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Danielle Schofield
Student Success Coordinator
Lake Charles Campus
I am Danielle Schofield. I am originally from Victorville, CA, but currently live in Lake Charles, LA. I am a McNeese graduate. I have a Bachelor’s in Spanish Liberal Arts, and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. I have been with SOWELA since 2016. Prior to working at SOWELA I was an advisor for international students at Lamar University. I enjoy working at SOWELA because I like to see students learn and grow. It’s more than a job it is a chance to help people become who they want to be.
Dedria Walton
Lead Student Success Coordinator
Lake Charles Campus
My name is Dedria Walton and I’m from DeQuincy, LA. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications/ Minor in Speech from McNeese State University. I have twenty plus years of experience in student success and student life initiatives, multicultural programs, leadership programs, and student engagement programs. This also includes Career college and state college first year experience programs and academic advising. SOWELA students are the most engaging, full of personality, and have a strong desire to be the best that they can be. It is a privilege and an honor every day to play a role in assisting our students from beginning of their journey, to the end result here at SOWELA.
Dedrick Smith
Director of Academic Advising
Lake Charles Campus
Hello My name is Dedrick Smith and I’m from Canton, MS. I attained a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Mississippi Valley State University. I have 16 years of experience working in higher education. That experience includes admissions, recruitment, international programs, dual enrollment, and academic advising. My joy is helping students reach their academic and career goals. My fulfillment is seeing my students graduate and succeed.
Evan Staves
Academic Advisor
Lake Charles Campus
My name is Evan Staves and 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, & 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, & goals. My job allows me to listen first, and then come up with the best solution to get them to their ultimate destination.
Jeremy Ryder
Enrollment Specialist
Jennings/Morgan Smith Site
My name is Jeremy Ryder and I serve the students of SOWELA Technical Community College—Morgan Smith Instructional Site in Jennings. I began my academic journey at Morgan Smith, earning an Associate of Applied Science in Business Office Administration, and later earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Phoenix. Since September 2011, I have been working with students to strengthen their skills in math, English, and assorted business courses as a tutor. My favorite part of working with students at SOWELA is having the opportunity to help people in the community navigate the enrollment process and being available to help those new students reach their academic goals, graduate, and change their lives and those of their families.
Maegan Lewis
Academic Advisor
Lake Charles Campus
Hello, my name is Maegan Lewis and I’m from Lake Charles, LA, by way of Austin, TX. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in both broadcasting and public relations at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, and started my career behind a news camera reporting sports and breaking news. I’ve worked in higher education the past few years helping students with financial aid and first year students with academic advising. Working with students at SOWELA is a great experience because 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.
Randall Guidry
Student Success Coordinator
Lake Charles Campus
My name is Randall (Randy) Guidry and I’m from Sulphur, LA. I obtained an Associate degree in Drafting & Design from SOWELA. I am a former Instructor (SOWELA), past petro/chemical industry work experience, Engineering work-related field, worked in the maritime transportation field, USCGAUX (Retired). The enjoyment and the ability to assist whether potential or continuing students achieve their educational goals. One of the greatest joys and excitements for me is attending the graduation ceremony and observing students receive their accomplished and earned award!
Sally Seaman
Academic Advisor
Oakdale Site
My name is Sally W. Seaman and I’m from Oakdale, LA. I am a graduate of McNeese State University where I obtained a bachelor of science degree in education. I retired from the Allen Parish School Board with 31 years of service and have worked within the college system as an advisor for the past 5 years. I am passionate about education, and I genuinely care about all students.