Alumni Advisory Board

Meet the 2020-2021 LU Alumni Advisory Board

Fred VernonPresident 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 Port Arthur, TX with his wife Wafa (Hammad) '08 and their daughter Saniya.

Tea Nguyen Do

President-Elect 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 Alumnae 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 sons, Lucas and Logan.

Brad Brown

Past President 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.

Emily AllenDirector Emily (Everett) Allen '98, '04 has over 20 years of experience as an educator and is currently the Special Education Supervisor of Evaluation and Compliance for Beaumont ISD. She and her husband Chris reside in Sour Lake with their sons, Aaron and Andrew. She is an active member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church and serves on several community service boards and organizations. She enjoys watching her sons play sports, fishing, traveling, reading, genealogy, and supporting LU Basketball.

Linda Allen

Director Linda (Seay) Allen '02 has dedicated her career to accounting.  She is currently Senior Vice President, Accounting Manager at CommunityBank of Texas in Beaumont.  She lives with her husband, Jeff, in Buna where they share a home with their two rescue fur babies, Bart and Gomer, and Gibson the parrot.  When not working, Linda loves family time, especially when she gets to spend time being a Memaw to her six grandkids.  Linda has stayed faithful to the red and white and still loves cheering on the Lamar University Cardinals.  She is also a fan of the Houston Astros.

Brittnee Barnes

Director Brittnee (Rodriguez) Barnes '12 is a proud Lamar University graduate. She currently serves the Golden Triangle as a State Farm Agent in Beaumont, Texas. Brittnee studied Psychology Pre-Medicine and graduated with honors as a McNair Scholar. Her published research in Spirometry and Impulse Oscillometry, lung function assessment testing, with Dr. Rick Carter was a highlight of Brittnee’s time at LU. She values service through relationship and has a passion for serving families through prevention and protection of assets so that they might live confidently and accomplish their dreams. Brittnee resides in Beaumont with her husband, Chris, and their children Liam and Charlotte.

Aleiya Samad

Director Aleiya (Samad) Bartlett '13 graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lamar University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Aleiya is a Process Safety Engineer at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company in Baytown, TX. During her time at Lamar University, Aleiya was a member of AIChE, Lamar University Ambassadors, College of Engineering Ambassadors, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and LU Toastmasters. Aleiya served Lamar University as a student, employee, and is excited to serve as an alumna. She credits much of her professional and personal success to the education she received at Lamar University. She resides in Humble with her husband Andrew.

Lucas Bell

Director Lucas Bell -03 is the owner of SERVPRO of Orange/Nederland/Lumberton and SERVPRO of Beaumont. He is a Coach for Gulf Coast Youth Soccer and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He and his wife, Melanie, reside in Nederland with their two daughters. Lucas is an LU football season ticket holder and enjoys cheering on the Cardinals at football games.

Jared Boudreaux

Director Jared Boudreaux '98 is President and Managing Partner of Vector Controls and Automation Group. He and his wife, Malinda (Faulk) '98, '00, live in Bridge City, TX with their two boys, Grant and Luke. When not working, he is cheering on his boys at a baseball field or in a basketball gym, and volunteering his time at St. Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Beaumont, TX.

Zachary Celeste

Director Zachary Celeste '11 was born and raised in Beaumont, TX where he attended St. Anne Catholic School and Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School. In December 2011, he earned a BBA in Accounting from Lamar University, finishing in the top 10% of his graduating class. Zach continued his success at Texas Tech University School of Law, graduating cum laude and earning his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 2015. 

Zach joined Wells, Peyton & Partain, LLP in August 2015 and became a partner in January 2019. His areas of practice include Estate Planning, Probate, Probate Litigation, Corporate Formations, Contracts, Real Estate Law, and Commercial Litigation. Zach serves on the board of directors for the Southeast Texas Estate Planning Council and he is also a certified mediator and a regular volunteer at the Jefferson County Dispute Resolution Center.

Outside of work, Zach is a loving son, annoying brother (irrespective of which of his four siblings you ask), and a lucky husband. Above all, Zach is a proud daddy of his little girl, Audrey, who can be whatever she wants to be when she grows up (with a few limitations and exclusions).

Maegan Collins

Director Maegan Collins '16, '18 is an Instructor of Political Science at Lamar University. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Maegan served as an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Advising and as a Career Consultant. As an undergraduate, Maegan was very involved in student leadership positions, serving as a member of the Student Government Association, founding member of Caring Cardinals, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and many other organizations. She completed the Texas Legislative Internship Program with Speaker of the House Joe Straus during the 84th Texas Legislature. In addition, Maegan was the recipient of the Bess Gentry Leadership Award, Ann Shaw Leadership Award, and was named a Senior of Significance. Maegan is actively involved in the Junior League of Beaumont, is a Make-A-Wish Foundation Volunteer, a member of the Lamar University Cardinal Club, a 2019 Leadership Beaumont Graduate and serves as the campus advisor to multiple student organizations. She was also named a 40 Under 40 Award Recipient by the Southeast Texas Young Professionals Organization in 2020. Maegan is on target to graduate from Lamar University with her Doctor of Educational Leadership in 2023.

Brian Craig

Director Brian Craig, Ph.D., P.E., C.P.E. is a Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering and the Director of the Mariner Safety Research Initiative. Before beginning at LU in 2001, Dr. Craig worked for Alcoa, Inc., UPS, and Compaq Computer Corp. His expertise lies in the fields of human factors, ergonomics and safety (HFES). In collaboration with national researchers, practitioners and industry partners, he currently (co)develops models, publications, training materials, procedures, etc. that enhance maritime and offshore design, usability and safety performance. Dr. Craig holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering (specializing in human factors, ergonomics and safety), a MS in Industrial Engineering, and a BS in both Industrial Engineering and Bioengineering all from Texas A&M University, College Station. He resides in Beaumont and is married to his wife Tracie. Together, they have a daughter Alexandra. Dr. Craig serves as the 2020-2021 faculty representative of the Lamar University Alumni Board.

Joshua Davis

Director Joshua Davis ’11, '15, '19 is a Beaumont native who has a love for Lamar University and education, having earned four degrees from LU. During his undergraduate work, Josh was a Mirabeau and McNair Scholar and graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Sociology. He returned to LU two more times to complete his M.B.A. and M.P.H. degrees. Currently, Josh works at Legacy Community Health as the Senior Director of Major Gifts - East Region. His passion for helping people fits in perfectly with the mission of Legacy Community Health and providing healthcare for all. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Rotary Club of Beaumont. Josh was awarded the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce's 40 Under 40 Award in 2015 and graduated from the Leadership Beaumont Program in 2020. In his spare time, Josh enjoys working on home renovation projects with his husband Thomas (Tran) '15, traveling, and spoiling his niece, two nephews, and his three fur babies.

Sheri (Horn) DelMage

Director Sheri (Horn) DelMage '01, '03 is the Managing Shareholder at Edgar, Kiker & Cross, PC. Sheri is a Past President of the Southeast Texas Chapter of TXCPA. In her year as President, the Southeast Texas Chapter TXCPA was selected to receive the Outstanding Chapter Award. She is currently serving as the Chair of the Public Relations Committee and manages the chapter's social media accounts. In 2014, Sheri received the TXCPA Rising Star Award. She is also a Past President of the Southeast Texas Estate Planners Council and a member of the Lamar University Accounting Advisory Council. In May 2010, Sheri graduated from the 18th class of Leadership Southeast Texas (LSET). She has served as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer for many years and is the incoming Chair of the LSET Advisory Council, along with serving as Co-Chair of the Communications Committee. Sheri is a proud grandmother to Elaina and resides in Beaumont with her husband Doug. She loves to workout and attend group fitness events with her favorite fitness expert, Cathe Friedrich.

Ryan Dollinger

Director Ryan Dollinger '14 is a Licensed Master Social Worker who works at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He and his wife, Amber, live in Big Spring, Texas with their two children. Ryan is active within the community and in Social Work Professional Organizations. Recently, he was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Ryan contributes much of his success to the quality education and faculty at Lamar University.

Sandra (Thomas) Duhon

Director Dr. Sandra (Thomas) Duhon '78 is a retired AT&T Sales Manager. She was employed by Lamar University as an Assistant Sports Information Director prior to her 30-year professional career with AT&T and SBC. As an undergraduate, Sandra blended her love for journalism with her athleticism. She still ranks as the eighth all-time scorer in the Women's Basketball program. She was inducted into Lambda Tau Sorority and pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She completed her doctoral degree in Theology in 2017. She is an active Christian teacher and minister at Maxson Memorial Church where she serves as Church Administrator. She is an American Red Cross volunteer, past board member and officer of Emergency Services District #4, and a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer. She participated in Leadership Southeast Texas (LSET) and Leadership Plus programs. A deep LU legacy exists in her family. Her husband Kenneth '69 and each member of her blended family of four attended or received degrees or advanced degrees from Lamar University, along with two of their spouses and a grandson.

Sharita Gardner

Director Sharita Gardner '12 is a Houston native who graduated from Lamar University with a B.S. in Corporate Communications. Sharita works for the Port of Port Arthur. Sharita is active in her community serving on the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Board, Chair for Southeast Texas Young Professionals Organization, Leadership Beaumont Steering and Alumni Committee, LIT Advisory Committee, Credit Union Young Professionals Association Ambassador, VISTA College Advisory Committee, and the Junior League of Beaumont. She enjoys great food and conversation.

Steve Grantham

Director Steve Grantham '82 earned a BBA Finance degree and is Vice President, Team Lead, Commercial Banking at Hancock Whitney Bank in Beaumont. He has 37 years of banking experience in the Greater Beaumont Region. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. He was recognized in 2015 as the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year”. He is past Chairman of the Board and current board member of the Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation. He is a current member and former board member and of The Rotary Club of Beaumont. Steve met his wife, Lorrilea '83, at LU, and they currently reside in Sour Lake, TX. They are proud parents of Raegan '12 and Shannon '16. Steve says “I have fond memories of my time at Lamar University.  LU has been very good for me and all of my family. It is a great institution and asset in Southeast Texas”.

Teri Hawthorn

Director Teri (Bayless) Hawthorne '04 is a proud graduate of Lamar University. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Development of Christus Southeast Texas Foundation. Teri is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Beaumont and serves on The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce’s Youth Leadership Committee. She is a proud member of the Spindletop Rotary Club. She also serves as treasurer of The Lumberton Education Foundation. In 2016, she was honored as one of Southeast Texas’s Top 40 under 40 professionals. Teri is also proud and honored to be a member of the Lamar University Alumni Board of Directors. She lives in Lumberton, TX with her husband, Chad, and two daughters, Bryleigh and Kaydi. She is an avid runner, always looking for the next road race to tackle.

Brandon Johnson

Director Brandon Johnson '08 is a broker at Realty Depot of Texas Real Estate and Property Management Firm, the owner of Lucille Homes and Remodeling, and founder of Brandon Johnson-Believe and Achieve Foundation. He has many fond memories of his collegiate experience at LU, as well as serving as an orientation leader. Brandon currently resides in Beaumont.

Dawanna Jones

Director Dawanna Jones '06, '11 is a business and finance educator with Port Arthur ISD. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise with others. Dawanna is an active member of her church and enjoys volunteering with local organizations to help the community.

Rene Latiolais

Director Rene' (Slott) Latiolais '04 was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She was employed during her years at Lamar University on campus at the Educational Technology Center. In addition to her studies and working, she participated in the Student Government Association, Professional Communications Association, and other campus activities. In 2003, she applied for an internship with the Texas Wildcatters Hockey Team. Soon after, she was hired as the Community Relations Coordinator. That is where her career in communications began. Her love for LU came when she was a recruiter for the University in the Southeast Texas region. This allowed her to travel to local high school spreading the good news of what LU had to offer right here in Southeast Texas. Rene' is currently serving as the Communication Director for Nederland ISD, and is a Past President for the Spindletop Rotary Club where she also manages the public relations committee and grant committee. Rene' loves to spend time with friends and family, watch sporting events, event planning, and giving back to the community that has given so much to her. She resides in Port Neches with her husband, Toby '10, daughters, Ella and Macy, and a Boston terrier named Layla.

Aaron Lavergne

Director Aaron Lavergne '17 is a Staff/Field/Project Engineer at JON Mechanical Systems.  He currently resides in his hometown of Houston, TX. As a student, Aaron played on LU's Baseball team and served as Student Body President, a Lamar Ambassador, member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Aaron enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and most importantly, empowering others to reach their goals and to help them succeed.

Cheryl Linscomb

Director Cheryl (Boyd) Linscomb '79, '84 is a proud Lamar University Cardinal. Cheryl is now retired from her career in education after teaching for 35 years at Orangefield Elementary School. During her career she was recognized as 2007 Walmart Teacher of the Year and 2012 Reaud Excellence in Education Award winner. Cheryl and her husband are enthusiastic supporters of Cardinal Athletics, current football season ticket holders and frequent basketball game attendees. Cheryl is an active member of Winfree Baptist Church, where she serves as chairman of the hospitality committee; a member of Orange County Retired Teachers; a member of the Beaumont Ladies Bowling League; and a member of the Beaumont Alumnae Association of Alpha Delta Pi. She and her husband, Walker '77,'81, reside in Mauriceville, Texas, and have two wonderful daughters and two amazing grandblessings.

Scott McCauley

Director Scott McCauley '81 graduated from Lamar University with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. He retired as a project manager with ExxonMobil after 36 years of service and is currently working as a Project Manager with Coastal Automation Services. He serves a member of the Board of Directors of MobilOil Federal Credit Union since 1989 and the LIT Foundation Board since 2017. Scott and his wife, Jamie (Kunetka) ’84, reside in Beaumont and the couple have two children and two grandchildren. Scott enjoys supporting the LU Cardinals, especially football and tailgating.

Dr. Scott McKenney

Director Dr. Scott McKenney '77 graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Physics from Lamar University and was the recipient of the Otho Plummer Award. He obtained his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1980 with honors. Scott is a board certified oncologist and internist at Texas Oncology, P.A. in Beaumont. He served as a Dinner and Conversation host for Lamar University students in 2015. He is a founding member of the South East Texas Community Access to Health Care, a former Cancer Liaison Physician with the American College of Surgeons, and the Clinical Research Site Leader at Texas Oncology. Scott is also a member of the Jefferson County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Physicians, Texas Club of Internists, and a founding member of the Texas Society of Medical Oncology. Additionally, he has been named one of the Best Doctors in America. Scott and his wife Joan (White) '76 reside in Beaumont.

Manish Patel

Director Manisha Patel '17 is a Process Engineer in the Oil and Gas Industry in Houston, Texas. While at Lamar University, she was a Reaud Honors College student, president of the Multicultural Greek Council, an ambassador for the College of Engineering, employee at the STARS Tutoring Center, and a researcher in the Chemical Engineering Department. As an undergraduate research student, Manisha gained experience leading projects related to water treatment. As her newfound passion for working on projects combating global water insecurity issue grew, she pursued a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering at Rice University which she completed in 2019. At Rice University, she served as an officer for the Graduate Student Association and completed a thesis focused on studying advanced disinfection processes for the inactivation of microbiological life in our wastewater. Aside from working as a newly professional engineer, Manisha is passionate about promoting STEM and mentorship programs. She credits both her personal and professional accomplishments to the quality of education and opportunities she received during her time at Lamar University.

Kim Redmon

Director Kim Redmon '93 has worked as a licensed Social Worker in the Mental Health field for the past 25 years, with the last 5 years having a focus on serving individuals in the area who are homeless or in danger of experiencing homelessness. She has a passion for personal and professional growth and is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner. Kim has served in areas of leadership in her church, having served for more than 15 years as one of two Children’s ministers, as well as in leadership roles in other parts of the community.

Brian Roberson

Director Brian Roberson II ’09, ’10, a veteran educator, serves as the School Leader (Principal) of KIPP Northeast College Preparatory High School. Brian returns to Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board after previously serving his alma mater from 2014-2017. He resides in the Houston area with his wife, Jackie, and two sons, Brian III and William. While at Lamar, he was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Student Government Association and a community assistant for the residence halls. Brian currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director for the Southwestern Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He will never forget the years of great transition on LU’s campus while an undergraduate, with the additions of several residence halls, the new dining hall and the revival of the football team.

Brenna Rodriguez

Director Brenna (Gordon) Rodriguez '04 is a Regional Director for Harbor Hospice covering East Texas and Louisiana sites. She graduated with a BBA in Marketing from Lamar University. She resides in Port Neches with her husband, James ’07, ’17, and their two children. Brenna is active in the community serving on the Harbor Foundation Board, Ambassador for the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, President-Elect of the Junior League of Beaumont, and a member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteer team.

Todd Senters

Director Todd Senters, Sr. '96 is Associate Vice-President of Operations with Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in Beaumont where he lives with his wife, Dawn (Shuler) '95 and their two sons TJ '21 and Ethan. Todd is a third-generation Cardinal, following his father, Glenn '64, '68 and his grandfather Clyde who attended South Park Junior College in 1929. Todd completed his undergraduate work at LU before attaining his Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration from Houston Baptist University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow-Elect of the Texas Hospital Association. Todd is also Director for the Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation Board and the Graduate Medical Education Committee for the new Medical School at Sam Houston State University. His other board directorships include the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Three Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Leadership Beaumont and Leadership Southeast Texas.

Marilyn (Arline) Smith

Director Marilyn (Arline) Smith '80 graduated from Lamar University with a B.S. degree in Social Work. She recently retired as Executive Director of Workforce Solutions of Southeast Texas. She has over 39 years of experience in workforce development and 36 of these years have been at the Administrative level. She is a product of federally funded youth programs, similar to the programs she now leads. Marilyn is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Southeast Texas (LSET) and serves on several boards and advisory committees that include Beaumont Public Schools Foundation, Crisis Center of Southeast Texas, and the Regional Economic Development Initiative Committee.

William Glenn Smith

Director William "Glenn" Smith '67, '70 retired as the Port Arthur ISD Superintendent of Schools in 2001 after 35 years of service in education leadership in Texas, Kentucky, Washington, DC and Nicaragua. Dr. Smith and his wife, Dr. Karen (Brownlee) Smith ’67, live in The Woodlands, Texas. The Smiths have two grown sons and four grandchildren. Dr. Smith is a volunteer at his church, Christ Church United Methodist in The Woodlands and is a volunteer lay chaplain at the Hightower Prison Unit in Dayton since 2007. Dr. Smith was awarded the 2018 Texas Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He credits his academic, personal and professional successes to the excellent education he received at Lamar University. His family has a long history of LU Cardinal graduates or faculty members including his wife, father, sister, niece, two uncles, aunt, mother-in-law, five cousins, grandson and granddaughter. The Smith family support five teacher education related scholarships for Lamar University.

Lila (Creamer) Stevens

Director Lila (Creamer) Stevens '01 is a Licensed Masters Social Worker and Patient Advocate at the SmartHealth Clinic of Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas. Lila graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Lamar University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Houston in 2009. While attending LU, Lila was an active member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, a member of the Cheer Team, and served on the Student Government Association. She currently serves as the Chapter Advisor for the Delta Beta Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, is a 2020-2021 participant of Leadership Beaumont, an active member of the Beaumont Alumnae Association of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and a leader within the Junior League of Beaumont. She and her family enjoy attending Lamar University Athletic events to cheer on the Cardinals. Lila and her husband Mark along with their daughter Margeaux reside in Beaumont.

Daylyn Turner

Director Daylyn Turner '07 currently holds the position of Vice President of Operations for JK Chevrolet and operates as the General Manager for JK Subaru. He graduated from LU with a B.B.A. in Finance and went on to advance in the auto industry because he earned a great reputation in college for selling cars part-time at JK Chevrolet averaging 9 units per month while taking 15 hours per semester. Daylyn was promoted to Sales Trainer and Internet Manager and served well in those roles until he was promoted a year after graduation to the Used Car Sales desk. He served as an Assistant Sales Manager until he was later promoted to Subaru New Car Manager. Eventually he grew the Subaru operation and hired and trained the entire Subaru team including Parts, Service, Sales Managers as well as Service Technicians while still maintaining an active role in the Chevy operation. Daylyn's drive and focus soon caught the attention of others and gained him a nomination for the 40 Under 40 Professionals Award in 2013 by the Southeast Texas Young Professionals Organization all while being recognized by U.S. Congressman Randy Weber. He became heavily involved in his community and has served on various local boards including the Jefferson County Chapter for Habitat for Humanity, the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce and Beaumont Main Street. Daylyn also sits on the Lamar University College of Business Board of Advisors with Dean Dan French and is a recent graduate of the National Automotive Dealer Academy in Tysons Corner, Virginia. During his time outside of work, Daylyn enjoys being a dad, exploring nature and sports, and constantly seeks the opportunities to take his bike out on a nature trail or cruise his motorcycle on an easy Sunday morning.

Fred Vernon

Director Lauren Van Gerven ’13, ’15 works as the Business Development Manager at Pioneer Golf. A native of Belgium, Lauren moved to Beaumont to continue her education and be a part of the LU women’s golf team. During her time at LU, Lauren also served as the editor of the University Press student newspaper. When not at work, Lauren can usually be found playing golf. She recently published a book called "The Evader" which tells the story of her grandfather during World War II. She currently resides in Austin, TX.

Dr. Jerry Wallace

Director Dr. Jerry Wallace ’07, '10, '14 was involved as a student in several organizations, a charter member of a fraternity chapter, a member of the Student Government Association, named Homecoming King, and a founding member of the Becoming Men of Excellence Student Success Program. He started his professional career at Lamar University in the areas of Student Affairs, Residence Life, Recreational Sports, and Academic Advising. Jerry currently serves as the Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Advising, Recruitment and Retention in the College of Public Service at the University of Houston-Downtown which houses the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work and the Department of Urban Education. In his profession, he has published scholarly literature, presented at numerous conferences and workshops, instructed graduate students, and established student success and community programs. Jerry is a member and has been a fellow for several academic and community support organizations regionally and nationally. He and his wife Belashia, Esq. '08 and son Elijah reside in Houston, TX.

Scott Whitman

Director Scott Whitman '06 is the Equipment Manager for SMW Industrial in Texas and Louisiana. While attending Lamar University, he was an active member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Student Government Association, Society of Human Resource Management and served as the President of IFC. Scott has served in various roles on the Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Board from 2010-2019 and enjoys attending LU football games with his fraternity brothers. He currently resides in Vidor with his son, Kaden.