The Supreme Council

Steven W. Churchill
Eminent Supreme Archon

(Iowa State ’85)

Churchill was initiated at Iowa Gamma, where he served his chapter as Eminent Archon. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1985 and earned a master’s degree with honors in nonprofit administration at North Park University in Chicago, where he currently serves on the advisory board.

Today, Churchill resides in Washington, DC, where he serves as President and CEO of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, an international professional organization dedicated to developing men and women who encourage charity for nonprofit hospitals and healthcare organizations. Prior to joining AHP, he served as the Executive Director of the American Medical Association Foundation in Chicago.

His professional career spans both the public and private sectors. He has worked for Governors and Senators; was elected to the Iowa Statehouse at the age of 29; was appointed vice president of a medical school; founded a fundraising consulting firm; and served as an executive for a commercial real-estate company.

An active leader in his community, Churchill has served as President of both Rotary Club of Des Moines, AM, and the Bull Moose Club; volunteered as a Big Brother; and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. For his leadership, he received The Commanders Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army.

He was elected Eminent Supreme Archon in June of 2015, after serving eight years on the Supreme Council. Churchill has been recognized by Iowa State University as Fraternity Advisor of the Year and was the inaugural inductee into the Iowa State Greek Hall of Fame. For his loyalty and service to our Fraternity, he has received the Order of the Lion, Order of Minerva and Merit Key Awards.


Thomas J. Dement II
Eminent Supreme Deputy Archon

(Middle Tennessee State ’90)

Dement pledged the Tennessee Beta chapter at Middle Tennessee State University in the fall of 1987 and was initiated in the spring of 1988. As an undergraduate, he served his chapter as Risk Manager, Recruitment Chairman and Eminent Preceptor, a role he still continues to fill in Province Iota and throughout the Realm. He also served in many leadership positions with the Interfraternity Council, including President. On a national level, he was appointed to serve as an undergraduate member of the first Permanent Committee on Risk Management. Dement earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and a law degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

After law school, he served for one year as a judicial law clerk in the 16th Judicial District of Tennessee. He currently is a partner with Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC, a regional law firm with five offices throughout the Southeast. Dement’s areas of practice include general civil litigation, intellectual property litigation, insurance defense, employment law, corporate and commercial litigation and corporate and business transactions. He is a past Province Iota Archon, a position he held from 1998-2007, and was the Chairman of the Council of Province Archons from 2004-2007. He is also a past Chairman of both the Permanent Committee on the Ritual and the Permanent Committee on Fraternity Laws and has served on the Leadership School faculty on numerous occasions. Dement has served as chapter adviser for several groups in Province Iota and has held positions of leadership with the Tennessee Beta Alumni Association and Tennessee Beta Housing Corporation.

A well-known ritualist, he has participated in numerous chapter installations over the past several years and conducted many special initiations throughout the Realm. He also served as Parliamentarian of the past sixFraternity conventions. Dement is a Bunting Member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation. He is a two-time recipient of the Order of the Lion and received the Merit Key in 2005 and the Order of Minerva in 2009.

He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Helen, and their two children: Alexandra and Thomas III.

Gregory D. Brandt
Eminent Supreme Warden

(Drake ’84)

Brandt pledged Iowa Delta at Drake University in the fall of 1983 and was initiated in the spring of 1984. As a pledge, he was elected Eminent Deputy Archon for the chapter. Brandt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with majors in accounting and corporate finance. After graduation, Brandt attended Drake University Law School and was elected Student Body President. After law school, he served as a judicial law clerk for the 8th Judicial District for the State of Iowa. Brandt was an Assistant Polk County Attorney specializing in the area of drug and gang prosecution.

In 1995, he went into private practice in a general-litigation law firm and, three years later, was appointed as a District Associate Judge for the Fifth Judicial District of the State of Iowa. At the time, Brandt was the youngest District Associate Judge in the state. He is past Province Tau Archon, a position he held from 1999-2007. Brandt was the Chairman of the Council of Province Archons from 2001-2003. He has served on the Permanent Committee on Fraternity Laws for many years and as the chairman of the Convention Committee on Fraternity Laws twice. Brandt has served on faculty for the John O. Moseley and several province Leadership Schools. Furthermore, he has been Chapter Adviser for Iowa Delta for many years and has held several positions on the Iowa Delta Alumni Association and house corporation boards.

At the 2007 Convention in Washington D.C., Brandt was elected as a director for the Financial & Housing Corporation, where he served as the secretary for two-and-a-half years. Brandt is a Founder Member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation. He is a two-time recipient of the Order of the Lion and has received both the Order of Minerva and the Merit Key Awards. In addition, Brandt was named an Outstanding Chapter Adviser.

He lives in Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife, Julie, and their two children: Nick and Katie.

Michael J. Corelli
Eminent Supreme Herald
(Northern Illinois '01)

Corelli pledged and was initiated into the Illinois Gamma chapter as part of its phoenix colony in 1998. He held many roles in the chapter, most notably three-term Eminent Archon. Corelli served the Fraternity on the national level as a Leadership School Staff Member, undergraduate representative on the Permanent Committee on the Fraternity Laws and undergraduate liaison of the Province Mu Council.

Corelli received his bachelor’s degree in health administration from Northern Illinois University in 2001 and, in 2009, he earned his master’s degree in education with a focus on college student personnel from Western Carolina University. Currently, Corelli serves as the Associate Director for Campus Activities and Leadership Programs at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where he oversees the operations of leadership programs, campus programming and student clubs and organizations and is directly responsible for teaching, advising and overall program coordination for the academic leadership minor.

He has been recognized by the school as Student Organization Advisor of the Year, Outstanding University Staff Member in the Division of Student Affairs and University Administrator Employee of the Year and is a member of the University’s Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, Corelli is part of the University’s re-accreditation committee and serves as a committee chairperson for its Quality Enhancement Plan, an initiative to enhance the learning and involvement opportunities for the university’s students and campus community.

In 2001, Corelli joined the Fraternity Service Center staff and aided in the growth of the organization and in chapter development for six years. As the Director of Extension and Chapter Development, he oversaw the addition of 54 new and phoenix colonies across the Realm as well as the overall chapter development, recruitment, risk management and expansion of the brotherhood. As an alumnus, Corelli served in various roles, including both Illinois Gamma and North Carolina Omega Chapter Adviser, faculty member for both province and regional Leadership Schools and faculty member for the John O. Mosley Leadership School since 2001. He also served as Province Omicron Archon, member of the National Education Advisory Council and chairman of the National Recruitment Committee.

Since joining the Fraternity, Corelli has been awarded the Outstanding Eminent Archon Award and is a recipient of both the Order of the Lion and Order of Minerva Awards and, in 2013, the Supreme Council awarded him with the Merit Key Award.

Corelli resides in Western North Carolina with his wife, Kimberly and their two daughters, Kaitlyn and Khloe.


Michael S. Rodgers
Eminent Supreme Chronicler 
(William & Mary ’92)

Rodgers pledged Virginia Kappa at The College of William & Mary in 1990. He served his chapter in several roles, including Eminent Deputy Archon and Special Events Chairman, and graduated in 1992, earning a bachelor of arts degree with honors in public policy. In 1996, he graduated from Emory University's School of Law with a juris doctorate degree.

He is a shareholder of Polsinelli, a full-service law firm with 22 U.S. offices. He leads his firm's real-estate practice in Atlanta, where he represents companies that develop, build and invest in commercial and residential real-estate projects. His practice also includes corporate law with a focus on charitable and non-profit organizations. Of interest, Rodgers is a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, which skills he leverages to drive process improvements in business and legal matters. Rodgers has served as an adjunct law professor at the University of Georgia's School of Law and frequently writes and lectures on legal topics, including as a guest speaker at more than 30 industry conferences. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, where he serves on a national council that promotes best practices in the real-estate industry.

Rodgers’ alumnus service to the Fraternity spans 26 years. In 2015, he was elected to the Supreme Council as its Eminent Supreme Chronicler. Past positions include President and Director for SAE Financial & Housing Corporation, Province Epsilon-Alpha Archon, Province Epsilon Archon, Virginia Kappa Alumni Association President, Greater Atlanta Alumni Association Director and Georgia Phi Chapter Adviser. He has served as a faculty member at numerous national, regional and province Leadership Schools, including the John O. Moseley Leadership School, the Eminent Archon Institute and the Levere Leadership Institute. Furthermore, Rodgers has served on several Fraternity committees over two decades, including most recently for the Strategic Plan, Alumni Engagement, Awards and Program Evaluation. He has drafted numerous Fraternity laws and policies, including the law establishing the Fraternity’s reserve accounts, and co-authored the Good Samaritan Policy.

Rodgers is the recipient of the Merit Key, Order of Minerva and Order of the Lion Awards, and he has been recognized by the Supreme Council as Province Archon of the Year. He is also the recipient of the Bob Cousins Zeal Award for his sustained contributions to the Greater Atlanta Alumni Association. During his tenure as President, Virginia Kappa was bestowed with the Most Improved and the Most Outstanding Chapter Alumni Association Awards. Rodgers is an active supporter of the Foundation and is a member of its Phoenix Society.

Rodgers originally hails from Staunton, Virginia, and he resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Merideth, and daughter, Harper.


F. Michael Sophir
Eminent Supreme Recorder

(Nebraska '85)


During his undergraduate tenure at Nebraska Lambda-Pi, Sophir served in numerous positions, including Eminent Deputy Archon, Recruitment Chairman and IFC Recruitment Chairman and was awarded Greek Man of the Year. As a member of the chapter, he co-founded Do It Sober, a campus- and community-based alcohol-awareness program that remains an SAE initiative today. He also served as an undergraduate member of the 50th Anniversary Leadership School Planning Committee. Sophir graduated from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and with minors in history, English, speech and Portuguese.

Sophir first joined the Fraternity Service Center staff in 1986 as an Educational and Leadership Consultant. He was then promoted to Assistant Director of Chapter Development and, in 1989, to Director of Chapter Development, where he supervised all field staff, chapter operations and the supporting volunteer programs. He left staff in 1992 and has been focused on marketing, communications, strategic planning and fundraising development in his career for the past 25 years.

In addition, Sophir has worked for and has had significant roles on both the agency and client side of business in for-profit and non-profit ventures. He has worked with major retailers, airlines, packaged goods, software and music artists as well as with major healthcare providers, education and advocacy organizations.


Charles E. Hodge
Honorary Eminent Supreme Archon

(Toledo ’64)

During his collegiate tenure, Hodge served as Eminent Treasurer for three semesters and attended Leadership School as a freshman in 1960. From 1964-1966, he served in the United States Army via its ROTC program. His positive experience as an undergraduate brother inspired him to become the Province Pi Treasurer in the 1960s, a role he held for more than a decade.

In 1966, upon returning to Toledo from military service, Hodge became involved in the Ohio Nu Alumni Association and has served as secretary, treasurer and president over several continuous decades. From 1966-1998, he coordinated the Ohio Nu Christmas Luncheon Celebration, and he established a long-standing Ohio Nu tradition of celebrating Founders Day every March since 1966. In addition to those two annual events, Hodge started an annual fundraising golf tournament more than 30 years ago.

At the 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2003, he conducted a special honorary initiation for the Sing Brothers, who had pledged in 1953, but who were not eligible to be initiated in 1953 due to the Korean conflict. During the celebration, Hodge was recognized by the University of Toledo as the all-time award-winning chapter adviser.

Hodge has been known throughout the Realm for his incredible fundraising energies. From 1996-1998, he helped to raise 1.2 million dollars through the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation with his SAE mugs, song CDs and carafes. Subsequently, he became the first Honorary Trustee to the Board of Trustees. He then served a four-year term as a Foundation Trustee and ranks in the top 200 of all-time donors to the Foundation. In addition, he has been awarded the Order of the Phoenix, Order of the Lion and Merit Key and Distinguished Service Awards.

After graduation, Hodge worked in the moving-and-storage business and later entered into his sales career in the home-security business, where he was ranked consistently in the Top 25 in his company. From 1981-1991, he started his own security business, known as Captain Video/Security Video and Computers. When he sold the company in 1991, he became a commissioned representative for the Mass Mutual Insurance Company and earned both his CLU and ChFC designations. Hodge now has $50 million under management in 16 states and holds insurance licenses with clients in 12 states. In addition to being an Eagle Scout, a Toast Master and a JC, he and his wife, Ann, have helped to raise 55 foster children through the years.

They live in Sylvania, Ohio, and have been married for more than 50 years. In fact, Ann received the first Order of the Violet from Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 2011.




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