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We had a great turnout for the annual Alumni Corporation membership meeting this past Saturday at Homecoming. The motion to adopt the proposed new bylaws passed unanimously. You can find the new bylaws posted on this site under “Corporation Resources.”
Additionally, elections were held and the following Brothers will serve as officers and directors on this year’s Alumni Board:
VP – Paden Thomas, ZD ’14
Secretary: Colin Johnson, ZD ’06
Treasurer: Chris Pounds, ZD ’96
Trustee: Jeremy Doser, ZD ’97 (2nd year of 2-year term)
Trustee: Jonathan Lester, ZD ’18 (2nd year […]
The Alumni Corporation’s annual membership meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, October 19, and a new slate of officers and directors will be elected at that meeting. To date, the following Brothers have been nominated to fill the following positions:
President: Paul Parks, ZΔ ’03
Vice President: Paden Thomas, ZΔ ’14
Secretary: Bill Novak, ZΔ ’03; Colin Johnson, ZΔ ’06
Treasurer: Chris Pounds, ZΔ ’96
Trustees: James Bridgewater, ZΔ ’95; Chip McConville, ZΔ ’89; Colin Johnson, ZΔ ’06; Bill Novak, ZΔ ’03; Jon Lester, ZΔ ’17; Andrew Salazar, ZΔ ’16; Matt Chesner, […]
Because the Illini-Wisconsin homecoming game kicks off at 11:00 a.m., this year’s annual membership meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 19 at the Romoser Lodge located at 710 West Ohio Street in Urbana, Illinois. At that time, elections will be held to select a new slate of officers and directors and a proposed set of revised bylaws will be voted on. The proposed, revised bylaws are posted below for your review. For easy reference, the current set of bylaws are posted as well.
The purpose of the bylaw revisions is to modernize […]
May 16, 2020: Founders’ Day Banquet
St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
2241 Route 59
West Chicago, Illinois 60185
July 18, 2020: Chi Psi at the Park
Arlington International Racecourse
July 22-25, 2020: Chi Psi Fraternity’s 179th Annual Convention
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September 19, 2020: Zeta Delta Scholarship Luncheon
Zeta Delta Lodge
Alumni Corporation Board
PresidentPaul Parks, ZΔ ’03
Vice PresidentPaden Thomas, ZΔ ’14
SecretaryColin Johnson, ZΔ ’06
Chris Pounds, ZΔ ’96
TrusteeJeremy Doser, ZΔ ’97
TrusteeJonathan Lester, ZΔ ’18
TrusteeChip McConville, ZΔ ’89
TrusteeBill Novak, ZΔ ’03
Immediate Past PresidentMatt Hess, ZΔ ’00
#1 – Evan Fouts
#2 – Charlie Gordon
#3 – Nick Chomko
#4 – Arjun Thakkar
Brother Parks grew up in LaGrange, IL and graduated from Lyons Township High School before enrolling at the University of Illinois @ Urbana/Champaign. Brother Parks was initiated into the bonds of Chi Psi December 4, 1999 with seven other gentlemen at 311 E. Armory. As an undergraduate, Brother Parks served as Rush Chairman, Social Chairman, Pledge Educator, and #2, twice. He graduated in 2003 with a degree in Classics concentrating in Latin. Brother Parks previously served on the AZD Corporation Board as Vice President from 2005 – 2012, a Trustee from 2017 -2019, and as the Fundraising Chairman for the Capital Campaign to purchase 710 Ohio St.
Brother Parks has enjoyed a successful career in law enforcement since January 2005. He left Chicago, IL in 2014 for Tucson, AZ until making his way back to the Midwest and settling in Peoria, IL. Brother Parks has a loving wife, daughter, son, and 19 lbs. ball of fury named Homer.
After graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Religious Studies in 2011, he remained in Champaign-Urbana for Law School. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2014, and spent two years at a law firm in the Western suburbs before joining his current firm. He enjoys golfing, watching the disappointing Illini athletic teams, and listening to Jimmy Buffett in his spare time.
As an undergraduate, Cameron served as philanthropy chair, recruitment chair, pledge educator, #2, #5 and #1. He was elected Secretary of the Alumni Corporation in 2011. Following two years as Secretary, Cameron was elected Vice-President in 2013. He has held that position ever since and also serves as the chairman of the Alpha Relations committee.
Colin Johnson lives in Chicago, IL in the Edison Park neighborhood with his wife Amanda and their two sons Carter (4) and Keaton (2.5). Today Colin is Category Sales Director at Verizon Media, leading a team tasked with providing advertising solutions for the country’s largest CPG manufacturers across the suite of Verizon advertising and publishing solutions.
Colin arrived at the University of Illinois in the Fall of 2002 focusing on a business degree with a concentration in marketing. While at school Colin managed to find a way to graduate on time (thanks to the help of his future wife), participate as an active member of the Lodge, as well as play on the Illinois Mens Volleyball team all 4 years. As a professional Colin has worked the majority of this time within the marketing/advertising field, taking only one small detour post graduation to work as an equity options trader at the CBOE prior to the financial crash which subsequently cut that particular career path short.
While at the Lodge Colin lived in the 110 Armory building his Sophomore-Senior year, serving as #3 and Recruitment Chair. The latter role where he began to fine tune the skills necessary to become a successful sales leader later in his professional life. This new role on the corp board is an opportunity to give back to an organization that helped shape his college experience and has provided numerous lifelong friendships he keeps to this day.
Chris Silchuck, ZΔ `13, grew up in Mount Prospect and currently lives in Chicago. He works as an Associate Financial Representative and Paraplanner in the Financial Planning Department at Northwestern Mutual in Skokie.
After graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Minors in Business and Communications, he began his career at Northwestern Mutual in the financial services industry. Chris started in the Schaumburg office, where he had interned during his senior year of college, and worked there for three years before moving to the Skokie office. While working in Schaumburg, he returned to school part time to earn his Professional Accounting Certificate from Harper College. When he is not working or studying for school/work related exams, he enjoys going to concerts, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and going to sporting events. He is a big fan of the White Sox, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, and of course the Illini.
As an undergraduate in the Lodge, he served as historian, #4.5, #4 (for two years), and #5. He began on the Board in 2014 as a trustee before being elected to serve as the treasurer in 2016.
After graduating from the University of Illinois in 2003, he spent just shy of a year working downtown Chicago as a bank teller, and a few months as a teacher’s assistant at his old high school, Lyons Township High School in LaGrange, Illinois, until he started at the Chicago Police Academy on January 3, 2005. When he’s not working, he spends the majority of his time playing with Barbie’s and gluing together things his son has broken. To keep sane, he feeds his competitive edge by competing in Triathlons, and vacationing at his family’s cabin near Traverse City, Michigan.
As an undergraduate in the Lodge, he served as rush chairman, social chairman, pledge educator, and #2. From 2005 – 2012, he proudly served as the Vice-President of the AZD Alumni Corporation Board. After a short hiatus, he’s honored to serve as a trustee and as Chairman of the Fundraising Committee.
Paden Thomas lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Amanda. He is currently a Senior Financial Analyst for Breakthru Beverage Illinois’s supplier accounts receivable department.
Paden studied Business Management and Marketing at the University of Illinois starting in 2010 and graduating in 2014. He was introduced to Chi Psi by his cousin Caleb, and joined Alpha Zeta Delta in the Fall of 2010. During his tenure as an undergraduate Paden held the positions of Lodge Manager, #1, and Scholarship Chair.
After graduating he began working for Wirtz Beverage in Lexington Illinois as a Sales Coordinator in the Heartland. Two years and one company merger later he transferred up to the Cicero office as a Sales Coordinator for the Apex and Vanguard sales teams. 9 months later he got tired of building reports for the sales teams and moved to the finance team as a Financial Analyst. For he last two years he has worked with the Trade Development team to manage their spending and make sure suppliers pay their bills on time.
Before being elected Vice-President Paden was a Trustee and head of the property committee, working closely with Neal Rushforth to make sure our new Lodge was up and running for the undergraduates.
Throughout my Lodge career I have held many roles both in undergrad and as an alum, and I look forward to working with the Board over the next two years to continue our successes in Urbana.”
A political science major, McConville worked as a legislative aide, campaign staffer and lobbyist at the Ohio Statehouse for about 15 years prior to attending Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated summa cum laude and was an editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation from law school in 2007, Chip was hired as an assistant prosecutor in Knox County, Ohio. In 2013, he was appointed to the position of law director for the City of Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Chip now serves as the elected Prosecuting Attorney of Knox County, having been appointed to a vacancy in 2014. He prosecutes felony offenses and advises county and township officials on civil issues. In 2017, Governor John Kasich appointed McConville to the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission, a group of legislators, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and criminal justice stakeholders who review proposed legislation that will affect criminal sentencing.
McConville has one son, Curran, who attends Loyola University in Chicago.
Tommy Herrell is a freshman who was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He’s majoring in Computer Science but is currently undecided on his area of specialization and what he wants to do after graduation. Some of his interests include lacrosse and competitive programming, both of which he participated in throughout high school. Her serving as caption of his lacrosse team for a year as well as president of the programming club.
Matthew Hess, ZΔ `00, is originally from the South side of Chicago but now lives in Wheeling with his girlfriend, Laura. He is an attorney focusing in the areas of estate planning, probate, litigation involving contested estates and trust disputes, and small business services, as owner of Hess Law Firm, LLC, located at 3601 West Algonquin Road, Suite 990, Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Matt, a/k/a “Meathouse,” double-majored in Political Science and Finance as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois. He attended Chicago-Kent College of Law after graduation, obtaining his J.D. in 2003. Following law school, Matt worked as a litigation attorney, almost exclusively handling medical malpractice cases involving catastrophic injuries, representing both injured plaintiffs as well as defendant physicians and hospitals. He left the law firm life in 2016 to open his own practice. Matt is a die-hard White Sox, Bears and Illini fan, and is also a horse racing enthusiast and handicapper. He is a poor golfer but excels at driving the cart, and he travels to Hawaii with his wife, Lady Meathouse, every chance he gets.
As an undergraduate, Matt served as scholarship chair, #4, #1 and pledge educator. He served on the Board as Vice-President immediately upon graduation and has served in various capacities since then, including Trustee and Secretary. He served as President of the Alumni Corporation from 2017-2019.
Josh Samson was born in Virginia and moved to Mount Prospect at the age of three. He currently serves as the #1 and had previously served the Alpha as Risk Manager and Alumni Relations Chair.
Josh is majoring in Community Health with a concentration of health administration. He plans on becoming a health administer in a clinic or hospital. Some hobbies and interests he has include the University of Illinois’ boxing club. He also spends time working on his jiu-jitsu and judo. He has a strong passion for the sport of MMA. He is constantly following the UFC or anything related to MMA.