Prominent Members

There are so many accomplished Gamma Phi Betas! From suffragettes and Broadway stars to astronauts and Congresswomen, our organization is proud of these inspiring members who live our mission and make a difference in their field of work.

The following lists provide just a snapshot of our prominent members!


Sybil Bauer (Northwestern, 1923) • In 1924 she set a world record at the Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal for the 100-meter backstroke. She set 23 world records in women's swimming and won 11 National Championships in just six years. She was engaged to television host Ed Sullivan, but died at 23.

JoAnn Schneider Farris (Colorado College) • Professional ice skater, coach and author; silver medal, United States National Figure Skating Championships; double gold medalist, U.S. Figure Skating

Nikola Girke (British Columbia) • Three-time Canadian Olympian; finished 13th in sailing at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games; finished 17th at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in RSX windsurfing; finished 10th at the London 2012 Olympic Games in RSX windsurfing




Mary Knight Ashworth (Hollins, 1921) • Pulitzer Prize winning historian/author

Carol Ryrie Brink (Idaho, 1915) • 1936 Newberry Medal recipient for her novel "Caddie Woodlawn"

Marguerite Higgins Hall (California-Berkeley, 1938) • Best known for advancing the cause of equal access for female war correspondents; first female to win a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting; voted Woman of the Year by the Associated Press news organization


Tina Santi Flaherty (Memphis) • First female vice president of three of America's leading corporations Colgate-Palmolive, GTE and Grey Advertising; described by Business Week as "one of America's top corporate women;" contributor to Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire and Fortune

Debra Escarsega Granich (California State-Fullerton) • CEO/President of the Red Hat Society


Jane Bergerman Bergere (Indiana) • Three-time Tony Award winning Broadway producer, including "Driving Miss Daisy," "A Little Night Music," and "La Cage aux Folles"

Kristin Chenoweth (Oklahoma City) • Actress, singer and 1999 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical ("You're a Good Man Charlie Brown"); 2009 Emmy winner for Best Supporting Actress ("Pushing Daisies")

Mary Orr Denham (Syracuse ) • "All About Eve," SAG Award Winner, actress

Alex Flanagan 2.jpgAlexandra "Alex" Wystrach Flanagan (Arizona) • A host and reporter for the NFL Network since 2006; former sideline reporter for ESPN; has reported from five Super Bowls and hosts a variety of programs including "NFL Total Access"; can be heard and seen in the popular video games Madden 10 and Madden 11, where she hosts an in-game weekly recap show

Joan Knoerzer Hackett and Jane Knoerzer Schwartz (Indiana) (Indiana) • Original Doublemint twins, seen in TV commercials up to 20 times a day in the 1960s

Heather McDonald (Southern California) • Comedian on "Chelsea Lately," actress, author

Kelli Naughton O'Hara (Oklahoma City) • Broadway actress, Tony Award nominee

Mary Beth Peil (Northwestern) • Actress, opera singer, Broadway, former "Dawson's Creek" actress and currently on "The Good Wife"

Elizabeth Pitcairn (Southern California) • Classical violinist

Sarah Richardson (Western Ontario) • HGTV host of five interior design shows

Mindy Hersh Weiss (San Diego State) • Celebrity event planner

National Panhellenic Conference Chairmen

Lillian Thompson (Michigan, 1892) • NPC Chairman 1912-13

Beatrice Locke Hogan (Oregon, 1912) • NPC Chairman 1955-57

Elizabeth Ahlemeyer Quick (Indiana) • NPC Chairman 2005-07


Alice Carpenter (Barnard, 1901) • Head of the Woman's Department of the National Progressive Party; elected by suffragist Jane Addams and U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt to serve on the Progressive Platform Resolutions Committee, advocating for women's right to vote

Rachelle Chong (California-Berkeley) • First Asian American appointed to the Federal Communications Commission (appointment by President Clinton); currently the vice president of government affairs at Comcast

Shirley Hendricks Perry (Washington University) • International spy for CIA, author

Jessie Wilson Sayre (Goucher, 1905) • Daughter of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, activist

Jacquelyn Lufkin Stuart (Auburn) • Alabama State Supreme Court judge


Laurel Salton Clark, M.D. (Wisconsin-Madison, 1981) • Astronaut on Space Shuttle Columbia

Donna Shirley (Oklahoma) • NASA manager of Mars rover exploration at Jet Propulsion Lab

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