Southern Louisiana Team

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Jamie Foster, South LA Regional Coordinator

I began working with Career Compass in January 2015, and I have enjoyed every moment. Talking with students about their future plans and giving direction when needed is truly rewarding, and each is a unique experience.  I also have the pleasure of presenting seminars to participating parishes. One of my favorite moments was when I was with a class of 8th graders where one student said he would like to have a career with the U.S. Border Patrol. We began a discussion and someone blurted out, "You’d better take Spanish in high school." We all laughed, but then had a serious discussion about how every class you take does matter and you need to make sure your plan matches your goal.  I love helping the students make those connections that will impact decisions in high school and beyond.


Amy Abadie

Career Compass Starting Year: 2009 

Major(s): B.A. Speech Communications 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

High School Alma Mater: St. Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge, LA 

Contact: aabadie(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I get to make a difference in the lives of many students! And it’s the most gratifying job knowing that I’ve touched a life in some way.


Jeri Bankston

Career Compass Starting Year: 2015 

College Alma Mater(s): Southeastern Louisiana University 

Major(s): B.AEnglish, Alternate Certification – Upper Education 

High School Alma Mater: Holden SchoolHolden, LA 

Contact: jbankston(a)careercompassla.org 

My favorite day with Career Compass thus far has been when I met with a special young lady who was a senior. After we registered her for a university, she began to cry tears of joy. She explained to me that no one in her family had graduated from high school much less gone to a university. She said that her family was going to be beyond proud of her accomplishments. That day I knew how important Career Compass was to students’ lives.


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Phyllis Beckman

Career Compass Starting Year: 2017 

College Alma Mater(s): Nicholls State University

Major(s): B.S. Business Education

High School Alma MaterAssumption High School, Napoleonville, LA

Contact: pbeckman(a)careercompassla.org 

I retired from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, but knew that I was not ready to completely leave the workforce. The Career Compass coach job is a great fit because allows me to use my background in higher education to help students make informed decisions about their post-secondary options. Being able to motivate and encourage high school students has been very rewarding. 


Laura Coats

Career Compass Starting Year: 2010 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): B.S. Psychology 

High School Alma MaterBroadmoor High School, Baton Rouge, LA 

Contact: lcoats(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I get to meet with high school students every day and help guide them into making decisions about their post-secondary plans. It is very rewarding to be able to make a difference in their lives. 


Beth Couvillion

Career Compass Starting Year: 2012 

College Alma Mater(s): University of Southern Mississippi 

Major(s): B.A. Education 

High School Alma MaterSt. Mary’s Dominican High School, New Orleans, LA 

Contact: bcouvillion(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because we are able to help students reach their goals of going to college. It is a great feeling when we are able to show them the many options they have when pursuing a post-secondary education.


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Paula DeCuir

Career Compass Starting Year: 2009 

College Alma Mater(s): University of Wisconsin-Stout 

Major(s)B.S. Merchandising  

High School Alma Mater: Bay Port High School, Green Bay, WI 

Contact: pdecuir(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I volunteer at St. Vincent De Paul, and I visit people with children who need assistance paying their bills. They need help because they make minimum wage. Additional education allows people to earn more than minimum wage because they are now educated in a trade or skill set that graduates of high school do not have.


Rebecca Ferrara

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Southeastern Louisiana University  

Major(s): B.S. Middle School Education 

High School Alma Mater: Dutchtown High School, Geismar, LA  

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I am helping students with their first step toward achieving their life goals. It is like I get to give them the keys to open the next door. I love seeing a student get excited when they realize that they can actually get into a school and pay for school after high school. This is seriously the best job ever! 


Irene Hebert

Career Compass Starting Year: 2010 

College Alma Mater(s): University of New Orleans 

Major(s): M.A. Curriculum and Instruction 

High School Alma MaterGrace King High School, Metairie, LA 

Contact: ihebert(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass Coach affords me the opportunity to be each student’s extra person.” Students know they can come to mea coach whose only job is to assist them in their post-secondary endeavors. Helping students navigate through all obstacles and road-blocks to college definitely makes Career Compass the best job ever!


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Synomen Hebert - Technology Specialist

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Laura Lancon

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Southeastern Louisiana University, University of Phoenix 

Major(s): B.A. Psychology, M.B.A. 

High School Alma Mater: Centerville High School, Centerville, LA 

Contact: llancon(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I’m able to help students with a very important step in their lives, and I’m able to still have time for my own kids.


Brandyn Landry

Career Compass Starting Year: 2012 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): B.S. Rehabilitation Services 

High School Alma Mater: Belaire Medical Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, LA 

Contact: blandry(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I can see the faces of students when they receive information they didn’t have prior to our encounter. Their faces light up when they receive the ACT scores they needed for a particular collegeand there are tears of joy when they are accepted into the college to which we helped them apply! 


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Cara Landry

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University and River Parishes Community College

Major(s): B.A. Sociology (concentration Criminology) and A.A Liberal Arts

High School Alma Mater: St. Amant High School, St. Amant, LA

Contact: clandry@careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because the job gives me an opportunity to let students know that not everyone’s college paths are the same. I can share with them my not-so-typical college path, and help them realize that just because they do not start out at an University doesn’t mean that they will not be successful. 


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Geneane Lazo

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Southeastern Louisiana University, Nicholls State University 

Major(s): B.S. Communication and Science Disorders, M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Graduate Dec. 2017)

High School Alma Mater: Tara High School, Baton Rouge, LA

Contact: glazo(a)careercompassla.org 

I love this work because I get to help students gain make the best decision for their college/career future, and help them to remove obstacles that may stand in the way. Watching them get into the colleges and careers they dreamed of is rewarding.


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Kati LeBeau

Career Compass Starting Year: 2017

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University and Liberty University Online

Major(s): B.S. Business Management; currently completing M.Ed. with a School Counseling concentration (May 2018)

High School Alma Mater: Port Allen High School Port Allen, LA

Contact: klebeau(a)careercompassla.org 

In my job as a college & career coach, I get to inspire kids every day to live intentionally. I learned from my own mistakes that the choices we make in our high school and college careers impact our happiness a great deal. This is why I chose to become a coach. Whether I’m providing 1:1  college & career coaching, Jump Start mentoring, or college awareness seminars, I'm amazed to to see students engaged and willing to learn more about how to shape their futures. More importantly, I love educating them that everyone has options.


Ashley LeSaicherre

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): B.S. Marketing  

High School Alma Mater: St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High SchoolHammond, LA 

Contact: aLeSaicherre(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I am able to increase students’ confidence. Some of these students have never heard encouragement regarding school, and I am able to give that to them. When they hear an adult believes that they can work hard to get into a post-secondary school, they start believing it too.


Stephanie Musso

Career Compass Starting Year:2015 

College Alma Mater(s):Southeastern Louisiana University 

Major(s):  B.A. Music Education 

High School Alma Mater:Broadmoor High School, Baton Rouge, LA 

Contact: smusso(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a career compass coach is the best job ever because what I miss most after retiring from 30 years of teaching is the students! This job allows me to work with students again in such an important facet of their lives.


Lucretia Perego

Career Compass Starting Year: 2008 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): M.S. Kinesiology 

High School Alma MaterRobert E. Lee High School, Baton Rouge, LA 

Contact: lperego(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because it has allowed me to assist many students in the next phase of their lives, and at the same time, take care of my own family. 


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Dawn Smith - FAFSA Coordinator & Boo Grigsby Foundation Scholarship Award Coordinator

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Shamone St. Cyr

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016

College Alma Mater(s): Southern University, Louisiana State University

Major(s): M.A. Social Work, B.A. Social Work; Licensed Master Social Worker

High School Alma Mater: Woodlawn High School, Baton Rouge, LA

I wish I had a College and Career Coach when I was in high school. It would have made my journey a little less bumpy. I had to figure out and navigate everything on my own. I am honored to be able to help students with their future, to give them hope. I love when I have the opportunity to let young people know they matter and they are here to fulfill a purpose.


Robin Tullier - Seminar Supervisor

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Caycee Terrell-Vining

Career Compass Starting Year: 2017 

Major(s): B.A. Social Work; M.Ed. Counseling Education

College Alma Mater(s): Southeastern Louisiana University

High School Alma MaterL.W. Higgins High School, Marrero, LA 

Contact: cvining(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I love working with students, and I believe in the organization's mission. As a school counselor, I spoke to my students about ACT, diploma tracks and post-secondary plans, but it was always secondary to my other duties. Working as a Career Coach allows me to devote time to encourage, guide and motivate young people to make informed and important post-secondary decisions that will help shape their lives and their futures!


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CJ Yoes

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

Major(s)B.A. Arts and Sciences 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

High School Alma MaterParkview Baptist School, Baton Rouge, LA 

Contact: cyoes(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because it gives me the opportunity to work with high school seniors and help them find their path. It’s so rewarding to know that I’m making a difference in their lives. The lead coaches are so supportive, and they're always there with answers to ALL of my questions. I have incredible people to guide and mentor me.