Our Board

View our Board of Directors who provide direction and oversight.

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Our Staff

Find out more about our incredible staff who keep JABR running smoothly.

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Our Partners

Thank you to our amazing donors, volunteers and partners!

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Owning their economic success!

Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge is a for-impact, non-profit organization serving our community by bringing volunteers from the business community into the classroom to teach Kindergarten – 12th grade students personal finance, entrepreneurship and work-readiness skills.

Our Vision

Develop a generation of individuals who are armed with the confidence, knowledge and determination to thrive in order to build a better future for themselves and their community.

Our Purpose

To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Our Core Values

We Live & Work by These Values

Boundless Potential

Belief in the boundless potential of young people.

Principles of Economics

Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship.

Passion & Excellence

Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it.

Respect for Everyone

Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals.

The Power of Partnership

Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration.

Hands-On Learning

Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning.

Our Board of Directors

The Junior Achievement Board of Directors consists of industry leaders from across Greater Baton Rouge.

Brett Blanchard
Sr. VP Corporate Lending
Brook Harvey
Postlethwaite & Netterville
Dan Braun
Cox Communications
Derek Foret
Hannis T. Bourgeois
Derek Matherne
Vice President
First American Bank & Trust
Jan Rivers
Human Resource Manager
Louisiana Healthcare Connections
Jarrett Nicholson
Baton Rouge Market President
The First, A National Banking Association
Jeanne Herry
Managing Director, Audit
Jerry Denicola
SVP, Commercial Banking Group Mgr.
Whitney Bank
Jimmy Sylvester
Turner Industries
Jodi Conachen
Public Relations Manager
Community Coffee
Jolen Stein
Southeast Regional Communications HUB Manager
BASF Corp.
Jonathan Matessino
VP, Sr. Client Manager
Bank of America
Joseph Dearman
Financial Advisor
The Shobe Financial Group
Kathryn Graves
Sr. VP, Commercial Banking Market Manager
Regions Bank
Layne McDaniel
Noesis Data
Meg Mahoney
Manager Public Affairs
Methanex Corporation
Michael Leachman
Jones Walker, LLP
Patrick Olinde
Market Executive
Capital One Bank
Paul Gray
Director, Operational Audit & Audit Consulting Services
Regions Bank
Renee Graff
Operations Controller
Investar Bank
Robert Stuart
Vice President
Wells Fargo Bank
Steve Hall
Director, Commercial Capability
Coca Cola United
Tressy Leindecker
Executive Vice President
Wendi Berthelot
Director of Audit & Assurance Services
LaPorte, Serht, Romig, Hand

Our Staff

Our Partners

Our partners are integral to our success. We greatly value the relationships with our investors and could not successfully serve Greater Baton Rouge and Acadiana students without their support. Hundreds of community partners actively put Junior Achievement’s mission into action each year. Many support JA with financial, human, and in-kind resources each year and we are truly grateful. Partners listed here represent Junior Achievement’s top financial partners.