Meet the 2020-2022 Supreme Governing Council
S.H. Laura Miller
S.T.B. Anna Buckner
S.K.A. Missy Pask
S.N.V. Jill Bowman
S.M. Gena Runnion
From the beginning, strong leadership has been the hallmark of Chi Omega. Our Fraternity flourishes 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 all Fraternity business. The Council members are dedicated volunteers who work day-to-day with the Executive Headquarters staff, National Leadership 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 owes much appreciation to these women who exemplify a commitment to excellence in their collective leadership.
Laura Shrode Miller is the 2020-2022 S.H.
Rho Epsilon Chapter at Texas Christian University
Service to Chi Omega: Laura is an initiate of Rho Epsilon Chapter at Texas Christian University. She served as Vice President and President of the Student Body and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Marketing.
Professionally, Laura is Fort Worth Market President of Veritex Community Bank. She has more than 40 years in business and banking.
Laura has an extensive Chi Omega volunteer resume. She served as an advisor to Rho Epsilon Chapter for 30 years–from 1980 to 2010. 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. She is past president of the Fort Worth Chi Omega Alumnae and recipient of The Outstanding Alumna Award. In 2010, 2012 and 2014, Laura was elected to serve in the position of S.N.V. on the Supreme Governing Council. In 2016 and 2018, she was elected as S.T.B.
Laura is a member of the 1895 Society and the Margaret Hyde Heritage Society.
Laura has been very involved with TCU having served six years 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.
Laura has been active in the Fort Worth community, serving in various leadership positions on Boards that include the Junior League, Trinity Valley School and the University Christian Church, where she is currently an elder. Her Board experience includes National Conference of Community & Justice, YWCA of Tarrant County, I Have a Dream Foundation, Women’s Health Exchange of Andrews Hospital/Baylor All Saints, and Jewel Charity.
Laura has received numerous accolades in the banking profession and in her community. Of particular note, Laura was recognized last year as Tarrant County’s Banker of the Year and honored as a Great Woman of Texas by The Fort Worth Business Press.
Laura and her husband, Tod, a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, have two SAE sons – Jay, who is married to Emily, and Scott, who is married to Christal. They are all graduates of TCU. She is a grandmother to Jack, Molly Kate, Michael, and Ford. She and her family reside in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Anna Funderburk Buckner is the 2020-2022 S.T.B.
Alpha Beta Chapter at Auburn University
Service to Chi Omega: Anna was initiated into the Alpha Beta Chapter at Auburn University. Anna served her chapter as GH, and upon graduation traveled as a National Consultant. She received her Master of Business Administration in 1995 and her Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
For Chi Omega, Anna served on the National Recruitment Team for 17 years. She has been on staff at several Conventions and Firesides. Anna served as an advisor for 18 years at the Omicron Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega at Birmingham Southern College.
Anna is a member of the Auburn Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter Anna has traveled for Chi Omega extensively for “Choices” visits and on-site recruitment visits. She served as an attorney for NPC’s “Something of Value” program where she traveled to campuses nationwide to perform mock trials on various risk management issues.
In 2012 and 2014, Anna was elected to serve as the S.T.B. on the Supreme Governing Council. In 2016 and 2018, she was elected to serve as S.N.V. In her role as S.N.V., she has worked closely with Chi Omega’s financial team in navigating the financial challenges of our industry as a result of COVID-19.
Anna has served as an ex officio member of the Chi Omega Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She is a member of the 1895 Society.
Professionally, Anna owns a law firm specializing in estates, trusts, taxation, real estate, corporate law & wealth transfer planning. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a Counsel Member of the Alabama Law Institute. In 2012 – 2017, Anna was listed under Best Lawyers in America in the Trusts and Estates area. She has served on Boards associated with her profession, authored numerous articles, and presented at many conferences and meetings. Anna’s legal experience has been extremely beneficial to the mix of skills and competencies of Sisters serving on the Supreme Governing Council.
Noted for her teaching and training skills, Anna teaches a course at Auburn University called Gender, Wealth, and Philanthrophy. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law.
In her community, Anna has served on the Board of the Kiwanis Club of Auburn and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alabama Board of Directors.
Anna resides in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband James Randy “Bo” Buckner, Jr. and their son James Randy “J.R.” Buckner, III.
Missy Ganaway Pask is the 2020-2022 S.K.A.
Sigma Alpha Chapter at Miami University
Service to Chi Omega: Missy was initiated into Sigma Alpha Chapter at Miami University. She served her chapter as both G.M. and Asst. G.K.A. Upon graduation, Missy traveled for Chi Omega as a National Leadership Consultant for two years—1988 to 1990.
A longtime Chi Omega volunteer, Missy has been a member of the Rochester, New York, the Dayton, Ohio, and, currently, the Montgomery County Chi Omega Alumnae chapters. Her Chi Omega involvement runs the gamut of volunteer experiences, serving as a chapter advisor and member of the Extension Team, Risk Management Team, and the National Advisory Training Team. Missy served as a Firesides leader twice—in 1993 and again in 2007. She was Chi Omega’s Convention Director for six years. In 2013, Missy served on the Centennial Planning Committee for Sigma Alpha Chapter of Chi Omega at Miami University.
In 2014, Missy was elected to serve as the S.M. on the Supreme Governing Council, and was reelected to that position in 2016 and 2018. In her role as S.M., she was involved with the revision of the Ritual Book and Special Ceremonies Book. In addition, she has served as liaison to Chi Omega’s Alumnae Connections Team that helped launch the successful 75 Year Member Recognition Program.
Missy is a member of the 1895 Society.
Missy has been active in her community with Junior League, National Charity League (NCL), Make-A-Wish North Texas Chapter, parent clubs and school committees as well as her church.
Professionally, Missy currently owns MGP Interiors and Design. Missy is married to John Pask. They have two daughters, MacKenzie, a graduate of Texas A&M and initiate of the Xi Kappa Chapter, and Morgan, who just finished her junior year at the University of Oklahoma and is a member of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter. Missy and her family currently reside in Dallas, Texas.
Jill Diane Bowman is the 2020-2022 S.N.V.
Zeta Beta Chapter at the University of Arizona
Service to Chi Omega: Jill is an initiate of Zeta Beta Chapter at the University of Arizona. Jill served her chapter as GH, and upon graduation traveled as a National Leadership Consultant for two years, 1997-1999.
Professionally, Jill has background in healthcare care management consulting projects. She has edited and submitted articles to medical journals. Jill is currently an independent healthcare consultant and aquatics director for Eastmoor Swim & Tennis Club in Denver, Colorado.
Jill has a long record of volunteer service at the national level for Chi Omega. Her Chi Omega resume includes: member of the Chi Omega NPC Team, NPC Area Advisor, National Recruitment Team, Firesides Leader, Firesides and Convention staff, and Extension Presentation Teams.
As member Chi Omega’s delegation to NPC, Jill assumed the role of coach and mentor as an NPC Area Advisor to several campuses. She has served Chi Omega’s representative to NPC in another capacity as a Release Figure Methodology (RFM) specialist for 13 years. The RFM specialist position is intricate and involves figuring out the release numbers for sorority chapters on campuses during recruitment.
Jill was most recently tapped by the Governing Council to lead Chi Omega’s Membership Experience Task Force and deliver on outcomes that resulted in the roll out this year of a fresh, new approach to education and programs.
Jill has an extensive background with chapter advising, serving as a Scholarship Advisor to Kappa Lambda Chapter at University of California—San Diego and Recruitment Advisor at Mu Chapter at University of California–Berkeley. She has been serving most recently as the Recruitment Advisor to one of our newest chapters–Zeta Mu Chapter at the University of Denver.
Jill adds to the SGC team great depth of leadership in community and non-profit organizations, including serving on the Board as President of the Parent Teacher Organization at her children’s school, Swim and Dive Team Coordinator, and Vice President of Membership on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Denver. She also has held active roles at the Greenwood Community Church.
Jill resides in Denver, Colorado, with her Sigma Chi husband, Brent, and two children—daughter Brynn and son Drew.
Gena Staggs Runnion is the 2020-2022 S.M.
Psi Chapter at the University of Arkansas
Service to Chi Omega: Gena is an initiate of Psi Chapter at the University of Arkansas. As an undergraduate, she served her chapter as Panhellenic Delegate. Upon graduation, she was hired by Chi Omega as a National Leadership Consultant and traveled for two years in that capacity. She was then hired to serve as a Regional Director from 1993 – 1995.
With a vast and extensive Chi Omega volunteer background, Gena has served on the National Recruitment team, Volunteer Development Task Force, the Membership Education Task Force, the National Extension Team, and the Fair Play for Chapters Team. She provided strong support as a member of Chi Omega’s National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Delegation when it was time for Chi Omega’s turn in leadership rotation as NPC Chairman 2013-2015. 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 the Epsilon Lambda Chapter at Furman University as Scholarship Advisor and as its House Corporation treasurer.
Gena was elected as S.K.A. in 2016 and re-elected to that position in 2018. In her role, she worked closely with Chi Omega’s National Archivist Lyn Harris on strategies to showcase, preserve and share the stories of Chi Omega’s 125-year history. Most recently, Gena was named as co-chair of the Chi Omega’s Special Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Gena is a member of Chi Omega’s 1895 Society.
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. In her role, she gained a tremendous amount of experience in managing, mediating, counseling, budgeting, and problem-solving. One thing to mention is that she managed 20+ house directors as part of her position. Her student development experience and insights as a former higher ed professional are valued and appreciated.
In her community, Gena has been active in Junior League, YWCA of Greenville Teen Services Board of Directors, JL Mann Academy School, Rotary Book Club of Greenville, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Gena resides in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband Bob, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and their two children Kell and Lily.