Leah Adinolfi currently serves as Dean of Student Engagement and Director of Assessment in the Division of Student Life & Enrollment at East Tennessee State University. She has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education and non-profit organizations, and enjoys volunteering for community efforts with United Way and Junior League of Kingsport and Tennessee Achieves. For fun, she spends time with her husband, 2 children, 3 nieces and 1 nephew enjoying animals, the outdoors, festivals and eating great food!
Marisa Beintema is a junior currently studying Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish at Morningside University. She has been a part of O∆K for two years and has had leadership roles within the circle through Into the Streets and Dean’s List ceremony. On campus, Marisa is the president of Pre-Professional Health Club, residence life, Biology Tri-Beta honors, and tutoring. Outside of college, she works as a pharmacy technician at Drilling Pharmacy and at home works as an intern at SAb Biotherapeutics.
Melissa Cancio was initiated in 2016 at Florida International University, and currently is the National Student Vice Chair and Chair of the Student Advisory Board (SAB) for Omicron Delta Kappa. She continued her education thanks to ΟΔΚ’s Foundation Scholarship and continues to give back to this society in multiple ways. She currently resides in the Greater Chicagoland Area since moving to pursue her Master in Business Administration at North Central College. As a recent graduate, Melissa stays well connected to her peers through Linkedin, as well as in the SAB. She loves being able to work with like-minded people across the country, and looks forward to making new connections at the National Leadership Conference.
Kyle Dortch is a graduate of North Carolina A&T, the largest HBCU in the nation, and a current graduate student at East Carolina University, where he is the Vice President of Distance Education for the Omicron Delta Kappa Circle. He is a veteran teacher with over a decade of experience in the music and leadership fields. He has worked as a director of orchestra, band, general music, and percussion programs in several schools in the Piedmont and Triad area of North Carolina. In addition to his work with O∆K, he is also active in several leadership organizations and fraternities, with memberships in Golden Key Honor Society, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity, and NC Freemasonry. He is also a member of several professional organizations such as the National Association for Music Education, the Percussive Arts Society, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the National Education Association. He is a father of two children, and will soon be pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education.
Riebeil Durley-Petty is an eighth-grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at Hazelwood East Middle School in St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining the Hazelwood School District in March of 2022, Durley-Petty was employed by St. Louis Public Schools for over six years, teaching eighth-grade ELA at Langston Middle School (2015-17) and Carr Lane Visual & Performing Arts Middle School (2017-21). Over the past two academic years, 79 of 144 students that Durley-Petty taught advanced their reading scores by one year or higher (55 percent), 31 scored Proficient, and 39 were on grade level by the end of the year. Durley-Petty coached the Carr Lane girls’ basketball team from 2018-2020. Originally a sports journalist, Durley-Petty entered the world of education via Teach for America in 2014. He has teaching experience at the collegiate level, working as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) in the areas of Freshman Seminar in Higher Education, Basic Writing courses, and as a Writing Tutor (2013-15). Durley-Petty earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in General Communications/Journalism, graduating Magna Cum Laude, Graduate Degree from Boston University in Print Journalism/Sports Writing, and Certificate in Education in ELA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Durley-Petty has served as a Board Member of the TFA Black Collective for the past four years.
MiKaela Edgar is the rising Publicist of the Fonbonne University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. MiKaela is a sophomore, majoring in Business Administrations. She was inducted in Spring 2022 and has been involved in various campus activities such as orientation, campus tours and Disney Leaders.
Joy Fulkerson currently serves as director of Leadership and Civic Engagement in the Division of Student Life and Enrollment at East Tennessee State University. In this role, she provides leadership for community service, civic learning and democratic engagement efforts through a variety of programs and initiatives. These include Alternative Breaks, the Brenda White Wright Emerging Leaders Academy, the Diversity Educators Program, ETSU Votes, Volunteer ETSU and the Public Service Corps Scholarship Program.
Through her work, Fulkerson builds partnerships with local non-profits, national non-partisan organizations and governmental agencies to provide service and civic opportunities for students and to address important issues in Johnson City, Washington County and beyond.
Dyllan Haggard is a 2022 graduate of Fontbonne University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Having most recently served as President of the Fontbonne Circle and now stepping into the role of Alumni Advisor, Dyllan has over three years of leadership experience within the society and in several other areas of campus life.
Joel Hermann is a 2007 initiate of the Maryville University Circle and currently serves as the Faculty Advisor to the Fontbonne University Circle. His role at Fontbonne is Sr. Director of Leadership and Community Engagement and he directly advises multiple student organizations throughout the university.
Joshua Kay hails from Palmdale, CA. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2017 with a BS in Systems Design and Management. He has five years of military experience as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army serving in various positions such as rifle platoon leader, mortar platoon leader, and planning officer. While assigned to Fort Benning, GA, he is pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership at Columbus State University. He is a 2022 alumni initiate of the United States Military Academy circle.
Anna Laine is the Rising President of the Fontbonne University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. Anna is a rising senior, majoring in global studies with an emphasis in business and fashion merchandising. She was inducted in Spring 2021 and has since been involved in multiple areas of campus life including orientation, campus programming, and student philanthropy.
Larry Long, Jr.
Larry Long Jr is the Founder and CEO (Chief Energy Officer) of LLJR Enterprises, which focuses on providing motivation, inspiration, and most importantly, transformation as well as team trainings. He is the host of the ‘Midweek Midday Motivational Minute’, Co-Author of Color Outside The Lines, and Author of JOLT! coming out in Spring 2022. As a former college athlete (Go Terps! He played baseball for University of Maryland), Larry is extremely passionate about coaching, and helping students take their game to the ‘next level’. Tapped into O∆K in 1998, Larry was recognized as the Sigma Circle Leader of the Year in 1999 and Province II Leader of the Year in 2000.
Alberto Garcia Marrero
Alberto Garcia Marrero is a second-year law student at the Florida State University College of Law. Alberto, a Worlds Ahead Scholar, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University, receiving his B.B.A. in International Business in 2019 and his MBA in 2020. Alberto currently serves as the Gubernatorial Fellow for the Executive Office of the Governor, Division of Emergency Management, with the Office of General Counsel, as the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal for Transnational Law and Policy at the Florida State University College of Law, and on the Board of Directors for We Care Chemo Kits, a non-profit, aiding in the organization’s growth and outreach in the South Florida community. Alberto has been a member of O∆K since 2017 and currently serves on the Student Advisory Board.
Kim Lovelace McMahon
Kim Lovelace McMahon serves her alma mater as the Director of Russell House University Union at the University of South Carolina. Kim was inducted into the Chi Circle in 1992 and now serves as its Circle Coordinator. Kim’s career in higher education has spanned more than 25 years and she has served in various roles focused on community service, leadership development, student organization advising, campus programming and facility design and management at Texas Tech, Georgia Tech and Florida State University.
Originally from Clarksburg, MD, Dorien Rogers is a Salisbury University graduate with a double major in political science and international studies with a history minor. Dorien served in a variety of different organizations from the Model United Nations, the Student Government Association, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Caucus of African American Leaders, and more.
Herb Rubenstein is a lawyer, educator and professional golfer. He has written several books on leadership (Leadership for Lawyers, 2nd ed., American Bar Association, and Leadership Development for Educators, Rowman and Littlefield, with Miles and Bassi). He is a lawyer with several national firsts to his credit in the field, including being one of the first lawyers in the nation to file documents electronically in the federal court system. He has trained judges on how to operate electronic courts and help start for a client one of the first, if not the first law firm in the United States owned (legally) by a non-lawyer. He teaches ethics, sustainability, boards of directors, leadership, and whistleblower law. He has taught leadership, entrepreneurship, and strategic management in several graduate schools including George Washington University and the University of Colorado’s Global Energy Management Program.
Kaitlin Sommer, M.Ed. is a special education dean in Loudoun County Public Schools. Her experiences as an educator in several schools in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties have provided her with rich leadership opportunities, including co-authoring the Westfield High School Collaborative Team Handbook (2016), creating and curating content for the Loudoun County High School Collaborative Team Website (2020) and founding a school-wide system of tier-2 executive functioning support for students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kaitlin has co-led school-wide accreditation reviews, participated as a founding member of the Loudoun County High School Literacy Team, School Improvement Team Lead, PBIS team member, and served as 2021 Summer School Credit Recovery Principal. Kaitlin has presented in Richmond, VA and Ashburn, VA on systemic implementation of collaborative learning teams. Kaitlin was inducted into O∆K at Shenandoah University in 2011. An administrative intern through Shenandoah University, Kaitlin aspires to be a high school principal. Kaitlin tweets @Sommer_Schooled and can be reached at email@example.com.
Landis Tindell, APR is the Manager of Corporate Communications for the Oklahoma City Thunder. In his role he oversees external and internal communication strategy, media relations, the Thunder Speakers Bureau, and the communications internship program. Landis is an avid member of the Public Relations Society of America having served at the chapter, district, and national levels. In 2021, Landis was inducted into the PRSSA Hall of Fame for his service to public relations students across the country. Landis has also been honored by other organizations, being named an American Business Awards “Communications Professional of the Year,” PRNEWS “30 Under 30 Rising Star,” and PRSA-OKC “Young Professional of the Year.” Landis has a master’s degree in Strategic Communication from Texas Tech, and a Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Harding University. In his free time, Landis is a chef and food photographer, multi-instrument musician, and local trivia host.
Born in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, William Adu-Mensah has an undergraduate degree in Social Studies Education at the University of Cape Coast. He worked as an Administrative Assistant for two years as national service at the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration at the University of Cape Coast. He earned an MSc. Student Affairs and Higher Education at the Department of Educational Leadership at Indiana State University, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Administration (Higher Education Leadership). His research interests are in student affairs, and information technology leadership in higher education. His goal is to become a great higher education leader to help transform the areas of student affairs and information technology leadership in developing countries, where these two areas have received little attention.
Indiana State University, 2019
Dr. Kelsey Bogard is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Educational Leadership at Indiana State University. She recently completed her doctoral studies in Higher Education Leadership in the Educational Leadership Ph.D. program. Her research focuses on the experiences of Black women college presidents. Dr. Bogard completed her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at Murray State University and completed her Master’s in Post-Secondary Education Administration in 2016. Her passion for social justice and equitable learning environments motivates her evermore to lead with distinction. In her spare time, she serves as a consultant for topics regarding diversity, leadership, and student development. Her research interests include issues of race in higher education and women in leadership.
Jamie Bouldin joined O∆K in August 2021 as the director for membership services. Prior to working for the Society’s National Headquarters, she worked at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) for 12 years in roles related to leadership and service programs, academic advising, and career and professional development. Jamie has presented at the local, regional and national level on topics of leadership programming, service learning, and career development, has published two articles in the Campus Activities Programming magazine, and co-authored a chapter in the 2017 book, “Engagement and Employability: Integrating Career Learning Through Cocurricular Experiences in Postsecondary Education” (NASPA Press). Jamie is a 2004 initiate of the SFA Circle and has been a longstanding national volunteer. She is a recipient of the O∆K Robert L. Morlan and Robert Bishop Outstanding Circle Advisor and the O∆K Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service awards, and is a member of the O∆K Five Star Society.
Selena Dulic is the incoming Vice President of the Fontbonne University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. Selena is a rising junior, majoring in Psychology with a minor in sociology. She was inducted into the circle in Fall 2021 and has since been involved in multiple areas of campus life including admissions, residential life, and athletics.
Rayne Ebersold is the secretary of the Fontbonne University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. As a rising sophomore, she is studying biology with a chemistry minor. On campus, she is also a member of the dance team and an RA.
Khadeil Ergas is a second-year MBA student at North Central College. He is also the graduate assistant for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. In his position, Khadeil is in charge of outreach, ensuring that his office provides the students of color on campus with the resources they need to be successful through their years at the college. He also helps organize events such as the anti-hate week and CARD training, which covers bias and unbias connotations, racism, and microaggressions for students, staff, and faculty. One of Khadeil’s main tasks in his two years is to create a program called Legacy, which is built to provide support and encouragement to men of color through facilitated mentoring relationships.
Douglas Glair is a senior cybersecurity and supply chain leader with extensive background designing, integrating and operating enterprise-wide programs that ensure information and assets are protected for the company, client and consumer. He is a remarkable relationship builder and collaborator delivering responsible growth through people development and establishment of standards and controls that mitigate information technology risk. He looks forward to talking about the differences between being a manager and a leader and when both sets of skills are needed.
Emma Hannasch is a junior at Morningside University in Sioux City, IA. She is pursing a bachelor of science with majors in social and behavioral science, non-profit management, and a minor in world history. At Morningside, she has been a member of the volleyball team, resident assistant for residence life, president of our activities council, Vice President of Student Life in Student Government, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, and Psi Chi. She has been in ODK for a year, and has served as a co-vice president and key organizer of our annual event Into the Streets.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1983
Dr. Mary F. Howard-Hamilton is the Bayh College of Education Dr. Lotus Delta Coffman Distinguished Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Indiana State University. She received the George D. Kuh Outstanding Contribution to Literature and/or Research Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) in 2021, the Parthenon Award from the Association for College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) in 2021, the Presidential Medal from the Association Association for the Study of Higher Education in 2018, and was a recipient of the Contribution to Knowledge Award from the American College Personnel Association in 2017. Indiana State University awarded her with the Presidential Medal for Exemplary Teaching and Scholarship and the Theodore Dreiser Distinguished Research and Creativity Award in 2015. She also received the Bayh College of Education, Holmstedt Distinguished Professorship Award for 2012-2013. Dr. Howard-Hamilton received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from The University of Iowa and a Doctorate of Education, Ed.D., from North Carolina State University. Dr. Howard-Hamilton has served as a higher education student affairs administrator for 15 years as well as a full-time faculty member and academic administrator for 28 years. She has spent her entire professional career in higher education for a total of 43 years working at eight institutions.
Pierce Ippolito is currently an active duty officer of the rank of Captain in the United States Army. Pierce graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2017, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Portuguese. Pierce was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa while at West Point in 2015, where he assisted in the planning and organizing of West Point’s Toys for Tots and Special Olympics programs. In the Army, Pierce has had five years of direct leadership experience, including being in charge of a unit of 170 Soldiers.
Pierce is currently stationed at Ft. Benning, GA, where he will graduate with his Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a focus on Leader Development from Columbus State University. Currently, Pierce serves as the Marketing Manager for Roger Brown Co., a distributor of power transmission equipment and industrial supplies that has been veteran owned and operated in Texas and Georgia for over 75 years. In the fall, Pierce will transition to Ft. Stewart, GA outside of Savannah. There, he will be a Tank Company Commander of an Armor Company within the 3rd Infantry Division.
Angelina Khourisader is a junior at Rollins College. She is completing her Bachelors Degree in Computer Science this spring and is in the Rollins College 3/2 Accelerated Masters in Business Administration Graduate Degree Program. Angelina is a student athlete at Rollins College along with serving as the communications chair on our Rollins College ODK Chapter Executive Board. She is the student president for the National Society for Leadership and Success at Rollins as well. In the future, she plans to use her computer science degree along with her MBA to attend law school and pursue patent law.
Faith Laskie is a senior majoring in Elementary and Special Education. She served as the 2021-2022 ODK Secretary and Vice President of Faculty Appreciation Dinner in the Morningside University ODK Circle. She is heavily involved with different groups as a member or on the executive team, and spends her time in the theatre, at the crochet club, hanging out with friends, and training horses for a family friend.
Michelle Luttrell, Ed.D., is the principal at Loudoun County High School in Leesburg, Virginia. She received her doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. Michelle has served as the principal at Loudoun County High School for eight years and as an assistant principal for seven years prior in Loudoun County Public Schools. She has co-authored The Heart of Our Village (2017) and was a contributing author of Cohort Programs in Higher Education: Learning Communities or Convenience Groupings? (2007). Michelle has presented at the Virginia EL Supervisors’ Association in 2018, the Virginia Association of Secondary Schools Principals in 2019, 2021, and at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administrative Leadership Team Summit in 2019, 2021 on topics related to facilitating systemic change. Michelle has also presented at conferences in Seattle, WA, Washington, DC, Nashville, TN, Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, and at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, on her work with Intentional Learning Communities: Practical Strategies in Higher Education and Transition from Secondary to Higher Education: Students’ Perspectives on Bridging the Instructional Gap (2009-2012). Michelle was inducted to O∆K as an honorary member in 2022. Michelle tweets @LCHS1954 and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alexis Matton is a rising senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and she is a double major in Political Science and Social Entrepreneurship. Alexis is currently serving as Circle President for the College of Liberal Arts for the Alpha Iota Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. At Rollins, Alexis works for the Residential Life & Explorations Office, in addition to being involved with Rollins Democracy Project, a Democracy Fellow for the Campus Vote Project, and serving as the current Vice-Chair of the Academic Honor Council.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1989
Timothy (Tim) A. Reed joined the O∆K staff in 2016. His current position is vice president for membership and operations. He is also O∆K’s chief operating officer (COO). His expertise includes leadership development, professional performance training, curriculum development, instruction, major event planning, and facilities management. He has presented extensively on leadership, organizational development, program planning, professional standards, and facility management. Tim is a 1989 initiate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Circle. In addition, he served as one of the re-chartering members and as the long-time faculty secretary/circle coordinator for the Virginia Commonwealth University Circle. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi. He received a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from Virginia Tech, a Master of Arts in education from The Ohio State University, and a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies/interpersonal communication from the University of Evansville.
Luca Roma is the Rising Treasurer of the Fontbonne University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. Luca is a rising sophomore, majoring in nursing and psychology. He was inducted into the Spring 2022 circle and has since been involved in multiple areas of campus life including philanthropy and orientation.
Tara S. Singer
Tara S. Singer, Ed.D., is the president and chief executive officer of Omicron Delta Kappa. She has held the top professional position in the Society since 2013. She is a 1981 initiate of the University of Louisville Circle and served as an advisor to the University of West Georgia Circle from 2005-07.
Mary Stuart is a student at the George Mason Law School in Arlington, Virginia. She was inducted into O∆K at the University of Virginia in 2019, and served two terms as the Omicron Circle President. She currently serves as a Student Trustee and National Student Vice Chair Elect for Omicron Delta Kappa. A native of King George, Virginia, Mary enjoys being outdoors and spending time riding her horse, Sunny.
Fred Tugas, Ed.D. currently serves as Assistant Dean of Students at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He was inducted into the Amber Circle in 2020 and now serves as its Circle Coordinator. With a career committed to student leadership and student organizations, Fred advises VCU Student Government Association and is a current board member for the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA).