Alumnus of the Year
Biograhpy of Past Recipients:
Lisa Johnson (Kinesiology andHealth Studies)
hnson completed the BS in
Health and Physical Education from the Mississippi University for
Women, the MA in Health and Kinesiology from Southeastern, and
the PhD in Kinesiology from LSU. Prior to coming to Southeastern,
Lisa taught in the public schools in Iberia and Pointe Coupee
Parishes and worked as a sales representative. After completing
the master's degree, she was hired as a faculty member by the LSU
Department of Kinesiology. Initiated with her work as a graduate
assistant at Southeastern, Dr Johnson continued to collaborate
with Southeastern faculty on research projects, and had 13
national publications as of 2007. In addition to her teaching and
research, Lisa has been a leader in LAHPERD (Louisiana
Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and
Dance), serving in numerous roles in including Vice-President
(2001-2003) and President (2007-2008). In addition to this award,
she received the Tiger Athletic Foundation's Undergraduate
Teaching Award in 2000 and 2003.
Janet G. Mora (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
Janet G. Mora received her BS in Elementary Education and Speech Correction from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1972 and later received a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Tulane University. At the time of this award, sheis a consultant with the Louisiana State Department of Education in the area of autism, she is responsible for providing professional development and technical assistance on educational services for Louisiana students with autism. In addition, Mora is the founding director of the Chartwell Center in New Orleans, a non-profit school for children with autism and sensory processing difficulties. Her knowledge and empathy for individuals and families of individuals with autism is well recognized and her advice and counsel is often sought and given willingly and freely.
ammy Louk Swindle (Kinesiology and
Tammy Louk Swindle received the BA in Kinesiology (1991) and MA
in Health Studies (1994) from Southeastern Louisiana University. At
the time of this award, she was Senior Health Educator for the
Cancer Center of Greater New Orleans, where she worked since 1996.
Her work centers on tobacco prevention and cessation, and each year
her programs reach 13,000 students in K-12 schools, and another
10,000 adults. Tammy is a regular presenter at professional
conferences and participant in community organizations including
the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Louisiana, and Louisiana Cancer
Control Partnership. In addition to this award she was named the
1999 Outstanding Tobacco Control Educator by the Louisiana Office
of Public Health.
Coletta C. Barrett (School of Nursing)
Coletta C.Barrett, received her nursing diploma from
Charity Hospital School of Nursing in
the late 1970s, received her BS in Nursing from
SoutheasternLouisiana University in1991 and then
received a master’s degree in public health from Tulane
University. At the time of this award, Barrett is vice
president of policy development and research for the Louisiana
Hospital Association. She is the first registered nurse to be
elected to the position. In addition,Barrett was
elected as chair of the AHA, one of the nation’s largest
non-profit health organizations.
Previously she worked with Baton Rouge
General Medical Center as vice president of administration and as a
system vice president for care management.
Dr. Michael Berry(Kinesiology and Health Studies)
Michael Berry received the BS in Physical Education from Jacksonville State University in 1977, the MA in Physical Education from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1978, and the PhD from Texas A&M University in 1983. At the time of this award, he was a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University. Dr Berry is a renowned scholar in Exercise Physiology, having published a number of research articles in journals such as Journal of Applied Physiology, American Journal of Physical Therapy, and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Health, National Institute of Aging, and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. In addition to this award, he received the 1991 Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence Award.
Dr. W. Leroy Fanning (Kinesiology and Health Studies)
Leroy Fanning received the BA in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1964 (where he was the first Roomie the Lion), followed by an EdD from the University of Georgia. At the time of this award, he was a Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where we worked since 1971. An active participant in professional organizations, Dr Fanning has been President of Southern District AAHPERD, and served the AAHPERD organization on committees and activities too numerous to mention. In 2002, he was awarded the AAHPERD R. Tait McKenzie Honor Award, and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport Presidential Award. He is also a notable contributor to sport, having served as Tournament Director and Senior Sport Manager for USA Basketball for the 1996 Olympics, and tournament coordinator for several AAU/USA Girls Basketball National Championships.