Our Mission - Our Purpose

FBD is dedicated to the professional development of the academic disciplines represented in
the Federation. The primary purposes of FBD are: (1) to provide and coordinate an
annual meeting for Federation members, (2) to provide a common general program in which all
Federation members will participate together, (3) to provide a forum through an annual meeting
for the discussion and exchange of ideas and presentation of papers, (4) to foster professional
growth and enrichment for members in each of the professional associations, and (5) to provide
information which can be used to improve classroom instruction, research, and academic and
business development.


FBD Executive Council - The Management Team

President - Degan Kettles, Brigham Young University

Vice-President & Program Chair - Eugenie Ardoin, University of Louisiana Monroe

Executive Director - Michelle McEacharn, University of Louisiana Monroe

Secretary/Treasurer - Kelly Noe, Stephen F. Austin State University

VP & Program Chair-Elect - Kimberly J. Webb, Texzs Wesleyan University

Immediate Past President - Peggy L. Lane, University of Louisiana Monroe

Past President - Vivek S. Natarajan, Lamar University

FBD Board of Directors

The Executive Council of FBD serves as its management team, making strategic decisions and managing ongoing conference details.

The FBD Board of Directors serves as an oversight decision body.  This group makes important decisions as to conference site selection and fee amounts.  The Board also elects key FBD officers which includes the President, Vice-President and Program Chair-Elect, and Secretary/Treasurer.

The Board of Directors is comprised of the members of the Executive Council, other FBD officers, and two representatives from each of FBD's member associations.


Executive Council Members:

  • President -Degan Kettles
  • VP & Program Chair - Eugenie Ardoin
  • Executive Director - Michelle McEacharn (non-voting)
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Kelly Noe
  • VP & Program Chair-Elect - Kimberly J. Webb

Other FBD Officers:

  • Director of Marketing - Sandy Edwards (non-voting)
  • Director of Social Media/Engagement - TBD (non-voting)
  • Historian - Janie Gregg (non-voting)
  • Coordinator of Registration - TBD (non-voting)
  • Webmaster - Cheryl Prachyl (non-voting)

Association Representatives:

  • AAA-SW President - Trevor England
  • AAA-SW Program Chair - Syed K. Zaidi
  • ABC-SWUS President - Lindsay Clark
  • ABC-SWUS Program Chair - Ashley Hall
  • ASBE Executive Director - Martin Bressler
  • ASBE President - Kendra Ingram
  • ABIS President - Jason Powell
  • ABIS VP & Program Chair - Jason Powell
  • ACME President - Rajasree K. Rajamma
  • ACME VP & Program Chair - Lilly Ye
  • DSI-SW President - Daniel Peak
  • DSI-SW President-Elect - Venugopal Gopalakrishna-Remani (Venu)
  • SWAM President - Ethan Waples
  • SWAM President-Elect - Carlos Baldo
  • SWCRA President - David W. Whitlock
  • SWCRA VP & Program Chair - Cody Bogard
  • SWFA President - William Hudson
  • SWFA VP & Program Chair - Laura Gonzalez
  • SSE President - Ali Ashraf
  • SSE President-Elect & Program Chair - Roman Wong