Officer Spotlight- Lauren Kern

Today's National Officer Spotlight is National Editor-in-Chief Lauren Kern. 

Lauren is an initiate of the Omega chapter where she served as Recording Secretary. She joined the National Board in 2010 and has served as National Historian, Custodian, and Editor-in-Chief. She currently works as a 2nd grade teacher in Lubbock, Texas and is involved with many education related organizations including the Texas State Teachers Association, Lubbock Educators Association where she serves as the Legislative Vice President, National Educators Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma, a women's teaching organization.

In June Lauren will be married to David Smith in Lubbock TX! 

Fast Facts

Birthday: November 14

College Attended: Texas Tech University

Favorite Color: Pink 

Favorite Candy: Reese's & Peanut M&M's

Favorite Quote: "Never Let the Fear of Striking Out Keep You From Playing the Game!" 

Favorite DBS Memory: My favorite memory of DBS happen at convention in 2014. On Free Day, the Board had planned a super special outing for us at a beautiful tea house. I absolutely love fancy tea's and cute sandwich places. When we got to the tea house, the lady asked us if we were celebrating anything special, but everyone but me stayed silent. Of course being the talker I am,  I gushed on and on about how we are apart of DBS as the board and that we only see each other during convention. I was so excited to be spending time with everyone. After we got our tea and lunch, everyone started smiling really big like they had a secret. The special occasion was actually a surprise college graduation party for me. They gave me a monogrammed makeup bag that I still use to this day! The reason this is my favorite memory is because each board member has a special place in my heart. We all come from different walks of life, but we are our own little family full of love/support! 


Officer Spotlight- Nicole Mercardo

Today was are featuring our ex-officio National Board member Nikki Mercado! Nikki joined the National Board and has served as a special board assistant, National Historian, and an ex-officio member. She is an initiate of the Tau chapter where she served as Corresponding Secretary and President. 

Nikki graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014 where she was involved in Sigma Phi Lambda sorority, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Student Activities Board and Student Government. She recently completed her Physician Assistant degree and is currently working as an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant.

Nikki shared two DBS memories: The first is getting to know my sisters from other chapters and growing in sisterhood at National Conventions. The second is attending the initiation of her younger sister!

Fun facts:

Favorite color: coral pink

Favorite candy: Lifesaver Gummies

Favorite quote: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

Facts about her: 

-I am a first-generation American, and both my parents moved here from the Philippines. 

-I enjoy singing and playing the guitar and piano. 

-I competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Officer Spotlight- Dana Taliaferro

This week we feature Dana Taliaferro, National 2nd Vice President.

Dana joined the board in 2012 and has served as 1st and 2nd Vice President. She was initiated in the Alpha Omega chapter in Winnfield LA where she served as Vice President and Reporter.  She currently lives in West Monroe, LA where she is very involved with her church and has volunteered with Junior League for 33 years. 

When asked about her favorite DBS memory she said, "After 50 years in DBS there are so many wonderful memories.  A very special one will always be that my daughter, Sloane, and I were both on the National Board.  I truly enjoy being Philanthropy Chair - last year watching the Chapters' involvement with Ronald McDonald House Charities was wonderful.  Never in my mind did I dream our DBS Chapters could top that money amount and community service this year but you all did.  The Wounded Warrior Project is still sending thank you notes for the $74,141.19 donation you all made to them.  The lives of countless men and women will forever be changed for the better because of the hard work, time, and dedication put into this philanthropy.  They cannot thank you enough for this generous help."

Fun Facts

Favorite color: aqua

Favorite candy: dark chocolate

Favorite quote: Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened.  Dr. Seuss

About her:I have always enjoyed genealogy.  I learned so much from my grandmothers many years ago and am very thankful.  This summer, my husband and I decided to do the DNA ancestry testing. Mine was pretty close to what I thought. I learned I was 36% Irish, 34% German, and 20% Great Britain.  Much more Irish than I knew but I like that.  With our last name, who would ever have thought my husband would be 51% Irish!  Crazy - yes - now we will need to start celebrating St. Patrick's Day every year!!  



Officer Spotlight- Megan Gunnels

Megan Gunnels is currently serving as the President of the Phi Delta chapter. She previously served as the Vice President-Sisterhood. She attends Conway High School where she is a member of National Honor Society, Caring Cats, Key Club Community Service Club. 

Favorite Candy: Chewy Sprees

Please goal for the Phi Delta chapter: My goal for every girl in DBS is to learn responsibility and how to have fun doing work. Everything in DBS may not be everyone's favorite activitiy, but I want everyone to learn how to make something fun and successful anyway!

Advice to new DBS members: My advice to new DBS members is to work hard for what you want! Take advantage of all of the great things DBS has to offer. I used to be terrified of public speaking, but DBS taught me how to be confident in myself and embrace public speaking. Now I'm president of DBS and I speak in front of many people every week!!!

Favorite DBS Memory: My favorite memory is this year's sister sleepover during rush week! We had a lip sync contest and played games all night, and it was so much fun watching all the girls get out of their comfort zone!

Fun Fact About Yourself: I didn't learn how to ride a bike until I was 15!


Officer Spotlight- Jonara Mercado

Ara Mercado is currently serving as President of the Tau chapter. She has also served as Corresponding Secretary. Ara current attends St. Frederick High School where she participates in National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America Organization, Interact Club, Tennis Team, and Music Ministry.

Favorite Candy: Chocolate Turtles

Biggest goal for the Tau chapter: My biggest goal for the Tau chapter is to strengthen our sisterly bond by having more sisterhoods and social events. I also would like to raise more money for our national philanthropy this year! We are currently planning a "mooning" event that will raise money for Prevent Child Abuse America

Advice to new DBS members: My advice to new DBS members is to enjoy it as much as you can. You only get out what you put into it. My experience with DBS has been one to remember and I have made so many memories and sisters who will be with me forever!

Favorite DBS Memory: My favorite DBS memory was attending Convention sophomore and junior year and representing my chapter as Tau Outstanding Member at convention!

Fun Fact About Yourself: I really love dogs even though I've only had one. I love concerts and singing.