National Council

Phi Sigma Rho National Sorority is governed by the National Convention and the National Council. The Convention serves as the legislative branch of the sorority and is comprised of each voting member of National Council and delegates from each chapter and the corresponding alumnae associations. The Convention is the final ruling party in judicial matters and meets biennially.

The National Council is composed of nine voting members and two non-voting advisors. It acts as the executive and judiciary body of the sorority. National Council meets biannually to review the affairs of the sorority, implement additional programming, adjust regulations and execute judiciary matters.

Council Officers

Kellan Ponikiewicz
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National President

Penn State - Lambda

president@phisigmarho.org

As a collegiate member, Kellan was a founding member of the Penn State – Lambda chapter. Kellan has served on two national councils as VP of Programming and VP of Finance. As VP of Programming, Kellan created LEAP, the national leadership program, and Resumania. Kellan was a member of the first board of directors for the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation and has advised national council on issues related to recruitment, NPC membership, Title IX and trademarks. 

Professionally Kellan is a senior counsel at Cerence Inc. where she focuses on intellectual property management and enforcement. Throughout her career, Kellan has counseled small businesses and large corporations on matters involving intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, employment, licensing and general corporate matters. Kellan has a B.S. in electrical engineering and a J.D. from Suffolk University.

The President presides over all National Council and National Convention meetings and directs and oversees the work of the National Council. She is the official national leader and spokesperson of the Sorority and has the power to appoint committees, call special meetings and designate a spokesperson in her absence. The President or her designated representative serves as an ex-officio member on the Phi Sigma Rho Foundation Board of Directors.

Stephanie Donahue
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Vice President of Communications

Ohio State - Beta

vpofcommunications@phisigmarho.org

Stephanie Donahue is an alumna of The Ohio State University-Beta Chapter, where she graduated with a B.S. in Computer & Information Science. Stephanie is new to the National Council.  Professionally, she is the co-founder and CEO of PAIT Group. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.  

The Vice President of Communications records and distributes minutes of National Council meetings and National Convention meetings and distributes the minutes of all National committee meetings. She oversees all communications including the creation and updating of Sorority publications and publicity materials including the newsletter, website, and social media, and the news-release packages.

Alexandria Caliguire
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Vice President of Finance

Toledo - Delta

vpoffinance@phisigmarho.org

Alexandria Caliguire is an alumna of The University of Toledo-Delta Chapter, where she graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Alex previously served on National Council as VP of Collegiate Affairs on the 14th National Council and as VP of Finance on the 16th National Council. Professionally, she is an Automation Engineer at CRB. She currently resides in Medford, MA.

The Vice President of Finance oversees all national purchases and payments; presents bills to members, chapters, colonies and alumnae organizations; and keeps a record of all national receipts and expenditures. She prepares and distributes annual budgets for review at National Council and National Convention meetings and prepares and distributes monthly reports on the financial status of the Sorority to the National Council.

Sharon Snyder
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Vice President of Collegiate Affairs

Ohio Northern - Iota

vpofcollegiateaffairs@phisigmarho.org

Vice President of Collegiate Affairs Sharon Snyder is an alumna of the Ohio Northern University Iota chapter where she graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and also holds a MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. She previously served at the collegiate level as secretary and historian, and nationally served as a Regional Field Director in the West 2 region. Professionally, she is a Systems Engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems. Sharon lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband and two feline fur babies, Hamilton and Sammy.  

The Vice President of Collegiate Affairs is the primary liaison for active chapters and chapter advisors to the National Council. She is responsible for maintaining communication with chapters in order to effectively represent them to the National Council. The Vice President of Collegiate Affairs maintains status reports on each chapter and its membership. She or her designated representative is to visit with each chapter.

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Vice President of Alumnae Affairs

vpofalumnaeaffairs@phisigmarho.org

This position is currently vacant.

The Vice President of Alumnae Affairs is the primary liaison between alumnae organizations and the National Council. She is to help continuously improve the alumnae organizations by providing the alumnae members with resources and fostering sorority ideals.

Jenna Daghstani
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Vice President of Expansion

Toledo - Delta

vpofexpansion@phisigmarho.org

Vice President of Alumnae Affairs Jenna Daghstani is an alumna of the University of Toledo Delta Chapter, where she graduated with her BS in Bioengineering.  She also received her MS in Systems Engineering at George Washington University. She has previously served as the Colony Educator for Cleveland State University, a Phi Sigma Rho Foundation volunteer, and as the National Leadership Director.  In her spare time, Jenna enjoys biking, crafting, and playing pinball. Jenna is currently a Product Engineer at Gebauer Company and resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Vice President of Expansion coordinates and implements expansion efforts. She may also be the primary representative of Phi Sigma Rho to a national governing body.

Kathleen Vijaywergiya
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Vice President of Programming

Ohio State-Beta

vpofprogramming@phisigmarho.org

Vice President of Programming Kathleen M. Vijaywergiya is an alumna of The Ohio State University Beta chapter where she graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering and holds an MBA in Management from Baldwin Wallace University. She previously served at the collegiate level as chapter president, new member educator and historian. Professionally, she is an Enterprise Technical Quality Consultant at Progressive Insurance utilizing her Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification. Kathleen lives in Independence, OH with her husband and 2 boys.

The Vice President of Programming coordinates the implementation of Sorority programs and the educational and leadership training for members. She oversees programs and training for philanthropy, scholarship and other member development programs.

Caitlin Millis
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Vice President of Membership

Michigan - Eta

vpofmembership@phisigmarho.org

Vice President of Membership, Caitlin Millis, is an alumna of the University of Michigan - Eta Chapter. She graduated in 2016 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. During her active years, Caitlin served as President and Vice President of Finance for the Eta Chapter. Professionally, she works as a System Engineer in Automated Material Handling and runs her own Health & Fitness business. Caitlin currently resides in Northville, MI.

The Vice President of Membership oversees all aspects relating to recruitment, new membership education, merchandising and trademarks, and rituals. She serves to maintain that the spirit of Phi Sigma Rho is represented appropriately at all times.

Allison Lenhoff
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National Council Advisor

Michigan - Eta

ncadvisor@phisigmarho.org

Allison Lenhoff is an alumna of the Michigan-Eta chapter. She holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MS in Biomedical Engineering (Impact Biomechanics) from Wayne State University. Allison returns to the National Council Advisor position after serving from 2015-2017. She also served on National Council as National President (2013-2015), Vice President of Finance (2007-2009) and Vice President of Publications (2005-2006). Allison has volunteered for Phi Sigma Rho in numerous other roles over the years including Foundation Director, National Audit Director, Nominating Committee Chair, Organizational Structure Committee Chair and Eta chapter alumnae advisor. She was the recipient of the 2017 Pearl Award for exceptional service to the Sorority and was a member of the inaugural class of the Order of the Pyramid.

Professionally, Allison works for General Motors in Vehicle Safety Strategy. She is a Vehicle Safety Architect with expertise in high voltage post-crash structural/electrical integrity and low speed damageability structural design strategies. Allison currently resides in Birmingham, MI.

The National Council Advisor serves as a mentor and aids in transition. She also serves as the chair of the Nomination Committee and have other duties and responsibilities as determined by the President or National Council.