Meet Our Team
Monah’s passion is providing care for the elderly with her belief that community and family are at the core of what we stand for. Knowing she has found her true passion for helping seniors and their families, Monah’s main goal is to live for the moments every day she learns something valuable from her residents. She plans on achieving her goals by maintaining the highest possible standards when delivering compassionate care to you and your loved ones. Monah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, Child and Family Social Services at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux. She has also been certified by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners as a Certified Dementia Practitioner.
Kim St. Blanc
Director of Sales
Kim St. Blanc is Director of Sales for The Blake at Lafayette and has been in this position since 2015. She has lived most of her life in Lafayette. She was a caregiver for her mother who had Dementia, therefore, understands the needs of both a resident and family member.
With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration, Kim has successfully helped hundreds of families navigate their senior years. She loves people, interacting with them, and helping them. “Part of my daily mantra is to ‘Be the Light’, says St. Blanc, “and I feel that I bring solutions and guidance when helping others every day. I love welcoming new residents and their families into our Blake home! It gives me great joy to see our residents happy and enjoying their lives!”
Director of Business Operations
Krista Ruiz joined The Blake at Lafayette in 2018 and serves as the Director of Business Operations. She is a native of Covington, Louisiana and attended Southeastern State University. She has over 20 years of experience in accounting, having spent the last 16 years in the construction industry.
Krista stated “I believe in doing things I am passionate about and providing the best care for the elderly. Being a part of a great community is something I am passionate about. One of my favorite quotes is from Bozoma Saint John, ‘Passion should meet your professional life, and I am a living, breathing testament to that.
Director of Wellness
Michelle Rather is a 15 year seasoned LPN with over 31 years of management in Healthcare. Her expertise is the Geriatric Population in an Assisted Living setting, with extensive experience in Home Health, Skilled Nursing and Office Management. Michelle’s mother lived four years with Alzheimer’s which explains why Memory Care residents hold a very special place in her heart.
Her greatest accomplishment is raising her one and only son. He is her world and she is excited to relocate to be able to spend quality time with him. When Michelle is not working, you will find her on the tennis court or spending time with family and friends. Michelle is happy to join The Blake of Lafayette team.
Assistant Director of Wellness
Alexandra is a LPN with experience in pulmonary and geriatric nursing. She knew from a young age that she wanted to become a nurse. She has a heart for the elderly, and has a strong desire to provide the best care possible for them. She enjoys getting to know the residents, and helping them live their highest quality of life. Her love for people shows in the detailed care she provides.
Alexandra was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, and is happy to be a part of the team at The Blake at Lafayette.
Director of Activites
Allison Cormier is honored to be the new Activity Director at The Blake. She is a certified Activity Director with over 15 years of experience. Previously, Allison worked as the Walk With Me Coordinator here at the Blake. Her favorite part of working with seniors is spending time with them and getting to know them. She loves learning from the residents vast amounts of knowledge. Allison enjoys being a part of The Blake community and the genuine relationships the staff has fostered with the residents.
In her spare time, you can find Allision cooking and spending time with her family. She is excited about the eventful up-coming year.
Walk With Me Coordinator
Matthew is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and The University of Texas at Austin’s advertising graduate program and Texas Creative Sequence. He is currently obtaining a teacher certification as a student of The Yoga School of Louisiana.
He is passionate about engaging people through promotion, counseling, education, the arts and wellness. In his spare time, he enjoys illustration, design, photography, collecting vinyl, running, reading, yoga and park hopping with his two sons.
Director of Dining Services
Brian Smith, our Director of Dining Services, has 32 years of experience in the restaurant and consulting industries. Brian attended Lafayette, LA. Ovey Comeaux High School and earned a Culinary Arts degree from Lafayette Regional Technical College.
His favorite part of working with seniors is hearing their life experiences. He enjoys working at The Blake and making the residents happy and working with one of the best team of associates he has ever had in 30 plus years. When not working, he is spending time with his family and traveling with his wife.