President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Dave Kneipp named VOASCLA CEO in July 2019. Mr. Kneipp has extensive
Mr. Dave Kneipp named VOASCLA CEO in July 2019. Mr. Kneipp has extensive leadership experience and expertise in finance and operations for both non-profit and for-profit organizations. His career started in the early 80’s at Guaranty Bank where he served as Vice President of Commercial Lending until he purchased Acadian Travel agency where he served as CEO until selling the company. As Director of Administration at Our Lady of Mercy Parish for over 5 years he was a source of hope for many who fled to Baton Rouge after Katrina and resided at the church hall in the aftermath of the storm. His caring spirit and firm values has made him a respected man of faith and a strong leader in this community.
Mr. Kneipp has worked in several large industries spanning his almost 40-year career and has overseen accounting and operations processes during most of this time. At Genesis Energy, Dave led a team that created innovative strategies for accounting functions, Human Resources, and IT roles while negotiating service agreements and realizing significant cost savings. His leadership of the Refinery Services group helped grow that division’s profits even during challenging economic times. He is known for his goal-oriented personality, strong work ethic and caring genuine spirit.
The Baton Rouge resident received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Centenary College in Shreveport, La. and is a graduate of the ABA Stonier School of Banking.
“I feel extremely privileged to have been selected as the next leader of Volunteers of America South Central Louisiana and look forward to getting started. I believe the key to success includes working with passion and enthusiasm, watching your moral compass, and always treating people with respect and dignity. I look forward to serving our community and advancing VOASCLA’s impactful work.”
Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Diversity
Eboness Black has been an employee of Volunteers of America South Central
Eboness Black has been an employee of Volunteers of America South Central Louisiana for over 21 years.
Presently she serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Diversity! As COO she oversees the program operations in all four regions of VOASCLA. To include the agency’s overall Diversity initiatives. Eboness has a passion for servant leadership, organization and leadership development. She loves her work at Volunteers of America and is very proud of the work accomplished by Team VOASCLA.
During her leadership of Supportive Services, Eboness was responsible for services to over 2,500 individuals annually, and a $6 million operating budget. In addition, she implemented and expanded veteran services, serving over 3,200 veterans and veteran families since 2001.
Eboness has great respect and appreciation for our veterans. She is the daughter of a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran. Her love for service and humanity led her to serve on the Mayor’s Veterans and Homeless Coalitions. As an advocate for resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Eboness is an active board member of the Community Providers Association (CPA) for Human Services providers throughout the state. Eboness has a Master's Degree in Organizational Management and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. In addition, she has 28 years of experience in Human Services. Eboness became a Commissioned Minister with Volunteers of America in 2013 and was Ordained with Volunteers of America in 2019.
Eboness is married to Tyrone Black and is the proud mother of two (Albert & Amanda) and grandmother of two granddaughters (Zoey & Zyri). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family.
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Vice President & Chief Development Officer
Shannon Abney oversees all development, marketing, communications, fundraising
Shannon Abney oversees all development, marketing, communications, fundraising and advocacy efforts at VOASCLA. Shannon’s passion has been in raising funds to support early childhood education through Louisiana’s School Readiness Tax Credit program. To date, she has raised over 3.9 million dollars for early care and education in our state.
Prior to entering the non-profit world, Shannon spent 10 years working for Accenture LLC, a leading global management consulting and technology firm, specializing in business process redesign and systems integration work in the oil and gas industry. She also took a break to be a stay-at-home mom, her proudest accomplishment.
She has also served on the JDRF Southern States Board of Directors for six years and is in her second term as their Advocacy Team Chair where she is responsible for all JDRF legislative and policy priorities for the state of Louisiana. Shannon has spent many years volunteering at University Laboratory School, served 5 years on the Elan Cotillion Board and is currently a member of Kappa Sigma Mother’s Club and Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Shannon graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Geaux Tigers! She has been married for 26 years to her husband, Chris, and is the proud mother of two boys, Carson and Blake. She enjoys running, spending time with her family and friends, and attending her boy’s football and baseball games.
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Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer
Terry Anderson has been involved in the non-profit arena since 2009, all
Terry Anderson has been involved in the non-profit arena since 2009, all starting with a past position with Volunteers of America South Central Louisiana and up to his most recent assignment with the Northshore Food Bank in Covington, LA. Terry is dedicated to helping his team meet their goals whether it is implementing Accounting, Finance or Technological strengths to the organization. His experience and extensive training as a CPA have prepared him for the opportunity to work well and efficiently with companies and individuals. Terry has provided accounting management, oversight, and leadership to organizations for over twenty-five years. Terry graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Terry is married and with two children, and a grand-child, and lives in Covington, Louisiana where he has resided for the last sixteen years. Terry’s wife is a thirty-year educator for the St. Tammany Parish School Board, and they both enjoy serving as PTA members in their local school system. He is a local sports fan, whether it is attending his son’s soccer games or taking advantage of his season tickets with the New Orleans Saints.
“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to return to Volunteers of America South Central Louisiana. Being part of what I feel is a dynamic and experienced leadership team, I am looking forward to serving with everyone as we work towards a successful future filled with new opportunities. I have always believed in the mission and vision of VOA and especially its Ministry to reach and uplift all people.”
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Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer
Becky Amerson has over 25 years of Human Resources experience. She began
Becky Amerson has over 25 years of Human Resources experience. She began her career at Volunteers of America South Central Louisiana in 2009 as Benefits Manager, then held the title of Human Resources Manager for the past 10 years and she currently serves as Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer.
Becky is responsible for providing leadership to support short and long term plans through effective Human Resources policies, procedures and practices.
Before her employment with VOASCLA , Becky worked as Human Resources Manager for both Central Progressive Bank and Direct General Insurance Company. Becky holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and has been in Human Resources since 1997.
In her spare time, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and friends.