Cornell's sorority & fraternity community is among the oldest in the nation. The leadership, self-governance, integrity, and interpersonal skills that are developed, combined with the outside of the classroom educational experiences are what makes belonging to an organization so special. Staff are commited to striving towards becoming an example of excellence, and play our part in defining the next evolution of fraternity and sorority life.
Kara Miller McCarty
Kara received her B.A. in Psychology from Gannon University in Erie, PA, and her M.Ed. In Higher Education from the College of William and Mary in 2003. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. Prior to coming to Cornell in 2006, Kara worked as the Coordinator for Greek Affairs at the University of Miami (FL) for three years. Kara has worked with each of our undergraduate councils at Cornell but her primary role was the advisor to the Interfraternity Council (IFC) before she became the Director of OSFL in Summer 2017.
In her current role, Kara supervises the OSFL staff, helps to plan all programmatic and leadership initiatives for the sorority and fraternity community, is involved in the judicial processes for sororities and fraternities, communicates with sorority and fraternity alumni, and oversees the day-to-day management of sorority and fraternity life. Kara was the 2017-2018 president of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). She is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and serves on their Executive Council.
Dee received her B.A. in Political Science from Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY in 2011, and her M.Ed. in Student Affairs from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY in 2017. Prior to arriving in Ithaca, Dee served as a Residence Hall Director for a Sorority Affiliated complex, as well as an Admissions Counselor. Dee is a proud member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. She is passionate about social justice initiatives, with specific interest in lgbtq+ inclusion within the fraternity and sorority community.
Dee currently volunteers her time with the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors through various initiaitives and Delta Gamma Fraternity as a national volunteer serving as a Regional Panhellenic Support Specialist & Human Dignity Facilitator. She also serves the Cornell Community as a Board Member for the Cornell lgbtq+ Colleague Network Group. Dee resides in Ithaca with her two Italian Greyhounds, Penny & Luna.
Dee is responsible for advising the Panhellenic Council and assists the 13 member organizations in their planning, development, and coordination of various programs and initiatives. She also serves as the Order of Omega advisor as well as a University Crisis Manager.
Ricky received his B.A. in Foreign Languages- Spanish in 2017 and M.S. in College Student Personnel in 2019 from Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. Prior to arriving in Ithaca, Ricky served in a number of roles such as Volunteer Programs Graduate Assistant, Academic Success Coach, and Advisor to the United Greek Council. He is a member of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc and crossed in the Spring semester of 2012. He hails from the north side of the city of Chicago and is proud to be of Guatemalan descent.
In this current role, Ricky is responsible for advising the Multicultural Greek and Fraternal Council and assists the 12 member chapters in their planning, development, and coordination of various programs and initiatives. He also will assist with intake and retention efforts of chapters.
Lee received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS, and is working to complete his M.S. in College Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. In his previous role he served as an Associate Resident Director for a Fraternity and Sorority housing complex and as the primary advisor for the Interfraternity Council.
In his current role, Lee is responsible for advising the Interfraternity Council and assists the 35 member chapters in their planning, development and coordination of various programs and initiatives.
Collaborates with student and alumni leadership with budgeting, capital planning, and financial management of university-owned chapter houses.
Patty Case began her career in the Office in 1998. Currently working as Program Coordinator and providing support to the Director, the Greek Judicial Board, and the Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Council. She advises, trains, and supports student leaders and alumni on memberships, scholarships, finances, and budget. She also manages the Office website and communication postings. She serves on the Alcohol and Other Drugs committee, Student and Campus Life Communications Group, and the Maxient/MAX conduct database committee.