At Kappa Delta's 62nd Biennial National Convention, delegates elected the women who will lead the sorority during the next biennium. They are National President Tricia Ruma Spence, National Vice President Susan Stockton, National Vice President-Membership Karen Thomas Fesmire, National Vice President-Collegians Barb Hamilton Stacy, National Vice President-Alumnae Tove Bichel Thomas and National Vice President-Finance Jodi Scheurenbrand. In addition, the National Council includes two ex officio members: National Panhellenic Conference Delegate Julie Landgren Johnson and Executive Director Pamela Nix. TRICIA RUMA SPENCE NATIONAL PRESIDENT FROM: Epsilon Alpha-Missouri S&T CURRENT HOME: New York City Tricia is vice president of enterprise planning and project management for Prudential. She earned a doctorate in information sciences and technology from Pennsylvania State University in 2013. She has held national offices with KD since 2005 and served three terms as national vice president-alumnae. She also serves on the Kappa Delta Foundation board of directors. Tricia says: "Sisterhood is at the root of our sorority, and there is nothing better than knowing and loving so many KDs." SUSAN STOCKTON NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT FROM: Delta Gamma-Western Kentucky CURRENT HOME: Los Angeles Susan earned a law degree from the University of Kentucky and served as senior counsel for General Electric Company, a position that gave her international experience on three different continents. Before her election to the National Council in 2015, she served KD in various roles, beginning in 1987 as a national collegiate advisor. Susan says: "As I lived and worked internationally, KD offered to me what career, and indeed, even family couldn't offer: a group of values-based women who share a devotion to service, a desire to build confidence in others and a desire to make a heartfelt connection." KAREN THOMAS FESMIRE NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT-MEMBERSHIP FROM: Beta Tau-Vanderbilt CURRENT HOME: Germantown, Tennessee Recruitment has been Karen's area of expertise since she first served as her university's Panhellenic recruitment chairman. She has served KD in various local and national positions, including her current role since 2015. She also lends her service to the Kappa Delta Foundation, Vanderbilt University and her church, where she is an ordained elder and deacon. Karen says: "Meeting women from collegiate and alumnae chapters all along their KD journey inspires me each day to be the best KD I can be." BARD HAMILTON STACY NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT-COLLEGIANS FROM: Zeta Kappa-Ball State CURRENT HOME: Akron, Ohio After graduation, this founding member of Zeta Kappa Chapter helped other KD chapters as a chapter development consultant 1994-1995. She continued to serve KD in various local and national positions while earning a master's degree and pursuing a career in human resources and information management. She also is a registered yoga instructor and an in-training barre instructor. Serving as NVP-collegians since 2015, Barb says: "Leading is about meeting the needs of Kappa Delta. We can give back and lead at any level." TOVE BICHEL THOMAS NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT-ALUMNAE FROM: Omicron-Illinois Wesleyan CURRENT HOME: Crossville, Tennessee Tove holds a bachelor's degree in music education and worked as an elementary school teacher for 28 years before retiring. She has served national Kappa Delta since 1970 in both the collegiate and alumnae sectors, most recently serving as alumnae chapter specialist prior to her election at the 2017 National Convention to her current position. Tove says: "It is fairly remarkable that the ideals we embraced as young women hold true and guide us in all stages of our lives. By striving for the honorable, beautiful and highest, we have a blueprint for life." JODI SCHEURENBRAND NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT-FINANCE FROM: Kappa Alpha-Florida State CURRENT HOME: New York City Jodi has more than 30 years experience in corporate and nonprofit finance, including prominent positions with global brands Toys R Us, Atari and RJR Nabisco. She earned an MBA in finance and economics from New York University's Stern School of Business and a CPA while working in public accounting. She has served on the National Council since 2013. Jodi says: "Kappa Delta's secret sauce is its amazing network of women, all joined by our common bond." JULIE LANDGREN JOHNSON NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE DELEGATE FROM: Sigma Psi-North Dakota State CURRENT HOME: Matthews, North Carolina Julie holds a master's degree in higher education administration and has worked as a corporate trainer. She has served Kappa Delta at the national level since 1985, including national president 1999-2005, and earned accolades for her recent service as NPC's Panhellenics chairman. Julie says: "I love the fact that when you meet or work with a KD sister who is from a different part of the country or different age group, you have that instant connection and bond. Our commonalities are so much greater than our differences." PAMELA NIX EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FROM: Sigma Phi-Georgia CURRENT HOME: Memphis, Tennessee Pamela has experience in the government, business and nonprofit sectors that she has used to manage the sorority and foundation staffs since 2011. She came to National Headquarters from Jacksonville, Florida, where she led an award-winning communications and marketing team for Downtown Vision Inc. Pamela says: "Working to ensure sisters, now and in the future, have the Kappa Delta experience we all hold dear is one of the most worthwhile endeavors."
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