Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation

Board of Trustees 2017-18

President  Susanne Wolff Vander Heyden
Vice-President  Mary Jane Jackson Crist 
Treasurer Jean Lee Schmidt 
Financial Assistance Chairman Kay Scholberg Weeks 
Trustee  Marnie Wright Barnhorst
Trustee  Jennifer "Jennie" Jackson Beckham
Trustee Beth Uphoff Black 
Trustee  Christina Frank Erwin
Trustee Nancy Eyermann Foland
Trustee Tamela Jones Lanier
Trustee Gail Simpson Owen
Trustee  Jan Radke Pishny
Trustee Marion Wilson Rich





vander heyden  Susanne Wolff Vander Heyden, Washington State
Foundation President

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.



Mary Jane Crist_Jan2018 Mary Jane Jackson Crist, Arizona
Foundation Vice President

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.



 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.



marnie Marnie Wright Barnhorst, Oregon

Marnie is a former college teacher of biology and genetics who decided to go to law school. Marnie founded her own law firm that specializes in international trademark law. She has practiced there for 24 years. Marnie has been very involved with Kappa Kappa Gamma for over 50 years. She served as the President of the San Diego County Alumnae Association for two years, volunteered as an adviser, sat on the Adelphi Foundation Steering Committee, represented Kappa on the board of directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and hosted many Kappa activities in her home. Marnie and her late husband, Howard — who was also a lawyer — were married for 44 years and raised four children. Marnie also has seven grandchildren as well as two cats and a darling puppy.



Jennie Jennifer "Jennie" Jackson Beckham, TCU

A lifelong Texan, Jennie was born in El Paso, Texas, and joined Kappa Kappa Gamma at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She currently lives in Houston and has been married for 36 years. Jennie has two grown children — a son who works in the oil business in Houston as well as a daughter who works in finance in Seattle. Jennie was an airline pilot with Southwest Airlines and recently retired after 26 years. Her down time has been limited, but special interests include Kappa, P.E.O., Junior League, church, and book clubs. Jennie now lives part time in Park City, Utah, where she skis, hikes, and walks with her black lab.



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 P.E.O. 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.



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.



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 a Vice President on Fraternity Council and in her role as Trustee with the Foundation. She and her husband, Greg, reside in Broken Arrow, Okla., where she carves out time for reading, tennis and playing the piano.



 tamela lanier Tamela Jones Lanier, Oklahoma

An entrepreneur and computer software consultant, Tamela specialized in banking for 15 years. She and her husband, Doug, have two sons and a Kappa daughter-in-law. For two years, Tamela served on the Kappa Foundation Development Committee. In addition, she was the chairman of the Beta Theta Memorial Scholarship Campaign from 2012–17. She is also a member of P.E.O. as well as the Dallas, Frisco, and McKinney Area Alumnae Associations. She is helping update our national membership records. Tamela also has a passion for Rose McGill Disaster Relief and has volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse to help with disaster recovery in Louisiana and Texas.



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 a Vice President on Fraternity Council. Gail and her husband, Tim, are the parents of three sons and one grandson.  



Jan pic Jan Radke Pishny,  Arkansas

Jan is a retired family dentist. She led a dental practice in Kansas City, Missouri, for the past 31 years. She believes in equipping and encouraging women in their professional careers. She is also a mentor to rising dental students. Jan received her bachelor’s in horticulture from the University of Arkansas and her Doctor of Dental Surgery from University of Missouri-Kansas City. A lifelong outdoors woman, Jan raises grass-fed beef on her family’s farm in northeastern Kansas. Additionally, Jan serves as the president of the Greater Kansas City Alumnae Panhellenic. Jan and her husband, Lyle, serve on the board of trustees of the Kansas State University Foundation as well as the Johnson County Community College Foundation. Furthermore, they have three grown daughters.  



marion Marion Wilson Rich, Cincinnati

Thirty years of community volunteerism in Tampa Bay, Florida, define Marion’s passion for giving back. She is a lifetime Girl Scout and currently serves as the second vice president on the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Her commitment to health care led Marion to her current involvement with her local hospital’s board and community health needs task force. Marion’s love of film recently landed her a seat on the board of directors of the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. She has been an engaged alumna member for 30 years and has served in several officer positions for the Clearwater Bay Alumnae Association. An avid photographer, Marion travels worldwide and captures cultural images. She has a daughter, Mimi, in New York as well as a son, Tom, in Orlando, Florida.