KATHY WYATT – DIRECTOR
Kathy Wyatt is the Director of the Louisiana Tech University Technology Business Development Center. She works with state and local economic development agencies to support business development and growth in north Louisiana. She is a mentor for Louisiana Tech University business plan competitors and student-owned businesses. Kathy is a Kauffman Foundation certified FastTrac program facilitator and administrator. She served as the Louisiana Tech Small Business Development Center Director from March 2003 to September 2006.
Prior to joining Louisiana Tech University, Kathy was Community Development Director for the City of West Monroe, Louisiana. She worked at the Northeast Louisiana University Small Business Development Center during and immediately following her college studies. Kathy received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Northeast Louisiana University. While attending college, Kathy owned a business that provided employment for up to 5 part-time workers.
ANN MARIE QUEEN – PROJECT COORDINATOR
Ann Marie Queen is from Holland, Pennsylvania by way of Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating from Bucks County Community College with her associates degree in travel and event planning in December of 2009, she moved to Ruston to continue her education at Louisiana Tech University. Ann Marie graduated from LA Tech in November of 2011 with her bachelor’s degree in general studies with a concentration in social sciences. She started working at the TBDC in October of 2012. Ann Marie is the Project Coordinator for the I-20 Rural Accelerator Project.
LANDRY KOPDJOUS – STAFF
Landry Kopdjous is from Douala, Cameroon in west central Africa. He is a Masters of Accounting student at Louisiana Tech University. Landry obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in accounting from Grambling State University and has passed the Uniform CPA Examination. Landry started working at the TBDC in September 2014 as a graduate assistant. He helps in analyzing financial information for clients through assessment of their business situations, and the development of tools needed for their success. His duties also include information and research activities which could either relate to the specific needs of a client or be more general in nature.
COOPER COCHRAN – USDA PROJECT CONSULTANT
Cooper Cochran serves as a USDA Project Consultant for the Technology Business Development Center. Cooper assists with special programs and project administration and delivery.
Prior to Louisiana Tech University, Cooper was the director of the LSU Shreveport Small Business Development Center. Cooper received his bachelor’s degree from Northeast Louisiana University and received his commission in the U.S. Army. After completing two years of active military service, he remained in the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 28 years retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Cooper’s 30 years of business background include experience managing multiple retail operations, serving as a comptroller, an industrial engineer, and as a plant manager of a manufacturing firm.
MIRIAM WYATT RUSSELL, CEcD – I-20 REGIONAL BUSINESS ACCELERATOR PROGRAM CONSULTANT
Mrs. Russell owns a consulting business, Wyatt and Associates, which specializes in business start-up assistance, economic and community development work. She has worked in business development and start-up for aging and disability markets in Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas. She owned a clothing manufacturing facility for 15 years. Miriam is currently serving as a consultant for the I-20 Accelerator Program through Louisiana Tech.
Miriam worked for the LSBDC at the University of Louisiana at Monroe for 13 years. She served on the Governor’s Steering Committee for Economic Development under Governor Roemer, served as President of the Louisiana Industrial Development Executive’s Association and numerous other economic development groups, including serving as the North Louisiana Regional Director for Louisiana Economic Development for 11 years. In that capacity, Mrs. Russell served as the outreach arm for LED in a 22 parish area. She worked with elected officials, economic development organizations, community groups, chambers of commerce and a variety of other groups and individuals working to improve North Louisiana. Mrs. Russell also worked directly with existing companies as well as those companies considering moving to the state.
Miriam is a Certified Economic and Community Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council, the world’s largest economic development organization.
ASHLEY TRUETT – STAFF
Ashley Truett is from Calhoun, Louisiana, right outside of Monroe. She is a junior accounting major at Louisiana Tech University. She will graduate with a B.S. in accounting in May 2015 and plans to take the CPA exam soon after. Ashley started working at the TBDC in November 2013. She performs marketing and financial researches for TBDC clients. She also helps analyze the information to prepare plans, reports, financial statements and budgets for the client’s business.