John Ashton, President
Roselind Lindau, Acting Vice President
Brian Levitsky, Secretary
Roselind Lindau, Treasurer
Elizabeth Pridgen Underwood
Randa Duvick (Valparaiso University liaison)
Brent Fergusson (University of Chicago liaison)
Jules Gleicher (Rockford University liaison)
Patti Ray (Loyola University Chicago liaison)
Katy Reedy (Lake Forest College liaison)
Scott P. Sheridan (Illinois Wesleyan University)
Judi Strauss-Lipkin (President Emeritus)
Interested in joining the Executive Board? Contact President John Ashton.
John Ashton received his key from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where he holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Archaeology. He holds an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley and is a practicing licensed structural engineer with completed projects that may be found in all four hemispheres of the globe. Outside of engineering, he has many diverse interests, including police procedural mysteries, board and card games both ancient and modern, languages in the Romance and Germanic/Scandinavian families, mixology, model-building, and collecting antiques. As a volunteer with his local alumni association and as a member of the PBKACA Executive Board, he has been, and intends to continue, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. More recent accomplishments include learning to play the didgeridoo (an Aboriginal Australian musical instrument), adding English subtitles to a German-language murder-mystery movie on DVD, and writing three medieval-period rock ‘n’ roll musicals. And he even knows how to return a phone call.
Roselind Lindau earned her key at Northwestern University (Alpha Chapter) in 1967. She received her M.A. in 1968 from the University of Illinois. After teaching junior high and high school Latin, she joined The Chicago Trust Company and then Continental Bank as an estate tax accountant. She subsequently became a trust and estate administrator at Continental. She returned to Chicago Trust in 2000 and finished her career as a vice president in the estate settlement department at Bank of America, having come full circle through a series of bank mergers. She joined the PBKACA Executive Board in 2003 and has been its secretary since 2005. She is also a member the Scholarship Committee and an active participant in the Book Group. Other interests include tutoring an elementary student through the City Lights program, reading, travel, and theater.
John Hartigan graduated from Beloit College (Beta chapter of Wisconsin) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Philology. He received his M.A. in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin. He started with Follett College Resources as a technical writer back in the 90s. He moved to Rockwell Electronic Commerce in 2000. Next, he worked at Orbitz Worldwide where he moved into product management. He stayed at Orbitz until its merger with Expedia. He now works as a product owner at Applied Systems. He belongs to professional groups for technical communication and product management. He enjoys reading, playing games and riding his bike along the north branch of the Chicago river when weather permits.
Geraldine K. Piorkowski, Ph.D., a recently retired Clinical Psychologist, spent more than 50 years in the field of psychology. She has held a variety of positions in the Chicago area, including Chair of the Psychology Dept. at Roosevelt University, Director of the Counseling Center at Roosevelt U. and at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Supervising Psychologist at Northwestern U. Medical School and at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute. In addition, she was in Private Practice on Michigan Ave. for many years, where she specialized in working with unhappy couples. She is the author of two books on Romantic Love: TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT; EXPLORING THE RISKS OF INTIMACY and ADULT CHILDREN OF DIVORCE; CONFUSED LOVE SEEKERS.
Dr. Piorkowski completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Illininos, Urbana-Champaign, where she also earned her Phi Beta Kappa Key. She is currently on the Board of PBKACA.
Benton Turner received his key from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with minors in Political Science and Spanish. He was an active member of DePauw’s Management Fellows Program for Business and Entrepreneurship. Benton has worked across functional areas of business with companies ranging from small start-ups in Series A fundraising rounds to large, industry leaders with billion dollar revenues. He currently works as a consultant in West Monroe Partners’ Operations Excellence Practice, partnering with clients to drive business transformation and large-scale technology implementations. In his personal time, he enjoys traveling, following current events and reading.
Elizabeth Underwood was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, SC, and earned her undergraduate degree, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, in Communication Studies and Spanish from the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University. She was heavily involved in campus life, dedicating her time to academic organizations, service groups, and the Clemson University Dance Company as a company member for four years. After graduation, Elizabeth attended Northwestern University to pursue a Masters in Learning Disabilities.
While in graduate school, Elizabeth was a student clinician in the diagnostic and remediation clinics. She was fortunate to receive an education that allowed her to learn how to administer diagnostic assessments, remediate learning challenges while building on strengths, and learn how to support the whole child. Following graduation, Elizabeth worked for four years as a learning specialist at Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts (AACA), a parochial school in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. While there, she helped develop its learning support program, supported students individually and in small groups, attended a number of conferences, and led a whole-faculty training in Thinking Maps. She then taught fifth grade for four years at Hyde Park Day School, which is Chicago’s only school for students with language-based learning disabilities. Next year, she will begin her role as a literacy learning specialist at DePaul College Prep.
Randa Duvick represents Valparaiso University’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Eta of Indiana, in the PBKACA. She is Professor of French at Valpo, and completed her undergraduate degree at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she received her Phi Beta Kappa key. She holds her Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Among her academic interests is researching the French heritage of Indiana and the Midwest. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and travel–particularly to France—and would like to be able to spend more time exploring the culture and literature of French-speaking West Africa.
Brent Fergusson represents the University of Chicago chapter of Phi Beta Kappa in the PBKACA. He works in the College Dean of Students office at UChicago, where he received a Masters in the Humanities in 2015. Brent has worked as a Writing Specialist and Lector for the Writing Program at the University, and his academic interest lies in Philosophy and Animal Studies; his thesis explored the problem of pain in Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation using Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations and the work of Wittgenstein scholar Cora Diamond. Before joining the University, Brent worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician in the south loop. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in Philosophy in 2007, and lives with his two kids and one partner, a kindergarten and special ed teacher come educational consultant come covid-homeschooler.
Dr. Jules Gleicher is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and former Chairman of the Political Science Department at Rockford University, where he has taught classes in political philosophy, constitutional law, American national government, and politics in literature. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his MA and PhD from the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Accidental Revolutionary: Essays on the Political Teaching of Jean-Paul Sartre (University Press of America, 1982) and Political Themes in the Hebrew Scriptures (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and articles on Sartre, Moses Maimonides, Shakespeare, Plutarch, the Hebrew Scriptures, and various topics in constitutional studies.
Patti Ray is the Hillel Director Emerita at Loyola University Chicago and an Adjunct Staff Member of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She is also the Advisor to the Loyola-Israel Student Alliance and the Secretary of Loyola’s Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, Kappa of Illinois. In the community, Patti is on the Board of the Chicago Jewish Historical Society.
Patti’s life work has been as a Hillel Professional working on college campuses. She was the first woman Hillel Director, when in 1975 she was appointed Hillel Director at the University of Illinois Chicago Circle. In 1987, Patti founded the Hillel at Loyola University Chicago. She retired from Hillel in 2013 and is now focused more on the academic side of Loyola University as a mentor in the Modern Hebrew program she helped establish, creating Loyola’s first presence in Israel with Loyola faculty-led classes, and working on special programs for the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Patti received her Bachelor of Arts degree in the Teaching of English from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she earned her Phi Beta Kappa Key. She also received a Master’s of Arts degree in Contemporary English and American Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Scott P. Sheridan holds a Ph.D. in French literature from the University of Iowa, and he is Professor of French and Italian, and Director of International Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. He received his key from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (alpha of Nebraska) where he studied English and French. In addition to being a scholar of Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century French and Quebecois literature, interarts discourse, and cultural studies, his most recent scholarship focuses on children’s literature, with a co-edited volume entitled Constructing Childhood: Literature, History, Anthropology published by Nestor Press, and an article entitled “American Cultural Hegemony and Classic Children’s Cartoons: Dynamics of Identity and Alterity in Representations of the Foreigner,” which appeared recently in the journal Studies in Children’s Literature. As a professional translator, Sheridan also has published several translations of popular literature.
Judi Strauss-Lipkin has been active in PBKACA since the 1980’s when she came to an Annual Dinner and was recruited to be on the Board. She was president from 1993-97, when the PBK Triennial was held in Chicago, and has been the current president for several years. She is also secretary of the PBK Society Committee on Associations. Judi earned her PBK key from The University of Pennsylvania (Delta, 1964) with a major in psychology and has an MEd from Harvard University and a PhD from The Union Institute. She was Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at George Williams College and Benedictine University from 1969-2001. Currently, Judi is the owner of Strauss Tax Service, providing tax preparation and tax and financial consultation services to individuals and trust and estate representatives.
2020 PBKACA Organizaional Chart