A winner of the 2008 Angel Award presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; coordinates service training programs for African-American boys in Caddo Parish through the Alliance for Community Development.
Hometown: Opelousas, Louisiana
Now resides in: Shreveport
Degree: M.A., Counseling
After graduation: Continued my career in higher education at institutions in Texas and Louisiana until my retirement in 2008. During that time I held positions as counselor, professor, student development administrator, academic administrator and college president.
Why I chose that career: I wanted to be involved in a career that would allow me to make a contribution to the personal development and academic success of young people during their pursuit of a college education.
What got me involved in the Alliance for Community Development and exactly what that is: The Alliance for Community Development, Inc. (ACD) is a nonprofit organization that I started in 1991 as a way to give back to the community. The purpose of ACD is to implement programs designed to improve the education and quality of life for students from urban communities in Shreveport. Currently, we are operating a Service Learning Program for young males in middle school.
How the public can help the Alliance: Partner and collaborate with ACD by making a financial donation or an in-kind contribution, sponsoring an activity, advocating for local and state government support, or volunteering time to help achieve the program's goals.
Some of my best memories of Tech: Teacher-student relationships (very caring faculty), positive learning environment, outstanding library services, resources, and staff (professionals and students).
My advice to incoming freshmen: Attend all classes, spend a lot of time studying and preparing for classes, get to know your professors, don't be afraid to ask for help, make friends with students from diverse backgrounds and cultures, take time to enjoy the college experience and develop a sense of loyalty to your school.