The Patrick F. Taylor Foundation seeks to enable individuals to realize their full potential and maximize their contributions to society. The Foundation’s focus is to achieve this objective by primarily promoting education, the ideals of equal opportunities, and the values of free enterprise. The Foundation also may consider proposals from charitable and humanitarian organizations that share these objectives.
The Foundation supports the concept that it is better to teach a person to care for oneself, rather than to give the person a handout. It is apparent that for many the ability to achieve their full potential is out of reach. Financial and other constraints create barriers not easily overcome. The Foundation’s work is to respond to this need by providing the means where it can be most effective. The need is greater than the ability of the Foundation to answer all requests, so emphasis is placed primarily within the Foundation’s local community. Besides giving educational assistance to individuals in the form of scholarships, focus is directed toward programs and projects that can be brought to scale and have a broad impact. Additionally, the Foundation recognizes that there are other aspects of a viable community from the arts to clean water and the environment that are worthy of support. It seeks to address these needs when and how it is able.
Board and Staff
Patrick Taylor’s passion for education and powerful life story drove him to share with others the opportunities that he was afforded as a young man of little means. That passion lives on in the hearts of each of our staff and board members and is driven by the vision of Phyllis M. Taylor.
Board of Trustees
Phyllis M. Taylor
Mrs. Taylor is Chief Executive Officer of Endeavor Enterprises L.L.C., a management company to oversee the various Taylor operations. She is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Taylor Energy Company since the death of her husband, Patrick F. Taylor, in November 2004. A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, Mrs. Taylor served as law clerk for the Supreme Court of Louisiana and Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Her career in the oil industry began in 1972, when she became in-house counsel for John W. Mecom, Sr. Honored for her activism and philanthropy, Mrs. Taylor serves on numerous civic and charitable boards and has led many community initiatives.
Byron A. LeBlanc
Mr. LeBlanc has served as President of LeBlanc & Shuster Public Relations, Inc., a highly respected, full- service public relations and marketing firm handling a wide variety of regional and local accounts since 1976.
Morrison C. Bethea
Dr. Bethea is a consultant to Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Company, Clinical Professor of Surgery at Tulane Medical Center and a private investor.
Mrs. Fuselier, a graduate of Ursuline Academy and then LSU, has been very active in the community for years, serving on several Boards and chairing fundraisers for community organizations. She has received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Ursuline and the St. Elizabeth’s Guild Volunteer Activist Award.
Raymond J. Jeandron, Jr
Mr. Jeandron is a CPA who served as a Tax Partner with KPMG LLP from 1984 until his retirement in 2011. He currently maintains a private CPA practice and is involved in other notfor- profit organizations.
Dr. James A. Caillier
Vice President & Executive Director
Dr. Caillier received a BS degree from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, a Masters Degree in Chemistry from Southern University in Baton Rouge and Doctorate in Education from Louisiana State University. He began his career at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette before being named President of Delgado Community College. Then, he was appointed President of the State Colleges and Universities of Louisiana System, a position he held until his retirement from the office. He has served on numerous boards and received many awards and honors.
Dina Bracci Riviere
Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Riviere is a CPA with 30 years of experience in both Public Accounting and Industry. She has been employed by the Taylor organization since 2008 and was an Adjunct Professor at her alma mater, the A. B. Freeman School of Business for five years.
Mrs. Williamson started working for the Taylors in 1998. She is Vice President of Administration of Endeavor Enterprises L.L.C. and Senior Vice President of Operations for Lee Circle Properties, LLC.
Mary Beth Curry
In 1955, a young man from Texas without any means was given an incredible opportunity: to attend Louisiana State University tuition-free. That young man, Patrick F. Taylor, graduated three and a half years later with a degree in petroleum engineering, an eye for oil, and a desire to ensure all young people have an opportunity for a college education. Although his life was in many ways the American Dream come true, Mr. Taylor did not believe in the self-made man. He felt that individual achievement was the product of personal drive blessed by good fortune. His life goal was to be a bit of that good fortune for others. That goal lives on today through the work of this Foundation, which bears his name.