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Ellevate Louisiana Announces New Slate of 2022 Officers and Directors

Ellevate Louisiana Announces New Slate of 2022 Officers and Directors

August 23, 2021 (Metairie, LA) - Ellevate Louisiana, a 501c4 non-profit organization that empowers women leaders throughout Louisiana, recently announced the newly elected slate of Ellevate Louisiana Officers and Board members. The new officers include:

  • Chair: Willie Mount – former Mayor of Lake Charles and former Louisiana State Senator
  • Vice Chair: Pilar Blanco Eble – Director of Principal Gifts and External Relations at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Treasurer: Kathy Kliebert – former Secretary of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
  • Secretary: Janice Bolton – owner of Bolton Realty

At-Large Directors include Cassie Alsfeld, Valerie Aymond, Diane Baum, Melanie Bronfin, Charmaine Caccioppi, Monique Clark, Donna Fraiche, Valerie Grubb, Julie Schwam Harris, Ann Knapp, Sandra Lindquist, Markey Pierre, Susannah PoljakDeborah Randolph, Libbie Sonnier, Jessica Starns-DebetazMonique Thierry, Traci Thompson, and Mary Patricia Wray. Officer and at-large director bios can be found at

“We’re excited to welcome our new officers and at-large directors. They bring decades of leadership in our key policy areas of Early Education & K-12, Healthcare, Workforce & Higher Education, Environment & Infrastructure, and Taxation & Economic Development,” said Julie Stokes, President and CEO of Ellevate Louisiana. “Their counsel and expertise will bring energy to our board and strengthen Ellevate Louisiana’s policy platform that supports mission-critical solutions for a better Louisiana.”

Ellevate Louisiana has two categories of membership including Sustaining Members and Executive Members, as well as a non-member Supporter level. All are designed for various interest levels. There are also corporate partnerships which come with opportunities to extend membership to corporate employees.

Ellevate LA will also hold its second annual summit on December 13-14 in Lake Charles. Participants will tour Lake Charles, home to major industrial expansions still recovering from Hurricanes Laura and Delta and this year’s freeze and flooding challenges. The summit will also feature informative panel discussions on redistricting and early education funding.

To learn more about Ellevate Louisiana, membership opportunities, events, and the Annual Summit, visit and follow the organization on Facebook and Instagram (@EllevateLA).

About Ellevate Louisiana: Educating to Empower & Ellevate Louisiana. Founded in 2020, Ellevate was created as an outlet for women leaders in Louisiana to connect and be educated on the challenges impacting our State. The organization advocates for data-driven, non-partisan solutions to make a better future for Louisiana. For more information about Ellevate Louisiana, visit

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