International Membership Committee (IMC)

Betty Jo Evers, IMC Chairman
International Vice President for Membership

Betty Jo graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, with a bachelor's degree in business administration. She received her master's degree from Northern Arizona University in elementary/early childhood education. She began her career as an elementary teacher on the San Carlos and Gila River Indian Reservations in Arizona. After a few years, she and her husband, David, and two sons moved to Casa Grande, Arizona, where she taught first grade and kindergarten for the next 24 years. During this time, she was chosen Arizona Teacher of the Year/Ambassador for Excellence, and new doors of opportunity opened. That’s when she retired from the classroom and began her next career as an international literacy consultant, author with Scholastic, and author/seller on open market. She has presented in all 50 states and outside the US. She continues to support the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Betty Jo was initiated into Arizona Iota Chapter in October 1973. She has served on all levels of our organization beginning as Chapter President, Arizona State Treasurer, Arizona President, Southwest Region International Vice President, International Chaplain for Alpha Delta Kappa’s Golden Memorial Service in Kansas City in 1997, elected to a 4-year term on the International Executive Board, served as Chairman for the International Mentoring Committee, Chairman for the Educational Symposium in Salt Lake City, Southwest Regional Membership Consultant on the International Membership Committee, elected the 2019-2021 International Vice President for Membership, and re-elected as 2021-2023 Vice President for Membership. Alpha Delta Kappa is a volunteer organization, and “volunteer” she has!

Family is important. Betty Jo has five grandchildren and three great grandsons. It is a good thing she likes to travel because her family lives near and far; from Arizona, to Nevada, to Montana, to Colorado, onto Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia and Illinois. She loves fishing, creating teacher products and sports, especially the Phoenix Suns and YES, the Arizona Cardinals!

Betty Jo is an advocate for children and educators. She values her membership in Alpha Delta Kappa and cherishes the friends she has made.

Minie Coon
Regional Membership Consultant, Gulf Region

I am Minie Coon, RMC for Gulf Region. I have been a member of Alabama Mu Chapter for 45 years. I have a B.S. in English education from Troy University; a master's degree and EDS in English education and administration from Auburn University in Montgomery (AUM) . I taught for 18 years in grades K-12, and served as an assistant principal for 12 years in an elementary school. I also taught night classes at the junior college. I have held many chapter offices. On the state level, I have been the state president, president-elect, immediate past president, the treasurer, the chaplain, the sergeant-at-arms, the editor of the Alabama Kappan, the state newsletter, district chairman, VPM and bylaws chairman. On the International level, I served on the Resolutions Committee. 

Alpha Delta Kappa is what I do for myself. My Alpha Delta Kappa sisters have been encouragers, comforters, and my best cheerleaders. I can always count of my sisters to be there for me.

Debbie Clark
International Vice President, Gulf Region

Debbie is a retired educator with 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher. She taught 7th-11th grade history/geography, 7th-12th language arts, drama, and journalism. She received her B.S. in secondary education with minors in English and history at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and both her master's and education specialist degrees at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. She led teams of students in both middle school model United Nations and high school model United Nations at Georgia Southern University. She sponsored the Middle School Junior Beta Club and the One-Act Play Competition. She became a fellow with the National Writing Project and led middle school students in two summer writing workshops at Georgia Southern University.

She was elected Teacher of the Year for Portal Middle High School in 1994 and STAR Teacher in 1994. She was nominated as a Who’s Who of American Teachers and has done several English Workshops for the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. She retired in 2011. She was asked to become a member of the Foundation for Public Education for Bulloch County, which she served for several years.

Debbie has held several offices with Georgia Alpha Beta—Scholarship Committee, Chaplain, President-Elect, and President. She was the Secretary, Chaplain, District Chair-Elect and District Chairman for the Golden Isles District. For the state of Georgia, she has been the President of the Council of Chapter Presidents, Chaplain, Courtesy and Hospitality Chairman, President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past State President where she is in charge of the Mentor Program for GA Chapter Presidents, the GA State Directory and the Chairman of the GA Policies and Procedures Committee.

Debbie has two sons John (Shelby) and Rene (Maran) and one granddaughter, Audrey Grace Clark, who is her heart! Her parents and sister Donna are her life-lines. Debbie enjoys teaching Sunday school, vacation Bible school, and singing in the choir at El Bethel Baptist Church. She also enjoys attending the Bulloch Retired Educators Association and has been their president-elect, president, and currently secretary.

Mary Johnson
Regional Membership Consultant, North Central Region

Mary Johnson, Ontario Psi, holds a Master of Education degree in curriculum studies and school administration along with additional teaching and administrative qualifications. She taught kindergarten to grade eight, adult learners and educators completing additional qualifications courses. She has also served as a VP and principal. After retiring, Mary served as an Education Monitor for the ON Provincial Assessments at the elementary and secondary level. She has served in most executive roles of A∆K at the chapter and provincial level. While serving as ON VP of Membership, a new chapter was chartered. As ON President, her focus was membership. Mary has presented workshops at regional conferences and International conventions. She served as the North Central Region Membership Consultant on IMC in 2015-17, the Canadian liaison on the International Relations Committee in 2017-21 and is currently serving as a mentor with the A∆K Leadership Academy. Mary’s philosophy is that every member is important to her chapter, S/P/N, region and International! We all have gifts to share, and when we work as a team, we accomplish great things! Family, friends and volunteering are a big part of Mary’s life.

Ann Ainslie
International Vice President, North Central Region

Ann Ainslie, Michigan Alpha Upsilon, is a speech-language pathologist with close to 40 years (combination of full and part- time) in public education and a year or so working part-time in a medical/rehabilitation setting. She earned her B.A. and M.S. in speech pathology from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and midcareer earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan). Her favorite teaching assignment was preschool special education classroom and early intervention teacher.

Ann is a relative latecomer to Alpha Delta Kappa, being initiated in 2002. She joined Alpha Delta Kappa as a means of staying in contact with colleagues she knew from being assigned to several different schools in the Troy School District. She never dreamed that random circumstances that resulted in attending the 2007 International Convention in San Diego would lead to meeting Michigan sisters from other chapters, an invitation to join the State Board, six years of being a “P,” developing friendships with North Central sisters at regional conferences and International conventions, attending meetings with Florida Nu (more friendships), and now IVP of the North Central Region! This is all the result of just taking that first step forward into Alpha Delta Kappa beyond her chapter!

Ann and her husband, Larry, divide their time between a home on Lake Michigan (middle of the “mitten”) and Key Biscayne, Florida. They have a son and a daughter, Tom and Elizabeth. Tom lives with his wife, Melissa, and two daughters, Olivia and Ellie, in Pinecrest, Florida, which is close to Key Biscayne. Melissa designed the 2021-2023 North Central logo! Elizabeth and her husband, Kevin, live in Orlando with their children, Jackie and Henry. Elizabeth is a special education teacher in the Orange County School System and is a member of Florida Nu. Ann’s favorite activities include anything involving grandchildren, travel, knitting, playing bridge and reading (especially historical fiction).

Ann’s goal going forward is to increase member involvement beginning at the chapter level and to work on bridging the generation gap between an aging membership and our younger members who are “in the trenches.” The effect and expectations resulting from ever-changing technology have grown exponentially in the past two decades. A∆K must find that sweet spot that allows all members to continue to enjoy the benefits of sisterhood and continue our mission of educational excellence, altruism and world understanding while dealing with our ever-changing needs and interests.

Gay Toomy
Regional Membership Consultant, Northeast Region

Gay Toomy, a sapphire sister, lives in Hudson, Massachusetts and is a proud member of Massachusetts Epsilon. She has held various chapter and state offices including State Co-President 2014-16 and State President 2018-20. She loves her involvement in all things A∆K and cherishes the growing friendships with sisters coast to coast while pursuing “infinite possibilities” for our valued organization. She is honored and excited to serve the Northeast in her new membership role.

Gay and her husband, John, have two grown children, each with three children of their own. The couple loves spending time with their grandchildren. Just ask them about any Disney movie released in the last 14 years or any zoo in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. She and John know them well!

Gay’s teaching career began with a class of 37 first-graders in New South Wales, Australia. After this memorable adventure, she continued teaching in Attleboro Public Schools at a variety of grade levels in elementary and middle school, serving as a classroom teacher, Title I teacher, and finally as a Literacy Coach.  Now retired, she is an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, crafting cards, packaging and home decor pieces for friends and family.  Besides crafting and babysitting, Gay is an avid reader, a volunteer to support foster families, and a traveler whenever life permits.

Joyce McAloon
International Vice President, Northeast Region

Joyce is a retired teacher from Southington, Connecticut with 35 years of experience as an elementary classroom teacher. In her career, she has taught grades 2 through 6. She received her bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University in 1973 in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She continued her education with completing a master's degree in education as well as a sixth-year degree and a seventh-year degree. She retired in 2018 and continues to teach as a substitute teacher for her town.

During her teaching career, she received the Walmart Teacher of the Year as well as Connecticut Elementary School Science Teacher of the Year. During her career as an educator, Joyce worked on developing curriculum for the subjects of mathematics, language arts and science. She became a district presenter for curriculum development. She enjoyed helping colleagues grow as educators. Joyce is involved with her community. She has been the Event Lead for the Relay For Life of Southington since 2007. In 2014, Joyce received the Sandra C. Labaree New England Volunteer Value Award from American Cancer Society. As a cancer survivor, she feels that it is important that she gives back to the community and supports the cancer survivors in her area.

Another committee that Joyce works with is Southington Education Foundation. She is a board director. Along with committee members, this organization presents grants to our educators and scholarships to high school seniors, and supports community programs to help our schools and residents.

Joyce began her Alpha Delta Kappa journey in April of 2001 in the Alpha Gamma Chapter. In her chapter, Joyce has held the positions of Treasurer, President-Elect, and President. She has worked with her sisters to provide many altruistic endeavors. On the state level, she has been on the executive board as President of Presidents' Council, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Historian, President-Elect, President, State Membership Consultant, and Alpha Delta Kappa Month Chairman. Joyce was award the President's award in 2017. On the Regional level, her first Regional Conference was in Hartford, Connecticut, where she enjoyed doing anything the conference chairs asked of her (a great way to see all parts of a conference). During other regional conferences, she has served as Conference Booklet Chair, Recording Secretary, and NER Workshop Chairman. On the International level, she has served on the balloting committee for the convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. During her 20 years in Alpha Delta Kappa, this organization has provided Joyce with many opportunities to get to know the organization as well as meeting outstanding sisters.

Joyce lives in Southington, Connecticut with her husband of 47 years. She has three sons, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters. She loves spending time with her grandchildren.

Laura Oversvee
Regional Membership Consultant, Northwest Region

As a 47-year member of Washington Alpha Alpha, I've served many positions at chapter level and Washington state level as Historian, and then President track, now serving as Immediate Past Co-State President as well as the current Northwest Regional Membership Consultant. Getting to know sisters across the U.S. and beyond through committee work and meetings is a huge perk to membership! Zoom meetings have been a positive benefit to that end. The learning curves are ever-present and offer challenges we can all take on! With 30 years of teaching at elementary level, administrative work in church homeless feeding ministry and leadership roles in the senior adult ministry, leadership has continued to guide my own personal growth goals! Preparing a presentation for both the 2021 and 2019 International Convention Educational Symposiums added to personal computer skill abilities.

Personally, with husband John, we drove cross-country to Virginia this summer while attending International Convention meetings, during which I added more learning about internet connections.  Later we visited our son and family (3 grandchildren) there.  At home, daughter and eldest grandson are watching over our home and two cats while we're gone. We have treasures to unpack once we get home along with notes from meetings to assimilate! We are all life-long learners!

Janet Johnson
International Vice President, Northwest Region

Janet grew up in Fredonia, Kansas, and graduated from Kansas State College (now Pittsburg State University) before moving to Ontario, Oregon, to teach  junior high math for two years. She met her husband, Jim, a band teacher there and was married two years later. Janet has also taught in Idaho and spent a year teaching high school math in Australia where she and her husband got to travel to the outback. After returning from Australia, she took 10 years off teaching to be with their two sons until they started school. Then Janet returned to college to get her endorsement for elementary and taught first grade for 24 years in Idaho and Washington.

Janet joined Oregon Tau Chapter and served in several offices at both chapter and state level, including Chairman for the Oregon State Convention. Her family then moved to Kennewick, Washington, where she served as chapter president before moving to the western part of the state. Janet has been a member of Washington Epsilon over 30 years. She has been State President and Northwest Regional Membership Chairman.

Embroidery and quilting have become pastimes for Janet since she retired. Jim and Janet have traveled to all 50 states and six continents during their 50+ years of marriage. She also enjoys all the time she gets to spend with her two grandsons, who live in Texas, and two granddaughters, who live in Washington.

Nancy Medina
Regional Membership Consultant, South Central Region

Nancy, Kansas Alpha Alpha, is from Overland Park, Kansas, and has been a member of Alpha Delta Kappa for 49 years. Before retirement, she taught 44 years as a school librarian and third-fifth elementary levels. She has served in most offices and committees at the chapter level before becoming state president for the 2014-2016 biennium. She has also served as the South Central Regional historian. Currently she is the state fraternity education chairperson.  Nancy has had the opportunity to attend many state, district, regional, and International conventions. She has seen firsthand the “infinite possibilities” that membership has to offer. She has also seen the commitment of our dedicated sisters to Alpha Delta Kappa through their participation at all levels. Alpha Delta Kappa does make a difference. When not involved in A∆K activities, Nancy enjoys traveling, reading novels and paper crafting projects, and she is currently improving her cooking skills.

Rachel Shankles
International Vice President, South Central Region

Rachel knows she is close to her hometown of Newport, Arkansas, when she hears her name called as "Mary Rachel." She grew up in Newport along the White River and runs the reunions for the Class of ’66. But she attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville clear across the state and never made it back to Newport except for visits with family and friends. With an education degree in hand, she began teaching English in North Little Rock in 1971 then moved to Hot Springs and attained her master’s in library science and instructional technology through UCA in Conway to move to the high school library after teaching English a few years. She retired from Lakeside in 2013 after 48 years in education but has spent the last six years as practicum coordinator and adjunct in the Library Master’s Program at the University of Central Arkansas, teaching totally online from her home near Lake DeGray (Bismarck). She won honors from the Arkansas Library Association and Arkansas Association of Instructional Media while on the job and is currently President-Elect and Conference Chair for ARLA this fall, as well as an award recipient for Leadership from AAIM in 2021. Rachel is the busiest retired person you will ever meet, but she has always had time for Alpha Delta Kappa.

Initiated in Arkansas Alpha Epsilon in 1982 at the urging of a dear friend, she held every office numerous times except for Treasurer; one was enough of that math. She was asked to serve on the state board of Arkansas Alpha Delta Kappa as corresponding secretary and has held numerous offices and committee chairs since including running the Arkansas state website and Facebook page and doing the newsletters. She was appointed RMC for the South Central Region for two terms and enjoyed working with the other states and International Chapter. Being appointed this past biennium as International World Understanding Chairman, Rachel again got to work with sisters from other regions and learned a lot from adjudicating and writing reports to the International Executive Board and articles for the KAPPAN. The third time was a charm for Rachel, stepping up and running for IVP for the South Central Region.

Rachel shares her two grown daughters with her husband Conrad, and they live in a 100-year-old farmhouse in the country where she enjoys Girls' Weekends Out with daughters, granddaughter and granddaughter-in-law, shopping of any kind, working jigsaw puzzles, collecting dishes and writing children’s books about the farm.

Kathy Beatty
Regional Membership Consultant, Southeast Region

Kathy is currently in her 32nd year of education in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. She attended Gettysburg College and earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics with a concentration in psychology. She returned to Virginia to attend George Mason University, where she received her master's in curriculum and instruction. While attending graduate school, Kathy began coaching field hockey, basketball and soccer at Centreville High School and did her student teaching. She has been on the faculty at Centreville High School since 1991, where she taught mathematics for 26 years and is currently the instructional coach. Kathy taught all levels of math from Algebra 1 through AP Calculus AB. She was one of the first teachers in Virginia who taught Teacher Cadet, now called Teachers for Tomorrow, an elective class for juniors and seniors who are interested in working in the field of education. Throughout her career, Kathy has been recognized as Centreville High School’s Teacher of the Year and as a finalist for Fairfax County Public Schools Teacher of the Year, and she received the Virginia Council of Teacher of Mathematics Teacher of the Year.

In 2002, Kathy was honored to receive an invitation for membership in Alpha Delta Kappa. She was a charter member of Virginia Gamma Epsilon and served as their first President-Elect. Prior to her role as Southeast Region Membership Consultant, Kathy served as Virginia State Committee Chairman for Excellence in Education, Fraternity Education, Honor and Remembrance and World Understanding. She was the Virginia Vice President for Membership, President-Elect, and President, and is currently serving as Immediate Past President. As a member of AΔK, Kathy loves the connections she has made with women educators and the growth she has experienced as an educator and leader, and she is proud of the difference we make in our communities and schools.

Kathy and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1993 and live in Manassas, Virginia. Kathy is also blessed to have her mom and brother in northern Virginia and to have the opportunity to spend time with and cheer on her nephews and niece in all their endeavors. Kathy enjoys spending time with family and friends, supporting the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, reading, listening to audiobooks, doing activities outdoors, traveling and trying new adventures of all kinds.

Ginger Greene
International Vice President, Southeast Region

Virginia (Ginger) Greene is a retired high school business and technology teacher and middle school principal. During her career at Oak Glen High School, she chaired several committees, coached volleyball, tennis and girls’ basketball and served as the school’s technology specialist. She also served as an assistant principal then principal at Oak Glen Middle School.

Ginger became a member of West Virginia Alpha Tau chapter in 2002 and has held various offices at the chapter, district and state levels. She served as the Courtesy Chairman for the SER Conference 2014 in Charleston, West Virginia, and was the SER Sergeant-at-Arms for the 2019-2021 biennium. She was a presenter at the SER Conference Educational Symposium in 2016 and the International Convention Educational Symposiums in 2017 and 2019.

Ginger resides in Weirton, West Virginia, with her husband, Mike, and cat, Spunky. She is an active member of First Christian Church, where she serves as an elder. Ginger and Mike have two sons, each of whom are married to educators. They are blessed with three grandchildren and enjoy spending family time together. Ginger enjoys photography, golf and travel, especially to any beach!

Jeanie Hinck
Regional Membership Consultant, Southwest Region

Jeanie has been a member of Colorado Gamma Chapter since 1993. She has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree and taught at the elementary level for 30 years before retiring. She subsequently worked for two Colorado Springs school districts, in technology education, as well as coaching both intervention and reading instruction. Since joining A∆K she has served as Gamma chapter president, the Colorado President and the Colorado Membership Consultant as well as most other S/P/N offices. She is the editor of the Colorado A∆K newsletter. Jeanie currently serves as the Southwest International Membership Consultant and is a member of International Membership Committee for her second term. These are positions she is delighted to serve in as membership in A∆K is her passion. The sorority and its mission have been a major part of her life, and she loves to share the opportunities Alpha Delta Kappa has to offer with her fellow educators. Jeanie enjoys reading, traveling, crafting and spending time with her family and friends.

Diane Best
International Vice President, Southwest Region

Diane is a retired elementary educator with 30 years of experience teaching first through fourth grades. She received her B.A. in elementary education in 1972 from the University of Wyoming. Diane is a native of Wyoming, where she taught second and third grades for six years before moving to Nevada.

Diane and her husband moved to Nevada in 1985 where she taught first, third, and fourth grades. She received her master's degree from the outreach program of Lesley College, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1997. She served on many school committees. She was her school's teacher representative for the Washoe County Teachers' Association. She was the liaison for her school and the Partners in Education Program. Diane learned much about leadership and working with people from her 30 years as a Mary Kay consultant.

Her best friend and fellow teacher invited her to join Nevada Beta Chapter in 2005. She held several chapter and state offices before becoming state president in 2016. As a college student, she lived in Somalia, East Africa, with her family. That is why she is very interested in the world understanding of Alpha Delta Kappa.

Diane also is a past Worthy Matron of her Eastern Star Chapter and now serves as the chapter's musician. She is a past Grand Organist of Eastern Star for the state of Nevada, plays the piano for the youth group International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, and is the musician for her chapter of Daughters of the Nile.

Diane has been married to her best friend and stable force, Jerry, for 48 years. She loves traveling and meeting new people, especially Alpha Delta Kappa sisters.