Board of Trustees

Members of the FAA Board of Trustees are elected by the alumni at the annual Chapter meeting.  The Board is limited to 17 members: 14 are elected by the Alumni, 2 are appointed by the President, and a Provincial Liaison appointed by the Province.  Board members serve for two years which commence and end on October 1.

The Officers of the Board include the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.  The terms of the officers are 1 year, with the President and Vice-President being limited to two consecutive terms.

There are also several non-elected positions that are filled by Board appointment.  The include: Database Manager, Financial Advisor, Awards Committee and the Webmaster to name a few.

If you are interested in serving on the Board or in another capacity, please let us know.

Click here to view the FAA Code of Regulations.

Rick Gardner

Class:1975
Position:President
Term Ends:2017
Email:rick_gardner@franciscan-alumni.org

After 3 years at the seminary, Rick returned to his hometown of Bloomington, Illinois. Rick went to work for the administrative IT department of Illinois State University in December, 1976. It was there that Rick met his wife, Kathryn. Rick and Kathryn have one son, 23 year old Anthony. Rick and Kathryn both retired from ISU in November, 2006. Rick was at ISU for 30 years, Kathryn for 33 years. Rick spends his time working around the house, bowling, hiking and camping and playing soccer and basketball. Besides being an avid reader, poor Kathryn spends a lot of her time doing Rick’s dirty laundry and keeping track of Rick’s schedule.

Butch Feldhaus

Class:1975
Position:Secretary, Webmaster
Term Ends:2018
Email:butch_feldhaus@franciscan-alumni.org

Since leaving the seminary at the end of his Junior year, Butch has pursued a career in Electrical Engineering. He has also been very active in the church, serving as a Music Minister, Youth Minister, and in the Cursillo, Search and Kairos retreat programs. In his spare time he enjoys cave exploring, hiking and serving as a volunteer EMT on the local cave and cliff rescue team. Butch retired from the Tennessee Valley Authority in 2014 and on June 11, 2016, became a Permanent Deacon for the Diocese of Knoxville in Tennessee. He has been married to his wife Mary Beth since 1987 and resides in Ooltewah, Tennessee.