Meet Our Educational Foundation

Our educational foundation meets 2-3 times per year in Tucson. If you are interested in serving on our board, please email Matt Noble or call 520-990-3250.

Education Foundation

John Turner ’70 – President
John is a 1974 graduate of University of Arizona with a BA in government and 1977 graduate of University of San Diego Law School. Member of the Arizona and California bar. Founder and President of Turner & Maasch Inc. in San Diego, California. The firm practices in the areas of real property, business, and construction. Mr. Turner is a certified arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association, the Superior Court of San Diego County, and the United States Southern District Bankruptcy Court. He has been a continuing education lecturer on real estate, construction and litigation issues. His civic activities include the Principal’s Advisory Committee at Sacred Heart Academy, Board of Directors Peninsula Youth Softball Association, and volunteer softball, volleyball and basketball coach. He is a former member of the Peninsula local planning board and has been active in fundraising for the YMCA. John is a 1969 initiate of the Gamma-Rho Chapter of Kappa Sigma, where he served as Grand Master for two years. While at the University of Arizona Mr. Turner was a member of the Traditions Committee, an advertising salesman for the Arizona Daily Wildcat, Vice President of the Interfraternity Council, and a member of the senior men’s honorary Bobcats. He is currently a member of the Gamma Rho House Corporation Board of Directors and President of the Educational Foundation. John is a past Hall of Fame inductee and Man of the Year for Gamma-Rho.

Matt Noble ’84 – Vice President
Matt Noble is a 1984 initiate of our chapter and a 1986 graduate of the UA Eller School of Business with a major in Marketing. As an undergraduate Matt served the chapter as Alumni Relations Chair, Little Sister Chair, and Vice President. He worked for the UA Athletic Department after graduation in the areas of Fund Development & Marketing before founding Fraternity Management Group (FMG) in 1989. FMG focuses on alumni/parent relations and fundraising for fraternities & sororities nationwide. He serves our Foundation as Vice President and our Alumni Association/Housing Corporation as the chair of our Alumni Relations committee. Matt chairs several local community boards, including: GreekCats, HABBJACH/Dollars For Scholars, & Ironwood Ridge Baseball Boosters Group. He and wife Risa, a 1988 graduate, live in Oro Valley, and have one son, Austin. Matt is a chapter Hall of Fame inductee and past Man of the Year.

Eric Vorrie ’94 – Secretary
Eric was initiated into the Gamma-Rho chapter of Kappa Sigma in 1994 and completed his undergraduate degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. Eric also has an MS in Information Assurance from Norwich University and an MBA from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. He will complete an MA in International Security from the University of Arizona next year. Eric is in Information Assurance with the Global Security Services division under Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. Eric keeps busy with his son Will, newborn daughter Olivia and his wife Suzanne.

Pat Murphy ’65 – Treasurer
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. When not practicing law or serving the as president of the House Corporation and treasurer of the Educational Foundation, he and his wife Susie enjoy traveling and spending time with their three children & three grandchildren. Pat is a chapter Hall of Fame inductee and past Man of the Year.

George Jenson ’82 – Asst. Treasurer
As a Gamma-Rho undergraduate, George Jenson ’82 was Pledge Educator, Grand Master of Ceremonies, and Grand Treasurer as well as being deeply involved in the student concert program. He graduated in 1987 with a BS in Business Administration, several years later he moved into the chapter house and served as live-in advisor from 1990-1997. During that time and since he served Kappa Sigma internationally in alcohol & drug education and membership development, including significant travel to many chapters in the U.S. and Canada for speaking and leadership training. He was also a partner in Fraternity Management Group from 1990-2001, devoting his professional life to not only helping other fraternity chapters across the country develop their alumni and raise money, but doing the same for Gamma-Rho in order to build the house on 1st Street. He is presently a custom software designer, part-time real estate broker, part-time real estate instructor, and owner of a small amusement vending business (pool tables, jukeboxes, etc.) His passions include scuba (he taught diving for 18 years), flying (he owns a small aerobatic trainer and is building another airplane in his garage), travel, and sailing. He is married to Jennifer Casteix who teaches for the Uof A Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences Department. They live five blocks west of campus. George is a chapter Hall of Fame inductee and past Man of the Year.

Steve Dean ’84 – Scholarship Committee
A Spring 1984 initiate, Steve graduated from the U of A in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, followed by a Master’s degree from the University of Washington. Steve is currently Executive VP and Chief Credit Officer of Western Alliance Bank, a community banking affiliate of Arizona-based Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL). Living in Tucson and married to Patti, Steve has three children and enjoys coaching his daughter’s fastpitch softball team. Steve is a chapter Hall of Fame inductee and past Man of the Year.

Jeffrey Klinger ’94 – Scholarship Committee
Jeff was initiated into the Gamma-Rho chapter in 1994. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Entrepreneurship in 1997. Jeff has been a director in the Private Bank of Credit Suisse since 2008. Previously, he worked for nearly a decade at Lehman Brothers. Jeff currently lives in Tiburon, California with his wife Kris and their two children, Brooke and Chase. In his free time he enjoys skiing, tennis and cycling. Jeff is also an avid wine collector.

Branden Lombardi ’01 – Scholarship Committee
Branden Lombardi has been quite busy during his early life. Since being diagnosed with metastatic Bone Cancer (Osteogenic Sarcoma) at aged Seventeen, Branden has founded and still runs The Branden Lombardi Foundation, a Phoenix, Arizona based non-profit organization focused on its mission of “Improving the quality of life for cancer patients today”. Since 2000 the Foundation has held more than a dozen major fundraising events, raising more than $500,000 for the projects of the Foundation, including its most recent project, “Whatever It Takes,” a young adult survivorship program focused on cancer patients and survivors aged 21-39. Branden was awarded the 2007 Hon Kachina Volunteer Award from the St. Lukes Health Initiative for his work in the cancer community, and also speaks on a regular basis on behalf of United Blood Services, promoting the importance of blood donation.

Branden holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Arizona State University, where he finished his education after beginning his education at the University of Arizona. From 2004-2011 Branden worked in the commercial real estate industry, working on large scale transactions for master planned community development and sourcing debt and equity for real estate development across the country as part of the Land Advisors Organization/Land Advisors Capital. Branden left the business world to pursue a lifelong dream; his law degree and begins law school in fall 2012. Most importantly Branden is now a long-term survivor of his cancer and the father of daughter, Sophia, whom he absolutely adores. Branden is a chapter Hall of Fame inductee.

Carl Russell ’59 – Recognition Committee
Carl is a 1959 initiate of Gama-Rho. He majored in BPA -Economics. He was the owner of Russell Farms until he sold it in 2004. He currently spends his time managing his real estate investments in Tucson, El Paso and Erie, Penn. He is active in the Boy Scouts at Council level. He is also active in his El Paso Rotary club where he is Assistant Governor. He was named Rotarian of the Year by his club in 2011. He has six children and twelve grand-children. Carl is a chapter Hall of Fame inductee and past Man of the Year.