Psi Upsilon Fraternity
3003 E. 96th Street | Indianapolis, IN 46240
317.571.1833 | Intl_ofc@psiu.org
International Office Staff
Thomas J. Fox, Executive Director
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Tom has been a member of the International Office since his graduation from the University of Illinois in 2000, becoming Executive Director in August 2012. As Psi Upsilon’s executive director, Tom manages the services provided to Psi Upsilon’s undergraduate chapters and expansion groups. He plans, organizes and facilitates undergraduate officer academies, the Leadership Institute and Convention, and administers the risk management and insurance programs. Additionally, he acts as a liaison to campus student affairs personnel and consults with alumni on issues facing the undergraduate chapters.
Originally from North Aurora, Illinois, Tom graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts and sciences in economics and a minor in cinema studies. He is loyal to the Chicago sports teams he grew up with: the Bears, Cubs, Bulls and Blackhawks and is even happy for the White Sox and the south side when they win. He enjoys hiking, photography and visiting state and national parks when he finds the time.
Jonathan M. Chaffin, Director of Member Engagement – Psi Upsilon Foundation
Jonathan joined Psi Upsilon in 2000 at Georgia Tech and is a marketing and communications professional with deep roots in story-telling, community-building, communications, branding, and online and social media marketing channels. He comes to the Foundation after 15+ years as an online and e-content designer for The Home Depot and Autotrader.com. He has served Psi U in various capacities including as a staff intern, president and board member of the Psi Upsilon Society of Georgia, designing coats of arms for several chapters, and serving as the Fraternity Heraldry Chairman. Jonathan lives in Atlanta with his wife and daughter.
Jonathan deeply believes that Psi U exists to support its members from the beginning of their life’s journey to the end. He is perpetually excited by new ways members can connect, support each other, and strive to strengthen our bonds. He is enthusiastic about creating new memories and shared identity and helping other brothers do the same.
Travis Smith, Director of Growth
We’re excited to announce a newest team member at the Psi Upsilon International Office – Travis Smith who will be serving in a new role as our Director of Growth! The Director of Growth is responsible for researching, developing and securing expansion commitments with partner institutions, cultivating relationships with interest groups, and supporting new and struggling chapters on operational issues, especially those around marketing and recruitment.
Travis brings with him over 15 years of experience in Higher Education and Fraternity and Sorority Advising. Upon graduating from the University of Miami, Travis joined the staff of Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity as a Field Consultant. After his two years on staff he received his Master’s Degree in College Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University. He has worked as a campus based professional supporting Greek Life at Pittsburg State University, Colorado School of Mines, Florida Gulf Coast University, and most recently Christopher Newport University where he served as the Director of Student Activities.
Travis lives in Newport News, Virginia with his partner, Leah, his tuxedo cat, Vinny, and corgi, Lilly. In his free time he serves as the Coordinator for Educational Programs with the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values, and enjoys golf, travel and the Miami Hurricanes.
Steven Oechsle, Director of Chapter Services
Stephen “Steve” Oechsle, pronounced Exlee, comes to the Psi Upsilon staff with a background in higher education, fraternal volunteerism, and public administration. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, joining at their Ohio University Chapter where he earned a Bachelors in Secondary Education and a Masters in College Student Personnel. Since then, he has worked at Ohio University, Maynard, MA public schools, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Ohio Municipal Court System. In addition to his professional work Stephan brings extensive student and alumni leadership experience in his own organization to our team. Stephan’s long history of student and organization support will be brought to bear to, develop, coordinate, and direct the services the International Fraternity provides to its collegiate chapters.
Originally from a dairy farming family in rural western Ohio, Stephan along with his wife Crystal, daughter Kensley, an Irish Wolfhound (Oliver) and a Great Dane (Odin), now call Perrysburg, Ohio home. After living in Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Akron, the Oechsle team is excited about putting down roots as Crystal settles into her professorship at Bowling Green State University, including extending her own involvement in Greek Life as a long-time volunteer with Delta Gamma. The household is committed to the shared values and vision of the Greek community and excited to share Stephan with Psi Upsilon!
Renee Beck, Donor Relations Manager – Psi Upsilon Foundation
A Michigan State University graduate from the Eli Broad college of Business, majoring in Hospitality; she held the post of Vice-President of Sigma Kapa National sorority and currently sits on the corporate Board of Sigma Kappa as VP of Facilities at Purdue University. Over the past year, she has volunteered for Eli Broad’s College of Business, Alumni Wisdom Project Mentorship Program.
Renee’s most current career was with Marriott International Corporation. Her posts there included work as a global sales manager, a senior leader in the Chicago group sales office and she held lead roles in property management. Renee has a strong background in collaboration, leadership, verbal and written communication with an enthusiastic and positive attitude. Renee enjoys working with people and looks forward to working at Psi U.
Her hobbies include travel, biking, tennis, sailing and gardening. Renee and her husband, Steve love being outdoors, visiting their kids in Chicago and cheering on her alma matter. She is proud to say two of their children are both fellow Spartans and are also members of a sorority and fraternity. Renee just happens to be related to Psi U brothers as well; her father Frank R. Caravette is an Epsilon Nu (Michigan State), and her brother E. Christoper Caravette is a Zeta (Dartmouth).
Matthew Williams, Gamma Tau ’96 Donor Relations Associate – Psi Upsilon Foundation
Bethann Taylor, Director of Administration – Psi Upsilon Foundation
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Bethann studied languages and international law at Hope College. She comes to her role as Director of Administration from a successful 33 year career in hospitality management. In 2016, she shifted careers into human resources management and executive administrative support.
As Director of Administration she manages administrative staff, guides operating methods, disburses funds to programs, monitoring budgets, improves information systems, oversees human resources requirements, updates the Board and Executive Council, analyzes financial data, and develops operating procedures and policies for the programs of Psi Upsilon. She also works to streamline operations, ensure that administrative functions run smoothly, eliminate wastage, and improve the Psi Upsilons organization’s financial standing through accurate expenditure monitoring and budget forecasting.
Bethann enjoys engaging with all who reach out to her via phone or email, and says her favorite part of the job is getting to know all the Psi Upsilon brothers she has come in contact with during the course of her days on the job. Bethann is especially happy to work closely with the wonderful volunteer Board of Directors, whose amazing leadership and selfless duty to the Psi Upsilon set a standard of excellence. For recreation, she enjoys reading, travelling, and sports.