"Fueling the Light"
The Sigma Lambda Beta Education Foundation (SLBEF) is a 501(c)3 charitable and educational organization. Established in 2001, the Foundation is supported by tax-deductible donations and gifts from members and friends of Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity. It receives, manages and distributes endowment gifts, deferred gifts, annual gifts, and special gifts for the purpose of funding educational and leadership development programs
The Education Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees and initiatives are moved forward by multiple committees, all composed of Sigma Lambda Beta alumni. You can learn more here. Our executive office is located in North Liberty, IA.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Sam Centellas is an alum from the Epsilon Chapter at Western Michigan University. He holds a master’s degree in Education from Grand Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Western Michigan. He is currently the Executive Director at La Casa De Amistad in South Bend, Indiana.
Sam has held various fraternal leadership positions and is a former President of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. He serves as a general member on the Board of Trustees focusing primarily on fundraising activities and communications.
Caden Gillespie is an alumnus from the Chi Beta Chapter at Arizona State University. He holds a master's degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education, as well as two bachelor's degrees in Justice Studies and Political Science focusing on public policy. Currently, he is pursuing a second master's degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Finance.
Caden has held multiple fraternal and Greek positions including President of the Multicultural Greek Council at Arizona State University, Chair of the Judicial Board for the Chi Beta Chapter, and Assistant Regional Director of the Southwest Region. Prior to his selection as a Board of Trustee member, Caden served as a member of the Foundaiton’sTime, Talent, & Treasure (3Ts) committee.
Luis Suira is an alumni of the Rho Gamma Chapter at The University of Tampa. He holds a master's degree in Latin American and Border Studies from UTEP and a bachelor's degree in Government and World Affairs. He is currently a Program Officer for the El Paso Community Foundation in El Paso, TX.
Luis has held multiple fraternal roles, most notably assisting in the creation of the Paso del Norte Alumni Network, serving as its Executive Secretary, and serving on the Civic Engagement Committee nationally. Luis is a Brother who has dedicated himself to serving the Brotherhood to see it reach its full potential.
Manuel Trejo Jr. is an alumnus of the Epsilon Gamma Chapter at Prairie View A&M University. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Sam Houston State University, a master’s degree in Community Development and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Prairie View A&M University.
Manuel has held numerous board committee and advisory positions. Manuel hopes to provide an exceptional fundraising experience in an informal, inclusive and supportive atmosphere that specializes in client relationship management and community-based fundraising. He currently works at the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool in Austin, Texas, assigned to the Greater Houston Area and West Texas Region.
Michael Walker is an alumnus and founding member of the Saint Leo Colony at Saint Leo University. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Bachelor's degree in Economics. He is currently employed at MetLife to help automate the Tax Department.
Mike has held numerous positions in undergrad and as an alumnus. He served on the Finance Committee and presented at BetaCon and co-facilitated Leadership Instute. He is passionate about giving back to the brotherhood and uses his professional experiences to help the work along.
Anthony “Chacho” YBarra is an alumnus and Phoenix founder of the Phi Chapter at Kansas State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources, as well as a Master of Science in Counseling and Student Development. He is currently an Assistant Director at the Kansas State University Career Center, serving as a liaison to the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering.
Anthony has served in several fraternal leadership positions including District Governor/Regional Director for the Midwest Region, and two terms on the Executive Board of Directors from 2015-2018. He is currently serving as an advisor to the Phi Chapter.
Ricardo Zamudio is an alum from Alpha Chapter at the University of Iowa and is one of the original founders of Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Computer Science. He currently works for State Farm Insurance.
Ric has held various fraternal positions including President, Vice President of Programming and Finance. He was instrumental in establishing the Sigma Lambda Beta’s Education Foundation in 2002 and served as the Chair until 2009. He served as a general member on the Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2015, and once again took on the chair position in 2016.
This committee executes the SLBEF communications plan, enhancing our social media presence, and creatively sharing efforts of the Foundation. Board member Sam Centellas leads this committee.
Ismael Alvarez is an alumnus of the Lambda Beta Chapter at Sam Houston State University. He holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Military Science. He is currently working towards a Master’s of Science Criminal Justice Leadership & Management. In addition to serving as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, Bro. Ismael owns a multi-media creative space business.
This committee performs financial analysis for the Foundation and helps to shape our investment and finance-related policies. Board member Michael Walker leads this committee.
Daniel Navarro is an alumnus of the Zeta Beta Chapter at the University of Florida. Born and raised in south Florida, he holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition and a dual Masters in Health Services Administration and Public Health. Professionally, Daniel spent 12+ years in healthcare management and is currently responsible for the leadership, management and strategic development of a multispecialty Ambulatory Surgical Center in Doral Florida.
Daniel has served in multiple fraternal roles both at the undergraduate and graduate level including Chapter President, Regional Director, and founding New Membership Educator for the expansion at Florida International University.
This committee is focused on updating our current web presence, as well as providing ongoing support of the website. Board member Ricardo Zamudio leads this committee.
Rick Zamudio is an alumnus of the Alpha Chapter at the University of Iowa, where he served a year as Judicial Chancellor on the chapter’s Executive Board. He graduated with a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering, as well as minors in business, math, and computer science. He is currently employed at State Farm as a software developer.