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Maegan Lewis
Academic Advisor for students applying to the RN program (ASN and LPN to RN bridge)
Lake Charles Campus
My name is Maegan Lewis and I am the Academic Advisor for the School of Nursing and Allied Health. I’m from Lake Charles, LA, by way of Austin, TX. I obtained my bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and Master’s degree from Louisiana State University. Working with students at SOWELA is a great experience. I have the pleasure everyday helping students from all backgrounds whether this is their first year attending college, they’re a transfer student, or they’re the first person in their family to attend college.

Evan Staves
Academic Advisor for Machine Tool Technology and Process Technology
Lake Charles Campus
My name is Evan Staves and I am the Academic Advisor for the School of Industrial Technology. I’m from Lake Charles, LA. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from McNeese State University. I have 6 years of experience in higher education. I’ve worked in areas such as the Registrar’s Office, Veteran’s Affairs, and Testing. Why I like working with students at SOWELA: As an academic advisor, you get to meet all kinds of people. No two students are alike. Everyone you come in contact with has their own story, aspirations, and goals. My job allows me to listen first, and then come up with the best solution to get them to their ultimate destination.

Venus DeJean
Academic Advisor for Accounting, Drafting and Design, Digital Arts and Communications, Information Systems Technology, Aviation, Vehicle Maintenance, Welding
Lake Charles Campus
My Name is Venus DeJean and I am an Academic Advisor and Retention Coordinator. I’m from Lake Charles, LA. I received my Bachelor’s degree from McNeese State University. I’ve worked in higher education for the past 5 years helping students as an Enrollment Specialist and Financial Aid Counselor. Working with students at SOWELA, I have the privilege to witness who students are at the start of their journey and how they come to develop into their future selves. It is my sincere desire that every student succeed.

Matthew Ferguson
Academic Advisor for Office Systems Technology, Chemical Laboratory Technology, Industrial Electrical Technology, and Industrial Instrumentation Technology
Lake Charles Campus
My name is Matthew Ferguson and I am an Academic Advisor. I received a Bachelor’s degree from University of Louisiana at Monroe, and spent years working in higher education at McNeese State University. My career at SOWELA began as a Student Services Generalist where I tutored in Math, English, Chemistry, and more. Then, I transitioned to an Enrollment Specialist and Advisor at the Morgan Smith Site in Jennings, LA. I enjoy working with students at SOWELA because I love seeing students take on new challenges and achieve their goals.

Ashley Gray
Academic Advisor for General Studies, Criminal Justice, Transfer Degrees and Non-Degree Seeking Students
Lake Charles Campus
My name is Ashley Gray and I am an Academic Advisor. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from The University of Mississippi and my Master’s from The University of Southern Mississippi. I have worked in higher education for 8 years. I was the Director of Student Activities and Housing at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit, MS and an Administrative Coordinator in the School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi. I am excited to work with SOWELA students to help them further education and career goals.

Elizabeth “Libby” Fontenot
Academic Advisor
Oakdale Instructional Site
My name is Libby Fontenot and I am the Academic Advisor for SOWELA Oakdale Instructional Site. I’m from Jennings, LA. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Journalism from Southeastern Louisiana University. My previous experience in higher education includes Orientation, Admissions, and Career Services. What I enjoy most about my job is the variety and that every day I am doing a small part in helping students achieve their goals.

Kim Stanton
Enrollment Support/Advising Specialist
Morgan Smith Instructional Site
My name is Kimberly Stanton and I am the Enrollment Support/Advising Specialist for SOWELA’s Morgan Smith Instructional site in Jennings. I started my journey at SOWELA in 2017 as a HiSET student then worked my way up to graduating with an Associates in both Accounting and Business Administration at SOWELA. I currently attend Northwestern State University, where I am working to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. It is a pleasure to be able to guide students along their journey, just as I was guided when I was a student here at SOWELA.