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9 New Members Appointed to LSUA Foundation Board of Directors

Released: 07/22/2010

Nine new members have been appointed directors of the LSUA Foundation, announced Dr. David Manuel, LSU Alexandria chancellor. They will serve four-year terms as part of the 29-member board of directors.

“Each of these new members brings talent, expertise, leadership and a commitment to the critical support role of the LSUA Foundation,” said Manuel. “Given the challenges that LSUA faces in the foreseeable environment of higher education in this state, there has never been a time when the foundation has been more important to help the university accomplish its mission.”

Incoming board members are Dr. Agnes Solon, Michael Crowell, Martin Johnson, Nancy Owens, Amy Pillarisetti, Deborah Randolph, Nell Shehee, Glenda Stock and David Williams. The LSUA Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the university’s contributions to higher education in Central Louisiana and cultivates private financial support.

Solon, in addition to her career as a rheumatologist, is a former member of the River Oaks Museum board of directors and board member and parent coordinator of the Beta Club at Alexandria Country Day School. She is married to Dr. Keith Ashby.

Crowell, an executive with Crowell Lumber Industries, is a graduate of Tulane University and is involved with United Way of Central Louisiana, Southern Forest Heritage Museum and the Alexandria Rotary Club. He is married to Noelle Crowell.

Johnson, who is city president of Regions Bank, has held leadership positions in several church and community development organizations, including the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, England Authority, Central Louisiana Foundation, Louisiana Commerce and Industry Board and the Central Louisiana Business League. He is married to Karen Johnson.

Owens, who holds a master’s degree in history from LSU, has been active with Kent House Plantation, Alexandria Zoological Park, Alexandria Museum of Art, YWCA, Rapides Symphony, National Society of Colonial Dames, and Daughters of Founders and Patriots. She is married to Bill Owens.

Pillarisetti, who holds graduate degrees in English and immunology, has been involved with the American Red Cross, Cenla India Association and Rapides Symphony Orchestra. She is married to Dr. Sudha Pillarisetti.

Randolph, wife of former Alexandria mayor Ned Randolph, is legislative director for government relations at Gold Weems Bruser Sues and Rundell law firm. She has worked on behalf of Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, Rapides Children’s Advocacy Center, The Shepherd Center, Region 6 Health Care Redesign Commission, City Park Players and Rapides Symphony Orchestra.

Shehee is funeral director and vice president at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Shreveport and Wellness Program director for Kilpatrick Life Insurance. Her community leadership activities include Alexandria Museum of Art, Mothers Against Drugs, Louisiana Endowment for Humanities and Louisiana Funeral Directors Association. She is married to Graham Kramer.

Stock is owner of Golden Stock Enterprises, which operates several local McDonald’s Restaurants. She is active in the American Red Cross, Central Louisiana Community Foundation, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital board of directors, American Heart Association and the McDonald’s National Leadership team. She is married to David Stock.

Williams, who holds a master’s in hospital administration from Tulane University, is CEO of Rapides Regional Medical Center. He is involved with the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Association, United Way of Central Louisiana, Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and the Alexandria Rotary Club. He is married to Beth Williams.

Joy Hodges is chairwoman of the LSUA Foundation board of directors. She is joined on the executive committee by incoming chairman Stephen Wright, treasurer Aloysia Ducote, immediate past chairman Wayne Denley, corporate secretary Manuel and foundation executive director Melinda Anderson.