As a former member of Belle Reve NOLA's Board of Directors, Vicki has served as Executive Director since 1999. Responsible for Belle Reve’s vision and direction, Vicki has taken Belle Reve out of thousands of dollars of debt and dramatically increased Belle Reve NOLA's available funding. Vicki has a Master’s Degree and has used her background and training to run Belle Reve as a responsible nonprofit. Under her direction, Belle Reve NOLA has consistently received superior ratings from its monitoring agencies; and has been honored with a Certificate of Merit, for Outstanding Service from the City of New Orleans. In Year 2008, Vicki received a special commendation, from the United States Department of State, for serving as a model for visiting International HIV/AIDS dignitaries and research groups. Previously, the Forum for Equality honored Vicki with an Acclaim Award for her work in the HIV/AIDS community. Vicki is on the ground floor of a lobbying organization, called the Louisiana AIDS Action Network (LAAN), founded to unite and protect the interests of persons with AIDS, across the state. Additionally, Vicki represents Belle Reve as the first HIV/AIDS Adult Residentail Care Faciliy, licensed by the LA State Department of Health and Hospitals. It is Vicki’s vision that all AIDS service organizations work together, to create a coordinated effort to serve the HIV/AIDS community, with each organization providing different services and strengths. Vicki is completely committed to Belle Reve’s Mission; and as the increased longevity of HIV/AIDS-infected persons is changing the needs of the HIV/AIDS population, Vicki plans to keep Belle Reve NOLA current, throughout any and all changes. Those who know her rightly say that it is impossible to keep her down. Her endless optimism, action, and faith are noteworthy and contagious.
Michele evacuated with Belle Reve NOLA during hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a volunteer, and has worked at Belle Reve NOLA since 2006. Michele is the primary administrative staff for Belle Reve. She is responsible for all of the background jobs required for Belle Reve NOLA to function efficiently on a day-to-day basis. Among her responsibilities are: monitoring contract reports, completing bookkeeping and payroll, and ensuring compliance with all federal, state and city work codes. She takes an active part in coordinating Belle Reve NOLA's efforts to comply with contracts, adhere to grant regulations, monitor maintenance and supply issues and working with the HIV/AIDS community as a whole. Everyone can attest to Michele’s kindness, warmness and uplifting spirit. She is an integral and invaluable member of the Belle Reve NOLA staff.
Steve joined Belle Reve NOLA in 2002 and is currently the Director of Social Services. He has a Master of Social Work degree and many years of experience in working with people living with HIV/AIDS, illnesses and disabilities. As Social Services Director he provides mental health counseling for the residents, conducts their regular meetings and arranges regular support groups for the residents, staff and volunteers. Steve also oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of the agency’s programs and supervises staff and interns. In addition, the Social Services Director assists the Executive Director with networking within the wider community and attends Board of Director Meetings. All those who know Steve know of his good nature, determination, kindness and optimism.
Charlotte has been with Belle Reve NOLA since January 2008. Charlotte graduated from Southern University at New Orleans with a MSW in Social Work. She has a great deal of experience in the field of social work, having previously worked as a therapist, case manager and medical assistant.
Shaun Rapp has been with Belle Reve NOLA since September 2009. After earning his MSW from Southern University at New Orleans, he worked as a mental health specialist and counselor for disabled individuals before coming to Belle Reve NOLA as our in-house substance abuse counselor. Here at Belle Reve NOLA, Shaun leads a weekly substance abuse support group with residents and members of the HIV community. He is also responsible for providing individual counseling for residents with Substance Abuse issues and connecting them with additional resources in the community.
Anna LaForce got connected with Belle Reve NOLA in the spring of 2011 through the internship program in the Tulane School of Social Work. After graduating with her Master’s Degree in 2012, she continued volunteering her time with the social service staff, assisting with groups and working with residents to maintain their housing. She joined the staff full time in the fall of 2013 and now coordinates our Life Skills program, which enables clients to achieve independent living.
Mrs. Marlene Chandler is a native of Bertrandville, Louisiana. Before teaming-up with Belle Reve NOLA New Orleans, as the Building Manager for the Dr. Everett & Elva Williams Building, Marlene was employed with Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans, for over twenty years. She was a Mental Health Case Manager, in collaboration with Unity for the Homeless of the Greater New Orleans Outreach Program. In addition, she coordinated the PATH Homeless Grant Program, to help reduce homelessness. Marlene also has extensive experience in working with individuals that have intellectual disabilities. Marlene currently has a Degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Instructor with the American Heart Association.
Marlene has an unwavering passion and is a strong advocate for comprehensive services for people in need. When she is not serving in the social service arena, she is serving at her church, St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church, as the Pastor’s Assistant and Coordinator of the Youth Department.
However, the ultimate “serve” comes when she is serving “aces” on the tennis court. She is a member of the United State Tennis Association (USTA), in the over 40 League, on the Wednesday Nite Women’s League and Thursday Nite Tennis (TNT) League. Marlene also enjoys home improvement projects. Marlene’s greatest desire is to see her youngest son and her grandchildren graduate college and build a family.
Linda Steinhauser has successfully connected charities with donors, volunteers and grantors for over 30 years. As a Development Director, she is skilled in implementing strategies to maintain year-round interest and engagement of donors. For the past 15 years, she served as the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Director, first for the Greater New Orleans Area and then for the State of Mississippi. As the CFC Director, she was awarded two National Awards, one for Innovation and following an award for Outstanding Performance. Linda trained over 300 charities and 360 Federal Agencies on the Federal Regulations governing the CFC, as well as the implementation of the Federal campaign. As our Accreditation Director, Linda is preparing Belle Reve New Orleans for compliance to meet the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) standards for quality of service. She is preparing staff, residents and our Governing Board for the accreditation process. She is ensuring Belle Reve NOLA complies with Federal, State and OSHA regulations.