notable pi phis

It's evident from your first encounter with Pi Beta Phi that this is a special group of women — independent, adventurous, creative, dedicated and bright. To us, each woman who graces our halls, calls Pi Phi "home" and wears the arrow proudly is special in her own right. Here is a partial list of Pi Phis who have gained acclaim in their own unique ways.

Arts, Entertainment & Broadcast Journalism

Rhea McCarty Ahn, Ohio Beta  
NBC's first American woman broadcaster to go behind the Iron Curtain in 1946.  

Blaze Berdahl, Pennsylvania Beta
 Actress best known for her roles as Lenni Frazier in the children's television series Ghostwriter and Ellie Creed in the film Pet Cemetery (1989). 

Mary Elizabeth Blackmon, Louisiana Alpha
 Actress and producer known for In the Heat of the Night (1988) and There's No Place Like Home (2006). 

Eugenie Bondurant, Alabama Beta
Actress with featured roles in film and television, including The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. 

Caton Metzler Bredar, Illinois Beta-Delta
Award-winning journalist with nearly 30 years' experience in print, radio and television. She can be heard weekly on XM/SIRIUS Radio. 

Anne Bremner, Washington Gamma
Attorney and television personality. She has been visible as a television commentator on several high-profile cases, including in the trial of Amanda Knox, murder of Laci Peterson and the trial of Casey Anthony. 

Beth Brickell, Arkansas Alpha
Actress with a role for two seasons in the popular CBS series, Gentle Ben (1967). 

Louise Henry Bryson, Washington Alpha
Chair Emerita of the J. Paul Getty Trust. She has had a 30-year career in media, and until 2009 was president of distribution for Lifetime Entertainment Services and executive vice president and general manager of Lifetime Movie Network. 

Cheryl Casone, Arizona Gamma
American television news anchor on the Fox Business and News networks.  

Edythe Chan, Texas Beta
Television producer. 

Ann Turner Cook, Texas Beta
The original Gerber baby featured in Gerber baby food ads. 

Imogen Cunningham, Washington Alpha
World-renowned photographer known for her botanical photography and industrial landscapes. 

Lisa Bersbach Dalton, Maryland Beta
Author, actress, and stunt double with numerous awards for directing stage, independent film and video. 

Jenna Dewan, California Gamma
Actress and dancer best known for her role as Nora Clark in Step Up (2006). She has hosted the reality television shows World of Dance and Flirty Dancing. 

Christine Dobbyn, Indiana Zeta 
Emmy Award winning journalist who has worked as a major market television reporter for more than a decade. While working at the ABC station in Houston she covered stories including Hurricanes Harvey, Ike, Katrina and Rita and the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. 

Betty Cole Dukert, Missouri Alpha and Missouri Gamma
News producer, known for her five-decade tenure at Meet the Press, ultimately serving as executive producer. 

Faye Dunaway, Florida Beta
American actress whose accolades include an Academy Award, Emmy Award, BAFTA Award and three Golden Globe Awards. 

Katelyn Epperly, Illinois Eta  
Singer known for her work on A California Christmas (2020), The Stand at Paxton County (2020) and American Idol (2002). 

Lauren Froderman, California Nu  
American contemporary dancer. She is most known for winning the seventh season of So You Think You Can Dance. 

Jennifer Garner, Ohio Eta
American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. She gained recognition for her performance as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in the ABC spy-action thriller television series Alias (2001–2006). For her work on the series, she won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award and received four Primetime Emmy Award nominations. 

Kathy Garver, California Delta  
American stage, film, television and voice-over actress most remembered for having portrayed Catherine "Cissy" Davis, on Family Affair. Before that, she was cast by Cecil B DeMille in the film The Ten Commandments (1956). 

Julie Jacobson Gates, Washington Gamma  
Co-host of the Gene and Julie radio show, Marconi Award-winning morning radio host, featured in the New York Times, USA Today, on American Idol and the Oprah Winfrey show. 

Savannah Guthrie, Arizona Alpha
Broadcast journalist and attorney. She is a main co-anchor of NBC's Today Show, a position she has held since July 2012. She is also the author of two children's books: Princesses Wear Pants and Princesses Save the World. 

Sarah Selby Harthern, Missouri Beta
Actress best known for Tower of London (1962), Beyond the Forest (1949) and The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure (1956). 

Samantha Hayes, Georgia Alpha
National correspondent for CNN Newsource based in Washington, D.C. She files feature stories and breaking news reports as well as providing custom live reports for approximately 800 CNN Newsource affiliates. 

Rebecca Hoke Hollen, Texas Beta
Actress best known for Sudden Death (1985), Hart to Hart (1979) and Law & Order (1990). 

Marilyn Horne, California Gamma
Mezzo-soprano opera singer. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors and has won four Grammy Awards. 

Traylor Howard, Florida Beta
Actress whose roles include Sharon Carter on the television series Two Guys and a Girl, and Natalie Teeger on the USA Network series Monk. 

Elise Hu, Missouri Alpha 
American broadcast journalist who hosts the TED Talks Daily podcast and serves as host-at-large for NPR. From 2015 to 2018, she was the network's first Seoul, South Korea, bureau chief. 

Mikaela Hunt, Missouri Alpha
President & Brand Journalist for Mikaela Media, host of the Cbuzz podcast through the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Host of What Matters with Mindy & Mikaela. 

Martha Hyer, Illinois Epsilon
Actress best known for her role as Gwen French in Some Came Running (1958), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. 

Mary Jane Rose Johnson, Texas Gamma
Opera singer counted amongst the great dramatic sopranos and one of opera's premiere interpreters. Her career highlights include the role of Emilia Marty in Janacek's The Makropoulos Case which she sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth as well as Katarina Ismailova in Shostakovitch's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Julia Kato, California Eta
Actress best known for Rugrats in Paris (2000), Married... with Children (1987) and Batman: The Animated Series (1992). 


Charmion King, Ontario Alpha
Canadian actress who appeared in notable television films, including Anne of Green Gables (as Josephine Barry) and Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot (as Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy). She also starred in the Canadian television series Wind at My Back and House of Pride. 

Nancy Kulp, Florida Beta
American character actress and comedienne best known as Miss Jane Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies. 

Rosemary Lane, Iowa Beta
Actress who co-starred in four films with her sisters: Four Daughters (1938), Daughters Courageous (1939), Four Wives (1939) and Four Mothers (1941). 

Charlotte Lansing, New York Alpha
Opera singer with a career in theater, performing in musical comedies and light operas. She traveled across the country and sang for the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company, the Chicago Civic Opera and the Los Angeles Opera. 

Carol Lin, California Delta
Journalist best known as the first television news anchor to break the news to a worldwide audience of the September 11 attacks, reporting for CNN. She previously worked for ABC News, contributes reports to NPR, is the founder of CarolLinReporting.com and currently does strategic communication for the Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office. 

Adrienne Maloof, New Mexico Alpha
American businesswoman, television personality, shoe designer, and co-owner of the various business holdings of Maloof Companies. She was a cast member for the first three seasons of Bravo's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. 

Wendi Malick, Ohio Delta
American-Canadian actress and former fashion model best known for her role as Nina Van Horn in the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me, for which she was nominated for two Primetime Emmys and a Golden Globe Award. 

Ruby Mercer, Ohio Alpha
American-born Canadian writer, broadcaster, soprano and entrepreneur. She founded Opera Canada, a periodical for which she served as editor from 1960 to 1990. She also founded the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus and served as its first president. She was host of CBC Radio's weekly show Opera Time from 1962 to 1979, as well as its successor Opera In Stereo from 1979 to 1984. She became a member of the Order of Canada in 1995.

Lara Moritz, Illinois Beta-Delta
News anchor and winner of two Edward R. Murrow awards and two Emmys for her reporting. Lara anchors KMBC 9 News at 4pm, 6pm, and 10pm in Kansas City. 

Patricia Neal, Illinois Epsilon
American theater and film actress best known for her film roles as Helen Benson in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Emily Eustace Failenson in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) and Alma Brown in Hud (1963), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. 

Marissa Neitling, Oregon Alpha
Actress best known for her roles in the TV series The Last Ship as Kara Foster, and the 2015 film San Andreas as Phoebe. 

Melanie Moore Paxson, Missouri Alpha
Actress best known for her roles as Jaclyn in Cupid, Sara Brennan in Happy Family and as Julie in Notes from the Underbelly. She also appeared in several Gladware television commercials in the early 2000s. 

Mari PaytonCalifornia Gamma
Senior investigative reporter leading the award-winning NBC 7 I-Team and a Weekend News Anchor for NBC 7 in San Diego, CA. 

Paula Ragusa Prentiss, Virginia Alpha
Actress best known for her film roles in Where the Boys Are (1960), What's New Pussycat? (1965), Catch-22 (1970), The Parallax View (1974) and The Stepford Wives (1975). From 1967 to 1968, Prentiss co-starred with her husband Richard Benjamin in the CBS sitcom He & She, for which she received a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. 

Maudie Prickett, Wyoming Alpha
American character actress best known for her roles The Andy Griffith Show and Bewitched as well as the feature film North by Northwest (1959). 

Samantha Ponder, Arizona Beta
Sportscaster who currently hosts Sunday NFL Countdown on ESPN. Prior to hosting Sunday NFL Countdown, she worked as a reporter/host for ESPN college football and as a basketball sideline reporter. 

Jenni Pulos, California Delta
Emmy-nominated producer best known for her role on Bravo's hit show, Flipping Out (2007), where she serves as an Executive Assistant to Jeff Lewis and for her role on its spin-off, Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis (2012). 

Jane Bryant Quinn, Vermont Alpha
Journalist, author and freelance financial commentator. She is one of the nation's leading commentators on personal finance. Her policy columns have addressed matters of top concern to citizens, including investor protection, health insurance, Social Security, and the sufficiency of retirement plans.  

Talmadge Ragan, North Carolina Alpha
Actress best known for her role on The Shield. She and her husband, film and TV director, Worth Keeter founded Blue Kiss, LLC, a film and commercial production company, in 2000. 

Christine Romans, Iowa Gamma
Correspondent and anchor for CNN and author. She previously worked for Reuters and Knight Ridder Financial News. She is the Chief Business Correspondent for CNN. 

Jane Sibbett, California Delta
American actress and comedian best known for her roles as Heddy Newman on Herman's Head and Carol Willick on Friends. 

Robin Smith, Ohio Alpha
Filmmaker who established a nonprofit production company, Video/Action, to produce educational television and multimedia programs on issues affecting women and at-risk children. Her work has been featured in film festivals and on CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, FOX, BET and The Learning Channel. 

Josephine Bowers Thoms, Michigan Alpha
Artist whose work includes modern dance composition, stage painting, ceramics, sculpture and mural painting. 

Tram-Anh Tran, Pennsylvania Eta
Vietnamese-American actress best known for her role as Tina Nguyen on the PBS kids' show, Ghostwriter. 

Nicolle Devenish Wallace, California Beta
American television host and author. Anchor of the MSNBC news and politics program Deadline: White House and a former co-host of the ABC daytime talk show The View. Wallace served as the White House Communications Director during the presidency of George W. Bush and in his 2004 re-election campaign. In addition, she is the author of the contemporary political novels Eighteen Acres, It's Classified and Madam President. 

Eileen Heckart Yankee, Ohio Beta
American actress whose career spanned nearly 60 years. She first became known for her role as schoolteacher Rosemary Sydney in the original cast of William Inge's Picnic on Broadway (1953). She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Butterflies Are Free (1972), a role she originated on Broadway before playing it in the film. 

AUTHORS & publishing

Meredith Auld Brokaw, South Dakota Alpha
Author, former Miss South Dakota and toy store owner. 

Carolyn Kates Brown, North Carolina Beta
Award-winning writer, editor and independent scholar. Author of A Daring Life: A Biography of Eudora Welty (2012), Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker (2014) and The Artist’s Sketch: A Biography of Painter Kate Freeman Clark (2017).  

Carol Wiley Cassella, North Carolina Beta
Practicing physician and the national bestselling author of three novels, Gemini (2014), Healer (2010) and Oxygen (2008).  

Marjorie Ohls Chalmers, Illinois Beta-Delta
Author of Better I Stay (1975), the story of Chalmers's career and life as a registered nurse at the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School in the Great Smoky Mountains community of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. 

Julie Jordan Chapman, Missouri Alpha
Senior West Coast Writer at People Magazine. 

Erin Summers Chase, Texas Delta
Cookbook author and the creator of 5dollardinners.com. She has appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show” and “The Jean Chatzky Show” on Oprah Sirius Radio. 

Susan Colebank, Arizona Gamma
Author of Black Tuesday (2007) and Cashing In (2009). 

Sandra Dallas, Colorado Beta
New York Times best-selling author of 16 adult fiction novels, four young reader novels and 10 nonfiction books including The Persian Pickle Club (1995) and Westering Women (2020). 

Margaret Truman Daniel, D.C. Alpha
Author, American classical soprano, actress, journalist, radio and television personality. She authored a series of murder mysteries and several works on U.S. First Ladies and First Families, including well-received biographies of her father, President Harry S. Truman and mother Bess Truman. 

Susie Gerrie Davis, Texas Zeta
Author, podcast host and public speaker. Author of The Grace Guide: Live Your One Beautiful Life and Dear Daughters: Love Letters to the Next Generation. Host of the Dear Daughters podcast. 

Ann Marie “Ree” Smith Drummond, California Gamma
Blogger, author, food writer, photographer and television personality who lives on a working ranch outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. In February 2010, she was listed as No. 22 on Forbes' Top 25 Web Celebrities. She currently stars in her own television program, The Pioneer Woman, on The Food Network which began in 2011. 

Emily Eddington, Illinois Alpha
Beauty blogger and YouTuber known for her emilynoel83 channel and the blog Beauty Broadcast. She has been featured in publications such as Elle magazine and the New York Times. 

Moira Forbes, New Jersey Alpha
Journalist and member of the Forbes publishing family. Moira is the publisher of ForbesWoman, a division of Forbes Media LLC dedicated to women in business and leadership. 

Sue Grafton, Kentucky Alpha
Author of detective novels. She is best known as the author of the "alphabet series" ("A" Is for Alibi, etc.) featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California.

Julie Wray Herman, Kentucky Alpha
Author of the Three Dirty Women mystery series. 

Sally Hogshead, North Carolina Beta
New York Times bestselling author of How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination (2014), National Speakers Association Hall of Fame speaker, chief executive officer of How to Fascinate (Fascinate, Inc) and a former advertising executive.   

Elizabeth Paisley Huckaby, Arkansas Alpha
Author of Crisis at Central High: Little Rock 1957-58, documenting the events at Central High School during the desegregation of schools in Little Rock, including her work alongside the Little Rock Nine. As an English instructor and vice principal for girls, she was charged with protecting the first female Black students to attend the school, earning the ire of the community. Her book was published after her retirement in order to avoid retaliation, and it was later adapted into a film. 

Margaret Weymouth Jackson, Michigan Alpha
Author of short stories, articles and novels. She appeared regularly during the 1930s, 40s and 50s in popular periodicals such as Ladies’ Home Journal, McCall’s, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping and The Saturday Evening Post.  

Patti Boulanger Johnson, Oklahoma Beta
Career and workplace expert and the CEO of PeopleResults, a change and organizational development consulting firm she founded in 2004. She is the author of Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work and in Life (2014). 

Jen Lancaster, Indiana Eta
New York Times bestselling author of nine memoirs, five adult novels and one young adult book. Jen has appeared on The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show and Fox News Live. 

Patricia Pritzkau MacLachlan, Connecticut Alpha
Children's writer, best known for the 1986 Newbery Medal-winning novel Sarah, Plain and Tall. 

Michelle Madhok, California Beta
Founder of SHEfinds Media. Her tips for online shopping have been featured in magazines, TV shows, news segments, radio and online. Her book Wear This Now was published in 2012. 

LuEsther Turner Mertz, New York Alpha
Co-founder of Publishers Clearing House and Choice Magazine Listening, an audio anthology of magazine writing for the visually impaired. She established the nonprofit Lucerna Fund to support the efforts of Choice Magazine Listening. She went on to become a major supporter of Lincoln Center, Central Park Conservancy, New York City Ballet, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joyce Theater Foundation, New York Botanical Garden, the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, Joseph Papp's Public Theater and the American Civil Liberties Union. 

Susan McBride, Texas Alpha
USA Today Bestselling author of Blue Blood (2004) and the Debutante Dropout Mysteries. 

Ann Sommovigo Moore, Tennessee Beta
Chairman and chief executive officer of Time Inc. until the fall of 2010. She became the company's first woman CEO when she was appointed to the position in July 2002. Former president of People magazine. Moore created four highly successful magazines between 1994 and 2000: In Style, People en Español, Teen People and Real Simple. 

Betty Jane Reed Voris Packard, Indiana Alpha
Founder of Packard Consulting in 1975. Author of "When Someone is Crying." Recipient of 11 National Federation of Press Women writing awards. 

Jane Porter, California Delta
New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance and women's fiction. Her novel Flirting with Forty was made into the Lifetime movie of the same name starring Heather Locklear. In 2014, she received the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Romance Novella. 

Charlotte Tiller Schexnayder, Louisiana Beta
Newspaper publisher and first woman president of the Arkansas Press Association, first woman elected an officer and as president of National Newspaper Association, and first woman appointed to the Arkansas Board of Pardons and Paroles. 

Elinor Tatum, New York Gamma
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the New York Amsterdam News. 

Frances Allison Weaver, Kansas Beta
Author of The Girls with the Grandmother Faces (1996), a columnist and National Public Radio commentator. 

Emma Eaton White, Iowa Zeta
Attorney who worked as a legal editor for West Publishing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, from 1895-1900. She was the first woman to hold such a position. 

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Indiana Epsilon
Author who has written widely on marriage, family and child well-being for the Atlantic Monthly, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post. She is the author of The Divorce Culture: Rethinking Our Commitment to Marriage and the Family (1997) and Why There Are No Good Men Left: The Romantic Plight of the New Single Woman (2003). 

Wynne Whitman, Pennsylvania Eta
Author of Smart Women Protect Their Assets: Essential Information for Every Woman About Wills, Trusts, and More (2008). 

BUSINESS, EDUCATION & GOVERNMENT 

Ruth Collins Altshuler, Texas Beta
First woman to serve and/or chair several boards, including the Salvation Army Dallas Advisory Board, the board of Goodwill Industries and the chair of the Board of Trustees of Southern Methodist University. She was also inducted into the Texas Woman's Hall of Fame. 

Eugenie Moore Anderson, Iowa Beta
U.S. ambassador to Denmark (1949–1953) and Bulgaria (1962–1964). She became the first American woman to represent the United States in a country allied with the Soviet Union. 

Laurie Monnes Anderson, Oregon Gamma
American Democratic politician who served in the Oregon Senate, and two terms in the Oregon House of Representatives. 

Dr. Leona Baumgartner, Kansas Alpha
Scientist who served as commissioner of the Public Health Department of New York, and as deputy in the Agency for International Development with the State Department. 

Amy Biehl, California Alpha
A graduate of Stanford University, Fulbright Scholar and an anti-Apartheid activist in South Africa. 

Virginia Murphy Blankenbaker, Indiana Delta
American politician and educator who served in the Indiana State Senate from 1981 to 1997 as a Republican. 

The Honorable Marjorie Montgomery Bowker, Alberta Alpha
Canadian family court judge and author. She served as Judge of the Family and Juvenile Courts of Alberta, the first woman to hold this position from 1966-1983. Following retirement, she wrote several national best-selling books on public issues. She received many awards, including the Order of Canada in 1990 (the highest civilian honor to be accorded a Canadian).  

Frances Rosser Brown, Oklahoma Alpha
Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductee, responsible for establishing the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma. 

Barbara Bush, Texas Eta, Alumna initiate
Former first lady and founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.  

Rev. Peggy Bosmyer Campbell, Arkansas Alpha
Episcopal priest and professor. First female Episcopal priest ordained in the American South. 

Carrie Chapman Catt, Iowa Gamma
Suffragist and founder of the National League of Women Voters. 

Dorothy Buffum Chandler, California Alpha
Chairman of the board for the Los Angeles Times. Leader behind the establishment of the Los Angeles Civic Center. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion was named in her honor. 

Trudy Clark, Maryland Beta
U.S. Air Force Major General. 

Grace Goodhue Coolidge, Vermont Beta
Former first lady.  

Dr. Gladys Henry Dick, Nebraska Beta
Co-discoverer of the Dick Test for scarlet fever and the antitoxin used in the treatment of Scarlet Fever. 

Dr. Davina P. Durgana, D.C. Alpha
Senior Multilateral Engagement Adviser for the Minderoo Foundation, one of Asia’s largest philanthropic organizations, and Senior Statistician for Minderoo’s Walk Free Foundation initiative. Her work as Report Co-Author of Walk Free’s Global Slavery Index is used by governments, corporations and nonprofits around the globe. She is a visiting professor at Oxford University’s Green Templeton College, serves on faculty at American University and the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and holds a doctorate in International Relations from American University. 

The Honorable Orinda Evans, North Carolina Beta
U.S. district judge. 

Kathy Evens Fielder, Texas Epsilon
Fashion, lifestyle and design expert, social media influencer, TV host, entrepreneur, manufacturer and philanthropist.  

Anna Fisher, California Epsilon, Alumna initiate
American chemist, emergency physician and a former NASA astronaut. During her career at NASA, she has been involved with three major programs: The Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and the Orion spacecraft. 

Dr. Welthy Honsinger Fisher, New York Alpha
Founder of Literacy House, India. Recipient of the 1970 International Humanitarian Award from Variety Club. 

Elizebeth Smith Friedman, Michigan Alpha
Innovator of the science and art of cryptography. Inducted into the National Security Agency Hall of Honor in 1999. 

Gay Warren Gaddis, Texas Alpha
Business owner, speaker, author and artist. Founder and president of T3 (The Think Tank)leading marketing and advertising efforts for countless clients, including Dell Computer Corporation, Blockbuster Video, the Texas Railroad Commission, Taco Cabana, Hyatt Hotels and Shiner Beer. 

The Honorable Elizabeth V. Hallanan, West Virginia Alpha
U.S. district judge. 

Ima Hogg, Texas Alpha
President of the Houston Symphony and established the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas, Austin. 

Dr. Sue Ann Huseman, Missouri Alpha
Monmouth College's 11th president (1994-97) and the first woman to hold that position. 

Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Alpha
Attorney, television correspondent, politician, diplomat and the 22nd United States Permanent Representative to NATO from 2017 until 2021. A member of the Republican Party, she previously was a United States Senator from Texas from 1993 to 2013. 

Betsy Wanless Johnson, Washington Gamma
Co-founder and president of SwimZip, the stylish go-to brand for sun protective clothing. 

Elizabeth M. Kates, Pennsylvania Beta
Superintendent of the State Industrial Farm for Women in Goochland, Virginia (1932-1964). Founder of the Elizabeth Kates Foundation which provided support for women released from prison.   

Dr. May Lansfield Keller, Maryland Alpha
Founding dean of Westhampton College at the University of Richmond and former Grand President of Pi Beta Phi, 1908-1918.   

Laura Kelly, Illinois Theta
American politician serving as the 48th governor of Kansas since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she represented the 18th district in the Kansas Senate from 2005 to 2019. 

Patience Sewell Latting, Oklahoma Alpha
American politician who served as the first female Mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from 1971 to 1983. 


Maria Leonard, Indiana Gamma
Founder of Alpha Lambda Delta, National Scholastic Honorary society for freshmen women. 

Dr. Esther McDonald Lloyd-Jones, Illinois Epsilon
Leader in the field of college student personnel. 

Dr. Susan Chace Lottich, North Carolina Beta
Board-certified general surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant breast disease. She has been certified by MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. She was the first female surgeon to graduate from Duke University where she completed medical school, surgical residency and fellowship. 

Dr. Isabel MacArthur, Manitoba Alpha
Awarded the second highest award in Canada, the Medal of Service of the Order of Canada, for her community service. 

Icie Macy, Ph.D., Virginia Alpha and Colorado Alpha
Physiologist and Biochemist. 

Virginia Dill McCarty, Indiana Beta
Attorney who served as the U.S. Attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana from 1977 to 1981 and became the first woman to be appointed and serve a full, four-year term as U.S. Attorney. 

Margaret Milam McDermott, Texas Beta and Texas Alpha
Margaret McDermott’s first transformative gift to the University of Texas, Dallas in 2000 established the Eugene McDermott Scholars Program amongst other significant contributions. 

Lara Merriken, California Gamma
Founder and creator of Lärabar. 

Marcia Mobley Mitchell, Missouri Gamma
Founded Little Light House in 1972 to help handicapped children in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Eleanor "Ellie" Smith Morrison, Texas Beta
First woman elected National Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America. 

Lisa Murkowski, Oregon Gamma
American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Alaska, having held that seat since 2002. Murkowski is the second-most senior Republican woman in the Senate. 

Dr. Evelyn Murphy, North Carolina Beta
American businesswoman and politician who served as the 67th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1987 to 1991, the first woman in the history of the state to hold a constitutional office. She is now the president of The WAGE Project, a United States nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating wage discrimination against women. 

Dr. Valerie Neal, Texas Delta
Curator in the Department of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. She joined the Museum as a curator in 1989 and is responsible for artifact collections from the Space Shuttle era and International Space Station, most prominently the orbiter Discovery. She worked closely with NASA and Museum staff to orchestrate the transfer of Discovery to the Smithsonian and the release of Enterprise back to NASA in 2012. 

Phyllis Elliott Oakley, Illinois Epsilon
American diplomat who served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (1994–97) and Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research (1997–99). 

Dr. Louise Pearce, California Alpha
Major figure in development of the control of sleeping sickness. 

Vida Peene, Ontario Alpha
Cultural leader in Toronto who was awarded the Order of Canada's Service Medal in recognition of service to the nation. 

Dr. Bessie Evans Peery, Iowa Zeta
Graduated from the University of Iowa Medical School in 1883. 

Mardie Trask Sorensen, Vermont Beta
Executive Director of the Order of Omega. 

Agnes Wright Spring, Wyoming Alpha
Historian and the first person to serve as official historian for two states, Wyoming and Colorado. Inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Author of "Near the Greats." 

Dr. Kathryn Lyle Stephenson, M.D., Nebraska Beta and Arizona Alpha
First board-certified woman plastic surgeon in the U.S. Named as the 1977 Woman of the Year by the American Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  

Cheryl Thomas, Iowa Beta
Former Director of the Women’s Human Rights Program at The Advocates for Human Rights in Minnesota, a program she founded as a volunteer in 1993. In March 2011, she was recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of “150 Women Who Shake the World.” 

Dr. Dorothy Truex, Oklahoma Alpha, Alumna initiate
Vice Chancellor Emerita at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. In 1974, she was the highest-ranked woman in education in Arkansas. 

Jenonne Walker, Oklahoma Alpha
U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic 1995-1998. She served in various posts in the U.S. Department of State, including that of political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Sweden from 1981 to 1983, and was on the National Security Council during President Jimmy Carter’s administration. 

Leslie Sampson Waters, Florida Beta
State Representative in the Florida House of Representatives from1998-2006, terming out as Speaker Pro-Tempore. 

Clare Brown Williams, New York Alpha
American political leader. Recipient of the George Arents medal of Syracuse University in1959, a citation for patriotic civilian service from the United States Army and Department Defense and the first woman to preside over any part of national political convention, the 1960 Republican National Convention in Chicago. 

Alda Wilson, Iowa Gamma
She and her sister Elmina were the first American women to practice civil engineering after obtaining a four-year degree. She co-designed the Teachers Cottage at the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School with her sister.

Elmina Wilson, Iowa Gamma
First woman to earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (1892) and a Master of Science in 1894. Co-designed the Teachers Cottage at the Pi Beta Phi Settlement School with her sister. 

Valerie Plame Wilson, Pennsylvania Epsilon
American writer, spy novelist and former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. As the subject of the 2003 Plame affair, also known as the CIA leak scandal, Plame's identity as a CIA officer was leaked to and subsequently published by Robert Novak of The Washington Post. A 2010 biographical feature film, Fair Game, was produced based on memoirs by Valerie and her husband. 

Kyle Zimmer, D.C. Alpha, Alumna initiate
President, CEO and co-founder of First Book, and the recipient of the Texas AFT’s Child Advocate Award (2019) and EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2017 Award-Mid-Atlantic Region amongst other professional achievements.  From 2004 – 2008, Fast Company named Kyle one of 45 Social Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World. 

Sports

Jayne Appel, California Alpha
Former WNBA player at center who last played for the San Antonio Stars. 

Erin Cafaro, California Beta
American rower and two-time gold medalist in the women’s eight at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics A 2012 teammate included fellow Pi Phi Taylor Ritzel, Connecticut Beta. 

Kaleigh Gilchrist, California Gamma
Multi-time Olympian competing in women's water polo for Team USA. 

Laura Granville, California Alpha
Professional tennis player.  

Kaye Hall Greff, Washington Gamma
American swimmer, two-time Olympic champion and former world record-holder in two events. 

Nancy Hogshead, North Carolina Beta
American swimmer who represented the United States at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where she won three gold medals and one silver medal. She is currently the CEO of Champion Women, an organization leading targeted efforts to advocate for equality and accountability in sport. 

Phyliss Hickman Howlett, Iowa Beta
Former assistant commissioner of the Big 10 Intercollegiate Conference and served as NCAA secretary/treasurer. 

Kelli Kuehne, Texas Alpha
Professional golfer starting in 1996. She joined the LPGA Tour in 1998 and her only LPGA Tour win came at the 1999 LPGA Corning Classic. She played on the U.S. team in the Solheim Cup in 2002 and 2003. 

Taylor Ritzel, Connecticut Beta
American rower who was part of the United States women's eight team at the 2012 Summer Olympics alongside fellow Pi Phi Erin Cafaro, California Beta. The team won an Olympic gold medal. She has also been part of the women's eight world championship winning team twice, in 2010 and 2011. 

Tracie Ruiz, Arizona Alpha
Three-time Olympic medalist from the United States in synchronized swimming. 


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