Announcing New Regional Director Appointment

Robert G. Francis, Virginia Tech ’09-Life

Rob was initiated into the Beta Xi Chapter at Virginia Tech in 2009. He graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Finance and B.S. in Economics. During his time as a student brother, he served on the executive board as the chapter Treasurer. After graduation, Rob began volunteering right away with the Mideast region (now Central Atlantic) and has served in multiple volunteer roles including regional manager of membership, chapter advisor, and section director. Most recently Rob served the Central Atlantic region as regional manager of finance in addition to working with the Management Team on task forces to revise the collegiate minimum standards and to standardize the regional budgeting process. Rob is a member of the Fraternity Ritual Team and a founding member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Chapter.

Professionally, Rob is a Vice President at BB&T Bank where he serves as a Business Intelligence Analyst focusing on data advocacy for commercial lending. Rob resides in his hometown Ellicott City, MD but can often be found out and about for trivia or traveling with his Beta Xi brothers.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity to give back what Alpha Kappa Psi has given me these many years. The students and volunteers have always inspired me to be my best and step up to the challenge; I hope to provide that same inspiration to current students, volunteers, and alumni in the Central Atlantic Region.”


The regional director is charged with working closely with the chapter educational resource coordinator, regional volunteers, and the vice president to ensure a quality student experience. Through the support of effective chapter operations and the learning and development initiatives of the fraternity, the regional director has a lasting impact on the professional and personal growth of Alpha Kappa Psi students and volunteers.

Alpha Kappa Psi’s Fraternity Managers: Leading Program and Process Integration

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:

Alexander Hambleton, Lock Haven ’02-Life

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.”

Announcing New Regional Director Appointment

INDIANAPOLIS (June 11, 2018) — The Alpha Kappa Psi Board of Directors recently appointed Erik Thomas as regional director of the Eastern Great Plains Region. The appointment will take effect July 1. 


Eastern Great Plains Regional Director

Erik Thomas, Western Kentucky ’07

Erik Thomas was initiated into Alpha Kappa Psi through the Zeta Tau Chapter at Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY), in 2007. While a student member, he served on the executive board as vice president of membership and president. He also volunteered on various committees allowing him insight into fraternity volunteering. After graduating, he served as chapter advisor and section director for both the Southern Bluegrass Region and Alumni Region. During this time he became a founding member of the Bluegrass Alumni chapter. While volunteering, he received his first degree Silver DSA from the Zeta Tau Chapter. He currently works as a collections specialist at Big Ass Fans where every day provides new insights into the world of business.

 

“The fraternity has allowed me as a student and volunteer to see the past that we have come from and the destiny that we are going toward and it is great. I am excited to work with the Eastern Great Plains Region and see it’s growth for us all.”


The Regional Director is charged with working closely with the chapter educational resource coordinator, regional volunteers, and the vice president to ensure a quality student experience. Through the support of effective chapter operations and the learning and development initiatives of the fraternity, the regional director has a lasting impact on the professional and personal growth of Alpha Kappa Psi students and volunteers.

Announcing New Regional Director Appointment

INDIANAPOLIS (June 11, 2018) — The Alpha Kappa Psi Board of Directors recently appointed Lea Goodwin as regional director of the Southern Delta Region. The appointment will take effect immediately. 


Southern Delta Regional Director

Lea Goodwin, Louisiana State ’99 – Life

Lea was initiated in 1999 at Louisiana State University’s Beta Chi chapter as a re-chartering founder and is also a founder of the Crescent City Alumni Chapter in New Orleans. Before her appointment as Regional Director, Lea, a Silver DSA recipient, served as a Fraternity Manager this past year, on the Southern Delta RMT as Section Director for Louisiana 2014-2017, and as the Chapter Advisor for LSU intermittently for a total of eight years. 

Professionally, Lea is a Project Management Professional (PMP) in the healthcare industry, focusing on healthcare analytics/business intelligence and business development. Lea has over 25 years of experience in information technology and over 15 years of project/program management experience in overseeing diverse and complicated tasks with a track record of success in implementation of complicated deliverables.

“I look forward to serving the Southern Delta region by giving the student brothers the tools needed to succeed and by improving some of the alumni relations across the Gulf South.  We have a number of wonderful resources available to us and one of the tricks is just knowing to ask before times are difficult.  I want my region to know they can reach out to me anytime.”


The Regional Director is charged with working closely with the chapter educational resource coordinator, regional volunteers, and the vice president to ensure a quality student experience. Through the support of effective chapter operations and the learning and development initiatives of the fraternity, the regional director has a lasting impact on the professional and personal growth of Alpha Kappa Psi students and volunteers.