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Brother Richey was initiated into the Pennsylvania Alpha-Zeta Chapter at Penn State University – Main Campus in the fall of 2005.  He served as Eminent Archon for two terms and held a position on the University President’s Advisory Council at Penn State. As an undergraduate, he attended John O. Moseley Leadership School and the Quint Province Leadership School, and was selected by the Supreme Council for the inaugural class of SAE’s Inner Circle.  He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts and Sciences from Penn State.

Since graduation, he has consistently continued his service to SAE.  Served three terms as the Province Archon for the state of North Carolina (Province Omicron), as Deputy Chairman of the Council of Province Archons during the 2021-2023 biennium, and as President of the Raleigh Alumni Association. In 2021, Joe founded SAE Hunters & Anglers, an affinity group for alumni of SAE who are passionate about the great outdoors.  At the time, it was the first alumni association of its kind and has quickly grown to nearly eight hundred members.

Over the years Joe has also served as a Chapter Advisor, Alumni Association Treasurer, Province Deputy Archon, and was a long-time member of the fraternity’s permanent committee on growth – the Expansion Advisory Committee (EAC) – having been appointed by three consecutive Eminent Supreme Archons.  He has served numerous times as a faculty member at John O. Moseley Leadership School, DeVotie Ritual Academy, SAE Executives Academy, and several province leadership schools.  In 2022, he and two fellow Province Archons established the Tri-Province Leadership School, a biennial event for the chapters in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  The event took place in Spartanburg, SC and was attended by nearly one hundred undergraduates and alumni in its first year.

Professionally, Joe serves as Senior Program Manager of Strategy and Transformation at Red Hat, a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM, Inc. with $3.5B in annual revenue.  He spends his time managing, directing, and supporting strategic initiatives across the Red Hat enterprise.  In the decade prior to that, he worked in management consulting at IBM and later Accenture as Consulting Manager, supporting clients across multiple industries, markets, and geographies. During that time, Joe worked primarily on organizational strategy and transformation, communications, and change management.

Joe lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his three year old son, Jay.  He is active in his community as a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and as a youth wrestling coach and official.  He is a proud member and officer of his Masonic lodge, Hiram Lodge #40 in Raleigh, NC, founded in the year 1799.  He is a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason and an active member of Shriners International, which supports the Shriners Children’s Hospitals.

Skaggs currently serves as the Secretary of the SAE Financial & Housing Corporation Board, is the Founder & President of the OKC/OKMU Alumni Association, and is a Vice-President of the OKMU House Corporation Board. Since becoming a member over 40 years ago, Jim has faithfully and consistently served the Fraternity. He previously served as the Province Archon and Deputy Archon of Province Sigma, a member of several national committees such as the Expansion Advisory and Health & Safety committees, faculty of the John O. Moseley, and Province Sigma Leadership Schools. He also had the honor of being the Marshall of the 2019 National Convention.

He has been awarded the Order of the Lion, Order of Minerva, and was honored with the Merit Key in 2013. As a member of the OKMU House Corporation Board, Skaggs created and ran a health & safety program about the dangers of alcohol use for the entire Greek community at Oklahoma State. Held on the chapter’s front lawn for 13 years, more than 23,000 OSU students attended this important program. Jim also founded and was the chapter advisor for the Oklahoma Sigma chapter at the University of Central Oklahoma.  For his work there, he received an Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award in 2020.

Brother Skaggs founded and has successfully served as President of the Charter Financial Group, Inc. since 1994. His brokerage firm provides financial services to insurance professionals in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Colorado. Jim lives in Edmond, Ok. with his wife Sally, who shares his passion for SAE. She has received the Order of the Violet for her dedication to our fraternity. He has a daughter, Kelsey, from his previous marriage.

As a founding father of the UC-Irvine chapter (California Psi), Johnson was elected to serve as its Eminent Deputy Archon, leading the colony’s development to its successful chartering. He remained involved as a young alumnus serving as a chapter advisor for his home chapter and neighboring UC-Riverside (California Omicron). Johnson also founded the Southern California Area Alumni Association and the Cal Psi Chapter Alumni Association. 

In addition to serving as Alumni Association President for 12 years, he was elected as Province Chi-Alpha Deputy Archon and mentored all chapters in Southern California for seven years. He has been honored to serve the realm in numerous additional leadership roles as a faculty member of the John O. Moseley Leadership School and the Levere Leadership Institute; and as a member of the True Gentleman Task Force, the Eminent Supreme Recorder Search Committee, the Strategic Plan Committee, and most proudly as the Chairman of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. 

Johnson has been awarded the Order of the Lion, the Order of Minerva, and The Merit Key. He is the first African American National Board Member, elected to the Council as the Eminent Supreme Chronicler at the 163rd Anniversary Convention in Louisville, KY (2019). He currently serves as chair of the Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee and Liaison to the Governance Committee. 

In addition to his service to the Fraternity, Johnson has created a legacy of community service in Southern California. He was elected to the Alvord Unified School District Board of Education to an unprecedented five consecutive terms, serving for a total of twenty-one years. In addition to his service as a school board member, he has also served in a variety of not-for-profit and professional leadership and service roles, including as a member of the Board of Directors for Big Brothers & Big Sisters, a member of the Riverside Community Health Foundation, a member of the board of directors for the Youth Service Center and Director of Homeless Outreach, and Vice-Chairman of both the Human Relations Committee and the City of Riverside Charter Review.

He currently resides in Riverside, California, with Stacy, his wife of 30 years. Together they have raised four daughters: Rebekah, Anastacia, Rachel, and Abigail.

McDonough was initiated at the Youngstown State University Chapter (Ohio Alpha) in January of 1993. During his time as an undergraduate, he served in multiple roles within the chapter and university organizations. McDonough earned his BE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Youngstown State University in 1998. After working in his industry for some time, he earned his MBA in 2008.

Operating out of Ohio, McDonough is a Geographic Discipline Leader for the firm Colliers Engineering & Design. He has spent his time dedicated to the telecommunication aspect of Civil Engineering during his career, deploying America’s most extensive wireless networks and safety systems. In his community, he volunteers as a coach for his children and serves on a team with his wife Jennifer in their church’s pre-marriage program, helping guide engaged couples. He is also a proud Eagle Scout.

McDonough’s volunteer work in SAE started with his home chapter, serving Ohio Alpha in multiple alumni roles. In 2006, McDonough began an eleven-year period volunteering at the Province level, culminating with a term as Chairman of the Council of Province Archons. McDonough was elected to the Supreme Council in 2017 and as Herald in 2019 at the Louisville Convention. He was proud to initiate his father, Ralph, in 2014. He has been recognized with the Order of the Lion and Minerva and most recently the Merit Key in 2015.

McDonough resides in the Cleveland, OH area with his wife Jennifer, daughter Coraline, son Conor and their dog Ruby.

Dr. Halcomb was initiated into the Kentucky Epsilon chapter at the University of Kentucky (UK) in 1970.  He served as an Alumni Advisor for the Kentucky Epsilon Chapter and has served as a delegate to the National Convention.  As an undergraduate, he served in various leadership roles, including Eminent Archon of his chapter.

Dr. Halcomb is CEO of Phoenix Initiãre, a private equity firm, and is a Limited Partner at Telegraph Hill Partners.  He also serves on a number of advisory boards at UK.  Dr. Halcomb served as a senior executive at Amgen, a global biotechnology company, and Zimmer, Inc., a leading orthopedic device company.  He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from UK and completed post-graduate training in Internal Medicine.  He also holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from UK and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), respectively.

Dr. Halcomb was inducted into the UK Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 2020 and received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Engineering from UK in 2021.  Joe and his wife, Joani, recently relocated to Franklin, TN.  They have two daughters and eight grandchildren.  Joe loves driving his restored 1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster.  He is also an avid drummer and plays a custom kit made of the burl wood of a 300-year-old poplar tree.

Dr. Halcomb joined the SAE Foundation Board of Trustees in October 2019 and served as the Chair of the Scholarship Commission. Dr. Halcomb joined the Supreme Council in 2023 as the Eminent Supreme Chronicler.