Magnolia Candlers, L.L.C. - All-Natural Hand Poured, Double-Scented 100% Pure Soy Candles
Team Biographies
The team at Magnolia Candlers, L.L.C. consists of three retired teachers; two in science and one in social studies.  While the actual soy candle making and designs are handled by twin sisters, Fian and Chris, Rick (husband of Chris) handles the website, correspondence, festival information, and orders.
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PRESIDENT - Sophie "Fian" Nooijen
PRESIDENT - Sophie "Fian" Nooijen
Sophie A. Nooijen, known as Fian to her friends and family, is a native of Curacao, an island in the Netherlands Antilles. Fian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in science and physical education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She also holds a master's degree in exercise science from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. After teaching in the public school for a number of years, Fian decided to change careers and was granted her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She retired from nursing after several years at Lafayette General Hospital. Currently she is serving as an adjunct professor of nursing with the University of Louisiana Lafayette.
Vice President - Chris Nooijen Latiolais
Vice President - Chris Nooijen Latiolais
Chris Nooijen Latiolais is the identical twin sister of Fian. Born in Curacao, Chris and her family came to the United States when she was five years old. The family settled in Grand Coteau, Louisiana and have been residents of the state since then. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in science and physical education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She also holds the Master of Science in Education degree from the State University of New York in Brockport. Retired after teaching 33 years in the Lafayette Parish public school system, Chris enjoys her grandsons Cade, Paul, Cooper, and Paxton, along with granddaughters Karley, Piper, Sophie, and Sadie Jo. She also enjoys reading, gardening, and making candles!
Secretary - Treasurer - Rick Latiolais
Secretary - Treasurer - Rick Latiolais
Rick Latiolais was born in Louisiana and has always lived in his beloved state. He holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies education and the Master of Education degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Retired from teaching over 33 years in the Lafayette Parish and St. Mary Parish public school systems, Rick and Chris are the proud parents of five children: Todd, Kathryn Overfelt, Nellie Crochet, Marliese Lottinger, and Martin. They are also the proud grandparents of Cade,Cooper, and Karley, children of Kathryn Overfelt and Paul, Paxton, and Sophie, children of Nellie and Paul Crochet and Piper and Sadie Jo, daughers of Marliese and Daniel Lottinger. Rick enjoys gardening, reading, watching television game shows, and playing games on the computer.
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