Maddie’s Footprints Staff
Edie was born and raised in Scott, Louisiana, and graduated from Carencro High School and LSU. She has worked in the non-profit industry for 11 years, with much of that time being spent with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Edie has two grown children, Shelby and Josh, and owns her own trail racing company, Paix Running. When she is not working with Maddie’s or Paix Running, Edie enjoys running in town and on wooded trails. When asked about her transition to Maddie’s, “I am honored to work with such an incredible organization. The passion of the staff and volunteers for our families makes every day meaningful. I am looking forward to being a part of Maddie’s for many years to come, and watching it grow and reach more families in Acadiana area.”
Reecie was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She began her professional career in the employment staffing industry. After spending 10 years in staffing Reecie joined a marketing / advertising firm and from there grew and branched off and started her own design company. With over 10 years experience in marketing she had the opportunity to brand businesses, assist with special events and found a love for event planning. In 2008, Reecie’s family suffered the loss of her precious 2 year old son, Clint, due to an accidental drowning. It was then that her journey changed and she searched to find “Clints Purpose!” Clint was a tissue donor and Reecie jumped in feet first and became involved with LOPA (Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency). It was through her volunteer efforts that she found a passion for helping people with a similar loss and also found a love for public speaking. Reecie has 8 years experience in dealing with bereaved families and found her hearts passion. Reecie is married to Justin Gilmore and together they have 5 beautiful daughters and one granddaughter!!!!
Abbey was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to Lafayette in 2015 to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she graduated in Marketing. Abbey started working with Maddie’s Footprints in January 2018 as our marketing intern assisting with events, sponsorship outreach, and much more. During her time as an intern, she found a passion for fulfilling Maddie’s mission and was ready to give more of her time and talent to supporting our organization and the families we serve. Moving from intern to Marketing Coordinator, Abbey is excited for this new role and can’t wait to see where it takes her and the people she will meet along the way.
Ryane is a native of Texas, but moved to Louisiana over 15 years ago. From a very young age, volunteerism, helping others, and a heart for community has been a fierce passion of hers. Since 2010, Ryane professionally has worked with several local non-profit organizations to help develop and grow through fundraising and organizational development. She is wife to Blake Broussard from Abbeville and proud mother of 4. After losing their daughter Emmy in 2013, Ryane was on a quest to make sure something goof came from her grief. She started her own organization, Emmy's Shoes. Emmy's Shoes would collect shoes in the school systems of Acadiana which would then be provided to children all over Haiti. This was the state side extension to her program of helping free Haitian women under the bondage of prostitution. The organization remained hers for 3 years and then was taken over by an international organization with the ability to further develop and ream more women. Ryane previously worked for Maddie's Footprints in the earlier developmental years and is excited to unite with them again as Events Coordinator.
Brittany was born and raised in Lafayette. She graduated from Northside High School and Northwestern State University were she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Studies. Brittany became involved with Maddie's Footprints when she and her husband experienced the unimaginable, the loss of their baby in 2018. Later, Brittany became an intern for Maddie's Footprints during her last semester where she jumped right in and found herself a new home. It was during her internship when she truly began to learn to navigate life through grief. Brittany is so thankful that the Acadiana area has an organization like Maddie's Footprints as it has been such a blessing to her and her high school sweetheart, JohnRoss. Helping others has been a passion of Brittany's as she and JohnRoss work in the community to provide warm meals for the homeless. In her spare time she enjoys learning American Sign Language, cooking, event planning, family game nights, and couponing.
"I'm forever grateful for Maddie's Footprints for walking with my husband and I during our grieving process. Just like Maddie's Footprints were there to support us, I want to be able to support families that may also experience the unimaginable. We can walk the grief journey together." -Brittany