Hermitage philanthropist wins prestigious award

Screen shot 2014-05-07 at 11.07.23 AMKathy Swinea Nevill has received Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women’s prestigious Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award in honor of her community service. Nevill doesn’t just join organizations arbitrarily, but she purposefully selects her philanthropic work and gives 100 percent to each endeavor.

The Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award is presented annually to distinguished alumnae of Pi Beta Phi who exhibit excellence and outstanding leadership in their career or volunteer service to their communities. The award is named for past Pi Beta Phi Grand President Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg, who was instrumental in forming Pi Beta Phi Foundation during her term from 1985 to 1991. Crucial Fraternity initiatives, like leadership development programs and academic scholarships, are supported through the stewardship of the Foundation.
Nevill has an extensive background in finance, strategic planning and leadership. She is currently the Chief Financial Officer of EFT Source, a supplier for debit, ATM and credit cards. She is past Vice-Chair and Policy and Finance Chair for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Board of Education and past Chairman of the Parent Advisory Council. In recognition of her dedication and leadership in the public schools, Nevill received the PENCIL Foundation Bronson Ingram Award.

Nevill has served at all levels of Pi Beta Phi, from undergraduate Chapter President to local Nashville Alumnae Club officer positions, including chairing the club’s signature event, Christmas Village, twice. She joined the Pi Beta Phi Foundation Board of Trustees in 2007, served as Treasurer in 2008–2010 and was elected to President in 2011. As Pi Beta Phi Foundation President, Nevill was the driving force behind the organization’s programs that support collegiate housing and literacy. Under her leadership, the Foundation ranks fifth in programs and services out of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference foundation. Nevill currently serves as Ex-Officio President of the Board, where she provides financial and strategic counsel and leadership.

Additionally, Nevill’s current community service includes: PENCIL Foundation Board, Belmont United Methodist Church Trust (Chair), Greenways of Nashville Board and the Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, Board of Regents (Treasurer).

“I am blessed to have made the right choice years ago to be part of a sisterhood so committed to the betterment of society,” Nevill said. “Pi Phi is powerful and timeless. We care for each other, work together to better our world and inspire future generations of Pi Phis to do the same.”