Alpha Phi Foundation is governed by our Board of Directors, a group of hardworking, knowledgeable volunteers who guide us as we continually strive to fulfill the mission of Alpha Phi Foundation to the fullest.
Mary Beth Cooleen Tully
(Epsilon Psi-Lehigh), Chair
As a chapter advisor for Hofstra (Theta Mu), I have seen the powerful impact of Foundation-supported programming at the collegiate level: Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI), the Fellows Program and Forget Me Not Grants have directly benefitted Hofstra collegians. I hope the Foundation can expand its leadership programming to engage even more collegians and alumnae.
(Theta-Michigan), Vice Chair
I’ve always felt a strong tie to the work we do to support women’s heart health. I started my career as a cardiac nurse. Connecting our members to the power we have when we work together to advocate, educate, support research and move heart health forward is inspiring. The Foundation helps me live my passion for a world without heart disease.
Coree Christine Smith
(Epsilon Theta-Northern Iowa), Secretary
Supporting women’s leadership development within Alpha Phi is so important. My very first leadership experience was as an officer in Alpha Phi. I feel strongly that Alpha Phi can and should have a significant impact on our members’ future paths by offering relevant leadership guidance and opportunity to all members.
Gretchen Wilson Alarcon
I’m excited to give back to Alpha Phi in a larger context. I’m currently a chapter advisor and love working directly with our collegians, but serving on the Foundation Board allows me to impact our strategic direction and fulfill our commitment to empowering women both as collegians and alumnae. I love working with the Board to strategize where Alpha Phi Foundation will be in 5-10 years. There are so many opportunities for growth!
Kim Brown Brannon
(Gamma Rho-Penn State)
I believe in Alpha Phi Foundation’s mission and have consistently donated since I was a collegian. I’m honored to learn more about the Foundation, serve the organization and support our mission of advancing women’s lives through the power of philanthropy.
Jenny Concepcion Hansen
I believe in every part of the Foundation’s mission, and as a recipient of a Forget Me Not Grant during my collegiate years, I felt compelled to give back. I hope we can continue to find innovative ways to motivate our collegiate members and lead the way among Greek organizations.
Jean Creamer Hodges
I was encouraged to join the Foundation Board in 2009 and I have never looked back. What an outstanding group of women to be associated with for the past six years. Now, in my final two-year term, I hope to encourage alumnae and collegians to pay it forward by supporting the Foundation and its projects. We need to increase our endowment so we may serve as many sisters as possible.
Karen McChesney Howe
(Gamma Sigma-Wisconsin Stout)
Serving on the Foundation Board was on my ‘bucket list’ because I believe strongly in its mission. I’d like to see the Foundation continue to grow our donor base and increase our endowment this Biennium. This growth will lead to long-term success for Alpha Phi and our values.
Deana Koonsman Gage
(Gamma Iota-Texas Tech), International President and Chairman of the International Executive Board
Deana Gage was elected to the Fraternity’s highest ranking position as International President and Chairman of the International Executive Board on June 28, 2014, and as International President, sits on the Foundation Board of Directors. Gage has served as an active volunteer in the organization both locally and internationally for over twenty years. She is a retired university instructor and Panhellenic advisor and resides with her family in Southlake, Texas.