During the 2018 Voting Member’s Meeting in St. Louis, MO, there were three amendments to the Foundation by-laws regarding Voting Membership.
Since the 2017 Convention in Las Vegas, there have been several changes to the Fraternity Management Team (MT), but perhaps the most unique is the creation of the “Fraternity Manager” role. Fraternity Managers (FM) are responsible for delivery of strategic and tactical programs and functions on behalf of the entire fraternity which provides a value-add to students, alumni, volunteers, and staff. FMs serve in a similar role as Vice Presidents (VP) in regard to program management but are aligned 100% to strategic delivery of programs whereas VPs split their efforts with managing their respective Areas and Regional Directors. The FM position is analogous to the Regional Manager position working with the 16 Regional Directors.
Since the creation of the role, there have been four individuals appointed as FMs. Lea Goodwin was the first FM in AKPsi (FM for Integration & Innovation) and has since been appointed as the Southern Delta Regional Director.
The current FMs on the Management Team are:
Fraternity Manager for Strategic Operational Planning
Alex is responsible for long-term planning, Management Team governance, and coordinating strategic input from students, volunteers, and alumni, including leading the Strategic Advisory Councils. When asked about his priorities for the role, Alex said: “the main thing I hope to achieve in this role is to help the Fraternity adapt to a changing cultural landscape and to set it up for long-term success in the future.” Alex’s 11+ years as an AKPsi volunteer, professional experience in software project management, and academic rigor honed in earning an M.A. in Philosophy will all be key in his ability to succeed. Alex lives in Pennsylvania.
Alyssa Goldstein, Penn State ’06-Life
Fraternity Manager for Operations & Resource Management
Alyssa leads the Management Team’s efforts to implement and deliver integrated programs and resources to the 220+ student chapters and transform the way we recruit, develop, and distribute our volunteer workforce across the organization. Alyssa, a former Eastern Great Lakes Regional Director and Heritage Center staff member, said her “goal is to build processes and programs that free up time spent on regional and chapter management so that volunteers and students can instead focus on educational programming and developing principled business leaders.”
Kushaan Shah, Maryland ’12-Life
Fraternity Manager for Strategic Communications & Engagement
Kushaan’s role as the FM-Strategic Communications & Engagement is to help spread the word not just about what AKPsi is, but what it can offer, to our members and the outside world, while providing opportunities to increase engagement and collaboration among the nearly 14,000 student members and 250,000+ AKPsi alumni. “…my goal is to leverage AKPsi’s biggest asset, its members, to better understand what motivates our highly-involved members, help create new opportunities for current brothers to engage the rest of the brotherhood, and create more actionable ways members of all engagement levels can contribute to the strength and spirit of this Fraternity.”
After serving Alpha Kappa Psi in various volunteer roles since 2009, Mike Dickson will step down Sept. 13 at the end of his year-long term as the Vice President of Chapter Development and Operations and Area III. Jane Azzinaro, current Central Atlantic Regional Director, will take over the role of vice president effective Sept. 14.
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Meet Desiree Williams, Digital Education Coordinator for Alpha Kappa Psi. The Digital Education Coordinator is a new position which assists the Director of Education with the Fraternity’s educational programs and initiatives through development of the Fraternity’s resources and online educational programs. Desiree started on staff in May of 2018 after graduating from Ball State University in 2016. Find out what you and Desiree have in common!