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- Dawneen Banks
- Associate Director of Regional & Chapter Development Div. IV
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- Jennifer Blalock
- Chief Student Support Officer
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- Monika Byrd
- Dean of Leadership Development & Service Learning
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- Susan Edwards
- Dean of Academic Affairs & Honors Programs
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- Onjalai Flake
- Associate Director of Regional & Chapter Development Div. I
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- Courtney Lange
- Director of Regional & Chapter Development and Associate Director of Regional & Chapter Development Division II
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- Carolyn Margoni
- Associate Director of College Relations
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- Mia Ramos-Shirley
- Associate Director of Regional & Chapter Development Div. III
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- Sarah Reynolds
- Associate Director of College Relations
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- Jennifer Stanford
- Chief Student Engagement Officer
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Biography of Jennifer Stanford
Chief Student Engagement Officer
Jennifer Stanford joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in November 1992. She attended Holmes Community College in Ridgeland, Mississippi, where she was inducted as a Phi Theta Kappa member and received her associate degree. She then attended the University of Mississippi, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. In 2012, she completed her master’s degree in Higher Education with an emphasis on College Teaching and Learning at Kaplan University.
Prior to joining headquarters staff, Jennifer worked as a Public Affairs Assistant with the US Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management, where she coordinated publicity for agency programs.
Jennifer has held numerous positions since beginning her work with the Society, including Leadership Development Program Administrative Assistant, Publications Coordinator, Director of Chapter Programs, Director of Programs, and Dean of Service Learning.
As the Chief Student Engagement Officer, Jennifer develops, leads and coordinates programs, benefits and initiatives that promote student engagement and ultimately student success. She works closely with the Honors in Action Program, Competitive Edge, the Five Star Chapter Plan, the Hallmark Awards, and Annual Convention programs such as The Academy, Educational Forums, Marketplace Mini Sessions and the International Officer Campaign. She provides leadership, supervision and strategic planning for Regional and Chapter Development, Honors Programs and the Leadership Development Studies Program.
Jennifer has presented on many Society programs and initiatives on both the regional and the international level. She has also presented during conferences of the League for Innovation, the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Council on Student Development, and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development.
She currently resides in Irving, Texas.
Biography of Dawneen Banks
Associate Director of Regional & Chapter Development Div. IV
Dawneen Banks joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in July 2013. She earned her associate degree from Aims Community College and her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University.
Prior to joining the headquarters staff, Dawneen served as the Manager of Business Development of Managed Services for the Western United States for Ellucian. She has been a Phi Theta Kappa member for nearly 12 years, since being a charter member of the Beta Kappa Lambda Chapter at Aims Community College. Dawneen served as Colorado Regional Vice President and as Colorado’s first International Officer when she was elected Vice President of Division IV.
As the Associate Director of Regional and Chapter Development for Division IV, Dawneen supports the members and advisors of the chapters and regions of Division IV in their efforts to increase membership acceptance and program participations and to increase Phi Theta Kappa awareness on campuses, with college administrators and within the community.
Dawneen lives in Greeley, Colorado, with her husband, their three children, and their wiener dog, Herbie Husker.
Biography of Susan Edwards
Dean of Academic Affairs & Honors Programs
Susan Edwards joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in January of 2007. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida Southern College and a master’s degree in history from Clemson University. She is currently working on her doctorate at Walden University.
Prior to joining Phi Theta Kappa as a staff member, Susan taught history and humanities for 25 years, and she continues to teach online courses. She served as an advisor for the Omega Sigma chapter at Houston Community College, which was named the Society’s Most Distinguished Chapter in 1998. She also served as the founding advisor in 2002 for the Beta Lambda Mu chapter at Lone Star College-CyFair in Texas, which was named the Society’s Most Distinguished Chapter in 2006.
As Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs, Susan coordinates the work of the Honors Program Department, which includes the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Program Council, the Honors Program Guide, the Honors Case Study Challenge, the Honors Institute, the Faculty Scholar Conference, Annual Convention speakers, and the Mosal and Marshall Awards. She also conducts research relating to the Honors Study Topic. Susan is co-editor of the fifth edition of Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies: A Humanities Approach and serves as a National Facilitator for Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Program’s Instructor Certification Seminars.
Susan currently serves on the national Board of Directors for the National Council for Student Development, the National Collegiate Honors Council Honors Semester Committee, and the American College Personnel Association’s Commission for Two-Year Colleges Directorate.
Susan is a former Fulbright Fellow and National Endowment for the Humanities grantee. She was named the 2005 Texas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and a 2005 Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. She formerly served as chair of the Phi Theta Kappa Association of Chapter Advisors and as the elected Advisor Representative to the Phi Theta Kappa Board of Directors. She received the Society’s Mosal Award in 2002 to study at the University of Havana. She currently lives in Houston, Texas.
Biography of Monika Byrd
Dean of Leadership Development & Service Learning
Monika Byrd joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in October of 1999. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geology and International Relations from Beloit College in Wisconsin, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Monika completed her Master’s degree in American History at the University of Louisiana - Lafayette. Prior to joining the headquarters staff, Monika taught American History and Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies and served as an advisor of Psi Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson, Texas. Psi Psi Chapter named Monika an Honorary Member of Phi Theta Kappa. Monika also served as an advisor of Alpha Rho Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Lone Star College - Tomball in Texas while chairing the History Department, and teaching both American History and Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies there. The Texas Region of Phi Theta Kappa awarded Monika the Horizon Award. In addition, she has served as an International Honors Institute Seminar Leader.
As the Dean of Leadership Development and Service Learning in the Honors Program Department, Monika is involved in curriculum development and working with Phi Theta Kappa advisors and members to effectively implement the Honors Program, which includes the bi-annual Honors Study Topic, Honors in Action, and a Leadership Development Program. She contributes to the development of publications, web resources, and international events, and oversees the editing, training, marketing, and development for Phi Theta Kappa’s Leadership Development Studies curriculum, a nationally-recognized, humanities-based course. Monika has presented at national and international conferences and conventions for many organizations, including the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Community College Trustees, the National Center for Student Leadership, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, the Public Safety Leadership Development Consortium, and the United States Fire Administration.
Monika serves on the Board of a non-profit organization, The International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute. She loves to travel and has traveled and lived around the world. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, where she also volunteers at John G. Shedd Aquarium.
Biography of Mia Ramos-Shirley
Dean of Leadership Development & Service Learning
Mia Ramos-Shirley joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in 2013. After receiving an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science from Orange County Community College in New York, she completed her undergraduate degree in sociology at Columbia University.
Prior to joining Phi Theta Kappa, Ramos-Shirley served as the Assistant Director of Programs for New Colleges for Achieving the Dream, Inc., a national nonprofit dedicated to helping more community college students, particularly low-income students and students of color, stay in school and earn a college certificate or degree.
As Phi Theta Kappa’s Associate Director of Regional and Chapter Development for Division III, Ramos-Shirley supports the members and advisors of the chapters and regions of Division III in their efforts to increase membership acceptance and program participation. She is also the International Officer Coordinator, overseeing the International Officer Team throughout their term of office.
Ramos-Shirley has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa for more than 10 years and has served the Society as an officer at the chapter, regional, and international levels. While at Columbia University, she chartered the first Phi Theta Kappa alumni chapter at an Ivy League school. Ramos- Shirley is also a volunteer speaker for the Rape Abusive Incest National Network Speakers Bureau and is working on her first book about her life as a survivor. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Biography of Courtney Lange
Associate Director of Regional & Chapter Development Div. II
Courtney Lange joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in November of 2013. She attended Holmes Community College and Mississippi College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a Master of Science in Communications.
Prior to joining the headquarters staff, Courtney worked at Holmes Community College as the Marketing and Public Relations specialist. She also served as a chapter advisor for the Alpha Lambda Sigma Chapter on the Ridgeland Campus of Holmes Community College, which has been recognized as a Top 10 Most Distinguished Chapter by the Society.
As Phi Theta Kappa’s Director of Regional and Chapter Development, Courtney supports the Regional & Chapter Development team, who in turn supports the members and advisors of the chapters and regions throughout the Society.
As Associate Director of Regional and Chapter Development for Division II, Courtney supports the members and advisors of the chapters and regions of Division II in their efforts to increase membership acceptance, member engagement and program participation.
Courtney is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and has worked as a freelance writer and photographer for local and regional publications since 2000. She has received numerous professional association awards for her work in the areas of feature and news writing and marketing. She currently resides in Jackson.
Biography of Onjalai Flake
Associate Director of Regional & Chapter Development Div. I
Onjalai Flake joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in February 2014. She earned an Associate of Arts Transfer Degree as well as an associate degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon, where she accepted membership into Phi Theta Kappa. Onjalai completed her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Communication Arts at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.
As a Phi Theta Kappa member, Onjalai has held several leadership roles on a local, regional and international level. She was 2008-2009 Vice President of Service, 2009-2010 Chapter President, and 2020-2011 Vice President of Scholarship for the Rho Theta Chapter at Mt. Hood Community College. She served as the 2010-2011 International Vice President for Division IV, and she most recently served as the 2011-2013 President for the Rocky Mountain Cascade Regional Alumni Association. She was also a 2011 Guistwhite Scholar.
As the Associate Director of Regional and Chapter Development for Division I, Onjalai supports the members and advisors of the chapters and regions of Division I in their efforts to increase membership acceptance and program participation and to increase Phi Theta Kappa awareness on campuses, with college administrators and within the community.
Biography of Jennifer Blalock
Chief Student Support Officer
Jennifer Blalock joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in July 2011. She attended Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Literature. She earned a master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and she is currently working toward a Doctorate of Education at Nova Southeastern University.
Prior to joining headquarters staff, Jennifer served as Dean of Students and Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, Community Relations and Marketing, in addition to other Student Services and Development Leadership, in the Florida State College System. She has more than a decade of service and leadership in student services, with specializations in student and staff leadership development, advising models, student success and enrollment management.
Jennifer previously served as a Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Advisor for Florida Keys Community College. While there, she also completed the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Instructor Certification and received the Phi Theta Kappa Faculty of the Year Award in 2003. She received the Vice President’s Leadership Award in 2009 while at Brevard Community College; she won the Best of Alabama Presentation at the National Academic Advising Association’s Alabama Statewide Conference in 2012; and she received her Student Leadership Challenge Certification in 2013.
As Chief Student Support Officer, Jennifer supervises the CollegeFish and College Relations Programs, as well as the International Society of Baccalaureate Scholars. Additionally, she serves on the Society’s Executive Council.
Jennifer has presented at various Phi Theta Kappa Regional Conferences. She has also presented for the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and for the National Academic Advising Association. She volunteers at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and at the Dallas Museum of Art.
She currently resides in Plano, Texas.
Biography of Carolyn Margoni
Associate Director of College Relations
Carolyn Margoni joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in October 2011. She attended the University of Central Florida, where she received her BS in Business Administration/Management Information Systems.
Prior to joining headquarters staff, Carolyn worked in the aerospace industry for 10 years on the Space Coast of Florida. She also worked for 10 years at Eastern State College as a Systems Administrator and as an adjunct instructor in the Computer Science department.
As an Associate Director of College Relations, Carolyn builds and maintains relationships with community colleges and senior institutions while championing Phi Theta Kappa tools and programs, including CollegeFish.org, to support transfer students.
Carolyn is a regular presenter at the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students conference.
She currently resides in Melbourne, Florida.
Biography of Joshua Scott Hancock
Associate Director of College Relations
Joshua Scott Hancock joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in 2011. He received his associate degree from Kilgore College in Texas and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas Woman’s University.
Prior to joining Phi Theta Kappa, Joshua worked in the Orientation department at Texas Woman’s University as an Admissions and Advising Counselor as well as with the Student Outreach Program. He also worked at South Seattle Community College in International Programs. He was the recipient of the 2006-2007 Texas Woman’s University Pioneer Proud Award.
Joshua is the Associate Director of College Relations for CollegeFish.org, Phi Theta Kappa’s online college transfer tool. He trains two-year college students through on-campus visits, webinars and customer service. In addition, Joshua develops new tools for the website and helps define the look and functionality of CollegeFish.org. Working with four-year colleges, he strives to bring in new scholarship opportunities to Phi Theta Kappa and provide assistance in the online sales of CollegeFish.org to four-year partner schools. He often gives presentations on leadership, organizational structure and college transfer. He also works with Phi Theta Kappa’s Scholarships Programs department to judge and organize scholarships offered and administered through the Society.
Joshua has presented at national and international conferences and conventions for many organizations, including the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, the American Association of Community Colleges, the National Academic Advising Association, and the Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs.
Joshua is the former co-president and a former board member of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network in the state of Washington, and he remains a member of the national organization. He currently lives in Seattle, where he provides free event consultation for non-profit theatres there and is a scholarship and grant reader for the Pride Foundation in Washington.
Biography of Sarah Reynolds
Associate Director of College Relations
Sarah Reynolds joined the Phi Theta Kappa international headquarters staff in June 2006. She attended Mississippi University for Women where she received a bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations.
Prior to joining headquarters staff, Sarah worked in the Office of Admissions at Mississippi University for Women, first as a High School Admissions Counselor and then as a Transfer Coordinator of Admissions. She actively recruited Phi Theta Kappa members and assisted them in securing transfer scholarships, including Phi Theta Kappa-specific awards. She also attended regional conferences and chapter meetings as well as the Society’s Annual Convention as a four-year college sponsor representative.
As Associate Director of College Relations, Sarah establishes partnerships with four-year institutions to enhance opportunities for community college transfer student recruitment, transition assistance and scholarship opportunities. She also introduces community college students and academic advisors to tools that will assist them in the transfer process to a four-year college or university.
Sarah has presented for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students Annual Conference, the Kentucky Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Annual Meeting, the Kentucky Academic Advising Association Annual Meeting, and the Mississippi Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Annual Meeting.
Sarah volunteers with her local chapter of the Junior Women’s League and Samaritan’s Purse. She currently resides in Hamilton, Mississippi.