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.


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Ellen Eldridge, Assistant Regional Coordinator

Career Compass Starting Year: 2015

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University, University of North Florida 

Major(s): B.A. Secondary Education, M.E. Professional Education

High School Alma Mater: Vermilion Catholic High School, Abbeville, LA

Contact: eeldridge(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because it allows me to stay involved in education by providing a significant service to young people. The post-secondary world can be very intimidating. This job provides me the opportunity to change students’ mindsets about what “college” really means. Career Compass motivates students to make informed choices based on what is relevant, practical, and most importantly, meaningful to their life. 


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.


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Christen Arafeh

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

Contact: carafeh(a)careercompassla.org


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Jeri Bankston

Career Compass Starting Year: 2015 

College Alma Mater(s): Southeastern Louisiana University

Major(s): BB.A. English, Alternate Certification – Upper Education

High School Alma Mater: Holden School, Holden, 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 Mater: Assumption 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. 


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Chelsea Bourgeois

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

Contact: cbourgeois1(a)careercompassla.org


Laura Coats

Career Compass Starting Year: 2010 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): B.S. Psychology 

High School Alma Mater: Broadmoor 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 Mater: St. 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.


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Brett Gobert

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University

Major(s): B. S. Child and Family Studies

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

Contact: bgobert(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I enjoy working with students to develop their college-going plans. It helps them to have something to look forward to - a goal to attain - once they are finished with high school. 


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Tracy Hamilton

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

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

Major(s): B.S. General Studies; M.S. Health Promotion Exercise Science

High School Alma Mater: Mandeville High School, Mandeville, LA

Contact: thamilton(a)careercompassla.org

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever because I love getting the students to start thinking about things they CAN become. I get excited helping them develop a plan to make that happen.


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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 college, and there are tears of joy when they are accepted into the college to which we helped them apply! 


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Erin Lavin

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

College Alma Mater(s): Liberty University

Major(s): BS Education and MA Human Services Counseling

High School Alma Mater:  Tennessee Temple, Chattanooga, TN

Contact: elavin(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I have always had a heart for service and helping others reach their full potential. What better way to do that than to help a graduating student navigate through the steps of post-secondary education to fulfill their dreams and goals? Seeing the excitement on their faces when they realize it is all possible is the greatest reward.


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Alexis Malbroux

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): McNeese State University

Major(s): B.S. Psychology, M.Ed. School Counseling

High School Alma Mater: LaGrange High School, Lake Charles, LA

Contact: amalbroux(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach allows me to be a part of something bigger than myself. I have been given the opportunity to give a student the advice I wish I would have received when I was a senior in high school, because we did not have Career Compass back then. I can say that this is the most rewarding job I have ever had.


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Cathy McHugh

Career Compass Starting Year: 2018

Contact: cmchugh(a)careercompassla.org


Lucretia Perego

Career Compass Starting Year: 2008 

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): M.S. Kinesiology 

High School Alma Mater: Robert 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.