Keith Adams is currently the President and CEO of the Central Louisiana Community Foundation. He earned his Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe. Keith comes to us with nearly twenty years’ experience in non- profit marketing, fundraising, and management having served a consultant advising Non-Profit Organizations and as an executive with the Boy scouts of America, Salvation Army, and Higher Education. Keith and his wife Christine live in Alexandria and have three children aged 22, 18 and 10 years old. Keith is an Eagle Scout and a Veteran. He is an avid outdoorsman with a love for spending time in God’s creation.
Sabrina Cassidy Bordelon is the mother of 2 daughters. She was born in Kingman, Arizona, but moved to Louisiana in 1990. Sabrina received her diploma from DeRidder High School in 1991. After graduating, she attended trade school where she received her license as a Nail Technician. During that time, Sabrina was working in automotive retail sales. She later chose to remain in the automotive industry and moved to Central Louisiana in 1994. She began working for Walker Oldsmobile Co. in 1997 in an entry level position in the parts department. Sabrina held multiple positions within that department and became Parts Manager over the Lincoln, Mercury, and Suzuki franchises in 2006. In 2014 she was promoted to the Director of Parts Operations. Sabrina has held that position since and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Luke Briley is currently the Dry End Manager for Roy O Martin at the Martco Plywood facility in Chopin, La. Luke received a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management/Engineering from University of Louisiana Monroe in 2011. He also played baseball for ULM where he was named team captain his senior year. After graduating from ULM, Luke moved to Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Luke started his career as a Project Engineer with Weis Builders. After 2 years with Weis Builders, Luke moved to Minden, La as a Project Engineer for Fibrebond Corporation. 3 Years later, Luke moved to Natchitoches, La, and he began working for Roy O Martin, where he has been for the past 8 years. Throughout those 8 years, he has been Finishing/Shipping Area Manager, then promoted to Dryers/Finishing/Shipping Area Manager, and now serves as the Dry End Manager for the mill.
Luke is married to his wife, Desirae, and has 4 kids. A 6-year-old son (Nolan), 4-year-old girl (Nora), 2-year-old girl (Allie), and the latest (and last LOL) addition to the family is a 6-month-old boy (Jack). On the weekends they are involved in church, hunting, fishing, dance, and baseball.
Colton Campbell is a First Guaranty Bank Branch Manager in Marksville, Louisiana. Colton is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Colton has a bachelor's degree in business administration, minoring in accounting.
Colton is from Coushatta, Louisiana and has grown up with four older brothers. Colton’s current hobbies include camping in Arkansas, visiting Alexandria’s Hynson dog park with his bloodhound, and fishing through Toledo Bend. Colton recently moved to Alexandria, Louisiana and has been working for First Guaranty Bank for the three years.
Elissa Constance, a native of Central Louisiana, proudly graduated from Grant High School before pursuing her academic journey at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. With a diverse professional background, Elissa spent fifteen years in the credit union industry before transitioning to the field of education, where she dedicated three years to teaching in the public school system. Currently, Elissa serves as the Director of Finance and Business Development at Allegiant, a Cancer Data Registry Management Company.
Elissa, her husband, Clint, and their two boys live in Grant Parish and attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pineville. In her free time, Elissa cherishes moments with her family, camping, and watching baseball. Furthermore, she nourishes her spiritual journey by attending faith-based conferences, where she gains insights and inspiration to use in her personal life as well as her work life.
Timberly Deville, an accomplished educator and advocate for underserved populations, has almost 15 years of experience in education and administration. She has received numerous awards such as District Teacher of the Year and the LA Military Department Exceptional Performance Award.
In her current role as Education Coordinator for seven LA National Guard programs and Lead Instructor Chair for the NGB Youth Challenge National Training Committee, she forms partnerships with organizations like LDOE and LCTCS and provides both state and national professional development for educators. Additionally, as part of the National Guard's Joint Diversity Executive Committee, she helps create and deliver NGB’s Diversity and Inclusion Plans.
Timberly is a 2021 and 2022 STAND Lead Fellow, President of the Alpha Pi chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, and holds a BLS in English, an MS.EdL in Educational Leadership, and is pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Arlene A. Duos is the Director of the School of Education at LSUA . After teaching high school at Alexandria Senior High School for 14 years (1994-2008), Arlene started working at LSUA on July 1, 2008, as the Programs Coordinator (2008-2013), Assistant Professor (2013-2019), Associate Professor (2019-2021, Chair (2021-2022) for the School of Education. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Ville Platte, Louisiana; earned her BA in Business Education from ULM, MA in Administration and Supervision from NSU, and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from ULM. Arlene hosts the annual Educators Rising Regional Conference at LSUA since 2019. She was the founder of a summer enrichment program at Carter C. Raymond Elementary School in Lecompte, Louisiana called Camp Carter (2010 – 2013). Arlene is a member of Alexandria Rotary, Louisiana Association for Career and Technical Education (LACTE), and National Educators Rising.
Arlene’s husband, Mitch, is a pharmacist and they live in Woodworth, Louisiana. They have two sons, Brock (GIS in Colorado Springs) and Brad (Speech Pathologist in New Orleans). They also have two granddaughters, Harper (6) and Honor (4). Arlene is a huge New Orleans Saints fan and loves riding roller coasters at theme parks.
Dustin Etheridge is the Community Relations Supervisor for Acadian Ambulance Services Central Louisiana district. This district includes the parishes of Avoyelles, Allen, Evangeline, Grant, Rapides, Vernon and Beauregard. He began his career in EMS back in 2002 as an EMT. He then obtained his paramedic license as well as his critical care certification. He has been in many roles within the company serving as Paramedic Field Supervisor, Operations Supervisor, Operations Coordinator, Field Training Officer, and Quality Improvement Coordinator. In his current role he deals with contracts with multiple facilities, billing issues and customer service issues. Dustin also manages our repetitive patient process in our area. He is married to his lovely bride Abigail of almost 10 years and together they have two wonderful children that keep them busy! He is looking forward to learning more about what our Cenla team has to offer and to continue to network with some amazing folks.
Jeremy Hebron was born and raised in Ball, Louisiana. After graduating from Tioga High School in 2004, he attended Louisiana Tech University from 2004 through 2009 earning a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He also attended Louisiana State University from 2009 through 2010 and the University of Wyoming in 2010 to obtain required coursework in pursuit of land surveying licensure.
He is currently a project manager and practices as a Professional Civil Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor at Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson (MMLH) located in Alexandria. Jeremy has been with MMLH for over 13 years gaining knowledge and providing services on engineering and land surveying projects for various clients in sectors such as commercial, government, industrial, oil and gas, and private.
He and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Natchez on Cane River Lake with their daughter, Sydney. The family enjoys many outdoor activities common to the area such as boating and water sports, hunting and traveling.
A lifelong Central Louisiana resident, Brandi Laroux grew up on Toledo Bend in the small town of Zwolle, Louisiana. She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe from 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology. Brandi continued her education in Mobile, Alabama at the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics in 2001. She earned her advanced certifications from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography in Abdominal, Vascular, Breast, Pediatric and OB/Gyn modalities.
Over the last 20 years of service at Rapides Regional Medical Center, Brandi has held multiple clinical and leadership positions. She currently serves as the Radiology Director at the facility.
Brandi and her husband, Waylon, reside in the town of Woodworth with their 4 children, Coen, Ava Grace, Reed and Sara Kate. In her spare time, Brandi enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors at any sporting event involving her children including baseball, soccer, cross country and basketball.
Dr. Jessica Lemoine is the Assessment Coordinator at Central Louisiana Technical Community College with over ten years of teaching and administrative experience in K-12 and postsecondary education. She is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, and an alumna of Alexandria’s Holy Savior Menard Central High School and Louisiana State University of Alexandria (LSUA). Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from LSUA, a Master of Arts in English from Northwestern State University of Louisiana (NSULA), and a Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Development with a concentration in Community College Leadership from NSULA. Jessica currently serves as the chair of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System’s Accreditation Liaison Peer Group. In October 2022, Jessica received the Mid-South Educational Research Association’s (MSERA) Outstanding Research-in-Progress Award for her research on the ACT and retention rates of first-time first-year freshmen at NSULA. In their spare time, Jessica and her husband, Duane, enjoy traveling, attending performances of various symphony orchestras, and spending time with family and friends.
Britni Lilley is Louisiana Central’s Communications Coordinator where she is responsible for coordinating and implementing marketing and public relations communication plans, in addition to developing written content for external communications. A Mass Communication Studies graduate from Louisiana State University of Alexandria, Britni finds purpose in creatively coordinating communication strategies and impactful messaging for organizations and individuals striving to make a difference in their communities.
Britni was born and raised in the small town of Lecompte, Louisiana. Her college journey led her to Lafayette, Louisiana for a year where she met her Canadian husband while studying at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette for a short time. After living in Central Louisiana for the first 4 years of their marriage and beginning their family, they ventured onto a life in Alberta, Canada. There they had their 3rd child, and not long after, found that their hearts lied in the South, specifically in Central Louisiana.
Britni and her family are lovers of travel, animals, and quality family time. They appreciate Louisiana and its strong culture, and are proud to call Cenla home. Britni’s individual hobbies include gardening, being involved in her church, observing and creating art (when she has time), listening and singing to music, joy riding to new places, and anything that involves her family and/or friends.
Continuing to grow and develop is something Britni values. She also believes in being open to experiencing new things and finding ways to serve others. She currently serves as Central Louisiana’s Public Relations Association of Louisiana’s board as Secretary, the Young Professionals Group of Cenla’s board as their Member at Large and on the Volunteerism Committee, and is working towards earning her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) while enjoying the experience of being involved in Leadership Central.
Tina Lindsay is an Economic Development Project Manager for Cleco with over 8 years of experience in Community and Workforce Development and 15 years of experience developing and implementing strategies to recruit and retain business and industry.
Prior to joining Cleco, Tina served as a Project Management Lead for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce in Oklahoma City, OK. There she supported local partners with specialized focus on recruitment of industries in targeted sectors i.e. Automotive, Data Centers, Distribution & Warehousing. Additionally, managing multiple community and workforce grants and developing strategic implementation plans and results analysis.
Tina received her certificate of completion from the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute (OUEDI) and is a graduate of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. She is an advocate for and supportive of efforts that create economic growth opportunities for all.
Chrystal Mabou is currently the Manager of Financial Reporting for Cleco. Her responsibilities primarily include managing the timely and accurate presentation and distribution of periodic financial statements and other financial data for external and internal use. This consists of ensuring reports and filings comply with Securities and Exchange Commission, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, and other regulatory requirements.
A native of the Central Louisiana area, Chrystal joined Cleco in 2012 after working in public accounting for 10 years. Chrystal holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northwestern State University, and she obtained her CPA license in 2010.
Chrystal is married to her husband of 26 years, Jeremy, and has two sons, Bailey and Karson. In her spare time, Chrystal enjoys spending time with her family and being active outdoors.
Emily McGruder is the proud spouse of CPT Shiloh McGruder, and their family is currently stationed at Fort Polk. Being a military spouse has awarded her the opportunity to find a true purpose in serving the military community. Emily recently took that purpose and turned it into a career as the Director of Membership Development for Louisiana Armed Forces Alliance.
She is also heavily involved in the non-profit sector. Emily currently serves as the President of the Fort Polk Spouses’ and Community Club, Treasurer of the Fort Polk Thrift Shop, and as the Fort Polk Giving Tuesday Military Ambassador. In 2022 she volunteered over 1,100 hours, this led to her being recognized as the 2023 Armed Forces Insurance Fort Polk Military Spouse of the Year and one of the CENLA 4WARD’s 4-under-40. She is also the proud recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award (Gold).
When Emily isn’t working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her husband, drinking far too much coffee, and playing with her two golden retrievers – Butter and Biscuit.
Luke Miller is currently a Project Manager for Meyer, Meyer, LaCroix & Hixson, Inc. (MML&H) in Alexandria, LA. Luke received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 2006. After graduation, Luke went to work for Garver Engineers in Little Rock, AR before moving back to Alexandria. In 2011, Luke went to work for MML&H in 2011 as a Project Engineer. Since 2011, Luke has worked on various Structural and Civil engineering projects for municipal, industrial, and private clients.
Luke has served as President of the Alexandria Chapter and State Board of Louisiana Engineering Society and the Kiwanis Club of Alexandria. Luke continues to serve in various volunteer rolls within both organizations.
Luke is married with three kids; 13-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter, and 1 year old daughter. Luke and his family are members of First United Methodist Church of Alexandria.
Kristen Nelson works at First Guaranty Bank in Marksville, LA as a Commercial Lender since 2021. She graduated Louisiana State University of Alexandria (LSUA) in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Human Resource Management and Project Management at Louisiana State University of Shreveport (LSUS).
Kristen resides in Marksville, LA with her beautiful baby girl, Anastasia St. Romain who recently turned 1 and her fiancé Jonah St. Romain. Ms. Nelson was born in Tokyo, Japan where her parents were stationed in the Air Force at the time. She has traveled to eight different countries to include living in Frankfurt, Germany while her dad was active duty in the Air Force for 26 years. Kristen loves the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Jajuanna Pardue is the Alexandria Branch Manager for First Guaranty Bank. She has been with the bank since April 28, 2011. Jajuanna graduated from Pineville High School (class of ’92), she attended Northwestern State University receiving her associate degree in Paralegal Studies (’03). Before working at the bank, Jajuanna worked 18 years at Central Louisiana State Hospital as a Psychiatric Aide helping those with mental problems learn to cope with the diagnoses they had been given.
Jajuanna has been married for 27 years. She and her husband have 3 children, Bryce (28), Brianna (27) and Brett (26). The Pardue family enjoys antiquing and thrift shopping all over the country. The Pardue family is a very close-knit bunch, that enjoys spending time hanging out. Unfortunately, due to conflicting work schedules, this does not happen as often as they would like. They are looking forward to a new addition to the family with Brianna’s upcoming wedding in October 2025.
Milan Patel currently serves as a Senior Medical Director on CHRISTUS St Frances Cabrini Hospital administration. He is also a Pulmonary Critical Care Physician. Dr Patel has served various roles throughout his career ranging from ICU doctor to hospital administration and has a sound understanding of complex healthcare value chain. He completed his internal medicine residency at Wright Center in Pennsylvania and pulmonary critical care fellowship training in State University of New York Upstate. In addition to medical training, Dr Patel has received a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University in NY. Before joining Cabrini, Dr Patel worked at Welllspan Health in PA serving as a pulmonary director and population health champion.
Dr Patel moved to central Louisiana with wife, Poonam, and two young girls (3 and 5). He is excited to be in Alexandria and enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities.
Jamie Peterson is the Market Development Manager of Sabine State Bank & Trust Company in Alexandria, La. She began her career as a teller and quickly advanced into a management position in lending. Her banking career spans over a decade during which she attended multiple seminars and courses provided by the Louisiana Bankers Association.
Jamie graduated from Tioga High School in 2012 and is a resident of Pineville, La. She passed the Louisiana Notary Exam in 2019. In the Spring of 2024, she will be receiving her BS degree in Accounting Information Systems and Data Analytics. Jamie is a member of the Young Professionals Group of Central La and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, attending social events, and spending time with her family in Lafayette, La. Every other Saturday, she does volunteer work for the Pentecostals of Alexandria-Street Ministry.
Natalie Roblin was born and raised in Hamburg, Louisiana and recently moved back to the area with her family. She attended LSU where she graduated with a Bachelor's in Mass Communication. After beginning her career in public relations and marketing in the lottery industry, she moved to New Orleans where she received her Master's Degree in Public History. Her lifelong passion for Louisiana history led her to work in the museum and tourism industry for several years in New Orleans before starting her own business in 2021 where she offers both marketing and public history services. She specializes in working with nonprofits and small businesses who wish to engage with their communities in purposeful and sustainable ways.
Natalie is also the Founder and Director of the Bayou des Glaises Cultural District, a community organization that supports cultural revitalization, historic preservation and art in the Bayou des Glaises community. She is involved in the Avoyelles Arts & Humanities Council as well as the Avoyelles Commission on Tourism.
Natalie and her husband, Corey, spend their down time going to concerts and comedy shows, utilizing local outdoor recreation areas and and rediscovering what makes Avoyelles Parish and the CenLa area special alongside their two-year-old daughter.
Keneshelia Smith is a native of Alexandria, La and is also a graduate of Peabody Magnet High school. She joined the Air Force after high school and served in the United States Air Force oversees and abroad. She is married to Raymond Smith Jr. and together they have three children Gabrielle, Nathan, and Leslie. While serving in the Military, she went through extensive training at Patrick, Air Force Base in Florida on how to deal with sexual harassment and discrimination in the Air Force. While performing as a Military Equal Opportunity non-commissioned officer, she was required to Plan, organize, and direct Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) activities. She developed MEO and other related education programs. She performed administrative functions including but not restricted to preparing reports, analyzing program statistics, and initiating and maintaining case files.
She Identified existing and potential equal opportunity and other human relations issues, advised and assisted commanders, supervisors, and personnel with possible solutions in resolving MEO concerns. She also conducted briefings, lectures, group discussions, seminars to improve an organization’s human relations climate. She helped to educate, monitor the Affirmative Action Program, and conducted climate assessments for military and civilian personnel. She also completed Leadership and Management training through the Air Force where she learned techniques, and practical application of leadership such as problem solving, stress management, concepts of human behavior, standard of discipline, and effective counseling techniques.
Upon her separation from the military, she became a full-time mom and also very active in her local community she obtained her paralegal degree and finally she went back to school to obtain her real estate license. She worked as a successful realtor where she helped several families from moderate to low-income families obtain home ownership, she currently the CEO and founder of an organization CLUB/Cares which has successfully launched March 2021 to train community new and existing entrepreneurs.
Monica Westmoland is the Director of Finance at St. Francis Cabrini Hospital, a facility within the CHRISTUS Health System. During her career, she has worked in the both the insurance and the hospital sectors of the Healthcare industry. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern University. She also achieved CHFP (Certified Healthcare Financial Professional) designation from the Healthcare Financial Management Association in June 2018. Monica is a native of Louisiana hailing from Natchitoches, the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. When not working she enjoys settling down with a good book over a long weekend. Currently immersed in “The Last Widow” by Karin Slaughter.
Daniel Williams was born and raised in Louisiana and moved to Alexandria when he was 10. He still lives in Alexandria today, married with one child.
He received a Bachelor of Science from NSULA double majoring in Computer Information Systems & Business Administration. His first job out of college was in 2007 when he started working for LSUA as a Web Services Coordinator. In 2014 he left LSUA and took a position at Cleco as an Applications Programmer. Over the years he has moved throughout positions within the umbrella of IT to end up where he is today as the Manager of IT Operations which took over in 2021.
Continuing Education and Community Outreach
8100 Hwy 71 South
Alexandria, La 71301
Phone: (318) 427-4441 or 318-599-9779