Executive Council

2019–2022 Executive Council

Natalie Moore Averette, Gamma Beta

National President

Natalie began her lifelong commitment to Tri Sigma when she pledged the Gamma Beta Chapter at East Carolina University (ECU) in 1985. During her collegiate days, she was afforded the opportunity to serve in several leadership roles, including dual terms as chapter president. Natalie graduated from ECU in 1989 with a degree (BSBA) in Marketing. After 10 years in the insurance industry, Natalie “retired” to a life of professional volunteerism for Sigma, while also raising two incredible sons.

Through the years, she has served Tri Sigma in various facets such as: national vice president, serving on Executive Council; collegiate extension chairman; college Panhellenic assistant; NPC delegation member and NPC area advisor; awards director; housing corporation president and chapter advisor. She has received accolades for Outstanding Advisor and Outstanding National Officer Service.

Natalie resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband (married 24 years) Brent, their two sons, Chandler and Carson, and their Maltipoo, Chatham. She really enjoys traveling, movies and Broadway shows, and although a southern girl at heart, loves vacationing in New England!

Email: naverette@trisigma.org

Ann Rutkowski, Epsilon Delta

National Treasurer

Ann has most recently served as the national treasurer. Prior to serving on Executive Council, she served as the Foundation Board secretary and scholarship chairman. She has also was an area director, national collegiate and alumnae chairman.

Ann is a member of the Catholic Charities Board of the Diocese of Erie, a member of the Erie Women’s Fund, and a member of the Our Lady of Peace Pastoral Council.

Ann has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. After graduation, she worked as a legislative assistant for a member of the PA House of Representatives and went on to become the human resources administrator at Industrial Sales & Mfg., Inc until retiring in 2007.

Ann loves to travel, play Sudoku, do Bible Study with friends, listen to music, knit, and all things office supplies.

Email: arutkowski@trisigma.org

Jennifer Avenel, Delta Pi

National Vice President

Jennifer most recently served the Tri Sigma Foundation Board for six years – three as the Chair of the Board, and three as member at large. Her prior service to Tri Sigma includes time as national scholarship chair, alumnae chapter coordinator, Officer Academy mentor, Presidents Academy mentor, and Dunham Women of Character mentor. Throughout her years of national volunteer service, she has served on many committees and task forces for Tri Sigma and the Tri Sigma Foundation. Jennifer is a member of the Charleston, SC Alumnae Chapter.  

Jennifer received her Bachelors of Social Work degree from Winthrop University and is a licensed social worker. She has a Master of Science in Health Professions Education from the Medical University of South Carolina. Her career has always had a focus in healthcare and she currently manages human resources employee relations and organizational development for a large healthcare system in Charleston.  

Jennifer loves all things travel, and is a certified yoga instructor. She loves sailing and kayaking in the waters of the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her husband, Danny.  

Email: javenel@trisigma.org

Heather Cruz, Zeta Psi

National Vice President

Heather has served Tri Sigma as leadership consultant, collegiate coordinator, alumnae chapter coordinator, ritual coordinator, a collegiate advisory board member, alumnae chapter officer, and lead facilitator for Presidents Academy and Labyrinth Leadership Experience. Throughout her years of alumnae involvement, she has also served on various taskforces and committees for both the sorority and the Foundation and as a coach at several leadership programs. In 2001, she received the Margaret Freeman Everett Outstanding Senior award. In 2013, Northern Virginia Alumnae Panhellenic Association named her a Woman of Distinction-Emerging Leader.

Heather has been a member of Alexandria Choral Society for over a decade and served for several years on its Board of Directors, including a three year cycle as president-elect, president, and president ex-officio. In this role, she lead all operations of the performing arts organization and managed the executive director and artistic director staff, as well as the 16-person Board.

Heather works as the human resources manager at a nonprofit in Washington, DC.  She participates in her local professional association and maintains professional HR certification. Prior to this, she also had a 15-year career in higher education student affairs at several colleges and universities in areas such as housing and residence life, counseling services, and institutional assessment and research.

Heather loves singing, traveling, yoga, meditation, sunflowers, and dogs.  She is also an avid theater patron with subscriptions to multiple theaters so she can see as many musicals and plays as possible.

Email: hcruz@trisigma.org

Kara Miller McCarty, Epsilon Delta

National Vice President

Kara has served Tri Sigma as the collegiate coordinator in both Florida and then NY, regional support team member (region 1), extension coordinator, college Panhellenic coordinator, Officer Academy coach, and SAFE team member. Kara has been a Big Sister in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, a third grade Sunday school teacher, and also serves as an election inspector. She was on the Northeast Greek Leadership Association Board of Directors from 2008-2016. Kara also served as the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) President for 2017-2018. 

For the last 10 years, Kara has been the Interfraternity Council advisor at Cornell University and supervises the Panhellenic and Multicultural Greek Letter Council advisors as well.

Kara is crazy about her Chihuahua, Cooper Miller, her two nephews and a niece in Houston, and reading.

Email: kmccarty@trisigma.org

Joyce O'Daniel, Alpha Chi

National Vice President

Joyce has served Tri Sigma as an NPC delegate, membership development vice president on Executive Council, national recruitment director, alumnae membership vice president, alumnae chapter president, and membership recruitment advisor. She volunteers within her community as the vice chair for her legislative district in Arizona and the Precinct Chair.

Joyce loves a morning walk to get her day going. She has two adopted mixed breed dogs named Violet and Scarlet and loves to travel.

Email: jodaniel@trisigma.org

Linda Manley-Kuitu, Epsilon Rho

Ex-Officio, National Panhellenic Conference Delegate

Linda is serving for a second time as the National Panhellenic Conference Delegate and also previously served on Executive Council as national vice president and membership development vice president. Her national volunteer service with Tri Sigma spans over 20 years and includes serving as national collegiate chairman, alumnae chapter coordinator, college Panhellenic coordinator, and alumnae Panhellenic coordinator, and the first national webmaster. During those two decades she also served and chaired many committees and task forces and held various roles within the National Panhellenic Conference.

Linda is an IT Program Manager at Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis. Prior to that, she served in the HR department of a technology consulting firm before transitioning into a consultant role in a variety of industries ranging from banking to airlines to manufacturing and others in-between. 

Linda likes to challenge herself and get outside her comfort zone when it comes to trying new things. She is continuously tackling items on her bucket list and adding new ones. Her love of traveling helps her tolerate the cold Minnesota winters, where she lives with her husband, Eric, and their two children, Madeline and Tristan.

Email: lmanley-kuitu@trisigma.org