Alpha Sigma Tau is proud to announce the 2017-2018 Master Facilitators for Illuminate.
Illuminate is Alpha Sigma Tau’s four-year member development program for collegiate Sisters, equipping each participant with proven leadership skills to become the woman she aspires to be. (Click here to learn more about Illuminate)
Master Facilitators ensure successful delivery of Illuminate programs by working closely with their assigned client chapters in three primary areas: (1.) coaching development of facilitation skills through the delivery of the Mastering Facilitation curriculum, (2.) advising the chapter and officers on the implementation of Illuminate, (3.) and providing ongoing support to officers.
Master Facilitators work with client chapters’ Vice Presidents of Member Development, Illuminate Class Facilitators, and other positions which may have facilitation needs.
The 2017-2018 Master Facilitators are:
Melissa Hatfield Atkinson, Gamma Mu
Melissa is an alumna of the Gamma Mu Chapter at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology. A longtime Sorority volunteer, she has served as Chapter Consultant, District President, Director of Collegiate Chapters, and New Member Advisor. In addition to the Master Facilitator role, she currently serves as Chapter Advisor for the Gamma Mu Chapter. Professionally, she works as the Manager of Air Quality for Core Appalachia Operating and is a licensed Professional Engineer in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia. She lives in Charleston, West Virginia, with her husband Mark and their three children. Melissa is excited to serve as a Master Facilitator so that she can strengthen her connections with collegiate women and be a positive resource that helps to encourage and facilitate their continued growth as individuals and as a chapter.
Chelsea Belote, Beta
Chelsea is a two-time graduate of Central Michigan University, where she was initiated into the Beta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau. She has a passion for working in advising and student orientation and loves getting to know individuals for who they are, learning what their passions are, and helping them create their journey. She is looking forward to meeting and working with collegians to enhance their professional, personal, and leadership development through the Illuminate program.
Jen Cohen, Gamma Rho
Jen is an alumna of the Gamma Rho Chapter at Seton Hall University. Professionally, she is the campus-based Fraternity/Sorority Advisor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Since she loves all things fraternity/sorority-related, she is excited to return as a Master Facilitator for Illuminate. She looks forward to not only giving back to her Sisters and Sorority, but to also helping empower undergraduate women to be peer facilitator “rock stars” who can confidently share Illuminate with their chapters.
Jenn Craig, Zeta Tau
Jenn is the Director of Student Activities at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She is an alumna of the Zeta Tau Chapter at Longwood University, where she earned her BS in political science. After graduating, she served as an Educational Consultant for Alpha Sigma Tau for two years. She then received her masters in higher education with an emphasis in student affairs from Old Dominion University. She is excited to join the team of Master Facilitators to help strengthen and encourage her collegiate Sisters.
Steven is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and is excited to serve as an Illuminate Master Facilitator for Alpha Sigma Tau. He is originally from Long Island, New York, and currently lives in Washington, DC. Not afraid to push students outside of their comfort zone, he is passionate about education, accountability, risk management, and helping students with their leadership and professional development.
An alumna of California State University, Bakersfield, Maureen has earned a BS in psychology and an MS in educational counseling with a concentration in student affairs. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She currently works as the Greek Life & Student Leadership Coordinator at CSU Bakersfield. She wholeheartedly believes in the fraternity and sorority experience as transformative and enriching. She is excited to be a Master Facilitator for Illuminate because of the immense potential for students to learn, apply, and develop skills to be extraordinary leaders in their communities.
Lisa-Marie Fredericks, Beta Xi
Lisa graduated from Michigan Tech University with a BS in civil engineering and BS in business administration. She is an alumna of the Beta Xi Chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau and current member of the Detroit Metro Alumnae Chapter. She lives in Oxford, Michigan and is the mother of three adult children. She currently serves as Chapter Advisor for the Delta Tau Chapter at Oakland University. Professionally, she works for Hallmark and helps coordinate leadership speakers and women’s events. Lisa is excited to return as a Master Facilitator to help develop collegiate women into leaders by bringing Illuminate to their chapters.
Jordan Frederking, Upsilon
Jordan is an alumna member of the Upsilon Chapter at the University of Central Arkansas. After graduating, she traveled as an Educational Consultant from 2015-2016. She is currently the Graduate Assistant for First Year Experience at Newman University, where she is studying organizational leadership in education. She volunteered to serve as a Master Facilitator to give back to the Sorority that has given her so much, both personally and professionally. She is very excited to serve as a Master Facilitator for Illuminate for the upcoming year.
Jenny currently serves as the Director of Education and Panhellenic Support with the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). Prior to that, she worked in member services for Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity for three years and has also previously worked in residence life, student organizations, orientation, and fraternity and sorority life offices on four different college/university campuses. She has also served as a facilitator for several programs including LeaderShape, Recruitment Boot Camp, UIFI, IMPACT, Sigma Kappa’s Regional Leadership Conference, Beta Theta Pi’s Keystone Regional Leadership Conference, Chi Phi’s Regional Leadership Alliance, and multiple Alpha Xi Delta events. She is excited to serve as a Master Facilitator because she believes in Alpha Sigma Tau’s vision and mission, and in Illuminate’s ability to enrich members’ own lives and the lives of others.
Originally from Kentucky, Brieanna relocated to the St. Louis area for her current role as the Collegiate Financial Support Coordinator at Pi Beta Phi Headquarters. She enjoys working for her own sorority, but is constantly looking for new opportunities to volunteer for other organizations. She wants to share her experiences and passion with collegians to help in their personal and professional development as they navigate their higher education careers. She is excited to volunteer for Alpha Sigma Tau as a Master Facilitator for the Illuminate Program.
Zachary currently serves as a Regional Director for Sigma Pi Fraternity, International, where he oversees the Southeastern Region of the fraternity. Before joining the Sigma Pi Executive Office team, Zachary served as Graduate Assistant for Greek Life at Southeast Missouri State, where he received his MA in higher education administration in May 2017. Zachary is also a 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where he received his BS in biology. He is excited to serve as a Master Facilitator because he believes in Illuminate’s focus on peer-to-peer education and continuously investing in undergraduate membership education.
Aly McKenna, Delta Upsilon
Aly McKenna is an alumna member of the Delta Upsilon Chapter at Saint Leo University, where she received her degree in sociology. After that, she attended graduate school, where she served as the graduate assistant for fraternity and sorority life while earning her master’s in college student affairs. During her time as a collegian, she served as New Member Director, a recruitment counselor and Panhellenic President. Currently, she is the Assistant Director for the Student Involvement Center at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Aly is excited to work with chapters and collegians to enhance their facilitation skills and experience all that Illuminate has to offer.
Grace Nelson, Beta Eta
Grace is an alumna of the Beta Eta Chapter at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She currently lives in Rochester, Minnesota, with her husband, two dogs, and baby on the way. She has a passion for college and decided to work in higher education. She has a master’s in counseling and currently works as a Student Success Coach for the University of Minnesota Rochester, where she helps students figure out their career pathways and manage life along the way. She is an advocate for women empowerment and equality, which began through her involvement as a Sister of Alpha Sigma Tau.
Katie Perschbacher, Gamma Xi
Katie is excited to serve as a Master Facilitator because she believes that Illuminate gives our chapters the chance to be successful as a group in areas like communication and problem-solving. She believes that making the leap to grow can make the difference between being a good chapter and being a great one. Outside of this role, Katie volunteers as the Chapter Advisor for the Gamma Xi Chapter at Grand Valley State University. Professionally, she is a Unit Service Executive for the President Ford Field Service Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Will is the Director of Campus Life and New Student Orientation at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Will earned his bachelor’s degree in communication from Southeastern Louisiana University and his master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has worked as a facilitator and lead facilitator for a variety of leadership programs including the North-American Interfraternity Council’s UIFI, IMPACT, and LAUNCH programs, as well as with the Association of College Unions International‘s (ACUI) I-LEAD program. Will is originally from Ponchatoula, Louisiana, loves New Orleans Saints football, social justice and higher education research, and going home to see his family and his dog Daisy as much as possible.
Nicole Turnage, Beta Rho
Nicole is an alumna and founding Sister of the Beta Rho Chapter at Arkansas Tech University. She earned a BS in environmental biology from Arkansas Tech in 2014, and just completed an MS in cell and molecular biology at the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville this summer. She is currently a first year Ph.D. student in interdisciplinary biomedical sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She previously volunteered as a Global Education Facilitator for Heifer International, and also was a two-time NCA All-American cheerleader and cheerleading captain during high school. Nicole loves mentoring and meeting new Sisters, and is excited about serving as a Master Facilitator.
Mary Woodbury, Epsilon Sigma
Mary graduated from Bridgewater State University in Fall 2017. She was part of the founding class of the Epsilon Sigma Chapter there. Mary enjoyed her participation in Illuminate as a collegian and is eager to support collegians as a Master Facilitator.
Brittani graduated from Jacksonville University with her BA in theatre arts and from Pennsylvania State University with an M.S. in higher education and student affairs. She recently moved to Norfolk, Virginia, and is excited to explore a new area. Brittani is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi but is thrilled to work with members of Alpha Sigma Tau through Illuminate. She is very passionate about leadership and education and can’t wait to work with chapters as a Master Facilitator.