Southern Louisiana Team

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Jamie Foster, South LA Regional Coordinator

Career Compass Starting Year: 2014

College Alma Mater(s): Southeastern Louisiana University 

Major(s): B.S. Elementary Education

High School Alma Mater: Archbishop Chapelle High School Metairie, LA

Contact: jfoster(a)careercompassla.org 

Being a Career Compass coach is the best job ever. As a college & career coach, I get the opportunity to help students find the post-high school plan best suited to their aspirations and abilities. With all the choices, decisions, and expectations our students face, they need someone to help them make sense of it all. That’s what I do! More importantly, I get to help them achieve their goals after high school.  It’s the best feeling to see them have hope for their future.


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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. 


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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

Major(s): B.S. Biology

College Alma Mater(s): University of Holy Cross College

High School Alma Mater: Belle Chasse High School, Belle Chasse, LA

Contact: carafeh(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because, in high school, I had a mentor that took me under her wing and explained my options for college, the application process, and scholarships that I would be eligible for. With her help, I applied to and was accepted into dozens of colleges, received multiple full scholarship opportunities, and also pocketed nearly $50,000 of smaller scholarships throughout my time in university. I want to help other students realize the possibilities they have regarding their own future, and I want to help them succeed in their endeavors after high school!


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Jeri Bankston

Career Compass Starting Year: 2015 

College Alma Mater(s): Southeastern Louisiana University

Major(s): B.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

College Alma Mater(s): Anderson University, Anderson, SC

Major(s): B.S. Early Childhood/Elementary Education

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

Contact: cbourgeois1(a)careercompassla.org

Being a college & career coach is the best job ever because it is so rewarding! I love getting to collaborate with a like-minded team of college & career coaches whose goal is to help students succeed after high school.


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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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Brenna Felder

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Southeastern Louisiana University

Major(s): Bachelor of General Studies: Major concentration in Applied Behavioral Sciences and minor concentration in Natural Sciences 

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

Contact: bfelder@careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass college & career coach because I was a first generation high school graduate and college graduate. I understand the struggles of graduating and planning a future without family guidance. I want to give to others the guidance and opportunity to change their future. I firmly believe with an education, the sky is the limit. Education is the one thing this ever-changing world can’t take away from you! 


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Caroline Fontaine

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): University of Holy Cross College

Major(s): B.A. Applied Behavioral Sciences

High School Alma Mater: Belle Chasse High School, Belle Chasse, LA

Contact: cfontaine(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Coach because I am passionate about understanding and guiding the students I work with. I love having the opportunity to be a trusted influence on students who may not know what their future holds or what their true potential is. I love that I can work to make a difference in the world by helping students figure out their career paths. I feel so special to be a part of Career Compass!


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Dixye Fontenot

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Southeastern Louisiana University

Major(s): M.A. Health Studies; B.A. Kinesiology and Health Promotion

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

Contact: dfontenot(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I love motivating students to strive to achieve their educational goals. I want to help students believe in themselves!


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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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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.


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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 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): B.S. Education; M.A. 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

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): B.S Math Education; M.Ed. and EdS - Administration

High School Alma Mater: Baker High School, Baker, LA

Contact: cmchugh(a)careercompassla.org

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because I wanted to work with students at this important time in their school careers. There are so many options for young people and it is very rewarding to help them with their choices.


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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)careercompassla.org

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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Misty Noble-Hodge

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

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

Major(s): B.S Math Education; M.Ed. and EdS - Administration

High School Alma Mater: East St. John High School, Reserve, LA

Contact: mnoble-hodge(a)careercompassla.org

I feel like I’m making a difference because of my dedication to making a difference in the lives of students in my community! I know that when we succeed, we succeed together as a community. Each individual cog in the machine is invaluable! As a college & career coach, I am afforded the opportunity to continue my passion for education while making a difference in the lives of high school students by guiding them through planning the important next steps in their lives.


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Lucretia Perego

Career Compass Starting Year: 2008 

College Alma Mater(s): Nicholls State University

Major(s): M.Ed. +30

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. 


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Wanda Templet

Career Compass Starting Year: 2019

College Alma Mater(s): Louisiana State University 

Major(s): M.S. Kinesiology 

High School Alma Mater: Thibodaux High School, Thibodaux, LA

Contact: wtemplet(a)careercompassla.org 

I decided to become a Career Compass coach because even though I retired with 35 years in the field of education, I felt a need to stay involved with students and continue to encourage and educate them in various ways. This job allows me to do just that!