About Us

About Us

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Our Story



Nexus Louisiana’s mission is to accelerate the growth of high-potential technology-enabled companies by providing them with coaching, capital and connections. Our programs leverage regional collaboration to foster mentorship, investment, and opportunity for local entrepreneurs to grow their ideas and transform the technology industry in Louisiana.

Our Impact

Nexus Louisiana exists to connect local entrepreneurs to the coaching, capital and connections they need to grow and succeed. Through our mentorship, programming and connections to capital investors, we are helping to create a better, brighter future for the tech industry in Louisiana.

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Leadership & Staff

  • Genevieve Silverman
    President & CEO
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    Genevieve Silverman has dedicated her career to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners thrive. With 25 years of finance, commercial lending, and business development experience, she has a proven track record of excellence. As the president and CEO, she is committed to advancing technology-centric entrepreneurship initiatives and driving economic impact in communities across Louisiana. Genevieve has several notable accomplishments that include creating the BizTech Challenge to foster STEM-based entrepreneurship at Historically Black Colleges & Universities, and launching Apprenti Louisiana, the first IT registered apprenticeship program in the State of Louisiana, to help technology employers fill mid-tier IT jobs with a diverse and highly competent workforce. Prior to joining Nexus Louisiana, Genevieve served as the Assistant Vice President Hibernia National Bank and IberiaBank.

  • Stephen Loy
    Executive Director

    Stephen Loy is an experienced communications and legislative relations professional. He started with Nexus Louisiana as the director of communication in 2004, and was promoted to Executive Director in 2011. Stephen manages the day-to-day operations, developing strategies to attract early-stage companies, and managing one of Nexus Louisiana’s signature programs, Tech Park Academy. Prior to joining the Tech Park, Stephen managed public relations and legislative initiatives for the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association. He began his career with LSU’s Office of Public Relations. Stephen is accredited in Public Relations and is a past President of The Public Relations Association of Louisiana—Baton Rouge Chapter (PRAL-BR). He served as Treasurer of the Southern Public Relations Federation Board of Directors and is a past President of the Louisiana Business Incubation Association. Stephen currently serves on the board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC).

  • Kasey Frioux
    Director of Facilities

    Kasey Frioux is the longest tenured employee Nexus Louisiana and has been with the organization since it was founded in 2001. As the Facilities Director, she manages the 40,000 square foot Tech Park, serves as the liaison for the board of directors, and assists with all entrepreneurial initiatives. Before joining Nexus Louisiana, Kasey had a career in the automotive industry spanning more than a decade and worked for some of the South’s largest dealership networks.

  • Sylvia Alaniz
    Accountant & HR Manager

    Sylvia Alaniz is an experienced accountant and human resources professional. Committed to serving the community through her work, she takes pride in providing the best customer services possible to our members, partners, and colleagues. As the Accountant and Human Resources Manager, Sylvia’s role includes, but is not limited to grant management, donor tracking, and employee relations. She has an accounting degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

  • Todd Lowery
    Director of Investment Readiness

    Todd Lowery worked in the petrochemical industry for 30 years, gaining experience in business development, finance, operations, acquisitions and divestitures, and negotiations. As the Director of Investment Readiness, he leverages that skill set to help businesses raise capital, manage their finances, and grow their business. Todd holds a mechanical engineering degree from Oklahoma State University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones School of Business.

  • Na'Tisha Natt
    Director of Marketing & Communications

    She is passionate about advancing entrepreneurship and helping communities thrive. As the Director of Marketing and Communications she develops comprehensive marketing strategies to drive growth for Nexus Louisiana while creating collaborative relationships with entrepreneurs, business leaders, and community officials. Before joining NexusLA, Na’Tisha was the director of public affairs for Louisiana Housing Corporation, the state’s housing agency dedicated to creating affordable housing solutions for Louisiana residents, and the director of marketing and communications for the Louisiana Small Business Development Center – State Office. A native of Monroe, La., she holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in marketing and mass communication from Southern University and A&M College and received executive training at the University of Notre Dame. She is a 2020 Leadership Baton Rouge alumna, was named a Northeast Louisiana Top 40 Under 40 Young Professional and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

  • Kristi Richardson
    Programs & Events Manager

    Kristi Richardson brings more than a decade of experience in education and nonprofit administration. She has worked as a teacher leadership development manager of operations for Teach For America, served as Senior Impact Manager at City Year for several schools in Baton Rouge, including Capitol Middle School and Louisiana Key Academy, and was the business manager for the LSU Olinde Career Center.As the Programs & Events Coordinator, she will manage Nexus Louisiana’s signature events, including BREW and BizTech Challenge. Kristi has a social sciences degree from Upper Iowa University.

  • Michael Sullivan
    Digital Marketing Specialist

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  • Madeleine Naquin
    Analyst & Business Consultant

    *Bio Coming Soon

Our Board

  • Anita Tillman, Chair

    CEO, AMcorp International, LLC

  • Anita Byrne, Vice Chair

    Partner, SSA Consultants

  • Calvin Mills, Immediate Past Chair

    CEO, CMC Technology Consulting; Designee of Mayor-President Sharon Weston-Broome, City of Baton Rouge

  • Barbra Barnett, JD, MA PhD

    Associate, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC

  • Samuel J. Bentley, PhD

    Vice President of Research & Economic Development, Louisiana State University; Designee of Louisiana State University

  • Stephanie Cargile

    Public & Government Affairs Manager, ExxonMobil Baton Rouge

  • Josh Fleig

    Senior Director of Business Development, Louisiana Economic Development (LED); Designee of Louisiana Economic Development

  • Ross Reilly

    Vice President of Business Development, Lamar Advertising

  • Michael Stubblefield, PhD

    Vice-Chancellor of Research & Strategic Initiatives, Southern University and A&M College

  • Issac Thomas

    President, Designee of Economic Freedom Association


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