As Director of BBBS of NELA, Jacquiela works to meet the needs of children and youth facing adversity. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She is current chair of the Louisiana Big Brothers Big Sisters State Association, serves on the board of the Children’s Coalition of NELA, serves as Chair of the Citizen’s Review Panel for the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services–Monroe Region and is a member of the Junior League of Monroe. In 2015, Jacquiela was recognized as one of Northeast LA’s “Top 20 Under 40”. Jacquiela is a “Big Sister” with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Louisiana with over 5 years of volunteer service. She has been employed with BBBS since 2010.
More about Jacquiela…
1) What do you think is the most important characteristic of yourself?
I have a true passion to prepare the next generation for what lies ahead. I know that they may have all the potential in the world, but knowledge is the key to unlocking that potential. I want to help equip young people with the tools they need to set and achieve the highest goals for themselves.
2) Name something we will always find in your purse.
Anything goes! I have no idea what is in my purse. I’ve found everything in there from baby teething toys to jump ropes!
3) What is one of your favorite things to do?
Cook! I love to cook, especially desserts!
4) What are your thoughts about Starbucks?
If I have to have coffee, I’d like to pay less than five bucks for a cup.
5) If you had a super power what would it be?
6) What is your favorite thing about working at BBBS?
My favorite thing about working here is the staff. They are the funniest, most unique set of colleagues I’ve ever had. The work we do is hard and sometimes heartbreaking; it takes a special heart to do it. My staff and I are fully dedicated to the mission we come to accomplish every day.