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Jenny Randall Nichols, Psi/Wisconsin, is college district director (CDD) in College District I. She has also served as an educational leadership consultant (ELC), development advisor for Psi/Wisconsin, and director of risk management (now risk prevention committee chairman).
Undergraduate officer positions held: Social chairman (now event director) and chapter president (now chief executive officer).
How did you learn about the opportunity to become a Theta volunteer? It's a funny story! I ran into former Grand Council member, Julie Gilpin, at Summerfest, a big music festival in Milwaukee. She told me about a new role the Fraternity was expanding: director of risk management. Julie was the CDD of my college district when I was chapter president.
What made you want to become a Theta volunteer? I received great support as a college chapter from local- and district-level volunteers. My chapter faced some challenging times and they were always there to listen, guide and encourage me. They believed in me when I didn't and really helped us improve our chapter. I knew when leaving college that I wanted to give back what had been given to me.
How long have you been a Theta volunteer? 13 years.
Do you, or did you have, a Theta mentor? There have been so many! Thetas have influenced every aspect of my life, personally and professionally. Two people stand out: Julie Gilpin and Regina Collins Simon. I've known these Thetas since I was a college chapter member and have valued their encouragement, wisdom and friendship for almost 20 years.
Why do you stay involved with Theta? I stay involved so that I can give back to an organization that has given me so much: lifelong friends, confidence and leadership skills, and the opportunity to be a part of a group of strong, smart and committed women. I love working with college members; their energy and enthusiasm are contagious and I truly enjoy being able to support their goals and help them through their struggles. I also keep volunteering for some personal benefits: I get to travel around the country and see my fellow volunteers who have become great friends.
Do you have a special volunteering moment? A really special volunteer moment for me was getting to see my college chapter win the Soaring Kite Award at Grand Convention 2014. Another special moment was attending the centennial celebration of Alpha Tau/Cincinnati in 2013. I was their CDD at the time and met many of the chapter members and alumnae who worked so hard to put on a beautiful weekend. I had also visited the chapter as an ELC and reconnected with a couple of the advisors and the chapter president I had worked with that year.
Do you have a special Theta moment? Attending Grand Convention as a CDD is very special and a great honor for me. I am always very humbled to be a part of the business, social and ritual aspects of Convention among so many incredible women.
Do you have a profession or personal passion? I'm very passionate about improving the lives of children, especially in Milwaukee where I live. I get to focus on this passion through my work in health education for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.
Do you know a Theta who's made a difference in her local Theta chapter? Let us know!