Staff and Board
Katy is a Lafayette native who spent 10 years away working in New Orleans, Chicago, and Montana before returning home 2 years ago, moved by the desire to get involved in finding ways to improve the community she calls home.
She has more than 10 years of experience working in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, most recently as the program director for the Lafayette Engagement and Research Network (LEaRN) initiative at CGI. Her background includes a wide variety of work at the intersection of community organizing, government policy development, economic development, and data science. She earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of New Orleans, and is certified in Big Data and Social Analytics from the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.
Founding Advisory Board
Founder and CEO of Stuller Inc.
Matt Stuller, a 19-year-old entrepreneur working out of a corner in his father’s orthodontic office, notices the jewelry industry lacking two things: great customer service and fast delivery. He believes that if someone could “just take the customer’s order in a friendly way and get them a quality product in a reasonable amount of time it would probably be a pretty good business model”.
He takes his business on the road — literally. By driving across the South in his Nissan 240Z and going door to door to hand-deliver findings to jewelers, Matt begins to build Stuller, Inc., from the trunk of his car, providing them with a level of customer service exemplary of southern hospitality.
He establishes Stuller’s corporate headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana. He developed a business philosophy of supplying quality merchandise and service with next-day delivery, and that philosophy helped shape Stuller into what it is today: one of the largest wholesale jewelry manufacturers in the United States and an industry leader in jewelry technology.
Community Development Manager of Meritus Credit Union
Angela Morrison joined the Meritus Credit Union staff January 2015 and in 2019, she was named the first Community Development Manager for Meritus Credit Union. Angela brings to her present role a 30+ year history of working in community development and public relations, she uses her experience and knowledge to strengthen the Meritus brand throughout all sectors of the area that the credit union serves.
Her prior positions have been with Lafayette Parish School System, as its first Director of Community Collaboration and Partnerships, United Way of Acadiana’s Volunteer Center Director and later Chief of Community Impact, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs for UL Lafayette, a Human Services Counselor for Lafayette Consolidated Government and case manager for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Acadiana.
Angela contributes her success to her volunteer service. She was elected in 2019, by the Lafayette City/Parish Council, to serve as a trustee for the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority, by her professional peers throughout the southeast region of the continuous United States to represent this area on the national board for Inclusiv (formerly known as the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions), the regional One Acadiana Board and is serving her second year on the Hospice of Acadiana’s Foundation Board.
Angela continues to serve on the council of Past Presidents for UL Lafayette Alumni Association, having served as President of the Association 2017-2018. She has also served on: Women’s and Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees; the boards of, United Way of Acadiana; Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Junior League of Lafayette (Past President); Acadiana Youth; Workforce Investment (LA District 40); Acadiana Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster and the City of Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women (Past President). Angela is a Leadership Lafayette Class XV graduate.
Her commitment of service to the communities that she loves has been recognized as evidenced by her receiving these awards: 2018 University of Louisiana’s Christiana Smith Alumni Chapter Outstanding Alumni recipient; 2017 National Association of University Women’s A Tribute to Excellence honoree; 2015 Junior Achievement’s Richard E. Baudoin Friend of Business award; 2013 Women Who Mean Business honoree; 2011 and 2001 United Way of Acadiana Cornerstone award recipient; 2011 inducted into University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society as an Outstanding Community Member; 2007 and 2001 Lafayette LA City-Parish President Outstanding Citizen; and in 2005 Lafayette LA City-Parish Woman of Excellence honoree.
She is married to A. Curtis Morrison and they have two sons and four grandchildren.
President and CEO of United Way of Acadiana
Carlee Alm-LaBar was most recently the Director of Traditional Neighborhood Developments for Southern Lifestyle Development. She worked for Lafayette Consolidated Government for eight years, serving in the Mayor-President’s office under Joey Durel and then Joel Robideaux, who appointed her the Director of Development and Planning.
Prior to her roles in government, she worked more than eight years in the nonprofit sector. She is a graduate of Leadership Louisiana, a current board member and past chair of Leadership Institute of Acadiana, and the Community Vice President for the Junior League of Lafayette.
Carlee has received several community honors including Acadiana’s 20 Under 40 Award and was recognized as a 2015 Women Who Mean Business honoree. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from LSU and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Senior Director of State Affairs for The Picard Group
Senator Mike Michot serves as Senior Director of State Affairs. Michot was elected to the Senate in 2000, after serving in the Louisiana House of Representatives for one full term. He represented the Acadiana area in the Louisiana Legislature for 16 years.
In his final term in the State Senate, Michot served as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, making him one of two Legislative architects charged with the construction of the state’s $28 billion annual appropriation’s bill, funding all aspects of state government. He also served as chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget for two years. Additionally, Michot served on several additional Senate committees, as well as the Louisiana State Bond Commission.
Michot owned and operated Premier Medical Equipment in Lafayette for 20 years. He has been active in community service organizations, including the American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana, United Way of Acadiana, and the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette’s Opus Christi Magnum fundraiser.
Michot graduated from Cathedral-Carmel High School in Lafayette and University of Louisiana at Lafayette, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He is married to Monique Broussard Michot and has two children, Michael Jr. and Mary Carolyn.
President and CEO of One Acadiana
Troy Wayman serves as president and CEO of One Acadiana (1A), the leading economic development agency for the nine-parish Acadiana region located in South Louisiana. With more than 950 investors, members, and partners, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community.
The organization is based in the city of Lafayette and serves a region of roughly 700,000 people with a vibrant culture and unique entrepreneurial spirit. Mr. Wayman joined the organization in 2018. Under his stewardship, 1A is focused on improving the regional business environment, cultivating diversified economic development, and building on 1A’s nationally recognized success in implementing programs that spur economic growth and competitiveness.
With more than 20 years of experience, and as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), Mr. Wayman has earned a reputation as a dynamic and trusted professional. Prior to joining 1A, he served as the vice president of economic development for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, where under his leadership, the region experienced the creation of more than 8,000 jobs and nearly $3 billion in capital investment. His previous experience also includes roles as the business development director for JESCO Construction, and tourism sales manager and director of economic development for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
As a civic leader, Mr. Wayman served as a founding board member of the Montgomery chapter of the First Tee, a youth golfing program that teaches life skills through the game of golf. He is a past president of the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA) and past chairman of the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council (SAWDC). Mr. Wayman also served on the boards of Goodwill Easter Seals and the Warrior Tombigbee Waterway Association while in Alabama.
Mr. Wayman is a graduate of Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama and the Economic Development Institute through the department of continuing education at the University of Oklahoma. He was credentialed as a Certified Economic Developer through the American Economic Development Council in 1997.
Mr. Wayman and his wife, Beatriz, are proud parents to daughter, Sophia and son, Ethan.