Angelle Bourgeois, Director of Operations
Angelle is a Louisiana native, born and raised in Morgan City. She is married to André Bourgeois. They have two children, Jean-Luc and Jean-Paul, and have resided in Baton Rouge for the past 25 years. She began her academic studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (ULL) and completed them at the Professional Institute of Court Reporting. After passing the Louisiana Board of Examiners of Certified Shorthand Reporters, she worked as a Licensed Certified Court Reporter in the Baton Rouge area for a number of years. In 2003, her second son, Jean-Paul, was born with a complex congenital heart defect, which literally changed her direction in life forever. After Jean-Paul’s multiple open heart surgeries, countless heart catheterizations, blood-draws/testing, numerous other heart-related procedures, as well as steadfastly marching through some set-backs along the way, Angelle passionately began her second career by advocating for him and for other families who had infants and young children with congenital heart defects and heart disease. She started volunteering with LPCF in 2007 and joined the LPCF Board of Directors in 2009. Angelle chaired the highly successful LPCF Mixed Doubles Tennis Classic and Gala for ten years, which raised more than $1M for LPCF and the many families LPCF supports, as well as all of the free heart screens LPCF provides to high school athletes across south Louisiana. Angelle transitioned from the Board of Directors to the Director of Operations for LPCF on April 1, 2018.
Angelle is both humbled and thrilled to now have a more hands-on role with LPCF, which gives her the ability to reach out with invaluable first-hand experience and to personally help, support and comfort as many parents and families as is possible in our area, who are dealing with the many diverse challenges of having children with congenital heart defects and related heart problems. Her main roles include the day-to-day operations of LPCF’s Baton Rouge office, as well as the development and management of the LPCF Family Grants Program, procurement of private, state and federal grant monies for LPCF, engage in the Louisiana Heart Mom’s Facebook Support Group, and general fundraising oversight.
Devin Durdin, B.S., Heart Screen Coordinator
Devin graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree and a concentration in Kinesiology. During her time in college, she enjoyed volunteering through her sorority, Phi Mu, which is the only sorority sponsor of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Following graduation, Devin worked as an Ophthalmic Technician and obtained her certification through Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant.
Devin began working for LPCF in November 2017 as the Heart Screen Coordinator. Her primary duties for the Heart Screen Program include identifying partnering schools, communicating with coaches and athletic directors, coordinating screenings at each designated site, and allocating resources of participating partners. When she’s not organizing heart screenings, Devin enjoys spending time with family and her husband, Andrew, whom she was introduced to at LPCF’s 2nd Annual Helping Heal Little Hearts event! Contact Devin at [email protected]
Trish Caples-Tierney, A.S., New Orleans Chapter Coordinator
Trish began her journey with LPCF in January of 2016, a few months shy of one year after returning from Boston with her daughter Aubrey, where she received her 3rd open heart surgery. While preparing her family for the long track to Boston, she identified that there was a need for financial support and awareness of CHD children living in the Greater New Orleans area in Louisiana. Trish teamed up with LPCF as a Volunteer Heart Mom and has been working diligently organizing the LPCF Nola Heart Moms Facebook support group & events, coordinating New Orleans based fundraising, and securing sponsorships for LPCF’s events. Trish’s biggest blessings are her 4 children and supportive husband, Brandon. When she’s not beating the pavement as our NOLA Coordinator, she’s a Volunteer Tee-Ball Coach for Norco Recreation and a full time Commercial Account Manager for ORKIN Pest Control. Contact Trish at [email protected]