Alumni Advisory Board

Meet the 2017-2018 LU Alumni Advisory Board

Tony Landry

President Tony Landry '94 began his professional career as an Admissions Representative at Lamar prior to transitioning to the insurance field for the past 19 years. He is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and is currently serving as President of their Alumni Association. Tony currently lives in Nederland with his daughter Macy. You can see him each fall tailgating with his brothers and supporting LU football.

Christopher Bates

President-Elect Christopher Bates '08 obtained his Law Enforcement Certification from Lamar Institute of Technology and a bachelors degree from Lamar University. In May 2012, Chris won the Democratic Primary at the age of 26 and was sworn in as Jefferson County Constable Precinct 2 in January 2013. Chris is currently the youngest Constable in the State of Texas; the second youngest Constable in Texas history; the first African American Constable ever elected in his precinct; and the youngest elected official in Jefferson County history. Chris has been the Minister of Music at New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Beaumont since 2005, where he enjoys singing and playing the piano. Bates is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is the father of two beautiful daughters.


Ransom Duce Jones

Past President Ransom "Duce" Jones '88 is a Justice Court Judge for Precinct 6 in Jefferson County, Texas since 2008. Prior to becoming J.P., he was a Fire Investigator with Beaumont Fire Department for 25 years. Judge Jones and his wife Ketha enjoy supporting LU sporting events and implements Go Red Day at his office.

Mellie Bevilacqua

Director Mellie (Proctor) Bevilacqua '06 is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Southeast Texas. She resides in Beaumont with her husband Sam '03 and their two children. Mellie is active in the community serving as treasurer of the Southeast Texas Nonprofit Development Center, a 2016 participant in Leadership Southeast Texas, and was awarded the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce's 40 Under 40 Award in 2015.

Brad Brown

Director Brad Brown'81 is Senior Vice President and Trust Manager at First Financial Trust in Beaumont. He is a member of AICPA and Texas Society of CPAs. His community service activities include serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Beaumont, board member of the United Way of Beaumont, and board member of the Christus Health Foundation. He was recognized at the 2008 "Newsmaker of the Year" by the Press Club of Southeast Texas for efforts leading to the passage of the "Ashley and Alicia's Law", a law requiring seat belts on school buses. Brad and his wife Debbie (Williams) '06, continue their commitment in supporting the Lamar University Ashley Brown Memorial Scholarship in Soccer.

Meg Baertl Brown

Director Meg Baertl Brown '15 is a registered nurse at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. She and her husband Jarrod live in Orange with their two cocker spaniels. She is a member of the Junior League of Beaumont, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Southeast Texas YPO, and Sea Rim Striders. She enjoyed her time as a graduate assistant in the School of Nursing while working toward her Master of Science Degree in Nursing. She credits Lamar University for much of her personal and professional success.

John Ceravolo

Director John Ceravolo '98 is an Account Vice President, Portfolio Manager and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM at UBS Financial Services, Inc. He earned a BBA degree in Marketing and while attending LU, joined Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He is active in the community and serves as President of the board of directors of Girls Haven and Ehrhart School Board. He resides in Fannett with his wife Christina (Dixon) and their two children.

Amber Alexander Clark

Director Amber Alexander Clark '11 is the Outreach Coordinator for the City of Beaumont Best Years Center in the Parks and Recreation Department. She resides in Beaumont with her husband Gregory and daughter Abigail. Amber is active in the community serving on the Walk to End Alzheimers and Senior Mardi Gras committees, a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Volunteer, and co-teaches Youth Sunday School with her husband at The Gospel of Jesus Christ Church. She was awarded the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce's 40 Under 40 Award in 2015. Amber enjoys reading, exercising, and traveling with her family. In addition to being an LU graduate, she has a masters degree from the University of North Texas. While at LU, Amber has fond memories of her days as a Peer Advisor for New Student Orientation and a Community Assistant for the residence halls. She credits much of her professional and personal success to the education she received at Lamar University and is proud and honored to serve on the Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board.

Debi Derrick

Director Debi Derrick '81 is the Texas Contributions Coordinator-Public Affairs for Entergy Texas, Inc. She resides in Beaumont and is a member of the Press Club of Southeast Texas.

Cody Dishon

Director Cody Dishon '09 grew up in Bridge City before attending Lamar University for only three years, where he received his degree in Business Administration and graduated summa cum laude. He went on to earn a Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from South Texas College of Law at the age of 24. He is a personal injury lawyer at The Ferguson Law Firm, LLP in Beaumont.

Tea Nguyen Do

Director Tea Nguyen Do '08 is an insurance agent specializing in personal lines and life insurance with Farmers Insurance. She was born and raised in Beaumont. She serves on the Alumni Board of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority and is a member of the Junior League of Beaumont. She and her husband Huy '02 reside in Beaumont with their son, Lucas.

Mike Eaves

Director Mike Eaves '89 is managing partner at Calvert Eaves Clarke & Stelly, L.L.P., where he practices insurance defense and admiralty/maritime law. He and his wife, Sandy (Simmons) '00, live in Beaumont with their daughter Lauren. Mike enjoys reading, hunting, cycling, running and traveling with his family. He credits much of his professional and personal success to the education he received at Lamar University.

Alex Edgerly

Director Alex Edgerly '13 is a dentist at Smiles By Design in Port Arthur. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Biology. During his time at LU, Alex was a member of the Lamar University Ambassadors, SGA, Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, as well as many other student organizations. Upon graduating from LU, Alex spent four additional years in Houston where he attained his DDS degree from UT Houston. He is excited to be back home treating patients in the community where he was raised. Alex currently resides in Bridge City.

Kristin Mattingly Ferguson

Director Kristin Mattingly Ferguson '05 is the Controller for the City of Beaumont. As past president of the Southeast Texas Chapter of TSCPA, Kristin has mentored many Lamar University Accounting students interested in becoming a CPA. She enjoys traveling and attending Lamar football games with her family. She and her husband Jason reside in Lumberton with their son.

Joel Foxworth

Director Joel Foxworth '01, '03 is the Market President of Third Coast Bank in Beaumont and the Owner/Managing Member of Port Arthur RV Resort. He and his wife Michelle (Wolfe) '04, live in Sour Lake with their two children. He serves on multiple boards and is currently the President of the Coastal Conservation Association Golden Triangle Chapter. Both Joel and Michelle played tennis for Lamar and love Lamar Athletics. Joel has been a board member of Cardinal Club for a decade helping to raise funds for LU sports. Also, he is a frequent speaker at the LU College of Business, where he attributes much of his career success.

Surya Gade

Director Surya Gade '01, '04 is the Manager of Geographic Information Systems at Gulf Interstate Engineering in Houston. Surya graduated with a Master of Engineering degree in 2001 and a Doctor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 from Lamar University. While attending LU, Surya was a member of ASME, and Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma honor societies and serves as President of the Friends of India Association. Upon graduation, Surya served as Executive Director of International Student Services at Lamar University. Surya served Lamar University as a student, employee, and is excited now to serve as an alumnus. Surya is a registered professional engineer and resides in Sugar Land, TX with his wife Sudhaa (Subramanian) '04 and their three children.

Rachel Gilford

Director Rachel Gilford '03, '10 is a former Pre-Kindergarten teacher of Bingman Head Start where she served for seven years. She was the Pre-Kindergarten Early Start Grant Mentor for the Beaumont Independent School District for one year and taught for two years at Dishman Elementary School as a kindergarten and first grade teacher. Since 2009, she served as a Mentor Teacher under the Lamar University Leadership Program. She is currently an entrepreneur of Remember When. Rachel resides in Bulverde, TX with family who loves to travel together and participate in 5k events. She volunteers her talent and time at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church for her Women's Sunday School Class. Rachel attributes part of her success as a teacher from attending graduate classes taught by Dr. Dorothy Sisk. She enjoys attending LU Jazz Nights and Homecoming Tailgates with her family and friends.

Tim Gregory

Director Timothy Gregory '89 is a Process Operator with Invista Srl in La Porte. He and his wife, Ireese' (Battles) '00, live in Beaumont with their four children. Tim enjoys refurbishing old homes and spending time with his family.

Christy Cowart Hart

Director Christy Cowart Hart '95 and her husband Mitch '95 live in Littleton, CO with their youngest daughter Cameron. Their oldest daughter Mackenzie attends the University of Colorado. Christy enjoys getting involved in the community and enjoyed her involvement with LU students assisting with New Student Move In and enjoying tailgating with her co-workers at home football games.

Alan Hefty

Director Alan Hefty '69, CPA is the owner of Alan Hefty & Co., P.C. CPAs in Beaumont. He and his wife, Cherrie (McVey) '70 live in Beaumont, have two sons and five grandchildren. In addition to his professional duties, Alan serves as a director and officer of several professional and community organizations.

Gary Hidalgo

Director Gary Hidalgo '71, '73 is a graduate of Lamar University with a BA and MA and also attended Texas Tech University to continue post graduate work in Urban Studies. Gary has 42 years of administrative experience providing services to individuals with mental illness and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has held several positions, including Executive Director of Beaumont State Center and Chief Operating Officer of Spindletop Center. He retired as the Executive Director of the ARC of Greater Beaumont, a non-profit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He currently is president of Diversified Training and Consulting Services. Gary is an instructor of Applied Ethics and provides training that focuses on ethical and moral behavior, especially in the public sector. He is married to his wife Pam for 41 years and has two grown sons and two grandsons.

Derina Holtzhausen

Director Derina Holtzhausen is a Professor and the Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Prior to joining Lamar University, Dr. Holtzhausen was director of the School of Media and Strategic Communication at Oklahoma State University. She and her husband Paul reside in Beaumont. Dr. Holtzhausen serves at the 2017-2018 faculty representative of the Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board.

Ronald Jackson

Director Ronald Jackson '95 is the Athletics Director at the Beaumont Independent School District. While attending Lamar University, Ronald played on the men's basketball team. He and his wife Stefanie (Bellinger) '94 reside in Beaumont.

Alan Kondo

Director Alan Kondo '11 graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lamar University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Alan is employed with ExxonMobil in Baytown and is a member of the ExxonMobil Lamar University Recruiting Team. While attending LU, Alan served as president of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity, member of AICHE, Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi, and Alpha Lambda Delta-Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies. He and his wife Ashley (Austin) '12 reside in Mont Belvieu. Alan enjoys volunteering with Junior Achievement, supporting Lamar Cardinal Athletics, and spending time with friends and family.

Stephen Lee

Director Stephen Lee '89 graduated from Lamar University with a BBA in Finance and is currently CEO and President of First Financial Bank, NA-Southeast Texas Region. Stephen has spent more than 20 years in the banking industry in SE Texas. He and his wife Jami (Archer) '95, live in Orange and have two boys, Mitchell and Michael. Stephen is actively involved in the community serving as Director of Lamar State College-Orange Foundation, the Orange Chamber of Commerce, the Lutcher Theatre, Baptist Hospital Foundation, the Salvation Army and the United Way of Orange County.

Chip Majors

Director Chip Majors '93 is a CPA and the Managing Partner of Wathen, DeShong & Juncker, LLP. Chip is also a proud LU ambassador who mentors high school and college students. He is active in his community and church serving on various committees and volunteer boards including the Lamar University Accounting Advisory Board and the Wesley Foundation. He is a Cardinal Club Member and LU Football Season Ticket Holder. He and his bride Vivianne reside in Lumberton and have three children ages 12, 20, and 30. Chip enjoys traveling with his family, camping, collecting vintage toys, picking guitar, shooting home videos and firearms.

Diana Davis Miles

Director Diana Davis Miles '09 is employed with Christus St. Elizabeth as the Quality Improvement Coordinator. She is married to her high school sweetheart Rodney, and they reside in Beaumont with their daughter Morgan. Diana served as the 2016-2017 President of the Junior League of Beaumont, co-teaches Sunday School with her husband at Emmanuel Baptist Church and volunteers at All Saints, her daughter's school. She also cares for her 89 year old mother who lives with her. She has three dogs - Rico, Diesel and Misty. She is proud and honored to serve on the Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board.

Jennifer Nichols

Director Jennifer Turner Nichols '03 graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lamar University with a BBA in Accounting. Jennifer is a CPA and attorney and a partner at Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP, where she practices business, estate planning and guardianship law. She and her husband, Luke Nichols, live in Beaumont with their sons and daughter. Jennifer also serves on a variety of local boards including the Lamar University Planned Giving Advisory Board. Jennifer values the education she received from Lamar University and credits Lamar for much of her personal and professional success.

Cindy Dinkins Partin

Director Cindy Dinkins Partin '97, '99 is a Psychotherapist and Supervisor and Program Counselor, specializing in children and adolescents, at Baptist Behavioral Health Center. She is the secretary for the Counseling and Special Populations Advisory Board at Lamar University. Cindy remains involved with the Junior League of Beaumont after completing her term as President in 2014. She has served on the Board for the Beaumont Children's Museum. She and her husband Chris live in Beaumont. She has fond memories of her days at Lamar University serving as the Student Government President and President of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority as well as wonderful recollections of working in the Student Development Office and being involved in campus activities and new student orientation.

Ashley Pippins

Director Ashley Reed Pippins '15 is a Human Resource Business Partner at Christus Southeast Texas Health System in Beaumont, TX. She is also a member of Beaumont Rotaract Club and SETHRA. Ashley and her husband Jarvis reside in Beaumont with their daughter. During her time at Lamar University, Ashley was granted the Steinhagen Global Fellow Scholarship which provided her the opportunity to study abroad in China. While in China, Ashley was able to explore diverse and innovative ideas in one of the world's leading economies. Ashley believes the Lamar University MBA Program through its dedication provided her with knowledge and skills that enabled her to become the highest truest expression of herself beyond graduation, personally and professionally, and hopes to give back to the program.

Kim Pruitt

Director Kim Pruitt '14 is a school counselor for Waller ISD and lives in Navasota. Kim is a graduate of LU's online M.Ed. in School Counseling program and also serves as a member of the Counseling and Special Populations Advisory Board at Lamar University. She is a frequent speaker at the LU College of Education & Human Development while being accompanied by one of her "co-counselors", her registered therapy dogs. Kim volunteers as a member of Intermountain Therapy Animals and affiliate group Montgomery Pet Partners.

John Ramsey

Director John Ramsey '98 is the President/Owner of Kinsmen Homes LLC which builds homes in the Southeast Texas, Houston, and Bryan/College Station areas. John is from Port Arthur and is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School. While at LU, he was part of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, a Peer Advisor, SGA, IFC, and was the C. Robert Kemble Leadership Award winner. He currently serves on 4 boards in the Golden Triangle area. He lives in Fannett with his wife, Celeste and three kids.

Jeremy Roebuck

Director Jeremy Roebuck '96 is an otolaryngologist at Southeast Texas Ear, Nose and Throat. Jeremy graduated Cum Laude from Lamar University with a B.S. in Biology. While attending LU, he joined Kappa Sigma Fraternity and was selected for Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society and Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges. He also graduated with his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston McGovern Medical School and completed his residency training in General Surgery and Otolaryngology. He performed the first Cochlear Implant surgery in Beaumont as well as the first Baha implanted hearing device. Jeremy is active in the Southeast Texas community and serves as a member of the Jefferson County Medical Society. He and his wife Jennifer (Samaha) live in Lumberton with their three children.

Amy Babineaux Tarver

Director Amy Babineaux Tarver '99 and her husband Mike '99, '10 live in Lumberton and enjoy sharing the Cardinal experience with their five children. Amy is passionate about personal and professional development and is very involved with the women's ministry at their church.

Phyllis McAfee Thibodeaux

Director Phyllis McAfee Thibodeaux '00 '06 is an educational diagnostician for Beaumont ISD. She and her husband Mister Thibodeaux live in Beaumont with their two children. She volunteers as a soccer coach, holds an office on the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at her daughter's school, and is co-leader of the Girl Scout Troop 130463. She enjoys cheering at Cardinal football, basketball and baseball games.

Fred Vernon

Director Fred Vernon '12, '13 is CEO/Founder of KLV Ventures. Fred graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Accounting, and an MBA and MSA from Lamar University and is a native of Port Arthur. While attending LU, Fred was a member of the Lamar Ambassadors, SGA, Honors Student Association, and National Society of Black Accountants. He was also chosen as a Steinhagen Global Fellow and recipient of the Aaron Rose Award. Upon graduation, Fred worked as a valuation analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers until he left to manage his transportation company, KLV Ventures, full-time. Fred resides in Katy, TX.