Alumni

Here’s a spotlight on some of our thriving alumni:

William Robichaux (2010)

William Robichaux, 2010 graduate of Nicholls, is an instructor at the UT Health Science Center. Dr. Robichaux completed his PhD in immunology at the Medical University of South Carolina. At UT, he studies the role of proteins in bacteria.


Bijeta Prasai (2012)

Dr. Bijeta Prasai, 2012 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, earned her PhD from LSU and is now a researcher at the NIH.


Frankie Andolsek (2007)

Frankie Andolsek, 2007 Nicholls Chemistry graduate, is a Physician’s Assistant (PA) at Ochsner Baptist ER. We are so proud of you Frankie!


Patrick Gilbert (2006)

Dr. Patrick Gilbert, 2006 graduate, is an Interventional Radiologist at Ochsner Clinic Foundation. He earned his MD from Tulane University.


Devin Bourgeois (2012)

Devin Bourgeois, 2012 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is completing his residency at OLOL! He completed his MD at LSUHSC.


Michelle Callahan Cox (1998)

Michelle Callahan Cox, 1998 grad of Nicholls Chemistry, is a Lab Area Manager, Quality Manager and Chemist at Dupont in La Place.They are the only US plant making the intermediate for Kevlar fibers. “I’m so proud to be part of a company that contributes to saving the lives of those that protect us!”


Dant Sandras (1996)

Dr. Dant Sandras, 1996 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, received his DDS from LSU’s School of Dentistry. He owns his own dental practice in Larose.


Eric Mistretta

Eric Mistretta earned a degree in Chemistry with a minor in business. He co-founded Chemtech, owns several chemistry patents, and is a very successful businessman. Eric is now Principal and CFO for Milan, a design group for luxury homes in Dallas and New York.


Kelli Becnel Cazenave (2002)

Kelli Becnel Cazenave, 2002 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is in the safety department at Marathon Petroleum. Previously, for 9 years, she worked in the lab.


Carmelita Escalante

Dr. Carmelita Escalante, Nicholls chemistry alumnus, is head of the Department of General Internal Medicine at UT’s MD Anderson Cancer Center. She graduated from Nicholls in 1981 and received her MD from LSUHSC.


Ronald Marts

Dr. Ronald Marts, 1985 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, earned his MD from Tulane. He is an internal medicine specialist in Houma and has practiced for 26 years.


Vicky Ly (2009)

Vicky Ly, 2009 Nicholls graduate, is a Materials Engineer. She works on payloads and sensors for space applications.


Michelle Carley

Michelle Carley, 1985 Nicholls Chemistry graduate, is a physician at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, LA. Dr. Carley earned a B.S. from Xavier Pharmacy and her M.D. from LSUHSC-NO. She is certified in Wound Care, Hyperbaric Medicine and Family Practice.


Kristy Loupe (2002)

Kristy Loupe Poche, 2002 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a pharmacist in Baton Rouge.


Ben Legendre (1992)

Dr. Ben Legendre, 1992 graduate in Chemistry, is Vice President of Operations at Transgenomic, a lab that provides genetic tools and services. He has been employed at Transgenomic, Inc., for over 10 years, where he has worked in the areas of separation chemistries and instrumentation development for high sensitivity mutation.


Jackie Robichaux (2010)

Jackie Ponville Robichaux, 2010 graduate of Nicholls, is a postdoctoral researcher and instructor at MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Carl Gauthier (2004)

Carl Gauthier, 2004 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is at Marathon Petroleum.


John Doucet

Dr. John Doucet, graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, an award-winning playwright, and a public health geneticist.


Mitzi Ordoyne Rodrigue (2004)

Mitzi Ordoyne Rodrigue, 2004 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry with an AS degree, is at TJ/H2b Analytical Services, Inc., a material diagnostic service provider.


Shannon Kirkpatrick (2006)

Shannon Kirkpatrick, 2006 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is at Petroleum Labs. They provide analytical data to oil companies and municipalities.


Gregg Gravois (1996)

Gregg Gravois, 1996 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a sales rep for R360, an environmental service company.


Jennifer Trosclair Pellegrin (2004)

Jennifer Trosclair Pellegrin, 2004 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry with an AS degree, is a lab technician at Valero Energy.


Brandon Falgoust (1995)

Brandon Falgoust, 1995 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a chemist at Shell Geismar!


Ryan Hymel (1996)

Ryan Hymel, 1996 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is now at Marathon Petroleum!


Shannon Callegan (2005)

Shannon Callegan, 2005 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry with an AS degree, is a chemistry lab tech at Marathon Oil.


Erin Falnnery Estay (2005)

Erin Flannery Estay, 2005 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is an analytical technologist at Dow Chemical.


Joey Thibodaux (2001)

Joey Thibodaux, 2001 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a chemist at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility.


Valerie Courville (2005)

Valerie Courville, 2005 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a quality control lab technician at Dow Chemical. She was previously at Analytical and Environmental Testing.


Luke Lefort (2005)

Luke Lefort, 2005 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a fluid technical engineer at Schlumberger.


Lacey Baudoin (2002)

Lacey Pierce Baudoin, 2002 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a clinical pharmacist at Terrebonne General Medical Center.


Hannah Naquin (2013)

Hannah Naquin, Nicholls Chemistry alum is a pharmacist in Lutcher!


James Fulcher (2013)

Fulcher is pursuing a PhD in biochemistry at the University of Utah and is expecting to finish in 2019. Did you know? James was a volunteer fireman n Dularge and a member of the Nicholls Cycling Team.


Latria Brown (2008)

Latria Brown , 2008 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a chemist in the Specialty Catalyst group at WR Grace & Co. in Maryland.


Monica Domangue (1993)

Monica Domangue, 1993 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a self-described “Lab ninja” at BASF!


Donovan Soignet (1998)

Donovan Soignet, 1998 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is an orthodontist in Thibodaux!


Rex Mareno (1997)

Rex Mareno, 1997 Nicholls Chemistry alum, is now a restaurateur! He owns Shane’s Rib Shack in Marrero and Hammond.


Britney Hebert Prestridge (2011)

Dr. Britney Hebert Prestridge, 2011 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, earned her PhD from LSU and is now an R&D Chemist at Oxiteno in Hattiesburg.


Graham Tujague (1985)

Dr. Graham Tujague, 1985 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a physician and owner of Lake After Hours in Baton Rouge. This urgent care clinic has 12 locations in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.


Asha Mandhare (1989)

Asha Mandhare, 1989 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry & Nicholls Nursing, is the Chief Nurse/Patient Safety for the United States Air Force.


Aaron Davis (2011)

Aaron Davis, 2011 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, earned his PhD at USM, completed a postdoctoral position at Univ of S AL, and now is an R&D Chemist at Owen Biosciences in Baton Rouge.


Shane Swan (2018)

Shane Swan, 2018 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is now an analytical chemist at SGS, a worldwide testing service with over 2400 labs.


Macy McDonald (2014)

Macy McDonald, 2014 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a lab tech at Evonik North America.


Aimey Tregre (2005)

Aimey Charlet Tregre, 2005 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry with an AS, is at Cornerstone Chemical.


Dr. Ehud Mendel (1987)

Dr. Ehud Mendel completed his MD at LSUHSC and is now a professor and neurosurgeon at OSU. He is director of the Neurosurgical Spine Program, Spine Oncology Program, Director of Fellowship Program and Medical Director of the OSU Spine Research Institute


Jeremy Gaubert (2005)

Jeremy Gaubert, 2005 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a professional poker player. In 2009, he won the World Poker Open. His winnings total over a million dollars.


Ryan Picou (2005)

Ryan Picou, 2005 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a chemist at Exxon Mobil Corporation.


Chris Lapeyrouse (1999)

Chris Lapeyrouse, 1999 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is Sr. Nuclear Chemist at Entergy Nuclear South!


Jeff Bourgeois (1997)

Jeff Bourgeois, 1997 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is Chemistry Manager at Entergy Waterford 3 Nuclear Plant.


Larry Andermann (1995)

Larry Andermann, 1995 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is Global Director of Applications for Mining, Waste Water, and Digitization at Solenis, a global water treatment company in Delaware.


Scott Trahan

Scott Trahan earned a degree in Chemistry with a minor in business. He founded Chemtech and now is a very successful businessman, visionary, and owner of Milan Design.


Courtney Beamer (2017)

Courtney Beamer, a 2017 Nicholls Chemistry grad, studies at Xavier’s College of Pharmacy!


Nealey Leblanc (2004)

Nealey Leblanc, 2004 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a chemist at Shintech in Plaquemine. Nealey will soon complete a certificate in applied business at Nicholls!


Daniel Eschete (1998)

Daniel Eschete, 1998 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is Senior Network Engineer at Electrical Sales Corporation, in New Orleans.


Rebecca Adams (2011)

Adams is currently in her fourth year at Tulane in the graduate chemistry program studying photo-induced energy and electron transfer.


Nikki Lawless

Lawless is the chemistry and environmental manager at Entergy’s nuclear power plant, Waterford 3. She first learned about Waterford 3 when she was a Nicholls chemistry major and completed a summer internship.

“My chemistry degree from Nicholls has given me the foundation that allows me to be versatile within the workplace!”


Jonathan Comeaux (2015)

Comeaux works as a chemist for Stora Enso to extract biofuels from bagasse. He just completed training in Virginia and will be establishing the lab for a new Finnish company in Raceland, La.


Ashley Johnson (2015)

Johnson is a graduate student studying the composition of polymers in the USM polymer chemistry group.She was also a varsity track athlete at Nicholls.


Jennifer Uzee

Uzee is a chemist and administrator at Paradigm Laboratories in St. Gabriel, La.


Patrick Laine (2000)

Laine is managing director at Process Mercury Group where he helps manage mercury us in oil and gas production. Laine holds a master’s in organic chemistry from Notre Dame and a PhD in earth and atmospheric science from Georgia Tech.


Scott Hutchinson (2016)

Hutchinson is pursuing a PhD at Oklahoma State University. While at Nicholls, he completed research with Dr. Mal Cortez as well as during a summer at Memphis State.

“Nicholls has prepared me well for graduate school!”


Britney Hebert (2011)

Hebert earned her PhD from LSU Chemistry where she studied polymer chemistry. She works at Lion Copolymer in Geismer, La.


Mal Cortez

Cortez is an assistant professor of organic chemistry at Nicholls. She earned her PhD from Tulane and did postdoctoral work in organic chemistry at the University of Minnesota.


Leah Garber (2010)

Garber earned her PhD in chemistry at LSU where she studied polymeric materials that are biocompatible. She now works at Medcomp Sciences in Zachary, La.


Jason Chauvin (2000)

Chauvin is a laboratory supervisor at Marathon Petroleum in Garyville, La. He oversees lab personnel and provides accurate, reliable, and timely data to their customers.

“My degree from Nicholls prepared me academically to lay a foundation for success throughout my career.”


Ciera Duronslet (2010)

Duronslet defended her PhD at LSU Chemistry: “Exploration of Bimetallic Nickel and Cobalt Complexes for Catalytic Oxidative Cleavage of Alkenes and Hydroformylation.”


Travis Chiasson (1990)

Chiasson has worked at Shell for more than 25 years where he is the production manager at the St. Rose facility.

“My degree at Nicholls prepared me very well for a profession and career in the local Louisiana petrochemical industry!”


April Dupre (1999)

Dupre works as an analytical chemist at Albemarle in Baton Rouge. Before that, she was a chemist for the EPA. She was also a chemistry instructor at Nicholls from 2006-2009.


Courtney Beamer (2017)

Beamer studies pharmacy at Xavier’s College of Pharmacy.


Lauren Luce

While a student, Luce led the Colonels Against Trafficking and received the Nicholls Woman of Achievement Award.


Dixie Gautreaux (2003)

Gautreaux is a professor at Our Lady of the Lake. While at Nicholls, she was president of NCSS and in the marching band. She earned her PhD in chemistry from LSU.


Hannah Naquin

Naquin graduated with her PharmD in 2017 from Xavier Pharmacy School. In 2016, she worked in rural Mexico providing medical care to those in need.


Joseph Marcello

Marcello earned a degree in industrial engineering from LSU. While at Nicholls, he was a lifeguard at Ayo pool.


Dawanne Poree (2004)

Poree is the program manager of polymer chemistry at U.S. Army Research Office. She recieved her PhD from Tulane and worked as a researcher at Rutgers.


Joe Fanguy (1999)

Fanguy is Director of Technology Transfer as well as the President of Montana Technology Enterprise Center at the University of Montana. He earned a PhD in biophysical chemistry at Mississippi State University.


Corey Zeringue (1993)

Zeringue is president and CEO of Southern Pipeline Services. He was a chemist for 14 years at Entergy before entering pipeline services.


John Wicher (2003)

John Wicher, 2003 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a OMC-Oil Movement Controller at LOOP LLC.


Chris Hubbell (2006)

Chris Hubbell, 2006 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a process chemist at Shell Norco!


Cody Falgoust (2009)

Cody Falgoust, 2009 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a lab technician at Marathon Petroleum. He was formerly a chemistry teacher at St. James High. Cody is also an excellent craftsman woodworker!


Aimey Tregre (2004)

Aimey Tregre, 2004 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry with an AS degree, is a DPIC Maintenance Coordinator
Entergy Waterford 3 Nuclear Plant.


Michael Parr (2008)

Michael Parr, 2008 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a quality control analyst at Nalco Holding Company.


Matt Autin (2009)

Matt Autin, 2009 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a chemistry lab technician at Maraton Petroleum.


Warren St. John (1998)

Warren St. John, 1998 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry,is at Galata Chemical. He was previously a Gas Chromatograph Specialist at Marathon Oil.


Byron Abadie (2001)

Byron Abadie, 2001 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, had a career in the Navy and, now, is the lead lab technician for Valero in Norco.


Amanda Allemand (2012)

Allemand is a toxicology supervisor at Premier Pathology Lab in Houston. While at Nicholls, she received the Top Scholar Award & Outstanding Academic Achievement in Chemistry Award.


Catherine Danos (2013)

Danos is a chemist at Entergy Waterford 3. She ensures the chemistry effects on equipment performance are safe and efficient at the nuclear power plant.


Jed Aucoin (1999)

Aucoin is a chemist at Dow Chemical Company. He receive a PhD in analytical chemistry at LSU in 2004. He has also worked as a chemist at Lockheed Martin.


Chantel Waguespack (2001)

Waguespack is a chemistry teacher at St. Charles Catholic High School. She worked in the chemical industry for over 15 years.

“When life throws you a curve ball, knock it out the park.”


Lisa Ranney (1979)

Ranney is a chemistry and math teacher at Comeaux High School. In 1981, she was the instrumentation specialist for Nicholls Chemistry.


Allie Bouziga (2013)

Bouziga is a chemical analyst at Intertek in Saint Rose, La.


Drew Fields (2009)

Drew is a pharmacist intern with Walgreens in Thibodaux, La. He will receive his PharmD from Xavier in 2020.


Henry Wiggins (2001)

Wiggins is a technology manager at Chemplex Advanced Material where he develops new chemicals for oilfield use. He received a PhD in analytical chemistry at LSU in 2007. He previously worked at Halliburton.


Kerry Morvant (2002)

Kerry Morvant, 2002 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a lab specialist at Marathon Petroleum.


Kayla Bertucci (2014)

Kayla Bertucci, 2014 alum of Nicholls Chemistry, is a lab technician at BASF in Zachary!


Jiaxuan Zhu (2018)

Jiaxuan Zhu, 2018 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is pursuing a graduate degree in vocals at Ole Miss.


Pu Du (2014)

Pu Du, 2014 grad, is a PhD candidate at LSU Chemistry. He is studying physical chemistry.


Mi Chen (2014)

Mi Chen, 2014 grad, is a PhD candidate at LSU. She recently won a photo competition with this image of a breast cancer cell undergoing division.


Jeffrey Battaglia (1994)

Jeffrey Battaglia, 1994 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a chemistry supervisor at Entergy Waterford III.


Terrev Calloway

Terrev V. Calloway, Nicholls Chemistry graduate, is a chemistry technician at SNF Holding Company.


Leah Garber Beauchamp (2011)

Dr. Leah Garber Beauchamp, 2011 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, earned her PhD from LSU and is now an ops leader at Dow Chemical.


Chao Dong

Chao Dong, Nicholls Chemistry Alumni, is a PhD candidate at LSU Chemistry! Chao is developing an infrared laser ablation microsampling system for analyzing arbitrarily shaped regions of tissue.


Matt Poirier (2000)

Matt Poirier, 2000 grad of Nicholls Chemistry, is a chemist at Marathon Petroleum.


Kasey Kraemer (2018)

Kasey Kraemer, 2018 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry, is a Chemist at Entergy Waterford 3. Did you know? Kasey is a skilled blacksmith!


Alyssa Griffin

Alyssa Griffin is now at Stennis Space Center! Alyssa got her master’s in chemistry from USM and now works closely with Boeing. This is her dream job!


Krystal Verret Queen

Krystal Verret Queen, Nicholls Chemistry Alum, is now a chemical lab tech at Shell Norco! We are proud of you, Krystal!


Michael Kraemer (2017)

Michael Kraemer, Fall ‘17 grad, is a chemist at Pace Analytical in Lenexa, KS!


Amid Paudyal (2010)

Congratulations to Amid Paudyal, 2010 graduate of Nicholls Chemistry. He began at Xavier Pharmacy in Fall 2017. Amid earned an M.S. in bio-analytical chemistry from LSU in 2015 and worked for the Kansas Department of Health 2 years.