G.C. Bios 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019
Posted by: Noah Holohan-Kantor
TILDY DAVIDSON was tapped to join St A’s in the first semester of her freshman year at Columbia, after only having been on campus for six weeks. She was initiated in late 1994 and was an active member of the chapter for an unusually long time (all of 1995, 1996, 1997 & 1998 and the first semester of 1999) because she took some time off from school and worked downtown, but continued to live in the Hall and actively participate in meetings. As an undergraduate, she only intended to serve the Hall as a historian; the first time she ran for the office, she lost, but ran again the next year and won. After serving in that role, she thought her service to the Hall was over. Little did Sis. Davidson know she was soon to be tapped again, this time to be Bt., because the chapter was highly factionalized and some graduating seniors thought she could bring the factions together. While she was not the first female Alpha Bt., she was the first to serve two terms, representing her chapter at two different G.C.s: in 1998 at Upsilon and 1999 at Delta. During her time as Bt. the chapter undertook a thorough overhaul of the Friends process because they realized that what the chapter had been doing before wasn’t achieving its goals: some people would be initiated and then never come back except to the occasional party. So, they reorganized the process to include some literary content, in preparation for what life as a St A would actually entail, and then made a case for why St A was necessary.
After graduation, Sis. Davidson joined the board of SAHNY, where she served for several years. When she moved to Philadelphia, she became the national archivist. Prior to her current service as H.D., Sis. Davidson served on David Beers’ G.C. in 2003 and on Edge Coble’s G.C. in 2004. In 2004, as #3, she was responsible for planning the 1-2-3 Conference and planned a venue change, moving the retreat from The Westin Hotel outside Princeton, NJ to a summer camp in the Poconos, a change with a lasting impact. In the intervening 14 years between her stints on the G.C., Sis. Davidson has served on the SAEF board and on the Strategic Planning Committee.
In her life outside the Hall, Sis. Davidson was an Art & Architectural History major at Columbia, with a focus on urban planning. After college, she went to work as a real estate developer in Philadelphia for a company called Albert M. Greenfield and Co. which her great-grandfather founded. She then moved back to New York, where she worked in land use from an environmental perspective and became, and continues to be, a partner in two environmental start-ups: CINCS (Climate Investment Network for Carbon Sequestration), which now goes by the name Climate IQ, and Terra Global Capital. Sis. Davidson holds a Masters Degree in Sustainability Management from the Earth Institute at Columbia University and her team holds two business methods patents for a strategy they developed for measuring carbon credits. She served on many boards in addition to the Hall: Ralston Center Institute on Aging at the University of Pennsylvania, Marble Hill Nursery School, the Lowell School, where she is chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, and The Albert M. Greenfield Foundation. Sis. Davidson has a husband, Duncan, and three sons, Oliver (12), Hugh (9) and Malcolm (5).
GEOFFREY WALKER was initiated at Sigma in 1967, his junior year. In 1969, he graduated Scholar of the House in American Studies and was admitted to Yale Law School. Also in 1969, however, he was drafted into the army, where he’d spend two years. That same year proved to be a crucial one in our order’s history: Yale, and the Sigma chapter, began admitting women for the first time that year.
Bro. Walker returned to Yale as a law student in 1971 and resumed having morning coffee at the Hall. A year later, he danced with an enchanting young Nebraskan with some pretty amazing hair at a Hall party and promptly reactivated his membership; he and Excellent Sister Ann Kennedy have been together ever since. He served as #3 when Ex. Sis. Kennedy became the first woman Bt. in 1973 and attended his first G.C., which Upsilon hosted in 1974.
He then joined a law firm in Houston, Texas and bid a farewell to the Hall for a few decades, building his practice as a corporate and securities lawyer, taking care of three children (including Lucy Kennedy Walker K’03), and serving various non-profit organizations. He is particularly proud of his 21+ years of service as a Director of New Hope Housing, Inc. which has built eight separate projects with about 1200 units of architectural award-winning housing to provide life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent homes with support services for the needy of the City of Houston.
Ever one for tradition, Bro Walker served on two G.C.s as #3 to his better half ’s #1 in 2010 and 2011, among other things producing the Charter for re-founded Iota. He served as a Director of SAEF from 2012 through 2017, updating and rewriting SAEF’s bylaws to conform to current legal requirements. In 2016 and 2017, he drafted the documents to incorporate VLS and to structure its ongoing governance and financing. During 2018 he served as Chair of the Law Committee.
ERIC SIMPSON Σ 2008 is proud to be serving his second year as H.Dncq., the secretary of the Fraternity. He grew up in Haverford, Pennsylvania, outside of Philadelphia (Go Birds!) and graduated from Yale in 2011 with a degree in Classics. After five years as an editor at a magazine of arts and letters, he is now Chief Development Officer at the Paideia Institute, an education nonprofit dedicated to promoting the study of Latin and Ancient Greek. Summers find him in Greece and Italy, where he hosted a Toast to Tony in Rome this year. An accomplished violinist, he freelances as a music critic, frequently reviewing performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and musical institutions around the world. He is a regular contributor to New York Classical Review, and his work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New Criterion, and The Hopkins Review.
BRO. VINCE CHAMBLEE joined St. Anthony Hall in 2007 as a member of the Phi Chapter at The University of Mississippi. As a member of the undergraduate chapter at Phi, Vince held numerous internal and external officer positions, including terms of service as Recruitment Chairman and Alumni Relations Coordinator. Outside the Hall, while at Ole Miss, Vince served as an intern to the Scottish Parliament, was named a national finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, and was selected to receive the Barksdale Extraordinary Student Fellowship, which provided funding for his travel to the U.A.E., Kenya, and Tanzania to study the economics of human trafficking. In 2010, Vince graduated from Ole Miss with degrees in economics, public policy leadership, and accounting and was inducted into The University of Mississippi Hall of Fame.
Since graduating from Ole Miss, Vince has served the Hall in several capacities. He served as a Director of SAEF from 2011 through 2016. Vince served as SAEF’s Audit Committee Chairman during those years and drafted documents to formalize the Committee’s ongoing governance and structure. He currently serves as Treasurer of SAEF, where he oversees SAEF’s annual budgeting, tax reporting, and auditing processes and the overall management of SAEF’s endowment. Vince also serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Anthony Club of Mississippi, the Phi Chapter’s alumni organization.
Professionally, Vince serves as Senior Vice President at Diversified Trust in Memphis, Tennessee, where he advises highnet worth families, foundations, and endowments in areas of financial planning, investment management, estate planning, tax planning, and trust administration. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Tennessee and holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Vince and his wife, Neal Ann, live in Memphis and are passionate supporters of The University of Mississippi and numerous causes and initiatives throughout their native Mississippi and the City of Memphis.
ROBERT LANDAU AMES joined the Hall at Kappa in 2006. While an undergraduate, he served Kappa as literary events chair and president. He graduated from Brown with a degree in history in 2009 and received his Ph.D. from Harvard’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in May 2018. He returned to Harvard to serve as a lecturer on Persian literature in Spring 2019. Rob’s first book, an adaptation of his doctoral dissertation, is under contract with Gorgias Press, in addition to which he frequently reviews books for Reading Religion (an online publication of the American Academy of Religion) and has published peer-reviewed academic articles in Comparative Islamic Studies and Brill’s Journal of Sufi Studies. Bro. Ames lives in Queens, New York with his fiancé, Sis. Alice Rha K’07 and their dog, Eno.
JORDAN PRICE Ξ 2006 is our H.Ebul. for 2019, though she’s been acting as the fraternity’s unofficial social coordinator for over a decade. She graduated from UNC in 2009 with a BA in Psychology and worked in Durham, NC for three years after, maintaining close ties to the active Xi chapter during her stay. She migrated a little closer to home in 2012 for grad school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a Masters degree in Public Health. She’s worked full-time in health research ever since, and spends her free time writing about food, health, and wellness trends for several online publications. She thrives off of planning itineraries and has an encyclopedic knowledge of Philadelphia’s social calendar. Jordan spends an equal amount of time researching restaurants as she does eating at them, and would probably enjoy planning your next birthday dinner.