Jessica Slaughter, Executive Director
“A native of north central Louisiana, I grew up in Columbia and then moved to Monroe where I received my BFA from ULM. I have been involved with the arts since childhood, and am pleased to have found my way to arts administration. Previously, I taught elementary and middle school visual art in Richland Parish, and was also the owner of Slaughterhead, a web-based business where my husband and I created and sold handmade wallets and bags. I have lived in Ruston for three years and I feel a strong connection to the community through NCLAC, the city’s school system and the university.”
interests: gardening, cooking, dancing with my kids, CrossFit, birds, traveling with my husband, music festivals, quality conversations
dislikes: friends moving away, washing silverware, Louisiana temperatures in July
Jessica Slaughter received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. After this she taught elementary art for the Richland Parish School Board. She has a background in music (vocal, piano and flute) as well as experience backstage with university theatre. For six years she was the creator and manager of her own web-based business, slaughterhead.com, successfully managing promotion, events, book-keeping and supply and demand of products. Since then she has served as NCLAC’s Educational Coordinator, and was promoted to the Executive Director position in July 2012.
Laura Hunt Miller, Executive Assistant
“I seek to combine my experiences of working with and supporting non-profits and artists, and my passion for the arts, and a true sense of community, to make my small hometown a better place. I believe strongly that creating unique experiences and places keep communities alive, and that employing local talent to form these experiences is a great way to go about this. I hope that through my work with NCLAC that I can do this, as NCLAC did for me when she was a young artist growing up in a small rural town.”
interests: good food, martial arts, animation, anything Japan, Cold War history, sailing, maps, 80s music, historic preservation
dislikes: most modern country music, people who use “good” as an adverb, dirty restaurants
Laura Hunt Miller received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University in 2007. In 2004 she studied Art History in London at Richmond International American University, and in 2010 received a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation of the Built Environment from Savannah College of Art and Design. Before her employment with NCLAC, she served as an independent consultant for the Council, creating a Board Member Handbook and fundraising training materials as well as digitizing and organizing physical files. In addition, she served on the NCLAC Board of Directors for three years. She has previous experience developing promotion and marketing materials for the Main Street Association of Ripley, MS, and has written and been awarded a Louisiana Main Street Redevelopment Incentive Grant. She began as the NCLAC Executive Assistant in April 2013.