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Our Team

Libbie Sonnier, Ph.D.

Executive Director

RuthAnne Oakey-Frost, J.D.

Policy Director

Candace Weber, M.B.A.

Partnerships Director

Jasmine Haralson

Communications & Operations Director

Zoe Johnson

Policy Analyst

Sadie Becnel

Government Affairs Director and General Counsel

Victoria Gudino

Communications Specialist

Celeste Carter

Project Manager

Board of Directors

Mary Leach Werner


Director and Vice President

The North American Land Company, LLC

Lake Charles, LA

Julie Morial, M.D.

Vice President

Chief Medical Officer

United Health Community and State for Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

Drew Chapman, CPA



Ericksen Krentel, CPA's and Consultants

New Orleans, LA

Vince Jackson


Vice President of Patient Access

Change Healthcare

Baton Rouge, LA

Dionne Rousseau, J.D.

Immediate Past President


Jones Walker, LLP

Baton Rouge, LA

Gwen Hamilton


GPH Consulting, LLC

Baton Rouge, LA

Kim Carver

Senior Vice President of Government Relations

Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company

Mandeville, LA

John Dean, CPA

Owner & President

Air Systems, LLC

Shreveport, LA

Sonjia Brown-Joseph

Co-Owner & Executive Director

Clara's Little Lambs

New Orleans, LA

Timothy Magner, Ed.D.


Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce

Shreveport, LA

Wes Martin

Executive Vice President & Chief Lending Officer

Bank of Oak Ridge

Monroe, LA

Michael Olivier, CEcd, FM


Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development

Baton Rouge, LA

Elizabeth Guglielmo Picard

Of Counsel

Voorhies and Labbe

Lafayette, LA

Allen Richey

Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Chief of Staff to the CEO

Lumen Technologies

Monroe / Baton Rouge, LA

Phillip Rozeman, M.D.


Cardiovascular Consultants

Shreveport, LA

Liz Smith

Chief Strategy Officer

Baton Rouge Alliance for Students

Baton Rouge, LA

Lizette Terral

Board Member

Louisiana Policy Institute for Children

New Orleans, LA

Nicholas Tomlinson, J.D., LL.M.

Assistant General Counsel

Entergy Services, LLC

New Orleans, LA

Jonald J. Walker III

Managing Partner & CPA

Bruno & Tervalon, LLP

Lake Charles, LA

Luis C. Zervigon



New Orleans, LA

Valerie LeBlanc

Vice President

Taco Health Associates

Morgan City, LA

Anthony Jennings Roy


Roy & Roy A Professional Legal, LLC

Marksville, LA