Notable DGs

Whether you're watching TV, visiting a bookstore or enjoying a sporting event, it's likely you are surrounded by Delta Gamma women exhibiting our commitment to high ideals of friendship, educational and cultural interests, social responsibility and the best qualities of character.

Although every Delta Gamma is notable in her own right, below are some you may recognize from their work in the public eye.

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Arts, Entertainment & Broadcast Journalism


Jill Arrington, Beta Tau-Miami (Florida)

Former FOX NFL Sunday and c-host of NFL Under the Helmet. Former CBS Sports reporter. Former TV host for various FOX Sports programs, including: Totally Nascar, Verizon NFL Mobile Updates, College Football Saturday Preview and FOXSportsFlash

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. (She played the character Dorinda.) Sabrina has performed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars and also has her own dance/fitness video for girls titled BYOU.

Cheryl Crawford (1902-1986), Eta-Akron

Broadway producer and director of hit plays. Some of the shows she worked on include: Brigadoon, Porgy and Bess, The Rose Tattoo, Yentl and Paint Your Wagon. Founder of Group Theater and Actor's Studio.

Jenny Eagan, Mu-Missouri

Eagan is an award-winning costume designer known for her work on “True Detective,” for which she won the Costume Designers Guild Award for Outstanding Costume Design in a Contemporary Television Series, and “Olive Kitteridge,” for which she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series or Movie.

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.

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. Crowned America's Next Iron Chef in 2012.

Patricia Heaton, Epsilon-Ohio State

An Emmy Award-winning actress, she currently stars as Frankie Heck on the ABC sitcom The Middle. She is known for portraying Debra Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996-2005.

E.D. Hill, Beta Eta-Texas

The anchor for Fox News' live morning show Fox and Friends from 1998-2006. Hill was also worked as a contributing reporter for ABC News' Good Morning America, covering family issues. She currently works as a news presenter and journalist for CNN. 

Dagny Hultgreen, Beta Eta-Texas

Former channel hostess for E! Entertainment Television and E! News anchor.

Debbie Turner Larson, Alpha Nu-USC

Played Marta Von Trapp in the 1964 Julie Andrews' classic The Sound of Music.

Christine Lahti, Xi-Michigan

Lahti is an actress 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. Nominated for many other awards for her film, television and directing work, Lahti has also acted on Broadway.

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), a compelling weekly series that took viewers on exclusive and explorative journeys. She is the author of several books, including Joan Lunden's Healthy Living (Crown Publishers, April 1997). She is also the national spokesperson for MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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 is currently the Washington editor for MORE Magazine.

Kari Michaelsen (Kari Kathleen Markussen), Alpha Sigma-UCLA

Television actress; played the oldest daughter on the former television series Gimme A Break. She is currently working on In the Spotlight, a local cable talk show in California.

Donna Mills, Iota-Illinois

Donna Mills' role as Abby Cunningham on CBS's Knots Landing lasted for nine seasons. She has recently worked on Fox's Melrose Place as Sherri Larson. 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

Terry Murphy, Epsilon-Ohio State

Emmy Award-winning journalist; Former Co-anchor of the syndicated television series Hard Copy. Since 2009, she has worked as a reporter on Extra

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).

Cristina Perez, Alpha Sigma-UCLA

She 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 currently the judge on Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez. Perez is also the author of two books.

Kyra Phillips, Alpha Nu-USC

Recipient of four Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting and named the 1997 Report 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.

Eva Marie Saint Hayden, 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.

Susan Spencer, Beta Xi-Michigan State

Susan Spencer has been a staff correspondent for 48 Hours, a weekly single-topic news show on CBS, since 1993.  She became a correspondent in 1978, then was named CBS News' medical correspondent in 1986. She substituted as anchor of the CBS SUNDAY NIGHT NEWS beginning October 1987 and anchored the Sunday Edition of the CBS EVENING NEWS (1988-1989). She became CBS News' national correspondent in May 1989. Previous to joining 48 Hours, she became White House correspondent and the primary correspondent for "Eye on America."

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).

Anita Vogel, Alpha Nu-USC

Joined FOX News Channel as the Los Angeles-based correspondent in October 2001, where she's interviewed individuals like the Dalai Lama and the former President Bill Clinton. Before joining FOX, Vogel worked as a reporter/fill-in anchor at KCRA-TV (NBC) in Sacramento, CA, where she covered the California State Legislature and the Governor's Office. Prior to that, Vogel 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 of Comedy Central's The Daily Show and served as head writer.

Business, Government and Education


Edith Abbott (1876-1957), Kappa-Nebraska

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 as the 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.

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.

Erin Reach Condren, Alpha Sigma-UCLA

Founder of the Los Angeles-based erincondren.com, an online personalized print shop launched in 2004.

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).

Margaret Conditt, Beta Psi-Alabama

Member of the Ohio House of Representatives since 2011, representing the 52nd District.

Deborah L. Cook, Eta-Akron

United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

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

Former Atlanta State House of Representatives and the 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 Mississippi

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.  

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. 

Dame Natalie Massenet, Alpha Sigma-UCLA

Founder of the designer fashion portal, Net-A-Porter, and 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

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 to represent the United States in so high a diplomatic post.

Gisel Jurado Ruiz, Zeta Epsilon-Santa Clara

Executive Vice President for Sam's Club store operations; Former Chief Operating Officer for Walmart U.S.

Sharen Jester Turney, Alpha Iota-Oklahoma

Former president and CEO of Victoria's Secret since 2006.

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, 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

The current editor-in-chief of Every Day with Rachel Ray, Purcell is the former deputy editor of Self magazine. In 2005, she wrote Cocktail Parties, Straight Up!Easy Hors d'Oeuvres, Delicious Drinks, and Inspired Ideas for Entertaining with Style (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 (2001).


Sports


Judy Bell, Alpha Pi-Arizona

First female president of United States Golf Association (USGA).

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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