Omicron Delta Kappa’s governing bodies have been fortunate to have many individuals who have served with distinction throughout years. In the interest of retaining connection with these dedicated volunteers, a number of members have been honored with the designation of trustee emeritus or trustee emerita. Designation of emeritus/a classification is authorized by majority vote of the Board of Trustees of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society and Educational Foundation. Emeriti trustees may continue to participate to in meetings of the board and participate in deliberations but have no vote and are not counted in computing a quorum at any meeting or in determining the total number of trustees required or permitted by the bylaws. Emeriti trustees may be appointed as voting members of governing or operating committees.
Sally K. Albrecht
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. Sally 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 600 popular choral publications in print, 75 larger elementary songbooks and musicals, plus has developed 20 choral movement instructional DVDs. She has directed and staged the half-time show singers performing during two Florida Citrus Bowls, and has conducted hundreds of honor choir events including festivals at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center. Sally was an accompanist for Fred Waring and has taught in the music departments at Oakland University (Mich.), Jersey City State College (N.J.), and Meredith College (N.C.). For more than three decades, she was the Director of School Choral Publications for two major educational music publishing companies, most recently for Alfred Music.
Sally’s music has been performed around the world, including at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration Ceremonies, as the Pope arrived in Philadelphia in 2015, by the 2016 Texas Elementary All-State Choir, in both Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center. She also composed (and co-wrote the lyrics for) “We’re Proud to Be O∆K,” the O∆K theme song.
Sally has been involved in Omicron Delta Kappa as a member of both the Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee and the Board of Trustees. She served as the O∆K Foundation President from 2018-19 and the Chair of the O∆K Board of Trustees from 2020-2021. She was also the proud recipient of the O∆K Pillars of Leadership Award in Creative and Performing Arts in 2014. Sally was named trustee emerita in June 2022.
Sally and her husband, composer/arranger Jay Althouse, currently enjoy living in Wake Forest, N.C.
Stephen D. Bisese
Stephen D. Bisese has served as the vice president for student development at the University of Richmond since 2006. Prior to this appointment, he served as the dean of Richmond College from 2002 – 2006. In addition, Steve served as the vice president for student development at Georgetown College (Ky.) for ten years. His background also includes work in residence life at the University of Tennessee and The College of William and Mary.
Initiated into The College of William and Mary Circle in 1982, Steve has gone on to serve Omicron Delta Kappa as its national vice president for extension (1998-2006) and as national president (2006-10). Steve has also served as a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees. He has been an advisor for the Georgetown College and University of Richmond circles of Omicron Delta Kappa, and he is a 2014 recipient of the Cheryl M. Hogle Award for Distinguished Service.
Steve is active as a committee chair for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is a long-time member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Association of Colleges of the South (ACS). Steve is married and has two daughters. He loves golf but admits to not being very good at the game.
Virginia B. Edwards
Virginia “Ginny” B. Edwards, a communications and organizational-development consultant, is a 1977 initiate of the University of Kentucky Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. She became joined the Foundation Board of Trustees in June 2016. Ginny was named trustee emerita in 2022.
Ginny was the president of Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit corporation that publishes Education Week and edweek.org, from March 1997 until she stepped down in July 2016. In the face of dramatic media disruption, she is credited with energetically evolving EPE and Ed Week over the years from a print-only publication to a thriving, financially successful 24/7 digital news operation.
Ginny also served as the editor-in-chief of Education Week – the premier “news outlet of record” for pre-collegiate education in the U.S. – from 1989-2016. The newspaper, published 37 times a year, is read by more than 200,000 subscribers and “pass-along” readers. For 20 years, she was also the editor of edweek.org, which reaches an audience of more than 1.6 million registered users, and, in 2015, she launched the Education Week Video unit to produce segments for the PBS NewsHour and other broadcast partners as well as digital video and other multimedia content for edweek.org and other online platforms.
Before joining EPE, Ginny worked for two years for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and, for the nearly 10 years before that, was an editor and reporter at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky.
A frequent speaker on education-policy and media issues, Ginny has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including, currently, the National Writing Project; Seek Common Ground, a network of state advocacy coalitions working to improve educational prospects for all children; and TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan.
Ginny and her husband Rick Colvin are residents of Savannah, Ga.
W. Jeffery Edwards
Trustee Emeritus and National Counsel Emeritus
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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 and served until 2022. He was named trustee emeritus and national counsel emeritus in June 2022.
Jeff retired as a partner with the law firm of Hunton Andrews Kurth 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.
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.
Jeff and his wife Rhonda live in Manakin Sabot, Virginia, and are the parents of two adult children.
Bruce D. Forbes
Bruce David Forbes is professor emeritus of religious studies and former chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa. He was a charter faculty member of the Morningside College Circle in 1983 (now Morningside University), when the college’s local unaffiliated upper class honor society sought membership in O∆K, and he has served as an active faculty member and as the faculty advisor to the circle for many years. Bruce was a member of the O∆K National Advisory Council from 2012-16 and served as its chair from 2014-16. He served as the National Vice President and chair of the Membership and Circle Standards Committee from 2016-18. He was named Trustee Emeritus in 2019, and he was given the Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award in 2020.
Bruce is the author of Christmas: A Candid History (2007) and a co-editor of Religion and Popular Culture in America (2000, 2005) and Rapture, Revelation and the End Times: Exploring the Left Behind Series (2004), plus numerous other book chapters and articles. His academic specialties are the history of American religion and the analysis of religion in popular culture. However, his teaching in a small department has developed his competencies as a generalist, offering a wide range of courses such as Introduction to Religious Studies, Christian Ethics, Science and Religion, American Indian Religions, Religion in America, History of Christianity, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Politics, and Religion and Popular Culture. He also has served as a national and regional officer in the American Academy of Religion, the major scholarly society for faculty and graduate students in religious studies.
Morningside is a teaching-focused institution, and Bruce has received every teaching award Morningside University has to offer: the Lucille and Charles Wert Faculty Excellence Award in 2002 (chosen annually by a faculty committee) and the O∆K Faculty of the Year Award in 1982 and 2002 (an award normally presented only once to a faculty member, chosen by O∆K members). In addition to these awards selected by faculty and by students, in 2003 Morningside University initiated the Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award, selected by outside evaluators and presented to three teachers annually. Bruce was one of the three recipients in the first year of the Walker awards, and in 2007 he became the first faculty member to receive it a second time.
Bruce is a graduate of Morningside, where he received his undergraduate degree. He earned his Master of Theology degree from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree was earned at Princeton Theological Seminary.
J. David Gibbs
J. David Gibbs earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond where he was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa. He has previously served his alma mater as a member of the Richmond Council. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Emory University’s School of Law. He was named Trustee Emeritus in 2020.
David is the chairman and co-founder of e|space, Inc. In addition, he is principal of consultancy with The West Bridge Group, LLC and is an active angel investor in Nashville, Tenn.
As a volunteer, David is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brehm Foundation and the Brehm Preparatory School, and he is Chair of the Brehm Capital Campaign. He was chairman of the Board of Trustees for Klingberg Family Centers. In addition, he is a Life Member of the Safari Club, the National Rifle Association, and the Boone and Crockett Club.
David joined the O∆K Foundation Board of Trustees in 2013 and served through 2018. He previously served as the vice president of the O∆K Foundation Board from 2014-16. David and his wife Kaye LaFollette (Belmont University, 2018) reside in Brentwood, Tenn.
John H. Herbst
Trustee Emeritus and National Parliamentarian Emeritus
At the University of Kentucky (UK), John Herbst served as the executive director of the Student Center from 1997-2019. Previously, he was the director of student activities at UK. He has been recognized nationally as both the Outstanding Student Government Advisor (2000) and the Outstanding Student Activities Director (1985), and he has also served on the national Board of Directors of the National Association for Campus Activities. In addition to his responsibilities as director of the student center, he also serves as the University Commencement Committee Chairman and was on the university’s SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation Team. He has also been a member of the University Student Affairs Crisis Response Team and is FEMA certified as a Campus-Community Emergency Response Team Trainer.
John has produced a number of entertainment shows for television and Lexington Gala Fundraisers, including serving as Executive Producer for “Ladies of Note,” recognized by the National Educational Television Association as first place major concert performance in a major market.
John was initiated into the University of Kentucky’s Nu Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa in 1985. He has served as the faculty secretary/circle coordinator of the circle since 1991. From 2006-10, he was a regional director for O∆K, and he was national convention chair in 2002. He has also been a member of the General Council and a faculty province director. John has also served as parliamentarian for the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2018 conventions. John currently serves Omicron Delta Kappa as a faculty/staff trustee. His current term on the board ends in June 2020.
He is a recipient of both the Eldridge Roark Meritorious Service Award and the Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award. He has chaired both the National Public Relations Committee and the National Awards Committee. John was a member of the National Advisory Council from 2010-16.
In his free time, John is a commercial hot air balloon pilot and enjoys travelling and spending time with his son, Marshall. He also has served as the chairman of Christian Education at his church in Lexington. John also currently serves on the board of directors of a private Christian school in Lexington, Kentucky, the community in which he resides.
Sally Jones Hill
Sally Jones Hill received her Bachelor of Science from Auburn University where she was initiated in Chi Omega as an undergraduate and into Omicron Delta Kappa in 1998. She recently served Auburn as one of the co-chairs of its successful comprehensive campaign and as a member of its presidential search committee. She was named O∆K Trustee Emerita in 2017.
Sally’s career has spanned from education to business to horse breeding. She taught at her alma mater as well as West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She was the personnel director for the NVF Company in Delaware and spent more than 20 years working for PSA, a marketing company based in New York City where she was the vice president. With her husband, Dr. Jim Hill, she owned and managed a large horse racing and breeding syndicate that still exists today. The Hills owned Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.
Sally was a voting member of the Foundation Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2016. She served as the Foundation President from 1996 – 2002. O∆K has recognized her with the Distinguished Service Key in 1998, and she was presented with the Laurel Crowned Circle Award in 2003.
The Hills have two adult children and three grandchildren. They split their time between Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Miami, Fla., and El Paso, Texas.
Linda M. Hooks
Linda M. Hooks was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa as an undergraduate at Louisiana State University, where she was student government vice president and Panhellenic president. She has served as the faculty advisor to the Alpha Circle of O∆K at Washington and Lee University since 2010. She was the member-at-large representing academe for the 2016-18 Society Board of Directors and previously served as National Vice President. Linda is a former faculty/staff trustee and a past chair of the Mission Committee. She was named trustee emerita in August 2021.
Linda is professor of economics at Washington and Lee University. She teaches money and banking, principles of macroeconomics, and a senior research seminar. She has also led a travel-based seminar on the European monetary union. Her research has been published in the Journal of Economic History, Journal of Financial Services Research, Review of Financial Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, The Group of Thirty monograph series, and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas publications. Linda is a past recipient of an American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Fellowship for sabbatical support.
She previously worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She received her Ph.D. and Master of Arts in economics from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
For O∆K, Linda has served as a member of the Centennial Celebration committee and as the liaison to W&L for the Centennial Convention held in Lexington, Va. She served on an ad hoc committee to discuss the terminology used for faculty officers and on the national nominating committee. As a faculty officer, she has attended faculty-officer training sessions, drive-in meetings, and three national conventions.
At Washington and Lee, Linda has served on numerous university-wide committees including the President’s Advisory Committee for tenure and promotion and on search committees for the university president, provost, and vice president for advancement. She is faculty advisor to Panhellenic and chaired a committee on student academic support. Linda is president of the Virginia Association of Economists. In the local community, she is a member of the Endowment Board of Directors for Manly Memorial Baptist Church, volunteers at the local elementary and middle schools, and is president of the Storm swim team booster club. Linda and her two sons reside in Lexington, Va.
Richard “Rich” S. Johnson
Richard (Rich) S. Johnson is a native of Richmond, Va. His affiliation with Omicron Delta Kappa began with his friendship with former O∆K National President Dr. Steve Bisese of the University of Richmond. Rich’s initial involvement included assisting with real estate issues in connection with the relocation of the national headquarters to Lexington, Va. In June 2021, the Board of Trustees voted to name the building the Joyce E. and Richard S. Johnson Center for Leadership and Omicron Delta Kappa Society and Educational Foundation, Inc. National Headquarters in recognition of the family’s generosity and Rich’s work to renovate and preserve the historic train station building. Rich joined the Board of the O∆K Foundation Board of Trustees in 2016 and chaired the Investment Subcommittee for several years. He was named Trustee Emeritus in 2021.
Since Dec. 2002, Rich has been chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Wilton Companies, a real estate investment company which owns, leases, and manages a diverse portfolio of real estate investment assets located in Va. and N.C. From 1985 to Dec. 2002, Rich served as president of Southern Financial Corporation of Virginia, president of Southern Financial Title Corporation, and co-owner of General Land Company of Virginia, Inc.
Rich has been active with alumni activities at the University of Richmond for many years and in many capacities. He has chaired the Alumni Association of the Robins School of Business as well as its annual fund. He served on the Board of Associates and subsequently on the Board of Trustees where he chaired the Student Development Committee where Dr. Bisese was the liaison to the board. He has served for many years on the Business Management Committee of the University as well. He is especially supportive of the Robins School of Business and the Spider Club.
Rich is a member of the Board of Directors, Executive, ACER, ALCO and Compensation Committees of First Community Bancshares, Inc., and First Community Bank. He also is a trustee emeritus of the University of Richmond, past director of the State Fair of Virginia, Inc., director emeritus of Ducks Unlimited, Inc., past director of Ducks Unlimited Canada, and as past director and past chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Economic Development Authority of the City of Richmond, Va. Rich received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond and a Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Rich and his wife Joyce have two daughters and two grandchildren.
William R. Johnston
William “Bill” Johnston is a 1989 honoris causa initiate of the Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa at Washington and Lee University. He served as president of the O∆K Foundation from 2006-10. He also served on the Omicron Delta Kappa Society Board of Directors and is a member of O∆K’s Five Star Society. He was named Trustee Emeritus in January 2018, and he is the 2014 recipient of the Laurel Crowned Circle Award. Bill is a graduate of Washington and Lee University.
Bill is the former president and chief operating officer of the New York Stock Exchange, a position that he held from 1996 to 2001. He previously served the NYSE as a governor, vice chairman, director, and senior advisor to the chairman. Earlier in his career, he was with LaBranche & Company and Mitchum, Jones, & Templeton. He was also the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Agora Securities from 1980-90.
Although professionally retired, Bill has been active with several charitable organizations. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the New College of Florida. In addition, he was previously involved with the Visible Men Academy of Bradenton, Fla. Bill remains active with the Plymouth Harbor Foundation.
Bill and his wife Elizabeth “Betsy” Moore Johnston have been married since 1962. They are the proud parents of two children and two granddaughters. They reside in Bradenton, Fla. and Fenwick Island, Del.
Darwin C. Jones
Trustee Emeritus and National Treasurer Emeritus
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In January 2013, Darwin was appointed national treasurer and served until June 2022. In his role as national treasurer, Darwin was 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 included 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. He also chaired the Finance Committee. Darwin was named trustee emeritus and national treasurer emeritus in June 2022.
Presently, Darwin is a faculty member in the accounting program at Long Island University and works as a New York State-licensed certified public accountant. Previously, Darwin was with the accounting firms of Ernest and Young and KPMG. He previously 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, he has served as 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 2005–06 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. He also recently completed his Doctor of Business Administration degree. Darwin and his wife Shalon have two children, and the family resides in Passaic, N.J.
Terrence M. Kungel
Terry Kungel is a 1969 initiate of the Purdue University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. He served as president of the circle as an undergraduate. He was a trustee of the O∆K Foundation Board of Trustees from 2014-18 and is former chair of its Investment Committee. Terry was designated as an emeritus trustee in July 2022.
Terry is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer. He is the third generation of his family to suffer from this disease. He withdrew from MCFPC after 10 years when he was diagnosed with colon cancer and had to undergo treatment. As CEO, Terry assisted six prostate cancer network groups serving 250-500 active prostate cancer patients and their loved ones and more than 10,000 inactive prostate cancer patients in Maine. This organization promotes awareness, outreach, education, fund-raising and patient assistance. He represents Maine as a Consumer Reviewer, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, which helps identify research grants that merit funding by the Prostate Cancer Research Program, Department of Defense. He serves as a Patient Representative, Advisory Committee Member, Special Government Employee, Food and Drug Administration. And he serves as a Patient PCORI Merit Reviewer and PCORI Ambassador for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Terry was the co-founder and CEO of a biotech company that utilized 10,000+ DNA samples to identify disease associated genes. The company was the discoverer of record for 13 single nucleotide polymorphisms SNPs, and it submitted numerous patent applications for preliminary disease associations. He also served as the CEO of an advanced materials company that was focused on space-based applications. Additionally, he worked with underperforming venture capital backed companies to assist investors, management, employees and customers to solve significant financial, strategic and execution related problems over the course of two decades. Terry joined McKinsey & Company directly after graduating from the Harvard Business School. He worked out of the firm’s New York and London offices. He left McKinsey to join Exxon Enterprises, Inc. where he pursued a lifelong interest in starting and managing new high-tech companies.
Terry is a former member of the following organizations: Purdue’s Krannert School of Management Alumni Board of Directors; Dean’s Advisory Council at Purdue Honors College; Harvard Business School’s Alumni Board of Directors; HBS MBA Class of 1976’s 30th Reunion, 35th Reunion, 40th Reunion and 45th Reunion where he served as Co-Chairman, Social Committee; Dana-Farber Cancer Center’s Visiting Committee for the Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology; and Maine Cancer Consortium’s Board of Directors where he served as Chairman and CEO.
During non-reunion years, Terry serves as the Class Secretary and Co-Chair of Social Activities for the Harvard Business School MBA Class of 1976.
William “Bill” Latture
Bill Latture earned a Bachelor of Science in naval science from the University of South Carolina in 1945 and a Bachelor of Science in commerce from Washington and Lee University in 1949. He was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa’s Alpha Circle in 1948. He has served Washington and Lee as class agent, a member of its Alumni Board of Directors and the George Washington Society, and chaired the Lee Chapel Capital Campaign. He is also a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.
In addition to serving his alma mater, Bill served in the U. S. Navy from 1943-46 where he attained the rank of Lt. (JG).
Bill is an Eagle Scout, has served as a Scoutmaster, and a longtime board member of the Old North State Council. He is the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award and is a member of the 1910 Society.
He retired in 1982 after 33 years as an executive with Blue Bell, Inc. (acquired by VF, Inc.) He served as chairman of the Textile and Needle Trades Division of the American Society for Quality Control and is a recipient of its Distinguished Service Award.
Bill is a past president of the Greensboro Historical Museum. He is also the co-founder and past president of the Belle Meade Society and longtime volunteer there. He has been active in his church and served it in many capacities, including chairman of the Administrative Board and chairman of the Trustees.
He has been a member of Summit Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He has been active with the Greensboro Mental Health Association and Greensboro Opera.
He and his wife Louise (Washington and Lee University, 2017) are longtime residents of Greensboro, N.C. and since 2007 they have lived at Well Spring Retirement Community, where Bill has served as president of its Residents’ Association. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Bill served as a regular member of the O∆K Foundation Board of Trustees from 2004-18. He was named trustee emeritus in 2018.
Richard “Rich” S. Pirrotta
Rich Pirrotta, the new CEO of SnapFulfil, is a frequent speaker, seminar leader, and teacher on the topics of leadership, strategy, motivation, e-business, and environmental management. He has been a member of the National Speakers Association, the leading organization for professional speakers, since 1999. His topics draw from his experiences as a line executive, management consultant, and teacher over the last 20 years. Rich is a senior operational leader, with a bias for action and a record of accomplishment for delivering outstanding business results in manufacturing, technology and e-commerce. He has broad, cross-organizational experience in strategy and strategy execution, management, finance, and operations, and has worked in over 30 countries. He is equally comfortable participating in strategic discussions with top-level management or working shoulder-to-shoulder with line personnel to get a job done.
Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration in financial management and operations management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rich has served in a variety of positions: as a vice president of a division of a Fortune 50 company, general manager of an e-commerce startup that grew from five to 200 employees, senior manager with the mergers and acquisitions practice of Deloitte & Touche, senior manager in the manufacturing practice of Deloitte Consulting, and in product development with Procter & Gamble, where he earned a U.S. Patent on Pringle’s Potato Chips. He has deep functional experience in strategy development, operations, and transformational change, and he has served as a board member of six companies in various stages of growth. Most recently, Rich was involved with his own firm in consulting to businesses from the startup stage to $400 million in revenue.
With more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, technology, and restructuring, Rich is a senior operational leader, with a bias for action and a record of accomplishment in delivering outstanding business results. He has broad, cross-organizational experience in operations, strategy, turnaround, management, and finance, and he has worked in more than 35 countries. He is equally comfortable leading or participating in strategic discussions with top-level management or working shoulder-to-shoulder with line personnel to get a job done.
Rich has served in president, vice president, COO, and CFO roles as a line executive, as well as spending ten years with Deloitte, first with their management consulting practice in Detroit, and later, with their mergers and acquisition practice in New York. As a consultant and adviser, he has contributed significant value to companies such as General Motors, RJR Nabisco, United Technologies, Merck, and Chevron.
Rich has also served as COO and CFO for a cloud based financial technology provider. He previously served in consecutive roles as president of Fastener Advance Products, COO of Enterprise Automotive Systems, and president of Vogel Industries, three Tier 1 precision component manufacturers ranging in size from $15 – $70 million. Each required growth, restructuring, and turnaround expertise in Michigan’s difficult economy. One of the companies required an orderly liquidation of the business, and Rich led the organization to a full $20 million payout of the lender’s position. His prior experience also includes serving as a vice president of a systems integration division of British Telecom.
Rich has deep functional experience in transformational change and strategy development, and he is a frequent speaker and seminar leader. He has taught in MBA programs at Wharton and the University of Michigan. He previously served as chairman of Wharton’s Global Alumni Association, with responsibility for an alumni network of more than 85,000 graduates.
He is an initiate of the Pennsylvania State University Circle where he also served as circle president. He served as O∆K’s National Treasurer from 1992-98 and Foundation Treasurer from 2011-16. He also served as a member of the O∆K Society Board of Directors from 1998-2000. Rich is a 2000 recipient of O∆K’s Eldridge W. Roark Jr. Meritorious Service Award. He previously served as a trustee of the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation. Currently, Rich is a trustee-at-large, and his present term will conclude in June 2020.
Rich, his wife Kat Phillips, and their son reside in Franklin, Mich.
Andristine M. Robinson
Andristine Robinson is a 1999 initiate of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Circle and served as its founding faculty secretary/circle coordinator. From 2002-06, she served as the Province III faculty director. Andristine also served the Society as the national vice president for extension from 2006-12. Over the years, she has chaired the Resolutions Committee, the Committee on Extension, and the Ritual Review Ad Hoc Committee. Her past and current committee memberships include the Scholarship Review and Selection Committee, Joint Audit Committee, Executive Director Search Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, National Leader of the Year Committee, and the Membership Task Force.
Andristine received the Meritorious Service Award in 2003, and the Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award in 2014. She became a member of the O∆K Foundation Board of Trustees in 2016. She was named Trustee Emerita in 2020, and the Society’s Champion Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity was named in her honor in the same year. Andristine is the first recipient of this award.
Andristine is currently the chief diversity officer at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). In this role, she leads the development and implementation of proactive justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in alignment with the college’s strategic plan to create and nurture a college climate that is welcoming, inclusive, respectful, and free from discrimination, intolerance, and harassment. Andristine provides major administrative support for the college’s governance system, the college-wide forum, chairs the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and leads the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center for the college. In 2008, Andristine received the Administrator of the Year Award; and in 2014, she received the President’s Medal – the highest award that can be received by an employee.
Professionally, she is a member of the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity (AAAED), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Maryland Community College Diversity Roundtable (which she co-chairs), and the College and University Association for Human Resources. Andristine currently serves as the co-chair of the Professional Development Committee for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).
While at PGCC, Andristine also served as director of governance and diversity, director of institutional initiatives, and director of student services operations as well as the interim dean of College Life Services. Prior to this, she worked as the assistant dean for student programs at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and as the associate dean of students/assistant vice president for student affairs at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania). Andristine began her work in higher education at West Virginia State University in residential life.
Andristine’s community involvement includes the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for which she is the immediate past president for the graduate chapter in Calvert County, Maryland and the current Treasurer. She is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Prince George’s and continues to volunteer for the organization. Andristine is the immediate past historian of the D.C. Metro Alumni Chapter of Lincoln, a committee chairman for The Links, Incorporated, committee chairman for Concerned Black Women of Calvert County, and a member of the Calvert County Branch of the NAACP.
She has served on the following boards: Leadership Prince George’s, Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Board of Directors, Women in Maryland Higher Education Executive Board, and The St. Mary’s Ballet, Inc. Board of Directors. Andristine is a member of the Cancer and Tobacco Coalition and the Minority Health Coalition in Calvert County, Maryland. She also served for a number of years as a volunteer for the Southern Maryland Light the Night Leukemia Walk Planning Committee for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland.
Andristine earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Lincoln University, graduating cum laude, and her Master of Arts in guidance and counseling (with a specialization in college student personnel) from Marshall University. Andristine and her husband Lewis reside in Huntingtown, Maryland, and have two adult children and have six grandchildren.
Calder P. Sinclair
Calder P. Sinclair founded Sinclair, Townes & Company and serves as president of the Atlanta-based fundraising consulting firm. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Emory University, Calder received his J.D. from the Emory Law School. He is an initiate of the Omicron Delta Kappa Circle at Emory.
An Atlanta resident since 1968, Calder served as the president Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation from 2002-06. He is a 2002 recipient of O∆K’s Eldridge W. Roark Jr. Meritorious Service Award and a 2008 recipient of the Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award. Calder served on the Foundation board until 2016, and he was designated as a Trustee Emeritus in July 2022.
As a professional, he has consulted with non-profit institutions and organizations throughout the country on capital campaigns, planned giving, annual giving, and comprehensive development counseling. As the former Director of the Estate Planning Program for Emory University, Calder was directly involved in The Campaign for Emory which raised more than $220 million for the university in the early 1980’s. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and The Florida Bar. He also serves on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center and the Advisory Board of the Cobb Community Foundation.
Marc J. Slotnick
Marc Slotnick was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa while he was a student at the University of Miami where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and later obtained his law degree. He was named Trustee Emeritus in August 2021.
Marc is a partner of Bailey & Slotnick, PLLC and a member of Bailey & Wyant, PLLC in Charleston, W.Va. In this role, his practice focuses on residential and commercial real estate matters throughout the State of West Virginia; wills, trusts, and estate planning; corporate entities; and contracts.
Marc has presented various seminars before lawyers, real estate agents, and the general public on topics including “Advanced Directives;” “Real Estate Attorneys in West Virginia;” “Computers in Real Estate Law;” “Short Sales;” “Wills and Estates;” “A Guide to Estate Planning;” “What is a Contract;” “Ethics for Realtors: Fiduciary Duties and Other Responsibilities;” “REO Closings and Indemnity Letter” and “The New Closing Disclosure [or Let’s Wait Another 3 Days].”
Professionally, Marc is a member of the American Bar Association; West Virginia State Bar; West Virginia Bar Association; The Florida Bar; American Land Title Association; ALTA State Legislative/Regulatory Action Committee; West Virginia Bar Association Probate Committee; West Virginia State Bar Association; and affiliate member of Kanawha Valley Board of Realtors. He is an agent for First American Title Insurance Company; Chicago Title Insurance Company; Old Republic National Title Insurance Company and WFG National Title Insurance Company. He was a past president of Kanawha Valley Board of Realtors Foundation Board of Trustees and past chairperson of the West Virginia Bar Association, Real Estate Division.
In addition, Marc is the president of Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston, Inc., a member of Jewish Federations of North America Network Advisory, and past president of B’nai Jacob Synagogue, Charleston, W.Va. Marc and wife Ellen live in Charleston and have two adult daughters.
Jeffrey I. Stone
Jeff Stone is a 1977 initiate of the Auburn University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. While at Auburn, he served as President of the Student Government Association. Jeff resides in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife, Linda (Auburn University, 1977). The Stones have three children and five grandchildren. Jeff became a member of the ODK Foundation Board of Trustees in 2016. He chaired the Development Committee from 2017-22. Jeff was named trustee emeritus in June 2022.
Jeff currently serves as Executive Vice President for Birmingham based general contractor, Brasfield & Gorrie. In his current role, Jeff oversees field operations and corporate support functions for approximately $4.0 billion in annual construction revenues, 38 operating divisions, and projects in 22 states, while serving on the company’s Executive Board. As a member of the Executive Board, Jeff assists in mapping marketing and financial strategies for future growth. Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation’s largest privately held construction firms with projects in multiple market sectors including commercial, healthcare, industrial, and civil construction.
Jeff has more than 40 years of construction experience with Brasfield & Gorrie, including 10 years of managing competitive bid and negotiated healthcare and commercial projects ranging up to $85 million. Prior to becoming Executive Vice President, Jeff was Manager of the Healthcare Division, Vice President of Operations, Regional President, and Chief Operating Officer responsible for more than $900 million in projects.
Jeff helps shape future construction and engineering leaders through his deep involvement at Auburn University, where he served as chairman of the Auburn University Foundation. Jeff is a member of Auburn’s 1856 Society, the Petrie Society, the Engineering Keystone Society and the Engineering Campaign Leadership Team. He is the former chairman of the Auburn Alumni Engineering Council. Jeff received the Distinguished Auburn Engineer Award in 2012 and was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2019, Jeff was recognized by the Auburn Alumni Association with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to his company and industry leadership, Jeff devotes much of his time to civic and philanthropic efforts. These efforts were recently recognized by the United Way Tocqueville Society with the Mervyn H. Stern Award, for the most significant contribution to the success of a United Way Campaign (2015). In 2019, Jeff served as Campaign Chairman for the United Way of Central Alabama.
He is a former chairman of Samford University’s Board of Overseers and is a member of the Birmingham Southern College Norton Board. Jeff also currently serves on the board of the United Way of Central Alabama, the Rotary Club of Birmingham, and The Quarterbacking Children’s Health Foundation. He is a member of Canterbury United Methodist Church where he serves on the church council and on the board of the Canterbury Foundation.
Additionally, he has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Children’s Harbor, the Civic Club Foundation, REV Birmingham, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where he was recognized as its Living and Giving Honoree in 2011. Jeff is a Past President of the Birmingham Sunrise Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and Leadership Alabama.
Thomas J. Vukovich
Thomas J. Vukovich was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa by Theta Circle at the University of Akron in 1977. He served as Faculty Secretary of the UA Circle for 12 years and was Province Faculty Director and Member of the General Council before being elected to two terms as the O∆K National Vice President for Circle Standards. As National Vice President, Tom also served on the Foundation Board of Trustees. He received the Society’s John “Jack” D. Morgan Award for Lifetime Service in 2020.
More recently, he participated in the review and selection of O∆K scholarship recipients and served on the Capital Campaign Planning Committee. At the 2002 National Convention, Tom received the Distinguished Service Key from the Society (Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award).
Upon retirement from the University of Akron, he and his wife, Dr. Diane Vukovich, established the Vukovich Regional Scholarship with Omicron Delta Kappa and are supporting the Vukovich Leadership Development Grant Fund as part of the capital campaign effort.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Northern University and his Master of Science in Education and Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1971 and 1982 respectively. He joined the University of Akron in 1972 as an academic advisor after seven years teaching science courses in two public school districts in Ohio. During his tenure at the University of Akron, he moved on to hold several leadership positions including Interim Dean of University College and finally Associate Provost for Student and Enrollment Services. He retired from the University of Akron in 2000 after 28 years of service.
Presently he and Diane volunteer as “EdZoocators” at the Akron Zoo and are co-chairs of the Social Committee for the Association of the University of Akron Retirees. They also actively support a variety of community organizations. The Vukovichs travel extensively, having visited more than 75 foreign countries and all seven continents. Tom and Diane reside in Akron, Ohio, and continue to support the University of Akron Zips football, basketball, and soccer teams.
Leslie A. Werden
Leslie A. Werden, Ph.D., was initiated as a faculty member into the Morningside University Circle of Omicron in 2008. She has served as a Circle Coordinator and is now the Faculty Advisor. In addition to local involvement, Leslie has written and edited articles for The Circle, attended a Faculty Officer Seminar in 2012, served on the National Advisory Council (2018-20) where she also chaired the Program Sub-Committee in year one and the Circle and Membership Standards Sub-Committee in year two. She is the 2019 recipient of the Morlan-Bishop Outstanding Circle Advisor Award. Leslie is former faculty/staff trustee and a past chair of the Mission Committee. She was named trustee emerita in June 2022.
Leslie is a professor of English and Rhetoric at Morningside University, where she has been since 2006. She has served the university as the First Year Writing Director, the Chair of Writing and Rhetoric, and the Chair of English/Spanish/Rhetoric prior to taking on the role of Department Head of Humanities. Leslie has been the faculty representative to the Morningside University Board of Directors as well as serving on various committees such as Promotion and Tenure, Curriculum Policies and Assessment, Advising, and Faculty Development.
Prior to joining the faculty at Morningside, Leslie earned her doctorate at the University of North Dakota where she also coordinated the film festival associated with the UND Writers’ Conference for three years. She earned her Master of Arts at Winona State University and also served as the Writing Center Director for one semester. Before pursuing her graduate degrees, Leslie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communication from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked for ten years in marketing for cable television companies in San Jose, Calif.; Chicago, Ill.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and Winona, Minn. Additionally, she was a freelance writer and a consultant for various companies in Minnesota.
In addition to her work with O∆K, Leslie is an active participant in film and theatre in Sioux City. She has been involved in multiple productions as an actor or volunteer with Lamb Theatre, Sioux City Community Theatre, New Stage Players, and Shot in the Dark. She also serves on the Sioux City International Film Festival and is currently the acting Vice President. Beyond the arts, Leslie also volunteers at NAIA basketball and volleyball tournaments each year.
Leslie’s additional volunteer activities include chairing the Newcomers’ Committee for the Conference on College and Communication and serving on the planning committee for the International Virginia Woolf Conference. Leslie has, in her past, also coordinated volunteers for Siouxland Youth Hockey; taken photographs for high school hockey, baseball, and basketball; and served as the Secretary for the Dakota Valley High School Booster Club.