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Kathleen Lodl

Kathleen Lodl

Position: Director and Finance Committee Chair, Phi Upsilon Omicron Educational Foundation

Title: Associate Dean & 4-H Program Administrator, Nebraska Extension

Degree: Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Interdepartmental Area of Home Economics, Consumer Science and Education, M.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Interdepartmental Area of Home Economics, Consumer Science and Education, B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Home Economics- Vocational Education

I’ve been involved with Phi Upsilon Omicron since my installation in 1983 and have consistently appreciated the mentoring, role modeling, and coaching from the members and leaders. As a past chapter officer, alumni officer, District Councilor, National President, and now as a Foundation Board Member, I truly value the on-going learning and support I’ve gotten from friends and colleagues in the profession. It truly is an opportunity for personal and professional growth.


Robin Box

Position: National President-Elect

Title: Assistant Professor, Ball State University

Degree: B.S. Home Economics Education; M.A. Home Economics

I was initiated as an undergraduate into the Alpha Sigma Chapter at Ball State University. As the collegiate president, I attended my first Conclave in Kentucky with Corine Carr whom was a graduate student and alumni member of our chapter at the time. Currently, I serve as the collegiate chapter advisor of the Alpha Sigma Chapter and public relations and newsletter editor of our local alumni chapter. On National Council, I am honored to serve as National President-Elect.

Laken Campbell

Laken Campbell

Position: Region 2 Collegiate Representative

Degree: B.S. Eastern Kentucky University, Apparel Design and Merchandising; Minor, Family Consumer Science

I never imagined this honor society would have had such an impact on my life. I thought it would be like other honor societies, where you go to a few meetings just to get something else to add to your resume.  Little did I know in the Fall of 2015, when I was first initiated that I would be on National Council. I’ve gotten to travel, meet so many amazing people, and learned so much. Thank you, Phi U!


Allyson White

Allyson White

Position: Region 3 Collegiate Representative

Degree:  B.S. Fashion Marketing; Minor, Business Administration

I was inducted into Phi-U in 2015 and since then I have held an officer position and lead the Gamma Gamma Chapter’s Professional Project. Now, I currently am the Region 3 Collegiate Representative. Through my time with Phi-U, I have built strong friendships and gained leadership opportunities. I absolutely love being apart of such a large, loving, and compassionate community.


Melissa Martin

Position: Executive Director, Phi Upsilon Omicron

Degree: B.S. Design, Merchandising, & Textiles, Minor: Family & Consumer Sciences

I am a 2006 graduate of Western Kentucky University where I was initiated into Beta Delta Chapter. As a first generation college student in my family, I placed tremendous value on mentoring relationships. Membership in Phi U encouraged me to continue to strive for both academic excellence and also grow in my service to others. I was very active with my Phi U Chapter, received local scholarships, and was named Most Active New Initiate in 2004, serving as the 1st Vice-President in charge of directing the Professional Project. I was also honored with Service and Leadership Awards for the chapter. The Beta Delta Chapter won the National Professional Project Award for two consecutive years, and it was a wonderful experience! I also had the opportunity to attend Phi U Conclave as the collegiate delegate in 2006. Through Phi U membership, I have learned lifelong lessons, gained invaluable friendships and mentors, and acquired a heart for service. After an eight year career in product development, I am so excited for the opportunity to play a bigger role in helping others realize their potential by serving and supporting the Honor Society.


Sally L. Fortenberry

Position: National Advisor Councilor

Title: Associate Professor, Director of the Center for Merchandising Education and Research, Texas Christian University

Degrees: Ph.D. Fashion Merchandising and Marketing, M.S. Textiles Science and Clothing, B.S. Vocational Family and Consumer Sciences

I was initiated in Kappa Omicron Phi as an undergraduate and this honor organization merged with Omicron Nu and it is now called Kappa Omicron Nu.  I was initiated in the Alpha Alpha chapter of Phi U during graduate school.  I served as Advisor for the Omega Chapter of Phi U at Texas Tech in 1987-89 and have been the Chapter Advisor for Beta Zeta at TCU since 1991. 

National Phi Upsilon Omicron involvement includes the following:

2012-2017: National Advisor Councilor

2010-2013: National Professional Project Evaluation Committee

2006-2007: National Nominating Committee

2004-2006: Chair, Conclave committee and program for national conference

2000-2002: National Past President/Councilor

2000-Present: Past National Presidents Committee

1998-2000: National President

1996-1998: National President-Elect

1991-1995: District VIII Councilor

1992-1995: District Councilor Chair

1994-2002: Educational Foundation Board of Directors

1991-2001, 2012-16: National Council Board of Directors

1994-1995: National Chair, Constitution and Bylaws Committee



Michelle Toews

Position: National President

Title: Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, Kansas State University

Degrees: Ph.D. Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University; Research Methods and Statistics (minor), M.S. Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University, B.A. Psychology Ohio Dominican College; Business (minor)

I was initiated as an honorary member of the Beta Xi Chapter of Phi U in 2001 and served as their advisor from the time I was initiated until the time I left Texas State in 2015. My favorite thing about Phi U was working side-by-side with my students on our professional project each year. I enjoyed leading through service!


Diana Watson-Maile

Position: Region 3 Councilor

Title: Retired FCS Department Chair and Professor, East Central University, Ada, OK

Degrees: Ed.D. Adult and Occupation Education, Oklahoma State University, M.S. Home Economics Education, University of Central Oklahoma, B.S. Home Economics Education, East Central University

In 2000, Dr. Susan Miller and myself established the Phi U chapter at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. From 2000 to 2014 when I retired from East Central University, I had either been co-advisor or was the major advisor of the Gamma Epsilon chapter.


Kennedy Navis

Position: Region 1 Collegiate Representative

Degree: Family and Consumer Science Education with Minors in Spanish and Human Development & Family Studies

I am a member of the Tau Chapter of Phi U at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  This semester marks the end of my first year as a member, and I was voted upon to serve as a Co-President for the 2017-2018 school year.  This year, we reached out to multiple organizations, families, professors, and peers through homemade cards that we made at each meeting.  It was rewarding to see how such a small gesture made such a big difference!  I have greatly enjoyed my time with Phi U thus far, and I am looking forward to this upcoming year!

Jenifer Reader

Position: Region 4 Councilor, Region Councilor Chair

Degree: Master’s Degree in Health Education, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

I value and appreciate the family and consumer science experience I have gained through my membership in Phi U. I would not have my current job if it was not for the wonderful leadership and networking opportunities available in this organization. I will always cherish my Phi U friendships!

  • Inducted 2005
  • Beta Rho Chapter President, 2005-2007
  • National Collegiate Chair, 2006-2008
  • Region 4 Councilor, 2008-2012
  • Boise Conclave Co-Chair, 2012-2014
  • Region 4 Councilor, 2014-2018
  • Recipient (Phi U S/F/A), Jeannette Rowe Memorial Scholarship (local), Lillian P. Schoephoerster Scholarship (national), Sarah Thorniley Phillips Leadership Award (national), Candle Fellowship (national)



Ann Paulins

Position: National Finance Chair

Title: Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Ohio University (Patton College of Education)

Degrees: Ph.D. The Ohio State University (Textiles & Clothing), M.S. Ohio University (Textiles & Clothing), B.S. Ohio University (Fashion Merchandising & Promotion)

I was initiated into Phi Upsilon Omicron as an undergraduate student in 1984-85. Since becoming a faculty member I have enjoyed supporting the Ohio University (Theta) chapter over the years. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the National Honor Fraternity as Finance Chair the past several years!


Cindy Jones

Position: Director and Chair-Elect, Phi Upsilon Omicron Educational Foundation

Title: Instructor, Western Kentucky University

Degree: M.S. Textiles and Apparel

I was very active in the collegiate Beta Delta chapter.  I have served as an advisor for the Beta Delta chapter for the last 28 years. I served as the Region II Councilor, Finance Committee Chair and am currently serving on the Educational Foundation.


Susan Rickards

Position: Chair, Phi Upsilon Omicron Educational Foundation

Degree: BS, MS

Former Executive Director
Phi Upsilon Omicron


Vickie Brown-Racy

Position: National Alumni Councilor

Title: Instructor, Human and Family Sciences, Northeastern State University

Degree: MEd (ECED)

I became a member of Phi U while completing my Bachelor’s Degree and received a Phi U scholarship when I started grad school! Yes! Experiences include attending 5 Conclaves, serving as a collegiate officer, and as a part of the National Council as Alumni Councilor. I have enjoyed working with other faculty and students as an advisor and appreciate the impact Phi U has had on my professional endeavors.


Helyne Frederick

Position: Region 2 Councilor

Title: Program Director, HDFS, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Degrees: Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies (Texas Tech University)
MS. Human Development and Family Studies
MPH; Community Health Education (Eastern Kentucky University)
BA: Psychology (Midwestern State University)

I became a PHI U Member in 2009 while in graduate school at Texas Tech. I co-advised the EKU chapter and advised a chapter at Winthrop University since 2015.

*Phi U Scholarship, Fellowship, and Award Applications are LIVE! Deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.