Gail Owen, Monmouth
Gail is serving her second term as Fraternity President. During Gail’s presidential first term, she and her Council established the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Committee and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, launched the Fraternity Housing Corporation, and installed four new chapters to grow and enrich our sisterhood. Prior to her presidency, Gail served the organization in a variety of roles, including Fraternity Vice President (2016–18), Director of Programs and Education (2014–16), Leadership Academy Facilitator (2004–present), and member of the Foundation Board of Trustees. Outside of Kappa, Gail has spent her career as an educator at all levels and most recently retired as a regional superintendent of schools. She currently serves on the board of trustees for Monmouth College. Gail resides in Morton, Illinois, with her husband, Timothy.
Amy Sutton, Nebraska
Amy is serving her second term as Fraternity Treasurer. With a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master of Business Administration, Amy spent her career in finance and accounting roles. Amy has supported Kappa since 2001 at both the local and district levels, most recently as an Alumna Relations Specialist (2016–18). Amy has dedicated her time and talents to her community in various volunteer roles, serving on the boards of several nonprofits. Amy and her husband, Glenn, reside in Austin, Texas, and are parents to Emma, Graydon and Chase.
Maria Brown, Valparaiso
Maria credits her experience at Leadership Academy as launching her volunteer career with Kappa. She has served in a number of roles related to education and programming, including as a board member for the Greater Pittsburgh Alumnae Association. During the 2018–20 Biennium, Maria served as Programming Director, overseeing 14 Content Specialists assisting chapters and associations with member curriculum. She currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, William, and works in financial services as a digital product manager.
Leah DeCesare, Syracuse
Leah has served in numerous Kappa roles facilitating member education and leadership training events as well as supporting chapter and association operations. In 2016, she was appointed as Kappa’s Leadership Development Director and served in that position through 2018. As a volunteer, Leah raised the funds for the building of a full-service medical center at the Kampala Children’s Centre, a 501(c)(3) NDE-USA Inc. in Kampala, Uganda. Professionally, Leah is a published author and creative professional specializing in writing, leadership, events, and service. Leah and her husband, Nicholas, live in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, with their children: Michael, Anna, and Ali, NYU.
Nancy Foland, Tulsa
Nancy has volunteered with Kappa Kappa Gamma for over 25 years, previously serving on Fraternity Council as Treasurer (2012–16) and Vice President (2016–18). She has also served as Foundation Treasurer (2012–15), District Director (2018–20), and currently sits as a Fraternity House Corporation Trustee. She has extensive knowledge of Kappa’s operations, finances and strategic vision. Nancy resides in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, with her husband, Greg.
Mary Pat Rooney
Mary Pat Rooney, Drake
Mary Pat is the Associate Vice President, Development at United Way of Metro Chicago and facilitates donor investment in the foundational and strategic neighborhood-based work of the organization and its partners. Mary Pat has more than a decade of experience as a development professional, including fundraising for the arts, cultural, and educational organizations in both Denver and Chicago. Mary Pat began volunteering with Kappa in 2008 in varied roles, most recently as the Academic Excellence Director and now as Vice President. Mary Pat lives in Chicago and is an active member of the Junior League of Chicago, loves to read and explore the city with her golden retriever, Stanley.
Beth Black, Illinois Wesleyan
Beth is serving her second biennium as National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Delegate, which acts as a liaison between Kappa and NPC and influences the future of the sorority experience. Beth has held numerous roles within Kappa, including Director of Chapters, Vice President, and Director of Programs and Education. Most recently, Beth served as President from 2014–18. During her tenure, she oversaw the successful transition of Kappa’s organizational structure to a governance model and the move of Kappa Kappa Gamma Headquarters to a new space in Dublin, Ohio. Additionally, she has served on several NPC committees, including the Communications Task Force, the Structure Think Tank and the Structure Transition Committee, and currently serves on the NPC Community College Task Force.
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Kari Kittrell Poole
Kari Kittrell Poole, (Miami University)
Kari has worked for Kappa Kappa Gamma for over 15 years, including 10 years as the Executive Director. During her tenure, she has worked with Fraternity Council members to launch new member education initiatives, re-organize the volunteer structure, and move Kappa Kappa Gamma Headquarters to Dublin, Ohio. A member of Alpha Phi, Kari received the Ursa Major award in 2012, which recognizes an alumna’s outstanding success in her chosen field. Kari and her family reside in Columbus, Ohio.