FFE/NIC hire Director of Programs

Indianapolis, October 21, 2022 – The Foundation for Fraternal Excellence (FFE) and North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) announce the hiring of Desiree Paulhamus as Director of Programs. In this role, she will manage all aspects of flagship FFE and NIC programs as well as implement new and existing initiatives that will help members grow and strengthen the future of the fraternal experience.

“Desiree is the kind of professional who can take on anything and excel. She’s passionate about the education and leadership opportunities that exist within the fraternity/sorority experience, and I have no doubt that will translate to her work with FFE and the NIC. I’m looking forward to working alongside her and seeing how her thoughtful approach help us fulfill our missions with greater impact,” said FFE Executive Director Ashley VanDewark.

Paulhamus comes to the FFE/NIC team from The EMpact One Foundation where she served as Director of Development and Communications. From 2016-2021, Paulhamus worked at the Tri Sigma Foundation as the Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives. During this time she was involved with FFE and served as a volunteer member of the Advance Planning Committee.

“I’m excited to step into the Director of Programs role. Having worked at a sorority foundation, I’ll strive to be a strong and collaborative partner with our members to meet the needs of the fraternal industry, along with our philanthropic efforts as a greater community,” Paulhamus shared. “I look forward to sharing my strengths and talents to serve both the professional staff and volunteers in new ways.”

She is a devoted volunteer giving her time to organizations including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Tri Sigma Sorority and the National Panhellenic Conference Foundation. She is a member of Tri Sigma from the University of Central Arkansas.

Paulhamus will begin on November 3 and can be reached at desiree.paulhamus@fraternalexcellence.org following her start date.

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The Foundation for Fraternal Excellence (FFE) is comprised of more than 65 men’s, women’s and co-ed fraternal educational foundations and operates to advance the various needs of the dynamic industry. The FFE provides operational support for new and emerging fraternal foundations, working hand-in-hand with various fraternal communities and the NIC to strengthen and improve the entire fraternity/sorority experience through a culture of care, connection and research.

The North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) is the trade association representing national and international men’s fraternities, including a diverse range of culturally and religious-based organizations. The NIC’s member organizations boast more than 6,000 chapters located on more than 550 campuses in the United States and Canada, with approximately 250,000 undergraduate members and nearly 4.2 million alumni.