Tara S. Singer was named as Omicron Delta Kappa’s fifth executive director in 2013. Her current position is president and chief executive officer. She is also a member of the O∆K Society and Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. A 1981 initiate of the Beta Epsilon Circle at the University of Louisville, Tara also served as the faculty officer for the University of West Georgia Circle from 2005-07.
Tara was previously the assistant vice president for communications and marketing at Indiana State University. She has managed a range of budgets for university departments and divisions, affiliated foundations, and membership organizations; developed successful marketing campaigns for student recruitment at Indiana State University and for the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Alumni Association; and created comprehensive alumni engagement programs at the University of West Georgia and the University of Louisville. Additionally, Tara has coordinated numerous state, regional, and national conferences and has edited and co-authored various publications, including one book and several articles published nationally.
Tara is also a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and Mortar Board. Previously, she served Mortar Board as a member of that organization’s National Editorial Board and as an advisor for the Pallas Chapter at the University of Louisville. Tara also volunteers on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia. She earned all of her degrees at the University of Louisville including a Doctor of Education in educational administration, a Master of Arts in higher education administration, and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in American studies.
Tara is the mother of three sons. Scott Strednak Singer, a religion teacher and drama program advisor at a private school, and his wife, the Reverend Katie Strednak Singer, reside in Reston, Va.; Britt Singer who teaches English as a Second Language in Prague; and Chad Singer, a park naturalist, and his wife, Autumn Forschler Singer, reside in Bowling Green, Ky.
Katy Datz joined Omicron Delta Kappa as the associate executive director for external relations in 2015. Her current position is vice president for external relations. She brings more than 15 years of experience in development and alumni relations in higher education and nonprofits to her role.
At O∆K, Katy provides leadership on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to fundraising, stewardship, campaign planning, communications, and Foundation board relations. Her leadership in this senior development position plays a key role in advancing O∆K’s fundraising program and leading its first-ever comprehensive campaign.
After graduation from Roanoke College, Katy held the position as assistant director of annual giving and young alumni relations at Hampden-Sydney College. Returning to her alma mater, Katy served as the associate director of alumni and parent relations before moving back to Lexington in 2009. Katy became the director of development and assisted the Rockbridge Area Health Center with all of its fundraising and outreach efforts, including the successful completion of transitioning from a free clinic model of business to a community health center.
She received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Lexington Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Katy serves as a member of the Lexington Rockbridge Jaycees, and she is also a charter member of the Rotary Club of Lexington Lunch. Katy lives in Fishersville, Va. with her boxer dog, Ryeley.
Timothy (Tim) A. Reed was named associate executive director for business and membership services in 2016. His current position is vice president for membership and operations. He is also O∆K’s chief operating officer (COO). His expertise includes leadership development, professional performance training, curriculum development, instruction, major event planning, and facilities management. He has presented extensively on leadership, organizational development, program planning, professional standards, and facility management.
With more than 30 years of experience, Tim has served in widely different university settings. As director of university student commons and activities and subsequently as the assistant dean of student affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, Tim led the curriculum and programmatic development of VCU’s third Living Learning Program (VCU-LEAD). He co-founded the VCU Emerging Leaders Program, now in its 12th year. Tim led efforts in professional development, SACS accreditation, assessment, and communications. As director of the VCU student centers, he led the largest expansion of student experiences in 15 years as well as three major renovation and construction projects for the university.
Prior to his service at Virginia Tech, Tim was the dean of students for Harlaxton College, the British campus of the University of Evansville.
Tim served on the Board of Trustees for the Association of College Unions (ACUI). He has also served as regional business manager and director, regional conference chair, and on a number of international committees. He also serves on the Harlaxton Society Board of Directors and has served on the numerous other boards and advisory committees.
Tim is a 1989 initiate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Circle. In addition, he served as one of the re-chartering members and as the long-time faculty secretary/circle coordinator for the Virginia Commonwealth University Circle. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi.
He received a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from Virginia Tech, a Master of Arts in education from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies/interpersonal communication from the University of Evansville.
Tim enjoys reading, travel, biking, walking, and just spending time with his wife of many years, Lynn. He has three grown children and three grandchildren. Tim’s primary residence is in Chester, Va.
Brent Anderson joined Omicron Delta Kappa’s staff in August 2013. He brings a wide variety of accounting and management experience to his role as O∆K’s director of finance and extension. Brent earned his undergraduate degree and a Master of Accountancy with an emphasis in financial audit at Brigham Young University, and he is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. In addition, Brent worked as a CPA for a national and a regional firm before moving to a high tech corporation and an international export company.
Previously, at Southern Virginia University (SVU), in Buena Vista, Va., Brent managed the operations of the business office and interfaced with several university departments and divisions to increase productivity and budgetary compliance. Additionally, he has served on the board of directors of the Delta-Montrose Electric Cooperative and as president of the Hotchkiss Chamber of Commerce in Colorado.
Brent is active in church service and leadership as well as involved in community service in Tooele, Utah, where he resides with his wife Brooke, a SVU graduate, online seminary instructor, and public school substitute teacher. They are the parents of four children and seven grandchildren.
Michelle Dilk joined O∆K in August 2019 as assistant director for external relations. In her role with O∆K, she assists with fundraising, stewardship, and campaign planning. Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in history from Old Dominion University. Previously, Michelle worked for a real estate group in New York City.
Michelle lives in Lexington, Va. and is an active member of the Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees. In her free time, Michelle enjoys traveling, cooking, and going on long walks.
Mary Burner joined the Omicron Delta Kappa staff when our headquarters moved to Lexington, Va., in August 2010. As Financial Services Coordinator, Mary works hard with circles, the headquarters staff, and national volunteers on all financial matters. She is an initiate of the Alpha Circle at Washington & Lee University.
Mary and her husband, Doug, live in Rockbridge Baths, Va. She is actively engaged in her church and the United Methodist Women. She coordinates fundraisers with these groups and averages baking about 30 cakes a day for the annual cake walk. Mary is the proud grandmother of four and can often be found at the baseball and soccer fields watching their games.
Anne Tyler McCabe joined our staff in August 2017 as the Membership Services Coordinator. She serves members by being the first point of contact at the national headquarters, managing new members and circle officers in our database, and connecting members to national ODK resources. Anne Tyler earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She is an initiate of the Hampden-Sydney College circle.
Anne Tyler lives in Lexington, Va. and is an active member of Grace Episcopal Church. She is the proud mother of two Hampden-Sydney men, Michael and Brooks McCabe. In her free time, Anne Tyler enjoys cooking, reading a good book, and spending time with her dog, Dash.