Community Members volunteering to unite, collaborate, and accelerate social impact.

Immediately after the Baton Rouge shooting of Police Officers on July 17, 2016, two young adults began to discuss the impact on them and how they felt the calling to take action.  Over the next week they worked around the clock to put together a Rally to raise money for their local police departments to buy equipment that could potentially save their lives.  The rally was a success and the community showed that they really wanted and needed an organization like Acadiana United. It was local, it was new, it was open to ideas and most of all they were willing to do anything that would better the lives of their community. 

As of January 21, 2017 Acadiana United became recognized with the State of Louisiana and Federal government as 501(C)(3)! Acadiana United is officially a Non-Profit organization.

Our founders

Corey Seneca was born in Lafayette, LA.  He attended Acadiana High School where he played on the baseball team all four years.  Three months after graduating from Acadiana, he joined the U.S. Army where he went to basic training in Ft. Knox, KY.  He was permanently stationed in Ft. Carson, CO.

Corey has a daughter, Bailey, who still resides in Colorado.

During his time in the military, Corey served on tour in Iraq as a M1A2 tank gunner when OIR (Operation Iraqi Freedom) began in March 2003 with 2/3 ACR (Armored Calvary Regiment) and attached to 10th group Special Forces.

Upon exiting the military in December 2005, Corey moved back to Louisiana and started working in the oilfield with Stric-Lan Companies as a well tester.

Corey is a Supervisor for Fusion Flow Control doing the same line of work he started in 2005.

Jayme Melancon Kirsch

Jayme is a resident of Carencro, LA. She is a mother of 2 daughters and grandmother of 1 granddaughter. She received her associates degree in paralegal/legal assistance and has worked a paralegal for several years. Jayme is a people person who loves helping anyone in anyway she can. Her husband was committed to his law enforcement career, he was employed with the Crowley City Police, and a retired Lafayette Pariah Sheriff's Deputy when he was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away a few months later. Jayme says "Being a part of Acadiana United has given me life in keeping his loving and giving spirit alive. We both took great pride in our community and knew we wanted our granddaughter to be raised in a better world then what we were seeing". Her plan is to continue assisting to make Acadiana United the best organization around as we make Acadiana Great! Jayme feels she is blessed to be a part of this wonderful organization.

Damian Broussard
Damian was born and raised in Lafayette and married with two children, one boy and one girl.  He has a background in the oil field, with 14 years experience.  He has recently left the oil field to start my his own business in the construction industry, which has afforded him more time to devote to his community and helping others.

Damian has been raised to always give back and to help when needed. He has found these desires in Acadiana United.  He only hope to help and give back as much as possible.


Nicole Trahan

Nicole was born and raised in Louisiana.  She graduated from Acadiana High School in 2003 and then received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from ULL in 2008. 

She is a kindergarten teacher where she has been employed for the last nine years.  She currently resides in Breaux Bridge with her husband, who is a U.S. Marine and also an Operations Manager of a local communications company.  They have two fabulous children, one boy and one girl. 

Nicole has always enjoyed helping others so when the opportunity arose for her to become involved with Acadiana United, she was eager to volunteer.  She has a strong desire to help the youth, our community, our military, and also law enforcement and first responders.  It is her hope that AU brings positivity to the community that is contagious. 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being outdoors.  

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi 

Places include Germany, Norway, UAE, France, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, and many locations in the United States. Currently he works on a rotation schedule in Prudhoe Bay Alaska. Working two weeks there and returning home to Lafayette for two weeks off.

Current projects include his uprising in the Schlumberger advancement program and growing Acadiana United to eventually being all over the State of Louisiana spreading positive in the communities. Flying is also a passion of his in which he is currently in a flight program to eventually have his private pilot’s license.

Free time Adam enjoys being with his children who he believes like all other children are the way of the future. Adam says “ We must prepare our children now to lead us in the future”! Along with being with his children he loves family time and hanging by the pool while BBQ’ing. LSU athletics is big in Adam’s plans as he is a football season ticket holder and attends most games. Baseball, basketball and women’s softball he attends as well.

Adam in closing would like to thank the community for all their hard work and asks for a favor…. “Please help us to help the community, state, and eventually this country. There is no better place than to start right here in Acadiana”!

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Adam Aucoin is from Baton Rouge Louisiana. He moved to Lafayette in 1995 for his freshman year of high school at Acadiana. He lettered all four years in baseball were he then was offered a scholarship to play at LSUE. He then went on to study business management for a year, then left to study aviation mechanic at Louisiana Technical College for a year. At this point he found out his first of two beautiful children were coming into the world!

Adam then went to work in the oilfield which he has been in the past 17 years holding many different roles with Baker Hughes and now Schlumberger. Traveling has been big for him and his work.

Foundation History

Acadiana United

mission & vision

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate and advocate.

​His free time consists of hunting, fishing, playing sports and producing music as music is a passion of his.

He is a huge Red Sox, Saints, and Pelicans fan.

Corey's motto, which coincides with why he and Adam started Acadiana United, is "No one ever became poor for giving to those in need".

Corey loves helping others and has thought about creating a Facebook page called "Good Deeds" where people can share the good deeds they have done and continue to do for others.  Corey said "by bringing positivity to social media, I believe it will always out weigh the negativity you see daily in this country."

Diane Phakonekham

Diane was born and raised in Louisiana.  She is passionate about helping her community.  Returning the favor so the future generations will have something is very important to her.  If everyone prospers together the whole community shines together.

Heather R. Thibodeaux
Heather is a resident of Lafayette, LA and a graduate from Carencro High School. She is a mother of 1 beautiful daughter and a proud Army wife of 12 years. She has been employed with the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office for 12 years, where she has held various titles. Heather has been a soccer coach for over 10 years and also softball for 3 years. She is a die hard Ragin Cajun who loves to travel and spending time with her family. She a strong passion for our youth, helping her community and supporting the men and women who serve our country and community. She is proud to be a part of Acadiana United and her goal is to unite our community, help impact as many lives possible and make Acadiana United one of the best non-profit organizations around. 


Cassie Broussard
Originally, Cassie is from Marrero, which is right outside of New Orleans.  She moved to Lafayette in 2005 when she began as undergraduate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  She fell in love with Acadiana and absolutely felt at home.  After receiving her Bachelors in Fine Arts, she decided to not return to New Orleans, since Lafayette became her home.

She believes her husband is an amazing leader who has encouraged her in ways that she never thought, such as becoming a team member at Acadiana United.  His passion for helping has inspired her to want to do more for this community that she loves so much.  She only hopes that this same passion that we have developed, rubs off on her children.

Becky Bourque

Becky became involved with Acadiana United after going to the first event they held. It was inspiring and she couldn't help but think that there must be something she could do to help.  One of her strengths is her 15 years of experience in accounting and finance so she's happy to be able to volunteer as the financial coordinator.

She's a born and raised Louisiana girl from Opelousas who moved to Lafayette in 2003 after meeting her husband, so Acadiana has always been her home. Helping out a neighbor in need is part of who we are as a community in Acadiana.  By being part of Acadiana United she is able to help in ways that she never could alone.  It also gives she and her husband the opportunity to teach their three kids how important it is to take care of your neighbors when they need help.  She hopes that by showing them how passionate she is about volunteering it will instill in them a love of helping others.

Laikyn Crappell

Laikyn is 26 years old and the Assistant Property Manager of Ansley Walk Apartment Homes, Volunteer for Cajun Paws Rescue and St. Martin Humane Society. She's a Dog Mom and a Member of Acadiana Apartment Association & One Acadiana.  She's also an outdoor explorer & road tripper. 

recent programs

Flood relief efforts are still underway.  Residents  still need necessities.  We are currently collecting costumes and coats for children and adults in need.

Ryan Bourque

Ryan is  a happily married father of three awesome children.  He graduated high school from Acadiana High in 1999 and received an Associate of Science degree from Remington College in 2002.

He has 14 years of oilfield experience with six of them at Baker Hughes and eight at Halliburton.  Ryan's held various titles such as Electronic Technician, Service Quality Champion and Operations Leader during his career.

While growing up in Duson, LA, he was always taught to help when people are in need.  When given the opportunity to join Acadiana United and be able to give back to the community he was raised in, the choice was easy.