Board of Directors

Board of Directors Selection Process

Capital Area Human Services District was established in 1997 by the Louisiana Legislature. The District concept shifts policy authority and fiscal responsibility from a state-controlled central office to a locally nominated and governor-appointed board of 17 members, representing each of the CAHS parishes and the fields of community-based mental health, addictive disorders, and developmental disabilities.

Capital Area Human Services Board Members


Dwayne Bailey

Rachael Wilkinson



East Baton Rouge

Gerri Hobdy, Chair

Stephanie Webb

Thomas Sawyer, Vice Chair

Chalonda Hollins

Virginia Pearson

East Feliciana

Genny Nadler Thomas

Rikki Permenter, PhD



Edward Songy

Kathy D’Albor


Pointe Coupee

Laverne Aguillard

Gail Hurst

West Baton Rouge

Mary Winfield

Toddie Milstead



West Feliciana

Amy Betts

Pending 1 Appointment