Fund Distribution Committee

Dedicated volunteers are essential to the success of United Way’s fund distribution process. Through their careful and unbiased evaluation of each program, they ensure donations contributed to our community are effectively and efficiently utilized by local nonprofit agencies to provide critical services to those in need.

Committee members assess programs through established UWSLA funding criteria including: documented need for the programs, level and quality of services provided, projected and achieved results, and fiscal management. Each team of volunteers formulates funding recommendations for programs in six areas of community need.

Team 1 – Senior Citizen Services:

Responding to the needs of the older population by delivering programs and services designed to provide basic needs and emotional support, enabling seniors to maintain independent, dignified lives.

Harvey Authement

Bio coming soon.

Courtney Alcock


Bio coming soon.

Susan Szush

Born and raised in Houma, LA. I am married to (Joe) Perry Szush from Thibodaux, LA. We live in Houma and have 3 children, 4 Grandchildren and 5 Dachshunds. Currently work for Acadian Ambulance Service as a Community Relations Supervisor and a National Registered Paramedic.

John Clune

Team 2 – Literacy, Education, and Rehabilitation:

Improving the quality of life through tutoring, mentoring, literacy promotion, and life-skill training for those at-risk due to developmental disabilities or lack of educational opportunities. Encouraging learning experiences creates self-contributing members of society.

Diane Yeates



  • Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Southeastern Louisiana in 1982
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nicholls State University in 2004.
  • Certified Public Accountant since 1987.
  • Appointed Chief Operating Officer of Terrebonne General Medical Center in July 2007.

Carolyn Alcock

Jody Waggenspack

Team 3 – Emergency Services:

Providing food, clothing, safe shelter, and utility assistance to those in need, striving to prevent hunger, homelessness, and despair. Additional support is often available for the recovery of natural and man-made disasters.

Darlene Rodrigue


Darlene Rodrigue, controller of The Courier/Daily Comet, has been volunteering with the United Way of South Louisiana for over 15 years.

Melanie Ribble

Michelle “Mickie” Rousseau

Team 4 – Health and Child Development:

Addressing the shortfall in life-sustaining medication assistance and alleviating the stress associated with unmet financial burdens for cancer patients. Child development centers provide quality educational programs to give children a strong foundation for success.

JC Dusenbery

Fund Distribution Chair

Bio coming soon.

Heather Harper

Jennifer Holley

Team 5 – Youth Services:

Dedicated to the development of character, confidence, and leadership in our youth, instilling values that create responsible, contributing members of society.

Gary Palmer

President Elect

Gary moved to Thibodaux in 1977 after receiving his BA degree in Business Administration from Northwestern State University. His first job was with Deep South Co-op, then in April of 1978 started with the Daily Comet where he worked for 23 years as Controller and Publisher. He currently runs the Charter Media Cable Advertising Sales Office in Thibodaux.

George Robichaux

Team 6 – Prevention and Rehabilitation, Violence and Substance Abuse:

Education, prevention and referral programs for alcohol and drug abuse educate and promote awareness of substance abuse issues and provide alternatives for unhealthy behaviors. Residential shelters and counseling programs offer safe-havens for victims of domestic violence and advocate violence-free lives. Residential half-way houses provide the opportunity for complete recovery from dependency and a return to productive, addiction-free lives.

Ed Bouterie

ED is Director in Charge of the Houma and Thibodaux offices of Bourgeois Bennett, CPAs & Consultants. His expertise includes tax return preparation for individuals and businesses and he provides accounting, auditing and clients advisory services for a broad spectrum of clients that include oilfield service companies, governmental entities, construction companies, retailers and medical, legal and non-profit organizations.

Clark Currie

Fund Distribution Co-Chair

Clark Currie has 20 years administrative experience in various healthcare delivery and payment environments. Clark is a member of the Houma Rotary Club, is interested in running, several music genres, and classic films. He agrees with the adage “To lead, one must serve.” Clark is serving currently as the United Way Fund Distribution Committee’s Incoming Chair.

Janie Block