The Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation is governed by the Foundation Board of Directors who are responsible for the management and oversight of the Foundation. The members serve three-year terms and meet four times a year either by phone or in person. They serve on committees, manage assets and financially support the mission of the Foundation.
Robert C. Wheelock (Clint) – Washington & Lee ’92
Clint is Chief Research Officer at Omdia, a global information services company focused on business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events. He has an extensive background in market intelligence for the technology industry, most recently as founder of Tractica, which was acquired by Informa in 2018, and previously as founder of Pike Research, which was acquired by Navigant in 2012. Clint holds a BA from Washington & Lee University and an MBA from the University of Dallas. He served Lambda Chi Alpha on the Student Advisory Committee (1991-1992) and as an Educational Leadership Consultant (1992-1994). Wheelock Chairs the Foundation’s Executive Committee.
Drew C. Lynch, Texas-State San Marcos ‘79
Drew is a retired Energy Executive who has over 35 years of diversified experience in the energy and global metals markets. Lynch worked for Enron Corporation from 1990-2005 in the USA, Canada and Europe trading and operations areas, including serving as Chief Operating Officer of Enron Metals in Europe. He and his wife Kim live on their family ranch in Texas. The Lynch’s son, Salty, is an advisor to the Texas A&M colony.
Jeffrey B. Burgan (Jeff), Rose-Hulman ‘77
Jeff is counsel to Leydig, Voit & Mayer, Ltd. after serving as a shareholder of the firm and a member of the Board of Directors. While a shareholder, Burgan served as Chair of Leydig’s Deferred Compensation committee for 10 years and also as a member of the firm’s Finance and Management committees. His law practice concentrated in patent litigation and client counseling, as well as post grant review proceedings and interferences at the U.S. Patent Office. He has tried cases to jury and to the bench and is a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to attending law school, he spent several years in engineering and management assignments with Texaco, Inc. Jeff has also served as a member of the Rose-Hulman Institute Board of Trustees and while a member served as Chair of the Development Committee.
Secretary and Audit Committee Chair
Ernest Vargo, II (Ernie), Akron ‘78
Ernie is CEO of the Eskenazi Health Foundation in Indianapolis, where he leads the Foundation in its mission to create relationships with donors, raise funds, and manage resources to improve the quality of life and services for patients. He is a former fundraising consultant to higher education and nonprofit organizations and continues to serve the non-profit sector. Ernie is a former member of the Grand High Zeta and has also been an active leader at his alma mater, the University of Akron.
Grants and Programs Committee Chair
Alton R. Brown, III, (Tony), Alabama ‘75
Tony is President of The Pelican Group, Inc., a privately-owned, Mobile, Alabama based developer and manager of shopping centers. He is responsible for the oversight of all development, financing, leasing and management functions of The Pelican Group. Brown serves as Vice President and Secretary of Shanri Holdings Corp. and is responsible for all asset management functions relating to Shanri’s U.S. portfolio. For more than 30 years as a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers he served as State Government Relations Committee Chairman, State Director for Alabama and Mississippi, Southern Division Government Relations Chairman and Southern Division Alliance Co-Chairman and chaired the national Environmental Subcommittee lobbying Congress, EPA, USACE and FWS on environmental and land rights issues. He also serves on the Board of the Center for Real Estate and Economic Development at The University of South Alabama.
Donor Development Committee Chair
Bo L. Gebbie, Evansville ‘03
Bo Gebbie joined Evolving Solutions in January 2017 as the Vice President of Sales and Services. In this role, he is responsible for the sales, pre-sales services, post-sales consulting and marketing pillars within the organization. Before joining Evolving Solutions, Bo was an IBM executive, serving last as Vice President of Sales, Server Solutions, for IBM North America. In that role, he had sales and profit responsibility for a $3B portfolio across Power Systems, z Systems and the Server Linux brands.
Bo has a finance degree from the University of Evansville and an MBA from Creighton University. He is the president of the board of Nebraska HOBY Youth Leadership and chairperson of the University of Evansville Board of Visitors.
Bo was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Student Advisory Committee in 2001 and was Conference Planner from 2002-2003.
Jeff A. Arntson, Oregon State ‘85
Jeff is Vice President of Albina Fuels, a manufacturer of asphalt products in Oregon and SW Washington. He and his brothers are fourth-generation owners of the company and have been serving residential and commercial customers since 1903. Arntson and his family also own a ranch in eastern Oregon, and he lives in Vancouver, Washington.
Mary Joy Stead, Iowa ’62
Mary Joy is a member of Delta Zeta and wife of Emeritus Director Jerre Stead. She is actively involved on several non-profit boards including at her alma mater, serving as Trustee of the University of Iowa Foundation. Mary Joy and Jerre are extremely passionate about children’s medicine, and in 2016, the UI Children’s Hospital was renamed The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The Steads’ giving spans higher education, pastoral training, healthcare and Alzheimer’s research.
Immediate Past Chair
Paul C. Troy, Lehigh ‘87
Paul is a Partner at Kane, Pugh, Knoell, Troy & Kramer LLP, specializing in trial practice defending professionals and businesses from tort claims and other civil lawsuits. Over his career Troy has tried more than 100 jury cases to verdict. He has served as President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Montgomery Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Section and the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association. Over the past four years Troy has been named one of the 100 top attorneys in Pennsylvania.
Alan M. Anderson, Coe ‘78
Alan is President of Alan Anderson Law Firm LLC. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate and by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a civil trial specialist. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the first person so recognized in Minnesota. Anderson practices principally in the areas of commercial litigation, intellectual property and patent litigation, international arbitration and appellate advocacy. Anderson’s practice is international in scope and he represents clients in a wide variety of industries. He has tried jury cases to verdict in state and federal courts literally from Los Angeles to New York City. Anderson is a member of the International Bar Association and is a Fellow and member of the Council of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration.
Donald E. Euston (Don), Evansville ‘68
Don retired in 2017 after 37 years with Merrill Lynch. During Don’s tenure he served as First Vice President, Sr. Consultant – Wealth Management and was a Senior Partner of the MEKCO Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch in Boca Raton, Florida. Euston earned the professional designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) in 1997 from the Investment Management Consultants Association taught in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He is a U.S. Army veteran having served in the 25th infantry in Vietnam. Euston has been very active with Christ Church United Methodist of Ft. Lauderdale. Positions he has held include Chairman of both the finance and investment committees as well as serving as a trustee for six years. Euston is an avid saltwater fisherman and boater and has been married to his wife, Pam, for 50 years.
Tracy J. Forst, Denver ‘84
Tracy is Managing Director at Aon Insurance. He is very active in charitable causes including service on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation as well as the Parents Leadership Council at the University of Denver. Tracy continues to be involved with the University of Denver chapter, serving on the house corporation. Tracy and his wife Stephanie live in Littleton, CO.
Harry Lee, Cal State-Fresno ‘79
Harry possesses 35+ years of aerospace and defense business contract management experience, retiring from Northrop Grumman Corporation as the V.P. Corporate Contracts, Pricing and Supply Chain. In this role, Harry led all aspects of contracts, pricing and supply chain including responsibility for the company’s risk review process and development of company-wide contracts and pricing policies, direction and training. Prior to Northrop Grumman, Mr. Lee was a contract administrator for the Hughes Aircraft Company and G&H Technology, Inc.
Harry has received several awards and community service honors, including being recognized in 2014 as the National Association of Asian American Professionals 100 Honoree. He serves as an executive advisor to Upward Synergy in association with leadership development programs at Cal State Fullerton and UCSD’s Rady School of Management. Mr. Lee also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northrop Grumman Financial Credit Union and the Asian American Professional Association.
Bryce A. Murray, California – San Diego ‘07
Bryce is the Managing Director for Talent Acquisition Group and also serves as an Advisor for PeopleTech Partners. Throughout his career, Bryce has served as the Head of Staffing for Waymo, a self-driven technology development company, and has helped leading consumer brands like Disney, Red Bull, and JCPenney build or refine their talent acquisition capabilities. He has worked across a myriad of industries as a recruiter including media & entertainment, technology, consumer packaged goods, and retail to recruit talent from the board to individual contributor level for clients ranging from seed stage startups to large enterprises. He also served on the Young Alumni Council helping advise the Educational Foundation on engaging young alumni. Bryce and his wife, Kat, have two children and live in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Michael R. Odell (Mike), Denver ‘85
Mike is President, CEO and board member of Marubeni Automotive After-market Holdings, a holding company for investments in the automotive after-market, and also of one of its subsidiaries, XL Parts, a regional distributor of automotive parts in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. He is also a board member of The Parts House, a regional distributor of automotive parts in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Mike previously served as President, CEO and board member of The Pep Boys – Manny, Moe & Jack, a NYSE-listed Fortune 1000 company. He currently serves on the board of directors of Meritage Homes, a top ten home builder across the western and southern U.S. Mike received an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.