Board & Advisors

Advocacy Center of Louisiana Board of Directors

The Advocacy Center of Louisiana’s Board of Directors is a group of no fewer than nine people, at least sixty percent of who are persons with disabilities or family members of people with disabilities.  They come from every walk of life, throughout the state of Louisiana. Some are attorneys, social service providers, accountants, professors; several have no particular professional affiliation, but are people who have a disability or who are moms, dads and/or grandparents of people with disabilities. They come from various racial/ethnic groups and from every age group.

2015-16 Board of Directors


Dale Higgins, President
Congressional District 1

Reagan Toledano, Vice President
Congressional District 2

Paget Bazile, Secretary
Congressional District 1

James Thompson, Treasurer
Congressional District 1

Board Members

Rickii Ainey
Congressional District 2

Anita Gray
Congressional District 6

Warren Hebert, Jr.
Congressional District 3

Lorenza Lawless
Congressional District 1

Cathy Lazarus
Congressional District 1

Mary Margaret Lusk
Congressional District 4

Gloria Mays
Congressional District 5

The Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council supports the Advocacy Center of Louisiana by working with its staff and Board of Directors to develop priorities for the agency’s PAIMI program. Advisory members oversee the general effectiveness of the program and work with staff to bring about any needed changes.

2015-16 PAIMI Council


Pamela Brown, Chair
Morganza, LA

Advisory Members

Paget Bazile
Metairie, LA

Patricia DeMichele
New Orleans, LA

John Gianforte
Shreveport, LA

Kristi Goldsberry
West Monroe, LA

Shelly Hunter
Ruston, LA

Danielle Laborde
Slidell, LA

Lorenza Lawless
Marrero, LA

Jennifer Thorpe
Lafayette, LA