National Leadership Team

National Sorority Board

The purpose of the National Sorority Board is to:

  • Oversee the Sorority’s national operations and management in accordance with the National Bylaws, policies and procedures.
  • Provide guidance to collegiate and alumnae chapters.
  • Facilitate bonds of sisterhood between members.
  • Serve as representatives of Sigma Alpha at sorority, industry and affiliated association events.

President

Kelly Lawler

nationalpresident@sigmaalpha.org

Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture business in 2001 from California State University – Chico. She was a Founding Sister of the Alpha Iota Chapter, has served as the National Treasurer and is serving her second term as the National President. She is a professional campaign treasurer for candidates and committees, and has owned and operated The KAL Group since May of 2004. In 2015, she co-founded Integrated Solutions Political, which provides software solutions to political campaigns nationwide. She is active in her church and community in various volunteer roles. She lives in central California with her husband and three children.

Vice President

Jessica Graham

vicepresident@sigmaalpha.org

Jessica graduated in 2006 from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture science. She served as the social chair for the Alpha Pi Chapter. She recently received her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in instructional leadership and curriculum/instruction. She is currently an agriculture science teacher and primarily teaches veterinary science. She and her husband, Larry, have a daughter, Delanie.

Treasurer

Christine Phipps

treasurer@sigmaalpha.org

Christine graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2011 with a double major in business administration and animal science. She was president of the Beta Kappa Chapter. Following graduation she moved around to continue her riding career and compete her beloved Connemara Thoroughbred mare “Zoe”.  In the fall of 2013 she moved to Southern Pines, NC and has lived there ever since. She currently works at the Carolina Horse Park Foundation as the development manager cultivating relationships with corporate and private sponsors and grantors.

Secretary

Angela Faryan

secretary@sigmaalpha.org

Angela graduated in 2016 from California State University – Chico with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a minor in agricultural business. She was vice president and recruitment chair of the Alpha Iota Chapter. She is currently a territory business manager for Zoetis and specializes in beef cattle health. Angela is building a “side hustle” of buying, growing, and selling feeder calves. In her spare time, she teaches Jazzercise and manages PR for the Oregon CattleWomen’s Association.

Collegiate Membership Director

April Burg

collegiate@sigmaalpha.org

April graduated from the University of Delaware in 2014 with a bachelor of science degree in food and agribusiness marketing and management. She served the Alpha Kappa Chapter as second vice president and represented Sigma Alpha as both founding member and public relations chair for the Special Interest Greek Council. She served two terms as a consultant for Region 8 and is excited to bring the knowledge and experience she gained from that role to her new position on the NSB. When she is not feeding her love for food and cooking, April works in supply chain and distribution for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Professional Development Director

Carrie Blain

professionaldevelopment@sigmaalpha.org

Carrie is a proud Texan with ties to Texan Agriculture.  An alumna of the Alpha Pi Chapter, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Poultry Science.  Professionally, she is very active in the Poultry Industry and is employed with Pilgrim’s as a Training Manager for the Prepared Foods Division.  In her personal time, Carrie loves spending time at the ranch with family and friends, shopping, cooking and growing flowers. Ever the proud Aggie, she is already working on convincing her three nephews, the lights of her life, to attend Texas A&M.  Carrie currently resides in Colorado.

Development Director

Kate Hadley

developmentdirector@sigmaalpha.org

Kate graduated from Michigan State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. She was an active member of the Gamma Chapter where she served on the executive board for two years. After obtaining her master’s degree in 2014 in crop and soil science, Kate loaded up her truck and drove half way across North America to pursue a career as an agronomist in Western Canada. She currently works in the golden (canola) fields as a Dekalb agronomist for Monsanto in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In her free time, she enjoys playing hockey, curling, shooting sporting clays, and duck hunting with her black lab, Beau.

Communications Director

Molly Lass

communicationsdirector@sigmaalpha.org

Molly graduated in 2014 from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in equine science. She was very active in the Upsilon Chapter, serving many roles, and currently serves as the Upsilon Alumnae Chapter president. She served as a Chapter Consultant from 2014-2016, supporting chapters in the Upper Midwest. She is currently working for Purina Animal Nutrition, LLC in Mason City, IA as a production supervisor. In her spare time, Molly enjoys traveling and rooting for the NDSU Bison football team.

Outreach Director

Alyssa Clements

outreach@sigmaalpha.org

Alyssa is an alumna of the Theta Chapter. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2014 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Animal Science.  And, in 2015 she graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in Animal Science with a focus on beef cattle nutrition.  Alyssa currently works for Purina Animal Nutrition as a Livestock Production Specialist in Tennessee.  When she isn’t working with beef producers, Alyssa enjoys traveling to many of the U.S. National Parks and is working on her goal of visiting all 50 states!

Meet the Chapter Consultants

The Sigma Alpha Chapter Consultant program exists to:

    • Offer consistent and timely delivery of Sorority services, resources and communications.
    • Provide a consistent and timely review and evaluation of chapter activities for compliance with the Sorority’s mission, objective and policies.
    • Support, mentor and guide collegiate chapter officers in the performance of their duties.

Sarah Hetrick

chapterconsultant1@sigmaalpha.org
Region 1: AZ, CA, ID, OR
Kappa, Lambda, Xi, Alpha Iota, Alpha Rho, Alpha Phi, Beta Epsilon

Sarah graduated in 2018 from Cornell University with bachelor’s degrees in plant sciences and agricultural sciences. She served as 1st vice president and 2nd vice president for the Alpha Psi Chapter. She is pursing a master’s degree in soil science at Texas A&M University. She loves to be with friends, reading and growing plants.

Celine Beggs

chapterconsultant2@sigmaalpha.org
Region 2: CO, ND, SD, WI, WY
Nu, Upsilon, Omega, Alpha Epsilon, Alpha Tau, Beta Delta, Beta Zeta

Celine graduated from Kansas State University in 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in agricultural communications and journalism, and agricultural economics. She served on the Alpha Omega Chapter board as president and 2nd vice president.  She is a county youth coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach combining her passion for youth development and community involvement.

Makenzie Deputy

chapterconsultant3@sigmaalpha.org
Region 3: IA, KS, MO, NE
Delta, Omicron, Alpha Beta, Alpha Delta, Alpha Xi, Alpha Chi, Alpha Omega, Beta Mu

Makenzie graduated from Purdue University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness. She served two terms as treasurer for the Beta Chapter. She was raised on a goat, sheep and show horse farm in southern Indiana. She loves being able to meet new people and help them to learn and to solve problems.

Katie Hodge

chapterconsultant4@sigmaalpha.org
Region 4: AR, TX
Iota, Rho, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Eta, Alpha Pi, Beta Pi, Beta Rho, Beta Tau

Katie grew up in Slater, IA where she was involved in 4-H from a young age and in high school joined FFA.  She is an alumna of the Omega Chapter at South Dakota State University (SDSU) where she attained her degree in Animal Science and Agriculture Leadership in 2019.  As a collegiate member, Katie served the chapter as 2nd Vice President and President.  In addition to her involvement with Sigma Alpha, she worked with Little International and served as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at SDSU.

Lynn Bartholomew

chapterconsultant5@sigmaalpha.org
Region 5: IL, IN, MI, OH, PA
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Epsilon, Sigma, Alpha Gamma, Alpha Mu, Beta Xi

Lynn grew up on a 60-cow family dairy farm.  She is an alumna of the Beta Zeta Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she received her degree in Marketing Communications in 2015.  She currently works for Kuhn North America, Inc., an agricultural machinery manufacturer, as a Marketing Communications Specialist.  Lynn is active in the University of WI-River Falls Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha and the Public Relations Society of America.  In her free time, she enjoys farming with her family, spending time with friends, writing, baking and traveling.

Jennifer Webster

chapterconsultant6@sigmaalpha.org
Region 6: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC
Zeta, Tau, Alpha Theta, Alpha Omicron, Beta Gamma, Beta Eta, Beta Nu, Beta Upsilon

Jennifer graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business with an emphasis in animal science. She was an active member of the Beta Zeta Chapter. She is working for CHS as a commodity merchandiser and volunteers on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus with students, many of which are Sigma Alpha sisters, prepare for internships and full-time job interviews. She loves anything agriculture related, exercising and being outside.

Ashley Hauptman

chapterconsultant7@sigmaalpha.org
Region 7: KY, TN, WV
Theta, Chi, Psi, Alpha Upsilon, Beta Theta, Beta Omicron, Beta Sigma, Beta Phi

Hailing from the small town of Downs, IL, Ashley developed an interest in agriculture at a young age.  An alumna of the Beta Xi Chapter at Illinois State University, she attained her degree in Agricultural Communications & Leadership in 2019.  Ashley joined Sigma Alpha during freshman year and was thrilled to find a group of women on campus who shared her background and interests.  During her tenure as a collegiate member, she served the chapter as Historian, 2nd Vice President and President.  Upon graduation, Ashley relocated to Indianapolis, IN where she is employed with Kohl’s as a Softlines Merchandiser and Online Order Lead.

Sydney White

chapterconsultant8@sigmaalpha.org
Region 8: CT, DE, MD, NH, NY, PA, RI, VA
Eta, Pi, Alpha Kappa, Alpha Lambda, Alpha Psi, Beta Alpha, Beta Kappa, Beta Lambda

Sydney is an alumna of the Chi Chapter at West Virginia University (WVU) where she served as the chapter’s recruitment chair and sisterhood chair.  She is currently the President of the West Virginia University Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha.  Sydney completed her bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources in 2018 and her master’s degree in Energy Environments in 2019 – both from WVU. She grew up in the northern Virginia town of Bealeton where she learned to love the outdoors.  In her spare time, she enjoys weight lifting, hunting, fishing and hanging out with her Pomeranian, Ollie.

Skylar Peters

chapterconsultant9@sigmaalpha.org
Region 9: All Newly Activated Chapters
Phi, Alpha Nu, Beta Chi, Beta Psi, Beta Omega, Gamma Alpha, Gamma Beta

Skylar graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and received her master’s degree in parks and recreation management from the University of Illinois in 2016. She was an active member of the Epsilon Chapter, serving as chairperson on several committees and remains an active alumna. She served as an AGR/SA Leadership Seminar facilitator in 2017. She is a Mifflin County 4-H/youth development educator with Penn State Extension and serves as the Centre County PA Ms. United States Agriculture.

  • I love Sigma Alpha because of all the professional growth I have personally experienced within my membership both collegiate and alumna!

    Megan Lutrick
  • I love Sigma Alpha because every one is so supportive and passionate. There is nothing better than seeing other sisters making a difference and striving to be their best

    Lisa Ecker
  • I love Sigma Alpha because of the wide network of women in agriculture that is available to me.

    Kim Stassen
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