Advisory Committee for Pi Alpha Phi
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
For over 90 years, Pi Alpha Phi has provided its members a sense of community and belonging. However, in our recent history, there have been serious concerns about members’ relationship with alcohol, allegations of sexual misconduct, hazing, racism, and behaviors leading to a negative impact on our members and the community.
Pi Alpha Phi instituted a moratorium this past July across all chapters to reflect on our current state, and how we can best move forward. As part of this effort, the Pi Alpha Phi National Board of Directors has empaneled an external Advisory Committee to review all facets of our organization and overarching culture.
The Advisory Committee will examine major aspects of our Fraternity, inclusive of governance and oversight, current policies and practices surrounding all chapter operations, and aspects as identified by the Committee. Research will be conducted by the Committee to deliver a report to the National Board by December 31, 2020.
We are enlisting external experts as a step towards being a model organization, in helping us make foundational changes. Pi Alpha Phi will not accept the status quo and will strive to improve on our ability to provide exceptional leadership and membership development.
Chair: Hannah Seoh
Sam Centellas (Governance & Oversight)
DJ Ida (Mental Wellness)
Angela Ju (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)
Nik Koulogeorge (Governance & Oversight)
JR Kuo (Mental Wellness)
Vigor Lam (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion)
Nancy Lauricella (Membership Experience, Sexual Misconduct Prevention)
Archie Messersmith-Bunting (Sexual Misconduct Prevention)
Hailey Mangrum (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion)
Tom Murphy (Governance & Oversight)
James Robilatta (Membership Experience)
Pietro Sasso (Membership Experience)
Minh Tran (Membership Experience, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Governance & Oversight)
David Westol (Governance & Oversight)
Hannah Seoh served as the 2016-2019 Chair of the National APIDA Panhellenic Association, the national umbrella organization for APIDA fraternities and sororities, and has been involved with the organization since its inception. She has also served as the National President of Delta Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
Nik works at Kiwanis International with the Service Leadership Programs. He coordinates and develops educational content and programs around Servant Leadership for students in elementary, middle/junior high, high school, and college grade levels. Nik was formerly Director of Fraternity Growth & Services at Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. His spare time is dedicated to several passion projects - some of which are published under KOUL LLC - and a growing list of hobbies: hikes, flute, sewing, language, and various art projects.
JR Kuo is a professional speaker, trainer, and coach. He is specialized in mental health, diversity and inclusion, and business development. As a Zen Buddhist mon for ten years, JR incorporated meditative, reflective, and integrated approaches to his speeches and training. He has trained students, faculties, and staff at universities and conferences across the United States, including Harvard University, Stanford University, and Vanderbilt University. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and Denver, teaching leadership, cultural competency, and mental health. He is also a Mental Health First Aid instructor. In addition to professional speakers, JR has 10 years of experience managing and running nonprofit organizations and small businesses. He also provides corporate training that focuses on leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and mental health in the workplace.
Dr. DJ Ida is the Executive Director of NAAPHIMA. She has over thirty years experience working with the Asian American Pacific Islander communities and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado. She has a long history of community organization and helped establish several organizations including the Asian Pacific Development Center, a specialty mental health clinic in Denver, the National Asian American, Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, NAAPIMHA, and the National Alliance of Multi-ethnic Behavioral Health Associations.
Vigor Lam (he/him) is an emerging construction and student affairs professional with 5+ years in college/university settings. He currently works at Kitchell CEM on the program management team for a multi-year facilities master plan for City College of San Francisco. Prior to this role, he worked in higher education/nonprofits, including campus life and activities, civic engagement, residential life, multicultural affairs, admissions counseling, and academic affairs. He is a former Vice Chair of NAPA and has served on the national board for his organization, Pi Delta Psi National Fraternity, Inc. He has co-authored a few book chapters titled History of Asian American Fraternal Organizations and Resiliency in Upstate New York: Three Young Professionals of Color and Their Journeys To Support Each Other. His professional and research interests include the intersection of architecture/design and higher education, specifically the study of sustainable and universal design, and how we center equity, decolonization, and spatial justice in campus design and built environments. He holds a Masters of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate accreditation and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.
Nancy Lauricella has more than fifteen years of higher education administrative experience, serving as a fraternity/sorority advisor, student conduct officer, and most recently as the Associate Dean of Students at the University at Albany. She is a proud member of Sigma Psi Zeta National Sorority, Inc.
Hailey Mangrum currently serves as an Organizational Growth Consultant for Phired Up Productions. As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, she is dedicated to social justice, advocacy, and increasing cultural competence to foster inclusive environments. With experience working on college campuses in leadership programs, fraternity/sorority life, and experiential learning, she is committed to the interpersonal growth and development of students. She earned her bachelor's degree in communication from Western Michigan University and a master's degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University.
Archie Messersmith-Bunting is a thought-leader and risk management expert in the interfraternal community. Over the past two decades, he has supported and served college students as a campus advising student organizations, for his Fraternity (Sigma Phi Epsilon), and most recently as the first Director of Health & Safety for the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).
Tom Murphy serves as the Executive Director of Phi Mu Delta Fraternity. He has also served as a member of the governing council of the North American Interfraternity Conference as well as a board member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Foundation.
James Robilatta is an author, professional speaker, personal coach, emcee, and entrepreneur. In 2015 he published his first book, Leading Imperfectly: The value of being authentic for leaders, professionals, and human beings. He is a brother of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc.
Dr. Pietro A. Sasso is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has over fifteen years of professional and teaching experience in postsecondary education. As an administrator, his experience is exceptionally diverse, spanning several educational administrative functional areas. His research interests include the college experience (student involvement, identity, masculinity), student success (academic advising, student retention), and educational equity across co-curricular spaces.
Pietro has written and co-edited 7 textbooks, authored approximately 50 scholarly publications, and facilitated over 40 conference presentations. He serves as an editor for 5 journals including the Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice and serves as senior co-editor for the text series Culture & Society in Higher Education by Myers Education Press. He is the recipient of the AFA Dr. Charles Eberly Research Award from AFA and is the ACPA Men and Masculinities Emerging Scholar-In-Residence for 2017-2019.
Minh Tran is the Director of Curriculum and Academic Enrichment at UCLA School of Dentistry. He earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA. He has conducted research on Asian American fraternities and its impact on student members.
Dave Westol is a former CEO of his national fraternity. He is Principal and Owner of Limberlost Consulting, Inc., in Carmel, Indiana. Dave provides consulting services for men’s and women’s fraternities and sororities and other non-profits and associations. His work includes but is not limited to investigations, membership reviews, development programs with chapters, advising and coaching alumni corporations and advisory boards, national board member orientation and onboarding, strategic planning or visioning, reviewing governance structure, and documents such as bylaws, troubleshooting board of directors issues and related matters.