Winter 2016 Web Extra, Always Alpha Phi

A special addition to the Winter 2016 Quarterly "Always Alpha Phi" section. 


Alumna Named Teacher of the Year
Long-time Albuquerque alumnae chapter member Frances Nichols Henslee (Omega-Texas) received the International Christian Accreditation Association's Teacher of the Year Award last spring in Tulsa, Okla. Frances recently retired from Hope Christian School in Albuquerque, where she received the school's Lifetime Teaching Award. 

Alumna's Business Named Small Business of the Year
Sister Tina Devlin's (Gamma Kappa-CSU/Long Beach) business The Dry Bar in Yorba Linda, Calif., has been named Small Business of the Year. Started in 2000, California Small Business Day exists to honor small businesses in various districts, which are selected and honored by their assembly members.
The Dry Bar was the first blow-dry and styling bar in north Orange County when it opened in 2011, a trend that has since taken over Southern California and beyond. Stylists at Tina's salon are encouraged to advertise other services they might provide elsewhere, such as cut or color services, and Tina and her co-owner work the schedule around other jobs or college classes. This work model empowers female entrepreneurs to build their own businesses while supporting the local community. 

Alumna Is President of Sun Bowl
Alumna Marilyn Munden (Zeta Lambda-Southern New Hampshire) served as the Sun Bowl Association's 2015 president. A native of Portland, Ore., Marilyn arrived in El Paso, Texas, in 1985. For the past 30 years, Marilyn has worked with numerous organizations to benefit the community, including the Ronald McDonald House, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the St. Francis Montessori Christian School and the Visiting Nurses Association. In 2003, she joined the Sun Bowl Association Board of Directors, volunteering with all facets of the organization's events. She has been an integral member of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Football Selection Committee, the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade, and the Academy Sports + Outdoors International Soccer Tournament. She has also served in supportive roles for the Sun Court, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, the Price's Give 'Em Five NFL Punt, Pass & Kick and the Fan Fiesta, amongst other events. 

Currently a business development official with the El Paso Venture Group, Marilyn has held various positions within the company since 2002. Learn more about Marilyn and the Sun Bowl Association at 

Alumna Receives Lorraine Missling Award at the 2015 Sigma State Convention
Patricia Wenner Reisinger (Gamma Sigma-Wisconsin Stout), a member of the Alpha Tau chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, was honored with the Lorraine Missling Award for Distinguished Service in Delta Kappa Gamma at the 79th Sigma State Convention held in Milwaukee, Wis.

Delta Kappa Gamma is a professional honor society for women educators with more than 95,000 members. Established in 17 member countries around the world, the Society defines its mission as promoting professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Pat served on the Foundation Board for Delta Kappa Gamma, and was instrumental in creating the first fund raising campaign, and implementing financial stability for the honor society.

She has served as a role model for women educators and has challenged many women to assume leadership roles in their schools and communities. Pat taught English and Family and Consumer Sciences for several school districts:  Chippewa Falls, Beloit, Manitowoc and Menomonie before accepting a position as the UW-Stout Alumni Director.  She moved to Chicago as a major gifts officer working for Northwestern University Medical School's Advancement office before returning to the Stout University Foundation as the Director in 1989.  In that position she was responsible for fund raising programs and alumni relations activities.  During her tenure as the Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement, several successful fund raising campaigns were undertaken to benefit the university besides substantially increasing the scholarship awards program.

Currently she works with organizations and institutions undertaking campaigns through her firm, pwR Consulting. Pat Reisinger stated "There are 3.4 million teachers who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of their students.  In five years, fifty percent (50%) of those teachers will have left the profession. I am proud to be associated with the organization, Delta Kappa Gamma, whose members encourage and mentor teachers with the hope of helping them meet the daily challenges and responsibilities related to teaching in today's classrooms, and provide them with skill sets to continue their careers for more than the average five years." 

Alumna Named Public Information Officer 
The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently named Morgan Miller (Delta-Cornell) as public information officer in the Public Affairs Division. Morgan previously served as director of communications for the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. 

Originally from Atlantic City, N.J., Miller received her bachelor's degree in atmospheric science from Cornell. After graduating, she moved to Mississippi to work as a meteorologist and reporter for WJTV News Channel 12 in Jackson.

Miller currently serves as a team lead for LSU (Delta Tau). She is also a member of the events committee for the Jackson Zoo and the communications committee for the Women's Foundation of Mississippi.

Alumnae Chapter Presents Award to Collegiate Member
Ida Shaw Barber was a founding member of the Beta Nu chapter at Duke University in 1935 and the St. Petersburg-Clearwater alumnae chapter in 1957, now called the Tampa Bay alumnae chapter. Her oldest daughter, Ida May Barber, joined Gamma Phi chapter at Florida State in its second year on campus. It is in Ida Shaw Barber's memory that Gamma Phi established the annual "Ida Shaw Barber Sister of the Year" award, which recognizes the honoree with a necklace made from Ida Shaw's silver pin. The award recognizes a member of Gamma Phi who displays similar Alpha Phi values toward her sisters, her chapter and the community.

Alumnae members describe Ida as a graceful woman with a soothing Southern voice and a warm smile that made others feel immediately comforted and welcomed. A loyal Alpha Phi and a friend to all, she loved to wear hats of all colors, which became her signature style. Ida lived to the age of 93 and passed away in 2009. 

"Alpha Phi was always a strong part of my mom's life," says Ida's daughter Amy. "She would be so proud to have this honor in her name."



Southwestern Ontario 
In September, alumnae and Western University (Theta Eta) collegians attended a networking dinner in London, Ontario, during Western's Homecoming weekend. Local alumnae are encouraged to attend upcoming events.


The chapter celebrated Founders' Day by volunteering at a 10K race in Hyde Park that raised money for London-based charity, A Mile in Her Shoes. Members then went for brunch to continue the celebrations.



All Birmingham-area alumnae were sent a request to participate in the Senior Mentor Program at the Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine. This program features a new teaching method to strengthen medical student training in the care of older adults, and matches pairs of first-year medical students with older adult volunteers in the Birmingham area. With many new graduates since 2008, the alumnae chapter hopes its members can pass on the information to older relatives. In other news, the chapter's planning meeting at Birmingham's Wine Loft on July 23, 2015, included 10 members, three of whom were recent Alabama (Beta Mu) graduates. 


Arctic Lily 
In August the Arctic Lily alumnae chapter was successfully chartered in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaskans are typically very busy in the summer with outdoor fun like hunting, fishing and camping, but the chapter has had great turnouts at events despite being out of town at various times. Gatherings included an evening at the local chocolatier, an afternoon tea and a Founders' Day meeting. The membership is diverse, with ages ranging from 22-89.


Coachella Valley 
Alumnae voted to give a life-saving gift of $100 toward the AED campaign of CSU Chico and a $300 donation to the Forget Me Not Field in honor of member Meredith Overpeck Duncan's (Nu-Nebraska) 101st birthday. Members met for social events monthly over the summer. Amy Rizek Larsen (Nu-Nebraska) and Meredith Duncan were video interviewed at the Southern California Founders' Day event in Pasadena about their Alpha Phi experience for Alpha Phi Foundation's "Reflections of Alpha Phi" project. Members Pamela Marshall Sinco (Gamma Gamma-Drury) and Nancy Salisbury Trillo (Beta Delta-UCLA) attended the Founder's Day celebration that evening.

East Bay 
The chapter held its first revitalization chapter meeting on Halloween at a sister's home.

Orange County 
The chapter assisted with UC Irvine's (Eta Kappa) recruitment. Both alumnae and collegiate members had a blast working together. The alumnae chapter also elected new officers in the fall. 

San Mateo 
Members of the San Mateo Alumnae Chapter enjoyed a delicious potluck Italian dinner at the home of Christina Zanette Steach (Gamma Alpha-San Diego State). Co-hostess Elizabeth Shrank Yapp (Epsilon Rho-UC Davis) helped make the evening enjoyable for all. Thank you to Laurie Wallace Pastrick (Theta Omega-Barry), the alumnae are benefitting from the chapter's new Facebook page and are attracting new members.

Silicon Valley
The chapter hosted the area's annual Founders' Day event, which included at least four collegiate chapters and welcomed more than 200 attendees. In the winter, sisters enjoyed a happy hour at a local hot spot. They kicked off the holiday season with a flower arranging event courtesy of Adrianna Citti (Zeta Gamma-Santa Clara). They wrapped up the year with the annual holiday party hosted by Anne Naragon (Zeta Gamma-Santa Clara). The chapter also adopted a local family for the holidays. Chapter member Amy Nobriga (Eta Delta-CSU East Bay) was honored as an MVP for her outstanding work at the San Jose Giants.


Central Florida 
Sisters and guests kicked off fall with an Extraordinary Happy Hour at the Alfond Hotel in Winter Park. The chapter celebrated Founders' Day with a luncheon and ceremony. Sisters also celebrated the holidays with the chapter's annual event at the Winter Park Racquet Club.

Jacksonville First Coast 
In September, Jacksonville First Coast alumnae participated in the American Heart Association's (AHA) First Coast Heart Walk in Jacksonville, Fla., raising more than $1,000 for the AHA. A busy fall also included assisting with the colonization of the North Florida chapter. In addition to assisting with recruitment events and new member activities, alumnae hosted North Florida collegians for their first ever Founders' Day celebration.

Palm Beach & Treasure Coast 
A Founders' Day Tea was held at the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach and seven sisters attended. 


The alumnae chapter started off strong in the fall with a membership drive, welcoming more than 25 new members to the chapter. On October 11th, the chapter celebrated Founders' Day with brunch at a local restaurant. It was great for sisters to reunite, reminisce about their times as collegians and enjoy time with one other. The chapter also hosted a November service event and a holiday party in December to round out 2015.


Chicago Western Villages
The group celebrated Founders' Day with good food and lots of chatter on a lovely fall day at Labriola Cafe & Bakery in Oak Brook, Ill. The group's October meeting served a mini-reunion for three members of Missouri (Omicron): Denise Blankenship Joyce, Linda Wolf Jeziorski and Elaine Mogelnicki Turski.

DuPage Valley 
The chapter joined with the collegiate women of Elmhurst (Zeta Xi) for an evening of bonding and Bunco. The chapter's membership ranges in initiation dates from the early 1950s all the way to recent graduates.


The chapter has a newly elected executive council that is excited to take the lead and reinvigorate their presence in the Indianapolis community through volunteering, plus activities with sisters, collegiate members and local sorority alumnae groups. The Indy alumnae were busy this summer and fall attending sisterhood events including an outdoor symphony, a pedal bar, movies at the Museum of Art and they held their annual Fall Fire event in mid-September to kick off the fall before the temperatures dropped. The ladies are excited to participate in many more activities as 2015 comes to a close.


Central Iowa 
Alumna Heather Morey Saville (Epsilon Theta-Northern Iowa) who hosted an outing to the Knoxville Raceway to watch the sprint car races. Sisters also enjoyed learning about the benefits of using essential oils at an event hosted by Kim Kriesel Thomas (Zeta Delta-Iowa State). The chapter is proud to belong to the Central Iowa Alumnae Panhellenic Association, which was recently honored by the NPC for a new chapter Excellence Award. Especially exciting was winning the award after only a few months of operation.


The Wichita alumnae kicked off their fall 2015 schedule with a new event held at an old location. The first "Pump It Up at the Pumphouse" was held in August and was a great success. More than 20 alumnae reunited at The Pumphouse, a popular restaurant and bar in Wichita's Old Town area, to meet new sisters and catch up with old friends.


Sisters celebrated Founders' Day at Olive Garden. Though it was a small group, the chapter was excited to welcome two new sisters at the event: Haley Knight (Beta Mu-Alabama) and April Brancamp (Chi-Montana). 

Metrowest MA 
Alumna held their 10th annual Founders' Day tea celebration at SpecialTeas. New graduates from WPI (Iota Omicron) and graduating seniors were in attendance as well. Upcoming events include dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and other local restaurants.

President: Deborah J. Abbott (Theta Beta-Bryant)


Greater Kansas City 
In September, the alumnae chapter hosted a "Home Stretch of Summer" Royals baseball game viewing at the home of Katey Chamblin (Delta Xi-Nebraska Kearney). Fifteen local alumnae were in attendance. In October, the chapter hosted a Yankee Candle fundraising event in support of Alpha Phi Foundation.

St. Louis Gateway 
The chapter hosted a Founders' Day event at a local restaurant. They enjoyed tasting French-baked goods and sipping on mimosas. The event also included celebrations of a birthday, a recent engagement and a recent wedding. 

President: Kendall Carter 


Members enjoyed a minor league baseball game over the summer. They were even able to persuade the Missoula Osprey mascot, Ollie, to show his Alpha Phi pride by throwing the ivy leaf.


Alumnae gathered for a "Welcome Back" evening of fun and games at the home of Suzan Karrer Rohrig (Nu-Nebraska). Jessica Goebel Cogswell (Delta Xi-Nebraska Kearney) hosted the Founders' Day dinner in her home. The alumnae dressed in their collegiate Alpha Phi sweatshirts. Alumnae also supported Creighton's (Theta Delta) Red Dress Gala. The alumnae enjoyed brunch with Nebraska (Nu) Alpha Phis for Founders' Day. It was a treat for many of the alumnae to tour the chapter facility.


Nine alumnae participated in the chapter's annual philanthropy event, the Northern Nevada Heart Walk. The team raised more than $1,300 together for heart health research, which included almost $700 raised by alumna Ingrid Pease (Eta Delta-CSU East Bay).


Grand Forks 
Alumnae celebrated North Dakota's homecoming from Oct. 9-11. North Dakota (Pi) alumnae gathered at Whitey's on Friday night for a social event. The parade was held Saturday followed by a chili feed at the chapter house. The annual House Corporation Board (HCB) meeting was held on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. A new HCB website was launched at


Ashland Area
In August, members of the Ashland Area alumnae chapter held their summer potluck at the home of Christine Anderson Albers (Epsilon Delta-Northern Illinois). In September, nine members of the chapter enjoyed the last hints of summer at Lynn Smith Pasheilich's (Delta Chi-William Woods) lake house in Marblehead, Ohio. The chapter also enjoyed their annual event with Ashland (Epsilon Alpha) new members. The same night, an auction was held for Alpha Phi Foundation and the chapter celebrated Founders' Day together.

Cleveland East 
Sisters attended a Lake County Captains baseball game with family and friends and enjoyed a potluck picnic for our first meeting of the year.

Cleveland West 
Members enjoyed an evening of painting and socializing at Painting with a Twist. Alumnae chapter member Cindi White (Delta Upsilon-Baldwin Wallace) has been named the volunteer coordinator for Alpha Phi International's 2016 Biennial Convention, being held June 22-26 in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Alumnae enjoyed a joint Founder Day celebration with Ohio State (Rho) collegians.


Oklahoma City 
The chapter held its kickoff event at the Barrel to welcome new alumnae and reconnect with sisters after the summer. 


Lehigh Valley
The Lehigh Valley alumnae chapter kicked off the year with a Fall Fest gathering this September at Grim's Orchard in Breinigsville, Pa., where members picked apples. Following the event Terri Powell (Gamma Kappa-CSU Long Beach) shared photos of the fabulous apple pie she made with her pickings. Dues are also being gathered for the first time since 2011. 


Alumnae gatherings included monthly lunches, a festive tour, wine tasting and dinner at Solaro Estate Winery, a Founders' Day Luncheon at Austin Country Club, the Texas (Omega) chapter's Red Dress Gala and a holiday brunch and ornament exchange. Two sisters, Colleen Sirhal (Theta-Michigan) and Susan White (Gamma Rho-Penn State), celebrated 25-year anniversaries with Alpha Phi. For the chapter's semi-annual fundraiser, alumnae baked cookies and filled study bags with treats for collegiate members of the Omega chapter.

Dallas and Suburban Alumnae Chapter
The chapter has launched an Ivy Circle to engage women in the area who are new to alumnae life. The response has been overwhelming. There were 11 attendees at the chapter's fall kickoff event. 

In October, the chapter enjoyed lunch at Brennan's Restaurant to celebrate Founders' Day. More than 25 sisters were in attendance. At the event, alumnae shared their favorite special Alpha Phi stories and discussed other upcoming events, including the holiday party. They ended the lunch by singing songs together.   

North Tarrant County
The alumnae chapter provided lunch to collegians at North Texas (Gamma Eta) during mock rush. Several alumnae members also participated in the mock rush. The September meeting was well-attended and served as a great way to invite new sisters to join. The chapter also wrote congratulatory letters to local women who pledged Alpha Phi. October found the sisterhood celebrating Founders' Day and enjoying the start of the Halloween season.

San Antonio 
The annual kickoff event was hosted by Laura Macom (Omega-Texas). Alumnae celebrated Founders' Day at Oak Hills Country Club. Barbara Derrick Brinkmann (Gamma Pi-Arizona State) celebrated her 40-year anniversary with Alpha Phi. Officers were also sworn in at this time. The chapter welcomes Jennifer Fuentes (Iota Beta-St. Mary's) as the new president.


Northern Virginia 
The chapter hosted a Founders' Day celebration with 30 women in attendance. At the event, 50- and 65-year members were honored and sisters were updated with information from Alpha Phi International and Alpha Phi Foundation. The chapter also hosted a fall Wine Welcome to kick off their 2015-16 program year. 

Richmond Central Virginia 
Alumnae celebrated Founders' Day with a Paint Nite and created beautiful paintings at Wine and Design of Richmond. The alumnae chapter was pleased to have a new member, Tara Keeven (Theta Phi-Christopher Newport), attend the Founders' Day event.


Door County 
Alumnae celebrated Founders' Day with a luncheon and art tour at Maårhavn Sculpture Park in Door County. 

More than 25 members of the Milwaukee alumnae chapter enjoyed a Potluck held at Lynn Kusler Shannon's (Iota-Wisconsin) home on Beaver Lake. The chapter also held a Founders' Day reception at the Wisconsin Club on Oct. 20. 


Beta Delta, UCLA
In May, UCLA (Beta Delta) alumnae celebrated their 30year anniversary in La Jolla, Calif.  Pictured are (back, from left): Lisa George Hukari, Annie Good Menard, Leslie Simon Wagner, Lori Bardwil Shackel, Sharon Woo, (front, from left) Barbara Merrill Moore, Rena Kashmere, Laurie Holmes Dunn, Whitney Mills Amsbary, Janet Henriksen Hershey and Amy Thompson. 
Gamma, DePauw 
Alumnae from DePauw's (Gamma) class of 1981 have reunited every two to three years in locations such as Lake Geneva, Wis.; Chicago, Ill.; Greek Lake, Wis.; and Marco Island, Fla. Most recently, sisters traveled from Minnesota, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Tennessee for a reunion in Hilton Head, S.C., in August 2015. The women will celebrate their 35th reunion at DePauw next June in Greencastle, Ind.  Pictured are (front, from left): Sarah Dewart Morrison, Wendy Putnam Pierce, Margaret Thomson Kelsey, Jody Tweed Gullifor, Nancy Sommer Gariepy, Susan Gallion, Vicky Martin Hime, Jill Taubensee Havey, (back, from left) Marcie Stults Vormohr, Marsha Brown Webster and Amy Miller Marschand ('82).

Gamma Delta, Kansas
The Gamma Delta (Kansas) spring 1981 new member class reunited for a weekend in July. Sisters toured the Kansas campus and the old chapter house, and on Saturday night they met up with Gamma Delta sisters from other graduating classes. It was the women's first reunion in more than 30 years and it was as if they had never been apart. Pictured are Kansas (Gamma Delta) alumnae: then and now. 

Epsilon Rho, UC Davis 
Four alumnae from Epsilon Rho (UC Davis) got together for a hike and a sleepover. Pictured are (from left): Claire King Oberhausen, Anne Wilson Warner, Karen Brown Florence and Julie Berto Duranceau.

Sigma, Washington
In August, 1962 initiates from Washington (Sigma) celebrated a 50th reunion on behalf of their 1965 graduation. More than 10 alumnae met at the Sigma chapter house - traveling from as far as Indiana, Illinois, Alaska and California. Sigma House Director Barb Worley greeted the women and collegiate member Mady Schuch gave a tour of the facility. After a lunch planned by Patty Doyle (Sigma-Washington) the sisters we were treated to music from Bonnie Birch (Sigma-Washington)), an accordionist who has played at Carnegie Hall. Sisters wrapped up the weekend by spending a day on the Lake Washington waterfront home of Sue Byington (Sigma-Washington), where they shared stories and enjoyed a gourmet meal. 

Nu, Nebraska
In October, alumnae from Nebraska's (Nu) 1975-81 new member classes celebrated with a weekend reunion in Lincoln, Neb. On Friday night, alumnae gathered in the rooftop party room at MidTown Crossing Condominiums for a Friday Night Club, which was a precursor for the reunion at the Alpha Phi house on Saturday, Oct. 10. Alumnae met at the chapter house on Saturday morning for photo ops and tours of the facility. They enjoyed a tailgate before and during the halftime of the Cornhusker vs. Wisconsin football game, where more than 40 alumnae gathered to catch up on each other's lives.

Gamma Eta, North Texas
Sisters from North Texas' (Gamma Eta) 1965-1969 new member classes reunited at the chapter house in September. The women enjoyed a tour of the facility, and Judy Simons Gunn (Gamma Eta-North Texas) presented Collegiate Chapter President Kristin Stone with a handmade wall hanging of the Alpha Phi crest. 

Eta Omicron, Virginia Tech
Sisters reunited for Ella Greenberg Rash's (Eta Omicron-Virginia Tech) wedding at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. 

San Diego State, Gamma Alpha
Alumnae from San Diego State (Gamma Alpha) reunited at the cabin of Carol Goodwin Foerster in Lake Tahoe. The women, who were some of the first to live in the Gamma Alpha chapter house, have known each other for 60 years. Pictured are (from left): Sally Hayes Sweet, Barbara Willett Fletcher, Judy Daniels Ortega, Jonnie Long Johnson, Nann Folsom Epler, Carol Foerster and Lorraine Becker Pranger.