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ULM Alumni Association

2014-2016 Board of Directors

PRESIDENT
Brenda B. Dudley
(BBA '84, MBA '86)

Brenda B. DudleyBrenda had been a claims representative for the Social Security Administration in Lafayette, LA for 19 years.

She has served as the Acadiana Chapter President for the past twelve years and as President-Elect of the ULM Alumni Association for two years.  

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

As a 10-year Board member of the Krewe of Xanadu women’s Mardi Gras Krewe in Lafayette, she currently serves as President of the Krewe and was prior Historian, Public Relations chair and Membership Chair and active with the Krewe since 2001.

She served on various Krewe committees and has been a Royalty Court Advisor for many years as well as Royalty court Muse in 2003. 

Brenda has also 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 12 years. She has received the many awards within the Sorority including the Rose Award, Outstanding Alum and current Advisor of the Year recipient.

In addition, she is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma Business Fraternity and has received several honors and 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, LA.  


 

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Jeremy K. Moore
(BBA '00, MBA '02)

Jeremy K. MooreJeremy 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, 5, and Ava Catherine, 4.

He 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 as Cum Laude.

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


 

PAST-PRESIDENT
Ronald "Scott" Higginbotham
(BS '85, MS '89)

Ronald "Scott" HigginbothamScott is the Manager of the Environmental Science Group of Neel-Schaffer, Inc., Jackson, Mississippi.

He has served on the City of Ridgeland Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the city's Master Plan Steering Committee, the city’s Master Plan Steering Committee, and is now a member of the city's Community Awareness Committee.

He has served as President and Vice President of his homeowner's association, as VP of the B2B Professional Referral Group, and supports his son's high school booster club.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude and was a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon while at ULM.

He has been a member of the Alumni Association since 1985 and a supporter of the ULM Athletic Foundation.

Scott has one grown son.

They are residents of Ridgeland, Mississippi and members of the First Baptist Church – Ridgeland.


 

VICE-PRESIDENT
W. Adams Rodgers IV
(BBA '98)

W. Adams RodgersAdams is a Financial Advisor and Assistant Vice President with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. He has earned the designations of Certified Financial Manager and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.

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

Adams currently servers on the board of Seeker Springs Ministry and is the past president of both Northeast Monroe Rotary Club and the Jeremy Barnhill Foundation for Christian Teens.

While at ULM, Adams was a 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. 


 

SECRETARY-TREASURER
Sara Benecke Brice
(BA '90)

Sara Benecke Misuraca BriceSara 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.


 

AREA 1
Sharon Green
(BA '87)

Sharon GreenSharon is the CEO of Sharon Green State Farm Insurance Company in Slidell.

While at ULM, she was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity and nominated to the Homecoming court.

She is involved in many organizations such as Girl Scouts and community groups to encourage young students and to motivate students to go to college.

Sharon’s goal is to enhance the balance life and achievement for herself and all those she has contact with.

The Area 1 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parishes:

ASSUMPTION, JEFFERSON, LAFOURCHE, ORLEANS, PLAQUEMINES, ST. BERNARD, ST. CHARLES, ST. JAMES, ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, ST. TAMMANY, and TERREBONNE.


 

Kyle KeelerAREA 2: Kyle Keeler (BS '95)

Kyle C. Keeler graduated from ULM in 1995 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, TN.

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

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

The Area 2 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parishes:
 
ACADIA, ALLEN, BEAUREGARD, CALCASIEU, CAMERON, IBERIA, JEFFERSON DAVIS, LAFAYETTE, ST. LANDRY, ST. MARTIN, ST. MARY and VERMILLION.


 

AREA 3
Lisa Lester Bergeron
(BS '87)

Lisa Lester BergeronLisa is a Program Manager for the Office of Community Development in Baton Rouge, La and a member of St. Jude Catholic Church. 

Lisa is a strong supporter of homeless programs, Habitat for Humanity, and producing affordable housing for all Louisiana citizens.

While a student at ULM, Lisa was a member of the PomPom Girls, Social Chairman of the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority, and a Little Sister to the Pike Fraternity.

Lisa is married to Sam G. Bergeron who is also a graduate of ULM.

Lisa is a current member of the ULM Alumni Association and has served as president of the Greater Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter for the last 3 years.

Originally from Oak Grove, Sam and Lisa reside in Baton Rouge.

The Area 3 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parishes:

ASCENSION, EAST BATON ROUGE, EAST FELICIANA, EVANGELINE, IBERVILLE, LIVINGSTON, POINT COUPEE, ST. HELENA, TANGIPAHOA, WASHINGTON, WEST BATON ROUGE and WEST FELICIANA.


 

AREA 3A
Fritz Winke
(MA '99)

Fritz WinkeFritz 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, who is 3, and Jude Michael, who is 2.

The Area 3A Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parishes:

AVOYELLES, CATAHOULA, GRANT, LASALLE, NATCHITOCHES, RAPIDES, SABINE, VERNON and WINN.


 

AREA 4
Jamie Hilburn
(BA ’04)


Jamie Hilburn

Jamie is currently the Coordinator of External Outreach and Recruiting for the Office of Recruitment and Admissions 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’s 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.

The Area 4 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parishes:

BIENVILLE, BOSSIER, CADDO, CLAIBORNE, DESOTO, RED RIVER and WEBSTER.


 

AREA 4
Thomas A. (Andy) Snelling, Jr.
(BA '78)


Thomas A. 'Andy' SnellingAndy is the School / Library Representative for World Book, Inc.  He and his wife Sharon have two children Melissa and Stephen.

Andy is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Shreveport, a member of the Elks Club, and former board member of the American Red Cross.

In addition Andy is a former board member of the LACUE, LLA member, Texas Library Association member, and a LAMP board member.

He is a Legacy Society Member (lifetime) of the ULM Alumni Association and a lifetime member of the "L" Club.

While at ULM, Andy was on the President's list, and was a former football and track manager.

Andy's involvement in the Caddo/Bossier Alumni Chapter includes serving as the Director of the Scholarship Golf Scramble.

The Area 4 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parishes:

BIENVILLE, BOSSIER, CADDO, CLAIBORNE, DESOTO, RED RIVER and WEBSTER.


 

AREA 5
Lance Futch
(BBA '95)

Lance FutchLance Futch is a 1995 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a B.B.A.

Lance 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 resides in Farmerville.

The Area 5 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parishes:

CALDWELL, CONCORDIA, EAST CARROLL, FRANKLIN, JACKSON, LINCOLN, MADISON, MOREHOUSE, RICHLAND, TENSAS, UNION, and WEST CARROLL.


 

Area 5
Bobbye Fletcher Earle
(BS '61)

Bobbye Fletcher EarleBobbye 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, LA and Chuck who lives in Dallas, TX.  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.

The Area 5 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parishes:

CALDWELL, CONCORDIA, EAST CARROLL, FRANKLIN, JACKSON, LINCOLN, MADISON, MOREHOUSE, RICHLAND, TENSAS, UNION, and WEST CARROLL.


 

AREA 5
Jay Thomas Snell
(BS '10)


Jay SnellJay Snell is a 2010 graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe with  a B.S. degree. 

While attending ULM, Jay was a member of the Warhawk Baseball Team.

Jay graduated in 2006 from Marion High School where he was a member of the 2006 Class C State Championship Baseball Team and the 2006 Class C State Runner-up Basketball Team.

Jay is employed with Marion State Bank where he serves as a loan officer at their Farmerville Branch.

He is a member of the Haile Baptist Church and is involved in many community and civic activities.

The Area 5 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parishes:

CALDWELL, CONCORDIA, EAST CARROLL, FRANKLIN, JACKSON, LINCOLN, MADISON, MOREHOUSE, RICHLAND, TENSAS, UNION, and WEST CARROLL.


 

AREA 6
H. Wade Earnheart
(BBA '72)

H. Wade EarnheartWade currently serves as a Senior Strategic Relationship Manager with JP Morgan Asset Management, a position he has held for 11 years.

In his 39 year career, he has also 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.

The Area 6 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parish:

OUACHITA.


 

AREA 6
Sam L. Moore III
(BS '90, Med '93)

Samuel L. Moore III Sam is employed by Monroe City School Board as principal of Wossman High School and is also a Real Estate Investor.

He is married to Felicia and they have 4 children.

Sam is the Pastor of Greater Flowery MT. Babptist Church in Monroe. 

Sam is a current member of the ULM Alumni Association.

The Area 6 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parish:

OUACHITA.


 

Chris RightsellAREA 6: Chris Rightsell (BA ’04)

Chris Rightsell 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, LA. Rightsell is married to Mari Rightsell, formerly Mari Wassack.

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 is a 2004 graduate completing a BA in Business Management.

The Area 6 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parish:

OUACHITA.


 

AREA 6
Tim Rightsell
(BBA ‘97)

Tim RightsellTim is the Assistant Vice President of Customer Care for Chase Bank.  Tim has been with Chase for 14 years.

Tim is involved with the Monroe Jaycees where he has served as Membership Vice President and two terms as Treasurer and he also is a past Ambassador for the Monroe Chamber of Commerce.   

The father of two, Alex and Emory, Tim is an avid support of not only the ULM Alumni Association but also the ULM Athletic Foundation.

The Area 6 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parish:

OUACHITA.


 

AREA 6
Kay Heck Shipp
(BA '70, MA '73)

Kay Heck ShippKay Heck Shipp graduated from ULM with a BA in 1970 and a MA 1973.  She has three children, Jim (29), Allison (27), and Robert (deceased).

Kay 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 had been the owner and operator of Shipp Farms since 1985.

The Area 6 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the following parish:

OUACHITA.


 

AREA 7
Dr. Jeff Hood
(BA '91, MA '94)

Jeff HoodJeff serves as the Associate Director – 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 one son, Colt, and make their home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Area 7 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the:

UNITED STATES WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (excluding Louisiana).


 

AREA 7
Julie Harlan O'Brien
(BA '80)

Julie Harlan O'BrienJulie is a 1980 graduate of ULM.

While on campus, she was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and Pike Little Sisters

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 Alumnae 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.

The Area 7 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the:

UNITED STATES WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (excluding Louisiana).


 

AREA 8
Doug Nielsen
(BA '08)

Doug NielsenDoug currently 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.

The Area 8 Vice President represents ULM alumni living in the:

UNITED STATES EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.


 

 


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