Who We Are

Meet Our Team

Heather Duhon

Executive Director & Co-Founder

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Matthew, for 20 years; we have 5 children. I graduated from Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau and studied Children and Family Ministries at Christ For the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX. My family and I returned home to Lafayette 7 years ago, after being in the great state of Texas for 12 years. We began our journey in foster care in 2015 and adopted our two youngest children in 2017. I am passionate about supporting those that care for children in our foster system. I also want to work hard to see reform in the foster system so that the most vulnerable in our society are cared for at the greatest capacity.

Likes: Chips and queso, brownies, laughing, the colors of fall (outside of South Louisiana), and sleeping.

Dislikes: Pickles and mustard, being late, socks- I really hate socks, complacency.

If you could choose any super power, what would it be? Multiplication. I would make multiple versions of myself to do all of the laundry and housework so that I could just play with my kids.

Alisha Thomas

Director of Operations & Co-Founder

A born and raised Texan, I graduated from Oral Roberts University with a master’s degree in Management with a concentration in Nonprofit Organizations. I also have over 10 years of experience in working with children and teens that have come from hard places. I oversee the program operations, volunteers, and the business administration. My husband, Jesse, and I have been married 3 years.

Likes: I’ve come to love trail running (though there isn’t much around Lafayette). I also love chips, salsa, queso, guacamole, taco’s…you get the idea.

Dislikes: Anything cherry flavored.

If you could choose any super power, what would it be? Teleportation. My husband and I love to travel, and that would make it much cheaper and easier!

Heather Meylian

Board Member, Treasurer

I grew up in South Louisiana, with a small stint in North Dakota. I have a bachelor’s degree in Science with certification for PreK3-3rd grade education and experience as a bookkeeper. My husband and I have been married for over 20 years and have 3 children. I am also a current foster parent, a foster parent trainer, and a strong advocate for QPI (Quality Parenting Initiative).

Likes: I enjoy art, coffee, being outside, and sports except golf and baseball.

Dislikes: Chocolate (I know, I’m terrible!) and Lafayette traffic.

If you could choose any super power, what would it be? Teleportation so I could go where I want when I want. Would help avoid that Lafayette traffic.

Jennifer Steen

Board Member, Secretary

I am a Lafayette native who has made several southern cities home prior to returning. I am a graduate of Auburn University with an MBA from a north Georgia university. After a short stint as a small business owner the first of my three children was born. Several years as a stay at home mom preceded a move into teaching in various capacities. I am currently a teacher at First Baptist Christian School.

Likes: I enjoy reading and spending time with my kids! 

Dislikes: Overuse and reliance on technology.

If you could choose any super power, what would it be? I would love to have octopus arms and be able to stretch around corners and over obstacles.  

Britt Mathiew

Board Member

I had a life-long dream to adopt through foster care and my dream came true with the loving support of my husband. I will use my experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana and Make A Wish to keep my passion for foster care alive with Foster the Love Louisiana. I am a strong supporter of UL and RCAF and love cheering on Ragin Cajun Baseball. I am a 2nd
generation Realtor® with EXP Realty and I work with buyers and sellers throughout Acadiana.

Likes: Mentoring youth and helping first time home-buyers.

Dislikes: I hate urinals, chewed gum, balloons and shoes.

If you could choose any super power, what would it be? I would choose time travel so I could go back in time to mentor human kind, with the hope to break the chain of generations of abuse. Therefore eliminating the need for foster care.

Christy LaBauve

Board Member

If you’d ask my best friend to describe me in one word, he’d say “determined.” I’m the oldest of five kids and family has always been super important. My husband often tells me that my heart is bigger than my brain and I certainly take that as a compliment. I love being a mom and wife more than anything in this world, but a very close second is traveling. I’ve been to 6/7 continents and I promise I’ll visit Antarctica before I’m 40!

Likes: Cooking, beautiful china, the smell of old books, making people laugh, organizing, a good re-do project, crawfish and Christmas time. 

Dislikes: Clutter, olives, dirty cars, fried seafood, rude people, and my feet being dirty. 

If you could choose any super power, what would it be? Granting wishes…is that a power? If it’s not, I’m making it one!!

Volunteer Staff

Joan Foss

Joan Foss

Community Closet Manager

Lauren Bedsole

Lauren Bedsole

Volunteer Staff

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