Advisory Council

The Advisory Council for the Office of Community Relations, Economic Development and Student Access is comprised of leaders from the community who are passionate about carrying out social and economic progress.

The Council plays an important role in fundraising for grant-making opportunities to support collaborative projects in four areas of engagement, including identifying and promoting success stories of people, community and neighborhoods highlighting moments of change.

Our Council provides leadership and guidance to honor and celebrate the South Park community.

Ex-Officio Members

Office of Community Relations, Economic Development and Student Access

advisory council member norman bellard

Norman Bellard, Assistant to the President and Athletic Programs Liaison

advisory council member  Dr. Teresa Simpson

Teresa Simpson, Executive Director

advisory council member  Kelsey Young

Kelsey Young, Community Relations Assistant


Student Directors

advisory council member  Valeria Ayala

Valeria Ayala, Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar, Major: Forensic Chemistry


Taliah Belcher Student Director

Taliah Belcher, Lamar University Scholar, Major: Finance


Byanca Cabrera Student Director

Byanca Cabrera, Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar, Major: Pre-Nursing


Taylor Cox Student Director

Taylor Cox, Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar, Maor: Politcal Science


advisory council member  Emily Deal

Emily Deal, Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar, Major: Pre-Nursing


advisory council member  Aylin Galvan

Alyin Galvan, Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar, Major: Nutrition


advisory council member  Rylie George

Rylie George, Mirabeau Scholar, Major: Psychology


advisory council member  Alejandro Gomez

Alejandro Gomez, Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar, Major: Mechanical Engineering


advisory council member  Arely Medina

Arely Medina, Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar, Major: Nutrition




Active Members

advisory council member Pastor Kennedy Andrews

Kennedy Andrews, Pastor, Harvest for Lost Souls


Angeliquea Avery

Angeliqueca Avery, Instructor, Department of Social Work, LU


advisory council member  Faith Brammer

Faith Brammer, Community Relations Director, Education First FCU


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Nakisha Burns, Manager, Public and Government Affairs, ExxonMobil


advisory council member  Jim Clay

Jim Clay, Assistant Chief of Police, City of Beaumont


advisory council member  Mandy Clayton

Mandy Clayton, Director of Development, LIT


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Crystel Conley, Executive Assistant, Division of Student Affairs, LU

advisory council member PJ Couch

PJ Couch, Mathematics Professor, LU Department of Mathematics

advisory council member  Hector Flores

Hector Flores, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, LU Division of Student Affais


advisory council member  Alicen Flosi

Alicen Flosi, instructor for Information Systems & Analysis/Director of Sustainability, LU College of Business/Department of Sustainability


advisory council member  Allison Getz

Allison Nathan Getz, Tax Assessor-Collector, Jefferson County


advisory council member  Troy Gray

Troy Gray, Director, LU Spindletop Museum


advisory council member  Ginger Gummelt

Ginger Gummelt, Associate Professor and Director, LU Department of Social Work


advisory council member  Mike Hargis

Mike Hargis, Chief Executive Officer, Profit Consulting, LLC


advisory council member  Carrie haskett

Carrie Haskett, Director of Marketing, Education First FCU


advisory council member  Nathan Hawkins

Nathan Hawkins, Bechtel Corporation


advisory council member  Olayinka Jenmy

Yinka Jenmy, Assistant Director, LU Residence Life


advisory council member  Adina Josey

Adina Josey, Senior Planner, City of Beaumont


advisory council member  John Lee

John Lee, Business Advisor, LU Small Business Development Center


advisory council member  Dr. Japera Levine

Japera Levine, DPM, Podiatrist Foot and Ankle Specialist, Proprietor


advisory council member  Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis, XP Synergy, Opportunity Now


Mayor Robin Mouton

Robin Donatta Mouton, Mayor,  City of Beaumont


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Barbara Newhouse, President and CFO, Southeast Texas Foodbank


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Andrew Ortiz, Public and Government Affairs Advisor, ExxonMobil


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Derrick Owen, Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas


advisory council member  Jess Prince

Jes Prince, Chef Deputy County Clerk, Jefferson County


advisory council member  Carolyn Ridout

Carolyn Ridout, Vice President, Marketing - Education, First FCU


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Haley Riley, Mental Health and FirstAid Outreach Coordinator, Spindletop Center


advisory council member  Irmalyn Thomas

Irmalyn Thomas, Board Member, Corion Thomas Foundation


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Amy Walker, Director, The Wesley Foundation, LU


advisory council member  Lori Wright

Lori Wright, Instructor for Sociology and Social Work, LU Department of Social WorS


advisory council member  Stefanie Wright

Stefanie Wright, Program Director, Ubi Caritas



advisory council member  Twila Baker

Twila Baker, Lamar University

advisory council member  Johnny Brown

Johnny Brown, Educator/Superintendent, Retired

advisory council member  Tom Noyola

Tom Noyola, Lamar Institute of Technology


advisory council member Ann Jubert-Seastrunk

Ann Joubert Seastrunk, Southwestern Bell