Staff & Board of Directors

Board Of Directors

  • James Baker
    President
    James Baker
    President
  • Richard Bourgeois
    Vice-President
    Richard Bourgeois
    Vice-President

    Rick Bourgeois is a senior vice president with MALCO theatres, a fourth-generation movie, bowling, and family entertainment company, founded in 1915. Rick oversees operations throughout Louisiana and the mid-south, and recently celebrated his 44th year with his company.

    In the past, Rick was a twenty-year member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, a founding member and board chair of Boys Hope/Girls Hope of Baton Rouge, served on the board of the Istrouma Area Boy Scouts Council, and just finished a seven-year stint as president of the Baton Rouge Catholic Youth Organization.

    He is currently serving on the board of the Baton Rouge Red Cross, and as a sideline has been the state director of the Varsity Bowling Program for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), since the sports adoption in 2001. Rick and his wife, Gail, raised four sons in Baton Rouge and enjoy their continuous involvement with St Thomas More School and Church, past affiliation with Catholic High, and have a special bond to their collegiate alma mater, LSU. 

  • Cheryl A. Payne
    Secretary
    Cheryl A. Payne
    Secretary

    Cheryl Payne is a CPA for Community Coffee Company, LLC. Her community affiliations include Society of Louisiana CPAs, American Institute of CPAs, Junior League of Baton Rouge, Cancer Services of Baton Rouge, Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, Pi Beta Phi Alumni Association and House Corporation.

    Cheryl's grandmother had Parkinson's and dementia. She also has many friends whose grandparents have has Alzheimer's disease.

  • George Balhoff
    Treasurer
    George Balhoff
    Treasurer

    George P. Balhoff, CPA, CITP, FHFMA is a Director in Postlethwaite & Netterville’s assurance division, concentrating in healthcare and information technology issues. He has been with the firm since 1980 and was named a Director in 1989.

    He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA), and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) where he serves as Committee Chair.

    George is a passionate supporter of Alzheimer’s Services due to his personal experience with the organization. George’s mother-in-law passed away from Alzheimer’s, and several others who are important to him have been impacted by the disease.

  • Roger Cador
    Board Member
    Roger Cador
    Board Member

    Roger Cador holds the distinction of being the first coach of a historically black university to win a game in the NCAA Tournament. His 1987 Jaguars upset then number two ranked Cal-State Fullerton, 1-0 in South Region play. In addition, his Jaguars became the first HBCU to win an NCAA Play-In game with the defeat over Austin Peay University in 1996.

    Cador, a son of a sharecropper, was born and raised in Ventress, Louisiana. An alum of Rosenwald High School in New Roads, Cador went on to become a student-athlete at Southern University and A&M College, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education in 1975. He later earned a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1979. During his 33-year span as head baseball coach, Cador transformed the Southern Baseball Program into a premier HBCU program in the country, and one of the most successful baseball programs period. On June 2, 2017, Cador retired as head coach of the Southern Baseball program and stepped into a fundraising role for the athletic department. 

    His dedication to his student-athletes can be seen in having over 100 former players sign professional contracts or establish a career in other aspects of the game such as scouting, coaching and umpiring. Cador is the proud father of Jeremy and Jonathan.

     

     

  • Charlene M. Favre
    Board Member
    Charlene M. Favre
    Board Member

    Charlene Favre is a retired educator. Her community affiliations include Trianon, Baton Rouge Eye Bank Auxiliary, Symphony League, Alpha Omicron Pi, LSU Tiger Band Alumni, LSU Greek Excellence Board, LSU Foundation, Woman's Victory Open, and LSU Textile and Costume Museum Auxiliary Board.

    Charlene's mother has had dementia for several years now, and she hopes to educate more people in the community about Alzheimer's disease.

  • Carol Fitch
    Board Member
    Carol Fitch
    Board Member

    Ms. Carol Wilson Fitch a retired budget specialist with 34 years of state service, serving her last eight years with the Louisiana State Senate.  Since retiring she has worked as the Grant Administrator for the Lower Mississippi River Port-Wide Strategic Security Council.  She now is writing and administering port security grants through the Office of Homeland Security/FEMA for several port-related entities on the Lower Mississippi River.  She is the proud mother of two children and the ecstatic grandmother of five beautiful grandchildren.

    Ms. Fitch’s mother, Marie Wilson, endured many years of Alzheimer’s disease, which led her to Alzheimer’s Services in 2008.  Her mother was an active participant of Charlie’s Place before passing away in August 2014.  Ms. Fitch personally knows the challenges of care-giving while trying to work and raise a family.  She hopes that she can be of service and encouragement to those who face the life-changing environment of Alzheimer’s.

  • Mandi P. Garafola
    Board Member
    Mandi P. Garafola
    Board Member

    Mandi Garafola is a native of Baton Rouge and joined IBERIABANK in 2002.  She has achieved many roles within the company and is currently Senior Vice President in the Baton Rouge Private Client Group.  As a Private Client Relationship Manger, she manages the varied and diverse financial needs of customers, while expanding relationships and fostering new ones.

    Mandi is active in community events, including Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center/Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, ALS Association and Junior Achievement.  Mandi enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Jason Garafola; they have two children; Bryce (22) and Cole (18). The family are parishioners at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and active volunteer members in the St. Michael the Archangel community.    

  • Mathew Laborde
    Board Member
    Mathew Laborde
    Board Member

    Mathew Laborde started his commercial real estate brokerage career at the age of 19 and has consistently been among the top producing commercial real estate agents in the State of Louisiana. He is a very driven individual that is committed to maximizing the value he can provide to his clients which is the key to his success and now to Elifin Realty’s success. Mathew has extensive experience in brokering office, industrial, retail, multi-family, land, medical, and investment property sale and lease transactions. He is active in the Greater Baton Rouge community with a variety of charitable events and social causes, including Theatre Baton Rouge, Rotary Club, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area.

  • Susan Haspel Lipsey
    Board Member
    Susan Haspel Lipsey
    Board Member

    I am a native New Orleanian and have been a resident of Baton Rouge since I married Richard 52 years ago. I have truly enjoyed being a community volunteer for many organizations, serving as chairman of several, chairing fundraisers, and served as a member of boards of directors , including Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (Board member Emeritus and Chairman of their 40th Anniversary Gala), Congregation B’nai Israel, (as 1st woman president in 1986), LSU Museum of Art Chairman and Endowment Society Chairman, Swine Palace, Inner Wheel  charter member, 1st president of Krewe de Louisiane, and recently invited to join the board of the Governor’s Mansion Preservation Foundation Board. Richard and I served as Honorary Chairmen of Alzheimer’s Walk to Remember several years ago. I was honored to be named a Volunteer Activist in 2003. I have a passion for playing duplicate bridge and LSU sports.

     

    Susan’s mother had dementia.

  • Tara Madison
    Board Member
    Tara Madison
    Board Member

    Tara Madison is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller, joining the firm in 2004.  She practices in the business litigation and intellectual property groups, and has particular experience in trademark, copyright, trade dress, unfair competition, unfair trade practices, and trade secret matters, including copyright and trademark infringement litigation.

    Tara first became interested in Alzheimer’s Services, when she attended a Memories Luncheon, where she learned about the wonderful resources Alzheimer’s Services had to offer to those suffering with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.  Growing up in North Louisiana, she watched Alzheimer’s transform her grandfather, former State Senator and astute businessman, into someone who did not know his own name.  

    She comments, "It would have been such a blessing to have an organization like Alzheimer’s Services to support my grandfather and our family during that heartbreakingly difficult time.   It is my honor and pleasure to serve an organization that provides so many valuable resources and services to so many who are battling this devastating disease.”

  • Dr. John McClelland
    Board Member
    Dr. John McClelland
    Board Member
  • Chase Rainey
    Board Member
    Chase Rainey
    Board Member

    Mr. Chase Rainey is a Project Manager at Performance Contractors, Inc., in Baton Rouge. He is also a member of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. and LSU's Construction Industry Advisory Council. Chase is a graduate of Louisiana State University (LSU) with a bachelor of science in Construction. In addition to his professional roles, Chase is an active participant in a variety of charitable events and social causes, in addition to Alzheimer's Services including the American Heart Association Heart Walk Campaign, Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation, Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge General Health Foundation and Junior Achievement. 

    In his spare time, Chase enjoys spending time with his family and friends including his wife, Sarah Pinsonat Rainey, and their two children - William and Margaret. 

  • Arthur Scanlan, III
    Board Member
    Arthur Scanlan, III
    Board Member

    Arthur G. Scanlan, III, was born and raised in Ascension Parish and currently serves as the Public Relations Director at Eatel Communications. He is an active member of St. John’s Church and is involved other nonprofit organizations in Ascension Parish including his current roles as President of the Greater Ascension Rotary Club, a member of the Gonzales Lions Club, and a member of the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. Arthur received his bachelor of arts and MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is an avid outdoors-men and is a member of CCA and Ducks Unlimited. He has two children ages 10 and 4 with whom he enjoys spending his time. Arthur looks forward to growing awareness of Alzheimer's Services within Ascension and serving as a board member for the organization.

  • John Snow
    Board Member
    John Snow
    Board Member

    John Snow is a member of Forum35, Public Relations Association of Louisiana, Southern Public Relations Federation, and Maison des Ami. He was a member of the 2012 Leadership Baton Rouge Class and was named one of Baton Rouge Business Report's 2011 "Forty Under 40". He is also the founder and chairman of Baton Rouge Mobile Food Vendors Association.

    John's grandfather passed away from Alzheimer's disease.

  • Charles L. Valluzzo
    Board Member
    Charles L. Valluzzo
    Board Member

    Charlie Valluzzo is the Owner of McDonald's of Baton Rouge. He is a member of Rotary and serves on the Commercial Properties Committee of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. He is also actively involved in his memberships at Our Lady of Mercy Church and Baton Rouge Country Club.

    Charlie's dad died from Alzheimer's and his mother also had dementia. There was little support for him as he tried to cope with his parents' illnesses, and he saw a big need in Baton Rouge to help with information and support for families in the future.

  • Paul West
    Board Member
    Paul West
    Board Member
  • Jason P. Windham
    Board Member
    Jason P. Windham
    Board Member

    Jason Windham is President of The Shobe Financial Group.

  • Honorary Board Members
    Alex Postlethwaite (deceased) Ralph Sims (deceased) & Dudley Coates (deceased)
    Honorary Board Members
    Alex Postlethwaite (deceased) Ralph Sims (deceased) & Dudley Coates (deceased)

Staff Directory

  • Barbara W. Auten, CFRE, CAP
    Executive Director
    Barbara W. Auten, CFRE, CAP
    Executive Director

    Barbara W. Auten, CFRE, is the Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area where she brings her passion to serve families and professionals coping with the disease. She received the John W. Barton Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation in 2013. She was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business by the Baton Rouge Business Report in 2012. She started her career in fundraising as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations. After years of successful fund raising and grant writing, she became the Director of Development at Christ the King Parish School in Terrytown, LA. Following Katrina and a move to Baton Rouge, she was employed by Alzheimer’s Services and became the Executive Director in 2008. She received the Certified Fund Raising Executive distinction in 2011. She is a past-president of Association for Fundraising Professionals Greater Baton Rouge Chapter. She has 20+ years of professional experience and 37 years of volunteer and board experience in nonprofit organizations and fundraising.

  • Debbie Kidder Little
    Development Director
    Debbie Kidder Little
    Development Director

    Debbie Kidder Little is a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge and has been a Development Director for more than 26 years.  She began as the Development Director for  Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School in Baton Rouge in 1977 and remained there until joining the staff of Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area in December 2008.   

    In 2015, Debbie received the honor of Outstanding Professional Fundraiser at the Annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon hosted by the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

    As with all Development Directors, her duties and responsibilities have been varied over the years and include public relations and communications, event planning, data base management, alumni relations, board relations, supervising staff members, 26 Annual Giving Campaigns and 2 major Capital Improvement Campaigns.  As Director of Development of Alzheimer’s Services of the Captial Area, she oversees and implements the fundraising efforts for the organization. 

  • Julie Knight, MS
    Director of Respite and Training
    Julie Knight, MS
    Director of Respite and Training

    Julie Knight a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies. She then pursued her graduate degree from Southeastern in Health with a concentration in Health Education and Promotion. In 2008 she began working for Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area as a Program Coordinator where she managed programs such the Annual Education Conference and other key programs. During her tenure with the organization, Julie completed The Grantsmanship Training Program, which she has attributed to much of her success with grant writing. In 2010, she received an award from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as the Dementia Care Professional of the Year. After leaving the organization, she began Consulting as a Grant Writer for nonprofit organizations in Greater Baton Rouge. In October 2018, Julie rejoined the organization as the Director of Respite and Training where she manages Charlie’s Place Respite Centers in Baton Rouge and Gonzales. She also manages the CMS/LDH Nursing Home trainings throughout the state of Louisiana. Julie is currently pursuing another graduate degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University Shreveport. She has cared for her father who was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia and has a heart for helping others. Julie says, “I am blessed to be back as a member of the Alzheimer’s Services family. My heart is with the organization and the people we serve.”

  • Monique Poree
    Office Manager
    Monique Poree
    Office Manager
  • Marcia Kirk, MA
    Respite Center Assistant
    Marcia Kirk, MA
    Respite Center Assistant

    Marcia Kirk is the Respite Center Assistant for Charlie's Place. Prior to joining the staff of Alzheimer's Services in August 2010, Marcia had worked with deaf/special need students for 40 years. Marcia was drawn to Charlie's Place after her retirement from teaching because of her experience helping to care for her father during his journey with dementia/ Marcia is also certified as a Qualified Dementia Care Provider.

  • Kristi Mellion, MPH
    Director of Programs
    Kristi Mellion, MPH
    Director of Programs

    Kristi is a graduate of Southern University at New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a graduate of Tulane University School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in Health Education and Communication. She has always enjoyed talking and sharing with others so it was not a difficult decision for her to work in social services which she has done for over nine years. "At times, it can be difficult but the work is always rewarding. Some go through a lifetime attempting to figure out their purpose in life." Kristi considers herself blessed to have recognized from a young age that her “purpose” in life is to help educate, motivate, and empower others who are in need. She had always had jobs that would help her fulfill that purpose and Alzheimer’s Services is no different. "I feel very blessed to work with compassionate and dedicated coworkers who, like myself, enjoy helping others. I feel equally blessed to meet and help the clients who walk through our doors every day, call our Helpline, or attend our events. I feel inspired by the clients to do more and motivated by my coworkers to do better," she says. However, she admits that her biggest blessing and best job is wife to her wonderful husband and mother to her brilliant son.

  • Molly Ducote, LMSW
    Program Coordinator
    Molly Ducote, LMSW
    Program Coordinator

    Molly Ducote is a graduate of LSU with a Masters in Social Work. While completing her MSW, she also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Additionally, Molly is a Certified Dementia Care Partner through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and a Certified Memory Screening Facilitator. Molly completed an internship at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area for a year before accepting the position as a full time program coordinator. She coordinates and presents support programs and educational programs throughout the service area. Outside of the office, Molly serves on the LSU Textile and Costume Museum's Board of Directors. 

  • Dedrick Welch
    Baton Rouge Respite Center Coordinator
    Dedrick Welch
    Baton Rouge Respite Center Coordinator

    Dedrick’s passion for working with individuals with dementia began in 2015 as a service learning student at Charlie’s Place. He accepted the position as Respite Coordinator for Charlie’s Place - Baton Rouge in December 2016. Outside of work, he is a husband and a father to 2 sons. His interests involve all things sports and Saints football. Dedrick is dedicated to providing interactive activities daily at Charlie’s Place, while making sure everyone is having fun.

  • Leigh Bradford McGowan
    Public Relations Coordinator
    Leigh Bradford McGowan
    Public Relations Coordinator

    Leigh Bradford McGowan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Alabama with a concentration in public relations and communication studies. While she has prior work experience in corporate communications and association management, she believes her true calling is in the nonprofit social services sector. Leigh is passionate about the work Alzheimer’s Services accomplishes every day since her family has faced multiple Alzheimer’s and dementia diagnoses. She is grateful to be a part of the dedicated and compassionate Alzheimer’s Services team, and is inspired by clients – their stories and their loving, dedicated family members and caregivers – each and every day.

  • Leah Johnson
    Volunteer & Walk Coordinator / Development Associate
    Leah Johnson
    Volunteer & Walk Coordinator / Development Associate

    Leah Johnson, a Baton Rouge native, has always had a passion for helping others. She fell in love with nonprofit work during her tenure at the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce, allowing her to be involved with many volunteer efforts throughout the Parish.

    She most recently worked in accounting in the the Petro-Chem field, where she maintained and cultivated relationships with several companies. 

    In her spare time, Leah enjoys spending time with her family and friends including her husband Darrin, and their three children – Derrick, Laura and Natalie. 

  • Ann Roeling
    Marketing and Training Coordinator
    Ann Roeling
    Marketing and Training Coordinator

    Ann Roeling is committed to advancing our mission of teaching, caring and connecting. She brings over 30 years of professional communication, management and problem solving experience from across Louisiana. Ann has close family members who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s and dementia related issues, so she is passionate about sharing our mission. Ann knows what drives true success is connecting, educating and empowering those persons in need within their own communities. She feels blessed to be a part of our caring community in the capital area and throughout Louisiana. As a lifelong resident of the capital region, her heart lies in Baton Rouge. She and her husband moved back home and raised their three children here. She is an active member of St. George Parish and an Associate Member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University with a concentration in Economics and remains a big Tiger fan.

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