Our Alumni Association/Housing Corporation Board directors meet quarterly in Tucson, Phoenix, Pinetop or San Diego. If you would like to join our board, please send us an email.
Andy McEldowney ’83 - President
Andy graduated from the UA with a bachelors in business in 1987. After graduation I have worked as an insurance agent With Allstate, then Farm Bureau before starting and independent agency in 2013. In the middle I spent 10 years in Pharmaceutical sales with GlaxoSmithKline. Happily married to Kerry for 32 years, with three children; Jordan (married to nother Lyndsey), Lindsay, and Madison. While my kids were growing up I volunteered with their scouts, sports, and music programs; sold a lot of cookies and hosted a lot of team parties. After they were off the nest I served our chapter as an assistant alumnus adviser (extremely rewarding experience, highly recommend!!) before becoming the treasurer on the house corporation board. I am looking forward to having my chapter return to the UA.
Steve Russell ’03 - Vice President
Steve graduated from the UA with a Bachelor of Science from Social and Behavioral Science College. He focused on Regional Development, Urban Economics, and Planning. After graduation, he worked for a Tucson-based owner, manager, broker, and real estate developer for serval years before leaving Arizona and leading the property redevelopment efforts for public and private real estate investment trusts (REITs), including Blackstone and Brookfield. Steve is the current Director of Construction and Development for CIRE Investment Services. Steve and his family currently live in Naperville, IL. He is active in the Gamma Rho chapter, focusing on Building Better Men, and volunteers for the Internal Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Steve holds the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation focused on Development and has volunteered for the Southern and Central Arizona CCIM chapters.
Josh Lustbader ’13 - Secretary
Josh is a 2015 graduate from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s in economics and received his Master of Science in Financial Planning from Texas Tech University in 2018. Josh was a founding father of the Gamma Rho Chapter, and held a variety of chair positions. Josh is an Associate Wealth Advisor at Beacon Pointe. Outside of the office, Josh enjoys watching sports, playing golf and hiking.
Eli Asunolo ’98 - Treasurer
Elie is a 2002 graduate from the Eller School of Management with a major in Economics and a Pre-law minor. As an undergraduate, Elie served as his pledge class Social Chair, chapter's Family Weekend Chair for consecutive years and was heavily involved in the Rush every year. Around campus, he was involved in several aspects of the University including working as a teacher's aid for the head of the Economics department, joining Arizona Allegiance, running for ASUA Senate and playing intramural sports for several seasons. He also worked for FMG under Matt Noble for a summer and at the University Rec Center for another. After graduation Elie moved to Denver where he lived for several years before returning back to Tucson to pursue a career with a regional bank, Compass Bank. He now works as a Relationship Manager in Commercial Banking, where he provides a full suite of banking services to middle market companies . Elie has continued to serve in the local community through organizations such as Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity, Tucson Chamber of Commerce and Eller College. In his free time, Elie enjoys doing CrossFit, reading philosophy and politics, and spending time with family.
Fred Ronstadt ’16 - Property Manager
Fred Ronstadt is a native of Tucson. He received his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education in 1986 and a master’s degree in Public Administration in 1994, both from the University of Arizona. He served as a Council Member for the City of Tucson and has held leadership positions with several nonprofit organizations. Fred served as the Resident Advisor for the Gamma Rho Chapter from 2014 – 2016 and was initiated in 2016. Fred is the President of The F. Ronstadt Company which provides business consulting and bookkeeping services. He lives in Tucson with his wife Sharla.
Gilbert Alvarez ’94 - Alumni/Parent Association Committee
Gilbert (94) graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 from the College of Agriculture. He majored in Retailing and Consumer Studies. Worked for retail stores including Neiman Marcus, Gap Inc, and Ann Taylor. Due to the public and smell of the mall food court, he then switched careers to insurance. He has been happily employed at Shomer Insurance Services, An Alera Group Company as a Risk Manager for the past 10 years. Against his mother’s wishes, he is unmarried with no children. Gilbert still finds enjoyment in life with running, mid-century and modern art, and Bourbon.
Mark Casey ’82 - Alumni/Parent Association Committee
Mark Casey graduated from the University of Arizona in1983 with a BS in Business Administration and concentration in Marketing. He has since enjoyed a successful career in high-performance plastics, where he is known as a dynamic leader and industry expert.
He is President of Professional Plastics, a leading global supplier of plastic materials and products. With an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for innovation, Mark has led the company to new heights and consistently pushed the boundaries of what's possible in the plastics industry. He is a strong advocate for environmental responsibility, championing recycling initiatives and sustainable manufacturing processes. In addition to his role as company President, Mark is involved in several organizations and boards where he actively contributes his expertise to shape business standards and guide the future of the sector.
Mark lives in Orchard Park, NY with his wife Sandy where he is an avid Buffalo Bills fan. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling the world and spending time with his family, including his 3 children (1 is also a UA alum) and 2 grandchildren.
Sam Chang ’00 - Legal & Risk Management Committee
Sam is a 2003 (Eller) and 2006 (College of Law) graduate of the University of Arizona. While an undergrad, Sam was the ASUA Executive Vice President, a member of Bobcats Senior Honorary, President of Chain Gang (Links) Junior Honorary, and a member of various other organizations. He also served as Outer Guard, and his closest friends to this day are from Gamma Rho. Sam is currently a Partner and the Chair of the Hiring Committee for the law firm, Lewis Roca.
Carter Crow ’91 - Property Management Committee
Carter Crow graduated University of Arizona in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts, in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During his undergraduate time in Kappa Sigma, he serving as House Manager, as well as the Pledge Educator. After graduation he began working in the hospitality industries of hotels and corporate travel, then in 2000 he jumped into commercial real estate. Carter is a partner at Younger Partners, which is a full service boutique commercial real estate firm providing investment, leasing, and management services to investors and tenants in the Dallas/Fort Worth region. Carter and his wife Julie, live Dallas Texas.
David Gosselin '01 - Finance & Investment Committee
David Gosselin graduated from the University of Arizona in 2004 with a degree in Accounting from The Eller College of Management. David is a partner at dbbmckennon, a regional CPA firm where he works with public companies and early stage companies that are undertaking securities based crowdfunding capital raises. David lives in Long Beach, CA with his wife Nicole and his three children, Cayden, Ryder, and Dylan.
Taylor Heidenheim '71 - Senior Advisor
Graduated University of Arizona BS Mechanical Engineering 1974. Lived in Oregon for 25 years till retired and moved back to Tucson. Became a member of the house corporation on the executive committee as property manager in 2000. Turned the position over in 2019 to a younger member and stayed on the board as a member. Retired from Weyerhaeuser Corporation where career was spent as a project manager and plant engineer. He currently lives in Tucson AZ and Pasadena CA traveling back and forth every 6 weeks. Taylor is a widower but now engaged.
Robert Hogan '02 - Finance & Investment Committee
Robert Hogan is a 2002 Gamma-Rho initiate and a 2006 Eller graduate with a major in Finance. As an undergraduate, Robert served as Grand Scribe (Awarded 2003 National Grand Scribe of the Year) and Grand Master as well as Interfraternity Council Vice President of Finance and the Treasurer of Order of Omega. Robert lives in San Francisco, CA with his wife Tawny and their Golden Retriever, Orla. He works at Salesforce where he is a Director in the Corporate Finance group. Robert also serves on the Board of Directors of The Guardsmen, a non-profit benefiting at-risk youth in the Bay Area as well as the Eller Alumni Advisory Council.
George Jenson '82 - Excellence Quest Chair
George is a 1982 initiate of Gamma-Rho and graduated in 1987 from the Eller School of Management with a degree in Management Information Systems. He held a variety of positions as an undergraduate including Pledge Educator, GMC, GT, and FUBAR chair. He was involved all five years of his college career with ASUA Concerts, the concert promotion part of student government. Since graduation he has served Kappa Sigma locally and internationally in a variety of positions including AAA, AA, ADGM, Alcohol and Drug Education Commissioner, and Commissioner of Chapter Advancement. He lived in as advisor for the 5 years that Gamma-Rho was at El Capitan Court and the first two years at our present house on 1st Street, roughly 1990-1997. He works as a full-time custom software designer, part-time AZ real estate broker, and part-time instructor at Hogan School of Real Estate. He lives in Tucson with his wife Jennifer where they regularly play host to alumni visits and gatherings, small and large, at their house near campus.
Tom Keating ’62 - Senior Advisor
Tom attended UA twice and got it right the 2nd time graduating cum laude in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. 40 years from freshman to graduate truly defines a "late bloomer.”
For 38 years, Tom worked for and mostly ran American Protective Services of Oakland, CA, a nation-wide security guard service with 80 offices in 35 states employing 19,000. APS was sold in 2000. Concurrently as an avocation, Tom and Reenie raised cattle for 25 years, growing the herd to 2000 at its peak, thanks to knowledgeable partners. Tom's 3rd career was with the University of Arizona as a 21-year volunteer, having served on both the Alumni BOD and the UA Foundation BOD—chairing both. Tom's 4th career was acquiring and running 19 convenience/gasoline stores in Tucson under the banner Catalina Mart, also with help from a president who knew the industry. Those stations have been leased to another operator.
Tom's 5th and final career is full-blown retirement. He still works a shortened work week in his home office helping their children run the family enterprise, Trailhead Ventures. They are mostly investors and occasional real estate developers.
Tom was the AA of the Berkeley Chapter for 5 years in the mid 60ties and has served the Gamma Rho board as VP and board member for 30+ years. He was very actively involved with the board in building our house on 1st street and acquiring its predecessor at El Capitan Court south of campus.
Mike Lees ’97 - Legal & Risk Management Committee
Mike graduated in 2000 with a double major in accounting and finance. After college, Mike earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of law and his Masters in Law (LL.M.) in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. While an undergrad, Mike served as the chapter Social Chair, Rush Chair, Scholarship Chair and Song Chair, and spent his sophomore and senior years living in the fraternity house. Mike was also a member of Spires Sophomore Honorary, Chimes Junior Honorary, Blue Key National Honorary, Optimi Honorary, Order of Omega, Phi Alpha Delta and served as the chair for GAMMA. Mike has been on the board of the University of Arizona Alumni Association’s San Diego chapter (the BeachCats) for more than twelve years. Mike is a partner at the San Diego law firm of Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP.
Bryan Lifshitz '96 - Alumni/Parent Association Committee
A 1996 initiate and the first pledge class to move into the “new house”. Graduating in 2000, now with over 25 years, Bryan Lifshitz is a Branding, Marketing, & Visual Communication Expert.
He’s performed live on stage at Jesterz Improv & honored (in 2012) by the Mayor of Phoenix as “MVP”, ‘Most Valuable Phoenician’ for his heroic actions. He holds 2 Patents for a similar product in 2 industries. He’s an Entrepreneur, Graphic Artist, Inventor and Certified Networker. He understands e-commerce and is a seller with 3 private label brands, one (Piggyback Rider) which went super-viral many times on all social with over 102 million video views.
Bryan co-founded Alamari Media in 2010, as a brand-driven creative agency that focuses on branding and helping to draw attention to your brand. They’ve worked with over 400 brands from solopreneurs and small businesses to a billion-dollar real estate business and are always interested in helping your brand's story by creating a buzz.
He resides in Phoenix, Arizona, and is married to his college sweetheart Michelle, has 2 amazing dancing-daughters (Nikki & Ginger) and a super smart Scotty rescue dog named Coco.
Nick Maccarone '13 - Alumni/Parent Association Committee
Nick Maccarone is a 2014 graduate of The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, majoring in Finance. Nick was a founding father of the Gamma Rho Chapter in ’13, and also served as Grand Master of the chapter in ’13. Nick has served as a previous AAA to the Rho chapter, as well as a current member of the Gamma Rho Housing Corp. Nick currently works for Merrill Edge, where he is a Premium Elite Relationship Manager. Nick currently lives in Gilbert, AZ with his wife Kaylee and daughter, Payton Lynn.
Nic Martino '13 - Legal & Risk Management Committee
Nic Martino is a 2015 graduate of the University of Arizona, and a 2018 graduate of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Nic was a founding father of the Gamma Rho Chapter, and served as Grand Procurator and Grand Master. Nic is an associate at Jones, Skelton & Hochuli in Phoenix, Arizona. In his spare time, Nic enjoys hiking and playing basketball and softball.
Mark McLear '88 - Kitchen & Storage Committee
Mark is a 1990 University of Arizona graduate with a BA degree in History with a Business Minor. During his undergraduate time with Gamma-Rho he served as Treasurer, Secretary and Philanthropy Chair. He had a part-time gig at Centennial Hall working as a back-stage hand.
After college he worked for his father’s business in municipal bond financing for several years. He returned to Tucson in 2000 and ventured into mortgage residential lending and has since made Tucson his home. His formative years are from Kansas City and still enjoys following the KC professional sports teams. He loves living in Arizona and takes advantage of the spectacular weather and outdoor activities.
Mark currently is a Broker for Fairfield Home Lending, licensed in Arizona and California, and originates many types of home buyer financing. He has fundraised and volunteered for many non-profit community organizations but has primarily served for groups focused on Autism outreach. Mark currently serves on the Housing Corporation Board, and was the Gamma-Rho’s Alumnus Advisor from 2014 to 2018.
Pat Murphy '65 - Senior Advisor
Brother Patrick Murphy, a 1965 initiate, served as Grand Treasurer and Grand Master of Gamma-Rho Chapter. After graduating from law school he served as District Grand Master and as Legal Commissioner for Kappa Sigma. Brother Murphy also served as President of the Gamma Rho Chapter Housing Corporation from 1990 to 2019. When not practicing law or serving the as treasurer of the Educational Foundation, he and his wife Susie enjoy traveling and spending time with their three children & four grandchildren. Pat is a chapter Hall of Fame inductee and past Man of the Year.
Matt Noble ’84 - Alumni/Parent Association Committee & Campus Partnerships Committee
Matt Noble is a 1984 initiate, who graduated in 1986 from the Eller School of Management with a major in Marketing. As an undergraduate Matt served as his chapter’s Alumni Relations Chair, Little Sister Chair and Vice President. Matt also was involved on campus as the Vice President of the American Marketing Association and he was involved with the ASUA Marketing Club that focused on the funding for a new campus Recreation Center. As a college student he worked for Montgomery Ward and IBM. After graduation he worked for the University of Arizona Athletic Department in the areas of Fund Development and Marketing before founding Fraternity Management Group (FMG) in 1989. FMG provides service to fraternity and sorority chapters in the areas of alumni/ae & parent relations, career preparation & networking, and fundraising. Matt’s past community involvement included serving on the UA Alumni Association Board of Directors; Coronado Little League as a coach and board member; Ironwood Ridge Baseball Boosters; the Southern Arizona Sports Development Corporation; and several Greek Life Boards. He currently serves the Eller School of Management as an undergraduate interviewer for admission; on the board of HABBJACH/Scholarship America; as a director on the Gamma Rho House Corporation; and as the Vice President of the Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation of Arizona. Matt is a past Hall of Fame inductee and Man of the Year of his chapter. He and his wife Risa live in Oro Valley, and have one son, Austin. Matt’s passion’s are golf, hiking, college sports, and career networking for students and alumni.
Greg Stanton '01 - Property Management Committee
Greg Stanton graduated in 2005 from the UArizona with a degree in Political Science and Business Minor. He sailed the seven seas in the Fall ’03 with Semester-at-Sea,sailing around the world in 100 days visiting 11 ports of call. Work experience includes sales in metal manufacturing in Tucson, sales in sports and entertainment venue signage in Phoenix and yellow page advertising throughout the state of Arizona. Greg moved back to Tucson in 2012 to help run the family business of multi-family apartments. Greg is married to his wife, Natalie, and has 3 energetic boys who keep him busy.
Bill Wiess '80 - Finance & Investment Committee
Bill Wiess is a graduate of the University of Arizona, 1985 and currently Bill resides in Phoenix, AZ. with his wife Barbara. After 15 years as a national brand manager in the pre-engineered petrol chemical and food service industries, he sold his business. Currently, Bill manages investment properties. This led to his appointment as a Stakeholder on the Valley Metro light rail SCE, CAB & SARC. regional transportation plan. Bill has served on the RSD Governing Board. He fought to direct millions of tax and bond dollars to libraries in underserved areas of Maricopa County. Active in politics over 25 years, Bill was an elected leader of the Arizona Republican Party, as well as an AZ Senate nominee, and a three- time Delegate to the RNC Convention. As an alumnus, Bill is involved with UArizona and Kappa Sigma. Bill is a Gamma Rho Century Club member and a GPAC charter member. Barbara and Bill are Wildcats for Life.
Andrew Winner '92 - Alumni/Parent Relations Committee
Andrew is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts. He also holds an MBA in Marketing. During his college days, Andrew was active on campus, serving as rush chair and co-hosting a weekly radio show on KAMP Radio with a fellow brother.
After college, Andrew ventured into the Film and Television industry for a decade before making the switch to Corporate America. For the past 15 years, he had been a Director of Sales in the Consumer Goods Industry, working with Fortune 500 companies.
When the pandemic hit, Andrew found a new path as a Realtor in Southern California. He's now part of the team at Rodeo Realty. At home in Los Angeles, he's joined by his wife Janice, who's also a UofA alum, and one of their two kids, Sam, who is in High School. Their other child, Matthew is currently studying at the University of Arizona.