MEET THE BOARD


 

PRESIDENT

Teresa Shempert of Southeast Towers has worked in wireless communications since 2000. She began her career in telecom in legal she as Paralegal for Project and Property Management. In 2008 she began working for T-Mobile NOMO Market as RE Development Coordinator. Teresa has been involved with the Association since 2007, formerly serving as Chair for the Membership Social Committee and as Vice President. Her current tenure as President of the association began in January 2017. She also serves on the Board of the South Wireless Summit since 2017 having formerly served as its Presentation, Program Design, & Publish Chair for the South Wireless Summit since its inception in 2012.
Email: Teresa.Shempert@T-Mobile.com Phone: 504-210-6473

 

 

VICE PRESIDENT

Heidi Nelson of Harmoni Towers has worked in wireless communications since 2004. She began her career in telecom as an Administrative Assistant and quickly moved to Assistant Project Manager then on to Project Manager, all on the Site Acquisition services side with Faulk & Foster. In 2008, she began working for Integrisite as a SAQ Project Manager and also handled Business Development for them. In 2018, she joined Castille Consolidated as a Business Development Manager for both the Site Acquisition and Construction Divisions. In addition, she is an NSB Project Manager. Heidi's current role as Business Development Manager at Harmoni Towers began in September 2020.  Heidi has been involved with the Association since 2014, formerly serving as Chair for the Membership Social Committee. She was nominated and voted in the Secretary position in January 2017 then Vice President in 2020.  In 2017, Heidi also chose to serve on the South Wireless Summit Committee, where she Co-Chairs the Clay Shoot and a board member of the Committee.  She also serves as the WWLF liaison for Louisiana/Mississippi

Email: heidi.nelson@harmonitowers.com Phone: 318-366-9065

 

 

SECRETARY

Jeff Pettit of Gulf Services began his career in the telecom industry in 1999 as Product Distribution Manager with DigiPH and then transferred to the engineering side of the business as a Project\Materials Manager. DigiPH eventually became T-Mobile after several consecutive mergers. In 2013 he went to work for Gulf Services as a Project Manager working closely with T-Mobile overseeing budgeting and cost control for the market.  He has worked in many different areas of the wireless industry including the retail delivery chain and as a carrier rep and as a vendor liaison, knowing these different aspects of the business has given him in-depth knowledge of the industry.  Jeff has volunteered for LWA for numerous years and in 2017 was appointed into the role of Publications implementing the organization’s new web site, Twitter and other social media accounts and in January 2019 was voted in as Treasurer, then to Secretary in 2020.

Email. jeff.pettit5@t-mobile.com Phone: 251-209-1282

 

 

TREASURER

Darrin Wagner of TEST Communications began his career in telecom in 1994 as a college student of the University of New Orleans installing the first generation of car phones for a local pager and cell phone provider, Radiofone. As his technical knowledge increased through work experience, he continued to pursue and ultimately obtained his degree in electronic servicing technology. He began performing component level repair on all cellular and paging devices of the era. He moved into a cell tech position with PrimeCo Communications and gained extensive knowledge of base station equipment and wireless network infrastructure. As PrimeCo grew and ultimately became Verizon Wireless, he was able to achieve success within the organization and ultimately served as the regional network operations manager for the gulf coast where he led a team of technical professionals in building and maintaining a network consisting of 3 mobile switching centers and 750 cell sites. He transitioned into an entrepreneur and founded TEST Communications in 2005 and has continued to serve the industry by providing turnkey services to wireless carriers and infrastructure providers. Darrin has served on the LWA networking committee as Chair since 2017 and adding to his duties in January of 2019 was voted in as the organizations Registered Agent, then Treasurer in 2020. Email: dwagner@testcomm.com Phone: 985-788-1553

AT LARGE BOARD MEMBER

Shelton Todd, formally of T-Mobile USA, has worked in wireless communications since 1997. During his career, he has performed project management services related to all aspects of wireless site development. Shelton is currently the Real Estate Development Manager for T-Mobile for the NOMO Market (Gulf Coast Region).  Shelton began his current tenure with the Association as its’ At-Large Board Member Carrier Relations in 2009.  He is now working for himself at his new venture, Site Walk Solutions 21, where he is handling a variety of services.
Email: sitewalksolutions@gmail.com Phone: 251-209-2510