As an affiliate, St. Mary Foundation utilizes the resources, infrastructure and professional management of assets of Community Foundation of Acadiana while utilizing its own board of directors 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 Board of Directors
  • 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 has commissioned a land use study to be performed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The goal is to learn how the areas of Morgan City and the town of Berwick can diversify the area’s economy using its major waterways to attract industry and grow its economy. St. Mary Excel is a project of the St. Mary Foundation, an affiliate of Community Foundation of Acadiana. 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

Board of Directors

St. Mary Board of Directors consists of individuals that can reside in and represent each of the eight parishes of its primary service area in Acadiana including St. Mary Parish. CFA seeks Directors 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

Robert L. Allain III

Adeline Planting Co

John Armato

Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick

Ruth Bourgeosis


Phyllis Glover


Cecil A. Hernandez

Conrad Industries Inc.

Tracie Hover

B&G Foods

Janice C. LeBlanc


Lisa Parsiola

The Brighton Group

Patti Simoneaux

Community Volunteer

Tiffany Stansbury

Stansbury & Associates, LLC

Stephan Swiber

Diamond Services Corporation

Brian Thorguson

Patterson State Bank