Foundation Trustees

Foundation Chairwoman

J.J. Kaelin (Colorado-Boulder)

A native of Springfield, Ohio, J.J. Stohl Kaelin graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a degree in communication: radio, TV and film. Shortly after graduation, she served a year as a collegiate leadership consultant for Gamma Phi Beta followed by a 15-year career in radio broadcasting in three different markets holding positions in management and sales, voice-over production and public affairs programming. She just concluded working 20 years for Doncaster Fine Clothing as a wardrobe consultant.

Throughout the years, J.J. has continued to volunteer in various positions within the Sorority including international song chairwoman, director of collegiate extension, sorority director-public relations and special recruitment consultant. She also served as Membership Vice President on International Council from 2008-12. Since August 1, 2012, J.J. has been a Trustee for the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation as well as chairwoman for the Development and PR Committee.

J.J. most recently completed a two-year term as president of Newborn Hope Corporate Board of Directors for the state of Colorado and currently serves as the president of the St. Peter Church Parish Council in Monument, Colorado. For 16 years, J.J. was the children’s choir director at St. Peter Church in Monument and was appointed to the parish council in 2015. As a vocal soloist, J.J. fulfills her passion for music by performing at various civic events, serving as the vocal soloist at concerts and weddings, and cantoring with her church choir. She resides in Monument with her husband, Bill. They have a son, Adam, a graduate of the University of Colorado, and a 1st lieutenant and pilot in the United States Army Reserves.

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Vice Chair and Grants Committee Chair

Kathy George (Indiana State)

Kathy Sackmaster George was initiated into Beta Pi Chapter (Indiana State) in 1974. She served as scholarship chairwoman, recruitment chairwoman and as a member of the Panhellenic recruitment committee. She received her Bachelor of Science in secondary education with a concentration in French and English in 1977. She was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi and Sigma Tau Delta honorary organizations. She was also a member of the Big Brother/Big Sister program. She earned her master’s in education in 1981.

Kathy taught for eight years at public and private high schools. She was a corporate trainer for Wang Computer for three years. She was the owner and chief financial officer for a manufacturer rep agency (Formed Metals) from 1985-2009 as well as a warehouse distribution business (KenCon Hardware) from 2006-09.

Kathy’s Gamma Phi Beta volunteer experience includes president of the Beta Pi Chapter Affiliated House Corporation from 2011-13; president and treasurer of the Beta Phi Affiliated House Corporation from 2013-15; member of the Foundation’s Financial Aid Sub-Committee from 2015-17; member of the Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter; The 1874 Society member; and Foundation Trustee.

Kathy served on the board of directors for every home owner’s association of every neighborhood where she has lived. She has served as president, secretary, treasurer, grounds chair and communications. She was a parent volunteer at public and private schools from 1993-2005 and was named Parent Volunteer of the Year three times. She was a Sunday school teacher at Bellaire United Methodist Church. She is currently a CASA child advocate for Marion County, Indiana.

Kathy splits her time between her homes in Fishers, Indiana, and Fort Myers, Florida. She is an avid gardener, loves to sew, travel, decorate and enjoy time on her boat. She eagerly awaits the arrival of her first grandchild this spring.

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Development and PR Committee Chair

Karen Gamel Urette (Oklahoma)

Karen graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1961 and is a member of Psi Chapter. Karen is currently a broker associate with Smith & Associate Real Estate, Tampa Bay’s leading real estate company.

Karen was a charter member and former president of the Tampa Bay Alumnae Chapter, and during the ensuing years served as the province collegiate director VIII, international recruitment consultant for Beta Mu Chapter (Florida State), member of Grand Council as the National Panhellenic Conference delegate and alternate delegate, 2010 Convention arrangements chairwoman, member of the Nominating Committee and a special recruitment consultant. Karen is currently the recruitment advisor for Eta Eta Chapter (South Florida) and a Foundation Trustee serving on the Governance Committee.

Karen is involved at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and has twice chaired their major fund raiser. She and her husband have been very active at Florida’s state museum, The Ringling, in Sarasota.

Karen lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband, Mike. They have two children, Tara Urette Johnson, a Gamma Phi Beta, and a son, Garrison Urette, a Kappa Alpha, and one granddaughter, Sloane Urette. In her free time, Karen enjoys travel and playing duplicate bridge.

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Finance Committee Chair

Karen Kendall (Vanderbilt)

Karen Kendall earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and biology from Vanderbilt University and was a member of Alpha Theta Chapter. She held various positions at Alpha Theta from song chairwoman to chapter president. Karen is an independent human resources consultant.

She retired from PepsiCo after 15 years as vice president of human resources. She served as key executive thought leader in various areas of systems integration and sales transformation.

Professionally, she has her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist from the International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists and her Certified Compensation Professional Designation from World of Work.
Karen attended the Harvard Leadership Development Program sponsored by Watson Wyatt at the Harvard Graduate School of Business and the Executive Forum for Strategic Benefits Management at the Wharton School.

She was an active participant in the Houston Gamma Phi Beta Alumnae Chapter during her early professional career. Currently, Karen is a Gamma Phi Beta Foundation Trustee and chair of the Foundation’s Finance and Investment Committee.

Outside of work, Karen’s favorite role is “Aunt Karen” to her four nieces, one nephew and one great-niece. She is also a dog lover, providing refuge at any given time for her own three dogs and many strays. Karen has been a court appointed special advocate for children for several years. Karen is currently on the board of directors for Project Transformation North Texas. Project Transformation engages more than 100 college-age young adults in ministry and service with more than 1,000 underserved children and youth in 10 site churches located in low-income communities.

She is actively involved in First United Methodist Church of Dallas participating in the choir, shut-in visitation and the finance committee. She is also a director for FirstFoundation, the church’s endowment fund. She is an active participant in Reading Partners, an AmeriCorps program dedicated to unlocking the skills of elementary age students who struggle with reading.

Karen grew up in Willoughby, Ohio, until her family moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, when she was nine. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas.

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Governance Committee Chair

Rosemary Milew (California-Irvine)

A native of California, Rosemary Milew earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of California-Irvine. As a member of Delta Eta Chapter, she served as recording secretary and philanthropy chairwoman. After graduation, she moved to Chicago where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University of Chicago and her Master of Business Administration, with majors in strategy, marketing finance and analytical consulting from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business.

Rosemary is currently vice president and general manager of the JuraLaw division of Law Bulletin Media. Prior to that, she worked at LexisNexis as vice president of sales for the U.S. Law School Market.

Rosemary is currently serving as a Trustee and Governance chair of the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation. She has volunteered for the Sorority for more than 25 years, including service as a member of the Nominating Committee, president of the Epsilon Chapter Affiliated House Corporation Board and president of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter.

In addition to her volunteer commitment to Gamma Phi Beta throughout the years, Rosemary has also served as editor in chief of the Holy Name Cathedral Chronicle – New World Publications and president of the Parish Council at Holy Name Cathedral. She has also served as president of the Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Chicago Alumni Chapter and second vice president of the Advocates Society.

Currently, Rosemary serves as a board member and Grants Committee chair of the McLaughlin Faith Foundation. Rosemary resides in Chicago, Illinois, and is married to Dan Pilch. They enjoy spending time with their more than 23 nieces and nephews as well as sailing, skiing, exercising and traveling.

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International President

Annabel M. Jones (Oklahoma)

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Annabel Jones (Oklahoma) is Gamma Phi Beta’s International President, currently serving in her second two-year term in the role. Annabel is also a Gamma Phi Beta Foundation Trustee, and a member of the Sorority’s Bylaws, Extension, Finance and Governance Committees. A member of Gamma Phi Beta’s Psi Chapter, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Annabel is a retired corporate attorney living in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She practiced law for more than 33 years, and her practice focused on corporate governance and transactions, finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities, risk management and human resources. Annabel is a National Association of Corporate Directors fellow and a member of the Society of Corporate Governance Professionals.

In her more than 30 years of volunteer service for Gamma Phi Beta, Annabel has served in a variety of roles, including regional team leader, collegiate chapter supervisor for our new chapter at the University of Central Florida and served as treasurer and president of the Tulsa Alumnae Chapter. Annabel has also served on International Council as Collegiate Vice President and Financial Vice President, in addition to serving as the first Chairwoman of the Facilities Management Company Board of Managers.

Outside of Gamma Phi Beta, Annabel enjoys giving back to her community. She is a member of the Board of Advocates of University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences and chairwoman of the Junior League of Tulsa Facility Corporation Board in addition to serving on the Junior League of Tulsa Sustainer Steering Committee. Annabel is also a Reading Partners volunteer in Tulsa, helping young students become proud, confident readers excited about learning and ready for success.

An avid Oklahoma Sooners fan, Annabel enjoys traveling, reading and spending quality time with her two Gamma Phi Beta biological sisters, one brother, eight nieces and nephews and two great nephews – with one more on the way in 2018!

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International Council Representative

Angela Jordan Dimit (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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Angela (Angie) Jordan Dimit is currently serving her second term as Vice President on Gamma Phi Beta’s International Council. Angie also serves as an International Council representative on the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of the Technology Committee. She is a member of Omicron Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing and her Master of Education in human resources education.

Angie is the director of advancement for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In this role, she cultivates and sustain relevant lifelong relationships with and among students, alumni and donors and creates and stewards a culture of philanthropy throughout Student Affairs at the university. She previously served as the director of advancement for the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For more than 35 years, Angie has been a communications consultant, specializing in professional and personal development, including team building, interpersonal communication, principles of effective leadership, understanding and leading change and customized services for organizations, such as etiquette luncheons and emerging leader workshops. She is a certified consultant with Wiley Communications.  

With more than 25 years of volunteer service for Gamma Phi Beta, Angie has served in various education and programming roles at the international level, as well as at the local level as chapter advisor and affiliated house corporation board president. She has also served on various task forces and committees and has facilitated many Gamma Phi Beta programs and workshops.

Early in her career, Angie volunteered at the national level with the Exploring Program of the Boy Scouts of America for 10 years. In her local community, Angie has been an active volunteer for the past 35 years, serving in numerous leadership positions through her local parent-teacher association.

She served in leadership on the Urbana High School Executive Internship Program for 18 years, and on the Board of Directors as president of the Twin City Child Development Center in Urbana. Angie served on the University of Illinois Board of Sorority Affairs for more than 15 years, three years as chair. She was director and associate director of District XII of the Illinois Foundation of Business and Professional Women. Most recently, she served as co-chair of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Champaign.

Angie lives in Urbana, Illinois, with her husband John. She has two sons, John, who graduated from Luther College, and Jordan, who graduated from Ball State University; and daughter-in-law, Bri Dimit, who also graduated from Ball State University.

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Foundation Trustee

Harriett Cogan (Indiana State)

Harriett Bedwell Cogan has been elected to serve for a three-year term (August 1, 2018 – July 31, 2021) as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation.

Harriett recently retired after a 31-year career at State Farm Insurance Companies. She held various leadership positions in multiple locations with the organization.

Born and raised in Indiana, Harriett earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana State University and was initiated into Gamma Phi Beta at the Beta Pi Chapter. She has been an active volunteer for the organization for more than 40 years. She served as chapter advisor for Beta Pi Chapter (Indiana State) and Delta Pi Chapter (Illinois State), as well as a member of the affiliated house corporations for Delta Pi Chapter (Illinois State) and Delta Iota Chapter (Purdue). She is a past president of the Terre Haute Alumnae Chapter and a current member of the Denver Alumnae Chapter. She has served as a Gamma Phi Beta volunteer as philanthropy chairwoman and regional team leader for Region 5.

In addition to her volunteer work with Gamma Phi Beta, Harriett is co-owner of Special Occasions Event Planning, a full-service event planning business. She creates event designs, full-scale wedding planning and a manages the day-of schedule for events. She has created unique events, intrinsically reflective of the client. Special Occasions also designs corporate events as well as weddings and private social events.

Harriett has also been a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) and served on the Board of Directors for PATH, a social service crisis center in Bloomington, Illinois. She currently serves as a volunteer docent for the Highlands Ranch Mansion.

With her husband Mike, Harriett lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and is enjoying retirement. They have two grown daughters and are the proud grandparents to Ceinwen, Emma and Cogan.

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Foundation Trustee

Julie Dunn Eichenberg (Florida State)

Raised just outside of Daytona Beach, Florida, Julie earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University (FSU) in 1994 and currently serves as the chair of the Florida State University Foundation, is a member of the Seminole Torchbearers Board for Student Affairs and was recently awarded the Circle of Gold by the FSU Alumni Association for service to the university. As a student at FSU, Julie was very active in campus life and served as Panhellenic Association president and was elected senior class secretary. Julie was named 1993 Sorority Woman of the Year and received the Seminole Leadership Award. She was also one of three individuals selected in 1994 for Gold Key’s Hall of Fame.

Julie is currently the vice president of Brand Distribution at Turner Content Distribution (TCD), a division of Turner, which manages the distribution of content for Turner’s news and entertainment networks in the U.S. and Canada. Based in Atlanta, she leads content negotiation and marketing strategy with Turner’s largest distributors and oversees all field accounts and affiliate ad sales. Julie has been with Turner for more than 20 years in a variety of roles within the distribution division.

Julie has been an active volunteer leader for Gamma Phi Beta for nearly 25 years starting as a collegiate leadership consultant, as well as the director of programming, regional director for Region 4 and chairwoman of the Nominating Committee. She also served for many years on the executive board and as president of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter.

In addition to her volunteer commitment to Gamma Phi Beta, Julie is also passionately involved with the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation promoting CF awareness and fundraising throughout the state of Georgia and has helped raise millions of dollars in the search for a cure. Serving as co-chair of sponsorship for the Annual CF Wine & Roses Gala, Julie has been recognized with the Momentum Award and the Heart of Gold Award for record-breaking fundraising.

Julie resides in Atlanta, Georgia, and is married to Bob Eichenberg. They have two young sons, Zachary and Tyler.

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Foundation Trustee

Frances Griffin (Texas-Austin)

Frances Griffin was initiated into membership in Gamma Phi Beta at Alpha Zeta Chapter (Texas-Austin). Graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, she was one of the first 10 women hired by Hanes Knitwear for a newly-created national position of sales service representative. Frances currently serves as the corporate secretary/treasurer for TechnoClin Consulting, Inc. She has worked for more than 20 years providing administrative support for one established company and two startup companies.

Frances' Gamma Phi Beta alumna activity has included organizing a Crescent Circle and offices in the Chicago Northwest Suburban Alumnae Chapter. She is currently a member of the Chicago Alumnae Chapter. International participation began with serving as the assistant Convention arrangements chairwoman in 1984, a member of Grand Council from1988-90 as Director of Finance and International Council from 1990-92 as Financial Vice President. Other service has included four years as a Trustee on the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation, Nominating Committee, Nominating Committee chairwoman and Executive Director Search Committee chairwman. Currently Frances serves as a Trustee on the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation and as a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Most of her life after college has been spent as a professional volunteer. While her children were in school, volunteer activities centered around the requests sent out by the schools. Church positions have been many including serving on the Pastor Nominating Committee, Capital Campaign Committee and the Session of the church. As an ordained elder, Frances served on Session as a voting member and again later as the deputy clerk and then clerk of session. Recently she was commissioned as a Stephen minister.

Other volunteer activities outside of Gamma Phi Beta include office assistance at the Nuestro Center in Highwood, Illinois, and helping to get books ready for distribution at Bernie’s Book Bank.

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Foundation Trustee

Dr. Margaret Myers (Colorado College)

Dr. Margaret Myers is the director of the Institute for Defense Analyses Information (IDA) Technology and Systems Division, a post she assumed in May 2009. She leads more than 60 IDA researchers who address cybersecurity and other cyberspace challenges of national and global importance, drawing from their broad understanding of related operations and business, technology and systems and policy and law.

From 2000-08, Margaret served as principal director for the Department of Defense Deputy Chief Information Technology Acquisition and Investment for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I). From June 1997 through June 1998, she additionally acted as deputy assistant secretary of defense for C3I Acquisition.

Her government service has also included technical leadership positions with the U.S. Army Operational Evaluation Command and the U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command. She was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1992. Dr. Myers served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1975-78. Continuing service in the Army Reserve, she was assigned to the staff of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Operations Research and retired in 2005 in the rank of colonel.

She earned a doctorate in information technology from George Mason University; a Master of Science in operations research from American University in Washington, D.C.; and a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude in mathematics from Colorado College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Margaret has published papers in numerous journals related to acquisition, simulation, computer measurement and software engineering. She served as an ex officio member of the National Defense University Board of Visitors, is a member of the George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering Advisory Board and is the immediate past chair of the board of the Association for Enterprise Information. A recipient of the Defense Department Distinguished Civilian Service Award, she has also been recognized with three Presidential Rank Awards, one at the Distinguished Executive level and two as Meritorious Executive.

She is currently a Gamma Phi Beta Foundation Trustee.

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Foundation Trustee

Melanie Martin Roussos (Georgia)

Melanie Martin Roussos graduated with a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from University of Georgia and was initiated at Delta Upsilon Chapter. While in the chapter, she held various positions on the executive councils of both the chapter and college Panhellenic.

Her professional experience includes recruiting and human resources roles within the high-tech industry. Most recently she worked in benefit advocacy and account management for an employee benefits insurance broker. Today, she is honored to be a full-time stay-at-home mother to Grace (7) and Pete (5).

Since graduating from college, Melanie has served Gamma Phi Beta in several different volunteer positions. She started by visiting campuses throughout the United States and Canada as a collegiate leadership consultant. After her year of travel, she relocated to Seattle, Washington. There she was a charter member of the Puget Sound Alumnae Chapter. She also supported Gamma Epsilon Chapter (Puget Sound) and Lambda Chapter (University of Washington) in different advisory roles and other chapters in the Northwest as province collegiate director.

In addition to Gamma Phi Beta, she is an active board member at the University of Washington Autism Center, where she focuses on parent support and early intervention. She also regularly volunteers at St. Joseph School.

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Foundation Trustee

Megan Smiley Wick (Washington State), Gamma Phi Beta Executive Director

Passionate about Gamma Phi Beta since her days as a member of Beta Sigma Chapter (Washington State), Megan Smiley Wick has 22 years of experience as both a volunteer and staff member of Gamma Phi Beta. Megan currently serves as executive director of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Foundation and Facilities Management Company and previously as director of Education and managing director of Risk and Policy.

Her Gamma Phi Beta volunteer experience began in positions such as international team leader- regional operations, regional team leader, sorority director-leadership and sorority director-human resources. Before joining Gamma Phi Beta, Megan was the multi-center director of Kaplan Test Prep for Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and director of Student Programs for the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Megan holds a B.S. from Washington State and a master’s degree in education policy, research and administration from the University of Massachusetts. Originally from Beaverton, Oregon, Megan and her husband Doug live in Greenwood Village, Colorado, with their three children Noelle, Colin and Stella, two cats and one goldfish. Go Cougs!

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The 2018-19 Foundation Trustees

Top Row (L-R): Annabel Jones (Oklahoma), Megan Smiley Wick (Washington State), Angela Jordan Dimit (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Rosemary Milew (California-Irvine), Harriet Cogan (Indiana State), Julie Dunn Eichenberg (Florida State) and Karen Kendall (Vanderbilt).

Bottom Row (L-R): Dr. Margaret Myers (Colorado College), Melanie Martin Roussos (Georgia), Karen Gamel Urette (Oklahoma), J.J. Kaelin (Colorado-Boulder), Kathy George (Indiana State) and Frances Griffin (Texas-Austin).