About the Author
Panderina D. Soumas is the eldest of four children born to Clyde A. Soumas, Sr. & Greta M. McCaleb-Soumas. Though she had the advantages and privileges of Air Force travels as a young child, she maintains today the enriched carvings in her life were solely inspired and focused by her South Louisiana Creole heritage bloodline. These ancestral legends have so enriched her life with cultural pride from stories and recipes to the many proud accomplishments throughout her family tree today. Her ancestral roots flow through the bayous of St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Mandeville, LaCombe, Houma, Bayou La Fourche Louisiana. Remembering the many ancestral connections that make up who she is today and flavoring her culture with pride and original distinctions throughout her works.
Aside from her business, Soumas Heriatge Creole Creations, she is the self appointed family historian, and devotes much of her time and energy to cultural and civic activities in the community. Panderina has served as a board member for the Bossier Arts Council, and has spoken at many area schools for Louisiana history day sharing the enlightening contributions of Creole culture from African-French Plantaion slavery from her family history. Panderina has participated with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council with Franco `Fete' celebrations as well as the areas ArtBreak festival, sharing her talents in crafts & history. A frequent guest on the local Shreveport Channel Shows and also having a quest participation at Grambling State University for the leadership Entertainment, Hospitality, and Education Conference in 1998, where her business hosted "The Taste of Creole Continental Breakfast". Panderina feels an historical and legendary obligation to respect the many footsteps of forefathers and mothers of a bittersweet untold era of Afro-Creole culture in Louisiana. Panderina now resides in Bossier City, Louisiana being the product of retired military parents from Barksdale Air Force base.
She is the sister of Clyde Soumas, Jr., Karen Soumas-Lewis and Donavon Soumas, her moast prestigious title being the mother of Damon Soumas and the grandmother of Kaidan & Sean.