Degrees in Action | LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development

Degrees in Action

Our program graduates are at the forefront of facilitating and leading positive change in people, organizations, and communities.

Below is a list of a few of our changemakers:

Bachelor of Science

Name Degree Year Title Company  
Damona Barnes 2009 Training and Development Specialist Barriere Construction Leading the company's corporate learning platform
Morgan Bell 2018 HR Specialist Sparkhound  
Stacey Chiasson 1995 Louisiana Public Affairs Coordinator Dow Chemical Public affairs, workforce development research, private business as a performance improvement consultant
Hope McKee 2019 Human Capital Business Analyst Deloitte  
Leila Tanios 2017 Human Resources Business Partner Amazon  

Master of Science

Gregory Bruno 2015 HR Coordinator J. Walter Thompson Supporting the employee employer relationship
Jill Maraist 2011 Director of Learning and Development Schumacher Group Developing talent for among healthcare professionals
Chris McLaren 2003 Organizational Development Senior Specialist University of California  
Alden Moreau 2012 Account Coordinator Authur J. Gallagher & Co. Human resource development, strategic human resources leadership, instructional design, organizational development, training and development, performance analysis.
Natalie Morton 2012 Assistant Director of Student Engagement Christopher Newport University Keeping students engaged in learning
Blanche Nicoll 2012 Employment Workshop Facilitator / Career Transition Trainer Insignia Federal Group Facilitating successful workforce transitions in the middle east
Jennifer Nomey 2011 Organizational Development & Training Coordinator New Orleans Aviation Board Building expertise in the aviation industry
Steven Perret 2015

Instructor / President

LSU Dept. of Entrepreneurship /Lettermans

Entrepreneurship and small business management / Providing professional document management and graphic printing since 1949
Bonnie Radley 2012

Director of Data Services

Oklahoma State University

Expanding research in higher education
Stacey Thibodeaux Rester 1999

Director of Learning and Development

Hancock Whitney Bank

Beverly Brooks-Thompson 2015

Managing Director

Carter Global

Corporate and community relations, business development, economic and workforce development, social responsibility, cause marketing, change management, organizational design, strategic planning, contract negotiation, recruitment, volunteer management

Doctor of Philosophy

Reid Bates 1997 Professor Emeritus Louisiana State University  
Leslie Blanchard 2013 Executive Director Leadership Development Institute, LSU  
Kent Blumberg 2016 Director of Academic Affairs University of Phoenix, Colorado Growing leaders through higher education and executive coaching
Nicole Cannonier 2014 Assistant Professor Savannah State University Self-direction in adult learning
Glynn Cavin 2014 Associate Vice Chancellor Troy University Leading the way in higher education
Serena Fisher 2014 Manager of Organization & Talent Development Halifax Health Invaluable impact in the healthcare setting
Cyndi Gaudet 1991 Professor of Economic & Workforce Development Schumacher Group Developing talent for among healthcare professionals
Edward Gibbons 2016 Instructor & Program Coordinator Louisiana State University We help individuals grow and companies succeed
Julie J. Henriquez 2017 Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Leadership & Director of Student Leadership and Engagement Newcomb Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans  
Vicky Katsiouloudes 2015 Auditor Louisiana Legislative Auditor Supervisory ratings as a measure of training transfer: testing the predictive validity of the Learning Transfer System Inventory
Kenneth Kungu 2010 Assistant Professor Tennessee State University Human resource management, organization behavior and leadership, self-directed learning, career development, cross-cultural HR practices, employee health and wellness
Mimi Lee 2013 Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer Business First Bank  
Simone Phipps 2011 Assistant Professor of Management Middle Georgia State University

Educating the future generation of leaders

Leon Prieto 2010 Assistant Professor of Management Clayton State University

Imparting knowledge to your entrepreneurs

Brett Richard 2004 HR Manager Sasol North America

Developing a better petrotechnical workforce

Michael C. Shaw 2015 Battalion Commander 1-14th Aviation Regiment, Fort Rucker, Alabama  
Bogdan Yamkovenko 2009 People Research Scientist Facebook, San Francisco, CA  


artwork: Recent, School of Leadership graduates have accepted positions with: deloitte, Washington, D.C.; Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C.; Ochsner Health Systems, New Orleans; The Office of Management and Budget; McCann, New York; McDermott International, Houston; New Orleans Aviation Board, New Orleans

CHSE Alumnus of Distinction

Photo of Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. Shaw, PhD

An experienced researcher and a former university instructor, U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. Shaw, PhD, received his master’s degree from LSU in 2012 and a doctorate in leadership and human resource development in 2015.
Trained as an Apache pilot and previously deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait, Shaw served as the deputy chief of strategic plans with the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence in Fort Rucker, Alabama, as well as an operations officer with the Army Aviation Directorate at the Pentagon.
In 2019, Shaw became responsible for the training of all Army Apache graduate and undergraduate flight courses. He also leads monthly professional development forums for soldiers and the community, has created a blog for leadership professionals, and has authored several articles that focus on leadership.
CHSE was proud to salute this amazing alum and military leader at its March 2019 ceremony.


artwork: 3500 Service hours completed by advanced leadership class which directly supports industries in our community

artwork: TEDx LSU Dr. Tracey Rizzuto spoke on social media mapptag, invisible ties, and reducing Baton Rouge's homicide rate and how you and I can help