Meet the 2014-2016 Supreme Governing Council
S.H. Shelley Potter
S.T.B. Laura Miller
S.K.A. Gena Runnion
S.N.V. Anna Buckner
S.M. Missy Pask
From the beginning, strong leadership has been the hallmark of Chi Omega. Our Fraternity is flourishing today because of the untiring efforts and wisdom displayed by Governing Council members over the past century.The Governing Council is directly responsible for policy-making and the governance of Fraternity business. The Council members are dedicated volunteers who work day-to-day with the Executive Headquarters staff, National Consultants, national teams and committees, National Panhellenic Conference delegates, Chi Omega Foundation Board of Trustees, Chi O Creations Board of Trustees and other Chi Omega volunteers.Chi Omega appreciates the commitment to excellence exemplified by these women and looks forward to the next two years of their collective leadership!
Shelley Eubanks Potter
Shelley was initiated as a founding member of Xi Kappa Chapter at Texas A&M University in 1975. She served the chapter as its first Recruitment Chair, then as Vice President and President. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and in 1977, selected to Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Upon graduation, Shelley traveled as a National Consultant for Chi Omega. In 1992, she served as the Landscape Architect for the building, planning and construction of the National Headquarters and continues to serve Chi Omega in that capacity today. From 1994 to 1998, she was elected to serve on the Governing Council as S.K.A. From 1998-2000, she served on the Governing Council as S.T.B. In 2000 she became the NPC Delegate (Second alternate) and served in that role until 2004 when she returned to the Governing Council and served as S.T.B. from 2004 -2010. During those years, she was a facilitator and member of the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute Team, the Book of Rules Task Force, G.T.B. Task Force, Chair of the Bylaws Task Force and liaison to the National Recruitment Team. Since 2002, she has continued to serve on the Xi Kappa House Corporation. She has served on numerous Firesides and Convention staffs as a presenter and leader and in 2004 was the Convention Chairmen. Additionally, Shelley has served on the National Risk Management and National Extension Teams. In 2010, she was asked to serve as President for the Chi Omega Foundation where she served until selected to serve as the S.H. at the 2014 Chi Omega Convention. In her capacity as S.H., she serves on the Inter/National Presidents of NPC group and served as chairman in 2014 and 2015. She is a member of the 1895 Society and the Margaret Hyde Heritage Society of Chi Omega.
Professionally, Shelley is President of Potter Architecture, and serves on the Garden and Grounds Committee at the Dallas Arboretum. She and her husband Jeff were honored in their field with the Outstanding Alumni, for the College of Architecture at Texas A & M becoming the first couple so honored. She also was honored in 2011 with the Women’s Legacy Award presented by Texas A & M Women’s Former Student Network.
In her community, her volunteer involvement includes numerous positions on the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Board of Directors and as its Chair in 2009. She served as Vice President of the Greek Former Student Network, an organization she started to develop visibility of Greeks on the campus of Texas A & M. She has also served the City of Longview, Texas on its Planning and Zoning commission and in leadership positions with the Junior League of Longview, the Longview 2020 Forum and as President of the Longview Area Chi Omega Alumnae Association. She is currently a member of the Dallas Chi Omega Alumnae Association.
Shelley resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Jeff.
Laura Shrode Miller
Laura was initiated into Rho Epsilon, Texas Christian University. She served as President of the Student Body and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Marketing. Laura served Rho Epsilon chapter from 1980 to 2010 as an Advisor. She was a founding member of the National Recruitment Team in 1988 and served as its chair from 1991-1998. Laura directed the presentations on recruitment at both the 1992 and 1998 conventions. She has served as Chairman of Resolutions, and Credentials and Tellers committees and led various Firesides and Convention workshops as a presenter and facilitator. She led the revision of the Membership Education Experience debuting at the 2014 convention. She has actively participated in Extension efforts since 2010 with the focus on updating extension presentations and submissions and statistical analysis of opportunities. Laura has served on numerous special visits to collegiate chapters and as a speaker for special events. She is past president of the Fort Worth Chi Omega Alumnae and recipient of The Outstanding Alumna Award. She is a member of the 1895 Society and the Margaret Hyde Heritage Society. In 1998, an endowed scholarship named in her honor was established through the Chi Omega Foundation. In 2010, 2012 and 2014 Laura was elected to serve in the position of S.N.V. on the Supreme Governing Council and in that position, served as the liaison to the Chi O Creations Board and the National House Corporation Team working closely with the Director of Housing Resources to develop housing financing alternatives.
Laura has been very involved with TCU having served on the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Executive Committee. She has also served as President of the National Alumni Association. She has received the Alumni Service Award, the President’s Service Award and the Outstanding Sorority Advisor Award all at TCU.
In Fort Worth, Laura has served on numerous boards including the Junior League, Trustee and Executive committee member of Trinity Valley School, and is an Elder at her church. Professionally, Laura is Market President for Liberty Bank.
An all TCU family – Laura and her husband, Tod, have two sons, Jay, daughter-in-law, Emily and grandson Jack. Son Scott and daughter-in law Christal. All are graduates of TCU. She and her family reside in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Gena Staggs Runnion
Gena is an initiate of Psi chapter at the University of Arkansas. She received a Bachelors Degree in French and Political Science and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration, both at the University of Arkansas. As an undergraduate, she served her chapter as the Panhellenic Delegate. Upon graduation, she was hired by Chi Omega as a National Consultant and traveled for two years in that capacity. She was then hired to serve as a Regional Director from 1993 – 1995.
In 1996 she served Psi Chapter as Esoteric Advisor. In 2000, she received Chi Omega’s Mary Love Collins Award for Outstanding Greek Professional. Gena served 6 years on the National Recruitment team. She has also served on Chi Omega’s Volunteer Development Task Force and the Membership Education Task Force. Currently she serves on the Fair Play for Chapters Team. She has been a Firesides Leader, a member of multiple Convention Staffs, and served on the Committee for Nominations for both the 2008 and 2010 Conventions. She served on the National Extension Team in 2012 and has served the Epsilon Lambda Chapter at Furman University as Scholarship Advisor and currently serves as its House Corporation Treasurer. She is also a member of the Furman University Greek Advisory Board. A member of Chi Omega’s 1895 Society, she is also Chi Omega’s Third Alternate Delegate to the National Panhellenic Council. In that role, Gena was chosen to be a presenter at multiple Panhellenic area conferences and also serves as the NPC Area Advisor. Gena is a member of the Greenville/Spartanburg Alumnae Chapter and serves on that board.
Professionally, Gena was the Director of Greek Life at the University of South Carolina from 1997 to 2008 where she led a community of 33 fraternities and sororities. Among the many duties as Director, she led the efforts for planning, fundraising, building and operating the University of South Carolina Greek Village, a twenty house residential community. Presently, she is employed as the Business Operations Manager at Jack Runnion Ltd.
In her community, she has served and continues to serve on numerous boards in relation to her children’s school and activities. She has also served in a variety of Fundraising and Development board positions with the Greenville Junior League, and the South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Presently she is serving on the South Carolina Children’s Theatre Board as Co-Chair of the Development Committee planning and leading a capital campaign for donor support.
Gena resides in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband Bob, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and their two children Kell and Lily.
Anna Funderburk Buckner
Anna was initiated into Alpha Beta at Auburn University in 1991. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1993 and her Master of Business Administration in 1995. In 1999 Anna received her Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law.
Anna served her chapter as GH, and upon graduation traveled as a National Consultant. She served on the National Recruitment Team for seventeen (17) years. She has been on staff at Conventions and Firesides and served as Firesides co-leader and liaison for 2012 Convention focusing on recruitment. She is a member of the Auburn Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter and has served as an advisor to the Omicron Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega at Birmingham Southern College for 18 years serving as Esoteric Advisor for two years then Financial Advisor for 16 years. Anna has traveled for Chi Omega extensively for “Choices” visits, on-site recruitment visits, and Eleusinian banquets. She has served chapters in a virtual support role and also serves as an attorney for NPC’s “Something of Value” program where she travels to campuses nationwide to perform mock trials on various risk management issues. Anna currently serves on a special task force for NPC focusing on large chapters. She is a member of the 1895 Society. In 2012 and 2014, Anna was elected to serve as the S.T.B. on the Supreme Governing Council.
Anna is a managing partner in the Birmingham law firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal LLP, where she practices in the areas of estate and trusts, including estate and gift tax planning, estate administration, taxation, real estate and corporate law. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a Counsel Member of the Alabama Law Institute. She currently is a professor at Auburn University focusing on curriculum in the area of non-profit studies and has served as an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law. In 2012 – 2015 was listed under Best Lawyers in America in the Trusts and Estates area.
In her community, Anna is a Wish Granting Volunteer and former board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alabama. She serves on numerous boards and committees in her legal field, was elected as a member of the charter Class of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum in 2005, and has been selected to serve on five (5) Alabama Law Institute drafting committees to write and review legislation and bills for the State of Alabama. She also serves as a board member of the Kiwanis Club of Auburn, Alabama.
Anna resides in Auburn, AL with her husband James Randy “Bo” Buckner, Jr. and their son James Randy “J.R.” Buckner, III.
Missy Ganaway Pask
Missy was initiated into Sigma Alpha Chapter at Miami University in 1985. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and graduated Cum Laude. She served her chapter as both G.M. and Asst. G.K.A. Upon graduation, Missy traveled for Chi Omega as a National Consultant.
Missy has been a member of the Rochester, New York, the Dayton, Ohio and currently the Montgomery County Chi Omega Alumnae Association. She is a member of the 1895 Society. Missy served the Mu Lambda Chapter at the University of Dayton as their Forms and Records and Cardinal Cabinet Advisor from 1992 – 1994. She has been a member of the Extension Team, the Risk Management Team and served on the National Advisory Training Team from 1996 to 2006. She served as Fireside Leader in both 1993 and 2007. As part of the convention staff, Missy has served as Chairman of the Credentials and Tellers committee twice, been a facilitator and served on various other convention committees. She has been the Convention Director for Chi Omega in years 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2013, Missy served on the Centennial Planning Committee for Sigma Alpha Chapter of Chi Omega at Miami University. In 2014, she was elected to serve as the S.M. on the Supreme Governing Council.
Her volunteer involvement also includes a variety of different leadership positions with the Junior League of Dayton and the Junior League of Orange County. She has served in a variety of volunteer roles for her children’s schools from 2005 to 2014. She has been a member of the National Charity League – a mother daughter community service organization from 2008 to the present where she served in various chair positions and each year volunteered over 70 hours of community service. She currently serves on the Angel Reach Ministry that helps furnish temporary residence for young adults transitioning out of foster care.
Professionally, she currently owns MGP Interiors and Design.
Missy is married to John Pask. They have two daughters, MacKenzie, 20, a Chi Omega at Texas A& M University and Morgan (17) a senior in high school. Missy and her family currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
Purpose: Funding the Chi Omega Fraternity’s educational activities for the benefit of its members.
Jane Wickard Rogers, Psi/University of Arkansas, is the current Foundation President and recipient of the President’s Award. She also served as a Foundation Trustee.
A former professional fundraiser and special events coordinator, Jane served as the executive director for Riverfest, one of the South’s largest festivals, and as director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Her community service includes her current position as president of the Sculpture at the River Market Committee. She recently completed service as Chair of the Board of Trustees for the University of Arkansas and continues as a Trustee on that board.
Her Chi Omega volunteer roles have included: regional alumnae director, national technology committee, Centennial Celebration chair, Fraternity national alumnae officer and national secretary. Jane joined the Foundation Board of Trustees in 2000 and served as president from 2000 to 2010. During her tenure, more than $10 million was raised in support of Fraternity programs and services.
Jane received Chi Omega’s highest award for Fraternity service, the President’s Award, in 2002.
She and her husband, Jay, live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have four grandchildren, a Chi Omega daughter, and a son.
Sandra McAdams Connor, Psi/University of Arkansas, is a dedicated fundraiser and philanthropist. She currently serves Chi Omega as Foundation Secretary.
As chair of the Foundation’s recent A Loyalty to Sisterhood Campaign, Sandra Connor helped raise $9.5 million for the Chi Omega permanent endowment.
Sandra’s passion for supporting Chi Omega paid off in the greatest dollar amount raised in any Chi Omega campaign. Those historic dollars are already making a difference in many women’s lives, just as Sandra knew they could. Sandra has worked on the Centennial Committee and several Convention committees.
Known regionally for her community service, she is the recipient of the Winthrop Rockefeller Memorial Award, the highest service award given by the Arkansas Arts Center. She is currently serving on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Foundation Board, the University of Arkansas Board of Advisors, the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Board and the Board of Advisors of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Institute on Aging.
She and her husband, Bob, live in Little Rock and Dallas. They are the parents of three Chi Omegas and the grandparents of four boys and a girl.
Melanie Maxwell Shain, Chi Delta/ Millsaps College, is past Fraternity President and recipient of the President’s Award. She now serves as Foundation Treasurer.
With a background in international banking and finance, and a caring, thoughtful approach, Melanie oversees the Foundation’s resources as Treasurer of the organization.
Melanie’s many previous Chi Omega roles include: national alumnae officer, national treasurer, chapter consultant, house corporation board member, chapter advisor and National Panhellenic Conference delegation. She served as the Fraternity’s national president (S.H.) during the early to late-1990s, years of tremendous accomplishments. Under her watch, Chi Omega built one of the nation’s most superb non-profit headquarters and celebrated its Centennial year during a magnificent gathering in Memphis. During her leadership as national president, the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega was launched and has grown to become a premier program in developing Chi Omega leaders for life.
In 2000, Melanie was presented the Chi Omega President’s Award, Chi Omega’s highest award for Fraternity service.
She and her husband, John, live in the Philadelphia area.
Lynn Horak McBee, Iota/University of Texas, is recognized for the leadership she has brought to many organizations. She serves Chi Omega as Foundation Trustee.
Lynn is an initiate of Iota Chapter at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry. She has been a consultant for New England Biolabs, a privately held biotechnology firm, for two decades.
Lynn is known for the leadership she has brought to many Dallas organizations. The Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce named her one of “Five Outstanding Young Dallasites” for 2007. Among a very long list of an impressive number of leadership roles, Lynn recently served as Chairman of The United Way of Metroploitan Dallas’ Tocqueville Society, Chairman of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Opening Weekend Celebration, Chairman of the The Arts Community Alliance(TACA) Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board of the Dallas Film Society; she is Chairman Emeritus and Life Member of the Board of Directors for the Visiting Nurse Association; she serves on the boards of The Visiting Nurse Association Foundation, The Trinity Trust, Dallas Historical Society, UTD Center for Brain Health, Salvation Army, Crystal Charity Ball, Sweetheart Ball, The Bridge Homeless Shelter, Dallas Women’s Foundation, The American Cancer Society of Greater Dallas, Children’s Medical Center Foundation Trustee, Dallas Community College District Foundation; and is a past President of the Junior League of Dallas.
Lynn is married to Allan, is a former oboist and classically trained pianist, and has competed in numerous marathons. A seventh-generation Texan, Lynn is a direct descendant of Emily Austin, Stephen F. Austin’s sister.
Sharon Weitzel Popp, Chi Zeta/ Colorado State University, boasts a lifetime of involvement in Chi Omega in addition to an active career. She serves Chi Omega as Foundation Trustee.
Sharon has been actively involved in Chi Omega since her undergraduate days, where she served as Zeta Chapter’s G.K.A. and G.H. After college, she traveled as a Chapter Visitor, and then also served as the first Director of Chapter Development and special assistant to Kirk Cocke Hassell. Most recently, Sharon served as chair of the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega and during that time led the way in the development and implementation of several highly successful leadership programs for Chi Omega members.
She joined General Mills in Minneapolis, MN, where she worked for 10 years holding numerous positions in brand/marketing management. She then worked for ConAgra Grocery Products in Fullerton, CA, for five years and left as a Vice President and General Manager. She went on to the HJ Heinz Company in Pittsburgh, PA for three years where she held Vice President positions within both the Heinz North America and Heinz Frozen Foods Business Units. She also spent about three years as President of the AM Todd Company, a flavor company based in Kalamazoo, MI, spearheading the company’s drive to capitalize on its 135-year legacy as a market-leading provider of high-quality mint oils and sweet flavors. In May 2006, Sharon joined Senomyx, Inc., a biotech company in San Diego and is currently Sr. Vice President, Chief Commercial Development Officer.
As a past President, Sharon continues to serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors for the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University and is a member of the Colorado State University Athletic Director’s Cabinet.
Sharon is married to Nick Popp who has his own Packaging Engineering Consulting business. They live with their three special cats: Cammie, Fuzzer and Pantera.
Leslie Blackwell Oliver, Iota Alpha/Southern Methodist University, has served as a leader to a range of organizations. She serves Chi Omega as Foundation Trustee.
Leslie has a master’s degree in speech and language pathology from Our Lady of the Lake University.
She has served in key community leadership roles, including as president of the Miss Fiesta San Antonio Pageant Board, the Roundtable Board of the Southwest Texas Methodist Hospital, and the Harry Jersig Center for Communication Disorders.
Leslie has been active in numerous volunteer capacities with the Alamo Heights Independent School District and is a founding member of Women Against Family Violence, which supports the Battered Women’s Shelter.
She has served the San Antonio alumnae chapter in various roles, including president and Read Aloud chair.
She and her husband, Carl, live in San Antonio. They have two sons, Boyd and Rust.
Rena Elder Pilalas, Phi/University of Southern California, received the Ada Tallman Award for superior service to the Fraternity. She now serves Chi Omega as Foundation Trustee.
Rena Elder Pilalas served Phi Chapter, University of California, as recruitment chair for two years. As an alumna, she joined Phi Chapter’s House Corporation for ten years and was a member and long-time president of the Pasadena, CA, alumnae chapter. Rena was the recipient of Chi Omega’s Ada Tallman Award for superior contribution to Chi Omega Fraternity in 2004.
In 1999, Rena became a charter member of the Foundation Advisors Board. She and her husband Jason are long-time supporters of the Chi Omega Foundation and have been leaders in the recent Chi Omega Foundation’s Strategic Initiative Fund.
Both Rena and Jason were residents of San Marino, CA for many years. Rena was a member of the Assistance League of Pasadena, as well as president, social chairman, and benefit chairman—each for two years.
Rena and Jason spend winters at their home in North Palm Beach, FL. In the summer, they spend time cruising on their motor yacht RENA and enjoy time at the Morgan Point Lighthouse—their home in Noank, CT—which they purchased and restored in 1991. They have a daughter, a son, and a grandson.
René Brooks Cameron, Kappa Zeta/Texas Tech University, is an advocate of life-long learning and leadership skills and believes the Chi Omega experience offers tremendous personal growth opportunities. She currently serves as a Foundation Trustee.
René and her husband Roger have recently retired from the company they established, Cameron-Brooks, a recruiting firm specializing in the placement of Junior Military Officers into the business world. They successfully introduced the concept of hiring Junior Military Officers to leading Fortune 500 companies across many industries. As chief executive officer of Brooks-Cameron, René provided leadership to every facet of Cameron-Brooks from recruiting, to managing clients, to running the firm’s Career Conferences which provided educational offerings.
René is past president of the Hill Country Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter and serves on the Foundation Boards of the Hill Country University Center and the Hill Country Memorial Hospital. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for James Avery.
Dana Tucker Kleine, Psi/U of Arkansas, is a local and national philanthropic and business leader. She currently serves as Foundation Trustee.
Dana was initiated into Psi Chapter, where she served as recruitment chair. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.
Dana began her career as a flight attendant with American Airlines. She is currently a skincare consultant with Rodan + Fields Dermatology, teaching and training a team of over 200 across the US.
Dana’s currently sits on the Mount St. Mary Academy and Foundation boards in Little Rock, assists Psi Chapter with its upcoming house fundraising project in Fayetteville, and along with her husband, Joe, co-chairs the Christ the King Catholic Church of Little Rock’s $10 million Capital Campaign. Dana and Joe have owned two Corky’s Ribs & BBQ restaurants in the greater Little Rock area since 1996.
Dana’s past service includes her role as President and $3 million Capital Campaign chairman for the Twentieth Century Club in Little Rock—a facility offering no-cost housing to cancer patients traveling to Little Rock for cancer treatment. She was on the board of the Fine Arts Club at the Arkansas Arts Center, is a past Board member of the National Basketball Association’s “Behind the Bench” wives association (which raises funds for numerous non-profit agencies nationwide), and has volunteered extensively throughout Little Rock.
Dana’s husband Joe played basketball at the University of Arkansas and for 15 years in the National Basketball Association until his retirement in 2000. In each city where Joe played, Dana and Joe were both involved with numerous non-profit and service projects. Joe is currently the men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Dana and Joe live in Little Rock with their children Daniel, Courtney, Mallory, and Will, and serve as mentor parents to LaNorris Dukes. They strive to teach their children “Service above Self.”
Kelly Rucker Bingel, Phi Gamma/Louisiana State University, currently serves Chi Omega as a Foundation Trustee.
Kelly has served as a volunteer for the Fraternity for many years, most recently as a Firesides leader in February 2013. She has led the Congressional Awareness Committee and served on the National Recruitment Team. After graduation from LSU where was served as G.H. of Phi Gamma Chapter, Kelly was a chapter visitor in 1989-1990. She started her career as a newspaper reporter in Houston and Tulsa and then transitioned to Washington, D.C., where she spent a decade working for Blanche Lincoln in the House and Senate. Kelly’s last position as a Congressional staff member was serving as Blanche’s chief of staff in the Senate. For the past decade, Kelly has been the only woman partner in a bipartisan lobbying firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen Bingel & Thomas.
Kelly and her husband Thad, a security consultant, opened Dynamic Gymnastics in 2013, learning the nuts and bolts of running a small business. Kelly and Thad have a son 14 years old and a daughter who is 11.
Anna Funderburk Buckner, Alpha Beta/Auburn University, has lead Chi Omega at the local and national level. She currently serves as Ex-Officio Foundation Trustee.
Anna was initiated into the Alpha Beta Chapter of Chi Omega at Auburn University, where she graduated with a B.S. and later earned her Master of Business Administration. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law.
Anna has a long history of service to Chi Omega at the local and national levels. She served as a chapter advisor to Omicron Lambda Chapter at Birmingham Southern College and served as a member of the National Recruitment Team for 17 years. Anna also serves as an attorney for the National Panhellenic Conference’s “Something of Value” program where she travels to campuses nationwide to perform mock trials on various risk management issues. She is a supporter of the Chi Omega Foundation and serves as Ex-Officio Trustee to the Foundation.
Anna is a partner in the Birmingham law firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O’Neal LLP, where she practices in the areas of estate and trusts, including estate and gift tax planning, estate administration, taxation, real estate and corporate law. She resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband Bo and their five year old son.
Chi O Creations Board of Trustees
Purpose: Chi O Creations, the preferred vendor of Chi Omega Fraternity, is designed to support all endeavors of Chi Omega Fraternity while providing quality merchandise and protecting our brand.
Tammy Green, Upsilon Beta/Rollins College, currently serves as the Chi O Creations Board of Trustees president.
Tamara Watkins Green was initiated at Upsilon Beta Chapter at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where she received a BA in English and a minor in Communications. Tamara is the Co-Owner of The Watkins Printing Company, a 90-year old family owned publication printing business. She served for 17 years as a board member for the Printing Industries Master Pension Plan and a six-year term as a director on the Rollins College Alumni Association.
Chi Omega activities include Chi O Creations Board member since 2006 where she has served as Secretary, Vice President and currently as President.
Tamara supports The Ohio State Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Columbus Zoo as well as the Hanover Charities in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She takes pleasure in taking care of her many animals, travel and exercise. She enjoys life with husband, Bill and has two adult children; Emily and Brock.
Gwen Burmester, Tau Delta/Gettysburg College, currently serves as the Chi O Creations Board of Trustees Vice-President.
Gwen Elisabeth Burmester is an initiate of Tau Delta Chapter of Chi Omega at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. While at Gettysburg, she received a BA in Psychology and a minor in French.
In Gwen’s professional life, she is currently the Vice President of Operations at Benedict Capital, LLC, a real estate management and development company based in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is a licensed real estate agent in Connecticut.
Her Chi Omega activities include her service as Vice-President on the Chi O Creations Board of Trustees as well as she serves as Treasurer of the Fairfield County Connecticut Alumnae Association. While residing in Darien, Connecticut, Gwen volunteers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the United States Tennis Association. She enjoys tennis, cooking and jewelry making.
Susan Ruhne, Iota Delta/San Jose State U, currently serves as the Chi O Creations Board of Trustees Treasurer.
Susan Bjorn Ruhne, a graduate of San Jose State University, was initiated at the Iota Delta Chapter. She served as President of both Panhellenic and Order of Omega. She was also on the Student Government Board of Directors.
Susan has spent over 20 years in the retail world, from front line store management to training and development, and then on the corporate side with Williams Sonoma Inc. She is now at Visa, Inc. She used her retail and event planning background to work as Merchandise Director with AmericaOne, a San Francisco based team that sailed for the 2000 America’s Cup, and spent six months in Auckland, New Zealand.
She joined the Chi O Creations Board of Trustees in July 2011. Susan served on the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega as part of the Program Development & Presentation team. She is the President of the San Francisco Alumnae Group, and is past President of the Silicon Valley Alumnae Panhellenic. She is the Esoteric Advisor at the Mu Chapter, UC Berkeley. She has facilitated at Convention, Firesides and the Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega.
She is involved in the St. Francis Yacht Club, as Executive Race Committee Vice-Chair, Magazine Editor for two years, and races sailboats year round. Susan resides in San Francisco, California.
Kit Waters, Tau Kappa/U of Montevallo, currently serves as the Chi O Creations Board of Trustees Secretary.
Marla Kit Cobern Waters is an initiate of the Tau Kappa Chapter of Chi Omega at the University of Montevallo. She has served as an advisor of the Tau Kappa Chapter since 1997. She has also served as a member of the “Chi O Creations To Go” Team since 2006. She traveled Alabama, Mississippi and Florida visiting chapters and attending special events. She has served as a National Volunteer at both Conventions and Firesides. Kit is a supporter of the Chi Omega Foundation and a member of the 1895 Society.
Kit’s volunteer and community service consists of current Past President and Parliamentarian for the University of Montevallo National Alumni Association. She has served on this board for 15 years. For six years, Kit was a VIP host chairman for the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Professionally, Kit is the Vice-President of Laser Cutting Service. She is also a special event coordinator for Fine Art Services, a company that produces art festivals such as Magic City Art Connection and Moss Rock Festival.
Kit and her husband, Keith has two Chi Omega daughters, Kristin Waters Sullivan and Kyndall Waters. Kristin is an attorney and was initiated at the Nu Beta Chapter of Chi Omega at the University of Alabama. Kyndall Waters was initiated at Omicron Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega at Birmingham Southern College. Kyndall serves as Athletic Director at her alma mater. Kit and Keith reside in Hoover, Alabama with their dog, Jackson.
Marketing Team Leader
Dawn Dietrich, Pi/U of Tennessee, currently serves as the Chi O Creations Board of Trustees Marketing Team Leader.
Dawn Dillingham Dietrich was initiated at Pi Chapter at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she received her B.S. in Special Education. Dawn began her professional career as a Public School special education teacher. Later, she helped open 4 Sylvan Learning Centers in the Nashville area that provides private, individualized, supplemental instruction to all age students. She served as Educational Director, Executive Director and Marketing Director for 22 yrs. She recently retired to become a professional volunteer!
For over 30 years, Dawn has been a member of the Nashville Area Alumnae Association, where she has held several leadership positions. Since 1999, she has served as the New Member Advisor at the Sigma Epsilon Chapter at Vanderbilt University. Since 2006, Dawn has served on the “Chi O Creations To Go” Team, representing our entity in both Tennessee and Kentucky. Dawn has served as a National Volunteer for Chi O Creations at both Convention and Firesides. She is a supporter of the Chi Omega Foundation.
Dawn served as President of the Parent’s Association at Franklin High School, the largest public high school in Williamson County. She was the founder of FHS Project Graduation, a post- graduation event that provides students with a safe, drug and alcohol free environment in which to celebrate. Dawn served as a founding member of the University of Tennessee Parent Council where she served as Co-Chairman of the Membership and Outreach Committee for 4 years. Recently, she was appointed to serve on a steering committee that will be instrumental in helping to develop a new Educational Foundation for the Williamson County, Tennessee school system as they seek to become a Top 25 public school in the nation.
Dawn and her husband, Norman have 2 children, Mollye, also a Pi and Adam. She has a new daughter-in-law, Taylor Ann. They also have one Rescue Cat named NEO! They all reside in Nashville, Tennessee. All 5 members of the Dietrich family are University of Tennessee alumni and are active members and supporters of the UT Alumni Association. Of course, ORANGE is her favorite color!
Chi O Creations Staff