Fall 2022 Petitioning Group Announcement

Brothers –

On behalf of the National Council, I am excited to announce that we have voted to approve a new petitioning group at Stony Brook University for the Fall 2022 semester.

The Stony Brook University band program is under the leadership of Dr. Justin Stolarik. The band program offers a variety of ensembles for students and community members to participate in including the “Spirit of Stony Brook” Marching Band, jazz ensembles, chamber groups, and the Wind Ensemble. To learn more about the Stony Brook University music program, please visit their website.

Stony Brook University – New Petitioning Group – Northeast District

The Stony Brook University group will be a new Petitioning Group in the Northeast District. The group will be instructed by an Advisor Team, which consists of the following members:

  • Rassii Elliott (Life Member, Eta Omega & NED Governor) – Lead Advisor
  • Michael Napolitano (Life Member, Kappa Upsilon & Sponsor/DOB Committee Co-Chair)
  • Laura Borzellieri (Life Member, Lambda Delta & Curriculum Committee Member)
  • Evan Choy (Life Member, Kappa Gamma & Chapter Ops Committee Member)
  • Mia Harvey (Alumna, Nu Zeta & Communications Committee Member)

We are excited to welcome our friends at Stony Brook University as they start on this journey! If you would like to send a congratulatory note, please email Dr. Stolarik at justin.stolarik@stonybrook.edu.

To learn more about Kappa Kappa Psi’s Petitioning Process and how to start a chapter, please visit the Expansion page on our National website. For further inquiries, please email our National Vice President for Membership and Expansion, Bang Co, at bangco@kkpsi.org.

Northeast District Governor Announcement

Brothers of the Northeast District –

I am pleased to announce to you the individuals that will serve as Northeast District Governors for the upcoming 2015-2017 biennium.

Marie Burleigh will return in her role as a Northeast District Governor.  You all have worked with her throughout the past several years, and I know that Marie is excited to continue in this role.  She is a valuable resource to the active members of the Northeast District, and I am confident that she is going to continue to help guide the district officers and the entire district as the NED continues to Strive for the Highest.  Additionally, Marie serves as a valuable member of the national leadership team in this capacity.

I am pleased to announced that joining Ms. Burleigh as an NED Governor will be Mr. John Leonard.  Mr. Leonard currently serves as the associate director of bands at Northeastern University in Boston, MA where he is the Director of the Pep Band, Director of the Concert Band, and manages several administrative tasks within the department including the scholarship program.  For the past several years John worked alongside DCI Hall of Fame recipients George N. Parks and Thomas P. Hannum, writing music for and instructing the Power and Class of New England, the UMass Marching Band, and served as the Director of the UMass Hoop Band from 2008 until 2012.  John is an honorary member of the Epsilon Nu chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at UMass, and the Delta Delta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma at UMass.  He is also the sponsor of the Nu Theta chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi at Northeastern University.

If you would like to send a congratulatory e-mail or an introduction, you may reach John at jo.leonard@neu.edu.

I look forward to seeing the great things the Northeast District will continue to accomplish.  The work of your district officers and governors will help push this district to new heights.  Remember, tour work matters, band matters, and Kappa Kappa Psi Matters.


Jack Lee

National President

Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity