The Acadian


To present all that is positive about Acadiana while helping preserve its culture by promoting its people, history, art, and music.


Gwen Fontenot, Ph.D, co-owner & publishing editor

 Gwen F. Fontenot, Ph.D., co-owner of Bonnes Nouvelles Publishing and publishing editor and co-owner for The Acadian, is a native of Vidrine in Evangeline Parish. Gwen earned a bachelor of science degree in business education, a master’s of business administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a doctorate of philosophy with a major in marketing from the University of North Texas. An associate professor of marketing and head of the Marketing and Hospitality Department at UL Lafayette, Gwen has extensive experience in publishing, marketing research and small business management. read more

 Dawna Waterbury, C0-owner

Dawna, a lifelong resident of Acadiana, brings a diverse background to The Acadian®.   Her experience is steeped in strategic marketing and entrepreneurial ventures.  She is the General Manager/COO of Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, one of the south's premier private clubs, located in Broussard, LA.  Prior to joining Le Triomphe, she was the Executive Vice President of Performance Benefits, Inc. and worked as marketing consultant on projects ranging from Strategic Positioning for computer software companies to Website Usability Studies for an exclusive international retailer. read more

Angela Guillory, General Sales Manager

Angela Guillory brings much talent and many innovative ideas to The Acadian® as General Sales Manager.  In addition to being sales team leader, Angela will also serve our Opelousas-based customers. Prior to joining The Acadian®, Angela, who has a solid background in sales and marketing, was an administrative manager at Lowe's in Opelousas. She is a graduate of Belmont Academy in Opelousas and has a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Angela is also a state-licensed realtor and works with Van Eaton and Romero Realtors in Opelousas. read more 

Crystal Snider, Graphic Artist

 Crystal is a life-long resident of Acadiana who lives in Carencro with her husband Michael and her 14 year old daughter Allison. Crystal has an Associate's Degree in Desktop Publishing / Graphic Design from Louisiana Technical College in Lafayette.  In addition to bringing ten years of graphic design experience to The Acadian®, Crystal also shares her talent with Hulco Printers of Scott. read more


Contributing Writers:

Susan Boudreaux

Blair Dahl

Natasha Dupuy

Aleisha Hunt

Theresa Rohloff

Distribution:  Janine Rozas