Staff

Tara S. Singer : Executive Director

Tara S. Singer

Executive Director


(540) 458-5340 | tara@odk.org

Biography

Tara S. Singer was named as Omicron Delta Kappa’s fifth Executive Director in April 2013.  A 1981 initiate of the Beta Epsilon Circle at the University of Louisville, Singer also served as the faculty officer for the University of West Georgia Circle from 2005-07.  She brings more than three decades of experience in association management, communications and marketing, alumni engagement and development, and university administration to her roles as the chief executive for both the Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Inc. and the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation, Inc.
 

Tara was previously the assistant vice president for Communications and Marketing at Indiana State University. She has managed a range of budgets for university departments and divisions, affiliated foundations, and membership organizations; developed successful marketing campaigns for student recruitment at Indiana State University and for the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Alumni Association; and created comprehensive alumni engagement programs at the University of West Georgia and the University of Louisville.  Additionally, Tara has coordinated numerous state, regional, and national conferences and has edited and co-authored various publications, including one book and several articles published nationally.

 

She is also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and Mortar Board.  Previously, she served Mortar Board as a member of that organization’s National Editorial Board and as an advisor for the Pallas Chapter at the University of Louisville.  Tara also volunteers on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia.  She earned all of her degrees at the University of Louisville including a Doctor of Education in educational administration, a Master of Arts in higher education administration, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in American studies.

 

Tara is the mother of three sons. Scott Strednak Singer, a recent doctoral graduate from Temple University, and his wife, the Reverend Katie Strednak Singer, reside in Vienna, Va.; Britt Singer teaches English as a Second Language in Prague; and Chad Singer is a park naturalist in south central Ky.
Katy Datz : Associate Executive Director for External Relations

Katy Datz

Associate Executive Director for External Relations


(540) 458-5344 | katy@odk.org

Biography

Katy Datz joined Omicron Delta Kappa as the associate executive director for external relations in July 2015. She brings more than twelve years of experience in development and alumni relations in higher education and nonprofits to her role.

At OΔK, Katy provides leadership on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to fundraising, stewardship, campaign planning, communications, and Foundation board relations. Her leadership in this senior development position plays a key role in advancing OΔK’s fundraising program and leading its first-ever comprehensive campaign.

After graduation from Roanoke College, Katy held the position as assistant director of annual giving and young alumni relations at Hampden-Sydney College. Returning to her alma mater, Katy served as the associate director of alumni and parent relations before moving back to Lexington in 2009. Katy became the director of development and assisted the Rockbridge Area Health Center with all of its fundraising and outreach efforts, including the successful completion of transitioning from a free clinic model of business to a community health center.

She received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Lexington Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Katy serves as a member of the Lexington Rockbridge Jaycees, and she is also a charter member of the Rotary Club of Lexington Lunch. Katy lives just outside of Lexington, Va. with her boxer dog, Ryeley.

Timothy Reed : Associate Executive Director for Business and Membership Services

Timothy Reed

Associate Executive Director for Business and Membership Services


(540) 458-5345 | tim@odk.org

Biography

Timothy (Tim) A. Reed was named Associate Executive Director for Business and Membership Services in August 2016.  His specialties include leadership development, professional performance training, curriculum development, instruction, major event planning, and facilities management. He has presented widely on leadership, organizational development, program planning, professional standards, and facility management.

With more than 30 years of experience, Tim has served in widely different university settings.  As Director of University Student Commons and Activities and then as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, he led the curriculum and programmatic development of VCU’s third Living Learning Program (VCU-LEAD).  He co-founded the VCU Emerging Leaders Program, now in its tenth year.  Tim led efforts in professional development, SACS accreditation, assessment, and communications. As director of the student centers, he led the largest expansion of student experiences in 15 years as well as three major renovation and construction projects for the university.

Tim served in a number of student activities positions at Virginia Tech and as Dean of Students for Harlaxton College, British Campus of the University of Evansville.

Tim served on the Board of Trustees for Association of College Unions (ACUI).  He has also served as regional business manager and director, regional conference chair, and on a number of international committees. He also serves on the Harlaxton Society (University of Evansville) Board of Directors, and has served on the numerous other boards and advisory committees.

Tim is a member of ODK (Virginia Tech, ‘89) served as one of the re-chartering members and the Faculty Secretary for ODK, VCU Circle (2012).  He is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

He received a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from Virginia Tech, a Master of Arts in education from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies/interpersonal communication from the University of Evansville.

Tim enjoys reading, travel, biking, walking, and just spending time with his wife of many years, Lynn. He has three grown children and two grandchildren.

 

Brent Anderson : Director of Finance and Extension

Brent Anderson

Director of Finance and Extension


(540) 458-5341 | brent@odk.org

Biography

Brent Anderson joined Omicron Delta Kappa in August 2013.  He brings a wide variety of accounting and management experience to his role as OΔK’s chief business officer. Brent earned his undergraduate degree and a Master of Accountancy with an emphasis in Financial Audit at Brigham Young University, and he is a member of Phi Theta Kappa.  In addition, Brent worked as a CPA for a national and a regional firm before moving to a high tech corporation and an international export company.

Previously, at Southern Virginia University (SVU), in Buena Vista, Va., he managed the operations of the business office and interfaced with several university departments and divisions to increase productivity and budgetary compliance. Additionally, he has served on the board of directors of the Delta-Montrose Electric Cooperative and as president of the Hotchkiss Chamber of Commerce in Colorado.

Brent is active in church service and leadership as well as involved in community service in the Lexington/Buena Vista area where he resides with his wife Brooke, a SVU graduate, online seminary instructor and public school substitute teacher.  They are the parents of four children and four grandsons.

Lindsey Cline : Director of Communications and Annual Giving

Lindsey Cline

Director of Communications and Annual Giving


(540) 458-5348 | lindsey@odk.org

Biography

Lindsey Cline joined Omicron Delta Kappa as the director of communications and annual giving in March 2015. She brings a decade of experience in communications and marketing for small businesses and nonprofits to her role. She is a 2015 initiate of Sweet Briar College.

Lindsey formerly built successful marketing programs for non-profit organizations and businesses, including the Choose Clean Water Coalition in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, and Mockingbird Ministries. Lindsey began her career in journalism; first as a television host for Virginia Living Television and then as a writer for The Chronicle of the Horse, the popular equestrian magazine and website. As a Sweet Briar undergraduate, she competed on several horse show teams, was a top-ten finalist in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association National Championships, and rode professionally for Olympian Anne Kursinski following graduation.

She was a founding board member of Cville Women in Technology, a non-profit for professional women and girls interested in or associated with technology. She currently serves on the advisory council for WNRN, a community radio station, and with various volunteer projects for Sweet Briar College.

She and her husband live in Lynchburg, Va.

Eve Mergenthaler : Assistant Director for External Relations

Eve Mergenthaler

Assistant Director for External Relations


540-458-5346 | eve@odk.org

Biography

Eve Mergenthaler was named Omicron Delta Kappa’s Assistant Director for External Relations in June 2017. She is a 2016 initiate of the Sweet Briar College Circle. Prior to her current role, Eve was the Membership Services Coordinator for ODK and interned with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Sweet Briar College and while there, became a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, was named to the Gladiator Division III National Academic Squad and received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in England.

Currently, Eve lives in Monroe, Va. and is slowly accumulating pets. When not visiting the humane society for her next furry friend, she enjoys hiking the area’s Appalachian Trails.

Mary Burner : Financial Services Coordinator

Mary Burner

Financial Services Coordinator


(540) 458-5347 | mary@odk.org