Circle of Leadership



Celia Bailey, Secretary

Celia is a lawyer in the U.S. Attorney's office in East Baton Rouge Parish. She is a member of the Poverty Forum Planning Team, and was a board member of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge in 2011.


Lisa Delpit, Ph.D.

Lisa is the Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University-Baton Rouge. She received the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship for her research on school-community relations and cross-cultural communication.


Tracie Garrett

Tracie is a lifelong spiritual seeker who is passionate about children, peace, and justice issues. She volunteers at a local elementary school teaching art.


Roberta Guillory, Founder

Roberta is a Spiritual Director whose spiritual seeking has led her all over the world. She founded The Red Shoes so that women in Baton Rouge could have a place to seek their own spiritual paths.


Lydia LaFleur

       Lydia works as a senior instructor in the LSU Department of Accounting
       and serves as the Assistant Director of the LSU Center for Internal
       Auditing. She enjoys learning and expanding her perspectives as she
       journeys through life.


Susan Lambert

Susan is a retired educator with thirty years of experience in the classroom. She attended LSU, and is a faithful baseball fan. She never tires of learning new things, and is willing to help wherever needed, including the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.


Henrynne Louden, M.D.
       Henrynne is the first African American woman to  graduate from the               Tulane School of Medicine.  She has served as chief of pediatrics and               chief of staff at Lakeland Hospital, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics
       at Tulane School of Medicine, and among a list of memberships, awards   
       and associations she remains active in community building.


Joni Orgeron
Joni, born in Brooklyn, N.Y. has a BS in Education from Boston University.
       She is retired having served 25 years as an elementary school
       librarian, bringing a love of books to students, faculty and parents - and
       to kids from age 1-99.  Joni is currently serving on the Jewish Federation         Board.


Sandy Patrick

Sandy is a nurse with her BSN from LSU. She volunteers with VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools), the Girl Scouts, and the Council on Child Abuse.


Charity Moran Parsons, Ed.S.

Charity serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and is Lead Consultant for, training educators to meet school programming and development needs.  A Gates Millennium Scholar, Charity has earned her BS in Biology from Southern University, MA in Secondary Mathematics Education from Centenary College, and EdS certification in Educational Leadership from LSU. 


Celia Strickler

Celia is originally from New Orleans, and is an LCSW. She recently completed the priestess training program at the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. Celia is a longtime yoga practitioner, and an active member of Congregation B'nai Israel and Beth Shalom Synagogue.