The Kappa Sigma Educational Foundation of Arizona oversees the financial support of leadership and scholarship support. If you are interested in serving on our board, contact Pete Parker, board president by email.
Pete Parker ' 88 - President
As a native of North Hollywood, California, Pete has spent his entire career in the non-profit sector. Though he graduated from the Race Track Industry Program (studying horse and dog racing), he opted to follow his newly found passion. Serving the non-profit sector for 30-plus years, Pete has impacted hundreds of charitable organizations by providing board development, public awareness, and fundraising solutions. He recently made a life change and moved to the beach in Ventura, California after living in Reno, Nevada for 26 years. He finds himself as the Executive Director for the Oxnard College Foundation. He remains active with other non-profit organizations, such as Pathways to Aviation, F C Cancer Foundation (aka Fxck Cancer), My Hometown Heroes (cancer scholarships), Circle of Change Leadership Foundation, and others. He's still involved with Fraternity Management Group and is House Corporation president and former Alumnus Advisor for Tau-Gamma (Nevada), where he received the University of Nevada’s Alumnus Advisor of the Year Award at both the 2014 and 2015 Greek Balls. He's also a recipient of the YPN/RGJ Twenty Under 40 Award, as well as the Most Influential Community Leader of Reno/Tahoe. What he treasures most is spending time with his wife and children, going to the beach, running and cycling, cheering on his Wildcats, watching horse racing, and volunteering.
Matt Noble ’84 – Vice President
Matt Noble is a 1984 initiate of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Arizona. He 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.
Pat Murphy ’65 –Co-Treasurer/Investment Committee
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 Housing Corporation from 1990-2019. 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 and four grandchildren. Pat is a chapter Hall of Fame inductee and past Man of the Year.
Eric Manese ’87 - Co-Treasurer/Legacy Giving Committee
Initiated in 1987 into the Gamma Rho Chapter of Kappa Sigma at the University of Arizona, Eric has served as Grand Master of Ceremonies at the Chapter along with positions on the Interfraternity Council while an undergraduate. A graduate of the Eller College of Business with a degree in finance, Eric has had a career in financial services in the capacity of a registered investment advisor for over twenty years with companies such as American Express and A.G. Edwards & Sons Investments before having his own investment firm and later becoming internal to a Texas-based family office. Eric has served on a number of non-profit boards including the Sharp HealthCare Foundation, the Glenner Alzheimer’s Family Centers and is currently the President of Rancho Santa Fe based Future Legends Scholarship & Mentorship program. Eric is a past Gamma Rho Hall of Fame Inductee and remains a current sitting Member on the Eller College National Board of Advisors.
Ryan Anderson '94 - Secretary
Mr. Anderson is an attorney admitted to practice in Arizona and California and sole shareholder of Guttilla Murphy Anderson P.C. located in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Anderson is an accomplished litigator who has represented numerous federal and state receivers including the Receiver of the Colorado City Unified School District and Receivers of Ponzi investment schemes. Mr. Anderson’s practice also includes the representation of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees in all phases of administration of Bankruptcy cases.
Chris Bergen ’03 - Scholarship Committee
Chris Bergen, a proud Wildcat from the University of Arizona class of 2006, co-founded Core 3 Technologies in 2009 and later, Equal Optics in 2012, marking significant milestones in his tech entrepreneurship journey. Beyond his businesses, he sat as the Chairman of the Counterfeit Committee for UNEDA for a decade, underscoring his commitment to product authenticity. Loyal and fun-loving, Chris's achievements were highlighted when he secured a spot on OC Metro's "40 Under 40" list in 2013. He was further honored with an induction into the Gamma-Rho Chapter of Kappa Sigma's Hall of Fame in 2018. Currently residing in Newport Beach, CA, with his cherished wife Heather and son Miles, this vibrant fraternity alumnus continues to uphold the Wildcat spirit and values.
Paul Clapp ’02 - Scholarship Committee
Paul Clapp is a 2004 Graduate of John Carroll University where he was a founding father of the Xi-Tau Chapter of Kappa Sigma in 2002. After graduation, he moved to Tucson and became the Alumnus Advisor and live in advisor for Gamma-Rho from 2004-2005. Since that time, he has remained active with the alumni, and is a part of the Chapter’s Century Club. Paul Currently leads the State, Local and Education Sales (SLED) efforts for the Western half of the US for Iron Mountain Inc. Iron Mountain is the global leader for storage and information management services. In addition to specializing in Government Solutions, Paul also has a focus on software sales stemming from his time at Hyland Software, the developer of the Enterprise Content Management software OnBase. Paul and his wife, Maggie O’Neill, live in Cleveland, Ohio with their two daughters (Raegan & Brett) and have been married since 2015.
Michael McCoy '95 - Scholarship Committee
Mike was initiated into the Gamma-Rho chapter in January 1995. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1998 and completed his law degree there in 2001. During his time as an undergrad, he served as Scholarship Chair and as Grand Treasurer. He was also involved on campus, including with ASUA. Mike is currently the Chief Legal Officer of Avnet, Inc., which is a global technology distributor and solutions provider with approximately $20 billion in annual revenue. While with Avnet he lived in Brussels for 3 years serving as the lead lawyer for its international business. Mike previously worked at two large international law firms and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He and his wife Laura have three kids: Alex; Morgan; and Ryan.
Nick Maccarone '13 - Scholarship 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 - Scholarship 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.
Matt Stagg '14 - Scholarship Committee
Matt Stagg is a 2014 initiate of the Beta-Lambda Chapter of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Georgia. He is a Refounding Father of the chapter and contributed to efforts to regain both the charter and house rights on the UGA campus while playing football as a walk-on linebacker for the UGA Bulldogs. He majored in Biochemistry and Cellular & Molecular Biology while at UGA, a focus he continued after transferring to the University of Arizona in 2015 to continue pursuing his collegiate football career. He reaffiliated with the Gamma Rho Chapter at UA in 2015, and he enjoyed serving as Chapter Guard and Risk Management Chair until he graduated in 2017. He then worked for 1 year as a medical assistant in Macon, GA before transitioning into a Population Health Manager role with a federally-qualified health center in Albany, GA from 2018 to 2019. In 2019, he began medical school at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA. He completed his medical education in May of 2023, and he began his Internal Medicine residency training in Washington, DC at Georgetown University Hospital in June ’23. He enjoys several hobbies including boxing, weightlifting, music and guitar, and cooking with his fiancée and classmate, Lavannya Atri, who is also currently completing her Internal Medicine residency training at Georgetown.
Joshua Surridge ’00 - Strategic Planning Committee
Joshua Surridge is a 2000 initiate of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Arizona. As an undergraduate he served as Grand Procurator of the Gamma-Rho chapter, president of the Interfraternity Council, vice president of Arizona Allegiance (Traditions), and as an Arizona Ambassador. He is honored to be a past Matthew Whaley Scholarship winner. Josh is the global web manager for NCX, a climate tech startup that is democratizing access to natural capital markets by using science, technology, and economics to precisely measure and value forests beyond timber production, including carbon sequestration, biodiversity offsets, wildfire mitigation offsets, and more. Josh is a former NCAA baseball umpire working in the Pac-12 and WAC, a multi-million dollar producing real estate agent, and an Eagle Scout. His diverse interests have led him to be an early marketing hire for Red Bull Energy Drink during their North America expansion, the first digital marketing leader for iconic wellness brand Canyon Ranch as the company expanded internationally, and the co-creator of Champagne, Caviar, & Content: Approaching Content Marketing for Luxury Brands, a syndicated webinar series and featured talk at national marketing conferences. He served on the international board of directors for Camp To Belong, a non-profit organization reuniting siblings separated in foster care through summer camp in 13 states across the United States and Australia. He and his family are volunteers for Friends of the Santa Cruz River. A native of Olympia, Washington, today Josh calls Marana, Arizona home with his wife and three sons. They enjoy hiking, traveling, cooking Latin-inspired vegan food, reading, and closely following the Cats.
Peter Wand ’01 - Legacy Giving Committee
Aaron Young ‘96 - Scholarship Committee
Aaron Young graduated from the University of Arizona College of Science in 1999 with a degree in Biochemistry. As an undergraduate Aaron served the Gamma-Rho chapter as Pledge Educator. He was also involved in many other campus activities, serving as an Arizona Ambassador, Family Weekend chairman, Resident Assistant, ASUA Student Senator, and Varsity Cheerleader. After graduation Aaron began his career in medical sales and marketing which has now spanned two decades. He is currently a Strategic Account Manager for Stryker. Aaron and his wife Tina live in Ft Worth, Texas with their two daughters, Scarlett and Emma. Family life is busy but in his spare time Aaron enjoys cycling, hiking and traveling.