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Meet Our Staff

Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser
Dean of the Graduate School
Professor of History



Email: mary.farmer-kaiser@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2000

Degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (History),
    Bowling Green State University
  • Master of Arts (History),
    Clemson University
  • Bachelor of Arts (History),
    Kansas State University


Dr. Philip de Mahy
Assistant Dean

Phone: 337-482-6965
Email and Microsoft Teams: philip.demahy@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2018

Degrees:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Politics),
    Catholic University of America
  • Master of Arts (Politics),
    Catholic University of America
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science),
    Louisiana State University

Oversees final approval and submission of theses, dissertations,
and synthesis projects. Administers Graduate School orientations,
programming, and exit surveys. Provides administrative support
to the Graduate Council and University Committee for Graduate
Student Success and Retention.



Megan Trahan
Assistant to the Dean and Operations Manager

Phone: 337-482-2837
Email and Microsoft Teams: megan.trahan@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2010

Degrees:
  • Bachelor of General Studies,
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Oversees the general operations of the Graduate School.
Available for general inquiries, especially those related to 
application decision letters, and requests for an appointment
with the Dean. Provides guidance on the appeals and amnesty
processes and administrative support to the Appeals Committee.



Katie Landry
Admissions Specialist (MBA Priority)

Phone: 337-482-6275
Email and Microsoft Teams: katie.landry@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2014

Degrees:
  • Bachelor of General Studies,
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Supports the application and admission processes of the
Graduate School, especially for the MBA program. Responsible
for credential evaluation, concentration changes at the time of
application, and departmental review of applications. Provides
BDM user training and support for graduate program leadership.



Joell Faulk
International Admissions Specialist

Phone: 337-482-1323
Email and Microsoft Teams: joell.faulk@louisiana.edu

Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2013

Degrees:
  • Associate of Business Administration,
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Supports the application and admission processes of the
Graduate School, providing leadership for international credential
evaluations and issuance of initial and transfer I-20s. Responsible
for credential evaluation and supports departmental review of
applications. Provides DFAN and I-20 guidance for graduate
program leadership and applicants.



Celina Bernal
Admissions & Recruitment Specialist

Phone: 337-482-1346
Email and Microsoft Teams: celina.bernal@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2018

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing),
    University of Texas-Pan American
  • Master of Business Administration,
    University of Texas-Pan American

Available for inquiries about our graduate program offerings.
Oversees recruitment initiatives. Supports the application and
admission processes of the Graduate School with credential
evaluation. Provides recruitment and GradSchoolMatch.com
user training and support for graduate program leadership.



Valencia Wise
Graduate Admissions & Recruitment Systems Analyst

Phone: 337-482-9017
Email and Microsoft Teams: valencia.wise@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2016

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science),
    Dillard University

Serves as administrator for our admissions and CRM systems.
Available for technical support to applicants encountering
application system errors. Supports graduate program leadership
with existing application report questions.


Zoe Wingate
Applications & Communications Coordinator


  Phone: 337-482-1485
Email and Microsoft Teams: zenobia.wingate@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2019

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (History of Art),
    Smith College

Oversees communications with applicants and CRM
content. Manages application inquiries and general
email inquiries. Responsible for website content, social
media, and other external communications. Supports graduate
program leadership SEO and web content development.



Tanya Derigo
Post-Admissions Specialist

Phone: 337-482-6963
Email and Microsoft Teams: tanya.derigo@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2009

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science (Apparel Merchandising),
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Oversees assistantship and fellowship appointments and PAF
processing. Provides support for late schedule adjustments,
dropping courses or resigning after the drop date, and post-
admission progress forms and updates. Supports graduate
program leadership with guidance about general Graduate
School budgets and grad student hiring.



Jillian Dickerson
Post-Admissions Specialist

Phone: 337-482-9016
Email and Microsoft Teams: jillian.dickerson@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2018

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Communication),
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Oversees graduation clearance processes and
graduate faculty applications and review. Provides
support for transfer credit requests, candidacy and
committee forms, and other post-admission progress
updates. Supports graduate program leadership
with guidance about graduation and DegreeWorks.



David DesOrmeaux
Functional IT Specialist

Phone: 337-482-6965
Email: david@louisiana.edu
Microsoft Teams:  david.desormeaux@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2002

Degrees:

  • Master of Science in Telecommunications,
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication),
    University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Provides functional and technical leadership for Banner,
BDM, Cognos, and Recruit systems. Provides support to
gradute program leadership with general data requests
and new report development.