Allison is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southern University in 2009, a Masters of Public Administration from Louisiana State University in May 2011 which was followed by a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Research and Counseling with a specialization in Higher Education Administration in 2016 also from Louisiana State University.
Allison has spent the last 10 years working in the field of substance mis/use prevention and recovery in higher education, with eight of those years being spent at Louisiana State University before an entity move to the Louisiana Board of Regents, where she currently works.
A consistent passion for Allison is addressing diversity, equity, inclusion and access in the world of prevention programming and recovery in higher education – on both the student and staff sides. In sharing her personal experiences, Allison is able to show audiences a different perspective they may not have previously considered in their good faith efforts to collectively problem-solve.
Through her love of conversation and collaboration, Allison enjoys connecting multiple parties to create innovative yet practical solutions and making “hard” or “difficult” conversations empathetic, informative and actionable to create a more just and equitable world.
Additionally, Allison enjoys encouraging others to fully be their authentic selves in every arena and to discover, develop and leverage their social capital.
With extensive experience, a passionate desire for change and a humorous stage presence, Allison is sure to motivate, captivate and educate your audience.
For a comprehensive list of presentations, trainings, grant awards and state/local task forces and committees, please see my CV here.