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Annual Report

KD Did It: ALUMNAE

GAMMA XI-KENTUCKY WESLEYAN

JESSICA COLLINS ALLEN

At the launch last fall of the Hidden Heroes campaign for military caregivers, Jessica Allen, Gamma Xi-Kentucky Wesleyan, addressed several hundred attendees, including Sen. Elizabeth Dole whose foundation created the campaign, actor Tom Hanks who is serving as the Hidden Heroes chairman, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw, and Jessica's husband, Chaz, who was seriously injured in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.

Jessica and her family, along with Tom Hanks, are featured in the Hidden Heroes campaign video. Hanks calls Chaz Allen, who lost both his legs in combat, a hero and thanks him for his service. And then he calls Jessica a hero as well because she has provided invaluable support for her husband and their two daughters. Hanks says the more than 5.5 million caregivers for the nation's military wounded or ill often go unrecognized, "which makes me want to thank you for your service, Jessica. You are a hidden hero."

Watch the launch video at stripes.com; find caregiver resources at hiddenheroes.org; and read more about Jessica and her family in the digital edition of the fall 2012 Angelos available at www.kappadelta.org.

1). GAMMA THETA-OKLAHOMA

NEVA HUDIBURGH COCHRAN

Neva, at right, received the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Preceptor Award for her 13 years of leading and mentoring dietetic interns. Neva is a nutrition communications consultant who serves as an advisor and spokesperson for a variety of food and nutrition companies and organizations. Joining Neva for the awards dinner was Beth Kouba Thorson, a registered dietitian nutritionist and Beta Delta-Utah State alumna.

2). SIGMA LAMBDA-AUBURN

KAREN TILLERY

Described as "one of their most knowledgeable and passionate clients," Karen worked with the crew of the DIY Network show Bamwood Builders to design a double pen log cabin that is now a vacation rental on her lakeside property in Alabama. Barnwood Lodge, which opened in 2016, is Karen's fourth pre-Civil War log cabin that she has restored, and with space to sleep up to 28 people, it's also her largest project. She blogs about her projects and decorating style at bamwoodliving.com. Karen is pictured with the show's host, Mark Bowe.

3). EPSILON TAU-CLEMSON

ASHLEY STUMPF JONES

After losing her 21-month-old daughter, Skylar, to spinal muscular atrophy in 2011, Ashley created Love Not Lost, a nonprofit organization that provides professional photographs of people facing terminal diagnoses to capture their memories and the love shared with others during the photo session. Ashley also is the owner of Shutter Sweet Photography and Skylight Creative Group. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, visit www.lovenotlost.org and follow on social media@lovenotlostorg.

4). EPSILON ALPHA-MISSOURI S&T

KATE WASEM

Kate received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award at Missouri University of Science and Technology's 2016 Homecoming celebration. With a degree in metallurgical engineering, Kate has worked in the manufacturing industry in technical, sales and marketing, operations and management roles. She is co-founder and vice president of the Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Women in the Metals Industry and a member of Junior League of St. Louis. She serves Kappa Delta as a national housing resource specialist, vice president of the St. Louis Alumnae Chapter and president of Epsilon Alpha House Corporation.

5). THETA GAMMA-BROWN

STEPHANIE GUANG

MedStar Health awarded Stephanie, a public health-focused biomedical engineer, a MedStar Health for America fellowship, placing her on a team with three other young professionals working to create an innovative solution for improving stroke care. For 10 months, ending on July 31,2017, the fellows are immersing themselves in all aspects of the disease, including stroke simulations and interaction with patients and clinicians, in their effort to create a novel solution for stroke care.

6). GAMMA XI-KENTUCKY WESLEYAN

LAUREN MAYHEW BOWES

Halifax, Nova Scotia, is home now for Lauren and her husband, Corey, and it's the site of their new business, Postcard Portables, a franchise company specializing in mini-billboard and other high-impact signage. The entrepreneurial couple moved to Corey's native Halifax after most recently residing in Moncton, New Brunswick, where they owned and operated an ice-cream shop. Lauren is already active in the local business community and the Halifax chapter of the Canadian Progress Club.

7). ROCHESTER

To celebrate International Women's Friendship Month, Rochester, Minnesota, Area AC members and Mends attended the Rochester Civic Theater production of the musical Rock of Ages. The group completed the afternoon with dinner at a nearby restaurant.

8). GEORGIASTATE DAY

Greater Atlanta Day Alumnae Chapter President Lyn Powers Routenberg, right, hugs Eleanor "Fio" Fiorillo Crockford after introducing her to the nearly 150 alumnae and collegians who gathered in Atlanta to celebrate Georgia State Day. Fio had previously been honored by the Atlanta Alumnae Panhellenic Association as its Alumnae Panhellenic Woman of the Year, and she provided a perfect example of the State Day theme, "Ever Loyal Kappa Delta."

9). HOUSTON AND CYPRESS

The Houston and Cypress, Texas, ACs boosted the confidence of Kappa Delta collegians and recent graduates from Cornell University, Texas A&M University, the University of Tulsa and the College of William and Mary. The groups co-hosted a resume-writing and interviewing-skills workshop that was led by Kathryn Kmiecik Vernau and Meredith McCarthy Winczewski at the home of Jane McMillin Brownlee.

10). SAN ANTONIO

The San Antonio AC hosted its annual International Women's Friendship Month celebration at a local restaurant where members and their guests enjoyed on-their-own lunch while hearing a brief presentation from Nangie Lowrie, the chief operating officer of Alpha Home, an agency that helps people recover from addiction and also educates new parents on the dangers of drug use. Attendees brought donations for Alpha Home's clients and left with yellow roses for friendship.

11). BOSTON

A Fenway frank, a Red Sox win and KD sisters together made for a winning combination when the Metro Boston Alumnae Chapter gathered at the ballpark for a night of fun.

Read the full article at http://www.onlinedigeditions.com/article/Annual+Report/2667545/369648/article.html.

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