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”.
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ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center The world has changed.Our mission has not. The Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center has been serving child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and child sex trafficking for over 20 years. COVID-19 has brought a new set of challenges in identifying victims who may be suffering in […]
LOUISIANAWORKFORCECOMMISSION Words from SecretaryAva DeJoie MAY 2020 LOUISIANA WORKFORCE COMMISSIONN Words from Secretary Ava DeJoie From the very beginning, this disaster was different. Anyone working in Governor Edwards’ administration or observing Governor John Bel Edwards can immediately sense his military training; it’s even more evident during a disaster. The Unified Command Group on […]
Teach MAM Teach MAM: An Exciting Partnership to Strengthen Arts Education Across Louisiana CONGRATULATIONS!Congratulations to our second quarter Teach MAM grant recipients! Elm Grove Middle School – Bossier Parish Erica BarnettErica intends to use the funds to purchase books, art supplies and equipment for her special needs students. […]
Louisiana Fosters James Samaritan Supporting your Local Foster Care Non-Profit James Samaritan is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides relationship and resource support for children entering foster care, and for youth transitioning out of the system. We mobilize local communities on their behalf. By partnering with Louisiana’s Department of Child and Family Services, Louisiana Fosters, […]
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ZENA JONES LaVetCorps Navigator Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Zena JonesLaVetCorps Navigator At the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, we serve 281,000 Louisiana veterans. Last year, through a partnership with AmeriCorps, we launched the LaVetCorps program, one of only two in the United States. Our LaVetCorps staff, called Navigators, are stationed on 30 public […]
STEVE GAMACHE 2019 Milken Educator Award Recipient 8th Grade ELA Teacher and Instructional Coach Paul Habans Charter School New Orleans, LA Steve Gamache 8th Grade ELA Teacher and Instructional Coach On the evening of Wednesday, March 18, I got a text on my work phone from a student who I will call Jacobi. I’d […]
Slime Recipe by West Baton Rouge Pre-K Teacher, Kacy Patin Slime Ingredients: BowlStirring spoon 6oz of white Elmers glue½ Teaspoon of baking soda1 ½ Tablespoons of contact lens solution Optional:2 TBSP WaterFood coloringGlitter Method: Measure and pour 6 oz of glue in a bowl Add ½ teaspoon of baking soda and stir Add 1 […]
TIA WHITTINGTON Blogger Owner & CEOH Kyle Boutique TIA WHITTINGTONOwner & CEO, H Kyle Boutique Tia Whittington is a blogger and the owner and CEO of H Kyle Boutique, a boutique that focuses on women’s apparel and custom items. Tia never thought that she’d see the day where she would be living her and her mother’s […]
Teach MAM Teach MAM: An Exciting Partnership to Strengthen Arts Education Across Louisiana Our First Ambassador! Mickey Smith Jr.First Ambassador for the Teach MAM Program Louisiana First Foundation (LFF) is proud to announce the selection of our first Ambassador for the Teach MAM program! Mickey Smith Jr. of Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur, […]
ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING Free NOLA, Inc. Free NOLA, Inc. Free Nola, Inc. exists to bring hope, love, compassion, and restoration to the sexually trafficked and sexually abused, who perhaps, in the eyes of society, don’t deserve it. For most of them, sexual abuse and victimization began in childhood. COVID-19 has affected every family in our great […]
Louisiana Fosters Resources for Foster Families During COVID-19 Resources for Foster FamiliesDuring COVID-19 “DCFS is grateful for the dedication and tireless efforts of our foster parents, especially in times of challenge like those we currently face with coronavirus (COVID-19). We care about the health and well-being of our children, families, and foster/kin caregivers. […]