Serving on the Foundation Board of Directors

Foundation Board Applications

The Tri Sigma Foundation Nominating Committee is accepting applications to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. By serving on the Board, members have the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and experience in various areas that will be useful in strengthening the future of the Foundation and Tri Sigma as a whole.

Board service is a significant commitment as well as an outstanding professional opportunity. We seek leaders who want to make a difference within Tri Sigma and within the communities where our members live. Serving on the Board requires time and dedication, including monthly conference calls and committee work. Positions are three-year terms.

We’re looking for Sigmas with areas of expertise in the following areas:

  • Financial management: investment and accounting
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology

Applicants who lead with consensus-building, are good communicators, and have a visionary leadership style are encouraged to apply.

If elected to the Board of Directors, the following events are required for all Board members. As good stewards of our donor dollars, each member of the Board of Directors covers their own individual cost of travel pertaining to these meetings and events:

  • In-person Board of Directors Meeting, annually. This year’s meeting will be hosted prior to Convention on June 22-23, 2022, in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Convention on June 23-25, 2022, in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Virtual monthly Board of Directors meetings, which occur via video conference on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 8 pm EST.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: The deadline for submitting a completed online application is no later than March 25, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST.


Tri Sigma Foundation 2022 Nominating Committee

We are thrilled to announce the names of those members who are serving to slate the next leaders of the Foundation Board of Directors. We kindly ask that you refrain from contacting members of the committee to share personal thoughts about the process or potential nominees. Thank you for your steadfast support of these committee members and of the Foundation.

Katie Scherping, Beta Alpha, Committee Chairman
Jennifer Avenel, Delta Pi
Stephanie Everett, Epsilon Theta
Elizabeth Wakeman Hoffert, Beta Xi



Want to volunteer, but not sure if board service is right for you?

The Foundation is continually growing ways to engage Sigma sisters, including:

  • Founders Day of Giving Ambassador: Are you a Sigma that carries some sway with your sisters? Do you like to have fun and have just a little bit of time to give? We need you! If you’re saying yes, please complete this quick form by March 1!
  • Committee volunteer opportunities: Do you have 3-5 hours a month to give and are looking for a longer-term commitment? In the coming months, we’ll be sharing new committee opportunities in established committees like development and new committees like audit and investment committees.


How long are board terms?

Board service is a three-year term appointment, with maximum nine-year consecutive years of service.


While serving on the Foundation are there limitations to other areas I can serve within Tri Sigma?

Foundation Board members cannot serve in any other formal volunteer capacity within Tri Sigma on a chapter or national level.


Are there additional steps after the application before being selected?

The Nominating Committee will conduct phone interviews with final candidates.


Is there a financial expectation for Board members?

Each Board member is expected to:

  • Make an annual unrestricted gift to the Foundation according to personal means, but no less than $1,000 in cash or equities, realizing the leadership role the Board must play in fund development.
  • Pay for their expenses associated with the annual in-person meeting, including airfare, hotel, meals, etc. Including the costs associated with attending the triannual Convention.


If I am interested but have more questions before applying, who should I contact?

JeanMarie Komyathy, Foundation Board Chair at or Meghan Paden, Foundation Executive Director at


What type of experience/skills should I have to serve on the Board of Directors?

  • Demonstrated leadership
    • Participates in leadership roles — e.g., Tri Sigma chapter boards or committees; and other nonprofit boards, corporate boards, civic leadership positions
  • Thinks strategically
    • Demonstrates ability and willingness to work effectively and collaboratively in a group
  • Demonstrated professionalism
    • Demonstrates a high level of personal and professional integrity, acting as a woman of character
    • Displays flexibility and open-mindedness
  • Commitment to Tri Sigma
    • Demonstrates a commitment to Tri Sigma Foundation through a history of contributions
  • Asking for Support
    • Willingness to speak about the Tri Sigma Foundation and its initiatives, including asking sisters to join you in financially supporting the organization
  • Brings diversity to the Board
    • Offers a unique experience and point of view
  • Commitment to responsibilities
    • Willingness to commit the necessary time to fulfill Tri Sigma Foundation leadership responsibilities


What are the fundamental legal duties of an individual board member?

  • Duty of Care: Each board member has a legal responsibility to participate actively in making decisions on behalf of the organization and exercise their best judgment.
  • Duty of Loyalty: Each board member must put the organization’s interests before their personal and professional interests when acting on behalf of the organization in a decision-making capacity. The organization’s needs come first.
  • Duty of Obedience: Board members bear the legal responsibility of ensuring that the organization complies with the applicable federal, state, and local laws and adheres to its mission.


When will I be notified if I have been selected?

By May 20, 2022.


How often do board nominations occur?

The Foundation can call for nominations whenever a Board vacancy needs to be filled; generally, this occurs in January each year.