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International Headquarters Professional Staff

Lambda Chi Alpha is staffed to meet your fraternal needs. These men and women spend their days shaping the future of our Fraternity. Our professional staff is here to serve you, so please let us know how we can help you. The day-to-day operations of the International Fraternity are undertaken by the Fraternity’s professional staff whose primary function is to serve the membership one of the largest men’s general fraternities. The professional staff is charged with the responsibility of implementing policy and assisting in the development of programs and workshops.

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Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
11711 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 250
Carmel, Indiana 46032-6959
Phone: (317) 872-8000
Fax: (317) 805-6728

Executive Team

Under the direction of Bill Farkas, Lambda Chi Alpha has a team of full-time executive staff members who work out of the International Headquarters in Indianapolis. Please contact us for any of your fraternal needs.

Farkas - Headshot Bill Farkas
Chief Executive Officer
(317) 872-8000,
Responsible for managing and overseeing all operations pertaining to the General Fraternity Headquarters Staff.
Josh Lodolo
President & CEO, Educational Foundation
(317) 803-7329,
Responsible for leading the operations of the Educational Foundation.
Tony_IMG_0478_484x350 - tighter crop Tony Robinson
Chief Financial Officer
Responsible for the accounting, financial reporting, human resources, vendor relations, and administrative functions of the Fraternity and the Educational Foundation.
IMG_6199 Lynn Chipperfield
General Counsel
(317) 803-7314,
Responsible for overseeing the fraternity’s claims & litigation actions, as well as any other legal issues dealing with the international organization.
Justin Fisher
Director of Chapter Services
(317) 872-8000, 
Responsible for directing the chapter services entities that oversee all aspects of the collegiate experience, and ensuring overall health and consistent development of the collegiate chapters and colonies.
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Director of Risk Management & Education
(317) 872-8000,
Responsible for the management of chapter incidents, the administration of chapter conduct, insurance inquiries, and supervision of member education programs.
Tad Lichtenauer
Director of Communications & IT
(317) 803-7322,
Responsible for managing the Fraternity’s marketing communications and information technology functions, including membership database, digital publications, multimedia content, website/social media, media relations, and branding initiatives.
Jayme Little
Director of Alumni Engagement
(317) 803-7375,
Responsible for overall management of alumni engagement programming that includes the recruitment, training, and engagement of alumni volunteers and the development of the fraternity’s career services experience for both undergraduates and graduates.


Staff Members

Under the direction of the Executive Team members, Lambda Chi Alpha and the Educational Foundation have a talented staff who work out of the International Headquarters in Carmel, Indiana. Please contact us for any of your fraternal needs.

Brandan Bonds
Special Assistant to the CEO
(317) 803-7311,
Responsible for administrative duties related to the CEO, Board of Directors, and strategic partnerships.
Gay Braster
Accounts Payable & Reporting Specialist
(317) 803-7342,
Responsible for payment processing, data entry, and managing vendor relationships.
Teresa Carlson Teresa Carlson
Executive Administrator
(317) 803-7333,
Responsible for Foundation scholarships and restricted funds, database administration, Fraternity board meetings, financial gift processing, and general office management.
Michael Covert
Database & Advancement Services Coordinator, Educational Foundation
(317) 803-7316,
Responsible for the transition of a new database provider and support in all technology efforts of the Foundation.
Erin Craig
Associate Director of Annual Giving and Donor Relations, Educational Foundation
(317) 564-0591,
Responsible for the coordination of the Foundation’s annual giving program, as well as the implementation of Foundation events, including all Foundation Board operations. Also responsible for coordinating gift acknowledgment process and recognition and stewardship activities.
Taylor Grayson
Associate Director of Communications
(317) 803-7356,
Responsible for marketing, branding and storytelling on all digital platforms, including website, blog site, and social media. Serves as the editor of the Cross & Crescent online blogsite and quarterly digital publication.
IMG_6176 Allen Horton
Associate Director of Development, Major Gifts, Educational Foundation
(317) 803-7360,
Responsible for collaborating with Foundation staff and volunteers to develop and implement plans for soliciting annual gifts.
Tim Jones
Accounts Receivable & Billing Specialist
(317) 803-7366,
Responsible for processing all cash receipts and collections for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and the Educational Foundation.
Marcus Kelley Marcus Kelley
Associate Director of Education
(317) 803-7376,
Responsible for the oversight of the Fraternity’s educational curriculum, member development, conference programming, officer resources, research and assessment.
McDearmon-Travis-2015-2-680x1024 Travis McDearmon
Senior Director of Development, Educational Foundation
(317) 803-7334,
Responsible for the strategic direction and vision of key fundraising priorities and leading the Foundation’s development efforts.
Ryan McIlrath
Associate Director of Alumni Engagement
(317) 564-0544,
Responsible for the administration of alumni volunteers, including: alumni volunteer certification process; High Pi approvals; and supporting alumni trainings throughout the Fraternity, including the Neville Alumni Advisors College.
Reed - Headshot Sunny Reed
(317) 803-7335,
Responsible for supervising the quality of accounting and financial reporting for the organization, and support for the Business Affairs team.
JessRohn Jessica Rohn
Email & Digital Marketing Specialist
(317) 803-7324,
Responsible for managing, Fraternity email marketing campaigns and database integration and related metrics and analytics.
David Schieler
Harm Reduction Coordinator
(317) 803-7328,
Responsible for the oversight of the event planning process for chapter functions.
Mickey Simmons
Assistant Director of Harm Reduction
(317) 803-7379,
Responsible for overseeing the progress of probation and compliance chapters, as well as the event planning process for chapter functions.
Travis Smith
Director of Development, Educational Foundation
(317) 803-7323,
Responsible for executing strategic direction and vision of key fundraising priorities and leading the Foundation’s development efforts.
James Vaughn
Digital Content Specialist
(317) 803-7319,
Responsible for content generation and posting both to the online blog site, organization website, related social media platforms, and in other distribution methods.
Josh Womack
Associate Director of Chapter Services
(317) 803-7352,
Responsible for supervising the educational leadership consultants and managing the chapter visitation program for the Fraternity.
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Staff Accountant
(317) 803-7341,
Responsible for reconciling accounts, preparing financial reports, and support for the Business Affairs team.
Nikki_IMG_0468_484X350 Nikki Ziegenfuss 
Database Manager
(317) 872-8000,
Responsible for membership changes, Officer Portal and membership database administration.

Recruitment Specialists

Equipped with recruitment skills, education, and experience the men in this position are committed to providing existing chapters and colonies with the support they need to grow their membership. They collect campus-specific information, create pragmatic programming, and train to enhance a chapter or colonies recruitment practices. Additionally, the Recruitment Specialists manage Lambda Chi Alpha’s expansion projects assisting to grow the number of chapters and members within our bond.

Dylan Bateman (Arkansas State)
Originally from Paragould, Arkansas, Dylan graduated in May 2016 with his Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in Spanish from Arkansas State University.  In his chapter, he served as secretary, vice president, and fraternity educator. In addition to the fraternity, he also served as a global student leader, vice president of community relations and president of the Interfraternity Council.  In the spring of 2013, Dylan was voted Most Outstanding Member by his chapter and was also honored as Greek Life’s Most Outstanding Junior.  In his free time Bateman enjoys playing golf, reading anything historical, and traveling. Dylan’s contact information is or 317-605-1610.
Chris Pockette (North Carolina- Charlotte)
Chris is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he majored in architecture.  As a student leader, he served as an Orientation Counselor, IFC President, Order of Omega Vice President, and the Teacher’s Assistant to the Greek Leadership Class at UNCC. As an undergraduate brother, Chris served  as chapter president, ritualist, treasurer, secretary, standards chairman, and executive committee at-large member. Chris’ contact information is or 317-696-5464.
Brett Turner (Missouri State)
Brett graduated from Missouri State University May 2017 with his Bachelor of Science in Public Relations with a minor in Mass Media. Brett joined Lambda Chi Alpha in the Spring of 2014 during its recolonization. Not seeing himself as the fraternity type, he hoped that becoming a Founding Father would give him the opportunity to change the negative stereotype associated with fraternities and be a part of an organization that truly lives by its values. In pursuit of this vision, Brett served as the Internal Vice President, President, and Fraternity Educator. Brett hopes that serving on staff with Lambda Chi Alpha will give him the opportunity to continue pursuing his vision on a greater scale. Brett has also been involved at Missouri State as a student orientation leader, facilitator for the Emerging Leaders program, and a student leader in the campus ministry, CRU. In his free time, he enjoys playing disc golf, roller hockey, and cheering on the St. Louis Blues. Brett’s contact information is or 317-750-9013.

Educational Leadership Consultants

Though they come from a variety of backgrounds, each educational leadership consultant (ELC) has served in leadership roles in his home chapter. As one of the most valuable services offered by the General Fraternity, the ELCs provide professional analysis and assistance for each chapter, visiting once a semester, with emphasis on chapter operations, membership, or special problems. They work with the chapter officers in evaluating their duties, analyzing current problems, and developing pragmatic programs suited to each chapter’s special situation.

Zac Bell (Edinboro)
Zac is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a part of Lambda Chi Alpha, he was also a part Edinboro’s Mock Trial Team and Edinboro’s Order of Omega chapter.  Among Zac’s numerous chapter officer positions, he also served as the conclave chairman for the 2016 Great Lakes Conclave. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, Call of Duty, and watching CNN. Zac’s contact information is or 317-690-2920.
Nick Gafron (Elmurst)
Nick studied music business at Elmhurst College. He is originally from the town of Hoffman Estates, Illinois. During his time at Elmhurst, he had the privilege of joining Lambda Chi Alpha, academic honors society Phi Kappa Phi, music honors society Lambda Sigma Psi, and the Fraternal Values Society. Nick served his chapter as secretary, ritualist, alumni chairman, big brother coordinator, and Inner Circle steward. He was heavily involved in music while at Elmhurst, being a part of the Elmhurst College Concert Choir all four years. He also had the honor of being able to perform at the Chicago Symphony Center and Carnegie Hall. Nick’s contact information is or 317-605-2696.
Jonathan Gottwald (Rensselaer)
Jonathan is originally from Amherst, New Hampshire and currently attends Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He will graduate with a degree in chemistry and hopes to teach one day at the collegiate level. Jonathan enjoys music and has been part of the Rensselyrics a cappella group during his time at RPI. Jonathan joined Epsilon-Eta in the fall of 2013 and has since had the pleasure of serving as the High Phi, High Kappa and Inner Circle Steward. He currently serves on the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and has loved getting to work more closely with the Grand High Zeta. Last summer, Jonathan had the opportunity to be a part of the International Ritual Team and loved his time in Miami at General Assembly. Jonathan is most excited about getting to travel the country as a consultant and meeting other brothers from different walks of life. Getting to see what Lambda Chi Alpha looks like at the general fraternity level excites him more than anything. Jonathan’s contact information is or 317-696-7912.
NickK_IMG_0403_484X350 Nick Kobernik (Ohio State) 
Born on the shores of Lake Erie in Ashtabula, Ohio, Nick graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in city and regional planning. He worked as a student Greek facilities liaison for the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services prior to joining the Fraternity Staff. As an undergraduate brother, he served his chapter as president, internal and external vice president, and secretary. Nick’s contact information is or 317-982-2085.
Taylor Krivas (Valparaiso)
Born in Suwannee, Georgia, Taylor moved around the Midwest and has lived in Valparaiso, Indiana, for the past 11 years. He attended Valparaiso University as a psychology and sociology double major, joining the Iota-Sigma chapter and the student programming executive board by his second semester. Taylor also worked in the student union, as a new student orientation assistant, as a senior programming council member, and on the Interfraternity Council. Taylor’s contact information is or 317-519-5374.
Alex Martens (Southern Indiana)
From Indianapolis, Indiana, Alex attended Southern Indiana University, studying history with an education minor. He enjoys international relations, politics, and American history. While attending Southern Indiana, he received awards such as the Provost Top Student Leader Award, All Campus Achievement Award, and three different Alumni Services Scholarships. Alex has a huge passion for helping the Red Cross, Feeding America and the Special Olympics of Vanderburgh County. Among his offices served, he most enjoyed serving as his chapter’s external vice president.  Alex’s contact information is or 317-982-2084.
Nathan Schultz (Edinboro)
Schultz will be graduating from Edinboro University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Concentration in Personal Financial Planning.  He grew up in the middle of the Allegheny National Forest in Warren, Pennsylvania and enjoys hiking, boating, baseball, and soccer. During Schultz’s time as an undergraduate, he served as High Tau, High Phi, and High Alpha, as well as leading the initiative for being the big brother chapter for the University at Buffalo. Outside of the fraternity, he was the supervisor for all intramural sports on campus and treasurer for Interfraternity Council. Nathan’s contact information is or 317-605-7506.
Chris Sweeney (Indiana State)
Sweeney comes from Evansville Indiana, graduating from Indiana State University in May of 2017.  He has been heavily involved in Lambda Chi Alpha and his scholarship organization, 21st Century. During his undergraduate experience, Sweeney has held the positions of President and Treasurer with 21st Century. In Lambda Chi Alpha, he served as treasurer, executive board, intramural chair, house manager and was voted by fellow brothers to attend the Stead Leadership Conference in 2015.  Sweeney is a  huge Patriots fan and loves watching all sports in his free time, along with playing sports. Chris’ contact information is or 317-650-5115.


Grand High Zeta

The Grand High Zeta is the Board of Directors for Lambda Chi Alpha. There are eleven (11) alumni brothers (nine elected by the General Assembly to serve four-year terms, two selected by the elected Board members to serve two-year terms) and four (4) collegiate brothers selected by the Student Advisory Committee to serve a one-year term that make up the Grand High Zeta. These men are the supreme executive, legislative and judicial body of the fraternity when the General Assembly is not convening. These men usually meet quarterly with the General Fraternity Headquarters staff to provide insight, feedback and make decisions for the entire organization. A few examples of decisions made by the Grand High Zeta include: granting a charter to a colony, providing new legislation during the interim between General Assembly’s and supervision over the financial acts and polices of the fraternity.

Grand High Alpha- Chairman

McElreath-markM. Fletcher McElreath (Mercer)
McElreath is a partner with Alston & Bird LLP in their New York City office. His practice focuses on debt and equity securities offerings, public and private mergers, and acquisitions activities. He is a co-leader of the Financial Services Practice Group.



Grand High Beta- Vice Chairman

Klasing_Wayne_2Wayne G. Klasing (Bradley)
Klasing is the retired president and CEO of Klasing Industries which specialized in air brakes and hydraulics for railroad equipment. He took over the business from his father, worked there for 35 years and sold it in 2008, producing seven patents in his name. He is an engineer by degree and by training. Klasing divides his time between his home in his native Texas, just outside San Antonio, and his home outside Chicago. He serves on the Board of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Before Klasing became a part of the Grand High Zeta, he served on the Educational Foundation Board for 11 years.

Grand High Gamma- Secretary 

Huffine, D headshot 2015(2)[1]David M. Huffine (North Carolina-Greensboro)
Huffine is vice president for advancement at St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, VA, serving children and families facing homelessness, autism, mental illness or other challenges. His career posts have included NC State, Union Presbyterian Seminary and other institutions. The international Association of Fundraising Professionals named Huffine Outstanding Fundraising Professional for 2015. In 2016, UNC-Greensboro recognized Huffine with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Brother Huffine was a founding father of his chapter, a SAC member, ELC, advisor to chapters at University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, International Ritual Team coach, and he currently chairs the Committee on Emblems and Ritual.

Grand High Tau- Treasurer 

Behrens 2011Gregg D. Behrens (Iowa State)
In 2009, Behrens retired after 35 years at Northern Trust Corp. Named Northern Trust’s first CEO of the Asia-Pacific region in 2007, he established a regional management structure across all business functions, including asset servicing, asset management and operations. His prior executive roles included serving as head of Corporate & Institutional Services in North America, head of asset servicing in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and head of national services for the Personal Financial Services business unit.

Grand High Pi- Chancellor 

StuermanJeffrey A. Stuerman (Culver-Stockton)
At the end of 2014, Stuerman retired as chairman, president and CEO of Edward Jones Trust Company. in St. Louis, Missouri. He has 20-plus years of experience within the financial services industry and, most recently, served as the president of his own consulting firm. In addition, he has served as the president and CEO of the TIAA-CREF Trust Company., as well as the vice president and director of marketing and new business development for the A.G. Edwards Trust Company. He and earned an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and currently serves on the Culver-Stockton College Board of Trustees.

Grand High Epsilon


James W. Abbott (South Dakota)
Abbott became the 17th president of the University of South Dakota on July 1, 1997. He received two degrees from South Dakota (Bachelor of Arts 1970 and Juris Doctor Degree 1974) and is the first alumnus to be named president. Prior to becoming president of South Dakota, he practiced law and was involved in the management of various businesses. He represented Yankton County in the South Dakota State Legislature from 1991 to 1993, served as the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota in 1994, and was the Democratic nominee for Governor in 2002.

Grand High Delta

lennybendoheadshotLenard A. Bendo (Cal State-Sacramento)
Bendo has worked for more than two decades in the consumer packaged goods industry for three Fortune 200 companies. He spent his first 10 years with the Pillsbury/General Mills Co. in various sales & marketing roles. From there, he was recruited by Johnson & Johnson to lead the category management initiative for their Acuvue contact lens brand at Walmart, Costco, and other mega-retailers. He closed his corporate career with another 10 years at the HJ Heinz Co. in various global roles, most recently serving as their global chief diversity & inclusion officer. Separately, he has worked with the American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation youth leadership programs for the past 30 years.

Grand High Theta

Abron Hester (North Texas Colony)
Hester is a senior studying political science and integrative studies with minors in history and military science. He is originally from Mannheim, Germany and moved to Harker Heights, Texas in 2002. He has served his chapter as the social media chair as well as being a key member of the Recruitment Committee. Last year he served as SGA chief of staff and the public affairs officer for the Army ROTC Detachment. This year, he serves as president of the debate team and an ROTC executive officer. Following graduation, he hopes to attend law school and to serve his country as an air defense artillery officer in the Army National Guard.

Grand High Iota

leathers_sep072016_0003David D. Leathers (Cal State-Fresno)
Leathers is a regional vice president for The Retirement Plan Co. and holds Series 6 and 63 certifications. His work experience includes managing client relations for Lockheed Martin and John Hancock. He also serves as a member of the Oregon State University Foundation’s Greek Advisory Board and as the OSU Alpha-Lambda chapters advisor.  A licensed and ordained minister, he spent several years working for and FamilyLife Today Radio as the marketing director before pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industries.

 Grand High Nu

Keegan McAdam (Washington State)
McAdam is a senior at Washington State University pursuing a business administration major with a marketing focus as well as a communication minor. He is originally from Seattle and serves as the Pacific Northwest representative on the Student Advisory Committee. He has had the honor of serving his chapter as treasurer and president, attending the 2015 & 2017 Stead Leadership Seminars as their chapter delegate. Keegan currently works for the Washington State University Foundation and plans to pursue a career in educational advancement and development.

Grand High Psi

Kevin O’Hare (Tampa Colony)
O’Hare is a native of Tampa and is studying government & world affairs. Since childhood, he has been involved in his local community through civic engagement and political participation. He joined Lambda Chi in the fall of 2015 as a founding father of the Tampa Colony and served as the first chapter president and later as the harm reduction officer. He has also served in various roles within fraternity and sorority life and is completing his term on the IFC Executive Board. O’Hare also works for the PEACE Volunteer Center, which is the university’s student-run volunteer center for direct and indirect service as their director of communications. After college, he plans to pursue a career in public policy or government affairs.

Grand High Phi

Steve PattisonSteve Pattison (Florida State)
Pattison is chief financial officer and vice president, business analysis and risk management of Restaurant Services, Inc. Prior to joining RSI, he held several progressive corporate finance roles at Burger King Corp. for 10 years. Prior to Burger King, he practiced as a CPA for 12 years with KPMG Peat Marwick LLC providing auditing, accounting and business advisory services to clients in a variety of industries, including non-profit organizations. Previously, Pattison was chair of the national board of directors of the Florida State University Alumni Association, representing the interests 340,000 living alumni. He also continues to represent the alumni association as designee to the board of directors the FSU Real Estate Foundation, which he serves as board vice chair.

Grand High Sigma

Matthew Sheehan (Missouri State)
Sheehan is a senior at Missouri State University studying broadcast journalism with a minor in Spanish. Originally from St. Louis, he is a die-hard Blues and Cardinals fan, while also being a WWE fanatic. Sheehan joined Lambda Chi as a freshman and has held the offices of Conclave chairman, vice president and president. Sheehan plans to work as a news reporter/anchor after college. He also has goals to have his own television news show, become a renowned public speaker, while also creating his own non-profit.

Grand High Kappa

g-croppedDr. Scott H. Reikofski (Northern Colorado)
Reikofski is a career higher education/student development specialist, having spent more than 30 years as an educator in student affairs work at a variety of institutions across the United States. He currently serves as the Director of Student Affairs for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix.   He is a frequent consultant and keynote speaker on organizational change, strategic and operational planning, and values-based leadership training. He also has designed a number of developmental programs for campuses and national organizations.

Grand High Rho

Ernie Vargo HeadshotErnest Vargo II, CRFE (Akron)
Vargo leads the Eskenazi Health Foundation in its mission to create relationships with donors, raise funds, engage volunteers and manage resources to improve the quality of life for patients. He is a certified fund raising executive, serves on the National Alumni Board at the University of Akron and is past chair of the Board of Trustees of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.  He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at The Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, has served as the chair of the Alumni Advisory Committee for the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and is the founder of the Prevention of Child Abuse Foundation.


Student Advisory Committee

In 1970, the General Assembly approved legislation creating the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and placed its chairman, vice chairman, and two at-larges, elected by the committee, on the Grand High Zeta. SAC provides the collegiate members’ perspective to the Grand High Zeta and Headquarters staff, discusses topics facing the Fraternity and often develops legislation to be submitted to the General Assembly.

 2017-2018 SAC Members

 Jackson Houston Millersville Atlantic
 Austin Sawyer Middle Tennessee State Bluegrass
 Calvin Komiske  West Virginia Colonial
 Paul Peters  Baldwin Wallace Great Lakes
 Erik Hanson North Dakota Great Plains
 Chance Majewski  Montevallo Great South
 Abe Hester North Texas Gulf Coast
 Jimmy Phillips  Franklin Midwestern
 Tyler Drisko  New Hampshire Northeast
 Matt Sheehan Missouri State Ozark
 Keegan McAdam Washington State Pacific NW
 Scott Manis  California – Los Angeles Pacific SW
 Kevin O’Hare Tampa Peninsula
 Nic Salvini Denver Rocky Mountain
 Stephen Sekoulopoulos Valparaiso At-Large
 Adrian Broaddus Texas-El Paso At-Large

If you are interested in applying to become a member of SAC, please contact Brandan Bonds with any questions.

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