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BEAUMONT – The Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation has elected board members for the 2013-2014 year.

Officers are Dr. Shawn Oubre, city manager of Orange, president and; Pat Calhoun, career technology director for the BISD Taylor Career Center, vice president; Rod Carroll, deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, treasurer/finance committee chair; Pat Avery, vice president-global business development with Carl R. Griffith & Associates, secretary; Gisela Houseman, Houseman development Company, Inc., audit committee chair; Bessie Chisum, Chisum Resource Management, committee on directors chair; Vernon Pierce, director of customer service at Entergy, development committee chair; Guy Goodson, Germer PLLC, investment committee chair; Raymond Polk, director of school to work with the Port Arthur Independent School District, scholarship committee chair; and Dean Robinson, State Farm Insurance, immediate past president.

Oubre is the city manager for Orange, and has been on the foundation board of directors for five years.

A former police officer, he is a graduate of the LIT Regional Police Academy, and was assistant director of the academy in 1990. Oubre replaces Dean Robinson as president.

“I am honored to serve as president of the LIT Foundation,” Oubre said. “It is a pleasure to work with the members of the Foundation, staff and faculty to bring awareness of the many great things that LIT does for the community and workforce in Southeast Texas. The Foundation would not be able to accomplish this without the many dedicated community leaders who have provided the necessary funds and grants that provide scholarships to those choosing LIT.”

Other members of the LIT Foundation are Eddie Arnold, commissioner, Precinct 1, Jefferson County; Dalton Babineaux, president emeritus, American Valve and Hydrant; Danny Babineaux, president emeritus, Air Comfort, Inc.; A.B. Bernard, BGI Contractors; Ty Bordelon, vice president of operations, Golden Pass LNG; Ted Boumans, president, Boumans & Associates; Don Burnett, Allstate Insurance; Alice Cater, real estate broker and investor; Margie Conway, plant manager, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, LP; Shaun Davis, executive director, Southeast Texas Regional Planning Committee; Greg Gentry, plant manager, Valero; Daryl Gilbert Sr., Simons Memorial COGIC; Kyle Hayes, city manager, City of Beaumont; Brandon Hebert, director of operations, Acadian Ambulance Southeast Texas Division; Chris Ingram, justice of the peace, Hardin County Precinct 1; Kathleen Jackson, public affairs manager, ExxonMobil; Chuck Kalkbrenner, regional manager, AT&T; Dr. Mattie Londow, board of trustees emeritus, Port Arthur Independent School District; Jean McFaddin, Plum Nearly Ranch; Eric Newby, training coordinator, BASF TOTAL Corporation; David Parmer, chief executive officer, Baptist Hospital of Southeast Texas; J. Hoke Peacock, Orgain, Bell & Tucker LLP; Micki Carpenter Platt, American Real Estate; Jim Rich, president, Beaumont Chamber of Commerce; C.A. “Pete” Shelton, Beaumont Fire & Rescue chief emeritus and president, Port of Beaumont; Dr. Joel Smith, dentist; Tim Sudela, president, American Valve and Hydrant; David Thornhill, Southwest Building Systems and LIT Alumni Association president; and Greg Willms, refinery manager, Motiva.

The LIT Foundation raises money for scholarships to support students in the more than 50 programs offered at LIT. The foundation has two big events on its calendar: the Salute to Real American Heroes in the fall and the LIT Shoot-Out in the spring.

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