This year Chi Phi thanks three Governors and one Trustee for their years of dedicated service to our Brotherhood. As these Brothers complete their leadership, both Boards also welcome three new members.
Board of Governors
Brother Shawn Brown, Alpha Zeta 1996 is a technology consulting entrepreneur from Sugar Hill, Georgia. He owns Snap Technology, providing outsourced IT solutions to companies and schools. In fact, Brother Browns business partner, Daniel Shaffer, is a Chi Phi Brother as well. These Alpha Zetas demonstrate the lasting impact of Brotherhood after the undergraduate experience.
Brother Brown retired from the Board of Governors after four years of service. Staying involved with the Fraternity was my way of giving back to an organization that has given me so much. When I pledged the Chi Phi Fraternity as a Freshman, I was looking for friendships and a party, but what I got was so much more. The Fraternity provided me with the guidance, friendships, leadership skills, ownership and a sense of belonging that helped transform me into the man I am today.
Most Chi Phi Actives were not born yet when Brother Bob Walker, Iota Delta 1970 first took a national leadership position with Chi Phi. He has served the Fraternity on a national level for the past 24 years. Brother Walker has held several positions on the Grand Council including Grand Beta, Grand Gamma, Grand Zeta and Member at Large. He has also served as the Dean of Faculty for Chi Phis College of Excellence, and on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Chi Phi Alumni Association.
Brother Walkers influence is apparent in many areas of Chi Phi today. He has been a part of everything from nominating Grand Alphas to selecting National Directors. In fact, Brother Walker developed The Walter Cronkite Congressional Award for distinguished alumni.
Bob has now retired from the Board of Governors after two terms in addition to retiring from his successful career in printing. Brother Walker owned his own printing business for 25 years before stepping down. A great deal of the success I had in business is due to the skills I gained as an undergraduate, Brother Walker said. I gained so much from Chi Phi during those years that it was important to give back in some manner for all that the Fraternity has done for me.
Bob Klaffke, Alpha-Tau 1978, began his Chi Phi leadership as an undergraduate. He held the Beta, Zeta and Epsilon positions before graduating from the University of Michigan in 1978. His leadership experience with Chi Phi continued to the Alpha-Tau House Association board which he has served on for over a decade.
I realized the extent to which Chi Phi was a formative influence in my life. Im trying to pay it forward, so that today’s students and recent graduates become tomorrow’s leaders; both in their personal lives and with reference to Chi Phi, said Brother Klaffke.
Finishing his term on the Board of Governors, Brother Klaffke completes the trifecta of proven leadership on the undergraduate, local and national level. Bob has retired in Ann Arbor, MI after 25 years with the University of Michigan IT Services department. Despite his retirement, he still consults from time to time when interesting projects cross his path.
Brother Fran Nolan, Kappa Delta 1990 served as his Chapters scholarship chairman, Beta, and then Alpha while at the University of Rochester, but his leadership with Chi Phi was not finished at graduation. As president of his Chapters housing corporation, Brother Nolan lead the charge in the purchase of the Kappa Delta Chapter House in 2002. He also serves on a national level as a member of the Chi Phi Scholarship Committee, and now joins the Board of Governors.
When not dedicating his time to Chi Phi, Brother Nolan works as a well-respected real estate attorney director in the Boston metro area. A dedicated husband and father of two, Fran also dabbles in home brewing.
Non-Profit leadership is second nature to Brother Cory Thomas, Mu Delta 1986. Since 1987, Brother Thomas has managed and fundraised for non-profit organizations, including his position as Chi Phi Director of Chapter Services from 1987 – 93. Now a banker in Birmingham, AL, Brother Thomas is excited to add Governor to his long list of Chi Phi involvement. Cory was a founding father of the Mu Delta Chapter at Auburn University and served as their first Chapter Alpha. He has also served on the Grand Council as the Grand Iota as well as the Grand Theta.
Brother Sahil Patel, Gamma 2000 joins the Board of Governors in addition to chairing the Chi Phi Scholarship Review Committee. He also dedicates time to his Chapter, sitting on the Gamma Trust at Emory University. Brother Patels leadership on the national level finds roots from his undergraduate experiences. While at Emory, Sahil served as his Chapters social chairman and Alumni chairman, ultimately winning the Carl Gladfelter Undergraduate award before graduation.
With experience in corporate consulting, Sahil now runs ER Express, providing software solutions to improve patient experience at urgent care centers and emergency rooms. He is based out of Atlanta, GA with his wife and fellow Emory graduate, Katie, and three-year-old daughter Larkin Charlotte.
Board of Trustees
Brother Sunny Handa, Xi Delta 1989 retired from the Trust after six years of service. Brother Handa has also served as House Corporation President and an Alumni Association officer for Xi Delta Chapter at Florida Institute of Technology.
Brother Dan Turner, Alpha Zeta 1991 has made a reputation for himself as one of the premier employment lawyers in the nation. Dan has been voted a Super Lawyer several years consecutively in addition to published work and serving as an adjunct professor for business law at his alma matter, Georgia State University. His expertise will be an excellent addition to the Trust when he joins the board this winter. In his free time, Brother Turner serves as the treasurer on the Board of Trustees for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Atlanta, GA. He is also a dedicated cyclist and avid golfer.
Also a published and highly-regarded employment attorney, Brother Perry Pirsch, Alpha Theta Chi 1994 joined the Board of Trustees this June. Prior to his national leadership with Chi Phi, Brother Pirsch has dedicated himself to his Chapter at the University of Nebraska in several different capacities. He has held positions from house parent, to a member of Alpha Theta Chis Board of Trustees, including time spent on the Housing Corporation and Alumni Associations Board of Directors. Perry also has a published fiction work, The River Lethe.
Brother Mike Dever, Eta 1978 was also voted as a Georgia Super Lawyer since 2004. He is Friedman, Dever, and Merlins senior litigator based in Atlanta, GA. Teaching law classes on the side at Georgia State University, Mike brings years of non-profit management and legal experience to the Trust.