Northern Louisiana Team

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Laura Weego, North LA Regional Coordinator

Career Compass Starting Year: 2012 

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

Major(s): B.A. Sociology; Master's of Social Work 

High School Alma Mater: Trinity Heights Christian Academy, Shreveport, LA 

Contact: lweego(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I love Louisiana! I truly believe that our coaches are making a difference in this state, because we are privileged to play a small part in teaching students to own their futures.


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Jackie Calhoun

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University

Major(s): B.A. Anthropology; M.S. Kinesiology

High School Alma Mater: Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, LA

Contact: jcalhoun(a)careercompassla.org 

As a college & career coach, I feel I’m making a difference because many students don't know where to start when it comes to making decisions for their futures. This is where we coaches come in! I love being able to help students find a path that they can be proud of that will also help them achieve their goals.


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Hayley Clark

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University

Major(s):  B.A. Modern Languages — Spanish

High School Alma Mater: Northwood High School, Shreveport, LA

Contact: hclark(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I believe that every student, regardless of their circumstances, should be allowed to dream and have a team of people by their side to help them make a plan to achieve that dream… and that’s where Career Compass comes in to help!


Nikkie Dodd

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University 

Major(s): B.A. Secondary Education, focus in Chemistry Education 

High School Alma Mater: Caddo Magnet High School, Shreveport, LA 

Contact: ndodd(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I get the chance to provide students with information that will help them make informed decisions about their future plans after high school.


Christie Evans

Career Compass Starting Year: 2010 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): B.A. Education 

High School Alma Mater: Hixson High School, Hixson, TN 

Contact: cevans(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I love working with students. Helping them reach their goals is such a rewarding experience. The excitement on students’ faces when I help them apply to college and when they show me their acceptance letters is the best feeling in the world. I love being a part of a team that gives high school seniors a step into their future.


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Suzanne Flores

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University - Shreveport

Major(s): B.A. Education; M. Ed; Reading Specialist

High School Alma Mater: North Caddo High School, Vivian, LA

Contact: sflores(a)careercompassla.org

In my work with Career Compass, I know I’m making a difference. I help students see that obstacles are the norm, but that they can be overcome with diligence and resources. It’s the baby steps that impact the big picture. I want to be the best resource for them.


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Jodi Guthikonda

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

Contact: jguthikonda(a)careercompassla.org


Wendy Hinton

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University 

Major(s): B.S. Marketing 

High School Alma Mater: Ponchatoula High School, Ponchatoula, LA 

Contact: whinton(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I have a lot of students who think they do not have options because of low grades, low ACT scores, or a perception that they cannot afford college. As a coach, I am able to give them a wealth of knowledge so they can achieve their post-secondary goals!


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Ashley Hollis

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Park University, Parkville, MO

Major(s): B.S. Social Psychology

High School Alma Mater: Ruston High School, Ruston, LA

Contact: ahollis(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I enjoy making a difference in student’s lives.  It brings me such great joy to be able to help students see that their dreams are possible!  Being involved in the process of helping students plan for the future is a privilege that I don’t take lightly. I do my very best to see students soar to their every potential!


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Jamie Howell

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University

Major(s): B.S. Marketing 

High School Alma Mater: Airline High School, Bossier City, LA

Contact: jhowell(a)careercompassla.org

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because it gives me the opportunity to provide help and hope. Some students just need a little help and advice deciding what to do after graduation. Some students need hope as they approach graduation and plan for the future. It is very rewarding to offer both while working with other fun, supportive college & career coaches!


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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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Rebecca Kavanaugh

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University

Major(s): B.A. Speech Language Pathology; M.Ed., Education (Grades 1-8)

High School Alma Mater: Choudrant High School, Choudrant, LA

Contact: rkavanaugh(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass Coach because I enjoy being an encourager! I know that every student that I meet has great potential.  I am so excited that I get to be a part of encouraging each one to use that potential to their greatest advantage and to help them to prepare for a successful future!


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Paige Malley

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): University Louisiana Monroe

Major(s): B.A. Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention 0-6 years

High School Alma Mater: Pleasant Hill High School, Pleasant Hill, LA

Contact: pmalley(a)careercompassla.org

Being a Career Compass college & career coach is the best job ever because I am able to work with students, helping them work towards setting goals for the future and achieving their dreams.


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Terri Mitchem

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Florida State University 

Major(s): B.F.A., Studio Art

High School Alma Mater: Crawford Mosley High School, Lynn Haven, FL

Contact: tmitchem(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Compass college & career coach because I desire to use my experience to inspire students and to connect them with information and services that will help guide them to success.


Cheryl Parker

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): Northeast Louisiana University, Louisiana Tech University 

Major(s): B.S. Home Economics; M.S. Nutrition 

High School Alma Mater: Ouachita Parish High School, Monroe, LA 

Contact: cparker(a)careercompassla.org 

I feel I’m making a difference because I have the potential to make a positive impact on every student I sit across from. I have already been able to show students that there can be more than one pathway to a career. Being able to explore the student’s options and find the best possible path for them to be successful has already been very rewarding. Seeing the smile on their faces when they realize that a post-secondary education is a very real possibility—it’s the best feeling ever.


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Amy Rich

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Illinois State University; Ohio State University

Major(s): B.A. Accounting; B.A. Business Administration; M.S. Higher Education and Student Affairs

High School Alma Mater: Normal Community High School, Normal, IL

Contact: arich(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because it allows me to give back to my community. By utilizing my work experience and background in education, I can help offer high school students an opportunity to find a path to success after graduation!


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Ann Sellers

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Presbyterian College

Major(s): B.S. Psychology

High School Alma Mater: Towns County High School, Hiawassee, GA 

Contact: asellers(a)careercompassla.org 

As a Career Compass college & career coach, I know I am making a difference because I get to offer hope and possibilities for the future to students who may not otherwise know that they have post-secondary options after high school. I love when a student hears that they can go to college or technical school when they didn’t believe it was an option for them. My job is truly a rewarding experience.


Shannon Smith

Career Compass Starting Year: 2011 

College Alma Mater(s): University of Texas San Antonio 

Major(s): B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies: Teacher Certification EC-6 

High School Alma Mater: Thomas B. Doherty High School, Colorado Springs, CO 

Contact: ssmith(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because we have the privilege of helping students to make decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. We give hope when a student feels stuck in a situation. We supply a “plan B” when their “plan A” falls through.  We create alternate avenues to get to their ultimate destination. We encourage them and arm them with the knowledge to make smart choices about their futures. We care for them and cheer them on; we make a difference! 


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Devalynn Solomon

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): University of New Mexico

Major(s): B.A. Financial Management

High School Alma Mater: Sandia High School, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Contact: dsolomon(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Coach because I wanted to have the opportunity to encourage and help students to plan for the next chapter of their lives. Graduating from high school is a milestone that can be overwhelming for students. Having the opportunity to help students move towards their goals after high school is what makes this truly the best job ever!


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Tracy Thompson

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): University of Louisiana Monroe

Major(s): Bachelor of General Studies (Social Sciences)

High School Alma Mater: Kilbourne High School, Kilbourne, LA

Contact: tthompson(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass college & career coach because I love helping people. I wanted to do more than work. I wanted to have a positive impact and make a difference.


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Ashley Wachal

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University

Major(s): B.F.A. Fine Arts Studio, M.A.T. Art Education (K-12)

High School Alma Mater: Airline High School, Bossier City, LA

Contact: awachal(a)careercompassla.org

As a coach, I have the privilege of connecting with students on a personal level again. I’ve missed that aspect of teaching since leaving the classroom. It’s a joy to connect, guide, and cheer each student on with the decisions they make for their future. It really is the best job ever!