June 5, 2013 - We are officially on summer break, but that doesn't mean there won't be a lot of work. In addition to the Woodrow Wilson Leadership School, welcoming and bringing our new staff members in to Laurel Hall is an exciting part of our summer. The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is pleased to announce the hiring of the following new team members:
Matthew Goldsmith Ashland '09, Associate Director of Chapter Services - Brother Goldsmith spent the last year as one of our traveling chapter consultants. The change to a new format of chapter support and education came at a perfect time for him. A proven effective communicator, he will transition into this role by taking from his experiences on the road and step right in to help not only his assigned chapters, but also his fellow new associate directors. As an undergraduate, Brother Goldsmith had a wide range of experience, including terms as alumni relations chairman and corresponding secretary.
"We are so excited that Matthew is staying with us as we transition into a new era of chapter management," Executive Director Shawn Collinsworth Indiana State '91 said. "Our undergraduates and alumni were incredibly positive about their interactions with him on the road and I am confident he will be an even better leader for us as he balances his time with our chapters and in Laurel Hall."
Chris Hodge Minnesota '06, Associate Director of Chapter Services - Brother Hodge is a familiar face to many Phi Psis around the country. As both chapter president and IFC president in college, he attended the WWLS and other Fraternity leadership experiences. After graduating, he spent a season in Cabo as a program coordinator for the American Leadership Academy. Most recently, he served as a graduate assistant at the University of Northern Illinois in the student involvement office. There, he oversaw the various activities of the campus' Greek community. He received his Masters in Adult and Higher Education this past spring.
"Chris was a perfect fit for this new position because of his higher education credentials and desire," Collinsworth said. "We are lucky to be able to bring him on board and tap into his higher ed experiences and utilize his passion to work with college students."
James Perez Oneonta '07, Associate Director of Chapter Services - Brother Perez served in multiple officer positions during his time as an undergraduate in the New York Kappa Chapter, including as vice president. After graduating, he spent a year in the Peace Corps, working in Mali (West Africa, pictured) with a local community to find funding for water and sanitation needs. He used that experience to land a job, most recently, with Eastern Energy Systems selling renewable energy systems. In this capacity, he was responsible for both sales and customer service.
"Brother Perez's experience from the business community makes him a tremendous addition to our team," said Collinsworth. "These new associate director positions have been designed to provide our chapters and members with a greater sense of a relationship with our staff, and James' experience in customer service will translate perfectly."
Jordan Gill, Director of Digital Marketing - Jordan joins the staff after recently graduating from Butler University. A member of Alpha Phi, she possesses incredible knowledge of the Greek community and the communication needs throughout. Her extensive work experience included time with the Indianapolis Zoo, Conrad Hotel and Butler University, where she created videos and various content for the school's website and mascots. Her most recent work at the zoo included a successful social media campaign that increased attendance in various population segments.
"Jordan possesses a skill set we haven't had here at Headquarters and we couldn't be more excited," Collinsworth said. "Her background in various areas of design, coupled with a real knowledge base of social media strategy is going to position the Fraternity to take huge strides forward in our online presence."
Jordan's hiring also will signal the end of the Director of Communications position at HQ, which has been held by Will Haskett Butler '00 for the past three years. While the Fraternity is sad to see Brother Haskett leaving in a full-time capacity, he will still be contributing on a part-time basis by being a lead editor and content creator for our quarterly magazine The Shield.
"The growth of our magazine both in design and content over the past three years has been something all of our members have been incredibly proud of," Collinsworth added. "We are so excited that Will is able to chase down his other professional dreams, but even more excited to keep him involved with The Shield and other projects."
All of the announced positions above will be starting in the middle of June. All four join Brothers Jacob Baugher Cal '10 and Stuart Zorn Wittenberg '10, who begin this month as our new recruitment and expansion consultants.
...Our job shuffling is not totally complete. Continue to check here for updates on new positions.