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2018 Nominations Committee Announces Slate for Board of Directors

Dear Brothers of Alpha Phi Omega,  

The Nominations Committee, consisting of 8 Student Advisory Committee Members and 2 Past National Presidents, has been hard at work throughout the fall interviewing candidates, reviewing materials and talking with colleagues who worked with the candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. The Committee spent many hours discussing the qualities, skills, and knowledge necessary that Board members poses to lead the Fraternity going forward.  

The criteria the committee used was threefold. First, the performance of the candidate on previous projects and in prior roles within the Fraternity. Second, strategic perspective. Did the candidate have a 30,000 foot view of Alpha Phi Omega and how to advance the organization strategically? Finally, does the candidate work cooperatively with others as collaboration is necessary for a Board such as ours to be successful? For fairness, candidates were asked the same questions. In addition to questions regarding the three principal criteria, each candidate was given the opportunity to share anything additional he or she wanted taken into consideration.  

In addition to speaking at length with each candidate, the committee spoke to several people regarding the candidates. The reference pool included past presidents and National Committee members to get a broad perspective on the candidates. For consistency, the reference pool was asked the same set of questions based on our primary criteria of performance, strategic perspective and collaboration. 

 The Committee’s slate being proposed to the 2018 Convention is:  

For the position of National President, we nominate Brother Rob Coop. Brother Coop is from the North Central District and is the current National Vice President. Brother Coop has served the Fraternity in many roles, including that of a chapter advisor, a Board of Directors member, and in many regional and sectional roles. Brother Coop has a great knowledge of the Fraternity, and his presence at the national level will help make for a smooth transition. The committee values his ability to interact with students in an easy-going manner while also being able to complete his duties behind the scenes. It is for these reasons, among others, that we nominate Brother Rob Coop for National President.
We nominate Brother Melody Martin for the position of National Vice President. Brother Martin is from the Eastern District and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. Brother Martin has served the Fraternity in many roles, including that of the Chair of the Foresight Taskforce, Region V Director, Section 56 Chair, and Program Director of Alumni Relations and Internal Volunteer Development. Brother Martin has a clear vision for the Fraternity and is not afraid to push for things to get done. Brother Martin focuses on communication and is very knowledgeable about the transition. For these reasons, among others, that we nominate Brother Melody Martin for National Vice President.
We nominate Brother Jeremy Bingman for the National Board of Directors. Brother Bingman is from the North Central District and is currently a member of the Board. Brother Bingman has served the Fraternity in many roles, including that of APO LEADS Launch Director, Region VI Director, and Section 51 Chair. Brother Bingman is an Eagle Scout. Brother Bingman helped spearhead the development of the Strategic Plan, is dedicated to growing the membership of the Fraternity, and will provide good fiscal stability during the realignment. It is for these reasons, among others, that we nominate Brother Jeremy Bingman for re-election to the National Board of Directors.
We nominate Brother Melissa DeLuka for the National Board of Directors. Brother DeLuka is from the Eastern District and is currently a member of the Board. Brother DeLuka has served the Fraternity in many roles, including that of a chapter advisor, the Membership and Extension Program Director, Region VI staff, and Section 55 Chair. Brother DeLuka is a Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient. Brother DeLuka is on the Leaders in Service Campaign Cabinet. Brother DeLuka is a well-rounded Board Member and is someone who stays in touch with the feelings and opinions of active members. It is for these reasons, among others, that we nominate Brother Melissa DeLuka for re-election to the National Board of Directors.
We nominate Brother Michael Haber for the National Board of Directors. Brother Haber is from the Eastern District and is currently the Youth Service Grant Chair. Brother Haber has served the Fraternity in many roles, including as a member of the Board of Directors, APO LEADS presenter and director for all courses, and Membership Academy Director and Presenter. Brother Haber has also served as Region II Director and Section 88 Chair. Brother Haber values communication on all levels of the Fraternity, transparency, and service to the active members. It is for these reasons, among others, that we nominate Brother Michael Haber for the National Board of Directors.
We nominate Brother Kent Lee for the National Board of Directors. Brother Lee is from the Western District and is a current member of the Board of Directors. Brother Lee has served the Fraternity in many roles, including as a member of the National Finance and Operations Committee, the Board Brand Development Task Force, and as a founding advisor for Alpha Delta Chapter at San Diego State University and Omega Sigma Chapter at California State University, Fullerton. Brother Lee serves on the Board of Directors for many other local and regional non-profit organizations, which provides him with a unique perspective. Brother Lee is focused on fraternity growth and engagement. It is for these reasons, among others, that we nominate Brother Kent Lee for re-election to the National Board of Directors.
We nominate Brother Marilyn Mims for the National Board of Directors. Brother Mims is from the Eastern District and is currently the Education and Operations Program Chair. Brother Mims has served the Fraternity in many roles, including that of Region I Director, Membership and Extension Program Director, and on the Facilities and Technology Committee. Brother Mims has a great attitude, shows good knowledge of the Strategic Plan, and wants to improve communication on all levels of the Fraternity. It is for these reasons, among others, that we nominate Brother Marilyn Mims to the National Board of Directors.
We nominate Brother Disraeli Smith for the National Board of Directors. Brother Smith is from the Southern District. Brother Smith has served the Fraternity in many roles, including chair of the 2010 National Convention, Alumni Relations and Internal Volunteer Development Program Director, and Region IV Rep to the Membership and Extension Committee. Brother Smith has many thoughtful ideas, thinks strategically, and will bring a youthful perspective to the Board. It is for these reasons, among others, that we nominate Brother Disraeli Smith to the National Board of Directors.
We nominate Brother Ken Tinkler for the National Board of Directors. Brother Tinkler is from the Southern District and is a member of the Board of Directors.  Brother Tinkler has served the Fraternity in many roles, including that of a chapter advisor, sponsor of the chartering efforts of Tau Mu Chapter at the University of South Florida, Mu Omega Chapter at the University of Tampa, and Alpha Eta Eta Chapter at Saint Leo University, and on Region IV staff. Brother Tinkler has a focus on membership, relevance, and programming, and is very strategically minded. Brother Tinkler has the ability to keep things moving forward and is not afraid to ask questions. It is for these reasons, among others, that we nominate Brother Ken Tinkler to be elected the National Board of Directors.

Thank you.  

In Leadership, Friendship, and Service,  

Rebecca Brennan, Co-Chair Nominating Committee  

Maggie Katz, Co-Chair Nominating Committee



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