National Leadership

National Council

The National Council guides the long-term future of the Society. National Council members are volunteers who serve two-year terms. In addition to officers, National Council members representing alumni and collegiate members are elected by collegiate chapter delegates.

National President

Ms. Gail Harrison Corvette (The Ohio State University, 1980)

President-Elect

Ms. Kathryn E. Chick (Hood College, 2006)

Vice President

Dr. Sarra Nazem (The University of Michigan, 2004)

Secretary-Treasurer

Ms. Jenni Birch Szolwinski (Purdue University, 1993)

Student Representative at-large

Ms. Chaela Minor (Purdue University, 2020)

Student Representative at-large

Mr. Brendan J. Wall (Illinois State University, 2018)

Alumni Representative at-large

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Alumni Representative at-large

Dr. Cassandra L. Lucas (Purdue University, 1994)

Immediate Past President

Dr. David L. Whitman (University of Wyoming, 1998)

Foundation Representative

Dr. Martha L. Starling (Kansas State University, 1962)

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Jane A. Hamblin (Purdue University, 1973)

Student representatives

Student representatives at-large are members of the National Council and serve as the voice of nearly 5,000 collegiate members. Student representatives learn about how the Society operates, meet distinguished members and alumni from across the country, network with other student leaders and professionals, and help guide Mortar Board’s future.

National Foundation

A board of trustees governs the National Foundation. These trustees are volunteers who coordinate fundraising efforts in collaboration with the National Office, oversee the investment of funds and administer the fellowship program and chapter project grants. Mortar Board receives funds from members, alumni and chapters, along with royalties and donations from corporate partnerships.

President

Dr. Martha L. Starling (Kansas State University, 1962)

Vice President

Dr. Barbara J. Arnold (The Pennsylvania State University, 1981)

Secretary

CAPT Sally Watlington, USN (Ret.) (Purdue University, 1959)

Treasurer

Mr. Craig Evers (The Ohio State University, 2001)

Trustee

Dr. Joni Comstock (Eastern Illinois University, 2016)

Trustee

Ms. Mary Ruth Carleton (University of California, Berkeley, 1969)

Trustee

Ms. Janet G. Farrington (University of Mississippi, 1964)

Trustee

Ms. Kathryne MacKenzie (Oklahoma Baptist University, 1969)

Trustee

Ms. Laura C. Simic (University of Oregon, 1985)

Trustee

Ms. Karen S. Stiner (San Diego State University, 1987)

Trustee ex officio

Ms. Gail Harrison Corvette (The Ohio State University, 1980)

Trustee ex officio

Ms. Jenni Birch Szolwinski (Purdue University, 1993)

Trustee ex officio

Dr. Jane A. Hamblin (Purdue University, 1973)

Section coordinators

Section coordinators work directly with chapters as primary contacts within a specified geographic region. They assist chapters with various program planning and evaluation activities. Section coordinators help chapters to be their best on campus.

Section 1 - Northeast

Ms. Brianna Murphy (Endicott College, 2015)

Section 2 - Pennsylvania

Dr. Patience Whitworth (The Ohio State University, 2003)

Section 3 - Mid-Atlantic

Ms. Marie Brulenski (The Pennsylvania State University, 2017)

Section 4 - Southeast

Mr. Wilson Chan (University of Louisville, 1989)

Section 5 - Floribama

Mr. Tristan Torres (Texas Tech University, 2018)

Section 6 - South

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Section 7 - Tennessee Valley

Ms. Leslie Ellis (Lenoir-Rhyne University, 2015)

Section 8 - Southern Ohio

Mr. Robert Kichak (University of Cincinnati, 2014)

Section 9 - Northern Ohio

Ms. Kailee Weiker (Ohio Northern University, 2010)

Section 10 - Michigan

Ms. Suzanne Turpin Upton (Purdue University, 1997)

Section 11 - Indiana

Ms. Katharine Haring (Northern Michigan University, 2011)

Section 12 - Illinois

Ms. Blair Canedy (Illinois State University, 2017)

Section 13 - Upper Midwest

Ms. Sonya Myscofski (Beloit College, 2018)

Section 14 - Northern Great Plains

Dr. Diana Smithens (University of Buffalo, 2006)

Section 15 - Southern Great Plains

Mr. David Andrews (Purdue University, 2010)

Section 16 - Central

Ms. Stacie Lawrence (University of Utah, 2013)

Section 17 - Texas

Ms. Anne Marie Sullivan (Purdue University, 2014)

Section 18 - Southwest

Mr. Alex Ballard (Chapman University, 2018)

Section 19 - Rocky Mountains

Ms. Cecilia Barnhill (University of San Diego, 2018)

Section 20 - Pacific Northwest

Ms. Kate Gladhart-Hayes (University of Puget Sound, 2018)

Section 21 - West

Dr. Kathryn Gabrielson (San Diego State University, 1992)

National Office Staff

Mortar Board’s National Office is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Staff members’ goal is simple: support collegiate chapters so that they are the best honor societies on their campus. With a wide range of skills and backgrounds, staff members assist chapters in on-campus operations and selection, lead program engagement opportunities for members, and support the National Council, Board of Trustees and national committees. They also manage regalia sales and development operations for the Mortar Board National Foundation.