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Carmel, Ind. – Phired Up is excited to share the recent hires of Tenea McGhee and Colleen Blevins to join our Education and Strategy team as Directors of Growth. Both new team members began their roles in early January and bring to Phired Up and TechniPhi years of varied experiences impacting campuses, councils, and students across the country.
“We are honored to welcome Tenea and Colleen to the Phamily. Their joining the team represents the future of Phired Up and our commitment to developing products and services that best support clients in creating the future of sorority and fraternity!” said RJ Taylor, Vice President of Phired Up.
Tenea McGhee earned her BA in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of North Texas and went on to earn her MA in Sociology from Clark Atlanta University. Most recently, Tenea served as an advisor to 8 NPHC organizations and 6 MGC organizations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
A member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. for 21 years, Tenea has spent 14 years in higher education working in various capacities; all of which have connections to working with culturally-based fraternities and sororities at a variety of institution types, including Private-HBCU, public, land-grant, and large flagship state universities. She’s served as a council advisor for organizations belonging to NPHC, NAPA, NALFO, and NMGC, and has been the campus liaison for seven charters and reactivations of culturally-based organizations. Tenea has also overseen incredible council membership growth, seeing 500% growth within four years (31 members to 187 members). As the Director of Growth, CBFO Specialist for Phired Up, Tenea will continue developing new tools, skills, and strategies that will help the organizations she’s most passionate about achieve their growth goals.
“I hope every professional, volunteer, and student in our industry get to spend at least 30 minutes talking with Tenea. There’s no doubt you’ll leave the conversation with a smile and a plan. Tenea is a gatherer, restorer, and a leading industry expert in culturally-based sorority and fraternity growth,” said RJ Taylor.
Outside of work, Tenea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, Line Dancing, playing Phase 10, and hanging out at the beach.
“Working with Phired Up will give me the opportunity to enhance and form relationships with individuals and organizations who seek to elevate culturally-based fraternal organization’s growth development experiences,” said Tenea. “Having the opportunity to align my skills and talents with a team of people who genuinely want to see ALL areas of our fraternal communities grow truly ignites my Phire!”
Colleen Blevins is a graduate of the University of Kansas where she earned her BS in Journalism and joined her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. She went on to earn her Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Most recently, Colleen spent six years supporting the Miami University Fraternity and Sorority community.
For nearly 15 years, Colleen has spent her time working with Panhellenic organizations to strengthen foundations, enhance member experiences, and create healthy and sustainable opportunities for the future. She has a strong understanding of the needs of Panhellenic sororities and sorority women – from those at small, private colleges to those at large, public state institutions. As the Director of Growth, Panhellenic Specialist for Phired Up, Colleen will help women’s organizations embrace recruitment from a strategic perspective, adopt healthy retention initiatives, and utilize technology in ways they’ve never before considered.
“Panhellenic sorority, relationship building, and Colleen Blevins are synonymous. She is one of the most experienced Panhellenic experts we have ever welcomed to our team,” said RJ Taylor. “I can’t wait for chapter members, council leaders, advisors, and Headquarters teams to be both inspired and challenged by Colleen’s passion for systems-thinking.”
Colleen loves spending time with her husband, Scott, and their two daughters, Sloane and Reagan. Together they love traveling and planning family vacations. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys reading, music (and musicals), history, and connecting with friends near and far.
“I love the passion, authenticity, and genuine care that every member of the Phired Up ‘Phamily’ embodies,” said Colleen. “Being able to come to work every day inspired by your colleagues is exciting, and working with others who care so deeply about the benefits and potential within the fraternal movement is energizing.”
Tenea McGhee serves as Director of Growth, specifically focusing on serving the needs of Culturally-Based Fraternities and Sororities, and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Colleen Blevins serves as Director of Growth, specifically focusing on serving the needs of Panhellenic sororities, and can be reached via email at email@example.com.