Awards & Scholarships

A Message from the President

Carol Henry

To some, 24 years may seem a lifetime, but when paired with the opportunity to partner with and support the women of Southwest Louisiana, those years have truly flown by. In 1998, I was invited to join the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana, and what an incredible experience awaited me! In addition to the priceless treasure of meeting lifelong friends, each year, I embraced the opportunity to help create our Annual Women’s Fall Conferences. Over the years, the format of the conference has changed a bit, but that special October event remains an annual favorite.

A significant area in which the Commission has grown is in the volunteer business of serving others. Each year, more and more opportunities to directly serve others are sought out by our Commissioners and together we continue to be a viable asset to our communities, in ways both big and small. As Mother Teresa was so fond of saying, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.”

I do take great pride in the fact that the Commission has grown a scholarship program that not only provides financial assistance to non-traditional students of both SOWELA Technical Community College and McNeese State University.  Our recipients are often balancing studies with caring for families and working one or more jobs. It is so uplifting to know that the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana helped them reach that personal goal.

All of this and so much more has been my experience with my Fellow Commissioners for the last 24 years!  It is my pleasure to serve as 2022 President of the Women’s Commission of Southwest Louisiana, but truly my honor and privilege to serve, in a special way, all of the Women of Southwest Louisiana.  As we remember pandemics that changed our lives and weather events that caused us to review our perspectives on life; and as we traverse a year encumbered with economic challenges and political diversion, controversy and war, let us together remain steadfast in making our world a better and more inclusive place, in ways both big and small.

I close with gratitude to serve alongside the ladies of the Women’s Commission, on behalf of all of the great women of Southwest Louisiana.

With utmost sincerity,

Carol Henry

2022 Executive Board

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Active Members

Advisory Members

Emeritus Members

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Our Heritage

Past Presidents

1989 Penny Houston

1990 Lisa Ferguson

1991 Daphne Saxby Oliver

1992 Waiva Reigel

1993 Dr. Harriet Green

1994 Carole Blair

1995 Anne Chitty

1996 De Ann Derbonne

1997 Beverly Gradney St. Mary

1998 Sattaria “Tari” Dilks

1999 Karen Barrington

2000 Linda LeBert-Corbello

2001 Carol Machado Henry

2002 Cindy Morrissey

2004 Betty Harlow Anderson

2005 Karen Drewett

2006 Betty Harlow Anderson

2007 Melisa McMillian Adrian

2008 Melisa McMillian Adrian

2009 Pamela Stracener Golding

2010 Angela Worley Pierson

2011 Fran Clophus

2012 Debbie Boudreaux

2013 Debra Lastrapes

2014 Sue Conn

2015 Krystle Johnson

2016 Krystle Johnson

2017 Tammy Thibodeaux

2018 Tammy Thibodeaux

2019 Cynthia Tomlinson

2020 Kathy Sonnier

2021 Kathy Sonnier

Our Vice President /
Fall conference Chairpersons

1990 Lisa Fergusen

1991 Wava Reigel

1992 Dr. Harriet Green

1993 Carole Blair

1994 Anne Chitty

1995 De Ann Derbonne

1996 Beverly St. Mary

1997 Sattaria Dilks

1998 Karen Barrington

1999 Erica Toatley

2000 Carol Henry

2001 Cindy Morrissey

2002 Debbie Acuff

2004 Karen Drewett

2005 Melisa McMillian Adrian

2006 Melisa McMillian Adrian

2007 Melonie Himel

2008 Pamela Stracener Golding

2009 Angela Guth

2010 Franyora Clophus

2011 Debra Lastrapes

2012 Debbie Boudreaux

2013 Sue Conn

2014 Krystle Johnson

2015 Dena Everage

2016 Tammy Thibodeaux

2017 Selena Cisneros

2018 Cynthia Tomlinson

2019 Kathy Sonnier

2020 Carol Henry

2021 Carol Henry