Alumni Advisory Board

2019

Meet the 2019-2020 LU Alumni Advisory Board


Brad Brown

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.

Fred VernonPresident- Elect 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.


Chris BatesPast-President 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. He resides in Port Arthur and is recently engaged to Ariana Jones '17.


Linda Allen

Director Linda Seay Allen '02 has dedicated her career to one in accounting.  Linda is currently Vice President, Accounting Manager at CommunityBank of Texas in Beaumont.  She lives with her husband, Jeff, in Hamshire 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 Cardinals.  She is also a fan of the Houston Astros and enjoys volunteering at First Baptist Church in Winnie, where she serves as Sunday School Secretary.

 


Brittnee Barnes

Director Brittnee Rodriguez Barnes '12 is a proud Lamar graduate. She currently serves the Golden Triangle as a State Farm Agent in Beaumont, Texas. Brittnee attended Lamar University, where she 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 Lamar. Brittnee currently serves Beaumont and the Golden Triangle as a State Farm Agent who values service through relationship. She 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 2 year-old son, Liam.

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) Boudreaux '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.

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.

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.

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.

Ryan Dollinger

Director Ryan Dollinger '14 is a Licensed Master Social Worker for Curo Health Services. He and his wife, Amber, live in Beaumont, Texas with their two children. He is active within the community as a member of Lions Club, Southeast Texas Young Professionals, and Board Member for CASA of Southeast Texas. 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.

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 with his wife, Mallory.

Dan French

Director Dan French ’73 – Dean of the College of Business, is a Professor and Dean at Lamar University. He has 41 years of combined teaching, research and service in higher education. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Lamar University and a Ph.D. from Louisiana Tech University. Prior to joining Lamar University in July 2018, Dr. French served as the director of Master of Science in Finance Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia while teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels. He also previously taught at New Mexico State University, Texas Christian University, and Texas A&M. Dr. French serves as the 2019-2020 faculty representative of the Lamar University Alumni Board.

Sharita Gardner

Director Sharita Gardner '12 is a Houston native who graduated from Lamar University with a BS in Corporate Communications. Sharita works for Mobiloil Credit Union as their Business Development Representative. At MOCU, she provides financial education seminars for 8 counties in SETX and is actively engaged in business and community development. 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 Lamar 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.  Lamar has been very good for me and all of my family. It is a great institution and asset in Southeast Texas”.

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. Christy is currently serving as the Volunteer Coordinator with Suncrest Home Health and Hospice.

Teri Hawthorn

Director Teri Bayless Hawthorne '04 is a proud graduate of Lamar University. She currently serves as the Executive Director at The Arc of Greater Beaumont. Teri is committed to working each day to carry out The Arc’s mission, “to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to grow, live and learn in their community”.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 as a student, as well as a cardinal peer advisor. Brandon currently resides 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 as an engineer 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 with their son, Hudson. Alan enjoys volunteering with Junior Achievement, supporting Lamar Cardinal Athletics, and spending time with friends and family.

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 began. Her love for LU came when she was a recruiter for the University 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 President-Elect 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 Sales Engineer at Johnson Controls, Inc. covering the commercial HVAC industry.  He currently resides in his hometown of Houston, TX. As a student, Aaron 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 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 Alumni Association of Alpha Delta Pi. She and her husband, Garland "Walker" Linscomb '77,'81, reside in Mauriceville, Texas. She and Walker have two wonderful daughters and two amazing grandblessings.


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.

Scott McCauley

Director Scott McCauley '81 graduated from Lamar University with a BS 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.

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 an 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 '19. At Rice, 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 wastewaters. 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 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.

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 Associate Principal of Furr High School in the Houston Independent School District. Brian returns to Lamar 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 Lamar’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, member of the Junior League of Beaumont, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteer team.

Aleiya Samad

Director Aleiya Samad '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.

William Glenn Smith

Director 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.

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. She currently serves as the Human Resources/Office Manager of Bill Clark Pest Control.

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 daughters' school, and is co-leader of the Girl Scout Troop 130463. She enjoys cheering at Cardinal football, basketball and baseball games.

Fred Vernon

Director Lauren Van Gerven ’13, ’15 is a labor market analyst and business representative at Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas. 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 at Beaumont Country Club or supporting Lamar University Athletics.

Scott Whitman

Director Scott Whitman '06 is the Equipment Manager for SMW Industrial in Texas and Louisiana. While attending Lamar, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, SGA, 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 since 2010 and enjoys attending Lamar football games with his fraternity brothers. He currently resides in Vidor with his son, Kaden.