Inspiring Women Luncheon 2024

Aging in the Ark-La-Tex:

Impact of an Aging Society

Proceeds from this year’s events will benefit the Bossier Council on Aging and The Bridge Alzheimer & Dementia Resource Center.

2024 Program

  • Welcome – Emcee Sonja Bailes
  • Presentation of the Colors – Bossier Parish Sheriff Color Guard
  • National Anthem – Patty Rodgers, Commissioner
  • Pledge – Rae Powell, Commissioner
  • Invocation – Kevin Kinnett, Open Door Bible Church
  • Recognition of Elected Officials
  • Sponsor Recognition
  • Rae Powell
    Recognition of Commissioners, present and past
  • Speaker Panel Introduction
  • Panel Q&A

Guest Panel

  • The Honorable Judge Jeff Cox
  • Tamara Crane
    Executive Director – Bossier Council on Aging
  • Paulette Freeman
    Executive Director – The Bridge Alzheimer & Dementia Resource Center
  • Sandra Franks
    United States Air Force Veteran, President of Women Veterans of the Ark-La-Tex and one of twelve commissioners on the Louisiana Governors Commission for Veterans Affairs Governors Commission

Speaker Bios

Judge Jeff Cox

Jeff Cox has been elected to serve as Judge for the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He has previously served as District Judge for Bossier and Webster Parishes in Division C. Judge Cox is a past partner with the law firm of Mills, Turansky & Cox, P.C., where he specialized his practice in the area of Estate Planning, Wills, Successions, Elder Care law-type issues and business-type issues. Judge Cox has served as an Assistant District Attorney for Bossier/Webster Parishes where he prosecuted crimes against the elderly, crimes against juveniles, white-collar crimes, felonies and misdemeanors. Judge Cox received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Louisiana Tech University, his Masters of Business Administration Degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport, his Juris Doctorate degree with magna cum laude honors from Southern University Law Center, and his Legal Law Masters in Taxation from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Judge Cox was selected as the 2020 Louisiana State University-Shreveport Distinguished Alumni. He was inducted into the Southern University Law Center Hall of Fame in 2014 and included on the Southern University Judicial Wall of Fame in 2016. He currently serves on the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission, the Advisory Board of Directors for the Bossier Parish Community College Criminal Justice Program, and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Volunteers for Youth Justice, served as Bossier District Chairman for the Norwella Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and is a past instructor at Bossier Parish Community College for the Notary Preparation Class. Additionally, Judge Cox currently assists with training of cadets at the Bossier Sheriff’s Training Academy, State Police Academy, Wildlife and Fisheries Academy, and instructs Law Enforcement Officers all over the State of Louisiana on legal concepts, as well as regularly teaching legal concepts to area lawyers for their Continued Legal Education requirements.

Judge Cox has been a long- time member of the Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council and served as President and Board Member – Caddo Council on Aging RSVP Program; 2nd Vice-President, Secretary and Board Member – Bossier Council on Aging; former Legal Counsel – Ark-La-Tex Chapter of the National Stroke Association; and a Board Member – Shreveport-Bossier Tax and Estate Planning Council. He has also served on the Board of Directors and is Past Chairman – Shreveport Bar Association Pro Bono Project. Judge Cox has also served as a Louisiana State Delegate to the American Bar Association National Conference of State Trial Judges and served on the Executive Council of the Louisiana District Judges Association. He has written a column for The Best of Times Magazine for over 20 years, providing legal awareness to the community on a wide range of legal topics, as well as numerous other publications. Judge Cox is a member of the Harry V. Booth and Henry Politz American Inns of Court and is a member of the American, Louisiana, Shreveport, Bossier, and Webster Bar Associations.

Judge Cox is married to Susan Cox and they have two children, Gabrielle and Stephen, who are both graduating from LSU Law Center this year. Judge Cox and his wife are active members of Cypress Baptist Church.

Tamara Crane

Tamara M. Crane has been serving as the Executive Director of Bossier Council on Aging since 2011, demonstrating steadfast leadership and dedication to the community. Armed with a Masters in Gerontology from ULM and certified as a dementia practitioner, Tamara brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her role.

Her professional background extends to being notary public and a Partners in Policymaking graduate, reflecting her commitment to continuous learning and advocacy. Tamara’s experience as a former nursing facility administrator further enhances her ability to navigate the complexities of senior care.

Tamara’s involvement goes beyond her role as the BCOA Executive Director; she actively contributes to various boards. She has been a valuable member of The Bridge-Alzheimer & Dementia Resource Center, Commission for Women of Bossier City, NWLA Senior Living, Special Education Advisory Panel with the Louisiana Board of Education, Bossier Office of Community Services, and others.

Tamara is not only a seasoned professional but also a loving individual who holds her family, friends, and staff close to her heart. Their unwavering support fuels her passion and success in all her endeavors.

Through her multifaceted contributions, it is evident the passion Tamara has for our community.

Paulette Freeman

Executive Director – The Bridge Alzheimer & Dementia Resource Center
Paulette Freeman is the Executive Director of The Bridge Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center, a nonprofit agency serving Northwest Louisiana, a position she’s held since 2021. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of the Ozarks, in Clarksville, Arkansas and has an extensive background in leadership and business development. Prior to this position, she worked in Little Rock, Arkansas, in executive roles for nonprofit organizations for over 13 years. She served as an honorary commander of the Little Rock Air Force Base and was named as one of the state’s top 250 list of influential business leaders. She has served on the Alumni Association board of directors at her alma mater and has been recognized with their Alumni Achievement Award. Paulette has a passion for serving seniors and serving those impacted by dementia in our community from her role as a caregiver to her father who suffered from dementia.

Sandra J. “Sandy” Franks

United States Air Force, retired

Sandy was born in Florida and entered the United States Air Force in 1974 and served for 23 years, retiring in 1997. During her career she was the first woman to serve as First Sergeant of a Rescue and Recovery Squadron, and was promoted to Master Sergeant under the Stripes for Exceptional Performers. She is the recipient of several awards to include Airman, NCO, Senior NCO and First Sergeant of the Year. Her last assignment was Barksdale AFB as the Chief of Protocol for the 2nd Bomb Wing Commander. After retirement she worked in the private sector and joined Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in 2007 as the Public Affairs Officer, retiring in 2014. She is a member of the Disabled American Veterans and is the Louisiana Women Veterans Coordinator. In 2017 she founded a non-profit organization to serve women Veterans, Women Veterans of the Ark La Tex (WVALT). It is the largest women Veterans organization in Louisiana. She organizes the largest women Veterans informational seminar in Louisiana presenting a free seminar which provides guest speakers in the areas of women’s health, mental health, financial issues, nutrition and exercise and VA benefits. She spearheaded the project to erect the statue of a Woman Warrior at the Bossier Civic Center. She is a former member and President of the Commission for Women of Bossier City.

She is a Commissioner on the Louisiana Veterans Commission, appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards and was recognized on the national level, in 2020 when she was selected by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Women Veterans as a Trailblazer, one of only 23 women Veterans selected for the honor nationwide. She is also an Ambassador for the Military Women’s Memorial in Washington DC at Arlington Cemetery. She is one of only three Ambassadors representing Louisiana.

Sandy Franks is definitely an advocate for Veterans. She is truly an outstanding Veteran who is proud of her service and continues her service by helping all Veterans.

Thank You Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

  • City of Bossier City
  • Commission for Women of Bossier City
  • Margaritaville Resort & Casino

Platinum Sponsor

  • Manchac Consulting Group

Gold Sponsors

  • Chasing Aces
  • Musculoskeletal Institute
  • PPT, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

  • Citizens National Bank
  • Connie Reynolds – Smart Moves/Smart Health
  • Tubbs Hardware
  • Vince Maggio

Bronze Sponsors

  • Dr. Michael & Shannon Banda
  • Bossier Council on Aging
  • Judge Jeff & Susan Cox
  • Langley & Parks
  • Live Oak Environmental
  • NWLA Family Justice Center
  • River City Gals of 318 Real Estate

Thank You!

  • CSC Productions
  • Encore Rental

CWBC Commissioners

Rae Powell

Lisa Janes
Past President/City Liaison

Vivi McCrainie
Vice President

Rae Powell

Patty Rogers



  • Sonja Bailes
  • Patsy Black
  • Kelly Boyd Coker
  • Susan East
  • Stacie Fernandez
  • Sheryl Gladney
  • Karen Lemmons-Silva
  • Kelly L. Long
  • Sandy Long
  • Jill Lucero
  • Sharon Maggio
  • Vivi McCranie
  • Julianna Petchak Parks
  • Alex McHan Person
  • Julie Moseley-Reeves
  • Connie Seets Reynolds
  • Sarah Rhodes
  • Patty Rogers
  • Stacey Tinsley
  • Vicky Whitman

  • Sandy Cimino
  • Pam Glorioso
P.O. Box 5954
Bossier City, LA 71171-5954