Josh Howard is passionate about striving for self-improvement and sharing his story in hopes of motivating others to achieve their dreams. He encourages young people as the Managing Director of Community at Baton Rouge Youth Coalition. He serves on the fundraising committee for Up Alliance and the gala committee for Children’s Cup. He’s a member of the 2014 class of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Program and earlier this year completed the Council for A Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana program. Along with his work with BRYC and Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge, he’s a partner in a project called 2BRokeGuys, which works with businesses and nonprofit organizations on events and projects.

Leroy McKeever

Joel K. Phillips

Michelle Hardy

Julie Baxter Payer

Dwayne Davis is the Executive Director of International Maintenance and Reliability with Brown & Root Industrial Services and has over 32 years of experience in the engineering, construction & maintenance business.  A native of Maringouin, LA, Dwayne holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton.  He also served as a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force and has been involved with Rebuilding Together for 10 years, initially as a house captain, then moving onto the board of directors.



Dwayne Davis

Vice President

Mark Upton

Josh Howard

Linda Fontenot

Josh Coleman

Karen Ewing

Linda Fontenot is an educator. Serving in public schools and higher education, she has come to know life as a gift from God. Using her servant leadership style, Linda has also, worked as a consultant for university programs, church conferences, Regional Head Start and other for-profit and non-profit groups. Since her retirement, Linda serves on other boards, and continues to enjoy mentoring, reading, writing, research, and training. She has an earned PhD in Human and Organizational Behavior, and a Doctor of Letters in Christian Education. Her two children are college graduates and are gainfully employed. Linda’s faith in the plan of God for her life continues to unfold each day as she allows the Holy Spirit to guide her in helping and inspiring others. "And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, In as much as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me".  Matthew 25:40

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Board of Directors

Joel Phillips is a construction superintendent with Buquet & Leblanc,
Inc of Baton Rouge. He has over 25 years of experience in varying
forms of construction including Commercial, Multi-Family, Residential
and Industrial. Originally from Shreveport, Joel has lived in Baton
Rouge since 1976 and is a graduate of Lee High School. He is
married with two daughters and four dogs. His volunteer activities
have included a tenure on the Board of Directors for Forum 35 (2005 –
2008), Co-Chair of the FestForAll Music committee (2004 – 2007),
Outreach volunteer for the Council to Prevent Child Abuse (1996 –
1998), Friends for Life (1995 – 1996) and the Goodwood Property
Owners Associate Board of Directors (2011 – 2012).

Myrna Deckert

Josh Coleman is an associate in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He practices in the firm’s commercial litigation and construction litigation groups. Josh focuses on construction disputes and has experience handling claims related to defective workmanship, project scheduling, warranty issues, and lien-related matters under Louisiana’s Private Works Act. He has extensive experience in delay damage claims and construction insurance, including CGL and builder's risk policy coverage. Prior to joining Kean Miller in 2013, Josh practiced in Washington, D.C.
I am fortunate to work for a company, Turner Industries, who has a deep commitment to the communities where we live and work to strengthen and enhance our neighbors lives. When our communities thrive we all benefit. Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge restores hope and revitalizes neighborhoods one house at a time. We go out into our community and through groups of volunteers we perform repairs to homeowners who otherwise could not afford them.
1970-2002 Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Paso del Norte Region. This YWCA grew from a $100, 000
Budget in 1970 to 36 million in 2001. 
2001-2002. Developed a business to assist nonprofit organizations with planning, board training, fundraising. etc
2003-2006  Was recruited to be first CEO for a group of business leaders (CEO’s)
2007-2015 Recruited to be President/CEO for the Paso del Norte health foundation- a $200 million private foundation. 
 Obviously my passion is working with nonprofits.  


Karen Ewing got involved with Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge because she believes "every person deserves a home." Ewing grew up in New Orleans but obtained a Bachelor's degree from LSU and spent 22 years working in healthcare sales and management. Today, she enjoys retirement by "volunteering for everything." Ewing, along with husband Chris, are the parents of two daughters and reside in Baton Rouge. 
Julie Baxter Payer serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff, Communications/Legal/Special Projects, for Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.  She graduated from the LSU Law Center in 2005 and went into private practice as a lawyer before joining the Louisiana Senate as an attorney in 2011.  Julie opened her own law practice, Julie Baxter, Attorney at Law, LLC, in 2012.  Prior to practicing law, Julie worked for 14 years as an investigative reporter in radio and television news, reporting for nearly a decade at WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge and winning numerous awards including the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative television reporting.  Julie is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and has served on many other community non-profit boards, including the ARC Baton Rouge, Yelp Baton Rouge, and the Baton Rouge Blues Foundation.  

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