As an affiliate, St. Mary Foundation utilizes the resources, infrastructure and professional management of assets of Community Foundation of Acadiana while utilizing its own affiliate advisory board to focus attention on improving the community and growing philanthropy in St. Mary Parish.

Some Key Features

  • Growing and strengthening local philanthropy
  • Developing a permanent source of funding exclusively for the benefit of St. Mary Parish via permanently endowed named funds
  • Local leadership via a local Affiliate Advisory Board
  • Determining local priorities and addressing local issues, needs, and opportunities

  • Regional connections with CFA and other affiliate foundations concerning regional issues, needs, and opportunities
  • An unparalleled economies of scale provided by CFA’s investment, accounting, grant-making, administrative support, and tax-exempt status Enhanced credibility via alignment with CFA, one of south Louisiana’s premier philanthropic organizations

St. Mary Excel

St. Mary Excel commissioned a land use study performed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The goal was to learn how the areas of Morgan City and the town of Berwick could diversify the area’s economy using its major waterways to attract industry and grow its economy. St. Mary Excel, now a nonprofit, was initially a project of the St. Mary Foundation. This project was led by Drs. Monica Mancuso and Alice Pecoraro, Catherine Holcomb, Laura Dozar, and Lucien Cutrera.

ULI is a nonprofit research and education organization with 40,000 members world-wide. Members are developers, engineers, architects, urban planners, bankers, investors, economic development specialists, market analysts, land use professionals, and real estate agents.

St. Mary Excel

Affiliate Advisory Board

The St. Mary Affiliate Advisory Board consists of individuals that can reside in or represent St. Mary Parish. CFA seeks affiliate members with integrity and a variety of perspectives, opinions and experiences who are capable and committed to the Foundation’s core purpose of building legacies and improving communities by connecting generous people to the cause they care about.

Larry J. Callais

M C Bank, Chair

Brian Thorguson

Patterson State Bank, Vice-Chair

John Armato

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick; Treasurer

Ruth Bourgeosis

Community Volunteer, Secretary

Marshall Guidry

Guidry Mineral Investment, LLC; Immediate Past Chair

Robert L. Allain III

Adeline Planting Co

Phyllis Glover

Community Volunteer

Cecil A. Hernandez

Conrad Industries Inc.

Tracie Hover

B&G Food

Janice C. LeBlanc

Community Volunteer

Lisa Parsiola

The Brighton Group

Patti Simoneaux

Community Volunteer

Tiffany Stansbury

Stansbury & Associates, LLC

Stephan Swiber

Diamond Services Corporation