The Bridge Center Board Members
Kathy Kliebert - Chair
Secretary - Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Appointed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Kathy H. Kliebert became secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals in March 2013 after a long-term career in public service in Louisiana. She has been a leader in the Department for more than 25 years, where she has led efforts to promote independent living for individuals with developmental disabilities and transform behavioral health care services for hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Kliebert served as the Department’s Deputy Secretary, where she provided leadership to the agency’s program offices, including the Offices for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Behavioral Health, Public Health, and Aging and Adult Services. She also served as the coordinator for DHH's Human Services Interagency Council (HSIC) which convenes the state’s local governing entities that provide developmental disability and behavioral health services.
Prior to her appointment as Deputy Secretary in 2011, Kliebert led the Office of Behavioral Health, where she managed the merger of the Department’s mental health and addictive disorders offices to better serve Louisianians in need. She spearheaded the development and implementation of Louisiana’s new approach to both delivering and financing behavioral health services for approximately one million Louisiana children and adults through a fully integrated, single-point-of-entry system.
Kliebert has dedicated the bulk of career to serving individuals with developmental disabilities through the Department’s Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD), which she led as Assistant Secretary for six years. During her tenure, OCDD successfully completed a multi-year transition to move individuals out of institutions and into community-based services, reducing the number of individuals living in institutions by more than 26 percent. Prior to leading the office, Kliebert was diversification director of the Metropolitan/Peltier-Lawless Development Centers in New Orleans and Thibodaux, where she led the expansion of community-based options for people with developmental disabilities. She has over 20 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker and has a master's degree in social work. She also serves as Secretary of the Louisiana Educational Television Board and as a member of the Louisiana Children’s Cabinet.
Dr. Raman Singh - Vice Chair
Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Charles Abboud - Treasurer
Senior Vice President – Employee Benefits & Financial ServicesBancorpSouth Insurance Services
Abboud works with corporate clients designing, implementing and administering their broad-based employee and executive benefit plans. He also work with clients establishing and prioritizing objectives, identifying challenges and selecting and implementing appropriate estate planning techniques. Abboud has over 30 years experience in the insurance and financial services industry. He has written numerous articles and participated in seminars on various topics including Bank Owned Life Insurance (BOLI), Retirement Planning, Estate Planning and Non-Qualified Executive Benefit Plans.
Patricia Calfee - Secretary
Director of Strategic Initiatives - Baton Rouge Area Foundation
As a project manager with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Calfee assists local nonprofits with strategic planning, annual and capital fundraising, and leadership development. In doing so, she plays an integral role in sustaining organizations that contribute to Baton Rouge’s quality of life. Some of the groups Calfee has worked with include Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, THRIVE, Prevent Child Abuse, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Opera Louisiane and Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Calfee also helped establish Companion Animal Alliance, which aims to find homes for healthy animals and improve efforts to control the growth of the area’s animal population.
Beau Clark, MD - Member
Coroner - East Baton Rouge Parish
Dr. William “Beau” Clark is the Coroner of East Baton Rouge Parish. Dr. Clark is a native of Baton Rouge and graduated from St. Michael the Archangel High School. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University where he received his Bachelor of Science. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine in Baton Rouge. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Clark was elected East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner in November, 2011 and continues to practice emergency medicine in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Among the services provided by the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office for the mentally ill and their families are Orders of Protective Custody and Coroner Emergency Certificates. The Coroner may order a person to be taken into protective custody and transported to a treatment facility or the office of the coroner for immediate examination when a peace officer or other credible person executes a statement under private signature specifying that, to the best of his knowledge and belief, the person is mentally ill or suffering from substance abuse and is in need of immediate treatment to protect the person or others from physical harm. A person who is mentally ill or a person who is suffering from substance abuse may be admitted and detained at a facility for observation, diagnosis and treatment for a period not to exceed fifteen days under an emergency certificate. Dr. Clark has served as Medical Director for the Louisiana State Police SWAT Team, Louisiana House of Representatives, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. Dr. Clark has been certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.
Angie N. Clouatre - Member
Director, Behavioral Health Services - Baton Rouge General – Mid City
Angela “Angie” Clouatre, serves as Director of Behavioral Health Services at Baton Rouge General Medical Center. As a registered nurse, she joined BRG in 2006 and began her career there in the intensive care unit at Mid City. She has served in various leadership roles in the hospital including Clinical Nurse Educator and for the past several years, served as nursing manager over the organization’s Behavioral Health units. In her current role as Director, Angie oversees strategic planning, nursing direction, physician engagement, and overall growth and development of Behavioral Health. Angie is married to Calvin J. Clouatre, III and resides in Slaughter, Louisiana with their son Reed.
William Daniel - Member
CAO - East Baton Rouge Parish Office of the Mayor-President
Denise Dugas - Member
Executive Director – Mental & Behavioral Health Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
Denise began her healthcare career as an LPN and worked for the first 15 years of her career in various acute care and post-acute care settings. This beginning instilled in her the importance of goal- oriented patient outcomes. Her experience as a bedside nurse has also given her a vast working knowledge of sensible processes and workflows. Denise credits her clinical experience as the foundation for her success as a healthcare executive. Denise is married to James Michael Duty and resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has two adult children, Jeremy and Jennifer, and three grand-children.
Sid Gautreaux - Member
Sheriff - East Baton Rouge Parish
Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux, III was sworn into office on December 4, 2007 after being elected to fill the unexpired term of Sheriff Elmer Litchfield. Gautreaux, who began his law enforcement career as a uniform patrol deputy in the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, served as Police Chief of the City of Baker for 27 years before resigning to run for Sheriff. As Baker Police Chief, Gautreaux was elected to office seven times, and was unopposed for the last four terms. Sheriff Gautreaux was elected Sheriff on a platform of focusing priorities on uniform patrol and developing greater communication among local, regional and state law enforcement agencies to help make East Baton Rouge Parish safer. In 2012, Sheriff Sid Gautreaux was elected as Sergeant-At-Arms and Secretary Treasurer for the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association. Sheriff Gautreaux is married to Suzi Eckert Gautreaux. They have four children - Will, Chantel, Ben and Ginny - and ten grandchildren.
Raymond A. Jetson - Member
Pastor - Starhill Church
Under his leadership the congregation has grown to more than 1,500 members and is continually recognized for its impact on the local community. As pastor, Jetson has challenged the group to become “spiritual entrepreneurs” in order to develop innovative approaches to community needs. One of the hallmarks of the church is its intentional strategy of mobilizing and deploying the human resources of the congregation to address critical issues impacting the community. He has a breadth of experience in the public sector and human services arena. From April 2006 through December 2009, Raymond served as CEO for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps in the coordination of local, state and national efforts to connect people and families with the resources needed to return, recover and resume their lives after surviving disastrous situations. Prior to joining the Recovery Corps, Jetson was the deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). In this capacity, he provided leadership for the state’s largest agency. Raymond served as the state Representative for District 61 in the Louisiana House of representatives for 15 years. While in the Legislature, he served on the Health and Welfare, Appropriations, and Joint Budget Committees.
Hillar Moore - Member
District Attorney - East Baton Rouge Parish
Hillar C. Moore III is the District Attorney for the 19th Judicial District, East Baton Rouge Parish, serving in his second term. He is currently the President of the Louisiana District Attorney’s Association. Hillar completed his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at LSU in Baton Rouge. After graduating, Hillar worked as an investigator for the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office, where he collected evidence and surveyed crime scenes. Hillar received training from the FBI Academy in Quantico. While working as an investigator, Hillar attended and graduated from Southern University Law School where he finished Magna Cum Laude in his class--quite an accomplishment while juggling work, law school and family. Following graduation, he began working in private law practice and has maintained this practice for the past fifteen years. Hillar has three children-- Hayden, Hillar IV, and John Michael.
Randy Nichols - Member
Executive Director - Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless
Randy Nichols is Executive Director of the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless (CAAH) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In Winter of 2011, he executed a statewide registry week across Louisiana in conjunction with the annual Point-in-Time Count.
Mary Ann Sternberg - Member
Mary Ann Sternberg is a freelance writer and nonfiction author, public relations professional, and community activist. She works part-time at the LSU School of Mass Communication as Internship Coordinator.