Hi region! I’m Danielle Marie Whitlock, your regional president. I am a pre-law major at Mt. Hood Community College. My personal goal is eventually to become a judge and get involved in politics. There are a lot of things that happen in our country today that I don’t necessarily agree with and I know that many others do not agree with as well. I want to work to create real life change in not just my life but the lives of others as well.
Since I was a very young girl I have always loved being involved in Phi Theta Kappa. The fellowship and learning opportunities have been amazing and I have seen so many amazing regional teams. This year I was finally able to be involved as an active member and the more I participated the more I saw something. I saw a need within the region and the chapters for more communication and inclusivity. I decided to run for office so that I could help that cause and so that we can have a more connected region.
My main goal for this year is to increase communication within the region. This means not only having direct contact from the regional team to the chapters, but also by having the chapters connect with one another. Throughout the year, I will be dedicated to helping our chapters and members in any and every way that I can.
Outside of the regional team I hold office in my hoe chapter of Rho Theta as the Vice President of Fellowship, as well as the Scholarship Director. In my everyday life, I like to swim, read books, and just spend time with people. I have a love of comic books and practice gore special effects makeup regularly. I also spend a good deal of time practicing in a mermaid tail. I make sure to always spend time being silly and goofy when I can. I find it is important to do all that in order to keep up my positive mental attitude.
Regional Vice President
Donnie Molleson is serving his second year as the Vice President of the Rocky Mountain-Cascade Region. Last year, he was very honored to be a member of the RMC Leadership Team which was awarded the most Distinguished Regional Officer Team award for 2017-18. He has high ambitions this year and would like to see the region continued to excel at the International level.
Donnie was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa into the Alpha Kappa Omicron chapter (Salem) in Spring of 2016. He has served as the chapter Vice President, President, and Student Advisor. He has been a student at Chemeketa Community College since the 2014 Fall term. Donnie is retired and using his time to earn an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) Degree.
Vice President of Communication
Hello fellow Phi Theta Kappans! My name is Anjolina Horzynek, and I am the Vice President of Communication this year. I am currently finishing my Associate of Arts Transfer Degree, and would like to study Educational Administration. One of my main goals in life is to inspire people, especially children, in any way possible. I have a passion for teaching children, and would like to make a positive impact on educational policy in the future, so that we can educate the future generation in the most effective way possible.
My chapter advisor and a former regional officer inspired me to run for office, and I ultimately ran with the intent of making our region stronger and more united as a whole. My main goal for this year is to increase the regional leadership team’s activity on social media. Through this, I would like to increase communication both with our chapters in with other regions.
Back home, I am the president of my chapter, Alpha Sigma Xi, in The Dalles, Oregon. Outside of PTK, I enjoy practicing archery and photography, as well as spending time with my family friends, and dog. I also enjoy volunteering at an after-school technology club at the elementary school I went to. I’m looking forward to spending a wonderfully productive year with all of you!
Western District Executive
Hi all! My name is Dana Gann, and I am the Western District Executive. I am currently getting an Associate Graphic Design with an intensive in Interactive Media. I am pairing that with an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree. I plan to transfer to Oregon State University to study computer science. Some of my personal goals are to get more organized, do my jobs effectively and have fun.
I ran for regional office because I think that if you want to make a difference then you have to be a part of the change. Being a regional officer is a great way to make change happen. One of my major goals while I am in office is to improve the communication within the region.
I am currently the president of my home chapter, Alpha Kappa Omicron, at Chemeketa Community College. I have a variety of interests, including photography, which I have been doing since I was in high school. I am currently trying to pick up quilling. I love to travel and be outdoors. Camping is my favorite thing to do in the summer. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
Eastern District Executive
My name is Sarah Elizabeth Vargas. I am currently going for an AAOT Oregon Transfer Degree, but plan to transfer to a four-year university and double major in Business- Administration and Psychology. In my free time, I play a lot of video games and play music. I’ve been playing flute for eight years and am working on learning guitar and piano. I also write when I feel the inspiration (and am not burnt out from writing for school). Career-wise, I’m not completely certain about what I want to do, but I do know that I want to be a powerful leader in a position to help others. For now, I strive to make the best of every day and be as successful as possible academically.
For my local chapter, I act as the Vice President of Service. I started out in May and have been loving it ever since. I ran for regional office because I thought that it would be a good opportunity for me to work with others with the same values as me to make a difference in our region. I have grown up in Oregon and love the region, so I want to play a part in the betterment of the region’s communities.
Some of my goals for my time in office include organizing service projects, playing a part in improving communication within chapters, both in my district and the region as a whole, and learning all I can to improve myself and my professional perspective. I have high hopes for this year and I am excited to start making a change!
Northern District Executive
Hello, Rocky Mountain Cascade Region!
My name is Warren Gunn, and I am your new Northern District Executive.
I've been at Portland Community College for almost three years and plan to transfer to Oregon State University in the fall of 2019 to study bioengineering, as I'd like to develop sustainable technology that improves human and environmental health.
This fall marks my third year actively involved with PTK, and I decided to run for a regional office in order to learn and engage more with PTK as a whole. I hope to improve communication within and between chapters, encourage more members to attend regional conferences, and support chapters on their journey to five stars. I'm also the President of the Beta Pi Rho Chapter at PCC Southeast and was our Vice President of Scholarship during the 2017-18 academic year.
In addition to the time I spend on PTK activities, I also work part-time for my college's scholarship foundation and my campus' STEM Center, and I'm the managing director of a non-profit arts collective based in Portland. When I actually get free time, I like to volunteer with the Children's Book Bank of Oregon and community cleanup events, read, hike, cook, and spend hours scrolling through the Netflix menu without ever selecting anything to watch.
Southern District Executive
My name is Kaitlyn Frump, now Kaitlyn Drollinger as I got married this summer, and giving back is my whole life's goal. I grew up in a broken family and am no stranger to abuse and trying to survive high school in that situation was rough on my own. Thankfully I was not alone and I received an enormous amount of support from teachers, colleagues, and new found friends. With that being said I was helped tremendously and now I want to give back. In 2015 I received the Horatio Alger National Scholarship and the International PEO Scholarship. These both changed my life forever and sparked my interest not only in continuing to rise but to helping others around me too.
It now has been three years since my graduation and I am currently a sophomore at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. I am pursuing a degree in business management and am striving towards becoming a CEO of a non profit organization. Along with that I have become a PEO member, part of an organization of women helping women pursue further education, I am chapter president for Alpha Sigma Theta, and am a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. I have been on the Dean’s List every semester and hold a 3.95 GPA and my estimated graduation for my undergraduates is the fall of 2020.
I joined Phi Theta Kappa at the end of 2017 and have had two position, one as the vice president of service and my current position is the president of my chapter. I am honored to be a the regional southern district executive officer in the Rocky Mountain-Cascade Region and cannot wait to serve to the best of my ability. A major goal I have for this year is to help strengthen communication throughout not only my district, but between the regions. By sharing ideas, concerns, challenges, and goals we can build a stronger connection and a stronger region will come of it. So bring on the questions, bring on the stories, and bring on this year!
Columbia Gorge Community College
Alpha Sigma Xi Chapter
Associate Regional Coordinator
Portland Community College - Southeast Campus
Beta Pi Rho Chapter