Meet some notable Kappa Deltas.
Kappa Delta members are three-star generals, circuit court judges, business executives, devoted mothers, Nobel Prize-winning authors, U.S. senators, renowned artists, entrepreneurs, visionaries, award-winning journalists, engineers, leading researchers, athletes, community leaders, volunteers and more.
Brooke Anderson (Sigma Phi-Georgia)
Brooke is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning TV host and journalist who works for Entertainment Tonight. She previously served as co-host of The Insider as well as CNN Entertainment correspondent, writer and producer plus co-host of HLN’s Showbiz Tonight. Her assignments have included covering the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate in London, the Sundance Film Festival, the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Fashion Week.
Patricia Wood Barnes (Delta Delta-Troy)
In 1989, Patricia (dubbed “Sister” by a sibling) began baking her now famous rolls in the kitchen of her home for her small catering business and for friends and family using recipes belonging to her grandmother and other family members. Today Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls is a multimillion dollar corporation. Her rolls can be found in the freezer section of grocery stores in more than half the states in the U.S.
Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (Theta-Randolph Macon)
Pearl is the renowned author of over 70 books. She is the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature, and she also won a Pulitzer Prize. In 1942, Pearl and her husband founded the East and West Association, dedicated to cultural exchange and understanding. In 1949, she established Welcome House, the first international, interracial adoption agency.
Ruth Johnson Colvin (Lambda-Northwestern)
Ruth is the founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, now ProLiteracy Worldwide. The organization has nearly 330 programs in 42 states and works in conjunction with correctional facilities, adult educational programs, schools, universities, libraries, industry and other community service programs. An inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Ruth is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Lynne Martin Doughtie (Epsilon Pi-Virginia Tech)
Lynne is U.S. Chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of the world’s leading professional services firms offering audit, tax and advisory services. She also is a member of KPMG’s Global Board and Executive Committee and leads the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, an initiative focused on getting more women into the C-suite. Lynne has been named to Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business, Accounting Today magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People, the National Association of Corporate Directors’ 100 most influential people in the boardroom, and “Woman of Achievement” by the National Association of Female Executives.
Bonnie Dunbar (Sigma Iota-Washington)
With five NASA Space Flight Medals, Bonnie, a space shuttle astronaut, was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, one of five women in the world so honored. She also is recipient of NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Award. She has logged more than 1,208 hours (50 days) in space and served as a mission specialist on five space flights. Bonnie is considered one of the most experienced female astronauts in the world.
Georgia O’Keeffe (Beta-Chatham Episcopal)
As early as the mid-1920s, Georgia became recognized as one of America’s most important and successful artists, known best for her large-scale depictions of flowers as if seen close up. She is a recipient of the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. Her legacy continues at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kappa Delta is a proud supporter of the museum’s Art and Leadership Program for Girls.
Claudia Kennedy (Alpha Delta-Rhodes)
Claudia is the U.S. Army’s first female three-star general and highest ranking female officer in Army history (now retired.) During her career, she received numerous awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Staff Identification Badge and the Living Legacy Patriot Award.
Suzy Spafford Lidstrom (Beta Rho-San Diego State)
Suzy is the creator of Suzy’s Zoo greeting cards and stationery products marketed worldwide. Her whimsical characters are recognized internationally, and her products have generated sales totaling over a billion dollars.
Patricia Polito Miller (Sigma Upsilon-Indiana)
Pat is co-founder of Vera Bradley Designs, former secretary of commerce for the state of Indiana, former CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, recipient of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and founder of the Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Foundation.
Cara Mund (Theta Gamma-Brown)
Miss America 2018 Cara Mund was a founding member of Kappa Delta’s Theta Gamma Chapter at Brown University, where she served as chapter president and vice president-community service. At 14 years old, Cara created North Dakota’s annual Make-A-Wish fashion show and was recognized for her efforts by former President Barack Obama in 2011. Cara is a national dance champion and trained four summers with the Radio City Rockettes. After interning for Senator John Hoevenhe in her home state of North Dakota, she solidified her plans to attend law school at the University of Notre Dame and aspires to become the first female governor of North Dakota.
Gloria Ray (Gamma Delta-East Tennessee State)
Gloria established the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and was named the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Administrator of the Year. She was the first president of the Southeastern Conference Women’s Athletic Directors and served as president and CEO of the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Bureau. The University of Tennessee Athletic Department honored Gloria by creating a leadership award in her name.
Lara Von Seelen Spencer (Beta Theta-Pennsylvania State)
Lara is a co-anchor for ABC’s Good Morning America and a correspondent for Nightline and ABC News. Previously, she was the host of The Insider from 2004 to 2011 and a regular contributor to CBS’s The Early Show. She hosts the show Flea Market Flip on both HGTV and the Great American Country channel.
Janet Marie Smith (Delta Omega-Mississippi State)
A renowned architect and urban planner, Janet Marie oversaw upgrades and enhancements to Dodger Stadium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Fenway Park and the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field. Her preservation of historic Fenway Park placed this significant ballpark on the National Historic Register. Her work in Atlanta helped transform the 1996 Olympic Stadium into Turner Field, home of the Braves. She was named in the inaugural class of the Sports Business Journal Game Changers: Women in Sports Business.
Leigh Anne Tuohy (Alpha Mu-Mississippi)
Leigh Anne’s family’s story of adopting Michael Oher was the basis of a book and blockbuster film, The Blind Side, with Sandra Bullock winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Leigh Anne. Leigh Anne and her husband, Sean, established the Making it Happen Foundation in 2010 to promote awareness and provide hope for children at risk.