Josh Lodolo – President & CEO
California State University – Northridge 2004
Josh earned a bachelor of business administration degree from California State University, Northridge and a master of business administration from Anderson University. At Cal State-Northridge, he joined Lambda Chi Alpha as a founding member of the re-colonized Beta-Rho chapter. He served the colony as treasurer for one year and recruitment chairman for two years. After graduation, Josh worked for Lambda Chi Alpha, both as an educational leadership consultant where he helped establish seven colonies, and in alumni relations and development for the Educational Foundation. From 2010 through 2015 Josh worked in various alumni development roles at the University of Texas, before returning to lead the Educational Foundation in September of 2015.
Josh provides the leadership, direction and administrative oversight for all Foundation advancement, fundraising, campaign and alumni engagement initiatives. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the Foundation and handles a wide range of matters contributing to the design and execution of all philanthropic efforts, results and achievements. Josh serves as the tactical leader in developing strategies with the Foundation board and policies in alignment with the Foundation’s mission and strategic plan.
Travis McDearmon – Senior Director of Development
University of Kentucky 2004
Travis joined Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Kentucky, where he was High Alpha and High Iota. He has served in a variety of roles within higher education, most recently with the Indiana University School of Dentistry where he served as the Associate Director of Development. Travis comes to the foundation with an extensive educational background. He has served as both a researcher and an educator with a current appointment at the Indiana University Lilly School of Philanthropy as an adjunct faculty member. His research has investigated the role perception of college and university alumni and how it relates to institutional support behaviors. I am humbled Travis agreed to join our team. Not only does he bring a wealth of practical fundraising experience, his research background will be key to sustaining excellence.
Travis is responsible for the strategic direction and vision of key fundraising priorities and leading the Foundation’s development efforts. He works closely with the CEO on strategies for high-level donor prospects and maintaining a personal portfolio of donor prospects.
Travis Smith – Director of Development
Indiana University 2009
Travis Smith, an initiate of Alpha-Kappa Zeta at Wabash College, is a 2009 graduate of Indiana University where he received his degree in nonprofit management. In 2013 he received his master’s degree in philanthropic studies, and has most recently achieved his professional certified fundraising executive certification (CFRE) in December of 2015. Travis previously served the fraternity as an Educational Leadership Consultant from 2009-2011, and as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Development from 2011-2013. Since then, Travis has worked in higher education fundraising in both major gifts and foundation relations. Travis lives in Avilla, IN and has been happily married to his wife, Heather, for 5 years. Travis and Heather have a one year old son, Grayson, and 6 year old golden retriever/Labrador mix, Kilroy.
Teresa Carlson – Executive Administrator
Ball State University 1977
Teresa earned a degree in Business Administration from Ball State University. She is responsible for coordinating clerical activities for the office, including making updates and helping maintain critical donor information in our database. She also administers two of the Educational Foundation’s critical programs; scholarships and other restricted funds, and the Society of Living Legacies (SOLL). Teresa is a member of the Association of Donor Relations Professionals.
Michael Covert – Database & Advancement Services Coordinator
Southeast Missouri State 2015
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Michael was a Computer Networking/ Telecommunications major and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Michael worked as a student intern at the Information Technology Help Desk during his time at Southeast. As an undergraduate brother, he served as ritual chair, alumni secretary, inner circle steward and Executive Committee at-large member. Upon graduation, Michael joined the General Fraternity staff and served two years as an Educational Leadership Consultant. As an ELC, Michael traveled to over 50 chapters and colonies in ten states and two countries. Michael has enjoyed his time with the General Fraternity and now brings his talents in Information Technology and skills developed as a consultant to the Educational Foundation as the Database & Advancement Services Coordinator. Michael will work directly with the Foundation staff to assist in the transition of a new database provider and support all technology efforts of the Foundation.
Erin Craig – Associate Director of Annual Giving and Donor Relations
Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism, Conventions and Event Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Erin is responsible for the coordination and overall success of the Foundation’s annual giving program, including email, direct mail, and telephone. She is also responsible for the design and implementation of Foundation events, including all Foundation Board operations. Within donor relations, Erin coordinates the gift acknowledgment process, as well as recognition and stewardship activities, including birthdays and special anniversaries.
Allen Horton – Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts
Arkansas State University 2013
Allen earned a bachelor of broadcast journalism from Arkansas State University. At ASU, he joined Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity as a freshman where he held the offices of Recruitment Chair and President. Allen was also active in both the campus and fraternity/sorority community. He served as IFC President, Orientation Leader, Student Government Senator, and Global Student Leader. Allen has continued his education by receiving a Certificate in Fund Raising Management for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and is currently pursuing a master of business administration from Anderson University. Allen is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Allen is responsible for developing and implementing plans for soliciting annual gifts, ranging from $500-$10,000. He also works to build and support regional alumni associations, focusing on volunteer recruitment and training.