The LPFA is staffed by a group of ten diverse professionals that bring expertise in public finance, program development and student loans. Please click on the links below to help you reach the right person to assist you.
President and CEO
James W. Parks II joined the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority (LPFA) in August of 1995 and has served as its chief executive officer since that time. Parks has full administrative responsibility for all aspects of the LPFA’s activities, which include low-cost financing for hospitals, hospital equipment, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, manufacturing facilities, industrial construction, and economic development projects. Parks’ position of President and CEO includes direct supervision of all aspects of the Louisiana Education Loan Authority (Lela), the student loan division of the LPFA.
Parks holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Miami School Of Law in Coral Gables, Florida, where he was an editor of the University of Miami Law Review. He currently serves as Treasurer of the National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities (NAHEFFA) and the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA). Parks is also on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Public Health Institute and the Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN). He is a past President of the National Association of Higher Education Facilities Authorities (NAHEFA), a past member of the NAHEFA Board of Directors, and a past treasurer of the National Council of Health Facilities Finance Authorities.
Prior to coming to the LPFA, Parks specialized for over twelve (12) years in the areas of municipal and corporate finance for the law firms of McCollister & McCleary in Baton Rouge, and Foley & Judell, L.L.P. in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans. He is a member of the Louisiana and Florida bar associations, and is a member of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Parks and his wife Neil Ann have three children, Elizabeth, Helen and Jim.
VP of Student Loans & Administration
Tricia Dubroc joined the LPFA in April of 1994 and serves as Vice President of Student Loans and Administration. Dubroc manages the administration, marketing, and development of the LPFA’s programs through Lela, the Louisiana Education Loan Authority, which is a division of the LPFA. Lela currently serves over 35,000 borrowers and administers over $550 million in student loans. Dubroc also facilitates the administration of the accounting, investments, and human resource needs of the LPFA.
With a background in finance and over 25 years of experience in post-secondary education financial aid and admissions, Dubroc has an extensive background in student aid and in college enrollment.
Prior to joining the LPFA, Dubroc served the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for more than six years in enrollment management as well as financial aid administration. Dubroc also worked for Citistate Advisors to help administrate the LPFA student loan programs.
Dubroc received a Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana.
Dubroc is an active participant and has served on numerous boards and committees for statewide, regional and national financial aid associations; some include the Louisiana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (LASFAA) Association, Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SWASFAA) Association, Education Finance Council, Louisiana Charter School Association and Children’s Charter School.
VP of Economic and Program Development
Martin Walke joined LPFA in 2006. He is the vice president of economic and program development at LPFA. His primary function is to plan, organize and coordinate local and statewide efforts in economic and program development beneficial to the state and its people. He is also responsible for carrying out policies developed by LPFA related to economic and program development and marketing.
Martin brings a broad scope of experience to LPFA, having served in both the public and private sectors. His career includes serving as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston and as director of state operations under former U.S. Senator John Breaux. He most recently served as a senior investment advisor for J.P. Morgan Chase in Baton Rouge.
Martin is a 1982 graduate of Louisiana State University, where he earned a degree in business administration.
As part of his commitment to professional development, Walke attained the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) in 2011.
AVP of Student Loans
As Assistant Vice President of Student Loans, Joni’s role is to administer the marketing of the LPFA’s student loan programs to Louisiana colleges and universities, high schools, lenders as well as education related organizations statewide. As Assistant Vice President, Joni assists with the overall development and implementation of statewide marketing strategies and campaigns which promote financial aid access and availability of programs to our students and parents. Joni assists with the overall management of marketing for the LPFA’s student loan programs. Joni has been with the LPFA since March of 1988.
Stacye joined the LPFA in May of 1998 as an executive assistant to the President and CEO and Vice Presidents. Stacye assists the executive staff with the implementation of policies and procedures necessary to achieve the goals and objectives of the LPFA. She coordinates all matters related to the LPFA Board of Trustees, including the preparation of the agenda for our monthly Board of Trustees meetings. Stacye also works with clients and outside professionals during the bond issuance process and performs bond financing related duties and numerous office administrative duties.
Webmaster and IT Manager
As the Webmaster and IT Manager, Emily Spears manages LPFA information technology systems, web development and technical support. Spears also develops print, social media and marketing content for the LPFA and Lela.
Spears graduated from Louisiana State University and served on the Board of Directors for Forum 35.
As Compliance Analyst for Student Loan programs, Kentra’s primary duties includes generating the necessary reports as well as providing information and documents to third parties, which include but are not limited to auditors, servicers, trustees, guarantors, underwriters, bond reporting and insurance entities for the LPFA student loan division programs. She also facilitates the preparation of trustee orders and billing for the programs.
Kentra joined the LPFA team in January of 2010.
Geralyn joined the LPFA in March of 2000. As an Administrative Assistant, Geralyn performs and is responsible for preparing correspondence, graphics, spreadsheets, and other documents, filing both onsite and in the offsite storage systems, and performing other general administrative duties as requested by other LPFA staff members.
Rachel serves as the LPFA’s receptionist and is responsible for answering and forwarding all telephone calls for the LPFA. Rachel also facilitates the faxing and distribution process for the office, greets and assists visitors, generates correspondence, spreadsheets, and reports, and assists as needed with various projects.