Omicron Delta Kappa’s Foundation is a separate 501(c)3 organization and uses the money it raises to support leadership development programs and provide scholarships to OΔK members. Learn more about ways you can give to the OΔK Foundation.
The Foundation is governed by its own leadership board, which is comprised of 15 members, including the current national president and one additional member of the Society’s board of directors. OΔK’s executive director sits on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees as a non-voting member.
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Russ Chambliss is the recently retired Chief Executive and President of Mason Corporation in Birmingham, Ala. Mason Corporation, a building products company, employees more than 100 individuals and has operations in five states. Russ continues to serve as a consultant to the company.
Russ was initiated in 2003 into the Alpha Circle of O∆K at his alma mater, Washington and Lee University. He resides in Birmingham, Ala, with his wife, Ann. He is a proud father of four children and seven grandchildren.
Russ is an active member of Kiwanis International and Chairman of the St. Vincent's Hospital Foundation Board. He also sits on the Alabama Symphony Board and the local Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors. Previously, Chambliss has served on boards for various Birmingham-area charities and corporations with an emphasis on investments and education.
He was elected Foundation President in 2014, and his current term on the Foundation Board of Trustees expires in 2018.
Foundation Vice President
Sally K. Albrecht is a popular choral composer, conductor, and clinician, especially known for her work with choral movement. She was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa at Rollins College where she earned her undergraduate degree and was active with Phi Mu, Chapel Choir and many theatre productions. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in drama and Master of Music in accompanying from the University of Miami.
An annual recipient of the ASCAP Special Music Award since 1987, Sally has more than 535 popular choral publications in print, 70 larger elementary songbooks and musicals, plus has developed 17 choral movement instructional DVDs. In addition, she has produced more than 50 larger school songbooks and musicals. Sally has also developed 15+ choral movement instructional DVDs. She has directed and staged the half-time show singers performing during two Florida Citrus Bowls, and Sally has conducted hundreds of honor choir events including festivals at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. For more than three decades, she was the Director of School Choral Publications for two major educational music publishing companies.
Sally and her husband, composer/arranger Jay Althouse, currently enjoy living in Raleigh, N.C. They were thrilled and honored to have their composition “I Hear America Singing!” performed during the 2009 presidential inauguration ceremonies.
She has served Omicron Delta Kappa as a member of the Foundation Scholarships Selection Committee, and she was the recipient of the O∆K Pillar of Leadership Award in Creative and Performing Arts in 2014. Her current term on the Foundation Board of Trustees expires in 2018.
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Darwin C. Jones is a manager in EY’s Transaction Advisory Service Tax practice, based in N.Y. He has extensive experience in tax compliance and deal execution as well as the planning and structuring of transactions for public and privately held clients. Prior to joining EY, Darwin worked with KPMG International and Advisory Services to provide strategic transaction consulting to clients at various stages of the business life cycle; specifically, assisting clients with driving revenue, increasing market efficiency from concept through realization and quantification of value to be created and execution services to maximize realized value. Darwin is a certified public accountant licensed in New York State.
In January 2013, Darwin was appointed to the Omicron Delta Kappa Society Board of Directors as national treasurer and to the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees. In his role as national treasurer, Darwin is responsible for the oversight of Omicron Delta Kappa Society’s financial management strategy and the continual development of the organization’s strategic goals. In addition to strategic planning, his responsibilities include: administration of all fiscal matters within the organization, facilitating the annual budget process with the Finance Committee and national headquarters personnel and to ensure the compliance of audit, tax and various regulatory policies and procedures.
Since 2010, Darwin has served as co-chair of the New York State Society of CPA's (NYSSCPA) COAP Program Advisory Board. COAP is a five-day summer program for high school juniors and is designed to recruit young minorities into the CPA profession. COAP provides an invaluable preview of college life, and the program encourages high school students to think beyond college and learn about a career in the business world.
Additionally, Darwin serves as a distinguished member of the Young Leadership Circle of the New York State Society of CPAs, member of KPMG’s African-American Network Advisory Board, and member of the American Institute of CPAs Student Recruitment Committee and Minority Scholarship Task Force.
A 2004 initiate of the University at Albany Circle, Darwin served as the 2005 – 2006 circle president. Darwin earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University at Albany and a Master of Science with distinction in Taxation and Finance from Long Island University – Brooklyn. His current term on the O∆K Foundation Board of Trustees expires in 2016.
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W. Jeffery Edwards is a 1981 initiate of the Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa at Washington and Lee University. He was appointed O∆K’s National Counsel in 2016. His current term as counsel runs through June 2018.
Jeff is a partner with the law firm of Hunton and Williams based in Richmond, Va. His litigation experience includes a variety of subject matters in different forums around the country. In addition to handling proceedings addressing general complex business disputes, Jeff has significant experience handling utility-related disputes (including the gas pipeline, telecommunications, electric, and nuclear industries; and involving regulatory, operations, and condemnation issues), post-M&A disputes, product safety issues, environmental and toxic tort matters, corporate governance matters, and real estate issues. Jeff's work includes both advice and counseling as well as handling disputes when they arise.
Jeff is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and in Virginia federal and state courts. He is a regular participant in the Washington and Lee Legal Ethics Institute at Washington and Lee University and an instructor in Washington and Lee University Law School’s Third Year Practicum.
In addition to earning his undergraduate degree from W&L in 1978, Jeff also earned his law degree from Washington and Lee in 1981. As an undergraduate, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. During law school, he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was the lead articles editor for the Washington and Lee University Law Review. He was also the recipient of the John W. Davis (highest GPA) and Ring-Tum Phi (University Service) awards.