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Juan Zabala, Vice President and Executive Director of the Lamar University Foundation

Juan ZabalaJuan became Vice President of University Advancement on July 1, 2014 after serving as Associate Vice President of University Advancement since July 1, 2012. He began serving as interim in that position on Sept. 1, 2011. Additionally, he became the Executive Director of the Lamar University Foundation in June 2013.  He directs the activities of the foundation, public relations, integrated marketing, Web communications, alumni affairs and advancement services. Juan joined Lamar University as director of alumni affairs in January 2003 when Lamar created the Office of Alumni Affairs to expand upon the work of the former LU Alumni Association. Through the Office of Alumni Affairs, the institution works to engage alumni in all aspects of the life of the university. Supervision of the Advancement Services department was added to Juan’s portfolio in November of 2007.

Prior to his appointment at Lamar University, Juan served as assistant dean of the University of Texas School of Law.

Juan has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Lamar University as well as degrees from Sul Ross State University (Alpine, Texas) and BYU Idaho (Rexburg, ID). Juan has more than 20 years experience in administration, university development and alumni relations.

LaTanya Afolayan, Associate Vice President, University Advancement

LaTanya Afolayan

Dr. LaTanya Afolayan joined the Lamar University Advancement Team as Associate Vice President on January 4, 2016. She began her career in university advancement in 1996 at Emory University (GA). In 2002, she moved to North Carolina to serve as the first director of major and planned gifts at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU). Over the course of seven years at ECSU, Afolayan was promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor and Vice Chancellor. In 2009, she was named the Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Afolayan joined the university advancement team at Appalachian State University in 2011 during the Campaign for Appalachian, which resulted in $203 million in commitments for academics, the arts, and athletics. Afolayan’s areas of expertise are major and planned gifts. According to Afolayan, “The most gratifying aspect of my work is helping the donor to create a lasting legacy. Development officers must remain focused and vigilant as they develop enduring, lasting relationships with their constituents.”

Afolayan received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University, a master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a doctorate degree from East Carolina University. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Floyd McSpadden, Director of Planned Giving

Floyd McSpadden

Floyd joined the Advancement team in May 2009, bringing with him expertise in estate planning and probate law as well as a track record of community service. An attorney with Benckenstein, Norvell & Nathan since 1989, Floyd holds a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Southwestern University. Born in Houston, Floyd attended Houston public schools.

A member of the bar since 1973, Floyd has been board certified in estate planning and probate law since 1994 and has been a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He is a member of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section of the State Bar of Texas. He has participated as a speaker at estate planning and probate seminars for the Jefferson County Bar Association.

Floyd has served in numerous leadership positions in Southeast Texas including president of the Lamar University Foundation, the Rotary Club of Beaumont, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Three Rivers Council-Boy Scouts of America and as chair of the Board of Trustees for First United Methodist Church of Beaumont. Floyd has served on the planned giving advisory councils of Texas A&M University and Southwestern University. He and his wife, Patti, reside in Beaumont.

Brian Sattler, Director of Public Relations

Brian Sattler, Director of Public RelationsBrian joined Lamar University in December 1997. He oversees the media relations, publications and advertising activities of the university. He also is executive editor of the university magazine, Cardinal Cadence.

Brian has more than 27 years of experience in public relations, having served as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Air Force for more than 7 years and USAF Reserve for 4 years. He has been in higher education public relations since 1992.

Brian holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Okla.

Shannon Copeland, Director of Alumni Affairs and Advancement Services

Shannon joined Lamar University in December 2004 as administrative assistant, sr. for the Office of Alumni Affairs and startinShannon Copeland, Director of Alumni Affairs and Advancement Servicesg in July 2007, she served as coordinator for employer relations and career advisor for the Career and Testing Center. She joined Advancement Services in February 2008 as the coordinator of advancement information systems before being named director of Advancement Services in October 2011 and director of Alumni Affairs in February 2015. She oversees University Advancement’s information services, gift processing and reporting, and alumni affairs. In addition, she previously served as the advisor for the College Panhellenic Council from 2009-2016 and advisor to Order of Omega Greek Honor Society 2010-2016. She currently serves as the advisor to the Lamar University Ambassadors since 2015.

Prior to her arrival at Lamar University, Shannon was employed as a substance abuse counselor intern.

Shannon holds a master’s degree in business administration, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and business administration all from Lamar University.

Karen R. Nichols, Director, Lamar University Foundation

Karen Nichols, Director Lamar University FoundationKaren joined the Lamar University Foundation in May 2012 as development coordinator, sr. and was named director of the foundation June 2013.  She manages the overall daily operations of the Lamar University Foundation.

Prior to her arrival at the foundation, Karen spent over 25 years in the banking and financial services industries including roles in both consumer and commercial banking, wealth management and trust services.

Karen holds a bachelor of science degree in communication from Lamar University and is proud to be back home at Lamar.

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