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ANS FEATURED ALUMNI 2012 2013

 


J. Mickey Rachal

Louisiana Tech University

School of Forestry 1980-1984

 

Mr. J. Mickey Rachal is the Vice-President of Land and Timber for Roy O. Martin Lumber Company in Alexandria, La. Mr. Rachal joined the Martin Companies in August 2004 following 20 years of experience in the forest products industry throughout the south central U.S. Mr. Rachal’s current responsibilities include the management of Martin’s 575,000 acres of timberland, the acquisition of strategic land and timber resources and the supply of raw materials to Martin’s plywood, OSB and pole manufacturing facilities in Louisiana.

 

Mickey graduated summa cum laude in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. Upon graduating from Louisiana Tech, Mickey attended Oklahoma State University where he earned a Master of Science degree in Forest Management in 1986. He spent 3 years as a research associate at Mississippi State University before joining Scott Paper Company in Mobile, Al. in 1989. At the time, Scott Paper still employed company logging, site prep and land management operations which proved to be excellent training for a young forester. He worked his way through various management positions and returned to his native central Louisiana in 1999 to join Plum Creek Timber as their Timberland Superintendent in Winnfield. Mr. Rachal was later offered the opportunity to take his career in a different direction and joined Molpus Timberlands Management, a timberland investment management organization where he served as the Managing Director for LA/TX managing over 300,000 acres of client owned property prior to his joining the Martin Companies in his current role.

 

Mickey states, “Any success I have had in my career is built on the solid foundation I received at La. Tech. The education and training offered in the School of Forestry is challenging, practical and comprehensive. Graduates of this program are highly competitive and well prepared for success in their future endeavors. The quality of the curriculum and professors in the School of Forestry enabled me to build a successful career in the forest products industry.”

 

Since returning to Louisiana, Mr. Rachal has been an active member of the Louisiana Forestry Association, serving as chairman of the Forest Resources and Research Committee, chairman of the Forest Water and Wetlands Committee, member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Treasurer and second Vice-President. He is also a member of the Texas Forestry Association and the Society of American Foresters.

 

Mickey and Linda, his wife of 30 years, have three children: Michael, a business graduate who has started his own non-profit organization to help people with disabilities; Laurie, a special education teacher; and Daniel, currently a student in pre-med at Louisiana Tech. The Rachal family lives in Alexandria, La. and enjoys boating, water skiing, duck hunting and outdoor cooking.

 

 

Amy Weems

Louisiana Tech University

School of Human Ecology

Family and Consumer Sciences

 

It is an honor to represent the (Louisiana Tech University) School of Human Ecology as a 1999 M.S. graduate and 2013 Louisiana Teacher of the Year. I am currently a middle school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and school technologist at Ouachita Junior High in Ouachita Parish. I also enjoy helping my fellow education colleagues through teaching technology-based book studies and graduate classes. The School of Human Ecology is where I was first given the opportunity to explore my interest in merging family and consumer skills with technology, and that experience has transformed my professional career. I am grateful for the training I received from the committed faculty members in the School of Human Ecology and for the lifelong connections I made with my fellow classmates in the program.

 

 

Lindsay Langdon

Louisiana Tech University

School of Human Ecology

Nutrition and Dietetics

 

Lindsay Langford, MS, RD, CSSD is a sports dietitian at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, IN.  She received her Bachelor’s in Nutrition and Dietetics from University of Alabama.  She was accepted into the Louisiana Tech accredited Nutrition Internship.  She completed her rotation in her hometown of Shreveport.  Upon completion of her internship, she worked for Willis Knighton Hospital and later moved to Indianapolis with her husband.  She completed the LA Tech Nutrition Masters program abroad while job hunting in Indianapolis.  Lindsay scouted a local sports performance facility in need of a dietitian.  She met with their director and soon created her own position.  St. Vincent Sports Performance is the largest hospital-based performance center in the country.  Lindsay works with all athletes from middle school to the professional level, including Butler University Men’s Basketball, Portland Trail Blazers, USA Track and Field, USA Gymnastics and USA Synchronized Swimming.  She also works with numerous NFL players, race car drivers, and Olympic divers.  She focuses on performance-based nutrition to help an athlete feel, train, and perform at a higher caliber. 

 

 

Stacy M. Collins, MHIM, RHIA

Louisiana Tech University

Department of Health Informatics and Information Management

 

Stacy is the Director of Patient Access at East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH). She was promoted to Patient Access Director in December 2008 prior to that she was Health Information Management ( HIM) Director for 5 yrs at EJGH. She has 18 years of health care experience. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Record Administration from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Health Information Management from Louisiana Tech University in 2006. She was Pres- Elect, President and Past-President of the Greater New Orleans Health Information Management Association. She is also member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM), LHIMA, and AHIMA. She is currently on the planning committee for the 2013 NAHAM National Convention. She is also the Project Chairman for the 2014 LHIMA State convention in New Orleans. She was also the Program Chair for the 2008 LHIMA State convention in New Orleans. She was the recipient of the LHIMA Career Achievement award 2008-2009. Stacy resides in River Ridge, LA (suburb of New Orleans) with her husband John and has twin daughters, Claire & Madeline.

 

I chose LA Tech because I was from New Orleans wanted to go away to school and experience the “College Life”. My grandparents lived in Ruston and I would enjoy seeing the Tech campus every time I would visit. I chose Health Information Management because of the variety of the classes the degree offered. I enjoyed the business classes as much as the science classes and especially the medical record classes. My future plans are to continue to grow and learn new areas within the hospital.

 

 

Kandy Spinks Easley, RN

Louisiana Tech University

Division of Nursing

 

Kandy Easley is a 1994 graduate from the Louisiana Tech University Division of Nursing. She has a rich history with the University, the Division of Nursing, and the nursing profession. She describes her career as “fulfilling,” and details its impact on her life and family below:

 

After graduating from Southwood High School in Shreveport, LA, I was influenced by my cousin, Tommy Spinks to attend Louisiana Tech University. This decision would change my life forever.

 

In 1980, I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies from LA Tech, but not before meeting my husband of 29 years, Scott Easley, while walking out of the Student Center during an Orientation session. While attending LA Tech, I was a Student Leader for three summers where I met hundreds of new Tech students and began my life quest to help others. I was also a Regal Blue for two years, and was involved in Phi Mu Fraternity and am currently President of the Ruston Alumnae Chapter. I graduated with a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1986, and an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1994.  My career has allowed me to be the best possible mother I can be to my daughter, Devin, who is a Junior at Louisiana Tech at the present time.

 

Upon graduation from Louisiana Tech (for yes, the 3rdtime), I began the most important work of my life. I began my nursing career at Willis Knighton Medical Center on 2 North, the Orthopedic and Neuro floor.  I moved back to Ruston in 1995 and worked for six years at Healthsouth in Nursing, Case Management and Marketing and am now in my 11thyear at Northern Louisiana Medical Center.  Since I have been at NLMC (formerly Lincoln General Hospital), I have been a Director in Case Management, Quality Resource Management, and Education. As part of my duties as Director of Education, I have taken the CPR Basic Life Support Instructor Program, and continue to serve and to help others learn how to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest. I volunteer to teach CPR to Life Choices and to La. Tech Nursing Students, as well as others.

 

I believe that “People” are what life is all about and plan to continue assisting and serving others as long as I can. Nursing has proven to be a fulfilling career because it has allowed me to help others during their hardest times.