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Tau Beta Sigma District Counselors

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Leslie Gartin, MWD Counselor
Zeta Nu, University of Northern Iowa

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Leslie was initiated in the Zeta Nu chapter at the University of Northern Iowa, and served in various chapter leadership roles, such as Ritualist, Secretary, and President. On the district level, Leslie served as Sec/Treas for one year, and Vice President of Membership for one year.

Upon graduation with her Music Education and French Horn Performance degrees, Leslie was actively involved in the Midwest District Alumni Association, serving as president for three years. In 2011, was appointed Finance Chair for the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association Executive Committee, a role in which she served until her appointment to the District.

In "real life," Leslie is the 5-12 Band Director and ESL Coordinator for the Southeast Warren Community School District in Liberty Center, Iowa. In the two years in her current position, Leslie has increased high school band participation 250%, started the school's first jazz ensemble, and serves as her Education Association Parliamentarian. She received her Master's degree in TESOL studies from Drake University in 2013. She lives in Marshalltown, Iowa, with her husband, Justin, a computer engineer, and their dog, Sophie. Their free time activities include camping, fishing, and home improvement projects that last forever.

 

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Zack Rebarchek, MWD Counselor
Zeta Delta, University of Kansas

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Zachary T. Rebarchek is a Life member of Zeta Delta at the University of Kansas, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Technical Communications. During his undergraduate Zack performed as a member of the Marching Jayhawks, University Band, Volleyball Pep Band, Women's Basketball Pep Band, and Men's Basketball Pep Band as a Euphonium and Trumpet player.

In his experience in the sorority, Zack has served in several leadership roles. For Zeta Delta, he served as Organizational Liaison, Treasurer, Vice President of Membership, and President. While an active in the Midwest District, he served as Vice President of Special Projects and two terms as President. Upon graduation Zack was elected Vice President of Membership for the MWD Alumni Association and held the position for two terms. He has also served as chair and adviser for the National Ways and Means Committee, Adviser for the National Programs Committee, and was a member of the CFR Committee.

In his professional life, Zack is Lead Manager at Regal Entertainment Group's Southwind 12 Cinema. He also volunteers as Program Coordinator for the American Legion Boy's State of Kansas Leadership Academy. In his free time, Zack can be found jogging on the scenic nature trails of Northeastern Kansas or relaxing with a good book.

 

Carrie Webster, NCD Counselor
Zeta Alpha, Illinois State University

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Carrie Webster attended Illinois State University, where she double majored in Food Science and Nutrition & Family and Consumer Science Education. She was initiated into the Zeta Alpha chapter in the fall of 2009. She served as chapter president for 2 years and also as the North Central District President for 2 years. She graduated from ISU in 2014 and now works at Limestone Community High School in Bartonville, IL as a Family and Consumer Science Teacher. Carrie also got married in October of 2014 and she and her husband Mitch live in East Peoria, IL. Carrie enjoys cooking and baking, reading and snuggling with her 3 cats.

 

Kellie Leitz

Kellie Leitz, NCD Counselor
Theta, University of Cincinnati

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Kellie Leitz was initiated into the Theta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Cincinnati on March 2, 2003. During her time as an undergraduate, Kellie served in various roles including Clarinet Section Leader, Band Corresponding Secretary, Theta Vice President of Service, and Theta President. At the district level, she had the opportunity to serve as a Convention Coordinator, as well as, North Central District President. Currently, she is an active participant in the UC Band Alumni Association and holds the position of Treasurer.

Upon graduation, Kellie earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. She currently works for GE Aviation as a Manufacturing Engineer & Project Manager. Kellie and her husband, Ryan, an alumnus from the Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, have two children, Patrick and Charlie. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, spending time with friends, and stargazing with her telescope. She and her family reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

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Anthony Barbir, NED Counselor
Epsilon Kappa, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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Anthony Barbir currently serves Tau Beta Sigma as a Northeast District Counselor. He is a Life Member of the Epsilon Kappa Chapter at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he served as Chapter President and Western District President.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Anthony is an arts administrator, dancer, and color guard clinician based in Washington, D.C. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in world arts and cultures with a dance concentration, and has performed and collaborated internationally with Koraci Croatian Folklore Ensemble, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band, the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps, Oni Dance, the Dance Exchange, S.J. Ewing & Dancers, and Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround. He currently works for the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities on a program called Turnaround Arts, using arts education as a tool to help turn around America's struggling schools.

Allison Leeman

Allison Leeman, NED Counselor
Eta Gamma, Boston University

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Allison is one of the Northeast District Counselors for Tau Beta Sigma. She is a Life Member of the Eta Gamma Chapter at Boston University. As an Active and student member, Allison served the organization in various leadership roles including Chapter officer, Northeast District Vice President of Special Projects (2011-2012), and Northeast District President (2012-2013). While at Boston University Allison participated in the Concert, Pep, and Marching Bands as a bass clarinet and alto saxophone player and Drum Major her senior year.

After graduating with a Bachelor's of Philosophy degree (2012) Allison pursued a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University's School of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health (2014). Allison received a Santander Universities scholarship to work with the Society of Emergency Medicine of India to begin a long-term research project aiming to improve patient outcomes by strengthening Emergency Medicine residency programs.

As an Alumna, Allison has continued to participate in the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association and Northeast District Alumni Association. She has served as a workshop presenter, Chair of the Counselor's Award committee (2015), and Chair for the Grace and A. Frank Martin Chapter Leadership Committee (2013). Allison is also an active member of the Boston University Alumni Association and American Public Health Association.

Allison currently resides in her hometown of Matawan, NJ where she works in physician and healthcare management. In her free time Allison enjoys exploring new places, seeing live music performances, going to the beach, listening to audiobooks/podcasts, and spending time with family and friends.

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Stephen Burt, SED Counselor
Epsilon Alpha, University of South Carolina

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Stephen Burt is an Alumni and Life Member of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of South Carolina, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He currently resides in Orlando, FL and works as the Director of Bands at Faith Christian Academy where he is in charge of the 5 concert bands, athletic Pep-Bands, FCA Drum Line, and 3rd/4th grade general music classes. During his time in the sorority, Stephen served in numerous capacities on the chapter, district, and national level. In the Epsilon Alpha chapter, he served as Vice President of Special Projects for 2 terms, Parliamentarian for 2 terms, Vice President of Membership for 1 term and Music Chair. As a Southeast District Officer, Stephen served as the district Secretary/Treasurer and two terms as President from 2009-2011. At the national level, Stephen has chaired both the National Ways and Means and Nominations committees at the 2009/2011 National Conventions respectively.

Following his time as an active member, Stephen pursued his Masters in Music Education from Evangel University in Springfield, MO where he served as a graduate assistant with the EU Marching Band and conducting student. After returning back to the SED, he played an integral role in the creation of the new Southeast District Alumni Association. Stephen’s other professional affiliation include: Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Music Educators Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Pi Kappa Lambda, and Alpha Chi.

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Lee Commander, SED Counselor
Alpha Omega, Florida State University

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Lee Commander was inducted into the Alpha Omega Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma in April of 2008. Since that time he has served within the organization in many ways including: Ritual and Regalia Chair, Chapter Parliamentarian, Southeast District Parliamentarian, Southeast District President, Advocacy Chair for the Southeast District March for Music, Founding Member of the Southeast District Alumni Association and most recently appointed to the job of Southeast District Counselor. Lee is a Life Member of the Alpha Omega Chapter and an Honorary Member of the Southeast District.

Lee received his Bachelors of Music Education from Florida State in 2012. During his time at FSU he was able to participate in a wide-array of musical ensembles including Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Saxophone Choir, Seminole Swing Machine and “The World Renowned” Florida State University Marching Chiefs. While in the Marching Chiefs he further served the bands as Marching Coordinator and Staff Manager and was awarded the Manley Whitcomb Scholarship by the Marching Chiefs Alumni Association. Lee also served the College of Music as a member of the Board of Advisors.

Lee is currently working as the Director of Instrumental Studies at Pinellas Park High School in Largo, FL. Here he teaches band, orchestra, eurhythmics and AP Music Theory. An active saxophonist, Mr. Commander continues to perform and teach privately. His professional affiliations include the Florida Bandmasters Association, Florida Orchestra Association, Florida Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education and Tau Beta Sigma.

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Donnelle' Mitchell, SWD Counselor
Theta Theta, Henderson State University

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I spent my childhood in rural East Texas where there are more cows than people. Leaving high school, I earned a B.S.E in Early Childhood Education from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where I fell in love with Tau Beta Sigma. With the support of the Theta Theta chapter and those around me, I pursued an M.Ed in Curriculum & Instruction in English as a Second Language from Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. I am currently have the privilege of loving what I do every day as I teach fifth grade youth about math and science in Dallas ISD.

As a life member of the sorority, I can truly say that I have had many opportunities and met many truly astonishing individuals. I am ecstatic to serve, and will continue to think differently, act coursgeously, and encourage greatness!

Kathy

Kathy Webster, SWD Counselor
Epsilon Beta, Texas A&M University - Commerce

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Kathy Webster is a life member of Epsilon Beta at Texas A&M University - Commerce. Kathy has a Bachelors of Business with a double major in Finance and Accounting. Kathy has pursued a career in Accounting, and is a now high level accountant at a growing manufacturer in East Texas.

Kathy has had an active Sorority history. Holding various offices at the chapter level, including Chapter President. Kathy furthered her services at the District level including District President and Treasurer. Kathy has also held the office of Finance Director in the Southwest District Alumni Association.

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Meghan Fay Olswanger, WD Counselor
Epsilon Kappa, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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Meghan Fay Olswanger is an Alumnus and Life Member of the Epsilon Kappa Chapter at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she graduated with Bachelors of Arts in History and Musicology. While attending UCLA, Meghan performed in the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Basketball Pep Bands as a flute and piccolo player.

As an active member, she held several chapter leadership positions in the Epsilon Kappa chapter. Meghan served as Western District President from 2006 - 2008; she chaired the National Jurisdiction Committee in 2007. In 2007, Meghan was awarded “The Baton” for outstanding contributions to the Sorority by student leadership. In 2008, she was made an Honorary Member of the Western District of Kappa Kappa Psi.

From 2009 to 2013, she was the Director of Bands at Caldwell High School in Caldwell, Idaho. In 2013, she accepted a position of Director of Bands and Orchestras at Meridian High School in Meridian, Idaho. Professionally, Meghan is a member of National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and its affiliates of NAfME Northwest and Idaho Music Educators Association. From 2012 - 2015, she is serving as the Idaho All-State Band Chair. Additionally, she has chaired several local and regional honor bands.

Meghan currently resides in Meridian, Idaho with her husband, Aaron, where in their free time they both enjoy trail running, gardening, cooking, and reading.

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Vanessa McPherson, WD Counselor
Epsilon Kappa, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

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I fell in love with Tau Beta Sigma as a sister of the Epsilon Kappa chapter at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a first year student and Tuba Girl in the UCLA Solid Gold Sound Bruin Marching Band, I was introduced to TBS by seeing the greek letters on sweaters among some of the girls in band. When I learned what TBS is, I knew it was the organization for me. My first year as an Active sister, I became our chapter's first ever Secretary of History and Alumni. The next year I knew I wanted to share my love of TBS with potential members, so I ran and was elected as our chapter Vice President. The next step was clear to me--to give back to my sisters as a District Officer. I ran at Convention and was elected as the Western District Vice President of Membership.

And now I have the biggest honor of all--serving my sisters as a Western District Counselor.

I earned my BA in Sociology from UCLA, with a Minor in Classical Civilizations. I continued on to Point Loma Nazarene University, where I earned my MA in Education with an emphasis on Counseling & Guidance, and also earned my Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential. I recently was offered my dream job as I School Counselor and am so happy to be working with high school and middle school students.
I love video games (especially Zelda and Mario), I've been skydiving twice, and I am lucky enough to be married to the nerdy man of my dreams!

 

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