MEET OUR TEAM

Jim Broussard

Jim Broussard

PRESIDENT

Joined Broussard's In 1978

jim@broussards1889.com


Jim graduated from Forest Park High School in 1977 and earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service from Commonwealth Institute-Houston in 1979. Jim is a past president of Southeast Texas Funeral Director’s Association and past board member of Texas Funeral Director’s Association. He was a member of the founding DMORT team (Texas Disaster Response Group), past president of Boys Haven of America, past board member of the Rotary Club of Beaumont, past chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas, past president of Beaumont Main Street, and past president of the Tyrrell Historical Library Association.

He is a current member of the Independent Cattleman’s Association and the Rotary Club of Beaumont. He serves on the board of the West Jefferson County Municipal Water District and Beaumont Main Street. Jim has a passion for local and area history and is carrying on the ranching traditions started by his great-great-grandfather, Sevenne Broussard. He represents the fourth generation to operate Broussard’s and serves as President on the board of directors.

Jayme Broussard Toeppich

Jayme Broussard Toeppich

CEO

Joined Broussard's In 2008

jayme@broussards1889.com


Jayme graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Development from Texas A&M University. In 2016, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Leadership from Rice University. Jayme currently serves on the board at Shorkey Center. Jayme represents the fifth generation to operate Broussard’s and serves as Secretary-Treasurer on the board of directors.

Blue Broussard

Blue Broussard

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

Joined Broussard's In 2005

blue@broussards1889.com


Blue graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business from Sam Houston State University. He went on to graduate from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service-Houston in 2006. Blue currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer on the state board of Texas Funeral Directors Association. He is past president of the Southeast Texas Funeral Directors Chapter. Blue also represents the fifth generation to operate Broussard’s and serves as Vice President on the board of directors.

James Rawlings, CFSP

James Rawlings, CFSP

DIRECTOR OF FUNERAL OPERATIONS

Joined Broussard's in 2016

james@broussards1889.com


James “JR” Rawlings, a Connecticut native , has had the privilege of being affiliated with the some of the industry’s premier firms, from the Baltimore/Washington, DC Metropolitan corridor,  to Houston and San Antonio, before joining Broussard’s.

James holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology from Towson University in Maryland, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mortuary Science from Briarwood College in Connecticut. He is a member of the Academy of Funeral Service Practice and a lifelong member of Christ Episcopal Church in New Haven. In his spare time, he enjoys maintaining personal fitness, traveling, and reading.

James is honored to serve the families of Southeast Texas and to be apart of this community.

Brent Ainsworth, CFSP

Brent Ainsworth, CFSP

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's In 2002

brent@broussards1889.com


Brent is a 1987 graduate of Tioga High School in Tioga, Louisiana. He attended Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service, in Houston, graduating in 1995, with an Associate of Applied Science in Funeral Service. Brent began working with us at our McFaddin location, where he worked for four years, before relocating to Nederland for twelve years. He now primarily assists families in Beaumont and Hardin County.

Brent is a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), and a member of The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. He is licensed in Texas and South Carolina. Brent is a member of the Texas Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. He is a member of Beaumont Masonic Lodge #286, two-time Past Master of B.F. Quicksall Masonic Lodge #1370, in Beaumont, and a member of Nederland Masonic Lodge #1368 and El Mina Shriners.

Brent enjoys shooting sports, riding motorcycles, and rescuing, fostering, and rehoming abused animals, and holds a special place in his heart for Dachshunds. Brent has one daughter, Emily and her, husband, Matt and two grandchildren, Shyanne and Rowan.

Lucas Bordages

Lucas Bordages

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 2014

lucas@broussards1889.com


Lucas graduated from Monsignor Kelly High School in 2009 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Lamar University in 2013. Lucas served as crematory technician prior to earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Funeral Service from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 2017.

Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper

MANAGING FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's In 2003

steve@broussards1889.com


Steve was born in Nederland and is a longtime resident of Silsbee. He graduated from Silsbee High School. Steve worked at Brookshire Brothers for twenty-two years before attending Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in Houston. Steve has served in several capacities in the following organizations: Hardin County Rotary Club, Silsbee Kiwanis Club, Silsbee Chamber of Commerce, YMBL, and he was a charter member of The Kountze Lions Club. Steve has served as managing funeral director at our Silsbee location since it’s opening in October 2004.

Roger Hensley

Roger Hensley

MANAGING FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 1997

roger@broussards1889.com


A native of Duncan, Oklahoma, Roger was raised in Wichita Falls, Texas where his education included elementary school through his completion of college at Midwestern University with a degree in Mass Communications and minors in Speech and Physical Education.   While attending college, Roger began his working career in Television Broadcasting as a weekend news photographer and reporter.  As the years went by, he was promoted to Production Manager, and later to Promotions Manager at KFDX-TV3, the NBC affiliate in Wichita Falls.

Roger left the broadcasting industry for a brief period to serve as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. After his military service, Roger returned to north Texas where he was offered a position with station KAUZ-TV6 in Wichita Falls as Operations Manager.  Eventually, Roger was transferred to Southeast Texas to serve as Station Manager of KBMT-TV12 from 1982 until 1986.  While at channel 12, Roger met his wife of 30 years, Patricia.  For the next few years, Roger and Patricia were entrepreneurs owning and operating their own small business in Lubbock.  After selling their business, the Hensley family returned to Southeast Texas.  Roger is a licensed funeral director, is an avid volunteer in the community and serves on the Executive Board of the Nederland Chamber of Commerce serving as Vice Chairman in 2017 and  Chairman in 2018. He is also a member of the Mid-County Noon Optimist Club. Roger has been an integral part of Broussard’s for over twenty years.

Barry Lackey

Barry Lackey

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 1996

barry@broussards1889.com


Barry grew up in Nederland, TX and graduated from Nederland High in 1983. He earned a BS in communication at Lamar University before pursuing a career in funeral service at the Commonwealth Institute of Houston. He has been employed at Broussard‘s mortuary since 1996. Barry is also a licensed ham radio operator, enjoys vintage autos and is an animal advocate (he and his wife, Laure, have several “fur kids“). He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge Greater Houston #6.

Bradley Richards

Bradley Richards

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard’s in 2014

bradley@broussards1889.com


Bradley graduated from Port Neches- Groves High School in 2009, and Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 2015 with an Associates in Applied Science. He married his wife, Tia, in 2011 and together they have two sons, Bennett and Finley, and daughter Olive.

Bradley is a member of Pine Lodge #642 in Kountze, Nederland Masonic Lodge #1368 A.F. & A.M. and also a member of Cashan Grotto M.O.V.P.E.R. in Beaumont. He is a member of the Mid-County Evening Optimist Club and the Wesley United Methodist Men in Nederland, Kountze Big Thicket Lions Club, as well as the National Funeral Service Honor Society. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends in the community as well as participating in living history events in Texas and Southwest Louisiana.

Bradley and his family moved to Kountze in March of 2016 when he became the primary funeral director at the Kountze location. He now primarily works in our Care Center.

Burton Wilson

Burton Wilson

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's In 2004

burton@broussards1889.com


Meagan Balentine

Meagan Balentine

FUNERAL DIRECTOR APPRENTICE

Joined Broussard’s in 2020

meagan@broussards1889.com


Meagan graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from Lamar University in 2017. After working for a time in the healthcare field, Meagan followed her passion for caring for others into funeral service, graduating from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service in 2020 with an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Meagan currently lives in Beaumont with her wife and their many pets. She works primarily at our Major Drive location as a funeral director apprentice. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, roadtripping, and watching history documentaries.

Michelle Gayer

Michelle Gayer

FUNERAL DIRECTOR APPRENTICE

Joined Broussard’s in 2020

michelle@broussards1889.com


Blake Broussard

Blake Broussard

CARE CENTER EMBALMER

Joined Broussard’s in 2021

 


Blake graduated Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services in 2019 with honors and distinction. He received the AO Spriggs Award for proficiency in restorative art. Blake worked as an Autopsy Technician from 2015 until 2021, when he joined Broussard’s as their Care Center Embalmer.
Jennifer Dearbonne

Jennifer Dearbonne

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 2004

jennifer@broussards1889.com


Jennifer graduated from Hardin-Jefferson High School in 1988. In October of 1988, she joined Broussard’s and worked until 1995. She is proud to have trained under James, Sr. and Alex Broussard. In 2004, Jennifer returned to Broussard’s and has worked at our Major Drive location since 2006. In 2015, she was appointed Administrative Director overseeing administrative processes at all six locations, while continuing to serve families in Beaumont.

Chelsey Ayers

Chelsey Ayers

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2010

chelsey@broussards1889.com


Chelsey graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lamar University. She joined Broussard’s in 2010, as a part-time receptionist. In 2011, she joined us as a full-time Administrative Assistant at our Major Drive location. In her spare time, Chelsey enjoys running and traveling.

Trisha Conner

Trisha Conner

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2018

trisha@broussards1889.com


Trisha grew up in Winnie and graduated from Wells High School in 2006. She has seventeen years of administrative experience and now works full-time at the Broussard’s Nederland location. For the past eleven years, she has dedicated her time as a volunteer for Domestic Violence Advocacy and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is the former co-chair of the Out of the Darkness Walks in Beaumont.

Helen Gravis

Helen Gravis

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2007

silsbee@broussards1889.com


Helen joined Broussard’s in January of 2007. She works primarily in our Silsbee location as an Administrative Assistant.

Sherri Jones

Sherri Jones

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2021

kountze1@broussards1889.com


Landri Smith

Landri Smith

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard’s in 2021

major@broussards1889.com


Landri is a Northeast Texas native that joined the Broussard’s team in January of 2021. After she obtained her Associate of Science degree in Psychology from Northeast Texas Community College, she attended the University of North Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, with a focus in Human Developmental Family Sciences, Sociology, and Rehabilitation Studies with a Minor in Psychology. In her free time she enjoys volunteering, advocating for animal rights, and traveling.

Jael Varble

Jael Varble

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard’s in 2019

mcfaddin@broussards1889.com


Jael graduated from Lumberton High School in 2015. She joined Broussard’s in October of 2019 as a full-time receptionist at our Major Drive location. She is currently an administrative assistant at our McFaddin location. In her spare time, she enjoys entertaining friends and family, or curling up with a good book.

Kacy Williams

Kacy Williams

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard’s in 2014

kacy@broussards1889.com


Kacy graduated from Sabine Pass High School and earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Lamar State College Port Arthur. She joined Broussard’s in 2014 in Nederland, and now assists our families at our McFaddin location. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her children, Lainey and Lawson, shopping, and reading.

Krsti Mejia

Krsti Mejia

RECEPTIONIST

Joined Broussard's in 2016

major@broussards1889.com


Krsti, originally from Wichita, Kansas, graduated two years early from Belford High School in 2006. She joined Broussard’s in 2016 as the primary custodian of our Major Drive location, before accepting the position as our Major Drive receptionist in October of 2021. Krsti graduated with an Associate’s Degree of Art in General Studies. She is currently enrolled at Lamar Institute of Technology for an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Health Information Technology.

Taylor Rogers

Taylor Rogers

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR / DIRECTOR APPRENTICE

Joined Broussard’s in 2007

taylor@broussards1889.com


Taylor joined Broussard’s in 2007 as a part-time Administrative Assistant at our Kountze location. He graduated from Silsbee ISD in 2009 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at Lamar University in 2013. Following graduation, Taylor went full-time as an Administrative Assistant serving our families in our Nederland location until June of 2019, when he accepted the job title as Broussard’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator. In June of 2021, Taylor graduated from Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Services with a Certificate in Funeral Directing. He is currently serving his Funeral Director apprenticeship.

Monica Fesco

Monica Fesco

CLAIMS COORDINATOR

Joined Broussard's in 2006

 


Monica was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and raised in Beaumont. She was a 1971 graduate of Forest Park High School. Following high school, she attended Lamar University where she earned her LVN degree. She worked many years in the medical field before joining Broussard’s part time in 2005. In February 2006, she became full time as administrative assistant at our Kountze location. In February 2016, she transferred to the Centre and became Claims Coordinator.

Monica enjoys being with her family, but especially her three grandchildren who are her greatest joy, Hunter, Taryn, and Jeffrey.

Courtney McGee

Courtney McGee

HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard’s in 2015

apply@broussards1889.com


Courtney graduated from Lumberton High School in 2005 then earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2009 from The University of Texas at Tyler.  She joined Broussard’s Human Resources Department in June of 2015.  She currently resides in Lumberton, TX with her husband, son, and schnauzer-pup. In her spare time, Courtney loves spending time with her family, traveling, shopping, and interior design.

Sam Arthur

Sam Arthur

HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2014

apply@broussards1889.com


Sam graduated from Hardin-Jefferson High School in 2013 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business and Management from Lamar University. She joined Broussard’s as a Funeral Associate in 2014 and continued serving our families as an Administrative Assistant until April of 2017, when she moved into the design department as a creative designer. Her latest transition into the HR department follows her college graduation.

In her spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and fur-baby, Stella. She can most frequently be found where the live music is.

Kacie Gaspard Quebodeaux

Kacie Gaspard Quebodeaux

ACCOUNTING DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 2018

 


Kacie graduated from Hardin-Jefferson High School then went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration and Management from Lamar University. In 2017, She earned an MBA from Sam Houston State University. Kacie recently moved back to her hometown of Sour Lake, where she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and fur-children.

Wendy Castille

Wendy Castille

ACCOUNTING CLERK

Joined Broussard's in 2021

 


Wendy graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School and Texas A&M University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She grew up in the Mid-County area, and now resides in Beaumont with her husband and two children.

Lauren Breaux

Lauren Breaux

ART DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 2021

 


Lauren graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Development from Texas A&M University. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Jonathan May

Jonathan May

SENIOR CREATIVE DESIGNER

Joined Broussard’s in 2016

 


Jonathan graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School in 2009 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting in 2013. While attending Lamar, Jonathan worked for the Lamar Athletics Video department now known as the Big Red Sports Network. He still works for BRSN as a replay technician for football and basketball games. He is a member of Family Worship Center of Beaumont where he serves as the student pastor.

Melanie Lanuza

Melanie Lanuza

CREATIVE DESIGNER

Joined Broussard's in 2018

 


Melanie graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School in 2002 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication in 2006 from Lamar University. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from Lamar in 2008. With over ten years of graphic design experience, she has provided creative solutions for numerous clients with a wide variety of needs in the forms of print and digital media. Melanie is also a skilled hand lettering artist and calligrapher. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys music, the arts, and spending time with loved ones.

Hannah Marlow

Hannah Marlow

CREATIVE DESIGNER

Joined Broussard's in 2021

 


James Bothwell

James Bothwell

TRANSPORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2021

 


Lisa Braxton

Lisa Braxton

TRANSPORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2021

 


Greg Collins

Greg Collins

TRANSPORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2018

 


Greg graduated from Alpha and Omega Publications High School. He enjoys playing piano and guitar. He has always been a member of the First Baptist Church of China. He enjoys BBQ cookouts and spending time with his family.

LeAnthony Gibson

LeAnthony Gibson

TRANSPORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2021

 


Bryant McDonald

Bryant McDonald

TRANSPORTER / FUNERAL DIRECTOR APPRENTICE

Joined Broussard's in 2020

 


Bennie White

Bennie White

TRANSPORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2018

 


Bennie attended Sam Houston State University and graduated from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Training Academy in Huntsville. He joined Broussard’s as an associate in November of 2018 and accepted the position as a Transporter in February of 2019. Bennie enjoys spending time outdoors with his fiancée, Laurie, his family, and his newly acquired granddaughter, Kendall.

Jerry Wayne Dupree

Jerry Wayne Dupree

FLEET MANAGER

Joined Broussard's in 1999

 


Jerry Wayne graduated from Lincoln High School in 1981. He has been a proud employee of Broussard’s for over twenty years and enjoys his job as Fleet Manager. Jerry Wayne loves to share the story of when he was hired. “When Mr. Jim Broussard hired me, I remember him asking me, ‘Are you going to do a good job?’ Well you know I said, ‘yes sir.’ I have been here ever since.”

Don Bernard

Don Bernard

PORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2006

 


Don was born and raised in Southeast Texas. He graduated from Lumberton High School. He is an active parishioner of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church and the St. Kolbe prison ministry. Don has been in the funeral business since 1999 and has been with Broussards for over 13 years.

Cynthia Green

Cynthia Green

CUSTODIAN

Joined Broussard's in 2021

 


Zorida Puente

Zorida Puente

CUSTODIAN

Joined Broussard's in 2014

 


Zorida is the primary custodian of our McFaddin location.

Daneen Simon

Daneen Simon

CUSTODIAN

Joined Broussard's in 2021