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Delta Gamma Foundation Elects Two Trustees for 2023-2026 Term

Columbus, Ohio [July 20, 2023]- Delta Gamma Foundation voting members elect two Trustees to serve on the Board at the Foundation Annual Meeting, held during Delta Gamma's Officer Training Seminar in Memphis, Tennessee.

Lee C. Deadwyler, Gamma Iota-DePauw, has been elected by the Foundation voting members to serve as a Trustee for the 2023-2026 term. Lee previously served as a member of the Foundation staff from 2014-2016. Catherine (Kim) Schmoker Hunnewell, Alpha Upsilon-Southern Methodist, was re-elected to serve a second term as Trustee for 2023-2026. Both Lee and Kim have served previously in various volunteer positions for Delta Gamma.

Board of Trustees Chair Jennifer Stuart Ragusa, Zeta Lambda-UC Riverside, shares: “The Board of Trustees is thrilled to have Kim Schmoker Hunnewell serving in her second term. The addition of Lee Deadwyler is a great win for our Board. Their remarkable achievements, combined with their passion for the Delta Gamma Foundation, will be invaluable in driving our Board forward. I am confident that their contributions will greatly enhance our ability to make a positive impact in the coming year. We express our gratitude to our departing board member, Joan Workman Newman, Gamma-UC Berkeley for her invaluable service and dedication.”

Deadwyler and Hunnewell were elected and took their Oath of Office on June 29, 2023. Jill Elizabeth Roshto, Gamma Zeta-Louisiana State, will serve as Board Treasurer and Lynne C. Thieme, Beta Xi-Michigan Statewill continue to serve as Board Secretary. 

Six elected Trustees and three ex-officio Trustees, who serve concurrently in the roles of Delta Gamma Fraternity President, Fraternity Treasurer and Council Trustee: Fraternity Programming serve on the Board to ensure the fulfillment of the Delta Gamma Foundation’s philanthropic mission. 

Deadwyler (left) and Hunnewell (right) taking the Oath of Office.
From left to right: Molly Peirano, Danielle Consentino D’Arcy, Jill Elizabeth Roshto, Jenn Stuart Ragusa, Dr. Amy R. Ayres, Susan Meyer Kornegay, Kim Schmoker Hunnewell, Lee C. Deadwyler, Lynne C. Thieme

About the Delta Gamma Foundation: Incorporated in 1951, the Delta Gamma Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization formed as a complement to the Delta Gamma Fraternity. The Delta Gamma Foundation fosters lifetime enrichment for members, promotes Service for Sight and partners with the Fraternity to ensure the future of our sisterhood through three areas of support: Individual Member Support, Training and Programming, and Delta Gamma’s philanthropy, Service for Sight.

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Planting Seeds of Sisterhood

As long as Delta Gammas have been coming together, we have been focused on our motto to do good. In fact, our founders chose our motto “do good”, and our Greek letters Delta Gamma followed to signify our constant focus.

Although our motto has remained timeless and unchanged, our mission to do good has expanded over time. The Delta Gamma Foundation has been at the heart of this mission, looking for new ways to engage our collective sisterhood as we have grown. With Individual Member Support, Training and Programming, and Service for Sight as our three areas of focus, Delta Gamma remains an unstoppable force for good, not only focusing our efforts on each other but our wider communities.

One of the most exciting ways we come together is at our biennial Convention or Officer Training Seminar. If you have had the pleasure of gathering with your sisters at either of these events, you may have noticed the buzz around the Foundation’s giving area. The colors and logo may change, but the intention remains just as heartfelt – to make a tremendous impact, one sister at a time. From the early days of the Giving Tree, which grew into an entire Garden of Giving, and then transitioned to a highly spirited Regional Race competition between regions, our sisters show up time and time again through their overwhelming care and generosity.

The cream-colored rose, first adopted in 1885 as the Fraternity flower, is as timeless as our do good motto, making it the perfect representation of the Foundation’s newest giving opportunity, Cream Rose Tribute Giving.  The chance to honor someone special with a virtual cream rose while making your Foundation gift creates a meaningful connection not only to one another but to our rich history. This treasured touch of friendship and affection is the perfect way to celebrate 150 years of steadfast sisterhood.

Cream Rose Tribute Giving, although new this year, continues this same important work of doing good while focusing on our future needs.  Through the Foundation and Fraternity’s comprehensive campaign, Anchoring the Future: The Campaign for Delta Gamma, your Cream Rose Tribute Gift can ensure that the life-changing member experience you had remains available for our sisters for generations to come.

Sandy S. Kuespert, Gamma Theta-Florida, recently honored a sister with whom she has a special bond through a shared love of finance. As the Fraternity accountant at Executive Offices for 27 years, Eleanor Wagner Cary, Alpha Rho-Ohio Wesleyan, hired Sandy onto the finance team at Executive Offices prior to promoting her to fill her own role as accountant in 2004. Sandy, who still serves in this role, honored Eleanor’s memory after her recent passing with a Cream Rose Tribute gift. Sandy recalls Eleanor fondly: “Eleanor demonstrated all of the qualities of a Delta Gamma each day. She provided leadership, support and was a wonderful guide on how to do good in everyday tasks. She saw Delta Gamma as a way of life and a vision of the future for women in leadership. “

Eleanor even sponsored Sandy to become an alumna initiate member of Delta Gamma, sharing an even deeper bond.

As Delta Gammas, we strive to extend kindness and gratitude to all, but especially our sisters with whom we have shared meaningful connections. Taking time to share gratitude for a sister’s influence in your life is one of the most thoughtful expressions of sisterhood.

“Sharing is caring, so a gift to the Foundation in honor or memory of a beloved sister says volumes about how we are connected to do good together. Partnering with the Foundation to impact lives provides enrichment for me and for others.”  Sandy said when asked why she felt compelled to make a tribute gift.

We hope that you also feel connected to our do good spirit with those who recognize that the pursuit of doing good is never done and that together we can accomplish unimaginable possibilities.


You can recognize the sister you thought of most when you read this story with a Cream Rose Tribute Gift. Each Cream Rose Tribute Honoree will receive a personalized tribute message from you and their name will be added to our virtual rose garden.

Questions about Cream Rose Tribute Giving? Email Samantha Mogab, Foundation Annual Giving Manager, at

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Mission Moments: Service for Sight

Adaptive Sports Center

Advocating for equal access to outdoor recreation is core to the mission of the Adaptive Sports Center’s (ASC), one of our Service for Sight grant recipients. Since its inception, the ASC has offered adaptive adventures at a reduced rate. In January 2022, the ASC introduced the Adventure Equity Initiative (AEI), further reducing the price of a full-day lesson to $125. This initiative makes the ASC one of the most affordable, if not the most affordable professionally facilitated adaptive sports programs in the nation. For example, similar Colorado-based adaptive sport programs charge $265 to $550 per day.

The ASC recognizes that the cost to enjoy the outdoors is commonly a barrier for people with disabilities, including those living with blindness or other vision loss. ASC participants have access to state-of the-art equipment and fully accessible facilities, one-on-one attention from expert instructors, and many take lessons on an indefinite basis due to their need for adaptive services. Although these special considerations increase the cost of participation, the Adventure Equity Initiative helps break down barriers by subsidizing the cost to make participation more accessible.

ASC grants manager, Aimee Hoyt, shared, "We plan to offer our new AEI rate throughout the next year, enabling more participants with disabilities to access our life-changing programming. Our goal is to ensure the financial stability of the program and continue the new pricing structure indefinitely. The Delta Gamma Foundation’s Service for Sight grants have been instrumental in supporting our mission and enabling us to continue to offer programming that is affordable for our participants.

People living with disabilities are one of the most underserved populations in the U.S., and programs have historically been hard to find and expensive to participate in. Over three million Americans of all ages and backgrounds live with visual impairments, and research has shown that 'positive approaches to promoting health [for people with disabilities] are important because this population has a high rate of health problems, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression.' Additionally, COVID-19 has significantly impacted our world, and for people with visual impairments, recreating in the outdoors provides a crucial escape from the challenges of social isolation and much-needed opportunities for physical activity. Support from Delta Gamma members truly does make a difference in the lives of people living with visual impairments. Working for the Adaptive Sports Center, I talk to participants daily who describe the impact our programming has on their lives, and we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without funders like the Delta Gamma Foundation and our extraordinary volunteers."

Good friend and long-time participant at ASC, Lonnie Bedwell, had the following to say about his experience with the ASC, their staff, volunteers and supporters:

“I love the Adaptive Sports Center because of the people. They’re more than friends to me, they’re family. I come out here and they embrace me. They make me feel like I’m important. I have value. I have purpose. Just being here sparks up my life. The people who do the programs, the people who support the programs, the participants, the caregivers, it takes us all to just join in and change this world and make it a wonderful place for us to live.”

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Mission Moments: Individual Member Support

Sierra B., Alpha Nu-USC, Sisters Helping Sisters: Need- Based Scholarship recipient

"As a first-generation college student, I knew little about Greek life. I was embarking on a journey that was uniquely my own. During recruitment on Zoom, I was worried the virtual barrier would ruin my ability to get a sense of the dynamic of each house, but Delta Gamma's big personality still shined through my computer screen. When I was finally able to physically see the house and all my new sisters, I had no doubt in my mind that DG was the place for me. The relationships I have developed are so special to me, and I feel so lucky to know so many strong, creative individuals who inspire me every single day. Being a Delta Gamma means being selfless, passionate, and strong. I am reminded of my reasons each and every day when I walk through my chapter's red door.

I am thankful that Delta Gamma supports its members in many ways. One of those is the Sisters Helping Sisters: Need-Based Scholarship. I was encouraged to apply as it was a great opportunity to alleviate the financial burden my college education has placed on me and my family. I have taken out loans for my education and it is not a great feeling knowing I will have massive debt weighing on me. At times I felt discouraged to be in this position, but this scholarship re-ignited my spark to believe in myself and also to lean on Delta Gamma in times of need.

Receiving the Sisters Helping Sisters: Need-Based Scholarship has inspired a greater sense of confidence in myself and my future. I am motivated to keep pushing and to keep myself grounded. I was reminded that I am worth taking a chance on and that feeling in itself keeps me going. I am doing this for my family, myself, and Delta Gamma now. My gratefulness goes beyond words, and I can't wait to keep growing as a student, sister, and individual moving forward.

Delta Gamma attracts such amazing individuals. I hope that these programs will continue to exist because we should always looking for ways to help each other. The message and foundation of Delta Gamma are shown through these programs, and I feel it is important to keep these traditions because they remind members of the true meaning of joining this organization."

Linzie Hopkins, Gamma Beta-Tulsa, merit-based graduate fellowship recipient

"I graduated from the University of Tulsa with my degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2021 and have just finished my first year as a graduate student from the University of Oklahoma in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. My time in Gamma Beta chapter was incredibly special as I was surrounded by incredible and inspiring women who gave me wonderful memories that I continue to cherish. I served a multitude of positions such as vp: communications, which gave me even more experiences and opportunities to grow as a leader. Gamma Beta taught me more about fostering meaningful relationships and being a champion for others,

which inspires me every day in the work that I do in the mental health field. My goals are to bring mental health access to the people in my community despite any barriers they may face.

Being a Delta Gamma member means being a person of integrity, strength, and community. I work to do good in all my endeavors, true to the principles that Delta Gamma has meaningfully instilled in me. Being a Delta Gamma sister means that I carry with me an unconditional positive regard for others, and practice which Delta Gamma fosters in all its members.

Receiving a Delta Gamma Merit-Based Graduate Fellowship will impact my life in various ways. It brings financial relief as I fund my education myself while also balancing my work and internships. It also brings peace because I can focus further on my studies with the reduced financial pressure for the upcoming semester. Most importantly, it brings me incredible honor because I know that others believe in me and my ability, and my vision to Do Good for my community as I work to make an impact in Tulsa’s mental health access.

When I finish my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I will take my exams and placements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Oklahoma. This degree will grant me the ability to pursue my dreams in the mental health field where I will continue to work to bring mental health access to my community despite financial, geographical, or stigmatizing barriers. I plan to continue working in community mental health centers to connect with members of my community and bring a pillar to hope to the people I learn from and treasure every single day.

It is so incredibly important for donors to continue ensuring programs like the Merit- Based Graduate Fellowship Program because it proves to members that Delta Gamma continues to care for its sisters even beyond the undergraduate experience. I still remember learning about these scholarship and fellowship programs during Recruitment, and the devoted support that Delta Gamma gave its sisters throughout their academic careers and personal lives is what truly resonated with me and made me want to be a part of a sisterhood so sincere and true. I know the financial and personal impact this award has given me, and I now vow to myself to pay it forward one day when I can give support to my DG sisters who wish to further their education because of how much it means to me."