2018 Mentor Program Bios

LaGrange, CoryMentor Program

Joe Zanco – Chief Financial Officer
Home Bank
Joe Zanco is the Chief Financial Officer for Home Bank, and its parent company, Home Bancorp, Inc. As CFO, he directs the accounting operations, financial reporting, treasury, investor relations, human resources and marketing functions of the company. In 2017, Junior Achievement of Acadiana named him Business Person of the Year for his professional accomplishments and commitment to community.

Joe served as the inaugural Chairman of the One Acadiana Board of Directors in 2015 and remains on its Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Lafayette General Health.

Joe is a past president of the Acadiana Chapter of the LCPA (Society of Louisiana CPAs) and has served on the LCPA’s Board of Directors. In 2016, he was awarded the LCPA’s Distinguished Public Service Award. The award is the LCPA’s highest honor for public service leadership, impact, involvement and innovation. In 2017, the premier national professional organization for CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants (“AICPA”), awarded Joe its National Public Service Award.

He is the founder of Lead the Change Now, a movement focused on inspiring personal responsibility and serving others (facebook.com/leadthechangenow).

Joe actively serves the incarcerated through Innerfaith Prison Ministry. He developed and delivers a money management course to inmates focused not on math, but on the decision making that destroys the finances of many Americans.

He is a member of the AICPA and Institute for Internal Auditors. Joe graduated from Louisiana State University in 1992 with an Accounting degree. He is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette XXI.

Joe and his wife, Ashley, have been married since 1998. They have two daughters, Sabrina and Abby.

Cathi Pavy – Partner & CMO
BBR Creative
Cathi is the chief marketing officer and founding partner of BBR Creative, a full-service advertising agency, where her creative vision and industry prowess push the boundaries of design and marketing.

Under Cathi’s tutelage, the designers at BBR Creative have won more AAF ADDY awards than any other agency in the area and, in 2010, Cathi was awarded the AAF’s highest honor—the Silver Medal—for her exceptional contributions as an artist and industry leader. And in 2015, Cathi received the inaugural Jillian Johnson Award for Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy from Acadiana Business.

In addition to her civic responsibilities, Cathi continues to volunteer for local organizations and currently chairs the Arts, Business, Culture Fund, which focuses on developing and sustaining Acadiana’s art and cultural community through business acumen. She is also a member of CREATE – a movement driven by Lafayette Consolidated Government that brings together leading thinkers across industries from fashion, music, design, culture and architecture with city builders, leaders and place makers in conversation, therefore helping to execute Lafayette’s comprehensive plan dedicated to fostering and growing the city’s creative economy. Cathi has served on the board for Habitat for Humanity and the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Cathi is married to Francis X. Pavy and has two daughters, Lily and Annabelle.

Cian Robinson – Executive Director
Lafayette General Foundation
Cian Robinson began his career at Lafayette General Foundation (LGF) in August of 2014 as the Director of Development and Operations. In November of 2014, Cian was promoted to the position of Executive Director. In addition to his work at LGF, Cian is also an adjunct instructor at the B. I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Prior to LGF, Cian was a Director of two computer science based research centers within the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Research Department (Center for Business and Information Technology and Center for Visual and Decision Informatics) as well as a decades long entrepreneur in the information technology and management consulting fields (Robinson Ventures, LLC).
In 1991, Cian obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, PA). In 1994, he was awarded his Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration (finance concentration) from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College (Pittsburgh, PA).

Cian is currently pursuing his doctorate in Leadership from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has been recognized for his entrepreneurial and community work with several awards including: Leadership Louisiana (2017), LEAD Virginia (Class of 2008), Amherst N.Y. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Champion Award (2006), Western New York’s 40 Under 40 Award (2005), Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council’s Pathfinder Award (2004), National Science Foundation’s Entrepreneur Next Wave Award (2003), as well as Leadership Buffalo’s Class of 2000.

He and his wife Dr. Natalie Harder reside in Lafayette, LA and have two children, Tucker and Rory.

Maggie Simar – Hearing Officer
16th Judicial District Family Court
Professional Experience
Hearing Officer for the 16th Judicial District’s Family Court docket, 2003-Present
In that capacity, Maggie hears and makes recommendations on all family filings, including custody, child support, domestic violence litigation, spousal support, use of property, community property and any other ancillary issue pending from divorce, custody or domestic violence litigation, including criminal non support.
University of Phoenix, Adjunct Instructor, 2005-2015
Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, Family Law Staff Attorney, 1999-2003
Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, Criminal Central Staff Attorney, 1998-1999

Academic Credentials
Bachelor of Arts, Broadcast Journalism, Louisiana State University, 1995
Juris Doctor, Louisiana State University Law School, 1998

Professional Association Membership
Louisiana State Bar Association, member, 1998- Present.
Louisiana State Bar Association Editorial Board Member, 2012-Present.
Responsibilities include planning and executing the Louisiana State Bar Journal, a full color magazine sent to all members of the LSBA on a quarterly basis. Have written and edited pieces in all years.
Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Council, Secretary, Elected 2011- 2012. District 3 Representative, Elected 2007-2012.

Responsibilities included: strategic planning for entire Louisiana Young Lawyer Membership, participating in statewide community activities (Wills for Heroes, Cinderella Projects, Christmas Programs), being the representative for the largest Young Lawyer District in Louisiana. Researched and implemented Year 1 and 2 of the Wills for Heroes program, where volunteer Young Lawyers completed wills for first responders across Louisiana.

-American Bar Association Young Lawyers Council, Children and the Law Chair, Appointed 2006 and American Bar Association Young Lawyers Council, Family Law Chair, Appointed 2007.
Responsibilities included: Liason for respective committee positions to the ABA YL Council.

-Lafayette Bar Association, Board of Directors, Appointed 2008-Present
Responsibilities include: Bench Bar Chairman. In charge of planning and implementation of a 3 day Continuing Legal Education event which engages Federal and State Judges and Attorneys in roundtable discussions and learning opportunities. Also have chaired our Hall of Fame Gala, our local Continuing Legal Education events, served as editor for our magazine and our Community Service outreach programs.

-Lafayette Bar Association, Young Lawyers Association, served as President, President Elect, Secretary, Community Services Chair, and Mock Trial Chair

-St. Pius Elementary School, Auction Committee Chair 2009.

-Krewe of Xanadu, President, 2016-17, Queen 2013, Royalty Muse 2009-2010, and Royalty Committee member 2010.
Responsibilities include: Chief Executive Officer for the Mardi Gras Krewe of approximately 240 members. Budgeting, strategic planning, event planning (Parade and Tableau), planning and executing monthly board meetings and bi-annual General Membership Meetings.

Lectures and Speaking Engagements

Louisiana State Bar Association Dazzling Disney Continuing Legal Education, Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Professional Development Seminar, Lafayette Bar Association, Terrebone Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts National Conference Presenter, Inns on the Teche, Women’s Foundation, Genesis Program, and other various organizations.

Donna Landry – Chief Operating Officer
Our Lady of Lourdes RMC
Academic degrees and first career in print journalism, culminating with a year abroad in Cairo, Egypt. Now 30 years in health care management, including executive positions at Our Lady of Lourdes, Heart Hospital of Lafayette, Schumacher Group and Lafayette General. Very actively involved in civic organizations, having served as Board chair for the Chamber of Commerce and United Way of Acadiana. Currently serving on Boards of ULL Foundation, Park Place Surgical Hospital, Emergency Medicine Advisory Board for Lafayette Consolidated Government, and Rotary. Married; two adult children. Favorite pastimes include photography, travel and cooking.
Frank Neuner – Partner
I am the founder and managing partner of NeunerPate, a
local corporate defense firm. I have an unwavering commitment to leadership and service to my community and profession. As current chairman of One Acadiana, I lead the charge to grow the Acadiana region’s business climate which in turn creates economic opportunities for all. I also served as president of United Way of Acadiana, the Lafayette Bar Association, and the Lafayette Bar Foundation and continue to remain involved in these organizations.

Through my example and encouragement, NeunerPate has developed a culture of dedication to community service and provides pro bono legal services and was most recently awarded the State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award. My leadership roles and volunteerism extend beyond Acadiana to the state, national, and international stage. As President of the Louisiana Client Assistance Foundation since 2001, I oversee reimbursement of funds to clients
who lose money due to lawyer misconduct. To date, almost $2.5 million has been paid to claimants.

I served as president of the Louisiana State Bar Association during the tumultuous Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita. In 2013, I was invited to present at The World Justice Forum in the Hague, Netherlands and share my experience in restoring the legal system after a natural disaster. During my six- year tenure as Chair of the Louisiana Public Defender, I spearheaded the drive for legislation to provide legal protection and access to the law for the indigent.

I received a Juris Doctor in 1976 from Louisiana State University. In 2008, I was named the LSU Law School’s Distinguished Alumnus, and in 2013, I was honored as the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Lawyer. I am a member of Louisiana, Texas and American Bar Associations; the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel; the Defense Research Institute; the Maritime Law Association of the United States; and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. I am also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and serve as the ABA State Delegate for Louisiana and the ABA Nominating Committee.

Sarah Berthelot – President & CEO
LA Assoc. of United Ways
Sarah Hamilton Berthelot serves as President and CEO of the Louisiana Association of United Ways. Leading a virtual team, Sarah coordinates opportunities for nine member United Ways to collaborate on impact, talent development and advocacy efforts. Berthelot provides statewide project coordination for the Louisiana 2-1-1 network and the United Way ALICE Project.

Sarah has worked in the nonprofit sector for 21 years since graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she served as the first elected female president of the Student Government Association. Upon graduation, she enrolled for a year of service as an AmeriCorps, Delta Service Corps Member, assigned to serve families through Lafayette Habitat for Humanity. Prior to her work with state association, Sarah worked for United Way of Acadiana for 10 years, serving as Chief Operating Officer, Chief of Resource Development and Chief of Community Impact.

Berthelot is actively engaged in the United Way Worldwide network as the Immediate Past-Chair of the United Way Council of States. Sarah also currently serves as a member of the US United Way Membership Accountability Committee, 2-1-1 National Operating Group, LEAD Advisory Group. Sarah served as a United Way Worldwide Resident Fellow in 2008 and later participated in the United Way Worldwide Advanced Leadership Program in 2013. In 2012, Sarah served on the United Way Worldwide Talent Management Task Force and United Way Worldwide Task Force for Growth.

In her volunteer leadership roles, Sarah is a board member for the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families and mentor for the 705 Young Professional Organization in Acadiana. Through the years, Sarah has served as an Executive Board Member for the Louisiana Association of Non-Profit Organizations (LANO), President of the Junior League of Lafayette (2008), At-Large Board Member of the Association of Junior Leagues International and Chair of the Parent Group at the Episcopal School of Acadiana. Sarah is a member of Leadership Lafayette, Class XXI and founding member of the 705 Young Professional Organization in Lafayette

Sarah has received numerous honors — including being named one of Acadiana’s “Women Who Mean Business” in 2014; recognized as “Lady of the Year” by the Faith House in 2008 and named as one of the Top 20 under 40 in 2007 by The Daily Advertiser.

Julie Chauvin – Attorney
Liskow & Lewis, APLC
Professional and Community Engagement:

Liskow & Lewis, Attorney, Shareholder and Managing Partner of Lafayette Office (areas of practice include business law, commercial real estate and estate planning)
One Acadiana, Board Member
Downtown Lafayette Unlimited, Board Member
Oil Center Renaissance Association, Board Member
Corporate and Business Law Section of Louisiana State Bar, Vice Chairman
American Inn of Court of Acadiana, Member and Team Leader

Personally – wife and mother of three children, ages 8, 6 and 2; from Lafayette but lived in New Orleans for 10 years

Jaci Russo – CEO
Co-founded brandRUSSO in 2001, and serve as ceo.

Graduate of Leadership Lafayette class XXII, gradate of Leadership Louisiana 2009, married with 4 kids.

Nanette Heggie – Financial Advisor
Heggie Investment Partners
I was born and raised in Acadiana. After 6 years of working as an IRS tax auditor, I became Series 7 licensed as a Financial Advisor, and worked at Smith Barney for 15 years building my own client base. In 2008 I did additional coursework and passed the necessary exams to become a Certified Financial Planner. In 2009 a group of 4 other advisors and I opened a Raymond James office.

After buying several of my partners out of our office suite, in 2015 I established my own Raymond James branch under the name: Heggie Investment Partners. My team is made up of myself, another Financial Advisor, and our Client Service Manager. We advise and educate our clients providing them with personalized financial strategies and investments. Our goal is to make a positive difference in their lives while giving back to the community and providing for our families.

Since high school I have been very involved in the community and have been a member of numerous organizations and boards including: Rotary, Chamber of Commerce/One Acadiana, Junior League, Rebuilding Together, the Woman’s Foundation, Connections, Friends of Humanities, as well as doing volunteer work with my church and son’s school. I have experienced being one of only a few women in a traditionally male field, having a baby and raising a child while having a serious career, starting and running a professional service business, and dealing with the sudden death of a business partner.

Gregg Gotreaux – President & CEO
I began my career as an economic developer with Gulf States Utilities in Lake Charles in the 1980s. In July 1995, I was appointed President and CEO of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. In my twenty-two years at LEDA, i have contributed substantially to the economic growth and stability of Lafayette through the organization’s role in retaining and attracting some of the area’s most influential businesses. I serve on the board of several organizations such as the Regions Bank Regional Advisory Board, Lafayette Central Park, Inc., and One Acadiana. My wife, Alisa, and I have two children— Conner Thomas and Eliza Grace.
Joey Durel – Business Dev. Officer
After spending nearly 30 years as a self employed retailer, I ran for the office of mayor-president, won, and served in that position from 2004-2016. In 2001 I was elected to chairman of the board of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. I also volunteered for other organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters where I served as its president in 1999. I am a graduate of Leadership Lafayette, and Leadership Louisiana.

Today I am a Business Development Officer for IBERIABANK, and am working with Keaty Réal Estate, primarily doing commercial real estate.

Bruce Conque – Lafayette City-Parish Council
District 6 Representative
All of professional life associated with media communications, public relations, advertising and marketing.
2004-2009: Represented District 6 on Lafayette City-Parish Council
2009-2015: Chamber of Commerce executive
2009-2015: Member and former Chair of Lafayette Planning and Zoning Commission
2010-2011: Vice Chair of Lafayette Charter Commission
2016 to present: Represent District 6 on Lafayette City-Parish Council
2016-2017: Chair of Lafayette Public Utilities Authority
2016 to present: member of American Public Power Association National Policy Makers Council
2018: Vice Chair of Lafayette City-Parish Council
Ben Berthelot – President & CEO
Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission
Ben Berthelot is the President & CEO of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission. Within the Tourism industry, he serves as Past President of the Louisiana Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, a Lt. Governor Appointee to the Louisiana Tourism Development Commission, and board member for the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, Southeast Tourism Society, and Acadiana Chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association.

He is very active in the local community and currently serves on numerous boards and commissions, including: UL-Lafayette Alumni Council, South Louisiana Community College Foundation, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited (DLU), New Hope Community Development, Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment Team (ETRT), and the Advisory Boards of both Scenic Lafayette and the Bayou Vermilion Preservation Alliance. He is a founding member of the705 Young Professionals Organization, and served as the organization’s charter President. Berthelot is a past board chair of United Way of Acadiana, and past board member of Junior Achievement, Faith House, Acadiana Regional Development District Board, the Junior League Advisory Board, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, and the Juvenile Justice Children & Youth Planning Board.

In 2005 he was named one of Chase Bank & The Daily Advertiser’s 20 Under 40.

Berthelot is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette, Leadership Louisiana, the F.B.I. Citizens Academy, and was a charter member of the Acadiana Regional Board of CABL. He has also coached basketball at Our Lady of Fatima School since 1994.

Berthelot is a graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic High School and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.

He is married to the former Ashley Bertrand and they are the proud parents of Briggs and Libby.

Kevin Blanchard – COO
Southern Lifestyle Development
]evin Blanchard is the Chief Operating Officer for Southern Lifestyle Development, a real estate developer with projects across Louisiana. Prior to that time, Kevin was Director of Public Works and Chief Development Officer for Lafayette Consolidated Government.

Kevin graduated with a degree in journalism from LSU in 1998 and reported for the Baton Rouge Advocate from the bureau in Lafayette, covering government and politics, until 2008. In 2008, Kevin enrolled in law school at LSU, graduating cum laude in 2011. While in law school, Kevin was Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Law Review, a member of the Chancellor’s Student Advisory Board, participated in a judicial externship with the Honorable W. Eugene Davis, U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and was research assistant to long-time Professor Frank Maraist. Kevin also worked as a consultant in the telecommunications industry during law school.

As an attorney, Kevin practiced commercial and oil and gas law at Onebane Law Firm. Kevin has a particular interest in open meetings and public records law. He has published on that topic and testified before the State Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Kevin is a board member of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association and One Acadiana, and the chairman-elect of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana. He was named as one of the Top 20 Under 40 by the Lafayette Daily Advertiser and the 705, and is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class XXVI. He and his wife, Heather, have three children.

Tonya Bolden-Ball – Center for Minority Excellence Proram Manager
Tonya Bolden-Ball, of Lafayette, LA, serves as the Center for Minority Excellence Program Mange for South Louisiana Community College. She is also the owner and motivational speaking and professional coach of Renewed Perspectives LLC. She is a member of the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission and a Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana and Faith House Inc. Bolden-Ball is also a Lafayette Alumnae Chapter member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She received her Master of Leadership from Grand Canyon University and her Bachelor of General Studies from University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Jeremy Morrow – Partner
Jeremy N. Morrow joined the NeunerPate in 2005. Jeremy is committed to our community, and to that end has served on several boards such as American Red Cross—Acadiana Chapter, Habitat for Humanity and The 705, an emerging leaders organization focused on taking a leadership role in lasting community improvement. Jeremy is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette XXV. In 2017, he was an honoree for Acadiana’s 20 Under 40 Leadership Award. Jeremy is married and has two children. He enjoys spending time with his family, as well as fishing, hunting and playing golf.