In celebration of our alliance with the National Women’s History Museum, Phi Mu is pleased to honor 19 living and 19 “chapter eternal” members as our inaugural Phi Mu History Makers. These women have made outstanding contributions in their personal and professional lives and represent the best of our vibrant sisterhood.
Our initial class of “chapter eternal” honorees was announced in November 2018 and that group included authors, explorers, the first women to fly solo around the world, renowned performers, philanthropists, diplomats, trailblazing journalists, and a woman who fought for the right to vote.
We honored our living History Makers at a special Founders’ Day celebration on March 4, 2019 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga.

2019 Phi Mu History Makers

Tena Clark

Alpha Omicron Chapter – University of Southern Mississippi

Grammy Award-Winning Producer, Songwriter, Author and Activist


Tammy McClain Cohen, SHRM-CP, PHR

Alpha Lambda Chapter – Louisiana Tech University

Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Infomart, the 7th largest identity and background screening company

Founder and Partner, Amy & Tammy’s Boxed Lunch Company


Iris Cumming Critchell

Iota Sigma Chapter – University of Southern California

Pioneering Aviator and 1936 Olympic Swimmer


Leyanis Diaz

Theta Gamma Chapter – Florida International University

Founder of Major Marketplace, Miss Black Florida USA 2017, Blogger and Motivational Speaker


Danielle Donehew

Theta Zeta Chapter – Georgia Institute of Technology

Executive Director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and Member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame


Rebecca Faye Smith Galli

Gamma Lambda Chapter – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Author, Advocate and Columnist


Dana Ivey

Alpha Omega Chapter – Rollins College

Actress and Five-Time Tony Nominee


Hallie Jackson

Gamma Tau Chapter – Johns Hopkins University

NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Anchor “MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson”


Hon. Beverly B. Martin

Alpha Iota Chapter – Mercer University

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


Pat Mitchell

Alpha Alpha Chapter – University of Georgia

Media Industry CEO, Emmy Award-Winning Producer and Activist


Debbie Phelps

Beta Chi Chapter – Fairmont State University

Motivational Speaker, Author, Educator and Executive Director of the Education Foundation of the Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc.


Vicki Phillips, Ed.D.

Delta Tau Chapter – Western Kentucky University

Executive Vice President and Chief Education Officer, National Geographic Society


Maria Renz

Beta Tau Chapter – Drexel University

Vice President of Delivery Experience, Amazon


Jennifer Rhatigan, Ph.D., PE

Alpha Nu Chapter – University of Florida

Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and Former NASA Engineer


Kimberly Schlapman

Alpha Gamma Chapter – Samford University

Multi-Grammy Award-Winning Singer Songwriter for Little Big Town and Entrepreneur


Evett Simmons, Esq.

Alpha Tau Chapter – Florida Southern College

Distinguished Attorney, Property Developer, Motivational Speaker and Author


Kathryn Stockett

Alpha Zeta Chapter – University of Alabama

Author of The Help


Mary Ellen Weber, Ph.D.

Delta Epsilon Chapter – Purdue University

Retired NASA Astronaut and Chemical Engineer


Lieutenant General Frances C.  Wilson, Ed.D.

Delta Nu Chapter – Michigan State University

Distinguished Marine and Former President of the National Defense University