Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Rapides Foundation

The Rapides Foundation Staff

Joseph R. Rosier, Jr., CFA, CPA (Inactive)
Mr. Rosier is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Rapides Foundation, a position he has held since 1995. Under Mr. Rosier's leadership, the Foundation has continually updated its funding strategies and initiatives to reflect expert advice, issue-specific information and evidence-based research, while holding true to the Foundation's mission to improve the health status of Central Louisiana.

Mr. Rosier serves as Treasurer for the board of Grantmakers in Health (GIH), a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. He also serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the board of the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF), a membership association of more than 360 grantmakers working together to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in 11 southeastern states. Mr. Rosier is the current Chairman of the Governing Board of Rapides Healthcare System, the Limited Liability Corporation which owns Rapides Regional Medical Center and its affiliates. Mr. Rosier also represents The Rapides Foundation at the regional and state levels in multiple advisory, steering and participatory roles for panels and organizations whose objectives match to The Rapides Foundation's focus areas.

Mr. Rosier received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Louisiana State University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Louisiana State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst with an extensive background in accounting, financial, estate, gift and strategic planning, portfolio management and administration.
  Matthew C. LaBorde
Mr. LaBorde serves the Foundation as a Program Officer. His responsibilities include development and administration of programs that may encompass health, education, community development, and economic development issues. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Louisiana State University, and a Master of Business Administration from LSU at Shreveport. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. LaBorde served as a Business Development Intern at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce where he worked with local nonprofit organizations, government entities and foundations to promote area programs and initiatives. He was also involved in performing economic, demographic and fiscal research and analysis related to potential business relocation and expansion projects in the Baton Rouge area.

Patricia M. LaCour
Mrs. LaCour serves the Foundation as Accounting and Systems Manager and is responsible for support, coordination and management of the grantmaking programs and initiatives and services to grantees and applicants. Prior to joining The Rapides Foundation in 1995, she had over 20 years of financial services and lending experience in the banking industry. She has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, and a degree from LSU’s Graduate Banking School of the South.

Tammy Moreau
Mrs. Moreau is the Director of Communications for The Rapides Foundation. She is responsible for all Foundation communications activities. Mrs. Moreau earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana Tech University. She has over 30 years combined experience in the areas of corporate communications and public relations, event coordination, project management and grant management. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mrs. Moreau was the Director of Continuing Education at Louisiana State University at Alexandria.
  Kathleen Nolen
Kathleen Nolen is the Director of Administration for The Rapides Foundation. She is responsible for oversight of investment, financial and administrative activities of the Foundation. Mrs. Nolen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Louisiana Tech University. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served in corporate and business financial leadership positions for more than 24 years, most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cleco Corporation. As a volunteer, she served as a Foundation trustee from 2001 through 2006 and has been a member of the Rapides Healthcare System Board since 2002. She also has served as chair of the boards of the United Way of Central Louisiana, the Hope House and Community Mental Health Services, and as member of the LSUA Foundation board.

Akeshia Singleton, MBA
Ms. Singleton is the Director of Evaluation for The Rapides Foundation. She is responsible for implementing and managing ongoing issue-specific needs assessments and internal and external evaluations for all Foundation programmatic activities. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Singleton served as Senior Client Services Manager for Nonprofit Knowledge Works (formerly the Center for Nonprofit Resources and The Data Center) in New Orleans where she worked to help area nonprofits create evidence-based operational cultures through data and capacity building services. Ms. Singleton has over 20 years combined experience in the business and nonprofit sectors, holding an MBA in International Business and Marketing, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

Trayce Snow
Mrs. Snow serves the Foundation as a Senior Program Officer. She is responsible for the Foundation's Healthcare Access and Healthy Behaviors Initiatives. Mrs. Snow holds a BS in Nursing from the University of Kansas, a BLS in Communication Studies from Louisiana State University at Alexandria and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. She is an enthusiast in exercise and cooking. To that end, she has taught fitness classes in Alexandria since 2001 and is a Cooper Institute certified personal trainer. Most recently she earned a certificate of culinary arts in professional cooking from Rouxbe Online Cooking School. 

  Ashley Stewart, MPH
Mrs. Stewart is the Director of Programs for The Rapides Foundation. She is responsible for developing, managing, administering and assessing the grantmaking functions of The Rapides Foundation. Mrs. Stewart received a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana College, and a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Prior to her affiliation with The Rapides Foundation, she was the Regional Cancer Control Officer for Central Louisiana AHEC and the Louisiana Cancer Control Partnership, where she was responsible for identifying and implementing best practices in comprehensive cancer control.  


Shon Collins

Abid Dyer
Accountant and Building 
Services Coordinator

LaWanda W. Franklin
Executive Assistant to the President
Brooke Morrow
Programs Assistant

Contact Information

The Rapides Foundation
1101 4th Street, Suite 300
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301

Phone: 318-443-3394
Toll Free: 800-994-3394
Fax: 318-443-8312


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