Fraternity President Phyllis Durbin Grissom, Southern Methodist, said, "Karen has a vision that will move Delta Delta Delta to greater levels of growth and influence. She will be a tremendous advocate and spokesperson for our sisterhood and for the women's fraternal movement. I am looking forward to working with her."
Before joining Tri Delta, Karen served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In this role, she led the organization's corporate, sports and fitness fundraising and awareness efforts, working with Fortune 500 companies and premier sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA and PGA. She also oversaw St. Jude's fitness portfolio, including the St. Jude Give Thanks. Walk., St. Jude Heroes, St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend and St. Jude Country Music Marathon.
Karen adds, "I am honored and thrilled to have been selected to serve our sisterhood during such a dynamic time of growth and change for Tri Delta and our members. I look forward to working with our amazing Board and to leading our talented and passionate staff at the Executive Office as we strive to assist our members in every possible way."
Karen is a results-oriented executive who has provided leadership for successful nonprofit organizations including ALSAC/St. Jude and Susan G. Komen. Her background is in marketing and communications, and from 1988 to 1996, she served in various roles at advertising agencies in the southeast. In 1996, she started Karen Hughes White Communications and for four years owned and operated a successful monthly home and garden magazine distributed in North Texas.
Karen played varsity tennis at Brenau University where she joined Tri Delta. She later transferred to the University of Georgia and affiliated with Alpha Rho Chapter, where she served in various leadership roles. She graduated from Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and served as an alumna advisor to Gamma Xi Chapter at Furman University. She is the proud mother of three children: Mary Patrick, 19, a sophomore at the University of Missouri; Will, 15; and Tee, 13. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking/entertaining and sports
About Tri Delta
Founded in 1888, Tri Delta is a leader among social Greek organizations through its passion for progress and visionary thinking. Through partnerships with nationally recognized organizations like St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, award-winning publications like The Trident and innovative collegiate and alumnae initiatives, Tri Delta is committed to leveraging our timeless values to revitalize the sorority experience. For more information, please visit www.tridelta.org.