Meet the Board of Directors
Alpha Phi Foundation is governed by the Board of Directors, a group of hardworking, knowledgeable volunteers who guide us as we 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 Theta Mu (Hofstra), 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 benefited 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.
My hope is to offer my time and talents in a way that will help facilitate growth and success of the Foundation so that it can continue to support Alpha Phi’s primary philanthropic cause, sponsor leadership programs, and provide assistance to sisters in need. I have served on the Finance and Audit Advisory Group for the Foundation since 2015, and I have already seen how much we give to the sisterhood, as well as the community-at-large.
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 think strategically about where Alpha Phi Foundation will be in 5-10 years. There are so many opportunities for growth!
Jenny Concepcion Hansen
(Beta Pi-USC), Director
I believe in every part of the Foundation’s mission. 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.
(Epsilon Nu-Delaware), Director
I am passionate about Alpha Phi’s commitment to leadership development. By nurturing these attributes in our collegians, we empower them to live their lives according to the values our Founders espoused. I look forward to putting my energy into helping the Foundation expand its endowment and strengthen its connection to upperclassmen as they transition to alumnae.
As part of the next team of stewards of the vision created long ago, I hope we will strengthen our partnership with the Fraternity, expand the specific impact we have on our members and our community, and enhance the Foundation’s ability to respond to the ever-changing, ever-growing needs of the membership of Alpha Phi. Now more than ever it is critical to support women, especially young women, with experiences and education and context that can help them create their best lives.
Rebecca Andrew Zanatta
(Beta Rho-Washington State), Director
I give back to the Alpha Phi Foundation for many reasons. I was a recipient of a scholarship as a graduate student, and I was also an Educational Leadership Consultant—both of these programs are funded by the Alpha Phi Foundation. Philanthropy matters, giving to support women and their goals and heart health matters, and giving back to an organization that has given me so much matters to me.
(Eta Lambda-George Mason), Ex Officio & Alpha Phi Fraternity International President
I am committed to Alpha Phi Foundation because I have seen first-hand the amazing results. Through scholarships, sisters receive the gift of continuing education. Through collegiate development and leadership programs, I’ve witnessed young Alpha Phi’s blossom into the leaders of tomorrow. Through Forget Me Not Grants, sisters and families are granted the means to deal with some of life’s most difficult and trying situations. Through Heart to Heart Grants, we make a daily difference in the lives of women across the United States and Canada. These philanthropic initiatives are important in the lives of every Alpha Phi.