The Supreme Council
Bradley M. Cohen
Eminent Supreme Archon
Cohen graduated from Arizona Alpha at the University of Arizona in 1985. He was a re-founding member of the chapter and served as Eminent Deputy Archon and Social Chairman as well as two terms as Eminent Archon. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree, he worked for Sigma Alpha Epsilon as Director of Extension for several years and then, in 1988, moved to Newport Beach, California, where he continued to serve the Fraternity as Province Chi-Alpha Archon for ten years.
Cohen’s work with Sigma Alpha Epsilon also includes his work as chairman of the Extension Advisory Committee for four years. During his tenure on both the staff and on the EAC, he helped 60 colonies and chapters earn their charter. In addition, Cohen is a Phoenix Member of the Foundation and a 20-year veteran of the Leadership School faculty. In 1999, Cohen was elected to the SAE Financial & Housing Corporation board of directors and served as its President from 2005-2006, when he was elected to the Supreme Council as Eminent Supreme Chronicler. He served on the F&H board from 1999-2011. He was elected Eminent Supreme Herald at the 151st Anniversary Convention in Washington, D.C., as Eminent Supreme Warden at the 153rd Anniversary Convention in New Orleans and as Eminent Supreme Deputy Archon at the 155th Anniversary Convention in Memphis. Cohen is a recipient of the Order of the Phoenix, the Order of the Lion and the Merit Key Awards.
He and his wife, Kim, live in Newport Coast, California, with their three children: Devon and twins Sydney and Zachary. Cohen is President and CEO of Granite Escrow Services, a California real-estate closing company with branches throughout southern California. Furthermore, Cohen is active in the Orange County community, where he has served on numerous boards, including the Merage Community Center in Irvine. He also served as President of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a $100-million annual fundraising foundation, and was selected as one of the organization’s honorees in 2006. In addition, he serves on the executive board of the UC-Irvine Diabetes Research Center.
Steven W. Churchill
Eminent Supreme Deputy Archon
(Iowa State ’85)
Churchill is a 1985 graduate of Iowa State University, where he served his chapter as Eminent Archon. He was elected Eminent Supreme Chronicler in 2007 at the convention in Washington, DC. For more than two decades, he served as a member of the house-corporation board at Iowa Gamma, where he led the effort to raise nearly $2 million for his chapter. He has also served in the capacity of chapter adviser and chairman of the alumni advisory board for Iowa Gamma. Churchill is a charter member and President of the Iowa Gamma Alumni Association and Past President of the Central Iowa Alumni Association.
His leadership extended beyond the walls of Iowa Gamma to the entire campus, where he was instrumental in organizing and now serves as Past President of the Greek Alumni Alliance at Iowa State University. For his service, Churchill was recognized by Iowa State University as Fraternity Advisor of the Year in 2005. Today, Churchill is an active member of the Chicago Area Alumni Association, which he helped to resurrect upon arriving in Chicago in 2007. He is also a recipient of the Order of the Lion, the Order of Minerva and the Merit Key Awards.
Churchill serves as the President and CEO of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. His professional career spans both the public and private sectors. In addition to serving three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives and working for Governor Terry Branstad, Churchill founded his own business, led the marketing efforts for a major Iowa corporation and was appointed Vice President of Des Moines University.
Thomas J. Dement II
Eminent Supreme Warden
(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 six 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 five Fraternity 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 Herald
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 received the Merit Key in 2004. He has also been selected as 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 Chronicler
(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 National Fraternity Laws Committee 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 Leadership Programs and Director of the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, where he oversees the operations of fraternity and sorority life, student clubs and organizations and is directly responsible for teaching and advising for academic leadership classes.
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 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.
Corelli resides in Western North Carolina with his wife, Kimberly.
Blaine K. Ayers
Eminent Supreme Recorder
Ayers serves as Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s 13th Eminent Supreme Recorder and Executive Director, taking office in December 2011. He became a member of the Fraternity in the fall of 1997 while attending the University of Kentucky. He is a graduate of the 64th John O. Moseley Leadership School in 1999. While at Kentucky Epsilon, Ayers served in numerous roles, including Eminent Deputy Archon and IFC President. He was awarded Greek Man of the Year, Homecoming King and the W. T. Young Outstanding Contribution Award while at UK. He is also a member of Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.
After graduating in 2001 with a degree in history, Ayers became a teacher and a coach at Trinity High School in Louisville, Kentucky. During his five-year coaching career, he was on staff for four state titles in football and one in track. Ayers became the youngest teacher, and the earliest in his tenure, to earn Teacher of the Year at Trinity in his second year of teaching. During that time, he also obtained his master’s degree in education from Spalding University and was given the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the school. Ayers left Trinity in December of 2006 for a brief stint as an Assistant Dean of Students at his alma mater, the University of Kentucky. In 2007, he joined the Fraternity Service Center as a Regional Director and served as the Associate Executive Director of Chapter and Alumni Services from May 2009 to November 2011.
He is married to Brooke Phillips, an alumna of Pi Beta Phi at UK who is from Hendersonville, Tennessee. They have four daughters: Reagan, Caroline, Baylor Grace and Hadley. He and his family reside in Park Ridge, Illinois. Ayers is an avid fan of all SEC sports and a lover of all things history, especially the Civil War.