2018 Board of Directors Biographies

Board of Directors

The membership elects representatives at each Annual Meeting to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, which oversees the affairs of the Foundation.  The Board of Directors is presently composed of 24 voting directors and 6 non-voting emeritus directors representing 18 different Acacia chapters.

Current members of the Board of Directors being nominated for an additional three-year term on the board, to be voted on at the 2018 Annual Meeting:

·       Dwyte E. Brooks, Northwestern ’69 Foundation Board of Directors 2015-Present. DMD, FAGD, FADL, ADA Delegate; ADA Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs; ADA Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws; NDA Treasurer; Chair-NDA Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs; Clinical Faculty, UNLV School of Dental Medicine; President of the Board, Helping Kids Clinic Charity. Resides in Las Vegas, NV

·       Aaron P. Darcy, Indiana ’95 – Roy C. Clark Award, Order of Pythagoras. International Undergraduate Councilor 1996-1998; Foundation Board of Directors 2015-Present. Chief Marketing Officer for GE Software; resides in Raleigh, NC

·       Kris R. Lutt, Nebraska ’90 – Order of Pythagoras. Venerable Dean Nebraska 1991-1992; International Undergraduate Councilor 1992-1994; Foundation Board of Directors 2016-Present. President-Sweeteners, Starches and Acidulants, Archer Daniels Midland Inc.; resides in Decatur, IL

·       Amos D. Meyers, Jr., Shippensburg ’66 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. Foundation Board of Directors 2015-Present, President Foundation Board of Directors 2105-Present. Elementary classroom teacher and administrator (retired); resides in Volcano, HI

·       Michael L. (Mike) Rollins, Washington ’87 – Foundation Board of Directors 2015-Present. Account Executive- Midwest, Matson Navigation Company.  I am committed to supporting our mission of “Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders”; resides in Grayslake, IL with his son Luke, wife Colleen, and Black Lab Poppy.

·       Dewayne E. (Dewey) Ullsperger, Nebraska ’82 Venerable Dean Nebraska 1984-1985; Foundation Board of Directors 2003-Present. Roy C. Clark Award, Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. Vice President and Actuary, UnitedHealth Group; resides in Minnetonka, MN

New members nominated to the Board for a three-year term, to be voted on at the 2018 Annual Meeting:

·     Guy Gebhardt, Illinois Wesleyan ’66 - Guy was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  Graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.A., cum laude, in political science in 1969.  Guy was initiated into Acacia Fraternity in January, 1966 and served terms as rush chairman and Venerable Dean.  He was social chairman of Interfraternity Council, vice president of the senior class, and a houseboy at Sigma Kappa Sorority.

After completing active duty with the U.S. Army, Guy received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1973.  Guy practiced law in Atlanta for 17 years prior to his appointment in 1991 as Assistant U.S. Trustee with the United States Trustee Program (“USTP”).  The USTP is the component of the U.S. Department of Justice responsible for the supervision of bankruptcy cases.  From January, 2013 until his retirement on January 6, 2018, Guy was the Acting U.S. Trustee for Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Guy and his wife, Paulette, live in Marietta, Georgia, and have three daughters and three grandchildren.  They are members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Guy is a past president of the Rotary Club of East Cobb and currently serves as a trustee of the Georgia Rotary Student Program. 

·     Phillip S. Sutton, Ohio State ’88 Order of Pythagoras. HCB President Ohio State. Phil was initiated into Acacia in January 1988 at The Ohio State University. As an undergraduate he served as Rush Chairman, Senior Dean, and Venerable Dean.  Phil was also Rush Coordinator and then President of the Interfraternity Council and served on the Greek Week Steering Committee.  He has served on the Ohio State Association Board various times as an alumnus and been awarded the Order of Pythagoras. In 2013, he moved back to Findlay, Ohio and has been serving as the Real Estate Region Manager, until a recent move to his current role as Senior Business Development Advisor in the Asphalt and Petrochemical group. Phil and his wife Crissy have been married 24 years and have twins, Sophie and Peter, who are 15 years old.  His biggest passion outside of family and fraternity is college football.

Current members of the Board of Directors being nominated for an additional four-year term on the board, to be voted on at the 2018 Annual Meeting:

·       Brian R. Durst, Wisconsin ’87 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, Re-founding Father, Wisconsin Chapter. HCB President Wisconsin; Foundation Board of Directors 2014-Present. District Sales Manager, American Family Insurance; resides in Woodstock (Atlanta), GA

·       Robert E. (Rob) Roberson, Illinois Wesleyan ’74 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. HCB President Illinois Wesleyan; International Council Treasurer 1998-2001; International Council President 2009-2014; Foundation Board of Directors 2014-Present. Compliance Examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; resides in Richview, IL

·       Larry E. Schroeder, Georgia ’77 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. Board of Directors of the Acacia Fraternity Foundation, 1996 – Present; Past Treasurer Acacia Fraternity Foundation, Member of Investment committee, Member Audit committee, Member of committee on new Software. Worked for McDonnell Douglas Automation as a programmer, Worked for General Dynamics as a Senior programmer, Worked for IBM as a software engineer, Working for Unicomsi in software support, live in Cary, NC.

·       William A. (Bill) Utic, Cornell ’74 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. Treasurer Acacia Fraternity Foundation 1990–1998, President Foundation Board of Directors 1998-2011, Foundation Board of Directors 2011-Present. Manager Corporate Real Estate, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (retired); resides in Fremont, CA

 

Continuing on the Board of Directors:

·       Gerald C. Cook, Shippensburg ’66 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. Foundation Board of Directors 1991-1994; President Foundation Board of Directors 1994-1998; International Council President 1998-2002; Foundation Board of Directors 2002-Present. Chairman of the AFF Board Development Committee. Past Southern Region Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Recently retired as Lead Public Health Advisor for the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Atlanta, GA. Resides in Roswell, GA.

·       David L. Ferguson, Indiana ’74 – Order of Pythagoras. Chapter Advisor Indiana 1984-1991, Foundation Board of Directors 2016-Present. Attorney at Ferguson Law; resides in Bloomington, IN

·       Mark R. Guidry, Louisiana State ’57 Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. Foundation Board of Directors 2011-Present. CEO (retired), Avasem Corporation, General Manager (retired) Avanti Bufalini, LLC and Avaline Partners, LLC; resides in Henderson, NV

·       Ronald T. Hopkins, Syracuse ’69 Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. National Council Treasurer 1985-1988; International Council Treasurer 1988-1990; Foundation Board of Directors 2000-2010; Foundation Board of Directors 2012-Presnt. President, George O. Miller Co.; resides in Fayetteville, NY

·       James N. Katsaounis, Ohio ’95 Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. Director of Communications Acacia International Staff. HCB President Ohio. Foundation Board of Directors Secretary 2011-Present. Past director of public relations, Grand Lodge Free & Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. Update requested.

·       Donald W. Solanas, Jr., Louisiana State ’68 Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award, Donald W. Solanas, Jr. Lifetime Service to Acacia Award. Venerable Dean Louisiana State, National Undergraduate Councilor 1971-1972, National Second Vice President 1982-1988, International Second Vice President 1988-1992,  International Council President 1992-1998. Foundation Board of Directors 2002-Present. Resides in Baton Rouge, LA

·       Michael C. Tu, California ‘91Order of Pythagoras. Foundation Board of Directors 2014-Present. Attorney and Partner with the law firm of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; resides in La Canada Flintridge, CA

·       Harold D. Zarr Jr., Iowa State '73 - Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. HCB President  Iowa State 1996-Present. Foundation Board of Directors 2011-Present. AFF Investment Committee Chairman 2012 - Present. Chairman of the Audit Committee. Professor of Business Finance, Des Moines Area Community College; resides in Ankeny, IA

·       Andrew Jee, Oregon State ’87 – Order of Pythagoras. Leadership Consultant Acacia International Staff. Foundation Board of Directors 2010-Present. Attorney with Jee Law, PLLC; resides in Dallas, TX

·       Roger A. Nealis, Indiana ’63Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. HCB President Indiana 1997. Foundation Board of Directors 1998-2001, 2016-Present. President RAN Sales Associates; resides in Louisville, KY 

·       Robert (Bob) G. Travnicek, M.D., Kansas ’59 Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. Foundation Board of Directors 2013-Present. Northwestern Acacia 1960-61; Graduated University of Nebraska College of Medicine 1965; USPHS 1966-68; Private Practice of Medicine Wilber Nebraska 1968-1989; Harvard School of Public Health 1989-90; District Health Officer Mississippi State Department of Health 1990-2013; Felix Underwood Award; Donald Evans Sutter Award; Physician Service Award; retired July 2013. Physician (retired); resides in Long Beach, MS

·       David R. Quick, Rensselaer Polytechnic ’93Foundation Board of Directors 2017-Present. Past: Director, Ascentium; Development Manager, CommerceServer.net/SiteCore; Co-founder, Renasar Technologies Inc.; Current: Board member at Kingswood-Oxford School (West Hartford, CT); Development Manager in Microsoft Azure. Resides in Bellevue, WA 

·       Byron A. Tabor, Iowa ’78Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. Iowa Colony Advisor; Corporation Board member 2001-present;  Chapter Advisor Iowa 2017-Present; Foundation Board of Directors 2017-Present. Investment committee chair 2013-present; Kiwanis member 1990-present serving as Lt. Governor six times, President of 3 different clubs, currently Treasurer of one club and Secretary/Treasurer of another club as well as the assistant Nebraska-Iowa District Key Club Administrator; Recently retired as a computer programmer for the Derivatives team in the Investments Division of AEGON Asset Management. Resides with his wife, Julie, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Emeritus Directors:

Six former directors participate in board of directors meetings as non-voting emeritus directors.  The Foundation continues to benefit from their advice and participation:

·       John C. Barber, M.D. Purdue ’58 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. Emeritus Director 2017-Present. Ophthalmologist (retired); resides in Pittsburgh, PA

·       John F. Beering, Purdue ’88 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. HCB President Purdue 1994-1996. Emeritus Director.

·       John B. Lane, Vermont ’57 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. Emeritus Director 2017-Present. Professor of mathematics and computer science (retired); resides in Cambridge Springs, PA

·       John B. Pugh, Iowa State ’50 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. Emeritus Director 2017-Present. President, Engineered Timber Sales, Inc. (retired); resides in Tampa, FL

·       L. Dennis Smith, Ph.D., Indiana ’56 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. Emeritus Director 2017-Present. Professor (retired) and President Emeritus of the University of Nebraska; resides in Monticello, IN and Naples, FL

·       John W. (Jack) Wedgwood, Purdue ’60 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit. Emeritus Director 2017-Present. Investment manager, DWR Wealth Management; resides in San Jose, CA

Retiring from the Board of Directors:

·       William M. (Bill) Riley, Jr., Kansas State ’60 – Order of Pythagoras, Award of Merit, George F. Patterson, Jr. Award. HCB President Kansas State 2002-2006. Foundation Board of Directors 2006-2011, President Foundation Board of Directors 2011-2013, Vice President Foundation Board of Directors 2015-Present. President of The Pathfinder, Inc. (retail outdoor clothing and equipment), past Chairman of the National Trustee Council of the Nature Conservancy and past President of the Kansas 4-H Foundation; resides in Manhattan, KS

Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy Blog – Day Two

Thursday marked a day of learning at the Darold Larson Acacia Leadership Academy. The day started with the most delicious omelet bar you could imagine.  Then, we jumped right into learning about all OmegaFi offers our chapters, including Vault and myACACIA. In our breakout groups, we practiced the ritual that binds all of us brothers together no matter what state or chapter we may be associated with. A big focus for the day was that all brothers should continue to develop themselves as people and leaders even after pledge-ship is over. The Total Membership Development Plan that the International Headquarters designed will help our chapters do just that, grow as individuals and as a group. The Cornerstones App will connect brothers to alumni from all over the country with all sorts of backgrounds and careers.

The keynote speaker for the day was Mike Ayalon, founder of Greek University, who addressed important topics relevant to the Greek community. He discussed the heavy topic of preventing sexual assault and the steps we can take to create a “consent culture” on our campuses.  He also discussed how to motivate our chapters and how to better manage the daily operations of the chapter.  Overall the day was exciting and the ties of friendship were strengthened.

So Live.

 

Brother Ritter Krueger, Missouri '16

ALA Secretary

Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy Blog – Day One

Welcome from ALA! Sunshine and blue skies greeted our attendees at the start of ALA and energy was high as members began filtering in from all across the country. The ALA elected the following officers to serve on the executive team for the week:

 

Venerable Dean: Brandon P. Brodsky, Penn State '15

Senior Dean: Michael P. Foy, Wisconsin '14

Treasurer: Greg J. Schultz, Cornell '16

Secretary: Ritter M. Krueger, Missouri '16

Brotherhood Chair: Michael C. Bender, Missouri '16

Risk Manager: P. Kodjo Awadjie, Washington State '16

Senior Steward: Brandon D. Main, Wisconsin '16

Junior Steward: AJ Neu, Indiana '17

 

We will keep you updated each night on our progress, stay tuned for more details!

Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy Schedule - 2017

ALA 2017 Schedule

The Darold W. Larson Acacia Leadership Academy offers participants a chance to have a unique experience unlike they will find anywhere else. Nearly 25 years ago, Brother Larson (who was Executive Director at the time) was inspired by the example set by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) with the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute and modeled the first ALA in 1992 after it.

The program attempts to replicate a model chapter setting, complete with officers and meetings. Combining this with traditional aspects of educational sessions (group sessions, breakout sessions, group discussion, structured/informal group settings) creates a model environment to inspire radical change.

 

ALA Day One: Wednesday, July 26

12:00 – 4:00 PM    Registration

3:45 – 4:30 PM    General Session One: Kickoff ALA – Why Are You Here?

4:30 – 5:15 PM    Breakout Session #1 – Introductions and Elections Slating

5:30 – 6:30 PM    Dinner

6:45 – 8:30 PM    General Session Two: Elections

9:00 PM               ACTIVITY: (Bowling at Classic Lanes)

 

ALA Day Two: Thursday, July 27

7:30 – 8:30 AM    Breakfast

8:45 – 9:45 AM    General Session Three: OmegaFi - myAcacia & Vault

10:00 – 11:45 AM    Breakout Session #2: Ritual Practice

12:00 – 1:00 PM    Lunch

1:00 – 2:45 PM    General Session Four: Formal Opening / Meet the President / The Purpose of Dues

2:45 – 3:00 PM    General Session Five: Cornerstones Program- Total Membership Development Plan (TMDP) and Cornerstones App

3:15 – 4:15 PM    General Session Six: Mike Ayalon – Preventing Sexual Assault

4:15 – 5:15 PM    General Session Seven: Mike Ayalon – Help! My Chapter is Not Motivated

5:45 – 6:45 PM    Dinner

7:15 – 8:15 PM    General Session Eight: Mike Ayalon – Strategies for Managerial Excellence

8:30 – 9:00 PM    Breakout Session #3: Processing Today

9:00 – 9:45 PM    General Session Nine: Know Thyself

9:45 – 11:00 PM    Trivia Night!

 

ALA Day Three: Friday, July 28

7:30 – 8:00 AM    Breakfast

8:15 – 8:45 AM    ACTIVITY: Drive to Rawhide Ranch

8:45 – 12:45 PM     ACTIVITY: Low Challenge Course

12:45 – 1:15 PM    Lunch

1:15 – 1:45 PM    ACTIVITY: Drive to Bloomington

2:00 – 3:00 PM    Acacia Olympics

3:30 – 4:30 PM    General Session Ten: Jerod Miles – 365 for 345: Recruitment Seminar

4:30 – 5:00 PM    Breakout Session #4: Work on Recruitment Plans

5:00 – 6:00 PM    Picnic Dinner

6:00 – 7:00 PM    Acacia Olympics

7:15 – 8:00 PM    General Session 11: Planning and Enacting Change

8:30 – 9:15 PM    Breakout Session #5 – What’s My Plan?

9:30 – 10:30 PM    Initiation: Second Degree Ritual Exemplification

10:30 PM               Movies & Games

 

ALA Day Four: Saturday, July 29

7:30 AM                Leave for Masonic Lodge

8:00 – 9:00 AM    Breakfast

9:15 – 10:45 AM    Initiation: First and Third Degree Ritual Exemplification

11:15 – 12:15 AM    Breakout Session #6: On Ritual – What is Our Purpose?

12:30 – 1:30 PM    Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 PM    ACACIA Olympics

2:45 – 3:15 PM    AFF Presentation

4:45 PM              ALA Attendees dressed in formal attire for pictures

4:45 – 5:15 PM    Pictures

5:30 PM              Final Banquet and Pass the Gavel