Regular Bloggers

Marty Dunning, Kentucky ’07
Multimedia Associate 

From Paducah, Ky., Dunning recently graduated from the University of Kentucky and is now a Kappa chapter alumnus. During his time as an undergraduate, he served as philanthropy chair, secretary and historian. He currently serves Phi Kappa Tau as the multimedia associate. This role has him working with the Fraternity’s social media, website, video development and anything multimedia related. Dunning served as Phi Kappa Tau’s communication intern in the summer of 2010 and as the conference intern in the summer of 2011. He is also an avid volunteer at the SeriousFun camps.

Alex Koehler, Mount Union ’07
Expansion Coordinator

From Columbus, Ohio, Alex is a graduate of Mount Union College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Alex served Epsilon chapter as the president in 2009. Since joining staff, Alex has done expansion work at the University of Colorado, The Ohio State University and Purdue University. Additionally he has worked nationally in colony development, recruitment training, and has coordinated efforts for future expansions at the University of Texas – Austin, the University of Idaho, and Sacramento State University to name a few. Alex is the 2009 Taylor A. Borradaile Undergraduate of the Year Award recipient and 2010 Mount Union Outstanding Greek Man award winner.

Michael Lukins, Washington ’08
Expansion Consultant

Lukins serves as an expansion consultant for Phi Kappa Tau, meaning he is a part of the team that builds new colonies from the ground up, and helps to ensure Phi Kappa Tau continues to grow. From Camas, Wash., Lukins graduated from the University of Washington in 2011 with economic and drama degrees.  As an undergraduate, he served Alpha Pi chapter as membership orientation officer and sergeant at arms. He was also active on campus as the University of Washington men’s glee club president and a member of University Theatre Society, various campus theatre productions, and club soccer.

Ray Sophie, Southern Illinois ’08
Resource and Development Coordinator 

Ray is from the greater metro area of Chicago, Ill., and currently resides in Tucson, AZ. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in journalism at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where he served as president of the re-founding class of Beta Chi chapter. He was also a four year letterman for the SIU’s varsity swim team as an undergraduate. Ray is currently in his third year on staff, and is working on his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Arizona.

Tyler Wash, Georgetown ’06
Coordinator of Volunteer Development

Tyler is the coordinator of volunteer development for the Phi Kappa Tau Executive Offices, where he works closely with the volunteers who work directly with chapters. He specifically works on the identification, recruitment and on-boarding of volunteers and the maintenance of the Domain Director program and local Boards of Governors. Tyler is a graduate of Georgetown College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science. He was initiated into the Delta Theta chapter of Phi Kappa Tau in 2006, where he served as president. He was the recipient of the 2008 Jerry Lucas Award for outstanding service to Delta Theta chapter and was named a Presidents Ambassador for Georgetown College. Tyler is from Danville, Ky., and currently resided in Oxford, Ohio.

Cole Yearwood, Oklahoma State ’09
Communication Associate

From El Paso, Texas, Yearwood recently graduated from Oklahoma State University and is now a Beta Kappa chapter alumnus. During his time as an undergraduate, he served the chapter as historian, recruitment chairman, external vice president, internal vice president, and president and the Interfraternity Council as external vice president. As a communication associate, he assists with Fraternity and Foundation communication. He oversees the Brotherhood Fund, volunteer development and news story communication plans.

Guest Bloggers

Steve Hartman, Muskingum ’89
Chief Executive Officer

Steve hails from Wheeling, W. Va., (“America’s Friendliest City”) but currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a graduate of Muskingum University (B.A. in History and Business) and Miami University (M.B.A.). Steve is the chief executive officer for Phi Kappa Tau. He is the sitting president for the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG), a trade organization for 53 national fraternities and sororities that addresses risk management issues and funds specific programs within the fraternity community. Steve earned the distinction of Certified Association Executive (CAE) in September 2010 and worked for several large companies as a management consultant before joining the Phi Kappa Tau staff in 2002. He and his wife, Rachel, have four sons.

Tim Hudson, Truman State ’97
Director of Chapter Services

Tim was born in Jacksonville, Ill., but currently resides in Oxford, Ohio. He is a graduate of Truman State University, where he received his B.S. in exercise science. Tim is the director of chapter services for Phi Kappa Tau. He manages the consultants, interns and other staff and volunteers who help support the operational areas of the Borradaile Challenge. He also manages both the coordinator of volunteer development (enhancing the volunteer structure) and expansion coordinator (selection, colonization, chartering).  In addition his department plays a large role in the needed resource development as outlined in the strategic plan of the Fraternity. Risk management is also a primary responsibility for Tim, and through staff and volunteer assistance, the director of chapter services assesses risk management situations, making recommendations to the chief executive officer for necessary re-education and/or sanctions.

One Response to “Bloggers”

  1. Dear Brothers of the Inner Circle,

    My name is Thomas Hardin, a May ’11 graduate from the University of Evansville and served his chapter to the best of his abilities in his time at his own Delta Beta chapter of Phi Kappa Tau. Although I see now in my age that I could have been more proactive with Nationals despite my limitations in elections, I have been moved by reading your recent bloggings and I was very curious in if any way possible if I too could be given the chance to add my own views on brotherhood and add to the blogs listed on our esteemed website. I am sure that many brothers or those claiming to be bona fide brothers have contacted you in an attempt to add their musings but I would be honored to be able to write.

    In Phi,
    Thomas Hardin

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