Angela Jordan Dimit (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)| email
Angela (Angie) Jordan Dimit is currently serving as Chair of the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation Board of Trustees. She most recently served her second term as Vice President on Gamma Phi Beta’s International Council (IC), and Angie was an IC representative on the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation Board of Trustees during her most recent term. 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 chief advancement officer and 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 leads a comprehensive advancement strategy, building and stewarding a culture of philanthropy throughout Student Affairs at Illinois, focused on cultivating and sustaining relevant lifelong relationships through meaningful engagement opportunities. 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. She served as co-chair of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Champaign for two years.
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.
Vice Chair and Grants Committee Chair
Kathy George (Indiana State)| email
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 (AHC) from 2011-13; president and treasurer of the Beta Phi AHC from 2013-15; member of the Foundation’s Financial Aid Sub-Committee from 2015-17; member of the Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter; The 1874 Society and Founders Society member and Foundation Trustee. Kathy currently serves as Grants Chair to the Foundation.
Kathy served on the board of directors for four homeowner’s associations. 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 was a court appointed special advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Marion County, Indiana.
Kathy resides in Fort Myers, Florida. She is an avid gardener, loves to sew, travel, decorate and teaches Mah Jongg.
Governance Committee Chair
Annabel Jones (Oklahoma)| email
Annabel Jones (Oklahoma) is Gamma Phi Beta’s immediate past International President. She is currently serving in her first term as a Foundation Trustee, having served as an International Council (IC) representative to the Board of Trustees for the past four years. 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, and is currently developing a corporate governance consulting practice. She practiced law for more than 33 years, focusing 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; chapter, recruitment and public relations advisor; affiliated house corporation board member and treasurer and president of the Tulsa Alumnae Chapter. In addition to serving as Gamma Phi Beta’s International President from 2016 to 2020, Annabel held positions on IC as Collegiate Vice President and Financial Vice President. She also served 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 chairman of the board of directors for Tulsa’s Collegiate Hall Charter School, a member of both the University of Oklahoma Foundation Board of Trustees and its College of Arts and Sciences Board of Advocates and chairwoman of the Junior League of Tulsa Facility Corporation Board. 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 four great nephews!
Development and PR Committee Chair
Karen Gamel Urette (Oklahoma)| email
Karen attended the University of Oklahoma and was initiated into Psi Chapter in 1961. 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, Convention 2010 Arrangements Chairwoman, member of the Nominating Committee, a special recruitment consultant and the recruitment advisor for Eta Eta Chapter (South Florida). She currently serves as a Foundation Trustee serving as the chair of the Stewardship Committee.
Karen is involved at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida, 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 who is a Gamma Phi Beta, a son Garrison Urette who is a Kappa Alpha and one granddaughter Sloane Urette. In her free time, Karen enjoys travel and playing duplicate bridge.
Harriett Cogan (Indiana State)| email
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.
Fraya Hirschberg Black (Michigan)| email
A member of Beta Chapter, Fraya Hirschberg Black has more than 20 years of Gamma Phi Beta volunteer experience. Fraya has served as an International Council Vice President, on the Foundation Stewardship Committee, as the Sorority Finance Committee Chairwoman and in various regional, collegiate and alumnae roles.
Fraya current resides in Chicago, Illinois, and is a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Fraya provides leadership on project engagements focused on cost reduction and business operations transformation, with a strong passion for teaching and mentoring. In the Chicago community, Fraya supports Gamma Phi Beta’s philanthropic partner, Girls on the Run, as a volunteer and committee member. She is an active member of her synagogue, participating in social action activities, temple sisterhood and adult education classes.
Fraya is a proud aunt to one niece and three nephews. In her free time, she loves to travel, craft and read.
Dr. Margaret Myers (Colorado College)| email
A Denver, Colorado, native, Margaret Myers received her bachelor of arts degree Magna Cum Laude in mathematics from Colorado College, where she was initiated at the Alpha Phi Chapter and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a master of science in operations research from American University (Washington, DC) and a doctorate from the George Mason University (GMU) Volgenau School of Engineering.
She is the director of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) Information Technology and Systems Division, a post she assumed in May 2009. She leads more than 90 IDA researchers who address cybersecurity and other cyberspace challenges of national and global importance, drawing from their broad understanding of related military and business operations, technology and systems, policy and law, and where those areas intersect.
From 2000-08, Margaret served as principal director for the Department of Defense Deputy Chief Information Officer. Previously, she was director of 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. A recipient of the Defense Department Distinguished Civilian Service Award, she was also recognized with three Presidential Rank Awards, one at the Distinguished Executive level and two as Meritorious Executive.
Her previous civilian government service includes 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. Margaret served on active duty in the U.S. Army from 1975-78; she continued her service in the Army Reserve and retired in 2005 in the rank of colonel.
In addition to serving as a Gamma Phi Beta Foundation Trustee, Margaret is a member of the GMU Foundation Board, the GMU Volgenau School of Engineering Advisory Board and the Westminster Foundation Board. She was an ex officio member of the National Defense University Board of Visitors and chaired the board for the Association for Enterprise Information. She also serves as Treasurer for the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Margaret lives in Falls Church, Virginia.
Dawn A. Randolph (Penn State)| email
An Army brat and first-generation college student, Dawn A. Randolph is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign service and International politics and minored in German and military affairs. She initiated into Alpha Upsilon Chapter and served as her chapter’s public relations vice president and membership vice president. After college, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and served on the congressional staff of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn before going on to earn a Master of Public Administration, with a concentration in management and budget, from Georgia State University.
Dawn is the chief executive and principal consultant of DIR Consulting Group LLC, a public policy consulting firm she founded in 2000 that specializes in providing research, analysis, strategy, facilitation and coaching for government and nonprofit clients. She has been a change agent in public policy and funding, steering organizations to embrace consumer centered planning, promote integrated decision-making and fund new initiatives. The firm has contracted 41 clients and advocated/procured nearly $350 million in new resources and managed nearly $15 million in grant and donor funds.
Dawn is also an adjunct professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. She designs and leads courses for undergraduate and graduate students in leadership, organizational behavior, data analysis, data visualization and digital citizenship. Dawn serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the School as well.
For most of her career, Dawn has been working with providers across multiple areas (substance use disorders, mental health, physical health, rehabilitation and social services) to enhance their service delivery, identify accreditation objectives, expand their customer reach and acquire new funding. She also served as the contract executive director for the Georgia Planned Giving Council for eight years, taking them out of the Great Recession to grow their reserves to a full year’s operating budget and identify new sponsors and reducing overhead. Building on this experience, she continues to mentor emerging nonprofit and public sector leaders.
Dawn is serving her first term as a Foundation Trustee. She has volunteered for the Sorority for more than 30 years, including service as president of Delta Upsilon House Corporation Board and a member of the International Nominating Committee. More recently, she served as a collegiate chapter supervisor. In addition to Gamma Phi Beta, Dawn currently serves on the Henry County Planning and Zoning Board as a voting member and vice chair. She has previously held roles as director of public policy at the Bobby Dodd Institute; local government consultant at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; and field director for the American Heart Association.
She lives in Stockbridge, Georgia, with her husband, Chris, and their three cats: Bentley, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Melanie Martin Roussos (Georgia)| email
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 and Pete.
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.
Susan Grant Schneider (Colorado State)| email
Susan graduated from Colorado State University with her bachelor’s degree in speech communication and minor English and was a member of Tau Chapter. She also earned a master’s in organizational and professional communication from the University of Denver.
In her undergraduate years she held various positions at Tau Chapter including ritual chairwoman and vice president. After college, her first job was as a collegiate leadership consultant and then director of Communications including editor of The Crescent at International Headquarters. These roles fueled her passion for Gamma Phi Beta. Since then, she has held several volunteer roles during the past 25 years including serving as the Nominating Committee Chairwoman, Foundation PR Committee, Alumnae Vice President and International Convention Chairwoman.
Professionally, Susan has spent the last 20 years in life sciences both in post marketed product development and clinical development in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry leading successful operational, account and sales teams. She currently is vice president, Business Development for Parexel, a global CRO managing the Western Region responsible for more than $300M in revenue. She manages a team that is directly responsible for supporting multiple therapeutic treatments to patients including dozens of COVID-19 programs.
In addition to Gamma Phi Beta and her busy professional life, she is president of the Men’s Soccer Booster program at the local 5A high school, loves her Peloton and enjoys being with her family that includes her husband Morey and their three teen sons. Susan resides in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
Heather Swindells (Clemson)| email
Heather Swindells joined Epsilon Theta Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta in 1996. She served as philanthropy chairwoman, recruitment assistant chairwoman and was a member of the Standards Committee. Heather received her Bachelor of Science in financial management in 2000 and her Master of Business Administration with a finance concentration from Queens University of Charlotte, where she was named a McColl Fellow, in 2008.
After college, Heather volunteered as president of Charlotte Alumnae Chapter and later volunteered on several regional teams, including serving as regional director for 13 collegiate chapters.
Professionally, Heather has worked at Bank of America for almost 20 years in a variety of risk and control roles across consumer banking, wealth management, capital markets and finance. She is currently the risk executive for the consumer products and lending businesses, where she is responsible for overseeing applicable policies and standards and implementation of monitoring and testing of business controls and processes across the consumer product life cycle. Heather also serves as a board advisor and student mentor for the Clemson University College of Business and is on the board of Theatre Charlotte.
She resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, Ryan, daughter, Payton, son, Carter and mini goldendoodle, Nora. Heather loves travel, reading, sports (especially her Clemson Tigers) and cheering for her kids in their activities.
Jill Wallace Castilla (Oklahoma State)| email
Jill Wallace Castilla joined Beta Psi Chapter (Oklahoma State) of Gamma Phi Beta in 1991 and most recently served on the chapter’s Renovation Committee. After serving in the military, Jill received her Bachelor of Science in business administration and finance from Hawaii Pacific University and her a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Oklahoma. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Graduate School of Banking and the University of Pennsylvania’s Executive Program in Banking. Jill currently serves as president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond, chairwoman, president and CEO of Citizens Bancshares, Inc. and is a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army, a 3-star protocol status.
Jill serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, MetaFund Community Development Financial Institution, Mercy West hospital system and the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. She is the dean of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. She is a member of the Federal Reserve’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council and the former chair of the Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma. She was recently named Community Banker of the Year by American Banker, Most Innovative CEOs in Banking by Bank Innovation, Most Admired CEOs by Journal Record and Executive of the Year by Banking Dive. Jill has a patent pending in bank technology and received national acclaim for partnerships with Mark Cuban in response to the COVID-19 economic crisis. She is an active keynote speaker.
Jill is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Oklahoma Army National Guard. She and her husband reside in Edmond, Oklahoma, and have three children: Ryan, a United States Military Academy West Point graduate and Army officer, Olivia, a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman and Nicholas, a higher schooler.
Megan Smiley Wick (Washington State), Gamma Phi Beta Executive Director| email
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!
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).