Board of Directors
FUNDRAISING AND DONOR RELATIONS CHAIR
Lawana Stokes is an educator and leader with 30+ years of varied experience working with diverse student populations. She is currently the Director of South Louisiana Community College at the Gulf Area Campus in Abbeville and St. Martinville, Louisiana, and serves as an Adjunct Professor.
Lawana holds a bachelor’s degree from the former University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL) and a master’s degree in Professional Counseling. She was a member of the Ragin’ Cajuns Women’s Basketball Team and currently serves as a mentor and Commentator for the team.
Ms. Stokes served as an educator and coach in the Iberia Parish School System prior to her transition to South Louisiana Community College. She coached high school girls’ basketball at New Iberia Senior High and Anderson Middle School. In addition to coaching basketball at Anderson, she also served as a teacher and the head cheerleading coach for nearly 23 years.
Now at South Louisiana Community College, Ms. Stokes has served in many capacities over the past ten years. She has served as an Academic Advisor, Adjunct Professor, Admissions Counselor, Student Activity Coordinator, Interim Campus Director for three of the outer campuses, and Outreach Coordinator. These experiences have allowed Ms. Stokes to embrace students and watch them grow into successful individuals.
When she isn’t working, you’ll find Lawana volunteering at numerous events in her community, mentoring the youth at her church, watching, and attending sporting events, and spending time with her only daughter.