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Susan Novak Smith ’77
We live in Fairfield, Connecticut and I work for American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) as the manager of our community based marketing programs for Au Pair in America. I have three children, Greg, John, and Carly. John graduated from UVa in 2005, Greg goes to Montana State University and Carly is a junior at Suffield Academy, a boarding high school in Connecticut. I have many fond memories of being a Theta and playing lacrosse at U.Va. I was in the charter class and remember meeting in an apartment. We had our spring formal at Monticello!
Ingrid (Nordquist) Houghton ’98
I cannot believe it was 13 years ago that I left the Theta house (98)! I have been married 10 years to a fellow UVA grad (Darden, 99) and we have three great kids. Amelia is 8 and in 2nd grade, she loves horses and already wants to go to UVA. Grayson is 5 and in Kindergarten, he loves chess and baseball. Matilda is 2 and loves everything about life! I teach a class at Boston University Law school, which is a great part time job. I keep up with a lot of Thetas on Facebook, which is lots of fun, and love the new newsletter. I hope to show the kids around UVA and the Theta house this June when we attend my husband’s 20th college reunion in Richmond (U of R).
Louise Phipps Senft ’83
Louise Phipps Senft, 1983 President of Kappa Alpha Theta’s Delta Chi Chapter of the University of Virginia and Founder & CEO of LPS & Associates/Baltimore Mediation, recently received a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Award for the Mid-Atlantic Region. This is the second Top 100 MBE Award for Louise Phipps Senft, who was also honored in 2009. The award was presented by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler, and MBE Award Founder/Program Director Sharon Pinder during ceremonies hosted by the Mayor’s Office of Minority and Women-Owned Business Development on October 23.
The Top 100 MBE Awards were created to recognize those enterprising women and minority entrepreneurs who fuel the country’s economy through their innovation, sacrifices, and dedication to their field. The awards also celebrate entrepreneurs for their significant and inspiring contributions to their clients, professions, industries and communities.
Louise Phipps Senft founded LPS & Associates/Baltimore Mediation, the first private mediation firm in Maryland, in 1993. Since that time, Louise has become one of the region’s leaders in the field of alternative dispute resolution. She has also pioneered the use of transformational and relational approaches to mediation and conflict transformation in the United States and abroad.
As a mediator, trainer, and executive coach, Senft has focused on negotiation and personality dynamics in the workplace, executive suite and boardroom. A mother of five, she has served on the boards of numerous organizations- from community associations to professional organizations and international non-profits- to advocate for safety, the environment, religious integrity, and women’s rights, among other causes