Meet the Staff

The NIC Staff manages the day-to-day operations of the trade association. They are invested in the future of fraternities and seek to assist you with your needs.

Central Contact Information

Our offices are located at:
North-American Interfraternity Conference
865 W Carmel Drive, Suite 116
Carmel, IN 46032

North-American Interfraternity Conference

Main Line: (317) 872-1112
General Email: admin@nicindy.org

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

NIC Foundation

Main Line: (317) 872-1112
General Email: foundation@nicindy.org

Staff Directory

Judson Horras

Judson Horras

President & CEO

jud.horras@nicindy.org

Jud leads the operation of the North-American Interfraternity Conference and manages the development of the goals, strategies, plans and policies of NIC 2.0.

Mike McRee

Mike McRee

Chief Operating Officer

mike.mcree@nicindy.org

Mike focuses on building the infrastructure to support IFCs at the local level, Standards implementation and oversight of NIC’s award-winning educational programs.

Julie Burkhard

Julie Burkhard

Chief Legislative Officer

julie.burkhard@nicindy.org

Julie produces effective advocacy programs that strengthen higher education partnerships and utilize government and legal affairs.

Heather Kirk

Heather Kirk

Chief Communication Officer

heather.kirk@nicindy.org

Heather works to advance the brand of fraternity, creates and implements industry-wide response protocols and resources, and directs the communication strategy for the NIC. She manages all media requests.

Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

michael.wilson@nicindy.org

Michael leads the NIC’s accounting, as well as the implementation of a data warehouse. The system will allow members to make data-driven decisions, share best practices and streamline operations.

Joe Budde Jr.

Joe Budde Jr.

Chief Information Officer

joe.budde@nicindy.org

Joe leads the NIC’s development of a data warehouse in partnership with the NICF, NPC and ChapterSpot. He also works with ChapterSpot to create and implement a new web/mobile app, Social Safe, that will give chapters and fraternal communities the tools they need to manage safer social events.

TODD SHELTON

TODD SHELTON

Senior Director of Communication

todd.shelton@nicindy.org

Todd leads communication strategy for the NIC’s grassroots advocacy and government relations efforts as well as the Health and Safety Initiative. He also collaborates with the team and interfraternal partners to proactively tell the story of the fraternity experience.

Blaine Ayers

Blaine Ayers

Vice President of Campus Operations, Southeast

blaine.ayers@nicindy.org

Blaine helps develop a campus support model to increase alumni, undergraduate and Interfraternity Council (IFC) effectiveness. He establishes relationships with campus professionals and NIC stakeholders to coordinate a national education and advocacy strategy.

Will Foran

Will Foran

Vice President of Campus Operations

will.foran@nicindy.org

Will helps develop a campus support model to increase alumni, undergraduate and IFC effectiveness. He establishes relationships with campus professionals and NIC stakeholders to coordinate a national education and advocacy strategy.

dominic greene

dominic greene

Vice President of Campus Operations, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic

dominic.greene@nicindy.org

Dominic helps develop a campus support model to increase alumni, undergraduate and IFC effectiveness. He establishes relationships with campus professionals and NIC stakeholders to coordinate a national education and advocacy strategy.

Dylan Howser

Dylan Howser

Vice President of Campus Operations, Berkeley

dylan.howser@nicindy.org

Through a unique partnership with the University of California, Berkeley Administration and Interfraternity Council (IFC), Dylan facilitates stronger fraternity relationships with Berkeley community residents, provides dedicated IFC support and develops an Alumni IFC to bolster support for all chapters.

Helen Lahrman

Helen Lahrman

Vice President of Campus Operations, Midwest

helen.lahrman@nicindy.org

Helen helps develop a campus support model to increase alumni, undergraduate and Interfraternity Council (IFC) effectiveness. She establishes relationships with campus professionals and NIC stakeholders to coordinate a national education and advocacy strategy.

Melissa Kish

Melissa Kish

Director of Education and Leadership Development

melissa.kish@nicindy.org

Melissa oversees the development and implementation of NIC educational programs, including PRIME: The Summit of IFC Presidents, LAUNCH, IMPACT, the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) and IFC Academy. She works with the NIC education team to select and train program facilitators and ensure the overall quality of NIC programming for students and campuses. 

archie messersmith

archie messersmith

Director of Health & Safety

archie.messersmith@nicindy.org

Archie leads implementation of the NIC’s health and safety standards, partnering with campuses and fraternities to eliminate alcohol abuse, hazing and sexual assault, among other public health issues on college campuses today. He manages the development and progress of the NIC’s Social Safe pilot program.

Veronica Moore

Veronica Moore

Director of Emerging & Culturally-Based Fraternal Initiatives

veronica.moore@nicindy.org

Veronica develops educational programs and advocacy initiatives for emerging and culturally-based NIC fraternities. She advance collaborations, resources and services to support the growth and development of organizations in the Fraternity Growth Accelerator, an initiative established in the historic NIC 2.0 reforms.

Ashley vandewark

Ashley vandewark

Director of NICF Programs and Services

ashley.vandewark@nicindy.org

Ashley oversees the NIC Foundation’s events and programs; develops relationships with partners, friends and members; and runs day-to-day activities. She is the main point of contact for NICF members.

Rachel A. Boison

Rachel A. Boison

Associate Director of Communication

rachel.boison@nicindy.org

Rachel leads digital communication for the NIC and NIC Foundation, working collaboratively with staff and volunteer team members. She supports promotion of educational and advocacy programs, and she coordinates social media strategy, newsletters, email marketing and web development.

Sue Kraft Fussell

Sue Kraft Fussell

Assistant to the President and CEO

sue@nicindy.org

Sue assists the NIC President and CEO, providing valuable program support for both NIC and NICF members and volunteers.