Growing up in a large family as the middle child of 14 siblings, I learned early-on that one’s voice is one’s power. And I made sure to have my voice heard. My parents were not rich, but their love and commitment to hard work instilled in me strong values like loyalty, trustworthiness and honesty.
I began working when I was 15 years old and developed a tenacious spirit for getting things done. In 1994, I began my Federal career, where I devoted the next 30 years of my life, and continued to implement the very same values my parents taught me into my tenure as a public servant.
Over the course of my career, I managed $52 million dollars of Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Block Grant funds to over 1,200 State and local government departments. Additionally, I was entrusted with the responsibility to serve as Special Projects lead for the $58 million initiative directed towards the Recovery of the Criminal Justice Infrastructure damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. For this achievement, I was honored with the prestigious Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General award for Excellent Service.
In 2015, I was named the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Manager for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This required working with EPA Headquarters and 10 EPA Regions across the country. Under my leadership, we built business coalitions with vision and the EPA Headquarters and its Regions collectively raised over $1.6 million. I was twice awarded in 2007 and 2015, the CFC Manager of the year for both the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency.
During my extended Federal career, I had the distinct privilege of working with many public officials across the country, including meeting and speaking with United States Presidents (Bush Sr., Clinton, and Obama), Presidential Cabinet Secretaries, Mayors, City Managers, Chiefs of Police, State and local government officials, as well as State Senators and community leaders.
Recently, I’ve focused more of my attention on activism, fighting for causes within my community that make a difference. I have put my determination into fixing roads, resolving drainage problems and restoring recycling services in our district by securing 500 signatures to support the initiative. Going door-to-door gave me the chance to speak with residents across their kitchen tables, learning about their priorities, their daily struggles and the improvements they wish to see in their communities. As a result of these efforts, I was able to speak before our Council several times, which provided me with the opportunity to broadcast these issues to a wider audience through various news outlets. The experience of working with, and learning from, my neighbors, family and friends sparked the idea to run for Parish Council in October 2019 to continue my goal to effect change on the local level.
I am happily married to Rev. Willis Laws, and together, we have four daughters and eight grandchildren. In my rare spare time, I enjoy photography, gardening and fishing. I am heavily invested in our local community, which is why I’m making a promise to all the people of District 6, that when elected, you will always receive truthful, transparent, dogged, and loyal representation. I want close ties and closer communication. Please know that I will always raise my voice to speak out for yours.