Grand Council is made up of eight alumnae, seven of whom are elected at Grand Convention, and the Executive Director who is a non-voting, ex-officio member. Council serves Alpha Delta Pi at the Strategic Level like a Board of Directors. All members of Council are volunteers, except for the Executive Director who is an employee of the sorority.
In this series of blog posts, we will introduce you to the women who serve on Grand Council through some questions that they’ve answered. Here’s a quick introduction of these volunteers who serve our sisterhood (in alphabetical order):
Executive Director – Linda Welch Ablard
International President – Stacy De Martini Bruton
International Vice President of Alumnae – Jana Andriano Clayton
International Vice President of Organizational Relations – Sandy McDonald Davis
International Vice President of Finance – Emily Erkel
International Vice President of Collegiate Membership – Debbie Tilson Gill
International Vice President of Collegiate Membership – Jan Alexander Maisch
International Vice President of Communications – Jennifer McGhee Siler
Name a secret/hidden talent.
Linda Welch Ablard: I can make balloon animals.
Stacy De Martini Bruton: I can touch the tip of my tongue to my nose.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Home Decorator
Sandy McDonald Davis: Juggling and I love to organize things.
Emily Erkel: Tap dancer
Debbie Tilson Gill: I think my hidden talent is still hidden, but I do know how to make frames, cut mats for pictures.
Jan Alexander Maisch: I was able to water ski on my bare feet, but can still use trick skis.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Baking
If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Linda Welch Ablard: Peanut butter sandwiches
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Rib eye (medium), thin cut French fries, and banana pudding
Jana Andriano Clayton: Mexican food
Sandy McDonald Davis: Mexican food
Emily Erkel: Berries – strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
Debbie Tilson Gill: Spaghetti with meat sauce
Jan Alexander Maisch: Seasonal salads
Jennifer McGhee Siler: French toast
What was the last text you sent?
Linda Welch Ablard: Just got home. Call after 9:15. I have one ADPi call to return.
Stacy De Martini Bruton: I sent my daughter Brooke a text that said, “Sweet dreams. Hope you feel better tomorrow. Love you.”
Jana Andriano Clayton: a picture from FB
Sandy McDonald Davis: To my friend Dawn, “I will call you on my way to work.”
Emily Erkel: to my sister Mary planning a weekend for us to see a musical in Memphis.
Debbie Tilson Gill: I texted my daughter when we finished a Grand Council call this evening to say, “We just finished, are the twins still up, I’m on my way to get hugs before they go to bed!”
Jan Alexander Maisch: WLFEO <>
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Thanks to a neighbor for retrieving a package off my porch while we were out of town.
Are there any other Alpha Delta Pi members in your family?
Linda Welch Ablard: 3 sisters.
Stacy De Martini Bruton: I have two daughters who are Alpha Delta Pis: Claire who was initiated at Beta Nu and Brooke who was initiated at Delta Delta. I also have a niece Morgan who was initiated at Delta Delta.
Jana Andriano Clayton: My niece and my sister.
Sandy McDonald Davis: My younger sister Susan.
Emily Erkel: No – my dad is a Sigma Chi, two sisters are Chi Omegas and one sister is a Kappa Delta
Debbie Tilson Gill: My two daughters are ADPis.
Jan Alexander Maisch: Yes, my daughter, a niece, and a sister-in-law.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: No
What is the coolest part of being on GC?
Linda Welch Ablard: Working with amazing women.
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Being able to interact regularly with collegians and alumnae across the country.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Having the opportunity to be part of the future of ADPi.
Sandy McDonald Davis: By far, it has to be initiating new members and installing new Alpha Delta Pi chapters. Their enthusiasm and love for Alpha Delta Pi is amazing and energizing!
Emily Erkel: Performing at Leadership Seminar
Debbie Tilson Gill: Having the opportunity to be intimately involved in the Strategic Plan for the future of our sisterhood, and working with amazing sisters everyday!
Jan Alexander Maisch: It is incredible to share our ritual and traditions with thousands of alumnae and college women across the country and in Canada. It is a wonderful to see members living the values our founders left us and passing these things on to so many sisters as well as sisters who will come after them.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Getting to meet and work with more sisters and getting to visit Memorial Headquarters on a regular basis.
How long have you been on Council?
Linda Welch Ablard: 15 years
Stacy De Martini Bruton: 5 years
Jana Andriano Clayton: 1 year
Sandy McDonald Davis: 5 years
Emily Erkel: 5 years
Debbie Tilson Gill: 1 year
Jan Alexander Maisch: 3 years
Jennifer McGhee Siler: 3 years
Who do people tell you that you look like?
Linda Welch Ablard: My mother
Stacy De Martini Bruton: My mother
Jana Andriano Clayton: Katie Couric
Sandy McDonald Davis: It’s never anyone famous. Usually my mom or my sister, which I take as a compliment.
Emily Erkel: A very minor character (no spoken lines) in Sense and Sensibility.
Debbie Tilson Gill: My dad
Jan Alexander Maisch: I grew up with three brothers, so I always used to say look for the person who looks like their sister.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Used to be Princess Diana as we had a similar haircut for while, but no one in particular recently.
Who is your celebrity crush?
Linda Welch Ablard: Sam Elliott
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Tom Selleck has been my celebrity crush for more than 30 years.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Brad Pitt
Sandy McDonald Davis: George Clooney
Emily Erkel: Daniel Craig
Debbie Tilson Gill:
Jan Alexander Maisch: George Clooney
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Kevin Costner
What was your last home improvement project?
Linda Welch Ablard: It wasn’t last, but years ago, Gary and I with his brother and his wife, installed a hardwood floor in our Island cottage on Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. I was the chief on measuring boards and cutting them on the table saw. I can run a table saw.
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Having a new light fixture installed in the dining room.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Cleaning and organizing my closet
Sandy McDonald Davis: Painted my entryway and dining room with new carpet up the stairs.
Emily Erkel: New roof (I didn’t attempt that one myself)
Debbie Tilson Gill: Hardwood floors.
Jan Alexander Maisch: The beach house deck
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Enlarging the screened in porch.
Name one of your guilty pleasures.
Linda Welch Ablard: Dark chocolate
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Needlepoint
Jana Andriano Clayton: Shopping
Sandy McDonald Davis: I love to sit on my front porch and read all the magazines that seem to pile up.
Emily Erkel: Mint chocolate chip ice cream
Debbie Tilson Gill: Chocolate—in any form!
Jan Alexander Maisch: Getting a facial or massage
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Chocolate
What has been the best concert you’ve attended?
Linda Welch Ablard: Jimmy Buffet
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Air Supply, which gives you a hint as to how old I am.
Jana Andriano Clayton: The Rolling Stones
Sandy McDonald Davis: Elton John and Billy Joel did a concert together and it was a great show!
Emily Erkel: I took my mom to the Beach Boys – it was a fabulous show.
Debbie Tilson Gill: The Eagles
Jan Alexander Maisch: The Rolling Stones
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Elvis in the 1970’s
Come back next week for the last installment of “Get To Know Grand Council”!