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Every two years, active members of the Valley Of The Sun Alumni Club elect 16 club officers in April to serve two-year terms. Terms run from May 1st to May 1st. There are numerous opportunities to lead and help the fraternity and the alumni club outside being elected officials. Everyone is encouraged to participate and help out where they can. 

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Ashton Faires

Ashton graduated from Wichita State University in 1999. He served as Phikeia Trainer, Vice President, and President of Kansas Delta. He was an Infantry NCO in the US Army. He received his MBA from ASU in 2009. Currently, he is a Regional Director of Sales for a privately held software company and runs his own growing real estate business. He is married with four kids between the ages of 16 and 13. This is Ashton's second term as the club's President.

Jason Nolander

Jason joined Phi Delta Theta at the University of Minnesota. He transferred to the University of Arizona (Arizona Alpha) and graduated in 1985. Jason served as IFC Representative and Scholarship Chairman. Jason has served as the Valley of the Sun Alumni Club's treasurer for several terms. In his career in financial services, he has worked on payment networks & processing. Jason has held various roles on product and network launches, including in the U.S. and internationally. Jason is married and has two daughters living in the Phoenix area.

Vianney Careaga
Vice President

Vianney Careaga graduated from The University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Law and Public Policy and a minor in Philosophy. Vianney was heavily involved with the Arizona Alpha chapter. He served Arizona Alpha as Alumni Secretary, Awards Officer, Chaplain, Scholarship Chairman, President, and Warden. While serving as Chapter President, Vianney was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to serve on the Arizona Board of Regents as the Student Regent for the 2016-2018 Term. After graduating from The University of Arizona in 2018, Vianney relocated to Phoenix, AZ, to pursue a Master of Legal Studies at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. He subsequently graduated with his graduate degree in August 2019. 

Jeff Lister


Greyson Geiler
Philanthropy Chair

Greyson Geiler was born and raised in Omaha, NE. He pledged the Nebraska Alpha chapter of Phi Delta Theta in the fall of ’89, was activated in 1990, and held many offices in the Fraternity during his college experience, including Philanthropy Chair and Vice President. He now lives in Scottsdale, AZ, and does wealth management for his clients. From mid-2014 to the end of 2017, Greyson served on the ALS Association Arizona Chapter Board. He is now the Treasurer of the Live Like Lou Foundation – an association dedicated to helping families of those afflicted with ALS and providing funding for ALS research.

Stephen Petross


Mark Garlieb
Public Relations

Mark graduated from the University of Illinois in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Marketing. He was a member of Illinois Eta, initiated in 1975, and held the positions of Scholastic Chairman and IM Chairman. After graduation, he embarked on a 27-year career with Frito-Lay/Pepsico, retiring as the Region VP of Frito-Lay's Mountain Region. He currently lives in the Phoenix area. In addition to the Valley of The Sun Alumni Club, Mark serves on several Boards, including Jobs For Arizona's Graduates, The AZ Sports and Entertainment Commission, and The Maricopa County Sheriff's Advisory Council and Memorial Fund.

Lance Harmon
Social Chairman


Steve Sloboda
AZ Beta Liason

Steve graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1996. He served as Secretary, Alumni Chair, Fundraising Chair, and IFC Representative. He currently works as a Large Loss Territory Claims Manager for Farmers Insurance. Steve is married 20 years to his college sweetheart, Kristin, and together they have a twelve year old son and a future Legacy Phi. 

Russ Gillard
GHQ Liason

Russ was initiated into Phi Delta Theta by the brothers of Michigan Delta at what is now known as Kettering University. He immediately became the “Pledgemaster” and went on to become the chapter president. Upon graduating, he was elected to chair the Alpha Delta Housing corporation board for several years. After being transferred from Flint, Michigan, to help manage the GM Desert Proving Ground operations in Mesa, AZ, Russ joined with brother Don Thompson to start The Valley of the Sun Alumni Club. He also served as the Chapter Advisory Board Chair for the AZ Gamma chapter at Northern Arizona University before being selected by the General Council to become the president of the Omega West Province, with chapters in Arizona and Nevada.  Now a Golden Legionnaire, Russ is still Proud to be a Phi.

Don Thompson

Don graduated from Shelbyville High School (Indiana) , and attended Butler University (Indiana Gamma) where he was initiated into Phi Delta Theta. Don served as Chaplain and Treasurer in his chapter and played tennis at Butler. After graduation, Don taught in the Indianapolis Public Schools and Pike MSD Township. Later Don was on the national staff of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In Indiana, Don also officiated IHSAA basketball and worked in five state tournaments.  

Don taught in the Mesa Public Schools (Westwood High School) in 1984 and retired in 2004. He then worked for Aflac Insurance Company.  Don helped found the Valley of the Sun Alumni Club in 1985 and has continued his support with the alumni club over the following decades.  

Joe Johnston
Member at Large

Joe joined Phi Delta Theta with Arizona Beta at Arizona State University and graduated in 1964. Through his working years as an accredited Human Resources professional, Joe also served in volunteer roles as the CCAB of Arizona Beta and Arizona Gamma and as past President of the Valley of the Sun Alumni Club. Joe is a Golden Legionnaire and True Blue member who is Proud to be a Phi. 

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