumnae district director, alumnae recruitment coordinator, advisory board chair, collegiate province officer, recruitment advisor/supervisor and co-chair of the Personnel Committee. In her free time, Laura enjoys spending time with her husband, Alex, sons Rowan and Milo, and their two dogs. She is a yoga teacher and travels as much as possible.

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
Bio

aahrens@sigmakappa.org

Angie Naniot Ahrens, Beta Etais the Director of Marketing, Events for MRI Software. She oversees the global strategy of marketing events and leads the team in execution. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Massachusetts. She serves on the US Council of the Meeting Planners International (MPI) Foundation and has been a member of the MPI Global Women’s Advisory Council for three years as part of the DEI strategy and industry advocacy. She is also the director of membership for the MPI Georgia Chapter and served on the Knowledge Committee for the Events Industry Council (EIC). She volunteers at Ronald McDonald House with Junior League of Atlanta. She has served Sigma Kappa as national vice president for alumnae, director of alumnae chapter management, director of alumnae experience, alumnae district director, Sigma Kappa Foundation trustee, chapter advisor, and several alumnae chapter and Atlanta Alumnae Panhellenic leadership positions. Angie has been married to Tim for 15 years and they have two dogs, Nala and Remy. She loves to travel and connect with people through new experiences. She hopes to lead Sigma Kappa with an empathetic lens and an open mind of adaptability.

Kellie Renee Bray

Trustee
Bio

foundationtrustee1@sigmakappa.org

Kellie Renee Bray, Epsilon Mu, is chief of staff at CropLife America in Washington, D.C. CropLife America is the nation’s largest trade organization for agriculture and pest management, representing more than 100 developers, manufacturers, formulators and distributors of virtually all the crop protection products used by American farmers and growers. As chief of staff planning, staff structural review and alignment of the budgeting process with strategic plan priorities. For a decade, she was a senior director of government affairs at CropLife America where she led government relations outreach on federal issues concerning endangered species, stewardship and homeland security. She also worked on state issues for CropLife in the Midwest region of the country.

Kellie has also served in various roles with the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Kellie is a native of Cameron, Mo. and received a bachelor’s degree in General Agriculture and Political Science from the University of Missouri.

Within Sigma Kappa, she served as national vice president for communication from 2016-2018. She has volunteered as a programming content coordinator, national trainer, collegiate province officer, advisory board chairman, and chapter advisor. Kellie is proud to call her twin sister, Kristie, and her sister-in-law, Minnie, sisters in Sigma Kappa as well!

 

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.

Lynne Utter Walter

Trustee
Bio

foundationtrustee3@sigmakappa.org

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.

Kate Hall

Trustee
Bio

foundationtrustee4@sigmakappa.org

Kate Hall, Theta Psi, joins the Foundation Board of Trustees with over eight years of volunteer experience in collegiate and alumnae management serving as the vice president of programming
and Panhellenic delegate for her alumnae chapter, Philadelphia, and the advisory board supervisor and vice president of standards and values advisor for multiple chapters. She has over nine years of experience in equity compensation consulting at Aon PLC as well as leading her business unit’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Recruiting Committee. In addition to her Sigma Kappa volunteer roles, Kate has been a member of the Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. for over six years sitting on their Management Council, Board of Directors and most recently, developed and was chair of their first ever shopping fundraising event. Kate earned her undergraduate degree in Actuarial Science and has Associate of the Society of Actuaries and Certified Equity Professional designations. Kate also volunteers as a member of the curriculum committee for Santa Clara University’s Certified Equity Professional designation. Kate enjoys training for marathons, water sports, and traveling.

 

Jennifer Maxwell Rass

Trustee
Bio

foundationtrustee5@sigmakappa.org

Jennifer Maxwell Rass, Delta Alpha, brings more than 25 years of experience to her role as chief of staff of AaDya Security. Headquartered in Detroit, AaDya provides smart, simple, effective cybersecurity software solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Jennifer previously held leadership roles at FireEye, Duo Security, Cisco and Quicken Loans and their family of companies.

Jennifer previously served Sigma Kappa as an advisor, collegiate province officer, corporation board member, collegiate district director and most recently as national vice president for the National Housing Corporation. Jennifer serves as secretary of the Birmingham Public Schools’ Board of Trustees, is a Birmingham Education Foundation trustee, a board member and walk chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a board member for Birmingham Youth Assistance. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University and lives in Beverly Hills, Mich., with her husband, Eric, and two children, Ethan and Hannah.

Marisa Wilkes

Trustee
Bio

foundationtrustee6@sigmakappa.org

Marisa Wilkes, Theta Iota, is an event manager in New York. She worked at the Open Society Foundations as their internal event manager for over 16 years. She also serves on the board of Meeting Professional International as the director of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Marisa has served as vice president on the Sound Business Incorporated board, which benefited young students of her high school alma mater, A. Philip Randolph Campus High School. She currently serves as a Foundation district director for district 1 and sits on the Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access Committee. Her previous Sigma Kappa roles have included: Foundation ambassador, vice president of philanthropy and vice president of membership for the New York City Alumnae Chapter, and alumnae extension coordinator.

She earned her undergraduate degree in communications from the State University of New York at Fredonia and her master’s degree in teaching of writing from Long Island University in Brooklyn. In her spare time, Marisa enjoys traveling, reading, running, paper planning and making vinyl projects and stickers. She lives in Elmont, New York, with her partner of over 20 years.

Volunteers
District
Name
Position
1
Hillary Dooley
 Foundation District Director 1
1
Hannah Angus
Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 1

1

Alexis Nicole Fleming

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 1

 
     

2 

Sheila (Page) Stevenson

Foundation District Director 2

2

Hallie McCarty

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 2

2

Brianna Jones Reid

 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 2

     

3

Martha Costa

Foundation District Director 3

3

Shawna Nalley

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 3

3

Juliet Tomasuolo

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 3

 
     

4

Marie Hassel

Foundation District Director 4

4

Maggie Monaghan

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 4

4

Barbra Silva

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 4

     
5

Michelle Binkowski

Foundation District Director 5

5

Cora Siebert

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 5

5

Nicole Porter

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 5

     

6

Adriana Diachenko

Foundation District Director 6

6

Natalie Arington

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 6

6

Caroline Moen

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 6

6

Peyton Bell

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 6

6

Molly Beck

 

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 6

     

7

Jessie Kenny

Foundation District Director 7

7

Pam Heward

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 7

7

Laura Lewis

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 7

     

8

Rita Lopez

Foundation District Director 7

 

8

Bernice Ramos Girasek

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 8

8

Brigitte Spence

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 8

8

Allison Evans

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 8

8

Helen Papadopoulos

Collegiate Philanthropy Supervisor 8

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 oversees the Foundation's PULSE annual fund and is the point of contact for chapter fundraising and Walk to End Alzheimer's efforts. She assists chapters in setting up CrowdChange fundraising pages and confirming the receipt of gifts. She oversees the processing and acknowledgement of all gifts. Caren also supports the Foundation District Directors. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi.

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.