Meet Our Team
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 committed to striving towards becoming an example of excellence, and play our part in defining the next evolution of fraternity and sorority life.
Meet the Sorority and Fraternity Life Team
Robert G. Engel Director of Sorority & Fraternity Life
Kara received her B.A. in Psychology from Gannon University in Erie, PA, M.Ed. In Higher Education from the College of William and Mary, and Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from 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.
Associate Director of Sorority and Fraternity Life
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.
Assistant Director, MGFC Advisor
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.
Assistant Director, IFC Advisor
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.
Adrian began working at Cornell in January of 2019. Her first role was as the Program Assistant in the Cornell-Tsinghua Finance MBA Program. In April 2021, she joined the SFL staff. Prior to working in higher education at Cornell University, she worked for the Department of Homeland Security in human resources. her first full-time job was working for New York Community Bank as a financial services associate managing client accounts.