This is a new position that is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of a program to deliver health and wellness education to equip students with the tools and resources to make healthy choices and to eliminate instances of chapter misconduct. Part of Andrea's new role will be to create useful digital resources for our members, coordinate and train 50-100 volunteer presenters each year, and develop curriculum for a series of educational programs. Programs like ELEVATE will now be part of her strategic plan.
Andrea received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Leadership Studies from Kansas State University. She received her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration degree from the University of Kansas. Before taking the position at Phi Kappa Psi, she was the Assistant Director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity. She has also worked in Greek Affairs at Kansas State University as both the Associate Director and Acting Director. Previous to that, she served as the Coordinator of Risk Management Education with the Department of Greek Life at Texas A&M University. Clearly, she brings a wealth of knowledge in health and wellness to the HQ team.
We asked Andrea a couple of questions to give her an opportunity to introduce herself to the Fraternity.
Phi Psi: What attracts you to the health and wellness industry/field?
Andrea: This area allows for critical and needed conversations. I have always appreciated the opportunity to have conversations with students about healthy (and unhealthy) choices. Helping students through these 'teachable moments' for navigating their overall college experience is where I have found some of my best professional success.
Phi Psi: What do you think you can bring to the team?
Andrea: I bring knowledge, experience, and commitment to risk management and prevention education. My career in higher education has focused in this realm, and I have a great passion for cultivating programs, conversations and resources to allow members to critically think about their choices. I'm also someone who approaches problems and issues with creative programs and solutions.
Phi Psi: What are you most excited to accomplish?
Andrea: I'm most excited to work to expand bolster the programs, resources, and education that the Fraternity offers. There are so many dimensions of health and wellness that we can be talking about as an organization, and I'm excited to strategically and intentionally partner with members, alumni, and campuses to help our members and chapters become leaders in these conversations on their campuses.
Phi Psi: What are some things you do in your free time?
Andrea: I am a lifelong Kansas City Royals fan (so the last few years have been especially exciting; particularly the last month). I love reading, watching TV (Grey's Anatomy and The Office are my two all-time favorites) and exploring Kansas City and the surrounding areas with my husband.
Andrea will officially start her new role for the Fraternity remotely from the Kansas City area on November 30. At that time, you'll be able to contact her via email at ARK@phikappapsi.com. Join us in welcoming her to the team!
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community and in his faith. The Fraternity was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore. It currently has 100 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.