Our Board of Directors




Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana is governed by a seventeen member Volunteer Board of Directors from our seven Parish service region:  Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, Rapides, and Vernon Parishes.  Our volunteer Board of Directors meets at a minimum of twelve times annually, serves an initial three-year term, participates in and supports all fundraising activities, provides governance and financial support, is an Ally in our region by promoting our Vision and Mission, and is an integral part of our strategic plan.  We invite and affirm all community allies to join our movement and help us grow youth served, community engagement, and sustainable funding by upholding our JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion) values.

If you are interested in serving on our Volunteer Board of Directors, please CLICK HERE for the Board application and multi-layer background screening authorization form.  


2024 Board of Directors


Lacy Viator- Chair (Investar Bank)

Erica Martin - Vice Chair(Entergy)

Dave Foley- Treasurer (Capstone Mortgage)

Alex Richard- Secretary (B1Bank)

Velika Trahan- Past Chair (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana)


Lindsey Cutler (State Farm-Lindsey Cutler)

Cinnamon Salvador (Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office)

Anthony Celestine (Office for Juvenile Justice, Calcasieu Parish)

Dr. Kedrick Nicholas (McNeese State University)

Ed McGuire  (PSN Law Firm, Board Legal Counsel)

Cinnamon Salvador (Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office)

Carl Lanham (Big Brother, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office D.A.R.E. Program)

Eric Fry (President, Zeta Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc.)


Three LC schools will start mentoring programs as a result of Gulf Coast Sequestration donation

Later this year, Combre-Fondel, Jessie D. Clifton and Ralph F. Wilson elementary schools will institute one-on-one mentoring for first- through fifth-grade students through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Louisiana’s Lunch…

Phillips 66 Donates to Big Defender Fund

May 6, 2024– Phillip 66 of Lake Charles donated $3,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters…

Bags and Brew is BACK!

Lake Charles, LA., February 16, 2024 –Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana returns this…