Leadership

MISSION:

United Way of Northwest Louisiana fights for the health, education, financial stability, and essential needs of every person in our community.

 

VISION:

We envision a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential. :

OUR COMMITTMENT TO DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:

We recognize that in order to achieve our mission, we must continuously strive to be relevant and responsive to our community as a whole. As the diversity in our community grows, we must be increasingly intentional about aligning our practices and policies. United Way of Northwest Louisiana understands diversity to include all human characteristics that make us unique as individuals. It includes everyone and excludes no one. Inclusion is our strategy to leverage the diversity of our community.

OUR VALUES:

Service and Community Focus: 
We foster and encourage the active involvement of individuals, groups, organizations, corporations and labor in our work of serving the community with high-quality, high-value, and relevant human services.

Integrity and Respect:  
We are honest, ethical and transparent as we serve. We are caretakers of individual worth, self-respect and our donors’ resources.

Code of Ethics
Donor Bill of Rights

Collaboration:   We work together productively as an organization and with our partners. We act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every person.

Accountability and Professionalism:   We take responsibility for commitments and delivering professional, high-quality, and relevant results.

Innovation and Excellence:   We seek innovative ways to meet our mission through the creativity and excellence of our staff, volunteers, and community.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Schmidt

John Schmidt

Board Chair

Certified Public Accountant

Dr. Gayle Flowers

Dr. Gayle Flowers

Chair Elect

Bossier Parish Community College

Merrill Wautlet

Merrill Wautlet

Immediate Past Chair

Cross Keys Bank

JOHN ADAMS
MarketPlace Chevrolet Buick

SHANEE` BAILEY
CenterPoint Energy

KEITH CARTER
Always Best Care

LARRY CLARK
Louisiana State University

KENNY COX
Louisiana House of Representatives, District 23

RENEE’ ELLIS
Caddo Parish Schools

RODNEY ELLIS
Southern University

MARK EVANS
Regions Bank

ROBYN FAWLEY
McElroy Metal

HARDY FOREMAN 
Carr, Riggs and Ingram

JOHN HAYTER
Reynolds LLC, Attorney

LYNN HIGGINBOTHAM
Argent Mineral Management

WENDY HORTON
Wendy Horton Law Group, LLC

CINDY LESINSKI
Air Force Global Strike

GREG LOTT
Progressive Bank

KEVIN MAY
May Core Real Estate

JANE MOLLOY
Community Volunteer

DON OLSON
Hunt, Guillot & Assoc., LLC

HONORABLE MAYOR LEE POSEY
City of Natchitoches

MARK SNOW
Aillet, Fenner, Jolly & Mcclelland, INC

KATIE THERIOT
Bossier Chamber of Commerce

C.R. “BUDDY” WOOD
Wood Cr Wood Insurance Agency Inc. / State Farm, Sabine Parish

Our Staff

Bruce Willson Jr. - President & CEO
Deborah Seazer - Information Systems Manager
LaToria W. Thomas - Vice President of Resource Development
Rashida Dawson - Vice President of Financial Stability
Connie Blondin - Executive Assistant to the President / CEO
Jennifer Horton - Vice President of Community Impact
Katie Bursley - Resource Development Manager
Louise Droddy - Director of 2-1-1
Carly Koen - Resource Development Manager
Tabitha Trewolla - Community Engagement Coordinator
Florence Jackson - Impact Admin Assistant
Monica Schmidt - Exit 318 Grant Administrator