Southeast Louisiana Team

Darelle Bergeron, Southeast LA Regional Coordinator

Career Compass Starting Year: 2009 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): M.A. Education 

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

Contact: dbergeron(a) 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I get to help students develop a plan for success for their future. I become their number one fan, encourager, and helper. Sometimes just knowing someone is on your team is enough to start a fire within, which can lead to unlimited potential in students all over the state. I am blessed to be able to reach so many students through one organization. The success stories are infinite. 

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Johnie Crochet

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Nicholls State University, University of New Orleans

Major(s): B.A. Dual Elementary and Special Education; M.A. Education

High School Alma Mater: Terrebonne High School, Houma, LA 

Contact: jcrochet(a)

After recently retiring with 26 years of teaching experience, I decided I wanted to work with a group of dedicated coaches that enjoy helping students prepare for post-secondary opportunities.

Karen Ellender

College Alma Mater(s): University of Louisiana at Monroe 

Major(s): B.A. Business Education 

High School Alma Mater: Terrebonne High School, Houma, LA 

Contact: kellender(a) 

I spent 35 years educating and working with young high school students. After retiring, I missed the interaction I developed with my students. Working with Career Compass of LA has given me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young adults once again. These young adults keep me laughing and feeling renewed! Thank you, CCLA, for making a difference in my life and giving me the opportunity to pay it forward. 

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Kathy Gilbert

Career Compass Starting Year: 2017  

College Alma Mater(s): University of Texas - Pan American (now The University of the Rio Grande)

Major(s): B.F.A. Art/Advertising-Design; B.A.

High School Alma Mater: H.L. Bourgeois High School, Houma, LA

Contact: kgilbert(a) 

Having retired after 20 years of teaching, I found that I missed interacting with high school students. I feel that I as a college & career coach, I can help more students with their post-secondary choices than I was able to as a classroom teacher.


Sonya Johnson

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018  

College Alma Mater(s): Northwestern State University

Major(s): B.A Journalism Education; BA Public Relations

High School Alma Mater: Assumption High School, Napoleonville, LA

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I want to help students do all they can to be the most successful in their lives after high school. I am excited that Career Compass provides services for students starting at the freshman level.


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Ann Labat

Career Compass Starting Year: 2017 

College Alma Mater(s): Nicholls State University

Major(s): B.S. Secondary Education

High School Alma Mater: Ascension Catholic High School, Donaldsonville, LA

Contact: alabat(a) 

I became a college & career coach upon my retirement as a teacher so that I could still help students and make a difference in their lives.

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Jill Lanclos

Career Compass Starting Year: 2017 

College Alma Mater(s): Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, UT

Major(s): B.A. Educational Studies

High School Alma Mater: Jeanerette Sr. High School, Jeanerette,   La.

Contact: jlanclos(a) 

I believe every person should have the opportunity to achieve their dreams. I feel I’m making a difference because I’m encouraging students to further their educations, and providing them with the steps to make it happen. I also enjoy the collaboration and camaraderie I experience with school campus staff because we are on the same team, working together to empower youth.


Rachelle Lanclos

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Western Governors’ University

Major(s): B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies

High School Alma Mater: Baldwin Christian Academy, Baldwin, LA

Contact: rlanclos(a) 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I get to help students with the most important decisions of their lives. I help them choose a career or college and provide them with important information about their post-secondary options. Also, as a small group coach, I help students begin thinking about their futures. Not every student has someone in their lives that urges them to become who they dream about becoming. I am that person for them. It really is a dream job!

Courtney Mathews

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016  

College Alma Mater(s): University of Louisiana at Lafayette 

Major(s): B.A. Elementary Education 

High School Alma Mater: Ovey Comeaux High School, Lafayette, LA 

Contact: cmathews(a) 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because even though I am no longer in the classroom, I still feel like I have a great impact on the students I work with. The students are so appreciative, and I feel like my impact is significant! 

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Marsha Medine

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Nicholls State University

Major(s): M.A. Education/Leadership +30 

High School Alma Mater: Assumption High School, Napoleonville, LA

Contact: mmedine(a)

As got closer to retirement, I found did not want to give up the rewarding feeling of helping students reach their potential. Each encounter I have helps bring a young adult closer to their dreams and their future careers, which is truly inspiring. I am truly blessed to be associated with such a worthy establishment!

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Ashly Organski

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Sowela Technical Community College; McNeese State University

Major(s): A.A. Accounting; B.A. Sociology with a concentration in Family and Child Studies 

High School Alma Mater: 

Contact: aorganski(a)

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I am making a difference in the lives of the students that I work with. I am giving them options that they didn’t know they had before I began working with them. Every student deserves to further their education, and I am there to help them take the right steps to be able to do so. 

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Misti Walker

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana Tech University

Major(s): M.S. Nutrition & Dietetics

High School Alma Mater: DeRidder High School, DeRidder, LA


The education field is so important to me, and I wanted to make a difference. After talking with other Career Compass coaches, and hearing how rewarding the job is, it was hard to pass up the opportunity to work with students.

Cairre Wiley

Career Compass Starting Year: 2016 

College Alma Mater(s): University of Louisiana at Lafayette  

Major(s): B.F.A. Graphic Design 

High School Alma Mater: Berwick High School, Berwick, LA 

Contact: cwiley(a) 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I enjoy working with students and making an impact in their lives. 

Gina Wiley

Career Compass Starting Year: 2015 

Major(s): B.A. General Studies, M.Ed. + 30 Graduate Hours 

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

High School Alma Mater: Central Catholic High School, Morgan City, LA 

Contact: gwiley(a) 

It is so rewarding when you are able to help a student realize their dreams, especially when they do not realize all the options available to them. Last week, I was able to help a senior pay the admissions fee to Louisiana State University. She was so excited that she wanted to text her mom to give her the good news. Just the look on her face was worth a million dollars.