Thrive's February 2019 Issue

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Police Jury Elects New President, Vice President for 2019 The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury recently elected Kevin White as its 2019 president and Shelly Mayo as its vice president. Shelly Mayo & Kevin White White is serving his first term on the Police Jury as juror for District 1, which includes portions of the Moss Bluff area and Ward 1. He is the director of NDT Business Development for the Louisiana Division at JZR. White has a fiancée, Missy Statum, and two daughters, Kelsie and Karlie. Mayo is also serving her first term on the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury as juror of District 3, which includes part of the City of Lake Charles and portions of Ward 3. She’s a graduate of W.O. Boston High School and McNeese State University and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

SOWELA Instructor Honored at National Conference Dr. Marie Coleman, Instructor of Business Administration at SOWELA Technical Community College, Dr. Marie Coleman was recently presented with the Outstanding Research Poster Award at the Annual Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Conference in in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Coleman’s poster was part of her dissertation work while completing her doctoral degree. It featured insights from her research study designed to determine if a correlation exists among high school counselors’ specific demographics, their educational experiences (i.e., professional development, training, and other coursework) and the advising of high school students. The study focused on the factors public high school counselors consider when advising college-bound students to enroll in career and technical education (CTE), the factors public high school counselors consider

advising career-bound students to enroll in CTE, and the counselors’ perceptions of CTE. Posters were scored by conference researchers using a rubric to determine which had the greatest impact on career and technical education.

Lake Arthur Branch Manager Vicki Ryder Retiring After 41 Years, Community Welcomes Connie Tregle After an impressive 41-year career with JD Bank, Lake Arthur Connie Tregle Branch Manager Vicki Ryder is retiring. A great cook, a spirited community volunteer known for her customer service, Ryder has been a fixture in community banking in Lake Arthur. Experienced community banker Connie Tregle has been appointed Lake Arthur branch manager. Before joining JD Bank, Tregle worked for almost 30 years in banking in both Cameron and Lake Charles. She moved to Lake Arthur after Hurricane Rita and embraces the role banks play in their community.

Prebula Joins The Ammerman Experience The Ammerman Experience welcomes Patricia Prebula to its team of communications professionals. Patricia recently joined Patricia Prebula The Ammerman Experience to strengthen and expand its services into Louisiana and throughout the gulf coast. Continuing her role as President of Prebula Public Relations, LLC, Patricia's real-life crisis management experience in the petrochemical and refinery industry will support The Ammerman Experience with Spokesperson, High Emotion Public Meetings and Crisis Management training. Patricia has over 32 years in government relations, lobbying, media relations, crisis management, employee relations, community

outreach and strategic communications. As president of Prebula Public Relations, LLC, since 2006, her career experience includes directing and developing public relations strategies for CITGO, PPG, Axiall, Lotte Chemicals, Indorama Ventures and consulting for Entergy Louisiana. Patricia received her B.S. degree in Business from McNeese State University.

Imperial Health Opens Primary Care Clinic in Iowa Imperial Health is pleased to announce the opening of a new primary care clinic in Iowa, LA. Family Nurse Practitioner Darci Portie, APRNDarci Portie FNPC, and her staff offer experienced healthcare services for residents in the region, backed by the resources of Southwest Louisiana’s largest multi-specialty medical group, Imperial Health. The Iowa Primary Care Clinic provides convenient access to routine care, treatment for illness and injury and management of chronic conditions for patients. “We are committed to providing personalized care and timely appointments. We offer the care you need, where you need it – in Iowa,” said Portie. The Imperial Health Iowa Primary Care Clinic is located at 607 N. Thomson Avenue. The office is open Monday – Friday by appointment only, and accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (337) 582–5555 or visit


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