JA OF GREATER BATON ROUGE & Acadiana

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Our Staff

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Our 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.

“The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is committed to ensuring students are prepared for the future.  Through our partnership with Junior Achievement, we are able to educate our youth on managing personal finances, developing skills for the workplace, and encouraging entrepreneurial thinking.  We are grateful to JA for providing mentors to our students and implementing this curriculum that is invaluable to our school system.” - East Baton Rouge Superintendent Warren Drake
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.

Anita Coyle
,
Bank of America
Blake Upchurch
General Manager
,
Topgolf
Brett Blanchard
Sr. VP Corporate Lending
,
BancorpSouth
Cody Saucier
Consultant
,
SSA Consultants
Derek Foret
CPA
,
Hannis T. Bourgeois
Derek Matherne
Vice President
,
First American Bank & Trust
Gaston Carby
Vice President
,
The First
Jan Rivers
Human Resource Manager
,
Louisiana Healthcare Connections
Jeanne Herry
Managing Director, Audit
,
KPMG
Jerry Denicola
SVP, Commercial Banking Group Mgr.
,
Whitney Bank
Jimmy Sylvester
CFO
,
Turner Industries
Jolen Stein
Southeast Regional Communications HUB Manager
,
BASF Corp.
Joseph Dearman
Financial Advisor
,
The Shobe Financial Group
Justin Marocco
Associate
,
Jones Walker
Kathryn Graves
Sr. VP, Commercial Banking Market Manager
,
Regions Bank
Kathryn Pittman
Associate Tax Director
,
P&N
Kelvin Luster
Banking Center Manager
,
Home Bank
LaMonica Sanders
Local Benefits Coordinator
,
COX Communications
Layne McDaniel
President
,
Noesis Data
Meg Mahoney
Manager Public Affairs
,
Methanex Corporation
Patrick Olinde
Market Executive
,
Capital One Bank
Philip Plaisance
Audit Manager
,
Postlethwaite & Netterville
Renee Graff
Operations Controller
,
Investar Bank
Steve Hall
Director, Commercial Capability
,
Coca Cola United
Steven Brooksher Jr.
Insurance Agent
,
State Farm
Sydney Gordon
Catalyst Process Contact Engineer
,
ExxonMobil
Tamara Mayo
VP of Provider Reimbursement and Value Based Operations
,
BCBS of Louisiana
Terri Edwards
Director of Women Services for the Baton Rouge Region
,
Ochsner
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.

HUEY & ANGELINA WILSON FOUNDATION
BASF
BRENT THOMPSON
CAPITAL ONE BANK
CREDIT BUREAU OF BATON ROUGE FOUNDATION
EXXONMOBIL
LOUISA HAYWARD & ROGER PETERSEN
LOUISIANA HEALTHCARE CONNECTIONS
MONIQUE & BROOK HARVEY
REGIONS BANK