Sister Spotlight

Shining a Light on Sisterhood

Our chapter is full of interesting and talented sisters from all over the country. Each month we profile a different Tri Delta from our Alumnae chapter. Staying true to the bonds of perpetual friendship, our goal is get to know of membership better than ever!

If you’d like to be profiled or would like to nominate someone please send a photograph and brief bio including college, initiation year, hobbies, and of course your favorite Tri Delta memory to webmaster@trideltacleveland.org

Sample questions can be found HERE!

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mollieMollie Steadley

Where did you go to college? Miami University

Hometown? Westlake / Avon

What is the coolest thing that you collect? Cookbooks

What is the most unique vacation you’ve taken? Saratoga Springs Race Track in Saratoga, NY. Mollie spent 5 days watching the races while her dad taught her how to pick the winning horse!

Share one of your favorite collegiate memories. Driving to Cincinnatti (from Miami, Ohio) on the weekends with four Tri Delta roommates.

What is your favorite Tri Delta memorabilia? My hoodie sweatshirt – as old as it can be, but still Mollie’s go-to.

What do you like best about Northeast Ohio? The dedicated sports fans and my family.

Favorite drink? Pink Lemonade

Favorite local restaurant? Danny Boys in Rocky River

What’s on your bucket list? Spending a week in North Carolina at Samaritan’s Purse headquarters during their annual “Operation Christmas Child” where volunteers pack shoe boxes full of gifts for millions of children worldwide.

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Jessica Goad

Where did you go to college? University of Toledo

Occupation? Special Education Teacher

Growing up, what was your dream job? A kindergarten teacher

What is one thing that nobody knows about you? I can’t touch my toes

What is the coolest thing that you collect? Champagne corks

What is the most unique vacation you have had? Where was it? What made it unique? Diani Beach, Kenya. I was on a volunteer trip in Kenya and took a weekend trip to Mombasa with a group of friends. There was a backpackers resort off the coast. It was absolutely beautiful and completely last minute. I am normally the one to make reservations and check ratings before traveling anywhere. We rode camels on the beach and went snorkeling in the Indian Ocean.

What is your favorite college tradition? Chanting Tridelta cheers in the Greek Village

What is your claim to TriDelta fame? My framed composite picture that my mother thought was necessary to buy every year.
Favorite Tri Delta memory? Taking my Littles

Favorite local restaurant? Luxe

Favorite movie? Bridesmaids

Last book you’ve read? The Happiness Projects

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pic for basecampAli Lukacsy

Where did you go to college? Carnegie Mellon University

Occupation? Architect + entrepreneur

Growing up, what was your dream job? I’ve always wanted to be an architect. As a child, I spent hours setting up neighborhoods with my Polly Pockets and begging my parents to take me to the Philadelphia Home shows.

What is the coolest thing that you collect? Postcards of places I’ve traveled and art I love. I want to wallpaper all four walls of a room with this massive collection.

What is the most unique vacation you have had? Where was it? What made it unique? I traveled with a group of Tri Deltas from Carnegie Mellon to visit another Tri Delta working in Kenya. We camped on safari, swam in the Indian Ocean, rode camels, and visited tea plantations where women are empowered to harvest and sell the tea themselves.

If you could spend one day with any one person who would it be? Edie Sedgewick, one of Andy Warhol’s Factory Girls, in NYC in the 1960′s.

Which TriDelta-related item that you own is your favorite? I have so, so much Tri Delta gear, but my favorite is a huge foamcore board given to me by my big as a “Welcome to DDD” present. I remember coming back to my Freshman dorm from class and seeing the giant poster next to my room. I was so proud to be a sister and amazed at how much time and energy my big had invested to make me feel welcomed. I still have it at my parents’ house.

How’d you get to Cleveland?

I’m a Jersey Girl who went to college in Pittsburgh, and lived in China before moving back stateside and to Cleveland for a job offer.

What do you like best about the Cleveland area?I’ve been a Clevelander for three years and I couldn’t imagine a city more perfect for me. The culture and the people make it awesome. Everyone is so friendly and because it’s a midsized city transforming its identity, its so easy to make your mark and be a part of the process towards revitalization.

Favorite Tri Delta memory? Traveling with my Tri Delta collegiate sisters during and after school. We have the best times and each live in such diverse places.

Favorite local restaurant? The Grovewood Tavern, Barroco Grill, Felice.

What’s on your bucket list? Running a ½ marathon (in May!) and traveling more and more and more. This summer I’ll be exploring Iceland and Norway.

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Lisa Lawrence

Where did you go to college? University of Toledo

Husband/Significant Other? Trevor Lawrence

Kids (ages)? Caden (4) and Luke (2)

Hometown? Cleveland- West Park Neighborhood

What do you like best about the Cleveland area? Rich culture and the fact that we live so close to Lake Erie.

Occupation? Stay at home mom for last 2 years but my background is in Higher Education/Administration.  I worked at John Carroll University for six years prior to staying home.

What’s playing on your iPod? All types of music that I use for running outside.  Actually always looking for more ideas!

Fav cocktail/drink? Pinot Noir

Favorite Tri Delta memory? So many great memories but I would say those nights hanging out in our chapter house and going to convention as an alumni delegate.

Favorite local restaurant? Fahrenheit in Tremont and Blue Point downtown.  For more casual, Nuevo Acapulco 

Favorite food? Everything bagels, popcorn, and anything chocolate! Everything in moderation, right?

Last book you’ve read? Currently reading ‘Crazy Sexy Diet’ and ‘The Happiness Project’

One thing that would surprise people about you? Not so much about me, but a little fun fact is that my grandfather was the Mayor of Cleveland in the 1970’s

Craziest job you’ve had? Nothing crazy but worked in the restaurant business on and off since I was 14 as a bus girl, server, and bartender.  

Top travel destination? Hope to make it to Hawaii one day!

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Rachel Van Meter

Where did you go to college? The University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School

Occupation? I used to be a consulting actuary…now I stay home and raise my kids and promote the Body by Vi Challenge.

Husband/Significant Other? Mark Van Meter

Kids (ages)? Alex (6) and Tom (3.5)

Hometown? Needham, MA (home of Jessica Simpson’s baby daddy)

What do you like best about the Cleveland area? THE LAKE…and our place on Kelleys Island!

What’s playing on your iPod? Anything with a good beat I can work-out to. Right now my biggest treadmill motivator is Miss Jackson by Panic! at the Disco.

What is your favorite college tradition? Throwing toast onto the Football field. Penn fans throw toast onto Franklin Field after the third quarter of every home football game. The toast-throwing tradition — in response to the line “Here’s a toast to dear old Penn” in the school song “Drink a Highball” — was inspired by antics at screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The act of throwing toast was adopted after alcohol was banned from the stadium in the 1970’s. Students turned towards bread, and even bagels, so that they could continue to raise a “toast” to Penn.

If money (and vacation time) were no option, what would you do on a month-long vacation? And…if I could be away from my kids for  more than 1 day and magically not miss them (and vice versa)???? I would travel all throughout Europe…France, London, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greek islands, Italy, Vienna, Prague…ok, now I’m really jealous of my fake vacation!

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Jeannine Thompson

School: University of Pittsburgh. Initiation Year: 2005

Studied: Marketing; Minor: French; Certificate: International Business

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

What do you like best about Cleveland? I love all of the restaurants. Cleveland has great food!

Favorite local restaurant? Happy Dog

What is your favorite TriDelta-related item: I received a blanket from my big when I first joined Tri Delta. I still use that blanket, and it sits proudly out at my apartment all the time.

What is your favorite college tradition: This year I got season tickets with one of my Tri Delta sisters and some of our college friends for the University of Pittsburgh football games. I’m excited to have started this tradition with one of my sisters and we are hoping to continue it for many years to come.

What is the coolest thing that you collect: I collect Christmas ornaments from the cities around the world that I have been to. When I unpack my Christmas ornaments every year to decorate my tree I get to get to relive my trips and think about all the wonderful places I’ve been.

What is the most unique vacation you have had: I went to Budapest, Hungary a few years ago with a friend. We stayed in a hostel, we went caving and got to spend a day at their natural hot water spring spas.

What is your guilty pleasure: I love Disney movies, old and new.

One thing that would surprise people: I am an archer. I have been shooting archery since I was 11 years old and have competed and now just do it for fun.

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nikki_sisterhood spotlightNikki Figueiredo

School: UCLA

Majors: Political Science + Nursing

Employment: Cleveland Clinic, Main Campus

I recently moved to Lakewood from San Francisco’s Bay Area [and] so far I love it! I was a Tridelt at UCLA where I received a degree in Political Science. After that I pursed a career in book editing for a couple of years which included a move to New York (when I came back I moved to my hometown—right near San Francisco—to get my BS in nursing).

I am really looking forward to going on snowboarding trips this winter and taking walks around my neighborhood with a coffee in hand.

1. What is the most unique vacation you have had? Where was it? What made it unique? A family trip to the Amazon. We stayed at an eco lodge hotel that was built on stilts coming right out of the river and had monkeys jumping on us and macaws flying around daily!

2. What is your favorite college tradition? Celebrating victories in downtown Westwood.

3. What makes you feel pretty? When I’m wearing a new outfit and make-up.

4. What’s your favorite piece of TriDelta memorabilia? My favorite TriDelta item is my oversized coffee mug.

5. What’s on your bucket list? If money were no option, I would do a month long vacation through southeast Asia—visiting ancient ruins, jungles, fabulous beaches and luxury!

6. What is your guilty pleasure?My guilty pleasure is indulging in wine, dessert and a good book.

I’m so excited to get to know everyone!!!

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406353_3594450186174_838166804_nMelissa Grannetino

School: Denison University

Initiation Year: 2009

Major: Art History, Sociology and Anthropology

Employment: Cleveland Museum of Art

Interests: Art, film, travel

DDD Positions in College: Vice President of Public Relations (2 times), Class Correspondent and Vice President of Public Relations for Panhellenic

Positions in DDD Cleveland Alumnae Chapter: Collegiate-Alumnae Relations Chairperson

1. Growing up, what was your dream job? I wanted to be an astronaut and politician. I basically wanted to be John Glenn.

2. What is the coolest thing that you collect? Lilly Pulitzer dresses. I even snapped a pic in front of her house when I was in Palm Beach a few months ago…it’s for sale!

3. What is the most unique vacation you have had? Where was it? What made it unique? When I was 17, I went on a school trip to the Galapagos Islands. The endemic wildlife species are like nothing else on the planet! A lot of the animals aren’t afraid of humans, including that sharks that swam with me!

4. What is your favorite college tradition? The night before Bid Day, after our last recruitment round, all the women from every chapter would run into the middle of Sorority Circle (right next to the President’s House) and cheer/chant with excitement for the next day.

5. If you could spend one day with any one person (alive or dead), who would it be and why? I would like to spend the day in the Montparnasse area of Paris in the 1920s. I’d be excited to meet artists and writers like Picasso, Dalí and Hemingway. Think Midnight in Paris.

6. What is your guilty pleasure? I love watching the fourth hour of the Today Show, with Hoda Kotb (she’s a sister) and Kathie Lee Gifford.

7. What makes you feel pretty?  My pearl earrings, I don’t leave the house without them.

8. What do you like best about the Cleveland area? I love University Circle with all the cultural institutions and restaurants.

9. Favorite Cocktail/drink? Cosmopolitan.

10. Favorite Tri Delta memory? Bid Day!

11. What’s on your bucket list? Be on a reality TV show.

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Renee VanLaningham

renee2Lenexa, Kansas has given our Chapter a woman with a great heart, who enjoys spending time with her family, especially her nephew Tyler. She attended Wichita State University and was drawn to Tri-Delta because of our Christian ideals. It also didn’t hurt that she loves dolphins and pansies. Clearly, a sign she was born to be a Tri Delta woman!
Despite her love for dark chocolate, Renee manages to stay mentally and physically fit by working out, playing volleyball, and enjoying her hobbies; watching movies, going to wine tastings, playing billiards and cards. If her life had a soundtrack it would be My Next 30 Years by Tim McGraw, which is quite different from her New Kids on the Block days.
Renee is currently a Game Day Staff Coordinator for the Cleveland Indians, but if she could change careers she would either become a nurse, because she loves to help others, or a pilot, so she can travel the world.
Be sure to ask Renee about her great-grandmother’s cooking philosophy when making delicious pecan and dinner rolls the next time you see her.
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Sarah Ewing

sarahewingSarah Ewing is an initiate of Phi Alpha Chapter, of the University of Toledo, where she majored in psychology. She has a Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University, and works full-time as a Human Resources Manager at Aclara, an electronics manufacturing company in Solon. She currently resides in Sagamore Hills, with her husband Tim, stepson Tyler, and their adorable new baby Gabby!

Sarah joined Delta Delta Delta because she was looking for a way to become involved on Toledo’s campus. She renewed her loyalty to Tri Delta and embraced new friendships when she took a leap of faith and joined our Alumnae Chapter five years ago. Her desire to stay involved is proven through her leadership in our chapter, formerly serving as President, Vice President of Membership, and Vice President of Administration.

She pledged her life long commitment to our Fraternity by becoming a Life Loyal member. Her advice for anyone looking to join an alumnae chapter is “Just do it! Find something that interests you and go for it! I promise you will not regret it.”