Staff

Susannah Craig

Executive Director

Susannah Craig

Executive Director

Chelsea Doyle

Summer Program Coordinator

Chelsea Doyle

Summer Program Coordinator

Krista Trahan

Parent Support Group Coordinator

I am a heart mom who became involved with camp three years ago with my daughter. Through Camp Bon Coeur, I have connected with other camp families and wanted to help institute a parent support group. I know how beneficial Camp Bon Coeur has been for me, and I want to share the same assistance and support to other heart parents.

Krista Trahan

Parent Support Group Coordinator

Jessica Becnel

Family Support Group Coordinator

I am a senior-level nursing student at UL Lafayette, and I have also worked for Camp Bon Coeur as a counselor for the past two years. After seeing how much summer camp impacts the campers, I am excited to be able to plan and put on events throughout the year. With the family support groups, not only do the congenital heart defect kids get to mingle with each other, but parents and siblings get to experience all Camp Bon Coeur has to offer.

Jessica Becnel

Family Support Group Coordinator

Ellen Lalande

Website Director

Ellen Lalande

Website Director

Shana Zanyk

Head Nurse

I have been a camp nurse at Camp Bon Coeur since 2005. I volunteered for 3 shifts the first year and was amazed at the atmosphere. Everyone was so energetic, caring, and fun to be around that I started volunteering every year. I have enjoyed watching the campers grow into strong, resilient, self-reliant adults. A few years later, I joined CBC’s Executive Board of Directors. It is an honor to be a part of something that can help so many children with congenital heart defects.

Since I have been a member of the CBC team so long, I have known some campers since they were 1 year old. Watching the children grow and learn how to exceed their own expectations is one of the best things about Camp Bon Coeur.

I have been a nurse for 25 years and have worked in ICU, an ambulatory surgery center, Burn ICU and now at the Heart Hospital of Lafayette. I am married and have 4 children. CBC is an important part of my life.

Shana Zanyk

Head Nurse

Shawn Fontenot

Camp Nurse

I'm one of the camp nurses (the favorite nurse, really). I first volunteered in the summer 2012 and I have been to every camp since. I was also born with a congenital heart defect so I know exactly what our campers have been through and I think knowing this helps me bond with the kids even more. Outside of camp, I am a pediatric cardiology nurse. My favorite memory of camp is meeting my wife here.

The best thing about camp is seeing all the kids so happy and carefree. They're always smiling and able to do whatever they want without having to feel different from their peers. Bonding with the kids is a special part of camp and you can really see how much the staff cares for the campers.

 

Shawn Fontenot

Camp Nurse

Brent Courville

Camp Nurse

Brent Courville

Camp Nurse

Christine Ragusa

Camp Nurse

Christine Ragusa

Camp Nurse

Brayton Broussard

Archery Instructor

Brayton Broussard

Archery Instructor

"MerBen" Handley

Canoeing Instructor

I have been with Camp Bon Coeur for the last 15 years in many different roles. I am a biologist by training, and a geologist and erstwhile puzzle designer by trade. I enjoy the outdoors, reading, learning, playing games, and socializing. I spent a couple of years growing up within a few hundred yards of the Panama Canal and have lived in Louisiana almost half my life, but I will always consider Virginia home.

The best thing for me at camp is seeing kids grow beyond their conditions and develop over the years as individuals. Knowing that I have played a part in helping heart kids find out who they are as people instead of who they are as conditions is incredibly fulfilling.

"MerBen" Handley

Canoeing Instructor

Juan Landeverde

Art Instructor & Camp Counselor

Juan Landeverde

Art Instructor & Camp Counselor

Grant Tobin

Aquatics Instructor

Grant Tobin

Aquatics Instructor