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Meet Our Staff

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


Phone: 337-482-6965
Email: 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: 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

Responsible for final submission of theses, dissertations,
and synthesis projects. Administers programming, exit surveys,
Graduate Council, and Graduate Retention Committee.



Megan Trahan
Assistant to the Dean and Operations Manager

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

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

Responsible for decision letters, appeals, and general inquiries.



Katie Landry
Admissions Specialist (MBA Priority)

Phone: 337-482-6275
Email: katielandry@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2014

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

Responsible for application evaluation, departmental forms,
and BDM user support.



Joell Faulk
International Admissions Specialist

Phone: 337-482-1323
Email: joell@louisiana.edu
Began Service at UL Lafayette: 2013

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

Responsible for application evaluation, departmental forms,
DFANs, and I-20s.



Celina Bernal
Admissions & Recruitment Specialist

Phone: 337-482-1346
Email: 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

Responsible for application evaluation, departmental forms,
and recruitment.



Valencia Wise
Graduate Admissions & Recruitment Systems Analyst

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

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science),
    Dillard University

Responsible for application system errors and existing report questions.


Zoe Wingate
Applications & Communications Coordinator


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

Degrees:

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

Responsible for website content, social media,
and application inquiries.



Tanya Derigo
Post-Admissions Specialist

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

Degrees:

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

Responsible for assistantship and fellowship PAFs,
late schedule adjustments, and post-admission progress forms.



Jillian Dickerson
Post-Admissions Specialist

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

Degrees:

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

Responsible for graduation clearance, graduate faculty review,
and post-admission progress forms.



David DesOrmeaux
Functional IT Specialist

Phone: 337-482-6965
Email: david@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

Responsible for technical support (Banner, BDM, and Cognos),
general data requests, and new report development.