Dr. Mari Ann Callais has worked in higher education for 17 years, and most recently served as an assistant professor at Mississippi State University. Professionally, she serves as the Senior Director of Special Initiatives for Delta Delta Delta Fraternity and as a speaker for The Catalyst Agency. She has also held the position of NPC Delegate and national president for her sorority, Theta Phi Alpha.
Mari Ann has presented hundreds of workshops on fraternity and sorority values, student leadership and team building. Mari Ann holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola University New Orleans, and a Masters of Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University where she wrote her dissertation on Sorority Rituals and Behavior.
She has been presented several awards through the years, which include the Sigma Sigma Sigma Greek Advisor of the Year, Theta Chi Outstanding Greek Affairs Professional Award, Alpha Sigma Tau’s McCrory Order of Interfraternity Excellence and has received the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference Advisor of the Year Award twice, and the Fraternity Communications Association’s Varner Award. Mari Ann was awarded the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Distinguished Service Award, the National Diversity Council’s 2011 Most Influential and Powerful Women in Louisiana award and the highest award that Theta Phi Alpha bestows on a member, The Guard of Honor.