Christi Flynn has devoted much of her adult life harnessing her boundless energy, creativity, and positive outlook on life to making a difference in the lives of others. After successfully pursuing a career in marketing and event management for high tech clients like Microsoft, Christi retired and turned her focus to the most important things in her life: being the world’s best wife and mother, and volunteering. Christi sought out volunteer roles within the Greek community, wanting to give back and help other women experience the deep friendships she found as a Tri Delta at the University of Washington.
Over the past 15 years, she has held key roles on both the local and national level. Having served as local chapter Housing Corporation Board President from 2000-05, overseeing major house renovations and running a successful capital improvement campaign that raised in excess of $450,000, she was tapped to serve as Tri Delta’s National Housing Corporation Board President. Christi was recruited to this role because of her business acumen, understanding of the needs of today’s collegiate women, and her capacity to tackle any issue with enthusiasm.
Beth Searcy, Vice Chair
Elizabeth (Beth) Bell Searcy, a first-generation college graduate, identified a passion for removing barriers to education for women and girls during a trip to Kenya in 1997. Earning a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia, an M.Ed. in Student Personnel Services from the University of South Carolina, and doctoral coursework in Educational Leadership at the University of Nebraska, she appreciates that she is part of 7% of college educated people in the world.
As a sorority alumna, Beth hopes her role as part of the world’s largest network of college-educated women leaders can be a platform for living out her three life tenets: have faith, be kind, and do good. An avid traveler, she has visited 43 of the 50 states and 5 of 7 continents and has a bucket list that embraces new people, places, and ideas.
Beth has been involved with the Circle of Sisterhood since fall 2010 and served as the Chair of the Grants Committee and on the first Nominating Committee. Other community outreach includes Young Life and The Fairy Godmother Project. She volunteers as an Area Advisor with the National Panhellenic Conference and served on the Council of Delta Gamma Fraternity for 8 years, including 4 years as International President.
Currently the Director of Admissions Events and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Mary Washington, Beth has worked in student development and enrollment management roles at 6 different colleges as well as having taught Public Speaking and First-Year Experience courses. Beth lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband of 18 years, Doug, and their two teenage children, Carter and Caroline.
Beth Stathos, Secretary
Beth Stathos is the General Counsel for Chi Omega Fraternity headquartered in Memphis, TN. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Her varied work with Chi Omega Fraternity as a traveling national consultant to college campuses, full-time chapter services staff member, and national volunteer spans over 25 years. Prior to becoming General Counsel for Chi Omega, Beth served for 10 years as the Associate Director & Panhellenic Advisor for Student Life at her alma mater.
Dedicated to providing students with a safe and rewarding college experience, Beth has volunteered her time and skills presenting legal and risk management workshops on college campuses across the United States throughout her career.
Shelly Brown Dobek, Treasurer
Shelly received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Arts and a Master of Science in Education from Southern Illinois University where she was initiated into the Gamma Omega Chapter of Delta Zeta. During her undergraduate years she served the chapter on the Executive Board, served as an Executive Board Member of the Inter-Greek Council, and as Panhellenic President. As a graduate student, she coordinated the extern program for the SIU Alumni Association, and continued her involvement in the sorority as a volunteer.
After working at Bowling Green State University in Ohio for 3 years as the advisor to NPHC and coordinator of leadership programming, alcohol education and sorority housing, Shelly moved to North Carolina State University where she is currently the Director Fraternity and Sorority Life, overseeing more than 50 organizations, 2,900 members, and the development of a new Greek Village. She had the awesome privilege of accompanying the NC State Panhellenic delegation to Nicaragua to build a school in May of 2016 as part of a Circle of Sisterhood Trek.
Shelly spends her weekends traveling to campuses around the country delivering motivational speeches and presenting workshops on hazing, recruitment/intake, community building and social justice. She is a recipient of the Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). After serving four years on the Executive Board of AFA as the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Shelly was elected the President of the Association.
Shelly resides in Cary, NC with her husband, Chris, and daughters Emma and Reese.
Tina Rajmaira is currently serving as the Vice President and Dean of Student Development at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Throughout her career, Tina has worked in a variety of roles in Student Affairs, including leadership development, program planning and assessment in addition to advising hundreds of student organizations and fraternity/sorority chapters. She’s been a member of the Association of Fraternity Advisors since 1995 and has been highly involved in the International Leadership Association, NASPA, LeaderShape, YWCA and various chapters of the Humane Society.
She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of California, Irvine, and has taught college level courses on organizational leadership for various institutions including the Haas School of Business. Tina is a proud member of Delta Gamma Fraternity and has served in several volunteer roles, most recently as the Director of Expansion. She is married to her best friend, Neal and together they have a son, Hanson.
Mary Marbaugh has worked for Eli Lilly and Company for the last 23 years with 13 years in various financial roles and the last 10 years in import/export compliance. She is currently the Manager of the U.S. Import Export Compliance team. She has a B.S. in finance from Indiana University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She is a member of Phi Mu Sorority and served on the Finance Committee of the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation in 2011.
Mary has lived in France and speaks fluent French. She has also traveled to six of the seven continents both for business and pleasure. Her volunteer experience includes serving on the Finance Committee of her current parish, chairing the Finance Committee of her former parish, volunteering at her children’s school, and chairing a committee for the Young Friends of Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Mary is married, has two sons, and lives in Indianapolis. For fun she likes to wake surf, water ski, boat, travel, and walk.
Jane Sutton, a native of North Carolina, received her B.S. degree from Western Carolina University and a M.P.H. degree from the University of Tennessee. Jane has extensive professional management experience through her work with hospitals, universities, HMOs, and life insurance companies. Jane served as an instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alabama. She also served as Director of Professional Relations at Humana Hospital Audubon in Louisville, KY. and as Director of Health Services for Healthwin/HMO-Florida. With Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Jane served as the Southeast Regional Manager for Professional Relations,
Jane believes that as educated women, we have a responsibility to support and mentor other women and has been committed to that cause through her volunteer work in the Greek world. Jane was initiated into Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity’s Epsilon Gamma Chapter at Western Carolina University. She has remained active within Alpha Xi Delta since graduation, first as a chapter advisor while in graduate school, progressing to regional and national service. She has served Alpha Xi Delta as National President, National Panhellenic Conference Delegate; National Extension Vice President; as well as holding numerous regional and local offices. She served on Alpha Xi Delta’s NPC delegation beginning in 1993, except for the years 2001-2005 when she served as National President. Her service to NPC includes work on various committees and in leadership positions as an Area Advisor Coordinator, liaison to SEPC, NPC Treasurer, NPC Vice Chairman and the 2011-2013 NPC Chairman.
Jane lives in Mount Dora, Florida with her husband Bob. They have one daughter, Mary Leah, a graduate of the University of Miami currently living in West Hollywood, CA and is a writer in the TV industry.
Michelle Shimberg, Chair
Michelle Shimberg graduated from The University of Florida with a degree in Business Administration and a specialization in computer science. After graduation, she worked for Tri Delta as a Field Consultant before starting her career in the banking industry. She has been involved in Tri Delta since her graduation. She served as Fraternity President (2004-2008), Collegiate Vice President (2000-2004) and chairman of the Leadership Development Committee (2008-2012).
Michelle currently serves as the alumna adviser for the USF chapter. She has been a Circle of Sisterhood volunteer, speaking at campuses in the central Florida area. In her community, Michelle is involved in a number of education-related organizations that serve disadvantaged, at-risk and homeless individuals. She serves as a board member for Starting Right, Now, Men of Vision, Inc. and is a mentor for several at-risk teenagers. She has been involved as a community leader in the Hillsborough County Public Schools, serving on the Citizen Advisory Committee for more than 20 years, and currently serves as Chairman of The East Tampa Academy, a public charter school. Michelle and her husband Robert have three grown children, Taylor, Connor and Jilan. She enjoys exercise, reading, travel and paddle-boarding.