Acadiana Business

Kevin Moody chairing Community Foundation

by Leslie Turk

For the next two years the Moody Company chief will chair the organization charged with turning the 100-acre Horse Farm into a passive public park. Kevin Moody, the top official at a family enterprise with interests ranging from community newspapers to restaurants and private equity investments, was elected chairman of the Community Foundation of Acadiana. Moody, president and CEO of The Moody Company, was first elected to the CFA's board in 2003 and has served as an officer since 2008. He will chair the nonprofit public charity for two years.

Kevin Moody

Moody replaces Lenny Lemoine of the The Lemoine Company.

Moody also is on the boards of The Moody Company, UL Lafayette Foundation, Financial Corporation of Louisiana Inc, and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center.

CFA focuses on connecting donors to community needs and opportunities. Founded in 2000, it has assets north of $57 million. Over the past decade, it has received gifts of more than $110 million and made cumulative grants in excess of $58 million in a primary service area that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion parishes. Donors can choose to direct their charitable dollars to any U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, church or school.

One of CFA's largest undertakings is the transformation of the 100-acre Horse Farm on Johnston Street into a passive public park. Lafayette Consolidated Government purchased the property from UL last year and joined forces with CFA, which announced Feb. 6 that it had created Lafayette Central Park Inc., a nonprofit that will develop the property. LCP will oversee the committees and processes responsible for programming, planning, design, construction, budget and finance, fundraising and public relations. It will eventually operate and manage the park via a longterm lease or cooperative endeavor agreement with LCG.

Lenny Lemoine

LCP, an independent, nonprofit entity that is not a subsidiary of CFA, is governed by a board of directors selected by an ad hoc steering committee of CFA. The board is comprised of volunteers with a broad knowledge of the community and long history of civic and philanthropic engagement. Former CFA Chairman Lemoine chairs LCP, and Richard Spoon of ArchPoint Consulting is vice chairman.

The LCP board members are:
Elaine Abell (attorney)
John Arceneaux (LPTFA)
Don Briggs (LOGA)
Dr. James Caillier (Taylor Foundation)
Reggie Dupre (Dupre Logistics)
Randy Haynie (Haynie & Associates)
Gregg Gothreaux (LEDA)
Bill Fenstermaker (Fenstermaker)
Mazie Movassaghi (civic and charitable volunteer)
David Welch (Stone Energy)
Lenny Lemoine-chairman (The Lemoine Company)Rodney Savoy (River Ranch)
Allyson Pharr (attorney, Acadian Ambulance)
Richard Spoon-vice chairman (ArchPoint Consulting)