Alumni Engagement Director
As a member of the Alumni Engagement team, I work to keep alumni connected with TKE and to create valuable experiences for them with their fellow alumni Fraters, with chapters and collegiate members, and with the Fraternity as a whole. We support individual alumni of all ages and the alumni associations that exist throughout TKE Nation. We also recruit and support active volunteers who work on all levels of the organization. Helping chapters and colonies work with their alumni is another important part of our role.
I grew up as a teacher’s kid in Vermont and the first thing I can remember about my career aspirations was to be “anything but a teacher.” I completed an undergraduate degree in business at the University of Vermont and then changed course and embarked on a career in higher education that started with a job at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. I moved to Indiana and earned my master’s degree in student affairs at Indiana University. Afterward, I stayed on at IU working at Bradford Woods Outdoor Leadership Center which is where I first connected with John Deckard, a dear friend and colleague, and then also with Tau Kappa Epsilon.
I have twenty years of experience working in higher education, leadership programming, and organizational development. I have worked in many different functional areas at both public and private universities – most recently as the Director of the MBA Program at Radford University. I am proud of having developed myself as a generalist; the consistent threads in my career have been facilitative leadership, creative program development, and encouraging students to pursue a balance of success in both their in-class and out-of-class endeavors. A mentor of mine always urged me to be “future oriented and solution focused.” I have strived to make this a reality in my professional life and am eager to bring this perspective to the professional staff of the Fraternity.
In 1997 and 1998, I helped establish the initial relationship between TKE and Bradford Woods and served as an external facilitator for Leadership Academy IX. I got initiated onto the Grand Chapter scroll at the next year’s Academy in June, 1999, and I consider the Leadership Academy - in a sense - to be my home chapter; I have attended at least part of every Academy since being initiated. I have been consistently involved as a volunteer for 15 years and am honored now to have been asked to serve as a staff member at the Offices of the Grand Chapter.
What I Like To Do in My Free Time
My family means the world to me; I cherish my time with my wife, Stefanie, and my two kids who are growing up entirely too quickly. I enjoy traveling and and recently completed my goal of visiting all 50 states (along with six Canadian provinces). Geocaching is a hobby of mine, and I dabble in my family’s genealogy.