OUR TEAM

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    GERREN SIAS

    Community Engagement Director

    (Baton Rouge Community College, AA; Louisiana State University, BA Political Science; Louisiana State University, MPA) Originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana Mr. Sias joined the staff of Louisiana...

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    ADRIENNE WHEELER

    Executive Director

    (Sarah Lawrence College, BA; New York University, MA; Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, JD) Ms. Wheeler is a licensed attorney, military family member, and second generation Filipino... 

WE ARE DEDICATED TO SOLVING OUR STATE’S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS AT THE ROOT CAUSE. OUR INNOVATIVE APPROACH ALLOWS OUR ORGANIZATION TO ACHIEVE ITS MISSION AND CREATE MAXIMUM IMPACT IN A COST-EFFECTIVE MANNER.

OUR HISTORY

Louisiana Appleseed is part of a national network of 17 public interest law centers across North America. The first Appleseed office was founded in 1993 by members of the Harvard Law School Class of 1958. It was established as a nonprofit dedicated to help organize, establish, and guide a network of public interest law centers throughout the country. Louisiana Appleseed is continuing in this network of community-based innovation. Louisiana Appleseed was founded in 1997 and reconstituted in January 2007, when the law firm Adams and Reese joined with Appleseed and ConocoPhillips to re-open the Louisiana Center. Since then, Louisiana Appleseed has proven itself as an effective advocacy organization that promotes systemic change that assists vulnerable populations.

Louisiana Appleseed is the only organization of its kind in Louisiana. Our volunteers use their unique skill sets to work closely with direct legal services, government agencies, and other nonprofits to identify and solve our state’s most challenging issues. We often collaborate with community partners to provide research, advocacy, and policy-oriented solutions to enhance their direct services.

 
 

OUR BOARD

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    DONALD R. ABAUNZA

    Executive Committee

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    VALERIE BARGAS

    Member

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    JUDGE PAULA A. BROWN

    Member

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    CELESTE COCO-EWING

    Immediate Past President

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    RICHARD CORTIZAS

    Member

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    PAUL FLOWER

    Member

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    CHRISTY HAROWSKI

    President

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    STEPHEN HERMAN

    Member

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    WIL JACOBS

    Vice President

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    JUDGE KEVA LANDRUM-JOHNSON

    Member

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    KATHLYN PEREZ

    Member

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    ZAHEER POPTANI

    Treasurer

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    HARRY ROSENBERG

    Member

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    CHRISTINA SAUTTER

    Member

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    WILLIAM D. SHEA

    Secretary

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    S. CHRISTIE SMITH, IV

    Member

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    BROOKE TIGCHELAAR

    Program Committee Chair

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    ALLISON BERGER TILLER

    Executive Committee

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    CAMILLE WHITWORTH

    Member

 

OUR EMERITUS BOARD

  • CAROLINE FAYARD

    Member, Fayard Law Firm

  • HARRY SIMMS HARDIN, III

    Of Counsel, Jones Walker

  • CARLOS MICKAN

    Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer, Pan American Life

  • IRVING WARSHAUER

    Partner, Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C.

Louisiana Appleseed is dedicated to solving our state’s toughest problems at the root cause. Louisiana Appleseed is part of a national network of 17 public interest law centers across North America.

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