American Fraternal Alliance Board Welcomes Two New Directors

OAK BROOK, IL October 6, 2017 – The American Fraternal Alliance welcomed two new fraternal executives to its Board of Directors at the 2017 Annual Meeting, September 6-8, in Chandler, Arizona:  Matthew E. (Matt) Ellis, Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel, WoodmenLife; and Joe Alvarez, VP, Operations and Information Technology at FaithLife Financial.

“The Alliance and its member societies congratulate Matt and Joe on their election to serve as Directors on the Board,” said Alliance President and CEO Joseph J. Annotti. “The Alliance and its Board of Directors are dedicated to providing our members with the tools they need to thrive as a modern and financially sound fraternal benefit society.”

Matthew Ellis serves Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society (WoodmenLife) as Vice President and General Counsel. He previously served as Director and Assistant General Counsel. As the head of WoodmenLife’s Legal Division, Ellis is responsible for the organization and coordination of all legal efforts of the organization, including litigation, corporate matters, compliance, security, and risk management.

Ellis began his career with WoodmenLife in 2006, and he became a member and joined Chapter 706 in Omaha, NE. Prior to joining WoodmenLife, Ellis was self-employed and worked for various insurance companies.

Ellis graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in 1994, and earned his Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) in 1996, and law degree in 1997 from Creighton University in Omaha. Ellis holds Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) series 7 and 66 licenses. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Creighton University.

Joe Alvarez is Vice President of Operations and Information Technology for FaithLife Financial, a financial services organization that helps Christians blend faith and finances to be wise with money and live generously – serving God, families and communities. As a fraternal benefit society/membership organization, it offers its more than 30,000 members a broad range of products, services and guidance from financial representatives across Canada. For more than 45 years it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship.

In his 28 years of service with FaithLife Financial, Alvarez has played pivotal roles in a number of areas and has assumed increasingly senior roles in product development, outsourcing information technology, and member services.

Alvarez has committed his career to the fraternal system and is committed to the growth of FaithLife Financial and the fraternal movement in general.

About the American Fraternal Alliance

The American Fraternal Alliance promotes and supports the missions of its 63 not-for-profit fraternal benefit society members operating in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Fraternal benefit societies are a different kind of life insurance provider, securing members’ futures through reliable financial service offerings, and giving back to their local communities through meaningful volunteer activities. Alliance member societies represent nearly 9 million individuals, making it one of America’s largest member-volunteer networks.

About WoodmenLife

WoodmenLife was founded in 1890 as a not for profit. The organization gives back to its nearly 700,000 members, who join together in a commitment to family, community and country. With a legacy of financial stability, WoodmenLife offers quality life insurance and retirement products. To learn more about the organization, visit

 About FaithLife Financial

FaithLife Financial is a Christian financial services organization that provides insurance and investment solutions to more than 31,000 members in Canada. The organization reinvests a portion of its earnings in member-directed community outreach to strengthen Canadian families, churches and communities. FaithLife Financial’s mission is to help people protect their financial future, live their Christian values and build a better world.


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