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 since 1993. She began her academic studies at the University of Southwestern Louisiana 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 over $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 office, as well as the 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.
Rebecca Savoie, Heart Screens Coordinator
Rebecca was born with eight ventricular septal defects (VSDs) and underwent two open-heart surgeries at a very early age. A VSD is a hole in the heart that separates the heart’s lower chambers and allows blood to pass from the left to the right ventricle. The first surgery was performed in San Francisco when she was only eight weeks old. The second surgery was performed in Boston at 10 years old. Her grandfather, the late Thibodaux Mayor Warren Harang, saw first-hand the huge expenses that her family encountered, from the medical flights to hotels to living expenses to uncovered medical costs, and wanted to help. Mayor Harang formed the Harang Pediatric Cardiology Foundation in 1997, along with Rebecca’s cardiologist, Dr. Michael Crapanzano. A man of his word, Mayor Harang made personal contributions to help other families from south Louisiana when their infants and children were undergoing cardiac surgeries. In 2001, the Harang Foundation’s assets were transferred to the newly formed Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation (LPCF).
Rebecca has always wanted to give back to LPCF and began providing electrocardiograms (EKGs) for on-campus heart screens while attending Louisiana State University. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree (with a concentration in Kinesiology) in May of 2018, she furthered her studies by then enrolling at Southern Medical Corporation School of Ultrasound and graduated in June of 2019. She is currently studying to obtain her credentials as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer.
Rebecca is now LPCF’s Heart Screens Coordinator. Her primary duties include public relations and community outreach, identifying and working with partnering schools, communicating with coaches and/or athletic directors, and coordinating screenings at each designated site.
Contact Rebecca at [email protected] if you would like more information on our “Save A Heart. Save A Life” heart screen program.
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]