Staff

Friendship House strives to offer the highest quality of adult day services to you and your loved one. Our professionally trained staff is available to assist participants throughout the day. We are fortunate to have achieved and maintained a staff to participant ratio of 4 to 1, significantly above the industry's national average. Please feel free to discuss any concerns or questions that you may have with any of our staff members.

 

 

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Faye Simpson, Executive Director

Faye became Executive Director in August 2012, after serving on the Board of Directors for six years.

In 2005, Faye retired from Hibernia National Bank, concluding a 32-year career in the financial industry. Not ready to retire, Faye accepted a position with the State Office of the Alzheimer’s Association, headquartered in Alexandria. The Alzheimer’s cause was especially and personally relevant. Faye’s mother had been diagnosed with the devastating, incurable disease – and eventually lost the fight.

 Faye’s employment history and personal experience as a caregiver made moving into the role of director a smooth transition. It was easy to fall in love with all of the participants, recognizing what an important role Friendship House plays in their lives, and the lives of their families and caretakers.

 Having a business background was also an asset in running the day-to-day operations of the Center. Faye is the true “Champion of the Friendship House Mission”.

 

  

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 Allison Dean, Social Worker

Allison graduated from Louisiana College in May 2014 with her Bachelors of Social Work. Before completing this degree, she was given the opportunity to complete her undergraduate internship at the Friendship House. During those four months she grew to love all the participants here and greatly enjoyed her time spent working with and learning from the participants, caregivers, and staff. In August 2015, Allison was given the opportunity to come back to Central Louisiana and work with those who inspired her passion for the aging population, especially those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Allison quickly made the four hour move from her hometown in southern Louisiana back to Pineville to begin working with this excellent group of people.  

Allison has four dogs, Skipper, Thunder, Lightning, and Little Girl who she loves very much.

   

 

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JoAnn Bordelon, LPN

JoAnn graduated from the Alexandria Vo Tech School in 1974 with her nursing degree. She has previously worked in Huey P. Long’s emergency room, as well as various local nursing homes specializing in Geriatric care. JoAnn began working at Friendship House in July 2011 after losing her husband of fifty years.

JoAnn has five children, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family, attending church, and various other activities.

 

 

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Linda Gaspard, RN

Linda graduated initially from LSUA in 1967 with an associate’s degree in Nursing, and in 1995 graduated from the University of St. Francis in Illinois with her bachelor’s degree in Health Science. She has previously worked as a pediatric nurse at Baptist Hospital, currently known as Rapides Regional. As well as Pinecrest Developmental Center where she retired from after thirty years as RN manager. In October 2010, Linda responded to an advertisement in the newspaper because she wanted to remain active in nursing. She soon fell in love with Friendship House’s mission and program.

Linda loves traveling, reading and music. She is the nursing director for her parish- Sacred Heart, Pineville, as well as the director of the traditional choir. Linda has one sister, a niece and nephew, and a wonderful “fur-baby”, Spencer, a miniature Schnauzer.  

 




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Brenda Mimes, LPN

Brenda graduated from the Alexandria Vo Tech School in 1980 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has previously worked at Lakeland Nursing Home between January 1980 through February 1981, Huey P Long between February 1981- July 2008, and Red River Treatment Center between September 2008 and December 2014. Brenda began working at Friendship House in April 2015 after being referred by a friend about the open position.

Brenda is married and has one adult son, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. She has lived here in Louisiana since 1972, but is originally from Jacksonville, North Carolina where her sister, brother, and aunts continue to reside.

 

Lathin Giden, LPN

Lathin graduated from the Alexandria Vo Tech as a Licensed Practical Nurse. He has previously worked at the Alexandria VA Hospital, and Central Louisiana State Hospital before coming to work at Friendship House in March 2009. Lathin also retired from the military after twenty-three years of service. Lathin brings approximately twenty plus years of nursing experience to
Friendship House.

 

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Laurie Paul,
Activities Coordinator

Laurie began her career with Friendship House in June 2008. She has worked in care giving facilities for sixteen years. She loves working with the elderly and Says if she can make one person smile each day, her day is good.

Laurie has been married to her husband for fifteen years. She has two children and seven grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, working outside in her yard, and going to the gym.

 



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Emelda Bullock,
Food Service Supervisor

Emelda was referred to Friendship House by the Co-Founder, Maxine Watkins, over 21 years ago and has remained a dedicated employee ever since. Emelda has a unique history with Friendship House. Her aunt once owned the location in the early 1970's and Emelda worked here then, long before it became the Friendship House.

Emelda and her husband Don have 4 adult sons and 5 grandchildren. She was born and raised in Alexandria, and enjoys spending time with her family.