Quezaire graduates from New Leaders Council program

Allison B. Hudson

NATCHITOCHES ­ Four Northwestern State alumni have graduated from a

Leadership program sponsored by the New Leaders Council to train college

Seniors and young professionals to be political entrepreneurs.

Cody Bourque of Splendora, Texas, Lauren Michel of Natchitoches, Denise

Quezaire of Baton Rouge and Tegan Rymer of Shreveport completed a five-month program that focuses on campaign work, advocacy and leadership training.

Brandy Quezaire, is public relations coordinator for the Environmental and Infrastructure Group of The Shaw Group. A Donaldsonville native, she is

a 2005 graduate of Northwestern in journalism and was a member of the

Women’s track team. Prior to working at the Shaw Group, Quezaire served as

the press secretary for the Office of the Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu. She

was a company member for Cangelosi Dance Project, a non-profit contemporary

dance company in Baton Rouge. Quezaire is a dance instructor for Let?s Dance

Studio in Donaldsonville. She is a member of Forum 35, Urban League of

Greater New Orleans Young Professionals and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Rymer is a field organizer in Shreveport for Repower

Bourque is a May 2010 graduate of Northwestern with a degree in

journalism. He will work as an intern for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in

Washington, D.C. this summer. While an undergraduate, he served as Student

Government Association president and general manager of the campus radio

station, KNWD. Bourque served as public relations coordinator for Push

America in Charlotte, N.C., Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity’s national service

initiative focused on helping those with disabilities. He is a Dean’s List

student, and plans on attending graduate school to study public


Michel is assistant director of recruiting for the Louisiana

Scholars? College at Northwestern State University. A New Orleans native,

she graduated from the Scholars? College in 2009 with a degree in liberal

arts with a concentration in humanities and social thought with minors in

both political science and history. Michel is working toward a master?s

degree in English at Northwestern. As an undergraduate, she was an intern in

the Louisiana Legislative Women?s Caucus and the Louisiana representative to

the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship?s Inaugural Student Congress.

America and will soon be Vermont operations manager for Democracy in

America. She is a graduate of the Scholars? College with bachelor’s degrees

in political science and liberal arts. As an undergraduate, she completed a

senior thesis on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to

Hurricane Katrina. She was also elected a class representative to the

Louisiana Scholars? College Forum Council for four years. During the past

two summers, she completed internships at Democracy for America in the

political/field department and for Sen. Landrieu in her Shreveport office.

Rymer is a former resident of Opelousas.

Northwestern alumnus Matt Bailey is founder and

director of the Louisiana chapter of the New Leaders Council. Bailey, the

economic development coordinator for Shreveport Mayor Cedric B. Glover,

served as legislative assistant and military liaison for Sen. Landrieu.