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GC 2017

Grand Council

Grand Council, the governing body of the Fraternity, is made up of seven members who manage, supervise and develop the Fraternity by upholding the Pi Beta Phi Constitution & Statutes and executing Pi Beta Phi Policy and Position Statements. Grand Council members are elected biennially at convention for two-year terms.

A Grand Council officer may serve up to three terms in any one position and up to 10 years of total service. Every Grand Council officer must have served as a Director or Fraternity officer above the local level and must be knowledgeable about current Fraternity programs.

Paula Shepherd  

Paula Pace Shepherd

Grand President

Email: GP1@pibetaphi.org

Chapter: Texas Epsilon at University of North Texas

Education: Bachelor of Science in education

Alumnae Experience: Southlake Area, Texas, Alumnae Club Champions are Readers® (CAR) Chairman; President and ACRIC of Temple/Belton, Texas, Pocket; Treasurer of Mid-Cities, Texas, Alumnae Club; and Alumnae Advisory Committee (AAC) counterpart to Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Membership for Texas Epsilon 

International Experience: Grand Vice President Membership; Director Extension; Collegiate Region Six and Traveling Graduate Consultant (now known as Leadership Development Consultant)

Awards: 2005 honorable mention for Carol Inge Warren AAC Financial Award; nominee for Outstanding Student Organization Advisor at the University of North Texas; 2006 Panhellenic's Outstanding Advisor at the University of North Texas; 2006 member of AAC of Excellence at Texas Epsilon, 2009 University of North Texas Outstanding Greek Alumni

Professional: Teacher for 11 years, Product Trainer for Showtime Networks for two years and Co-Owner/Financial Manager of Roanoke Animal Hospital for 18 years

Hobbies: Traveling, hiking and reading


Alison Veit Heafitz

Grand Vice President Collegians

Email: GVPC@pibetaphi.org

Chapter: Illinois Zeta at University of Illinois, Urbana

Education: Bachelor of Science in cell and structural biology; Master in public administration

Alumnae Experience: President VA Epsilon CHC, President Nation's Capital-D.C. Alumnae Club

International Experience: Collegiate Region One Director and Collegiate Region One Risk Management/Policy Specialist

Professional: Aide on Capitol Hill to Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) and Congressman Jerry Weller (R-IL) for two and three years, respectively. Senior Analyst at the Government Accountability Office, three years. Currently, a stay-at-home mom

Hobbies: Baking, running, travel, shopping, reading and collecting Pi Phi badges.

Eison 2017  

Emory McGinnis Eison

Grand Vice President Finance

Email: GVPF@pibetaphi.org

Chapter: Mississippi Beta at University of Mississippi

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration

Alumnae Experience: Memphis, Tennessee, Alumnae Club, Tennessee Delta AAC Chair, Mississippi Beta AAC Chair, Advisor for NMC  

International Experience: Collegiate Region Six Director and Collegiate Regional Programming Specialist Region Six  

Professional: Quotations Manager at Spectrum Lighting & Controls

Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, traveling, yoga



Jenn Plagman-Galvin

Grand Vice President Communications

Email: GVPCom@pibetaphi.org

Chapter: Iowa Gamma at Iowa State University

Education: Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communication (business minor); Master of Public Administration; PhD in Higher Education 

Alumnae Experience: Ames Alumnae Club member, Iowa Gamma AAC Vice President of Membership Counterpart  

International Experience: National Panhellenic Conference Delegation, Third Alternate Delegate, National Panhellenic Conference Document Review Coordinator, Collegiate Province President, Chapter Services Coordinator, Resident Leadership Development Consultant

Professional: Director of Operations, College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University

Hobbies: Keeping up with kids' activities, travel, performing arts, college sports   


Rae Wohlhueter Maier

Grand Vice President Membership

Email: GVPM@pibetaphi.org

Chapter: Kentucky Beta at the University of Kentucky

Education: Bachelor of Science in accounting

Alumnae Experience: Active member of Cincinnati, Ohio, Alumnae Club since 1976; Domino Tournament Committee; ACRIC

International Experience: Grand Vice President Finance; Director Membership; Director Collegiate Membership; Director Finance and Collegiate Province President

Awards: University of Kentucky Greek Hall of Fame and Kentucky Beta Amy Burnham Onken Award

Professional: Owner/manager of commercial and residential rental units; worked tax specialist for small CPA firm, QuickBooks consulting for small business owners; and former Auditor for Kenton County Airport Board (Owner of Greater Cincinnati International Airport) 

Hobbies: Volunteer for TaxAide; reading; walking and spending time with family and friends


Amy Lorenzen Southerland

Grand Vice President Alumnae

Email: GVPA@pibetaphi.org

Chapter: South Dakota Alpha at University of South Dakota

Education: Bachelor of Arts in communication and English

Alumnae Experience: Active member of North Carolina Triangle Club

International Experience: Collegiate Regional Membership Specialist Region One, Alumnae Regional Programming Specialist Region One, Director Membership  

Awards: South Dakota Alpha Amy Burnham Onken Award

Professional: Systems Specialist at T Media Sales

Hobbies: Reading, tennis, attending concerts, theater and opera


Wulf 2017  

Marla Neelly Wulf

Grand Vice President Programming

Email: GVPProg@pibetaphi.org

Chapter: Kansas Beta at Kansas State University

Education: Bachelor of Science in elementary education; Masters in educational administration

Alumnae Experience: Denver Alumnae Club President; Colorado Delta AAC; Conroe-The Woodlands, Texas, Alumnae Club President 

International Experience: Alumnae Regional Director and Alumnae Regional Programming Specialist

Awards: National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award

Professional: Retired Middle School Principal, Assistant Principal, Instructional Leader and teacher in Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, Colorado

Hobbies: Tennis; reading; singing; family and friends