Students elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Provost Tiefenthaler named honorary member

Seniors Caroline Kirwin and Darren Lindamood were among those inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on April 16.

By Kerry M. King (’85)
Office of Creative Services
Posted on May 17, 2008

Seventeen juniors and 57 seniors were inducted into Wake Forest’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa on April 16. They represent just 2 percent of the junior class and 8 percent of the senior class. Provost Jill Tiefenthaler was inducted as an honorary member.

The G.W. Greene Scholarship, given to the junior or juniors with the highest academic average, was presented to Anna Christine Fedders, a chemistry and biochemistry major from Beckley, W. Va.; Samantha Ashton Heuertz, a biology major from Charlotte; and Glenn (Yan) Zhao, a biology major from Nashville, Tenn. The award was established in 1997 by Dr. and Mrs. W. Donald Moore in honor of Dr. Moore’s grandfather, the Rev. George W. Greene. Dr. Moore was in the first group of Phi Beta Kappa members to be inducted at Wake Forest in 1941.

Tiefenthaler, a graduate of Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., was named an honorary member since Saint Mary’s does not have a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn her master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Duke University. She had taught at Colgate University since 1991 before being named provost at Wake Forest last summer.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. The first chapter was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776; Wake Forest’s chapter was chartered in 1941.

Students are elected to membership based on their academic record as well as good character.

New members, their hometown, and major(s):


  • Derek Thomas Bernstein, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Chemistry-Biochemistry
  • Nora Ellen Brickhouse, Winston-Salem; Spanish, Anthropology
  • Carolyn Michelle Conklin, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Anthropology
  • Laura Christine Crysel, Lewisville, NC; Psychology
  • Anna Christine Fedders, Beckley, W.Va.; Chemistry-Biochemistry
  • Erik Robert Forseth, Chesapeake Beach, Md.; Physics, Math
  • Cameron Elizabeth Frothingham, Durham, NC; Anthropology
  • Alisa Marie Garatoni, San Antonio, Texas; Elementary Education
  • Samantha Ashton Heuertz, Charlotte; Biology
  • Joseph Charles LaBaw, Fletcher, NC; Philosophy, Economics
  • James Patrick Nelli, Gastonia, NC; Physics
  • Benjamin Jacob McMichael, Macon, Ga.; Mathematical Economics
  • Bennett James Stancil, Belmont, NC; Economics
  • Christopher Conn Sukenik, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Finance, French
  • Mary Elizabeth Ward, Columbia, SC; Biology
  • Megan Renee Wright, Kings Mountain, NC; Biology
  • Yan Zhao, Nashville, Tenn.; Biology


  • Andrew James Alexander, Lexington, Ky.; Biology
  • Rebecca Ann Beckett, Winston-Salem; Political Science
  • Brian David Blaker, Florence, SC; Chemistry
  • Nancy Elizabeth Bonifant, Silver Spring, Md.; Chemistry
  • Rachael Prewitt Bryan, Orlando, Fla.; Chemistry
  • Christina Anna Chauvenet, Charleston, W.Va.; Political Science
  • Robert Matthias Clark, Carlisle Pa.; Finance
  • Amanda Sarah Collett, Lewis Center, Ohio; Psychology
  • Melanie Diane Cost, West Chester, Pa.; Economics
  • Benjamin David Cotey, Kingsport, Tenn.; Religion
  • Sara Catherine Crowe, Litchfield Conn.; Political Science
  • William Thomas Daniel, Charlotte; Political Science, French
  • Lydia Lee Dorsey, Atlanta, Ga.; Anthropology
  • Jane Esther Durand, Holtsville, NY; Business
  • Christine Julia Eckhardt, Orange Park, Fla.; Communication
  • Kathryn Claire Edwards, Hawley, Pa.; Psychology
  • Eric Robert Ellis, Lookout Mountain, Tenn.; Latin, Greek
  • Jamie Kathleen Espensen-Sturges, McAllen, Texas; History, Anthropology
  • Jessica Ann Flisek, Bethel Park, Pa.; Economics
  • Louis Charles Frazier, Winston-Salem; Biology
  • Matthew Michael Goetz, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Political Science
  • Emily Ann Goldman, Cincinnati, Ohio; Communication
  • Alimer Roberto Gonzalez, Miami, Fla.; Health and Exercise Science
  • Anthony Wayne Hall, King, NC; Education: Social Studies
  • Alexandra Lynn Harrison, Bethesda, Mass.; Spanish
  • Amy Elizabeth Holbrook, Johnson City, Tenn.; Communication
  • Margaret Ann Jarrell, Columbus, Ga.; Religion, Art History
  • Michelle Sherie Johnson, Middleburg, Fla.; Political Science, Economics
  • Bryan Davis Keith, Winchester, Va.; Political Science, Communication
  • Caroline Huntly Kirwin, E. Fallowfield, Pa.; Business
  • Katherine Cottingham Kitchin, Cincinnati, Ohio; Communication
  • Kevin Michael Kuppler, Canfield Ohio; Chemistry
  • Eric Ferriday Lange, Indianapolis, Ind.; Religion
  • Darren Paul Lindamood, Houston, Texas; English
  • Daniel Vincent Lovrich, Johnstown, Pa.; Finance
  • Anne Charlotte Lutin, Lincolnton, NC; Biology
  • Mary Theresa Mader, Minneapolis, Minn.; Finance
  • Emily Wonnell Mathews , Williamsburg, Va.; Sociology
  • Rachael Kim Mongold, Chantilly, Va.; Art History
  • Amy Louise Mueller, Bethesda, Md.; History
  • Kaj Preston Neilsen, Ashburn, Va.; Political Science, Economics
  • David Gordon Nix, Jacksonville, Fla.; Studio Art, Japanese
  • Elizabeth O’Callaghan Nurmi, Washington, DC; Elementary Education
  • Matthew Robert Olson, Dallas, Texas; Business
  • Joy Elise Phillips, Kingsport, Tenn.; Psychology
  • Devon Morgan Benelli Reed, Findlay, Ohio; Spanish
  • Renée Lynn Roedersheimer, Cincinnati, Ohio; Business
  • Sarah Conyous Rolfes, Atlanta, Ga.; Spanish
  • Theodore Malcolm Russell Jr., Madison, NJ; Finance
  • Jonathan Paul Schlosser, Morris Plains, NJ; Finance
  • Kevin Douglas Shafer, St. Helena, Calif.; Political Science, History
  • Kristen Michelle Shepherd, West Friendship, Md.; History, Spanish
  • Elizabeth Gaylen Simmons, Norcross, Ga.; Health and Exercise Science
  • Margaret Elizabeth Smith, Fort Worth, Texas; English
  • Sophia Ann Vandergrift, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Political Science, History
  • Jessica Lynn Whicker, Thomasville, NC; Chemistry
  • Peter Ward Youngblood, Fletcher, NC; German, Religion