The Sigma Tau Gamma Board of Directors cares for the Fraternity between meetings of the Grand Conclave. Members of the Board include the President, President-elect, four Members at Large and the two immediate Past Presidents of the Fraternity. The President-elect and four Members at Large are chosen by delegates of the Grand Conclave at the biennial meeting and serve a two-year term.
Jim Johnston was initiated into the Delta Xi Chapter in 1997 at Carnegie Mellon. As an undergraduate, he served as Chapter President, Executive Vice President, and Vice President of Finance. As an alumnus, he has served as Three Rivers Regional Vice President, Assistant Dean of the Webb Academy of Principled Leaders, and on the Board of Directors. Johnston was recognized as an Ellsworth C. Dent Man of the Year Finalist in 2001 and received the Winebrenner Medal for Distinguished Fraternity Service in 2007. He is a Celebrated Morris Fellow of the Wilson C. Morris Fellowship of honored Foundation donors.
“I want to give back to an organization that has given so much to me. I would not be where I am today with my career or personal life without my fraternity experiences. I’ve always been inspired by a simple quote from our past Fraternity and Foundation President, Michael Schermer, which is, ‘Just make it better for the next guy,’ and I want to bring my experiences back to strengthen and grow our organization,” Johnston said.
Professionally, Johnston is a Business Unit Manager for Aerotech Inc., a manufacturer of precision motion and automation equipment headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is responsible for growing the business in both revenue and profit each year at a global level.
Johnston has a passion for traveling, experiencing different places and cultures, food, home improvement projects, hiking, biking, kayaking, aviation, museums, amusement parks, reading, and learning new facts.
Jeremy Daus was initiated into the Gamma Nu chapter at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls in 1996. He is a Notable Morris Fellow of the Wilson C. Morris Fellowship of honored Foundation donors.
“Being elected as President-elect is one of the greatest honors of my life and one of the greatest responsibilities because my Brother’s put their trust in me to stand up and lead. I am truly humbled in taking on this role because our Fraternity’s success today, rests upon the shoulders of the men who’ve brought us to this point and it’s my responsibility to continue to advance Sig Tau’s Vision and Purpose for the next generation of Noble Men,” Daus said.
Professionally, Daus is the Senior Manager of Product Development and Portfolio Strategy at Capella University/Strategic Education Inc. His role as a brand manager is to grow the university’s enrollment, revenue and ensure the social and business missions of the school are met.
He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, son, and their black Labrador retriever. He is an outdoorsman who enjoys kayaking, skiing, hunting, canoeing, and camping. As an avid photographer, Daus has done exhibitions to display and sell his work in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Jonathan Proehl has been regularly involved with Sigma Tau Gamma since his initiation on April 14th, 1996. As an undergraduate member, he was Vice President of Membership in 1997 and Chapter President in 1999. In August 2000, he became the Lakeland District Director. He served in that position for four years. Proehl became Great Lakes Regional Vice President in 2004. He also served the Gamma Nu Alumni Association as CFO from April 2002 to April 2006 and served as a member of the Gamma Nu Alumni Association Board of Directors from April 2000 to April 2006. Proehl was elected to the Sigma Tau Gamma Board of Directors in August 2008. He served three consecutive terms on the board as a director. He was elected President-Elect at the 2014 Grand Chapter. He is a Notable Morris Fellow of the Wilson C. Morris Fellowship of honored Foundation donors.
"One of my primary goals is to not only continually improve the programming and training of Sigma Tau Gamma's members but taking those resources to a chapter level. I envision online training, alumni delivery to individual chapters, and peer-to-peer enrichment. The resources Sigma Tau Gamma has available can have a much more profound impact if we can access our entire membership," Proehl said.
Professionally, Proehl is a Business Consultant specializing in economic and financial modeling. He helps clients understand the potential impact of their actions before making decisions. He also builds strategic plans designed to minimize risk and maximize success.
Proehl currently lives in Woodbury, Minnesota and is married to his wife, Kelli. They have an energetic Maltese named Sammy, and in his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, downhill skiing, working on cars and boating on the St. Croix River.
Alyx Parker began his service and leadership with Sigma Tau Gamma almost immediately upon initiation in January 1994 at Alpha Chi Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As an undergraduate, he held various chapter positions culminating with Chapter President in 1996. Following his graduation and law school, Parker served in the Alpha Chi House Corporation/Alumni Association. In 2006, Parker became the Chapter Advisor and served in that position until the Summer of 2010. In 2008, he served as Assistant Dean of the Earl A. Webb Academy of Principled Leaders, then as Dean of the Webb Academy in 2009 and 2010. Parker was elected to the Board of Directors as a Director-At-Large at the Grand Chapter in Cleveland in the Summer of 2010. In 2012, he was elected President-Elect. At the 46th Grand Chapter in New Orleans in the Summer of 2014, Parker became the 38th National President of Sigma Tau Gamma. He is a Notable Morris Fellow of the Wilson C. Morris Fellowship of honored Foundation donors.
"The virtues and principles of Sigma Tau Gamma provide direction that should mold our thoughts and acts in how we approach and carry out our lives as men, brothers, and citizens. In that regard, I seek to provide opportunities for all brothers to better themselves and assist others in striving to live up to those virtues and principles," Parker said.
Professionally, Parker is a Civil Litigation Attorney. His volunteer service, in addition to Sigma Tau Gamma, is primarily for the Boy Scouts of America. He is especially active Order of the Arrow; a Scouting camp honors society. He enjoys the outdoors, and this summer helped lead a group of Scouts on a 10-day backpacking trek at the Philmont High Adventure Base that is located in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in Northeast New Mexico. Parker met his wife Heidi during a Sigma Tau Gamma-Delta Zeta-event at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. They have three future Delta Zetas: Evie, Zoe, and Jovi. Parker has one brother, who also graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
Scott Kaspar was initiated in 1996 into the Alpha Chi Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served as Chapter President, Vice President of Membership, Vice President of Programming and Social Chair for the Alpha Chi Chapter at Illinois. Scott has been an active member of the Alpha Chi Alumni Association since 1998, was a part of the Board of Advisors for two years, and is a former Foundation Trustee.
"After attending the Webb Academy, I knew that my experience with the Alpha Chi Chapter was not unlike the Fraternity as a whole. Rather, it confirmed my belief that Sig Tau is a fundamentally different fraternity. the way forward for Sig Tau to demonstrate its relevance on college campuses and avoid the pitfalls of other fraternities lies in our rich history of championing our Principles and using our programming to continue to help our Brothers develop leadership skills to become Noble Men. In recent years, we have added additional academies and programming which have received very positive feedback. We also have strengthened the roles of chapter advisers, as well as increased the number and frequency of headquarters’ staff in regular contact with the chapters. Our long history of education and programming is what has distinguished Sig Tau from the pack. Continuing and expanding these programs is our way forward," Kaspar said.
Professionally, Kaspar is a Registered Patent Attorney & Trial Lawyer. He has served on a number of Boards over the years, to address and resolve problems, manage and grow financial resources, fundraise, among other functions typical of any Board. Prior to being a part of the Board of Trustees, he served for a couple years on the Board of Advisors and regularly participated in phone calls and attended the meetings at Grand Conclave in Orlando. Other Board positions that he has have include president of various homeowners’ associations (including a large 9-building association in downtown Chicago, from 2006-2012), as well as a tourism and merchants board in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Scott and his wife have two children.
Paul was initiated in 1991 and served his chapter as the Vice President of Programs and new member educator while he was an undergraduate for the Phi Chapter at Southeastern Louisiana University. Upon graduation, Paul became an active member of the New Orleans Alumni Chapter and became a Chapter Advisor for the Phi Chapter. Paul served as Treasurer for the New Orleans Alumni Chapter, and also was a regional volunteer. Paul recently served as a Trustee on the Foundation Board of Trustees and has since 2012.
"In narrowing the various steps into one strategic accomplishment that helped to ensure a strong foundation for a successful future I would state that the growth of the Fraternity, in terms of additional chapters and increasing members per chapter, has been the most important strategic accomplishment (I also acknowledge that this accomplishment is not complete as additional expansion is warranted). Executing growth as the first goal of our strategic plan has enabled and empowered Sigma Tau Gamma to have a differentiated message of brotherhood and helped us create a sense of belonging for the next generation of Noble Men," Phillips said.
Professionally, Paul is a Partner and Tax Markets Leader for Ernst & Young. He has experience as a CPA, business consultant, and MBA. Given his 25 years of experience within public accounting, 13 of which are as a partner of a “Big 4” global firm, he has had thousands of opportunities to interact with executives of hundreds of companies, many within the Fortune 500.
Outside of work, Paul enjoys running all-terrain races and is looking to complete the Spartan TriFecta in 2018 as well as run Tough Mudder challenges. He also enjoys soccer and plays on both adult indoor and outdoor leagues.
Joe Gallo started at Michigan Technological University in August of 2007 and was initiated into the Gamma Chi chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma, February 2008. Soon after initiation, Joe was elected to Vice President of Membership in 2009, Chapter President in 2010, and other various positions throughout. In spring 2012, Gallo received the Gamma Chi chapter’s Man of the Year Award, recognizing his dedication to the organization. Following that, in August 2012 at the Grand Chapter in Washington D.C., he was presented the National Ellsworth C. Dent "Man of the Year Award". From 2012 to 2014, Gallo advised the Central Michigan University, Psi Chapter, and held a brief District Director role. In 2016, he was elected to the Board of Directors as a Director-At-Large at the Grand Chapter in Orlando, FL. As an undergraduate, Gallo was a Collegiate Sustaining Member with Eternal Flame and continues to donate to the Foundation and campaigns as a member of the Azure and White club.
"I believe that Sigma Tau Gamma has been critical in my personal development, mainly because of the opportunities that have been presented to me. How we choose to lead and teach is based on our experiences. With this being said, I will do my best to not only provide those experiences for others, but to be a proponent for growth, and learning throughout the organization and its members," Gallo said.
Outside of Sigma Tau Gamma, Joe has Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and works for Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, MI. He also holds a position on the Michigan Technological University Alumni Board of Directors, as a way to volunteer and stay involved with his Alma Mater. Gallo met his wife Sarah Sterling (Delta Phi Epsilon) at Michigan Tech. and married in October 2016. In his free time, Joe enjoys four-wheeling, playing guitar, disc golf, camping, and just relaxing with Sarah and friends.
Jeremiah King was initiated into the Alpha Omega Chapter at Missouri Science and Technology in 2002. He served two terms as Chapter President and he was Alpha Omega Chapter Active of the Semester three times, Dent Man of the Year Finalist, Alpha Omega Alumni Association President, and Secretary. At the national level, he served as a District Director and Regional Vice President. He is a Notable Morris Fellow of the Wilson C. Morris Fellowship of honored Foundation donors. He is a Wilson C. Morris Fellow.
“I want to ensure the proper resources are available so Sigma Tau Gamma can continue its positive growth by continuing expansion to new schools and by providing additional programming to existing chapters,” King said.
King works as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager for Brinkmann Constructors, which serves clients nationwide in a variety of roles, including construction manager, general contractor and design/builder.
King and his wife, Maria, have been married since 2008. They met in college, and she is also a Civil Engineer. They have two sons, Jeremiah, Jr., and Frederick. King’s hobbies include hiking, camping, and running. He usually runs two half-marathons a year. He has also served as a Director of the Miner Alumni Association Board of Directors and member of the Junior Achievement of Greater St. Louis' Young Professionals Advisory Board.