Senior Counselor

What makes the Gulf South stand out to you?

The Gulf South to me, is magical. Louisiana specifically is home to unforgettable people and places.

In 2023, I produced a feature series for WDSU-TV about the 2 million American alligators living in Louisiana. We filmed one of the stories on an airboat in Barataria with the most engaging captain. The weather was perfect – the best balance of spring chill and summer sun and alligators were everywhere – big ones and tiny babies. As the boat swung through the tall marsh grass, low branches bowed to perfectly frame this picture of our area as a thriving paradise. This image is a postcard of the Gulf South I’ll always carry with me. Being lucky enough to live in Louisiana, to experience that perfect moment and to hear the stories shared by kind and generous people we met that day are truly “pinch me” moments I will never forget.

Tell us some things most people don’t know about you.

In 5th grade, my class went on a field trip to Washington D.C.  and I came back with a black eye. The story of how and why is much less interesting than you’re probably imagining, but I’ll save it for another day anyway.

My daughter was one of the first babies born in a birthing tub at (the new) Woman’s Hospital.

When I first moved to Baton Rouge at 9 years old, my mother, sister and I lived with my grandparents in their two-bedroom trailer on a horse farm. It was a tiny home but had the biggest and best backyard any kid could want.

Both of my children’s first names come from their grandparents and great-great grandparents. One of my children’s middle name comes from a lyric in a Counting Crows song.

What was college like for you?

I worked my way through college to pay tuition, so I was always coming from or going to a job. I worked just as hard at having fun, so my grades were not the best.

I’m certain I could have learned a lot more if I had focused on my classwork, but I do have a great job, no student debt, plenty of real-world experience and the satisfaction of doing it on my own. Having multiple jobs while going to school also made me very good at digesting information quickly and now, I work incredibly well under intense deadlines.

What do you like to do outside of the office?

We are a sports family – baseball and softball specifically. I love to watch my kids play the games they love and spend quality time with my husband cheering them on from the stands.

I am also a fierce advocate for pediatric brain cancer research, funding and expanding access to medicine, specialists and treatments. Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease because it is underfunded and understudied.

In Louisiana, there is not a single practicing pediatric neuro oncologist. Not a single specialist trained to treat the number one killer of children from disease. I am committed to connecting kids with specialized care and families with the research, trials and options they need to live.


Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Arts in English, Writing & Culture