Louisiana Appleseed is part of a national network of 17 public interest law centers across North America.  National Appleseed was founded in 1993, by members of the Harvard Law School Class of 1958, as a nonprofit dedicated to help organize, establish and guide public interest law centers throughout the country.  Louisiana Appleseed is continuing in this tradition of community-based innovation.

Louisiana Appleseed was founded in 1997 and reconstituted in January 2007, when the law firm Adams and Reese joined with national Appleseed and ConocoPhillips to re-open the Louisiana Center.  Since then, Louisiana Appleseed has proven itself as an effective advocacy organization that promotes systemic change that assists vulnerable populations.  We are a flourishing nonprofit with a diverse Board of Directors comprised of 21 professionals, including members of the judiciary. To date, we have engaged over 200 volunteers to donate pro bono time to effect long-lasting, systemic change in our state. Louisiana Appleseed continues to devise effective solutions to broad-based problems and has built meaningful community partnerships.

Louisiana Appleseed is the only organization of its kind in Louisiana.  Our volunteers use their unique skill sets to work closely with direct legal services, government agencies, and other nonprofits to identify and solve our state’s most challenging issues.  We often collaborate with community partners to provide research, advocacy, and policy-oriented solutions to enhance their direct services.

Our Staff


Adrienne Wheeler

Executive Director

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Adrienne Wheeler serves as the Executive Director at Louisiana Appleseed. Ms. Wheeler earned a Bachelor of the Arts Degree from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master of the Arts from New York University, and a law degree from Loyola College of Law, New Orleans. Ms. Wheeler is a an attorney, military family member, and second generation Filipino immigrant predominantly from Savannah, Georgia. She graduated from Loyola College of Law, New Orleans in 2011 as an Echoing Green Fellow, was a 2012 Propeller Fellow, was named one of Gambit’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, and received the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award in 2014 for her work as an attorney. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Committee and the Building Bridges Committee.  In 2011 she founded the Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana that focuses on re-entry and the criminal justice system. She was the Director of Law & Policy until 2015 when she was appointed by the Board of Directors as the Executive Director. During her tenure, she created a local organization that grew to have statewide recognition and impact for direct legal services and criminal justice systems advocacy. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Justice and Accountability Center. She is married and has a daughter.


Stephanie Beaugh

Program Director

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Stephanie M. Beaugh serves as the Program Director at Louisiana Appleseed.  Ms. Beaugh earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Loyola University New Orleans and her law degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.  Prior to entering law school, she worked as a legal assistant at Lynn Luker and Associates from 2004 to 2013.  While attending law school, Ms. Beaugh was the recipient of several academic awards, including Law Excellence Awards in Legal Writing and Research and Civil Law Property.  Ms. Beaugh also served as a Casenote/Comment Editor on Loyola Law Review and as a Moot Court Staff Member.  In 2014, Ms. Beaugh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lynn Luker, Pro Tempore, of Orleans Parish Civil District Court. From 2015 to 2017, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Ledet and the Honorable Marion F. Edwards, Pro Tempore, of Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.  Ms. Beaugh also volunteers for the New Orleans Bulldog Rescue and acts as the Communications Director.


Gerren Sias

Outreach Coordinator

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Gerren Sias is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana and recently joined the staff of Louisiana Appleseed. Mr. Sias obtained an Associate of General Studies Degree from Baton Rouge Community College in 2004, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 2007 and a Master of Public Administration Degree with a specialization in State and Local Government from Louisiana State University in 2010. Prior to joining the Louisiana Appleseed team, Mr. Sias spent six years in the civil litigation division of a local Baton Rouge Firm as a litigation assistant. In 2010, Mr. Sias was named an Honorary Secretary of State of Louisiana. From 2011-2017, Mr. Sias served as the East Baton Rouge Parish Commissioner on the Atchafalaya Trace Commission, which is the coordinating entity of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area under the office of the Lt. Governor of Louisiana. Mr. Sias also has played an active role in community engagement and campaign field operations on multiple levels.


Gabe Lehman

Development Coordinator

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Gabe Lehman serves as the Development Coordinator of Louisiana Appleseed.

Mr. Lehman is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where he grew up in a family dedicated to nonprofit development. In 2016, he graduated from Grinnell College with a BA in History. During his time in college, Mr. Lehman worked in development for numerous organizations including the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, CA; the Neverland Players in Grinnell, Iowa; and The Space Theatre in London, England. In September of 2016, Mr. Lehman moved to New Orleans, LA to serve as an Americorps member with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. With New Orleans Habitat, Mr. Lehman led volunteers in building over ten houses throughout the city of New Orleans.

In his free time, Mr. Lehman enjoys following sports and politics and trying new restaurants in New Orleans.


Adrienne Wheeler

Executive Director

Adrienne Wheeler serves as the Executive Director at Louisiana Appleseed. Ms. Wheeler earned a Bachelor of the Arts Degree from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master of the Arts from New York University, and a law degree from Loyola College of Law, New Orleans. Ms. Wheeler is a an attorney, military family member, and second generation Filipino immigrant predominantly from Savannah, Georgia. She graduated from Loyola College of Law, New Orleans in 2011 as an Echoing Green Fellow, was a 2012 Propeller Fellow, was named one of Gambit’s 40 Under 40 in 2013, and received the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award in 2014 for her work as an attorney. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Committee and the Building Bridges Committee.  In 2011 she founded the Justice & Accountability Center of Louisiana that focuses on re-entry and the criminal justice system. She was the Director of Law & Policy until 2015 when she was appointed by the Board of Directors as the Executive Director. During her tenure, she created a local organization that grew to have statewide recognition and impact for direct legal services and criminal justice systems advocacy. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Justice and Accountability Center. She is married and has a daughter.

Stephanie Beaugh

Program Director

Stephanie M. Beaugh serves as the Program Director at Louisiana Appleseed.  Ms. Beaugh earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Loyola University New Orleans and her law degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.  Prior to entering law school, she worked as a legal assistant at Lynn Luker and Associates from 2004 to 2013.  While attending law school, Ms. Beaugh was the recipient of several academic awards, including Law Excellence Awards in Legal Writing and Research and Civil Law Property.  Ms. Beaugh also served as a Casenote/Comment Editor on Loyola Law Review and as a Moot Court Staff Member.  In 2014, Ms. Beaugh served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lynn Luker, Pro Tempore, of Orleans Parish Civil District Court. From 2015 to 2017, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Ledet and the Honorable Marion F. Edwards, Pro Tempore, of Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.  Ms. Beaugh also volunteers for the New Orleans Bulldog Rescue and acts as the Communications Director.

Gerren Sias

Outreach Coordinator

Gerren Sias is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana and recently joined the staff of Louisiana Appleseed. Mr. Sias obtained an Associate of General Studies Degree from Baton Rouge Community College in 2004, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 2007 and a Master of Public Administration Degree with a specialization in State and Local Government from Louisiana State University in 2010. Prior to joining the Louisiana Appleseed team, Mr. Sias spent six years in the civil litigation division of a local Baton Rouge Firm as a litigation assistant. In 2010, Mr. Sias was named an Honorary Secretary of State of Louisiana. From 2011-2017, Mr. Sias served as the East Baton Rouge Parish Commissioner on the Atchafalaya Trace Commission, which is the coordinating entity of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area under the office of the Lt. Governor of Louisiana. Mr. Sias also has played an active role in community engagement and campaign field operations on multiple levels.

Gabe Lehman

Development Coordinator

Gabe Lehman serves as the Development Coordinator of Louisiana Appleseed.

Mr. Lehman is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area where he grew up in a family dedicated to nonprofit development. In 2016, he graduated from Grinnell College with a BA in History. During his time in college, Mr. Lehman worked in development for numerous organizations including the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto, CA; the Neverland Players in Grinnell, Iowa; and The Space Theatre in London, England. In September of 2016, Mr. Lehman moved to New Orleans, LA to serve as an Americorps member with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. With New Orleans Habitat, Mr. Lehman led volunteers in building over ten houses throughout the city of New Orleans.

In his free time, Mr. Lehman enjoys following sports and politics and trying new restaurants in New Orleans.

Board of Directors


Donald R. Abaunza

Of Counsel, Liskow & Lewis

Paula A. Brown

Judge, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

Linda Perez Clark

Partner, Kean Miller LLP

Celeste Coco-Ewing

Member, Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman Freeman & Sarver

Richard F. Cortizas

Partner, Jones Walker LLP

C. Caroline Fayard

Member, Fayard Law Firm, LLC

Paul Flower

CEO, Woodward Design+Build

Christy Harowski

Director of Special Projects, Business Council of New Orleans

Stephen Herman

Partner, Herman Herman & Katz, LLC

Wil Jacobs

Business Loan Officer, Hope Credit Union Enterprise Corporation

Keva Landrum-Johnson

Deputy Chief Judge, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court

Rosemary Ledet

Judge, Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit

Carlos Mickan

Vice Chairman of the Board & Chief Financial Officer, Pan-American Life Insurance Group

Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr.

Partner, Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips L.L.P.

Zaheer Poptani

Dent Asset Management

Pilar S. Ramos

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, North America, MasterCard

Herschel E. Richard, Jr.

Of Counsel, Cook Yancey King & Galloway

Harry Rosenberg

Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP

William D. Shea

Partner, Adams and Reese LLP

Nathalie G. Simon

Special Counsel to the CEO & President – Public Policy Initiatives, Laitram, LLC

Brooke Tigchelaar

Member, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C.

Allison Berger Tiller

President, Allient Advisors, LLC

Irving J. Warshauer

Partner, Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C.

Jack M. Weiss

Of Counsel, Liskow & Lewis

Camille Whitworth

Media Professional and Owner, Victory and Drink Lab