Chi Omega Foundation Board of Trustees

Purpose: The Foundation Board of Trustees is responsible for funding 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.


Foundation Vice-President

S.H. Laura Shrode Miller
Rho Epsilon | TCU
Service to Chi Omega:
Laura has an extensive Chi Omega volunteer resume.  She has served as an advisor to Rho Epsilon Chapter from 1980 to 2010, was a founding member of the National Recruitment Team, and its chair from 1991-1998. She also 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 and has actively participated in Extension efforts since 2010. She is past president of the Fort Worth Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter and recipient of The Outstanding Alumna Award. She served as S.N.V. 2010-2016, S.T.B. 2016-2020, and now serves as S.H. for the 2020-2022 biennium.

Professionally, Laura is Fort Worth Market President of Veritex Community Bank. She was recognized as Tarrant County’s Banker of the Year and honored as a Great Woman of Texas by The Fort Worth Business Press last year.

Laura and her husband, Tod,  reside with their family in Ft. Worth, Texas.


Katherine Mendietta PhotographyFoundation Secretary

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’s Chapter 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.


found_tresFoundation Treasurer

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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Lynn Horak McBee
Iota | University of Texas
Service to Chi Omega:
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.


Foundation Trustee

Danna Redmond
Alpha Gamma | Utah State
Service to Chi Omega:  Currently serves Chi Omega as a Foundation Trustee; member of the Alumnae Connections Team; Advisor for Alpha Chapter at University of Washington; served on the National Advisory Training Team; traveled as a National Leadership Consultant; served as G.H. and G.T.B of Alpha Gamma Chapter and a long- time supporter of Chi Omega Foundation.  Professionally Danna is a start-up advisor and strategy consultant with Mohair Consulting. Danna is an entrepreneur at heart having founded multiple companies since leaving Microsoft after a seventeen year career spanning a variety of leadership roles.  She also serves as Trustee for Seattle Country Day School and is the former Advisory Board Chair and Secretary for Home Step. Danna lives in Seattle, WA, with her husband, Brian and son, Cole.


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René Brooks Cameron
Kappa Zeta | Texas Tech University
Service to Chi Omega:
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.


Foundation Trustee

Dana Tucker Kleine
Psi | University of Arkansas
Service to Chi Omega:
Currently serves as Foundation Trustee; served as recruitment chair at Psi Chapter 1984; currently sits on the 20 th Century Club of Little Rock Board of Trustees; assisted Psi Chapter house fundraising project in Fayetteville; along with her husband, Joe, co-chaired the Christ the King Catholic Church of Little Rock’s $10 million Capital Campaign.

Dana’s husband Joe played basketball at the University of Arkansas and 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 have co-owned two Corky’s Ribs & BBQ restaurants in the greater Little Rock area since 1996.  Dana is also an Independent Consultant with Rodan+Fields and  leads a team of 600+ within the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan. They have two daughters, Courtney & Mallory, two sons, Daniel & Will along with two grandchildren, Danny & JoJo.


trustee7Foundation Trustee

Kelly Rucker Bingel
Phi Gamma | Louisiana State University
Service to Chi Omega:
Currently serves Chi Omega as a Foundation Trustee; represents Chi Omega on the Fraternity and Sorority PAC Board and NPC Government Relations Advisory Committee; Advisor for Eta Lambda Chapter at American University; 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; and Panhellenic delegate at LSU; member of the Margaret Hyde Heritage Society. Kelly is on the Board of Visitors for LSU Manship School of Mass Communication.

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 Johnny and daughter Hogan.


 Foundation Trustee

Jan Lemons Heck
Lambda | University of Kansas
Service to Chi Omega:
  Currently serves as a Trustee for the Chi Omega Foundation; Served on the Donor Relations committee

After attending University of Kansas, Jan earned a law degree from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Her husband Steve is a Pi Kappa Alpha from Kansas State University, and they met while attending law school together. He has served as a Trustee on the Pi Kappa Alpha Foundation. They recently moved from Geneva, Switzerland to Cincinnati, Ohio where Steve works with Procter and Gamble. Their daughter Abby is in high school.


Foundation Trustee

Laura Connor
Psi | University of Arkansas
Service to Chi Omega:
  Currently serves as Foundation Trustee; She has served on the Foundation’s Donor Relations Committee since its inception in 2007 and currently serves as co-chair. She is also involved with the Little Rock Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter

Laura was Chi Omega’s Supreme Governing Council Model Initiate at Convention in 1998, and is a third generation Chi Omega with two older sisters who both pledged Chi Omega, and numerous Chi Omega cousins and aunts. Laura volunteers as a committee member for Sculpture at the River Market, serves as Trustee for the HoganTaylor Foundation, member of the Leadership Greater Little Rock Class XXXV, and is a Sustainer member of the Junior League of Little Rock. She is currently the Marketing Manager at HoganTaylor LLP, an accounting and advisory firm in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Foundation Trustee

Ann Bradshaw
Tau Beta | Oklahoma State University
Service to Chi Omega:
  Currently serves as Foundation Trustee

Ann Bradshaw is a tax partner with Ernst & Young, LLP in Houston, Texas where she serves on the America’s Indirect Tax core leadership team.  Prior to that role, Ann served as the National Director for EY’s Affordable Care Act Tax Services, is former Chair of EY’s Indirect Tax Technical Review Committee and was an elected member of the National Tax Partner Forum. During her almost 35 years with EY, Ann has been involved with leadership development opportunities for the women and rising professionals at her firm. Ann serves on Advisory Boards for the Houston Baptist University School of Business, the Oklahoma State University School of Accounting and Houston Area Baptist Student Ministries.  Ann is an inductee to the Oklahoma State University College of Business Hall of Fame and is a Distinguished Alumni for the OSU School of Accounting. She views The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute as a way for Chi Omegas to be empowered as leaders in their own personal and professional lives and has been an avid supporter.


Ex-Officio Trustee

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.


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.


Foundation Trustee Emeritus

Jane Wickard Rogers
Psi | University of Arkansas
Service to Chi Omega:
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 services includes Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Arkansas and President of the Sculpture at River Market Committee.

Her Chi Omega volunteer roles have included: Regional Alumnae Director, 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 and again from 2014-2016.

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.