Meet Our Leaders

Meet the 2016-2018 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

Xi Kappa Chapter at Texas A&M University
Service to Chi Omega: Currently serves as National President of the Chi Omega Fraternity and Vice-President of the Chi Omega Foundation; former chair of the Launch Phase Steering Committee; former National Vice-President; formerNational Secretary for the Fraternity; former National Consultant; former National Panhellenic Conference Delegate; founding member of Xi Kappa Chapter; member of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter; member of The 1895 Society

Professionally, Shelley is President of Potter Architecture. Shelley resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Jeff.


Laura Shrode Miller

Rho Epsilon Chapter at Texas Christian University
Service to Chi Omega: Currently serves as National Vice-President of Chi Omega Fraternity; former Fraternity National Treasurer; former advisor for Rho Epsilon/TCU; former chair of the National Recruitment Team; member of The 1895 Society

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, grandson Jack, and granddaughter Molly Kate. Son Scott and daughter-in law Christal. All are graduates of TCU. She and her family reside in Ft. Worth, Texas.


Gena Staggs Runnion

Psi Chapter at the University of Arkansas
Service to Chi Omega: Currently serves as Fraternity National Secretary; former Nominating Committee; former Scholarship Advisor to Epsilon Lambda at Furman University; Greenville/Spartanburg Alumnae Board Member; former 2009 Firesides Leader; former Convention Team Member since 1992; Served on the Membership Education Task Force & National Recruitment Team; Extension & Educational Visits; Former Executive Headquarters Staff & National Consultant; Regional Director; Fair Play for Chapters Team;

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 and is currently an Academic Coach at Greenville Technical College. Gena resides in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband Bob, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and their two children Kelly and Lily.


Anna Funderburk Buckner

Alpha Beta Chapter at Auburn University
Service to Chi Omega: Currently serves as the Fraternity National Treasurer and ex-officio member of the Foundation Board of Trustees; former National Vice President on the Governing Council; former Chapter President; former chapter visitor (i.e. national consultant); former Advisor to Omicron Lambda Chapter since 1998; former National Recruitment Team Member for 17 years; former Mary Love Collins Scholar recipient; and former Attorney for NPC’s Something of Value.

Professionally, Anna has her own law firm specializing in taxation, estates and trusts. She resides in Auburn, AL with her husband James Randy “Bo” Buckner, Jr. and their son James Randy “J.R.” Buckner, III.


Missy Ganaway Pask

Sigma Alpha Chapter at Miami University
Service to Chi Omega: Currently serves as National Ritual Officer; former Convention Director (2010, 2012 and 2014); former Convention Leadership Team member;  former member of  the National Advisory Training Team; former member of the Risk Management Team; former chapter advisor to Mu Lambda; former National Consultant; member of  The 1895 Society

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.


Foundation Board

Purpose: Funding the Chi Omega Fraternity’s educational activities for the benefit of its members.

Foundation President

Letitia Niemeier Fulkerson
Zeta Alpha/The Ohio State University
Service to Chi Omega: Letitia’s service to Chi Omega Fraternity has been constant since her collegiate experience. She has served Chi Omega in many different capacities, including multiple Fraternity staff roles and service on Chi Omega volunteer teams and committees. Letitia joined the Chi Omega Governing Council in 2004 as Treasurer and was the first ex-officio Foundation Trustee when that role was created in 2006. She became Fraternity President in 2008, serving for six years and was appointed by S.H. Shelley Potter to serve as Foundation President starting in 2017.  Letitia received Chi Omega’s highest award for Fraternity service, the President’s Award, in 2016.

Professionally, Letitia owns an award-winning State Farm Agency.  She and her husband, Mike, reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

 


Katherine Mendieta PhotographyFoundation Vice-President

Shelley Eubanks Potter
Xi Kappa Chapter at Texas A&M University
Service to Chi Omega: Currently serves as National President of the Chi Omega Fraternity and Vice-President of the Chi Omega Foundation; former chair of the Launch Phase Steering Committee; former National Vice-President; formerNational Secretary for the Fraternity; former National Consultant; former National Panhellenic Conference Delegate; founding member of Xi Kappa Chapter; member of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter; member of The 1895 Society.

Professionally, Shelley is President of Potter Architecture. Shelley resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Jeff.


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Rena Elder Pilalas
Phi/University of Southern California
Service to Chi Omega: 
Currently serves Chi Omega as Foundation Secretary; received the Ada Tallman Award for superior service to the Fraternity; 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; 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 two grandsons.


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Melanie Maxwell Shain
Chi Delta/ Millsaps College
Service to Chi Omega:
Currently serves as Foundation Treasurer; past Fraternity President; recipient of the President’s Award; national alumnae officer; national treasurer; chapter consultant; house corporation board member; chapter advisor and National Panhellenic Conference delegation; 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.

Melanie and her husband, John, live in the Philadelphia area.

 


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Foundation Trustee

Jane Wickard Rogers
Psi/University of Arkansas
Service to Chi Omega: Currently serves as Foundation Trustee; 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. She served as president from 2000 to 2010 and from November 2014 through the end of Sisterhood Never Stops Campaign concluding December 2016. Jane received Chi Omega’s highest award for Fraternity service, the President’s Award, in 2002.

Jane and her husband, Jay, live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have four grandchildren, a Chi Omega daughter, and a son.


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Lynn Horak McBee
Iota/University of Texas
Service:
Currently serves as Foundation Trustee; Lynn is known for the leadership she has brought to many Dallas organizations, including but not limited to The United Way, The Arts Community Alliance, the Dallas Film Society, the Visiting Nurse Association, The Trinity Trust, Dallas Historical Society, and more.

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.

 


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Sharon Weitzel Popp
Chi Zeta/ Colorado State University
Service:
Currently serves as Foundation Trustee; served as Zeta Chapter’s G.K.A. and G.H.; traveled as a Chapter Visitor; served as the first Director of Chapter Development and special assistant to Kirk Cocke Hassell; 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. 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.


Foundation Trustee

Leslie Blackwell Oliver
Iota Alpha/Southern Methodist University
Service:
Currently serves as Foundation Trustee; 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 Chi Omega 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.

 


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René Brooks Cameron
Kappa Zeta/Texas Tech University
Service: Currently serves as Foundation Trustee; advocate of life-long learning and leadership skills and believes the Chi Omega experience offers tremendous personal growth opportunities

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.


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Dana Tucker Kleine
Psi/U of Arkansas
Service:
Currently serves as Foundation Trustee; served as recruitment chair at Psi Chapter; 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; 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 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.”


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Kelly Rucker Bingel
Phi Gamma/Louisiana State University
Service:
Currently serves Chi Omega as a Foundation Trustee; Firesides leader in February 2013; led the Congressional Awareness Committee; served on the National Recruitment Team; served as G.H. of Phi Gamma Chapter; traveled as a chapter visitor

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.


 

Ex-Officio Trustee

Nancy Walton Laurie
Psi/University of Arkansas
Service to Chi Omega: Namesake of The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega since its establishment in 1997. She has been a model of a Chi Omega leader through her service to her community and to our sisterhood. She has served as recruitment advisor for Rho Alpha Chapter at the University of Missouri and a member of its House Corporation Board. During Chi Omega Convention 2000 she was presented the Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award. Nancy and her husband William reside in Columbia, Missouri and Las Vegas, Nevada, where she serves as the Las Vegas ARIC.


Ex-Officio Trustee

Anna Funderburk Buckner
Alpha Beta/Auburn University
Service to Chi Omega: Currently serves as the Fraternity National Treasurer and ex-officio member of the Foundation Board of Trustees; former National Vice President on the Governing Council; former Chapter President; former chapter visitor (i.e. national consultant); former Advisor to Omicron Lambda Chapter since 1998; former National Recruitment Team Member for 17 years; former Mary Love Collins Scholar recipient; and former Attorney for NPC’s Something of Value.

Professionally, Anna has her own law firm specializing in taxation, estates and trusts. She resides in Auburn, AL with her husband James Randy “Bo” Buckner, Jr. and their son James Randy “J.R.” Buckner, III.


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Sandra McAdams Connor
Psi/University of Arkansas
Service to Chi Omega: 
Currently holds position as Trustee Emeritus, having served as Foundation Secretary from 1998 – 2016. As chair of the Foundation’s A Loyalty to Sisterhood Campaign, Sandra Connor helped raise $9.5 million for the Chi Omega permanent endowment. Sandra has inspired philanthropic leadership in others by example.

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.

 


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.


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Gwen Burmester, Tau Delta/Gettysburg College, currently serves as the Chi O Creations Board of Trustees 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.


Vice President

Alice Moreland-Flowers, Tau Beta/Oklahoma State, is currently serving as the Chi O Creations Board of Trustees Vice President. Alice served the chapter as house manager and co-recruitment chair. She was a double major and graduated with a B.A. in fashion merchandising and journalism.

Alice served as Recruitment Advisor for Epsilon Gamma, University of Tulsa for over 12 years. She was also active in the Tulsa Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter as well as Junior League, Junior Philharmonic, Ballet Guild and Leadership Tulsa.

Alice has advised the Alpha Alpha chapter of Chi Omega at the University of North Texas for over 14 years as the Recruitment and Panhellenic Advisor. She is a member of the Denton County Alumnae Chapter and has also been a member of the Mid-Cities and Ft. Worth alumnae groups.

Nationally, Alice has served on the National Recruitment Team, the National Advisory Training Team, and Firesides and Convention Staff. She is also a member of the National Chapter Development Team.

Professionally, Alice owns Accessories To Go, a trendy jewelry and home décor wholesale manufacturing company manufacturing US made merchandise.

Alice lives in Weatherford, Texas with her husband John.


Secretary/Treasurer

Martha White Crise, Epsilon Gamma/University of Tulsa is serving as Secretary/Treasurer for the Chi O Creations Board of Trustees.  She served her chapter as Panhellenic Delegate, Personnel Chair, and GH.  After graduating with a degree in English, Martha traveled for Chi Omega as a National Consultant for two years.

As a Chi Omega volunteer, Martha has served on the Risk Management Team, the National Advisory Training Team, the Eleusis Editorial Board, and Chair of the Ritual Education Team.  She has been thrilled to serve on several Convention teams and was a Firesides Co-Leader in 2009.  While living in the Chicago area, Martha assisted with the reorganization of the Advisory Board at Xi Chapter, Northwestern University and served as president of the Northwest Suburban Alumnae Association.

Martha lives in Springfield, Missouri with her husband, Scott. Martha has two daughters, Natalie and Cynthia, who are both attending the University of Tulsa and are members of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter. She holds an MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and works as an English instructor at Ozarks Technical Community College. Martha is a member of the Junior League, the Springfield-Greene County Library Board, the Advisory Council to the Springfield Public Schools Foundation.


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