Staff & Board of Directors

Board Of Directors

  • Kathi Gill
    President
    Kathi Gill
    President

    Kathi Gill is the President and CEO of Neighbors Federal Credit Union. She serves on the Board of Directors for LACU League, STAR, YMCA Metro, BAFS CUSO,LLC, and Karnival Krewe of Louisiane.

    Kathi's mother died from Alzheimer's disease.

  • James Baker
    Vice-President
    James Baker
    Vice-President
  • Carl Kennedy
    Board Treasurer
    Carl Kennedy
    Board Treasurer

    Carl is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Louisiana Society of CPAs. He served as Treasurer of the Louisiana Old State Capital Foundation for 13 years and of the Louisiana Child Caring Foundation of Blue Cross for 4 years.

    Carl has personal family experiences with Alzheimer's disease. He is also constantly hearing stories of the emotional and financial burdens of the disease as his client base is largely 65+.

  • Cindy Amedee
    Board Secretary
    Cindy Amedee
    Board Secretary
  • George Balhoff
    Board Member
    George Balhoff
    Board Member

    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.

  • Richard Bourgeois
    Board Member
    Richard Bourgeois
    Board Member

    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. 

  • Dudley W. Coates
    Board Member
    Dudley W. Coates
    Board Member

    Dudley Coates is an Investment Broker with Smith Barney. His community affiliations include Commercial Properties Development Corp., Rotary, Wilbur Marvin Foundation, BR City Club, LPB, BR Country Club, and Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

    "I was on this [Alzheimer's Services] board years ago when it operated out of a couple of rooms. To see what inspired creative leadership has done for this organization has been exciting."

  • Tobie Craig
    Board Member
    Tobie Craig
    Board Member

    Tobie is the Vice-President of marketing and workforce development strategies for Turner Industries. In 2005, she became Turner’s first corporate marketing manager, charged with helping rebrand the company. Her team—Turner’s first internal marketing division—has embraced creativity.

    In addition to her work at Turner Industries, Tobie has served on the board of the Louisiana Chemical Industrial Alliance since 1990 and the Alliance Safety Council Board since 2007. She previously served as chairwoman of the board for Capital Area United Way and on several Baton Rouge nonprofit boards.

  • John D'Angelo
    Board Member
    John D'Angelo
    Board Member

    John D'Angelo is the President and CEO of Investar Bank. He serves on the Board of Directors of Baton Rouge Symphony, Neese Industries, and Woman's Hospital Development Committee.

    John's grandmother had Alzheimer's.

  • 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.

  • Charles Lamar
    Board Member
    Charles Lamar
    Board Member

    Charles Lamar is Chairman/CEO of Woodlawn Investments, Inc. He practiced law in Baton Rouge from 1976 to 1998. He served as General Counsel of Lamar Advertising Company from 1982 to 1998 and as a member of Lamar's Board of Directors from 1974 - 2005. He is past chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) and past OAAA National Director for the Outdoor Advertising Association of Louisiana. He was inducted into the OAAA Hall of Fame in 1999. He is also former chair of the Foundation for Outdoor Advertising Research and Education.

    His other community affiliations include the Charles Lamar Family Foundation, Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, LSU Manship School of Mass Communication Board of Visitors, Pennington Medical Foundation Board of Trustees, Cenikor Foundation, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Baton Rouge YMCA, Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Episcopal High School, Louisiana Organization for Judicial Excellence, Louisiana State University, O'Brien House, Rural Life Museum, and the Institute for Dementia Research and Prevention.

    Charles' mother suffered from dementia.

  • Crissie Head Landry
    Board Member
    Crissie Head Landry
    Board Member

    Crissie Head Landry is a CPA and Director of LaPorte CPAs and Business Advisors. Her community affiliations include Volunteer-BR, Rotary, and the Child Advocacy Center.

    Crissie's mother passed away in August of 2007 from Alzheimer's disease.

  • 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.”

  • Kathy McArthur
    Board Member
    Kathy McArthur
    Board Member
  • Dr. John McClelland
    Board Member
    Dr. John McClelland
    Board Member
  • Cheryl A. Payne
    Board Member
    Cheryl A. Payne
    Board Member

    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.

  • 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 Windham
    Board Member
    Jason Windham
    Board Member

    Jason Windham is President of The Shobe Financial Group.

  • Honorary Board Members
    Alex Postlethwaite (deceased) Ralph Sims (deceased)
    Honorary Board Members
    Alex Postlethwaite (deceased) Ralph Sims (deceased)

Staff Directory

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

  • Dana Territo, QDCP
    Director of Services
    Dana Territo, QDCP
    Director of Services

    Dana Territo actually has been involved with Alzheimer's Services since 1995, assisting with the very first Walk that year. She was part of a team that opened the first secured dementia unit in a long-term care setting in Baton Rouge in 1991, and has been an advocate for the elderly population, particularly those affected with Alzheimer's and dementia, for over 20 years. With a background in Religious Studies, Dana holds a Certificate in Gerontology and is a Qualified Dementia Care Provider. She has been the Director of Services now for almost five years. "Working at Alzheimer's Services changes you every day. I feel blessed not only to work with such dedicated professionals, but more so, of having the privilege and honor to serve those affected by Alzheimer's and dementia in our community."

  • Debbie Kidder Little, QDCP
    Development Director
    Debbie Kidder Little, QDCP
    Development Director
  • Monique Poree, QDCP
    Administrative Assistant
    Monique Poree, QDCP
    Administrative Assistant
  • Marcia Kirk, MA, CDCP
    Respite Center Assistant
    Marcia Kirk, MA, CDCP
    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.

  • Effie Lantia, CNA, CDCP
    Program Coordinator
    Effie Lantia, CNA, CDCP
    Program Coordinator

    Effie Marcantel is a Program Coordinator who assisted in developing the Recollection Collection activity kits and helped launch the Best Practice Respite Center Model which shows companies how to build and operate adult day respite centers.

    A passionate advocate for Alzheimer’s disease, Effie took care of her mother for 12 years. In February 2012, her mother succumbed to the disease. “The last three weeks with my mother were the sweetest,” says Effie. “We laughed until we cried. She is the reason I am here [at Alzheimer’s Services] and I vow to help educate others. Embrace the positive even in the sadness. Love them, cherish every moment, and ensure they have peace. That’s what they really want and deserve, but can’t always say.”

  • Kristi Mellion, MPH, QDCP
    Program Coordinator
    Kristi Mellion, MPH, QDCP
    Program Coordinator

    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." However, she admits that her biggest blessing and best job is wife to her wonderful husband and mother to her brilliant son.

  • Molly Benbrook, LMSW, CDCP
    Program Coordinator
    Molly Benbrook, LMSW, CDCP
    Program Coordinator

    Molly Benbrook 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.

  • Dedrick Welch
    Respite Center Coordinator
    Dedrick Welch
    Respite Center Coordinator
  • Londyn Pope
    Volunteer & Events Coordinator
    Londyn Pope
    Volunteer & Events Coordinator

    Londyn Pope, a native of Baton Rouge, will be graduating from Louisiana State University (LSU) this August with her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Business. She has always had a passion for helping those who cannot help themselves. Londyn fell in love with nonprofit work when she was in middle school and has been actively involved with many volunteer efforts in the capital area since. Her volunteer experience has allowed her to have a deeper appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for the Greater Baton Rouge area one program at a time.

  • Leigh Bradford
    Public Relations Coordinator
    Leigh Bradford
    Public Relations Coordinator

    Leigh Bradford 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.

  • Diane Hodges
    Respite Center II Coordinator
    Diane Hodges
    Respite Center II Coordinator
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