2023-2025 National Leadership Appointments

Brothers –

I hope the month of June is treating you well and that you are getting excited about our 2023 National Convention! 

As your National President-Elect, I have spent the past two years deeply reflecting on the state of our Fraternity and the future of Kappa Kappa Psi. One of my responsibilities, as I prepare for the next biennium, is to evaluate and adjust the makeup of our appointed leadership team to ensure that we are adapting to the new conditions and challenges that our students are facing each day. In addition to “recharging” the Fraternity in a post-pandemic world, we have also made powerful promises to diversify our leadership team to best reflect our membership. I am thankful for the strong foundation and representation that National President Lee and our predecessors have established with their appointments over the years. Recognizing the privilege of this position and the impact of this decision, I am proud to share with you my appointments for the 2023-2025 Biennium. Please help me congratulate and welcome these incredible Brothers and leaders!

National Vice President for Professional Relations

Dr. William L. Lake, Jr – Alumnus of the ΚΚΨ Gamma Xi Chapter (University of Maryland)

More about Dr. Lake

Dr. William L. Lake, Jr. is the newly appointed Director of Concert Bands at the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music at George Mason University for the upcoming academic year. In this role, he will conduct the George Mason University Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. He will also teach conducting and wind literature classes.

Before his tenure at George Mason University, Dr. William L. Lake, Jr., served as Associate Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam), where he was co-conductor of the Northern Symphonic Winds, principal conductor of the Crane Concert Band, and guest conductor of the Crane Wind Ensemble. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Lake taught undergraduate conducting, Secondary Wind Practices, Wind Literature, and the preservice Practicum in Beginning Instruments Course.

Dr. Lake earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Instrumental Conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the mentorship of Drs. John R. Locke and Kevin Geraldi. As a graduate student, he was the principal conductor of The University of North Carolina University Band and guest conductor of the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Casella Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Lake is the recipient of two master’s degrees, the first from Boston University in Music Education (2011) and the second from the University of Maryland, College Park in Wind Conducting (2014) under the mentorship of Dr. Michael Votta, Jr. In May 2006, Dr. Lake received a Bachelor of Music Liberal Arts – Jazz Studies Piano Performance Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park as a student of Jon Ozment and Christopher Vadala.

As a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Dr. Lake is the co-founder of I See You: Affirming Representation in Music. In this capacity, Dr. Lake has presented over twenty seminars across the United States on inclusive practices in music education and performance. With co-founder Dr. LaToya A. Webb, Dr. Lake has been invited to present on diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts and practices at the 2021 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the 2021 Virginia Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, the 2022 Texas Music Educators Association Conference, the 2021 National Association for Music Education National Conference and the 2022 National Association for Music Education Music Leaders Forum.

Dr. Lake is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi (Gamma Xi), National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc., Pi Kappa Lambda, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also honored with membership in Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Fraternity, Inc. (Beta Eta), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

North Central District Governor

Akilah Thomas – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Beta Kappa Chapter (Bowling Green State University)

More about Akilah

Akilah Thomas (she/her) is a Life Member of the Beta Kappa Chapter at Bowling Green State University. She was initiated in Spring 2012, selected to serve as Chapter Secretary for her Sophomore Year, and as a Junior, became the first woman in her chapter’s history to serve as the Chapter President. She went on to serve as the North Central District Vice President for Membership for the 2015-2016 school year, embracing the ideas of rediscovery, rededication, and holistic learning throughout the NCD. Post-graduation, Akilah remained involved with Kappa Kappa Psi, becoming a Curriculum Advisor, Petitioning Group advisor for two chapters, and a founding member of the North Central District Alumni Association as the Membership Director and later the Business Director.

At BGSU, Akilah majored in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance, earning her BSBA in 2016. During her time with the BGSU Band Program, Akilah was a saxophonist for the Athletic Band, Symphonic Band, and Falcon Marching Band where she served as section leader for 2 years. She also became a founding member of the Voices at BGSU Concert Choir in which she served as Soprano section leader and Vice President.

Currently, Akilah resides in her hometown of Cleveland, OH. She has established herself in the field of Human Resources and works as a Training and Occupational Development Specialist for a global manufacturer in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Her primary aspirations are to travel the world, foster DEIA, and help others see the greatness in themselves. She has a passion for personal, professional, and spiritual growth in both herself and others and is confident that her time as the North Central District Governor will be another opportunity to serve within this mission.

Midwest District Governor

Dr. K. Anthony Walker – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Eta Phi Chapter (Syracuse University)

More about Dr. Walker

Anthony is a life member of the Eta Phi chapter at Syracuse University and was initiated in Spring 2012. As an active member, he held a variety of chapter officer roles and also served as the Northeast District President from 2014-2015. As an alumnus, he continued serving our membership as a Curriculum Advisor, Centennial Committee member, and most recently as the current Chair of the National Data & Assessment Committee. Anthony is also a proud Honorary member of both the Kappa Kappa Psi Midwest District and the Eta Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. Professionally, Anthony is a Research Audiologist at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he investigates the effects of hearing loss on speech perception from infancy through adulthood. As a first-generation minority college student, he is committed to serving as a resource and helping facilitate a meaningful fraternal experience for all students. Anthony is excited to meet and work with the Midwest District this biennium!

Midwest District Governor

Viet Nguyen – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Eta Chapter (The Ohio State University)

More about Viet

Viet is a first-generation Vietnamese-American, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. At The Ohio State University, he is a Life member of the Eta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and an Honorary member of the Chi Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. Viet played the mellophone and French Horn in the marching and concert bands. Initiated in 2014, he served as a recruitment committee chair and was Chapter Vice President of Membership. Then in 2017, he was elected the North Central District Vice President for Membership. Currently living in Fargo, ND, he is a Director of Development for the North Dakota State University Foundation, where he builds enduring relationships that maximize advocacy and philanthropic support for NDSU. Some of his favorite memories in the fraternity were organizing the 2017-2018 Joint District Recruitment Video and the NCD Composition Competition. Viet is excited to serve the brothers of the Midwest District and their band communities.

Southwest District Governor

Kadeem Sabari – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Zeta Chi Chapter (University of South Carolina)

More about Kadeem

Kadeem Sabari was initiated into the Zeta Chi chapter at the University of South Carolina in Spring 2013. During his time in the chapter, he served on the executive board for two consecutive terms serving as the Social Chair and Historian. After graduation, he joined the Southeast District Alumni Association and became the chair of the organization after a year and a half. He served as the chair of the Southeast District Alumni Association from 2018-2022, planning a variety of conventions for the organization both virtually and in-person. In addition to his work with Alumni, Kadeem has served as an Advisor for two Petitioning Groups during the 2021-2023 biennium. Currently, Kadeem is finishing up his term on the Alumni Association Board of Directors as the Local Alumni Association Director.

I am also excited to share that the following individuals will be reappointed to continue their fraternal service during the 2023-2025 biennium!

Midwest District

Denali Pearce-Alt – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Delta Gamma Chapter (Missouri University of Science and Technology) & the ΚΚΨ Epsilon Psi Chapter (Missouri State University)

North Central District

Marc Renaud – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Zeta Epsilon Chapter (Michigan State University)

Michelle Banis – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Iota Lambda Chapter (University of Mount Union)

Northeast District

Marci Jones – Honorary of the ΚΚΨ Northeast District

Matthew Parent – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Epsilon Nu Chapter (University of Massachusetts)

Rassii Elliott – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Eta Omega Chapter (Howard University)

Southeast District

Arupa Gopal – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Kappa Tau (University of South Florida)

Justyn Paul Davis – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Zeta Chi Chapter (University of South Carolina)

Kalem Graham – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Zeta Psi (Virginia State University)

Southwest District

Andy Melvin – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Delta Chapter (University of Oklahoma)

Lizzi Pineiro – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Gamma Phi Chapter (Stephen F. Austin State University)

Western District

Brian Parker – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Iota Pi Chapter (California Polytechnic State University)

Karissa Longo – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Zeta Epsilon Chapter (Michigan State University)

Lance Coochyouma – Life Member of the ΚΚΨ Gamma Kappa Chapter (Northern Arizona University) & the ΚΚΨ Omega Chapter (The University of Arizona)

Brothers, please join me in congratulating these incredible Brothers as part of our National Leadership Team for the 2023-2025 biennium! I look forward to continuing our journey together with you all. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer next biennium, please take a few minutes to complete this form: http://bit.ly/KKPsi23-25VolunteerForm.


Bang T. Co
National Vice President for Membership & Expansion | National President-Elect (2023-2025)
Life Member of the ΚΚΨ
Alpha Zeta Chapter, Indiana University

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