Meet our Executive Board
Jake is a junior from Vernon Hills, Illinois. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2020 with a degree in sports management. Jake is a member of the Alpha class (Fall '16) and formerly served as House Manager. During the summer of 2018, Jake interned in the Athletics Department at Northwestern University.
Ryan is a senior from Dallas, Texas, where he graduated from Flower Mound High School in 2015. At Mizzou, he is majoring in Science and Agriculture Journalism with an emphasis in environmental science and magazine editing. Outside of the fraternity, Ryan works for the Columbia Missourian and writes for Vox Magazine.
Balaji is a sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri. He is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Business. He hopes to eventually go to medical school and become a physician. Balaji researches in a microbiology lab, and is part of the Biochemistry Club and the Pre-Med Society. In his spare time, Balaji plays soccer with his puppy, Lucky.
Joe is a junior from Nashville, Tennessee studying print-digital journalism. He became a ZBT in January 2017 and is part of the Beta class, and is serving on the executive board for the first time. Outside of ZBT, Joe formerly was the sports editor at The Maneater (MU's student-run newspaper), and currently works at The Missourian. He hopes to go to law school and one day run for office.
Chuck is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas studying sports journalism. He is a part of the Delta class and is serving on executive board for the first time. Outside of the fraternity, Chuck hosts Cut the Nets, a radio show for KCOU (MU's student-run radio station).
Brotherhood Development Director
Jake is a junior from the suburbs of Chicago. He enjoys collecting marbles and playing with his dogs. Jake claims his main job is to bring the house closer together in brotherhood and schedule quality events. Jake also has a passion for bird watching and jigsaw puzzles!
Noah Fischer is a junior from Arlington, Texas. He is pursuing a degree in Finance and Banking with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2020. In addition to his membership in Zeta Beta Tau, Noah is a member of the Missouri Investment Group. Outside of the fraternity, Noah enjoys writing and making music.
Risk Prevention and Wellness Director
Jerod is a part of the Alpha class and has been the Social Events Chair in recent years. Jerod is an avid checkers player and won his elementary school tournament in just the 4th grade! Adding to his trophy case, Jerod also won his 5th grade spelling bee.
Meet our Chapter Advisors
Andy Speller, MBA (Omega, University of Missouri ‘92)
Andy works with our chapter leadership on a regular basis to ensure success in all areas of chapter operations. As a past chapter president, Andy cares deeply about the educational success, as well as the social success of each brother. Andy is a finance professional in the healthcare industry who resides in St. Louis with his wife, Tracy, and two children, Anna and Jake.
Contact Andy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (314) 596-2238.
Dr. Steve Oppenheim, MD (Beta Gamma, Indiana University Bloomington ‘87)
Dr. Oppenheim is a ZBT alumnus of Indiana University who currently works as a Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the MU School of Medicine as well as an Anesthesiologist at the MU Hospital. As an advisor, he works with brothers of the Omega chapter to ensure that ZBT at Mizzou is operating safely and providing brothers with quality programming. Steve lives in St. Louis with his wife, Michelle, and his three sons, Matthew, Josh, and Zach.
Contact Steve by email at email@example.com, or by phone at (314) 374-9509.
Meet our House Father
Dr. Thomas Prater
(Omega, University of Missouri, MA ‘83, Ph.D. ‘03)
Our house father is perhaps the most instrumental brother in the chapter. Dr. Prater, or as we call him, “Pop,” served as the house father for the Omega Chapter while working towards his graduate degrees. in the 80s and 90s. Beloved by the brothers, they decided to initiate Pop as a brother himself. After the chapter had to shut it’s doors in 1995, Pop never gave up hope. When a group of underclassmen decided to recolonize ZBT at MU in 2015, Pop was there to guide them along the process the entire way; and as soon as the chapter was big enough to secure an official fraternity house, Pop was gracious enough to, once again, resume his rightful position as Omega’s house father.
As the house father, Tom lives in the fraternity house and aids the chapter in every way possible. He works with ZBT’s chef to make sure brothers are eating healthy and delicious food and he works with the executive board to plan events and promote brotherhood. Most importantly, Pop works with each and every brother whenever they need it, be it on writing a paper, giving a class presentation, or just to talk about something personal.
Dr. Prater has worked as a teacher, professor, playwright, and actor. He has taught at Columbia College, Stephens College, and the University of Missouri. Most recently, Pop was a teacher for Columbia Public School’s Center for Gifted Education for 20+ years. Now semi-retired, he teaches History of American Musical Theater as a summer school course for the Center for Gifted Education. Tom is listed on the Mizzou Theater Department’s website as a Notable Alumnus.
Contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (504) 858-3325.
In this ZBT Omega composite picture from 1993-4, you can see Pop (bottom row, fourth from the right) as the house father just one year before the chapter had to unfortunately close it’s doors.
Due to a number of reasons, one of which was the shrinking numbers of Jewish men choosing to attend Mizzou, the membership levels began to decline in the early 90s and continued every year until the chapter could no longer afford to provide a quality collegiate experience and strong brotherhood.