Meet our staff!
Gauthe was employed by BISCO in June 2000 after serving on the BISCO Board of Directors for five years. Her previous employment was as the Region 3 Office of Public Health’s Healthy Communities Coordinator from July 1994—June 2000. She was employed by the Louisiana Office of Mental Health as a Social services Counselor from 1990 to 1994. Other employment included the State Department of Public Welfare, Lafourche Parish Council (as a Parish Juvenile Probation Officer) and the Lafourche Parish School Board (where she served as a Social Services Counselor at South Lafourche High School). Mrs. Gauthe graduated from Nicholls State University in January of 1971 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Family and Consumer Sciences - Social Services Program. She has won many awards, including “Another Success Story” (one of the top 50 graduates) of Nicholls State University during their 50 year Anniversary Celebration, Outstanding Young Woman of Thibodaux, and Outstanding Young Woman of Louisiana. Sharon and her husband David recently won the "Lifetime Achievement Award " presented by America's Wetlands. (photo above). Sharon serves on many regional, state and local boards including Common Cause, LA Women And Government, Equity and Inclusion, Regional Advisory Council for Mental Health, Lafourche Parish Community Action Board, Lafourceh Commission on Women, and Terrebonne and Lafourche Children and Youth Boards. Sharon’s areas of expertise include: Director of Church and Ministerial Relations, Board Relations, Development, Training, Publicity, Youth Development, and Disaster Relief and Recovery. Sharon is the proud mother of three successful adult children, Nikki, Miki and Jonathan, and grandmother of two sets of twins Alex and Megan Buis and Lauren and Grace Rieth and a recent additonal grandson David G. Rieth.
Sharon can be reached at email@example.com
Patricia "Patty" Whitney
Development Director / Environmental Specialist
Whitney recently returned to a full time position with BISCO. Prior to this, she served as an active BISCO leader for four years, then as an administrative assistant/organizer in a part time position of ten hours/week (09/06) for one year. Ms. Whitney has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Nicholls State University, with a minor in English, and is retired as an official court reporter. She also served as an information and referral specialist for a local non-profit disabilities group from 2004—2005. Ms. Whitney was a 2005 Winner of the BISCO Angel of the Year Award and has also received the honor of being named as one of Louisiana Spirit’s “Unsung Heroes” in the bayou region for her volunteer efforts after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.Other honors include: Named as Louisiana Coastal Communities Ambassador by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, one of “10 Unsung Heroes of the 2010 Gulf Oil Disaster” by the National Wildlife Federation, President, Terrebonne Genealogical Society, and President, Lafourche Heritage Society. Her areas of expertise include Grants Writing, Environmental Advocacy, Housing and Disabilities Issues and Policy.
Patty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Elder Donald Bogen, Jr.
Executive Assistant / Organizer