Sigma Lambda Beta is governed by a House of Delegates (HOD) that convenes every two years. In between this biennium, the HOD elects an Executive Board of Directors, comprised of five Directors and a Chairman, to represent the best interest of the Fraternity at large. Additionally, a Regional Director Caucus, comprised of nine Regional Directors, who oversee each region of the Fraternity.
Executive Board of Directors
Bro. Diego Back, Chairman
Diego joined Sigma Lambda Beta in the Fall of 1999 at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), in Los Angeles, CA. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2002 from LMU. In December of 2005, Diego graduated from Law School and earned his Juris Doctor. In 2008, he earned his first Master of Arts degree in Bioethics, also from LMU. Later in 2010, he earned his second master’s degree, a Master’s of Science in Leadership and Management. Other positions Diego has held within the organization are Regional Director for 5 years, Chairman of the Southern California Alumni Network, and Ritual Education Committee member. He presently resides in Los Angeles and other than being involved with the organization, Diego loves to work out, travel, play soccer, and coach the game of soccer.
Bro. Anthony Ybarra
Brother Anthony “Chacho” YBarra resides in Manhattan, KS working as an Employer Relations Coordinator for Kansas State University. Brother Anthony received his Master’s degree in College Student Development in 2015, and received his undergraduate degree in Human Resources in 2004, both from Kansas State University. Brother Anthony was duly initiated into our honorable brotherhood on April 26th, 2003 as a member of the Phoenix line at the Phi Chapter. Brother Anthony is serving in his second consecutive term on the EBOD, and has served in many positions since graduating in 2004 including Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Alumni Association, Lt. District Governor (now called ARD), and served five years as the Regional Director for the Midwest Region. Brother Anthony enjoys traveling, interacting with brothers, and playing video games.
Bro. David Ayento
Brother David was born and raised in Chicago to a Mexican mother and a Filipino father. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he joined the Kappa chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta in 2005. David has been active in the fraternity and has served in many roles, most recently as the Regional Director of the Central Region. David works for an industrial supply distributor in the Chicago suburbs. He completed his MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in June 2015 where he had concentrations in marketing, supply chain management, and sustainability. In his free time he enjoys watching NBA basketball, podcasting, cycling, and vinyl record collecting.
Bro. Brian Castro
Brother Brian Castro joined the Executive Board of Directors in January 2017. Bro. Brian was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He attended Iowa State University and he was initiated at the Omicron Chapter on December 16th, 2006. Previously, Bro. Brian served as an Assistant Regional Director of Operations in the Central Region from 2013-2015 and the served as the Regional Director for the Central Region from 2015-2017. Bro. Brian graduated in May 2011 from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and also graduated in May 2014 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a M.S. in Civil Engineering. Bro. Brian currently works as a Project Engineer for OMEGA and Associates, Inc., an engineering firm based out of the Chicagoland area and he is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. Bro. Brian is also a member of the SLB Chicago Alumni Network and the Old School Omicron Alumni Association.
Bro. Jason Smolka
Bro. Angel Arroyo
Regional Directors Caucus
Bro. Arifur Rob, Northeast
Brother Arifur Rob joined the brotherhood in the Fall of 2009 as a founding brother at the City College of New York, known as the Alpha Epsilon chapter. He went on to obtain his Bachelors in Architecture and Business Management. Currently, Bro. Rob works as the senior project architect for BEST Safety Group Inc – Pine NY and is co-owner of Aurora Arch & Designs with a fraternal brother. Fraternally, he has held positions as an undergraduate and alumni. They range from Alpha Epsilon executive board roles to assistant Greek advisor for the CCNY IGC. He most prides himself with his involvement with the New Era Stroll Team, Liaison for numerous regional conferences, Membership Educator, coordinator of region wide socials and his time as the Assistant Regional Director overseeing New York Operations. He hopes to bring regional operations, branding and recruitment up to contemporary standards.
Bro. Steve Galvan, East
Brother Steve crossed at the “Exotic” Epsilon Chapter at Western Michigan University on June 18, 2004 at 10:20:56 p.m. He earned his Associates of Arts degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, his Bachelors degree in History with a group Social Studies Minor with an emphasis on Secondary Education from Western Michigan University. He continued his education at Ferris State University where he earned his Masters degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction. He also earned his continuing administrative certificate from Andrews University. He is employed by Hartford Public Schools as a middle school and high school Social Studies Teacher. He currently resides in Hartford with his wife Melissa, his daughter Jaelyne Mya and his son Gianni Luis. In addition to teaching, Bro. Steve also coaches football and softball, and is the advisor for quiz bowl and chess club. In his spare time, he enjoys jogging and weightlifting, and spending time with family and friends.
Bro. Christopher Cooley, Southeast
Christopher “Adhelmar” Cooley is a summer 2011 initiate of the “Unconquerable” Chi Delta Chapter at Mississippi State University. He majored in Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences. He graduated in Spring 2013 and works for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Refuge Specialist in Savannah, GA. His goals for this term are to be the best resource to the Southeast Region as possible. With the help and insight provided through the RBOD, Bro. Christopher hopes to build on the solid foundation and infrastructure established by previous Regional Directors. Bro. Christopher hopes the 2015-2017 can take the Southeast Region to new levels of success.
Bro. Daniel Mendez, Central
Brother Danny’s commitment to the brotherhood can be expressed by the hard work he has done since his crossing night. From holding every position in his chapter as an undergrad, to graduating and stepping up into an executive board position for the Chicago Alumni Network (CAN). As the CAN VP of Ops he finalized the by-laws and constitution as well as developed the network’s grand marquee event, the Scholarship Banquet. After his time with CAN, he then centered his focus to bridging the gap between undergraduate brothers as an Assistant Regional Director of Ops for the Chicago area entities. Now, as he begins his term as the Central Regional Director, he hopes to continue the great strides that the region has been making the past 6 years. Professionally, Danny has been working in Higher Education for about eight years, and has been in his current position at the University of Illinois at Chicago for a little over six years. Personally, he enjoys playing competitive basketball, and working out since a healthy mind deserves a healthy body. But above all he enjoys spending time with his family.
Bro. Daniel Jaimes, Midwest
Brother Daniel currently serves as the Director of the Mighty Midwest Region. He joined SLB at the Krazy Zeta Gamma Chapter at the University of Nebraska-Kearney in Kearney, Nebraska. Daniel graduated from the University of Nebraska-Kearney with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Secondary Education. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Langauge. In his free time Daniel enjoys watching sports, with soccer being his favorite.
Bro. Cortez Downey, South
Brother Cortez joined Sigma Lambda Beta in 2012 at the Beta Epsilon Chapter at Oklahoma State University. In 2014, he graduated with Bachelors degrees in Biology and Spanish. Bro. Cortez has served the fraternity as president of the Beta Epsilon Chapter, Membership Educator, Assistant Membership Educator, Assistant Regional Director, and a member of the National REC Committee. In addition to Regional Director, Bro. Cortez currently serves as the alumni advisor of the Beta Epsilon Chapter and is an active member of the Houston Alumni Network. Bro. Cortez works as a high school biology teacher and plans to return to school to obtain a graduate degree. His personal mantra is “The more you do, the more you can do.”
Bro. Justin Ramos, Northwest
Bro. Emmanuel Dominguez, Southwest
Bro. Eled Herrera, West
Eled joined Sigma Lambda Beta in the Fall of 2009 at the University of California, Irvine 9 (UCI) in Irvine, CA. He earned his Bachelors of Arts in 2013 in Criminology/Law and Society and currently is enrolled at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. Other positions Eled has held within the organization are Assistant Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director of Expansion, and active alumni member of the Los Angeles Alumni Network. Eled currently works as an Office Manager for KIPP in the city of Los Angeles and other than being involved with the organization and work, Eled goes to the gym, hike, travel, and watch Netflix.