Board of Directors

The Foundation is led by an energetic team that is devoted to making Southwest Louisiana a better place to live. Our Board members represent a wide range of experiences and interests with a common thread—the desire to create a positive, permanent impact on our region. The Foundation is governed by representatives from across our service area—Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes.

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Jon Manns,  Chair
Axiall (retired)
Mr. Manns served on the executive board of the Louisiana Chemical Association for nine years, and was on the board of United Way of Lake Charles.  He was United Way campaign chair in 2010-11 and board chair in 2012.  He served on the Big Brothers/Big Sisters board for nine years.


Sara Judson, President/CEO
Community Foundation Southwest Louisiana 
Ms. Judson joined the Community Foundation in December of 2013 with over 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in SWLA.  She is active as a sustaining member of the Junior League of Lake Charles and the Leadership Council of the Chamber SWLA.   Her most rewarding volunteer role is tutoring 2nd graders in reading at her former elementary school, Oak Park. 


Dinah Bradford, Treasurer
Community volunteer
Mrs. Bradford, as a long-time supporter of LSU currently serves as a member of the College of Human Science and Education's Peabody Society Board of Directors.  As a former Principal of Immaculate Conception Cathedral School as well as a past president of the Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. she continues her involvement with these organizations serving on advisory committees when called upon.  "I am proud to have been engaged in such worthwhile efforts and look forward to supporting the progress our community is now experiencing through my work with the Community Foundation."


Rick Richard, Secretary
Empire of the Seed
Mr. Richard’s extensive public service includes The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana, Chamber SWLA/Alliance Foundation, North Lake Charles Development Board, LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and LSU Manship School of Mass Communications. He was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction in 2009.



Tom Shearman, Past Chair
American Press
Mr. Shearman is serving on the board of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Iberia Bank Advisory, and is president of the Louisiana Press Association. In the past, he’s been on the boards of many organizations, including Lake Charles YMCA, Imperial Calcasieu Museum and Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.


Larry Avery
Big Easy Foods



Prissy Gayle
Third Circuit Court of Appeal, Attorney at Law


Nick Langley
Langley Williams & Company


Brent Lumpkin
Lumpkin Properties/Southland Capital
Lake Charles Jaycees, Education Treatment Council, Chamber Southwest and SOWELA are among boards on which Mr. Lumpkin was a member. “The Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana has taken the lead to have the first bridge in our history include a dedicated pedestrian and bike lane to enhance our quality of life. This is but one example of the new forward-thinking minds that have come together.”

Greg Marcantel
Gregory N. Marcantel, CPA



Julie Miller
JD Bank



Poncho Seaford
Business First Bank



Marshall Simien
Simien & St. Mary Law Firm
Mr. Simien supports the 100 Black Men of Metro Lake Charles, Kiwanis Club of Lake Charles - North, Knights of St. Peter Claver, and Junior Knights.  He is a Partner in Education with Combre-Fondel Elementary School and a members of Alpah Phi Alpha Fraternity. A fun fact, "my daughter has a "pet" alligator in our pond she named Chewey!"


Katie Stream
Community volunteer