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Admissions Team
Admissions@louisianaculinary.comLouisiana Culinary Institute (LCI) has assembled an Admissions Team comprised of several individuals that are well versed on every aspect of LCI. Whether you have questions regarding enrollment, the LCI curriculum, or job placement assistance, the Admissions Team can provide the answer. Contact anyone on our Admissions Team to schedule a tour of our new 40,000 square foot facility. Come in and see for yourself why we are the premier culinary school of the South.
Courtney Tegtman
Sr. Admissions Officer
Admissions Department Team Lead
ProStart Coordinator
Patricia@louisianaculinary.comCourtney Tegtman is a Sr. Admissions Officer and the Admissions Department Team Lead. She is also the ProStart Coordinator.  After working in many different aspects in the sports medicine world, including being a Nationally Certified Athletic Trainer, Courtney realized her passion is customer service and helping people reach their goals. Born and raised in Stamford, Nebraska, Courtney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  She looks forward to growing into the profession and working with new people every day.
Erin Laley
Admissions Officer
Erin.Laley@louisianaculinary.comErin is a graduate of the Louisiana Culinary Institute with an Associate of Occupational Studies (Advanced Baking & Pastry). As a graduate of LCI, Erin is excited to help other students reach their dream of achieving a career in culinary arts. Erin hopes that her experience as a student at LCI will be an asset in guiding students through the admissions process all the way to graduation.
Alex Ricks
Admissions Officer
Alex.Ricks@louisianaculinary.comAlex Ricks is ecstatic to be joining the Louisiana Culinary Institute’s Admissions team as an Admissions Officer.  Alex has over 7 years experience in higher education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology as well as a Master’s in Business Administration. Alex’s priority is to assist students pursue their passions in the culinary industry.
Patricia Johnson
Student Services Coordinator
Job Placement Officer
Admissions Officer
Patricia@louisianaculinary.comPatricia Johnson is excited to be the Louisiana Culinary Institute’s new Student Services Coordinator and Job Placement Officer.  Patricia also continues to be an essential component of the Admissions Team serving as an Admissions Officer.  Her extensive customer service management and foodservice industry experience has honed Patricia’s interpersonal communication skills, making her adept at discerning and accommodating current and potential student’s, as well as faculty and staffâs, needs. Additionally, Patricia is formally trained in Medical Assisting and has lived many years of her life in her mother’s native country, England.
Financial Aid
FinAid@louisianaculinary.comThe Louisiana Culinary Institute is committed to helping students realize their culinary dreams. This includes providing applicants and students with relevant information on funding options for their culinary education. Title IV Federal Student Aid, GI Bill and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Contact any member of the Financial Aid Office for more information.
Natalie Gunn 
Financial Aid Officer / Tuition Officer
Natalie@louisianaculinary.comNatalie Gunn is enthusiastic about becoming Louisiana Culinary Institute’s Financial Aid Officer / Tuition Officer.  After owning and managing a successful business in Chicago for over ten years, she is excited to employ those skills when assisting applicants in financing their culinary educational dreams.  No stranger to the arts, Natalie holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Studio Design with an emphasis in Interior Architecture.  Having started working on a Master’s Degree in Chicago, she plans to continue at Louisiana State University.  Natalie’s strong commitment to education and the arts, as well as her successful business background, makes her a valuable asset to Louisiana Culinary Institute’s staff.
Charlie Ruffolo
Director of Public Affairs
Charlie@louisianaculinary.comCharlie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before moving to Baton Rouge in 2008.  He studied Business Administration at Minnesota State and Elmhurst College.  Growing up, he spent majority of his time working with his family’s produce distribution company, C. Ruffolo and Sons, on the Southwest side of Chicago.  Charlie received extensive training from Chicago International Produce Market (CIPM), including Sales, Management, Purchasing, Inventory, Accounting, and Customer Service.  Since 2008 he has handled the Public Affairs for the Louisiana Culinary Institute (LCI).  He has built a number of professional relationships and is always eager to create new ones.  LCI has some of the most talented culinary students and Charlie believes in showcasing their skills for the public.  Charlie also has experience working with local farmers, non- profits, chefs, hotels, restaurants, casinos, bakeries, Fortune 500 companies, corporations, schools, and local and national television/media production companies.  He also oversees and assists with Admissions, Job/Career Placement, and other Administrative functions.

Support Staff

The Louisiana Culinary Institute has developed a support staff specializing in unique areas of student need. These individuals are committed to ensuring  that resources are available to promote student success. LCI prides itself on creating new innovative tools to help students reach their dreams. For any questions about the services provided by support staff please contact one of the staff members below.

Nicole Biddy, CC, CPC Pantry Chef
Mike Buck

Job Placement

Although well traveled, Mike Buck has always called Baton Rouge home. He worked for several years in the local restaurant industry while getting an education in Business Management and Nutrition Science at Louisiana State University. His experiences include work in nutrition research, local food systems, and business operations. Additionally, Mike has been involved with countless projects across Louisiana as a seasoned photographer. As both the Nutrition Instructor and Career Services Coordinator at LCI, Mike not only furthers student education, but also their
Jessica LanningFront Desk

Executive Assistant

LCI would like to welcome a new friendly face at the front desk. Jessica has worked in higher education for over 9 years. She has worked for a diverse group of employers and has consistently been a shining start to everyone’s morning. She serves as the front desk assistant for the Louisiana Culinary Institute daily.
Leah Guillory- White

Director of Admissions/Student Services

Leah Guillory White joined LCI in September of 2014 as the newest member of the Student Services team. With more than 8 years of student supportive services experience, White is assisting with administrative support, student services’ needs, curriculum support, and new project initiatives.  Her goal is to become an additional pillar of support to our students as they strive to reach their dreams with all of her efforts pointing towards the continued success of LCI. Leah has a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology from Louisiana State University as well as a MBA and Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from the University of Phoenix. Leah has experience working in higher education, management, small business development, employee engagement and diversity, compliance, and youth advocacy groups.  She is excited about playing an important role in the success of our future