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  • Staff

  • Laina Brickley

    President & CEO

    Ms. Brickley and her family moved from Northeast Ohio to the Acadiana area in 2016.
    Before her move, she spent ten years in the financial services industry, serving as
    a wealth advisor for PNC Bank. Upon her move to Acadiana, she took on the
    position as COO of Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, working for the organization
    until December of 2021, when she took over as CEO of the Chamber of
    Commerce. Ms. Brickley joined the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce to help the
    business community grow and thrive by providing innovative resources and
    programming while also serving as a convener of ideas and a catalyst for change
    and growth.
    Ms. Brickley attended Kent State University and received her undergraduate
    degree in Psychology with a concentration in Philosophy. Later, she attended
    both The University of Toledo to receive her Juris Doctorate and simultaneously
    The Medical College of Ohio to be awarded her Master’s in Public Health. Ms.
    Brickley is also certified in both general and family law mediation.
    She is married to her husband Andrew, the Vice President of Business
    Development at Opelousas General Health System. She is involved in the local
    community serving on the board of CASA, and actively involved with supporting
    her children’s school. Laina enjoys traveling, reading, and baking in her spare
    time.
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    Valli Soileau

    Director of Membership and Marketing

    Valli has been a longtime resident of south Louisiana. While living briefly in El Paso, TX during her husband's military service, she graduated from Western Technical College as a massage therapist. After moving back to her hometown of Mamou, LA, she became involved in the Mamou Rotary Club and served as President 2014. After working for 6 years in property management, she recently relocated to Opelousas with her husband Dagan and their four children. In September of 2021, she became the Executive Assistant at the St. Landry Chamber of Commerce. In April 2022, she was promoted to Director of Membership and Marketing where she currently serves.
    Valli continues to work with several community organizations. She was appointed as Public Image Chair for the Opelousas Sunrise Rotary Club in 2022. She serves as a certified CASA of St. Landry-Evangeline volunteer and frequently volunteers at the Eunice Community Sensory Garden. She most recently became a member of the Opelousas Kiwanis Club. She and husband are also currently pursuing certification with the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services as foster parents. In her free time she enjoys cooking soups and pasta dishes and tending to her house plants.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Volunteers

  • Yvonne Normand

    Honorary Board Member & Volunteer

     

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