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2016-2017 Board of Directors


photo of Jeremy K. MoorePRESIDENT: Jeremy K. Moore (BBA '00, MBA '02) currently serves as Capital One Bank’s Market Credit Executive for North/Central Louisiana.

While at ULM, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and graduated cum laude.

He is also a member of the ULM Athletic Foundation and ULM Alumni Association.

Jeremy resides in Bossier City, where he is married to his wife Miranda Waller Moore, who is also a ULM graduate.

They have two children, Chamberlin Reed and Ava Catherine.

photo of W. Adams RodgersPRESIDENT-ELECT: W. Adams Rodgers IV (BBA '98) is a Senior Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management.  He has earned the designation of Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor ®.

Adams is married to the former April Barnhill (BA ’98) and they have two beautiful daughters, Adelene and Ellanora.

Adams is the past president of Seeker Springs Ministry, Northeast Monroe Rotary Club and the Jeremy Barnhill Foundation for Christian Teens.

While at ULM, Adams was a music scholarship recipient and drum section leader in the Sound of Today Band. He also held leadership positions in Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Sigma Epsilon, ULM 31, Prep Staff, Alpha Lambda Delta, Cardinal and Amber, and Mortar Board.  


photo of Sara Benecke BriceVICE-PRESIDENT: Sara Benecke Brice (BA '90) is the Program Director for the Texas Health Presbyterian Plano Scoliosis and Spine Tumor Center in Plano, Texas.

Sara is a member and serves as a teacher at St. Jude Catholic Church in Allen, Texas.

She is also a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity Alumni Association of Dallas as well as an Area III Officer for Phi Mu Fraternity.

She is an active member of Marketing Plus in Dallas and Collin Counties.

Sara is coach of the McKinney Kool Kickers, a U9 recreational soccer team and is an active booster for the Scott Johnson Middle School and McKinney North Hight School athletic teams and band. 

Sara is currently the President of the Dallas / Ft. Worth ULM Alumni Chapter. 

She is married to Doug Brice, has three children; Sam, Katie and Anna, and lives in McKinney, Texas.

photo of Julie Harlan O'BrienSECRETARY-TREASURER: Julie Harlan O'Brien (BA '80) was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and Pike Little Sisters while attending ULM.

Julie lives in Plano, Texas, where she is employed by Telesoft Corp. of Phoenix, Ariz., as a systems analyst.

She is an active member of the ULM Dallas Alumni Chapter. 

She is also a member of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, having served as Chapter Adviser for AOII's Delta Theta Chapter at Texas Woman's University and as Network Director for Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama.

She is a member of Bent Tree Church in Carrollton, Texas, and serves on the Kids' Ministry Operations Team.

Julie has one daughter, Erin.

photo of Brenda B. DudleyPAST-PRESIDENT: Brenda B. Dudley (BBA '84, MBA '86) has been a Claims Specialist for the Social Security Administration in Lafayette, Louisiana for over 20 years. 

She has served as the ULM Acadiana Chapter President for the past sixteen years and as President of the ULM Alumni Association from 2014-2016.             

She also served on the ULM Alumni Association Executive Board as President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, Homecoming Committee Chair and the Area 2 Vice-President for many years.

As a 12-year Board member of the Krewe of Xanadu women’s Mardi Gras Krewe in Lafayette, she is currently Past-President and served as President of the Krewe for five years.  Prior to that, Brenda was Historian, Public Relations chair and Membership Chair and active with the Krewe since 2001. This past year in 2016-2017, Brenda served as Doubloon Chair, Assistant Historian and Float Captain for the Krewe.           

She served on various Xanadu Krewe committees and has been a Royalty Court Advisor for many years as well as Royalty court Muse in 2003.  Brenda also currently serves on the Board of the Krewe Joie de Vie  Mardi Gras Krewe in Rayne, LA as Membership Chair.           

Brenda has been active with the Krewe of Bonaparte in Lafayette, LA. She has been the New Member Advisor with Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for 15 years. She has received the many awards within the Sorority including the Rose Award, Outstanding Alum, Advisor of the Year recipient and nominated for Greek Advisor of the year twice.           

In addition, she is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Fraternity and has received several honors and employee awards through the Social Security Administration. 

She has been an active member of the ULM Alumni Association since 1986. Originally from Monroe, Brenda currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana. 




photo of Kyle KeelerKyle Keeler (BS '95) graduated from ULM with a degree in Construction Management.  While attending ULM, Kyle was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  He served as the fraternity’s vice president and treasurer. 

He was also a member of Sigma Lamda Chi, ULM’s School of Construction Honor’s Fraternity and the Construction Guild.  Kyle graduated as the School of Construction’s Outstanding Graduate of the Year.

After graduation Kyle and his wife Jennifer, a 1996 ULM graduate, moved to Memphis, Tennessee.

While in living in Memphis, Kyle worked for Inman Construction Company as a Project Manager.

In 2004, he and his family moved to Opelousas, Louisiana.  Kyle is currently working at EB Feucht and Sons as a project manager.

photo of Mary Ann RiddleMary Ann Riddle (BA 74; BA 77) retired after a 28 year teaching career with the Ouachita Parish School System, having taught on the junior high and high school level. She supervised ULM student teachers as well as mentored new teachers, and served as a trainer and presenter in professional development workshops for teachers in the school system.

In 1998, she was selected Teacher of the Year for Ouachita Parish High School and High School Teacher of the Year for the Ouachita Parish School District.

Upon retiring from the classroom in 2007, Mary Ann began a second career by working in political campaigns on the local, state and national level.  She worked in the areas of fundraising, supervising volunteers, and managing the campaign office.

Mary Ann joined several civic and non-profit organizations such as Kiwanis, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, Monroe Symphony League, Masur Museum, Cooley Foundation, Chennault Aviation Museum, Garden District Neighborhood Alliance and many others.

She served on the board and executive board of several of these organizations. As part of her membership, she helped to raise funds for these groups and recruit new members.   Other volunteer work while living in Monroe include volunteering with the Monroe Downtown Economic Development group which promotes the growth of downtown Monroe; volunteering in organizing and promoting ARCO fundraisers for several years; and being a CASA volunteer for 8 years. 

Upon moving to Baton Rouge in 2014, Mary Ann joined the Baton Rouge Symphony League which helps to raise funds for the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. She is currently involved as a volunteer with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation in the capacity of fundraising.

photo of Fritz WinkeFritz Winke (MA '99) is currently a Spanish teacher at Pineville High School and also coaches the tennis team.

He serves as an active member of the Cenla Alumni Chapter. He is a life member of the ULM Alumni Association and is a member of the ULM Athletic Foundation.

Fritz is married to Angela Palomo Winke who is also a ULM graduate. They have two sons, Andrew James and Jude Michael.

photo of Jamie HilburnJamie Hilburn (BA ’04) is currently the Coordinator of External Outreach and Recruiting for the Office of Recruitment at ULM. 

Jamie is a member of the Young Women Services Club of Minden where she shares in her duties of Director of the Miss Minden pageant.  She is also a member of the Duck Commander Independence Bowl Board of Directors. 

As a former St. Jude patient, Jamie is a St. Jude Life member and is actively involved in fund raising for the hospital. 

While a student at ULM, Jamie was a Warbonnet, a member of the Little Indians, Phi Mu, GreekSeekers, Prep Staff, Pop Staff.  After graduation Jamie worked as an Enrollment Counselor recruiting first time freshmen to ULM.

photo of Eric WeatherlyEric Weatherly (BS '07) earned his ULM degree in Kinesiology. While at ULM, he was involved in Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity where he served on several committees.

Eric earned a doctorate in 2009 from the University of St. Augustine for Health Science.  He is a member of the ULM Alumni Association.

Eric Weatherly resides in Bossier City with his fiancé Chelsey Chance, where he is a Center Therapy Director at Concentra.

photo of Bobbye Fletcher EarleBobbye Fletcher Earle (BS '61) is a retired supervisor of instruction for Union Parish Schools and currently is co-owner of Nexus Systems Inc. located in Monroe, Louisiana. 

She graduated with a B.S. ’61 in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, earned a M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Mississippi College in 1969, and her Plus 30 Graduate Hours from ULM in 1974.  

She retired from the field of education after many rewarding years as a science teacher, administrator in the Louisiana Department of Education and instructional supervisor for the Union Parish School District.

She is married to Robert R. Earle (BS ’60).  They have two grown children, Angel Lyles who lives in Pineville, Louisiana and Chuck who lives in Dallas, Texas.  Granddaughters, Leslie Lyles (School of Nursing) and Lynden Lyles (School of Business Administration) are ULM students.

Bobbye is a member of the Farmerville United Methodist Church. She has been a long-time active member of the ULM Alumni and the ULM Athletic Foundation.  She is very involved with the Union-Lincoln Alumni Association/Athletic Foundation Chapter.

photo of Lance FutchLance Futch (BBA '95) is employed at the Union Parish Assessor's Office where he serves as the Union Parish Assessor.

He is a member of the Farmerville Church of Christ, Farmerville Lions Club and Union Parish Chamber of Commerce.

Lance earned a B.B.A. and resides in Farmerville.


photo of Glen WilliamsGlen L. Williams (BA 60; BS 63) completed his undergraduate degree from ULM after returning from military service. For 27 years he was a teacher and coach in Crowville High School in Franklin Parish. He interrupted his teaching to serve one term in the Louisiana Legislature representing House District 20.

Currently retired from education, he is happily raising registered Angus cattle and Katahdin sheep.

In addition to his being an active Deacon in the Crowville First Baptist Church, Glen is a Gideon. He enjoys cooking and traveling and being a part of Warhawk activities.

Glen is married to the former JoAnn Fletcher who has earned three degrees from ULM. In 2013 the ULM Alumni Association honored him and JoAnn with the Golden Arrow Award. Glen is president of the Franklin Parish Alumni Association. 

photo of Todd BurgessTodd Burgess (BGS '92) has served as Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager of Progressive Bank since April 2011 and as Vice President/Commercial Banking from January 2005 to April 2011.

He began his banking career with Capital Bank in Tallulah, Louisiana in 1994 serving primarily in the Consumer Lending area.  In May 1997, he moved to Hibernia National Bank where his focus was Commercial and Business Banking.

Todd currently serves as a Board Member of the Bayou DeSiard Country Club. He has served on various non-profit and community boards and is currently a Board Member for the MedCamps of Louisiana. He is also an ICBA Certified Community Bank Compliance Officer.

photo of H. Wade EarnheartH. Wade Earnheart (BBA '72) currently serves as a Senior Strategic Relationship Manager with JP Morgan Asset Management, a position he has held for over 12 years.

In his 40+ year career, he has held senior positions with Montgomery Ward Credit Corp., Central Bank, First Commerce Corp. and Bank One.

Wade earned a graduate degree from LSU and completed postgraduate work at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Colorado, Pepperdine University and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Wade has been active in The Louisiana American Institute of Banking; Northeast Louisiana American Institute of Banking; Louisiana Bankers Association; United Way of Northeast LA; Society of Human Resource Management; Kiwanis Club of West Monroe; Monroe Chamber Leadership Ouachita Program; and the Lotus Club of Monroe.

Wade is married to the former Sandra Hogan (ULM '71) and have a daughter, Dr. Kristie Earnheart of San Diego. Wade and Sandra are active members of the First Baptist Church of West Monroe.

photo of Samuel L. Moore III Sam L. Moore III (BS '90, Med '93) is employed by Monroe City School Board as principal of Wossman High School and is also a Real Estate Investor.

Sam is the Pastor of Greater Flowery MT. Baptist Church in Monroe and is a current member of the ULM Alumni Association.

He is married to Felicia and they have 4 children.


photo of Chris RightsellChris Rightsell (BA ’04) is a Managed Repair Adjuster for Progressive Insurance.  He currently serves on the board of the Monroe Junior Chamber and is the Commander of the Sons of Amvets Post 66 in Monroe, Louisiana.

While attending ULM, Rightsell was a scholarship recipient of the Amvets Post 66.  He also was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon serving as President and Alumni Board President.

Chris earned his degree in Business Management and is married to Mari Wassack Rightsell.

photo of Kay Heck ShippKay Heck Shipp (BA '70, MA '73) has served on the Executive Board of the La Purchase Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the North La. Agribusiness Council, LifeShare Blood Centers Board of Regents (serve on the properties and audit committees and the Foundation Board), and is a member of the LifeShare Community Advisory Committee

In addition, Kay serves on the ARCO Resource Development Committee, Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Little Theatre Board of Directors, ULM Agricultural Advisory Committee, ULM Alumni Association, and co-chairman of the St. Frederick Building Fund Campaign.

Kay worked as the Director of North Delta Law Enforcement District 1976-80, and was owner of The Horse Place Tack and Feed 1989-1992.

She is the owner/operator of Shipp Farms since 1985 and has three children: Jim, Allison, and Robert (deceased).

photo of Jeff HoodDr. Jeff Hood (BA '91, MA '94) serves as the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas.

After graduating from ULM with a BA in journalism and an MA  in communications, he was employed by ULM from 1994 to 2002.

He obtained his Ed.D. from the University of Arkansas in 2007.

He has been a member of the ULM Alumni Association since 2002. While in school, he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, PRSSA and a student worker in the Sports Information Office.

He and his wife Sarah have a son, Colt, and make their home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

photo of Wally MulhearnWally Mulhearn (BS '85) is a Captain and Check Airman for United Airlines where he has been employed for 30 years.  He is also a Designated Pilot Examiner in the Houston, TX area.  He’s been a lifelong ULM Alumni Association member since graduating in May 1985. He is an active supporter of the Music and Aviation Departments. In the early 1990’s, Wally taught at the ULM Drumline Camp during the summer.

He's been back to ULM several times to speak to Aviation classes and encourage students about a career in aviation. Serving as the Houston Alumni Chapter President in the early 1990’s, the chapter received the “Alumni Chapter of the Year” award in 1992.

After serving as Chapter President, Wally continues to stay active in the Houston Alumni Chapter by helping wherever needed and attending as many ULM events in Monroe as possible.  He and his wife, Terri (BBA ’87) are strong recruiters to ULM for Houston, TX students.  Both of their daughters attend ULM.  Michelle is a Senior Aviation major, 31 Ambassador, and member of the Phi Mu fraternity.  Carlee is a Freshman Aviation major, Sound of Today and Technical Fowls member.  The Mulhearns are supporters of the ULM Athletic Scholarship Foundation, ULM’s SOAR Campaign, and the 4400 Bon Aire Project.

photo of Doug NielsenDoug Nielsen (BA '08) resides in Clinton, Mississippi where he is the managing partner of Anytime Fitness.

He is a member of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce and attends Crossgates Baptist Church.

While attending ULM, Doug was involved with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and the Social Science Research Lab.

He is a lifelong fan of ULM athletic and is a member of the ULM Athletic Foundation.