Meet the Lausanne Admission Team
Laura S. Trott
Director of Admission
B.A., Rhodes College
McIntire Business Institute, University of Virginia
Laura Trott joined the Lausanne Collegiate School staff in 2010 as the director of marketing and communications, working closely with the admission and advancement offices. After several years sharing Lausanne’s story through the website, school publications and media contributions, Laura transitioned to the admission office in 2013 as the Director of Admission, providing her the opportunity to play a more active role in our communication with prospective families.
“Working at Lausanne has been a dream come true,” shares Laura. “Not a native Memphian, I was immediately impressed with the school when I first came across its website many years ago. It had the open-mindedness and academic program I had always sought as a student and what I wanted for my own children. Having attended a liberal arts college, I felt right at home on the Lausanne campus. It is now my great pleasure to witness the joy and excitement of our students as they experience each step of The Lausanne Way and to share those opportunities with prospective families.”
Prior to joining the Lausanne team, Laura served for over a decade as a communications and marketing specialist for non-profits in the Memphis area after graduating with a B.A. in political science from Rhodes College and the McIntire Business Institute at the University of Virginia.
Courtney S. Carlton
Director of Financial Assistance
Assistant Director of Admission
B.A., Mississippi State University
Courtney Carlton joined the Lausanne admission team in August of 2013 after an early career in the business development and training department as a program coordinator for Morgan Keegan and Company, a local mid-south broker dealer firm. With a strong interest in education as well as making a difference in the world around her, Courtney felt a strong connection to Lausanne’s academic goals, global-mindedness and community service efforts. She brings a wealth of experience in assisting our financial aid families as well as enhancing our admission program through campus tours, student visits and the student ambassador program.
Courtney was raised in Madison, Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing. “As soon as I walked onto Lausanne’s campus, I knew it was where I belonged. I was so impressed with the level of confidence and independence that the students exuded and got a first-hand look at The Lausanne Way.”
Assistant Director of Admission & Enrollment
B.S., University of Tennessee
Colby Hall joined the Lausanne community in 2013 after several years in the hospitality industry. After graduating from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a B.S. in hospitality management, Colby began her career as an event coordinator for Marriott International. Colby quickly advanced her career in the hospitality industry as both a social catering coordinator and sales executive. After moving to several different cities with Marriott and holding several different positions, she was ready to follow her dream of working with children.
Combining her hospitality background and her love for children, Colby is a welcoming member of our admissions team. “I have always loved working with children as both a coach and mentor. Using my hospitality skills to welcome children and families to Lausanne is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
Shannon Launius joined the Lausanne admission team in July 2017. It is Shannon’s delightful voice that will likely first greet you or her cheerful email response you may receive after inquiring about Lausanne. With many years of excellence in the service industry, from time as a personal assistant to an office manager for a local ND’s office, Shannon joyfully welcomes each family she meets to Lausanne.
From a mother’s standpoint, she was instantly drawn to what Lausanne has to offer today’s young generation. “Our children are not just our future. They are our today. And we are always told to make today count,” she says. Additionally, Shannon shares she is “honored to be working alongside such precious families of young adults on their preparatory journey to adulthood and looks forward to helping parents and prospective students feel confident in their choice today for a better tomorrow.”