Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence (TFAE) began in 1991 as local leaders recognized the need to provide additional support to Terrebonne Parish public schools.

TFAE, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was created to assist in fundamentally improving education for our local students. We believe that our future is in the hands of our children. Our purpose is threefold: to create a partnership of responsibility between educators, business, community organizations and parents; to stimulate the learning of our children so that they may become responsible citizens capable of competing in the global economy and; to provide educators with resources that encourage creativity in the classroom.

Since our inception, TFAE has awarded more than $2,000,000 grant dollars to Terrebonne Parish public school teachers. In 2012, TFAE expanded our efforts in promoting education and literacy in our community by implementing the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. This program provides one age-appropriate book per month to Terrebonne Parish children until their fifth birthday.

TFAE continues to support education through grants, the Imagination Library, Lending Libraries, as well as recognizing and honoring Distinguished Scholars and Inspirational Educators at our annual TFAE Celebrates Excellence event.



Winnie Pellegrin,  President
Retired Teacher 33 years

 Jennifer Smith Chiasson, Secretary
T. Baker Smith

Mark FelgerTreasurer
Retired CPA  & Business Advisor

Rusty Bourg , Vice President
Synergy Bank

Glenny Lee Buquet
Community Leader

Ernest Brown, Sr.
Retired Educator

Ricky Murphy, 
Retired Trapp Cadillac, Chevrolet, Inc

Brian Arceneaux 
United Community Bank

Alexandra Casey Lizotte
Schoolplies, LLC
E. Stan Gravois
Terrebonne General Health System; Retired Educator

Mary Ditch 
Rushing Media

Tommy Guarisco
Downtown Jeaux

Josh Jones
Hancock Whitney Bank

George Robichaux

Daniel J. Walker

Arlanda Williams
Delgado Community College

Ana Nanney 
Fletcher Technical Community College

Ashlee Champagne Barahona 
TFAE Executive Director


The Academic Excellence Fund is an endowed fund, which assures our donors that the principal will never be spent. Interest from this fund serves as a perpetual funding source for grants and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

James J. Buquet, Jr. Family Foundation Fund
(In Memory of James J. Buquet, Jr.)
(In Memory of Diana D. & James J. Buquet)
(In Memory of Hazel F. & Lee J. Castagnos)

Jim & Glenda Harper Fund

Michael X. & Mary Virginia Rayne St. Martin
(In Memory of Hugh Paul St. Martin, M.D.)
(In Memory of Rhea St. Martin)

South Louisiana Bank
(In Memory of Robert W. Bourg)

T. Baker Smith, Inc.
(In Memory of Mrs. Julie H. Toups)
(In Honor of Clifford & JoAnne Smith)

APACHE Corporation
Linda, Bobby & Paul Burguieres
(In Memory of Chapman "Bumper" Burguieres III)
Capital One Bank
Cenac Towing Company, Inc
(In Memory of Mr. & Mrs. Ovide J. Cenac)
Pedestal Bank
Mr. & Mrs. James E. Gueydan
Tony & Char Herques
Houma Oilman’s Fishing Invitational
Regions Bank
Synergy Bank
Terrebonne Ford/Barker Automotive Dealerships
The Rotary Club of Houma
(In Memory of Ron Gautreaux & Doug Stire)
H. E. Trapp, Jr. (In Memory of H. E. Trapp, Sr.)
Hancock Whitney
5K Run for Excellence and Food Fest
Best of the Bayou Music Foundation

FOUNDER’S CLUB $25,000-$44,999
Robert & Suzanne Alexander
Brian & Marianne Matherne
Chet Morrison Contractors, Inc.
CHARTER INVESTORS $10,000-$24,999
Elton A. Darsey
Arthur & Helen DeFraites
The Gray Foundation
MidSouth Bank
Richard & Judy Haydel
John D. & Barbara Morris
Petroleum Laboratories, Inc.
Travis & Kaye Lavigne
John & Diane Sontheimer
Terminix Pest Control, Inc.
The Investment Group
Dale Thompson, Sr.
Ken & Yolanda Trahan
Watkins, Walker, Eroche, and Hoychick APLC
Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Williams

Anonymous Donors (2)
Benoit Machines
Michael & Tamara Bergeron
(In Memory of Claude & Kathy Bergeron)
Sharon Roppolo Bergeron
Bourgeois & Associates
Bourgeois, Bennett, LLC, CPAs
Suzanne Nolfo Carlos
Chevron Companies
Dr. & Mrs. Ray Cinnater
Community Coffee Company Foundation
B.J. Corte
The Courier
Reggie Dupre, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs Mark Felger
Felger Footwear
Mr. & Mrs. C. Berwick Duval
Dr. & Mrs. S. E. Ellender, Jr.
Fabregas Music Store
Dr. & Mrs. David R. Fakier & Family
Mike Fakier & Kurt Fakier Families
Ferber Foundation of the Jewish Endowment Foundation
Michael Fesi II
Len Fontaine, Jr./Acadia Financial Group, Inc.
Leslie Jacobs
Robert E. & L. A. Kelton, Jr.
Catherine B. Kosior (In Memory of L. J. Bilello)
LA Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Thomas & Rebecca Lanaux
Mark, Margaret, Anna, & Laura Lee
M&L Industries
Hartwell A. Lewis
Lloyd’s Remedies
Family & Friends of Terry J. Martin
Keith & Kathy Mazerac
(In honor of Kameron Mazerac)
Mr. & Mrs. Barry Melancon
Mr. & Mrs. Jerome Mire
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Pellegrin
Family & Friends of Lucy P. and Aaron Porche
George & Melanie Ribble
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Richard, Jr.
Family & Friends of Wayne J. Riche
John & Lisa Rogers
Rotary Club of Houma-Terrebonne
Charitable Trust of Dr. Koti Sangisetty
Voice of the Wetlands
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas E. Weed
Rene & Marsha Williams

Allayne Barrilleaux, Ph.D

TFAE gratefully acknowledges
those who have donated
“In Memory Of” the individuals below:
Mr. Kenneth Barrilleaux
Mrs. Ruby Bascle
Mr. Cecil J. Bordelon
Mr. Elward Brady
Mrs. Adelaide Braud
Mr. Richard A. Breaux
Mr. James J. Buquet, Jr.
Mr. James Cockrell
Mrs. Julia Dudek
Mrs. Geralyn Dunckleman
Mrs. Ruth France
Mr. David LeCompte
Mr. Hartwell Lewis
Mrs. Gloria Marcello
Mr. Terry J. Martin
Mrs. Ruth McCaa
Mr. Earl McElroy
Mrs. Ethel Melancon
Mrs. Elise Scroggin Mixon
Mr. John Fitzhugh Morris
Mrs. Dan Percle
Mr. Geralto J. Vita
Mr. Warren Wilder


Thanks to these donors, TFAE has awarded more than $2 million in grants to local public
school teachers and more than 375,000 books to nearly 12,000 children.
Join the Academic Excellence Fund Donors in having an impact on local education!

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