Our Staff

Learning is our passion; students are our priority.

Tilisa Thibodeaux

Dr. Tilisa Thibodeaux, Dean

Tilisa Thibodeaux is the dean of the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities and the Reaud Honors College, and joined Lamar University in 2015. Thibodeaux obtained a B.S. in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Special Education and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education & Educational Leadership. She spent more than 11 years in the public education system in both Florida and Texas, serving as an elementary education teacher, district interventionist, academic coach and a digital learning coach. Thibodeaux helps educators, administrators and corporations use technology innovation as a catalyst for change within their organizations by creating and supporting significant learning environments that give learners choice, ownership and voice through authentic learning opportunities. Thibodeaux is the co-developer of the CSLE+COVA Professional Learning Framework, the Learner's Mindset YouTube videocasts and community of practice, serves as chair of the state scholarship committee for the Texas Distance Learning Association and serves on five different peer-reviewed journal review boards. Since 2015, Thibodeaux has conducted more than 80 professional learning experiences with educators all over the world that include academic workshops, faculty retreats, keynotes and presentations. She has written nearly 30 published works including journal articles, book chapters, a book and informal publications around ePortfolios and the CSLE+COVA PL framework.


Andrew Strange

Andrew Strange, Graduation Counselor

Andrew Strange graduated from Lamar University in 2013 and continued his education by earning a Masters of Arts in Sociology from the University of Houston in 2016, completing a thesis focused on U.S. media framing of Russian artistic-political social movements. Strange joined Lamar University in 2015 and oversees student advising, class schedules, student records, graduation plans and student events.


Kim Vizena

Kim Vizena, Department Business Manager

Kim Vizena is the mainstay for both the Reaud Honors College and Texas Academy, and joined Lamar University in 2006. Vizena maintains the financial records, scholarship funds, event management, property management, student records and overall operations.


Meghan Rapp

Meghan Rapp, Coordinator

Meghan Rapp graduated from the University of Arizona in 2002 and was the editor for a print and digital media company that published a national magazine, non-fiction books and a digital archive. Rapp joined Lamar University in 2019 and maintains and updates the Texas Academy website and social media presence, as well as assists with community partnerships between Texas Academy and the Reaud Honors College.