Alumni & Chapter News

Alumni News

Living the principle Brotherhood For A Lifetime, 3/4ths of the 1970-71 ZBT national field operations staff reunited in Atlanta in April. James E. (Jim) Greer, Jr., Beta Pi (California State University-Long Beach) 1964, (now based in San Diego), James P. (Jim) Summers, Gamma Epsilon (Marshall University) 1970, (now based in Snellville, Georgia), and Bruce H. Weinstein, Psi (University of Alabama) 1970, (now based in Sandy Springs, Georgia) had an absolutely great weekend together, with events like breakfast at the iconic White House Restaurant in Buckhead, then on to the Georgia State Capitol for a self-guided tour, and concluding with an emotional and powerful tour of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Memories were shared and stories were told during the point-to-point drives. The only thing missing, according to Brother Summers, was the fourth staffer, Douglas L. Maine, Alpha Beta (Temple University) 1970.

By State

By Antecedent


Psi (University of Alabama)

Quentin R. Dooley, 2023, recently joined Raymond James as a financial advisor, proudly becoming a part of the esteemed Fiorillo Financial Strategies Group. Having successfully passed the SIE, Series 7, and Series 66 exams, Brother Dooley said he is eager to leverage his unique skills and knowledge to make a meaningful impact as a trusted advisor.

Brother Dooley said: “My journey from fraternity life to the world of finance has been a rewarding one, and I am grateful for the foundation of excellence and commitment instilled in me during my time with our fraternity. I believe the values ZBT has taught me will serve as strong pillars in my new role, allowing me to provide valuable insights to clients and navigate the complexities of the financial landscape.

“I am excited about the opportunities ahead and look forward to contributing to the Fiorillo Financial Strategies Group’s success. Your support has always meant a lot to me, and I wanted to share this significant milestone with our fraternity community.”


Alpha Rho (University of California-Los Angeles)

National Jewish Health honored James S. (Jim) Carlin, CPA, 1980, of Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt LLP, and David I. Rainer, 1980, of Bank of Southern California, with the prestigious 2023 Humanitarian Award, which recognizes individuals across the country who have made significant civic and charitable contributions to their communities and professions.

Carlin was recognized for his accomplishments as a founding partner of one of the country’s top 40 accounting firms and his civic involvement, including several years as a committee member for the Breath of Life Golf Classic, benefiting National Jewish Health.

Rainer’s award was in tribute to his distinguished career in financial services, business and community leadership, and his dedication to charitable causes in Los Angeles area that enrich the lives of youth, support arts and culture and empower underserved communities.

National Jewish Health, the leading respiratory hospital in the nation, honored the brothers at their annual Black & White Ball. The event raised more than $460,000 to support National Jewish Health and the children and adults it serves across the country. Read more.

To support Brothers Carlin and Rainer, the Alpha Rho pledge class of Fall 1976 of which they were members hosted a reunion. From Brother Edward (Ted) M. Lux: “It was a good showing for mid-60-year-olds on a warm evening in Los Angeles!” Brother Lux said he hopes to see the class again soon.


Recent renovations were completed at the Chapter house at 10924 Strathmore Drive. A luncheon was hosted for supporters of the renovations in May.



Iota (University of Denver)

With thanks to Richard Goodman, 1978, and the University, 40 alumni, undergrads and guests watched the No. 2-ranked Denver Pioneers hockey team at a fall game. The Pioneers scored six unanswered goals to beat the Colorado College Tigers 6-1 in front of a record home crowd.


Iota alumni’s annual Boyz Ski Trip was in January. It was the 16th ski reunion for these chapter brothers. Destinations have included: Vail (twice), Breckenridge (once), Aspen (three times), Telluride (twice), Steamboat (three times), Whistler/Blackcomb (once) and Big Sky (four times). Brothers: Morrie Siegel, 1974, Don Zimelis 1974, Michael “Kappy” Kaplan, 1974, Roger Heuberger, 1974, Jeff Meltzer, 1974, Steve Blank, 1975, John Meltzer, 1975, Jay Reano, 1976, Richie Nadler, 1976, Bob Peters, 1976, Don Reisfeld, 1976, Gregg Witt, 1977, Richard Goodman, 1978, and Bill Castellano, 1979. On the trip, brothers ski, socialize, talk politics, cook most of the  meals in, play hearts, watch sports, reminisce about our good times at University of Denver (DU), make plans for the next ski reunion and best of all enjoy each others’ company … as the ZBT slogan states “Brotherhood for a Lifetime.”


Epsilon Theta (University of Delaware)

After almost 20 years as an attorney at Moses & Singer LLP, as of December 4, 2023, Scott E. Silberfein, Esq., 1994, joined the litigation boutique law firm of Elman Freiberg PLLC as Counsel.  Brother Silberfein will continue to represent and advocate for his clients in a variety of high-stakes, complex litigation matters including fraud and breach of contract actions, breach of fiduciary duty and partnership matters, actions concerning alleged violations of RICO and federal and state consumer protection laws, and in investigations and lawsuits by Attorneys General. In addition, Scott will bolster Elman Freiberg’s deep experience in trust and estate disputes and attorney liability defense.



Alpha Omega (University of Miami)

Steven E. Gold, 2000, named as a Forbes/Shook “Best In State” Wealth Advisor for 2024. Brother Gold, CPWA®, CEPA, is Managing Director – Private Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services, Inc., and Immediate Past President of the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation.



Dr. Michael W. Weissberg, 1989, was honorably retired as a police sergeant from his department September 7, 2023. This was his second retirement as a police sergeant. Brother Weissberg was sworn in as a police detective with the State Police in Florida on September 11, 2023. He has been a police officer for 27 years. Brother Weissberg received his doctorate in 2021. As a police officer he has been decorated for valor of lifesaving eight times.

Aaron Solomon, 2004, founded Solomon Advisory in early 2023, a boutique consulting firm specializing in CFO and Controller leadership on a fractional and project basis.  Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Solomon Advisory serves clients nationally with a focus on growth and professionalization stage companies.



Delta Omicron (University of Tampa)

Vito Carpitella, 1968, retired as an investment banker in 2005. He became enchanted with nutrition after retiring. Brother Carpitella wrote a book, “Secrets of Nutrition and Longevity,” a three-year odyssey that he says strongly influenced his physical and mental wellbeing beyond belief and has added years to his life. Contact him at vito and he will get you a copy for $9 from pub. (Brother Carpitella makes no proceeds from sales).

He also shared a fun fact: He played baseball in Yankee Stadium for Little League when he was 12!


Zeta Alpha (Florida State University)

Sean McDonald, 2012, became engaged on October 28, 2023, to Heather Roberts. The wedding date is set for October 5, 2024.


Marc Frieder, 1996, has been a law enforcement officer for 29 years and currently lives in Davie, Florida. His family is featured including this article, Cigar Saviors: the Frieder Brothers, as well as a documentary Rescue in The Philippines for their work helping hundreds of Jews escape the Holocaust.


Atlanta Area Alumni Association

The Zeta Beta Tau Atlanta Area Alumni Association returned to the Atlanta Community Food Bank on December 14 for its eighth annual community service project. Along with groups from Home Depot and People Making Progress, the 19 brothers, one son and one daughter from the ZBT ATL volunteer team did very meaningful and personally rewarding work.

The Hunger Action Center team processed 9,650 pounds of donated and rescued product for distribution to ACFB agencies across the 29 county service area; that volume translated to 8,042 meals for food-insecure people in the community. And the Community Food Center team, which included four ZBT ATL volunteers, packed an additional 6,500 pounds (5,416 meals).

The ZBT ATL volunteer team who lived The Credo of Zeta Beta Tau and our Ritual and did this great spirit-of-giving work for the benefit of the Brotherhood of Man represented 12 alma maters and chapters from across the country … MIT and Penn to Youngstown State, Michigan, and Bradley on to Arizona and back to Alabama, Georgia Tech, Emory, and Georgia to Kentucky and Marshall.

Alphabetically, members of the ZBT ATL volunteer team were Ken Beringer, Psi (Alabama) 1970; Jeff Bogart, Gamma Eta (Bradley) 1969; Morris Brown, Theta (Pennsylvania) 1970; Joe Gillette, Gamma Epsilon (Marshall) 1973; Jonathan Goldman, Xi (MIT) 1982; Jeff Goodman, Xi (Georgia Tech) 1971; Matthew Green, Mu (Georgia) 1977; Jay Lerner, Alpha Omicron (Arizona) 1986; Sam Lutz, Xi (Georgia Tech) 1972; Mike MacLellan, Xi (Georgia Tech) 1989; Ian MacLellan, Mike’s son, (Auburn) 2024; Phil Manson, Mu (Georgia) 1980; Scott May, Eta (Michigan) 1985; Nicole May, Scott’s daughter (Georgia State, Ph.D) 2024; Bob Miller, Alpha Iota (Kentucky) 1968; Adrian Obleton, Mu (Georgia) 2017; Ken Sadeckas, Beta Upsilon (Youngstown State) 1975; Sean Sullivan, Eta Lambda (Emory) 2004; Jim Summers, Gamma Epsilon (Marshall) 1970; Evan Swartz, Psi (Alabama) 2018; and Craig Varon, Xi (Georgia Tech) 1972.


Mu of Phi Epsilon Pi (University of Georgia)

John Blau, 1957, turned 90 earlier this year. Congratulations, Brother Blau!


Rho (University of Illinois) and Alpha Mu (University of Washington)

San Diego Jewish world recently published an excellent article on the founding of Baskin Robbins ice cream with emphasis on the story of ZBT brothers and real brothers-in-law Burton Baskin, Rho 1938, and Irvine Robbins, Alpha Mu 1939. Read the article here.


Beta Gamma (Indiana University)

Randy Ornstein, 2001, wrote a book called Grow: The Essential Guide to Getting Promoted.  The book contains tangible tips to incorporate into your daily work life and is a practical guide to advancing your career in any environment. This book is a compilation of best practices accumulated throughout Brother Ornstein’s work with national retailers (like Walmart and Target), top-selling brands (like Bud Light and Michelob Ultra), and fast-growing startups (like Gopuff). The recommendations are supported by real-life examples, expert testimony, and research in the fields of business and psychology.

Whether you are an early career professional striving to move up in the company or a tenured employee who has become stagnant in your career and want more, “Grow” has strategies that every employee can apply to improve their everyday performance at work.

The book is now available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and


Sigma (Tulane University)

Brian A. Hoffman, 2009, was selected for the inaugural cohort of the Jewish Federations’ Executive Accelerator, a new program designed to equip emerging leaders with the resources, network and coaching to competently and confidently grow into c-suite roles. Participants will engage in a carefully curated year-long experience, growing their leadership presence and capacities through applied learning. Brother Hoffman is Associate Director of Planned Giving and Endowment with the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis.


Omega (University of Missouri)

Joshua Chodor, 2019, was recently appointed to the position of Chapter Advisor for the Omega Chapter. Brother Chodor formerly served Omega as Chapter President in 2017, when the chapter celebrated its centennial anniversary. In addition, he received the North American Interfraternity Conference’s Undergraduate Award of Distinction along with ZBT’s Phil Goodman Award for Outstanding Campus Leadership at the 2019 Convention in Denver. He can be reached at, and looks forward to enhancing Omega now and into the future.

New Jersey

Beta Delta (Rutgers State University of New Jersey)

Allan Blau, Ed.D, 1963, made a generous donation to the university to support the Rutgers Youth Behavioral Health Initiative and establish graduate student fellowships. A new building will be named for Blau in the Brandt Behavioral Health Treatment Center and Retreat, which will open this year. Brother Blau founded two schools with a focus on mental health and therapy for youth. Read more on Brother Blau’s work here.

New York

Omicron (Syracuse University)

It took more than three decades for a group of Omicron brothers to reunite. Thanks to the efforts of Brother Howard S. Schwartz, 1991, and his adventure company, HOWTrek, the seven Omicron Brothers from Syracuse University had a much-needed shared experience and a chance to reconnect. Brother Schwartz  said brotherhood is indeed timeless, but they had allowed too much time to pass without staying connected.

In Las Vegas, the seven brothers gathered to embark on a memorable 15-mile canoe trek down the Colorado River, starting from the Hoover Dam. Prior to the adventure, brothers organized a fantastic dinner to set the tone for the trip. The following morning, under the expert guidance of trusted leader, Brother Schwartz, the group set out on a river journey, exploring the Hoover Dam, natural hot springs, waterfalls, and sauna caves along the way. Brothers spent the night by the river, rekindling their bonds as if no time had elapsed. “We truly are Brothers for Life,” Brother Schwartz  said.

John A. Malachi, 1982, has a message for brothers: “I would love to stay connected to the fraternity. I was at Syracuse University from 1978-82 and a member from 1981-82 … actually, the first African American in that chapter. Loved it!!” If you wish to be placed in touch with Brother Malachi, please email


Delta of Phi Sigma Delta (New York University)

Gilbert I. Martin, 1963, is a pediatrician/neonatologist and is professor of pediatrics and neonatology at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda California. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Perinatology, the official Journal of the Perinatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Chi of Phi Epsilon Pi (Syracuse University)

Norman W. Palmer, 1949, was recently awarded the Norwegian Convoy Cup Foundation Medal for his service in World War II. Brother Palmer is part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, where you can view more on his story from his service. Watch here.

Allan G. Minsky, 1966, has written an electronic book of the coffee table variety.  It is comprised of what Brother Minsky says is philosophical thoughts plus bits of humor.  It can be purchased, for $2.99, at

North Carolina

Alpha Pi (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Phillip Barnett Greenberg, 2001, recently played a fun gig with one of his bands backing up famous blues musician Bob Margolin before a sold out house at the Grand Old Post Office in Darlingon, South Carolina.

His band The Magnadoors is coming out with a new album called Underground Heroes of thirteen original rock and roll songs he wrote, and he and his band  recorded. The albums will be available for sale soon. Look for the video of “Rock and Roll Sell Out” online.

Greenberg works full time as a Realtor, Broker in Charge with Greenberg Real Estate, LLC headquartered in Florence, South Carolina.


Alpha Tau (Franklin & Marshall College)

Anthony DellaPelle, 1984, has been elected as the Global Chair of the Counselors of Real Estate for 2024. The CRE is an international organization of commercial property advisors with approximately 1,000 members in more than 20 countries, representing more than 60 professional disciplines in the real estate industry. Brother DellaPelle is a partner in the northern New Jersey law firm of McKirdy, Riskin, Olson & DellaPelle. Read more.


Zeta Lambda (Stephen F. Austin State University)

Alumni from the Zeta Beta Tau classes of 1998 and 1999 were back on campus the first weekend in May to dedicate a tree they sponsored on campus. Pictured are Todd Evans, 1999, and Steve Allred 1998; also sponsoring the tree was Mike King, 1997.


Alpha Epsilon (Washington and Lee University)

Barry A. Greene, 1964,  was honored by the University with a Five-Star Distinguished Alumni Award winner for 2024.

Brother Greene graduated from Washington and Lee in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in commerce. He was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Gamma Sigma and the Mongolian Minks, and was the president the Alpha Epsilon Chapter. He received his MBA from New York University.

In 1967, Greene moved home to Martinsville, Virginia, where he began his service to the community. In 1968, along with four high school classmates, he founded Big Brothers of Martinsville and Henry County. He served as president of Christmas Cheer, an organization founded by his father, and was elected by its members to be a lifetime director. He was president of Ohev Zion Synagogue, president of the Retail Merchants Association and president of the Chatmoss Country Club. He became the fundraising chairman for United Jewish Appeal, now Jewish Federations of North America, a position he has held for 42 years.

In 1974, Greene led the ticket in a six-man race for Martinsville City Council. Four years later, he again led the ticket in his bid for reelection and was elected mayor in 1980. As mayor, he sponsored the City-County Water Service Agreement, which provided for Henry County to purchase water treatment services from the City of Martinsville in exchange for providing water to the city when needed. Greene served on the 1980-1982 Martinsville-Henry County Merger Committee and was chairman of the 2001 School Merger Committee composed of city and county school superintendents and school board members. In 1986, he was appointed to the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board by Gov. Gerald Baliles.

Greene was president and chief executive officer of Globman’s Inc., which consisted of four department stores and 10 ladies apparel stores, located in Virginia and North Carolina. In 1991, he successfully closed the business and, along with his wife, Eydie, founded The Greene Company, which manufactures and sells knit and fleece activewear.

Greene’s brother Kenny graduated from W&L in 1967, and his brother Stephen in 1974. His son, Brian, graduated from the W&L School of Law in 1994.

Greene has served several times as an Annual Fund class agent, served as a member of his 45th Reunion Committee and as co-chair of his 50th Reunion Committee. He supported the opening of the W&L Hillel House, and is a member of the W&L Doremus Society.

Learn more on this prestigious honor from Washington & Lee.


Phi Epsilon (University of Virginia)

Jonathan D. Frieden, 1994, recently celebrated an investiture ceremony for his official commission as a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge. Brother Frieden is International President of Zeta Beta Tau and a former Chapter Advisor to Phi Epsilon.

Prior to joining the Circuit Court in February, Brother Frieden served as a judge of the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court for nearly five years. Before taking the bench, Frieden practiced law for 22 years with Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C., where he focused on intellectual property, technology, e-commerce and other complex commercial litigation.

Frieden earned his bachelor of science in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and his juris doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law.

At the investiture ceremony on April 12, the Honorable Richard “Rip” Sullivan of the Virginia House of Delegates presented Brother Frieden with his official commission, and Brother Judge Daniel E. Ortiz, Phi Epsilon (University of Virginia) 1999, of the Court of Appeals of Virginia ceremoniously administered his oath. Frieden had taken his oath of office on Feb. 1.

West Virginia

Gamma Epsilon (Marshall University)

John Pauley, 1970, started his career with New York Life in 1976. He has had a remarkably successful career and was recognized for such by being inducted into the New York Life Established Agent Hall of Fame at the company’s Annual Awards Banquet in Columbus, Ohio, in January 2024. Congratulations Brother Pauley!


Phi Epsilon Pi

Chi of Phi Epsilon Pi (Syracuse University)

Norman W. Palmer, 1949, was recently awarded the Norwegian Convoy Cup Foundation Medal for his service in World War II. Brother Palmer is part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, where you can view more on his story from his service. Watch here.

Allan G. Minsky, 1966, has written an electronic book of the coffee table variety.  It is comprised of what Brother Minsky says is philosophical thoughts plus bits of humor.  It can be purchased, for $2.99, at


Mu of Phi Epsilon Pi (University of Georgia)

John Blau, 1957, turned 90 earlier this year. Congratulations, Brother Blau!


Nu of Phi Epsilon Pi (University of Virginia)

Robert F. Graboyes, 1976, has published several essays on topics such as modern Judaism, politics, world events and U.S. history on his website, Bastiat’s Window. Read his work at

Phi Sigma Delta

Delta of Phi Sigma Delta (New York University)

Gilbert I. Martin, 1963, is a pediatrician/neonatologist and is professor of pediatrics and neonatology at Loma Linda Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda California. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of Perinatology, the official Journal of the Perinatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.