Board Members

Foundation Members

  • Agnes Solon-Ashby, MD

    Agnes, in addition to her career as a rheumatologist, is currently serving on the Alexandria Country Day School Board of Directors, is a former member of the River Oaks Museum Board of Directors and is a parent coordinator of the Beta Club at Alexandria Country Day School. She is married to Dr. Keith Ashby.

  • Albin Provosty

    Albin received his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University and was admitted to Louisiana bar, 1971. He retired from Provosty, Sadler, deLaunay, Fiorenza & Sobel on May 31, 2012.  Mr. Provosty is currently employed by the City of Alexandria as Mayoral Assistant and Counsel to Mayor Jacques M. Roy.  He is a member of the Alexandria and Louisiana State Bar Associations, Louisiana State Law Institute; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel; International Association of Defense Counsel; Defense Research Institute; National Association of Diocesan Attorneys; Alexandria/Pineville Inn of Court.  Mr. Provosty is a member of several statewide and local civic organizations and has served on the LABI board of Directors (1996-2000); Red River Waterway Commission (1974-1994); Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, 1971 (President 1980); Alexandria Kiwanis Club, 1971 (President 1986); Executive Counsel to Mayor of Alexandria (2003-2007); and was Alexandria City Attorney, Alexandria (2004).  He is married to Susan McDonald Provosty.

  • Aloysia Ducote, CPA

    Aloysia is a Certified Public Accountant,  partner with Ducote & Company, CPA’s, in Marksville, Louisiana and is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting.  She is a charter Member of Rotary Club of Avoyelles, very active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and School in Moreauville, Louisiana; Member of Board of the Avoyelles 4-H Foundation, Moreauville Garden Club, and of Waterworks District No 1 in Avoyelles    Parish, Louisiana.  Member of Louisiana  and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants;  Marksville Chamber of Commerce and Past Member of Board of Trustees of Avoyelles Hospital. She is married to Robert J. Ducote and they have 3 children.

  • Blake Chatelain

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    Blake is the President/Chief Executive Officer and one of the founders of Red River Bank based in Alexandria, Louisiana.   Mr. Chatelain is a native of Bunkie, La and started his college career at LSUA before transferring and graduating from LSU, Baton Rouge with a B.S. in Finance. Mr. Chatelain was appointed to the LSU Board of Supervisors by Governor Jindal and is immediate past Chairman of the Board. He also served as an ex-officio member to the Post Secondary Education Review Commission. He is very active in civic organizations past and present with service including the Cenla Advantage Partnership, Rotary, United Way, Caring Peoples Pharmacy and the Red Cross.  Blake is a deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria, and he and his wife, Belle, have four sons.

  • Charles A. Riddle, III

    Charles is a practicing attorney who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 and served for 11 years through January, 2003 after his election as District Attorney. He is still serving as the District Attorney at the time of this publication. Charles graduated from LSU in the Fall of 1976 majoring in History. He finished law school at LSU in 1980.  Riddle is a lifelong resident of Marksville, Louisiana, serving the Parish of Avoyelles as State Representative and District Attorney for a total of 20 years.  Married to Susan Noone Riddle, a teacher, song writer, author and worship leader, they have three sons, Addison, John and Michael.  They are grandparents to eight children.   He is a past president of the LA District Attorney’s Association.  He was elected to the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in 2012.  He has served on the LA Serve Commission and the Louisiana Sentencing Commission.

  • Charles Weems

    Charles is President and senior partner of the law firm Gold Weems Bruser Sues & Rundell.  He currently serves as President of the Louisiana State Law Institute, and just concluded a term as Chairman of the England Authority Board of Commissioners.  He is a former Chairman and long-time member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, and is a past President of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce.  He has served and continues to serve on numerous civic and charitable boards and is the recipient of multiple professional recognitions and honors.

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  • Daniel Howard, Ph.D., CGFM, CFRE

    G. Daniel Howard, Ph.D., CGFM, CFRE was selected, following a rigorous national search mediated by AGB Search, to serve as Chancellor of Louisiana State University of Alexandria (LSUA) and has been serving in this capacity since March 1, 2014. He holds two masters degrees “with honors” and two doctoral degrees from Indiana University (including a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a Minor in Law). Dr. Howard’s professional career spans more than 35 years of increasing responsibility and authority as both an academic administrator and as a faculty member. In addition to serving as Chancellor, Dr. Howard is a Tenured Full Professor of Allied Health at LSUA, and serves as an ex officio member and Corporate Secretary of the LSUA Foundation Board of Directors. He has written more than 80 scholarly articles, produced more than $20 million in grants and contracts for institutions at which he has been employed, provided leadership to import the private model of enrollment management (at the University of North Alabama), created proactive sponsored programs research offices at three institutions of higher education (i.e., Indiana State University, SUNY Institute of Technology, and the University of North Alabama), institutionalize the private model of fundraising and conduct the first capital campaign (at the University of North Alabama). Dr. Howard has served  ex officio on the University of North Alabama Foundation Board and the Arkansas State University Foundation Board. He is active in fostering town/gown relationships and is engaged philanthropically with a number of non-profit organizations.

  • Darren Olagues

    Darren has been the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Cleco Corporation since May 7, 2009. Mr. Olagues has been the Chief Financial Officer of Cleco Power LLC since May 2009 and serves as its Treasurer. He has been a Senior Vice President of Cleco Midstream Resources LLC and Cleco Power LLC since July 2007. He served as Treasurer of Cleco Corporation from November 2011 to July 16, 2012. He serves as a Director of Energy Insurance Mutual Limited Company. He is a Certified Public Accountant.  Mr. Olagues holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Tulane University in 1992. 

  • Deborah Randolph

    Deborah is the President of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce. She previously owned and operated a governmental affairs consulting business. Prior to that, she served as the state legislative director for CHRISTUS Health. Randolph currently serves on the Louisiana Military Advisory Council, and the Old State Capitol Advisory Board. She previously served as board chair of Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, The Shepherd Center, and City Park Players. In 2012, she was named a Hero of Fort Polk by the Commanding General and the Civic Leader of the year by the local Knights of Columbus. Randolph is a member of the downtown Alexandria Rotary Club. She is married to former Alexandria Mayor, Ned Randolph.

  • Dr. David Wesse

    David’s first professional position after graduation from college was with the Rueben H. Donnelley Corporation as an administrative manager. He progressed through increasingly responsible administrative management positions at Loyola University of Chicago, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, Northwestern University and the University of North Florida before joining Louisiana State University Alexandria as its Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Services. He also served KPMG Peat Marwick Higher Education Consulting, on a full time basis, for several years. As an administrator and as a consultant David Wesse has served more than a dozen higher education institutions.  Mr. Wesse is married to Deborah Lynn Wesse and they are the parents of two adult sons.

  • Frances B. Davis

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    Mrs. Davis received her BA from Randolph-Macon Woman's College and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Centenary College. She was a founding member of LSUA Foundation, and has served as President of the Foundation.  Her father, James C. Bolton, was extremely active in working to create LSUA.  Currently Mrs. Davis is Manager of Lake District Subdivision. She served as a Director of the former Rapides Bank & Trust Co. and First Commerce Corporation.  She is active in her church, has been active in the Alexandria Museum of Art, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Central Louisiana Community Foundation, River Oaks Art Center, Central Louisiana Arts Council, Alexandria-Pineville Y.W.C.A., Alexandria Junior League, Rapides Parish Medical Alliance and United Way.  Her husband was Dr. Paul M. Davis, Jr.

  • Jason Cobb

    Jason has over twenty years of experience in healthcare with fifteen of those years in the state of Louisiana. In 2013, Jason joined Rapides Regional Medical Center and Rapides Healthcare System as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Prior to joining RRMC, Jason was CEO of Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, La.  He currently serves on the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority Board of Directors and the Central Louisiana Economic Development Authority Board of Directors.  He is also involved with the Louisiana Hospital Association, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.  Jason holds a Masters of Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine and a Masters of Business Administration from Texas A & M University.  In addition, Jason is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been a member since 1994.

  • Joy Hodges

    Joy is Managing Partner in Hodges Land Management and Hodges Natural Resources.  Mrs. Hodges received her BA degree from Marymount College in New York and furthered her studies at the University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland.  She is actively involved in community, state and national organizations including Louisiana Forestry Association, Southern Forest Heritage Museum, CHIRSTUS Cabrini Foundation, Rotary Club, Louisiana Museum Foundation, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Forest Landowners Association.

  • Lawrence S. Searcy, Jr.

    Lawrence is General Counsel and Operations Manager for Walker Oldsmobile Company, Inc. d/b/a Walker Automotive in Alexandria, Louisiana.  Mr.Searcy is a 1991 graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and a 1998 graduate of South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.  Mr. Searcy is a member of the Louisiana and Texas Bar Associations.  He sits on various community boards and is actively involved in charitable endeavors in central Louisiana.

  • Lloyd Vaughn

    Lloyd is the CEO of Vaughn Automotive.  He currently is involved in the Chamber activities and with Alexandria Country Day School.  Lloyd received his MBA from Wayne State University in Detroit , MI.  His hobbies are running and he is married to Beth and they have three children.

  • Martin Johnson

    Martin has held leadership positions in several church and community development organizations, including the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, England Authority, Central Louisiana Foundation, Louisiana Commerce and Industry Board and the Central Louisiana Business League. He is married to Karen Bowie Johnson and they have two daughters.

  • Mary B. McCampbell (Foundation Staff)

    Mary B. came to LSUA in 2001 and has worked in the Foundation Office since 2004.  She attended Loretto Heights College in Denver, CO and graduated from LSU with a B.A. in Psychology.  She previously worked as the Planner for the Rapides Parish Office of Economic and Workforce Development.  Mary B. currently serves on the Board of the Alexandria Mardi Gras Association and is active in other Mardi Gras events.  She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and enjoys reading, fishing, traveling, and playing pokeno.  She and her husband Bill have three children, two grandchildren and three dogs.

  • Melinda F. Anderson

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    Melinda is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia with a BA in Business Administration.  Melinda is a member of and has served on the Board of the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation. She has served on the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association statewide Board of Directors and the Louisiana Bed & Breakfast Association Board of Directors.  She is now active in the Alexandria Rotary and the Historic Association of Central Louisiana.  She is married to Andy Anderson and they have one son, Brooks.

  • Michael Crowell

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    Michael, an executive with Crowell Lumber Industries, is a graduate of Tulane University and is involved with United Way of Central Louisiana, Southern Forest Heritage Museum and the Alexandria Rotary Club. He is married to Noelle Crowell.

  • Mike Jenkins

    Michael, owner of Jenkins Financial Services,  is a 1967 graduate of Bayou Chicot High School; attended LSUA and is a 1970 graduate of LSU Baton Rouge.  He is an active member in Alexandria Rotary and in the redevelopment of downtown Alexandria.  Mr. Jenkins is married to Jennifer Robert Jenkins and they have three grown children: Christi, Mike and Rebecca. They are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

  • Nancy Owens

    Nancy graduated from Sullins College and LSU with a BA in history. She is an active participant in her church, past President and current Treasurer of Kent Plantation House. As a member of The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America she has served as past State Vice-President, Regent to Gunston Hall, National Museum Properties Secretary and is the current Alexandria Committee Treasurer.  She is a past board member of the YWCA, Friends of the Alexandria Zoo, The Alexandria Museum of Art, Rapides Symphony Guild, and past President of the Alexandria Bar Association Auxiliary.

  • Nell Shehee

    Nell is funeral director and vice president at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Shreveport and Wellness Program director for Kilpatrick Life Insurance. Her community leadership activities include Alexandria Museum of Art, Mothers Against Drugs, Louisiana Endowment for Humanities and Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. She is married to Graham Kramer.

  • Robert Cavanaugh

    Dr. Cavanaugh worked at Louisiana State University at Alexandria for 38 years. During this time he served as a faculty member, Director of Planning and Development, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Chancellor.  He served as Chancellor for 13 years during a time of transition as LSUA moved from a two year institution to a baccalaureate degree granting institution.  He retired in August of 2007.  Robert and his wife, Georgia, currently live in Arkansas.

  • Robert J. Freedman, Jr. MD

    Robert is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, with post graduate training in Internal Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Flight Surgeon training at the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, and Cardiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.  He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Freedman Memorial Cardiology in Alexandria, and Founder and CEO of Life Recovery Systems. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and has served on the Board of Governors for the College.  Since 2000, he has been named to the list of Best Doctors in America and is the 2009 recipient of the Enrique Lopez Innovative and Humanitarian Cardiovascular Award.  He is married to Nydia Freedman.

  • Rosa Fields

    Rosa is owner of Rosa Fields Insurance Agency, Inc. representing State Farm Insurance and Financial Services. She is community advocate, active in Alexandria and Pineville. She is a charter member (1988) and past president of the Pineville Rotary Club and serves on the Rapides Foundation board of directors. She served on the Cabrini Hospital regional board of directors from 2000-2009. She and husband, Mayor Clarence Fields of Pineville attend Pineville First United Methodist Church and are parents to Clarence Jr and Bethany.

  • Spencer Martin

    Spencer is the Business Process Manager at Roy O Martin Lumber.  He is a graduate of Baylor University with MBA from LSU. Mr. Martin serves on the CHRISTUS Cabrini Foundation and Alexandria Country Day School Board.   He is a former member of Habitat for Humanity and American Red Cross. He is married to Leigh Martin.

  • Stephen Wright

    Stephen, a graduate of Texas Women’s University with a Masters in Healthcare Administration, was named President/CEO of CHRISTUS Health Louisiana in 2010.  For more than thirty years, Stephen Wright has held a variety of leadership roles with the Sisters of Charity Health Care System (SCH) and CHRISTUS Health.  At SCH, he served as director of managed care for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word of Houston and then as chief operating officer for St. Michael Health Care Center in Texarkana, Texas.  Following the formation of CHRISTUS Health, Wright began his tenure as CEO of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to assume additional responsibilities as president and CEO for CHRISTUS Health Central Louisiana, which includes CHRISTUS Coushatta Health Care Center, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and CHRISTUS St. Joseph’s Home in Monroe, LA.  In February 2009 Wright assumed leadership of CHRISTUS Health Northern Louisiana, resulting in enhanced coordination of services among the various entities in Central and Northern Louisiana and both regions’ continued growth. He is actively involved with the Alexandria Business Foundation, the Louisiana Hospital Association, the American Heart Association, and other local and statewide organizations. He and his wife, Mona, have three children.

  • Thomas Antoon

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    Tommy attended LSU-A and LSU-Baton Rouge, and is a graduate of Loyola University Law School.  He is President of Antoon Hospitality Group, LLC which operates several restaurants, including Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Taco Bueno, and Outlaw’s BBQ.  He is also President of Bayou Rapides Corporation, a construction and maintenance company.  Antoon served thirty-two years as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, and was chairman from 1998- 2008.  He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital Foundation, St. Mary’s Residential Training Facility, Research Park Corporation, Central LA Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Governor’s Mansion Foundation, and the City Board of Capital One Bank.  He is married to Martha Gravel, and they have four children and nine grandchildren.