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.
This series of blog posts, we will introduce you to the women who serve on Grand Council through some questions that they’ve answered. So, 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
What is the first concert you went to?
Linda Welch Ablard: Willie Nelson
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Kris Kristofferson
Jana Andriano Clayton: John Cougar Mellencamp
Sandy McDonald Davis: The Osmonds at the Ohio State Fair when I was 6!
Emily Erkel: Amy Grant with the church youth group in middle school
Debbie Tilson Gill: KC and The Sunshine Band……sad, but true!
Jan Alexander Maisch: Beach Boys
Jennifer McGhee Siler: James Taylor
What is your favorite quote?
Linda Welch Ablard: “Remember that whatever I have done worth remembering, I know that the founding of our society is one of them.” – Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald
Stacy De Martini Bruton: “Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” Simon Sinek
Jana Andriano Clayton: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” Maya Angelou
Sandy McDonald Davis: “She packed up her potential and all she had learned, grabbed a cute pair of shoes and headed out to change a few things.”
Emily Erkel: “We’re not primarily put on this earth to see through one another but to see one another through.”
Debbie Tilson Gill: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Jan Alexander Maisch: Throw what you know sisters<>
Jennifer McGhee Siler: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”
What is your favorite Alpha Delta Pi item/memorabilia?
Linda Welch Ablard: My Grand Council badge
Stacy De Martini Bruton: The lion door decoration that was put on my dorm door when I pledged.
Jana Andriano Clayton: My badge.
Sandy McDonald Davis: My badge and the pin box that my Diamond sister Whitney Davis Peters gave me as an initiation gift.
Emily Erkel: Blue handled scissors from my year as an LC – I have used them every day in my kitchen for 20 years and they’re still going strong
Debbie Tilson Gill: My pin
Jan Alexander Maisch: My ADPi badge because I used it in the initiation ceremony with my niece and daughter.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: My original badge, followed closely by my Adelphean Grand Council badge.
What is your favorite beauty product?
Linda Welch Ablard: St. Ives Vitamin D lotion
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Clinique Sonic System Cleansing Brush
Jana Andriano Clayton: Trish McEvoy makeup
Sandy McDonald Davis: I love Urban Decay’s Naked3 eye palette. Beautiful colors!
Emily Erkel: face lotion with sunscreen
Debbie Tilson Gill: Mascara
Jan Alexander Maisch: Tinted sunscreen
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Clinique Seven Day Scrub
What perfume do you wear?
Linda Welch Ablard: Opium
Stacy De Martini Bruton: I do not wear perfume anymore.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Trish #6
Sandy McDonald Davis: Obsession and Stella McCartney
Emily Erkel: none
Debbie Tilson Gill: “She” by Armani
Jan Alexander Maisch: Bond No.9 –Scent of Peace
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Estee Lauder Youth Dew
What is your favorite gift to give?
Linda Welch Ablard: Photos or photobooks
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Anything monogrammed
Jana Andriano Clayton: Lions
Sandy McDonald Davis: I love to give things that are monogrammed or personalized in some way. Monogrammed stationery from expressionery.com is a go to gift.
Emily Erkel: anything monogrammed
Debbie Tilson Gill: books
Jan Alexander Maisch: Birthday Cards and ADPi wristbands
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Something that matches the uniqueness of the person receiving the gift.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
Linda Welch Ablard: Christmas because of family time.
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Christmas – I love the music, the sense of excitement, the hustle and bustle, the holiday smells, the lights, the decorating, the making and buying of gifts, the cooking, writing and sending holiday cards, and having my family home.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Christmas – love my ADPi themed tree.
Sandy McDonald Davis: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I think it is often lost because it seems as though people skip from Halloween right to Christmas.
Emily Erkel: Easter – celebrating the crux of our Christian faith, hiding eggs, and spring dresses.
Debbie Tilson Gill: Christmas. I love having my family together. I love Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, holiday paper, Christmas music, seeing our church decorated with greenery and Chrismons on the tree.
Jan Alexander Maisch: My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because you gather together family and friends to share a meal and to consider all that we have to be thankful for in our lives. No one’s expecting shiny wrapped presents, firecrackers, colored eggs, or to wear a costume.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Christmas. I enjoy all the family gatherings, fun, excitement, and surprises.
What is your favorite snack?
Linda Welch Ablard: Wheat Thins
Stacy De Martini Bruton: The Chex Mix that my husband makes.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Chips and dip
Sandy McDonald Davis: Crunchy Cheetos
Emily Erkel: a piece of fruit
Debbie Tilson Gill: popcorn
Jan Alexander Maisch: Skinny Pop popcorn
Jennifer McGhee Siler: M&Ms
Any famous people in your family tree?
Linda Welch Ablard: No.
Stacy De Martini Bruton: No famous people that anyone would have heard of, but I am a descendent of the first French child born in the Americas.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Not that I know of!
Sandy McDonald Davis: President Dwight Eisenhower is a distant cousin on my dad’s side.
Emily Erkel: Richard Warren – arrived on the Mayflower
Debbie Tilson Gill: John Sevier is my eighth great-grandfather.
Jan Alexander Maisch: I have a brother who was mayor of St. Augustine, FL, another brother who was The State Attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, I have a cousin who is a circuit court judge, and my father received a purple heart.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: None that I know of.
Linda Welch Ablard: Pensacola Beach
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Santa Fe, New Mexico a few weeks ago with my daughters, my best friend and ADPi little sister, and my real little sister. We had a fabulous time.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Heber Springs, AR
Sandy McDonald Davis: Watercolor, FL
Emily Erkel: May 2015 a week in London but I squeeze in fun as much as I can when I travel
Debbie Tilson Gill: North Myrtle Beach
Jan Alexander Maisch: Visiting our daughter in New York City.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Hilton Head, SC
If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Linda Welch Ablard: Writing a book.
Stacy De Martini Bruton: My daughter Claire’s upcoming wedding.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Finding a way to engage all alumnae.
Sandy McDonald Davis: Organizing all of the pictures we’ve taken of the kids over the years and actually creating albums for each of them. Not sure a year is enough time!
Emily Erkel: Providing sturdy, supportive, culturally appropriate shoes to the adults and children in and around Chichicastenango, Guatemala
Debbie Tilson Gill: Making the Alpha Delta Pi collegiate experience the very best it can be.
Jan Alexander Maisch: I would like to work on a sisterhood project that concentrates on membership engagement and retention.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Improving the organization in my house and particularly my office, even the computer files.
What is something you do every day?
Linda Welch Ablard: Wash my hair.
Stacy De Martini Bruton: I read for pleasure every day.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Monitor my steps.
Sandy McDonald Davis: Almost every day, I start my day drinking coffee on my front porch and catch up on email.
Emily Erkel: Walk 10K steps
Debbie Tilson Gill: Talk to/text my daughters and tell them I love them and feed the dog.
Jan Alexander Maisch: I workout almost every day and it includes a run or walk either outside in my neighborhood, on an elliptical machine, or on the beach.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Cross-stitch, embroidery, or sewing depending on the current project underway.
What are you most passionate about?
Linda Welch Ablard: My family
Stacy De Martini Bruton: Alpha Delta Pi is my greatest passion.
Jana Andriano Clayton: My family.
Sandy McDonald Davis: Hands down, my family. They are my heart.
Emily Erkel: Treating others with kindness
Debbie Tilson Gill: my grandsons
Jan Alexander Maisch: I was able to experience the support of having sisters, and it is an indescribable feeling. It made me passionate about giving back to help ADPi sisters. I believe every sister deserves to know we live for each other.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Making sure I do the best I can in whatever I am working on, whether it be an Alpha Delta Pi project, volunteering at my church or in the community, making my house a comfortable home always welcoming to guests, or hosting friends and family.
What have you gained by being a member of a sorority?
Linda Welch Ablard: The world!
Stacy De Martini Bruton: At first blush I would say I have gained more than 230,099 sisters, but on deeper reflection I can say that I have gained a constant in my life that always offers opportunities for sisterhood, personal development, and personal values to help me lead a rich and useful life.
Jana Andriano Clayton: Lifetime friendships
Sandy McDonald Davis: I’ve gained strong female friendships and mentors who have taught me so much and inspired me to be the best version of myself. I try to model that to our members every day.
Emily Erkel: Leadership opportunities, mentors, friends, laughter, frustration, inspiration, and continuous learning
Debbie Tilson Gill: The list is endless, but the most important thing I have gained are sisters/friends that will last a lifetime!
Jan Alexander Maisch: I can honestly say that being an ADPi member has brought me long-lasting bonds of sisters and friends. I have gained relationships that have lasted a lifetime. I am grateful for the friendships that the sorority has brought me and will cherish my sisters for the rest of my life.
Jennifer McGhee Siler: I have gained tremendous leadership skills, learned the true value of service to others, made friendships and met sisters who are now close friends that I never would have met without the sorority. I am challenged every day—to think differently, to see value in everything, to learn new things, and to know there is always a sister to talk to.
What is your favorite book?
Linda Welch Ablard: Boy’s Life
Stacy De Martini Bruton: The Velveteen Rabbit
Jana Andriano Clayton: Any Catherine Coulter’s FBI series
Sandy McDonald Davis: To Kill a Mockingbird and every book in the Harry Potter series.
Emily Erkel: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Debbie Tilson Gill: I have too many! I love to read: children’s books, mysteries, mindless “beach” books, whatever!
Jan Alexander Maisch: The Emperor’s Handbook by Marcus Aurelius
Jennifer McGhee Siler: Whatever I am reading at the moment.