Adrienne Rall, National President
Theta Mu, University of Nebraska
Originally from Paonia, Colorado, Adrienne Rall attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with a minor in psychology in 2006. During her time at UNK, Adrienne participated in many musical ensembles including the Kearney Area Flute Choir, the UNK Wind Ensemble, and the UNK Symphonic Band where she played both flute and piccolo. She also participated in and became Color Guard Captain of the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Pride of the Plains Marching Band. Adrienne was initiated into the Theta Mu Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma in the fall of 2002. As an active member of the sorority, she held many leadership positions in her chapter, most notably her two terms as Chapter President. After her graduation, Adrienne became involved in the Midwest District Alumni Association, serving one term on the steering committee and two terms as Vice President of Programs. At the end of 2009, Adrienne, wanting to continue to serve the sorority and its active membership, became a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma and, in April of 2010, became the Midwest District Counselor. Currently, Adrienne lives in Kearney, Nebraska, with her husband, Lance, and their two spoiled cats. In 2009, she was able to reach one of her lifelong dreams: Becoming a professional photographer. However, when not working on her business, Adrienne also enjoys working as a color guard choreographer and coach for several area high schools as well as the University of Nebraska at Kearney because it gives her the opportunity to interact with and to help influence young people in her community.
Erika Pope, National Vice-President for Colonization & Membership
Theta Theta, Henderson State University
Erika Pope was initiated into the Theta Theta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma from Henderson State University on October 25, 1999. As an active member of the organization, she served in various leadership roles including chapter Vice President and chapter President, as well as Vice President of Colonization and Membership for the Southwest District (2005-2006). She was on “The Showband of Arkansas” drum line where she was on the cymbal line, the bass line and the snare line in which she is proud to say she is one of only a few female snare players in the history of The Showband. She also was a member of the HSU Concert and Symphonic bands, and played auxiliary percussion for “The NuFusion Project,” which is HSU’s jazz fusion ensemble.
Upon graduating from Henderson in 2005, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media with a focus in radio/television broadcasting and a minor in music. Throughout the years, she has continued to serve Tau Beta Sigma in various capacities such as workshop presenting, advising committees, serving as a colony advisor/installing officer and from 2009-2015, served as the District Counselor for the Southwest District of Tau Beta Sigma. She is a Life Member of both Tau Beta Sigma (2007) and Kappa Kappa Psi (2016) and also holds Honorary Memberships in a variety of local chapters in both organizations. In her spare time she likes running, road trips, watching movies, reading novels and rocking out on the drums with her party band The Big Dam Horns. Erika currently lives in Memphis, TN and works for the Department of Music at Rhodes College as the Musical Arts Coordinator.
Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin, National Vice-President for Professional Relations
Assistant Director of Bands / Associate Director of Athletic BandsUniversity of South Carolina
Dr. Tonya Mitchell-Spradlin is the Assistant Director of Bands and Associate Director of Athletic Bands at the University of South Carolina. There, she assists with the Carolina Band, directs the women’s basketball band, and conducts the University Band. Dr. Mitchell-Spradlin also teaches courses in the music education department and oversees student teachers. Prior to her appointment at USC, she served as interim Director of Athletic Bands at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA, and spent 4 years as band director at Chamblee Charter High School in Chamblee, GA.
Dr. Mitchell-Spradlin is a frequent adjudicator, clinician, and speaker. As a proponent of new music, she led the consortium and premiere of Aaron Perrine’s Beneath a Canvas of with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble to complete her doctoral studies. Her research on Joan Tower’s Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman is published in the Alta Musica journal; she also presented this research at the International Society for the Promotion of Wind Band in Oberwölz, Austria. Additionally, Dr. Mitchell-Spradlin serves as New Music Editor for the Women Band Director’s International Journal. As a champion for women in music, she was honored to speak in the 2018 Tau Beta Sigma Women in Music series.
Dr. Mitchell-Spradlin received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in wind conducting from Indiana University where she was also drum major of the Marching Hundred. She holds a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Georgia, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Conducting degree from the University of Kansas.
Siobhan Wilkes, National Vice-President for Special Projects
Beta Zeta, Stephen F. Austin State University
Siobhan Wilkes (Pronounced shiv + awn) is a Life Member of the Beta Zeta Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Stephen F. Austin State University. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Hospitality Management with a marketing minor, was a member of the Lumberjack Marching Band in the color guard, and a member of the University Concert Bands. She is a past Chapter President, and Vice President of Membership of Beta Zeta, and was very involved on the District Level as a student and an alumnus.
Siobhan was appointed as a Chapter Visitation Assistant in 2015 where she visited chapters within the Southwest District of Tau Beta Sigma to assist with chapter operations, interpersonal relations, and membership concerns. In 2017, Siobhan was elected as the National Vice President for Communication and Recognition for Tau Beta Sigma with a focus to increase conversations amongst our members, as well as used recognition to increase member and chapter participation in National initiatives.
Siobhan Wilkes is a goal-driven hospitality professional with experience in customer relations, group sales, rooms management, and hotel revenue management. Currently, Siobhan works for Hilton Worldwide as a Hotel Revenue Manager where she supports eight hotels nationwide with growing revenue and impact over their competitors. In her free time, Siobhan likes to travel, watch college band performances, cook, and collect houseplants.
Leslie Gartin, National Vice-President for Communication & Recognition
Zeta Nu,University of Northern Iowa
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.