Louise has a strong background in education, entrepreneurship and community engagement. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Bluefield State College and a MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has owned and operated two businesses, and currently serves as Business Manager at Credit Connection, Inc. Louise is active in a variety of community associations and organizations, including work with at-risk youth, Miriam’s House, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Lynchburg Chapter of Links and MDM Networking, Inc., sponsor of the Pink Auction, which raises money for Breast Cancer research, education and services. Louise was the 2010 recipient of the Mayor’s Award of Excellence. She has served on the EDA since 2009, most recently serving as chair.