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Meet the ASC Staff

Academic Personnel

Dr. Elizabeth Giroir
Executive Director of Student Success
Lee Hall 106 B

Elizabeth Giroir
Interim Associate Director
Lee Hall 114 B







Lana Rodriguez
Assistant Director
Lee Hall 115


As a graduate of UL Lafayette from the College of Liberal Arts and Southern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, I am honored to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater to work with students.

I am the Transfer Coordinator at UL Lafayette. I assist students who are interested in transferring to the University. I also serve as an Academic Advisor for Undeclared Liberal Arts and Science majors at UL Lafayette.

I enjoy assisting prospective and currently enrolled students in achieving educational goals that are consistent with their career plans.







Melissa Chavis
SSM Systems Analyst
Lee Hall 110A


I joined the Academic Success Center (ASC) in January 2022 as the Systems Analyst.  I have been in the Information Technology field over 20 years, and I absolutely love all things technology.  I am a 1996 Graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  Most of my career has been spent in the legal industry but I am so excited to be back on campus.  Although I am not working directly with students, I am honored to be working behind the scenes assisting the Team that does.

I am looking forward to great things here in the Academic Success Department and doing my part to help promote the success of all students!

Alexis Brown
Academic Advisor
Lee Hall 115

I joined the Academic Success Team in January 2022. I work with students at varying stages in their academic career and help them begin (and continue) to navigate their academic life here at UL Lafayette. My goal is to be a friendly and helpful contact that students know will help them in whatever capacity they may need. I am grateful to have the chance to work with such diverse students and use my knowledge and experience to help them take of ownership of their academic lives and beyond.

As a former teacher, I am thrilled to have the chance to continue to see students succeed and grow in all facets of their life. I graduated from Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) in Birmingham, Al with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I spent 6 years working in the classroom as an early childhood educator and am ready to apply the many skills I have learned guiding and teaching my younger students, to the young adults I will be teaching and advising here. I cannot wait to see all the great things students here at UL Lafayette accomplish!




Morgan Lewton
Academic Advisor
Lee Hall 115

I joined the Academic Success Center in January of 2022 as an Academic Advisor, where we assist students with recognizing and reaching their academic goals. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington State University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. I have worked in many facets of Higher Education including Enrollment Management, Career Services, Academic Advising, and Community Outreach and I have a strong commitment to the pursuit of higher education. I deeply enjoy working with students from all backgrounds and am grateful for the opportunity to serve our students at UL Lafayette.


Caitlin Smith, LMSW
Academic Advisor
Lee Hall 115

I joined the Academic Success Center team in 2019 where I have been able to support the academic autonomy of the students here at UL Lafayette.  In addition to advising underclassmen in various disciplines, I provide academic counseling and instruct courses that aim to help students master their first year of college.  Prior to UL Lafayette, I was part of a fitness business startup, a medical social worker, and a mental health professional here in Acadiana.  These experiences along with my academic journey prove useful when addressing the diverse needs of today’s student.

I am a first-generation college graduate, receiving a Bachelor of General Studies degree from UL Lafayette and a Master of Social Work Degree from LSU.  I consider it a privilege to return to UL Lafayette in order to best serve the next generation of Ragin Cajuns.




Taylor Bourgeois
Academic Advisor
Lee Hall 115

I joined the Academic Success Center (ASC) in 2019. I have the pleasure of working with undergraduate, first-time freshman in and out of the classroom. My focus is assisting students in recognizing their potential to succeed in college and beyond. Whether it’s advising or teaching University 100, Freshman Seminar, I am honored to be working closely with students as they begin their journey at UL Lafayette.

Before joining the ASC team, I served as an Advising Coordinator in the B.I. Moody III College of Business at UL Lafayette. I also worked at South Louisiana Community College advising various disciplines and teaching a college career and foundation skills course.

I hold a Bachelor of General Studies degree (with disciplines in business and education) and a Master of Arts in Health Studies from Southeastern Louisiana University. My journey through college allowed me to realize my passion for working with students in higher education. I am happy to be home in Cajun Country and excited to work with you!





Kelee Roddy
Academic Advisor
Lee Hall 115

I work with first-time freshman that are Admitted by Committee or COMPASS exam at UL Lafayette. I serve as the primary advisor for these students that are majoring in a field of study within the College of Business (except for Management), the Sciences, and Arts. I am also the Re-entry Coordinator for students that are interested in returning to the University.

I graduated from Northwestern State University with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Masters in Sport Administration. Prior to my time at UL Lafayette, I spent four years working as an Academic Counselor for athletes. While I worked with all athletes in different capacities, my primary focus was working with “at-risk” students.

I am excited to be at UL Lafayette and really enjoy helping first-time freshman navigate the transition from high school to college and I love providing all students with the tools necessary to be successful in the classroom while balancing life’s demands in order to have the best student experience as possible.

Administrative Personnel

Francine Prudhomme
Administrative Coordinator
Lee Hall 115

Pennie Babin
Administrative Assistant
Lee Hall 115