Lynn Farris

Lynn worked with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services in several roles: foster care case manager, family services case manager, adoption worker, and supervisor of the East Baton Rouge CPI team conducting sometimes high-risk investigations. Since retiring from the Department, Lynn served as a Child Welfare Consultant in the Field Operations Division where she collaborated with Tulane University in working with trauma, evidenced based training and implementation, and provided training and information sessions regarding the Coordinated Systems of Care for field staff. She has also been an instructor for University of Phoenix and Upper Iowa University as well as teaching in the School of Social Work at Southern University. Lynn has also supervised Southern students in Title IV-E field placements, providing guidance and mentorship. 

Lynn holds a BS in Criminal Justice from ULL and a MSW from Southern University at New Orleans. She currently works with the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Defenders Office as lead Social Worker, conducting assessments and facilitating re-entry for young adults.


Sherry Spivey Guarisco

Sherry served as the Executive Director for the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families since its inception in 2013 until she retired in 2019. In this capacity, she handled the management of the statewide advocacy organization focused on improving outcomes for children, especially young children. From 2006-2010, Sherry served as the first Director of the Division of Child Care & Early Childhood Education in the Department of Social Services (now DCFS). During her tenure with the Department, Sherry developed and implemented the Quality Start Child Care Rating System, created and implemented a dedicated childcare licensing unit and was instrumental in legislative efforts to pass a comprehensive system of tax credits supporting quality childcare. She has also served as the CEO for Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana and the first Executive Director of the Louisiana CASA Association.

Shery holds a B.S. in Education from LSU and a Master’s in Education Administration from Nicholls State University. She is also a graduate of Council for a Better Louisiana’s Louisiana Leadership Class. Guarisco was the 2008 recipient of the Voice for Louisiana’s Children Award from Agenda for Children.


Herman Brister

Herman is a dedicated teaching professional with over 30 years of experience addressing student needs and implementing innovative instructional programs. His career positions include Assistant Principal and Principal at two middle schools in Baton Rouge, Principal of Staring Education Center, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools, Associate Superintendent for Instructional Support Services, Associate Superintendent for Student Support Services and Chief Academic Officer with the East Baton Rouge School System. His retired after serving as Superintendent of Baker City Schools.

Herman holds a BA in Secondary Education from Southern University, an MA in Special Education from LSU, and an Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He has been a presenter and keynote speaker at numerous conferences. Herman serves as a Board member of the National K-12 Education Congress, Treasurer of the Board of the National School Based Health Alliance, and a Board member of the EBR Health Centers on Schools.


Teresa Lawrence

Teresa is a Cuban-born entrepreneur who arrived in the United States as a refugee on President Nixon’s “Freedom Flight” in 1973. She is the sole owner of Delta Personnel and majority owner and CEO of Delta Administrative Services. Delta Personnel offers a full range of staffing services as well as a comprehensive screening process, HR consulting, best practices for risk/safety, certified payroll and personnel evaluations across various industries. Under Teresa’s leadership, Delta Personnel has gained national recognition in the staffing industry. In 2020, Teresa became CEO of Delta Administrative Services, a professional employer organization, and has plans to expand nationwide into new industries, partnering with more minority businesses and advocating for diversity and equity. Teresa is an esteemed graduate of the Tuck School of Business-WBENC Executive Program and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.

Teresa is the recipient of numerous awards in her professional field including the 2020 WBE Hall of Fame, the 2019 International Woman’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation Award, the 2017 Women Business Enterprise Top CEO Award and many others. Teresa is committed to the development of her community, actively serving on several boards of directors and working with local nonprofit organizations. Teresa, and her husband David, are extremely proud of their three children-Francesca, Alexandra and David Lawrence II.


Karen Levo Lucas

Karen recently retired from the United State Attorney’s Office in Shreveport where she served as the Information and Technology Specialist and Litigation Technology Manager. She holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Business Management from Northwestern State University.

Karen lives in Shreveport and is actively involved with her church, Galilee Baptist Church. She brings to the Board expertise in Special Event Fundraising, IT (Information Technology) systems and operations and general nonprofit organizational management.

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