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Meet the
Foundation

Founded in 1939, the Sigma Chi Foundation is a charitable and educational tax-exempt organization, separate and independent from the Sigma Chi Fraternity, whose express purpose is to secure financial resources and provide faithful stewardship in support of Sigma Chi.

Through leadership initiatives such as the Krach Transformational Leaders Workshop, the Horizons Huntsman Leadership Summit and Sigma Chi Online, the Sigma Chi Foundation is preparing our young men to be the values-centered leaders of tomorrow.

The Sigma Chi Foundation Board of Governors

Forst is a retired partner and deputy general counsel at Lord Abbett. Previously, he served as managing director and chief counsel for a large international investment firm, practiced law in Washington, D.C., in private practice and worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He is a Significant Sig. 

Gill is President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Sypris Solutions, Inc. He has served as a director of Sypris and its predecessor since 1983. He is a Significant Sig. 

Brother Caldwell is retired Executive Vice President of Avery Dennison and served in this position from 1997 until his retirement in 2001. Since his retirement, he has served on the Board of Trustees of the Avery Dennison Foundation and as Chairman of the Volunteers of American Los Angeles. He is a Significant Sig.  

Joseph is an attorney at Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt. He served the Fraternity as its 56th Grand Consul and, in 1988, helped organize Sigma Chi's Risk Management Foundation and served as its chairman for 10 years. He is an Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig. 

Anderson is partner at Handler Thayer LLP. He served Sigma Chi Fraternity as Executive Director and is namesake for the Character-In-Action Leadership Award. He is an Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig. 

Butler was a public high school science educator in Southern California for 36 years. He has been actively involved as a volunteer within Sigma Chi for 35 years and is an Order of Constantine Sig. 

A past Foundation Chairman, Durzo is an executive consultant through his company, DDG Management Advisors. He has also served as a board member for various organizations. He is a Significant Sig.

Coppersmith is Chairman and CEO of Cortland Advisors, LLC, chairman of Hollymar's Board of Directors and serves on the advisory boards of several companies. He is a Significant Sig.

Goodroe is Executive-in-Residence with the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He retired from Procter and Gamble in 2001 as Vice President, Global Customer Marketing. He is a Significant Sig. 

Greenberg is co-founder and owner of Interior Investments, Inc. He was 68th Grand Consul and is chairman of the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute. He is an Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig. 

A past Foundation Chairman, Johnson is a longtime leader in the aerospace industry, presently serving as Chairman of Spirit Aerosystems. He is an Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig. 

Koskinen served as 48th Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. He is past Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Freddie Mac and served as President of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. He is a Significant Sig. 

Martin is retired President and COO of Freedom Innovations. He is an Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig. 

Muir is co-founder and chairman of Fulcrum Equity Partners and its predecessor firm Fulcrum Ventures. He is also a co-founder  of Chatham Capital. He is an Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig. 

Pasquantino is Acting Deputy Controller and Deputy Associate Director within the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he has served under three Presidents. He is a Significant Sig. 

A past Foundation chairman, Peterson is retired chairman of City Securities Corporation. He has served on the Foundation's board since 1987. He is an Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig. 

Stamp is retired Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Deere & Company (John Deere). He is a co-founder of InterAg Technologies and works with several D.C.-based organizations. He is a Significant Sig. 

Ursillo is managing partner of Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch, where he specializes in municipal and business law. He served Sigma Chi as its 69th Grand Consul and is an Order of Constantine Sig and Significant Sig. 

Walsh is President and CEO of Acute Care Consultants and President and Managing Director of Physicians Link Centers. He is a retired U.S. Navy captain and a Significant Sig. 

Walters is managing director and financial advisor for BB&T Scott & Stringfellow. He is an active civic volunteer in the Roanoke, Va. area and also serves Sigma Chi in a variety of volunteer capacities. 

Ex-Officio Members

Ashley Woods
East Tennessee 2000

President & CEO
Sigma Chi Foundation

Michael Church
Illinois 2005

Executive Director
Sigma Chi Fraternity

Steven Schuyler
Arizona
1979

71st Grand Consul
Sigma Chi Fraternity

Tommy Geddings
South Carolina 1985

70th Grand Consul
Sigma Chi Fraternity

David McNicol
Western Ontario 1986

Canadian Foundation
Representative

John
Price
Oklahoma State 1991

Secretary

Ashley Woods

East Tennessee 2000

President & CEO of Sigma Chi Foundation

Michael Church

Illinois 2005

Executive Director of Sigma Chi Fraternity

Steven Schuyler

Arizona 1979

71st Grand Consul Sigma Chi Fraternity

Tommy Geddings

South Carolina 1985

70th Grand Consul Sigma Chi Fraternity

David McNicol

Western Ontario 1986

Canadian Foundation Representative

John Price

Oklahoma State 1991

Secretary

The Sigma Chi Foundation Staff

Ashley Woods has served on the Sigma Chi Foundation staff for 16 years. He served as the COO and General Counsel for a 10-year period. Prior to that, he directed the regional volunteer fundraising component of the Making a Difference campaign. Brother Woods joined the Sigma Chi headquarters staff in 2000 where he managed the Horizons leadership program. He served the Zeta Omega chapter as consul. Brother Woods earned a JD in 2006 from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Phone Number: (847) 425-4409

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John serves the Sigma Chi Foundation as its Vice President of Operations, and prior as its first director of legacy giving. John manages the Foundation’s development strategy and supervises the Foundation’s team of talented development officers. He supports the Foundation’s fundraising efforts by engaging alumni, connecting them to the programs of the Fraternity and Foundation, and securing planned gifts, which may include bequests, gifts of appreciated property, life insurance arrangements or donations by means of a trust. He is responsible for planning and implementing the Foundation’s estate planning program and works in tandem with other gift officers to secure gifts benefitting Sigma Chi.

John graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1991 with a degree in history, received his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law and is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as associate general counsel for the Oklahoma State University Board of Regents. Although he travels back and forth to International Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, and across the country supporting Sigma Chi, John continues to live in Stillwater with Suzee, his wife of 24 years, and their four children. Both of his sons are Sigs. Quentin, his oldest, is a chemical engineer in South Carolina and MacGregor is currently studying finance at Oklahoma State. His daughter, Payton, is a sophomore at Oklahoma State and daughter, Ellery, is a junior at Stillwater High School.

Should you have any questions on Fraternity or Foundation initiatives or how you might help secure Sigma Chi’s future, please feel free to contact John.

Phone Number: (847) 425-4476

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Heidi has supported the Foundation’s president and chief executive officer in her role as executive assistant since she was hired by the Foundation in December 2010. She works very closely with the Foundation’s Board of Governors and is responsible for managing and scheduling all Foundation Board meetings and calls.

In her role as the Foundation’s scholarship administrator, Heidi oversees and administers the Foundation’s scholarship program and through her efforts and hard work has helped to take the program from a hardcopy application to an online application program, now in its second version. Heidi is also the Foundation’s main point-of-contact for chapter funds managed by the Foundation.

Heidi is the proud mother of two adult sons and a native Chicagoan who happily resides in a suburb of Chicago.

Phone Number: (847) 425-4470

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Robert, better known as Rodg to most, joined Sigma Chi in June 2012 after working as an independent contractor for Sigma Chi a couple months prior. In 2017, the Fraternity initiated Rodg through the non-student initiation (NSI) program.

Rodg received his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in 1998 and master's degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management in 2003. Afterward, Rodg found that he had developed a passion for sharing his knowledge with others, and taught junior college students until December 2015, while continuing his work as a controller at various companies. 

Rodg also has had his own accounting and tax practice for many years and does many pro bono taxes for those in need.

Rodg has a wife and three kids, along with two grandkids. When he’s not working or spending time with his family, he enjoys helping his neighbors and watching all sports, especially baseball and his Chicago Cubs.

Phone Number: (847) 425-4417

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Millie is a key member of the Foundation’s finance operation where she is laser focused on the accounting and recording of the financial gifts from our membership.  This includes managing the compliance policies, maintaining sponsorship records, developing accounting reporting and insuring that appropriate acknowledgments have been made.  When not holding our team accountable, Millie is often found applying her entomology skills to in her visual documentation of native Chicago insects as well as being a great cat mom to Betsey and Kevin.

Phone Number: (847) 425-4412

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DEVELOPMENT — MAJOR GIFT EFFORTS

Frank has served as a senior member for the Foundation staff since 1993. Currently, Frank serves as the Senior Director for Principal Gifts after serving as Foundation president and CEO from 1995-2005 and vice president of development from 1993-1995.

Prior to joining the Sigma Chi Foundation staff, Frank served as a development officer at the University of Florida and Penn State University, as well as executive roles at the George Junior Republic treatment facility. Raymond served in The White House correspondence office and started his career as an associate executive secretary (AES) on the Sigma Chi Fraternity staff from 1971-1973, during which time he visited 75 chapters.

Frank served as a faculty member for the annual Leadership Workshop (now Krach Transformational Leadership Workshop) and volunteers each spring at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida. As an undergraduate, Frank was elected Consul at Penn State during his sophomore year.

Frank graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. Frank also attended South Texas College of Law, as well as the International School of Law at George Mason University.

Frank is married to his sweetheart, Nancy, and has two daughters, Juli and Anna Marie, as well as two grandchildren.

Frank provides major gift cultivation in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

Phone Number: (847) 425-4473

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Jeff joined the Sigma Chi Foundation in 2008, where he has worked with donors on principal, major and planned gift acquisition. He has been a member of the Foundation’s leadership team since 2014.

Prior to joining the Sigma Chi Foundation, Jeff was a finance and performance management consultant with Accenture. During his time at Accenture, Jeff represented clients spanning such diverse industries as financial services, hospitality, utilities, retail, basic materials and government.

Jeff was hired upon graduating by General Electric and worked for GE Asset Management in fixed income global trade operations and data integrity.

He was initiated into the Kappa Rho chapter of Sigma Chi at American University in Washington DC in 2001, and earned a bachelor’s degree from the Kogod School of Business. He later earned his MBA from the University of Connecticut with specialties in finance and marketing.

Jeff is also a songwriter, singer, pianist and guitarist. He resides in his native Massachusetts with his wife and two young daughters.

Jeff provides major gift cultivation in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Phone Number: (202) 441-2572

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Greg Morgan joined the Sigma Chi Foundation in 2016. Greg also oversees Foundation staff onboarding and training, as well as provides leadership for the Bell Chapter Challenge program.

Prior to his time at the Foundation, Greg was leading student-athlete career development initiatives at the University of South Florida Athletics Department. Morgan was the founding director of the Lee Roy Selmon Mentoring Institute and eventually was promoted to the senior staff of the athletics department before departing in 2016.

Before the University of South Florida, Greg joined the Fraternity Staff in 2009, ending his tenure as the Director of Education & Alumni Services in 2013. While on-staff, Morgan attended Loyola University- Chicago as a graduate student and interned at Northwestern University in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.

Greg graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 2009 and was initiated at the Theta Beta Chapter in fall 2004. Morgan earned a Masters of Education degree in Higher Education from Loyola University- Chicago in 2013.

During his time as an undergraduate at USF, Greg held various leadership roles in Sigma Chi as well as the USF campus community, including Student-Body President and University Trustee. As an active Sigma Chi undergraduate, Morgan participated in Horizons (2006), multiple Leadership Training Workshops and served as an undergraduate summer intern at the Sigma Chi Headquarters Office (2007).

As a volunteer, Greg continues to serve on faculty for Horizons, Krach TLW and locally as needed. He also facilitates inter-fraternal programs including the NIC’s Undergraduate Inter-Fraternity Institute summer leadership program and Beta Theta Pi’s Wooden Institute.

Greg is married to his college sweetheart, Megan, who is an international officer for Zeta Tau Alpha and a past staffer at the Sigma Chi Headquarters. They have four young children and live in Northeastern Pennsylvania. When Greg is not engaged in fraternity business, he enjoys playing and officiating ice hockey.

Greg leads the Thomas Cowan Bell Chapter Challenge program, oversees Foundation staff training provides major gift cultivation in the Mid-Atlantic region of Washington, D.C.; Delaware; Maryland; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; and Virginia.

Phone Number: (570) 351-8008

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Sam joined Sigma Chi in the spring of 2006 at the University of Denver, graduating in 2009. Immediately following graduation, Sam spent nearly four years as a staff member for the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Since leaving staff, Sam has served in a number of volunteer roles, including the founding colony/chapter advisor for the Lambda Omega chapter at DePaul University, and later as Grand Praetor for the Northern Illinois province. After spending several years as a development professional for several different organizations, Sam moved to Cleveland and joined the Foundation staff in 2019 as director of development.

Sam holds his Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE)certification, serves as the scholarship chair for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is an associate board member for the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Foundation.

His most important job is that of husband to his wife, Maggie, and dad to his two young sons (and future Sigs), Henry and George. When he’s not working or spending time with his family, he enjoys playing jazz trumpet, amateur woodworking, keeping his lawn greener than his neighbors’ and rooting obsessively for the Denver Broncos.

Sam oversees major gift cultivation in Indiana; Iowa; Illinois; Kansas; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; North Dakota; Ohio; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming and the western half of Pennsylvania.

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A California native residing in the Los Angeles area, Jim joined the Foundation staff in 2014 after a successful 30 year award-winning career in sales-- mostly in the radio industry with ABC/Disney Radio, Salem Broadcasting-- and also industrial and consumer product sales, joining Procter & Gamble out of college. He has a B.S. Degree in Marketing from San Diego State University where he was a 1985 graduate, involved in student government and was a member of the Delta Xi Chapter.

He has been a volunteer since his undergraduate days, including as Chapter Advisor for the Theta Lambda chapter at University of San Diego which he helped to found in 1984, and a ten year run as President for the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter. Jim worked on six chapter chartering/re-charterings over a 35-year span.

Brother Lawson was also a member of the Junior Chamber (Jaycees) service and leadership organization for 11 years, where he was named a JCI Senator, and served on the U.S. Jaycees’ 9-member national Training Task Force (TTF). While President of the Long Beach Jaycees, the chapter was awarded the Harold Marks Trophy for the #1 chapter in the nation (among 3,000 chapters), a first for CA. He is a proud dad to daughter, Shelby.

Jim Lawson provides major gift cultivation for the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Phone Number: (847) 563-0230

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Jay Philbrick is a graduate from the great University of Central Florida and was initiated at the Eta Pi Chapter in the fall of 1993. He joined the Foundation’s development team in 2016 and currently resides in the Charlotte, NC surrounding area.

Prior to joining the Sigma Chi Foundation, Jay spent his post-collegiate career in sales in Orlando, FL, with a focus on the legal industry, from services to software. During this time, he also returned to further his education, earning his MBA in 2006.

Jay is the proud father of two wonderful girls who are constantly keeping him on his toes and challenging him every day to get better. He and his wife Kim, a Kappa Delta from University of Florida, have been married since 2003. When Jay is not trying to figure out how to raise a teenager, he enjoys being outdoors in any capacity. Being a legacy, Sigma Chi has always had special place in Jay’s heart, and he is proud to have the opportunity to represent the Sigma Chi Foundation and it’s mission.

Jay oversees major gift cultivation for the Southeast region, including the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Phone Number: (847) 440-6111

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DEVELOPMENT — ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Jay leads an amazing team of creatives that are tasked with creating the Sigma Chi brand experience that enables all of our members, their families and friends to truly experience the lifelong value of Sigma Chi.  An equal parts marketing strategist and tactician, Jay is leader in digital transformation and experiential marketing.  Jay has built a successful track record in VP, SVP and key marketing positions across enterprise tech and consumer electronics with some of the technology industry’s most influential companies and agile tech startups, including Johnson Controls, Fujitsu and UI LABS.  Jay has guided global enterprises, early stage companies and tech-focused digital marketing teams to develop innovative programs that achieved key business goals and revenue growth.

Jay lives in Barrington, Illinois with his college sweetheart, three active kids, eight chickens and one duck.

Phone Number: (847) 425-4477

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Barbara serves the Foundation as Senior Director of Development and Annual Programs. Prior to this, Barbara served as the Associate Director of Annual Giving & Stewardship from 2008-2013, Stewardship and Annual Fund Coordinator from 2004-2008 and Membership Coordinator form 2001-2004.  

As a senior member of the Foundation staff, Barabas continues to usher in growth of the Life Loyal Sig program and led the 2019 merger of the Life Loyal Sig and Annual Fund into one overall initiative. Barbara also leads all annual campaign and stewardship components, including but not limited to digital communications, direct mail, telemarketing, donor pins and other donor recognition gifts. She has also been instrumental in the expansion of the White Cross Trust and other annual giving societies.  

Given her tenure at the headquarters office, Barbara has become a staple to the foundation staff. Her son, Jacob, was initiated into Sigma Chi at St. Louis University. Barbara lives in greater Chicagoland with her family.  

Phone Number: (847) 425-4006

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Wes Holtsclaw serves the Sigma Chi Foundation as Director of Content. Prior to this, he served as Associate Director of Communications from 2014 to 2018.

Approaching his seventh year with Sigma Chi, Wes’ role has included content creation and messaging for print and digital audiences, feature writing for The Magazine of Sigma Chi, host of The Sigma Chi Podcast and serving as the annual director and team lead for the Sigma Chi Foundation’s Annual Report and Focus newsletters. Presently, he is helping cultivate and create communications and marketing efforts on behalf of the Foundation and the Sigma Chi Leadership Institute.

Wes arrived at Sigma Chi following a 13-year career in sports journalism, serving as Sports Editor for two publications in Tennessee. During this time, he covered the Tennessee Titans, University of Tennessee and East Tennessee State athletics, NASCAR and NHRA motorsports at Bristol Motor Speedway, and served as the lead beat writer and an color radio analyst for the Minnesota Twins’ Appalachian League affiliate in Elizabethton for 10 seasons.

A 2004 initiate of the Zeta Omega chapter at East Tennessee State, he is a 2012 graduate in Public Relations earning the Most Outstanding Student honor from the school’s Department of Mass Communications. He presently resides in East Tennessee.

Phone Number: (847) 425-4472

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HISTORY, MUSEUM & ARCHIVES

Dr. Phelps joined the staff of the International Headquarters in 2005. Prior to coming to Sigma Chi, he served as the archivist for the Muskegon Country Historical Society in Michigan. Altogether, he has more than 15 years as a professional curator specializing in the care of historic documents. Although his duties on the Foundation staff are many, his primary responsibility is as director of the Sigma Chi Foundation’s Department of Information Management. The department runs the Historical Initiative to catalogue, preserve, and digitized the Fraternity’s history collections; acts as staff liaison with the Fraternity’s History Commission and Monuments and Memorials Commission; and oversees the maintenance, repair, and upgrades of the J. Dwight Peterson International Headquarters and the Founding Site in Oxford, Ohio.

Noah holds a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, an M.A. in the Management of Historical Institutions (Public History) from Wright State University in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Urban History from Loyola University, Chicago.

After three years as a professional non-Sig member of staff, Noah joined the Fraternity through the NSI program in 2008.

Phone Number: (847) 425-4420

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Anne joined the staff of the Sigma Chi Foundation’s Historical Initiative as a part-time, assistant archivist in 2011. When not working to preserve the history of the Fraternity, she spends her time as a successful real estate professional with Jameson Sotheby International Realty, an affiliate of the world-famous Sotheby Auction House in London. Prior to her switch to real estate, she spent 25 years with Rotary International.

As a member of the initiative, she has worked on chapter archives, The Magazine of Sigma Chi index project, and is currently compiling in-depth data on the over 900 military brothers who have given their lives in service to the United States and Canada.

Anne’s contributions extend outside the initiative as well. In 2014, when the Foundation’s department of Information Management was seeking a new handyman. She introduced her brother, Chris Mack, to the director of the department. Chris is now the first person Sigma Chi calls when a repair is needed at the International Headquarters building.

Phone Number: (847) 425-4482

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