Kelli has served as the LSU Ambassadors advisor since 2000 and serves as the Assistant Director for the Office of Orientation. She guides the organization each year and provides continuous leadership and support. The advisor is present at most LSU Ambassador events, including council meetings, but has no vote in council decisions.
Words from Webber:
It is truly an honor to serve as the Advisor for the LSU Ambassadors. I wholeheartedly believe these students embody LSU’s Commitment to Community each day within their personal, professional and academic lives here at Louisiana State University. The love and support they have shown my family since the birth of my son, Parish Race Webber, is unprecedented.
When Parish was born, we were surprised to discover that he had Down syndrome. However, the LSU Ambassadors have been there for my family every step of the way, right from the beginning.
When Parish was a few months old, three of my LSU Ambassadors, came by to visit and bring him some gifts…and they gave me a gift as well. They handed me a CD to play in my computer. As I pulled up the file, a movie entitled, “Finding the Treasure” began to play. As the video played, I was greeted by several of my LSU Ambassadors sending us well wishes, saying how much they missed me, and talking about how excited they were to meet Parish. One of them wrote and performed a rap for Parish, and yet another one sent him greetings even though she had just gotten out of the hospital! Each message touched my heart immensely. I was sincerely flabbergasted at the amount of time they had spent on this video. At the end of each clip, each Ambassador said, “We are finding the treasure in each Parish.” I thought that was such a sweet play on words since his room was decorated with pirate decor…and I giggled at their creativity.
However, at the end of the video, an even more special gift was revealed. All the while, I simply assumed that, “We are finding the treasure in each Parish” was a cute tag line they created for the video…but I could have never imagined the deeper, more meaningful significance of those words. At the end of the video, it was explained that each of my students had reached out to their friends and families all over the state of Louisiana to raise funds for the National Down Syndrome Society in Parish’s name. Hence finding “treasure” in every parish. They had even created a t-shirt to sell in order to raise even more funds in Parish’s name. Their plan is to wear those shirts as they participate in the Buddy Walk in Baton Rouge. As I listened to them explain what their plans were…tears welled up in my eyes and streamed down my face. My heart became so full that I thought it would explode in my chest. I could not believe that these students had taken the time, and gone to such great lengths, to do something like this for my family…for my Parish. Since that day, the LSU Ambassadors have been participating the Baton Rouge Buddy Walk each year and donating money to the National Down Syndrome Society in Parish’s name. To date they have donated nearly $5,000.
I am incredibly humbled by my students each day. They are selfless and unwavering when it comes to serving their University as well as the students, faculty and staff members that call it home.
More About Kelli:
Hometown: Bossier City, LA (Parkway High School)
Northeast Louisiana University - Bachelors in Psychology - 1997
LSU - Masters in Community Counseling – 2003