SLATE OF OFFICERS FOR SIGMA ALPHA IOTA 2022-2025 TRIENNIUM
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD
Jessica Chichester, Ph.D.
Jessica was initiated into SAI by the Sigma Omega chapter at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA where she majored in Biochemistry and played the Euphonium in the Symphonic Band. Jessica’s service to SAI began as president of her collegiate chapter for which she was awarded the Sword of Honor and Ruby Sword of Honor. After graduation, Jessica affiliated with the Selinsgrove Alumnae Chapter while pursuing her doctorate in Microbiology and Molecular Virology at Thomas Jefferson University. While in graduate school, she was elected Chi A Province Officer, a position she served in for six years. Jessica was then appointed Region VIII officer by the National President, and she was grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity for an additional six years. In 2014, Jessica was appointed the National Vice-President, Collegiate Chapters, a position that she has been honored and humbled to hold for the past 8 years. For her years of service, Jessica has been awarded the Rose of Honor, Wreath of Achievement, and the Ring of Excellence. She credits active leadership in Sigma Alpha Iota with allowing her to keep her passion for music alive in a career full of scientific experiments. Jessica currently lives in Glen Mills, PA and works for the Gene Therapy Program at the University of Pennsylvania as the Director of the Immunology Core. She continues to play the Euphonium in community ensembles.
National Vice President, Alumnae Chapters
Mary Frances Bushong, Ph.D.
I was appointed to the office of National Vice President, Alumnae Chapters, in August 2019. Prior to my appointment, I served three terms as Chi A Province Officer. During my time as Province Officer, I gained the knowledge and experience needed to lead in the fraternity through my interaction with collegiate chapters, collegiate advisors, alumnae chapters, Regional Officers, and National Executive Board members. As Province Officer, I was instrumental with the installation of two collegiate chapters in my Province.
As the current National Vice President, Alumnae Chapters, I have focused on helping alumnae chapters recruit new members. Many chapters experienced success with recruiting new members, and I sought the help of the Regional Officers to compile these successes to share with all chapters. In my Fall and Spring letters, I shared these successes. I have created several recruitment documents that are in the Officer Portal. I spoke at several Province Days in which I talked about alumnae chapters and the need to recruit new members. I am scheduled to present a workshop at the National Convention entitled “Bridging the Gap Between Collegiate Life and Alumnae Life,” focusing on the Alumnae Association and Alumnae Chapters.
As the National Vice President, Alumnae Chapters, I had the responsibility to work with the National Executive Board members, Regional Officers, Province Officers, and Alumnae members. I worked with the appropriate officers to resolve issues when needed via phone conferences and Zoom meetings.
As a member of the National Executive Board, I have attended several regional calls, along with Province Officer Training sessions. I served on the National Objectives Committee for the 2022 National Convention. My goal for the next triennium is to continue to focus on recruiting new members to the alumnae chapters. Another focus is to help bridge the gap between collegiate membership and alumnae membership.
Lifelong lover of music and Sigma Alpha Iota sisterhood, Ginger R. Patterson was initiated by Theta Chapter at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where she earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. While in school, she served two terms as chapter president, and held the office of recording secretary. She also performed in the SAI Elizabethan Consort when Theta Chapter won the SAI National Artist Performance Award in 1977.
Two years after graduation, Ginger was appointed to serve as Theta Province President. She affiliated with the Topeka Alumnae Chapter, serving in several offices and chairmanships including editor, collegiate advisor, and two years as president. During her time as alumnae president, she led the chapter to increase membership, increase fund-raising for scholarships and win the National Alumnae Chapter Achievement Award at the 2006 National Convention.
Ginger served two terms as Theta A Province Officer and is finishing her third term as Region 2 Regional Officer. She has served on the LCPM Review Committee for six years.
Ginger was awarded the Sword of Honor, the Ruby Sword of Honor, two College Honor Awards, the Rose of Honor and the Rose of Dedication. She plays bassoon, performing with the Topeka Symphony, the Topeka Woodwind Quintet, Marshall’s Civic Band, Heart of America Band and Jackson County Community Band. She both performs with and manages the North Topeka Community Band and the All-American Band Concert Band. She played with the Metropolitan Ballet of Topeka Nutcracker orchestra for many years and the Auburn Theatre Orchestra.
Ginger is retired. Her working career included serving as the executive secretary for the Kansas Department of Agriculture and prior to that, an administrative legal assistant. She and her husband, trumpeter, and SAI Friend of the Arts member Steve, have two children: SAI member Anastasia Flachsbarth, and musician, piano technician and composer Timothy Patterson. In between rehearsals and performances, Ginger and Steve enjoy traveling in their RV and playing with their four grandchildren.
National Vice President, Extension
Jennifer Zerangue Mistretta
Jennifer Zerangue Mistretta is an initiate of the Iota Omicron Chapter at the University of Louisiana where she earned both her Bachelor’s in Accounting and her Master’s in Business Administration.
As a collegiate member of SAI, Jennifer was awarded an undergraduate scholarship by SAI Philanthropies, Inc. She also served as collegiate chapter treasurer where she was able to obtain a grant through SAI Philanthropies, Inc. for her chapter’s annual service project. She was awarded the National Collegiate Treasurer’s Award at the 2003 Centennial Convention in Dearborn, MI. Jennifer went on to serve as president of her collegiate chapter and was awarded the National Collegiate Leadership Award and both the Sword of Honor and Ruby Sword of Honor. Upon graduating, she received the Scholastic Award and the Collegiate Honor Award. While pursuing her Master’s, Jennifer affiliated with the Lafayette Alumnae chapter, serving as the chapter’s Vice President of Ritual. In 2006, she was elected Omega A Province Officer. From 2009 until 2018, Jennifer served as the SAI National Vice President of Finance. In her role as the NVP, Finance, she has also served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of SAI Philanthropies, Inc. In 2018 she was elected as the SAI National Vice President of Extension where she works with those looking to form new collegiate and alumnae chapters of SAI. During her term on the NEB, Jennifer has been awarded the Ring of Excellence and the Wreath of Achievement.
Currently residing in the greater New Orleans area, Jennifer has been active in local philanthropic projects, including raising funds for the American Heart Association. Jennifer is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Louisiana. She is a Director at Postlethwaite & Netterville, named as one of the top 100 firms in the U.S. She is a member of the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is a graduate of the 2011 AICPA Leadership Program and currently serves as chair of a sub-committee of the Board of Examiners (the body that has oversight of the CPA exam).
Jennifer's work with the Fraternity, Philanthropies, and connections with SAI members across the country has given her an avenue to remain connected to the field of music. Jennifer is grateful to have the opportunity to serve SAI.
National Vice President, Finance
Keri Flowers Richburg
My name is Keri Flowers Richburg and I am proud to be running for re-election as your NVP Finance of Sigma Alpha Iota.
I am a 2007 initiate of the Delta Zeta Chapter of Troy University and have been awarded the Sword of Honor and Rose of Honor.
I believe that my experiences as a Mathematics Educator can be a benefit to both Collegiate and Alumnae Treasurers through mentorship and facilitation of chapter financial health and by instilling good financial practices in the lives of our members and patrons.
This past quadrinnium, I have worked with Alumnae Chapter members to build Alumnae scholarship guidelines, decrease overall chapter debt throughout the fraternity, and increase the financial security of Collegiate chapters. The experience of the past four years has taught me a lot about our chapters and fraternity at large and I hope to be able to use this deepened knowledge to continue to serve our great fraternity as we move forward into the next triennium.
Outside of SAI, I serve as a faculty member in the Department of Teacher Education at Troy University where my primary focus is Mathematics Education. I also serve as the program coordinator for all Secondary and P-12 Educator Preparation Programs. I also serve in a variety of roles in the Mathematics Education field both locally and for the state of Alabama from working with teachers through professional learning, presenting at Math Conferences, and serving on a variety of state committees related to mathematics standards and educator preparation.
My husband Ryan and I live in Troy, Alabama with our two cats, Mayer and Sylvester. We enjoy music, spending time with our families and friends, and good food.
National Vice President, Fraternity Development
Christine Hall is celebrating 25 years of initiation into Sigma Alpha Iota! She has held the role of National Vice President, Fraternity Development since 2016. Her service at the national level includes Secretary of the SAI Philanthropies, Inc. board and Kappa D Province Officer. She also spent six years as the Communications and Listserv Director for the fraternity. Her fraternity honors include Sword of Honor and Rose of Honor.
Christine plays the flute, is married with two sons, and lives in Houston. Both children are in high school marching band this year, and she is enjoying reliving the excitement, this time as a band booster club committee member. She affiliated with the Houston Alumnae Chapter and held various offices, including president, prior to being PO. Christine was initiated by the Iota Beta chapter at Murray State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. She also holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and was a member of the Columbus Alumnae Chapter while there.
For work, she operates a freelance writing business and is currently a reporter for TechCrunch, an online publication reporting on the business of the tech industry.
Michelle (Ingram) Werner
Michelle Werner was initiated into the Delta Lambda chapter at SUNY Fredonia in 2001. Upon graduation, she immediately affiliated with the New York Alumnae Chapter. Also, she has been involved on the national level of the fraternity. Michelle has had the honor to have been asked to serve on the Nominating Committee, National Objectives Committee (as a member and chair), Communications Director, Convention Volunteer Coordinator (for the 2018 and 2022 conventions) and most recently Phi B Province Officer for the past two trienniums.
Professionally, Michelle is an accomplished marketing professional. She has been involved with all facets of marketing, from publicity, email marketing, social media, event planning and digital marketing. She received her BA in Music Business with a concentration in Marketing and Promotions from SUNY Fredonia in Fredonia, NY. Two years after graduation, Michelle received her MBA in Marketing at New York Institute of Technology. Also, Michelle is a cantor and member of her church choir on Long Island, NY.
Mayalisa A. Bordenkircher
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