Stephanie was born and raised in Houma, LA, and moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola University New Orleans in 2000. After graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Stephanie returned to Houma to teach Biology at Ellender Memorial High School.
In 2005, Stephanie joined the Boy Scouts of America as the Bayou District executive, where she directed fundraising, managed more than 300 volunteers, and oversaw outreach to existing and new troops.
In 2007, Hotard returned to Loyola as the Assistant Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations. She stayed at Loyola for over eight years, earning her Masters of Business Administration in 2010, and working as a Development Officer and finally as the Director of Annual Giving.
Stephanie has been a member of Rotary International for 10 years. She currently serves as a board member for the Rotary Club of Carrollton in New Orleans.