Our Board of Directors

Dr. James Henderson

Dr. James Henderson became the 18th president of Northwestern State University on Jan. 1, 2015. He was chancellor of Bossier Parish Community College from 2009 to 2014 and a senior vice president for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System from 2005 to 2009. Henderson worked in the Louisiana Department of Labor from 2001 to 2005 after 10 years in hotel management. 

A native of Shreveport, Henderson is a Northwestern State alumnus, as is his wife Tonia. He earned a Master of Science in Administration from the University of West Florida and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland – University College. 

Jennifer Parks

Ms. Parks is the owner of The Learning Tree at Oak Grove.  She has been a long time supporter of Career Compass’ work. 

Tricia Grigsby Sanchez 

Ms. Sanchez is an independent nonprofit consultant, formerly the vice president of the Boo Grigsby Foundation. From an early age, Tricia Grigsby Sanchez felt a strong calling to help people, which is a trait she brings to her professional life as well as to her community service endeavors.  

Ms. Sanchez grew up in Baton Rouge, and later earned a degree in English language and literature from The University of Texas at Austin. She returned home to teach school in East Baton Rouge Parish public school system. She later retired from teaching and became involved with her father’s philanthropic activities. In 2007, he formed the Boo Grigsby Foundation, and Ms. Sanchez has been involved ever since. In addition to her work with Career Compass, she also serves on the boards of other local nonprofits. In 2012, she was honored as one of The Baton Rouge Business Report’s “40 Under 40” awardees.

Collis Temple III 

Mr. Temple is a National Sales Director for Primerica, a financial services firm. He owns and operates Collis Temple III & Associates, a training center for Primerica with over 250 licensed agents. In 2001, Mr. Temple earned a general business degree from Louisiana State University, and a year later, earned a master’s degree in sports management. He played basketball for the LSU Tigers for three seasons until an injury unfortunately sidelined his career as an athlete.

A successful businessman, he applies many of the same skills he learned on the court to building his business. "This business really is similar to sports in a lot of ways," Collis says. "You have to build a team. If you don't, you don't have a business.”

Roxson Welch 

Ms. Welsh is a career educator with a distinguished record of community service. She currently serves as the Director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Family and Youth Service Center. She is a former East Baton Rouge Councilwoman. 

She earned her Master of Education from Louisiana State University, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree. She is a native of Baker, Louisiana.