Katie Langley, NCD
Psi, University Of Arkansas
Originally from Jonesboro, AR, Katie Langley was initiated into the Psi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma in 2008 at the University of Arkansas where she played clarinet in the Razorback Marching Band. As an active member, Katie was involved in multiple leadership positions at the chapter and district level including serving as the Southwest District Vice President for Membership (2011-2013). Upon graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Drama, Katie moved to Chicago, IL to pursue a graduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago.
After earning her Master’s Degree, Katie spent the next few years working with a nonprofit theater education group (Chicago Youth Shakespeare) while also serving as a stage manager with some of Chicago’s many storefront theater projects. Katie currently puts her organizational skills to work in the corporate sector, serving as a Knowledge Manager for a healthcare consulting firm. She spends her free time reading, running, playing with her 2 cats, and cheering on the Razorbacks from afar and the Chicago Cubs nearby.
Vanessa McPherson, NCD
Epsilon Kappa, University of California, Los Angeles
Vanessa began her journey in Tau Beta Sigma when she was initiated into the Epsilon Kappa chapter at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, she served as chapter Secretary of History of Alumni and chapter Vice President. The following year she was elected Western District Vice President of Membership.
After graduating from UCLA with her B.A. in Sociology, she continued her pursuit of higher education by earning her M.A. in Education with an emphasis in Counseling & Guidance from Point Loma Nazarene University. She continued her service within Tau Beta Sigma when she was appointed Western District Counselor and held the position for three years. With her family’s move from California to Ohio, she is now very excited to serve as a North Central District Chapter Visitation Assistant.
Samantha Boxberger, MWD
Delta Kappa, Kansas State University
Samantha Boxberger is a Life Member of the Delta Kappa Chapter at Kansas State University. As an active member she held positions such as Ritual Chair, Midwest District Vice President for Membership (2012-2014), and Midwest District President (2012-2014). In the music department, she was involved in the KSU Marching Band, Cat Band, and Wind Ensemble, KSU Flute Studio, Sigma Alpha Iota, and NAFME Collegiate.
Sam holds a B.S. in Music Education from Kansas State University. She is currently a Band Director at Junction City High School in Junction City, KS, where she teaches Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Beginning Band, Jazz Lab, and Guitar. She is active in the MWDAA and TBSAA, serving as the co-chair for the Welcoming Committee of the MWDAA.
In her free time, Sam likes to spend time with her husband and 3 dogs, make arts and crafts, and enjoys potlucks/tailgates and sporting events with her friends.
Zach Cheever, MWD
Eta Phi, Vanderbilt University
Zach Cheever is a life member from the Eta Phi Chapter at Vanderbilt University. He was initiated into the bond in the Fall of 2013 and served in a variety of positions during his active status. These positions included multiple committee chairs, chapter parliamentarian, SED parliamentarian, and SED vice president of membership. He was also very active in the band program by serving on several leadership boards and being the drum major of the Spirit of Gold for two seasons. Zach graduated with a degree in Composition and Music Theory. After graduating, he moved to Clarksville, TN to pursue a Masters in Instrumental Conducting from Austin Peay State University. During this three-year stint, he also served on the SED alumni association board as membership chair, communications chair, and vice chair. Since then, Zach as followed his path to teach collegiate bands by being the band director at Trevecca Nazarene University and is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At CU, Zach works with all aspects of the band program including the three concert bands, marching band, pep bands, and the undergraduate conducting students. Zach spends his free time exploring new music, out on the golf course, trying new coffee shops, or up in the mountains of Colorado.
Laura Cooke, MWD
Zeta Omega, University of Missouri
Laura Cooke is a Life Member of the Zeta Omega Chapter at the University of Missouri. As an active member she held the positions of Service Chair, Alumni Liaison, Chapter President and was the Midwest District Vice President for Special Projects for two terms. She was also a member of Marching Mizzou, University Band, Symphonic Band, Flute Studio, and Mini Mizzou, all as a flute or piccolo player and serving as Drum Major of Marching Mizzou her senior year. Laura graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Educational Studies with a Minor in Music from the University of Missouri. She is currently the Programs and Development Coordinator for the Head for the Cure Foundation in Kansas City, MO where she is responsible for Annual Giving campaigns, the online patient navigator Brains for the Cure, sponsorship acquisition, coordination of Community-Driven Events, and other programs and development responsibilities. When not working, Laura can be found spending time with her friends and family, looking through a camera lens, playing with her kitten, or baking delicious cupcakes and other desserts.
Emily Donovan, NED
Eta Gamma, Boston University
Emily Donovan is a Life Member of the Eta Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Boston University and was initiated in December of 2010. During her time at BU, Emily played alto sax and was section leader in the Marching and Pep Bands. As an Active member, Emily served as Chapter President and Secretary as well as NED Vice President of Membership (2012-13) and District President (2013-14).
Emily has been a member of the Northeast District Alumni Association and the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association since her graduation in May 2013. She is the current Sponsor of the Eta Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma and serves as the Chair for the National History and Archives Committee.
Emily completed her BA with double majors in History and Classical Languages from Boston University and received her Master’s degree in Museum Education from Tufts University in 2015. She currently works as a Park Ranger at Lowell National Historical Park.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading her book of the month, visiting museums, and watching hockey. Emily currently lives in Lowell, MA with her husband, Andrew, and their cat, Clio.
Kathryn Howell, NED
Theta Theta, Henderson State University
Kathryn “Kat” Howell is a Life Member of the Theta Theta Chapter from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR where she received a Bachelor of General Studies. As an Active Sister, Kat served as an officer within her chapter as well as Southwest District President from 2011-2013. Kat also has a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.
After earning her Master’s Degree, Kat moved to Providence, RI where she lived for 3 years and first got to know the Northeast (and REAL snow). Kat then moved to Boston, MA in 2018 and currently works at MIT as an Assistant Director/Area Director for Residential Life. Since becoming an alumna of Tau Beta Sigma, Kat has continually stayed involved through TBSAA, SWDAA, NEDAA, and attending numerous District and National Conventions.
Kat plays clarinet, and she played bass clarinet for a few of her college years. In her free time, Kat also enjoys exploring new places, exercising, crafting, and cuddling with her dog Katie.
Christopher Lukasik, NED
Delta Delta, University of Massachusetts
Christopher Lukasik is a Life Member and Fall 2011 initiate from the Delta Delta chapter at UMass Amherst. As an active Sister, Christopher served as Chapter President, Northeast District Alumni Secretary & Historian, Northeast District VP for Membership, and Northeast District President. As an alumnus of Tau Beta Sigma, Christopher became a member of the Northeast District Alumni Association and a Gold Star Member of TBSAA. He is currently serving on the Board’s Scholarship Committee and is in his third term as NEDAA Secretary.
Christopher holds a BA in Legal Studies and a BS in Public Health Sciences. Christopher continued at UMass to earn a Master of Public Health in May 2018. The majority of Christopher’s education has been focused on HIV policy and prevention. Professionally, Christopher works as a Victim Advocate with the Windham County State’s Attorney’s Office in Brattleboro, VT.
Christopher can be found in Brattleboro, VT playing his Nintendo Switch, collecting Funko Pops, planning out his next Star Wars tattoo, and/or watching Parks and Recreation for the 15th time.
Monika Monk, NED
Epsilon Sigma, Norfolk State University
Sarah Griffith, SWD
Psi, University of Arkansas
Sarah was initiated into the Psi Chapter at the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2011. While Sarah was an active member of Tau Beta Sigma, she was Vice President of Special Projects and chaired the TBS half of a district convention planning committee.
Sarah graduated from the University of Arkansas in May of 2015 and immediately began working in Rogers, AR and then moved to Tyler, TX to work as an accountant at Suddenlink Communications in July of 2016. She is an honorary member of the Southwest District of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma. Sarah also graduated with her Master’s of Accountancy in July of 2017.
At the 2019 National Convention, Sarah met her husband Jaydee in Stillwater and then moved to Broomfield, Colorado when they got married in 2020. She currently is a Senior Accountant for SCL Health in Broomfield. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, taking cute pictures of her dog (and Jaydee’s cats), and beating her friends in volleyball.
Brielle Johnson, SWD
Psi, University of Arkansas
Brielle was initiated into the Psi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma on November 11th, 2012. During her tenure as an active, she became heavily involved on a chapter and district level in both travel and various leadership roles. She served as Music Chair and Parliamentarian at a chapter level, and Design Editor of the New Alto Staff and Parliamentarian at the District level.
Since graduating in 2016 with her Psychology degree from the University of Arkansas, Brielle worked as a technical IT recruiter and now is a corporate recruiter for a global technology consulting company. In her current position, she travels around to college campuses attending career fairs and recruit’s entry level graduates into her company.
She currently resides in the North Dallas area, and loves to travel whenever she gets a chance around Texas and the country. Brielle is passionate about coffee, mental health, and helping others achieve their professional goals, especially early in their careers.
Sami Kinnison, SWD
Psi, University of Arkansas
Arkansas-native, Sami Kinnison, is a skilled speaker, writer, reader, leader, brainstormer, event planner, encourager, and learner, and she has a plethora of other hidden talents. During her time as an active member of the Psi Chapter at the University of Arkansas, Sami served in a variety of positions at the local and district levels. Since graduating, she has served on the board for SWDAA and has been initiated as an honorary to the Southwest District of both Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. After she graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2016 with two degrees in Communication and Ad/PR, she began working for the Walton Family Foundation and now works as the Legal Coordinator, where she now spends her time as a project manager and executive assistant for the Legal Department and General Counsel. Outside of work, Sami spends time organizing TEDx events in her area, helping bring together community members around ideas worth sharing. Sami fills her free time with bike rides with her husband, Chris; trips to the dog park with her golden retriever, Teddy; and hours of snuggles with her son, Henry.
Heather McGowan, SWD
Iota Chapter, Baylor University
Heather McGowan is a life member of the Iota chapter from Baylor University in Waco, TX. While earning her Bachelors of Music Education degree, Heather played Piccolo in the Golden Wave Marching Band and was honored to serve on the Golden Wave Leadership for several years.
Heather was highly active in Iota and served in many offices (sometimes at once) including Webmaster, Parliamentarian, and Vice President of Membership. Before leaving Iota to student teach in San Antonio, she dug her feet in deeper and was elected as President of the Southwest District for 2013-2014.
Graduating from Baylor in December 2013, Heather continued to utilize her education by substitute teaching. In doing so, she ultimately secured a position as an Assistant Band Director at a Middle School in San Antonio’s largest school district, Northside. At her school, Heather directs the Symphonic Band, Beginner 8th Graders, Beginner Flutes, Double Reeds, Clarinets, and Saxophones. She also composed an Alma Mater for her school’s 50th celebration in 2017.
Outside of her professional career, Heather is an active participant of her church orchestra, performs in the Fiesta Flute Choir, and enjoys spending time with family and her ‘act-like-a-dog’ cat, Belle.
Brianna Mitchell, SWD
Alpha Omicron Chapter, Sam Houston State University
Brianna Mitchell is a Life Member of the Alpha Omicron chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She was initiated in the fall of 2009. While an active member she was elected to several officer roles including Treasurer, Vice President, and President. As a member of the Bearkat Marching Band, she served as Mellophone Visual Technician and as a Student Assistant. Brianna graduated in 2014 with her Bachelor of Music in Music Education.
After graduation, she moved to Waco, Texas where she was an Assistant Band Director for three years at Tennyson Middle School. She recently moved to Bay City, Texas and is now the Head Band Director for Sweeny Junior High and assists at Sweeny High School.
Brianna is an also a member of TBSAA and SWDAA, where she serves on the Programs and Finance committees. She spends her free time playing the French horn, cuddling with her chiweenie, Remus, and playing Overwatch with her boyfriend, Scott.
Chelsea Rasing, SWD
Theta Mu, University of Nebraska Kearney
Chelsea was initiated into the Theta Mu chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Nebraska Kearney in the fall of 2010. During her time as an active member, she held various leadership roles including Ritual and Service chairs, Treasurer, Recording Secretary, and Vice President. She also served as Midwest District Secretary/Treasurer for one year.
Chelsea earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades Education in 2016. Upon Graduation, Chelsea stayed involved as an alumnus by joining the Midwest District Alumni Association and serving 2 terms as Secretary/Treasurer. She is currently a member of the Tau Beta Sigma, Midwest District, and Southwest District Alumni Associations.
Chelsea currently lives in Houston, TX where she is a middle school science and robotics teacher in Spring Branch Independent School District. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys playing clarinet with the Houston Pride Band, reading books, and seeing whatever musical comes to town.
Lauren Harrison, SED
Theta Lambda, Auburn University
Lauren was initiated into the Theta Lambda Chapter at Auburn University in Spring of 2012 where she was a piccolo player in the Auburn University Marching Band (War Eagle!). As active member, Lauren served as chapter Corresponding Secretary and chapter President as well as Piccolo Section Leader for the AUMB. Lauren also served on the district level as Southeast District President (2015-2017). Lauren graduated with a degree in Supply Chain Management and then moved to Atlanta, GA where she is Chemical Sourcing Analyst for Georgia-Pacific.
As an alumni, Lauren is an active member of TBSAA and is the Executive Chair of SEDAA. She is a Life Member of Theta Lambda and an honorary member of the Iota Psi chapter at Kennesaw State University.
Lauren spends her free time binge-watching Netflix, exploring new restaurants in Atlanta, and visiting Disney World every chance she gets.
Nikki Lyons, SED
Zeta Kappa, Albany State University
Nikki Lyons is a Life Member of the Zeta Kappa chapter at the “Unsinkable” Albany State University. She was initiated on November 20, 2005. While she was an active member, she played the flute and piccolo as a member of the Marching Rams Show Band and Concert Band ensembles. Nikki was honored to serve in various leadership roles in her chapter as a committee chair, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and chapter President.
Nikki has earned degrees in Early Childhood Education (Albany State, 2008 & 2011) and Instructional Technology (University of Northern Iowa, 2015). She currently resides in Gainesville, Florida where she works as an Instructional Designer at the University of Florida. In her role, she is responsible for creating instructional materials relating to the university’s financial and HR systems for employees, and facilitating training opportunities for professional development.
Nikki is a member of TBSAA. She spends her free time reading, listening to podcasts, Netflixing, crafting, cooking & eating, scrolling her timeline, and traveling to spend time with her loved ones and see bands in action.
Jennifer B. Ryder, SED
Epsilon Chi, South Carolina State University
Jennifer Ryder attended South Carolina State University, where she received a B. S. in Music Education: Instrumental. She was initiated into the Epsilon Chi Chapter at South Carolina State University (SCSU) in Spring 1999, and is a Life Member. During her time as an undergrad she served in several leadership roles including band club treasurer and assistant treasurer for the chapter. She was a clarinetist and a member of the Marching 101 and SCSU Symphonic Band.
She has a Masters of Education in Education Leadership from The Citadel and an Educational Specialist from Walden University. Upon graduation, she was a band director in Charleston County School District and Clarendon 2 School District in South Carolina. Jennifer currently is a Middle School Band Director for Clayton County Public Schools in the Atlanta, GA Metro Area with over eighteen years’ experience.
Jennifer is also an active-charter member of TBSAA. She is a member of the Atlanta Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma (AAA), where she is the current corresponding secretary and past treasurer. She has served on AAA’s Undergraduate, Fundraiser, & Golden Baton Scholarship Initiative Committees. Jennifer is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, Sigma Alpha Iota Fraternity, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Jennifer enjoys spending time traveling, attending live concerts, and spending time with her husband Larry, who is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity, their son Jai, and her extended family and friends.
Camille Dhennin, WD
Zeta Xi, San Diego State University
Camille Dhennin is a Life Member of the Zeta Xi Chapter at San Diego State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Security and Conflict Resolution. As an Active Sister, Camille served as chapter president for two years, as well as the Western District Vice President of Special Projects. Camille has a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs from Northern Arizona University.
After earning her Master’s Degree, Camille moved to Phoenix, AZ where she currently works as an Academic Advisor at Arizona State University. In her free time, Camille enjoys spending time with her dog, trivia nights, and attending sporting events.