Stephenson Entrepreneur Fellows Spring 2021 Cohort Announced

January 15, 2021

BATON ROUGE - The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems offers the Entrepreneurship Fellows Program to grow a stream of talented entrepreneurs willing to start new businesses and innovate within existing ones. The program fosters entrepreneurial-minded students by providing an intensive, high-quality educational experience to a select cohort of undergraduate and graduate students at LSU, regardless of their major. Any LSU student may apply, and fellows are chosen through a competitive application process.

This year, the 31-student cohort is comprised of business and non-business majors in all stages of study, with an average GPA well above 3.0. The spring 2021 Entrepreneur Fellows are listed below, along with their intended major.

Olivia Madison Acree, junior, General Business

Blair Elise Aguda, senior, Marketing

Ramsey Abdul Alsoub, junior, Pre-Business Administration

Andrew Clifford Black III, junior, Finance

Konnor Cole Bordlee, senior, General Business

John Christopher Cascio, junior, Accounting

Elijah Conner Chambless, sophomore, General Business

Mark Stephen Champagne, senior, Entrepreneurship

Albert Cho, sophomore, Biology

Aaniyah T. Cola, senior, Management

Abbigail Rae Crouchet, junior, Marketing

Deventria Trenae Curtis, senior, Marketing

Tommy T. Duong, senior, ISDS

Leonard R. Fields, senior, General Business

Julia G. Fontana, freshman, Entrepreneurship

Lauryn Paulore Guillory, sophomore, Pre-Education

Kayla M. Hamilton, junior, Mass Communication

D’Monda Hill, Masters Public Administration  

Gabe M. Ingram, junior, Pre-Business Administration

Payton Kathleen Keller, junior, Pre-Business Administration

Jacob Charles Kingery, sophomore, International Trade and Finance

Connor Landry, senior, Management

Mason Lobner, freshman, Pre-Business Administration

Caleb Parker Manemann, junior, Accounting

Francesca Manfucci, junior, Management

Madeleine C. Naquin, Masters Finance

Mario Enrique Perez-Gomez, sophomore, Pre-Business Administration

Lillian Irene Ray, sophomore, Finance

Alexandro Shelton, sophomore, Marketing

Tevor Roman Thrasher, senior, Chemical Engineering

Marvin J. Zamaro-Puerto, senior, ISDS

Throughout the program, the Fellows meet business leaders from across the region and are exposed to the entrepreneur networks that are vital to dynamic economies. The Fellows are encouraged to become active participants in regional economic development efforts. They are taught to apply principles of entrepreneurship wherever they are needed, from high-tech startups to established firms to nonprofit organizations. The Fellows are expected to embrace the entrepreneurial mindset and be ambassadors for entrepreneurship at LSU. To learn more about the Entrepreneur Fellow Program, visit


About the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems

The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business combines teaching and research to create a rich learning experience for its students. Relationships with industry and state agencies enable the department to assist organizations with issues related to entrepreneurship, information systems, analytics, and business intelligence, as well as innovation and technological change and offer enhanced career opportunities for its graduates. Collaborative research efforts of its diverse faculty have resulted in major grants from the National Science Foundation and the state of Louisiana. For more information, visit

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Danielle Basilica