THE FOUNDATION

"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.

The Board of Trustees is proud to make available the 2020 Annual Report.

Click here to view past reports

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

SAM CENTELLAS

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Trustee - Fundraising & Communication Initiatives

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

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Trustee - 3Ts Initiatives

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.

ROY SALCEDO

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Trustee - Scholarships

Roy Salcedo is an alumnus and founding member of the Omicron Chapter at Iowa State University of Science and Technology. He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Sciences, Humanities, and Foreign Languages, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish (Literature and Culture). He currently works at The University of Iowa Center for Student Involvement & Leadership.

Roy has served in several fraternal leadership positions including Vice President of Academics from 2002 to 2006, and he is currently responsible for scholarships.

MANUEL TREJO

Trustee - Fundraising Initiatives

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

Trustee - Scholarships

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.

RICARDO ZAMUDIO

SLBEF Chair

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.

COMMITTEES

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

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.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

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.

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JAMES FARMER

James Farmer is a brother from Rho Delta Chapter at Georgia Southern University and a current member of the Atlanta Alumni Association. He lives in Sandy Springs, Ga and works for Aaron's, Inc as an analyst. During his time as a brother he has been involved in transitioning Rho Delta from a colony to a chapter, creation of the Atlanta Alumni Association and the leadership team of the Association.

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RAHEEM SMITH

Raheem Smith is an alumnus of the Psi Chapter at the University of South Florida (USF), where he held positions as President and Financial Advisor for the chapter. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from USF and a Master of Accounting degree from Saint Leo University. He is currently employed as an Assurance Associate at RSM US LLP.

WEB COMMITTEE

This committee is focused on updating our current web presence, as well as providing on-going support of the website. Board member Ricardo Zamudio leads this committee.

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RICK ZAMUDIO

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.