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SPEAKERS & FACILITATORS
Hofstra University, '16
Sean is a graduate of the NY Alpha Omega Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta at Hofstra University. While in college, he helped spearhead to effort to bring the Fraternity to Hofstra and served as colony President during 2015. He currently serves as the Chapter advisor at Hofstra. Sean majored in Exercise Science and had minors in Psychology and Community Health. He also served as a Senior Resident Assistant, JNF Caravan for Democracy Fellow, and President of the Newman Club. He volunteered on service trips both domestic and abroad each year in college as part of his commitment to helping his fellow man, both physically and spiritually.
Currently, Sean is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Catholic Philosophical Studies at St. Joseph's Seminary as part of his discernment of Catholic priesthood. Throughout college, Sean was involved with his faith, and as he further developed his spirituality, he wanted to confront the possibility of dedicating his life to the Church. His studies now have helped him develop critical thinking, reasoning, and self-discipline that will surely help in all aspects of life, regardless of what career path he follows.
Stephen Hollander - Foundation
Kansas State University, ‘82
Stephen has been a Trustee of Phi Kappa Theta Foundation since 2001 and has severed as president and treasurer. His service to the National Fraternity began in 1979 when he was first elected to the Fraternity Board as an undergraduate trustee and served as board secretary. He was re-elected to the Fraternity Board in 1985 and served three four-year terms serving as chairman, president and treasurer. In 2010 Steve was recognized with the Fraternity’s Distinguished Service Award.
Steve resides in Saint Charles, Missouri with his wife LynnThey have three children Shannon, an actress residing in Los Angeles; Christine, an early childhood educator residing in St. Louis; Michael, a soon to be law school graduate.
Following graduation from Kansas State University, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, Steve practiced in Austin, Texas for six years before returning home to Saint Charles. In 1990 Steve established his architectural firm S.J. Hollander Architect. His firm provides architectural services for projects ranging from automotive dealerships, financial institutions, medical office buildings, retail centers, restaurants, senior living facilities and custom residential homes having an annual construction value of 30 million.
Steve is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Saint Charles Chamber of Commerce, serves as a planning and zoning commissioner for the City of Saint Charles and has served on the parish council for Saint Peter parish since 2003.
Matt is a brother of the Massachusetts Lambda Chapter at WPI, where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in Computer Science. He serves as the Chapter Adviser and board of trustees executive of the Aquinas Association, MA Lambda’s alumni board and housing corporation. He also serves as the Northeast Province representative on the Peer Accountability Committee.
Professionally, Matt is a senior security consultant at a Boston-area software security firm, where he explains how attackers can compromise applications and the steps developers can take to protect themselves. He recently graduated NYU with a Master’s in Cybersecurity and is pursuing his CISSP certification.
Honorary Initiate, ‘A
Lane Velayo, CAE is the Executive Director for the Indiana Music Educators Association leading this state-wide association of music educator professionals in professional development, advocacy and education initiatives. Lane is an active volunteer for Arts and Education related causes, acting as an advisor for the Ohio Omicron Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta and as a regional advisor for chapters of Alpha Kappa Psi. Lane was recently elected as President- elect for the Indiana Society of Association Executives and presents at local, regional and national levels on issues of non- profit management, volunteer/alumni development and other association-related topics. Lane is a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati.
Robert Riggs, CAE - Staff Liaison
Robert Riggs has been serving as the Executive Vice President since April of 2007. In his role as the EVP, Brother Riggs has been responsible for the implementation of Phi Kappa Theta’s Strategic Plan since its inception. Brother Riggs has worked with thousands of members over his nine years on Phi Kappa Theta’s professional staff.