Team & Board

Our Team

Darlene Adams Rowland has dedicated her professional career to sustaining a vibrant local food system by supporting Louisiana’s small family farmers. Named as Executive Director beginning January 2021, Mrs. Rowland has been with BREADA since 2008, previously serving as both Development Director and Marketing Director. Prior to her nonprofit roles, Mrs. Rowland held a successful career in the private sector as an Account Executive for a financial services company.

Mrs. Rowland has been a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for over a decade and has served on the Board of Directors in numerous capacities including Secretary, Vice President of Communications, and Chair of Governmental Relations. She is a recent graduate of the LSU Agricultural Leadership Development Program, and in 2022, she received the John W. Barton Sr. Excellence in Nonprofit Management Rising Star Award from the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

Executive Committee

  • President - Nathan Judice, Pickering Firm
  • Past President - Susannah Bing Johannsen, Louisiana Division of the Arts
  • Vice President - Anna Gatlin Schilling, Harrison Solutions
  • Secretary - Lauren Songy Hatcher, Business Consultant
  • Treasurer - Stephanie Ferry, Raymond James
  • Founding Director Emeritus - Suzanne Turner, Suzanne Turner Associates, LLC

2023 BREADA Board Members

  • Mila Berhane - Red Stick Farmers Market
  • Marcus A. Coleman, Ph.D. - Professor, Tulane University
  • Teresa Bailey Day - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Representative Barbara Freiberg - Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Chef Celeste Gill - Chef Celeste Bistro, Main Street Market
  • Carissa Graves - Vice President of Philanthropic Advancement, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • Galen Iverstine - Iverstine Farms Butcher
  • Liz Mangham - Southern Strategy Group
  • Lauren Marschall - Center for Planning Excellence
  • Alexis Motley - Dietetic Internship Director, Southern University A&M College
  • Bernell Muse - Southern University Ag Center
  • Debbie Pickell - Chief Financial Officer, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • Catherine St. Pierre - Attorney, Erlingson Banks, PLLC
  • Charles D. Sutcliffe - Governor’s Office, Coastal Activities
  • Casey Tate - Downtown Development District