Seated in the front row, from left, are Treasurer Kristen Bell, President-Elect Dickie Whitson, President Beth Carney Ebberman, and Secretary Stephanie Stafford Kropog. Standing, from left, are Chris Barcelona, Alicia Motichek Himber, Patrick Brazan, Heather Bush Seal, Heidi Rogers Kinchen, Past President Mayson Foster, Executive Director Michelle Biggs, Danny Wallette, Sonja Ragusa Newman, Troy Green, and Immediate Past President Brad Stevens. Not pictured are Gina Giacone Laird and Jay Prather.
Beth Carney Ebberman of Metairie has been elected president and chairman of the board
of directors for 2018-19 Southeastern Louisiana University Alumni Association.
A 1977 graduate of Southeastern with a bachelor of arts degree in history, Ebberman
is an account executive with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana and has won Account
Executive of the Year multiple times. She serves as president of the New Orleans Central
City Lions Club, on the Bissonet Civic Association Board of Directors and was National
Vice President for Alpha Sigma Tau.
Joining her on the Executive Committee will be President-Elect Richard “Dickie” Whitson,
a retiree of Allegiance Health Care Corp; Secretary Stephanie Kropog of North Oaks
Health System; and Treasurer Kristen Bell with Northshore Technical Community College.
Executive Director of Alumni Relations Michelle Biggs said board members commit their
time and expertise to fulfill the association’s mission of strengthening ties between
the university, alumni and community.
“The board is comprised of a wide range of individuals who represent the entire alumni
base. Each member serves a two-year term, and their job is to assist in promoting
the mission of the Alumni Association in tandem with that of Southeastern,” said Biggs.
“They promote pride, help in student recruitment efforts, act as mentors, preserve
traditions of the university and encourage active membership in the association.”
Also serving on the board are Patrick Brazan with Magnolia Wealth Strategies; Heidi
Rogers Kinchen with Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services; Jay Prather
with Elos Environmental LLC; Heather Bush Seal with Latter and Blum Classic Homes
and Properties; Dennis “Danny” Wallette with Tangipahoa Mosquito Abatement; Alicia
Motichek Himber with Lakeshore High School, Sonja Ragusa Newman with United Way of
Southeast Louisiana; and Gina Giacone Laird with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana.
Biggs said that as part of Ebberman’s incoming president’s duties she has appointed
two one-year termed board members to round out the membership representation in the
year ahead. These include Christopher “Chris” Barcelona with the U.S. Department of
State and Troy Green with White Castle High School.
Ex-Officio members of the board include Immediate Past President Brad Stevens of Edwards and Stevens Law Firm in Amite; Past President Mayson Foster, former mayor of the City of Hammond; Southeastern President John L. Crain; Vice President of University Advancement Wendy Lauderdale; and Biggs