Pastor Thomas Shepard
Board Member, Treasurer
Pastor Thomas Shepard has served as the lead Pastor at The Church at Addis since July of 2010. The congregation of 12 is now over 600 members. He is also the owner of three companies: Southern Carbon Exchange, Shepard & Associates Inc., and Eco~Flow Labs. He is known to those who follow him as a: Christian – 1st, Husband – 2nd, and a Pastor/Businessman – 3rd. As if those endeavors don’t keep him busy enough; he is the proud, possibly exhausted, father to seven children.
Tom received his pastoral education at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, LA. His passion for serving others is most notably recognized in his current role as Commander of Louisiana of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem as well as when he earned The White House Presidential Medal for Community Service awarded in August of 2012.
Throughout the Great Louisiana Flood of 2016, Pastor Shepard maintained a thirty church distribution framework, oversaw a one-stop center for the displaced flood victims and managed the national distribution of goods through his church to the surrounding community. A consultant in the past to Senators, Congressmen, and a few presidents, his passion for servitude and organic leadership skills will provide unparalleled value to the board of The Cajun Relief Foundation.
Board Member, Secretary
Pat served in the Louisiana Army National Guard from 1971 to 1977, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from McNeese State University and a Juris Doctor from the LSU‑Law Center. He is an authorized agent for Stewart Title Guaranty Company, The Security Title Guarantee Corporation of Baltimore, and First American Title Insurance Company. Pat has developed expertise in the real estate industry throughout Louisiana in both the residential and commercial markets.
Pat presently serves by appointment of the Commissioner of Insurance on the Louisiana Title Insurance Advisory Council; is a consultant with LSU Office of Assessment and Evaluation and serves by appointment of the Louisiana State Bar Association to the Secretary of State’s Notary Study Committee. Pat was recently appointed to a panel tasked with reviewing the role of the Louisiana Notary Public and the legal services provided by non-attorney notaries, and currently sits on a committee of the Louisiana Law Institute reviewing the implementation of the use of electronic signatures, and the need for E-Recording and E-Notary statutes in Louisiana.
His commitment to the ongoing recovery efforts in Louisiana are embodied by his participation to serve on the voluntary board of The Cajun Relief Foundation as he lends his expertise and mentorship.
Co-Founder, Chief Integration Officer
Melissa Adair has an extensive background in project management which provides the backbone of the infrastructure which is fundamental to what The Cajun Relief Foundation aims to do; disrupt the disaster relief process.
With experience in social media production and community management, her ability to tell a story via social media and leverage that skill to grow communities is unmatched. Additionally, Melissa is the co-founder of multiple online startups and has extensive knowledge in podcast productions, video productions and community building.