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Sally C. Cowan

Executive Director

Sally C. Cowan is the Executive Director of Cenla Community Action Committee, Inc. (Cenla CAC), an  Agency whose goal is to assist low- wealth individuals to prevent homeless and other effects of poverty through improved employment, education and housing opportunities whereby equipping these individuals with tools necessary to become economically stable. Prior to her appointment, she served as Assistant for Administration for CCAC.  


Before joining CCAC she served as Administrative Assistant to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Louisiana State University at Alexandria. She was responsible for credentialing all faculty, managing the office of Academic Affairs, and assisting in graduation. She has over 35 years of professional work experience that includes serving as Administrative Assistant for the Department of Transportation & Development, Social Service Analyst for the Department of Family and Children Services, Criminal and Civil Background researcher, and an Administrative Assistant for Central Louisiana State Hospital.  Her other positions have included teaching, producer for a local radio broadcast, and being an entrepreneur.  Ms. Cowan is also a minister at St. Matthew Baptist Church in Boyce, LA and serves as Chair of the Personnel Committee.

Ms. Cowan holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA and graduated Suma Cum Laude and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education from Southern University A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA.  


Since becoming Executive Director for Cenla Community Action Committee, Inc., the best words to describe this experience is humbling. This agency embodies the spirit of compassion, selflessness, prayerfulness, and love.  The services that we provide to the Rapides Parish area gives our residents a sense of hope and appreciation. There comes a time in our lives when even the best of us need a little help along the way.    
We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. Mother Teresa  
Cenla CAC provides services that are designed to meet people where they are and help them to get to a better place.  When we as a people begin to embrace those who lack the basic necessities of life by providing effective resources and education, we can begin to see a change in our community.  When we can see ourselves in a better place, we begin to work towards that goal.  It gives us something to reach for.  The staff at Cenla CAC work together as a team to ensure that those goals are attainable for the residents of Rapides Parish. 
Our successes may seem small or insignificant to some; but to see the smile that lights upon a person’s face, tears of joy in relief that a need was met, and having a listening ear to a voice crying to be heard.  That is what drives Cenla CAC to do what we do. 
We are committed to serving our community by partnering with our local governing bodies, local businesses, and supporters to help our residents to become more economically stable.  We are helping people, changing lives! 

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