Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Rapides Foundation

The Rapides Foundation Staff

Joseph R. Rosier, Jr., CFA, CPA (Inactive)
Joe Rosier is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Rapides Foundation, a position he has held since 1995. Under 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.

Rosier serves as the Chairman of the Governing Board of Rapides Healthcare System, the Limited Liability Corporation which owns Rapides Regional Medical Center and its affiliates. Rosier also represents The Rapides Foundation at the national, 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.

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.
Kiydra Harris, PharmD
Dr. Kiydra Harris is a Program Officer for The Rapides Foundation. Her responsibilities include the development and administration of the Foundation's Healthcare Access Initiative components that support efforts to increase access to primary, behavioral and preventive healthcare services. Harris completed her Pre-Pharmacy coursework and Doctor of Pharmacy degree, magna cum laude, from Florida A&M University. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Texas Southern University. She also completed a post-doctoral residency in Public Health at the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation in sub-Saharan Africa in 2017.
Matthew C. LaBorde
Matthew LaBorde is a Program Officer for The Rapides Foundation. 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, 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.
Tammy Moreau
Tammy Moreau is the Director of Communications for The Rapides Foundation. She is responsible for all Foundation communications activities. 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, Moreau was the Director of Continuing Education at Louisiana State University at Alexandria.
Dallas Russell
Dallas Russell is a Program Officer for The Rapides Foundation. Her responsibilities include development and administration of programs associated with the Foundation's Healthy Behaviors Initiative, which encompasses population-based health promotion and disease prevention strategies. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to joining the Foundation, Russell served as Programs Consultant and Executive Director for the Ben D. Johnson Educational Center in Natchitoches where she oversaw multiple grants and all management and operations for the organization. She also previously served the City of Natchitoches as Community Programs and Outreach Manager where she developed and implemented a variety of community-based youth programs and oversaw the implementation of the Portable Park and Mobile Market programs.
Kayren Segall
Kayren Segall is the Director of Administration for The Rapides Foundation. She is responsible for oversight of investment, financial and administrative activities of the Foundation. Segall holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University and completed The Endowment Institute through the Yale School of Management. She has more than 20 years of finance and management experience, with extensive experience in accounting, institutional investing, management, financial analysis, performance reporting, strategic planning and human resources. Segall began her career at KPMG in Houston, and served most recently as the Director of Investments, Administration and Finance for the Williamsburg Health Foundation in Virginia.

Akeshia Singleton, MBA
Akeshia 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, 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. 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.

Ashley Stewart, MPH
Ashley 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. 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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