The TBSAA is led by an Executive Council (EC) comprised of 6 members who are elected at-large nationally by the membership of the TBSAA. Each position has a 4-year term and the elections are staggered biennially, so that 3 members are elected every two years. Distance elections utilizing online ballots are held during the month following each National Convention of the Sorority.
Each EC member must meet the following qualifications:
- At least 25 years of age
- A member in good standing of the TBSAA
- Hold an undergraduate college degree
- Demonstrate outstanding business ability
- Life Member of the Sorority
Each member of the Executive Committee has a different set of responsibilities. The EC elects its Chairperson from within its members. The Chair leads the meetings of the EC and is also an ex-officio member of the National Council of TBΣ. The other five members of the EC serve as the chair of a committee made up of volunteer members from the TBSAA membership. The EC also elects a Vice Chair to serve in the absence of the chairperson. Members of the EC may only serve up to two consecutive elected terms.
Membership Chair– email
David is a Life Member of the Gamma Omega chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at the University of Pittsburgh. He was initiated into the chapter on March 29, 1998. During his time at Pitt, he held several chapter offices including Parliamentarian, Corresponding Secretary, and President. He also served as the Northeast District President from 2001-2002, being one of the first men in the sorority elected to this position. As a member of the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band, David was a trumpet player, a field conductor, and served two years as the Assistant Drum Major. On March 10, 2002, David was extended Honorary Membership into the Omicron chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at West Virginia University.
David currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio and is a Sales Coach for Progressive Insurance where he is responsible for developing the selling skills and technical knowledge of new hires in the corporate headquarters. He hold a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management, and is excited to serve the organization as a member of the Executive Council.
Programs Committee Chair – email
Chris Foster was initiated into the Tau Chapter at the University of Houston in the spring of 1998. At UH, he served in several chapter offices, including the colony education officer for the Beta Omicron colony in 2002. He was elected to the SWD council as Secretary-treasurer and two terms as Southwest District President, being the first male member of the Sorority to do so. Chris was the 2004 recipient of The Baton Award for outstanding student leadership. He is an honorary member of the Beta Sigma chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and both the Southwest District of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi. He became a Life Member of the Sorority in 2003.
Currently, Chris is the Assistant Director of the University of Houston Graduate School. In that role, he serves as the graduate student academic policy and student records coordinator for the university. He serves as the Past President of the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band Alumni Association. Chris has earned his bachelor’s degree with a double major in music and communications from the University of Houston and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Sam Houston State University. A lifelong Houstonian, Chris enjoys travel, cooking, college football, Star Trek, and playing the tuba in the Houston Pride Band, where he serves as President.
Vice Chair of the Executive Council & Affiliate Relations Committee Chair- email
Amanda Dickson became a member of the Beta Zeta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Stephen F. Austin State University in the fall of 1996. In 2004, she transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington and became an active member of the Gamma Nu chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. While at UTA, she held the office of Chapter Parliamentarian along with Secretary/ Treasurer and President for the Southwest District.Amanda was the trumpet section leader and field instructor for the UTA Marching Band as well as principal chair for UTA’s Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. Amanda received her Bachelor’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master’s Degree in Trumpet Performance from Texas Tech University. She is now a private lesson instructor for middle and high school students and a freelance musician.
In 2008, Amanda was extended Honorary Membership to the Southwest District chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. Amanda currently resides in Houston, Texas, and is excited to serve the sorority as a member of the Executive Committee of the TBSAA.
Communications Committee Chair – email
René Mark I was initiated into the Beta Xi chapter at the University of Florida in April 2008. While active she served as the fellowship chair, corresponding secretary, and chapter president. She also served two years as the Southeast District Vice President for Special Projects. René graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism: Event Management in 2012 and became a Life Member of the Sorority in 2013.
René holds a Master of Arts in Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Chairperson of the TBSAA – email
Katie Dukes Rixon is a Life member of the Theta Theta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at Henderson State University. While at Henderson State, Katie received a Bachelor of Science in Education with concentration in Middle Level Education.
Katie was initiated into Tau Beta Sigma in the fall of 2006. During her time as an active member, Katie served as the Band and Community Service Coordinator and Treasurer for her chapter. Upon graduation, Katie joined the Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association and Southwest District Alumni Association. She served on the SWDAA Board of Directors in various roles- including serving three terms as the Chairperson.
Katie currently lives in Richardson, Texas with her husband, Christopher. When she isn’t teaching mathematics to her sixth grade students, Katie can be found serving as a volunteer at her church, spending time with her friends and family, and playing board games.
Finance Committee Chair – email
Tyra Yiare was initiated into the Eta Delta chapter of Howard University in the fall of 1988. While active in the chapter she served as VPM and Historian. During her tenure in the Howard University Showtime Marching Band, Tyra served as the section leader for the tenor saxophones and after two years changed over to the mellophone section where she served the remainder of her years in the band. Tyra became a life member of Tau Beta Sigma in 1994 also served as the caterer of the band. Tyra graduated from Howard University in 1993 with a degree in Political Science with a minor in Radio, TV and Film. Soon after graduation, Tyra decided to start her own catering business with the Howard University Marching Band being her first client. Over the years, Tyra’s company Whats In A Name Catering and Confections has grown from just starting out with her to three chefs and 4 helpers. Her company continues to thrive and grow and gain popularity throughout businesses within the DC, Maryland and Virginia area.
Tyra currently is a producing VP Sales Manager for UAMC/Eagle Mortgage, a division of Lennar Homes. Her office is located in Old Town Alexandria, Va. near the waterfront. Tyra has many years of experience in finance and management and currently holds a Master’s degree in Business Management and Marketing. She is currently pursuing her second Master’s in Project Management. Tyra currently lives in Mechanicsville Maryland where she is the choir director for her church children’s choir. She also loves the water and in her spare time loves to go out on her Cruiser and tour the Patuxent.