Marina Peña Guiot - National AABOD Chair
Marina Peña Guiot (she/her) is a Life Member of the Kappa Mu chapter at the University of Georgia and the Nu Alpha chapter at Georgia State University. She has served as the founding President of the Nu Alpha chapter, KKPsi Southeast District Alumni Association Membership Director, advising team member for a few petitioning groups, has previously earned the J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award and the Kappa Kappa Psi Southeast District Outstanding Alumni Award, and is currently serving her second term on the KKPsiAA Board of Directors.
As the Alumni Association Board of Directors Chair, some of Marina's roles include overseeing the operations of the Alumni Association, collaborating with her Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association counterpart, representing the KKPsiAA at functions outside of Kappa Kappa Psi, and serving as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Kappa Kappa Psi National Council.
Throughout the biennium, Marina will strive to serve as the alumni voice to National Council & Board of Trustees, provide transparency by collaborating with the Communications and Finance Directors on keeping the KKPsiAA Members Only section of the website up to date, work with the Finance Director to create additional benefits for Giving Program members, continue to grow and raise awareness of our existing programs, increase participation in our KKPsiAA elections, and maintain a close working collaboration with Tau Beta Sigma Alumni Association.
Miranda Cook - Vice Chair/Membership Director
Miranda Cook (she/her) is a Life Member of the Omicron chapter at West Virginia University. As an active brother, she has served as the chapter Awards chair, the Northeast District Secretary/Treasurer, and the Northeast District Vice President. During her senior year she received the WVU Marching Band Outstanding Senior Award and the Kappa Kappa Psi J. Lee Burke Student Achievement Award. As an alumnae, she has served as the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association Outreach Director, a Road to Wisdom Curriculum Advisor, and served on several committees such as the Kappa Kappa Psi Chapter Operations Committee, KKPsiAA Communications Committee, and KKPsiAA Membership Committee this past biennium. She has also performed in the Kappa Kappa Psi Centennial Alumni Band.
As Membership Director, Miranda encourages and reminds alumni brothers about renewing their alumni memberships, finds unique ways to engage alumni membership, promotes DEIA within the Alumni Association and committee work, strives to increase awareness of the Alumni Association programing with active and alumni brothers, and oversees the Membership Committee. The Membership Committee is composed of the following subcommittees: DEIA, Networking, Recruitment and Retention.
During the biennium, Miranda hopes to collaborate with the National Council and the Curriculum Committee with the Road to Wisdom to provide a thorough understanding and knowledge of the Alumni Association, serve as an advocate and be aware of DEIA in the alumni association, increase the opportunities for alumni to be engaged through various methods, and increase awareness of the Alumni Association for all members.
Brittany Biberston - LAA Director
Brittany Biberston (she/her) is a Spring 2012 initiate from the Kappa Beta Chapter at Clemson University. As an active brother, she served as Corresponding Secretary, Vice President of Membership, Ritual Chair, and sat as a delegate for multiple district and national conventions for Kappa Beta. Additionally, she was the lead chapter coordinator for DLC in 2015 when Clemson University was the host. As an alumni, Brittany has served two terms on the SEDAA board as Programs Chair, served as chair for the Alumni Association Programs Committee from 2021 to 2023, and was honored with the Young Alumni Award in 2021.
As LAA Director, Brittany is responsible for serving the Local Alumni Associations throughout the fraternity. Her goal is to help each LAA strive for their highest to continue to serve the college and university bands, foster professional and social relationships, and promote fraternal engagement after ending their time at their respective college or university.
In this biennium as LAA Director, Brittany wishes to strengthen each LAA, work with the DAAs to ensure a positive District Convention experience, and increase our LAA numbers while focusing on quality over quantity.
Michael Blander - Finance Director
Michael Blander (he/him) was initiated into the Iota Delta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi on April 28, 1995 at Towson University, and became a Life Member in 1999. He is currently serving his second term as the Financial Director on the AABOD, serving his first term in the 2019-2021 biennium. Additionally, from 2017-2019 he served as the first chairperson of the Alumni Association Revenue Committee. On a national level, Michael was a member of the 2021-2023 Chapter Operation Committee. Additionally, he has served multiple terms as President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Northeast District Alumni Association of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.
As Finance Director, Michael is responsible for all aspects of the financial status of the Alumni Association. This includes preparing the budget, tracking financials, reviewing fundraising opportunities, ensuring that funding is available for current and future programming, and leading the Revenue & Fundraising Committee.
Over the biennium, Michael will aim to set-up membership renewal forms with automatic renewal, give exclusive access for all Giving Program members with the National President and Chairman of Board of Trustees with an intimate town hall, implement other awards/benefits for Giving Program members, and create Fire-Psi-de for all members on financial related topics.
Greg Boike - Programs & Professional Development Director
Greg Boike (he/him) is a Life Member of the Kappa Mu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at the University of Georgia and an Honorary Brother of the Southeast District and National Chapter. He has served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2017, and is currently serving as the Programs and Professional Development Director. He has previously served terms as the AABOD Chair, LAA Director, and Outreach Director. Previously, Greg was the Chair of the Southeast District Alumni Association from 2015-2017 and helped to form the Kappa Mu Alumni Association. As an active Brother, he was appointed to serve as the Kappa Mu Chapter’s Ritual Chair and Parliamentarian, and was his chapter’s delegate to the 2013 National Convention in Springfield, Massachusetts. Greg is also an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma.
As the Programs and Professional Development Director, Greg is charged with overseeing our Building Bridges Building Brothers Professional Development Program, ensuring that high-quality programming is put forth by the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association, and leading the Programs & Professional Development committee. This committee is composed of the Mentorship and National Convention Planning subcommittees.
This biennium, Greg hopes to continue and expand our signature Fire-Ψ-de Chats, begin a shorter series of BOH Talks (like TED Talks), re-invigorate our Mentorship Program, and advance fraternal leadership development opportunities for our members. With the great work of our Programs & Professional Development Committee, he is sure that we'll accomplish these goals and top off the biennium with an exciting 2025 National Convention!
Dionicio Cardenas - Communications Director
Dionicio Cardenas (he/him), also known as Dino, was initiated in Spring 2013 into the Alpha Psi chapter at West Texas A&M University. During his time as an active brother, he served the chapter as their Historian, Ritual Officer, and Vice President for Membership. He also served as the Southwest District Member-at-Large from 2017-2018 and as the Chair of the National Communications Committee for the 2019-2021 biennium. As an alumni, he has served two terms as the SWDAA Communications Director.
As Communications Director, Dino is responsible for facilitating communication within the Alumni Association. To keep the members informed, he utilizes the KKPsiAA Instagram, Facebook, and Slack, as well as the publication of the Encore and blog posts (such as this one!). Additionally, he serves as the Chair of the National Alumni Association Communications Committee, which is composed of two subcommittees: The Encore (led by Mia Harvey) and an Archives & History Committee (led by Collin Alekson).
During this biennium, Dino hopes to work with our National Publications Manager, Thomas Bradford, to create a new logo for the Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Association, continue to improve the KKPsiAA Slack channel to keep our members informed, and keep our social media platforms updated. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Dino at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook Messenger.
Christopher Giles - Awards & Activities Director
Christopher Giles (he/him) was initiated into the Epsilon Chi Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at University of Arkansas at Pine in 1991 and became a Life Member in 1999. As an active, Christopher served as Secretary and Vice President for his chapter. As an alumni, Brother Giles helped to start the Gamma Omega Alumni Association, was the Alumni chapter Secretary, and served on the National Nominations Committee in 2019-2021 as well as the Southwest District Alumni Association Nomination Committee in 2021-2022. Christopher has been serving as the chair of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Kappa Kappa Psi Tau Beta Sigma Regional Alumni Association since it was established in April of 2019. Christopher was the AABOD Programs & Professional Development Director during the 2021-2023 biennium, and now proudly serves as the Awards and Activities Director.
As the Awards & Activities Director, Christopher is charged with arranging all presentations of awards and grants, acting as the contact point for all Award nominations. Additionally, Christopher leads the Awards and Activities Committee. This committee is composed of the Awards, Activities, Jazz Composition Competition, and Solo Competition subcommittees.
This biennium, Christopher will strive to make all brothers aware of awards and activities from recent graduates to our most seasoned brothers, as well as implement the jazz composition competition at the next National Convention.
Donald Lee - Music Outreach Director
Donald Lee (he/him) is a Fall 1992 initiate of the Zeta Eta Chapter at South Carolina State University where he served three terms as Chapter President and later returned as the Assistant Director of Bands and Chapter Sponsor. Additionally, he has served the Fraternity as a member of the National Hazing and Values Committee, Curriculum Advisor, member of the National Curriculum Development Committee, and founding Chair and now advisor to the DEIA Committee.
As Music Outreach Director, Donald’s job is to make contact and establish relationships with other music-based organizations and plan and implement fellowship ideas with those organizations. Donald is currently working on reaching out to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia about the possibility of a joint PMA/KKPsi Alumni Song, entertaining ideas for Month of Musicianship in November and Music in our Schools Month in March, and exploring the feasibility of a partnership with various state level Band Director’s Associations about Alumni participation at state and local marching and concert festivals. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for Music Outreach, do not hesitate to contact Donald at email@example.com.
As Music Outreach Director, Donald wishes to foster a stronger relationship between alumni Brothers and alumni Sinfonians through our shared medium: Music. In addition, he is launching an exploratory study to determine the feasibility of expanding the NIB to include a Jazz Ensemble to perform biennially at National Convention alongside the main NIB. “Strive For YOUR Highest As You Strive For THE Highest! YEZZIR!!!”
Eric Morson - National Board of Trustees Member (Ex-Officio)
Eric Morson (he/him) was initiated into the Delta Omicron Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at The University of Connecticut in 1987. He became a Life Member of KKPsi in 1990, an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma in 2004, a Life Member of Tau Beta Sigma in 2009, and is a Charter Member of KKPsiAA & TBSAA. He was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2013 and was honored with the Kappa Kappa Psi A. Frank Martin Award for Fraternity Service in 2014. Eric has served as the Board of Trustees Vice-Chair, as Board Liaison to the KKPsiAA Board of Directors, as National Vice-Chair and Finance Chair of the KKPsiAA Board of Directors, and on the former NAA Board of Directors as its National Membership Chair. He is proud to have created and overseen the launch of the Alumni Giving Program (AGP) and the Scott Stowell Alumni Excellence Award, and to have served as the first advisor under our new chapter chartering model.
As the Ex-Officio National Board of Trustees Member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Eric serves as a non-voting member of the AABOD. He is responsible for leading the 2025 AABOD Elections as well as ensuring that the AABOD is following the rules and vision of the current National Council.
Bang Co - National President (Ex-Officio)
Bang Co (he/him) is a proud alumnus and Life Member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter at Indiana University. Since his initiation in Spring 2012, he has had the honor of serving as Alpha Zeta Chapter President (2014-2016), North Central District President (2015-2016), North Central District Alumni Association Chair (2018-2019), National Vice President for Student Affairs (2019-2021), and National Vice President for Membership & Expansion (2021-2023). At the 2023 National Convention, he was elected National President for the 2023-2025 biennium. In this role, he also serves as an ex-officio role on the Board of Trustees and Alumni Association Board of Directors.
In the context of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Bang serves as a non-voting member. Within this biennium, Bang aims to partner with the AABOD to develop ways to actively engage with our alumni members through meaningful programming, worthwhile dialogue, and impactful philanthropy.