Inspired and driven by our love for Acadiana, Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA) is guided by the vision and leadership of our board of directors and staff made up of LIA advocates and members across programs and years.
Together, we support the growth and success of LIA and its mission to be the point of convergence for informed leadership and actionable change for our community.
Ashley Mudd joined the team as LIA’s first executive director in December of 2016. As a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class XXIX and having served as the Lafayette Junior Leadership Nonprofit Day Chair, Ashley has first-hand knowledge and experience of LIA’s leadership programs and initiatives. As executive director, Ashley is responsible for working with LIA’s board of directors and members to develop and manage ongoing programs, activities and events, as well as provide organization-wide fiscal oversight and management.
Ashley is passionate about the future of LIA and is committed to helping the organization continue its growth as the premier civic-leadership incubator for the Acadiana region. Backed by her own program experience, Ashley hopes that LIA can continue to adapt and evolve to ensure everyone—regardless of their background or industry—has the opportunity and support needed to find their voice and passion as a community leader.
2020 Board of Directors
C. H. Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC, President
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer
Lafayette Consolidated Government, Chief Administrative Officer
Immediate Past Chair
Home Bank, Sr. VP/Marketing Director
Broussard Poche', LLP, Tax Director
Destiny of Faith Church, Administrative Pastor
VP of Advancement
Drake Pothier Insurance Agency, Owner
VP of Engagement
United Way of Acadiana, President/CEO
VP of Programming
Hancock Whitney, Senior Vice President, Commercial and Business Banking Manager
Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority, Executive Director
Kyle "Skip" Boudreaux
Acadian Capital, Managing Director
Woman's Foundation, Executive Director
Handy Stop Market & Cafe, LLC, Owner
South Louisiana Community College, Director of Distance Education
Advancial, Community Development Manager
Lafayette General Medical Center, Senior Vice President/ COO
CGI Federal, Senior Consultant – Agile Coach
Cheryl Taylor Bowie
Right Angle, Founder, Owner, & Brand Strategist
One Acadiana, President & CEO