NGLA Spotlight

NGLA educates leaders from a variety of fraternal experiences to transform and empower their community and align actions with values.

The NGLA Spotlight features fraternity and sorority chapters, councils, communities, and individuals who demonstrate commitment to the fraternal movement and help advance the NGLA Mission and Vision.



This month, we'd like to recognize the award recipients of the 2020 Josette Kaufman Health & Wellness Award, Guenzler Award, Philippi Award, and Bonnie Wunsch Volunteer Service Awards Winners:

Josette Kaufman Health & Wellness Award

Stockton University Mental Health

Stockton University Mental Health brought together members from all councils to discuss mental health concerns, coping skills, and resources for getting help and support on their campus as a response to an increase in the wait times for their University’s counseling center. What started out as a one time event has become a recurring event, making it not only an opportunity for learning across the Fraternity and Sorority Community, but also a peer-facilitated support group.


Guenzler Award

Jamel Catoe, University of Connecticut

The 2020 Guenzler Award recognizes Jamel Catoe as someone who is and has been an honest and visionary leader for their organization for nearly two decades. As a leader for multiple Northeast campuses, Jamel’s passion and purpose is apparent. Jamel continues to be at the forefront of change and cares deeply about the fraternal movement.


Phillipi Award

Matt Lenno, Towson University

Matt Lenno impacts the campus community as the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life as well as a mentor to many. Doubling the size of the campus’s Fraternity and Sorority Life in just a few short years, Matt has completely changed the campus culture for members by being dedicated to risk management and leadership development. He has advocated for growing the Fraternity and Sorority Life Office, expanding the budget, and taking time to attend and support as many FSL events as possible. Matt is always ready to provide feedback to organizations and make sure that members always have a seat at the table no matter the discussion.


Bonnie Wunsch Volunteer Service Award

Ryan S. Cole, Columbia University

Ryan S. Cole is a long-term volunteer who refuses to settle for complacency. When Ryan started volunteering for NGLA as a graduate student his enthusiasm and motivation was observed right away. Each year, Ryan volunteers above-and-beyond the description of his position. As the Educational Programming Chair, Ryan pushed NGLA to provide educational experiences that benefit the breadth of our membership. Ryan is professional, has strong attention to detail, is committed to excellent customer service, and has the ability to respond calmly in every situation. Our team, and really the entire conference, has benefitted from Ryan’s strong work and professionalism. We are grateful for his enthusiastic support for this Association, and are thrilled that he will be serving as our 2023 Conference Chair.