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Board Service

One of the greatest ways a member can give back to the organization is through board service. There are three opportunities to serve on a Theta board. Grand Council is the governing body of the Fraternity, Fraternity Housing Corporation board of directors oversee Kappa Alpha Theta’s college chapter housing strategy, and Foundation Trustees support Theta Foundation’s mission and needs. While each board has a unique election process and term limits, all are organized by two-year terms beginning in even years.

The 2022 nominating committee conducted its business according to the Nominating Committee Procedures adopted by 2020-2022 Grand Council.

Katie Busby, Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi, served as committee chairman and Laura Locke Gamma Phi/Texas Tech, served as vice chairman. Convention Secretary Betsy Corridan, Beta Omicron/Iowa, served as secretary. Nine nominating committee members, five collegians and four alumnae, were elected by their respective districts to serve on the committee. Each woman fulfilled her role admirably and maintained the confidentiality of all committee business.

Each candidate participated in a synchronous, virtual interview and all committee meetings were held virtually. The nominating committee completed a thorough and thoughtful review of the information provided by and about each candidate and her ability to fulfill the duties of Grand Council. On behalf of the 2022 Nominating Committee, I respectfully present the slate for the 2022-2024 Grand Council for consideration by convention delegates.

If you have a concern about a slated candidate’s ability to fulfill her duties, please contact me at Boardservice@kappaalphatheta.org.

Nominating Committee Chairman Katie Busby


2022 – 2024 Grand Council Slate

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    Fraternity President
    Erica D'Angelo Ochs

    Eta Nu/Lake Forest
    Plymouth, MI

    Erica has served as a Fraternity vice president since she was elected to Grand Council in 2016. During her time on the board, she has served ex officio as a Theta Foundation trustee and a Fraternity Housing Corporation vice president. Previously, she served as an administrative district director, a budget district director and most recently as chairman of the chapter compliance committee. In addition to a bachelor's degree in English, Erica holds a second degree in legal assisting. Erica is Vice President Americas for NNG, Inc.

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    Vice President
    Catherine Lock Bibb
    Gamma Phi/Texas Tech
    Lubbock, TX

    Cate was elected as a Fraternity vice president in 2018. In her first term, she served ex officio as a Fraternity Housing Corporation vice president, and currently serves ex officio as a Theta Foundation trustee. Prior to Grand Council service Cate served as 3rd, and then 2nd alternate NPC delegate. Cate also served two terms as chairman of Theta’s recruitment committee. Cate holds a master's degree in higher education and has served professionally as Panhellenic advisor at Texas Tech University and as an adjunct instructor for Angelo State University.

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    Vice President
    Laura Richardson Bright
    Beta Tau/Denison
    Fort Myers, FL

    Laura is the chief advancement officer for Golisano Children's Museum of Naples. Laura has served Theta as a member of the alumnae committee and the volunteer engagement committee since 2013. She has chaired the alumnae committee since 2016. In addition to a bachelor's degree in art history, Laura holds a master's degree in museum studies.

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    Vice President
    Jane Shepherd Dick
    Epsilon Mu/Princeton
    Palo Alto, CA

    Jane is a long-time Theta volunteer who began her district service as a member of the alumnae committee in the late 1990s. She has served Theta Foundation as a trustee and as Fraternity nominating committee vice chairman and chairman. Jane has completed five terms as a Fraternity vice president, serving on the board’s audit, enterprise risk management, and personnel committees. Jane’s professional career has included positions in high-tech and education.

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    Vice President
    Nicole Frank
    Beta Theta/Idaho
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Nicole currently serves as associate director of the University of Utah’s Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Disease Initiative. In addition to her undergraduate degree in microbiology, Nicole holds masters’ degrees in veterinary microbiology and science & technology policy, and a Ph.D. in pharmacology. She has served Theta as a finance district director, director of risk management, and chairman of the college chapter budget committee. She currently serves as chairman of the academic development committee, formerly known as the scholarship committee.

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    Vice President
    Christina Villarete Tran
    Zeta Nu/UC Davis
    Phoenix, AZ

    Tina currently serves Theta as the director of diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI). Her previous Theta volunteer positions include administrative district director, alumnae district director, and a variety of Theta Foundation scholarship reading and scoring committees. A doctor of veterinary medicine, Tina currently serves as associate professor of practice and clinical relations lead veterinarian for the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine. Tina is a founding board member and past president of the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association.

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    Vice President
    Cynthea Strube Yestal
    Beta Chi/Alberta
    Edmonton, AB

    Cynthea is completing her second term on Grand Council as a Fraternity vice president and currently serves the board as chairman of the enterprise risk management committee. Prior to Council service, Cynthea served as director of risk management and completed two terms as risk prevention committee chairman. Professionally, Cynthea served in the fundraising industry for many years before transitioning to leadership in her family owned and operated autobody business.

The 2022-2024 Foundation Board of Trustees and 2022-2024 FHC board of directors have been elected and are listed on the Our Leadership page.

Important Nominating Committee Dates

By April 1: Grand Convention delegates informed of Fraternity nominating committee responsibilities and process to elect the nominating committee

April 24: Interest indicator closes

By April 30: All district representatives elected

District Meeting Schedule:

District I - April 12, 8:00 p.m. Eastern
District II - April 11, 7:00 p.m. Eastern
District III - April 20, 8:00 p.m. Eastern
District IV - April 14, 6:00 p.m. Central
District V - April 19, 6:00 p.m. Central
District VI - April 25, 7:00 p.m. Mountain
District VII - April 20, 6:30 p.m. Pacific
District VIII - April 12, 6:30 p.m. Pacific
District IX - April 12, 7:00 p.m. Central

If you would like to participate in any of the above meetings, please contact Angela Merk (M-F 8:30-4:30 ET) with your name, chapter and initiation year for Zoom link information.

May - June: Nominating committees will meet

By July 1: Council slate announced; Trustees and FHC directors elected

July 9: Council elected by Grand Convention

A Note on Board Service

Every two years, the legislative body of the Fraternity convenes at Grand Convention to conduct important business, including the election of the members of Grand Council as defined in the Constitution, Article V, Section 1. B. 1. Prior to Grand Convention, the elected nominating committee composed of both college and alumnae chapter delegates meets to review candidates’ applications for board service for both Council and the Fraternity Housing Corporation.

Serving on Grand Council—our governing board—is a rewarding volunteer experience that gives Thetas the opportunity for a high level of involvement. Council members are women who lead and make a difference in the lives of Thetas and others everywhere while being responsible for all aspects of Fraternity operations.

Fraternity Housing Corporation board members focus on all the housing needs of college chapters.

Foundation Trustees are charged with helping secure and manage resources for Fraternity programs and supporting members to reach their full potential.

If you’re interested in serving on any governing board, please check this page often for information and updates. This is where you will find governing board job descriptions, a board slating timeline, a map showing nominating committee districts, an interest indicator, and an application that can be filled out for any one of the three governing boards—Council, Fraternity Housing Corporation and Foundation.

Thank you for your interest in serving as a governing board member. You will not only have created your own legacy but enhanced the legacy of Kappa Alpha Theta for women of today and tomorrow.

Katie Busby, Epsilon Zeta/Mississippi
Fraternity and FHC Nominating Committee Chairman

Kelly Wesley Taylor, Gamma Iota/Kentucky
Foundation Nominating Committee Chairman

Questions?

Have questions about the nominations process or serving on the Council, Fraternity Housing Corporation and Foundation boards? All correspondence is welcomed and confidential.

Supporting Documents

2018 Grand Convention Nominating Resolutions

Log in to Theta Portal to view the resolutions (Documents > Miscellaneous Forms).

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2020 Nominating Committee District Map

Log in to Theta Portal to view the resolutions (Documents > Miscellaneous Forms).

Download the District Map

Board Responsibilities/Job Descriptions

Grand Council

Grand Council is the governing body of the Fraternity in the interim between Grand Conventions and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the policies of the Fraternity.

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Theta Foundation

The board of trustees advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation to support the Foundation’s mission and needs.

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Fraternity Housing Corporation

The Fraternity Housing Corporation board is comprised of at least three and no more than five directors who set policy and approve plans for Kappa Alpha Theta housing.

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Our Leadership

See the list of current board members and the workforce of volunteers and staff who support them.