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Tau Beta Sigma's Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees, consists of ten members who represent the Corporation in all matters and ensure the Corporation remain financially sound by understanding and directing the finances of the Trust. The Board of Trustees meets on a monthly basis.

Get to know our trustees by clicking on their name or picture and learning more about their background within TBS and their lives outside our organization. Also, feel free to contact them using the contact information posted above their biography.


Board of Trustees Qualifications


Tau Beta Sigma Board of Trustees

Accountable to:

National Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma


Each elected member of the Board of Trustees should be a member of the Sorority in good standing and at least 30 years of age at the time of election. They should possess outstanding business or professional ability and should be capable of representing the Corporation and Sorority under all circumstances. National Officers of the Sorority are not eligible for membership on the Board of Trustees except the National President. No member of the Board of Trustees may serve more than two consecutive elected terms of office. Members of the Board of Trustees serve without compensation.


The Board of Trustees is comprised of ten members and represents the Corporation in all matters. Six members of the Board of Trustees are elected by the National Chapter at alternate National Conventions to serve four-year terms. The terms are staggered so that the terms of three elected members expire in one biennium and the terms of the other three elected members expire in the following biennium. The National President and immediate past National President serve as non-elected members of the Board of Trustees by virtue of their office. They serve a term of two years, from the end of one National Convention through the end of the next National Convention. Mrs. Wava Banes Henry, Founder of Tau Beta Sigma, and Mrs. Janet West Miller, past National President, are permanent Honorary members of the Board of Trustees of the Sorority, but do not have a vote on the Board.

Board of Trustees Duties


  • Attend regular meetings of the Board, committee meetings as assigned
  • Be informed about the Sorority's mission, strategic plan, policies and programs
  • Review meeting agendas and supporting materials prior to meetings
  • Serve on at least one Board Committee


  • Assure that the Corporation remains financially sound by understanding the finances of the Trust, approving an annual budget, and reviewing financial statements, annual audit and investments
  • Assist in the identification and cultivation of donors to support the Agency
  • Make a financial contribution to the Agency with a challenge goal of $250 annually, to be achieved individually or through outreach efforts to bring in donations

Dollie McDonald O'Neill
Term: 2013-2017

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Dollie graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville with a BA in Communication, Public Relations. While at the University of Arkansas, Dollie was a member of Razorback Bands and became a member of Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority. After graduation from the University, Dollie started her career journey as a National Chapter Field Representative of Tau Beta Sigma, visiting over 130 college campuses nationwide. After her term working for this Non-Profit, Dollie continued her career in Retail Management, College Recruiting and City Government.

In the Scouting community, Dollie has served by working summer camps in Texas at Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch as the Trading Post Manager and Philmont Scout Ranch Medical Infirmary as a Secretary. Dollie began working for the Philmont Staff Association in 2013 as a seasonal summer staff, became the Office Manager in 2014, and most recently as Interim Executive Director.

For the past 13 years Dollie has volunteered for Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority by being elected to the National Council & Board of Trustees, with duties in these roles including Strategic Planning, Budgeting overview, Fundraising and Capital Development Campaigns. She has served in multiple positions for the Sorority, most notably as National President and is currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Dollie also locally volunteers for the Mora-Colfax County Head Start as Chair of the Policy Council and volunteer’s for her daughter’s local Girl Scout Troop. Dollie has called Philmont “HOmE” for the past five years with her husband and two daughters and looks forward to taking on this exciting new journey of Executive Director of the Philmont Staff Association.

Kathy Godwin
Term: 2013-2017

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Kathy brings a background, interest, and network in higher education to the Board which will provide a connection for the Sorority to the colleges and universities where our students are. She will be focusing on risk management needs and acting as the Board liaison to the TBSAA during the 2015-2017 biennium. She has previous experience working with and has focused on risk management prevention in multiple areas. In addition to serving Tau Beta Sigma, she has served as an advisor for a social fraternity at the University of Arizona and has been involved in several national higher education associations.

Kathy is currently the Assistant Director for Curricular Affairs at the University of Arizona. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Physics and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Higher Education. She has an interest in statistics and assessment to use data to drive discussions and change.

For her Sorority background, she was initiated into the Omega chapter at the University of Arizona in the Fall of 1989. While active, she held the offices of chapter Vice President and President. She also served the Western District as Vice President and Vice President of Colonization and Membership. She played oboe, mellophone, and alto sax in various ensembles at the University of Arizona. She served on the National Council of Tau Beta Sigma from 1999-2007, serving as National President from 2005-2007.

Carolyn McCambridge
Term: 2013-2017

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Carolyn McCambridge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Popular Culture from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science degree in Leisure Services Management from Oklahoma State University. By trade Carolyn is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has worked in inpatient physical rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient psychiatric, community, and chronic pain settings. She enjoys the clinical inpatient rehabilitation setting most. She has a particular interest in the stroke and spinal cord population with community reintegration and patient education as her specialities. Carolyn has experience with implementing new recreation therapy programs, creating and evaluating yearly program budgets, modality research, developing peer visitation networks, and facilitation of support and education groups.

A found love for Zumba led Carolyn to become a Licensed Zumba Instructor. She is licensed to teach Zumba and Zumba Toning but most enjoys helping the Zumba Gold population lead healthy and active lifestyles.

Carolyn brings all of her experience to the sorority often facilitating workshops focused on health, wellness, and mental health. She has even been known to lead Zumba classes at Sorority events.

Carolyn was initiated into the Alpha Xi chapter of Tau Beta Sigma and has had the great honor of being made an honorary of Kappa Kappa Psi. She held several offices within the chapter and district levels, served as the Chapter Field Representative for Tau Beta Sigma, held the position of Membership Services Coordinator at National Headquarters, and Counselor for the North Central District of Tau Beta Sigma.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Carolyn is a self proclaimed foodie. She resides in Oswego, IL with her husband Scott (life member, Zeta Alpha, Tau Beta Sigma) and their two daughters Lucy and Norah. When she's not chasing around her crazy kids, you can find Carolyn fueling her running and triathlon addiction.

Dawn Farmer
Term: 2015-2019

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Dawn M. Farmer is an Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands at Saint Mary’s College. Previously, she has held similar positions at the University of Oklahoma and at Boise State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelors Degree of Music in Music Education from the University of Arizona. A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Farmer has taught public school music in Tucson, AZ and the Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. areas. Having experience in three diverse school systems, Dr. Farmer has taught band, orchestra, and general music in grades 3-12, and also undergraduate and graduate coursework in music, education, and music education. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Tau Beta Sigma, the National Band Sorority.

Dr. Farmer’s bands and orchestras have amassed many achievements in performance and sportsmanship, and her Tri-M clubs have received local recognition within the school and community. Founding Director of the Manhattan Beach Elementary Schools Honor Band and Honor Orchestra, her groups commissioned the work “Enchanted Village” by Sean O’Loughlin and have been recipients of "Esprit de Corps" awards and Superior ratings at festivals. Her secondary school teaching experience includes working with the outstanding Mira Costa High School Band Program in Manhattan Beach, CA. and middle school band and orchestra programs in Prince George’s County, MD. She founded the Saint Mary’s College Concert Band, and those musicians perform on campus and in the community. She also advises the Saint Mary’s College Collegiate National Association for Music Education club, which has had national attention on the NAfME website.

Research interests of Dr. Farmer include urban music education, teacher preparation, women in music and band, and music education philosophy. She has presented multiple papers and posters at research conferences across the country. A past Editor for the Maryland Music Educator, Dr. Farmer has been involved with research and publications on multiple levels. She is also a member of several professional affiliations such as NAfME and Women Band Directors International, and when she finds the time enjoys reading, golf, and painting.

Initiated into the Sorority in 1997, Dr. Farmer has held offices at the chapter, district, and national levels. She was National President of the 2011-2013 biennium, and has since served on the Board of Trustees.

Lisa Croston
Term: 2015-2019*

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Lisa Croston is the Finance Chair and is currently serving her second term on the Board of Trustees. Lisa graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BA in Sociology and has worked for the Department of Wellness at Oklahoma State University for over 25 years. She is the Coordinator of Sponsored Programs where she is the Chief Fiscal Officer for over twenty five different Sponsored Programs totaling over five million dollars.

Lisa resides in Stillwater, Oklahoma with her son, Jared. She is a member of Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, the OSU Band Alumni Chapter, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Stillwater Community Band. Lisa is also a certified balloon artist and owns a small business, Plan It Events, which specializes in Event Planning, Wedding Coordination and Balloon Decorations.

Lisa Croston was initiated into the Alpha Chapter at Oklahoma State University in the November 1985. She is a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma and a Gold Star Member of the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association. During her active membership she served in several positions including chapter president and three years on the Southwest District Council, one term as treasurer and two terms as president. Lisa served as National Secretary for the 1995-1997 biennium and National Vice President for Special Projects for the 1999-2001 biennium. Lisa received the Wava Banes Turner Award in 2009, the Distinguished Service Pin in 2011 and the Stanley G. Finck Memorial Award in 2013. Lisa currently serves as National Historian and Chair of the National Archives and History Committee.

Debbie Baker
Term: 2015-2019

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Debbie Baker currently works as the Director of Education for OrlandoFest where she works with directors attending the festival and coordinates the OrlandoFest workshops. OrlandoFest is the premier music festival in Orlando, Florida held in conjunction with Universal Studios Resort. Debbie is also an active guest conductor throughout the Southeast and a leadership presenter.

Before taking on this new role, Debbie was a band director for 30 years and taught in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Bands under her leadership consistently earned Superior ratings at evaluated festivals and received invitations to perform at many clinics and conventions. Throughout her career, Debbie has been awarded Teacher of the Year, the George Angelluci Award for Outstanding Teachers, the Women Band Directors International Scroll of Excellence, and the National Band Association Citation of Excellence.

Debbie received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Florida where she was initiated into the Beta Xi chapter. Debbie is a Life Member of our Sorority, was National President ’03-05, and held various other roles over the years.

Dr. Nicole Sanchez
Term: 2015-2017

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Dr. Nicole Sanchez, originally from Ontario, Canada, grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. Nicole participated in undergraduate research at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, graduating with her B.S. in Agriculture (Animal Science) in 2005. This opened doors for her to pursue a master’s degree in the same program, graduating in 2007. Nicole completed her Ph.D. in Physiology of Reproduction at Texas A&M University in 2010, and afterwards worked 2.5 years as a post-doctorate research associate with one of her mentors. She accepted a permanent Research Animal Scientist position in 2013. Nicole’s research is focused on studying the interaction between stress and immunity, and how changes in metabolism influence immune responses in cattle and swine. Additionally, her research involves studying the effects of cattle temperament, as well as the effects of nutritional supplementation as alternatives to antibiotics and pre-harvest interventions. Since 2004 Nicole has authored or co-authored 2 book chapters, 36 peer-reviewed journal articles, 123 abstracts, and 31 technical and proceeding reports, and in the past six years has helped bring in over $450,000 in extramural funds to her research unit.

Nicole was initiated into the Delta Eta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma in the fall of 2001. She served in several positions at both the chapter and district level, including Delta Eta Chapter President and Southwest District President. Nicole is a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma and an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi. Nicole was elected to national office at the 2009 National Convention and served as National President from 2013-2015. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees as Immediate Past National President. Nicole lives in Lubbock, Texas with her husband, whom she met in band in college, and their son. She is very active in her church's music ministry, where she plays the french horn and hand bells and sings in two choral ensembles.

Dr. Kathryn Kelly
Term: 2015-2017

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Dr. Kathryn Garrett Kelly was initiated into the Eta Delta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Howard University in April of 1998. During undergrad, Kathryn played Clarinet and Baritone Horn in the Howard University “Showtime” Marching Band and Bassoon in the Concert Band. On the Chapter level, Kathryn has held numerous positions including, President, Parliamentarian, and Vice President of Membership. On the District level, Kathryn served as the Northeast District Treasurer (1999-2000) and District President (2000-2001). After graduation she continued her service to Tau Beta Sigma as the NEDAA Vice President for TBS from 2001-2006. Kathryn had the honor of serving as the NED Counselor from 2006-2009, National Vice President for Special Projects from 2009-2011, and currently as the National Vice President for Colonization and Membership.

Kathryn is currently an Internal Medicine Physician in Private Practice in Silver Spring, MD. Kathryn received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2001 from Howard University and worked towards her Masters in Education at City College of New York and Brooklyn College while teaching High School science in the Bronx, New York from 2001-2003. Kathryn received her Medical Degree from Howard University in 2007 and completed her Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC

Kathryn is married to Jackie Kelly, Jr., a lobbyist for the American Trucking Association. Jackie was initiate into the brotherhood of the Eta Omega Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi in the Spring of 1998 and was also a member of the Howard University Band where he played percussion. She also has a daughter, Ajzha Briana, who Is attending college at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida majoring in Recording Arts and a son, Jackson. The Kelly Family resides in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Janet West Miller

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Janet West Miller lives in San Antonio, Texas, with husband DeWayne A. Miller, Jr. They have two children: Dorothy Karon lives in Austin, Texas, and DeWayne A.,III (Trey) lives in San Antonio. Trey and his wife Michelle have three children: James Thomas (J.T.), Nicole Elaine, and Michael Wystan.

Janet was a Charter Member of the Iota Chapter at Baylor University in 1948; she served as petition editor, Vice President, and President. She received a B.M.(1950) and a M.S.(1953) from Baylor. In 1953 she was elected 1st National Vice-President and in 1955 President of Tau Beta Sigma. She played in the National Intercollegiate Band in 1951, 1953, 1955, 1957, and 1961. Janet presided over the 1957 National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, the highlight of which was the performance of the NIB in the Mormon Tabernacle!!! What an amazing sound!!!

After having served on and off as a member of the Tau Beta Sigma Board of Trustees, she was elected a Life Member in 1995 at the convention in Orlando, Florida. She was the first past national president to be elected to the Board (1957).

A percussionist, Janet was the first full-time woman band director of a 5-A high school in Texas. She was a music educator in Texas for 32 years (junior-senior high school bands and elementary music, K-5). She is a Life Member of Texas PTA, a retired member of TMEA and TBA, a Life Member of the Baylor University Alumni Association, a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma, and an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi (Beta Sigma & KKPsi National Chapter). In 1981, she received the Wava Banes Turner Award. In 2012, she was inducted into the Harlandale Independent School District Hall of Fame.

Janet and her daughter, Karon Miller Hammond, were the first mother - daughter to be elected presidents of Tau Beta Sigma!! Of this Janet is very, very proud!!!

* denotes 2nd term

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