Dana Cawthon has dedicated her career to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners grow and succeed, bringing to the network more than 20 years of management and financial consulting experience in the public and private sector. She joined the LSBDC as Regional Director in July 2015. Prior to joining the LSBDC, Cawthon served as a business consultant for the Mississippi Small Business Development Center in Tupelo, Mississippi, as well as owned and operated a management and financial consulting firm in Denver, Colorado for 15 years.
In addition to her entrepreneurial experience, Cawthon is a decorated veteran of the United States Air Force. She has been honored for her outstanding service and achievement by former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfield. Cawthon has also received numerous meritorious awards including an Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and America Campaign Medal. Cawthon, a native of North Mississippi, earned an Executive Leadership MBA from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi.
Amy Jones is a Business Consultant in the Alexandria office of the LSBDC. She will be servicing the Northwest Central Region covering 14 parishes; Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Vernon, Webster, and Winn.
She has 15 plus years of banking experience as a Branch Manager, Business Lender and Mortgage Loan Originator. Amy also has 5 years of experience in the shipbuilding industry.
Amy is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a double major in Banking/Finance and Real Estate/Mortgage Finance.
Natosha Johnson-Payne serves as Senior Administrative Assistant for the Natchitoches Office. She provides administrative support, customer service, and will lead all Administrative Assistants and Student Workers in Northwest and Central Region.
Natosha has over 15 years of experience in Administrative and Accounting Services.
Natosha is a native of Natchitoches, LA and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration and Human Resource Management (MBA) from the University of Phoenix. She also holds a B.A. degree in Social Science from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, where she serves on numerous community services projects to all mankind.