Laura-Ashley Overdyke is the Executive Director of the Caddo Lake Institute, with locations in both East Texas and Shreveport, LA.
Laura-Ashley spent much of her childhood frequenting Caddo Lake; fishing, boating and communing with family and friends. She graduated from Loyola College Preparatory and went on to Washington & Lee University in Virginia. Upon graduating from W&L, Laura-Ashley joined the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC and was a key member during the launch of the Geographic’s first nightly TV news program, managing the research team, producing, and reporting on-air.
She then traveled the country, speaking on behalf of the White House Drug Prevention effort. Working alongside top public relations and advertising firms, she facilitated the evolution of the term “Anti-Drug” to a more positive brand, “Above the Influence”, with accompanying websites, ads for TV, print and radio.
When Overdyke returned the Shreveport area, she was named Senior Editorial Producer at local news station KTBS. In addition to revitalizing KTBS’ investigative and in-depth reporting, she also helped manage 16 reporters.
Directly before joining The Caddo Lake Institute, Laura-Ashley spent two years with the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, overseeing $12 million in donor advised competitive grants and spearheaded a collective impact effort to improve the overall Health of the Shreveport region.
The Caddo Lake Institute has a 25-year track record of strong science — working with local officials, government agencies and for the community. With her vast experience and pure heart for Caddo Lake, Overdyke will certainly build upon the conservation efforts by exploring unique opportunities that benefit the integrity of the region.
Laura-Ashley is married to local Landscape Architect Lloyd Overdyke, and they have two precious girls. She is grateful for the opportunity to share her deep love of Caddo Lake and be an integral part of its conservation.
Caddo Lake Institute brought together experts from 4 states, 2 federal agencies and local government officials to share their latest information and techniques in managing Giant Salvinia. Some topics of discussion were prevention, containment booms and the latest in...