Members of OΔK’s National Advisory Council represent OΔK’s key constituencies—students, circle coordinators, faculty advisors and alumni—and are appointed by the Board of Directors to serve two-year terms. Because of their experience in OΔK and their expertise in other areas of business or collegiate life, they are able to provide guidance on a range of issues that affect the Society.
Throughout her education and career, Omicron Delta Kappa has remained an important part of Cie Cochran’s life. Over the past 18 years, her involvement has ranged from serving as a circle president, a term as the East Caucus student representative for the Society Board of Directors, a member of the Council of Regional Directors for Region 1 and vice chair of that group for one term. She has also served as a faculty secretary and a member-at-large on the Board of Directors. Cie currently serves as the chair of the National Advisory Council and member of the Society Board of Directors. She also re-chartered the University of Miami’s O∆K alumni circle in her service. Cie believes strongly in the mission of O∆K and has always valued her involvement with the organization. She is a 2004 recipient of Omicron Delta Kappa’s Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service Award.
Cie currently owns SMT Grant and Non-profit Services and serves as an independent grant writer and non-profit liaison for organizations in the region.
Cie earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Miami where she also started her career in higher education. Early in her career, Cie worked in the Department of Student Activities and Leadership Programs. She continued her work with students and leadership development at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. where she worked in the Center for Student Involvement. Cie then began a career in alumni relations and served as the director of alumni engagement for the University of Miami Alumni Association where she was responsible for the management of alumni weekend, reunions, and affinity engagement initiatives. Following her career at Miami, Cie left higher education to work as the director of development for a women’s shelter.
In addition to attending as many Miami Hurricane football games as possible, Cie enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and volunteering in the community. Cie currently serves on the boards for several local organizations focused on youth in the arts and the human services sector. Cie is also a proud Cub Scout Den Leader and Girl Scout Troop Leader. Cie and her husband Myles Cochran (University of Miami, 2002), along with their three children, presently live in Bentonville, Ark.
Alex DeJarnett received a Bachelor of Science in political science with a minor in history at the University of North Alabama. He received his Master of Applied Social Science, with a concentration in public administration from Florida A&M University. Alex has had a robust career in the corporate, public and higher education arenas.
Alex believes in the empowerment of students through mentoring, reflection, advisement, scholarship, support and feedback allows for their personal advancement.
At Florida A&M University, in his previous service as the Coordinator of Greek Life and Community Involvement, Alex implemented new guidelines for members of the Greek population, supported organizations events and established two new honor societies for student recognition. He also expanded community service projects for students and partnerships with local agencies. He worked to established leadership training and development opportunities for the campus expanded the volunteer efforts with local community agencies. Alex has received local and national recognition from the FAMU National Pan-Hellenic Council to the National Marrow Donor Program. He also served as the head of student services within the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Florida A&M University where he advised first through fourth year professional students in the Tallahassee and Crestview campuses.
Alex is presently the retention coordinator within the Office of Academic Affairs at the University of Akron.
He holds membership in Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, 100 Black Men of America and is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Believing that scholarship is the primary mission of college, Alex has earned membership in Order of Omega Greek, Phi Eta Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science and Alpha Kappa Mu honor societies.
Alex facilitated the founding of Omicron Delta Kappa Circle at North Carolina Central University and at Florida A&M University where he also served as the faculty advisor.
Hameidah Alsafwani was initiated into the University of Nebraska – Omaha (UNO) Circle in November 2017. She has been active in circle activities since and attended the 2018 Biennial National Convention and Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. She is currently serving as one of the two student-at-large members of the Society Board of Directors and as a member of the National Advisory Council.
Hameidah graduated in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in emergency management with concentrations in the private sector and criminal justice. She is presently enrolled in a Master of Public Administration program while working as a graduate assistant in UNO’s Office of University Communications. She is also working part-time as a hotline associate in the Office of Mayor for Omaha.
During the 2017-18 academic year, Hameidah served as the vice president of the UNO student body. She worked with university administrators and faculty members in promoting school spirit and improving the overall campus experience for all UNO students and staff. She served on several committees that were focused on developing a strategy for growth and a plan of excellence. As a student, Hameidah still participates in outreach events within the university community and participates in various volunteer opportunities.
Previously, Hameidah interned with the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency where she worked on several emergency prevention projects. She still volunteers to help with emergency exercises and plans for the agency. Also, she continues to serve as a volunteer for the community TEDx program including assisting with the speaker selection, event promotion, and program coordination.
Hameidah lives, works, and attends graduate school in Omaha, Neb.
Catherine J. Bruns is a 2011 initiate of the Concordia College-Moorhead Circle, and she received her Bachelor of Arts from Concordia. She previously served on the 2016-18 O∆K Student Advisory Board and represented SAB views on task forces such as the O∆K Ritual History and Impact Ad Hoc Committee and the O∆K Volunteer Engagement Task Force. She currently serves as a member of the 2018-20 National Advisory Council.
Catherine is a lecturer in the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where she teaches the General Education communication course and aids undergraduates through the transition to college.
Catherine completed her Master of Arts in environmental communication and advocacy at JMU in 2017. While a graduate student, she served as graduate assistant to the JMU Speech Team and as a graduate teaching assistant in the School of Communication Studies. Her accolades include the 2017 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in JMU’s School of Communication Studies; second place Top Student Paper in the Theatre, Film, and New Multi-Media Division at the 2016 National Communication Association Annual Convention; and a 2016 publication in the journal Carolinas Communication Annual. Following graduation, Catherine continued as an adjunct faculty member in JMU’s School of Communication Studies while working at the nonprofit Arts Council of the Valley as communication and administrative assistant, where she managed local and regional grant applications, fundraising and development, and content creation.
As a self-described student mentor, Catherine strives to improve student accessibility to research opportunities. She annually nominates and moderates student presentation panels at the JMU General Education Student Conference, and in 2018 served on the JMU MadRush Undergraduate Research Conference Planning Committee. In addition, she has served as a volunteer reviewer for both the Environmental Communication and Economics, Community, and Society divisions of the National Communication Association.
According to Melissa Cancio, Omicron Delta Kappa is not like any other honor society at Florida International University (FIU), as cliché as that sounds. Throughout her first two years at FIU, she participated in several extra-curricular activities, began to expand her network, and aimed to grow professionally with a constant strive for giving back to her community. During her senior year, she was president of her circle and made it a goal to be involved at the national level. As part of the Programming Committee for the 50th Biennial National Convention and Leadership Conference, Melissa was given the opportunity to do just that. She has been appointed to the 2018-20 National Advisory Council and Student Advisory Board.
Currently, Melissa is working at FIU’s Miami Beach Urban Studios and anticipates completing her undergraduate degree in December 2018. She started out as pre-med track student but proudly took a 180-dgree turn and will be receiving a Bachelor of Science with a major in public relations, advertising, and applied communication, including a minor in business communication.
As one of two public relations interns at the Adrienne Arts Center for the Performing Arts this past spring, Melissa was able to experience first-hand what a difference the arts make in people’s lives. She and her colleagues were able to incorporate the love for the arts and giving back to multiple red-carpet events, including the annual Flamenco Festival and the yearly gala. According to Melissa, seeing the faces of adults and children alike, enjoying these few hours, made all the event planning and the countless hours much more worthwhile.
Between her education, internships, and jobs, and with the support of her family, Melissa has been able to accomplish a lot. She has been active in sorority life, participated in FIU’s Panther Camp as a facilitator and peer mentors, and enjoyed alternative spring break. She served as the director of FIU’s very successful Roarthon (dance marathon) in 2017. She continues to be active in community service and loves the rewarding feeling of volunteering and helping those in need.
Jonathan Ciecka was initiated into the Middle Tennessee State University MTSU) Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa in 2016. Since then he has served as MTSU’s delegate to the 2018 Biennial National Convention and Leadership Conference, and he is currently serving on the 2018-20 National Advisory Council and Student Advisory Board.
Jonathan works as the pastoral assistant at The Experience Community, a multi-campus church with a weekly attendance of more than 3,500 individuals. At MTSU, he is finishing a Bachelor of Science degree in with a major in aerospace and with a professional pilot concentration. He currently has more than 200 flight hours between seven types of aircraft including a T-6 Texan, a WWII training aircraft.
Previously, Jonathan worked as a flight instructor at the MTSU flight school, hospitality coordinator at The Experience, and films chair and projectionist at MTSU Student Programming. He has also volunteered with Student Programming in various other roles; the Commemorative Air Force as a ramp agent, maintenance apprentice, and administrative assistant; and Midwest Food Bank as a general volunteer.
Currently, Jonathan is focusing his volunteer efforts at The Experience, serving as a hospitality team lead and small group leader. At MTSU, he is serving his second term as a student senator and Internal Affairs Committee member in MTSU’s Student Government Association.
Jonah Robison is a 2016 initiate of the Clemson University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. He served as his circle’s vice president during the 2017-18 academic year, and he currently serves as circle president. At the national level, Jonah serves O∆K as a student member-at-large on the Society Board of Directors and as a member of the National Advisory Council.
Jonah is presently completing his undergraduate degree in bioengineering and economics at Clemson University. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in medical product management and commercialization, and he plans to eventually attend law school to work in patent law. He has led the Clemson Circle in increasing its reach of charitable giving for scholarships and grants, distributing more than $40,000 to students and organizations that make a difference in the Clemson community. Jonah is also an active member of student government, serving as an assistant attorney general on the student Judicial Board, as a member of Clemson LEAD Forward, and as the director of professional development for the Clemson chapter of Rotaract. Jonah has also presented research on low-cost prosthetic devices at several national conferences.
Off campus, Jonah has held a variety of internships focused on bringing products to market. Jonah worked as a biomedical design intern at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a regulatory affairs intern at Zimmer Biomet Inc. He also completed a co-op at Clemson’s technology transfer office. Additionally, Jonah has conducted marketing work at the Clemson Light Imaging Facility and most recently serves in product management and marketing for Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Outside of O∆K, Jonah serves as a representative for students for administrative hearings, including those for Title IX, on campus. He has also been an ambassador to the Department of Bioengineering for the last three years, meeting with prospective students and faculty to answer questions and provide a detailed picture of life at Clemson.
Nicholas (Nicky) J. Sampogna is a 2009 initiate of the Alpha Delta Circle at the George Washington University. After being elected to membership during his junior year of undergraduate study, he served as the circle’s executive vice president. After graduating from GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, Nicky continued his onto his graduate work, earning a Master of Arts in higher education administration from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University. A full-time employee at the university, he served as the GWU faculty advisor, assisting undergraduate members with alumni outreach, organization, and the initiatory ceremonies.
Nicky currently serves as the director, Social Media at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). In this role, he manages a team responsible for the production of social content for WWE’s more than 900M social media followers at over 300 live events a year. As such, he is traveling to all 50 states and many countries in the world bring the magic of sports entertainment to members of the WWE universe.
Since leaving his professional role at George Washington, Nicky has served on the Publications Committee of Omicron Delta Kappa and on a number of Greek-life committees at his alma mater. He currently supports two undergraduate chapters of his social Greek-letter organization, supporting the Delta Alpha Chapter at the George Washington University and Gamma Lambda Chapter at Montclair State University on both of their alumni advisory boards. Serving as an international guest lecturer on ritual for the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity, Nicky works with undergraduate members of both chapters to focus on the values and history of the greater organization and how it connects to their current experience.
Finally, Nicky is an active Freemason in the nation’s capital, serving as an officer in a number of constituent bodies (or chapters) of the Order. He remains dedicated to serving Omicron Delta Kappa on the National Advisory Council and is looking forward to shaping the future of the Society. Nicky resides in New York City.
Gene Siegal is a 1974 initiate of the University of Louisville Circle having been elected in his senior year of medical school. He was first appointed to Omicron Delta Kappa’s National Advisory Council in 2016 and has subsequently served on its Volunteer Engagement Task Force. His term on the NAC will conclude in 2020.
Gene is the Robert W. Mowry Endowed Professor of Pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and since January 2018, he has served as the interim chair of its Department of Genetics. He holds secondary appointments as a professor of Genetics, Surgery and Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology also at UAB. In the quarter of century prior to that he was the director of its Division of Anatomic Pathology, executive vice-chair of Pathology, and the interim chair of its Department of Pathology.
He is an experimental and diagnostic musculoskeletal pathologist whose research interest for over three decades has been focused in cancer biology. Gene’s clinical research interests have centered on studies of bone tumors and related conditions, a field in which he is a recognized world authority. For many years, he served as chair of the Osteosarcoma Pathology Committee of the Pediatric Oncology Group and he continues as an expert reviewer to its successor organization, the Children’s Oncology Group in the area of pediatric bone tumors including Ewing’s sarcoma.
Gene also holds the rank of senior scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and multiple other centers on campus. Prior to coming to UAB, he was a faculty member at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gene completed his undergraduate work at Adelphi University in New York, in addition to his M.D. from Louisville, he has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and holds a certificate from the University of North Carolina Flagler School of Business Administration. He completed post-graduate studies at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, the National Cancer Institute, N.I.H., and the University of Minnesota. Gene is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London as well as a member of Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars, and Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society, along with multiple other honors.
He has published in excess of 700 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, abstracts and other professional writings along with multiple books. Gene is the former senior associate editor of The American Journal of Pathology, is one of the section editors for Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology for the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, is the executive editor of the Journal of Cytology and Histology in addition to being the current editor-in-chief of Laboratory Investigation.
Gene is well known for his commitment to diversity and his faculty and trainees encompass a rich spectrum of individuals of all genders, races, religious backgrounds, and ethnicities. This is all the remarkable for the fact that it was accomplished in a part of the nation and in a city which was at the heart of the struggle for civil rights. Since 2015, he has served as an Internal Advisory Board Member of the Morehead School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/UAB CCC Partnership.
Finally, he is a past president of the Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists, past chair of the Publications Committee of the CAP, past chair of the Fellow Council of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, and past chair of the Intersociety Pathology Council. He has served or is serving on the Executive Committees of the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology, the American Society for Investigative Pathology, the Internal Skeletal Society, the International Society for Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology, and the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Earlier, he shared with M.J. Pitt the Farrell Prize of the International Skeletal Society and was named the American Society of Investigative Pathology’s Robbins Distinguished Educator. In 2017, the College of American Pathologists awarded him their Lifetime Achievement award.
Greg Singleton is a 1983 initiate of the University of Memphis Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. He served as president of his undergraduate circle in 1984 and president of the University Of Memphis Alumni Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa in 1989. He has previously served as faculty secretary for the University of Miami Circle and as both circle coordinator and faculty advisor for the Austin Peay State University Circle. Additionally, he was the former Province VIII director for the State of Florida in 2002-2004. He currently serves as the circle coordinator for the Austin Peay State University Circle. He is a recipient of the both the Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service Award and the Robert L. Morlan and Robert Bishop Outstanding Faculty Officer Award.
Greg currently serves as the interim vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Austin Peay State University, located in Clarksville, Tennessee. With more than 31 years of experience in higher education, Greg has worked professionally in the areas of Greek life, student conduct, student leadership and development, diversity programming, scholarship, risk and crisis management, budgeting and finance, the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and with student government associations at the University of Memphis, Purdue University, and the University of Miami. He holds an Associate of Science from Jackson State Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Memphis, Master of Science in student personnel services and counseling from the University of Memphis, and a Master of Science in educational leadership from Florida International University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Florida International University. Additionally, he is a graduate of Harvard University Higher Education Management Development Program.
Greg has previously served at the University of Memphis (1987-94) as the coordinator for fraternity/sorority affairs, Purdue University (1994-97) as the assistant dean of students, the University of Miami (1997-2007) as the associate dean of students/director of judicial affairs, and the Austin Peay State University as the associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students (2007-18).
Greg served on the Executive Board of the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference (SEIFC) for a total of 18 years, having served as the SEIFC advisor, the assistant executive director from 1998-2000, and the SEIFC executive director from 2000-06. He is a former recipient of both the SEIFC and Southeastern Panhellenic Conference (SEPC) Outstanding Greek Advisor Award and was awarded the Dr. Karlem Riess Award from the SEIFC for outstanding service to the interfraternal movement throughout the southeast. Additionally, Greg is a former executive board member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors where he served on the AFA Board of Directors as president, vice president for administration and finance, national conference chairman, and a past president of the AFA Foundation Board of Directors. Greg was the first male recipient of both the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference (SEPC) Outstanding Greek Advisor Award and the National Panhellenic Conference Outstanding Panhellenic Advisor Award.
An active alumnus of Kappa Alpha Order and a 1982 initiate of Gamma Gamma Chapter at the University of Memphis, Greg has served on the fraternity headquarters staff as an educational and leadership consultant as as a former deputy province commander for Feller Province (Tennessee). He is the current Forester Province Commander (Western Tennessee/Eastern Arkansas) and continues to serve as the current Kappa Alpha Order National Scholarship Officer since 2007. He is a recipient of the Kappa Alpha Order Certificate of Service, Certificate of Honor, selected as a 2002 recipient of the Kappa Alpha Order Accolade for Interfraternal Service, and a 2009 recipient of the Knight Commander’s Accolade, the highest award bestowed upon an alumnus of Kappa Alpha Order. In 2014, he was the recipient of the NIC Award of Distinction for his volunteer efforts within Kappa Alpha Order and in 2017 was awarded the NIC Silver Medal for his lifelong service to the fraternity/sorority movement. Greg is also a member of the Richard T. Feller and William E. Forester Courts of Honor for outstanding alumni service to Kappa Alpha Order.
He holds membership in the Association of Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the Southern Association of Student Personnel Administrators (SACSA), Mortar Board, Kappa Alpha Order National Fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honorary, Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary, and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Center of Clarksville, Tennessee.
Brooke Lecky Supple was inducted into the Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa in 2001 as an honoris causa member at the University of Maryland, College Park. She was a voting faculty member for ten years before becoming the circle coordinator in 2011. In 2016, she won the Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service Award.
Brooke is the chief of staff for the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park. In this capacity, she assists the vice president with staffing and policy issues and serves on the senior leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs. She currently oversees O∆K, equity processes, community development, marketing and communications, and work-life initiatives.
Prior to serving as the chief of staff, Brooke was the assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and oversaw parent and family affairs, the Senior Council, and student affairs development from 1996-2001.
Brooke served as the chair of the 2010 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders and the chair of the NASPA Center for Women Advisory Board. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award at the University of Maryland.
Brooke obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia, her Master of Education from Vanderbilt University, and her Ph.D. in education policy and administration from the University of Maryland. She and her husband, Matt, have two daughters and two dogs, and live in Silver Spring, Maryland.
In 2010, Cynthia Uviedo joined a group of faculty, staff, and students who were interested in bringing Omicron Delta Kappa to Trinity University. Serving as a representative of both alumni and staff, she became a charter member of Trinity’s circle in April 2012. Cynthia has served as the circle coordinator since that time. She enjoys working with the students and helping to manage the circle.
Cynthia currently serves as director of annual giving programs for Trinity University. In her position, she designs campaigns that raise annual funds for scholarships/financial aid and other university priorities. She also manages Trinity’s reunion giving and reunion volunteer program. Cynthia has worked in Trinity’s Alumni Relations and Development division for ten years and served on the major gifts and special events teams before moving to annual giving.
Cynthia graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and was an active student leader on campus. If there had been an O∆K circle at Trinity when she was an undergraduate, she would have loved to have been a member! She also has a Master of Public Administration from the George Washington University.
Cynthia has served her professional community by serving in various leadership roles, including president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – San Antonio, and presenting at fundraising and donor relations conferences. She is currently serving as an alumni mentor as part of Trinity’s 1869 Scholars program.
In her spare time, Cynthia enjoys spending time with her family and reading.
Leslie A. Werden earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in speech and communication from the University of Minnesota, her Master of Arts in English from Winona State University, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of North Dakota. Throughout her career she has been actively involved in teaching academic writing and public speaking as well as a variety of English courses in British literature, Virginia Woolf, and film adaptation.
Leslie began working at Morningside College and was initiated into the college’s circle in 2007. She served the as the circle coordinator from 2009-18 and is now the faculty advisor for the circle. As a leader within the Morningside Circle, she has been active in the circle’s major service project, Into the Streets, which involves engaging more than 800 student, faculty, and staff volunteers with various organizations in the larger community on one day each fall. She also worked on the annual O∆K Honors Convocation that distributes awards to student scholars, athletes, and leaders as well as installs the incoming student government officers and taps new O∆K members. Leslie has also been involved at the national level by serving as a reviewer and feature article editor for The Circle.
At Morningside College, Leslie is the current department head for the Humanities and was previous chair of English/Spanish/Rhetoric (2017-18) and was chair of writing and rhetoric (2010-17). She serves as the faculty representative to the Morningside College Board of Directors and as a committee member for the Morningside Faculty Development Committee. Nationally, she is the Newcomers’ Committee Chair for the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Prior to working at Morningside College, Leslie was a teaching assistant at the University of North Dakota, an adjunct and teaching assistant at Winona State University, and the interim director of the Winona State Writing Center. Before her career in higher education, she was a marketing manager for various cable television companies and programs in communities including San Jose, Chicago, and Minneapolis.
Beyond campus activities, Leslie has served on the Dakota Valley High School Booster Board, coordinated volunteer efforts for Siouxland Youth Hockey, participated in community theatre endeavors, volunteered for NAIA volleyball and basketball tournaments, and judged middle school speech competitions.