Each biennium at Convention, Gamma Phi Beta holds elections to fill the elected positions on International Council (IC) and the Nominating Committee (NC). The NC is defined in the Sorority’s Bylaws to identify, recruit and slate potential candidates for election to the NC and IC. It is comprised of seven elected alumnae members, two appointed collegiate delegates and one appointed chairwoman who all serve in their roles for a term of two years.
Gamma Phi Beta is dedicated to diversity, belonging, equity and inclusion and seeks for this commitment to be reflected in its leadership. Service on IC or the NC is an important and significant opportunity open to all alumnae members in good standing who are committed to executing the duties of the role. Alumnae who are considering candidacy for service on IC or the NC are encouraged to strengthen their mastery of our member competencies through their work, volunteer roles within and outside the Sorority or other civic engagement – the variety of experiences in which member competencies are developed will enrich the Sorority as a whole.
For the 2022-24 IC and NC, the current NC is looking for candidates with a variety of different backgrounds and experiences both within Gamma Phi Beta and outside of the organization and how they match up to our member competencies. The NC realizes that there is a large pool of talent available within the alumnae membership and they are thrilled to learn more about that from possible candidates.
The 2020-22 Nominating Committee met February 24-27, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona, to slate Gamma Phi Beta’s next International Council and Nominating Committee, building the best teams to move Gamma Phi Beta forward over the upcoming biennium. The Nominating Committee was pleased with the participation of so many members in the nominations and elections process for service at the elected levels of the Sorority. The Nominating Committee interviewed and reviewed applications of 25 applicants for 14 positions on both International Council and the Nominating Committee. After a thorough review of all materials, the 2020-22 Nominating Committee confidently presents the following slate of Gamma Phi Beta officer candidates.
International President: Autumn Hansen (Idaho)
Vice President: Crissy Carlisle (Alabama)
Vice President: Judy Graham (Oklahoma)
Vice President: Teresa Haney (Northern Arizona)
Vice President: Lillian Lammers (Denver)
Vice President: Victoria Lopez-Herrera (St. John's – Alumnae Initiate)
Vice President: Fran Stevenson (Kansas State)
Nominating Committee Member: Bree Brownlee (Alma)
Nominating Committee Member: Lindsay Champion (Southern Methodist)
Nominating Committee Member: Jennifer Chuang (California-Berkeley)
Nominating Committee Member: Kelly Dunne (William & Mary)
Nominating Committee Member: Tamara Rudnicki (Jacksonville)
Nominating Committee Member: Chandra Soule (Nebraska-Lincoln)
Nominating Committee Member: Marlo Tapley (Colorado-Boulder)
Nominations from the Floor
In accordance with our Bylaws, if a candidate wishes to run from the floor, she must notify Nominating Committee Chairwoman Tanya Jordan at least seven days prior to the opening business session of Convention and submit a complete application, letter of recommendation and participate in an interview with members of the Nominating Committee. As a courtesy, the Nominating Committee requests candidates who intend to be nominated from the floor submit their request by May 1, 2022; however, our Bylaws do state that notification can be made until seven days prior to the opening Business Session of Convention.
Nominating Committee Chairwoman
Tanya Jordan (Purdue)
Currently residing in Orange County, California, Tanya works professionally as a voice actor, specializing in commercials, corporate narration and voicemail systems and has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising and nonprofit management. In her 20+ years of volunteering with Gamma Phi Beta, she has had the privilege to serve in a variety of roles from chapter advisor to Regional Team member and most recently on International Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Purdue University and a master’s degree in public administration from Wayne State University.
Shannon Bradley (Nebraska-Lincoln)
Shannon works for Down Under/Africa Endeavours, a small boutique luxury travel company, as the sales and marketing champion and has 20+ years’ experience in marketing. She lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she also is a Jazzercise instructor and previously owned two fitness centers. Shannon holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and a master’s degree in business administration, marketing from Depaul University. Shannon has volunteered for Gamma Phi Beta for more than 20 years in various roles such as affiliated house corporation president, collegiate chapter supervisor, regional director and serves on the Lead Facilitation Team.
Dori Farah (Oklahoma City)
Prior to joining the Nominating Committee, Dori served Gamma Phi Beta as a collegiate leadership consultant and volunteer for new chapters. For the last decade, she has worked professionally in inclusion and diversity across the higher education, nonprofit and corporate sectors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Oklahoma City University, currently works at Apple, Inc. and lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband and daughter.
Carly Foerster (Chapman)
Fueled with an incredible passion for teamwork, leadership and creating positive change in our world, Carly is honored to be a member of the Nominating Committee. She has served Gamma Phi Beta as a collegiate leadership consultant, sorority coordinator-collegiate extensions, Presentation Team member, Convention arrangements chairwoman and chapter advisor. In the professional world, she has centered her career around sales enablement and management, currently working for the San Diego, California, based fundraising platform, Classy.org. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chapman University.
Amy Geist (Jacksonville)
Amy has served Gamma Phi Beta as a collegiate leadership consultant, chapter advisor, member of Foundation committees, as well as at the province/regional level and she is honored to serve on the Nominating Committee. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University, she earned a master’s degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University. She worked in student activities and administration at the campus level for 15 years. Since 2016, she has served as director of Strategic Initiatives for a national student affairs membership association, where she’s managed two grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Amy also works as a recruiter for The Walt Disney Company’s Disney College Program.
Linda Johnson (Vanderbilt)
Linda resides in Houston, Texas, and has nearly 40 years’ experience as a Gamma Phi Beta volunteer. She served nine years on International Council, including four years as International President, and 10 years on the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation Board of Trustees, including six years as Foundation Chairwoman. She also has extensive local community volunteer service, a professional background in financial planning and analysis and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Vanderbilt University.
Harper Matthews (Pepperdine)
Harper Matthews is an Orange County, California, native who now resides in Washington, D.C. As a two-time graduate of Pepperdine University, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education, Harper has a love for student affairs and a deep passion for student identity and leadership development. She currently serves as the program manager for Pepperdine's Washington, D.C., study away program. When she isn’t working with students, she loves spending her free time volunteering in her community, traveling abroad, trying new recipes and taking dance classes.
Mary Jo Silsby (Oklahoma City)
Although originally a Midwesterner, Mary Jo is currently residing in Weehawken, New Jersey, where she works in the international events department of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Her volunteer experiences within Gamma Phi Beta range from service in the Regional Team structure as a team leader to working as a recruitment advisor for her initiating chapter Beta Omicron. Mary Jo also served as a collegiate leadership consultant and Presentation Team member. Outside of Gamma Phi Beta, Mary Jo also holds her master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and has served on a variety of nonprofit boards. When not chasing her toddler around the house, she enjoys time spent with her husband, son and dog.
Alexa Bell (Wittenberg)
Alexa, an Ann Arbor, Michigan, native, and a junior at Wittenberg University studying biology with minors in business and psychology. After completing undergrad, Alexa aspires to obtain a doctorate degree in physical therapy and eventually own her own practice. A member of the Alpha Nu Chapter, Alexa serves as administrative vice president and volunteers with a local nonprofit, Girls on the Rise. She is also involved with student senate as treasurer for the class of 2022, and works as an athletic training assistant for the Wittenberg Sports Medicine department.
Gracie Williams (Nebraska-Lincoln)
Gracie will graduate in 2022, with a bachelor’s degree in education and human sciences. Her career goals are to gain experience in teaching high school English, theatre and speech communications courses before returning to higher education for a master’s degree in education. Eventually, she plans to teach English education courses at a secondary institution, and volunteer as a Gamma Phi Beta chapter advisor. Gracie has served Pi Chapter as assistant new member educator and currently serves on the Standards Committee. She is also a Girls on the Run coach and a member of the Pitch Please a cappella group.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE QUESTIONS
If you have any questions for the NC, or if you are interested in learning more about service on IC or the NC, please contact Nominating Committee Chairwoman Tanya Jordan.