Stacey Nichols from International Paper is proud to be homegrown, born and raised in Orange, Texas, an area saturated with industry in Southeast Texas, also known as the Golden Triangle. As a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development. Previous to joining International Paper, she worked in public education for15 years as an elementary educator and school counselor. In 2015, she joined the International Paper team in Orange, Texas as the Mill Learning Leader, where she and her team worked to develop hourly maintenance and operations training curriculum. In December of 2021, she was named the Recruitment and Retention Manager of the Texas and Louisiana Region which includes the Orange Mill and 3 other containerboard mills located in Louisiana. In this role, she focuses on building community relationships to accelerate the development of a local skilled workforce pipeline, ready to join the International Paper team.
During her time with International Paper, Stacey has served as Vice President of a local school district’s education foundation and continues to serve on many local advisory boards including Lamar State College Orange Industrial Advisory Board and Electromechanical Technology Advisory Board as well as the Career and Technology Advisory Board at a local high school. Stacey currently serves as vice chair of the Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board, where they are responsible for strategic planning to address workforce issues in their three county region. She has a passion for serving her community and is motivated by the mission of helping students and job seekers find a clear pathway to a rewarding career.