Board of Directors

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.  
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.  
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.

Joel K. Phillips

Rene' joined the Commercial Division of NAI Latter & Blum in 2014 after retiring from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank as Executive Director and Manager in the Private Banking Department. During his banking career, Rene' was very involved in working on many annual rebuild projects.  During the last 5 years, he has been actively involved with RTBR as volunteer and House Captain, helping deserving families continue to live in their homes longer and safer.  

Vice President

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

Community Starts at Home

A safe and healthy home for every person in our community

Rene' Roberts

Myrna Deckert

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).

Michelle Hardy

Julie Baxter Payer



Mark Upton

Linda Fontenot


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.
Leroy McKeever was born in Shreveport, LA.  Graduating from Southern University with a degree in chemistry and business, he has worked with Eco Services as a quality control manager for over 25 years.  Leroy has a passion for giving back and has been with RTBR since 2005.  He has served on the board and as house captain too many times to count.    

Leroy McKeever

Karen Ewing got involved with Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge because she believes "every person needs 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. 

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