With bachelor degrees in mathematics and accounting and a Master's in Education Management. Lavaille has worked as an investment broker, schoolteacher, school district administrator, speechwriter and marketing executive. An educational expert, Lavaille served as the Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Rod Paige. Currently she heads up an educational marketing consulting firm and multi-media packaging company that specialized in consumer youth marketing. The company develops and markets products in the publishing, music and video industry.
Lavaille serves on the board of directors of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Aspiring Youth Foundation, Foxshire Foundation and is a Founding Board Member and the first President of the Houston-Luanda Africa Sister City Association. She is involved in a number of international charitable ventures in Africa.
An entrepreneur at heart, Lavaille started her first company at age six, but her passion has always been writing. She discovered her love of writing and creating characters in elementary school. The Roopster Roux character was created to encourage her little brother Tyrone (who has a learning disability) to become interested in learning to read. Tyrone loved sports but did not like reading or school.
Her best selling children's book series, "The Adventures of Roopster Roux", centers around a sports loving adventurous rooster whose message to kids is "Reading can be as much fun as a home run, a touch down or a slam dunk!" The series published by Pelican Publishing Company launched in 1999. Lavaille’s best friend and business partner Cynthia Cooper (Former WNBA, Houston Comets MVP) narrated the first book in the series. Additional books in the series were narrated by A.C. Green (Former L.A. Lakers), Brent Barry (San Antonio Spurs) and Tammie Reiss (Former WNBA Utah Stars).
The latest edition of the Roopster Roux series teams Roopster with Comedian Steve Harvey. The first book in the series was released July 2007, with an additional six books to be released over the next three years. The book series is currently in development for television and is being executive produced by Steve Harvey. Lavaille’s new series “The Peppermint Club”, (character education theme) follows the adventures of four teenage girls.
Combining a "do it all" philosophy with a multi-faceted background, Lavaille continues to advocate for disadvantaged youth in the U.S. and Africa. During her leisure time she is an active skateboarder, loves to dance, cook and hang out with her family and friends.