Control of Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, Inc. is vested in a volunteer Board of Directors which has overall responsibility for the property, finances, and operation of the non-profit corporation. The Board is responsible for the selection and oversight of a President/CEO. The Chair of the Board, the President of the Corporation, all officers of the Board and Chairs of all Standing Committees of the Board serve as an Executive Committee which meets on call.

LUMCFS Board of Directors

Ex-Officio Members

Effective July 1, 2023

Resident Bishop of the Louisiana Area – Rev. Delores J. Williamston
Chair of the Board of Laity – Mrs. Jennifer Swann
President of the Conference United Methodist Women – Mrs. Margery Manuel
President of the Conference United Methodist Men – Rev. Mark Lubbock
District Superintendent of Monroe – Rev. Tom Dolph
District Superintendent of New Orleans – Rev. Karli Pidgeon
District Superintendent of Lake Charles-Acadiana – Rev. Francis Hooton
Pastor of Grace Methodist Church – Rev. Kevin Smith
Pastor of Trinity Methodist Church – Rev. Doug de Graffenried
President and Chief Executive Officer, LUMCFS – Mr. Rick Wheat

Regular Board Members

Mrs. Jeanne Browning
Dr. Dennis Dillon
Mrs. Joanna Hauser
Mr. Billy James, Chair
Mr. Don McGehee
Mr. Matt Vincent

Mr. Gordon Bartage
Mrs. Marjorie Franklin
Mr. Bill McIntyre
Dr. Bryan Sibley
Mrs. Cindy Surles
Mr. Robert Temple, Secretary

Mr. John Allen
Dr. Ramonalynn Bethley, Vice Chair
Mr. Steve Burkhalter
Ms. Babs Mollere
Mr. Curtis Pellerin
Ms. Betty Rowell

Mr. John Fetzer
Mr. Bill Goforth
Mr. Richard Lewis, Treasurer
Rev. Brian Mercer
Mr. Austin Robertson
Rev. Bill Willis

Life Members of the Board

Life Members of the Board are individuals who have rendered distinguished service. These persons are non-voting members of the Board and may not be elected as officers of the Board. Life Members may serve as members of committees of the Board. Life Membership is limited to no more than twelve members.

Mr. Chris Andrews
Rev. Bob Burgess
Mr. Terrel DeVille, President Emeritus
Mrs. Rosemary Ewing
Dr. William “Bill” W. Hutchinson
Mr. Jimmy Love

The Board of Directors is assisted by Board Committee Members. All Board Members also serve as Committee Members.

Past Board Leaders

From the beginning, our organization has benefited from an uninterrupted history of effective Boards of Directors. The individuals listed below have served as Chairpersons of the Board.

1907-1941 Mr. S. D. Pearce
1941-1944 Mr. T. L. James
1944-1959 Mr. Floyd B. James
1959-1970 Dr. Marvin T. Green
1970-1987 Mr. W. A. J. Lewis
1987-1991 Mr. L. D. McGehee
1991-1996 Mr. Jimmy Love
1996-2002 Mrs. Rosemary Ewing
2002-2004 Mr. Byrum Teekell
2004-2008 Mrs. Roberta Green-Hinton
2008-2014 Mr. Richard Lewis
2014-2020 Mr. Robert Temple
2020-2024 Mr. Steven Burkhalter
2024-Present Mr. Billy James