Foundation

FOUNDATION

The Foundation is composed of up to 15 board members who are responsible for governing the organization, strategic planning and fiscal oversight.

Heather Bradford – President

Genie Ardoin – Vice President

Jessica Adams – Secretary

Jeremy Davis – Treasurer

Jeremy Davis is Environmental Services Manager at Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center. Originally from Chauvin, Louisiana, He graduated from Nicholls State University in 2013 with a B.S. in Management and is currently pursuing his MBA from Tulane University. He has been a volunteer for Chauvinfest, Race for the Cure, and has organized several fundraisers for Muscular Dystrophy Association. Jeremy is currently a member of Ochsner’s employee advisory council at Chabert Medical Center. His drive to always strive for excellence has much to do with Jeremy’s poor vision due to retinal dystrophy. This has only made Jeremy strive harder and harder in anything he puts his mind to. Jeremy was a recipient of the 2017 Terrebonne Parish Young Achievers Award. In his spare time, he loves to read or listen to podcasts on anything that inspires him to improve in any aspect of life. Jeremy’s grandfather Wilbert “Shus” Trahan also passed down the love of wrestling to him. Through his life, he saw first-hand the amount of destruction our culture and coastal wetlands have taken over the years from the countless hurricanes and disasters. He loves the cajun culture and continues to help educate others to help preserve our simple way of life.

Courtney Phipps Fitch

Courtney Phipps Fitch is a native and resident of Houma, Louisiana and is of the United Houma Nation. She is a graduate of Terrebonne High School and a recent graduate of Nicholls State University.

While at Nicholls, Courtney served as the secretary on the Board of Officers for the Nicholls Association of Student Nurses for 2 years, the Presidential Consultant/Parliamentarian for one semester, and was inducted to the National Student Nurses’ Association Leadership University Honor Society. With the help of two other American Indian students, Courtney founded the Nicholls Association of American Indian College Students to provide mentorship to fellow Native students and to increase awareness of American Indian culture.

Courtney has served the community for 14 years as a Medic with Acadian Ambulance Service and will soon begin a journey as an ER Nurse. She is a mother of five brilliant children, and wife of Storm Fitch.

Trina Fitch

Nicole Henry-Davis

Nicole Davis is a native of Jefferson Parish but now happily resides in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She attended Nicholls State University where she studied broadcast journalism. While at Nicholls State, she filmed sports and worked as a sideline reporter until she got the opportunity to intern for Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, where she currently works as a full-time digital media editor. She also works as a part-time video producer for Vision Communications (REV) in Larose, LA.

Nicole is married to Paul Davis III and hopes to one day start a family. She considers herself a bayou transplant and admires the tight knit community here. She values the work being done to preserve Southern Louisiana’s unique culture and vast wetlands.

Kristian Key

Kristian was born and raised in Terrebonne Parish and enjoys all that the area has to offer.  He is a graduate of Terrebonne High School, Nicholls State University, and Leadership Terrebonne.  Kristian is currently an Assistant Vice President for Hancock Whitney Bank in downtown Houma.  Growing up in Terrebonne Parish, he became an avid fisherman and over the years has witnessed the ever changing wetlands of our area.  He believes with the right knowledge and change, we can preserve our way of life and home for several generations to come.  With his 11-year background in banking and finance, he hopes to encourage and bring in corporate citizens of Terrebonne to aid in the foundation’s mission.  In his spare time, Kristian enjoys fishing, football, and spending time with his wife, Kaci, and son, Evan.

John LeBlanc

John LeBlanc grew up in Houma enjoying hunting and fishing in the surrounding marshlands.  He attended Terrebonne High School then the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (1983) where he graduated in Petroleum Engineering.  He moved back to Houma after graduation and began his career as a Drilling Engineer with Placid Oil Company where he was exposed to the offshore environment while working on the oil platforms and rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.  He witnessed first-hand the damage caused to the coastline from storms and hurricanes and the many waterways carved up to access the Gulf.  Throughout his career, he and his wife Andrea have lived and worked in 8 countries over a 22-year period where they experienced the different cultures, languages and people each had to offer.  This has allowed him to listen to different perspectives and be more inclusive when taking advice from others.  John recently retired in August of 2017 and moved back to Houma from Abu Dhabi.  He enjoys visiting his family and friends, playing golf, attending LSU football games and of course hunting and fishing.

Wayne Simoneaux

Wayne was employed at LUMCON for 27 years. He worked in the Marine Department for 12 years then as Marine Center Superintendent for 15 years. During his time on research vessels, he worked in every position, from cook to deck hand to engineer to Mate to Captain. He’s taken vessels up the Mississippi River past the twin cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul and around Florida north to Canadian waters off of Nova Scotia. He has been on research trips out into the Gulf of Mexico as far south as the Mexican Territorial waters. Some of the best trips he’s had on the vessels were taking students out on field trips in the marine environment.

Aimee Grabert Swanner

I am married to David Swanner Jr. for 5 years. I have 2 stepsons Blake,17 and Brayden,13. I have been with Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits for over 17 years, and I sell SeneGence Skincare on the side because I love our skincare line. We enjoy going to our Camp in Stephensville and boat riding on our free weekends.

Rodney Woods Jr.

Emeritus Board Members

Damon Baldone

Danica Colwart

Raegan Creppell

Emily Elmore

BeBe McElroy

Vic McElroy

Erica Pellegrin

Chris Pulaski

Joy Tingle

Matha Thibodeaux

Juana Woodard