Who We Are
Founder and CEO of Stuller Inc.
Matt Stuller, a 19-year-old entrepreneur working out of a corner in his father’s orthodontic office, notices the jewelry industry lacking two things: great customer service and fast delivery. He believes that if someone could “just take the customer’s order in a friendly way and get them a quality product in a reasonable amount of time it would probably be a pretty good business model”.
He takes his business on the road — literally. By driving across the South in his Nissan 240Z and going door to door to hand-deliver findings to jewelers, Matt begins to build Stuller, Inc., from the trunk of his car, providing them with a level of customer service exemplary of southern hospitality.
He establishes Stuller’s corporate headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana. He developed a business philosophy of supplying quality merchandise and service with next-day delivery, and that philosophy helped shape Stuller into what it is today: one of the largest wholesale jewelry manufacturers in the United States and an industry leader in jewelry technology.
City Marshall Reginald Thomas
City Marshal Reginald Thomas currently serves as Lafayette City Marshal. He was elected as the first African American to hold a city-wide position.He is a veteran of the Lafayette Police Department, retiring after twenty nine (29) years of service, rising to the position of Deputy Chief. Thomas has made significant strides in addressing violent crime and rebuilding relationships with the community. Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Southwest University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has worked in almost every assignment with the Lafayette Police Department, including patrol, narcotics, detective division, criminal investigations division, and training director. He was elected twice by his peers to represent them on the civil service board, has led the Officer Involved Shooting Investigative Team, he has served as the Louisiana Chapter president of the FBI National Academy Association, and is a 2020 graduate of Leadership Lafayette XXXII. Thomas is also the Vice President of the Louisiana City Marshals and City Constables Association and he is an active board member of multiple organizations including the Junior League of Lafayette Community Board and the Vice-Chair of Community Impact on the Executive Committee with United Way of Acadiana. Marshal Reggie Thomas is honored to be a part of the many committees and organizations throughout Lafayette because he truly cares for his community and wants to make a difference now for a brighter future tomorrow.
Chief Impact Officer at United Way of Acadiana
Angela Morrison joined the Meritus Credit Union staff January 2015 and in 2019, she was named the first Community Development Manager for Meritus Credit Union. Angela brings to her present role a 30+ year history of working in community development and public relations, she uses her experience and knowledge to strengthen the Meritus brand throughout all sectors of the area that the credit union serves.
Her prior positions have been with Lafayette Parish School System, as its first Director of Community Collaboration and Partnerships, United Way of Acadiana’s Volunteer Center Director and later Chief of Community Impact, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs for UL Lafayette, a Human Services Counselor for Lafayette Consolidated Government and case manager for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Acadiana.
Angela contributes her success to her volunteer service. She was elected in 2019, by the Lafayette City/Parish Council, to serve as a trustee for the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority, by her professional peers throughout the southeast region of the continuous United States to represent this area on the national board for Inclusiv (formerly known as the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions), the regional One Acadiana Board and is serving her second year on the Hospice of Acadiana’s Foundation Board.
Angela continues to serve on the council of Past Presidents for UL Lafayette Alumni Association, having served as President of the Association 2017-2018. She has also served on: Women’s and Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees; the boards of, United Way of Acadiana; Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Junior League of Lafayette (Past President); Acadiana Youth; Workforce Investment (LA District 40); Acadiana Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and the City of Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women (Past President). Angela is a Leadership Lafayette Class XV graduate.
Her commitment of service to the communities that she loves has been recognized as evidenced by her receiving these awards: 2018 University of Louisiana’s Christiana Smith Alumni Chapter Outstanding Alumni recipient; 2017 National Association of University Women’s A Tribute to Excellence honoree; 2015 Junior Achievement’s Richard E. Baudoin Friend of Business award; 2013 Women Who Mean Business honoree; 2011 and 2001 United Way of Acadiana Cornerstone award recipient; 2011 inducted into University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society as an Outstanding Community Member; 2007 and 2001 Lafayette LA City-Parish President Outstanding Citizen; and in 2005 Lafayette LA City-Parish Woman of Excellence honoree.
She is married to A. Curtis Morrison and they have two sons and four grandchildren.
Executive Director of the William C. Schumacher Foundation
Carlee Alm-LaBar was most recently the Director of Traditional Neighborhood Developments for Southern Lifestyle Development. She worked for Lafayette Consolidated Government for eight years, serving in the Mayor-President’s office under Joey Durel and then Joel Robideaux, who appointed her the Director of Development and Planning.
Prior to her roles in government, she worked more than eight years in the nonprofit sector. She is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana, a current board member and past chair of Leadership Institute of Acadiana, and the Community Vice President for the Junior League of Lafayette.
Carlee has received several community honors including Acadiana’s 20 Under 40 Award and was recognized as a 2015 Women Who Mean Business honoree. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from LSU and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Senior Director of State Affairs for The Picard Group
Senator Mike Michot serves as Senior Director of State Affairs. Michot was elected to the Senate in 2000, after serving in the Louisiana House of Representatives for one full term. He represented the Acadiana area in the Louisiana Legislature for 16 years.
In his final term in the State Senate, Michot served as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, making him one of two Legislative architects charged with the construction of the state’s $28 billion annual appropriation’s bill, funding all aspects of state government. He also served as chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget for two years. Additionally, Michot served on several additional Senate committees, as well as the Louisiana State Bond Commission.
Michot owned and operated Premier Medical Equipment in Lafayette for 20 years. He has been active in community service organizations, including the American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, United Way of Acadiana, and the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette’s Opus Christi Magnum fundraiser.
Michot graduated from Cathedral-Carmel High School in Lafayette and University of Louisiana at Lafayette, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He is married to Monique Broussard Michot and has two children, Michael Jr. and Mary Carolyn.
President and CEO of One Acadiana
Troy Wayman serves as president and CEO of One Acadiana (1A), the leading economic development agency for the nine-parish Acadiana region located in South Louisiana. With more than 950 investors, members, and partners, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community.
The organization is based in the city of Lafayette and serves a region of roughly 700,000 people with a vibrant culture and unique entrepreneurial spirit. Mr. Wayman joined the organization in 2018. Under his stewardship, 1A is focused on improving the regional business environment, cultivating diversified economic development, and building on 1A’s nationally recognized success in implementing programs that spur economic growth and competitiveness.
With more than 20 years of experience, and as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Mr. Wayman has earned a reputation as a dynamic and trusted professional. Prior to joining 1A, he served as the vice president of economic development for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, where under his leadership, the region experienced the creation of more than 8,000 jobs and nearly $3 billion in capital investment. His previous experience also includes roles as the business development director for JESCO Construction, and tourism sales manager and director of economic development for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
As a civic leader, Mr. Wayman served as a founding board member of the Montgomery chapter of the First Tee, a youth golfing program that teaches life skills through the game of golf. He is a past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) and past chairman of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC). Mr. Wayman also served on the boards of Goodwill Easter Seals and the Warrior Tombigbee Waterway Association while in Alabama.
Mr. Wayman is a graduate of Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama and the Economic Development Institute through the department of continuing education at the University of Oklahoma. He was credentialed as a Certified Economic Developer through the American Economic Development Council in 1997.
Mr. Wayman and his wife, Beatriz, are proud parents to daughter, Sophia and son, Ethan.
Club Professional at Lafayette Municipal Golf Course
Chris Arceneaux grew up in Louisiana seeing many of his young friends not have an opportunity or positive direction in their life needed on a consistent basis to be successful. He was fortunate enough to have a neighbor who steered him down a different path by giving him his first golf club in his early teens. This stayed with Chris throughout his childhood and impassioned him to make a difference in the lives of youth.
Through The Darby Foundation and Generations Sports Management, Chris brings opportunity, purpose, and focus to those individuals that would not otherwise be exposed to such life-altering experiences. His career includes being a Professional Golfer; the Head Golf Professional at the course he got his start at growing up, Muni Lafayette Golf Course; Assistant Golf Professional at Cherry Valley Club in New York; Assistant Golf Professional at Quail Valley Club in Florida; Founder and CEO of The Darby Foundation, Owner of Generations Sports Management LLC; Adjunct Professor at Nassau Community College; Mortgage Banker; and Celebrity Brand Ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and other notable brands just to name a few.
With strong passion, resiliency, and unwavering commitment, Chris has always found a way to achieve his goals no matter the obstacle. From learning the game of golf as a teenager to being a top sales earner in the finance and mortgage industry as a banker, he has demonstrated incredible leadership skills and seeks to share his experience by creating pathways for success. He credits this drive to his young days when he found golf as a way to channel his energy and talents into a positive pursuit. His lifetime goal is to turn the principles of business success into the principles of human significance.
Chris has played in several Corp Golf Outings and a few mini pro-golf tours. He turned Professional in October 2006 after a successful amateur career playing and winning several times on the Golf Channel Tour. He was also a candidate for the “Big Break TV” Series.
Some of his golf accolades include the 2007 New York Golf Channel Tour American Amateur “Player of the Year” (Champion), the 2006 American Amateur New York Metro Open Bethpage State Red-Course (Champion), the 2006 New York Metro American Amateur Swan Lake Golf Course (Champion), and the 2006 New York Metro American Amateur Hamlet at Willow Creek Golf Course (Champion).
In October 2007, Chris completed the PGA PAT (Players Ability Test). He passed the 36 hole test with a score of 72-70 (in achieving this feat, Chris shot even par (72) in his first round and shot 2 under par (70) in his second round, with 9 birdies to his credit).
In 2010, he established The Darby Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on empowering children to DREAM BIG to reach their full potential in life through various sports and lifestyle initiatives (such as career days, golf camps, mentorships, internships, and more). Named after his late father Fredrick Darby, the foundation strives to give youth a way to channel their energies into their goals, dreams, and/or passions, teach youth how to live a healthy lifestyle, and inspire the next generation of leaders.
In 2017, Chris created Generations Sports Management, an LLC designed to empower youth just like The Darby Foundation. It provides youth with numerous avenues in S.T.E.A.M.S.(Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Sports) as well as internships, mentorships, career and job training programs, and more to explore their potential for excellence. Some examples of career development offered include culinary arts, sports management, sports, fitness, hospitality, media, and marketing. Through Generations Sports Management, Chris is also the owner of a restaurant (Generations Sports Bar & Grill) as well as a golf pro shop (Generations Sports Golf Pro Shop), which are both located at Muni Lafayette Golf Course.
Since returning to his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana in 2020, Chris has been able to use his platform to rally the community for various beautification and clean-up projects by teaming up with Embrace This Space and Parish Proud. He also hopes to use these projects as a mentoring tool.
Chris has managed to stay active in building a professional profile and great brand. He has worked with several Global Brands from the NFL, NBA and NFL Kick-Off, CBS Golf Channel, the PGA of America, PGA Tour Superstore, ADAMS Golf Company, Tour Edge Golf Company, and Mercedes-Benz as a Brand Ambassador, just to name a few. Chris is also an associate member of the PGA of America.
Skyra Rideaux is an equity consultant, inclusive economic development expert, and a climate and environmental justice advocate who specializes in hyperlocal community development. She has worked with mid-sized and large municipalities to “localize” redevelopment and revitalization efforts and create research-based reinvestment strategies in historically excluded BIPOC communities.
As a life-long public servant and community advocate with more than 15 years of experience in community and economic development, Skyra is known among her peers as a “futurist” and has pioneered dozens of community-centered projects addressing equity, inclusive economic development, and civic engagement.
A former bomb-builder for the US Navy, Skyra currently serves as the Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Business Partner for Amazon World Wide Consumer where she consults and provides DEI solutions for the VP of Amazon Sustainability and the VP of Amazon Global Supply Chain. Previously, Skyra served as the Economic Development Services Coordinator for the City of Austin where she was responsible for the recruitment and retention of businesses within the circular economy industry. Her work was focused on supporting new social entrepreneurs and growing the representation of BIPOC and other underrepresented founders in the circular economy industry.
Skyra is also the Managing Partner and COO of Conversation Starters, a transformational justice and equity consultation firm that specializes in diversity and inclusion facilitation training and development and racial reconciliation. She is a first-generation college graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
A featured TEDx speaker, Skyra has given keynote presentations and been featured on international panels to discuss the intersection of equity, policy and economic development for almost a decade.
Skyra is a 2021 International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Gold Rank award recipient, 2019 Girls Scouts of Louisiana ‘Woman of Distinction’ awardee, 2017 TEDx speaker, 2015 Acadiana Top 20 Under 40 honoree, a decorated United States Navy veteran, and a member of the Holy Rosary Redevelopment Board and a member of the IEDC’s Racism in Economic Development committee
William Lavergne currently serves as a supervisor for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Community Services Unit. Mr. Lavergne has been in law enforcement for 21 years—the last 15 years with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office. Along with serving in the Community Services Unit, he has also worked in the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, School Resource Officer Program and is a Louisiana POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Instructor. Mr. Lavergne is a 2nd generation police officer, following the footsteps of his grandfather who served as a Chief of Police in the Acadiana area.
During his years at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, he has spent approximately 9 years in the Community Services Unit. This unit focuses on the community policing aspect of law enforcement, with an emphasis on areas such as quality of life issues, environmental issues, the RUOK? Program, the Neighborhood Watch Program and community outreach, etc. Mr. Lavergne believes “to truly serve a community, you must be willing to form a relationship with it.”
Mr. Lavergne is a lifelong resident of the Acadiana area. He is a husband and a father who is active in his local church parish. He is also a graduate of Nicholls State University and of the University of Louisiana (Lafayette). During his free time, Mr. Lavergne also serves on several committees for his children’s school. Before choosing a career in law enforcement, he served as an assistant coach for a high school football team, and now continues his love for the game coaching youth flag football.
“I am honored to be a part of the Parish Proud program. It is important for us to provide our kids with an environment and future which reflects the culture of Acadiana.” — Staff Sergeant William Lavergne
Strategic Officer of Parish Proud
Chuck LaGrange worked for nearly a decade as the Public Information Officer for Greater Greenville Sanitation, in Greenville, South Carolina.
During his time in South Carolina Chuck founded the Dunean Mills Community Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to the redevelopment of textile mill communities in Upstate South Carolina. He also had the distinction of two gubernatorial appointments as the state’s Municipalities Representative for Solid Waste and Sustainability in both the Nicki Haley and Henry McMaster Administrations.
Prior to his position with the Stuller Family Foundation Chuck also served as the Municipal and Government Contracts Manager for Republic Services of Acadiana and the as the Director of Membership for “The Plastics Industry” a non-profit in Washington, D.C.
Chuck is active in his community in service organizations throughout Acadiana. Chuck is a graduate of Beau Chene High School and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
With a background in communications management and nonprofit work, Brianne has made it her life’s goal to help others come together to reach new heights.
Currently, Brianne is the Placemaking Director of Parish Proud; a community organization focused on connecting people to places, and places to possibilities for Acadiana. Previously, Brianne worked as a journalist publishing articles in The Acadiana Advocate, The Current, and Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine as well as academic articles at the Institute for Public Relations. She is an alumna of the University of Louisiana Lafayette, where she is also a professor and pursuing her masters in strategic communication. She is also active with the Keep Lafayette Beautiful board, Junior League of Lafayette and Women of Wisdom.
She considers Lafayette her home and spends each morning walking her dog, watering her plants, and drinking cups of Mello Joy Coffee.