Board of Directors

UREC’s board and staff are recognized leaders in their respective professions, many of whom hold advanced degrees and are both appointed and elected to various broads and commissions across local, state and national industries.

meloncoGirard J. Melancon, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor of Workforce Solutions, Baton Rouge Community College



Morise DuffinMorise Duffin
Vice Chair
MCIP Program Manager 1A, Quality Improvement and Innovations Section, Bureau of Health Services Financing, Louisiana Department of Health


kenyattaKenyetta Q. Nelson-Smith, Ph.D.
Community & Economic Development – Assistant Specialist
Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center



Linda Clark
Partner, Kean Miller LLP



Michael Johnson
Project Manager, CSRS



Anita Byrne
Partner, SSA Consultants