Candidate for 1990s Legacy Representative: Kelly Mix Mayne

Kelly Mix Mayne
Kelly Mix Mayne

Name: Kelly Mix Mayne
Pledge Class/Year:  Fall 1996
Officer Position: 90’s Legacy Rep

As a prospective officer & leader of the ODPAA, what do you consider your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

My strength is that I am a team player.  I try to find the good in people, and I am always willing to put aside my ego to work with others.  My weakness is that I am busy, and sometimes I get distracted with things that are urgent, instead of focusing in what is important long term.  I am always learning to become more efficient with my time, and to become more organized.

If elected or re-elected to the position you seek, what is your commitment to serving out the full term?

I was appointed to this position mid-term, so I would love the opportunity to serve the ODPAA for at least an entire term.  I have enjoyed representing my decade, and I love to see projects through to completion.  I would definitely serve my full term once I have committed myself.

Please describe accomplishments in your career and personal life that would benefit the ODPAA.

My career has been more varied than I ever imagined.  I have had to learn to be flexible, and teachable for new roles I never imagined I would fill.  My degree is in Interdisciplinary Engineering & Management, but I have done business management consulting, teaching (middle school math & science, as well as elementary French), and even bookkeeping.  I also have my own crochet/handcrafting business (Mayne Creations) and have just started a Lemongrass Spa business.

What is your vision for the future of the ODPAA? What changes would you advocate and why?

I would like to see the Constitution finally revamped into a functional document that serves our needs more effectively.  I would also like to see some of the Officer positions reworked to make more sense for how they should operate organizationally.

If elected or re-elected, please describe what you seek to accomplish:

Within your first 90 days: Continue to communicate with my decade to keep them informed of ODPAA updates and activities.

Within your first year: Draft constitution presented; necessary immediate repairs to 51 Elm as needed.

Within your full term: Final constitution completed and voted into use.  Structure of 51 Elm restored.

What does Omega Delta Phi mean to you? Please describe your experience as both an active member and an alumni.

I treasure the memories of my time at Omega while in school.  The friendships I made then have lasted and are still cherished today.  I am so fortunate to have also become close friends with alumni who were not in school the same time as I was.   I love returning to Potsdam and sharing stories, as well as interacting via FB.  My life is enriched daily by Omega and our alumni.

How would your sisters describe you?

I think they would describe me as friendly, honest, reliable, reasonable, and humble.  I love being a part of something bigger than myself.

Please describe your approach to communicating and working with the active membership.

I have not personally had much contact with the active membership.  I do however, feel that we need to treat them with respect, and offer guidance as needed.  We should never come across as condescending or overbearing.

What are the top 3 things you would like the ODPAA and active membership to accomplish together?  

Preserve the structure of 51 Elm, continue to improve relations with BOTH colleges (not just SUNY), and create an Omega legacy of complete and total awesomeness!!

How do you deal with difficult people & situations? Please describe a situation in which you took a position that upset someone else, and explain how you handled it.

I tend to be a peace-maker.  That does not mean that I follow along blindly to please others, instead I try to understand all sides of a situation and work with people to find an agreeable solution.  In difficult situations, I try to remove myself emotionally, determine what is the right thing to do, and stick with that.  I do apologize to people if they are hurt or offended, but I don’t change my stance based on someone’s opinion of me.

How do you motivate others?

I love to motivate people through encouragement.  Sincerely kind words are powerful.  People love to feel appreciated and important.

How do you handle criticism?

I look for any seed of helpful suggestion, even if it is dealt in a negative manner.  If I disagree with something someone has said to or about me, I try to understand their position for having said that, and then discuss it with them.

What top 3 qualities do you think a leader should have?

Humility, ability to accept criticism & grow from it, and a servant attitude.

Would you rather be liked or respected?

I would rather be respected.  I always try to act with integrity, even if someone may not like me because of it.

How do you spend your free time?

I love to crochet, I love jewelry making, I love to hang out with my husband (he’s teaching me to ride a dirt bike!), and sometimes I even get to read a book! 😉

For Fun: What’s your ‘superpower’ or ‘spirit animal’ and why?

According to the super accurate & infallible quiz on,
my spirit animal is a deer.  It says I have the ability to move quickly, but to also be gentle.  Perhaps I should take up speed-card-house-building.  And now I’m thinking that my superpower is sarcasm.  I should make myself a cape…

Is there anything else you would you like to share with your sisters?

I love being part of our sisterhood!!