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Lamar University Alumni Advisory Board

Meet the 2015-2016 Alumni Advisory Board

imagePresident Carol Patteson Hebert, ’89, ’90, is a community and government affairs manager at BASF FINA Petrochemicals in Port Arthur. Carol and her husband, Mike, ’95, ’06, live in Nederland with their two daughters. Carol has mentored many Lamar undergraduate students pursuing degrees in Communication Disorders and volunteers at a number of local non-profit organizations.


 President Elect Ransom "Duce" Jones, ’88, is 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 enjoy supporting LU’s sporting events and implements Go Red Day at his office.

imagePast President Stephanie Dollar Molina, '00, is the Director of Marketing for the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau. She and her husband, Shawn Molina, live in Beaumont with their two daughters. She has fond Cardinal memories of being a charter member of Lamar's AAF Chapter and competing in the NASC (American Advertising Federation - National Advertising Student Competition).


Director Lauren Gunter Brooks,‘85

Director Brad Brown, 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 member of Rotary Club of Beaumont, board member of United Way of Beaumont, and board member of The CHRISTUS Health Foundation. He was recognized as the 2008 "Co-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, continue their commitment in supporting the Lamar University Ashley Brown Memorial Scholarship in Soccer.


imageDirector Charles “C.H.” Colvin, ’89, ’90, ’11, is the Assistant Principal at Marshall Middle School in the Beaumont Independent School District. While at Lamar he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and is past president of their alumni association.  He also was a LU cheerleader for 3 years. He still remains active with the Lamar Cheerleading program by helping select the new cheerleaders every spring. He and his wife Sekeia live in Beaumont, where they enjoy taking road trips on their motorcycles. Some of his fondest memories were representing Lamar as a cheerleader during his undergraduate years. He looks forward to giving back to the university that gave him the foundation to be the man he is today.

Director Debi Derrick, '81

image Director Phillip Dillow, ’08, ’11, is a native of Port Arthur, Nederland High School graduate, and proud Eagle Scout. He is the Sales Manager at Patriot Security, with 12 years of experience in the security industry. Phillip has worked with various charities in our community, and enjoys being back on the Lamar University campus.

Director Mike Eaves,’93 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) Eaves ’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.


Director Joel Foxworth, ’01, ’03 is the Market President of Third Coast Bank in Beaumont, TX and the Owner/Managing Member of Port Arthur RV Resort. He and his wife, Michelle (Wolfe) Foxworth ’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 still love Lamar athletics. Joel has been a board member of the Cardinal Club for a decade helping to raise funds for LU sports. Also, he is a frequent speaker at the LU school of business, where he attributes much of his career success.

Kevin Dodson, Dean of Honors College.

imageDirector Catherine Strait Gilby, ’03, is co-owner and operator of Southeast Texas Water Conditioning. She and her husband Matt live in Beaumont with their two children. She enjoys attending Lamar football and baseball games with her family.


Director Rachel Gilford, ’03 ’10, a Pre-Kindergarten teacher of Bingman Head Start for seven years. She was the Pre-Kindergarten Early Start Grant Mentor for the Beaumont Independent District for one year and taught two years at Dishman Elementary as kindergarten and first grade teacher. Since 2009, she was a Mentor Teacher under the Lamar University Leadership Program. She is an entrepreneur of Remember When. Rachel resides in Bulverde, Texas 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 tributes her creativity acknowledgement reminiscing while she attended graduate classes of Dr. Dorothy Sisk and being a member of Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education) at Lamar. She enjoys attending Jazz Night at Rao’s and Homecoming Tailgates with her family and friends.

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


Dr. William Harn is Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences. He served as Director of Lamar’s Master of Science Program in Speech-Language Pathology from 2002-2005, and he served as Chair of Lamar’s Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences from 2006-2013. His wife, Dr. Monica Bellon-Harn is currently Chair of Speech and Hearing Sciences. In 2014, they established the Monica and William Harn Scholarship in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Lamar. William Harn is a native of Illinois. He has held faculty and administrative positions at Texas Tech University, Western Carolina University, and the University of Southern Mississippi.

imageDirector Lloyd J. Hebert, Jr.,  '77, is the Jefferson County Extension Agent for Community & Economic Development for Prairie View A&M University/Texas A&M University System and has mentored and financed hundreds of area businesses since 1994. He and his wife Adrienne ’81 (BISD School Counselor) volunteer at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church. In addition to being LU graduates, they also have degrees from Prairie View A&M University and their two children are also graduates of Lamar system schools.


imageDirector Ronald Jackson, '95

imageDirector Joseph Jeter, ’03, a mechanical engineer, works at the ExxonMobil Beaumont Complex. He is a member of the ExxonMobil Lamar recruiting team. He and his wife, Sarah Jeter ’06, live in Port Neches with their five children. Joseph enjoys gardening, fishing, camping and Scouting with his family.


imageDirector Caitlin Kruger, ’'09, is Director of Communications for The Arc of Greater Beaumont. She is an active member of The Junior League of Beaumont and volunteers with the Beaumont Children's Museum. Caitlin credits her passion for volunteering and helping those in need to her involvement in the Lamar University Honors Program.

imageDirector Tony Landry, ’’94, began his professional career as an Admissions Representative at Lamar prior to transitioning to the insurance field for the past 17 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 wife Tammy Novak Landry, ’98, and their daughter, Macy. You can him each fall tailgating with his brothers and supporting our football program.


imageDirector Amy Lovoi, '13, as a second generation Lamar graduate, Amy has over 25 years of experience in supply chain with multiple international enterprises. She obtained numerous certifications and diplomas from various institutions while living in Africa, Asia and the United States. Amy is currently employed at Lovoi & Sons Pharmacies, Inc. Recently, she returned to Lamar University to pursue a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership..

Director Kristin Mattingly, ’05, is the Senior Accountant for the City of Beaumont. As past president of the Southeast Texas Chapter of the 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.


imageDirector Rebekah Maxwell, ’'11, a marketing consultant with ReStep Marketing in Beaumont. After completing her masters degree in Scotland, Rebekah returned to Southeast Texas to pursue her career in business. She is also heavily involved in service activities through Rotary International and Rotaract.

Director Diana Davis Miles, ’09, is employed with Christus Continuing Care as the Regional Director of Quality/Infection Control. Married to high school sweetheart Rodney Miles and we live in Beaumont with our 11 y/o daughter, Morgan. I volunteer with the Junior League of Beaumont, co-teach Sunday School with my husband at Emmanuel Baptist Church and volunteer at All Saints, our daughter’s school. We also care for my 89 y/o mother who lives with us. We have 3 dogs: a Chihuahua named Rico, a Boxer named Diesel, and a Great Dane named Misty. I’m proud and honored to serve on the Alumni Board at Lamar.


style='float:Director Kemon Neal ’11, works as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in Beaumont. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lamar University with a B.B.A. in Management. Kemon remains an active member of the Golden Triangle community as a member of Antioch Toastmasters, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Texas Young Professionals Organization, and 100 Black Men of America. When he’s not working, Kemon enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading and traveling.

Director Jean Hebert Ornelas Crain, '71, taught English III and IV at Port Neches-Groves High School. She retired in 2011, after teaching for 20 years in the PN-GISD.


Director Cindy Dinkins Partin, ’97, ’99, is Supervisor of Psych Program Services and Program Counselor, specializing in children and adolescents, at Baptist Behavioral Health Center. She is 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 as Lamar Student Body 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 orientation.

imageDirector Carol Cuccio Rienstra '10, works at the Bullock Texas State History Museum as Head of Visitor Services. Most days, she gets to spend some time both in a garden and in a kitchen--where she feels most at home. From 2006--2008, she served in the Peace Corps in Zambia, teaching sustainable agriculture and healthy living and cooking techniques while living in a remote village without electricity or running water.


imageDirector Ellen Walker Rienstra, ’’62, ’80 is a sixth-generation Southeast Texan and a lifelong resident of Beaumont. She currently works as a contract researcher and writer for the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation in Orange, Texas. She has been a Lamar Cardinal fan for over fifty years, and he has frequently said that she will match her education against anyone’s.

imageDirector Brian “Governor” Roberson, ’09 ’10, an educator and coach, teaches English at Cypress Lakes High School in Katy, Texas. He resides in the Houston area. While at Lamar, he was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Student Government Association and a community assisting for the residence halls. Brian currently serves as President of the Zeta Psi Lambda Chapter 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.


image Director Julie Rodriguez, '09, is a reliability engineer working for ExxonMobil Chemical Company at their Mount Belvieu plastics plant. In addition to serving on the Alumni Advisory Board, Julie serves on the Lamar University Mechanical Engineering Department Advisory Council.

imageDirector Vivek Singh, '97.


image Director Kelli Burris Smith, '94, graduated magna cum laude from Lamar University with a BBA-Finance. She earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law in 1998. She has been with Germer Attorneys at Law since 1998 and has extensive experience handling appeals in state and federal courts. Kelli is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Jefferson County Bar Association, Jefferson County Bar Journal Editorial Committee, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Michelle Mehaffy American Inns of Court, the Appellate Section of the State Bar of Texas, and the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.

style='float:Director Patricia Snyder, ’68, retired from Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School in 2010 after teaching math for 35 years. Her love of mathematics was nurtured by the many excellent professors she had at Lamar. Several Lamar faculty members helped her with various projects while she was teaching at Kelly. Patricia looks forward to the opportunity to give back to Lamar. She currently serves as the treasurer of The Treasure House of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.


  style=Director Karen Jones Thomas, '77, '09, is a native of Beaumont and former Director of the Setzer Student Center at Lamar University. She retired from Lamar after 38 years of service. Karen was awarded Emeritus by the Association College Unions International upon her retirement. She enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Some Other Place, and Southeast Texas Food Bank, just to name a few. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary. Karen continues to work with students in her community, and speaks to groups on the importance of higher education and volunteering in their community. She contributes her commitment to her community to experiences she had at Lamar University.

style='float:Director Jeff Wheeler, '10 is Brand Development Manager at Del Papa Distributing and local craft beer aficionado. Jeff and his wife, Emily Eisen Wheeler '08, live in Beaumont with their daughter. He currently volunteers with the Art Museum of Southeast Texas as chair of their annual Art of Beer event and enjoyed his time as President of the Lamar University Artist Common Organization.


  style=Director Brandi Spoonemore Wulf, '97 13', is a counselor at Monsignor Kelly Catholic School. She and her husband Brian live in Beaumont with their two children. She credits her professors in communication studies from Lamar as inspiring her to be a lifelong learner and her love of leadership and service through her experience in Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. She continues to serve LU and the community as an officer in the Beaumont Alumnae Association of ADPi, through many ministries at her parish of St. Jude, as a member of the LU Counseling Advisory Board & the South East Texas Counseling Association, and as a Girl Scout Leader.


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