MEET OUR TEAM

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JIM BROUSSARD

CO - CEO

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 Vice President on the board of directors.

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IN MEMORY OF TOM BROUSSARD

CO - CEO

1980-2019

Tom’s caring heart and comforting demeanor made him a natural born funeral director, a trait passed down from his father, Alex.  Tom served his faith community and profession throughout his life, including the Board of Directors of Selected Independent Funeral Homes from 2007-10, and as Board President in 2010. He is a past Board Chairman of the Beaumont Chapter of the American Red Cross, Past Board President and Advisory Director of the Garth House, and Mickey Mehaffy Children’s Advocacy Program.  Tom served on the Boards of Beaumont Foundation; Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, where he was past Board Chair. He also worked with the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, where he was a graduate of Leadership Beaumont, and served as Chairman of the Board, and Past Chairman of Government Affairs.  He was a past Board President of Magnolia Cemetery Company, a large historic non-profit cemetery, past Advisory Board Member to the March of Dimes, Advisory Director for Elijah’s Place, a program of Catholic Charities that provides care for grieving children and was a longtime Board Member and volunteer for the Young Men’s Business League (YMBL).  

Tom’s community service awards include Small Business Person of the Year from the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and the President’s Volunteer Service Award presented by the President's Council on Volunteer and Civic Participation. He was named person of the year by the Quota Club of Southeast Texas and was honored for his community involvement by being named Honorary Hurricane by the Beaumont Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Broussard family was honored by the Diocese of Beaumont with their Harvest of Hope as well as the American Cancer Society's Cattle Barons Ball. Tom took great joy in participating as a spotter in auctions because it meant raising money for the worthy causes of the community.
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BLUE BROUSSARD

MANAGING FUNERAL DIRECTOR

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 on the board for Some Other Place and Southeast Texas Funeral Director’s Association. In his spare time, Blue enjoys cooking for family and friends.

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JAYME BROUSSARD TOEPPICH

GENERAL MANAGER

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. In her spare time, Jayme enjoys traveling and interior design.

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JAMES RAWLINGS CFSP

DIRECTOR OF FUNERAL OPERATIONS

Joined Broussard's in 2016

James “JR” Rawlings, a New England 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.  James has done extensive volunteering and community service in inner city emergency rooms, which subsequently, led to a stint at The Johns Hopkins Hospital Surgical ICU Clinical Technician Intern Program. In these roles, he learned the importance of caring and helping those in need. James 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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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 the past 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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NICK LYDAY

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's in 2016

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BRADLEY RICHARDS

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard’s in 2014

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.

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BURTON WILSON

FUNERAL DIRECTOR

Joined Broussard's In 2004

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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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HELEN AINSWORTH

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2007

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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 their Winnie location shortly after she graduated. 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 fourteen years of administrative experience and now works full-time at the Broussard's Nederland location. For the past eight 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.  She enjoys spending time with her family, being involved in the community, and teaching people to love life.
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SUNNI HARRISON

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2018

Sunni graduated from Hamshire-Fannett High School in 2016. She joined Broussard’s as a full-time receptionist at our Major Drive location. As of May, 2019, she joined our team as a full-time administrative assistant at our Winnie location. Before working at Broussard’s, she was a full-time photographer. She enjoys making memories with the people she loves.
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MAKAILA MOORE

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2017

Makaila graduated from Good Samaritan Christian in 2017. She joined Broussard’s as a part-time funeral associate. Not long after, Makaila became a full-time administrative assistant at our Kountze location. During her spare time, Makaila fishes competitively and she loves spending time with her family and friends.

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JONATHAN SALAZAR

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined Broussard's in 2017

Prior to joining The Broussard’s Family, he was employed at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and also has experience in banking and retail management. Jonathan applies his professional and communication skills to assist our families at Broussard’s from the time they first meet with our directors, until the time the service is complete. He hopes to build a relationship with every family he makes contact with in their time of need and enjoys leaving work knowing that he has helped at least one person.

Jonathan graduated from Vidor High School in 2013. He has recently decided to further his education and is going to school to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Arts & Science Degree, and plans to later attend dental school to become a D.D.S. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, dining out, and enjoying time with family, friends, and his Goldendoodle, Margo.

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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. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children, reading, and shopping.

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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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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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EMILY WARREN

ACCOUNTING CLERK

Joined Broussard's in 2018

Emily graduated from Buna High School in 2011.  Emily joined Broussard’s with five years of accounting experience.  She resides in Lumberton with her husband and fur-babies. 
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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 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.
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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 Orange, 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.

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KAITLYN BORLAND

SALES EVENT COORIDINATOR

Joined Broussard's in 2017

Kaitlyn graduated from Lumberton High School in 2014. She attended Stephen F. Austin State University and earned a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Administration. In her spare time,Kaitlyn enjoys reading and spending time at the beach.

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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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CHRISTOPHER FREDERICK

TRANSPORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2018

Chris has been a resident of Texas all his life. He graduated Lumberton High School and enlisted in the US Army in 1988. He was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Metal, and Army Service Metal for efforts after 9-11, After his service, he pursued his career in culinary arts working internationally and in remote base kitchens for years until moving back to SE Texas. He continues to enjoy cooking, family activities and restaurant consulting on the side.
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PETE ROCHE

TRANSPORTER

Joined Broussard's in 2012

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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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JERRY WAYNE DUPREE

PORTER

Joined Broussard's in 1999

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KRSTI MEJIA

CUSTODIAN

Joined Broussard's in 2016

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ZORIDA PUENTE

CUSTODIAN

Joined Broussard's in 2014