Kari, current alumna advisor and her husband live near the University of Oklahoma, energized by the campus and by the Tri Delta collegians she serves. As a physician assistant in rural Oklahoma, Kari’s commitment to Tri Delta parallels her profession of taking care of people.
What made you want to volunteer with Tri Delta?
“I adore these [collegiate] women and learn so much from their growth and spirit. Being around their vitality makes me feel part of that energy, keeping me driven. Their age group gives me hope. We can fall into the trap of judging this generation, but once you know them, they’re passionate, natural leaders.”
Tell us about a memorable volunteer experience.
“A standout memory emerged from COVID when we created vision boards, turning them into the year’s mission and motto, emphasizing growth and embracing change. Advisors should encourage ideas and always probe for growth.”
What skills have you developed as a volunteer?
“Having tough conversations in the moment has been a personal growth journey. Learning to stop, truly listen and let others express themselves is a skill that carries over to my work. When you truly listen to hear, sometimes a response isn’t needed. Just being that listening ear can be enough.”