A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Delery has lived there all of her life except during undergraduate school and a brief stint in Seattle, WA. She is a mother to four boys, ranging in ages from 21 to 16, and they are the heart and soul of her life.
After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, she went on to receive a Masters in Non-Profit Management from Louisiana State University. Her volunteer work has mostly evolved from issues that have affected her personally. Actively engaged in disability rights advocacy, Delery has testified numerous times in the Louisiana Legislature regarding issues that affect persons with developmental disabilities. She served as the chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, worked for seven years directing regional advocacy efforts and is a graduate of Louisiana’s Partners In Policymaking.
Delery has extensive work experience in the non-profit arena. She has had the good fortune to work and collaborate with many organizations including TRF.org (Imagine Dragons Foundation), Payton’s Play it Forward Foundation, Vulcan and the Paul Allen Foundation, Pilgrimage Fest Foundation, Women’s History Museum, and was employed as the Executive Director of the Better Than Ezra Foundation. She served as Deputy Finance Director on Governor John Bel Edwards’ successful award-winning campaign for re-election in 2019 and is currently the Senior Director of Special Projects for Governor Edwards. Her current responsibilities include serving as the Executive Director of the Louisiana First Foundation which supports First Lady of Louisiana, Donna Edwards’ official initiatives and the editor of the First Lady’s blog, “Loving Louisiana”.
LOVING LOUISIANA BLOG ARCHIVES
Click to Explore JUNE 2020Volume 2, Edition 8 June2020 Volume 2, Edition 8 A Word from the First Lady of Louisiana This month’s blog has not been as easy to write as I thought it would be. I’ve been afraid of not saying the right thing or that my words would be criticized through the eyes […]
Be in Full Voice, Exercise Agency, and Extend Grace Words from Dr. Adren Wilson Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor John Bel Edwards Be in Full Voice, Exercise Agency, and Extend Grace I was asked by First Lady Donna Edwards to share my written reflections on the horrors of the last weeks and months […]
ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING Covenant House Reflections from Jim WORTHY Jim Kelly – Executive Director and Founder of Covenant House New Orleans During the Covid19 Crisis, Jim Kelly has been writing “Reflections from Jim”. Below is an excerpt from one of his writings. You can see more of his reflections here: https://www.covenanthousenola.org/category/reflections-from-jim/ WORTHY Many of us […]
Louisiana Fosters New Website Launch! New Website Launch! In the past few months the Louisiana Fosters section of the First Lady’s Blog has focused of how to help the foster care community during these unprecedented times. When emergencies happen, we push through and become resilient to protect and take care of our families. However, for […]
Teach MAM Teach MAM: An Exciting Partnership to Strengthen Arts Education Across Louisiana Keyre’ Reed Bradford Movement Ambassador Louisiana First Foundation (LFF) is excited to announce the addition of our “Movement Ambassador” to our Teach MAM team of ambassadors. Keyre’ Reed Bradford is a Health and Physical Education teacher […]
Women’s Health WOMEN’S HEALTH BLOGJune 2020 Empowering Women For Wellness Written by Kimiyo Harris Williams, MD Reclined in my deep crimson chair, feet up on its matching tufted leather ottoman, on this relaxing late Sunday afternoon, I reflect on the current state-of-our nation and the world. I breathe, watching the raindrops fall from the […]
COMMUNITY Brooke It ForwardFOUNDATION Brooke It Forward Foundation The Brooke It Forward Foundation celebrates the birthdays of children served by Louisiana’s Children Advocacy Centers (CACs). With the blessing of a young girl in Kentucky who put together the first “Birthday Boxes,” Brooke It Forward assembles the essentials for a birthday party in a […]
DR. TIM JOHNSON DirectorNortheast Louisiana Veterans CemeteryLouisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Dr. Tim JohnsonDirector, Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs operates five veterans’ cemeteries located across the state offering a final resting place of honor for Louisiana’s veterans, their spouses and their dependent children. The cemeteries are tranquil featuring beautiful […]
LACEY BLOCKER 6th/7th English Language Arts teacher 2020 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year Finalist Maplewood Middle School, Calcasieu Parish Lacey Blocker6th/7th English Language Arts teacher A Focus on Our Family Written by Lacey Blocker The last couple of months have been a struggle for many Louisiana families. For me personally, not teaching in […]
New Orleans StyleBBQ Shrimp Recipe by Chef Natasha Butler,Seasons of Louisiana Catering New Orleans Style BBQ Shrimp Ingredients: Lemon8 oz. (1 cup) unsalted butter2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce1 Tbs. chopped garlic4 bay leaves1 tsp. paprika1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper1/2 TBS Morton’s Kosher Salt 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper2 pounds shelled, preferably domestic wild-caught and head-on […]
Click to Explore MAY 2020Volume 2, Edition 7 May2020 Volume 2, Edition 7 A Word from the First Lady of Louisiana Over the past few weeks and days, I have heard and read very similar passages and thoughts. Does that ever happen to you? Where an idea or topic, or maybe even a specific verse, […]
Women’s Health WOMEN’S HEALTH BLOGMay 2020 The Pilates and Yoga Loft Community has always been the core of The Pilates and Yoga Loft’s mission. Bringing people together through movement, whether virtually or in the studio, has been a goal of the studio for the past ten years. People always have and will always have common […]