A Tribute to
James R. Favor’s Legacy

Jim Favor is remembered for his loyalty to his companies, his clients, and his employees as well as for his professionalism, integrity, and philanthropy. After spending several years with a major insurance agency, in June, 1979, he founded James R. Favor and Company. Soon thereafter, he found his niche. He was a staunch supporter of fraternal organizations and soon dedicated himself to creating the first risk management and insurance program for college-based fraternities and sororities. Jim devoted the rest of his professional career to serving the insurance and risk management needs of his valued customers in the Greek community.The Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative (FHSI) is a tribute to continuing the legacy of his commitment to ensuring the longevity of the fraternal movement, and his lifelong passion for helping to protect the interests of his clients. The FHSI Consortium represents the first time a group of fraternal organizations has come together to tackle the most pressing social issues facing college campuses today; and, it is a testament to Jim’s service that all eight international and national fraternity member clients made this commitment.

 

 

Susie Bruce, M.Ed.

Susan Bruce is director of the University of Virginia’s Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. She has over 20 years of experience in collegiate health promotion and has expertise in the social norms approach, peer education and curriculum infusion strategies. She leads the national Gordie’s Call campaign to prevent alcohol abuse and hazing and the NCAA-funded APPLE conferences:  the leading national training symposiums dedicated to substance abuse prevention and health promotion for student-athletes and athletics department administrators. Her research interests include examining the efficacy of electronically-delivered, personalized normative feedback and reducing celebratory drinking consequences through social marketing campaigns. She serves on the national STEP UP! Bystander Intervention Training Advisory Board.

Susan earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Master of Education in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia.

Justin Buck, MBA

Appointed on April 1, 2009, Justin Buck serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and affiliated corporate entities.  He oversees the operations of the organizations, supervises the Fraternity’s services, recruitment and promotions, and manages PIKE University. Prior to his appointment, Justin served as executive director, director of real estate, expansion coordinator and as a chapter consultant.  He is a member of the President’s Council and the Foundation’s Sabre & Key Society. Under his leadership, Pi Kappa Alpha became a national sponsor of HazingPrevention.org, a national organization dedicated to its mission of empowering people to prevent hazing in college and university student groups.

Buck completed his undergraduate work at Southeast Missouri State University in December 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a major in finance.  Following his initial time on staff, Justin went on to receive his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis is finance from the University of Miami.

Bridget Guernsey Riordan, Ph.D.

Dr. Bridget Guernsey Riordan is the  Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations, Parent & Family Programs for Campus Life. She collaborates with Campus Life units and university colleagues to engage alumni and families in the life of the university. Prior to this position, she served Emory in a number of positions including Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities. Bridget has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Higher Education program at Georgia State University. Prior to her positions at Emory, Dr. Riordan worked in various student affairs positions at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Pittsburgh and served as a National Collegiate Field Advisor for Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity. In professional associations, Dr. Riordan served as the President of the Association of Fraternity Advisors (AFA) and has been on the Region III board for NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). Her areas of research and publications have included alcohol education, Greek letter organizations, and relationship health.

Bridget received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University, her Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Higher Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

Mike Hargis, B.A.

Mike Hargis is Vice President for the Greater Nashville Area at Arthur J. Gallagher and Company (AJG), an international insurance brokerage and risk management services firm. Mike’s primary duties include serving as a producer and account director for several of the top 25 revenue producing accounts in Nashville AJG office. A large percentage of daily service encompasses consultative services and monitoring, international and / or alternative risk approach issues, all focused on accomplishing my clients objectives. He has managed and implemented successful cost effective and economic alternatives, resulting in a positive financial impact for my client’s bottom line profitability. He has also worked extensively with Gallagher International and other nation AJG offices and personnel to accomplish his client’s objectives and goals as well as serve as a resource to others in office and nationally for AJG.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Business from the University of Kansas. He has more than 30 years of experience in the risk management industry.

John Schwartz, J.D.

John Schwartz serves as a Senior Risk Management Consultant at United Educators Insurance Reciprocal Risk Retention Group (UE), a licensed insurance company owned and governed by 1,200 member colleges, universities, independent schools, public school districts, public school insurance pools, and related organizations throughout the United States. John works primarily with colleges, universities, and large research institutions.  John is also responsible for UE’s risk management orientation process for all new members. Prior to joining UE in 2004, Schwartz held administrative positions at three public universities: the University of Kansas, as an Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs; Texas A&M University, where he coordinated the Student and Academic Affairs risk management program; and Iowa State University, where he helped lead the Office of Risk Management and coordinated the workers’ compensation program.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Kansas. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Jeremiah Shinn, Ph.D.

Jeremiah serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Life at Boise State University.  Prior to his time in Boise, he served in various capacities at both Eastern Michigan University and Indiana University.   He has served in a number of roles dedicated to improving the college student experience through fraternities and sororities, including 7 years on the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) Board, 2013 AFA President,  Board Member for the Center for the Study of the College Fraternity (CSCF), the Delta Upsilon President’s Task Force, NASPA Region IV-E Fraternity/Sorority Knowledge Community Chair, Interfraternity Institute (IFI) Associate Director and Co-Director and as a facilitator for scores of undergraduate fraternity/sorority leadership programs.  In addition to his fraternity/sorority involvement, Jeremiah is active in both his local and professional communities. He was recently appointed to the Idaho Make-A-Wish Foundation board and was recognized in 2014 as “Accomplished Under 40” by the Idaho Business Review.

Jeremiah is a graduate of Arkansas Tech University, the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, Jeremiah holds a B.S. in Natural Science, an M.A. in Higher Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.

Mary E. Wilfert, M.Ed.

Mary Wilfert is Associate Director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute. She has administered the NCAA drug-education and drug-testing programs since 1999 and has worked to promote policies and develop resources for student-athlete healthy life choices.  She serves as primary liaison to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the Association-wide committee charged with providing leadership on health and safety recommendations to the NCAA membership.  Mary has worked in the health education field for more than 30 years to empower individuals to make informed choices for lifelong health and success.

Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree in in Health Education from the University of Dayton and her Master of Education degree in Community Health Education from the University of Cincinnati.

Dave Westol, J.D.

Dave Westol is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Limberlost Consulting, a consulting group that works with campuses, headquarters, chapters, groups, teams, alumnae and alumni corporations and boards of directors at all levels to provide strategic planning, governance, document review and presentations on a variety of topics. Dave first served as a regional volunteer and a national officer for his fraternity, Theta Chi.  He then served for 18 years as Theta Chi’s CEO.  He also has a background in higher education having served as an assistant director of student activities and advisor to fraternities at MSU while attending law school.  Dave served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Kalamazoo County, Michigan for nine years before becoming CEO of his fraternity.  He served as President of the Fraternity Executives Association from 2002-2003 and has served or continues to serve on the boards of directors for FIPG (Fraternal Information and Programming Group), HazingPrevention.org, Gamma Sigma Alpha, the North American Interfraternal Foundation and the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV). He has received numerous honors from both men’s and women’s fraternal organizations and professional associations.

Dave is an alumnus of Michigan State University and the Detroit College of Law. Dave is licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Bar.  He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and received Certified Association Executive status in 1997.

Consultant Staff Members

Suzette Walden Cole, M.Ed.

Suzette Walden Cole was recently appointed the Lead Consultant for the Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative (FHSI). Prior to her appointment, she served as the supporting consultant and lead author for two of the program module areas. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Initiative, client support, updating the curriculum, and ensuring the efficacy of the programs through ongoing assessment efforts. Suzette worked for ten years at Illinois State University; the last four of which she served as Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.  She was instrumental in overhauling Illinois State’s student organization conduct process, now a premiere model in the field. She is a past faculty member for the Student Organization Institute, and serves as a full-time consultant, trainer and speaker on related topics at regional/national conferences, inter/national organization trainings and colleges/universities. As a risk management consultant, Suzette seeks to help others realize their potential—speaking, consulting and presenting to colleges, fraternal organizations and students across the country.

Suzette is a doctoral candidate in the Education Administration and Foundations at Illinois State University, studying the factors that contribute to the development of culture in student groups, student organization conduct and accountability processes, and effective strategies for cultivating change within student groups. Suzette earned her Master of Education degree in College Student Personnel Administration with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Mercer University in Macon, GA.

Drew Hunter, MPA

Drew Hunter serves as the Support Consultant for the Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative (FHSI) assisting with client support, special projects and ongoing initiative efforts. From April 2013 through August 2014 Drew served as the Project Manager for the Initiative, during which time he was instrumental for establishing the consortium and educational modules. Drew retired after more than a 25 year career with The BACCHUS Network an association of peer to peer health education programs active on several hundred college campuses. He is an expert in college health and safety programming and has an extensive background in fraternity management. Additionally, he is the immediate International Past President for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. The benefits of his work has resulted in recognition by both the North American Interfraternity Conference and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.

Drew holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Denver and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado.

 

Advisory Panel & Consultant Staff

Advisory Panel

The Advisory Panel is composed of experts in higher education, health education, fraternity management and risk prevention who have examined and approved the program content and processes. We are grateful to the industry professionals who provided initial guidance to, and support of the vision for the Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative.

We are proud our programming has been endorsed by the following:

 

James R. Favor & Company

Insurance Brokers and Risk Management Consultants

14466 East Evans Avenue

Aurora, CO 80014-1409

(800) 344-7335

(303) 750-1122

FAX (303) 745-8669

FHSI@jrfco.com

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