Donald “Ray” Leger works as the Director of West South Central Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WSC-WIPA), an initiative in the Transition, Employment, and Careers area of HDC’s focus. Ray started employment with HDC in December 2006. Prior to that, he worked for more than 18 years consecutively in the television news industry, the Arc of Acadiana, and the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs (GODA). He came to know HDC during his tenure in GODA because his trainer, Lloyd DeMers, was an HDC employee at the time. Ray has truly been welcomed and supported by HDC family throughout his tenure at HDC.
Ray is living the dream of being of service to others in need and more so, those whose lives are affected by how others perceives them because of their disabilities. He likes to think he helps to champion them in ways that other Social Service organizations aren’t able to. The HDC’s commitment to serving persons with developmental disabilities as a UCEDD organization aligns with Ray’s goals to see persons with disabilities live lives on equal footing as persons without disabilities, in wages, housing, etc.
Ray is happily married to his lovely wife of 25 years, Marie Jack-Leger, and we have two beautiful daughters, Teliyah (20) and Leilani (7). His upbringing was always centered around God first, family, and service to others. Ray wants others to know that if anyone takes anything from their contact with him, he hopes that it’s apparent to them that that is who he is.
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