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Notable Pi Phis

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 everyone who wears the arrow proudly is special in her own right. Here is a partial list of Pi Phis who have gained fame in their own unique ways.

Authors and Bloggers
Anchors, Reporters and Radio Personalities
Sports
Government and Politics
Theater, Film and Performing Arts
Pioneers
Others
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity Leaders  

Authors and Bloggers 

  • Jessica Miller Bishop, Tennessee Gamma. Blogger, Budget Savvy Bride 
  • JoAnn Bennett Boltinghouse, Iowa Beta. Author of "Yolanda Baby" series 
  • Meredith Auld Brokaw, South Dakota Alpha. 
Owner of Penny Whistle Toy Stores and author of Penny Whistle series of books. Meredith's husband is broadcaster Tom Brokaw.
  • Carol Wiley Cassella, North Carolina Beta. Author and anesthesiologist
  • Marjorie Chalmers, Illinois Beta-Delta
. Marjorie was the Settlement School nurse and author of "Better I Stay," a book about her experiences nursing at the Settlement School during the Depression.
  • Erin Summers Chase, Texas Delta. Author and blogger, $5 Menus 
  • Susan Colebank, Arizona Gamma. Author of "Cashing In" and Black Tuesday" 
  • Sandra Dallas, Colorado Beta. Author.
  • Margaret Truman Daniel, D. C. Alpha. 
Author of mystery books and daughter of Harry Truman, 33rd president of the United States.
  • Ann Marie “Ree” Smith Drummond, California Gamma. Award-winning American blogger for The Pioneer Woman, New York Times bestselling author and star of the Food Network’s Pioneer Woman.
  • Emily Eddington, Illinois Alpha. Blogger and Beauty Broadcast You tube channel
  • Sue Grafton, Kentucky Alpha. 
Author of the Kinsey Millhone mystery series.
  • Julie Wray Herman, Kentucky Alpha. Mystery author.
  • Sally Hogshead, North Carolina Beta. American author, professional speaker and former advertising executive as well as the chief executive officer of Fascinate, Inc.
  • Margaret Weymouth Jackson, Michigan Alpha. Author of hundreds of essays and short stories that appeared in national magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, as well as a few novels. Inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Patti Boulanger Johnson, Oklahoma Beta. Author  
  • Jen Lancaster, Indiana Eta. Blogger of jensylvania.com and New York Times Best Selling Author.
  • Patricia Pritzkau MacLachlan, Connecticut Alpha
. Author of "Sarah, Plain and Tall." Winner of 66th John Newberry Medal for "Most distinguished contribution to literature for children published in the United States."
  • Michelle Madhok, California Beta
. Author of "Wear This Now", CEO & Editor-in-Chief of SHEfinds Media (http://shefinds.com and http://momfinds.com), TV personality and online shopping expert.
  • Susan McBride, Texas Alpha. Mystery author
  • Betty Jane Reed Voris Packard, Indiana Alpha. 
Founded Packard Consulting in 1975. Author of "When Someone is Crying" and recipient of 11 National Federation of Press Women writing awards.
  • Jane Porter, California Delta. Author
  • Nicole Powers Ramirez, Arizona Beta. Blogger of lovinglifeandlivingonless.com.
  • Nicolle Devenish Wallace, California Beta. Author. Co-host of "The View."
  • Frances Allison Weaver, Kansas Beta. 
Senior editor for the "Today Show." Author of "I'm not as old as I Used to be," among others, and lecturer.
  • Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Indiana Epsilon
. Co-director of the National Marriage Project, a research and public education initiative based at Rutgers, that State University of New Jersey. Studies and reports on social and cultural trends affecting the state of marriage in America. Author of "The Divorce Culture" and "Why There are no Good men Left," among others.
  • Wynne Whitman, Pennsylvania Eta. Legal/financial author

Anchors, Reporters and Radio Personalities 

  • Caton Metzler Breder, Illinois Beta-Delta. Award-winning journalist and reporter, anchorwoman and horse racing expert. She also served as Pi Phi’s Collegiate Resources Officer in 2011-2013.
  • Anne Bremner, Washington Gamma. Attorney and commentator.
  • Cheryl Casone, Arizona Gamma. News anchor and Fox News Business correspondent. 
  • Susie Gerrie Davis, Texas Zeta. Austin radio host and author.
  • Christine Dobbyn, Indiana Zeta. 
News anchor. Received the Radio & Television Director Association Award for Young Journalists in 1997 and a regional Emmy award in 2004.
  • Betty Cole Dukert, Missouri Alpha and Missouri Gamma. 
Producer of "Meet the Press."
  • Savannah Guthrie, Arizona Alpha. Journalist and attorney, co-host of NBC’s Today Show.
  • Samantha Hayes, Georgia Alpha. CNN Correspondent.
  • Mikaela Hunt, Missouri Alpha. Anchor.
  • Julie Jacobson-Gates, Washington Gamma. Co-host of Dallas radio show, The Gene and Julie Show. 
  • Lara Moritz, Illinois Beta-Delta. News anchor on Kansas City’s KMBC News. She has won two Edward R. Murrow awards and two Emmys. 
  • Samantha Ponder, Arizona Beta. Sportscaster for ESPN college football and basketball sideline reporter.
  • Jane Bryant Quinn, Vermont Alpha. 
Journalist, author and freelance financial commentator. Author of "Everyone's Money Book," "Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People," "A Hole in the Market" and "Making the Most of Your Money."  
  • Christine Romans, Iowa Gamma. Author and correspondence and anchor for CNN.
  • Molly Shen, Missouri Alpha. News anchor.

Sports 

  • Jayne Appel, California Alpha. Plays center for the San Antonio Sliver Stars in the WNBA.
  • Erin Cafaro, California Beta. Winner of gold medal in rowing at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Laura Granville, California Alpha. 
Professional tennis player who made it to the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2007. 
  • Kaye Hall Greff, Washington Gamma. 
Winner of gold and bronze medals in swimming at the 1968 Summer Olympics.
  • Nancy Hogshead, North Carolina Beta. 
Winner of three gold medals and one silver medal in swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics.
  • Kelli Kuehne, Texas Alpha. 
Tours with the Ladies Pro Golf Association.
  • Taylor Ritzel, Connecticut Beta. Winner of gold medal in rowing at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • Tracie Ruiz, Arizona Alpha. 
Winner of two gold medals in synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics. 

Government and Politics

  • Eugenia Moore Anderson, Iowa Beta
. The first woman ambassador to Denmark and the first woman minister to Bulgaria.


  • Laurie Monnes Anderson, Oregon Gamma. Oregon State Senator, District 25, 2004-present.
  • Virginia Murphy Blankenbaker, Indiana Delta. 
Indiana senator. 
  • Marjorie Montgomery Bowker, Alberta Alpha. 
Served for 17 years as judge of the Family and Juvenile Court of Alberta, 1966-83.


  • Barbara Bush, Texas Eta. Alumna initiate. Former first lady and founder of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. 
  • Carrie Chapman Catt, Iowa Gamma. 
Suffragist. One of the driving forces behind the 19th amendment and founder of the National League of Women Voters.  
  • Trudy Clark, Maryland Beta. Major General.
  • Grace Goodhue Coolidge, charter member of Vermont Beta. 
Wife of Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States. One of first college educated first ladies.
  • Helen Eakin Eisenhower, Kansas Beta
. Sister-in-law of Dwight Eisenhower, past president of the United States, and wife of Milton Eisenhower, president of Pennsylvania State University. Instrumental in founding Pennsylvania Epsilon.
  • The Honorable Orinda Evans, North Carolina Beta
. U.S. district judge. First female district judge in Georgia and youngest judge in the country when appointed in 1979 by President Carter.
  • The Honorable Elizabeth V. Hallanan, West Virginia Alpha
. U.S. district judge for Southern District of West Virginia. First woman on the federal bench in the fourth circuit. Appointed 1983.
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Alpha. 
U.S. senator from Texas.
  • Maggie Kernan, Indiana Delta. 
Indiana's former first lady.


  • Patience Sewell Latting, Oklahoma Alpha. Mayor of Oklahoma City 1971-83, first woman to be a mayor of US city with population over 350,000.
  • Virginia Dill McCarty, Indiana Beta. 
First woman ever named to a full term as U.S. attorney, appointed by President Carter, 1977. 
  • Lisa Murkowski, Oregon Gamma. 
U.S. Senator for Alaska and the first Alaskan-born Senator to serve the state.
  • Dr. Evelyn Murphy, North Carolina Beta. 
Former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts and the first woman in Massachusetts elected to statewide office.
  • Phyllis Elliott Oakley, Illinois Epsilon. 
Diplomat, United States State Department. Served as assistant secretary of state.
  • Jenonne Walker, Oklahoma Alpha.
 Former ambassador to the Czech Republic.
  • Leslie Sampson Waters, Florida Beta. Florida State Representative 51st District, 1999–2006
  • Valerie Plame Wilson, Pennsylvania Epsilon. 
Wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, IV, and former United States CIA operations officer.

Theater, Film and the Performing Arts

  • Blaze Berdahl, Pennsylvania Beta. Actress, singer.
  • Mary Elizabeth Blackmon, Louisiana Alpha. 
Actress, seen in "In the Heat of the Night"
  • Eugenie Bondurant , Alabama Beta. Actress. Played “Tigris” in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2.  
  • Beth Brickell , Arkansas Alpha. 
Actress. Starred in 1960s television show "Gentle Ben."  
  • Katherine Browne, Illinois Zeta. 
Opera star in 1920s.
  • Edythe Chan, Texas Beta. 
Television producer.
  • Jenna Dewan-Tatum, California Gamma. Actress
  • Dianne DeWitt, Texas Beta. 
Model and television fashion commentator.
  • Faye Dunaway, Florida Beta. 
Oscar-winning actress.
  •  Katelyn Epperly, Illinois Eta. American Idol finalist.
  • Lauren Froderman, California Nu. Winner of Season Seven "So You Think You Can Dance."
  • Jennifer Garner, Ohio Eta. 
Actress and producer.
  • Kathy Garver, California Delta. 
Actress and producer. Played Cissie on "Family Affair."
  • Sarah Selby Harthern, Missouri Beta. Actress.
  • Rebecca Hoke Hollen, Texas Beta
. Soap-opera actress.
  • Marilyn Horne, California Gamma. 
Metropolitan Opera star.
  • Traylor Howard, Florida Beta. 
Actress, star of "Monk."
  • Martha Hyer, Illinois Epsilon
.Actress, seen in "McCloud."
  • Mary Jane Rose Johnson, Texas Gamma. 
Opera singer.
  • Julia Kato, California Eta. 
Actress, on Emmy Award winning TV series "Rugrats" and hit movies "Rugrats in Paris: The Movie" and "Rugrats Go Wild."
  • Charmion King, Ontario Alpha. Canadian Actress
  • Nancy Kulp, Florida Beta. 
Played Jane Hathaway, Mr. Drysdale's secretary, in the 1960s television show "The Beverly Hillbillies."
  • Rosemary Lane, Iowa Beta
. Actress in 1930s, seen in "Sing me a Song of Texas."
  • Charlotte Lansing, New York Alpha. 
Opera singer in 1930s.
  • Adrienne Maloof-Nassif, New Mexico Alpha. Co-owner Maloof Properties and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star.
  • Wendi Malick, Ohio Delta. Actress seen on “Just Shoot Me” and “Hot in Cleveland.”
  • Ruby Mercer, Ohio Alpha. 
Metropolitan Opera star.
  • Patricia Neal, Illinois Epsilon. 
Oscar-winning actress.
  • Marissa Neitling, Oregon Alpha. Actress starring on The Last Ship on TNT. 
  • Melanie Moore Paxson, Missouri Alpha. 
Actress, seen in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," starred in "Notes From the Underbelly" and played Walt Disney's secretary, Dolly, in "Saving Mr. Banks." 
  • Paula Ragusa Prentiss, Virginia Alpha. 
Actress.  
  • Maudie Prickett, Wyoming Alpha. 
Actress.
  • Jenni Pulos, California Delta. Flipping-Out co-star. 
  • Talmadge Ragan, North Carolina Alpha. Actress.
  • Jane Sibbett, California Delta. 
Actress. Appeared on "Friends."
  • Robin Smith, Ohio Alpha. 
Filmmaker.
  • Tram-Ahn Tran, Pennsylvania Eta. Child actress "Ghostwriter."
  • Eileen Heckart Yankee, Ohio Beta. 
Actress. Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner.

Pioneers

  • Rhea McCarty Ahn, Ohio Beta. 
NBC's first American woman broadcaster to go behind the Iron Curtain, 1946. Great, great, great-granddaughter of President William Henry Harrison.
  • Dr. Leona Baumgartner, Kansas Alpha
. Scientist. Served as commissioner of the Public Health Department of New York, and as deputy in the Agency for International Development with the State Department. Awarded a 1933 Pi Beta Phi Fellow for graduate study. 

  • Rev. Peggy Bosmyer Campbell, Arkansas Alpha
. The first female Episcopal priest ordained below the Mason-Dixon line.
  • Frances Rosser Brown, Oklahoma Alpha. 
Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Responsible for establishing the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
  • Dorothy Buffum Chandler, California Alpha. 
Chairman of the board, Los Angeles Times. Leader behind the establishment of the Los Angeles Civic Center. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion named in her honor.
  • Ann Turner Cook, Texas Beta
. Was the original Gerber baby featured in the Gerber baby food ads.
  • Imogen Cunningham, Washington Alpha. 
World-famed photographer.
  • 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. 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
. Pioneer of the science and art of cryptography. Inducted into the National Security Agency Hall of Honor in 1999.
  • Ima Hogg, Texas Alpha
. Philanthropist. Daughter of Jim Hogg, governor of Texas. President of the Houston Symphony. Collector of decorative arts housed at Bayou Bend, now a part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Established the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at the University of Texas, Austin.
  • Phyliss Hickman Howlett, Iowa Beta
. Former assistant commissioner of the Big 10 Intercollegiate Conference; served as NCAA secretary/treasurer.
  • Dr. Sue Ann Huseman, Missouri Alpha
. Monmouth College's 11th president (1994—97) and the first woman to hold that position.
  • 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 Grand President of Pi Beta Phi, 1908-1918.  
  • Maria Leonard, Indiana Gamma
. Founder of Alpha Lambda Delta, National Scholastic Honorary for Freshmen Women.
  • Dr. Esther McDonald Lloyd-Jones, Illinois Epsilon
. Pioneer in the field of college student personnel.
  • Dr. Isabel MacArthur, Manitoba Alpha. 
Given 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.
  • Marcia Mobley Mitchell, Missouri Gamma. 
Founded Little Light House in 1972 to help the handicapped children in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • Dr. Louise Pearce, California Alpha. 
Major figure in development of the control of sleeping sickness.
  • Vida Peene, Ontario Alpha. 
Cultural leader of Toronto. Holder of 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.
  • Charlotte Tiller Schexnayder, Louisiana Beta
. Newspaper publisher and first woman president of the Arkansas Press Association, first woman to be elected an officer and as president of National Newspaper Association, and first woman appointed to the Arkansas Board of Pardons and Paroles.
  • Agnes Wright Spring, Wyoming Alpha. 
Historian. First person to serve as official historian for two states, Wyoming and Colorado. In National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Author of "Near the Greats."
  • 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. (deceased)
  • Dr. Dorothy Truex, Oklahoma Alpha (honor initiate 1964). 
Vice Chancellor Emerita at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. In 1974, was highest-ranked woman in education in Arkansas
  • Emma Eaton White, Iowa Zeta. 
Legal editor from 1895-1900. First woman to hold such a position.
  • Elmina and Alda Wilson, Iowa Gamma
. Sisters and architects. Elmina was the first woman to earn a bachelor's of science in Civil Engineering (1892) and a master's of science in 1894. Designed Teachers Cottage at the Settlement School.

Others

  • Susan Akin, Mississippi Beta. 
Miss America, 1986.
  • Marilyn Van Derbur Atler, Colorado Alpha. 
Motivational speaker and Miss America, 1958. Named Outstanding Woman Speaker in America and the first woman to win the Speakers' Hall of Fame Award, 1980.
  • Lisa Morgan Beaupre, California Delta. 
Miss Teenage America, 1988.
  • Amy Biehl, California Alpha. 
A Fulbright Scholar and advocate for social justice who was killed during the transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa in 1993.
  • Fran Watson Bigelow, Washington Alpha. Creator of Fran's Chocolates.
  • Louise Henry Bryson, Washington Alpha. Former president of distribution for Lifetime Television, executive vice president and general manager of Lifetime Movie Networks and senior vice president at Fox Networks.
  • Julie Jordan Chapman, Missouri Alpha. People Magazine Associate LA Bureau Chief.
  • Mary Catherine Campbell, Ohio Beta. Miss America, 1922 and 1923. The only two-time winner in the pageant's history.
  • Sonja Hillgren Downs, Missouri Alpha. 
Editor of Farm Journal, the nation's largest farmer and agricultural businessmen magazine. Executive vice president of parent company, Farm Journal Inc. Former National Press Club president.
  • Anna Fisher, California Epsilon (honor initiate). 
Former astronaut and current NASA physician.
  • Moira Forbes, New Jersey Alpha. Publisher
  • Gay Warren Gaddis, Texas Alpha. 
Founder, president and CEO of T3, an Austin, Texas, advertising, marketing and public relations firm that was named one of the largest woman-owned businesses in Texas.
  • Courtney Gibbs, Texas Delta. 
Miss USA, 1988.
  • Mallory Hagan, Alabama Gamma. Miss America 2013.
  • Betsy Wanless Johnson, Washington Gamma. Entrepreneur and Founder of SwimZIp, www.swimZip.com, a line of Sun Protective Fashion.  
  • Dr. Susan Chace Lottich, North Carolina Beta. 
Breast surgeon and founder and director of the Center for Women's Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.  
  • Jennifer Biddulph Maxwell, California Beta. 
Co-creator of the Power Bar.
  • Ann Sommovigo Moore, Tennessee Beta. 
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Time Inc.
  • Susan Hills Murphy, New York Delta. 
Vice president of Student and Academic Services at Cornell University.
  • Dr. Valerie Neal, Texas Delta. 
Curator in the Department of Space History at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.
  • Pati Palmer, Oregon Beta. Sewing Hall of Fame, owner Palmer Pletsch Company.
  • Elinor Tatum, New York Gamma. Youngest African American publisher.
  • Cheryl Thomas, Iowa Beta. 
Recognized by Newsweek in 2011's 150 Women who Shake the World honors. She is championing womens' rights worldwide.
  • Barbara Oliver Tootle, Ohio Beta. 
Former special assistant to the president of The Ohio State University and motivational speaker among men's and women's fraternities. Co-winner of the 1965 National Amy Burnham Onken Award.
  • Jacquelyn Mayer Townsend, Illinois Epsilon. 
Miss America 1963. Stroke survivor and motivational speaker.
  • Mardie Trask, Vermont Beta. Executive Director Order of Omega. 
  • Dr. Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson, Arizona Beta. 
Vice president for Student Affairs at Arizona State University.

Pi Beta Phi Fraternity Leaders 

  • Marilyn Simpson Ford, Nebraska Beta. The Arrow Editor, 1968–1989.
  • Evelyn Peters Kyle, Illinois Alpha. Grand Council member and Fraternity's Poet Laureate. 
  • Olivia Smith Moore, Missouri Alpha
. Grand Treasurer 1952–1967. The Silver Slipper Award honors her.
  • Sarah Ruth "Sis" Mullis, South Carolina Alpha. Sis has been continuously involved with Pi Beta Phi from the very day she pledged Pi Phi. She was the co-winner of the 1965 National Amy Burnham Onken Award. She attended the 1962 Washington D.C. Convention and every convention since. She has attended more chapter installations than anyone living today. She served 12 years as a Director and 12 years on Grand Council. Her last term on Grand Council was spent as Grand President.  
  • Amy Burnham Onken, Illinois Epsilon. 
Honored as the "greatest Fraternity woman of all time" and grand president for 31 years, (1921–1952) the longest term of any Pi Phi grand president. The Amy Burnham Onken Award, Pi Phi's highest individual award, was established in her honor.
  • Jean Wirths Scott, Pennsylvania Beta. 
Leader in the fraternity world. Chairman of the National Panhellenic Conference 1995–1997.
  • Emma Harper Turner, Indiana Alpha
. Grand president 1890–1893. Established the first women's fraternity alumnae association for Pi Beta Phi. Also presented the plan for the Settlement School. The Emma Harper Turner Fund is a memorial in her honor.
  • Carol Inge Warren, North Carolina Beta
. Served on Grand Council and Pi Beta Phi Foundation Board as well as the Pi Beta Phi Delegate to the National Panhellenic Conference. Currently serves on the FHC Board.  
  • Marianne Reid Wild, Kansas Alpha
. Grand President 1952–1958. Installed our 100th chapter, Pennsylvania Epsilon.

We are always pleased to hear of Pi Beta Phis who belong in this section of our website. We welcome suggestions. Please email Pi Beta Phi's Archivist and Historian at archivist@pibetaphi.org with the name, chapter and accomplishments of the Pi Beta Phi member.