KON Member Spotlight
This feature on the KON Website highlights an outstanding campus member or alumni member who has contributed to the chapter or community in a significant way. Share your recent accomplishments and honors and/or newsworthy activities and success stories.
The Member Spotlight is by invitation or by nomination and is selected by staff. One outstanding member is highlighted each month.
A picture and short bio should accompany the nomination. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Spotlight - September 2012
Mary-Beth Kuester was president of Omicron Nu from 1979-81. Prior to that she was national editor for two terms. Initiated as a junior into Eta Chapter at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1959, she later returned to graduate school and again became active in Omicron Nu. During her terms of office Kuester visited many chapters at major universities throughout the country. Kuester was the only national officer who came from the field of business rather than academe. She was president of a public relations and marketing firm with clients including national corporations. She was a national chair of an Edison Electric Institute Committee and served as executive secretary of the Wisconsin Home Economics Association and the Electrical Women’s Roundtable She was also president of the Wisconsin Home Economics Alumni Association. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the University of Wisconsin Credit Union and served on the Consumer Advisory Council to Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
A national merit scholar as an undergraduate, she was awarded graduate fellowships by the American Home Economics Association and The Electrical Women’s Roundtable. She was teaching assistant in the School of Family Resources and the School of Business. She received the Alumnus Honoris award from her high school, an award given to graduates who have achieved national prominence, and was selected as one of the 80 leaders for Wisconsin for the 80’s.She was listed in Who’s Who, Who’s Who in American Women, and Who’s Who In Business and Finance.
When a flood forced her to evacuate her horse farm in rural Madison WI she returned to her home town four years ago where she became active in community affairs. She is secretary of the Clintonville Historical Society and serves as docent coordinator for the museum, which is the former home of her great grandparents. She is secretary of the Box in the Wood Theatre Guild and the Shawano County Arts Council. She appears on stage at the Mielke Arts Center, writes and directs the annual Christmas show, and directs and produces other shows. She serves on two boards at her church.
Kuester has been a downhill ski racer, winning gold medals in slalom and giant slalom, and has competed in dressage with her horses Colonel Frisco and Diesel, winning national awards. She also shows Chinese Shar Pei dogs. She is active in animal rescue efforts. Kuester and her sister are members of the Step N Sisters tap dance troupe, performing statewide and the two also present baton-twirling duets during the shows.
Kuester recently participated in the Omicron Nu Centennial Celebration in East Lansing, MI and coordinated the “Past Presidents Speak” presentation at the August 9, 2012 dinner on Opening Day of the Celebration.