Anthony Garcia

President

DeltaLINC, Lousiana Delta Community College

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I began my career in Adult Education approximately 12 1/2 years ago at Grambling State University. Since that time I have seen and experienced the transitions and changes in the field of Adult Education. During the past 5years, I have had the opportunity to serve as a LAPCAE board member for Region 1 and currently serve as the President-Elect, which has been a great and rewarding experience. I feel that this opportunity along with my other professional experiences have prepared me to take on a greater leadership role within the organization.

As the legislation of the workforce changes with the WIOA Act, our task of training Adult Education Professionals and providing effective instruction for Adult learners are essential to the future workforce of Louisiana. I currently serve as an Instructor for Louisiana Delta Community College’s DeltaLINC Adult Education Program. Part of my duties include coordinating ABE instruction within local correctional facilities in our service region. In addition, I work with the public housing community as well as the ESL population through conversational instruction. I have participated in numerous training opportunities during my career in Adult Education. I am an active member of COABE (Commission on Adult Basic Education). I was a participant in the TIAN Project, (Teachers Investigating Adult Numeracy) and most recently ANI. (Adult Numeracy Initiative) I have a Bachelors and Masters in Criminal Justice and I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Developmental Education.

I feel that LAPCAE will play a very important role as we move forward to address the needs of today’s workforce, and I would like to continue to be a part of this great and exciting opportunity!

Karen Raggio

Vice President

Lafayette Parish Schools Adult Education

KarenKaren Goodly is dedicated to the field of adult education and passionate about helping students achieve success.  Karen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from the University of Louisiana Lafayette, a teaching certification and a Master’s degree in Adult Education from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.  She recently added an Educational Leadership certification to earn a Master’s degree plus 30 from Northwestern.  Karen plans to finish her ESL teaching certification in the fall.  

Karen has been in the field of adult education for twelve years.  She has been a tutor and a teacher for Lafayette Parish.  Currently, Karen is the instructional content coach for adult education who supports  and connects teachers and staff with research-based best practices, resources and professional development on a local, state and national level.  In addition, she is an essential part of the administration team for the Lafayette Parish Adult education program.

Karen has been on the LAPCAE board as a Region V Representative for four years, chair of membership for two years and a participating member of several other committees including awards, research and conference registration.  She received the Endowed Research Grant from LAPCAE and was awarded LAPCAE teacher of the year in 2013.  

As Vice President, Karen will work to increase membership by advocating for LAPCAE and adult education including forming partnerships and recruiting, not only adult educators, but also those in related fields.  Karen will coordinate membership information across the state by connecting members with all that LAPCAE has to offer.

Elizabeth "Libby" Favrot

President Elect

Delgado Community College Adult Education

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Libby is a graduate of both Grinnell College (BA History) and Tulane University (MSW) with nine years of experience in the Adult Education field. She began as a tutor and teaching assistant during an Americorps year and has worked her way to being the Outreach & Development Co-ordinator for Delgado Community College's Adult Education Program. In addition to her program duties, she also helps to coordinate the Orleans-Houma Regional Resource Center in conjunction with Terrebonne Adult Education.

Having already served as a successful board member, Libby wants to uphold the progress she's helped to create and continue advancing and improving the professional development available to LA Adult Educators. Providing focused and classroom-relevant PD is one of her missions and has been reflected in the recent changes to the yearly statewide conference. As the chairperson for the conference committee, Libby spearheaded much of the organization and logistics for the 2015 conference in New Orleans and will do so again for the upcoming 2017 conference. The creation of 30-minute "instructional best practices" sessions was her brainchild and was well-received by LAPCAE members.

However, she also has goals beyond the statewide conference. Pushing for more research-driven and nationally-relevant speakers and events, Libby believes that during this time of drastic change we have the opportunity, as a state, to become a leader in our field. To that point, a second mission of hers is to start creating intra-state networks of resources and offering professional development grants for LA educators to research and create new trainings. In addition to remaining abreast of national trends and what other states are doing, we can still learn and further tap the talents of our own people. Libby would like to shine a spotlight on the innovative and effective practices happening in LA and make this knowledge easily available to all.

Vickie Wheelis

Secretary

DeltaLINC - Louisiana Delta Community College

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Dr. Vickie Wheelis began her journey into the field of education many years ago when she worked in a childcare facility. From there, she obtained her undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in elementary education and educational leadership from Louisiana Tech University. While the vast majority of her years have been spent teaching at the elementary and middle school levels, lessons learned there helped to prepare Dr. Wheelis for her current position as Director--Core Services with DeltaLINC, the adult education department of Louisiana Delta Community College.

As Director--Core Services, Dr. Wheelis oversees the twelve-parish consortium served by DeltaLINC, shaping curriculum for instructor use and managing the Train to Attain program, where she spends her time shaping career pathways and transitioning DeltaLINC’s adult population into those pathways offered throughout the region. Many hours are currently being spent with local workforce boards and committees, writing local plans and working with sector partnerships, preparing for the changes coming with WIOA. She realizes that she is in the right place when she witnesses the changes in adult learners as they become successful college students and role models for others even though they thought college was out of their reach.

Dr. Wheelis is excited for the opportunity to serve as secretary on the LAPCAE Board, where her voice can be heard and she can be instrumental in helping move Louisiana forward in the adult education arena. For her, this is not a job…it is a passion.

Nia K. Davis

Treasurer

Delgado Community College Adult Education

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A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Nia received her Master's Degree in Education from the University of New Orleans.   As both a researcher and practitioner, Nia has contributed to the fields of evaluation, health promotion, community development and social work via publications and presentations. In addition to her professional work in research and evaluation, Nia is an experienced trainer and presenter. Nia has applied her achievements in Post-Secondary and Higher Education to her current role as Transition Coordinator in the Adult Education department at Delgado Community College in New Orleans where she oversees the development and implementation of the transition curriculum. In recent years she also served as Adjunct Faculty at Delgado teaching College and Career Success Skills. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Urban Studies with a concentration in Urban Affairs at the University of New Orleans.

Chyna Andrews

Region I Representative

Delgado Community College Adult Education

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Chyna Andrews wants to be your Region I LAPCAE Representative.  Chyna has been working as an adult educator in New Orleans for four years.  She is deeply devoted to learning all she can about andragogy and becoming a valuable member of the adult education community.  Chyna is a graduate of Portland State University and plans to re-enroll in the Masters of Arts in Teaching at UNO in 2017.  Chyna is an active member of the professional development community in Louisiana and intends to use her position as Region I Representative to work for even more robust professional development opportunities in her region and statewide, and to help plan fantastic LAPCAE conferences for 2017 and 2018.  

Vicki Smith

Region II Representative

Education Program Coordinator / Louisiana Department Of Corrections

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Certified: Social Studies, Mild Moderate and Adult Education

Vickie is currently employed by the Louisiana Department of Corrections and housed at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel. As Education Program Coordinator Vickie works to help students achieve academic success in what ever program meets their specific needs.

Vickie is also currently the HiSet Test Administrator for both Elayn Hunt Correctional Center and Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women.

Vickie’s career in adult education began in December of 2004 as a special education teacher and for the Louisiana Department of Education Special School District. This position was also within corrections.

Prior to working in adult education Vickie worked as a Regional Training Manager for General Housewares, Operations Manager for an outlet mall and General Manager of School Aids. She has co written policy and training manuals.

Vickie has been an active member of LAPCAE since early 2005 and has attended conferences each and every year since then. She believes that LAPCAE is a necessary and worthy organization that improves the lives of all involved in adult education, not only in our state, but across the country.

LAPCAE allowed Vickie to be a presenter for the very first time which opened up opportunities for her to participate and present as session presenter as well as keynote speaking at LCA, CEA, COABE and HiSet Conferences.

Norma Donaldson

Region III Representative

Terrebonne Parish Schools Adult Education

NormaNorma Donaldson began her teaching career as an elementary teacher in 1990.  She also taught special education, focusing on students with reading disabilities.  These students taught her to reach outside of the education “box” to teach individuals instead of programs.  This lesson from her youngest students has greatly enhanced her ability to teach adults.  Eight years ago, she was introduced to adult education at Bayou Cane Adult Education Center in Houma, Louisiana as a part time teacher for non-readers.  This wonderful experience drew her into the world of adult education, and she subsequently became certified in Adult Education. For the past four years, she has been a full time teacher in the ESL, ABE, and ASE classrooms.

LAPCAE has been a tremendous influence on her growth as an educator.  Not only has she attended many LAPCAE conferences where she gained a plethora of knowledge from presenters and vendors, she has also been a presenter on the topics of student retention and best practices for HiSET preparation. The desire to serve on the LAPCAE Board of Directors has evolved from a desire to advocate for the adult learners and adult educators in our state, to be active in promoting professional development for teachers, and to have a positive influence on the future of adult education.

Brandon Rousseau

Region IV Representative

Lafayette Parish Schools Adult Education

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Brandon Rousseau is an adult education instructor for the Lafayette Parish School System.  He specializes in the area of mathematics and has been in adult education since 2012.  He began his career in adult education with the local Workforce Investment Board (WIB) youth program as an instructor.  After a year and a half of teaching, he was promoted to the position of program director.  Choosing to return to the classroom, he accepted a position as an adult education instructor with the Lafayette Parish School System in the spring of 2014.  

Brandon earned a Baccalaureate degree in science, with a focus in psychology, as well as his teacher certification from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and he is considered a highly-qualified teacher by the state of Louisiana.  His passion for education and commitment to student success are what drive him to pursue excellence. He is prepared to share in the vision of adult education at the state level and is eager to continue making a difference as a LAPCAE board member for Region IV.

Monica Orsot

Region V Representative

Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana

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I started with The Literacy Council as a WIA (workforce investment act) case manager in 2002. I have worked in various positions at the council, Special projects coordinator, ESL/ABE instructor and Computer literacy instructor. I left the Council in 2008 to gain more experience in the healthcare field but missed teaching. Sometimes you don't realize how much you love something until you leave it. I have since been back at the Council for 2 years and LOVE what I do. I instruct 16 and 17 year olds who are not enrolled in public school and teach a variety of subjects and skills. My goal is to empower students through education and hopefully change their lives for the better.

Mike Austin

Region VI Representative

Winn Parish Schools Adult Education

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Mike Austin began his work in the field of Adult Education fourteen years ago.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1990, with a Social Studies major and English minor. He received his Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction in 1995, and has also earned a Plus 30 graduate hours. He taught English at the high school level for two years, then middle school Social Studies for ten years before making the transition to Adult Ed. He received Adult Education certification in 1999. Under his leadership and guidance, the Adult Education program in Winn Parish has grown and flourished. With the addition of new programs and expansion of existing programs, enrollment and attendance have increased exponentially.


Since joining LAPCAE in 2002, he has not only increased his involvement in the community, but has also served in various capacities through his participation in professional organizations. He has served as a LAPCAE Regional Representative for two years, one year as President-Elect, and is currently finishing out his term as LAPCAE President. He is also currently serving as a member of the Area 60 Workforce Development Board.

Stephen Long

Region VII Representative

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

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Stephen Long started his career in post-secondary education in 2000 after receiving his master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Louisiana Tech University.  He presently serves as Director of Admissions for Northwest Louisiana Technical College’s Minden campus. While working at NWLTC, he assists the dean in the daily operations of a campus and his specialty is in student services, admissions and all student-related activities.

Stephen has worked with Adult Ed. for 15 years in all capacities from juvenile to adult corrections. Also during this time, Stephen previously served as a GED administrator for Claiborne Parish.

Currently, Stephen serves Northwest Louisiana Technical College as the Work Ready U supervisor.  He also sits on the Workforce Investment Board number 70 as the WRU representative.

Stephen is looking forward to working with the LAPCAE board into furthering the WRU and LAPCAE mission.

Cynthia Cage

Region VIII Representative

DeltaLINC - Louisiana Delta Community College

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Mrs. Cynthia Cage’s pilgrimage into the field of education began eighteen years ago, as a Head Start classroom volunteer. Going forward, she earned a two year degree in early childhood education from Louisiana Delta Community College and a four year degree in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in child development and family relations from Northwestern State University. Her ability to be patient and empathetic for children and their families, has helped prepare Mrs. Cage for her current position as an ABE Integrated Instructor with DeltaLINC, the adult education program at Louisiana Delta Community College.

As an instructor, Mrs. Cage teaches HiSET content material, keyboarding, and customer service in DeltaLINC’s Accelerating Opportunity program, where she prepares students to become employed and/or enrolled in higher education. The realization that she is in the right place comes from watching the students’ enthusiasm grow into them wanting to pursue higher education or careers. Things they never considered before enrolling in adult education. Mrs. Cage is honored to have the opportunity to serve on the LAPCAE Board, where she can be a part of a team; which continues to help our state be the best in the area of adult education. For her, this is not just a career, but a calling.