University President With two new books released in 2021, David is as a published Author with both books currently trending with Book Authority as “Best Sports Psychology Book of all Time!” David is a published author and industry professional in the field of Sports Science. He is a leadership professional, with decades of business entrepreneurship experience. As a business owner in Sports Management, David has expertise in financial management, human relations, communications, conflict management and personnel supervision. David holds a Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration from University of New Orleans and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health & Physical Education from Nicholls State University. He holds current teaching certificates for Louisiana and Florida. As a Certified Sports Psychology Coach and Stress Management Professional, he provides leadership counselling to athletes through mental, emotional and physical counseling. As a strategist and researcher, David served for over 10 years as Head Baseball Coach for the Louisiana School system working closely with students, parents, and administrators. Having served as a Professional Baseball Scout for the Milwaukee Brewers and Global Scouting Bureau as an International Baseball Scout for over a decade, David, additionally, has international career expertise.
Jean Melvin, MN, BSN
Chief Financial Officer * Jean Melvin holds a Master’s in Nursing (MN) in Nurse Anesthesia from Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, LA (May 2011) and a Bachelor of Science of Nursing (BSN) from Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA (May 1998). As Owner and CEO of the business Independent Contracts for Anesthesia, Jean overseas financial management, including balance sheets, general accounting, and short-term and long-term budgeting. She is responsible for human resources, oversight and management of employees. As Owner of Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Consultant from 2018 to present, Jean overseas client contracts, financial management, and applies hands on exercise theory and practice with clients.
Laura Miele, PhD, MA
Chief Academic Officer * Dr. Miele holds a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis in Sport and Counseling, Capella University, MN, 2007. She holds a Master of Arts in Education, Diverse Learner/ Ed. Admin., University of Phoenix, AZ, 1998 and a Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science: Physical Education, Arizona State University, AZ, 1994. As owner of Miele Forensic Consulting, Dr. Miele leads the company’s vision and sets goals. She oversees all work, contracts, administration, marketing, and financial management. With Miele Consulting, Laura also serves as a Sport, Fitness and Recreation Consultant-Expert providing technical analysis and fitness facility operations including personal training, risk management, and injury prevention. As Owner an Entrepreneur of Mind Over Body Athletics, LLC / dba Miele Forensic Consulting, Laura is also Personal Trainer and Sport Psychology Consultant training young athletes. With Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Sport Injury Prevention, Laura served as Program Manager & Research Coordinator managing all aspects of clinical trials. Dr. Miele’s University teaching includes Adjunct Professor, Exercise Science and Wellness, Health Science Division at Montgomery Community College. Adjunct Faculty, College of Online and Continuing Education, Southern New Hampshire University (Online) and Adjunct Faculty, Dept. of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy Ohio University (Online). Dr. Miele has extensive coaching experience with both professional and student athletes and has numerous professional publications and has served as an editor and peer reviewer for Journal of Leisure and Recreation Patterns (JLRP) Journal of International Forensic Engineering Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. Her Professional Memberships include AAPHERD - American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Dance (SHAPE America), A CSM - American College of Sports Medicine, and ASTM - (F-24) American Society for Testing and Materials (International). She is the recipient several awards including: Hall of Fame Inductee: Christ the King High School, 2020 Teacher of the Year 2013: Universal Auden Rei Charter High School New York City Golden Gloves Semi Finalist, 2004
Brandy Breaux, MA, BSc
Assistant Chief Academic Officer * As a public educator for over 20 years, Brandy has served instructors and students in the classroom and beyond. Working with student populations of over 1,900, Brandy has school leadership experience as an Assistant Principal for multiple schools in both Louisiana and Texas. During her time as an instructional leader, Brandy has hands-on experience with observing, mentoring, training, hiring, and evaluating staff in the 3rd largest public school district in Texas. Brandy holds a Masters of K-12 School Leadership from Nicholls State University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University. Her teaching experience extends to Bayou Vista Elementary School, Hattie A. Watts Elementary School, Pope Elementary School, and currently a global online instructor and recruiter for English as a Second Language learning. As Teacher of the Year in 2013, she also served as Supervising Teacher at Nicholls State University and holds current teaching and Educational Leadership certifications in both Louisiana and Texas. Brandy earned her National Board Certification in 2008.
Bruce Litchfield, MA, BA
Chief Operation Officer * Bruce brings 23 years of hands on experience in the field of Health and Wellness to JMU. With a both a Master’s Degree and an Undergraduate Degree in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific University, Bruce is highly versed in the theory and practical application of the field. Having served as a professional baseball played for 9 seasons, he has an innate understanding of athletic preparation suited to students in athletic programs. Bruce served as a Physical Education Instructor at Caddo Parish School Board and with Ascension Parish School Board. He is a current member of Louisiana Football Coaches Association (LFCA). As an Instructor, he has taught Physical Education, Sports Medicine, and Health.
Lani Litchfield, MSc, BA
Dean - College of Sports Science. * Lani Litchfield holds a Master of Science in Exercise Science from Louisiana Tech University and an Undergraduate Degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, also from Louisiana Tech. She has served as an athletic trainer for close to a decade in Louisiana, including at Glenwood Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center, Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists, and Willis Knighton Health Care System in Shreveport, LA. Starting in 2016, Lani served as Dutchtown High School’s Director of Sports Medicine Head Athletic Trainer Instructor Emergency Medical Responder and Sports Medicine Coordinator of Middle School Athletic Training. Her current professional memberships include National Athletic Trainers Association and Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association. Lani currently serves on Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners, Athletic Training Advisory Committee member (7 years) Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association - Regional Representative (4 years) Ascension Parish Schools and Healthcare Advisory Committee (5 years).
Darian Breaux, MA, BSc
Dean - College of Business. * Darian Breaux holds Master’s Degree from Northwestern State University in Adult/Continuing Education, 2007, a Bachelor of Science in Business Education, 1998, from Southern University at New Orleans, and a current Louisiana Teaching Certificate. With MMR, Houston TX, Darian served as District Quality Coordinator, Project Manager, HR/HSE District Manager. As America’s Regional Training and Development Manager for Oceaneering International (OII), Morgan City, Louisiana, Darian managed all aspects of Regional Training Center established extensive cost cutting and cost saving management. With OII, Darian further served as a Recruiter/Supervisor qualifying potential candidates for all divisions within the company; complying with federal and state laws concerning H/R regulations, and performing searches for qualified candidates using computer databases, networking, internet recruiting services, cold calls, media, recruiting firms and employee referrals. With St. Mary Parish School Board in Louisiana from 1999 – 2007, Darian served as Department Head of Business, teaching Accounting, Computer Applications and Keyboarding. In 2006, Darian served Plant Performance Services LLC in Metairie, Louisiana as HSE Offshore Manager, P2S SECO, Assigned to BP Deepwater Development “Thunder Horse” Project. Darian holds certifications in Louisiana Teaching Certificate # B400003. • OSHA 501 – 2016; ISO audit training 2010; Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (C.O.S.S. #1079709) – 2006; and Secondary Education and Development - 1998
Karen Whalen, MBA, BSc
Registrar * As a former University Academic Dean, University Registrar, and accreditation evaluator, Karen holds a Master of Business Administration, with a Minor in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science Business Administration from Sullivan University. With Southern Careers Institute, Karen served as Director of Education where she was responsible for the general administration of the institution's Education Department, Program Managers, support staff and faculty. Karen managed mentors and supported all education staff and faculty at the assigned campus. She further assisted the Campus Director in assuring compliance with all campus policies and regulatory agency requirement. With Blue Cliff College, Karen served as Director of Education from 12/2018 – 1/2020. Her responsibilities included development and evaluate of all faculty and staff in the Education Department. She monitored student-tracking systems to ensure satisfactory academic progress of students. Developed class/instructor schedules. Assisted Program Chairs and Lead Instructors with Program Advisory Committee recruitment and meetings.
Human Resources Director Patricia holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Sociology and a Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace. Patricia has 9 years experience working in higher education at a small 2 year university that serves approximately 3,000 students and 250 employees. She started her career in higher education as a Custodian Supervisor, but developed her experience by working her way through both the academic side, as administrative support personnel and Adjunct Instructor of Developmental English, and on the business side, as administrative support and various human resources roles. She has 5 years experience in human resource management where she was able to serve employees at all stages of employment, from recruitment, to retirement, and beyond. Patricia is dedicated to making her community better by serving in various capacities. She has served as LSUE Staff Senate Chair, LSUE Staff Senate Vice Chair, LSU Council of Staff Advisors Chair, Secretary of Basile High School Band Booster Club, Member of Bearcat Booster Club, Secretary of Louisiana Swine Festival Association, Committee Member of Special Olympics Fundraising Committee, and Freedom Life Group Leader, where she uses Biblical principles to help lead women to a place of freedom in their relationship with God.