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Honors College Advisory Council

The Ogden Honors College Advisory Council is made up of distinguished community leaders who care greatly about the mission of the Honors College. Advisory Council members serve as confidential advisors to the Dean, promote the recruitment of top students, network for alumni and financial support, and generally serve as ambassadors for the College and the University on a local, state and national level.


Elaine Abell

Elaine Abell, Attorney

Ms. Abell is a Lafayette attorney in private practice. Full Biography

James Brown

James A. Brown, Attorney, Liskow and Lewis

Mr. Brown is the head of the Commercial Litigation Section and Professional Liability Practice Group for Liskow and Lewis in New Orleans and is an adjunct professor in torts and trial advocacy at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Full Biography

Norman DeumiteNorman DeumitePresident, Master Maintenance and Construction, Inc.

Mr. Deumite is the owner and President of Master Maintenance and Construction, Inc. He was named a distinguished alumnus and entered into the LSU Hall of Distinction in 2000 by the LSU Alumni Association. Full Biography

Laura DixonLaura Dixon, Energy Investment Banker, Jefferies

A graduate of LSU’s College of Engineering, Ms. Dixon is currently an Energy Investment Banker for Jefferies, a global investment banking firm.  

Jason El Koubi

Jason R. El Koubi, Executive Vice President, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Mr. El Koubi is the Executive Vice President of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Full Biography


Carmelita "Carmen" Escalente, MDCarmelita "Carmen" Escalante, MD, MD Anderson Cancer CenterDr. Escalante serves as Chair and Professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine in the Division of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Full Biography

Larry Franceski

Larry G. FranceskiPartner, Norton Rose Fulbright US, LLP

Mr. Franceski heads the Washington international practice of Norton Rose Fulbright US, LLP. He advises domestic and foreign businesses in acquisitions and dispositions throughout the United States and abroad.  Full Biography

BarBarbara Reich Freibergbara Reich Freiberg, President, East Baton Rouge Parish School Board

Ms. Freiberg is a  veteran educator and advocate for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System with over 38 years in education. Full Biography

Greg Guidry

Greg GuidryEVP for Shell's Upstream Americas Unconventionals business

Mr. Guidry is Executive Vice President for Shell’s Unconventionals business in Upstream Americas, a position he assumed in January, 2013. Prior to his current role, Greg was based in the Hague for four years and ran Shell’s Upstream activities in eight European countries and midstream gas supply operations in 19 countries. Full Biography

James GulottaJames "Jay" C. Gulotta, Jr.Attorney, Stone Pigman

Mr. Gulotta is an attorney with Stone Pigman and chair of the Litigation Section and the Toxic Torts/Products Liability practice group.  While a student at LSU, he was an active member of the Honors College. Full Biography

Brian HaymonBrian Haymon, Former CEO, SGS Petroleum Service Corporation

Mr. Haymon is the former CEO of SGS Petroleum Service Corporation.  In 1999, he founded the Honors College Advisory Council. Full Biography

J. Miles HigginsJ. Miles Higgins, Founder and Board Chair, The Relocation Center

J. Miles Higgins is Founder and Board Chair of The Relocation Center, headquartered in St. Francisville, LA. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Bank of St. Francisville. Full Biography

Matthew K. JuneauMatthew K. JuneauSVP, Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations

Mr. Juneau is Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Investor Relations for Polymer Solutions for Albemarle. Full Biography 

LeRoy Lambert

LeRoy LambertAttorney, P&I

Mr. Lambert is a maritime lawyer and president of Charles Taylor’s New York P&I operations. Full Biography


Cynthia Mabry, Attorney, Mayer BrownCynthia Mabry

Cynthia Mabry is a Counsel in Akin Gump’s Houston office. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and is also a proud alumnus of the Ogden Honors College. Full Biography

Consuelo MadereConsuelo Madere, President, Proven Leader Advisory

Ms. Madere is the President of Proven Leader Advisory, L.L.C., a management consulting and executive coaching firm. She is the retired Vice President, Global Vegetables and Asia Commercial for the Monsanto Company. Full Biography

Melinda Mangham

Melinda ManghamCollege Advisor, Mangham Academic Planning Strategy

Ms. Mangham is a life-long educator who taught throughout Louisiana. Currently, she advises students through Mangham Academic Planning Strategy where she advises students in their academic careers. Full Biography

Cathleen May

Cathleen MayRetired Educator

Ms. May is a retired advanced placement art teacher in Houston, Texas. Full Biography

Roger Ogden

Roger “Field” Hadfield Ogden II, MDOrthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Ogden is an orthopedic surgeon in New Orleans, specializing in foot and ankle surgery. Full Biography

Sally Perry

Sally PerryExecutive Director, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute

Ms. Perry has been the Executive Director of The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) Institute for almost 20 years. Full Biography

Sean Pfifer

Sean Pfifer, Entrepreneur, Life Sciences Industry

Mr. Pfifer is leading a venture to develop a new software platform for the Life Sciences industry. He is a graduate of the Ogden Honors College. Full Biography

Allen RicheyAllen RicheyDirector of Corporate Planning, CenturyLink

Mr. Richey is the Director of Corporate Planning with CenturyLink. He is a graduate of the Ogden Honors College. Full Biography

Elizabeth RonnElizabeth Ronn, Partner, Innofolio

Ms. Ronn is a Partner at Innovation Portfolio Partners, a Silicon Valley based firm that helps CEOs and the Top Management of Fortune 500 companies find and develop new-to-the-world products and services. Full Biography

Edward ShobeEdward Louis ShobeChairman, The Shobe Financial Group


Mr. Shobe is the Chairman of The Shobe Financial Group and a Certified Financial Planner. Full Biography  

J. Keith Short

J. Keith Short, EVP and Regional President, Investar Bank

Mr. Short is Investar Bank’s Executive Vice President and Regional President based in Lafayette. While a student at LSU, he took classes through the Honors Division program. Full Biography 

Larry SimonLarry SimonAttorney, Liskow and Lewis


Mr. Simon is an attorney with Liskow and Lewis in Lafayette, focusing in energy litigation and regulatory rulings. Full Biography

Lawrence SimonLawrence "Larry" Simon, MD, Hebert Medical Group

Dr. Simon is an otolaryngologist with a focus on Pediatric Otolaryngology at Hebert Medical Group in Lafayette. Full Biography

Deborah Sternberg

Deborah SternbergPresident, Starmount Life Insurance Company


Ms. Sternberg is President of Starmount Life Insurance Company in Baton Rouge. Full Biography

 Roland Toups

Roland M. ToupsChairman, CEO, Turner Industries Group, L.L.C.

Mr. Toups is chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Industries Group, L.L.C. He played a major role in the modernization of the Laville Honors House. Full Biography

R. Patrick Vance

Patrick VancePartner and Chair, Jones Walker Business and Commercial Litigation


Mr. Vance is a partner and chair of the Jones Walker’s Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, focusing on business litigation, creditors’ rights litigation, and bankruptcy. Full Biography

Anita WarnerAnita WarnerAttorney

Ms. Warner is a retired attorney who specialized in creditors’ rights, default, and bankruptcy. While a LSU student, she participated in the Honors program and was a founding member of the Honors Advisory Council in the 1990s. Full Biography

 Charles WoodCharles Wood, MD, Medical Director, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Dr. Wood is the Medical Director and an oncologist for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. While a student at LSU, he was a student in the Honors College. Full Biography