Get to know the staff here at
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana.
Erin Davison, MBA (She/Her)
Chief Executive Officer
Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana 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 Chief Executive Officer. Erin loves to read, spend time with her three granddaughters, travel with her husband, and be an advocate for youth and families in the community. Her civic work include the Calcasieu Parish Children & Youth Planning Board, Ellevate Louisiana, Women United, Women's Business Network Advisory Board Member, Children's Cabinet of Louisiana/Office of the Louisiana Governor, 2019 Leading Ladies of Business/Thrive Magazine, 2018 Leadership SWLA Graduate, 2013 Thriving Thirtysomethings, 2012 Volunteer of the Year/Chamber SWLA.
Kathy Richard (She/Her/Hers)
Foster Grandparent Program Director
337.478.5437 ext. 104
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)
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!
Avon Knowlton, IOM (She/Her/Hers)
BBBS SWLA Program Director
337.478.5437 ext. 106
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 the Louisiana Armed Forces Association ( formerly Fort Polk Progress). She enjoys spending time with her family, working in her community, and riding in her Jeep.
Jillian Cormier (She/Her/Hers)
337.478.5437 ext. 112
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)
337.478.5437 ext. 103
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.
Marlisa Harding (She/Her/Hers)
Marketing and Development Coordinator
337.478.5437 ext. 114
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
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
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.
TRAVIS THOMAS (He/Him/His)
Office of Juvenile Justice Services & MentorU Manager
337.478.5437 ext. 108
Travis is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. He studied at McNeese State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology and his master’s in counseling psychology. He possesses experience working with youth from all walks of life. In his spare time, he enjoys gaming, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and spending time with his family.
JUSTINA WOLFORD (She/Her/Hers)
AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program Program Coordinator
337.478.5437 ext. 105
Originally from Colorado, Justina has lived in Southwest Louisiana for 10 years. A ceramic sculpture graduate from McNeese State University, Justina has grown to love the unique culture of Southwest Louisiana. She is passionate about non-profit work and the impact it has on communities. In her spare time, you can find her throwing pottery or cuddling up, watching a movie with her fiancé, Chad, and their fur baby, Fallon.