Rob Reardon is the first executive director of The Bridge Center, a nonprofit created by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to take better care of people with mental illness and substance abuse problems. He brings nearly three decades of experience to his new job. That includes the last 15 years as a leader in the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.

As director of corrections in Lafayette, Reardon implemented mental health services, increased the number of prisoners incarcerated in their own homes instead of in parish prison, expanded re-entry services to reduce recidivism, and offered services to let kids in trouble become productive adults.

Reardon received a master’s degree in management from Saint Mary’s University and graduated with a double major in criminal Justice and sociology from Moorhead State University. He’s an adjunct professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has collaborated with behavioral health experts and law enforcement officials to devise a plan for a crisis intervention center for East Baton Rouge. Reardon is working to implement the plan.

Rob Reardon, executive director

Rob Reardon, executive director