Meet the Board
Reins of Hope is a 501c3 non-profit organization backed by a loving and supportive board filled with local leaders from our community
President & Secretary
Ron Ellis is the former trucking company owner of Citgo. In 2004, he retired. Since then, he is active at McNeese State University, where he teaches students about beekeeping. Alongside, he serves as President at Reins of Hope and is a board member of Farm Bureau. He believes in helping others any chance he gets.
Matthew Lundy is a partner of Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South. He is a respected trial attorney with over 25 years of litigation experience. His principal areas of practice include personal injury, maritime law, product liability (pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices), mass tort, and class action. Matt is motivated by his desire to help people that have suffered a catastrophic event. He has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients and continues to be inspired by standing up for people who need his help.
Melissa, or Missy, Conrad started teaching special education in 2018. She currently teaches special education at Westlake High School and believes special education is a very rewarding job. Her goal is to teach her students everyday life skills to help them transition into adulthood.
Missy believes you must have patience and understanding with each student, but they make every day worthwhile.