MEET OUR TEAM

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JIM BROUSSARD

PRESIDENT

Joined Broussard's In 1978

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.

About Jim Broussard

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.

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JAYME BROUSSARD TOEPPICH

CEO

Joined Broussard's In 2008

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.

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BLUE BROUSSARD

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

Joined Broussard's In 2005

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

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JAMES RAWLINGS, CFSP

DIRECTOR OF FUNERAL OPERATIONS

Joined Broussard's in 2016

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.

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BRENT AINSWORTH, CFSP

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's In 2002

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. 

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LUCAS BORDAGES

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's In 2014

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.
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JIM BROUSSARD

PRESIDENT

Joined Broussard's In 1978

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.
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JAYME BROUSSARD TOEPPICH

CEO

Joined Broussard's In 2008

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.

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BLUE BROUSSARD

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

Joined Broussard's In 2005

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

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JAMES RAWLINGS, CFSP

DIRECTOR OF FUNERAL OPERATIONS

Joined Broussard's in 2016

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.
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BRENT AINSWORTH, CFSP

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's In 2002

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. 
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LUCAS BORDAGES

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 2014
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.
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STEVE COOPER

MANAGING FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's In 2003

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.

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ROGER HENSLEY

MANAGING FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 1997

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.
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BARRY LACKEY

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 1996

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 have several “fur kids“). He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge Greater Houston #6. 
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BRADLEY RICHARDS

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard’s in 2014

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BURTON WILSON

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's In 2004

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MEAGAN BALENTINE

FUNERAL DIRECTOR APPRENTICE

Joined Broussard’s in 2020

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. 
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MICHELLE GAYER

FUNERAL DIRECTOR APPRENTICE

Joined Broussard’s in 2020

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BLAKE BROUSSARD

CARE CENTER EMBALMER

Joined Broussard’s in 2021

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JENNIFER DEARBONNE

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 2004

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.

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BROOKE ARMSTRONG

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2018

Brooke graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School in 2018. She joined Broussard’s as a full-time administrative assistant at our Winnie location. Brooke has assisted our families in Winnie and Nederland. In April 2021, she joined our Major Drive location. In her free time, Brooke enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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CHELSEY AYERS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2010

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.

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TRISHA CONNER

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2018

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.
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HELEN GRAVIS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2007

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

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard’s in 2021

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JAEL VARBLE

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard’s in 2019

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.
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KACY WILLIAMS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard’s in 2014

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.
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AMBER HERRERA

RECEPTIONIST

Joined Broussard’s in 2021

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LAUREN BREAUX

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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.
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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.
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COURTNEY MCGEE

HR DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard’s in 2015

Courtney graduated from Lumberton High School then went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from The University of Texas at Tyler. She currently resides in Lumberton, Texas with her husband and Schnauzer Pup.

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TAYLOR ROGERS

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR 

Joined Broussard’s in 2007

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 apprenticeship. 

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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 and fur-children.

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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.
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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.

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SAM ARTHUR

CREATIVE DESIGNER

Joined Broussard's in 2014

After graduating from Hardin-Jefferson High School in 2013, Sam attended Lamar University. She joined Broussard’s as a Funeral Associate in 2014 and continued serving our Hardin County families as an Administrative Assistant until April of 2017, when she moved into her current role in the design department. Sam loves all things Texas, especially Texas country music. 
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MELANIE LANUZA

CREATIVE DESIGNER

Joined Broussard's in 2018

Melanie graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School in 2002. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from Lamar University 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.
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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.
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HUNTER LONG

TRANSPORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2020

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BRYANT MCDONALD

TRANSPORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2020

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PETE ROCHE

TRANSPORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2012

Pete grew up in Winnie and graduated from East Chambers High School in 2001. He has been a Transporter for Broussard’s for over seven years. He is a member of Mid-County Evening Optimists and a Coaches Representative on the H-F Youth Football Board. Pete enjoys fishing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

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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.

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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.”

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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.
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KRSTI MEJIA

CUSTODIAN

Joined Broussard's in 2016

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.   Krsti graduated with an Associates Degree of Art in General Studies. She is currently enrolled at Lamar Institute of Technology for an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Health Information Technology. 

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ZORIDA PUENTE

CUSTODIAN

Joined Broussard's in 2014

Zorida is the primary Custodian of our McFaddin location.