Lead Advisor for the New England Region Alumni Association (NERA)
Julie was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa in October of 2006. She is very proud to be affiliated with Phi Theta Kappa and a member and leader of the prestigious NERA association. Julie graduated in 2012 with her Associate in Science degree from Manchester Community College. After graduation Julie became involved with NERA immediately and served as the Executive Vice-President 2012-2013. She then served as the associations Treasurer from 2013-2014. Once completing her terms, Julie volunteered to be the lead advisor for NERA. She believed in the concept of ‘paying-it-forward’ out of gratitude and her personal and academic growth experienced in all other previous roles. Julie believes in being involved in community activities, participating in bringing awareness of Phi Theta Kappa and NERA, and continued access of the wealth of benefits and scholarships the society has to offer. Due to these beliefs she continues to work hard as the lead advisor for NERA by giving her full attention to the association and bringing awareness of the same to alumni throughout New England.
Phi Theta Kapa, Alumni Advisory Board, New England Region Representative & New England Region Alumni Association, Executive Vice-President
Jodi LeBel-Christian is a United States Navy veteran, serving honorably for eight years. She was part of the first wave of enlisted women to join the fleet and was awarded multiple ribbons and medals including a Good Conduct Medal, Battle ‘E’ Ribbon, and multiple Sea Service Ribbons plus more. She earned a Computer Science Associates from Becker College, graduating with highest honors and being awarded Who’s Who Among American Junior Colleges. While at Becker she was an outstanding two-sport student athlete in Basketball and softball, receiving the Captains’ Award her senior year. Jodi was also selected as a Residential Advisor for her senior year. She also earned a Computer Accounting certificate from Salter College. Jodi graduated with highest honors from Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) with an associate degree in Criminal Justice. She then earned her bachelor degree in Liberal Arts from Bay Path University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Jodi currently is enrolled in the Master of Higher Education program at Bay Path University. While at QCC, Jodi lead her chapter to their first Five Star Chapter Development level while earning a Distinguished Honors in Action award, College Project Award, and Most Distinguished chapter runner-up. Jodi also served as the New England Region president in conjunction with her second year as QCC’s chapter president. She continued as a volunteer advisor with QCC while earning her bachelor degree. Jodi’s a single mom to three college young adults Michael, Amanda, and Zachary.
Leslie Collins is a two-time graduate from Gateway Community College in New Haven CT. She formally held the position of Vice President of Fellowship for the Alpha Xi Theta Chapter of PTK. She works as a Registered Nurse in Meriden CT and also holds a BS in Public Health from Southern Connecticut State University. She is currently enrolled in the MSN in Operational Leadership program at Quinnipiac University. As Secretary of NERA she hopes to be a part of growing a more cohesive alumni network and helping the New England Region meets its goals.
Livingston Stuart Thomas
2016 – Pres: PTK-NERA Southern Regional VP
Graduated from Staples High School, Westport, Conn. in 1983. Enlisted for four years in the US Marine Corps from 1983 to 1987.
Enrolled into Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, Conn. in 2001 to 2003. Joined the Black Student Union and was Club Secretary for two semesters.
Returned to Housatonic in 2008 until graduation in 2016, with an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Technology (Manufacturing/Engineering option)
2013 was ordained a Deacon at his church, Charity Christian Temple, Bridgeport, Conn.
In 2014 was inducted into three organizations at HCC, Phi Theta Kappa (ΦΘΚ), Sigma Alpha Pi (ΣΑΠ), and Epsilon Pi Tau (EΠΤ).
Livingston started attending the Chi-Rho chapter meetings of PTK in the fall of 2014. In 2015, he accepted the Chapter Secretary position for the Spring semester.
During the Fall semester of 2015, the Chapter President at the time chose not return to HCC. After a Mid-October unanimous vote, Livingston was chosen to be the new Chi-Rho chapter President. Over the next seven months Livingston led the chapter out of obscurity from a half-star level, non-visible on campus, non-viable chapter, to an actively participating regional four star level chapter. Due to graduation, Livingston stepped down as chapter President in May of 2016.