Get to know the staff here at
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana.
Erin Davison, MBA
Born and raised in Orange, Texas, Erin received an undergraduate degree in Sociology/Social Work from Lamar University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Sixteen years ago, she moved with her husband to the Southwest Louisiana community and she has been a staple in the community ever since. After her most recent position with CHRISTUS Health Talent Acquisition, St. Patrick Hospital, she joined the BBBS-SWLA team in May of 2017 as the Executive Director. Erin loves to read, spend time with her three granddaughters, travel with her husband, and be an advocate for children and families in the community. Her civic work included: Board member with ICSHRM (Imperial Calcasieu Society for Human Resource Management), Women's Business Network Advisory Board Member, 2018 Leadership SWLA Graduate, 2018 West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce Board Member, and a member of the SWLA Arts & Humanities Council.
Foster Grandparent Program Director
Kathy has been the Director of the Foster Grandparent Program for several years. She is passionate about helping the children and elderly in the Southwest Louisiana community through this national program. This Foster Grandparent Program enables low-income senior citizens to supplement their income in a meaningful way by providing volunteer service to special-needs children, usually in the school setting. The program, funded by a federal grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service, has been sponsored locally by Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA since 1999.
David is a lifelong resident of Southwest Louisiana. He graduated from South Cameron High School and went on to graduate from McNeese with a degree in Accounting. He joined the BBBS-SWLA team in 2013 and has become an indispensable handyman, Diet Coke purchaser, and institutional knowledge provider. We'd be lost without him!
Marketing & Development Manager
Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Alex graduated from Louisiana State University of Shreveport with a BFA in Digital Arts and a concentration in Graphic Design. Community involvement has always been a priority for Alex. In Shreveport, she previously worked as the Community Development Coordinator at the Bossier Arts Council and was also Social Co-Chair for YPI - Young Professional Initiative of NWLA. Alex has now made Lake Charles her home and is excited for opportunities to get more involved. Previously on the Board for the Lake Charles Happy Hour Rotary Club for 2018 and 2019, she is now involved in the Lake Charles Young Professional group, Fusion Five. When she isn't at the office, she enjoys spending time with her pups and attending local events in the area to socialize and meet new people. If you see her out and about, be sure to say hello!
Marketing & Development Coordinator
Born and raised in Southwest Louisiana, Melissa received her B.S. in Marketing with a concentration in Management from McNeese State University. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of SWLA, Melissa spent the last six years as a Resource Development Manager for United Way of Southwest Louisiana. You can always find Melissa out and about in SWLA, whether it's through work or volunteer opportunities. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, as well as traveling with her husband and son; trying different local restaurants wherever they visit.
Avon Knowlton, IOM, CCE is a Certified Chamber of Commerce Executive with knowledge in non-profit management, economic development, public policy, chamber of commerce management, marketing, business development, community development, and government affairs. She is a graduate of the Institute of Organizational Management at the University of Georgia and Advanced Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She holds certifications in economic development from Southeastern University and Louisiana State University. She is a former Regent at the US Chamber of Commerce Institute at Villanova University. Avon currently works with the DeRidder Lions Club and is a founding member and board member of Fort Polk Progress. She enjoys spending time with her family, working in her community, and riding in her Jeep.
Alyssa is a graduate of St. Louis Catholic High School. She studied Sociology at McNeese State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree and is a lifelong native of Lake Charles, LA. On her free time, Alyssa enjoys couponing and spending time with her newborn baby girl. If you are thinking about enrolling, stop in and chat with her today!
Jillian is a native of Southwest Louisiana where she studied at McNeese State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is currently working towards her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She has a history of working in social services with children. Advocating for others and creating an environment where others feel safe and connected is a priority for her. In her spare time, she loves working out, reading, and family time. Jillian is also currently a Big Sister in the Community-Based program where she enjoys hanging out with her Little.
John is a native of Southwest Louisiana where he studied at McNeese State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion. John is also a Big Brother in the Community-Based program. He believes in the importance of education and enjoys creating a positive atmosphere for the youth involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters. In his spare time, he enjoys working in his yard and playing with his three dogs; Carter, Rocket, and Lady. He is a HUGE New Orleans Saints and LSU Tiger FAN.