General Session Speakers

  • Alison Levine

    Opening Ceremonies

    Explorer, Mountaineer, Author

    Alison Levine is a history-making polar explorer and mountaineer. She not only served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, but she also climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles—a feat which fewer than 40 people in the world have achieved. In 2008, she made history as the first American to... Read more

  • Dr. Rod A. Risley

    General Session 2

    Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director & CEO

    Dr. Rod A. Risley is the Executive Director and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. He was a member of the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges, was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and also received AACC’s prestigious Leadership Award. Representing Phi Theta Kappa, Dr. Risley was one of six signers... Read more

  • Dr. Robert Ballard

    General Session 3

    Oceanographer, Explorer, Author

    Dr. Robert Ballad is an oceanographer best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, “The Unsinkable Ship,” in the Atlantic Ocean. He has also successfully tracked down numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown (sunk in the World War II Battle of Midway), and John F. Kennedy’s boat PT-109... Read more

  • Daniel Chitty

    Hallmark Awards Gala

    International President

    Phi Theta Kappa International President Daniel Chitty is a member of the Alpha Gamma Pi Chapter from Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. Chitty first attended a community college then a four-year university when he was younger but was not quite ready to commit to his education. When he decided to return to college, he again chose a community college, which he... Read more