Grambling High Foundation Board of Directors
Dr. Birdex Copeland, President, is retired from Grambling State University. Prior to his retirement, he was a teacher and administrator for thirty-four years. He served as Head of the Department of Sociology and the Dean of the School of Social Work. Dr. Copeland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grambling State University, a Master of Social Work degree from Atlanta University, and the Doctor of Philosophy from Kansas State University. He is Dean Emeritus of the School of Social Work, Grambling State University. He is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shreveport Federal Credit Union, Chairman of the Grambling Legends Square Taxing District, a member of the Grambling Economic Development Council, a former City Councilman, and a Deacon of the Mount Olive Baptist Church of Grambling. He is married to Lolita Collins-Copeland, a retired Delta Airlines’ Flight Attendant.
Robert Wiley, Vice President, is Vice President of Commercial Loans for First National Bank, Ruston, Louisiana and owner/operator of Robert Wiley Consulting, providing tax advice and preparation assistance to individuals and businesses. He specializes in mortgage lending, accounting and real estate services. Mr. Wiley previously served as Vice President of Commercial Loans for First Republic Bank/BancorpSouth, Ruston, Louisiana and First National Bank, El Dorado, Arkansas as well as a Bank Examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank. He is a 1983 graduate of Grambling High School and a 1987 graduate of Grambling State University with a B.S. in Accounting. In 1994, he earned a Banking Degree from Southern Methodist University, Southwestern School of Graduate Banking in Dallas, TX. His wife, Susan B. Wiley is currently an instructor at Grambling State University.
Hollis Downs, Director, is retired after a career spanning 43 years with Lincoln National Corp. He retired as Regional CEO. Downs served District 12 as State Representative in the Louisiana House of Representatives for 9 years. He and his wife of 47 years Cathy are active members of Trinity UMC. A 1968 graduate of La Tech, Downs is an active alumni having taught classes, served on the Foundation board and in numerous other ways. His activities include a lifetime of civic, charitable, and mission work.
Clara Lewis, Director, is a native of Gibsland, Louisiana. She obtained a BA in Psychology in 1984, an MAT in Social Sciences in 1989 and a Masters in Developmental Education all from Grambling State University. She began her career at Grambling State University in 1985 as a residential advisor before serving as a library associate and eventually a First Year Experience Instructor/Professor for two decades. After which, she has served in various capacities including Professorships at Louisiana Delta Community College, Bossier Parish Community and South Arkansas Community College. Her experience with K-12 education includes working as a Job Coach at Ombudsman Education Services and a Case manager at AMIKids, INC. Currently Ms. Lewis works as a Case Manager for Easter Seals of Louisiana and as a Mental Health Contractor for Superior Counseling Services,LLC. In addition to her service on our Board, Mrs. Lewis is a member of St. Duty CME Church, where she serves as Co-Director of Christian Education and she is a member of the Stewardess Board. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is the mother of 4 sons who all attended GSU Lab Schools and currently resides in Arcadia, La.
Barbara McIntyre, Director, is a retired Real Estate Agent with over twenty years of experience primarily with Century 21 J. E. Barnes in Ruston working with clients and customers in the purchase and sale of residential,commercial properties, and later in property management. Received her Realtor's license in 1990 in Hampton Virginia before moving back home to Grambling in 1992. She received an excellent education in the Grambling school system starting in kindergarten and graduating from Grambling Laboratory High School in 1968. She attended college in Hampton Institute in Hampton, Virginia from 1968-1970,graduating from Southern University in 1970 with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. Post graduate degrees in Business Management and Paralegal Certificate from Hampton University. Locally Mrs. McIntyre has been an active member in the Greater Grambling Chamber of Commerce, having served as president for over ten years. Board Member of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum during the planning stage. Member of the Ruston CVB and Ruston Chamber of Commerce. Member of the Grambling Juneteenth Committee for over ten years. Member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Epsilon Alpha Zeta Chapter. And proud member of the 1968 Class of 1968 that has remained connected for over fifteen years. She and her husband Ervin also owned and operated Sweet Peas Soul Food Restaurant in Ruston serving the community for thirteen years. Her husband is retired Senior Chief Ervin McIntyre, daughters Pamela and Erika McIntyre.
Forrest Moegle, Atty-at-Law, Director, is a solo practitioner based in Ruston, Louisiana. He has represented clients from across the country in Louisiana legal matters, with a main focus on criminal defense, family law, and personal injury litigation. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law and is a member in good standing of the Lincoln Parish Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association.
Eddie G. Robinson, III, Director,
Lt Col (retired) Don Tatum, Director, Don W. Tatum is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2002 after 28 years of military service. During this period, he served in the capacities as a Missile Combat Crew Commander; as Branch Chief and Squadron Commander; as an Inspector General and staff officer at the headquarters level and finally, as a Director of training for Wing, Group, and On Scene Commanders. In July 2002, after retiring from Air Force, he became a Louisiana School Teacher and served for 12 years as the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, retiring as a Louisiana Teacher in 2013. He attended Grambling State University in 1970 thru 1972, and graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1974 with a degree in Animal Science. He earned his Master ‘s degree in 1985 in Hospital Administration from Webster University in St Louis Missouri. He and his wife Homer have been married for over 45 years, had five children, and all five are graduates of Grambling State University.
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Grambling High Foundation, Inc is a Louisiana-Based 501(c)3 non-profit organization.