J.R. Hickman, a resident of DeRidder, has served on the BECi Board in District Three since 1993. Mr. Hickman is a retired educator with 33 years of teaching experience. Mr. Hickman attended McNeese State University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and Northwestern State University. He holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree +30 in education. Mr. Hickman hails from a Beauregard Parish Pioneer Family and is a member of Grace Church, the Beauregard Parish Fair Board, member and past president of the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives (ALEC), a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Credentialed Cooperative Director, charter member, past president and past state board member of the Beauregard Parish Association of Professional Educators in Louisiana (APEL), past board member of the High School FFA Rodeo Association and Beauregard Farm Bureau, and is a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. Mr. Hickman is a former assistant principal of DeRidder High School and former agriculture teacher at DeRidder High School and Merryville High School.