West Texas A&M University
Alumni Association Board of Directors


Zenobia Harris Bivens Zenobia Harris Bivens '03  BOARD PRESIDENT
District 5 Houston, Beaumont and east

Zenobia Harris Bivens attended West Texas A&M University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2003. She went on to receive a Master's degree from the University of Alabama and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Zenobia is an Associate with Berg & Androphy in Houston, Texas, focusing on commercial business litigation, including oil and gas, contract, and securities litigation; qui tam litigation; and white collar criminal defense.  Zenobia is an award-winning public speaker. She is a national champion and five-time national finalist of the American Forensics Association’s National Speech Tournament. She is a former high school and college speech and debate coach. Zenobia is an Alumni Association West Texas Legacy member.

J'Lynn Wheeler J'Lynn Newman Wheeler '80  PRESIDENT ELECT
District 3 Midland, Odessa west to El Paso

J'Lynn Wheeler has worked with several non-profits in Midland including Court Appointed Special Advocates, Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center, Community Partners of Midland and Midland Need to Read while raising two daughters, Laura and Melissa with her husband of 32 years, Mark. In fact, J'Lynn and Mark met at WTSU and married three months after graduating. In the last six years, J'Lynn has had the opportunity to continue her education by earning her Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. J'Lynn and Mark enjoy traveling and stay on the road as much as possible - especially if the destination involves fly-fishing. “The next best thing to being a student at WT is becoming involved as an alumnus.”

Board Member Travis Hager Travis Hager ’98  SECRETARY
At large member: Houston, Texas

Travis Hager graduated from WTAMU in 1998 with an Ag Equine degree. He then moved to Florida where he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and subsequently went to work for Jane's Defense, a company that collects and publishes information on everything in the world related to aviation and aerospace.  Currently, Hager is one of the project managers (overseeing infrastructure) working on a collaboration between NASA, SpaceX, the city of Houston and a few other space-oriented companies. His favorite memories of WT are about the friendships he made, many of whom he still considers good friends. While at WT, Travis was active in the Lambda Chi fraternity, WT Horsemen's Association, served on the Homecoming Committee and more. Travis' love for WT is based on relationships and it having given him a solid foundation to pursue his dreams.  He says, "Dream big... this world is built on the minds of dreamers."  In addition to classes and friends, Travis says WT was a time to figure out the importance of basics: building relationships, learning to study and organize effectively.

David Willis David Willis '79  PAST PRESIDENT
District 4 Dallas, Fort Worth and east

As Managing Partner of Renaissance Capital Group, LLC; David has consulted or developed over $350 million in new real estate construction. RCG specializes in Mixed-Use Developments, Condominiums, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Senior Housing. Mr. Willis has over 8 years of experience with HUD loan programs in the capacity as a consultant to developers in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. He has worked extensity in the HUD 221-d-4 loan program for Multifamily and the HUD 232 Loan Program for Assisted Living. David grew up in West Texas, where he attended West Texas State University and was hired as the youngest Head Men/Women Track Coach in Division I at age 26. He was a teacher in the Physical Education Department; received a Bachelor of Science Degree from WT and was a Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Jesse Cross Brigadier General Jesse Cross, retired ’79
At large member: Lawton, Oklahoma

Jesse Cross came to West Texas State University in 1975 on a football scholarship, and graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. The talented running back was an all-time letterman at WT, but also had a passion for the Army Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC). In 1979 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Quartermaster Corps through ROTC. His list of military accomplishments and decorations is impressive, and includes service as 50th Quartermaster General of the Army’s Quartermaster Center and School, two Defense Superior Service Medals, two Legion of Merits, the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin, a Bronze Star, six Meritorious Service Medals and the Parachutist Badge. In 2006 he was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Quartermaster Regiment and in 2012 was named a West Texas A&M University Distinguished Alumnus. Jesse and his wife, Cheryl, live in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he has started the consulting and partnership company, Red River Science & Technology.

De'Arno De'Armond De'Arno De'Armond '98, '01
University representative

De’Arno De’Armond, Gene Edwards Professor of Financial Planning, joined the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business of West Texas A&M University in 2003. Dr. De'Armond currently serves WTAMU College of Business Administration as Associate Dean of Graduate Business Programs. He received a B.B.A. in marketing from West Texas A&M in 1998, an M.B.A. from West Texas A&M in 2001 and a Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University in 2009.

 Prior to joining academics full time, Dr. De'Armond worked for both CompUSA and NEC America in corporate support roles. Serving as a professor of finance, Dr. De'Armond teaches risk management, financial planning, & sales management of financial services. Dr. De'Armond brings a broad educational and professional knowledge-base and background to each and every lecture, as well as serves on many college, university, and community wide service based committees. Dr. De'Armond's primary research interests consist of financial planner effectiveness, financial literacy and financial services marketing and has been featured in such journals as The Journal of Retail Analytics, The Southwestern Economic Review, Journal of Behavioral Studies in Business, Research in Higher Education Journal, Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies, Southwest Review of International Business Research, Journal of Academy of Business and Economics, The Journal of Global Business Management, The Business Review Cambridge, The Journal of Financial Planning, and Financial Services Review.  De’Armond lives in Amarillo with his wife, Jana, three daughters, four birds and a dog.

 Wilson Lemieux Wilson Lemieux '14 
District 1 Amarillo, Canyon and Panhandle area

Wilson Lemieux graduated from WTAMU in 2014 with a degree in Mass Communication. During his time in school he played significant roles in several student organizations such as NBS, KWTS, One Sessions, Ad/PR Club, and the National Student Advertising Competition team. He is now the owner of a Video/film marketing firm named Lemieux Company focused on building better content and telling better stories for its clients.  In 2017 Wilson and his wife, Heather, created the Lemieux Family "Slow and Steady" scholarship which is awarded to one Mass Communication Junior entering their Senior year who has proven their commitment to the WTAMU program as well as the craft of communication. “My intent in serving on this board is to work diligently to help recruit students to our fine school, raise a banner for alumni to pour into this university, and to prove to kids that come from the same circumstances with which I carried onto campus that anything is possible, and WTAMU can take you there.”

 David Sims David Sims '65
District 6 San Antonio, Austin, Waco and south

David S. Sims retired after 29 years with oilfield services giant, Schlumberger. During his career, he rose from Field Engineer in Hobbs, New Mexico to Region Manager - Middle East based in Dubai, U.A.E. David held operations, marketing, and management positions in Venezuela, Angola, Trinidad, France, Iran, Argentina, U.A.E., U.K., Indonesia and the U.S.A. In his early career, he was a geologist with Texaco Inc. in Midland, Texas. David received his B.S. in Geology from West Texas A&M University in 1965. He is a member and Past Chairman of the Southwest Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He has been a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Advisory Council for the Center for International Business Studies at Texas A&M University. David is a proud member of the WT Sun Bowl team and an avid supporter of athletics and all things WT. David and his wife Suzy are natives of San Antonio and have two daughters. 

Board Member Kerry Thomas Kerry Thomas ’82
At large member: Denver, Colorado

Kerry Thomas graduated from WT in 1982. She is originally from Lubbock, and chose WT because she wanted to get her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has practiced at Scott & White in Temple, Omaha, NE and now Denver, all in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. Kerry is very active in quality work and serves as the liaison between staff and families who have graduates from NICU and continually give back to the unit. She is currently involved with a NICU Wall of Hope project to inspire families who are experiencing the challenges of their NICU journey. Kerry enjoys being active in the Denver Botanic Gardens, the Colorado Mountain Club, and anywhere her camera lens takes her. The panhandle of Texas will always hold a special place in her heart, and she loved her years at WT. “I truly love young people and look forward to representing and encouraging those from Colorado to consider a collegiate education in Canyon, Texas!”

Ron Watts Ron Watts '71
At large member: Amarillo, Texas

Ron Watts graduated from West Texas State University in 1971. He is owner/partner of Officewise Office Supply and Furniture, a multi-operational business established in 1978 in Amarillo and expanded to Lubbock, Midland, and the south plains of Texas, most recently El Paso. Watts served as Past President of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Society and is a member of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum Goodnight Circle and the WT Old Main Society. He is an avid community volunteer and serves on the boards for several organizations. Watts is a United States Army Vietnam Veteran and was named a WT Distinguished Alumni in 2011. Ron has been married for 46 years to Sandra, also a WT graduate.


District 2 Representative
Lubbock, Abilene and surrounding areas

District 4 Representative
Dallas, Fort Worth and east

District 6 Representative
San Antonio, Austin, Waco and south

One at large Representative
any location will be considered

Nominations for the WTAMU Alumni Association Board of Directors can be made HERE.