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Undergraduate officer positions held: President (now CEO); sisterhood chairman; and member of the membership development and nominating committees.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? I moved to southwest Florida in the fall of 2012 for a job opportunity and my alumnae district director at the time (Leah Logan) let me know that the alumnae committee was redistricting. Because of this, there was an opportunity to apply for an ADD position in Florida, which I was thrilled to pursue!
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I remember attending Grand Convention as a college delegate and it just clicking. Seeing Grand Council, the alumnae delegates, and all of the other Theta volunteers in addition to the college women really put my Theta experience and the longevity of what it means to be a Theta in perspective.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? I became an advisor at Alpha Gamma/Ohio State in 2008.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? When I was in college, our advisory board chairman (ABC) Felicity Hillmer was an incredible inspiration and mentor. She, somehow, served basically on her own and did so with so much grace, energy, and passion. She treated us with respect, gave us space to make decisions, but was always there when we needed her—no matter how late at night!
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I truly love what I'm doing with Theta. I love being able to help alumnae chapters thrive and be successful. My experience as an alumna has made just as much of an impact and been fulfilling in a very different way than my time as a college member, so I really enjoy working to engage Theta's as adult women, in every stage of life.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? For the past two Grand Conventions, it has been so special to see when alumnae chapters are rewarded for their hard work and dedication over the biennium at the awards banquet. It's a tangible moment when they can celebrate all of their achievements, and I absolutely live for it!
Do you have a special Theta moment? My special Theta moment is absolutely having the opportunity to visit Alpha/DePauw. As a museum nerd, I loved seeing all of the beautiful Theta pieces and other notable items around the house (including the enormous Persian rug in the formal, or Founders Room&a Sarouk Feraghan&which was purchased by the chapter/alumnae in 1940 when the new Alpha Chapter house was built!).
Do you have a profession or personal passion? My passion happens to be museums and art. My master's degree is in museum studies and my bachelor's is in art history. I currently work at BIG ARTS on Sanibel, which is a visual, cultural, and performing arts organization. My focus is development and fundraising, which is such an exciting area, especially when you're passionate about the organization or cause!
Lynne McCaul Miller, Mu/Allegheny, served as the Fraternity's wellness committee chairman from 2012-2015. She has also held positions as program specialist on the education committee (2011-2012) and as an administrative district director (2008-2011).
Undergraduate officer positions held: I was the social events chairman and also vice president of recruitment programming for our Panhellenic Council.
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? While attending a national conference for a professional organization I belonged to, I networked with other Thetas and discovered the many opportunities for Theta volunteerism. At the time, I was living in an area where there was no local college chapter for me to serve. Given my background in working on a college campus as a fraternity & sorority life advisor, the opportunity to serve on a district level was very appealing to me. Several months later, Amy Kates (then vice president college), contacted me to talk to me about the administrative district director position.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? As an undergraduate student, my involvement with Theta had a huge impact on my leadership and personal development. I had both successes and failures as a leader in the chapter, and grew so much from both. My chapter was my support system through everything I did. I see volunteering for Theta as a way to give back to an organization that has become such a huge part of who I am. I hope that I can play at least a small part in impacting the Theta experience for our current undergraduates so that they can feel the same support and love from the Fraternity as I did (and still do!).
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? Ellen Kauffmann Nolan, Zeta Sigma/Ohio Northern, was my campus Greek advisor when I was an undergraduate student. Watching Ellen interact with students and the impact she had on our campus inspired me to consider the field of higher education and student affairs. Ellen also was so encouraging of me in my role on Panhellenic Council and helped me to realize the bigger picture of Greek life and our values.
In more recent years, Mandy Burgett Wushinske, Zeta Sigma/Ohio Northern, has played a huge role in my development as a Theta volunteer. She was a great partner and leader on our district team and saw the potential in me to advance wellness education for the Fraternity, which has been an overwhelmingly rewarding experience.
I would be remiss if I did not also give a shout-out to Jaime Hall Wilson (my big sister), Paige Bendel Ellerman, Gamma Iota/Kentucky, and Amy Hayner Kates, Alpha Phi/Tulane—all women who have inspired me with their strength and vision.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? Theta has become such a huge part of who I am. My love for Theta has only deepened over the years as I have had the opportunity to meet an abundance of such loving, intelligent, and strong leading women. Having been fortunate enough to attend Grand Convention several times, the pride I feel of seeing so many women come together for a common reason—an organization created to support women to their highest aspirations—it can be very intense. Knowing that I have been able to play a role in advancing this organization is a very humbling feeling. Ultimately, I guess it also boils down to living the promise I made so many years ago on my initiation night.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? When I was selected as the Fraternity's wellness committee chairman. Without a doubt, it was such an honor to be trusted with such an important endeavor as Sisters Supporting Sisters. Watching this program grow over the years has been one of the biggest highlights of my Theta experience.
Do you have a special Theta moment? Too many to count! Other than my very special moments with initiation and my Theta family, I would say that the most special to me is participating in the Procession Line-up before the Convention Banquet at Grand Convention. I am fortunate to have initiated into one of the older chapters, so being able to walk through the procession from almost the beginning and seeing the growth of the Fraternity over the years creates such an indescribable moment of pride. It never fails to make me teary-eyed.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I currently work at the University of Pittsburgh as the coordinator for commuter and transfer student programs. Working in student affairs has allowed me the opportunity to help today's student find their niche on their campus—just as I did with Theta. Outside of work, my husband, Jason and I have two daughters, Cadence (7) and Jacelyn (3). I love to read, travel, go to the movies and spend lots of time with my family!
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