The Supreme Council
Steven W. Churchill
Eminent Supreme Archon
(Iowa State ’85)
Churchill was initiated at Iowa Gamma and served 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.
He is the 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. Previously, he was Executive Director of the American Medical Association Foundation and Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at Des Moines University. His professional career spans both the public and private sectors. In addition to serving three terms in the Iowa legislature and working for Governor Terry Branstad, he started a fundraising consulting firm and was named Vice President of Mid-America Group.
An active leader in his community, he served as President of both the Rotary and Bull Moose Clubs; volunteered as a Big Brother; and was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. He also served on the board of directors for the Iowa Civil War Monument Foundation and Iowa Sister States Commission, among others. He received The Commanders Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army and was recognized as one of Forty Under Forty Iowans by the Des Moines Business Record.
Churchill was first elected to the Supreme Council in 2007 and serves as Eminent Supreme Deputy Archon. For more than two decades, he was on the Iowa Gamma House Corporation, leading an effort to raise $2 million for his chapter. He served as chapter adviser and chairman of the alumni advisory board and is a charter member and past president of both the Iowa Gamma and Central Iowa Alumni Associations.
His leadership extended to the entire Iowa State campus, where he was instrumental in organizing and is the past president of the Iowa State Greek Alumni Alliance. Churchill was recognized by Iowa State University as Fraternity Advisor of the Year, was the inaugural inductee into the Iowa State Greek Hall of Fame and earned the Churchill Award, presented to him by Iowa Gamma for his service to his chapter. He helped to resurrect the Chicago Area Alumni Association. Furthermore, he has been awarded the Order of the Lion, the Order of Minerva and the 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
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 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 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.
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. He graduated in 1992, where he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in public policy. In 1996, he graduated from Emory University’s School of Law with a juris doctorate degree.
Rodgers is a Partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, a full-service, international law firm whose clients include over 300 of the Fortune 500 companies. Rodgers leads his firm’s residential- and resort-development group. In addition to real estate, his practice includes corporate law, with a focus on charitable and non-profit organizations. He has contributed to the development of his law firm’s highly acclaimed SeyfarthLean client service model and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. Rodgers has served as an adjunct law professor at the University of Georgia’s School of Law.
His service to the Fraternity includes serving as 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 served on faculty for the John O. Moseley Leadership School and for numerous regional and province Leadership Schools. Rodgers also served on committees for the 2010 Strategic Plan, 2011 ESR Search and 2012 Tri-Board Legal Audit. He has drafted numerous Fraternity laws and policies, including the law establishing the Fraternity’s reserve accounts, and co-authored the Good Samaritan Policy.
He is the recipient of the Merit Key, Order of Minerva, Order of the Lion and Province Archon of the Year Awards. 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. For 22 consecutive years, Rodgers has donated to the Foundation and is a Phoenix Society member.
Rodgers originally hails from Staunton, Virginia, and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Merideth, and daughter, Harper.
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.
Charles E. Hodge
Honorary Eminent Supreme Archon
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.