BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Oasis Christian Church
President & Founder
Ronnie Morris is a first generation college graduate. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1995, and graduated from the LSU Flores MBA Program in 2017. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at Vanderbuilt University (2025) with a focus on Educational Leadership. He is the Founder and President of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, WeProduceGrads. He is an elected member of the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). Morris has also served as a Junior Achievement volunteer for 15 years in local high schools and an ExxonMobil Diversity Scholars Mentor for LSU students. Mr. Morris retired in 2021 after a 25 year career with ExxonMobil. Morris started his career at ExxonMobil after spending 15 years working in the railroad industry. During his assignment on the Global Energy Management team, he completed expat assignments in Italy and France, while also working at 27 other ExxonMobil facilities globally. He lives in Baton Rouge with his wife, Allyson. Their children are all graduates of Southeastern University or LSU.
Del Holland Dugas, a Chemical Engineer, currently works as a Project Business Planner at ExxonMobil and has responsibility for leading and developing major capital investments consistent with the site’s business objectives. She progressed through a variety of assignments with a professional career that extends over thirty-five years. She displays a high degree of responsibility and commitment to her work and to her community. Often described as a trailblazer, Del is a champion for recruiting and cultivating the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) leaders. She mentors countless engineering interns and newly-hired professional employees, providing guidance to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. In addition, she devotes efforts to promoting engineering at both the high school and college levels. She can be found lecturing at high school career fairs, pre-college camps, and college seminars, offering insight to students about engineering and other science professions. For many years, Del has been involved with academics and diversity initiatives in the LSU College of Engineering. She served as Chair of the Engineering Diversity Advisory Board and continues to actively support it. She also serves on the LSU Diversity Scholars Program Advisory Board. Her collaboration with LSU on strategic initiatives helped to progress objectives focused on increasing student recruitment, retention, and graduation in engineering. Her history of dedication and service includes not only LSU, but extends to the Greater Baton Rouge community and beyond through many social and civic endeavors. She provided leadership for non-profit organizations, including the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation (now Emerge Center), Quota International, the YMCA, Junior Achievement, and volunteers in Public Schools. Through the course of her career, she received several professional and service accolades, leading to local, state, and national recognition. These include technical excellence awards; the LSU Chancellor’s esquicentennial Service Award (2010), which honored outstanding alumni for contributions to its 150-year history; the Inspiring Women in STEM Award by INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine (2016); the LSU Esprit de Femme Award (2017) for exceptional efforts toward the advancement of women in Louisiana. She is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society. Del received a B. S. in Chemical Engineering from LSU and was inducted into the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction (2017).
For almost 20 years, Russell Morris has worked with and for The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Russell currently serves as the head of Human Resources and a member of the executive team. He has previously served as Chief of Staff, a director in TCB's US Councils group, and as a leader in their talent management product group. Russell’s varied career includes service with the Peace Corps in Senegal, working on a national, service-learning initiative with the YMCA, and helping to launch not-for-profits in Seattle and Boston-serving inner city youth and the differently abled, respectively. A first generation college graduate, he earned his BA in English from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and his Master’s in Journalism from the Manship School at LSU. He also completed a certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation and Community Engagement at the Fielding Graduate School in California. He lives in East Norwalk, CT with his wife, Kristen. Their daughter is a Morehead-Cain Scholar at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Bishop Charles Wallace
Pastor, Oasis Christian Church
Bishop Charles E. Wallace is founder and pastor of Oasis Christian Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a preacher, teacher, and leader who has been serving in the ministry since 1980, and pastoring since 1989. Oasis Christian Church has been identified as a “watering hole in a dry and barren land.” The church serves as an “Oasis” of Christian ministry for the masses at their level of understanding. Bishop Wallace has a heart for the hurting and strives to reach out to individuals who are lost, hurt, disconnected or simply need to be revived in their faith. Bishop Wallace is a graduate of Christian Bible College of Baton Rouge with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. He has been called a “Pastor’s Pastor” because he has a heart for pastors—a desire to help them fulfill their purpose. When he preaches, he makes deposits in the lives of the listeners. Armed with wit, a little humor and the Holy Spirit, Bishop Wallace sets out to preach messages with simplicity, clarity, accuracy and power. His God-given unique style has touched the lives of many. Equipping and maturing the believer for works of service in an effort to build up the Body of Christ, Bishop Wallace incorporates the teaching and training of families in living victoriously by the Word. A native of Baton Rouge, and a product of Eden Park, Bishop Wallace has been married to First Lady Gladys Wallace for 45 years. They are the parents of three blessed daughters and one grandson.
Ryan Hernandez is an Executive Casino Host at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel, a unit of Pinnacle Entertainment. Building his career in the entertainment business, Ryan has gotten to know a number of first-generation entrepreneurs, who have worked to grow the Baton Rouge economy. From their experience and his own, Ryan understands the value of early work and learning experiences in setting future success. Having graduated from Louisiana State University as an undergraduate and recently from the Flores School of Business with an MBA, Ryan is a major Tigers fan. In his free time, he enjoys his family, friends, playing golf, basketball, and experiencing new restaurants.
Associate / Registered Patent Attorney
Lauren Rucinski is an associate in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 2016 and practices in the environmental law and intellectual property groups. Lauren helps clients understand which environmental regulations apply to new facilities and processes. Her practice focus on permitting, compliance, litigation and transactional issues, as well as rulemaking efforts at both the state and federal level. She advises a wide range of clients including petrochemical facilities, oil refineries, natural gas terminals, glass manufacturers, and commodity processing plants. Lauren helps clients protect and maximize the value of their businesses' intellectual property by advising them on all aspects of patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, and unfair competition law. She is a registered Patent Attorney who concentrates her practice on patent prosecution, opinions, licensing and counseling services. Her work spans a wide range of technical areas, including mechanical inventions, computer software, construction materials, and compositions of matter. Combining her legal experience with her background in Aerospace Engineering and Ocean Engineering to further the Intellectual Property interests of her clients. She is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Lauren earned her Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Ocean Engineering with a minor in Green Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2013. She earned her J.D./D.C.L., magna cum laude, from the LSU Law Center in 2016, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, the Louisiana Law Review, and the Civil Mediation Clinic. Lauren served as the President of the Public Interest Law Society and received the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2016 Law Student Pro Bono Award. She is also a Board Member for the Women’s Energy Network South Louisiana Chapter, Committee Member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge; member of the Louisiana Air & Waste Management Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, and Baton Rouge Bar Association, Law Day Committee.