Central Louisiana Team


Teresa Sauce, Regional Coordinator

Career Compass Starting Year: 2015 

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University 

Major(s): M.A. Education-Counseling  

High School Alma Mater: Georgetown High School, Georgetown, LA 

Contact: tsauce(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I love seeing the hope and excitement on the faces of so many students who are pleased that someone is interested in helping them achieve their dreams.


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Barbara Barham

Career Compass Starting Year: 2012 

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University & Louisiana State University 

Major(s): M.A. Supervision & Principalship, B.A. Secondary Social Studies & English 

High School Alma Mater: Bolton High School, Alexandria, LA 

Contact: bbarham(a)careercompassla.org

As a teacher, I was always the person that students came to on their off hours. Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because it allows me do what I have always wanted to do: counsel students. I have never enjoyed a job as much as I enjoy this one. 


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Kathy Bonner

Career Compass Starting Year: 2014

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University

Major(s): B.A. Education

High School Alma Mater: Dry Prong High School, Dry Prong, LA

Contact: kbonner(a)careercompassla.org

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because it fits perfectly as the job I want now. It leaves me with a feeling of accomplishment. I feel like I’m making a real difference, especially with my seniors.


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Chelsea Calhoun

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University, Stephen F. Austin State University

Major(s): B.A. Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology; M.A. Professional Counseling, Concentration: School Counseling

High School Alma Mater: Natchitoches Central High School, Natchitoches, LA

Contact: ccalhoun(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass college & career coach because I love working with students — especially high school students. In college, I studied professional counseling with a concentration in school counseling. When I completed my internship at Natchitoches Central High School, I knew that working with this group of students was meant for me. I became a Career Compass coach because we assist high school students — specifically 12th grade students — on their future plans. It is such a rewarding feeling when you know you have helped a young person apply for that post-secondary school that they have always dreamt of attending, or registering for the ACT so that they can get that high score they need for college. I can truly say I love what I do.


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Randa Connor Statham

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University

Major(s): B.S Psychology; B.S. Criminal Justice

High School Alma Mater: Harleton High School, Harleton, TX

Contact: rconnor(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I want to make a difference and be that glimmer of hope in the lives of our youth. My mission as a coach is to align the hopes and dreams of our students with their values, and help them develop a realistic path to a successful future, while being true to themselves.


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Shay DuBois

Career Compass Starting Year: 2017 

College Alma Mater: Northwestern State University

Major(s): B.A. Fine Arts

High School Alma Mater: Georgetown High School, Georgetown, LA

Contact: sdubois(a)careercompassla.org

I love my job as a Career Compass coach because every day I go to work, I get the opportunity to provide hope to students and educate them on how to accomplish their dreams. They are the mission! 


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Marian Dupre

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater: Louisiana State University at Alexandria

Major(s): B.S. Psychology, with minor in Communications Studies

High School Alma Mater: Tioga High School, Tioga, LA

Contact: mdupre(a)careercompassla.org

As a college and career coach, I feel I am making a difference because I have the opportunity to help students find their place and purpose after high school graduation. Through my passion, experience, and education, I am able to provide a key to their futures that may otherwise remain locked. I believe each student has purpose and potential with a unique pathway. My desire is to guide each one in removing obstacles and reaching their own mountain of success.


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Denise Evans

Career Compass Starting Year: 2012 

College Alma Mater: Louisiana Tech University 

Major(s): M.S. Exercise Science 

High School Alma Mater: Beaver Brae Secondary School, Kenora, Ontario, Canada 

Contact: devans(a)careercompassla.org

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I get to have a positive impact on students and help them reach their goals. 


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Gena Foreman

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University at Alexandria 

Major(s): B.S. Elementary Education 

High School Alma Mater: Jena High School, Jena, LA 

Contact: gforeman(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I feel like I’m helping students get to where they’re going. I love seeing a student realize they have choices they never thought were possible. 


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Tricia Green

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Dixie College; Louisiana State University at Alexandria 

Major(s): A.S. Science; B.S. Psychology

High School Alma Mater: Bartlett High School, Bartlett, TN

Contact: tgreen(a)careercompassla.org

I became a Career Compass college & career coach because I wanted to help the students in Louisiana see what a wonderful world awaits them, and the amazing opportunities available to each person as they make plans to reach their post-secondary goals. I spent 10 years in the manufacturing industry as an estimator in a body shop, so I LOVE talking about options available for all types of students. Whether a student’s path involves the Jump Start or university pathway, Career Compass is here to empower the student and help them reach their individual goals after high school. I’m thrilled to be a part of that process. 


 

Julie Herring

Career Compass Starting Year: 2015 

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University 

Major(s): M.A. Guidance and Counseling, Administration Certification 

High School Alma Mater: Dakota High School, Dakota, IL 

Contact: jherring(a)careercompassla.org 

I love helping students to become all that they have the potential to be. This job allows me the flexibility to spend time with students, and they can express their needs and wants in a nonthreatening way. Students respect someone who listens and helps guide them.


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Amanda Hickman

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): LSU - Alexandria

Major(s): B.A. Psychology 

High School Alma Mater: Tioga High School, Tioga, LA

Contact: ahickman(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I want to make a positive impact in the lives of students planning and dreaming of their next step in life, to encourage and guide students in the right direction for each individual.


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Whitney House

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University; Louisiana Tech University

Major(s): B.S. Psychology; M.A. in Teaching

High School Alma Mater: Lakeview High School, Campti, LA

Contact: whouse(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I love helping students believe in themselves. Being able to listen to students, encourage them, and assist them in making important lifelong decisions is the best job ever!


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Ruby Johnson

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University of Louisiana 

Major(s): B.A. Psychology; B.A. Addiction Studies; M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

High School Alma Mater: Martin High School, Coushatta, LA

Contact: rjohnson(a)careercompassla.org

I feel I’m making a difference because I can work within my community to help students reach goals that span far beyond our small town. Students may not know that they have options, but as a Career Coach I can share information that can be helpful not only to the student and their parents, but to those they’ll serve within their own communities one day. 


 

Whitney Keith

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

Contact: wkeith(a)careercompassla.org


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Beth Marshall

Career Compass Starting Year: 2012 

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University 

Major(s): B.A. Social Work

Contact: bmarshall(a)careercompassla.org 

One of my favorite student stories is about a student who didn’t think he could get into Northwestern State University. It took him all year and multiple attempts to ace the ACT, but he was finally accepted. We got the call at 8 p.m. on a Friday night. My boss and I drove to his home so we could tell him in person.  


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Lori Martin

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University; Liberty University

Major(s): B.A. Sociology; M.A. Counseling

High School Alma Mater: Magnolia High School, Magnolia, AR

Contact: lmartin(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because stepping-out into the world of adulthood can be intimidating and overwhelming. I want to help better prepare young adults to make wise choices about their futures.


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Leslie McDowell

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University at Alexandria; Northwestern State University

Major(s): Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN, R.N.); Bachelor of General Studies (BGS)

High School Alma Mater: Buckeye High School, Deville, LA

Contact: lmcdowell(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I have the opportunity to serve my community by assisting students in creating a plan for their futures. More importantly, I get to help them navigate their way through executing their plans, alleviating obstacles that often contribute to keeping them from pursuing their post-secondary dreams. I love that at Career Compass, we all share the same passion of empowering students!


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Jason Mercer

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University; Louisiana State University

Major(s): B.S. Psychology; M.A. Adult Education & Technology Leadership; M.N.S. - Biology

High School Alma Mater: Georgetown High School, Georgetown, LA

Contact: jmercer(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass college & career coach is the best job ever because every day I know I have the opportunity to impact someone's future in a positive way. Each day I have the opportunity to help students discover their purpose, passion, and plan for making their dreams a reality.


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Shannon Moore

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University 

Major(s): B.A. English 

High School Alma Mater: Alexandria Senior High School, Alexandria, LA 

Contact: smoore(a)careercompassla.org 

In my work, I feel I am providing meaningful guidance that has the potential to change a young person’s path in life. I am grateful to be part of a team that accomplishes so much more than I ever could on my own! 


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Glenda Parker

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University; Louisiana College

Major(s): B.S. General Studies; Alternative Certification Elementary Grades 1-6

High School Alma Mater: Jena High School, Jena, LA 

Contact: gparker(a)careercompassla.org 

Nothing is more satisfying than teaching and guiding students to reach for their dreams and to believe in themselves. I love working for Career Compass because I get to help students by giving them knowledge to allow them to be the best they can be!


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Jessica Pentecost

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University

Major(s): B.S. Psychology

High School Alma Mater: Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg, LA

Contact: jpentecost(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Coach because I didn’t have college & career coaching available to me when I was in high school, but I wish I would have! Not every student has access to help at home or knows what direction they want their life to go in. I’m so excited to be able to do my part in making a difference in someone’s career path.


 

Glenda Sue Perkins

Career Compass Starting Year: 2012 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana College, McNeese State University, Northwestern State University 

Major(s): B.A. Education, Social Studies and Physical Education; M.Ed. Health and Physical Education + 30 Education; Ed.S. Administration 

High School Alma Mater: Pineville High School, Pineville, LA 

Contact: sperkins(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because every day I get to work one-on-one with students and am given the tools to help them realize that there is a way to reach their goals of education/training after high school. Seeing students' eyes light up and hearing them say "You can really do that for me?” makes this the best job ever!


Addy Primmer

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University, Capella University 

Major(s): B.A. Social Work, M.A. Human Service with a Specialization in Counseling 

High School Alma Mater: Pickering High School, Leesville, LA  

Contact: aprimmer(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I have the opportunity to have a positive impact on students and help them to achieve their goals for the future.  


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Susan Roberts

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Northeast Louisiana University; Northwestern State University

Major(s): B.A. Elementary Education; M.Ed. Educational Technology Leadership

High School Alma Mater: Magnolia High School, Magnolia, TX 

Contact: sroberts(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Coach because I wanted to help students become aware of their options so that they can better reach their potential. I strive to help students realize that they can achieve their dreams!

“Never let anyone in life tell you that you can’t have something that you are willing to work for.” - Drew Brees


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Dory Ryan

Career Compass Starting Year: 2015 

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University 

Major(s): B.A. Social Work 

High School Alma Mater: Holy Savior of Menard Central High School, Alexandria, LA 

Contact: dryan(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I get to take part in high schoolers’ lives on a weekly basis. It’s fantastic to see the growth they’ve made from the beginning of the school year to the end.


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Tammy Sharp

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Queens University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Major(s): B.A. English, M.F.A. Creative Writing 

High School Alma Mater: Hornbeck High School, Hornbeck, LA 

Contact: tsharp(a)careercompassla.org 

Many students and parents need extra support in navigating the ins and outs of life after high school, whether the student plans to go to a four-year university, a community college, or they just want to dive right into working. The options and requirements for each choice can be overwhelming. I love helping students find their way and seeing their faces light up when we’ve made it through the process and they can finally feel secure and confident about their choices.


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Teresa Spruill

Career Compass Starting Year: 2014 

College Alma Mater(s): University of Louisiana Monroe 

Major(s): B.A. Social Work 

High School Alma Mater: Pineville High School, Pineville, LA 

Contact: tspruill(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because when I see my students the next school year, they remember Career Compass, they remember me and they are excited that I am back to talk to them about life after high school. 


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Robbyn Tarver

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University, McNeese State University

Major(s): B.A. Education, M.A. Administration and Supervision

High School Alma Mater: Oakdale High School, Oakdale, LA

Contact: rtarver(a)careercompassla.org

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because building lasting relationships with students and team members serves a purpose with meaning beyond the short encounters we have when we meet in a building or classroom. The work we do goes right to the heart of the matter. It does not get any better than serving as a mentor, friend, or coach, helping others gain a sense of self and confidence to fulfill their own purpose in life beyond four walls! By far the BEST job EVER!


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Patti Williams

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Northeast Louisiana University; Northwestern State University; Louisiana State University at Shreveport

Major(s): B. S. Math Education; M. Ed - Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Plus 30 - Educational Leadership Turnaround School Specialist

High School Alma Mater: Montgomery High School, Montgomery, LA

Contact: pwilliams(a)careercompassla.org

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I have the privilege of helping students arm themselves with the tools that will empower them to be successful both in and outside of school!