LOVING LOUISIANA BLOG ARCHIVES
Click to Explore SEPTEMBER 2020Volume 2, Edition 11 A Word from the First Lady of Louisiana September2020 Volume 2, Edition 11 Hurricanes Marco and Laura entered our state within days of one another. Laura will be forever remembered due to the damage that she left behind. This hurricane took away homes, offices, businesses, schools, and […]
Teach MAM Teach MAM: An Exciting Partnership to Strengthen Arts Education Across Louisiana Mickey Smith Jr. Teach MAM Ambassador As Winston Churchill was working to form the United Nations after World War II, he once famously said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Churchill had a fantastic […]
Louisiana Fosters 4th Annual Summit (2020)via Zoom Louisiana Fosters4th Annual Summit (Zoom) On August 21, 2020, Louisiana Fosters held its 4th annual summit. Knowing the mission of Louisiana Fosters is not lost or void during these times, the team knew they needed to continue pressing into the “One Church, One Family, One Child” initiative […]
ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING EMPOWER 225 THE HOPE TEAM SEPTEMBER 2020 EMPOWER 225 Since its inception in 2010, Empower 225 (E225) has provided comprehensive services for adult and minor victims of all forms of trafficking. While E225’s mission is to serve at-risk youth in the 70805 and 70802 zip codes, the Hope Team serves survivors of human […]
FIRST TO FIGHTFOUNDATION Combat Veterans,Eric Cook and Jeff Mattia FIRST TO FIGHT FOUNDATIONCombat Veterans, Eric Cook and Jeff Mattia First to Fight Foundation (FTFF) is a charitable organization founded by combat veterans Eric Cook and Jeff Mattia. FTFF gives support to military veterans and their families by providing guidance with the transition from active […]
LAWRENCE BROOKS America’s Oldest WWII Veteran,U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs LAWRENCE BROOKSAmerica’s Oldest WWII Veteran For some, being called the oldest isn’t appealing. But for World War II veteran Lawrence Brooks, it’s an honor. Brooks is America’s oldest WWII veteran, and he’s about to celebrate his 111th birthday. Born Sept. 12, 1909, Brooks was raised in […]
CARRIE VARINO Vermilion Parish High School Teacher of the Year, 2019-2020 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2021 Abbeville High School English Department An Open Letter to Teachers:In Times of Crisis, Don’t Forget Your Power CARRIE VARINO Vermilion Parish High School Teacher of the Year, 2019-2020Louisiana State Teacher of […]
CANDICE MARIE DIXON Founder and CEO, RENEE MARIE The VOTE Coco Brooch Click the link below to purchase Candice’s “VOTE” brooch and see some of her other products. https://www.reneemarie.com/collections/votemerch CANDICE MARIE DIXONFounder and CEO, RENEE MARIE Candice Marie Dixon is the founder and CEO of RENEE MARIE, a jewelry and accessories brand specializing […]
Women’s Health WOMEN’S HEALTH BLOGSeptember 2020 Improving the Mental Health of Louisiana’s Women and Families Written by Ayesha Umrigar, PhD The state of current events isn’t doing favors for anyone’s mental health, especially for women and children. Traumatic events experienced by children can have negative consequences that follow them well into adulthood. Sometimes this trauma […]
SNICKERDOODLES Recipe Courtesy JCB Creations SNICKERDOODLE COOKIE Ingredients: 5 ⅓ C. Flour4 teaspoons Cream of Tartar2 teaspoons baking soda1 pound (block) of butter (softened)3 cups Sugar4 eggs2 teaspoons vanilla extract Method: Set oven to 350 degrees Whisk together the flour, cream of tartar and baking soda and set aside In another bowl, with […]
It Takes A Village Words from Joni Smith 2017 LA State Teacher of the Year, Science Content Coach of Central Community Schools It Takes A Village As we enter into our fall semester of school, we will face a mountain of unprecedented challenges brought on by our invisible enemy, COVID-19. Let us […]
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”.