Xavier University of Louisiana announces appointments and promotions

Xavier University of Louisiana  Office of the President, Marketing and Communications Department Announce New Staff Appointments

New Orleans, La – Xavier University of Louisiana recently announced new appointments and internal promotions. Ashley Irvin has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications; Jourdon Ferdinand to Interim Sr. Manager Marketing and Communications; Chelsea Cunningham to Manager of Communications and Media Relations; Regina Reyes to Marketing and Communications Specialist for Academic Affairs; Kai Rhea to Manager of Website Content, Development & Design; New appointments include Brhea Washington selected as the BUILD Marketing and Communications Specialist; La’Shance Perry selected as Student Affairs Marketing and Communications Specialist; Maxie Birch selected the Administrative and Procurement Assistant; In the Office of the President, Victoria Alexis has been appointed as the Community and External Affairs Manager and Timothy Ambrose selected as the Presidential Fellow for the President’s Office. These positions report to the Vice President and Chief of Staff Patrice A. Bell.

“It is with great anticipation that I welcome or promote these bright and experienced team members,” stated Vice President Bell. Adding, “This group of talented individuals brings new and innovative perspectives and will assist in sharing the Xavier story across a multitude of formats and internal and external stakeholder groups.” 



Ashley Irvin, MBA

Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Ashley Irvin joined the institution in 2018 and was quickly recognized as a rising leader in the department serving a myriad of roles. In her new role, Irvin will oversee all aspects of Xavier’s marketing and communications efforts including leading marketing strategies, media outreach, advertising campaigns, social media, community relations, and branding implementation for the organization.

Prior to this appointment, she served as the director of the Marketing and Communications Department, the communications and external affairs manager for Xavier University’s Office of the President and as a BUILD marketing and communications specialist. Ashley Irvin has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Loyola University, New Orleans and an MBA from the University of New Orleans.


Jourdon Ferdinand

Interim Sr. Manager Marketing and Communications

Jourdon Ferdinand leads the Marketing and Communications Department web team as the Manager of Website Content, Development, and Design. Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Ferdinand deeply believes in Xavier’s dedication to eXcellence and making a difference within the local community. He is a St. Augustine High School alumnus and received his B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Nicholls State University. Ferdinand joined the Xavier team in June 2019, serving as the web design and digital media specialist.


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Chelsea E. Cunningham

Manager of Communications and Media Relations

Chelsea E. Cunningham joined Xavier in January of 2020 as an award-winning marketing and communications professional serving as the account executive for Academic Affairs. As a specialist, she led XULA’s Marketing team in securing more than 19 international, national and local digital, public relations and social media campaign awards.

 In her new role as manager of communications and media relations, she will oversee communications to media, manage content initiatives and other communication channels including university publications, marketing campaigns and filming productions. Inducted into the Loyola University of New Orleans Hall of Fame, Cunningham graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Strategic Communication and a minor in marketing.


Regi Reyes

Marketing and Communications Specialist for Academic Affairs

Regi Reyes joined Xavier as the BUILD communications specialist in January 2020 and began her new role as the Marketing and Communications Specialist in September 2021. Reyes will lead the strategic communications efforts for Academic Affairs' departments and partners in her new position. Before joining the Marketing and Communications Department, Reyes served as the public relations coordinator at the Harry Tompson Center, a nonprofit serving individuals experiencing homelessness in New Orleans. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2016, receiving her bachelor of arts in Mass Communication, Public Relations, with a minor in Sociology.



Kai Rhea

Manager of Website Content, Development & Design 

Kai Rhea joined Xavier in October of 2020 as the web content specialist for the MCD prior to his promotion. He is an alum of East St. John high school and has furthered his career by going to Nicholls State University. There he received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems accompanied by a minor in accounting. Kai began his career with True Care Technology as an IT technician where his attention to detail and work ethic set him apart. He continues to show his excellence through immense motivation and an original mindset.


Brhea Washington

Communications Specialist for BUILD

Brhea Washington joined the Xavier University of Louisiana family as the marketing and communications specialist for BUILD. Washington will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive communication plan promoting the activities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Program. The New Orleans native will coordinate marketing and communication messaging for BUILD across media channels and audiences.

Before joining Xavier, Washington served as a writer, developing content for a Where Y'at Magazine and other online publications. Washington holds a bachelor of arts degree in English Literature from Louisiana State University.


La’Shance Perry

Marketing and Communications Specialist for Student Affairs

La’Shance Perry is a Xavier alum and experienced multimedia content creator born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Driven by her love of storytelling, she takes pride in providing the best media content possible. As the marketing and communications specialist for Student Affairs, her responsibilities include maintaining the university’s brand and marketing student affairs initiatives, programs and events. Perry is a recognized cum laude graduate from Xavier University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. She is also a published writer and photographer with work featured in Data News Weekly and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.