President and CEO

Ms. Judson joined the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana as the CEO in December 2013.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation, she worked in marketing, public relations and organizational development for several organizations, including CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, the Office of Mayor Willie Mount, Lake Area Medical Center and the Office of U.S. Sen. J. Bennett Johnston. She was co-owner of a training and facilitation business, Training Pathways, where one of her roles was working with area teachers to implement the Leader in Me program in their schools.  One of her favorite facilitation roles s partnering with the Alliance SWLA to co-facilitate the annual Leadership SWLA program for young professionals.   

A fourth generation resident of Lake Charles, she enjoys continuing the family tradition of being an active member of the community. She volunteers with Junior League of Lake Charles, where she was named the 2013 Sustainer of the Year, and as a second grade reading tutor at Oak Park Elementary School. With her husband, Mark, and 18-year-old daughter, Rachel, Sara enjoys participating in their church, First Presbyterian, and many community projects. You can reach Sara by email at



Assistant to Sara Judson

Ms. Vaughan has worked at the community foundation since 2009. Before that, she was executive assistant and medical staff coordinator at Women and Children's Hospital, where she worked for more than 13 years. A native of Sulphur, she is married and has three children. You can reach Debra at