Meet the 2018-2020 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: Shelley was initiated as a founding member of Xi Kappa Chapter at Texas A&M University in 1975. She served the chapter as its first Recruitment Chair, then as Vice President and President. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Upon graduation, Shelley traveled as a National Consultant for Chi Omega. In 1992, she served as the Landscape Architect for the building, planning, and construction of the National Headquarters and continues to serve Chi Omega in that capacity today. Since 2002, she has continued to serve on the Xi Kappa House Corporation. In 2004, she chaired Convention. She also served as a member of the NPC Delegation for four years and as Chi Omega Foundation President for four years. Shelley has served for a total of 16 years on the Governing Council, as S.H., S.T.B., and S.K.A. She is a member of the 1895 Society and the Margaret Hyde Heritage Society of Chi Omega.
Professionally, Shelley is President of Potter Architecture, and serves on the Garden and Grounds Committee at the Dallas Arboretum. She and her husband Jeff were honored in their field with the Outstanding Alumni, for the College of Architecture at Texas A & M becoming the first couple so honored. She also was honored in 2011 with the Women’s Legacy Award presented by Texas A & M Women’s Former Student Network, and in February 2019, Shelley received the Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater. This award is the highest honor that Texas A&M University bestows upon a former student.
In her community, her volunteer involvement includes numerous positions on the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Board of Directors and as its Chair in 2009. She served as Vice President of the Greek Former Student Network, an organization she started to develop visibility of Greeks on the campus of Texas A & M. She has also served the City of Longview, Texas on its Planning and Zoning commission and in leadership positions with the Junior League of Longview, the Longview 2020 Forum and as President of the Longview Area Chi Omega Alumnae Association. She is currently a member of the Dallas Chi Omega Alumnae Association.
Shelley resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Jeff.
Laura Shrode Miller
Rho Epsilon Chapter at Texas Christian University
Service to Chi Omega: Laura was initiated into Rho Epsilon Chapter at Texas Christian University. She served as President of the Student Body and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Marketing.
Laura served Rho Epsilon Chapter from 1980 to 2010 as an Advisor. 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. She is a member of the 1895 Society and the Margaret Hyde Heritage Society. In 2010, 2012, and 2014 Laura was elected to serve in the position of S.N.V. on the Supreme Governing Council. In 2016, she was elected as S.T.B.
Laura has been very involved with TCU having served 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.
In Fort Worth, Laura has served on numerous boards including the Junior League, Trustee and Executive committee member of Trinity Valley School, and is an Elder at her church. Professionally, Laura is Market President for Veritex Bank.
Laura and her husband, Tod, have two 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, and Michael. She and her family reside in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Gena Staggs Runnion
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 Consultant and traveled for two years in that capacity. She was then hired to serve as a Regional Director from 1993 – 1995.
Gena has served on the National Recruitment team, Volunteer Development Task Force, the Membership Education Task Force, the National Extension Team, the Fair Play for Chapters Team, and as a member of the National Panhellenic Conference Delegation. 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. She 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. Presently, she is employed as the Business Operations Manager at Jack Runnion Ltd.
In her community, she has served and continues to serve on numerous boards in relation to her children’s school and activities, Junior League, and the South Carolina Children’s Theatre.
Anna Funderburk Buckner
Alpha Beta Chapter at Auburn University
Service to Chi Omega: Anna was initiated into the Alpha Beta Chapter at Auburn University in 1991. 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.
She served on the National Recruitment Team for seventeen years. She has been on staff at Conventions and Firesides. She is a member of the Auburn Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter and served as an advisor to the Omicron Lambda Chapter of Chi Omega at Birmingham Southern College for 18 years. Anna has traveled for Chi Omega extensively for “Choices” visits, on-site recruitment visits, and serves as an attorney for NPC’s “Something of Value” program where she travels to campuses nationwide to perform mock trials on various risk management issues. Anna currently serves on a special task force for NPC focusing on large chapters. She is a member of the 1895 Society. In 2012 and 2014, Anna was elected to serve as the S.T.B. on the Supreme Governing Council. In 2016, she was elected to serve as S.N.V.
Professionally, Anna has her own law firm specializing in taxation, estates and trusts. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a Counsel Member of the Alabama Law Institute. She currently is a professor at Auburn University focusing on non-profit studies and has served as an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law. In 2012 – 2018 was listed under Best Lawyers in America in the Trusts and Estates area.
In her community, Anna is a Wish Granting Volunteer and former board member of Make-A-Wish for Alabama. She serves on numerous boards and committees in her legal field. She also serves as a board member of the Kiwanis Club of Auburn, Alabama.
Anna 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: Missy was initiated into Sigma Alpha Chapter at Miami University in 1985. She served her chapter as both G.M. and Asst. G.K.A. Upon graduation, Missy traveled for Chi Omega as a National Consultant.
Missy has been a member of the Rochester, New York, the Dayton, Ohio, and, currently, the Montgomery County Chi Omega Alumnae chapters. She is a member of the 1895 Society. She has been a chapter advisor, a member of the Extension Team, a member of the Risk Management Team, served on the National Advisory Training Team, and volunteered as a Firesides leader. She was the Convention Director for Chi Omega in 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2013, Missy served on the Centennial Planning Committee for Sigma Alpha Chapter of Chi Omega at Miami University. In 2014, she was elected to serve as the S.M. on the Supreme Governing Council.
Her volunteer involvement also includes a variety of different leadership positions with the Junior League and National Charity League. She currently serves on the Angel Reach Ministry that helps furnish temporary residence for young adults transitioning out of foster care.
Professionally, she currently owns MGP Interiors and Design. Missy is married to John Pask. They have two daughters, MacKenzie, a recent graduate of Texas A&M and initiate of the Xi Kappa Chapter, and Morgan, who just finished her freshman year at OU and is a member of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter. Missy and her family currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.