Stories from the Road: LDC Gianna

This post is courtesy of North Carolina Delta Gianna Salamido, Leadership Development Consultant.
Gianna q&a

 

Ever since I met my very first LDC, I had this idea in my head that all of the LDCs were the most perfect Pi Phis, complete with the best “sassy professional” wardrobe. Now that I am serving as an LDC, I realize we are all human and continue to learn more and more about Pi Phi each day. During my travels I’ve found many collegians are surprised to learn about the LDCs and our lifestyle, so I am happy to be able to share a few things you may not know about being an LDC!

  • There are multiple types of LDCs: Traveler, First Year Resident and Second Year Resident. Most of our chapters interact with traveling LDCs. These women travel full-time to help support any of our chapters throughout the year. First Year Residents help with the establishing of a new Pi Beta Phi chapter and serve as the chapter mentor and guide in its first year. Second Year Residents are a little different, in that they work with chapters that were established the previous year. Second Year Residents provide support and assistance to help chapter leadership learn to operate on their own and sometimes even get to travel a little! While all three LDC positions are very different, they all play a huge role in supporting each one of our chapters.
  • Traveling LDCs travel full-time. Unlike resident LDCs, the travelers are always on the move. We pretty much live out of our suitcases and love the jetsetter lifestyle! We go straight from one visit to the next, usually without any days off. This means meeting-free afternoons spent getting to know our sisters are highly valued!
  • We have our very own Instagram account. Check us out on Instagram, @piphildcs. Our account is full of fun photos and stories from our international adventures! Travelers and Resident LDCs all contribute to the account so it’s a great way to keep up with what’s happening across all our chapters.
  • The LDC class is a wonderful support system. Over the summer the LDCs spend two and half weeks together at training to prepare for the year. During this time we spend pretty much every second together and become very close. Because our jobs are so unique, we rely a lot on each other for advice, support and friendship. I am so appreciative of the support system the women in my LDC class provide and love continuing to learn from their experiences every day.
  • Not all of the LDCs served as Chapter President. There isn’t one cookie cutter definition of what it takes to be an LDC. Pi Phi values all types of leadership experience, both within Pi Phi and beyond it. For example, some women who have served as LDCs did not serve on their Executive Councils at all, but instead had lots of Panhellenic experience!
  • We will see you at Convention! The LDCs are so excited to be #ReachingNewHeights this summer at convention in Chicago! During convention, we help out a lot with the behind-the-scenes logistics to ensure the program runs smoothly for all those attending. If you see us around please say hello!

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about what it’s like to be an LDC. My experience as an LDC has made this one of the best years of my life, as it has given me lifelong friendships, helped me grow both personally and professionally and allows me to continue giving back to our wonderful organization!

H is for Housing: Meet the Fraternity Housing Corporation!

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From left: Juli Willeman, Alicia Delaney and Caroline Majers

Pi Beta Phi’s Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC) was established in April 2008. FHC serves as a resource for our Chapter House Corporations (CHCs) in a variety of areas including volunteer development and recruitment, safety issues and training. Many of our members work directly with FHC staff on a daily basis, so we thought we’d take this opportunity to provide you with a glimpse into the personalities of our FHC staff members. Enjoy!

Name: Juli Willeman
Title: Executive Director
Brief description of duties: As Executive Director of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity and Fraternity Housing Corporation, I wear many hats. As FHC’s Executive Director I oversee FHC staff and work with FHC Board to execute our strategic plan tactics.

  • One of my biggest bucket list items is … to do a triathlon. I’ve run a marathon and biked RAGBRAI, but swimming terrifies me!
  • I would want Katie Holmes to play me in a movie about my life. She has my maiden name and everything!
  • One food I just can’t live without is … tomatoes. Weird, I know.
  • Favorite Quote: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

Name: Caroline Majers
Title: Housing Director
Brief description of duties: I help ensure our chapter facilities are safe and secure for our collegians. I oversee all aspects of housing such as facilities management, employment of housing staff (i.e. House Directors, cooks, housekeepers), training local CHC alumnae volunteers and facility insurance. Staying competitive on campus is very important, therefore I assist with new building projects and fundraising needed.

  • One of my biggest bucket list items is … to refrain from checking emails while on my honeymoon!
  • I would want Rachel McAdams to play me in a movie about my life!
  • One food I just can’t live without is … peanut butter.
  • Favorite Song Quote: “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” – Garth Brooks

Name: Alicia Delaney
Title: Housing Coordinator
Brief description of duties: I work with CHCs to submit their Annual and Facility Reports, make wish list purchases for FHC chapters and follow up on risk audit and Leadership Development Consultant reports with housing concerns.

  • One of my biggest bucket list items is … to live in a state that never sees snow!
  • I would want Anna Kendrick to play me in a movie about my life! We look nothing alike but I adore her.
  • One food I just can’t live without is … boneless buffalo wings.
  • Favorite Quote: “When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” – John Lennon
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