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 - HeadshotBill 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 cropTony 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_6199Lynn 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.


Nick ZunigaNick Zuniga
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.


Tad Lichtenauer2Tad 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, website, media relations, and branding initiatives.


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.

Stephanie Baker
Office Administrative Assistant
(317) 872-8000




AlyssaBennettAlyssa Bennett
Associate Director of Harm Reduction
(317) 803-7373

Responsible for the management of chapter incidents, the administration of chapter conduct, insurance inquiries, and the creation of harm reduction education.



Brandan Bonds
Special Assistant to the CEO
(317) 803-7311

Responsible for administrative duties related to the CEO, Board of Directors, and strategic partnerships.



Chris BuckChris Buck
Associate Director of Expansion
(317) 803-7363

Responsible for expansion research, planning and successful colonization of new and dormant chapters.



Teresa CarlsonTeresa Carlson
Director of Stewardship and Advancement Services, Educational Foundation
(317) 803-7333

Responsible for coordinating the Foundation’s donor stewardship efforts, including overseeing the gift acknowledgement process, to enhance awareness among donors about the impact of their giving.


Taylor Grayson
Associate Director of Communications
(317) 803-7356

Responsible for news reporting and storytelling on all digital platforms, including website, blog site, and social media. Serves as the editor of the Cross & Crescent online website and quarterly digital publication.


IMG_6176Allen Horton
Alumni Development Officer, Educational Foundation
(317) 803-7360

Responsible for collaborating with Foundation staff and volunteers to develop and implement plans for soliciting annual gifts.



Marcus KelleyMarcus 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.


Jimmy_IMG_0453_484X350Jimmy Long
Associate Director of Communications
(317) 803-7319

Responsible for video, collateral and multimedia creation. Serves as the digital marketing campaign manager and overall branding steward.



McDearmon-Travis-2015-2-680x1024Travis McDearmon
Senior Director of Development
(317) 803-7334

Responsible for the strategic direction and vision of key fundraising priorities and leading the Foundation’s development efforts.


ErinMedjeskiErin Medjeski
Events & Alumni Engagement Coordinator, Educational Foundation
(317) 564-0591

Responsible for gift entry, acknowledgement and coordinating Foundation events, including alumni, donor, recognition, Foundation Board meetings and Board committees.


Ashley Moriarty
Events & Office Manager
(317) 872-8000

Responsible for event management and general office operations and related vendors.



James RatliffJames Ratliff
Associate Director of Business Affairs
(317) 803-7366

Responsible for assisting the Director of Business Affairs in all necessary areas, and directing the collection and management of the accounts receivable for the General Fraternity.


Reed - HeadshotSunny Reed
(317) 803-8746

Responsible for supervising the quality of accounting and financial reporting for the organization, and support for the Business Affairs team.


JessRohnJessica 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
Education Curriculum Specialist
(317) 803-7328

Responsible for educational assessment and leadership program resource development.




Neil Stanglein
Director of Annual Giving & Communications Programs, Educational Foundation
(317) 803-7323

Responsible for executing all donor solicitations and annual stewardship efforts.



George Taylor
Associate Director of Alumni Involvement
(317) 872-8000

Responsible for attracting, retaining, and educating alumni volunteers.



JoshW_IMG_0429_484X350Josh 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_484X350Nikki Ziegenfuss

Membership Database Manager
(317) 872-8000

Responsible for membership changes, Officer Portal and MyLCA, and maintaining the database.



scott-ziegenfussScott Ziegenfuss
Accounts Payable Coordinator
(317) 872-8000

Responsible for processing invoices and issuing payments.




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.

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.

Zachary_IMG_0337_484X350Zac 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.


JosephB_IMG_0345_484X350Joe Berry (South Carolina-Aiken)
Originally from Newberry, South Carolina, Joe attended the University of South Carolina-Aiken where he received his degree in communications. He served his chapter as both vice president and president. During the 2014 General Assembly he served on the International Ritual Team. While on campus he served as his chapter’s IFC delegate, SGA public relations senator and programming senator, chancellor ambassador, member of the Order of Omega, officer on the campus’ Ducks Unlimited chapter, member of the College Republicans, orientation leader, and student coordinator for community service programs. Joseph’s contact information is or 317-696-7912.

NickC_IMG_0354_484X350Nick Catalano 
(New Hampshire)
Born and raised just north of Boston, Massachusetts, Nick attended the University of New Hampshire where he majored in psychology. He regularly volunteered at the university’s Browne Center for experiential learning.  Each autumn, he assisted with FIRST Lego League, a robotics competitions for elementary and middle school students interested in engineering. Nick served his chapter as conclave programming chair, alumni liaison and president. Nick is a huge fan of Boston sports teams, fantasy football, or anything NFL related. Nick’s contact information is or 317-695-4678.



Michael Covert (Southeast Missouri State)
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. Michael’s contact information is or 317-605-1192.


NickG_IMG_0365_484x350Nick 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.

Jim_IMG_0415_484X350Jim Gulbranson
(South Dakota)
Born and raised in Stuart, Iowa, Jim graduated from the University of South Dakota with a degree in Political Science and History. Active in Fine Arts, Jim served as Drum Major for the University’s marching band. Jim was also active in Student Government Association, Political Science League, Order of Omega, and IFC. As an undergraduate brother, he served as Internal Vice-President, Ritualist, and was on the Executive Committee.  Jim’s contact information is or 317-650-5115.


Nick Kobernik (Ohio State)NickK_IMG_0403_484X350
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.


TaylorK_IMG_0381_484X350Taylor 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.


AlexM_IMG_0395_484X350Alex 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.


Chris Pockette (North Carolina- Charlotte) ChrisPockette
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.



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 inherited the business from his father, worked there for 35 years, and sold it in 2012. 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 is chairman of the Province Advancement Council and has served on the Board of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for more than 20 years



Grand High Gamma- Secretary 

Pete SmithhislerPeter D. Smithhisler (Western Illinois)
Smithhisler currently serves as the vice president for student affairs at Valley City State University in North Dakota. He is the former president and CEO for the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and has been working with college students and in the higher education community for more than 25 years in a variety of professional roles. During Smithhisler’s tenure as the NIC’s president & CEO, overall fraternity membership has grew by 22 percent to nearly 400,000 undergraduate members. In addition, he served as a prominent national public spokesman for the 74-member NIC trade association.


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 Nu

anglada-headshotQuinn Anglada  (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Anglada serves as the Gulf Coast Conclave’s Student Advisory Committee representative. He associated with the Iota-Omega Zeta at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in the fall of 2014. Since then, he has held several offices including High Sigma, High Rho, Inner Circle Steward, and Executive Committee member. He was also a part of 2015 International Ritual Team for the Stead Leadership conference on the campus of Iowa State University. Outside of the brotherhood, he serves as a peer mentor, the president of Tau Beta Pi Louisiana Delta Chapter, and the recruitment director for the university’s ASME chapter.


Grand High Psi

576691_4920367015505_1493421424_nJoey Arteaga (Florida Southern)
Artega is a senior business administration major at Florida Southern College with a minor in graphic design. He is originally from Los Angeles and serves as the Peninsula representative on the Student Advisory Committee. He has had the honor of serving his Epsilon-Xi chapter as president, secretary, social chair and the official delegate at the 2014 General Assembly. In addition, he also serves as the executive vice president of SGA and an orientation leader. In his spare time he runs his own graphic design business.



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 Phi

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Huffine is vice president for advancement at St. Joseph’s Villa, serving children with special needs in Richmond, Virginia. 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 Lambda Chi, Brother Huffine was a founding father of his chapter, a SAC member, ELC, advisor to chapters at University of Richmond and VCU, IRT Coach, and he currently chairs the Committee on Emblems and Ritual.



Grand High Sigma

wade-headshotWade Huston (Ohio)
Huston is a senior at Ohio University studying international business – finance and trade with a minor in Spanish and certificate in global leadership. Originally from Yellow Springs, Ohio, he has lived over a year of his life in foreign countries both as an exchange student and for work. Huston joined Alpha-Omega Zeta at Ohio University as a freshman and has held the offices of High Sigma and High Alpha. He has also recently finished his term as IFC president and is looking forward to tackling the new challenges that come with being Grand High Sigma. Huston plans to work in business consulting after school for a few years before pursuing a master’s degree.


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 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 Theta

swanstromheadshotConor Swanstrom (Idaho)
Swanstrom is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Idaho. He is in his third year and expects to graduate in May 2018. He is a fourth-generation student at the University of Idaho, whose parents and grandparents met during their undergraduate years. As a member of family filled with relatives in the Greek system, Swanstrom believes strongly in the development of young leaders through fraternities and sororities. For his chapter, Swanstrom has served as treasurer, and is currently serving as the alumni development officer.

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.



2016-2017 SAC Members

 Aaron Embry Millersville Atlantic
 Austen Breetz Western Kentucky Bluegrass
 Vacant Colonial
 Wade Huston  Ohio Great Lakes
 Vacant Great Plains
 Nisu Patel  Samford Great South
 Quinn Anglada Louisiana-Lafayette Gulf Coast
 Jaren Wilt  Ball State Midwestern
 Jonathan Gottwald Rensselaer Polytechnic Northeast
 J.D. Baker Oklahoma Ozark
 Conor Swanstrom  Idaho Pacific NW
 Vacant Pacific SW
 Joey Arteaga Florida Southern Peninsula
 Vacant Rocky Mountain
 Daniel O’Connor Indiana At-Large
 Colton Johnson Eureka At-Large

If you are interested in applying to become a member of SAC, click here to access the application.

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