Location: Seattle, WA – The National Office of Omega Delta Phi and the Undergraduate Affairs Office led by VP Long Le have announced the Regional Directors for the 2018-2021 term. Regional Directors are responsible for providing regional oversight to undergraduate entities, enforcing policy, and administering resources to help set up chapters and colonies in their region for success.
Mikey Zaragoza is a brother from Kappa Chapter and a graduate of New Mexico State University. He received his degree in Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management. After graduation, Mikey took the role of Vice President for the United Way of Southwest New Mexico and worked his way to CEO. After crossing in spring of 2008 he has helped Omega Delta Phi in various roles. Mikey served as an adviser for two years at Kappa Chapter before joining the Southwest Regional Board as Assistant Regional Director. Mikey moved on to served as the Southwest Regional Director from 2012 to 2016, helping the region reach new exciting milestones. After taking two years off, Mikey is returning to the role of Southwest Regional Director. Mikey currently works as general manager for Cannabis NM Staffing, LLC.
“I look forward once again serving the southwest region and building on the success of my peers. With the support of undergraduates and alumni, together we will shape a southwest that will mold strong leaders for our communities in the years to come” said Brother Mikey Zaragoza
Brother Bryan Garcia (Chi Chapter Alumnus) has re-joined the Office of Undergraduate Affairs as the new Central Texas Regional Director. Brother Garcia joins the team with vast fraternal leadership and experience on the national level (Former Director of Programming 2013-2015 and VP of Undergraduate Affairs 2015-2018).
“I’m eager to start working with the entities in the region to help them realize their potential, maximize their gain and challenge them so they can reach new heights,” said Garcia. ”I’m most excited about working closely with the entities, visiting them, and offering them continued support throughout their undergraduate journey. With the team I will assemble, we will ensure all of our members’ needs are met and that we continue to build a pipeline of leaders for the future to come”
Garcia holds two degrees (Finance and Government) from the University of Texas at Austin and joined Omega Delta Phi in the Spring of 2009.
Bryan F. Parra is a 5th year history teacher at the International Leadership of Texas Arlington Middle School. A graduate of Texas A&M University, College Station, and Bryan completed his undergraduate degree in December of 2013 in University Studies. Three years later, he would begin his graduate career at Dallas Baptist University and graduate with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in the spring of 2018. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Dallas Fort Worth Alumni Association, President of his local LULAC chapter, and was appointed to the Grand Prairie Parks Board. Looking to pursue a doctorate degree in educational leadership, one of his future goals is to serve as a superintendent. Lastly, Bryan also aspires to run for public office.
Brother Gabe Hernandez crossed in Spring of 2009 at Alpha Theta chapter at Oregon State University. Prior to RD role, he served as the Northwest Expansion chair for 2 years. As an undergrad, he served as Recruitment Chair and Prospective Member Educator as well as led the expansion effort at Western Oregon University. Brother Hernandez has an M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University. He currently works as an Educational Advisor in the Student Enrichment Program at Western Oregon University.
“The past three years were definitely a challenge but I have enjoyed every moment. We have grown in all areas, from academic improvements, increase in membership, engaging in more intentional service opportunities: our members in the Northwest are doing it all. All the success the region has had these past three years is because of the efforts of our undergrads and alumni. I am grateful to have been able to play a small role in all of this and I look forward to continued growth and success from this region. I am excited to continue in this role and plan to take the Northwest Region to another level. We have had some great success these past three years. We will only get better, our brotherhood will only get stronger, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with our undergrads and alumni.” said Brother Hernandez on his new term as RD.
Brother William Gamez (Eta Alumnus) will be returning as Regional Director of the East Texas region. He joined the team with Long Le as his assistant and took over January 2018. East Texas now has two consecutive entity of the year awards. Gamez is married and works as a lead auditor at a public accounting firm. He says, “It is both a privilege and an honor to be the liaison between the undergraduates in our region and the national leadership. Just like brother Silva (former RD) said 3 years ago, my goal is maintaining a high level of continued success.”
Brother Oscar Veliz has been appointed as the Regional Director for the Central Plains region of Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc., for the 2018-2021 administration. Having been active since 2015, Oscar served for 3 years on the executive board at his home chapter at Beta Nu chapter at Oklahoma State. Brother Veliz also served as the undergraduate rep for the Central Plains regional board from 2017 to 2018. He currently resides in Plano, Texas and when asked about his new role, he said, “I’m excited to see what this region can accomplish in these next 3 years and I’m grateful to be the new RD of Central Plains.”
Brother Eduardo Rivera (Omicron Chapter, Spring 08) has been appointed the new Regional Director for the Midwest Region. Brother Rivera brings a strong background in leadership, strategic planning, and recruitment. After serving 5 years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, where he later joined the Omicron chapter. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Management.
“I am excited to serve the Midwest Region and I’m ready for the challenge. My goal is to elevate my region and our brotherhood to new heights that have never been experienced before. I have high expectations for myself as well as the region. I have a no excuses policy, you either get it done or you don’t.” said Brother Rivera on his new role.
About Omega Delta Phi
Omega Delta Phi (www.omegadeltaphi.com) is a multicultural service/social fraternity that aims at graduating its members while giving back to the community. The Fraternity has established itself on over 65 campuses and continues to grow every year. Although established as Hispanic Founded, the Fraternity has traditionally always been open to men of different backgrounds, as demonstrated through its “One Culture, Any Race” philosophy.