Steve Duvernay, President
Steve is the principal of Realty Advisors, LLC, a real estate development consulting firm formed in 1978. He has been married to his wife, Pam, since 1970 and is a father of two and grandfather of two. Currently serving as Board president, Steve has been a dedicated member of STARC’s board since 1993. In his spare time, Steve enjoys long-distance hiking.
Victor Lassalle, Vice President
A retired general contractor, Vic’s family has been involved with STARC since 1985. He and his wife Paulette have two sons, Mark and Paul, who enjoy STARC’s programs. He has seen firsthand the progress his sons have made over the years with STARC. The Lassalles are very active with Families Growing Together, a social activity program for special needs individuals.
Dawn Sharpe, Treasurer
A native of Slidell, Dawn is the CEO of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. She has always realized what an asset STARC is to the community and is proud to serve the many men and women who work to make STARC the gem it is to St. Tammany Parish.
Karin Songy, Recording Secretary
Karin is a retired preschool teacher. She became involved with STARC in 2010 when her son began attending STARC’s Adult Day Program and is committed to STARC’s mission as a member of the board of directors.
Betina is a graduate of LSU with a BS in Medical Technology. She worked at the Blood Bank at Charity Hospital, and has been married to her husband, John, since 1984. They have lived in Slidell since 1996, and have twin sons and a daughter, who are all married. Betina worked as office manager for her husband in a clinical setting and as a medical assistant for 20 years, and is currently pursuing serving as a Spanish and German language translator.
William (Bill) Butcher
Bill is the President/CEO of Custom Benefits Solutions, established in 2012. He has been married to his wife Tamara since 1981, is the father of three sons and a grandfather of two. In his spare time, Bill enjoys barbecuing and camping with his family. He is very excited to be involved with STARC by serving on the board of directors.
A parent of a child with disABILITIES, Eric serves on the Board of STARC to give back to an organization that is near and dear to his family. As a board member, Eric is inspired to do as much as he can for those with disABILITIES.
Currently the supervisor of special education for St. Tammany Parish Schools, Sharon has a Master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction and Special Education, and has served as a special education teacher, behaviorist, and IEP facilitator. Sharon has a passion for working with children and adults with disABILITIES, helping them achieve independent and meaningful lives.
Bruce is a customer service technician for the Atmos Energy Corporation and became involved with STARC because he admired the organization’s service to the community.
Chris is the Fire Chief of District 1 in Slidell. He has a special place in his heart for the individuals STARC serves. Chris joined the STARC board in 2006 and is dedicated to helping those with special needs.
Mike is retired from Freeport-McMoRan. He became involved with STARC to help further STARC’s mission of providing a lifetime of assistance for individuals with developmental disABILITIES. Mike has focused his support on STARC’s Alzheimer’s Angel Program.
A 2011 graduate of Northshore Leadership, Kelly is the regional director of sales and marketing for Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Slidell. She and her husband, Beau Bowman, have four children. Kelly joined STARC’s board in 2011 to enhance the lives of those who are less fortunate.
Ron owns a State Farm Insurance agency that serves all of Louisiana. He has been married to his wife Debbie for more 30 years, and they have two children. Ron has been an active board member for many prestigious LA organizations, including the LA Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, Rotary Club of Slidell Northshore, Louisiana Home Care of Slidell, East St. Tammany Chamber and Northshore Community Foundation. Ron is an avid reader, runner, and cyclist.
A banking industry professional, Lori is the sales and service leader at Fidelity Bank. She is grateful to serve on the Board of STARC. “Sometimes I need to be reminded of my blessings as well as things I may take for granted. Visiting the clients of STARC helps keep things in perspective.”
An LSU graduate and lifelong Tiger Fan, Kay is married to Dr. Robert Taylor. A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and community volunteer, Kay finds it very rewarding to help enable the disABLED, even in the smallest of ways.