Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation

Board of Trustees 2015-2016

President Kay Reid Tennison
Vice-President Pat McInnis Cooper 
Treasurer Jean Lee Schmidt 
Financial Assistance Chairman Kay Scholberg Weeks 
Trustee Beth Uphoff Black 
Trustee Nancy Eyermann Foland
Trustee Mary Jane Jackson Crist 
Trustee Jill Powell Goldberg
Trustee Tamela Jones Lanier
Trustee Gail Simpson Owen
Trustee Christina Frank Erwin
Trustee Susanne Wolff Vander Heyden





Kay Tennison Kay Reid Tennison, Arizona State
Foundation President

A Kappa volunteer since 1972, Kay was a teacher before owning and operating a Colorado resort for 20 years. She served on many boards and foundations in Mesa, Ariz., and Paonia/Somerset, Colo., including senior centers, the Chamber of Commerce, the Ragged Mountain Fire Protection District, and participated in leadership programs. Kay and her late husband, Bill, were married for 42 years. Kay has two sons and five grandchildren. As Kay leads the Foundation into its 25th year, she enjoys living in both Arizona and Colorado.



 Pat Cooper Headshot Pat McInnis Cooper, Mississippi
Vice President

A longtime Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees member and community volunteer, Pat has served Kappa since college more than 50 years ago. She has supported and shared her leadership skills with many organizations such as the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Gamma Nu Chapter Advisory Board and Ole Miss Women’s Council. Pat and her late husband, John, have a daughter, two sons and three grandchildren. She also enjoys skiing and hiking. The Kappa legacy runs deep for Pat; her mother and daughter also wear the golden key.



 Jean Schmidt Headshot Jean Lee Schmidt, Miami (Ohio)

Armed with a law degree in 1976, Jean established a computer-consulting firm before practicing law for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she worked on union disputes and discrimination cases. She is now a shareholder with Littler Mendelson, P.C., in New York, continuing her interest in employment law. The 2008 Kappa Loyalty Award recipient, Jean has served as president and vice president of the board of Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families. Jean and her partner have a daughter whose sports teams Jean coached.




Kay Weeks Headshot Kay Scholberg Weeks, Bucknell
Financial Assistant Chairman

A real estate expert and community leader, Kay has served in many Kappa leadership roles since college. A residential Realtor in Dallas, Kay served as president of the MetroTex Association of Realtors, as a regional vice president of the Texas Association of Realtors and as a member of the National Association of Realtors Board of Directors. She serves on the boards of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society. Kay and her husband, Peter, have a Kappa daughter.



Beth Black Headshot Beth Uphoff Black, Illinois Wesleyan

A former English as a Second Language instructor and a teacher, Beth also directed a children’s choir and managed a food co-op. She is a member of PEO and has volunteered at her children’s schools for more than 20 years. Beth has served several terms on Kappa Kappa Gamma’s Fraternity Council, currently as Fraternity President. Beth and her husband, Al, have four children, including a Kappa daughter, and they have a young grandson. In her free time, Beth enjoys cycling, reading and cooking.



Nancy Foland Headshot Nancy Eyermann Foland, Tulsa

A former banker and later a church volunteer coordinator while her two sons were in school, Nancy has served Kappa for more than 25 years. A loyal community servant, Nancy has volunteered with Junior Philharmonic, Junior League, Meals on Wheels and as a church elder. Now she uses her finance expertise and leadership skills as Treasurer for the Fraternity and the Foundation. She and her husband, Greg, reside in Broken Arrow, Okla., where she carves out time for reading, tennis and playing the piano.



Mary Crist Headshot Mary Jane Jackson Crist, Arizona

A fundraising expert with more than 40 years of management experience in higher education and healthcare, Mary Jane has spent the past 25 years successfully leading foundations of nonprofit hospitals. She has served as a national officer for the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the Association of Fundraising Executives, and established her own foundation for funding medical education and research, music and art education and leadership development. Mary Jane was Kappa’s first Development Committee Chairman prior to the Foundation being established in 1989.



 jill goldberg Jill Powell Goldberg, Ohio State

A retired sales vice president of a U.S. apparel manufacturer, Jill has served Kappa in numerous capacities as an alumna over the last 20 years. She is an active community volunteer, sitting on the boards of the Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, past president of the Dallas Museum of Art League and Community Partners of Dallas. She is a member of the Dallas Woman's Club and the Marianne Scruggs Garden Club. Jill and her husband, Bruce, have been married for 33 years and have one daughter, Arielle. They love to travel, exercise, read, eat great food and drink good wine.



 tamela lanier Tamela Jones Lanier, Oklahoma

Entrepreneur and computer software consultant, Tamela specialized in banking for 15 years. She and her husband, Doug, have two sons. Tamela is an active volunteer at her church and is in the choir. For two years, Tamela served on the Kappa Foundation Development Committee. In addition, she was chair of the Beta Theta Memorial Scholarship Campaign from 2012-2014. She is also a member of PEO, the Dallas and Richardson-Plano Alumnae Associations and is working on the national membership records.   



Gail Owen Gail Simpson Owen, Monmouth

The Regional Superintendent of Schools for her county in Illinois, Gail has spent her career as an educator in elementary, middle and high school as well as at the university level. She assists community efforts as a volunteer in a variety of capacities and, among other commitments, currently serves on a regional economic development council and the board of trustees for her alma mater, Monmouth College. A member of the Fraternity Council that created the Kappa Foundation, Gail has been a devoted Fraternity and Foundation volunteer since her college graduation. She is currently the Director of Programs and Education for the Fraternity. Gail and her husband, Tim, are the parents of three sons and one grandson.  



christina Christina Frank Erwin, Washington University

Approaching the 20-year milestone of her career at AT&T Inc., Christina has held director-level positions in corporate strategy and consumer marketing. She received her MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Christina has served Kappa as a Province Director of Alumnae and Province Director of Chapters as well as a variety of roles within the San Antonio and Kansas City Alumnae Associations. She was co-chairman of Kansas City’s 2013 Holiday Homes Tour, is a member of P.E.O. and Junior League, and actively volunteers at her parish school. Christina and her husband, Marty, have two young children, Ethan and Caroline. When busy schedules permit, they enjoy spending time together at the lake.



vander heyden  Susanne Wolff Vander Heyden, Washington State

Susanne has volunteered with Kappa since 1988 and has since served in multiple positions, including Director of Alumnae. Graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, Susanne worked as an emergency department nurse before “retiring” to raise her three, now-adult children. Susanne has served on several boards, including PTSA/Site Council and 4-H. Both of her daughters as well as her sister and niece are proud members of Kappa. She and her husband, John, spend their time between their homes near Seattle, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona.








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