Alumni Advisory Board

Meet the 2021-2022 LU Alumni Advisory Board


Tea Nguyen Do

President 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 on the leadership team of the Junior League of Beaumont. She and her husband, Huy '02, reside in Beaumont with their sons, Lucas and Logan.

Lila (Creamer) Stevens

President-Elect 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 2021 graduate of Leadership Beaumont, an active member of the Beaumont Alumnae Association of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, and sustainer of 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.

Fred VernonPast President 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 daughters Saniya and Leyana.


Emily AllenDirector Emily (Everett) Allen '98, '04 has over 20 years of experience as an educator and is currently the Assistant Principal at Lumberton Middle School. 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.

Ernesto Alvarez Jr.

Director Ernesto Alvarez, Jr. '11 was born in Cotija, Michoacán, Mexico and grew up in Port Arthur, Texas where he graduated from memorial High School.  After high school, Ernesto went on to attend Lamar University where he majored in political science and minored in Spanish with the goal of one day attending law school.  After graduating from LU in 2011, and with the help and support of various professors and mentors and LU, Ernesto went on to receive his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law in 2015.  A proud Cardinal, Ernesto is now a practicing attorney at the Houston office of Clark Hill PLC, an international law firm.

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.

Tania Castelan

Director Tania Castelan '13 is a real estate professional, investor, team leader and most importantly an educator. Known for her extensive market knowledge and her unmatched devotion to clients, she continuously invests time, money and thought into the latest sales, marketing and negotiation techniques. Tania is deeply connected to Southeast Texas and was raised in Beaumont. She graduated from Lamar University with a B.A.A.S. degree in 2013. She understands the numerous and tangible benefits in life within the Golden Triangle, including the culture, and diversity. She is a former teacher, education head for Connect Realty, and is an active member of many community organizations. She is not only a Leadership Beaumont Alumna, but she sits on the Legacy Community Health Advisory and Green Dot Public Schools Advisory Boards. Tania takes pride in serving as the SETX YPO (Young Professional Organization) membership chair, Junior League meetings and arrangements committee chair, and volunteer with the Lamar University Student Hispanic Society. Tania finds education to be the key to everyone’s success and continues to motivate and encourage others to pursue their dreams. Because of this, she was named the 2020 Provisional of Year of the Junior League of Beaumont and is top 10% in sales for her real estate brokerage. When Tania isn’t working, she is planning charity events and is a full-time mom to her little boy.

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).


Jared Boudreaux

Director Charlee Chelette '18, '19 is the Marketing Coordinator for Exceptional Emergency Centers in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange. Charlee graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Marketing and an MBA from Lamar University. She is a Steering Committee member of the SETX Young Professionals Organization, Young Emerging Leaders, and is a Lamar University Dance Team Alumna. In 2020, Charlee was selected as a 40 Under 40 honoree at the age of 24. Born and raised in Southeast Texas, she looks forward to the exceptional years to come here!

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.

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 Presidential 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 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 as the Public Affairs and Communications Manager 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.

Christopher Graham

Director Christopher Graham '90 is a native of Beaumont. He has been employed for 30 years at ExxonMobil, beginning his career at the Beaumont Refinery right after graduation. While a student at LU, he was active in several organizations and served in leadership roles, including Sigma Nu Fraternity, Student Government Association, Blue Key National Honor Society, and an Orientation Peer Advisor. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the recipient of the Otho Plummer Scholarship Award, the C.W. Bingman Service Award, and was a finalist for the C. Robert Kemble Award. After graduation, he has remained a volunteer for Sigma Nu serving as an advisor to the LU chapter for 30 years, and has been a national volunteer for the last 17 years, including chairing the LU chapter's 50th and 60th anniversary celebrations. He has also assisted with the coordination of the All Greek Homecoming Reunion in 2006 and has served on the Lamar University Computer Science Industrial Advisory Board since 2008. Chris and his wife Amy (Huckaby) reside in Kingwood, TX with their son Nathaniel (Nate).

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 (Kennedy) '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”.

Thaddeaus Green

Director Thaddeaus Green '11 is the Walter Reed Development Manager in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in Washington, DC. As a student, he served as president of his fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. as well as president of Student Government Association during the revival of football and Homecoming at LU. During his time at LU, Thaddeaus worked in the Admissions Office and served as a peer advisor. He also was a recipient of the Ann Shaw Leadership Award.  Thaddeaus currently holds a B.S. in Communication from Lamar University and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from The Catholic University of America. He resides in the District of Columbia and enjoys going on runs, traveling, and volunteering with his church.


Pinkee Harley

Director Pinkee (Patel) Harley '09, '10 is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, where she partners with families to help them build, maintain, and protect their wealth. Pinkee graduated with a BBA in Finance and Economics and an MBA all proudly from Lamar University. She served as the President of the Finance Association and remains in contact with students interested in a career in Finance. In 2018, she was honored as one of the top 40 Under 40 Professionals in Southeast Texas. She currently serves on the board for Ubi Caritas, a non-profit health ministry that helps uninsured individuals and families in Southeast Texas. Pinkee resides in Port Neches, TX with her husband, Devin '10, ’11 and their sons Jai and Miles, and Roger, the family dog, who thinks he's a cat. Outside of work and spending time with family, she enjoys traveling, cooking, watching her PN-G Indians and LU Cardinals, and being part of community volunteer efforts.

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.


Christopher Ingram

Director Christopher Ingram -93 is a civil and criminal trial judge in Hardin County. He and his wife, Lisa Marie, live in Silsbee. An avid baseball fan, Chris and his family enjoy cheering on the Cardinals and look forward to playing a part in the continued success of Lamar University.

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 with his daughter Cassie.


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. She is a 2021 graduate of Leadership Beaumont.

Christopher Kovatch

Director Christopher Kovatch '02 is Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending at Texas First Bank. He and his wife, Christi, live in Orangefield with their 6 children. He splits his volunteer time between a number of organizations including the Orange Lions Club and the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a school board trustee at Orangefield ISD.

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 First Presbyterian Church where she is part of the Soup Kitchen Mission along with the food team for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance; a member of Orange County Retired Teachers where she currently serves as Second Vice-President; 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.


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.

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 LU, 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.


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.

Samon Tahir

Director Samon Tahir '13, '15 is a Recruiting Coordinator at Rimkus Consulting Group and Owner of Digital Couture Marketing Agency, which specializes in helping small business owners with their social media presence.  She currently lives in Katy, Texas with her husband, Hammad, two sons, Noah and Saif, and Mini Golden Doodle, Teddy. During her time at LU, Samon served different roles on the executive boards for the following organizations: Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Multicultural Greek Council, National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and was also a Graduate Assistant at The STARS Tutoring Center while earning her MBA. She is very proud to be a Cardinal and owes much of her success to Lamar University!

Dr. Tilisa Thibodeaux

Director Tilisa Thibodeaux, Ed.D. is the Dean of the Reaud Honors College and the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities at Lamar University. Previously, she served as an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Digital Learning and Leading (DLL) Master’s Program, Director of Digital Literacy of the Reaud Honors College, and was the former Director of Professional Learning for the Center for Innovation and Digital Learning in conjunction with Apple at Lamar University. Prior to joining Lamar University, Dr. Thibodeaux worked for 11 years in the public school system in Florida and Texas as an elementary school teacher, district interventionist/coach, a campus academic coach, and a digital learning coach. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education at Valparaiso University, an M.Ed. in Special Education at Florida Gulf Coast University, an Ed. D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education & Educational Leadership with an endorsement in Reading and Autism at Nova Southeastern University. She resides in Orange with her husband Ben and children Sadie and Micah. Dr. Thibodeaux serves as the 2021-2022 faculty representative of the Lamar University Alumni Board.

Lisa Topping

Director Lisa Topping ’13, ’15 is the Business Intelligence Manager for EFL Trust, the charitable arm of the English Football League. She and her wife, Caleigh, reside in Preston, England. Lisa was an LU Cardinal for the women’s soccer team from 2009-2013, a graduate assistant, and youth soccer coach for Gulf Coast Soccer Club. She continues to play in the 4th tier of English Football for Chorley Women FC. Before returning to the UK, Lisa conducted research roles with Lamar University and worked at Spindletop Center. She fondly remembers her time at LU and now cheers on the athletics teams from across the pond.

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.

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.