Headquarters Staff

Tom Pennington
Executive Director

Tom joined the Fraternity staff in 2016 and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team having served over 30 years as a campus and fraternity professional, speaker, consultant and volunteer.  Tom is a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and served Phi Psi as a senior staff member, CEO of the national foundation and on its national council.

As the Executive Director, Tom works collaboratively with the Triangle Education Foundation and Triangle Building and Housing Corporation, implements strategies and tactics of the Fraternity’s long-range plans, and facilitates membership growth – both at existing chapters and expansion to new campuses.

Contact Tom in regards to Fraternity operations, membership growth or risk management concerns.


Rhonda Halcomb
Director of Operations

Hired in 1991 as a bookkeeper for the Fraternity, Rhonda Halcomb is the organization’s longest tenured employee.  She was promoted to Director of Operations where she oversees the business aspects of the national organization, including finances, event registration, headquarter building operations, and human resources.  She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and has served her community in a variety of capacities, including president of a home economics club and women’s leader in her church.

Contact Rhonda for assistance with all fee and membership related issues, including financial operations of the fraternity, questions about jewelry, National Fees, and replacement of ritual equipment, membership manuals, pins and badges, as well as address/phone/email changes, Chapter Eternal notification, and pledge and initiation procedures.


Ariel Tarosky
Director of  Education & Communication


Ariel joined the Triangle Fraternity staff in March 2015 as the Fraternity’s first ever Director of Leadership Programs. As the Director of Leadership Programs, Ariel works towards developing a comprehensive educational strategy that fits with the National Council’s strategic vision, supports, develops, executes, and assesses curriculum for educational programs, assists with the development and assessment of the Fraternity’s Education & Leadership Consultant (ELC) model, and manages the fraternity’s assessment initiatives for all educational programs.

Additionally, Ariel is responsible for the marketing and branding of the fraternity and oversees the Fraternity’s website, national magazine, and daily publications.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Media Arts, Journalism & Communication Studies Ariel went on to obtain a Master in Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education. In her career Ariel has worked in student life at Carnegie Mellon University and Coastal Carolina University.

Contact Ariel with assistance for educational programming and assessment and with any questions about branding or marketing.


garyGary Ballinger
Director of Chapter Development

Gary joined Triangle Fraternity staff in May 2016 as the Fraternity’s Director of Chapter Development. Gary will work with chapters and colonies to help them continue to develop as strong viable organizations. He will assist groups in maintaining Triangle Fraternity standards, operations, and ongoing personal and organizational development. One of his duties will be coordinate and implement the expansion process for the fraternity which includes support and recruitment for men to aid them on their journey to becoming Triangle Fraternity men.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Family Services Gary went on to obtain a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. He is currently completing work on a PhD in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership. In his career Gary has worked in student life at the University of New Mexico, the University of Arizona, and Indiana State University.

Contact Gary with questions about chapter operations, expansion opportunities, and crisis response.


CJ Derlein-Hoffman marq04
Assistant Director of Chapter Development

CJ joined Triangle Fraternity staff in August 2016 as the Fraternity’s Assistant Director of Chapter Development. CJ is responsible for establishing procedures, protocols and practices for identifying campuses for expansion opportunities, establishing colony expectations, recruiting colony members through in-person, on-campus visits, and recruiting alumni and faculty support for expansion efforts.  Additionally, CJ serves as a liaison to chapters and colonies, and local alumni organizations through on-site visits each year.

CJ first joined Triangle as an undergraduate at Marquette University in spring 2004, later transferring to the University of Iowa. Since then, CJ has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Contact CJ with questions about chapter operations, expansion opportunities, and chapter visits.