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Slate for 2019-2021 National Council announced.

Kappa Delta is an impressive national organization because of the exceptional women who have led the sorority for the past 121 years. Their selfless devotion, vision, wisdom and courage have allowed Kappa Delta to flourish.

At Kappa Delta’s 63rd Biennial National Convention in summer 2019, delegates will elect the National Council officers who will lead the sorority for the 2019-2021 biennium. Kappa Delta’s Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate for the National Council election.

National President: Tricia Ruma Spence

Tricia Ruma Spence (Epsilon Alpha-Missouri S&T) was elected to serve as Kappa Delta’s national president in 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering management and a master’s and Ph.D. in information science and technology. She earned her doctorate at Pennsylvania State University. Tricia is the director of the Client Strategies Group PMO at Edward Jones specializing in strategic planning, having previously served in a similar position at Prudential. Prior to that, she traveled the world as a consultant, partnering with Fortune 500 clients in the planning and implementation of large-scale information technologies. She has served Kappa Delta nationally and locally in both the collegiate and alumnae sectors, previously serving as national vice president-alumnae. Log in to the Member Portal and choose “Resources” to learn more about Tricia. Choose the topic “Convention.”

National Vice President: Susan Stockton

Susan Stockton (Delta Gamma-Western Kentucky) has served as Kappa Delta’s national vice president since 2015. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and earned her juris doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. Susan previously served as a collegiate membership director, national collegiate advisor, collegiate province president and as vice chairman for the Nominating Committee before taking on the role of national vice president. She has been an advisor on four chapter advisory boards. Susan is a retired attorney who previously worked as a senior counsel for General Electric, and she founded Stockton Consulting in Geneva, Switzerland. Log in to the Member Portal and choose “Resources” to learn more about Susan. Choose the topic “Convention.”

National Vice President-Membership: Karen Thomas Fesmire 

Karen Thomas Fesmire (Beta Tau-Vanderbilt) was elected in 2015 to serve national Kappa Delta as NVP-Membership. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business. Karen has served on the chapter advisory board and house corporation board for two collegiate chapters. At the national level, she has served as a special advisor, collegiate province president, collegiate membership director and Legacy Resource Committee chairman. She has served on the board of trustees for Vanderbilt University and as president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association. Log in to the Member Portal and choose “Resources” to learn more about Karen. Choose the topic “Convention.”

National Vice President-Collegians: Laura Beth Hanson McKew

Laura Beth Hanson McKew (Delta Gamma-Western Kentucky) holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She currently serves national Kappa Delta as collegiate special projects director. Previously, she volunteered nationally as a collegiate membership director and chapter accounting specialist and locally on three chapter advisory boards. Laura Beth is vice president of Group Benefits for Pinnacle Planning Group Inc. and an experienced insurance broker. She has experience in human resources and the financial services industry. Log in to the Member Portal and choose “Resources” to learn more about Laura Beth. Choose the topic “Convention.”

National Vice President-Alumnae: Tove Bichel Thomas

Tove Bichel Thomas (Omicron-Illinois Wesleyan) was elected to serve as NVP-Alumnae at the 2017 National Convention. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and worked as an elementary school teacher for 28 years before retiring. She began volunteering for Kappa Delta in 1970 and has served as collegiate province president, regional chapter director, special advisor, national director of membership, national director of CABs, alumnae province president, alumnae chapter membership specialist, alumnae chapter operations specialist, alumnae development specialist and, most recently, alumnae chapter specialist. Log in to the Member Portal and choose “Resources” to learn more about Tove. Choose the topic “Convention.”

National Vice President-Finance: Sarah Smith Dubbert

Sarah Smith Dubbert (Epsilon Iota-Missouri) serves national Kappa Delta as a chapter accounting specialist and locally as CAB-finance on Epsilon Iota’s chapter advisory board. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education in mathematics and is a certified treasury professional through the Association for Financial Professionals. She is an executive vice president and Commercial Division manager for Commerce Bank. Log in to the Member Portal and choose “Resources” to learn more about Sarah. Choose the topic “Convention.”


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Meet the 2017-2019 Nominating Committee:

Tyler Easterling (Sigma Phi-Georgia; affiliated with Alpha Mu-Mississippi) is president and chief operating officer of The Brandon Agency, an integrated marketing agency headquartered in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She has served as a member of the Kappa Delta National Leadership Team as a chapter development consultant and regional membership director and was a chapter advisory board member for Alpha Pi-William & Mary. Tyler currently serves on the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, Young Presidents’ Organization Southern 7 Board and is a member of the 2018 Liberty Fellowship class.

Shannon Scruggs Campagna (Zeta-Alabama) is a senior policy advisor with the firm Alston & Bird LLP in Washington, D.C. She lobbies on behalf of a diverse set of clients before Congress and the Administration. In her more than 25 years in Washington, she has represented iconic companies like Safeway, Target, Wal-Mart and Mars Incorporated. She serves on the National Panhellenic Conference’s Government Relations Standing Committee.

Elise Barton Mullen (Sigma Sigma-Iowa State) is a licensed psychologist currently working for Cigna Behavioral Health. Volunteering in the areas of health, well-being and education has been a part of her life since 1974. She has been active for many years in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter and has held many board positions including three two-year terms as president. Under Elise’s leadership the AC was awarded the Marjorie Rowles Stakes Outstanding Alumnae Chapter at the 2015 National Convention.

Stacy McCord Sartoris (Epsilon Omicron-Central Florida) is a nonprofit professional who worked as director of development at the Frazer Center, a disability services organization, Vanderbilt University and Emory University. She traveled for Kappa Delta as a 2005-2006 chapter development consultant before serving 10 years on the National Leadership Team as a chapter specialist. She serves on the Alumnae Council of Girls Preparatory School and volunteers in her children’s school and neighborhood association.

Leah Cardona Schnoor (Gamma Iota-San Jose State) holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration. She serves as the executive director of Advancement for Notre Dame High School in San Jose, California. Leah has served on various community boards including serving as president of the Junior League of San Jose and community vice president for the Willow-Rose Chapter of the National Charity League. She is a member of Kappa Delta’s San Jose, California, Alumnae Chapter.

Sandy Wysocki (Epsilon Iota-Missouri) is the chief development officer for the United Performing Arts Fund in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, raising more than $12.3 million in 2017. Sandy serves as president of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Kappa Delta Alumnae Chapter and is a member of the chapter advisory board for Theta Lambda-Marquette. She is a member of multiple boards including Milwaukee Women Inc., the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, the Waukesha County Business Alliance Policy Board and the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County. Her outstanding community involvement earned her Kappa Delta’s Order of the Pearl in 2015.

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