IHQ Welcomes New ELCs to Staff, Announces New Position and Promotion
It’s that time of year again, where we say goodbye to the outgoing staff members at IHQ, and welcome with open arms a new group of individuals looking to carry on the responsibilities. Below is information about all of the new hires and promotions, as well as a few words from the outgoing Educational Leadership Consultants about their future plans, and what they took away from their time here at IHQ.
Incoming Educational Leadership Consultants:
8 new Educational Leadership Consultants began their new roles on Monday, June 4th – each of them bringing their own perspective and experiences from their time as an undergrad.
Avery was born on Wright Patterson Air Force Base and has in lived in Japan, Colorado, and Maryland. He started playing cello at the age of eight and has continued to play for past 13 years. At Fort Meade Senior High School, Avery played varsity football and lacrosse. He was honored as a captain in both sports. His undergraduate career was completed at Lycoming College Williamsport, Pennsylvania where he majored in Music Performance and Psychology. Avery participated in multiple music ensembles including the string ensemble, Lycoming College Community Orchestra, Tour, and Chamber Choirs. He has toured to China and Florida performing choral music. Avery joined Lambda Chi Alpha his sophomore year of college and was elected Vice President while he was an Associate Member. He went on to hold the offices of President, Recruitment Chairman, Fraternity Educator, and Alumni Liaison. Avery graduated from Lycoming College in May of 2018.
Born outside of Boston in ’96, Tyler grew up in Sharon, MA, right down the road from Gillette Stadium. Tyler graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Recreation Management & Policy: Program & Event Management and a minor in Business. During his time in college, Tyler served his chapter as IFC Delegate, Standards Chair, Alumni Relations chair, and External Vice-President. He also served as the Great Northeast Representative on the Student Advisory Committee. At UNH, he was also involved with Student Senate, Greek Intervarsity, The Recreation Society, and Slow Foods UNH. In Student Senate, he served as the Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Liaison. His favorite experience as an undergrad was touring Europe for a couple weeks followed by a study abroad program in Ascoli Piceno, Italy where he studied Italian Culture and Food Aesthetics. In my free time, he loves to snowboard, mountain bike, play guitar, hang out with family and friends, and travel, which makes him very excited to travel the country and help chapters as an ELC.
Holland, originally from Avon, IN, graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. Holland was involved throughout his undergraduate degree with New Student Orientation and Student Government Association. Holland served as High Rho and completed two terms on the Interfraternity Council as Vice President of Public Relations and President. He guided his council through their largest recruitment in history and an IFC-wide social pause. In his spare time, he enjoys visiting local coffee shops, reading, and keeping up with social media trends.
A long-time Alabama resident with scattered interests and talents, Chance graduated magna cum laude from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. His personal hobbies include music and foreign language, and he is currently studying piano and Spanish. In his chapter he has served as High Sigma, High Phi, and High Alpha. Other roles on his campus have included being a Student Government Association Supreme Court Justice and being involved in various roles in the University of Montevallo unique musical homecoming tradition, College Night. Through the General Fraternity, Chance was also privileged to have the opportunity to serve on the Student Advisory Committee and Grand High Zeta as an undergraduate.
Trevor was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where he is finishing up his degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. He joined Lambda Chi Alpha in the second semester of his freshman year, becoming a brother of the Pi-Mu colony a semester before its official chartering. During his time in his chapter, he served as High Theta for two terms and High Delta for one. Outside of Lambda Chi Alpha, he has also heavily been involved in the Circle K International (Kiwanis) service organization where he is soon retiring from his role as an International Trustee, similar to the role of an ELC for Lambda Chi Alpha, in which he traveled the country presenting on Circle K. He also held office in the Professional Development Institute for Student Leaders at his school, hosting leadership retreats and professional development conferences for his fellow students. During his free time, Trevor enjoys playing and watching basketball, hiking, and doing anything else outdoors.
Jimmy studied public relations at Franklin College. He is from the small town of Tell City, Indiana located in southern Indiana. During his time as being an undergraduate member of Lambda Chi Alpha, he served as Tau, Alpha, Phi, and Theta. Along with those offices he served on the Executive Committee for three years, was the Midwestern Conclave representative of the Student Advisory Committee, and served as the Grand High Psi of the Grand High Zeta. In addition to Lambda Chi Alpha, he served on the IFC executive board and played four years on the football team. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, hanging with family and friends, grilling and playing video games.
Walker is a former resident of Greensboro, North Carolina, and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he studied Business Administration. Following in his father’s footsteps, Walker joined Lambda Chi Alpha in the Spring of his freshman year. During his tenure, he served as High Tau, High Delta, High Epsilon, and Big Brother Coordinator. Outside of Lambda Chi, Walker was a coordinator for UNCW’s premiere peer-to-peer mentoring program, a member of the Cameron School of Business Executive Network, and served on the executive committee of UNCW’s Human Resources Association chapter. In his free time, Walker enjoys playing and watching sports, as wells as keeping up with the current trends in music.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Cody has lived his whole life in the Pacific Northwest. For the past five years, he has worked on completing his Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in Psychology, at the University of Idaho. During his time at Epsilon-Gamma Zeta, he served as Vice President, President, and Inner Circle Steward. He was on the Student Advisory Committee in 2016, which sparked his interest in working for International Headquarters. In his spare time, Cody enjoys distance running, adult coloring books, and volunteering his time with Habitat for Humanity.
Outgoing Educational Leadership Consultants:
Now that you’ve had the opportunity to learn about the incoming ELC’s, it is also important to recognize the future plans of the outgoing ELC’s, and some of the things they are taking away from this job.
Taylor Krivas is planning to attend the University of Northern Colorado to obtain a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs. When asked about his experience as an ELC, Krivas said, “I took so much away from the job. Acting independently, but also knowing I had a support system that was cultivated throughout my training and time at IHQ was phenomenal. The personal relationships that I made throughout this job are some that I will carry with me the rest of my life.”
Nick Kobernik served for 2 years at Lambda Chi Alpha as an Educational Leadership Consultant. Nick plans to pursue his MBA in the Fall of 2018, at a University that is still yet to be determined as decisions come in. “Being an ELC taught me a great deal over the past two years. I learned so much about people and developed a strong foundation of communication and public speaking skills. I hope to use this foundation and learn how to apply it with a business mindset. My goal is to one day bring a values based approach to a for profit organizations, and help my company’s employees develop into leaders just as I did traveling as an ELC.” Kobernik said.
Alex Martens has recently accepted the role of Graduate Assistant in the Civic Engagement & Volunteerism Office at Eastern Illinois University. In Alex’s words, “My role as a consultant helped me with receiving this new role (at EIU), and doing the best of my abilities due to planning, working with others on initiatives, and serving others. A consultant really gives the experience needed for problem solving on the fly.”
Dylan Bateman served as a Recruitment Specialist and an Educational Leadership Consultant while at IHQ. In the Fall, he will be attending Florida State University to obtain a degree is Higher Education with an emphasis on Student Affairs. Dylan’s favorite part of being an ELC, was traveling around the United States – especially the Pacific Northwest.
Zac Bell is currently enrolled in the University of Virginia School of Law, with the hope to pursue the route of civil rights or social justice activism. “Being an ELC helped me by teaching me responsibility, personal accountability, and improving my work ethic that I had from college” Zac said.
Nick Gafron has relocated to Michigan with his fiance, to start their future together. He is heavily involved in the esports domain, and hopes to begin his career within the upcoming months.
Harm Reduction and Risk Management:
There have also been some additions, and changes in the Harm Reduction and Risk Management staff here at IHQ.
Mickey Simmons has been promoted to the role of Associate Director of Education & Harm Reduction, where she will take on the responsibilities of educational programming creation, chapter resource development, and harm reduction education initiatives.
Samantha Robinson is a new hire in the department, where she will undertake the role of Assistant Director of Risk Management. In this role, Samantha will have the duties of probation/compliance management, incident investigations, and management of the event planning process.
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