The Team

Michael Ayalon, M.S.P.

Founder and CEO

Michael Ayalon is a nationally recognized speaker, successful business owner, author, and seasoned executive with a proven track record of growing companies. He's passionate about entrepreneurship and Greek life. In October of 2015, he founded Greek University and has since headlined hundreds of keynote presentations all across North America to bring light on pressing problems such as Sexual Assault Prevention, Hazing Prevention, Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention, and Motivation in Student Organizations. In July of 2012, Michael became the 7th Executive Director of Sigma Pi Fraternity International, which was founded in 1897. Michael was responsible for the effective administration of the International Fraternity with over 125 chapters and 78,000 living members from its headquarters in Lebanon, TN. Prior to joining Sigma Pi, Michael was the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of an industry leading website design and search engine optimization company in New York with employees all over the world. Prior to that, he was the Director of Finance for a $25M global Cisco Premier Partner with offices in New York City, Amsterdam, and Bangalore. Michael's key accomplishments include identifying and implementing cutting edge technologies to produce better reporting, greater transparency, and more efficiency to these organizations. Michael is a TIPS certified trainer, and he lives in Franklin, TN with his wife Jennifer and their two children.

Michael is a graduate of the School of Management at the University at Buffalo and holds a Master's Degree from Cumberland University in Public Service Management. Michael is a member of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors as well as a programming partner for the North-American Interfraternity Council. He is actively involved with Rotary International, serving as the 2016 - 2017 President of the Rotary Club of Lebanon, Tennessee and Membership Chairman for District 6780 in 2018 - 2019.

Dave Westol

Dave Westol is an alumnus of Michigan State University and the Detroit College of Law. His involvement with fraternity/sorority life includes serving as recruitment chair and new member educator for his chapter and Vice President for Communications and President of the MSU Interfraternity Council. Following his graduation from Michigan State he served five years as a regional volunteer and eight years as a national officer for his fraternity. He then served for 18 years as Chief Executive Officer of Theta Chi. He also served as an assistant director of student activities and advisor to fraternities at MSU while attending law school. 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. 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),, Gamma Sigma Alpha, the North American Interfraternal Foundation and the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values (AFLV). He currently serves as Vice President of the AFLV Board.

Dave has made presentations on over 480 campuses and at over 370 national men’s and women’s fraternity and sorority events. He has over thirty national fraternities and sororities as clients for services ranging from onboarding new officers, orientation, governance and governing document review to risk management, alumnae/alumni corporation development and evaluating national operations. Dave specializes in chapter membership reviews--sometimes called reorganizations--and he has participated in or overseen over 110 including fifty as a consultant since 2007. Dave was honored with the Gold Medal from the North American Interfraternity Conference for service to the interfraternal community in April of 2012. He received the Silver Medal from the Conference in 1995. Dave has made over 6,000 presentations regarding hazing, risk management, motivation, values, ideals, and leadership on over 400 campuses and at over 300 national men’s and women’s fraternity and sorority leadership events. His clients include a number of men's and women's national fraternities and sororities: Lambda Chi Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha Order, Pi Alpha Phi, Sigma Beta Rho, Phi Kappa Sigma, Delta Phi Lambda, Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Sigma Tau and Chi Upsilon Sigma are among over twenty-five national organizations that have utilized his services ranging from membership reviews to governance structure and constitution/bylaws revisions to strategic planning.

Dr. Thea Zunick

Thea Zunick is a campus based professional and volunteer with 10+ years of experience in Student Affairs. Her involvement with fraternity/sorority life includes full-time positions at 4 higher education institutions: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and Iona College, and assistantships/internships at various intuitions including the University of Florida, Villanova University, Santa Fe College, and the University of New South Whales. Her professional work spans multiple areas within higher education including fraternity and sorority life, leadership, service, diversity, orientation, wellness, and campus programming. She is the Director of Student Life at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. She also received a certification from U Penn through their Penn Equity Institute for Doctoral Students. Thea serves as the inaugural Sponsorship Chair on the Conference Planning committee for the Northeast Greek Leadership Association (NGLA) and is also on the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) of the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors.

Thea was honored to receive the Larry Philippi Award of Distinction on behalf of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity in 2013 for her accomplishments in her career. She also is the recipient of the Making the Difference Award, awarded by Stevens Institute of Technology in May, 2015 and the Alumni of the Year, awarded by The College of New Jersey in November, 2014. Thea also was recently appointed as the Chair of the Educational Coalition for Sigma Pi Fraternity. She volunteers and presents at national and regional conferences including: NASPA regional and national conferences, the AFA Annual Meeting, UIFI, Sigma Phi Epsilon’s EDGE and Carlson, Delta Phi Epsilon’s Engage U, Delta Upsilon’s Presidents Academy, Sigma Pi's Mid-Year Leadership Conference, Alpha Sigma Phi’s Elevate Conference, Phi Mu Delta’s Sapphire Institute, Tau Delta Phi's Pyramid Leadership Institute , Delta Tau Delta’s Eastern Division Conference, and Phi Sigma Sigma’s Leadership Conference. She has published blogs/articles for the Sigma Phi Epsilon online blog, Sigma Pi’s Emerald magazine, AFA Essentials Magazine, the #SAFIT online blog, and the NJ Alliance ACPA Professional Association’s online blog. She is inspired by the potential of the fraternity and sorority community nationwide and believes that when it is done right, it can be a powerful thing. This is what motivates her to get off the sidelines and be part of the solution.

Dr. Jason L. Meriwether

Dr. Jason L. Meriwether is the Vice President for Student Success at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. Prior to that, Jason was the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast, which was named one of the 15 "Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs" by Diverse Issues in Higher Education in 2015. Jason believes that success in student affairs and enrollment management lies in the ability to adapt to new trends in technology and digital presence, while staying committed to advocacy for learning. In 2014, Jason was selected to Louisville Business First’s Top Forty under 40 and as one of Business First’s 20 People to Know in Education and Workforce Development. Jason is a financially active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Jason has overseen a myriad of Greek Letter Organizations, including members of the Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, Incorporated, and the National Panhellenic Conference, as well as numerous service, honors, multicultural, and music fraternities & sororities. Jason’s national presentations on legal issues related to hazing have been the subject of cover stories in the Student Affairs Today Newsletter and in College Athletics and the Law.

Jason has conducted national webinars for and HigherEdHero on hazing prevention. Jason also presented his latest research topic, “Respect, Death, & Tradition: Exploring Greek Life Hazing and Violence” at the 2015 national conference for the American College Personnel Association & the Association of Student Conduct Administrators. Jason will present a session titled, Courtrooms vs. Classrooms: Mitigating Greek Life Hazing & Violence at the 2016 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference in Indianapolis, IN. In 2015, Jason authored Training versus Trials: Educative Strategies to Mitigate Hazing Liability, a substantive discussion of trends and best practices in mitigating hazing, published by the ACPA Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues. Jason also wrote How Conduct Educators Can Shape the Hazing Conversation for the ACPA Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues Newsletter, and has written about best practices for using digital tools for anti-hazing education in a January 2015 Socialnomics column titled #Hazing Prevention: A New Digital Discussion. Jason was also recently featured on Higher Ed Live to discuss best practices to communicate with fraternities and sororities. Jason’s expertise is in helping universities by guiding the refinement of anti-hazing policies, conducting trainings for student organizations and advisors, and empowering campus leaders with best practices in mitigating liability. As an advocate for GLO community engagement, Jason is a believer in the service that “Greeks” provide to their communities. In his experience, Jason has organized community service initiatives that have provided over 10,000 documented hours of volunteerism, service, and mentoring completed by Greek Letter Organizations.

Ross Szabo

Ross Szabo is a true pioneer of the youth mental health movement. He was the Director of Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign for 8 years. In his time with the Campaign he created the first youth mental health speakers' bureau in the country, which is now a part of Active Minds. That speakers' bureau has reached millions of students and changed the way people think about mental health. Ross has spoken to over 1 million people about his experiences with bipolar disorder and wrote a book called Behind Happy Faces. He's the CEO of Human Power Project, a company that creates cutting edge mental health curriculum for people of all ages. The company's first curriculum, also titled Behind Happy Faces, is being used by over 70,000 students in colleges and high schools nation-wide. Ross's out of the box thinking has truly made a difference in making mental health approachable.

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee is the former Director of Operations and Corporate Training for the International Tactical Officers Training Association (ITOTA). During his involvement with ITOTA he worked with international and domestic law enforcement and militaries including the British Army, Australian Federal Police, Kuwait MOI-SF, London MET, LAPD, Chicago PD, and the New York State Police. In addition Jeff helped develop corporate security and asset protection programs for corporations including Eli Lilly, Sony, Bemis, and General Motors. Jeff has over twenty-eight years of experience studying a variety of Martial Arts with Professor Rick Clark, Master Dan Inosanto (one of three people personally certified to teach Jeet Kune Do by the late Bruce Lee), and Dr. Jason Winkle (former Director of Combatives for West Point Military Academy). Jeff achieved his instructor certification in Pressure Point Control Tactics under Martial Arts Hall of Fame member Dr. Paul Whitesell.

Jeff implemented his combatives knowledge by operating over a decade in special operations law enforcement including High Risk Narcotics Enforcement and SWAT. He has taught in corporate and academic settings around the United States. He has operated as an Executive Protection Specialist for entertainment VIPS including artists in the music industry like Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Following the tragedy of 9/11 Jeff was asked twice to work assignments as part of the personal security team for the US Speaker of the House during stays in Indiana. He has spoken at various institutions including briefing at the US Institute for Peace in Washington District of Columbia.