Meet the Sisters Leading The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega


Elaine Baker serves as the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega Chair. Elaine is an initiate of Pi Chapter at the University of Tennessee. As an undergraduate, Elaine served her chapter as Recruitment Chair and G.T.B. while earning her B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics. Elaine has served on the National Recruitment Team for multiple terms, participated in three Chi Omega Conventions focused on recruitment programming, and co-chaired Firesides. She has also served in multiple chapter advisory roles (Personnel, Scholarship, and Finance) with several collegiate chapters (Emory University, University of Tennessee). Elaine is the former Chief Operating Officer with Elavon, a global payments company and subsidiary of U.S. Bank. She currently has responsibility for Portfolio Operations at Global Payments. Elaine is an enthusiast for learning and volunteers with organizations focused on educational initiatives such as Habitat for Humanity and Women Leaders in Action (WLA). She has traveled to Kenya and Swaziland in her former leadership role with WLA to setup educational support with two nonprofit organizations in-country to ensure that children, particularly young girls, have the opportunity to go to school and build the pipeline for future leaders in Africa. Elaine lives in Roswell, GA with her husband Brad.

Kristen Schooley is a 2001 initiate of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter at the University of Tulsa where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business degree. After college, she spent ten years working with the American Cancer Society in the income development field and is currently the Director of Wellness at Montereau Retirement Community in Tulsa. As an active member of the Chi Omega Alumnae Association of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Kristen has held a number of board positions including Marketing Chair, President-Elect, and President. She has also served as Scholarship Advisor and New Member Advisor to the Epsilon Gamma Chapter at TU. On the national level, Kristen served as a Regional Alumnae Director in the Panhandle Region. She also helped facilitate the Alumnae Chapter Leadership Conference at the 2014 Chi Omega Convention in Orlando, Florida, then transitioned onto the NWLLI facilitation team. Kristen enjoys being an active member of the Tulsa community where she volunteers her time with a number of organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association, Reading Partners, and Big Dogs Huge Paws. Kristen lives with her husband, Tim, and their two dogs, a Black Lab/Great Dane mix named Tom and a Great Dane named Bronx.

Cathi Story Davis is an initiate of the Eta Delta Chapter at the University of Florida where she served as a chapter officer for two terms and Communications Director for the university’s new student orientation program. After getting her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from UF, she worked as a Chi Omega National Consultant and Associate Director of Chapter Development at the Executive Headquarters before returning to graduate school at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Cathi spent nine years in management consulting before joining Duke Energy’s change management practice. She is currently a Lead Change Management Consultant in the company’s Human Resources organization for transformation initiatives. Cathi and husband Greg live in Charlotte, North Carolina with their two sons, Dylan and Christopher, who keep them busy with biking and other outdoor activities.

Facilitation Team

Haley Bates is an initiate of the Eta Gamma Chapter at the University of South Carolina. While at USC, she served as G.N.V. and earned a B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in Business Administration. After college, Haley spent two years traveling as a Chi Omega National Leadership Consultant before joining the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega team in 2019. She now lives in Seattle, Washington, works as a Senior Solutions Consultant for SAP Concur, and enjoys spending time cooking, reading and trying new restaurants.

Jill Brown is a farm kid, marathon runner, fair enthusiast, and director of Partnerships and Placement at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Jill is an initiate of Kappa Chapter of Chi Omega at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as G.T.B. for two terms. She has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism and a master’s degree in higher education administration, both from Nebraska. Jill previously served as an advisor, as well as alumni president for Kappa Chapter. Prior to her current role in Missouri, she worked in various external relations roles in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Jill, and her husband Lee, live in Mound City, Missouri and have a 13-year-old daughter, Kenzie.

Beth Chapman Kaufmann is an initiate of the Upsilon Chapter at Union University where she served her chapter as Panhellenic Chair and G.H. After graduating with a degree in Political Science, Beth served as a Chi Omega National Leadership Consultant for two years before beginning her volunteer journey with the fraternity. Beth has served as a chapter advisor, convention team member and speaker, and Co-Chair of the National Recruitment Team. When not volunteering for Chi Omega, Beth is the President of Vide Consulting, a company specializing in leadership development, CliftonStrengths coaching, and group facilitation. Her passion is to help individuals become the person, team member, or leader they have uniquely been created to be. As a consultant and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Beth has created and facilitated over 2,000 hours of training workshops, retreats, and coaching. She is also a sought after small group facilitator, speaker, and panel moderator. Beth’s energy, humor, and ability to connect with her audience are most frequently seen through her favorite modes of audience engagement: teaching, facilitating, question asking, and storytelling. A Kentucky native, Beth now resides in Washington, DC with her husband Joe and their two little kids, Beck and Lottie.

Christine Del Favero is an initiate of the Theta Alpha Chapter at Cornell University, where she served as G.T.B. while earning her B.S. in Human Service Studies. After serving as president of the Boston Alumnae Chapter and founding the Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter, Christine completed a six year volunteer term as Chi Omega’s Regional Alumnae Director for the northeast. She earned her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and in addition to her work as a training developer for Cisco Systems during the dot com boom, has worked extensively in non-profit education. Christine loves her work in alumni relations at Emerson College in Boston and serving as Esoteric Advisor to Sigma Mu chapter at Babson College. She enjoys city life, the beach, and visiting her extended family in the Netherlands.

Laura Dunn is an initiate of the Phi Beta Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh where she served her chapter as Personnel Chair and then G.H. While at Pitt, Laura double majored in Communication Rhetoric and Art History with a minor in Italian. Following graduation in 2014, Laura traveled for two years as a National Leadership Consultant out of her hometown of Houston, Texas. Immediately following the end of her time as an NLC in 2016, she transitioned into the role of Regional Director for the West and Plains Region at Headquarters for four years. Most recently, Laura moved to Indianapolis and began working at a photography technology startup company called Lumatic in the client health realm and began volunteering for Chi Omega. Along with serving on the Laurie Leadership Institute Facilitation Team, Laura is the House Corporation President at the Theta Beta Chapter at Indiana University and the New Member Advisor at the Psi Alpha Chapter at the University of Oregon. In her spare time, Laura enjoys going to art museums, reading, and going on long walks.

Kathryn Dutton is an initiate of the Omicron Lambda Chapter at Birmingham-Southern College where she served as Recruitment Chair and Panhellenic Delegate. Kathryn graduated with a major in Musical Theatre. She currently lives in Columbus and is serving as a Chapter Advisor with The Ohio State University as well as Co-Sisterhood Chair for the Columbus Alumnae Chapter. After having graduated from the Laurie Leadership Institute in 2018, Kathryn is thrilled to be able to give back to the organization as a Facilitator. When not volunteering for Chi Omega, Kathryn works as a Payroll and Benefits Coordinator at BARK (the creators of BarkBox) where she gets to devote 40 hours a week to the goal of “making dogs happy.” Kathryn also continues to act in both theatre and film, and can currently be seen at all Cedar Fair Amusements Parks in their in-park commercials. In her free time, Kathryn loves to explore with her husband (Ned), their daughter (Lily), and their two dogs (Fievel and Toby).

Dawn English graduated from the University of Florida where she served on her chapter’s Executive Board and she largely assumed her time of Chi Omega involvement was complete. However, as she moved around after graduation, she found Chi Omega to be a great way to be inspired, meet people, mentor and get connected to the community. Dawn has lived coast to coast and has been a member of 6 Chi Omega Alumnae chapters. She has also served as a chapter advisor at Kappa Lambda, University of California at San Diego, President of the Alumnae Chapter and RIF Chair in Corpus Christi, TX. Nationally, she has been on several Convention Staffs, Firesides Co-Leader, Book of Rules Task Force and Chairperson of the National Advisory Training Team. In her community she has served in multiple leadership roles with National Charity League, the Texas Laurels Chapter, including President. She also supports her children schools and activities with her time. She has her Master’s in Public Administration from San Diego State University and currently works for OutRival Racing as a triathlon and running coach. She enjoys traveling, cooking and competing in triathlons, including Ironman distance events. Her teenaged children, Ben and Tess, keep her moving and she has been married to her husband, Josh, for a long time. The Woodlands, Texas is her current home.

Katherine Gaudino is an initiate of the Gamma Chapter at Florida State University, where she served as Facility Manager and Personnel Chair and graduated from The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega Flagship Session as a collegiate participant in 2014. Katherine served as a Chi Omega National Consultant for one year before taking on an interim Regional Director role for the West and Plains Region at the Executive Headquarters during her second year. Katherine now serves on the Laurie Leadership Institute Facilitation Committee and also served on the 2016 National Convention Team. She lives in Denver, Colorado and works for an education technology company powering the world’s best digital higher education, 2U Inc.

Holli Hitt Seitz is an assistant professor of communication at Mississippi State University with a joint appointment in the Social Science Research Center at MSU. Holli is an initiate of the Phi Delta Chapter at Mississippi State, where she received a bachelor’s degree in communication. She went on to obtain a Master of Public Health degree in health behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a PhD in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Holli was a 2007 Presidential Management Fellow and worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before returning to graduate school. Within Chi Omega, in addition to serving on The Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute Facilitation Team, Holli served as a facilitator for the Risk Management Committee from 2005-2016. She lives in Starkville, Mississippi with her husband (Marc), daughter (Ellie), and chocolate Lab (Sedona).

Schafer Kowalchik attended Vanderbilt University where she is an initiate of the Sigma Epsilon chapter and served as G.N.V. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Health and Society, Schafer traveled for two years as a National Leadership Consultant. She joined the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega team in 2020 and currently resides in Tampa, FL where she works in career development at a small medical device training company. Outside of work and volunteering, Schafer enjoys reading by the pool, trying new restaurants and spending time with her friends, family and two dogs, Leo and Edley.

Jenny Larkum is an initiate of the Omicron Beta Chapter at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. While there she served as Recruitment Chair and G.H. and graduated with a degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. After college, Jenny traveled for two years as a Chi Omega National Consultant before beginning her teaching career. She taught abroad in the Netherlands and back home in Virginia before her children were born and now she enjoys being a stay at home mom. She volunteered on the National Recruitment Team for many years before joining the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute. Jenny lives in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Michael, and three children, Eva, Paul and Mac. Jenny loves traveling, cooking and reading.

Andrea E. Nieto is an initiate of the Eta Delta Chapter at the University of Florida. After serving in various leadership roles in Chi Omega and Student Government she was selected for membership into Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida. More recently, she served as the Panhellenic Delegate and President of the Chi Omega Alumnae of Tampa Chapter and is a graduate of the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute Flagship Session. After working for independent State Farm agents, Andrea returned to law school graduating magna cum laude from the University of Florida. She began her practice as a trial attorney for a nationwide firm in Tampa, Florida litigating cases in multiple states. After clerking for The Honorable James D. Whittemore in the Middle District of Florida, she returned to litigation with her current firm where she focuses on nationwide civil litigation. She is an active member of the Junior League of Tampa and serves on the Federal Court Practice Committee of The Florida Bar. She enjoys all things outdoors and took up road biking during quarantine.

Lauren Petrea is an initiate of the Omicron Kappa Chapter at the University of California at Davis where she served her chapter as House Manager, Assistant Pledge Educator, Community Service Director, and Panhellenic Chair. After graduating with 2 bachelor’s degrees at Davis, Lauren completed a Master degree in Education and earned a multiple subject teaching credential at Saint Mary’s College of Moraga. Lauren’s curiosity to work with gifted children led to earning a GATE certification and an administrative credential. Her professional focus and interest has been in improving the quality of instruction and opportunities for learning for children in K-12. Lauren received a doctor of education degree from the University Of Southern California Graduate School Of Education. This is Lauren’s 18th year in education and she served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. Right now, Lauren is the principal at Graham Middle School in Mountain View, California. Lauren is passionate about working with students and supporting teachers. When Lauren is not working, Lauren enjoys traveling, seeing Broadway shows, cooking, hosting dinner parties, and wine tasting. Lauren is also a Flagship graduate of Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute. For the last 4 years, Lauren has been volunteering as an advisor at Stanford (Nu Alpha Chapter). She is also a program director of the Silicon Valley Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter and enjoys meeting sisters from all over the United States. Lauren resides in San Jose, California with her husband (Cris), son (Brayden), and dogs (Mya and Buttercup). Brayden keeps Lauren busy with competitive sports and music.

Research and Development Committee

Alicia Coppley currently serves as Development Director for the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation with a focus on inspiring and connecting people with opportunities to invest and express their passion for the health of the community through philanthropy. She enjoys enhancing the donor experience by creating strategies and solutions to maximize their engagement. She joined the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation team in 2014. In 2016, Alicia became a Certified Fund Raising Executive. An initiate of the Theta Theta Chapter at the University of South Florida, she served as Personnel Chair and Sisterhood Chair while earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science. She is also an alumna of Leadership Pasco and Tampa Connection. Alicia is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Dunedin, Association of Fundraising Professionals Tampa Bay Chapter, and the Tampa Alumnae Chapter of Chi Omega. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Rotary Club of Dunedin, Development Team for the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute, Leadership Pasco Healthcare Day Committee, and the National Philanthropy Day Planning Committee. In her spare time, Alicia, enjoys the outdoors and RV camping with her husband and son. They recently welcomed two rescue dogs to their family, Scooby and Tearah.

Suzanne Coupe serves on the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega Research and Facilitation Committee. She is an initiate of the Iota Chapter at The University of Texas at Austin, where she served as Panhellenic Delegate and earned a B.B.A. in International Business. Professionally, Suzanne is a director of strategy and alignment in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ global marketing organization. In addition, Suzanne is an ACC-accredited, certified coach. Her passions include contributing to the community through her church as well by serving on the board of Community Partners of Dallas. She also loves to explore new places and cultures, enjoy great food and wine, test her athletic limits, enjoy the outdoors – fly fishing, hiking, backpacking, reading, and tackle puzzles and word games. She splits her time between Dallas and Bozeman, Montana.

Susan Dance is an initiate of Pi Chapter at the University of Tennessee. As an undergraduate, she served as G.M. and Recruitment Records while earning her B.S in Communication. Following college, Susan traveled for Chi Omega as a National Representative for two years with a third year extension working at The Executive Headquarters. Susan has served on the National Recruitment Team for multiple terms and participated in many of Chi Omega Conventions focusing on Recruitment and programming. She has also served as Personnel Advisor for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Susan lives in Nashville, TN and has been with the American Heart Association, a global healthcare nonprofit organization, for over 30 years serving in a variety of roles recently moving as the Vice President, Women’s Market role to V.P. Entertainment and Sports, and Pet Companion Strategy. Susan enjoys her five nephews and four godchildren, and since 2007, she annually co-hosts Camp Wimajabahu for her five nephews.

Katherine Gilmore is an initiate of the Mu Kappa chapter at Duke University. While at Duke, Katherine served her chapter as G.H. and Assistant Recruitment Chair and was on the Collegiate Advisory Board for Chi Omega. After graduation, Katherine traveled for Chi Omega as a National Consultant and worked to colonize the Rho Mu chapter at DePaul University in Chicago. Katherine earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Duke as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University Of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She currently works for MD Anderson Cancer Center as the Director of Cancer Survivorship Program which focuses on helping cancer survivors maximize wellness after cancer treatment. She volunteers with the Psi Zeta chapter at the University of Houston as the Recruitment advisor. She lives in Houston with her husband, sons Lincoln and Grayson, and two French Bulldogs. Katherine loves exploring new things in Houston with her family, volunteering, and all things Duke Basketball.

Amy Groves is an initiate of the Mu Beta Chapter at The University of Georgia, in Athens, GA. As an undergraduate, Amy served her chapter as Centennial Chair and as G.T.B. and graduated with a BS in Biology. Since graduation, Amy has enjoyed working in the pharmaceutical marketing and medical education industries and has spent most of her career with The Institute for Medical and Nursing Education in Atlanta, where she is currently Business Lead. Amy moved to Mobile, Alabama in 2007 where she has been very involved in the community and serves as the Nominating Director for the Junior League of Mobile, Inc. Amy’s favorite volunteer experiences are with Chi Omega, however; her Chi Omega involvement includes a previous role as Personnel Advisor at the Delta Theta Chapter at Oglethorpe University and a current role as Co-Personnel/Recruitment Advisor for the Beta Theta Chapter at the University of South Alabama. In her free time, Amy enjoys Georgia football (Go Dawgs!) and experiencing the outdoors through hiking, biking, skiing and fun with her husband, Bill; dog, Bailey; and 2 Chi Omega legacies, Lawson (13) and Lilly (9).

Melissa Hinrichs is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a proud Kappa Chapter alumna where she embarked on her study of positive psychology. With over 20 years of study and experience in talent development, she has advised senior leaders and managers in the education, hospitality, cosmetics, retail, and service sectors on employee selection and development, building engaging cultures, increasing productivity, developing succession planning, creating customer loyalty, and implementing retention practices. The span of her career has been spent with leading organizations such as Talent+, Gallup, Inc., and Pearson Publishing. She is now the proud founder and leadership coach at Lightbox Coaching and Consulting, where she can invest her passion for helping individuals discover their innate gifts and how they can put them to work each and every day so they may live a more fulfilled and happy life. She and her husband Kris enjoy raising their kids, Lauren and Porter, along with their Golden doodle, Auggie. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, yoga, traveling to the mountains and the beach and discovering new people and places.

Victoria Maloch is an initiate of Psi Chapter at the University of Arkansas where she studied agricultural business, communications, and leadership. She has been actively involved in government and policy, including work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House. Most recently, Victoria spent two years in England as a Marshall Scholar where she received an MPhil in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford. In both degree programs, her research focused on a variety of rural policies in developed economies. In her spare time at Oxford, Victoria was a member of the Oxford Clay Pigeon Shooting team and was awarded a Half Blue for her performance in the Varsity match against Cambridge

Sarah Moore is an initiate of the Zeta Lambda Chapter at Wake Forest University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Communications. She later earned a Masters in Learning and Organizational Change and coaching certification from Northwestern University. Sarah lives in Hickory, North Carolina and is a Manager in the Change Management practice at Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC. She is married and has a 7 year old step-daughter, Josie, and a 10 year old pup, Ollie, who she adopted many years ago. If she’s not commuting, working or hanging out with her family, you’ll likely find her on a yoga mat or an airplane.

Ashley Reyes (Nally) is a member of the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega Program Development Team. She is a charter member of the Rho Mu chapter at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and has attended, and graduated from, the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute Flagship Session. As an undergraduate, Ashley received a Bachelor’s of Arts in History, and then attended graduate school to obtain a Masters of Education in Secondary Social Studies Education. She is currently pursuing her School Administration license while working for Chicago Public Schools as a Resident Principal. Prior to that, she taught 7th grade Social Studies for seven years with experience serving as 7th grade Lead Teacher, Social Studies Lead Teacher, and Teacher Representative to the Local School Council. Ashley has served in a variety of leadership roles for Chi Omega including House Corporation Treasurer for Rho Mu and Vice President of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter. Currently Ashley and her husband, David, reside in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Ashley enjoys spending free time doing CrossFit, studying Abraham Lincoln, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Olivia.

Crystal Sutton is an initiate of the Zeta Alpha Chapter at The Ohio State University. During her time as an undergraduate she served her chapter as Recruitment Chair. After graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Crystal received her Master’s degree in Higher Education/Student Affairs at Florida State University. Crystal now serves as the Associate Director for Programming for Delta Gamma Fraternity. In this role she is responsible for creating leadership development and training experiences for Delta Gamma collegians and alumnae volunteers. Crystal resides in Columbus, Ohio with her adorable cat (Optimus Prime) and pup (Franklin). Crystal enjoys listening to podcasts, touring college campuses and participating in her office Bachelor/Bachelorette fantasy league.