Theta Psi, University Of Louisville
Heather Marshall is a Life Member of the Theta Psi Chapter at the University of Louisville where she was initiated in the Fall of 2003. During her time as an active sister she served as President, Vice President of Special Projects and Historian. Heather was an active member of the marching band color guard and played clarinet in the pep band. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art.
Heather has been a member of the Tau Beta Sigma National Committee on History and Archives since its inception in 2007 and is also currently serving on the TBSAA Finance & Marketing Committee.
Heather currently lives in Louisville, KY where she is the Photography Supervisor for Kentucky/Indiana with Lifetouch-Shutterfly. She is also the owner of JoLyn Designs llc. In her free time she enjoys traveling, nature photography and relaxing with her cats and horses.
Theta Xi, Iowa State University
Brian is a Life Member of the Theta Xi Chapter at Iowa State University. He was service chair and chapter president at Theta Xi and served one term as Midwest District President from 2018-2019.
Additionally, Brian helped to plan the 2017 Midwest District Convention, hosted at Iowa State University. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Brian works as a battery system engineer at General Electric, designing grid-scale energy storage systems.
Alpha Theta, North Dakota State University
Abby Rogish is a Life Member of the Alpha Theta Chapter at North Dakota State University and was initiated in Fall of 2014. During her time at NDSU, Abby played piccolo and cymbals in the Gold Star Marching Band where she served as a section leader and secretary. As an Active member, Abby served as MWDAC Liaison, Focus on Five Liaison, served two terms as Chapter President, and one term as District President (2020-2021). During her term as District President she received The Baton for her outstanding service to the sorority as a student leader. She is a current member of the Tau Beta Sigma and Midwest District Alumni Associations.
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.
Delta Delta, University of Massachusetts
Christopher Lukasik is a Life Member from the Delta Delta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Massachusetts. As an Active Sister, Christopher served as Chapter President and three terms on the NED Council, including District President.
Christopher serves on various workgroups for the Sorority, namely the Health and Safety Task Force, the Curriculum Committee, and the Board’s Scholarship Committee. Christopher describes himself as a Chapter Operations Nerd and loves talking about how to make chapter operations more efficient for members. He is active in the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association and the Northeast District Alumni Association, and has served as NEDAA Secretary (2017-2020) and NEDAA President (2020-2021). Christopher holds Honorary Membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.
Christopher holds a BA in Legal Studies, a BS in Public Health Sciences, and a Master of Public Health from UMass Amherst. Currently, he is a doctoral student in Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University. Christopher lives in Brattleboro, VT and works as a Victim Advocate for the Office of the Windham County State’s Attorney, also in Brattleboro. In his spare time, Christopher binge watches Scandal and The West Wing, collects Funko Pops, and plans out his next tattoo.
Epsilon Sigma, Norfolk State University
Monika was initiated into the Epsilon Sigma chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Norfolk State University the Spring 2011, during her junior year of undergrad. She graduated in May 2012 and became a Life member a few months later. While pursuing her Master’s degree at Virginia Tech, she was made an Honorary member of the Zeta Omicron chapter, where she eventually became an active member.
During her active years, Monika served as the Epsilon Sigma chapter Vice President of Special Projects, Historian, and was a member of the fundraising and service project committees with Zeta Omicron. On a district level, she was the 2014-2015 Northeast District Vice President of Special Projects.
Monika graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/ Information Assurance from Norfolk State University and also graduated with her Master’s in Computer Science/ Human Computer Interaction from Virginia Tech. She currently works as a Software Engineer in Northern Virginia. She also owns an all handmade crochet business, Phoenix’s Crochet and Design.
Gamma Kappa, University of Connecticut
Olivia DeFilippo is a Life Member of the Gamma Kappa Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Connecticut and was initiated in April of 2013. During her time at UConn, Olivia played mallet percussion and was Front Ensemble section leader in the UConn Marching Band. As an Active member, Olivia served as Membership Chair (2014-15), Vice President of Membership (2015-16), and Chapter President (2016-17), and eventually served as Northeast District President (2017-18). More recently, Olivia has served as the Northeast District Alumni Association Vice President for TBSigma (2020-21) and President (2021-22).
In alignment with Olivia’s passion for social justice and change, she completed her BA with a major in Anthropology and a dual minor in Criminal Justice and Human Rights from UConn. In 2021, Olivia earned a Masters of Social Work from UConn, and became licensed shortly after. Even before graduating in 2017, Olivia has devoted her time to the movements to end sexual and domestic violence, and she now works as a court-based Family Violence Victim Advocate through the Center for Family Justice in the Superior Court of Bridgeport, CT.
In her spare time, Olivia can be found hanging out with her puppy (Otis), always decorating for Christmas, and teaching mallet percussion for the Mark T. Sheehan High School Marching Band in her hometown of Wallingford, CT.
Iota Alpha, Marist College
Brian is a Life Member of the Iota Alpha Chapter at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. They were initiated in the Spring of 2015 and became a IA Chapter Sponsor in Spring 2019. During their active years, Brian served as the Band’s Webmaster and the Chapter’s Historian. They began playing in the Marist Symphonic, Marching, & Pep Bands as a flutist but continued by learning tuba and sousaphone in later years. Brian was elected as a Secretary-Treasurer onto the NED Council in 2016. They also graduated that year with a B.S. in Computer Science & Applied Mathematics.
Brian currently works as a Client Account Manager for Bluemark, LLC, a healthcare tech firm specializing in streamlining Medicaid applications for various clients. They create and provide educational training workshops to financial advisors and develop relationships with clients to meet their business’ needs. Brian spends the remaining slice of their time playing video games, jamming out to music, or watching comedies or dramas on tv. They currently reside in Kingston, New York with their partner, Chris, and three fur kids: Asuna, Gotham, & Katnissl.
Iota Alpha, Marist College
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Indya Hairston is a Life Member of the Theta Phi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Hampton University and was initiated in March of 2016. During her time at Hampton, Indya played tuba and was the first female section leader of the sousaphones for the Marching Force. Indya served as Chapter President for two consecutive terms as an active member. She also served as NED Vice President of Membership. Ms. Hairston was also awarded the Baton Award after her service as VPM.
Indya completed her BA from Hampton University majoring in Music in 2018. She then went on to continue her education returning to Hampton University to receive a Master’s in Music Education: Instrumental K-12. After graduating, she started teaching middle school band and high school music theory in Newport News, VA. After two years, Indya decided to move back to Baltimore to continue the musical excellence at her alma mater, Western Senior High School. She has the honor of being the current band director at the oldest operating all-girl school in the nation.
In her spare time, Indya enjoys marching in her mother’s community band and spending time with her dog . She still finds time to connect with her friends and March Force family in Hampton. Indya currently lives in Baltimore, MD.
Beta Eta, University of Maryland
Zara is a Life Member of the Beta Eta Chapter at the University of Maryland, College Park. She was initiated into the Sorority in Spring 2010 and held the chapter positions of Alumni Secretary and Corresponding Secretary. She is a proud Honorary of Iota Alpha at Marist College and Eta Sigma at Towson University. Zara served as NED Convention Chair (2012) and as NED Secretary (2012-2013).
She is involved as a Tau Beta Sigma alumni, having served as NEDAA Secretary, and she maintains memberships in the Midwest and Southeast District Alumni Associations. On the National level, she participated on the 75th Anniversary Communications Committee and currently serves on the Sorority’s Curriculum Committee and KKPsi Chapter Operations Committee.
Zara holds a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering (2013) and an M.Ed. in Middle School Mathematics and Science (2016) both from the University of Maryland. She teaches middle school 8th grade math and was recently named the 2021 Maryland School Psychologists Association Teacher of the Year.
Zara is originally from New Jersey, and currently calls Ellicott City, Maryland home, where she lives with her boyfriend Chris. You can spot her on the field or up in the tower on Maryland game days as one of the official videographers / photographers for the Mighty Sound of Maryland. In her free time, she enjoys working out, reading, binge-watching shows, roller derby, and touching base with Sisters and Brothers near and far!
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.
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.
Alpha Omicron, Sam Houston State University
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Beta Xi, University of Florida
Sydney Bleiweiss was initiated into the Beta Xi Chapter at the University of Florida (UF) in Spring 2014. During her time in Beta Xi, Sydney served the chapter as Vice President of Membership, President, and Continuing Membership Education Officer. Sydney has since become a Life Member of Beta Xi, thanks to her real-life brother and sister Neil Bleiweiss, SED District Counselor.
Sydney earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Anthropology from UF in 2017, and her Master of Arts in Public Administration from Florida International University (FIU) in 2019. Sydney works as a Budget Analyst at Maricopa County, where she helps develop, monitor, and analyze the County’s budget. When not working, Sydney can be found hiking and exploring her new home in Arizona.