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Our Team

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

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.



Max Goldstein

Position: Region 2 Collegiate Representative

Degree: B.S. Nutrition/Dietetics; B.S. Agriculture conc. Horticulture; A.A. Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management

Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, I was inducted into the Beta Delta Chapter of Phi-U in 2017. I immediately took on the responsibilities of being first Vice-President and led my chapter’s professional project working with the Boys and Girls Club of Bowling Green and coming in first in our region. At the end of the 2017-2018 school year I was elected as the President of the Beta Delta Chapter and as the Region 2 Collegiate Representative.

I know the importance of Family and Consumer Sciences and dedicate my life to serving others to the best of my ability. Phi U is both a platform to base one’s principles and a resource to utilize for the benefit of those in need. My time as Region 2 Collegiate Representative will be spent for the betterment of the organization and those we are serving.




Lynette J. Olson

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

Title: Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Pittsburg State University

Degree:  Ph.D, M.S., B.C.E.

I was initiated into Phi Chapter as an honorary member while I was at South Dakota State University and was active in the alumni chapter. When I moved to Pittsburg State University, I served as advisor to Eta Chapter for a number of years, and we also established an alumni chapter. I served as National President of Phi U, 2002-2004.



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


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Bruce Cameron

Position: National Finance Chair

Title: Professor and Dept. Head, Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising, Louisiana State University

Degrees: Ph.D. Textile Technology, University of New South Wales; B.Sc. (Hons Class I) Textile Technology, (Textile Chemistry), University of New South Wales

I was initiated into Delta Chapter at the University of Wyoming as an honorary member in 1995 and served as the chapter advisor from 1997-2018. The thing I have most enjoyed about Phi U has been working with students in many of the disciplines of Family & Consumer Sciences. At the national level I have been involved as the following:

2017-2018:  National Nominating committee

2014-2016:  National President

2012-2014:  National President-Elect












Diana Watson-Maile

Position: Region 3 Councilor & Region Councilor Chair

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 & National Collegiate Chair

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: National President-Elect

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: Region 1 Councilor

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 and now as Region 1 Councilor!

Cindy Jones

Position: Chair, 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.

Destiny Jorenby

Position: Region 4 Collegiate Representative

Degree: B.S. Human Development & Family Studies

I was initiated in February of 2016 into the Phi chapter. In being a member of Phi U, I’ve been given many opportunities to serve others and to gain leadership skills, and I’ve gotten to meet lots of great people along the way. I have served as an Initiation Co-Chair and am excited to now be serving as Vice President for the Phi Chapter. I am also excited to now serve as the Region 4 Collegiate Representative!  I have had no regrets about joining this honor society since I was initiated – I have absolutely loved being a part of Phi U!




Katherine Uhde

Position: National Alumni Councilor

Degree: B.S. Kinesiology and Health

-Initiated 2012 Omicron Chapter Iowa State University

-Omicron Chapter Co-Chair 2012-2014

-Region 1 Collegiate Representative 2012-2014

-National Collegiate Chair 2012-2014

-Hazel Hatcher Scholarship winner 2012

Phi U has provided me with real leadership experience, meaningful relationships and rewarding insights through the service of others. I cherished my years as a Collegiate and I am honored to serve as an Alumni.

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.

Sandy Osborne

Position: Region 4 Councilor

Title: Associate Professor Human Development and Family Science


Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, Master of Arts in Home Economics

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Doctor of Philosophy in Human Ecology

Seattle University, School of Theology and Ministry, Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies

Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) with the National Council on Family Relations

Epsilon Chapter was founded at Montana State University in 1917. Just think of what Montana was like at that time and what programs we offer in Family and Consumer Sciences now! Much has changed and much remains the same in our rural sparsely populated state with the role of families in agriculture. extension and 4 H strong and more.  Chapter members speaking and being with one another and talking about how their discipline helps be “the light of the home” and beyond is always engaging. It makes us all humble and full of gratitude for our chapter as we care for one another and others.

Jessica Askins

Position: Region 3 Collegiate Representative

Degree: B.S. Family Life Education: Marriage and Family

I was inducted into Phi-U in 2016 and have been learning and gaining new experiences ever since thanks to this amazing group. I have held the position as the Gamma Gamma Chapter’s President from 2017-2018. I graduated with my Bachelors in the Spring of 2018 and will be continuing my education in graduate school. I look forward to holding the position of the Region 3 Collegiate Representative in the upcoming years. Through my time with Phi-U, I have built strong connections both professionally and personally that have led to greater opportunities and experiences. I am so grateful to be a part of a group that is so encouraging and passionate about everything they do. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of something greater.


Susan Miller

Position: Director, Phi Upsilon Omicron Educational Foundation

Title: Professor/Fashion Marketing

Degrees: Ed.D., Oklahoma State University, 2003. Major: Adult Education

M.S., Oklahoma State University, 1993. Major: Family Relations and Child Development Education

B.S., Oklahoma State University, 1974. Major: Vocational Home Economics Education and Clothing, Textiles and Merchandising

Phi Upsilon Omicron has been a vital part of my college teaching career, and one that I truly enjoy giving of my time to encourage student participation, serving in various leadership positions, and networking with such wonderful individuals. It is truly as honor and privilege to be part of such an outstanding honor society as Phi Upsilon Omicron.

  • Initiated into Alpha Nu Chapter of Phi U at Oklahoma State University in March 1974.
  • Established a new chapter – Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Phi U (East Central University) and served as Co-Advisor from March, 2000 – May, 2007
  • Serve as Co-Advisor, Gamma Gamma Chapter of Phi U (University of Central Oklahoma) from June 2008 – Present.
  • Regional 3 Councilor – 2010 – 2016
  • Currently serve on the Educational Foundation



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