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Executive Committee

Board President
DONNA K TORRES, CPA – Retired from LSU Office of Accounting Services

Vice President
JOE SCIORTINO – General Manager at WAFB TV

Board Treasurer
JULIE PLEASANT – Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking at Hancock Whitney

Board Secretary
GREG LACOUR – Director of Campus Planning at LSU

ALEXANDRA ROSSI – Senior Counsel at Kean Miller LLP
ALEXIS RUSSO, DDS
– Dentist at New Roads Dental
BRETT REYNOLDS – Vice President at Neighbors Federal Credit Union
BRIDGETTE COLEMAN – Owner of Coleman Consulting Group
CPT. CHIQUITA BROUSSARD – EBR District Attorney Liaison
DAVID MOUGEOT – Owner at Mougeot Architecture, LLC
JAMES WAYNE, MD
– Pediatrician at Ochsner Medical Center
LAURIE ALLEN – Real Estate Investor/Manager at LBA Properties
RENE’ THIBODEAUX
– Sheriff at Point Coupee Sherriff’s Office
RENÉE BOUTTE MYER – Asst Dean of Diversity, Inclusion & Civic Engagement at LSU College of Human Sciences & Education
ROBERT LUCKY – Owner at The Lucky Law Firm, PLC
SHAUN KEMMERLY, MD – Chief Medical Officer at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital
SONYA CARDIA-PORTER – Asst District Attorney at 19th JDC
STELLA MILLER – Criminal Deputy at Pointe Coupee Parish Clerk of Court
SYLVIA WEATHERSPOON – Anchor at WBRZ TV

Advisory Counsel

SONYA CARDIA-PORTER – Assistant District Attorney, 19th JDC
ALI MERONEK – Iberville Parish Assistant DA
BRETT STASSI – Iberville Parish Sheriff

MENDY ESCUDIER – Sexual Assault Investigator; SANE Coordinator
CPT. NICK GREMILLION – Captain, Point Coupee Sheriff’s Office

Our Healing Partners

BRCAC currently utilizes a robust collaboration through what we call several “Healing Partnerships” in order to expand opportunities for vulnerable or at-risk youth and their families, deliver cost-effective well-coordinated services and avoid duplication of effort.

For the past nine years, we have been working with several branches of law enforcement, DCFS, the Mayor’s Office, the Coroner’s office, and other community providers to identify victims of traumatic events as well as to identify potential gaps in service for disadvantaged children and to coordinate care. We meet weekly with the following providers to staff all new cases to ensure this coordination of care.

Law Enforcement Partners

Sheriff Offices and Police Departments, especially Special Victims Units,  in four parishes work closely with the BRCAC in addressing the problem of child abuse by referring victims of violent crime to the Center, by participating in weekly case reviews with the CAC team, by assisting the CAC in locating and engaging families when necessary and by attending events at the Center designed to educate survivors on the topic of investigation and the criminal justice process.

SOME OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS INCLUDE:

Addis Police Department 

Baker Police Department

Baton Rouge City Police

Brusly Police Department

EBR Sheriff’s Office

Iberville Sheriff’s Office

Livonia Police Department

Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement

Louisiana State Police

Plaquemines Police Department

Pointe Coupee Sheriff’s Office

Port Allen Police Department

West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

Zachary Police Department

Medical and Hospital Partners

The EBR Coroner’s Office Sexual Assault and Nurse Examiners (SANE) Program , OLOL hospitalists and area pediatricians participate in weekly case reviews, refer survivors to the CAC when encountered initially in medical settings, and provide forensic medical exams that are coordinated with the forensic interview process occurring at the BRCAC.  Our future plan is to have this service provided onsite at the yellow house.

SOME OF OUR MEDICAL PARTNERS INCLUDE:

District Attorney Partners

Prosecutors in four parishes participate in weekly reviews, guide the process of investigation determining what components may be needed to strengthen cases;  District Attorney offices also provide critical victim advocacy services which are coordinated with the Advocacy services of the CAC.  Our prosecutors also often collaborate with our team members in preparing testimony for criminal court.  The CAC team may provide expert witness testimony in child abuse cases.

SOME OF OUR DISTRICT ATTORNEY PARTNERS INCLUDE:

Child and Family Service Providers

Various local community providers collaborate with the BRCAC team in provided other needed services for families.  Through “linkage agreements” and Memorandums of Understanding, these agencies often participate in case discussion and work to coordinate care in such a way that services are not missed nor duplicated.

SOME OF OUR CHILD & FAMILY SERVICE PARTNERS INCLUDE:

Child Protective Services

The Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services in four parishes work closely with the BRCAC in addressing the problem of child abuse by referring victims of violent crime to the Center, by participating in weekly case reviews with the CAC team, by assisting the CAC in locating and engaging families when necessary and by attending events at the Center designed to educate survivors on the topic of investigation and the criminal justice process.  DCFS respond to our requests for assistance for families and invite BRCAC to policy meetings to ensure that policies develop in a trauma-informed way.

SOME OF OUR CHILD PROTECTION PARTNERS INCLUDE: