DR. LUKE ELLIOTT, PRESIDENT
Dr. Luke Elliott, Jr. has been a LARC Board member since 2012. He is currently serving as LARC’s Secretary. He is a Clinical-Child Psychologist in Lafayette. He brings to the LARC Board 20 years of board experience, as he was a board member for the Woman’s Foundation Inc. from 1987-2007. He has also volunteered for the March of Dimes and has been a guest speaker for school, parent and professional groups.
MARK MELANCON, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Mr. Melancon has been a LARC Board Member since July 2008. He is currently serving as LARC’s President. He’s also involved in Special Olympics. He is an active member in the Lafayette Men’s Civitan Club. He is the owner/operator of Crystal Cottage in Lafayette.
STEVE JANKOWER, TREASURER
Mr. Jankower has been a LARC Board Member since 2002. He is LARC’s Immediate Past President. He is self-employed as an attorney and counselor at law. (www.jankower.com.) Mr. Jankower devotes a large portion of his practice to assisting clients who have developmental disabilities and/or special needs with Medicaid planning. A 1978 graduate of UL – Lafayette, he received his law degree from LSU in 1982. Mr. Jankower is Chairman of the City-Parish President’s Disability Awareness Committee, past president of Families Helping Families of Acadiana, a member of the Advisory Board of Volunteers of America, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Beaver Club of Lafayette. Mr. Jankower regularly teaches seminars to attorneys and CPAs throughout Louisiana on Medicaid planning issues and has written several published articles on Medicaid planning problems, issues and techniques. He also speaks regularly to groups and organizations on issues associated with Medicaid planning.
Mr. Baumbach has been a LARC Board Member since 1996. His current position is Treasurer. He was elected Vice-President in 2011, Treasurer in 1999, Vice President in 2001, President in 2003, served as Immediate Past President in 2005, and has also served as Treasurer since 2007. He is the President of SCSI (Sound and Communication Systems Incorporated).
Mr. Brown was first elected to the LARC Board of Directors in 1985. Since his initial introduction to LARC, he has continuously served as an advocate for LARC and individuals with developmental disabilities.. He has previously been honored to serve in each of LARC’s officer positions locally and as Secretary, 2nd Vice President and 1st Vice President for the Arc of Louisiana. He is a charter member of the local Families Helping Families Board of Directors. He is currently serving a fifth term as president of Civitan Club of Lafayette and has been a member of that club for over 20 years, having applied for membership after learning of the support that organization provides to LARC. He also plays a supporting role in the ACTION Krewe Civitan Club for which his son, Jeffery is a member. Roy is retired from the Office of Juvenile Justice where he was a juvenile probation officer. Roy often states that having Jeffery as a son has led him to meet and associate with some of the most kind-hearted, giving people in the world.
Ms. McCardell has been a LARC Board Member since 1992. She has held the positions of Secretary and Vice President. She has a sister, Norma Borne, who is developmentally disabled and is being served by LARC in the Vocational Services Program. Norma is also a resident of the Vern Trahan Group Home. Ms. MCCardell is retired Manager from Bellsouth Telecommunication. She is actively involved as a member of the AT&T Telecom Pioneers, a volunteer program for AT&T (Bellsouth) employees. She has served in several capacities including LA State Chapter President. Her other affiliations include a member of Rayne Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a past board member and secretary of Special Olympics (LA). Ms. McCardell also takes an active role in volunteering for LARC’s major fundraiser, Noel Acadien au Village.
JAMES SIMMONS, JR. CAA
Mr. Simmons has been a LARC Board Member since 1994. He is retired from the Lafayette Parish School System. Mr. Simmons currently performs audits and investigations for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Mr. Simmons has been awarded the Hershey Track & Field Award, National Federation Citation Award, Southern District Athletic Director of the Year and the Louisiana Track & Field Lifetime Achievement Award. Besides the LARC Board, he is affiliated with Louisiana Association of Health, Physical Education Recreation & Dance, Kiwanis Club of Southwest, Louisiana High School Athletic Directors Association and the National Athletic Directors Association. Mr. Simmons also volunteers for the USA Track & Field, Recreation & Parks, Martin Luther King Holiday Committee and the Governors Commission on Health and Fitness as well as Special Olympics and is a clinician for Special Olympic coaches for 18 years.
As Executive Vice President for Brown & Brown Gulf States, Mark is responsible for the performance and growth of Brown & Brown’s operations in Alexandria, Houma, Lafayette, Lockport, Mandeville, New Iberia and New Orleans, as well as Gulfport, Mississippi. Mark joined Brown & Brown in January 2001, when the agency he worked for as a producer was acquired. He was promoted to Executive Vice President effective January 1, 2006.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1986, with a major in Marketing and furthered his education through the completion of the Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2015. During his career in insurance, he has also earned the Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 2003, and completed Brown & Brown University in 2007 and Leadership Louisiana in 2009.