Mechelle Roberthon is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD), a Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT), and a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) in PowerPoint. She serves as the Vice President/Director of Talent Development for Home Bank, which has 40 locations across 2 states. Mechelle is the 2021 president of the Association of Talent Development for the Baton Rouge chapter and was a 2020 20 under 40 recipient, an award for leaders in Acadiana. Her background includes training delivery, performance improvement, managing learning programs, and interpersonal /business /personal skills. Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Learning and Organizational Change from Baylor University. She holds a Masters of Science (MS) in Education with a specialization in Training and Performance Improvement. Mechelle is also an experienced career and professional development instructor. She has taught over 500 corporate courses with her evaluations consistently rating above average. Her dynamic teaching style has become a favorite amongst learners.
Keesha B. Buteau has spent her life using both her personal and professional experience to positively impact the community at large. As a young girl with a heart for leadership, she felt destined to become a community trailblazer and continues to build upon her legacy while proudly serving her community with a keen focus on youth. Over her volunteer and professional career, she has mentored and taught vital life skills to at-risk youth enrolled in the 15th Judicial Teen Court Program. She also took lead as a Summer Program Counselor at the Boys and Girls Club, served as a choreographer and coach of the Black Heritage Band and Northside High School dance teams.
Keesha B. Buteau is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts of Louisiana- Pines to the Gulf and has been employed with Girl Scouts for fifteen years. She hopes her contributions to the Girl Scout movement will enable young girls in Louisiana to shatter glass ceilings and become trailblazers for their generation and every generation that follows. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2006 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and again in 2020 obtaining a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. Additionally, she volunteers with Love our Schools, is a member of the Junior League of Lafayette, UL Lafayette’s Master of Business Administration Association and Our Savior’s Church. She was recently honored as one of Acadiana’s Top 20 Under 40 Young Leaders and believes it is her purpose to be a reliable source of encouragement and a beacon for those who need support in search of their own success
Corey Jack is the Owner and Principal Consultant of Jack & Associates LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in assisting entrepreneurs with forming, managing, and growing their enterprise. Corey has worked with early and mid-stage business owners throughout the country, helping to cultivate and grow their ideas into viable businesses within their respective markets.
Corey also shares his expertise through his community service, which includes serving as Board President of the Legacy Institute for Economic Attainment, a nonprofit corporation chartered to increase the intergenerational mobility within families throughout the Acadiana region by promoting financial literacy and teaching entrepreneurship.
Corey is the 2019 SBA Louisiana Minority Business Champion of the Year, 2019 Acadiana Profile Magazine Business Trailblazer of the Year, 2016 Acadiana Top 20 Under 40 honoree, and a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class XXXI. Corey holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from UL Lafayette and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Corey J. Frank, known as "Mr. Spoken Red" is one of the most familiar faces in the Arts & Entertainment industry. Corey J operates the Spoken Red Brand specializing in Marketing PR, photography, event planning and dance instruction. Carrying a strong drive and passion for youth and community affairs, Corey J advocates against bullying and for health awareness causes such as Sickle Cell, Lupus and Women's Health. Corey J serves on multiple boards including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana, United Way of Acadiana, LSU-E Foundation Board and a host of others. "Live life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror" is a motto Corey J. lives strongly by that he feels promotes optimism, evolution and tenacity.
Faydra Nabers-Allen, MHA, is the Physician Practice Administrator at Opelousas General Health System in Opelousas, Louisiana. In 2016, Faydra enrolled in the MHA program at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (FRANU). As a leader within the Franciscan Missionary of Our Lady Health Systems at the time, she possessed a natural connection to the University's mission and values. Faydra fostered meaningful connections with the faculty and staff and became recognized as an influencer among her peers. In 2018 Faydra graduated with honors and began her career as a healthcare administrator. Faydra serves as the President of the FRANU MHA Advisory Board where her role focuses on connecting with faculty and staff, contributing to curriculum and program development, and cultivating leadership excellence amongst early careerists.
As a Physician Practice Administrator, she provides leadership to over 200 teams of physicians, mid-level providers, nurses and support staff. She is accomplished in business operations, strategic planning, and service excellence. Among her colleagues, Faydra is described as, "a visionary leader that values human connection and demonstrates the upmost professionalism and respect for all. She embodies the essence of human kindness and is strengthened in her faith and love for her family.”
Faydra also serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (LACHE) as Region 3 Representative. Her role focuses on connecting members to valuable resources for career advancement and healthcare management career development. Faydra also serves on the LACHE Diversity Inclusion Committee, where she supports diversity and inclusion strategies and educational seminars to achieve closing the gaps within healthcare workforces and improving healthcare for all.
Desiree' is an alumni of ULL with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and received her Master’s in Organizational Leadership with South New Hampshire University. She started her career in Human Resources with Midsouth Bank as an HR Assistant in 2009. She is currently working with Ochsner Lafayette General as an HR Manager. She is known in the department as the HR Nerd and has a true passion for helping employees discover their why in what they do. Desiree' is currently
serving as the 2021 Acadiana SHRM President and a member of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana Class of XXXIV. Desiree’ is married to her best friend, Damion of over 21
years and they have a 7 year son, Collin and a 1 year old furbaby, Bear Teddy.
Kevin was born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is a two-time graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Earning a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Marketing in 2006 and a Master of Business Administration in 2017. He has a diverse career background including two years as a full-time campus minister at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Kevin also has experience in Human Resources, Logistics & Supply Chain, and Higher Education.
Kevin currently serves as the Office Coordinator for the Louisiana Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (LEED) Center at UL Lafayette. This position allows him to work with entrepreneurs, students, and community organizations. These are all passions of his. Community involvement has been a very important part of Kevin’s life over the past ten years. He served for two years as Civic Committee Chair on the Board of Directors of The705 - Young Leaders for a Better Acadiana. Kevin currently serves as Secretary for New Hope Lafayette and President of the Board for The Family Connection, Inc. Kevin was named a Top 20 Under 40 Young Leader in Acadiana for 2017.
Relationships are very important to Kevin. He loves spending time with his family and friends. Helping others find their purpose and live it out is something that has always been important to him. He believes that everyone has something unique in them and we must live the life we are called to live.
Erica Fox’s talent is as diverse as the culture of her Southern upbringing. Her music is characteristic of the down-home lifestyle she was nurtured in, flavored with a dash of Louisiana blues and a pinch of country soul. The Lafayette native was exposed to music by her father during their weekly trips to record stores which inspired her to begin crafting her own songs. By middle school, she was writing voraciously and recorded her first song “Gotta Be With You” which played on local radio. In high school, she played lead in plays like “Fame” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’
and sang in the church choir.
Wanting to make a social difference through music, she co-created an after-school program with EMI Records teaching middle school students how to run a record company. She co-produced a 12-track CD entitled “Start the Conversation” advocating safety awareness for HIV prevention. Her title track, “What Are We Living For” was featured at the International Aids Conference and recognized by the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS initiative. The proceeds funded medical supplies to those impacted in South Africa. She has come full circle returning to her roots by performing locally at Festival International de Louisiane, in Jambalaya! the Musical: a Cajun-inspired musical by Nancy Gregory and writing music on both her recent album and on local projects. In 2018, her radio release, “Creole Woman” featuring Corey Arceneaux, embodied the charm of Southern living.
When not teaching youth or entertaining others, Erica can be found utilizing her business skills as the curator for Attakapas Collective, a multicultural co-op and gift store in Downtown Lafayette. She is also involved in the community as a board member of the Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women and Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment Team.