Family Association Council
The Family Association Council is an involvement opportunity exclusively for members of the LSU Family Association. The Council allows families to take an active role in the planning and organizing phases of LSU Family Association events. Council members provide valuable feedback, connect with other LSU families, and share the LSU experience with their student.
Current members include:
During the family question and answer panel of the 2013 Spring Invitational Orientation, parents were encouraged to join the Family Association. There was also an open invitation for parents to consider sitting on the Council. Any link to my child during this new phase of her life (hours away from home) seemed like a win-win to me, so I said yes to both. It is a privilege to serve on a Council whose efforts have a direct impact on students’ lives and help ease some of the stressors that both students and their families experience during this time of transition into adulthood and often far from home. Geaux Tigers!
I joined the Family Association Council for various reasons, but most importantly, due to my desire to show my son the importance of being involved in leadership opportunities. I thoroughly enjoy being active in the scholarship selection process and assisting students in emergency situations. My involvement with the Family Association Council has afforded me the opportunity to build relationships with LSU personnel and parents, which is priceless. I am a proud LSU parent because the university is welcoming and supportive of student success!
Jim Fairbanks, CEO of Air American INC. in Canyon Country, California. I have been married for the past 34 years to my wife Colleen and have raised two sons who have had the privilege to go off into the world and attend college. My eldest son J.J. has just graduated from California State University Northridge with his Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting for Cinema and Television Arts while my youngest Cole is a Senior Business Major here at Louisiana State University and President of Theta Chi Fraternity. It has been a pleasure to reunite with my family here in Louisiana and being able to see my son establish himself at this great university. Being included as an LSU Family Council member has given me the opportunity to be included in the framework of such a great program in both model and stature. I thank LSU for this memorable opportunity. GEAUX TIGERS!!
We were excited to join LSU Family Association as soon as our oldest son, Reid, began attending LSU. It provided us an important connection to our son’s college experience since we live 600 miles away. Shortly after, we wanted to be more involved and volunteered to serve on the Family Association Council. After three years, and now with our second son here at LSU, we now co-chair the Family Association Council and love being involved, providing guidance and leadership to the Association while doing all we can to provide an outstanding experience for our LSU students. Our favorite time of the year is the fall, when we award the annual Family Association scholarships to deserving students. Fall is also when we get to travel to Baton Rouge and cheer on both our sons playing football in Tiger Stadium, or meet them on the road at each and every away game! GEAUX TIGERS!!
After volunteering for the Parent Panel during Family Orientation, we realized that we really enjoyed connecting with the parents of new students. We were able to empathize with their concerns and give them assurance based on our own personal experiences. When we could not answer a question, we could turn to the Office of Orientation, Parent and Family Programs and get the information needed. We wanted to be able to reach more families, so the Family Council was a natural fit. We have met many wonderful families and look forward to meeting many more. We are proud LSU Parents and we LOVE PURPLE and LIVE GOLD!
Jason works at Phillips 66 in Westlake, LA as an analyzer/instrument supervisor, and I am a seventh grade math teacher at Moss Bluff Middle School in Moss Bluff, LA. We have two daughters attending LSU. Mary Beth is a senior majoring in biology, and Haley is a freshman majoring in business. As first year members of the counsel, we excitedly joined the counsel to stay connected to our children’s educational experience here at LSU. For the pasted three years, we have made lasting memories at the Family Association fall and spring weekends. At the family weekends, our oldest daughter, Kara, and her family as well as grandparents, aunts, great-aunts and great-uncles have all been given the beautiful tour of LSU, have heard the fun facts around the campus, and have experienced a game in Tiger Stadium and at Alex Box Stadium! We truly appreciate how LSU makes all members of the family feel like an LSU Tiger!
Ken has more than 25 years of experience in the audit and finance industries. He is currently the Deputy Superintendent & Chief Financial Officer for the Houston Independent School District Ken holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas State University. He is a member of several organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Institute of Internal Auditors. He is actively serving on numerous Boards of Directors for Texas State University and also serves as a member of the LSU Family Association Council.
Pamela is a 1982 graduate of Texas State. She and her husband, Ken, are the proud parents of two children, their daughter is a junior at Louisiana State University and their son is a recent graduate of Texas State University. Pam recently joined the Executive Leadership team of the Houston Area Women’s Center as the Vice President, Human Resources & Volunteers. Pam remains active within her profession and by serving for the LSU Family Association Council.
We joined the LSU Family Association Council in the fall of 2013 when our son James was a freshman.
We have always enjoyed being involved in our children’s school experiences. The Council affords us the opportunity to participate on an in depth level on campus.
It is very gratifying to serve on the Emergency Relief Fund committee and to be able help students in need. Our favorite part of the year is attending the Family Association Scholarship breakfast were we meet the outstanding recipients and their families. The Council is a wonderful way to connect with other families and the administration at LSU!
Every time I walk onto the campus at LSU, it brings back memories of being a young college student, full of all the hopes and dreams that all new college students have. Of my four children, one has graduated from LSU and I have a senior and a freshman currently enrolled. I know that someday in the future they will stroll across the campus and feel the same emotions that I feel now. I originally joined the Family Association Council so that I could be a part of their college experience without getting in their way. I have served on the scholarship committee, worked a recruitment event, helped plan a spring baseball event in New Orleans (that was rained out), and I've attended more orientation panels than I can count. 2015 will be my fourth family weekend, and my students have sat with us every time. So enjoy being a member of the Family Association. Use the resources it provides, and email me if you are in the New Orleans area and have any questions. I'll also be glad to talk to you about joining the council.
Bryan and I have been married for 23 years. Bryan is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and an “Alumni by Choice” of LSU. He is an Executive V.P. at RT Specialty in Dallas, TX where he deals with professional insurance placement. I am a 1990 graduate of LSU. I am a CPA and work as a Technical Tax Editor for Thomson Reuters. We have 3 amazing children. Alex is a Freshman at LSU and a Stamps Scholar. Molly is a Junior at Trinity Christian Academy and Rachel is a 4th grader at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, TX. Bryan and I are humbled by the generosity of the Stamps Foundation and LSU for selecting our son as a Stamps Scholar. We want to give back to LSU and thought that becoming Family Council members would be a good start. As an LSU alumnae and new LSU parent, I hope to assist LSU and the Family Council in any way that I can.
Joining the Family Association Council is my way of being a part of LSU as a parent of a student. I was lost when my daughter, Allison Hannah Sommers, first got accepted to LSU, but finding the Family Association was truly one of the most helpful avenues. It seemed like a natural way of giving back, to help those who helped you. With my daughter’s blessing, I applied to be a member of the Family Association Council and now another journey begins. Being born and raised in South Louisiana, LSU becomes part of your life. My mom began our family journey at LSU graduating in 1978, and my sister continued the journey graduating in 1991. As a member of the Class of 2019, my daughter will continue the family legacy by being the 3rd generation to graduate from LSU. However I will end with saying my proudest moment to date was when my daughter stood on a chair at Raising Canes in Houston, TX for all to hear in her loudest and proudest voice that she had been accepted to Louisiana State University as a proud member of the Class of 2019. Geaux Tigers!!
I am 56 years old and was born in Lake Charles. Susan and I both graduated from McNeese State University, although Susan attended LSU for 3 years prior. We were married in 1988 and have four children, Katherine (Katie) Ann Vincent, Matthew Michael Vincent, Allison Dorothy Vincent and Julie Grace Vincent. Katie, Matthew and Allison are triplets and they are 19 years old. Katie and Allison are freshmen at LSU and they have both pledged Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Katie is majoring in education and Allison is majoring in business. Matthew is attending McNeese State University in Lake Charles and is majoring in mass communications. He has pledged Kappa Sigma fraternity. Julie is 16 years old and is a junior at St. Louis Catholic High School in Lake Charles. She participates in volleyball and cheerleading. Julie desires to attend LSU after graduation from high school. Susan and I have always been involved in our children’s school activities and programs. We have served on development committees at their elementary school and high school. I coached girls basketball and track at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Elementary. I currently serve as chairman of the St. Louis Catholic High School Foundation Board of Directors and have been a member for 5 years. Susan and I joined the LSU Family Association to get involved with LSU activities. We agreed to serve on the Leadership Council so that we may help support and serve others in the LSU community. We have always believed that those that can, should give of their time, talent and treasure to serve others.