Colby Colona graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and in 2008 with a master’s degree in Evolutionary Biology.
She joined the Tangipahoa Mosquito Abatement District #1 as the entomologist in March 2008 and became Assistant Director at the beginning of 2018. She oversees the laboratory and surveillance operations as well as supervises district operations in the absence of the Director. She has had an integral role in implementing loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) testing at the district in 2018 in order to test mosquito samples for West Nile virus. This allows for less time waiting for positive arbovirus results and has led to greater accuracy in our treatment operations.
She has been a member of both the Louisiana Mosquito Control Association (LMCA) and American Mosquito Control Association since 2008 and is 8A and 8D certified. She was elected to the LMCA board in 2012, has served as Vice President in 2014, and President in 2015. As vice president, she also served as chair for the technical advisory committee. Currently, she is still on the LMCA board, serves on multiple committees, and is a co-editor for the newest addition of the Louisiana Mosquito control training manual. She is also a graduate of the 2012 class of Leadership Tangipahoa.
Colby currently lives in Hammond with her husband, Aaron, their daughter, Madeline, and two mischievous cats, Leo and Loki.