Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity

REPORT OF THE 2021 NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

The 2021 Alpha Phi Omega Nominations Committee, which consists of eight students from across the country and two Past National Presidents, is pleased to present its recommendations for candidates to serve as National President, National Vice President, and seven members of the National Board of Directors during the 2022-2023 term.

 

The 2016 National Convention significantly revised the duties of the National Board of Directors, assigning most of its operational responsibilities to an Operations Council and tasking the Board to bring strategic thinking, analysis, and planning to Alpha Phi Omega. Accordingly, the Nominations Committee was charged to search for the best candidates to set the direction of the Fraternity for the next ten years and beyond. To accomplish this, the committee was instructed to learn what it means to be a board member who understands good governance, to issue a broad and inclusive call for potential candidates, and to conduct a thorough interview and vetting process.

The committee identified the following characteristics as desirable attributes for members of the Fraternity’s leadership:

  • Critical, long-range thinking abilities
  • Proven skills and experience in the leadership and governance of complex organizations, especially – but not limited to – nonprofits dedicated to leadership development and community service
  • An emphasis on collaboration to achieve success
  • Diversity in backgrounds and perspectives that will strengthen the Fraternity by bringing fresh ideas and new approaches to analyzing issues, developing strategies and long-range plans, and defining success

The committee also identified the following personal qualities required for effective board members:

  • Integrity – commitment to an “above board” organization that complies with all laws on all governmental levels
  • Enthusiasm – eager to learn, willing to be a team player, and energetic in their service
  • Service – faithfully attend Board meetings and special organizational events and communicate with Fraternity members and staff
  • Preparation – come to meetings informed and ready to discuss concerns, questions, and disagreements about organizational methods and goals
  • Commitment – demonstrate their faith in the Fraternity through personal financial contributions
  • Focus – direct the Fraternity toward its goals without getting tied down in details or sidetracked by non-crucial issues
  • Dependence – acknowledge the value of the Fraternity’s staff and the need for committed and consistent volunteers

Every interview, every reference check, and every discussion among committee members was designed and intended to evaluate these characteristics and qualities in each candidate.

 

A broad call for applications and recommendations was distributed via the Fraternity’s various communications channels beginning on August 24, 2021. Subsequent requests for nominations highlighting the desirable attributes were sent to all chapters, alumni associations, members of the Board of Directors, members of the Operations Council, the Alpha Phi Omega Endowment Trustees, and the Fraternity’s Past National Presidents. These efforts resulted in a pool of 23 alumni as possible candidates. Of those, 18 decided to become active candidates and were interviewed. Finalists were vetted by the committee through interviews with references and social media checks.

 

After many hours of preparation, interviews, due diligence, and internal deliberations, the Nominations Committee is presenting to you a strong and diverse team of accomplished and dedicated alumni who collectively possess the depth of experiences, breadth of perspectives, and commitment to students essential for success in leading Alpha Phi Omega today and charting its course for the future. Accordingly, the committee nominates the following candidates to serve as national officers and members of the Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 term.

 

National President

Melody A. Martin

 

National Vice President

Disraeli Smith

 

Members of the National Board of Directors

Designated Seats

Jeremy Bingman – North Central District

Padric Hall – East District

Chris Meschuk – West District

Kenneth Anthony Tinkler, Esp., B.C.S. – South District

 

At-Large Seats

Melissa DeLuka

Jéri Ogden

Matthew C. Rom, Ph.D.

 

Detailed information on each candidate follows.

FOR NATIONAL PRESIDENT

Melody A. Martin

Delta Alpha ’97

Grand Rapids, Ohio
Quality Manager,
Pro-Pak Industries

EDUCATION

MBA in Project Management, Aspen University

BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Has served as:
    • National Vice President
    • Regional Director
    • Sectional Chair
    • Program Director
  • Chaired the Transition Task Force that developed steps and procedures for implementing the 2016 National Convention’s decision to separate operational and governance responsibilities between the Operations Council and the Board of Directors, respectively
  • Experienced in data analysis, creating trackable metrics, and helping teams build and achieve consensus
  • Well-versed in strategic planning, financial review, and challenging the status quo
  • Has proven ability to initiate critical strategic projects and to lead cross-functional teams to communicate and implement key objectives

VISION FOR APO

“Alpha Phi Omega provides college students with a safe place to create meaningful relationships with others [who] share a common mission, bond, and to feel accepted and a part of something. … Alpha Phi Omega can continue to push a culture of acceptance and inclusion for all individuals. That is our common story and our common thread.”

FOR NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT

Disraeli Smith

Kappa Delta, ‘07

Charlotte, North Carolina
Assistant Vice President,
Fifth Third Bank

EDUCATION

  • MPP (Master’s in Public Policy)
    • Georgetown University
  • MBA in Finance and Management
    • Florida A&M University
  • BA in Business Administration
    • Florida A&M University

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Serves on the National Board of Directors
  • Led the HBCU Task Force
  • Chaired the 2010 National Convention in Atlanta
  • Developed a 3-year strategic plan to help nonprofits grow influence in their industries
  • Leads multiple teams in the financial services industry

VISION FOR APO

“We need to ensure our children can join Alpha Phi Omega, and that starts with continuing the work the existing Board has done regarding the vision and mission, as well as the future of the Fraternity, and accelerating it further. … Ultimately, we need to lean on our unique ability to be local and meet our chapters where they operate — in our communities — by better utilizing and building upon the structures we have already set up.”

FOR MEMBER OF THE BOARD – NORTH CENTRAL DISTRICT

Jeremy Bingman

Alpha Alpha ’96

Riverside, Illinois
Senior Product Manager,
Core Services, Amount, Inc.

EDUCATION

  • MBA in Operations, Leadership and Change Management
    • DePaul University
  • BA in Economics (Business and Finance)
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Has served as:
    • Board of Directors Member
    • Regional Director
    • Sectional Chair
    • National Convention Legislative Director
    • APO LEADS Launch Director
  • Played a leading role in facilitating the strategic planning process and supporting chapters serving the needs of their members
  • Has extensive professional experience in focusing on strategic outcomes and building roadmaps to achieve organizational goals and objectives

VISION FOR APO

“The Fraternity needs to look at the structure that has been in place for the past 50 years and determine whether this is going to best support its chapters for the next three decades. All of this will ensure that student members, regardless of where they live, the location of their chapter, or the section and region of which they are a part, will all enjoy a solid, consistent, and outstanding experience as part of Alpha Phi Omega.”

FOR MEMBER OF THE BOARD – EAST DISTRICT

Padric Hall

Eta Eta ’11

Waldorf, Maryland
Associate – Site Lead / Lead Data Scientist,
Booz Allen Hamilton

EDUCATION

  • PhD in Business Analysis and Data Sciences
    • Capitol University – Expected 2022
  • MS in Geographical Information Systems
    • Arizona State University
  • BS in Urban Planning
    • Arizona State University

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Serves on the National Board of Directors
  • Experienced in planning, supervising, and executing multiple projects requiring development of long-term and strategic objectives; allocating resources to meet objectives; budgeting/accounting, scheduling, and coordinating with stakeholders
  • Focuses on youth mentorship in his community service activities

VISION FOR APO

“APO looks for students who really want to impact and change the world, starting with their campus. If you want to make a difference and influence change, APO is the organization set apart from the others. … There is a sweet science between old and new. But we as an organization need to be willing to cease any/all existing practices, if it means adopting and pivoting towards new philosophies, for a sustainable future.”

FOR MEMBER OF THE BOARD – WEST DISTRICT

Chris Meschuk

Gamma Theta ’00

Louisville, Colorado
Deputy City Manager,
City of Boulder

EDUCATION

  • MA in Urban and Regional Planning
    • University of Colorado at Denver
  • BA in Environmental Design
    • University of Colorado at Boulder

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Chaired the 2004 National Convention in Denver and has helped plan and execute every National Convention since
  • Served as sectional chair and on multiple regional and national committees
  • Provides strategic leadership to the Boulder city organization, city manager, and city council
  • Has extensive experience in addressing immediate issues, such as COVID-19, while maintaining a strategic focus

VISION FOR APO

“We are at a crucial time for our Fraternity to step back, examine the future of higher education, and how we can best continue to create future leaders through service. That vision that Frank Reed Horton had in 1925 still stands today, and as someone who has directly benefitted from my APO experience to serve people, I am committed to thinking creatively, strategically, and effectively to guide the next chapter in our Fraternity’s history.”

FOR MEMBER OF THE BOARD – SOUTH DISTRICT

KENNETH ANTHONY TINKLER, ESQ., B.C.S.

Zeta Upsilon ’90

Tampa, Florida
Local Government Law Specialist
and Shareholder, Carlton Fields

EDUCATION

  • JD (Juris Doctor Degree)
    • University of Florida
  • BA in Political Science
    • Boston University

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Has served as:
    • Board of Directors Member
    • Sectional Chair
    • Program Committee Chair and Teacher
  • Has led efforts and task forces focused on strategic efforts to improve APO’s brand and national perception; take full advantage of our upcoming 100th anniversary to grow and nurture our family; and adapt our organization to a changing academic and social environment
  • Has extensive experience serving in leadership and board positions for a variety of organizations, in addition to Alpha Phi Omega

VISION FOR APO

“Our chapters deserve all of the support, care, and effort we can give them, while at the same time we have taken the first steps in growing and expanding our impact. … The time I spent in my home chapter helped make me the person I am today, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities and long-lasting friendships that time fostered. What I want is for every college student to have the ability to share in those benefits.”

FOR MEMBER OF THE BOARD –

AT-LARGE

Melissa DeLuka

Epsilon Lambda ’97

Westland, Michigan
Global Program in Quality and New Product Introduction,
VIA Motors

EDUCATION

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering
    • Michigan Technological University

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Has served as:
    • Board of Directors Member
    • Regional Vice Chair
    • Sectional Chair
    • Program Director
  • Helped shape vision, mission, and strategic plans through the Board restructuring transition
  • Has significant experience in leading teams of up to 150 members to accomplish company objectives on budget and on time

VISION FOR APO

“APO should offer its members a chance to embrace differences to expand each individual’s ability to connect to the larger community and improve their experiences on campus. Each chapter has an opportunity as they return to campus to embrace new traditions and make their campus a space to achieve growth and connections.”

FOR MEMBER OF THE BOARD –

AT-LARGE

Jéri L. Ogden

Zeta Phi ’07

Hyattsville, Maryland
Director of Professional Learning Community,
ASCD (Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development)

EDUCATION

  • EdD in Education Leadership and Organizational Innovation
    • Marymount University – Expected 2023
  • MEd in Educational Leadership and Policy-
    Curriculum and Instruction

    • American University
  • BA in Communication and Culture –
    Legal Communications

    • Howard University

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Has served as:
    • Sectional Chair
    • HBCU Task Force Member
    • Founding Member and President of the Alpha Phi Omega Uptown Washington DC Alumni Association
  • Serves as community advisor to Zeta Phi Chapter at Howard University
  • Leads the design and execution of ASCD’s partnership in the Teach to Lead Program
  • Engages with local school districts and educators for professional partnerships
  • Leads staff on strategic vision and is skilled at distilling complex ideas
  • Builds brand awareness and loyalty within the ASCD online community

VISION FOR APO

“A student who joins Alpha Phi Omega will have the opportunity to grow their leadership abilities, create relationships, participate in meaningful service, and engage with a robust network of alumni. … One of the greatest and underutilized assets that Alpha Phi Omega has is its alumni volunteers, who, through a vigorous training program, can ensure consistent and incredible experiences for all members.”

FOR MEMBER OF THE BOARD –

AT-LARGE

MATTHEW C. ROM, Ph.D.

DELTA BETA ‘04

Oklahoma City, OK
Associate Vice President for Facilities Management,
University of Oklahoma

EDUCATION

  • PhD in Education
    • Walden University
  • MEd in Adult and Higher Education
    • University of Central Oklahoma
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics
    • University of Oklahoma

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Serves as Operations Council Member as Leadership Development Chair
  • Has served as:
    • Board of Directors Member
    • Regional Director
    • Sectional Chair
  • Has significant experience in:
    • Preparing and managing multimillion-dollar budgets
    • Strategic planning for university departments and other complex organizations
    • Developing key performance indicators to guide data-driven decision-making
  • Has conducted graduate-level research on topics connected to Alpha Phi Omega’s success, including:
    • Student affairs and higher education administration
    • How cultural incongruence can negatively impact students

VISION FOR APO

“The ‘special sauce’ of Alpha Phi Omega is the bond between members. We are not simply members of an organization; we are a part of a larger cause that seeks to help those both in our immediate vicinity and in distant places. … Alpha Phi Omega must also find a way for our members to walk away from their active membership with something more tangible than fond memories of their time in the organization. … Developing additional partnerships and offering more certificate and credential opportunities will increase the organization’s competitiveness.”

Respectfully submitted by the 2021 Nominations Committee:

 

Alexander J. Raymond, Co-Chair
Gamma Theta, University of Colorado at Boulder

 

Jack A. McKenzie, Co-Chair
Gamma Lambda, Clemson University
Past National President

 

John Brentlinger
Alpha Gamma, Purdue University

 

Emily V. Eiler
Mu Xi, High Point University

 

Miranda Flemming
Alpha Epsilon Zeta, University of Texas at Dallas

 

Tara Izadi
Chi, University of California at Los Angeles

 

Lauren Morris
Alpha Theta Eta, Northeastern University

 

Benjamin Coccia Schablin
Theta Alpha, Stevens Institute of Technology

 

Gerald A. Schroeder
Mu Alpha, Georgetown University
Past National President

 

Nicole M. Tye
Alpha Eta Lambda, Eureka College

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