Grand Officer Candidates

All applicants must fill out an application at least one month prior to the Opening Business Session of Grand Council or a date selected and published by the Nominations Committee Chair. Candidate bios will be posted below as applications come in.

Grand President

Grant Stimes (Psi)

Grant Stimes grew up in Geneseo, Illinois. After graduating high school, Grant attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where he earned his Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters of Public Administration in May 2017. Grant then moved to Iowa City where he completed his Postgraduate Year One (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in June 2018. After completion of that program, Grant completed his PGY2 residency in Infectious Diseases through the University of Connecticut and Connecticut Children's Medical Center in 2019. Since 2019, Grant has lived in Houston, Texas and is an Antimicrobial Stewardship/Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at Texas Children's Hospital. Grant was initiated into the Psi Chapter of Phi Delta Chi in December 2011. While in pharmacy school, he served as Worthy Prelate and Worthy Alumni Liaison. Grant has served as Midwest Regional Director for Alumni Affairs from 2017 through 2021 and has been the Grand Vice President for Alumni Affairs since 2021. Grant also has facilitated at regional and national meetings as well as served on several national committees. Grant enjoys playing board/video games with friends, cooking, playing volleyball, attending sports games in Houston, and walking around the local parks.

Landon Weaver (Beta Psi)

Landon Weaver grew up in Rosemount, Minnesota. After graduating high school Landon moved to Duluth, Minnesota where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2012. He stayed in Duluth for another four years while he completed his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in May 2016. Landon completed a residency through the University of Minnesota Postgraduate (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency Program at CentraCare Health in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 2017. Landon recently moved home to Rosemount, Minnesota and is a medication therapy management pharmacist employed at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Landon’s Brotherhood with Phi Delta Chi began in 2012 when he was Initiated into the Beta Psi chapter of Phi Delta Chi. During his Collegiate years he served in several roles including service co-chair and Worthy Chief Counselor. As an Alumni Brother, Landon served as the Midwest Regional Director for Collegiate Affairs and Great Lakes Regional Director for Collegiate Affairs. He continues to serve Phi Delta Chi as the Grand Vice President for Collegiate Affairs. Furthermore, he served on several national committees and as a facilitator at both regional and national meetings.

In his free time Landon enjoys competing in trivia, cooking, playing board games, reading, streaming video games, and swimming.

Grand Vice President for Collegiate Affairs

Nicole Nielsen (Gamma Omega)

Nicole Nielsen grew up in Mokena, Illinois. After graduating high school, Nicole moved to Storm Lake, Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Buena Vista University. She then moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Lipscomb University in 2014. From there, Nicole went on to complete a Postgraduate (PGY1) Pharmacy Practice Residency in Community Pharmacy at Marcrom’s Pharmacy in Manchester, Tennessee in 2015. Nicole then completed a Postgraduate (PGY2) Pharmacy Practice Residency in Ambulatory Care at Sharp-Reese Stealy in San Diego, California in 2016. Nicole then started her career as an Academic and Ambulatory Care faculty member at California Health Sciences University (CHSU) from 2016to 2018 in Clovis, California. She then moved to Los Angeles to become a faculty member at West Coast University (WCU) from 2018-2022, before finally moving to Omaha, Nebraska. Nicole is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Creighton University, where she practices as an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist in a Family Medicine clinic.

Nicole’s Brotherhood with Phi Delta Chi began as a Founding Brother of the Gamma Omega chapter at Lipscomb University. Nicole then went on to serve as a Faculty Advisor for the Delta Gamma Collegiate Chapter at CHSU. When Nicole moved to Los Angeles to work at West Coast University (WCU), she helped start the newest chapter of Phi Delta Chi, Delta Mu, serving as their Founding Faculty Advisor. Nicole has been a facilitator at the Leader-Development Seminar (LDS) in Arlington in 2022 and has been involved in various leadership development activities.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys to travel with her husband, Marcus, and daughter Jade. She also enjoys spending time with her family and three dogs.

Grand Vice President for Alumni Affairs

Dena Dillon (Alpha)

Dr. Dena Behm Dillon, Pharm.D., AAHIVP, earned her Pharm.D. degree from the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy, then completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, Florida and an Infectious Diseases/Critical Care Specialty Residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

Dena’s love for Phi Delta Chi started when she was initiated in 1992 at Alpha Chapter. She remains active, serving as co-advisor for the Nu Chapter which she was instrumental in reactivating. She has served as Midwest Regional Director for Alumni Affairs and facilitator of Leader-Development Seminar, as well as facilitating at multiple national and regional meetings and giving multiple CE programs for her Brothers. She has also served the Brotherhood by conducting a Focus visit and multiple ChEQ visits, both as part of her duties as Regional Officers and as a volunteer. She was honored to recently be granted awards for Outstanding Chapter Advisor and Honorary Grand President.

Dr. Dillon is a specialized pharmacist with a passion for the care of people living with HIV, which she’s had the privilege of doing for over 25 years. She loves to teach others, and often has learners with her in the adult and pediatric HIV Clinics at University of Iowa HealthCare. She has worked as an Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at University of Iowa HealthCare and as a research analyst at the VA Health Care System in Iowa City, working to set up and research an HIV telehealth clinic. She currently serves as Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in the adult and pediatrics HIV Clinics at UIHC, consultant and mentor for Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center (MATEC), and Partners PrEP coordinator for Iowa TelePrEP (an HIV prevention program which she helped to start). She serves the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy as Adjunct Associate Professor, participating in the Ambulatory Care rotation at UIHC and precepting students and residents in the Virology Clinic.

Grand Vice President for Communications

Grand Vice President for Financial Affairs

Yancey Lockhart (Gamma Gamma)

Yancey is a 2013 graduate of the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood, Virginia. He is also a 2020 Graduate of The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business/McIntire School of Commerce: Masters in Science in Business Analytics. This experience should translate well to the governance of an organization of our diversity and scale. Yancey has faithfully served the Phi Delta Chi Professional Fraternity as a Project Director fulfilling the Duties of Treasurer from 2018 till 2021. He is excited to once again offer to serve his fraternity at the highest level. During his tenure as the Treasurer of PDC; he has taken on an advisory role related to management of day-to-day finances. He also has overseen the implementation of an investment policy that has provided long term financial stability for the fraternities greater than one million dollars in assets. This included working with the EC and Executive Director to help draft the initial request for proposal, interviewing firms, determining the amount to invest, as well as signing off on the final transfer of funds and follow up with the investment advisors to ensure continued growth of our investment portfolio.

Yancey aka “Biggie-Me” (Gamma Gamma #68) has been an active and enthusiastic Brother since before initiation, attending Gatlinburg as a Pledge/Recruit in 2010. He attended his second initiation/ chapter activation (Gamma Xi) a mere week after his own. He has attended numerous other chapter activations including Gamma Chi (colony coordinator), Delta Alpha and Gamma Omega. He has also been a diligent member of multiple committees including Grand Council planning, finance (chair), OTC workshop revision (chair), ritual revision, and others. He also served as assistant parliamentarian at the 72nd Grand Council in Anaheim.

Yancey grew up in rural Southwest Virginia and now calls the beautiful New River Valley of Virginia home where he currently works as a Pharmacy Manager for Walmart. He has been married to the love of his life Nikki for 10 years this August and enjoys being active in his community, fraternity, and church. He enjoys board games as well as playing disc golf and spending time with his furry critter (Ollie, a pit/collie mix) who is a real ham. AAAE

Grand Vice President for Student Affairs

Kali Cira (Theta)

Kali Cira was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she lived until she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergraduate school. After shadowing numerous pharmacists, Kali realized she was passionate about pharmacy and decided to attend the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Having heard about Phi Delta Chi from other current Brothers, she was eager to be initiated into the fraternity in her first year of pharmacy school.

Kali is passionate about pharmacy and leadership development which drove her to take on leadership roles within Phi Delta Chi. Throughout her first three semesters of serving on executive boards of different organizations, Kali realized she was most passionate about her position as Worthy Correspondent for the Theta Chapter. She could see her positive impact on her own fraternity and decided she wanted to dedicate her time to Phi Delta Chi to have a larger impact on the fraternity at a regional level. Kali decided to run for Midwest Regional Correspondent and has been serving in that role since 2022. As the current Midwest Regional Correspondent, Kali has served as a guiding point for Chapters seeking advice and guidance and has planned the 2023 Midwest FunFest.

Kali enjoys traveling, trying new foods, training for triathlons, playing with her dog, crafts, and trying new breweries in her free time.