MILAM STREET KITCHEN INCUBATOR & COMMUNITY KITCHEN TEAM MEMBERS
Turaeza Hose, MBAExecutive Director
Turaeza Hose is the Executive Director for Milam Street Kitchen Incubator Community Kitchen at Southern University at Shreveport. She was born in Palo Alto, California. Upon graduating high school in October 1997, Turaeza enlisted in the United States Air Force. Turaeza completed her basic training and attended culinary arts school at Lackland AFB in Texas. Tureaza has served at duty stations located in Guam, Idaho, Japan, California and Germany. She retired from Barksdale AFB in October of 2017.
During Turaeza’s 20 year career with the United States Air Force, she’s held positions ranging from Line Cook to District Superintendent of Hospitality Operations. As District Superintendent of Hospitality Operations, Turaeza was responsible for managing five dining facilities producing over 225,000 meals a month. While stationed in Germany, Turaeza served as Lead Inspector on the European Air Force Inspector General Team inspecting dining facilities throughout the European theater. Turaeza formulated food service policies and provided strategic planning for nine Air Force units and 3 Major Air Force Commands.
Turaeza has earned numerous military awards and decorations including the Meritorious Service Medals (2), Air Force Commendation Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal (2), Air Force Achievement Medal (2), Air Force Good Conduct Medal (6), National Defense Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Medal (2), NATO Medal, Best Project Manager in the Air Force, Best Hospitality Director in the Pacific theater and Best Food Service Team in the Air Force (2)
Her education includes a Master’s Degree in Food Service Management obtained in 2014. Turaeza has attended the Air Force Community College, University of Maryland, University of Phoenix and Liberty University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Food Business Professional Studies from the Culinary Institute of America.
Monique Armand, MBACulinary Training Director
Monique Armand is the Culinary Training Director for Milam Street Kitchen Incubator Community Kitchen at Southern University at Shreveport. She owns and operates Sassi Catering which was opened in 2010 and established Sassi Café in 2016 in Downtown Shreveport. She is a former Professor for Southern University at Shreveport and University of Phoenix.
Monique participated in the 2016 Louisiana Food Prize with the “Battle of the Golden Fork”, hosted several dinners in conjunction with “318 Restaurant Week”, was one of the Premier Chefs at the “Signature Chef Gala” hosted by the March of Dimes, and partnered with the Downtown Development Authority of Shreveport at the “Holiday Pop Up Shop” that featured local small businesses. She was honored by the Shreveport Times in being chosen as having one of the 3 Top Gumbos and Top Lunch Spots in Northwest Louisiana.
Monique earned her B.S. in Marketing from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana in May 2002. She earned her M.B.A. from Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2003.
Darrin Dixon, MBADirector
Darrin Dixon is the Director for Small Business Development at Southern University at Shreveport. In January 2004, he established the Small, Women, and Minority-Owned Business Incubator program. To date, the program services over 125 business interests per year. Additionally, he does grant writing at the University and has generated $1.5 million in grants for community development activities.
Currently, Darrin serves as Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Shreveport Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce, the Strategic Action Council of Northwest Louisiana, Pathways in Education Charter School.
Darrin is earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness from Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge in May 1992. He earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix in June 2013.
Janice B. SneedVice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development and Metro Campus Administrator
Janice B. Sneed presently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Workforce Development and Metro Campus Administrator at Southern University at Shreveport (SUSLA). Ms. Sneed came to SUSLA in 1994 as a Computer Network and Database Administrator and soon advanced to Director of Workforce Development, Vocational Education, and Outreach Programs. In 2006 she was appointed to her current position as Vice Chancellor. Ms. Sneed has over 30 years of experience in project management, facilitating partnerships, community/economic development, and providing leadership of various workforce initiatives. Her portfolio includes an impressive administration of grants that exceeds 50 million dollars over the course of her career.
Ms. Sneed is a graduate of Leadership Shreveport (2000), Leadership Louisiana (2004) and 2006 Chamber of Commerce Athena Nominee. She also acquired 22 years of service in the military which includes six years of active duty service as a Computer Information Systems Officer and 16 years of reserve service in the 917th Air Force Reserve Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base. Over this period, she ascended to the rank of Major Janice B. Sneed and retired as a Medical Administrative Officer.
Her current and past board memberships include the Mayor’s Shreveport’s Women’s Commission, SciPort: Louisiana Science Center, African American Chamber of Commerce, HOPE Connections, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Industry Based Certification Board, Louisiana–Region 7 Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Board, Alliance for Education, Step Forward- Workforce Development Team, United Way of Northwest Louisiana, Strategic Action Council, Image Changers Community Development Corporation, Re-Entry Coalition, SUSLA Community Development Corporation, North Louisiana Economic Partnership, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the National Association of University Women.
Southern University at Shreveport does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability or any other protected class. Title IX Coordinator: Dr. Tuesday W. Mahoney, Johnny L. Vance, Jr. Student Activity Center, Room 208, (318) 670-9201. Section 504 Coordinator: Ms. Jerushka Ellis, Health & Physical Education Complex, Room 314, (318) 670-9367