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Office of Strategic Initiatives Leadership

Meet the Chief Strategist 

Photo of Dr. Jackie ThomasDr. Jackie C. Thomas Jr. currently serves as the Chief Strategist at Lone Star College-Tomball.  In this capacity, he is responsible for providing senior-level leadership to the Office of Strategic Initiatives.  Prior to serving as Chief Strategist, he spent a year and a half as Assistant Dean and three years as a full-time faculty member at LSC-Tomball.

Dr. Thomas has 15 years of experience working in higher education, where he has worked in both Student Services and Instruction.  In his spare time, Jackie teaches in the Masters in Higher Education Program at the University of Houston.  He also serves as a Lead Facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute.  He received his Bachelors of Science in Consumer Science and Merchandising from the University of Houston, his Masters of Science in Higher Education from Florida State University, and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences from the University of Houston.    

The Strategic Initiatives Leadership Team  

  • Jennifer Richardson, Director, Communications and Media, College Relations
  • Kentrie LeDee, Director, Professional Development
  • Donielle Miller, Director, Marketing and Events, College Relations
  • Monte Darland, Manager, Multimedia Services
  • Jeremy Kirk, Director, Diversity and Inclusion (Title V Grant)
  • Dr. Jackie C. Thomas, Jr., Chief Strategist
  • Wendy Palmgren, Office Administrator

Meet the Director of Communications and Media

Photo of Jennifer RichardsonJennifer Richardson has served LSC-Tomball in the College Relations department since 2004. In early 2017, she became the Director of Communications and Media, leading efforts both in terms of public relations as well as in the digital realm. Jennifer also engages with LSC-Tomball students in a more formal way, adjuncting with the English department.

Meet the Director of Professional Development

Photo of Kentrie LeDeeKentrie T. LeDee currently serves as the Director of Professional Development at Lone Star College-Tomball, where she currently provides leadership to the Center for Organizational and Teaching Excellence department since 2016 and has worked in the field of education for more than 10 years.

Kentrie received her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and her Bachelor of Health Sciences from Armstrong Atlantic State University in 2002 after exiting the United States Air Force where she was formally trained in the healthcare field of Aerospace Medicine.

Though the start of her career was in healthcare, Kentrie has always enjoyed the education environment, began teaching in 2003 for the Public Education Bureau of Orange County Fire Rescue Department, and by 2006 began teaching medical assisting in a formal education environment.

Meet the Director of Marketing and Events

Photo of Donielle MillerDonielle Miller is from Houston, Texas. She received both her bachelorís in Management and Marketing and masterís in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas. After graduating with her bachelorís degree in 2009, she accepted a position at SHSU and was later promoted in 2012. Donielle accepted a position at the University of Houston in July of 2014.

In 2017, Donielle began a new journey at Lone Star College-Tomball as the Director of Marketing and Events in the College Relations department. She currently oversees branding and marketing initiatives, alumni engagement, the student ambassadors as well as event services. She is proud to be a Timberwolf. One Wolf, One Pack!

Meet the Manager of Multimedia Services

Photo of Monte DarlandMonte Darland oversees and manages the Multimedia Services department. He has been with Lone Star College for 10 years and with LSC-Tomball for over six years. His experience includes multimedia, photography and video production.

The Multimedia Services department serves the faculty, staff, students and administration of LSC-Tomball. The department team consists of part-time employees and work-study students provided by the Financial Aid department who are interested in digital content design and video production.

Meet the Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Photo of Jeremy KirkJeremy Kirk comes to Lone Star College-Tomball from Auburn University where he received his M.Ed. in Higher Education and a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from Valdosta State University. His work with K-12 and higher education has launched him into his work on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Jeremy Kirk joins Lone Star College-Tomball as the new Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Jeremyís primary responsibilities are to provide leadership for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and all activities related to the Title V Grant.


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