Meet the Team

Lafayette Education Foundation promotes excellence in education through Teacher Awards, grants, various reading initiatives and community-supported education initiatives. This is all accomplished with the talents and dedication of our team and board members.


Etienna Wright, Executive Director
André Arceneaux, Programs Director

Donna Smith, Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

Lafayette Education Foundation is guided by a 25 member volunteer Board of Directors who give generously of their time and talents, taking an active role in the part LEF plays to make a difference in education in Lafayette Parish.

Lafayette Education Foundation
2018-2019 Officers and Board of Directors

 Dan AlexanderPresident
Berard Transportation, Inc.

William W. Rucks V, President-Elect
Rucks Investments

Andre Higginbotham, VP Finance
Gulf Coast Bank

Lauren Gardner, VP Programs
Onebane Law Firm

 Blaise ZuschlagVP of Program and Fund Development
Acadian Companies

Chris Hebert, VP Committee Coordination
Aristotle’s Alexander

Cade Evans, Past President
Allen & Gooch

Monique Burdin
Retired Educator &
Community Volunteer

Dr. Gerald Carlson
ULL College of Education

Elsa Dimitriadis
Independent Communications
Director & Wanderlust Production Co.

Peggy Giglio
US Federal Court

Michael Hefner
City Planner/Demographer
Former School Board Member

Elizabeth Hesterly
J.P. Hesterly, Jr. & Associates

Dr. Alice Pecoraro
Retired Educator
Community Volunteer

Erica Williams
New Vision Leadership

Charles Beazley
Architects Beazley Moliere

Travis Broussard
Durio, McGoffin,
Stagg, Ackerman

Adam Credeur
Law Office of Kenneth DeJean

Elizabeth Domingue
The Nutty Scientists
of Acadiana

Craig Glassinger
Community Volunteer

Clay Henry
Acadian Companies

Dr. Taniecea Mallery
UL Lafayette

Alton Trahan
Lafayette Fire Department