Pictured with Walt Disney is Joan Marett, Gamma Chi-Cal State, Long Beach, the first ever Peter Pan character at Disneyland.

Redefining the path

Whether you're watching TV, visiting a bookstore or enjoying a sporting event, it's likely you are surrounded by Delta Gammas who are making history, doing good and redefining the path. Although every Delta Gamma is notable in their own right, below are some you may recognize from their work in the public eye. Do you know any members who should be added to this list? Complete this form to submit their names for consideration!

Arts, Entertainment & Broadcast Journalism

Jill Arrington, Beta Tau-Miami (Florida)
Former FOX Sports host, co-host of NFL Under the Helmet and former CBS Sports reporter.

Sabrina Bryan, Zeta Iota-Chapman
Sabrina is an actress, singer, dancer and was one of the members of the Disney Channel musical group Cheetah Girls. Sabrina has performed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars and has her own dance/fitness video for girls titled BYOU.

Cynthia Chvatal, Iota-Illinois
Cynthia is known for her work as a producer and actress on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Manhunter and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). She has been nominated for three Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series.

Cheryl Crawford (1902-1986), Eta-Akron
Broadway producer and director whose credits include hit productions including Brigadoon, Porgy and Bess, The Rose Tattoo, Yentl and Paint Your Wagon. Founder of Group Theater and Actor's Studio.

Channing Dungey, Alpha Sigma-UCLA
Channing Dungey is the first African American to become president of a major broadcast TV Network. After her overwhelming success at ABC Entertainment supervising the development of popular shows such as Scandal, Criminal Minds, How to Get Away with Murder and many others, she joined Netflix as Vice President of Original Content.

Jenny Eagan, Mu-Missouri
Jenny Eagan is an award-winning costume designer known for her work on True Detective (2014), Beasts of No Nation (2015), and Knives Out (2019) for which she won three Costume Designers Guild Award for Outstanding Costume Design in a Contemporary Television Series/Film. 

Mary Frann Escott (1943-1998), Sigma-Northwestern
Her television roles included Joanna Loudon in CBS's Newhart (1982-1990) and Amanda Howard Peters on NBC's Days of Our Lives soap opera (1974-1979). She won the America's Junior Miss title in 1961.

Jeannette Clift George, (1925-2017) Beta Eta-Texas
Golden Globe nominated actress for her work in the film The Hiding Place (1975). She also starred in Broken Victory (1988) and A Woman Betrayed (2013).

Donna Mills, Iota-Illinois
Donna Mills' role as Abby Cunningham on CBS's Knots Landing lasted for nine seasons and won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess three times. Her film credits include Play Misty for Me (1971), Fire! (TV, 1977), Runaway Father (TV, 1991), False Arrest (TV, 1991), and Remember (TV, 1993). 2015 Daytime Emmy award winner for her role on General Hospital. She currently co-stars in the Pure Flix comedy series Mood Swings.

Terry Murphy, Epsilon-Ohio State
Emmy Award-winning journalist; Former Co-anchor of the syndicated television series Hard Copy. Since 2003, she has worked as a reporter on Extra. She now trains celebrities for interviews at Media Training Company.

Helen Fowler O'Gorman (1904-1984), Beta-Washington
Sculptor, painter, author and botanist. Exhibited sculpture in shows at the Los Angeles Museum (1935), The Art Institute of Chicago (1936) and New York World's Fair (1939).

Alex Guarnaschelli, Zeta Theta-Columbia 
An applauded chef, cookbook author and Food Network star, Guarnaschelli is the executive chef at New York City's Butter restaurant. She was crowned America's Next Iron Chef in 2012.

Patricia Heaton, Epsilon-Ohio State
Emmy Award-Winning actress and comedian known for her roles in The Middle (2009-2018), Moms’ Night Out (2014), and Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005) for which she won two Emmys. 

Dagny Hultgreen, Beta Eta-Texas
Former channel host for E! Entertainment Television and E! News anchor. In 1993 she was the first entertainment reporter on Good Day, L.A. on KTTV 

Debbie Turner Larson, Alpha Nu-USC

Actress, notably playing Marta Von Trapp in the 1964 Julie Andrews' classic The Sound of Music. Larson later became a professional skier in Utah.

Christine Lahti, Xi-Michigan

Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-Winning actress and filmmaker known for portraying Dr. Kate Austin in the CBS television show Chicago Hope, for which she won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy. She won an Oscar in 1996 for Best Short Live Action Film, Lieberman In Love, in which she starred and directed.

Joan Lunden, Delta Eta-Cal State, Sacramento

Best known as former co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America," she is currently a special correspondent for NBC's "Today" show. From 1996-2001, Joan starred in "Behind Closed Doors with Joan Lunden" (A&E). She is the author of 12 books and is also the national spokesperson for MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Tiana Idoni-Matthews, Zeta Phi-Cambridge Area

Tiana is a director and producer most known for Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015), The Warrior and the Savior (2013), Maria My Love (2011). Currently, she serves as the Global Marketing Manager of Business Education at Facebook.

Betsy Fischer Martin, Beta Epsilon-American

An Emmy Award-winning political television producer, Fischer Martin served as the executive producer for NBC's Meet the Press from 2002 to 2013. She was among the longest-running executives dedicated to a single program in the history of NBC News, and served as the Washington editor for MORE Magazine. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Washington’s International Women’s Forum and the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute.

Kari Michaelsen (Kari Kathleen Markussen), Alpha Sigma-UCLA
Television actress known for the television series Gimme A Break. Michaelsen hosted In the Spotlight, a local cable talk show in California. Today, she is an inspirational speaker and has her own production company, Michaelsen Enterprises.

Cristina Perez, Alpha Sigma-UCLA
Daytime Emmy Award-winner, Perez is a successful lawyer, television personality, radio host, entrepreneur/business owner, author and national columnist. Her syndicated court show Cristina's Court (2006-2009), won three Daytime Emmy Awards, and she is the judge on Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez (2012 -).

Kyra Phillips, Alpha Nu-USC
Recipient of four Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting and named the 1997 Reporter of the Year by the Associate Press, Phillips was a news anchor and correspondent with CNN/U.S. for 13 years. She has reported as an embedded journalist from the USS Abraham Lincoln and was the last journalist to fly in a Navy F-14 Tomcat. In 2018, Phillips left CNN and joined ABC News as a D.C.-based correspondent.

Trina Roy, Beta Pi-Willamette
Trina has worked in animation and visual effects. Currently, she is the Senior Software Engineer is at Pixar, but has worked on projects such as Finding Dory (2016), Inside Out (2015), Shrek (2001), Coco (2017) and many others.

Eva Marie Saint, Beta Mu-Bowling Green
Her film debut was in On the Waterfront (1954) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her other film credits include Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest (1959) and Grand Prix (1966). Television credits include Moonlighting (1985) and Titanic (1996 mini-series).

Jennifer Smith, Gamma Xi-Texas Tech

Producer for CNN's Crossfire (1982-2005, 2013-2014) and currently a journalist for CNN Digital.

Susan Spencer, Beta Xi-Michigan State

National Correspondent for CBS News and former correspondent for 48 Hours. Spencer also anchored the Sunday Edition of the CBS Evening News (1988-1989), and served as CBS White House correspondent and primary correspondent for "Eye on America."

Samantha Harris Shapiro, Sigma-Northwestern

Two-time Emmy nominated host of Dancing with the Stars. She is a former news correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, E! News, Extra and The Insider. Her film credits include Surviving Gilligan’s Island (2001), Beautiful (2000), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000 – 2015) and many others.

Julia Sweeney, Beta-Washington

Cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1994, and made famous by the character, "Pat." Film credits include It's Pat! (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994), and National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation (1997). Julia also wrote and starred in the one-woman movie God Said Ha! (1999). She currently stars in the Hulu series Shrill and the Showtime series Work in Progress.

Anita Vogel, Alpha Nu-USC

Los Angeles-based correspondent for FOX News, Vogel interviewed individuals like the Dalai Lama and the former President Bill Clinton. Before joining FOX, Vogel worked at KCRA-TV (NBC) in Sacramento, and was as a reporter in Jacksonville, FL where she was part of a team that earned an Edward R. Murrow and Regional Emmy for Best Newscast.

Lizz Winstead, Lambda-Minnesota

Co-Creator and head writer of Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Winstead has been featured on HBO’s Women of the Night and the Aspen Comedy Festival. In 2012, her first book, Lizz Free or Die was published.

Jan Yanehiro, Gamma Lambda-Cal State, Fresno

Emmy award winner and one of the first native-born Japanese-American broadcast journalists. Original co-host of magazine series Evening Magazine and host of HGTV's Appraise It. She is also an Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award recipient. 

  

Business, Government and Education

Edith Abbott (1876-1957), Kappa-Nebraska
Edith Abbott was the first woman to become dean of a graduate school at an American university, the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, which developed under her leadership as the nation's first school of social work.

Grace Abbott (1878-1939), Kappa-Nebraska
The highest ranking woman in the United States government for over a decade, Abbott was head of the United States Children's Bureau from 1921-1934. She was the first woman to be nominated for a Presidential cabinet position—Secretary of Labor in the Herbert Hoover administration, and the first American sent to the League of Nations to represent the United States. Her work paved the way for programs such as the Federal Emergency Relief effort during the Depression, the Social Security Act and UNICEF.

Carol Bellamy, Beta Lambda-Gettysburg
Chair of the Board of Governors for the International Baccalaureate since 2009. She is a former executive director of UNICEF (1995-2005), former Director of the U.S. Peace Corps (appointed by President Clinton) and former president of the New York City Council.

Ann Glosup Bordelon, Alpha Omega-Arkansas
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of NOWDiagnostics, Inc. Former Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Sam's West, Inc. Former Chief Financial Officer of the Asia region of Walmart and former Senior Vice President and Chief Audit Executive of Walmart Stores Inc.

Martha Burger, Mu-Missouri
Martha Burger is the current president of Oklahoma City University.

Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, Zeta Epsilon-Santa Clara
Dr. Coble-Temple is a noteworthy woman in the field of psychology as a member of American Psychological Association's Committee on Women in Psychology and the APA's Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. She also won Ms. Wheelchair America 2016. 

Ada Comstock (1876-1973), Lambda-Minnesota
First full-time president of Radcliffe College, 1923-1943 and first dean of women at the University of Minnesota.

Ann Daly, Alpha Sigma-UCLA
Former president of DreamWorks Animation SKG. Daly previously served as DreamWorks' chief operating officer (2004-2014) and head of the animation division.

Rita Rossi Colwell, Beta Iota-Purdue
Chairman of Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and Distinguished Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a 2005 Purdue University Distinguished Alumni honoree. Dr. Colwell was the first female to be named Director of the National Science Foundation (1998-2004).

Nancy-Ann Deparle, Gamma Alpha-Tennessee
Served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the administration of President Obama from January 2011 to January 2013. Previously, she served as the director of the White House Office of Health Reform.

Susan Shannon Engeleiter, Omega-Wisconsin
First woman to head the Small Business Administration. She was the youngest woman to ever have been elected to the Wisconsin Legislature at the age of 22. 

Dorothy Felton (1929-2008), Alpha Omega-Arkansas 
First Republican woman to be elected to the Georgia General Assembly. She was also the longest-serving woman and Republican to serve in the state legislature. 

Mary Gladwin (1861-1939), Eta-Akron
Red Cross nurse who served in three wars from 1898 to 1919. For her work she was decorated by the American, Russian, Japanese and Serbian governments.

Emily Greener, Gamma Mu-Florida State
Co-founder/CEO of I AM THAT GIRL, a non-profit centered on addressing the emotional, mental and physical well-being of girls. 

Deneece Glenn Huftalin, Beta Gamma-Utah
President of Salt Lake Community College, Utah's largest 2-year college with an enrollment of 33,000+.

Sarah Tilghman Hughes (1896-1985), Psi II-Goucher
Judge Sarah Tilghman Hughes was the first female federal judge, and the first woman to swear in a U.S. President (Lyndon B. Johnson, on the day of the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963). In 1961 she was appointed to the federal bench by President Kennedy, and in the 1930s she served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives.

Merry Hull (1908-1978), Alpha Rho-Ohio Wesleyan
Her redesign of the basic construction of the glove in 1939 became the industry standard and is the design we wear today.

Elizabeth (Lisa) Ingram, Alpha Upsilon-Southern Methodist
President and Chief Executive Officer of White Castle.

Frances Lucas-Taucher, Delta Lambda-Mississippi State
First and only female president of Millsaps College, from 2000-2010. She is also the president of Frances Lucas Consulting, LLC.  

Jessica Matthews, Zeta Phi-Cambridge Area
Founder and CEO of Uncharted Play. She has received accolades such as Forbes 30 Under 30 and Fortune's "10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs." 

Gianna Mansueto Manes, Gamma Zeta-Louisiana State
President and Chief Executive Officer at ENMAX. Listed in the top 100 of "Canada's Most Powerful Women." Named 2013 CEO of the Year by Electricity Human Resources Canada. 

Tonia O'Connor Mayes, Rho-Syracuse
Chief Revenue Officer for Univision Communications. She has been named "Top 100 People to Watch in Entertainment."


Dame Natalie Massenet, Alpha Sigma-UCLA 
Founder of the designer fashion portal, Net-A-Porter, and former chairman of the British Fashion Council.

Jane Clifton Miller, Kappa-Nebraska 
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at Gallup.

Patti McGill Peterson, Alpha Chi-Penn State 
From 1997-2007, Peterson served as executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), which administers the Fulbright Scholar Program, and vice president of the Institute of International Education (IIE). She is also the president emerita of Wells College (NY) and St. Lawrence University (NY).

Joan A. Polaschik, Epsilon Gamma-Virginia 
Former diplomat and United States Ambassador to Algeria.

Gretchen P. Purcell, MD, Ph.D., Upsilon-Stanford 
The first woman to graduate with MD and PhD degrees in medical informatics, a multi-disciplinary field that addresses problems in information management in biology and medicine. In August 2006, she began as an assistant professor of surgery and Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt, after completing a pediatric surgery fellowship at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital.

Christa Sober Quarles, Beta Nu-Carnegie Mellon 
Former Chief Financial Officer and current Chief Executive Officer of Opentable, Inc.

Clyda Stokes Rent, Gamma Mu-Florida State 
First female president of Mississippi University of Women.

Ruth Bryan (Owen) Rohde (1885-1954), Kappa-Nebraska
The daughter of William Jennings Bryan, Ruth Bryan Owen became a member of the Seventy-first Congress in 1929 (as Florida's first woman elected to Congress), and was re-elected to the Seventy-second Congress in 1931. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her Minister to Denmark; she was the first woman appointed as a United States Ambassador.

Gisel Jurado Ruiz, Zeta Epsilon-Santa Clara
Executive Vice President for Sam's Club store operations; Former Chief Operating Officer for Walmart U.S.

Carol Shelton, Delta Chi-UC Davis
Carol is the owner of Carol Shelton Wines, a vineyard in northern California. For her work with numerous other wineries prior to owning her own, she's cited as the most awarded winemaker in the U.S.

Leigh Ann Snider, Delta Zeta-Memphis
Former president for Einstein Bros. Bagels

Sharen Jester Turney, Alpha Iota-Oklahoma
Former president and CEO of Victoria's Secret

Kathy Higdon Wilson (1951-2005), Mu-Missouri
Chairwoman of the National Women's Political Caucus from 1981-1985, who famously lobbied on behalf of women's issues.

​Authors and Publishing

Phyllis Battelle (1922-2009), Alpha Rho-Ohio Wesleyan
Nationally syndicated columnist and author of a book "Karen Ann: The Quinlins Tell Their Story".

Christine Clifford, Beta Chi-Denver
Author and motivational speaker, specializing in chronic illness, number therapy and recovery. Two of her most popular books are "Not Now...I'm Having A No Hair Day!" and "YOU, inc. The Art of Selling Yourself". She is also the CEO and owner of Christine Clifford Enterprises. 

Brenda Wang Clough, Beta Nu-Carnegie Mellon
Brenda is a successful author who writes science fiction, fantasy and short stories. Her novella "May Be Some Time" has received numerous nominations. 

Kate Coscarelli (1927-1999), Alpha Epsilon-Washington University
Best-selling author of "Fame & Fortune" and other romantic novels.

Heloise Cruse, Zeta Eta-Texas State
Best known for her Hints from Heloise column (syndicated in more than 500 newspapers in 20 countries), Heloise is the author of eight books and an undisputed expert on household advice.

Suzanne Herbuck Farrow, Gamma Phi-Arizona State
Nationally syndicated cartoonist.


Jackie Martin (1903-1969), Rho-Syracuse
Martin became the first woman photo and art editor of the Washington Herald in 1931, and later served as a war correspondent and the director of photo operations of the Marshall Plan.

Jennifer Wilder Morgan, Gamma Epsilon-Kent State
Speaker and author of "Come to the Garden".

Lauren Purcell, Beta Theta-Duke
Editor-in-chief of Every Day with Rachael Ray, and former deputy editor of Self magazine. In 2005, she wrote Cocktail Parties, Straight Up! (with her sister Anne Purcell Grissinger). She has written about food, entertaining and celebrities for Mademoiselle, American Health and Harper's Bazaar, and she has had numerous television appearances.

Terry Tempest Williams, Beta Gamma-Utah
Nationally recognized environmental author of "Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert".

Sports

Judy Bell, Alpha Pi-Arizona
First female president of United States Golf Association (USGA).

Polina Edmunds, Zeta Epsilon-Santa Clara
Polina is an American figure skater who represented the U.S. in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. She is also a two-time U.S. national silver medalist. 

Emilee Klein, Gamma Phi-Arizona State
Professional golfer, victories include: 1996 Ping Welch's Championship, 1996 Weetabix Women's British open Championship, 2001 Michelob Light Classic. Top 90 from 2001 money list through Asahi Ryokukun International Championship.

Bonnie Lauer, Beta Xi-Michigan State
Professional golfer; named Rookie of the Year in 1977. She has two LGPA tour wins. 

Alison Lee, Alpha Sigma-UCLA
A professional golfer playing on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour. She was ranked #1 in the world by the World Amateur Golf Ranking in 2013-2014 before turning professional. She finished 5th in the 2016 LPGA Tour, and has played at the British Open.


Alison Levine, Alpha Pi-Arizona
Levine was the team captain of the first American women's Everest expedition and author of On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership. She has climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles - a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which fewer than 40 people in the world have achieved.

Susan Nattrass, Beta Beta-Alberta
Became the first woman trap shooter in the Olympic Games in 1976 as a member of the Canadian Olympic team. She was named Canada's best athlete, male or female, amateur or professional, in 1981.

Anne White Rawls, Alpha Nu-USC Nationally-ranked tennis player in 1980. She has eight career titles in doubles and one in singles. 

Jill Savery, Gamma-UC Berkeley Member of the U.S. synchronized swimming team that won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Carin Cone Vanderbush, Gamma Sigma-Houston A 1956 Olympic silver medalist (100m backstroke) and a six-time world record swimmer. Vanderbush was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honor Swimmer in 1984.

Disclaimer: Delta Gamma Fraternity does not endorse particular views, political parties, individual causes, personal beliefs or products of its members. We recognize noteworthy members as a result of a distinguished, outstanding or unique contribution worthy of general public awareness in the categories of: arts; entertainment; broadcast journalism; authors and publishing; business; government; and sports. Delta Gamma Fraternity does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious affiliation, national origin or physical disability. Please submit information to commdept@deltagamma.org.

  

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