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Women of Distinction

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GSLPG will honor 10 outstanding women of the community at the upcoming Women of Distinction Mentor Luncheon. Each outstanding woman will be paired with a Girl Scout to mentor and share knowledge of their successes. These women and girls will be honored at two events, one in our Southern Region, and one in our Northern Region. The Southern event will be held Thursday, July 12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Lafayette. The Northern event is TBA.

Guest speaker for both events will be Dima Ghawi, a dynamic speaker from Baton Rouge who is known for her TedTalks, professional development series and more. We are excited to feature her "breaking glass" leadership story during the course of these events.

Check back here for more information as it becomes available, and to hear more about the Women of Distinction being honored this summer!

GSLPG Women of Distinction 2018

Sarah Hamilton Berthelot
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Sarah Hamilton Berthelot serves as President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of United Ways.  Leading a virtual team, Sarah coordinates opportunities for nine member United Ways to collaborate on impact, talent development and advocacy efforts.  Berthelot provides statewide project coordination for the Louisiana 2-1-1 network and the United Way ALICE Project.

Sarah has worked in the nonprofit sector for 21 years since graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she served as the first elected female president of the Student Government Association. Upon graduation, she enrolled for a year of service as an AmeriCorps, Delta Service Corps Member, assigned to serve families through Lafayette Habitat for Humanity. Prior to her work with state association, Sarah worked for United Way of Acadiana for 10 years, serving as Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Resource Development and Chief of Community Impact.

Berthelot is actively engaged in the United Way Worldwide network as the Immediate Past-Chair of the United Way Council of States. Sarah also currently serves as a member of the US United Way Membership Accountability Committee, 2-1-1 National Operating Group, LEAD Advisory Group. Sarah served as a United Way Worldwide Resident Fellow in 2008 and later participated in the United Way Worldwide Advanced Leadership Program in 2013. In 2012, Sarah served on the United Way Worldwide Talent Management Task Force and United Way Worldwide Task Force for Growth.

In her volunteer leadership roles, Sarah is a board member for the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families and mentor for the 705 Young Professional Organization in Acadiana. Through the years, Sarah has served as an Executive Board Member for the Louisiana Association of Non-Profit Organizations (LANO), President of the Junior League of Lafayette (2008), At-Large Board Member of the Association of Junior Leagues International and Chair of the Parent Group at the Episcopal School of Acadiana. Sarah is a member of Leadership Lafayette, Class XXI and founding member of the 705 Young Professional Organization in Lafayette

Sarah has received numerous honors — including being named one of Acadiana’s “Women Who Mean Business” in 2014; recognized as “Lady of the Year” by the Faith House in 2008 and named as one of the Top 20 under 40 in 2007 by The Daily Advertiser.

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Sarah's long-standing leadership roles blend perfectly with Girl Scout Ambassdor Samantha Wright's desire to make connections in her community and develop her leadership skills. Sarah's knowledge and experience with serving in multiple associations and community organizations will assist Samantha with her passion and ambitions to help achieve her goals as she explores her opportunities within the business world.

Michele Robicheaux
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Michele Robicheaux opened Brightway, The Michele Robicheaux Agency in Youngsville, LA, in December, 2017. A licensed agent, Robicheaux provides local and expert counsel for Home, Renters, Auto, Flood, RV, Motorcycle, Boat, ATV, Life and Umbrella insurance, and offers the most choices of insurance brands.

An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Robicheaux spent most of her career at State Farm and Allstate, where she owned her own agency. She graduated from the University of Louisiana Monroe in Monroe, LA, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and a minor in Marketing.

Robicheaux has been married to husband, Paul, 20 years, and they have five children and two grandchildren. She volunteers at her children's school and at their sporting events. She enjoys reading, traveling, and watching her children participate in their various activities.

As a mother of four daughters, being a role model for girls and empowering each to be her own person in the world resonates deeply with Robicheaux. As a part of the Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction, she relishes the opportunity to mentor tomorrow’s leaders and hopes to inspire girls to aim high.

Bria Lockett

Girl Scout Ambassador, Bria Lockett, enjoys giving back to her community and wants to become a nurse practitioner with the intent to start her own practice. Michele's knowledge and experience with starting and managing her own business makes her an excellent mentor for Bria.

Carrie Young
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Carrie Young has been the Director of Sales at Evangeline Downs Hotel in Opelousas for the past two years.  Carrie is directly responsible for increasing hotel revenue and profit by managing and developing sales initiatives for the Hotel throughout the State.

Carrie is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana.  She graduated from ULL (Formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana) with a Bachelor of Science degree and a minor in Marketing.  After graduation Carrie had the opportunity to manage a major retail chain which had a direct impact on her 20 years of sales experience.  In those 20 years Carrie also worked as a marketing representative for a pharmaceutical company and a Home Health Agency.

Young is an active member of the Acadiana community; wherein she belongs to the Opelousas Chamber of Commerce and the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association.  Carrie works closely with the St. Landry/Evangeline United Way to support their mission.

Carrie has a son who is a junior at Lafayette High School.  His ambition is to pursue a degree in the culinary sector.  Carrie is a successful business woman in her community, as well as, a very proud mother.  Carrie is currently playing an extremely important role by sheltering, mentoring, and supporting a very close friend of the family, which only shows the kind of person Carrie truly is.

Carrie’s motto in life is “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."

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Girl Scout Ambassador Brianni Lockett loves studying math and hopes to become a pharmacist with the intent to own her own pharmacy one day. As a successful business woman with a kind and compassionate heart, Carrie can truly make a difference in Brianni's future as she shares her wisdom and advice.

Roya Boustany
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Roya Boustany is a Lafayette native who loves volunteering in her spare time. As a Felony Assistant District Attorney for the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Mrs. Boustany has a passion for helping those in need. After graduating from Lafayette High School in 2004 and University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2008, Mrs. Boustany attended law school at Southern University Law Center. During her tenure at SULC, she was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, served as a Teaching Assistant, and as a student attorney for the Juvenile Law Clinic.

As a student attorney, she represented juveniles who were categorized as delinquents and made it her personal mission to ensure her clients would not become just another number in the criminal justice system.  Upon graduating in 2012, she moved back to Lafayette to begin her career in the criminal law arena. She first worked as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Clayton Davis in Lake Charles, Louisiana, then as an Indigent Defender in the 16th Judicial District, and finally as an Assistant District Attorney beginning in 2014.

Since 2012, Mrs. Boustany has been involved in many civic and non-profit organizations. She is currently a member of the Junior League of Lafayette as the Provisional Advisor President. In 2014 she was named Junior League of Lafayette’s Provisional of the Year, and in 2017 she was awarded the Presidential Award. She is as an active member of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Board and Lafayette Bar Association.

In 2015, she was recognized by the Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women as a Woman of Excellence Recipient. In 2016, she was named as a Louisiana Bar Foundation fellow. She sits as a board member on the Industrial Development Board for the Lafayette Consolidated Government, a board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana, a board member for FoodNet, a member of the Acadiana Symphony Women’s League, and a Krewe of Bonaparte member. She is married to Alfred F. Boustany, III and they have two children, Alfred “Ace” F. Boustany, IV and Alexandra Grace Boustany.

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Girl Scout Ambassador Ashleigh Delahoussaye enjoys studying science, literature, and history. Her goals include attending UL for criminal justice and eventually getting her PhD, she then plans to work for the FBI. Her mentor, Roya Boustany, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the criminal law arena as the Felony Assistant District Attorney for the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Roya has a passion for helping those in need, is very involved in her community and can offer solid career advice to Ashleigh as she makes plans for her future.

Kari Oaks
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Kari Oaks is the floral designer and owner of Roxy's Garden, located in the heart of Sugar Mill Pond. A full service florist with creative design is what you get at Roxy's Garden. Kari creates elegant yet eclectic florals for every occasion and offers a very personal service to help you realize your vision, specializing in weddings and events.

With 15 years experience, Kari and her canine assistant, Roxy, the namesake of her shop, is living a dream of owning her own shop since July 2017. "Beautiful objects consistently inspire me, and what could be more beautiful than flowers."

Kari has been married to her husband Andy for 29 years. They have two children, Jacob who is 24 and graduating from Oklahoma State University. Cayman who is 22, a hairstylist with Robert M's in Lafayette. She enjoys spending time with her family, loving on her 3 basset hounds and Saturday date nights with her husband.

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Girl Scout Cadette, Emma Bergeron, is ambitious and outgoing with career goals that include being a photographer or a poultry specialist. She is an active member in the 4-H program as well as in her church. Emma is paired with mentor Kari Oaks, floral designer and owner of Roxy's Garden, located in Sugar Mill Pond. Kari's creative and artistic talents along with her knowledge of business can help Emma learn how to capitalize on her ambition as she explores future career paths.

Lawanda Lamar-Bellamy
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Dr. Lawanda Lamar-Bellamy, MD is president/owner of Crowley Child and Adolescent Clinic in Crowley, LA. Dr. Bellamy earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Canisius College in 1998. She then attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical, where she graduated in 2003, earning her Medical Doctorate. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo in June 2006.

Prior to moving to Louisiana, Dr. Bellamy practiced medicine in Buffalo, NY for 7 years. Dr. Bellamy is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She is married and has three children.

In addition to practicing medicine full time, Dr. Bellamy serves as troop leader to Girl Scout Troop 211. She has been troop leader for 4 years, and counting. Dr. Bellamy enjoys being a role model and mentor to all Girl Scouts, and is rewarded by the privilege of watching the girls grow into go-getting, innovative, risk-taking leaders.

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With an interest in Science, Girl Scout Ambassador Cynthia Romero's goal is to study Biology or Biomedical engineering and then pursue her medical degree and become a doctor. Dr. Lawanda Lamar-Bellamy, the physician and owner of Crowley Child and Adolescent Clinic, makes the perfect mentor for Cynthia, not only as a board-certified pediatrician but also as the Troop Leader for Girl Scout Troop 211. Dr. Bellemy will be able impart her knowledge of being a female leader in today's society while also offering valuable career guidance to Cynthia.

Stella Arabie-Delcambre
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Dr. Stella Arabie-Delcambre is the incoming Principal of Catholic High School in New Iberia. Catholic High is a 4th -12th parochial school that serves students from five parishes across Acadiana. As a career educator, Dr. Arabie has served in various teaching and administrative roles at the high school and post-secondary level. Teaching all levels of math from Pre-Algebra - Calculus AP, as well as some technology and ACT prep courses, the majority of her career was spent working with students at Catholic High School and Ascension Episcopal School. Dr. Arabie also served as the Head Coach for the Lady Panthers Soccer team during the inaugural years of the program, securing multiple state playoff bids and Coach of the Year designations.

With over 18 years of experience in education, Dr. Arabie gives much credit to the mentors in her life. Coming from humble beginnings as one of 11 children in a strong Catholic family, her parents taught her to value faith, family, and education. As an active Girl Scout who received the Gold Award, Ms. Charlotte Olivier, her leader for all of high school, was also a driving force and role model in her life. Dr. Donald Voorhies, her math teacher for all four years of high school, continues to be a mentor and colleagues as she tackles new challenges today. After graduating from Catholic High School as valedictorian, Dr. Arabie went on the earn a B.S. in Mathematics, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Dr. Arabie has been married to her husband, Anthony Delcambre, for over 20 years and is the mother of four children. She spends her time giving back to her community through various service projects that get students involved through servant leadership. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, being a lifelong learner, and supporting her children in their various activities.

As a mother to two daughters and a passionate educator, being a role model for girls and helping them to reach their full potential is important to Dr. Arabie. She is honored to be a part of the Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction and hopes to inspire young girls to identify and capitalize on their gifts and talents and live by the verse that was instilled in her from a young age by her parents and mentors - “To those much is given, much is expected.”

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Girl Scout Ambassador Alayna Durio is interested in several different career opportunities, including Radiology and Child Care and Development. Dr. Arabie's history of working with children and helping girls to reach their full potential makes her an excellent mentor for Alayna as she helps her discover her own strengths and interests.

Patsy Randall
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Patsy A. Randall is a native of Lafayette, LA. She graduated from Northside High School in 1993 then received her bachelor’s degree in Child & Family Studies from University of Southwestern Louisiana (now ULL). Having a strong desire to practice law, she applied for and was accepted into Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She received her Juris Doctor in 2004.

Her employment experience includes clerking for Judge Yvette Alexander (Baton Rouge City Court), Associate Attorney at Lindsey Scott & Associates, Assistant District Attorney for Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, and law clerk for Judge Edward D. Rubin (15th JDC).

She is currently employed with the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office where she serves as the Track 1 section chief. She is the first African American female felony prosecutor to serve in that capacity at the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. She prosecutes felony drug cases and serves as the prosecutor for the 15th Judicial District Adult Drug Court Program.

Mrs. Randall is a sexual abuse survivor who is passionate about giving back to the community. She is a member of Junior League of Lafayette, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and children. She serves as a Girls on the Run committee member and the fund development board. She is also a board member of Lafayette Council on Aging, an organization which focuses on advocating and providing services for the elderly. She serves as the board’s secretary. She is also a member of Louisiana District Attorney’s Association and Louisiana Association of Drug Court Professionals. She is a legal academy coach for the mock trial team at Northside High School. She is also a member of Progressive Baptist Church in Lafayette, Louisiana.

In 2014 she was a recipient of the “Women Who Mean Business Award.” She is married to Lional Duhon and is the proud mother of Mason and Madison Oliver and step-mother to Logan and Laila Duhon.

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Girl Scout Ambassador, Kalyn Cormier, enjoys creating art, helping and teaching others, and plans to pursue a career as a speech pathologist. She considers herself to be a great leader and hopes to one day open her own private practice. Her mentor, Patsy Randall, is the first African-American woman felony prosecutor in the 15th Judicial District. Patsy is passionate about giving back to the community, helping to build a better neighborhood through mentoring, life skills, and character development lessons. As someone who is empowered and teaches other girls to be, Patsy can offer valuable insight into what it takes to be a successful woman.

Rachel St. Julien
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Rachel St. Julien is a Senior Market Manager at Capital One Bank and has been a part of Capital One for 11 years. Rachel has over 22 years of experience in the banking industry. She coaches and develops associates on the sales and service process in the branches she travels throughout the District Footprint. Rachel has extensive experience with holding seminars and conferences to educate her large customer base on the products of JP Morgan.

Rachel is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana and she graduated from University of Louisiana Lafayette formerly known USL in marketing.

St. Julien is active member of her community; wherein she belongs to NAPW-National Association of Professional Women, Junior Achievement, Second Harvest, and the Capital One Woman’s Group. Additionally, Rachel speaks to women on Financial Security at the Women’s Clinic.

Rachel is well known throughout the Acadiana community for her involvement with many charities and the commitment to give back to her community.

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Girl Scout Senior, Beaux Fisher, enjoys studying English, reading, and music. She would like to pursue a career related to Psychology or literature. Beaux is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award Project and hopes to gain ideas and guidance on her project from her mentor, Rachel St. Julien. Rachel is a Senior Market Manager at Capital One Bank and her commitment to community involvement makes her the perfect mentor for Beaux, who has interest and experience with community service projects.

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Keynote Speaker - Dima Ghawi

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Dima ignites the untapped potential in women across the globe, empowering them to shatter limitations and become courageous, purpose driven leaders. Her own journey is one of escaping confinement, crossing continents, and transforming her life’s purpose. Harnessing the power of her story, Dima is committed to inspiring individuals to attain personal and professional growth, while simultaneously helping organizations increase diversity within their leadership ranks.

Through keynote speeches, workshops, and executive coaching, Dima shares her unique leadership journey with one goal in mind: motivate and activate those around her to reimagine their potential and grow into leaders.

Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. She has honed a keen expertise in developing women leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce.

In addition to her global empowerment work, Dima serves on numerous nonprofit boards. She has been recognized for her services with the 2014 President of the United States Bronze Volunteer Service Award, the 2014 Baton Rouge Business Report’s “Forty Under 40” Award, and the 2016 Louisiana State University “Esprit de Femme Award.” She has been featured in numerous publications for her professional and philanthropic work.

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Event Emcee - Darla Montgomery

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Darla is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana and has been on the air in Acadiana since 1992, anchoring and reporting.

She is an Associated Press award winner for spot news, feature reporting and public affairs.  Her public affairs award recognized a half-hour documentary chronicling the life of an Acadiana priest and his mission in Haiti.  She spent more than a week in the impoverished country, a time she says changed her life. The documentary aired locally and statewide on Louisiana Public Broadcasting. Darla was also featured in an LPB documentary about South Louisiana’s folk medicine and the tradition of “traiteurs,” or healers. That documentary continues to air on LPB.

Darla has covered many stories in her career, including local and state elections, as well as tourism promotion traveling with Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and a delegation to Canada.  She has interviewed numerous political figures in the local and national spotlight like former Vice President Al Gore and political mastermind, James Carville.  She has covered presidential visits to Acadiana during campaign seasons.  Darla has traveled to Africa where she covered a local mission’s efforts to unite with its sister city in Senegal.  But, no matter how far she travels and who she interviews, Darla admits covering the stories and people of Acadiana makes her job the most rewarding.

Darla attended the University of Southwest Louisiana from 1980 to 1985 majoring in broadcast communication.When not working, Darla enjoys spending time with her family, writing short stories and poetry, and preparing Creole cuisine at her home in Lafayette.

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