Advisory Board

In addition to the accounting faculty, the Accounting Advisory Board participates in the planning and evaluation of the Nicholls State University accounting program. The advisory board is composed of a diverse group of individuals from public, industry and governmental accounting. To represent the accounting majors, current Nicholls students serve on the advisory board.  The current make-up of the board is as follows:

Jodie Arceneaux, CPA    mail
Beyer Stagni & Co.

Cynthia Aucoin, CPA      mail

Derek Boudreaux, Chief Financial Officer
Montco Offshore, Inc.

Edward R. Bouterie, CPA
Director, Bourgeois Bennett, LLC
Bourgeois Bennett, LLC, established in 1923, is one of the largest locally-owned, regional accounting firms in Louisiana. It is heavily involved in community service through civic, religious and professional organizations in the region, state, country and world. Five of its current and former members served as President of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, and several have served on various boards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Accountants Global Network, a professional organization of firms throughout the world. Bouterie is a Nicholls graduate and was certified in 1974. He is active with the Society of Louisiana CPAs, a past President of its South Central chapter and a member of the AICPA. He is active in several organizations and serves as a member of the Board and Fund Distribution Chairman of the United Way for South Louisiana.

Travis Brown, Senior Director Field Business Planning, Charter Communications

Cindi Cook, Executive Assistant to CEO & Pres.      mail
Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc., Houston, TX

Alexis Duval, CPA       mail
Bourgeois Bennett, LLC

Nolan Falgout, III, Chief Financial Officer
First American Bank & Trust

First American Bank was chartered in 1910 as the Bank of Vacherie. Since that time it has grown into a local community bank that is closely tied to the businesses, organizations and people in the communities that it serves. The bank currently has 21 offices in nine parishes in Southeast Louisiana. First American Bank employs 211 people and has more than $650 million in assets. Falgout received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and an MBA from Nicholls.

Don Gaudet, CPA        mail
Business Manager, Lafourche Parish School Board

The Lafourche Parish School Board serves about 15,000 students in 30 schools, with about 2,400 employees. Gaudet is a CPA, Certified Government Finance Officer and a Certified Louisiana School Business Administrator. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from Nicholls.

Faye Harris, CPA         mail

Faye graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Nicholls in 1992. She also has a master’s degree in taxation from the University of New Orleans. Harris is a member of the AICPA, Louisiana Society of CPAs and the American Society of Women Accountants.

Thomas Lanaux, CPA      mail
President and Managing Director, Lanaux & Felger, CPAs,
A Professional Corporation

Lanaux & Felger was organized in 1979 in Houma. The firm currently employs five CPAs, two of which are stockholders. The firm offers a wide range of accounting, auditing and tax services to its individual and business clients. Lanaux is a Nicholls graduate. He is a member of the national AICPA, as well as the state and local CPA chapters. Lanaux is actively involved in the community and serves on the board of directors and as treasurer of the Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence in Public Education.

Charles M. LeCompte, CPA         mail

Bryce Ledet, CPA         mail
Bryce Ledet, CPA A Professional Corporation

R. Perry Leslie, CPA, Partner, KPMG LLP         mail                                 KPMG LLP has been operating in Louisiana for over 100 years with offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport.  KPMG LLP is the U. S. member firm of KPMG International network with over 140,000 global professional operating in 144 countries.  Mr. Leslie, is a Partner in the Federal Tax Practice and a native of Thibodaux graduating from Tulane University with a BA – History and MBA – Accounting.  He began his career in New York City Metro area and has subsequently been assigned to offices in N. O., Houston, and BR.  He has more than 17 years of experience providing tax services to large multi-national public and private companies helping them reduce cash tax exposure while minimizing financial statement income tax effects.  He is a member of the AICPA, LA and Texas Society of CPAs, KPMG’s FAS109 Network, and a national instructor for KPMG.

Barry Melancon, CPA      mail
President and CEO, American Institute of CPAs

The American Institute of CPAs is a national professional association of CPAs with more than 340,000 members. Elected to this position in 1995, Melancon directs the Institute’s operations in New York, New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Texas. Prior to joining the AICPA, Barry served as Executive Director of the Society of Louisiana CPAs for eight years. He began his accounting career in 1979 at the firm of Bergeron & Company, currently named Lanaux & Felger. Barry graduated from Nicholls with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He also earned an MBA in 1983 from Nicholls and subsequently served as an adjunct professor of accounting for four years.

Greg Piazza, Manager, Business Development, Ryan
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Tony Ruiz, CPA, Postlethwaite & Netterville
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Brett Terrebonne, Sr. Manager – Support Services
Cox Communications

Terrebonne graduated from Nicholls in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and in 1997 with an MBA.  Terrebonne is active in the community and serves as treasurer for the Nicholls Alumni Federation.

Charles Theriot, CPA       mail
Owner, Charles C. Theriot & Company

Charles C. Theriot & Company is an accounting firm located in historic downtown Houma. Founded in 1990, the practice has grown to 11 employees including six CPAs. Charles has lived and practiced public accounting in the Houma area for more than 30 years. The firm specializes in all aspects of federal and state tax planning and reporting, assisting individuals buying, selling and financing business transactions, and assisting parties and their legal counsel in litigation matters. Theriot and the other CPAs in the firm are all members of the AICPA and the Louisiana Society of CPAs. They are also members of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, South Central Industrial Association and several other organizations that serve the Houma-Terrebonne area.

Glenn Vice, CPA          mail
President, The J. M. Burguieres Co., Ltd.  

Glenn served on the Auditing Standards Board for the AICPA in New York from 1994 to 1996. He has served on several boards and committees for the AICPA and LCPA. Vice earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Nicholls in 1979.

Melanie Riche Weisheit, CPA      mail
Senior Network Pricing Consultant, United Health Care
Melanie received bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and computer information systems from Nicholls in 1991 and an MBA in 1995.


Student members are generally selected to serve on the advisory board during their sophomore or junior year. This allows them time to become involved within the Department of Accounting and Information Systems and to become knowledgeable about the curriculum.