Alumni Affairs Committee

Following Convention 2012 in Portland, Oregon, the policy governance of the DLP Alumni Association was reorganized into the Alumni Affairs Committee, a standing committee of the Delta Lambda Phi Board of Directors. The committee is comprised of the President of the DLP Alumni Association and eight additional members. The President of the DLP Alumni Association also serves as an ex-officio (non-voting) member of the Board of Directors. The current members of the committee are:

 
Bryan Guffey Headshot
Br. Bryan Guffey, DLPAA President & AAC Chair
bryan.guffey@dlp.org
 
What are your life commitments outside of Delta Lambda Phi?
I work full time for a large healthcare technology firm in Managed Services – practically, I help nonprofits implement and use technology most effectively to further their missions. This involves a lot of driving, fixing computers, and implementing new projects. I also spend a large amount of time as a coach, judge, and volunteer for many contemporary a cappella events and organizations. Basically, I spend time doing the real life Pitch Perfect!
 
What were your motivations to join the AAC?
I had been away from the fraternity for a year or so, and was asked to run at a DLPAA meeting. I’d always been involved in DLP, so it wasn’t a hard decision. I’ve always tried to go where DLP needs me. 
 
What are you motivations for being an involved alumnus?
DLP changed my life, made me a more confident individual, and showed me how powerful each of us are. I am committed to bringing that opportunity to others, and honestly, I love the free hugs that come with it!!
 
What intangible incentive(s) do you feel the DLPAA provides its members and/or the brotherhood?  
I think the DLPAA provides a heightened sense of connection, the ability to know that your brothers are there and are supporting you; it provides an additional feeling of accomplishment by giving back to the fraternity through membership or supporting DLPAA programs. I also think the DLPAA provides the brotherhood with a way to keep brotherhood alive as you grow out of college, no matter how near or far you are to a chapter or DLP. 
 
What excites you most about the DLPAA in the coming years? 
Oh, so many things! With our new membership model, we’ll finally be able to give real, tangible incentives to members of the DLPAA. That gets me really excited. Also, I’m looking forward to really beginning to help support more efforts of the fraternity at large both with people and money, enabling the Fraternity to serve more brothers and potential brothers more effectively. Also, we’ve got some awesome and innovative ways to make sure alumni re still getting value out of their fraternity experience, and that’s the most exciting thing of all!! 
 
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Br. Nolan Petersen, Vice-Chair
nolan.petersen@dlp.org
 
What are your life commitments outside of Delta Lambda Phi?
Currently, I work as a licensed real estate assistant, and as staff at a local non-profit civic theater. Both things keep me engaged with the community–my real passion–and keep me working towards my goals of opening a community center or queer coffee shop in my city.
 
What were your motivations to join the AAC?
After existing as a colonist with not much attachment to the larger organization of DLP, I found myself needing an outlet for my fraternal ideas as an alumnus. The position was offered, and I felt I could provide a fresh voice, being a brand-new alumnus and having come from a ‘clean slate’ chapter, where older alumni had not influenced my experience extensively.
 
What are you motivations for being an involved alumnus?
Brotherhood is a lifelong journey in DLP, not matter how involved you are. I was lucky to be part of a colony that was supported by amazing alumni and mentors, and their impression on me leaves me with a need to give back my time and talents (and money, once I have any) to an organization which is actively changing the lives and communities of which it is a part.
 
What intangible incentive(s) do you feel the DLPAA provides its members and/or the brotherhood? 
The moment where I feel most connected to the Brotherhood of DLP is in meeting new Brothers and finding an instant bond because of some of the common values we share. DLPAA provides a network of people with those same values from all over, allowing me to tap into a group of people in whom I can find support, inspiration, guidance, and friendship.
 
What excites you most about the DLPAA in the coming years?
The track to move beyond building the foundation for the organization. The chance to enhance the alumni experience with tangible benefits (which also highlights the intangible benefits), to increase the number of people in DLPAA because of the clear benefits to membership, and finally to begin utilizing the power of the growing network of alumni to feed energy back into DLP–thus building a better brotherhood for the future.
 
 
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Br. Miles Brainard, Clerk
miles.brainard@dlp.org
 
What are your life commitments outside of Delta Lambda Phi?
Professionally, I work as a planner for the MIDAS Council of Government, a regional agency that provides planning and transportation services to a six county area in rural northwestern Iowa. Examples of my work include grant administration, municipal code review, and map making. Otherwise, I serve as clerk to the Alumni Affairs Committee, read about Middle East history, and enjoy cooking at home.
 
What were your motivations to join the AAC?
Br. Bryan Guffey asked me if I would be willing to serve as an interim clerk to the Committee prior to becoming an alumni and I agreed. After a few months, it became reasonable that I should run for election to the Committee and have been serving in that capacity ever since.
 
What are you motivations for being an involved alumnus?
Remaining involved in the fraternity as an alum is all about giving back to an organization I owe a lot to. I want to ensure that other people have the same opportunity to take part that I did.
 
What intangible incentive(s) do you feel the DLPAA provides its members and/or the brotherhood?  
Members of the Alumni Association have the satisfaction of knowing they are continuing to play a role in supporting their community. It is also a good way to stay in the know.
 
What excites you most about the DLPAA in the coming years? 
Growing the Association into an ever more robust institution excites me a great deal. I am eager to see where the leadership team is able to take it over the next several years. 
 
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Br. Troy Hoffman, At-Large Member
troy.hoffman@dlp.org
 
What are your life commitment outside of Delta Lambda Phi?
I am currently an Instructional Technology teacher. I teach computer skills to kids Kindergarten through fifth grade. When I am not at school I belong to two bowling leagues (a teacher league and a LGBT league) and I sing in the school system’s Employee Chorus. I am also have been a member of the AAC for the past nine years and am currently serving as the Chapter Advisor for the Beta Sigma chapter.
 
What were your motivations to join the AAC?
I joined the AAC because I had ended my active experience but wanted to continue my fraternity experience. I enjoy being part of an organization that helps support the current active brotherhood and to ensure that they have the same positive experience that I had while I was an active member in my chapter.
 
What are you motivations for being an involved alumnus?
I feel that by working with the AAC I am helping to encourage and mold a new generation of brothers within Delta Lambda Phi. I also wanted to serve as a role model and mentor to the active brothers. I have the wonderful experience of being a Colony Mentor to the Beta Sigma chapter and helping create a new experience for other brothers and sharing my wisdom and experiences.
 
What intangible incentive(s) do you feel the DLPAA provides its members and/or the brotherhood?
I feel that DLPAA provides a person the opportunity to continue their brotherhood experience at a different level and place. You can work and bond with other brothers outside of your home chapter and use them as a network in your professional life. It also provides a network of people who have a common bond and experience and how that can be used in a professional manner.
 
What excites you most about the DLPAA in the coming years?
The things that excite me about the DLPAA in the upcoming years are attending more White and Gold Weekends and bonding with other alumni and have the ability to mentor new brothers within the active chapters and be a positive role model of what it means to be a Lambda Man. I am a true believer that Brotherhood is a life long journey.
 
 
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Br. Lenny Haas, At-Large Member 
lenny.haas@dlp.org
 
What are your life commitments outside of Delta Lambda Phi?
I am currently at Mayo Medical School studying hard to become a doctor. When I’m not in class, in the hospital, or studying, I’m hanging out with friends, playing videos games, exercising, cooking new food, and exploring. I’m involved in many things at Mayo, including a program to help under-insured and uninsured patients stay connected to medical care, pediatrics Crohn’s Disease research, serving as a member of on the Student Life and Wellness Committee, and trying to make Mayo a better place than I found it. I’m about to enter my third year of medical school and I am excited to see what it brings.
 
What were your motivations to join the AAC?
I wanted to provide an amazing experience for Brothers once they have graduated. Brotherhood is a lifetime journey and should not stop after college. By being a member of the AAC, I could help shape the DLP Alumni Association to be a strong organization that Brothers want to join and continue their journey. The DLPAA has a lot of potential and I hope to see it blossom into the thriving organization that the alumni deserve. I would also just add that my Grandbig, Br. Troy Hoffman, has been a member of the AAC/DLPAA Board since as long as I’ve known him (and then some), and the opportunity to work with him has definitely been a privilege and pleasure.
 
What are your motivations for being an involved alumnus?
Becoming a member of Delta Lambda Phi, helping lead a chapter, making friends from around the world, and learning from other Brothers have provided so much value and growth to my life. I hope to pay these amazing experiences forward to future Brothers. 
 
What intangible incentive(s) do you feel the DLPAA provides its members and/or the brotherhood?
The DLPAA has many intangible incentives, including social and professional networking with alumni from around the world, continuing the journey of Brotherhood, making new friends, following your heart, believing in yourself, personal growth, leadership opportunities, and paying it forward to future generations of Brothers. You’re never alone when you say you’re a member of the DLPAA.
 
What excites you most about the DLPAA in the coming years? 
I am excited to see the continued growth of the DLPAA, both in members and benefits, as well as better cohesion with the rest of the Fraternity Leadership, Alumni, LAAs, Chapters, and Colonies. We have a lot of innovative ideas to roll out and an amazing Alumni Services team dedicated to serving the alumni. Whether you are just graduating or were one of the founding brothers of the Fraternity, we want you in the DLPAA and I’m pretty sure you’ll want us too.
 
 
  
ayoungBr. Alex Young, At-Large Member
alex.young@dlp.org
 
What are your current professional and personal commitments (what makes you tick/keeps you busy)?
I work as the Leadership and Programming Assistant at the Iowa State University Veterans Center, I also am a graduate student in the Higher Education Administration masters program at Iowa State. My focuses/interest areas are student affairs, leadership, and masculinity theory.
 
What were your motivations to join the AAC?
I want stay involved in DLP after my undergrad. I want to find a way to give back and make the brotherhood stronger, and I think sitting on a committee like this is a great way to make a large positive impact.
 
What are you motivations for being an involved alumnus?
It is my philosophy that it is the role of the alumni to enrich the active experience. I have had numerous alum enrich my experience and I want to do the same.
 
What intangible incentive(s) do you feel the DLPAA provides its members and/or the brotherhood?  
A feeling of belonging, of connectivity. The continuation of the idea that we are members of something larger than ourselves for the rest of our lives and that there is always ways we can make the world better.
 
What excites you most about the DLPAA in the coming years?
I am most looking forward to being able to craft policy and institute change with fraternity leaders who I have gotten to know and have looked up to since I was a pledge. For me the fraternity is about making the world better, and I am excited to do that along side my brothers in this new way.
 
gparsonsBr. Griffin Parsons, At-Large Member
griffin.parsons@dlp.org
 
What are your current professional and personal commitments (what makes you tick/keeps you busy)? I currently am Manager of Private Brands at a leading premium online grocer in the northeast. This is a very involved job but is creative and one that I love. This does take up most of my time. I’m also involved in the local NYC theatre scene, gay community- these all thrill me!
 
What were your motivations to join the AAC?
I was a member during a particularly challenging time in the AAC and am re charged and ready to make some headway. I think the AAC has done an amazing job with the framework that I helped build with the new by- laws and getting the AAC after a few years of less than effective progress. I want to give back to the fraternity that gave me self worth, confidence and lifelong brothers.
 
What are you motivations for being an involved alumnus? 
I think we face a challenge in our world today of accepting organizations that are up to date in their thinking for a Instagram story world. We need to provide a physical place with a strong digital presence to make people comfortable and safe. This is provided by the chapter when active but what happens after that? This is why I want to be involved to make it even stronger.
 
What intangible incentive(s) do you feel the DLPAA provides its members and/or the brotherhood? 
We provide acceptance,  place where alumnus can be involved and feel and are valued for their perspective, opinion and passion.
 
What excites you most about the DLPAA in the coming years?
We have so many good things going for us but our new programming that people see, events to bring us all together, these tangible things are what people are looking for and we can provide actual tangible value to our members. 

Br. Francis Senecal-LeBeuf, At-Large Member
francis.senecal-lebeuf@dlp.org

What are your current professional and personal commitments (what makes you tick/keeps you busy)? 
I work in supply chain management in the agri-food industry; more specifically, I do production planning and purchasing for a meat transformation plant in Montreal, Canada. It involves inventory management and production throughput estimation through Excel files and pivot tables. Outside of work, I enjoy learning about architecture, urban planning, and reading.
What were your motivations to join the AAC?
As a newly elected Active At-Large member of the Board of Directors, I was approached by the AAC to join them as one of the Board’s appointee to further strengthen the Active-to-Alumnus journey of our newly graduated active brothers. I believe I can bring valuable insight to the Committee and help the DLPAA become a more active player with the DLP family by growing its membership and getting new Alumni engaged early on.
What are you motivations for being an involved alumnus? 
Delta Lambda Phi is an organization that provides amazing synergy to its members: you always get more out from it than what you give in. We can lean on our Alumni body to bring valuable insight and resources to our Chapters and Colonies and that is what motivates me to continue my journey within DLP as an involved alumnus. There is so much more we can bring to our future Brothers that, as alumni, we need to stay engage with DLP.
What intangible incentive(s) do you feel the DLPAA provides its members and/or the brotherhood?
I feel the two best incentives of the DLPAA are the networking opportunities offered by our diverse alumni body and the continued bonding made possible with Brothers from different Chapters across the continent. Being from Canada, it provides this amazing family south of the border with which to meet as we visit the USA.
What excites you most about the DLPAA in the coming years?
The recent growth in membership, mainly from newly graduated Brothers, excites me the most. With this influx, we can strengthen the role and mission of the DLPAA and bring even more to our Alumni, our Active Brothers, and our Chapters, Colonies, and LAA’s. We have a bright future ahead of us!
You can find the meeting information for the committee on Confluence here. Committee meetings are generally the Sunday after Board of Directors meetings.