Theta Xi Educational

Foundation of Pittsburgh

Established in 1955 with a broad purpose: United in Service to our Chapters, Colleges, Communities, and Country


The Theta Xi Educational Foundation of Pittsburgh is a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Organization under the leadership of thirty alumni volunteers committed to supporting the educational needs of students in Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding community.

Executive Board Members

Ronald Shidemantle, Beta Upsilon 173 - President/Chairman
Brother Shidemantle is a past Chapter President at Slippery Rock University, and has served as a past member of the Grand Lodge of Theta Xi National Fraternity. Ron served for many years as the Allegheny Regional Director where he received five Regional Director of the Year Awards. Ron is currently the Dean of Students at SUNY Jefferson in Watertown, New York, where he provides oversight and guidance to the campus student affairs program. During President Shidemantle's tenure, the Elmer Kaelin Scholarship was established, annual 6294 events have occurred, foundation property has been renovated, the investments and endowment funds from alumni donations have increased, and alumni participation in the Pittsburgh Foundation has reached new levels of engagement.

Michael Liptak, Kappa Alpha 183 - Vice President
Brother Liptak is a past Kappa Alpha Chapter Executive Officer and current member of the Alumni Association. Mike is a Registered Representative with Securities America, Inc. Brother Liptak currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and currently serves as the Chairman of the Foundation Investment and Oversight Committee.
Dr. John Shepherd, Pi 779 - Treasurer
Brother Shepherd is a past Pi Chapter Executive Officer, has a long record of service on the Theta Xi Foundation of Pittsburgh, and serves as Treasurer of the Theta Xi Club of Pittsburgh. Dr. Shepherd currently serves as Associate Professor and Chairman of the Journalism and Multimedia Arts Department at Duquesne University, and resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Jim Fantone, BO 200- Secretary
Bio coming soon.
Kevin Bussey, Beta Omicron 317 - Executive Officer
Brother Bussey is a past Chapter President & current President of the Beta Omicron Alumni Association Advisory Board. Kevin is a member of the Management Team at Allied Barton Security Company. Brother Bussey currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Vito Cedro III, Pi 795 - Executive Officer
Brother Cedro is a past Pi Chapter President, who has been a Chapter Representative on the CMU Greek Council, a long-time member of the Theta Xi Educational Foundation of Pittsburgh Board of Directors, and in that capacity is currently serving as the Pi Endowment Fund Advisor for the Pi Chapter Trust held at CMU. Vito is the past Vice President of Engineering of Alcoa World Alumina, Atlantic Division, and is a resident of Export, Pennsylvania.
Frank Hynds, Beta Kappa 14 - Executive Officer
Walter MacFann, Beta Sigma 332 - Executive Officer
Brother MacFann is past Executive Officer of the Beta Sigma Chapter. An active Board Member of the Beta Sigma Alumni Advisory Board, Brother MacFann lives near the Chapter house and is a long standing volunteer of the Chapter. Walt is a Partner at Tri County Realty Associates in Daisytown, Pennsylvania.
Daniel Leech, - Executive Officer
Brother Leech is a past Chapter President of Beta Omicron Chapter, and member of the Beta Omicron Alumni Association. Dan is currently on staff at Siemens Energy Corporation in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, and is a long-time resident of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Jesse W. Whitlow, Pi 771 - Executive Officer
Brother Whitlow is a long and dedicated alumni volunteer of the fraternity, having served for many years as the Pi Chapter Advisor, past President of the Theta Xi Club of Pittsburgh, and long-time member of the Theta Xi Educational Foundation of Pittsburgh Board of Directors. Jesse is a past Fellow Engineer at Bechtel Bettis, Incorporated and is a resident of South Park Township, Pennsylvania.

General Board Members

Jack Casaro, Beta Omicron 4
Vito Cedro IV, Beta Omicron 446
Nathan Chase, Kappa Tau 696
LaMont Coleman, Beta Sigma 318
Brett Covert, Kappa Tau 710
Donald Green, Kappa Tau 192
Scott Green, Kappa Tau 715
Dr. Mike Guido, Pi 862
Ron Keyes, Beta Omicron 302
Justin Matesic, Beta Sigma 484
Anthony Mauro, Beta Sigma 372
Justin McAtee, Kappa Tau 820
Rich Mihalic, Beta Omicron 133
Stan Noszka, Kappa Alpha 156
Butch Ramsey, Beta Sigma 254
Larry Sebek, Beta Sigma 315
Bernie Tunno, Kappa Alpha 129
Justin Van Slyke, Kamma Gamma 447
Brad Walker, Beta Upsilon 2
Bernie Weaver, Lambda 716

Darren Burns, Beta Sigma 579 – Student Representative

Emeritus Members

Otto Richter
Brother Richter was a Founding Father of Pi Chapter, and is responsible for making the original bequest of funds that established the Educational Foundation. A self made millionaire, Brother Richter was a life-long loyal Theta Xi who gave countless hours and service to the betterment of his beloved Theta Xi Fraternity.

Elmer B. Kaelin
Brother Kaelin served with outstanding and infamous distinction for much of the history of the Foundation in top leadership roles, and was instrumental in establishing numerous Chapters throughout the Allegheny District of Theta Xi. Brother Kaelin was granted membership in the Order of the Unicorn, Theta Xi’s highest honor, in 1995. Elmer was without question, one of the most loyal and dedicated of Brothers the Allegheny District has ever produced.

L. Philo Maier
Brother Maier served for many years as an active alumni leader in the Allegheny Region, and was instrumental in the establishment of our Educational Foundation. Brother Maier was selected as the first ever Director Emeritus for his service and positive impact on behalf of countless generations of undergraduate and alumni members in the District.

Adrian Medert
Brother Medert served as Foundation President for many years, particularly in the early development of the Educational Foundation. An outstanding legal mind, Brother Medert was instrumental in many projects and programs that provided for outstanding living and learning Theta Xi residential communities throughout the 1960’s & 1970’s.



Allegheny Chapters

The Theta Xi Fraternity is broken down into 8 districts. The Theta Xi Educational Foundation of Pittsburgh dedicates itself to all the chapters in the Allegheny District... List of Chapters.


Beta Omicron Alumni Association Advisory Board

Kevin Bussey, President
Jack Casaro, Executive Officer
Rich Mihalic, Executive Officer
Jim Powney, Executive Officer
Dan Leech, Chapter Advisor
Chad Thomas, Campus Advisor

Beta Sigma Alumni Association Advisory Board

JC Rodriguez, President
Tim Urda, Executive Officer
Butch Ramsey, Executive Officer
Walt MacFann. Executive Officer
Jamison Roth, Executive Officer
Harry Roth, Executive Officer
Serno Beneccio, General Advisor
Lamont Coleman, Chapter Advisor

Kappa Tau Alumni Association Advisory Board

Ian Pellerin, President
Ryan Thorn, Vice President
John Waltz, Secretary
Elmer Sobansky, Treasurer
Justin Ramzy, Executive Member
Andrew VanCamp , Chapter Advisor
John Waltz, Faculty Advisor