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.
Cynthia “Cie” Cochran
Chair, National Advisory Council
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Cynthia “Cie” Cochran 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 Chicago where she worked in the Center for Student Involvement. Cie then began a career in alumni relations and currently serves the Director of Alumni Engagement for the University of Miami Alumni Association. In her current role, she is responsible for the management of alumni weekend, reunions and affinity engagement initiatives.
Throughout her education and career, ODK has remained an important part of Cie’s life. Over the past 14 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. She re-chartered the University of Miami’s ODK alumni circle. Cie believes strongly in the mission of ODK and has always valued her involvement with the organization. She is a 2004 recipient of ODK’s Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service Award.
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.
Member, National Advisory Council
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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.
Member, National Advisory Council
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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.
Member, National Advisory Council
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.
Member, National Advisory Council
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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.
Member, National Advisory Council
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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 Faculty Secretary 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 Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Austin Peay State University, located in Clarksville, Tenn. With more than 29 years of experience in higher education, Greg has worked professionally in the areas of Greek life, student conduct, student leadership and development, diversity programming and development, 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 A.S. from Jackson State Community College: a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Memphis; a M.S. in Student Personnel Services and Counseling from the University of Memphis; and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Florida International University. He completed his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at 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; at Purdue University (1994-97) as the Assistant Dean of Students; and at the University of Miami (1997-2007) as the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Judicial Affairs.
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, a former Deputy Province Commander for Feller Province (Tennessee), 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. 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), the Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), 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 serves on the Board of Directors for the Sexual Assault Center of Clarksville, Tenn.
Member, National Advisory Council
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.