WHAT I DO NOW: I am the Executive Director of the LSUS Institute for Human Services and Public Policy. We conduct research and disseminate knowledge about nonprofit organizations and social research.
MY JOB CONSISTS OF: I was originally hired to work in the Institute as a Research Associate and Project Manager. Even though I have handed off the majority of those responsibilities, I still oversee a lot of the production of our research projects and statistical analysis. In addition, I coordinate the Nonprofit Administration Student Organization by working closely with our students to help them obtain extracurricular experience with nonprofit organizations. I also teach the Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations undergraduate course as an adjunct professor.
PATH TO MY CURRENT CAREER POSITION: I began working in the Institute before it was officially the Institute. Dr. Norman A. Dolch hired me as a student worker after the September 11th attacks in 2001. I was just joining what was then the American Humanics program and came to him to create a make-shift memorial in downtown Shreveport. After I graduated in 2003, Dr. Dolch offered me a job as a Research Associate and I couldn't pass it up!
LSUS FACULTY WHO HELPED ME: I owe a great deal of gratitude to Dr. Norman A. Dolch and Dr. Helen Wise. They both had faith in me and have been incredible mentors. I would not be where I am today without them.
TIPS ON CHOOSING A MAJOR OR CAREER: When it came to choosing a major for me, I looked closely at my strengths and weaknesses and the things I really enjoyed doing. I also found the Career Center's personality/career quiz to be very helpful. After answering the questions honestly, it gives you a list of careers best suited for your personality type.
MY TOUGHEST PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE: Believe it or not, my biggest challenge was becoming the Executive Director of the Institute. I had some very big shoes to fill and I wasn't sure it was the right path for me. But now that I have settled in, I wouldn't change it for the world. I love what I do and the students that I help! I am so proud of our nonprofit students!
SUCCESSES IN MY LIFE: Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership (American Humanics), Master of Arts in Gerontology from ULM, Sigma Phi Omega, LSUS Outstanding Service Award, LSUS 10 years of service pin, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Award
I'VE LEARNED THIS FROM LIFE: Don't be afraid to ask for help and accept help. Challenges are inevitable and you can feel like you're at the end of your rope, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Find out who you are and what you want out of life before you make any big decisions. Really think about it!
WHAT I'D BE DOING IF I HAD ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD: Traveling the world and volunteering with children and senior citizens.