Our Team

Get to know the staff here at
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana.

Erin Davison, MBA (She/Her/Hers)

Executive Director

337.478.5437 ext.111

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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. In 2002, she moved with her husband to the Southwest Louisiana community and she has been a staple in the community ever since. She joined the BBBS of 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: The Calcasieu Parish Children & Youth Planning Board, Member of Ellevate Louisiana, Women's Business Network Advisory Board Member, Children's Cabinet of Louisiana/Office of the Louisiana Governor, Past Board member with ICSHRM (Imperial Calcasieu Society for Human Resource Management), 2019 Leading Ladies of Business/Thrive Magazine, 2018 Leadership SWLA Graduate, 2013 Thriving Thirtysomethings, 2012 Volunteer of the Year/Chamber SWLA, Past West Calcasieu Chamber of Commerce Board Member, and a past member of the SWLA Arts & Humanities Council. 

Kathy Richard (She/Her/Hers)

Foster Grandparent Program Director

337.478.5437 ext. 104

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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 Eakin (He/His)

Financial Director

337.478.5437 ext. 107

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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!

Melissa Butter (She/Her/Hers)

Marketing & Development Manager

337.478.5437 ext. 101

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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 (She/Her/Hers)

BBBS SWLA Program Director

337.478.5437 ext. 106

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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.


Jillian Cormier (She/Her/Hers)

Enrollment Supervisor

337.478.5437 ext. 112

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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 Jaramillo (He/His)

Program Supervisor

337.478.5437 ext. 103

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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.

John J. Coleman (He/His)

MentorU Program Manager

337.478.5437 ext. 108

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John is a native of Lake Charles, La. He studied at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he received his Bachelor’s degree in General Studies with a Focus in Humanities and Strayer University where he received his Masters in Business Administration. He has years of experience in the Calcasieu Parish School System and has been involved with the youth of the Lake Charles for many years. Outside of working, he enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth sports and remains dedicated to his passion to be part of the advancement of the youth in Southwest Louisiana.


Jacilia Thibodeaux (She/Her/Hers)

MentorU Program Coordinator

337.478.5437 ext. 109

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Jacilia is a native of Roanoke, La. She studied at the Grambling State University where she received her associate's degree in child development and bachelor's degree in criminal justice. She has years of experience working with children of all ages. Her experiences and work within the juvenile justice system has helped her understand the need for mentorship for the youth in our community. She plans to use Big Brothers Big Sisters as the platform for change and progress for the youth of SWLA. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her son and family.


Marlisa Harding (She/Her/Hers)

Marketing and Development Coordinator

337.478.5437 ext. 114

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Marlisa has made Southwest Louisiana home for the last 10 years. Her career in marketing includes both non-profit and for profit communications where she enjoys crafting stories that leave readers wanting more. She has served on many community boards and panels and believes in being an active and meaningful contributor to society. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, listening to public radio and playing music. 


Aneisia Johnwell (She/Her/Hers)

Intake & Enrollment Specialist

337.478.5437 ext. 110

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Aneisia was born in Lake Charles but spent most of her childhood and adolescence in Georgia. In 2012 she moved back to Lake Charles and graduated from McNeese State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is currently working towards a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. Her work experience includes community health for children and adults in both Louisiana and Texas. She is a strong mental health advocate, loves advocating for youth, being involved in the community and making a positive impact. In her spare time she  loves working out, riding her motorcycle and spending time with family.


Mistie Lanham (She/Her/Hers)

Match Relationship Specialist

337.478.5437 ext. 102

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Mistie is a native of Lake Charles, La. She has been married to her husband, Michael, for 27 years and has two kids, Ryan and Samantha. Mistie earned her bachelor’s degree in general studies with a concentration in behavioral science from McNeese State University. She co-served with her husband as a youth pastor for 10 years before beginning her work in social services. Outside of work, Mistie enjoys spending time with her family and working out daily at her local gym.