Chad Abell – Principal
Abell + Crozier Architects
As a principal of Abell + Crozier Architects, my primary role and expertise is in design, product selection/specifications and project leadership as well as construction administration. I have been involved in a wide range of projects varying in size and complexity from large and small medical facilities to educational archetypes to multi-family complexes of varied sizes. I have worked with public and private entities in the commercial, religious, financial, and institutional environments.

This diversity of experience has given me the ability to arrive at creative solutions for complex problems and to give clients involved in smaller projects the same attention as clients with larger projects. It has also given me a broad knowledge of the construction materials and methods available to craftsmen and builders so that we may work together, resulting in projects that run smoothly with positive communication between all parties.

I received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and became a licensed Architect in the State of Louisiana. The Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners has recognized me as being “Louisiana Board Continuing Education Accredited” since my licensure.

Taniecea Mallery – Director of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Dr. Taniecea Mallery currently serves as the Director of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In this role, she is responsible for fostering diversity among students, faculty and staff, as well as ensuring that underrepresented groups have equal access to educational opportunities and resources. She is also a member of the graduate faculty, teaching doctoral-level courses in the College of Education.

Prior to joining UL Lafayette, Dr. Mallery worked as a senior diversity research specialist at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C., and she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the U.S. Census Bureau. Her recent publications include national policy reports on diversity in the U.S. physician workforce, research in disparities driven by social determinants of health, and studies on the influence of medical school curriculum on where physicians choose to practice.

Dr. Mallery earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Loyola University New Orleans, as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University. She is a Chief Diversity Officer Fellow for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education and the recipient of the 20 Under 40 Young Leader Award. She is also a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management class of 2018. She has presented on diversity and inclusion topics for numerous conferences locally and nationally.

At the state and local levels, she currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Louisiana Budget Project, United Way of Acadiana, Leadership Institute of Acadiana, Lafayette Education Foundation and the Ernest J. Gaines Center at UL Lafayette. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for The Daily Advertiser. She is a member of Leadership Lafayette, Class XXIX. She is also the owner of Diverse City Labs, a consulting firm providing expertise and coaching in diversity and inclusion for individuals and organizations

Gregg Gotreaux – President & CEO
LEDA
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.
Missy Rogers – President
Noble Plastics
Missy Rogers is the owner of Noble Plastics Inc. of Grand Coteau. Noble offers product realization services through engineering and design, robotic assembly systems, and injection molding services. She is on the advisory boards of the LSU Mechanical Engineering Department, the Manufacturer’s Association of Plastics Processors, Centre International, and OneAcadiana, where she serves on the Workforce and Education Committee.

Missy earned her bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering from LSU. She was named one of Acadiana’s Women Who Mean Business in 2015, and Noble Plastics was awarded the Junior Achievement Small Business of the Year for 2014, and the Louisiana Lantern Award in 2015. Missy is a proud graduate of Leadership Lafayette, Class XXX. In addition to serving at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Missy regularly volunteers at ULL Engineering and Career Center events to foster development of a work-ready class of candidates.

Red Lerille – Owner
Red’s Gym
Red Lerille (born Lloyd Lerille) is a New Orleans native and the winner of numerous bodybuilding titles, including Mr. New Orleans in 1955, Mr. Armed Forces and Mr. Hawaii in 1958, Mr. Dixie in 1959, and AAU Mr. America which he won in 1960. Red served in the United States Navy from 1955 – 1959. Lerille graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (Now University of Louisiana Lafayette) in 1987 with a bachelor of general studies.
Lerille worked at Mike Stansbury’s Health Club, Inc. in Lafayette, Louisiana. He opened his fitness club Red’s in Lafayette, Louisiana on January 13, 1963. In 1965 the club moved to its current location on Doucet Road. Lerille is a collector of high wheel bicycles and antique airplanes.

He is the recipient of the 2011 Club Industry Lifetime Achievement Award and received University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 2002. In 2011 he was the UL Lafayette Alumni Association’s Spring Gala honoree in recognition of his community service and support of the university

Monica Rougeau – Owner & President
Elevare
Monica Rougeau is the owner/founder of Elevare where she facilitates transformation by building teams
and forming leaders.
Monica is a Certified Leadership Coach & Trainer with the John Maxwell Team as well as a Certified
Advanced Facilitator with True Colors International. She also brings to her clients almost 30 years of
experience in healthcare where she rapidly advanced from an entry level position to Executive and to
Area Vice President of a national organization. Her rapid progression came as she found her niche of
going into poorly performing areas to rehab them to become some of the most successful. The success
of these transformations came about through her focus on the people; by building teams and forming
leaders.
She can often be found at Opportunity Machine in the LITE Center where she has been active in assisting
entrepreneurs in personal & small business development.
Mark Garber – Sheriff
Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office
On November 21st 2015, Mark Garber was selected by the people of Lafayette Parish to serve as the 27th Sheriff of Lafayette Parish. Sheriff Garber began his career in law enforcement serving as a commissioned deputy in Acadia Parish under then Sheriff Ken Goss. He then went on to serve as an enforcement agent with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and as a Police Officer with the City of Arlington Texas. While in Arlington, Sheriff Garber served in the patrol division, traffic enforcement (as a motor cycle officer), Field Training Officer, Police Sniper and Special Operations (Arlington’s version of SWAT team leader).

Sheriff Garber transitioned from local law enforcement to federal service when he was selected to join the Unites States Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) as a civilian Special Agent, Criminal Investigator. As a Special Agent, Sheriff Garber was selected for deployment as a battlefield interrogator as part of a Special Operations Task Force in Iraq. Once in Iraq, Sheriff Garber assisted various Special Operations Forces by conducting battlefield interrogations and assisting with the exploration of intelligence information. Sheriff Garber is one of only a few civilian Federal Agents to have been awarded the Bronze Star Medal for activities in a combat theatre of operations.

Following redeployment to the United States, Sheriff Garber continued his federal law enforcement service as a United States Secret Service Special Agent in the New York City field office. Upon his return to Lafayette, Sheriff Garber opened his private law practice and worked as a felony prosecutor with the 15th Judicial District Court where he served Lafayette Parish for more than 6 years becoming intimately familiar with the local criminal justice system.

With a degree from Louisiana State University and a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University, Sheriff Garber has a unique combination of education and experience that was gained by years of being involved in the criminal justice process from the initial investigation, arrest, prosecution, conviction and sentencing.

Dana Baker – Executive Director
Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
Dana Baker is the executive director of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music. She is the former director of Festival International de Louisiane.

Baker served as director for Festival International for 11 years. In 2013, she began her tenure with Townsquare Media as their live events manager, which included guiding projects like Patty in the Parc and Kidfest.

Baker also has her own event planning company, Baker Girl Social Club.

John Newman – Pastor
New Hope Community Development
John Newman is CEO and co-founder of New Hope Community Development of Acadiana, a faith-based mentoring organization that provides “Admiring Adults” for fifty at-risk children in Lafayette. He and his wife, Kristine, started New Hope 8 years ago. Their mentoring organization currently offers an after-school tutoring program, a scouting program, STEM Club, and a six-week summer program in partnership with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Although John works directly with the children three days each week, as the CEO of New Hope, he is primarily responsible for all business aspects of the organization. Much of his time is spent on developing partnerships with civic organizations, churches, and local businesses. Board recruitment and development is another one of his responsibilities. He has worked hard to recruit Pastors, Civic Leaders, Professors, and business leaders for their board. John is the organization’s chief fundraiser, grant writer, and volunteer recruiter.

Prior to serving at New Hope, John had served as a protestant pastor for over 20 years in New York, Wisconsin, and most recently in Lafayette, Louisiana. While living in Iowa for nearly a decade, John worked in banking and in the financial service industry. At that time, John was very active in politics and served as a precinct captain for the Iowa Caucuses and as a county Chairman for a US Senate Race.

John has been happily married to his ministry partner, Kristine Newman, for over 30 years. Together, they have five adult children; three of whom have already graduated ULL and two of which are still in college. For fun, John enjoys playing designer board games, savoring a craft beer with friends, and studying and discussing theology, history, and sociology.

Bill Bacque – President
Van Eaton & Romero
During tenure as President of Van Eaton & Romero:
■ Increased sales from $90 million to over $600 million.
■ Expanded sales team from 45 to over 280 associates.
■ Oversaw expansion and/or construction of four additional office locations.
■ Maintained closed sale market share exceeding 30%
■ For past twenty years, company has been recognized as one of the top 500 residential real estate firms in the United States by REALTrends and National Relocation and Real Estate magazines.
■ Big Brothers/Big Sisters – Board of Directors, 2001 – 2009, President (2006)
■ Salvation Army Advisory Board – Lafayette. Chariman 2009 – 2015
■ UL Lafayette Alumni – Executive Board – 2011 – 2012
■ Advisory Board – Lafayette General Hospital 2011 – 2015
■ Chairman of the REALTOR Association of Acadiana Multiple Listing Service – 2015
Frank Neuner – Managing Partner
NeunerPate
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.

Donna Landry – Chief Operating Officer
Our Lady of Lourdes RMC
Donna Landry brings some 28 years in healthcare and community leadership to her job and civic engagement in Lafayette and beyond. She currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Our Lady of Lourdes and CEO of Heart Hospital of Lafayette. She previously served as Chief Administrative Officer of Schumacher Group and Chief Operating Officer of Lafayette General.

Donna currently serves on the boards of United Way of Acadiana (just completing her year as 2016 chair), the ULL Foundation, One Acadiana, Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation, Park Place Surgical Hospital, Emergency Medicine Advisory Board for Lafayette Consolidated Government, ULL Communications Advisory Council, and District leadership of Rotary International. A former chair of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, a Leadership Lafayette graduate and recipient of numerous local and state recognitions, she has also served multiple terms on the boards of the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council (LaPESC), Evangeline Area Boy Scout Council, YMCA and other organizations.

Andrew Bellard – CEO
Home Care Associates
Andrew Bellard is the founder and CEO of Home Care Associates, a home care company based in Lafayette which services markets in Alabama. He is involved in many community organizations and events around Lafayette Parish, and is active in industry specific organizations around the country.

In 2008, Andrew founded “A First Name Basis Home Care” in Lafayette, which served six markets around Louisiana and employed nearly 1,000 people. In 2014, he founded “Home Care Associates” and now manages this company from his downtown Lafayette offices. He has successfully implemented a customer service driven model which is well respected within the home care industry. At national conferences, Andrew has presented on topics related to revenue growth, sales strategies, and employee retention.

Andrew is very active with the American Cancer Society, and is the immediate past chair of its Black and White Gala, which raised nearly $170,000.00 in 2018. He is a 2013 recipient of Lafayette’s 20 Under 40 award, and the Better Business Bureau’s ethics in Business award.

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.

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.

Dustin Cravins – Vice President
La Louisianne Consulting
Dustin R. Cravins has garnered a reputation for his wealth of knowledge in the political, business and public relation sectors. With over 15 years of marketing and political experience, his ability to weave them together is second to none. No matter how big or small your initiative; he has a proven track record of strategizing and executing successful programs and projects at the highest level.
Nick Pugh – Founder
Pugh Family Foundation
Nick Pugh grew up in Lafayette and is a graduate of USL, now UL,in electrical engineering in 1968. Nick owned Rig Telephones and later purchased Datacom, oilfield communication service companies with over 200 employees In 5 states. After selling his company, the Pugh Family Foundation was established to give back to the community with a focus to support educational programs that address the root causes of poverty In Acadiana. Pugh Family Foundation is also a member of Alexis de Tocqueville Society through United Way of Acadiana. Nick is committed to be a trained volunteer to read to local elementary students and a personal goal to get 100 volunteers signed up through United Way’s project of “changing lives, one book at a time.”

Nick has been the UL industry mentor to electrical engineering students for over 12 years. Twice, 2007 and 2013, the UL teams have designed, built and launched small satellites Into space from space rocket from Wallops Island, Virginia and from Russia. UL is the only university In Louisiana to accomplish this project.

Nick is also an Amateur Ham Radio Operator since the age of 12, and routinely talks to many foreign countries. For many years,Nick has taught at Boy Scout Winter Camp the electronics class to scouts and also taught Ham radio classes to elementary students at Children’s Museum of Acadiana.

Charter board member of Acadiana Open Channel In early 1980’s, Nick served second President of the board. A member of LaPESC, Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council, Nick has been involved in policy committee to benefit public schools. Board President of Lafayette Habitat for Humanity and on board for 16 years, Nick is helping families break cycle of poverty and first time home owners in Lafayette. Lafayette Education Foundation volunteer in awarding teacher awards in the classroom, and sponsoring reading programs for struggling students. Graduate of class XXVII of Leadership Lafayette in 2014.

Nick and his wife, JoAnn, married for 40 years, are the parents of three children and two granddaughters. Many miles of travel in their RV, have traveled states from California to New York! Nick’s goal each day is to make a difference to better the world.

Ken Stansbury – Financial Advisor & City Councilman
Cornerstone Financial Group & Youngsville City Council
In 2007, Ken Stansbury began his career in the financial services industry as a Financial Advisor. He has been with Cornerstone Financial Group since 2012. He received his B.S from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and MBA from University of Phoenix. He holds the Certified Fund Specialist and Accredited Investment Fiduciary designations and the Series 7,66 and 24 securities licenses and Life &Health license. He passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 exam in June 2018 and is currently a Level 2 candidate. In addition to his professional career, he serves in the Louisiana Air National Guard as an Intelligence Officer and is serving a second term as Councilman in the city of Youngsville.

As a Councilman, Ken led the effort in creating committees representing recreational sports, beautification, HOA leadership, and economic development. He has led many projects in Youngsville including Keeping Youngsville Beautiful Starts with YOU Project Day, Litter Pick up day, and a tree planting project with the Lafayette Rotary Club.

Ken is an active member of Acadiana. Ken’s community involvement includes past Assistant District Governor for the Lafayette Rotary clubs, as well as past Chief Volunteer Officer and past board member for the Y of Acadiana. During his first year as Assistant District Governor, he led the effort to implement the Choices Workshop in Lafayette Parish. The program is focused on “keeping our teens into school” and lowering the dropout rate. Over six years, the Choices Workshop reached approximately 10,000 8th graders. He also has served on the Board of Directors of New Hope and Youngsville Chamber of Commerce. Currently, he serves as president for the Board of Directors for the LEDA Industrial Board, District 9 representative on the Lafayette Parish Republican Executive Committee and member of the Lafayette South Rotary Club. He is a member of Leadership Lafayette class 27 and Leadership Louisiana class 30. In 2015, Ken was an honoree for the Acadiana 20 under 40 Leadership Award.

Ken and his wife Jodi have three children. Away from the business, he enjoys volunteering, hunting, golfing and spending time with family and friends.

Bill Rodier – Executive Director
St. Landry Parish Economic Development
Bill Rodier has served as the full time Executive Director of St. Landry Parish Economic Development (SLED) since May 2013. As Executive Director, he is responsible for aligning the efforts of four economic development boards in order to develop, implement, and promote collaborative parish/regional community and economic development initiatives. These efforts area all geared towards enhancing the overall quality of life and economic well being for residents and businesses of St. Landry Parish and Acadiana. He is also responsible for providing leadership guidance and support to regional economic development efforts through organizations such as the Acadiana Economic Development Corporation, the Acadiana Regional Authority, the
Acadiana Planning Commission, Acadiana Area Red Cross, One Acadiana, the Louisiana Business Incubator Association, the Louisiana Industry Developers Executive Association, the Louisiana United Way, and the International Economic Development Council.

Prior to his current position, Bill spent close to seven years in key roles with Louisiana Economic Development and as the Deputy Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. There he was responsible for spearheading statewide initiatives geared towards the development
and promotion of value added services for existing and future Louisiana Businesses.Before his government service, Mr. Rodier spent 5 years in executive management with a private consulting and real estate development firm, as well as 7 years in an executive role with a large Gulf Coast Automotive Group Franchise. In service to his country Bill spent more than seven years in the United States Air Force where he managed the daily operations of a USAF Major Command Elite Guard, which supported Flag Grade Officers and high level global dignitaries, including the President of the United States.

Bill has a Master’s of International Business degree from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing and possesses an Associate Degree in Security Technologies. He is also a graduate from the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and maintains an Economic Development Finance Professional Certification. Personally, Bill actively competes in Iron Man Triathlon Events across the United States and is a Master Diver Trainer.