Board Of Directors
- Richard BourgeoisPresidentRichard BourgeoisPresident
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.
- George BalhoffVice PresidentGeorge BalhoffVice President
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.
- Jeff LatinoTreasurerJeff LatinoTreasurer
Jeff Latino, CPA and Assurance Partner with Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP, joins the Alzheimer’s Services Board of Directors as Treasurer. Jeff has more than 25 years of public accounting experience and serves as the firm’s partner in charge of quality control. Jeff provides assurance and advisory services to HTB’s financial services, not-for-profit, construction and small business clients. He has experience providing assurance and advisory services to companies that are employee owned through Employee Stock Ownership Plans. Jeff received a B.S. in Accounting from Nicholls State University. He is professionally involved with the following organizations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Government Finance Officers Association, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge (current Board Member), O’Brien House (Former Treasurer), and Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge (Former Board Member).
- Catherine MooreSecretaryCatherine MooreSecretary
Catherine Moore is an attorney in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP, practicing primarily in the area of healthcare. Catherine attended Southern Methodist University and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in management, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a minor in economics. Catherine then received her Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She is active in a variety of community organizations, including the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, Forum 35, and the Louisiana Art and Science Museum.
Catherine hopes to bring awareness to the valuable resources and services that Alzheimer’s Services can provide to caregivers and those suffering with Alzheimer’s, as her grandmother had Lewy body dementia.
- Kevin BrianBoard MemberKevin BrianBoard Member
Kevin Brian is the Financial Vice President and Director of the Technology Division of SAIA Electric, Inc, a fourth-generation company, founded in 1960. Kevin oversees the financial and administrative aspects of the business, as well as, the state-wide operations of the Communications, Security, Audio-Visual, and Health Solutions divisions. He recently celebrated his 30th year with the company.
In the past, Kevin has held positions as President of the Catholic High Men’s Club, member of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Academy, and a member of numerous civic organizations.
Kevin is a graduate of LSU and Catholic High School. He and his wife, Renee, have raised three children in Baton Rouge and are members of Our Lady of Mercy church.
- Roger CadorBoard MemberRoger CadorBoard 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.
- Damian CalatoBoard MemberDamian CalatoBoard Member
For more than 30 years Damian has worked with business owners and executives developing business strategies to expand their business, protect their assets, and accumulate wealth. Damian has been a Long-Term Care Specialist since 2012, and has a passion for sharing the importance of having LTC benefits and making it a part of one’s retirement planning. Damian’s dad had Alzheimer’s for 10 and a half years, and learned firsthand the struggles a family goes through during these trying situations.
- Megan D'AubinBoard MemberMegan D'AubinBoard Member
Megan joined Faulk & Winkler in 2018 as a manager in the firm’s Client
Accounting Services Department. As a Client Accounting Services manager,
she is responsible for overseeing outsourced accounting and consulting
engagements for our governmental, non-profit, and privately held clients.
In addition, Megan assists the firm’s tax department with individual and
business tax return review and planning.
Megan is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds nine years of
professional experience, with eight years in public accounting. Megan is an
active member in the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants
(LCPA). Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Megan enjoys attending LSU
sporting events and spending time with family and friends.
- Carol FitchBoard MemberCarol FitchBoard 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. GarafolaBoard MemberMandi P. GarafolaBoard 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.
- John M. KovichBoard MemberJohn M. KovichBoard Member
John M. Kovich is a chemical engineer who held several executive management positions at ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge Chemical Plant before retiring in 2014. He is a past board member and president of The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. John is currently an AARP volunteer tax preparer and serves as the training coordinator for the Baton Rouge district.
John's wife, Faye, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in 2011 at the age of 53. She passed away in 2017. John is grateful for the help provided by Alzheimer's Services during those six years, and hopes to help other families during his tenure on the board.
- Mathew LabordeBoard MemberMathew LabordeBoard 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.
- Robert LevyBoard MemberRobert LevyBoard Member
After obtaining his MBA at LSU in 1972, Robert Levy joined his family work clothing rental company in Shreveport and helped build it up until it was sold to Red Stick Services in 1985. He then joined the Roemer administration as Asst. Secretary of Labor for workforce development programs until Roemer went out of office in 1989. Robert then joined LWCC at its inception and was one of the first 15 people hired. He worked on areas for the Oct. 1, 1992 start up and the first few years of ramping up agent service and relationships. Later, he was responsible for marketing, agent relations, advertising, and some administrative functions through the early years of growth.
Robert has volunteered for a variety of nonprofits and served on various Boards including the BR Food Bank, Friends of LPB, and the USS Kidd Foundation. He is an active member of the Baton Rouge Rotary Club and a past President of the club. Robert is a self-nominated candidate and has attended several functions and currently sits on and chairs the Policies committee. Robert’s mother and grandmother had Alzheimer’s, and he was the primary caretaker for his mother up to her death. Thus, he has genuine concern and appreciation for the mission of Alzheimer’s Services. Robert and his wife, Judith, reside in Baton Rouge. Judith is a Clinical and Medical Psychologist.
- Susan Haspel LipseyBoard MemberSusan Haspel LipseyBoard 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.
- Pam MascariBoard MemberPam MascariBoard Member
Pam Mascari is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller LLP, where she serves on the firm’s Management Committee. She joined the firm in 1997 and practices in the energy and environmental litigation and regulatory practice groups. She represents clients in general litigation, oil and gas litigation, intrastate pipeline regulatory matters, environmental litigation and environmental regulatory matters. Pam received her B.S. in Management from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and her Juris Doctorate from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Pam has served on various boards in the Baton Rouge community. Other than being the mother of three (Kate (18), Peter (15) and Drew (10)), her favorite role is serving as a volunteer basketball coach at Sacred Heart of Jesus School.
Pam became interested in Alzheimer’s Services after several of her dear friends served on its Board of Directors and repeatedly spoke of the important quality work being done for caregivers. In her teenage years, Pam witnessed her mother and three aunts provide around-the-clock care for her grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s.
- Dr. John McClellandBoard MemberDr. John McClellandBoard Member
- Jenee OlivierBoard MemberJenee OlivierBoard Member
Jenee brings a wealth of Human Resource experience to the Alzheimer’s Services board. She received her bachelor's degree in marketing from LSU in 2000 and her master’s in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2008. She has provided HR management for such companies as Target and Community Coffee. She has been the Human Resources Director/Safety Coordinator for Sigma Engineering & Contractors since 2008. Jenee says she enjoys working at Sigma because she gets to work with really great people every day, and the work environment and energy at Sigma is like no other. She has also managed Human Resources and Safety Consulting with Business Boutique since 2019. She has had her Professional Human Resources Certification (PHRC) since 2010 and has been a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) since 2015. Jenee volunteers with several community and HR organizations, as well as Alzheimer’s Services. She also enjoys running, sports, and spending time with her children.
- Chase RaineyBoard MemberChase RaineyBoard 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, IIIBoard MemberArthur Scanlan, IIIBoard 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.
- Michelle StevensBoard MemberMichelle StevensBoard Member
Michelle is Director of Value Based Operations at Blue Cross. She has 25 years of healthcare experience, including both the provider and payor sectors. Michelle has a passion for health-related conditions and the elderly. She received an MBA and BS in Accounting from LSU and is a resident of Baton Rouge. She is active in her church and volunteers on the nursing home serve team.
- Charles L. ValluzzoBoard MemberCharles L. ValluzzoBoard 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.
- Honorary Board MembersAlex Postlethwaite (deceased), Ralph Sims (deceased), & Dudley Coates (deceased)Honorary Board MembersAlex Postlethwaite (deceased), Ralph Sims (deceased), & Dudley Coates (deceased)
For more information regarding the Alzheimer’s Services Board of Directors:
- Barbara W. Auten, CFRE, CAPExecutive DirectorBarbara W. Auten, CFRE, CAPExecutive 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 LittleDevelopment DirectorDebbie Kidder LittleDevelopment 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.
- Monique PoreeOffice ManagerMonique PoreeOffice Manager
- Dedrick WelchRespite Center Coordinator - Charlie's Place, Baton RougeDedrick WelchRespite Center Coordinator - Charlie's Place, Baton Rouge
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.
- Marcia Kirk, MARespite Center AssistantMarcia Kirk, MARespite 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.
- Sonjie LeBlancRespite Center Coordinator - Charlie's Place, GonzalesSonjie LeBlancRespite Center Coordinator - Charlie's Place, Gonzales
Sonjie is beyond thrilled to come on board with Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area as the Respite Care Coordinator for Charlie’s Place in Gonzales. She was born and raised in Gonzales and graduated from St. Amant High School in 1986. She worked in the school system for 13 years - first as a reading interventionist, trained specifically with reading disabilities and dyslexia, and then with special needs and autism. Sonjie was a board member for M.A.R.K. (Meaningful Autistic Resources for Kids) and volunteered there for four years. She became involved with Alzheimer’s through volunteering in an assisted living facility’s memory care unit in 2005. Sonjie enjoyed volunteering with memory care so much that she consequently went to work as an activity coordinator in a memory care unit. She has also been a trained florist for 30 years.
Sonjie has one daughter who is currently attending LSU (YAY! Go Tigers!). She loves animals (especially dogs), being outdoors in nature, flowers, and gardening, trying new restaurants, and never passing up an opportunity to see the sights and learn the history of places that are not so well known.
- Ann RoelingMarketing and Training CoordinatorAnn RoelingMarketing 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.
- Kristi Mellion, MPHDirector of ProgramsKristi Mellion, MPHDirector 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.
- Ellen Dunn. LMSWProgram CoordinatorEllen Dunn. LMSWProgram CoordinatorEllen Dunn is a graduate of LSU with her Masters in Social Work. While completing her MSW, she also obtained a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Additionally, during her time in graduate school she completed a yearlong internship with Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area. In her role here at Alzheimer’s Services, Ellen has the opportunity to coordinate and present support programs and educational programs throughout the service area. She is overjoyed to be a part of an organization that is so dedicated to serving individuals with dementia and their loved ones, which is where her passion in life lies. Ellen is originally from Gonzales, LA but now calls Baton Rouge home. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Jackson.
- Harriett PoolerDevelopment OfficerHarriett PoolerDevelopment Officer
Originally from Lafayette, Harriett has been a resident of Baton Rouge for over 24 years. Initially a volunteer at area nonprofits, Harriett is a professional fundraiser with twenty years of experience with major and planned gifts, grant writing, special events, and communication in environmental, higher education, and social services with a successful track record of meeting goals.
- Stephanie Hull CookPublic Relations CoordinatorStephanie Hull CookPublic Relations Coordinator