Purpose: Funding the Chi Omega Fraternity’s educational activities for the benefit of its members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Cameron-Brooks, 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
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.
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
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.
Nancy Walton Laurie
Psi/University of Arkansas
Service to Chi Omega:
An initiate of Psi/University of Arkansas, Nancy has made extraordinary commitments to Chi Omega throughout her lifetime. Our cornerstone leadership program is named The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega in honor of Nancy’s lifelong dedication to and support of our Fraternity, and she was presented the Roselyn T. Dabbs Philanthropist Award during Chi Omega Convention 2000. Nancy magnanimously bestowed the largest single gift in Chi Omega’s 119 year history to launch our $20 million Sisterhood Never Stops Campaign. Nancy served as recruitment advisor for Rho Alpha Chapter at the University of Missouri, and as a member of its House Corporation Board. Nancy is a civic leader and avid supporter of the arts. She and her husband William reside in Columbia, Missouri and Henderson, Nevada. The couple has one daughter.
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.
Foundation Trustee Emeritus
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.