Doing Small Things With Great Love
Tony hails from Hollywood Co. Wicklow, Ireland. In 1992, he was invited to join the Celtic Irish choral group Anuna, and through that, began touring with Riverdance the Show. For the next five years Tony appeared on many of the great stages of the world, including Radio City Music Hall, and performed for the Prince of Wales in the Royal variety show in The Albert Hall, in London.
Artists he has recorded with include Sting, The Chieftains, and Sinead O’Connor. Tony is also featured on two Grammy Award winning recordings “the Long Black Veil” and “Riverdance the Show”. He also directed the music for “Dancing at the Crossroads” and has produced recordings for renowned Irish soloists Katie McMahon and Dave Donohue. Tony has also been tour manager for bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien and for Irish music greats, Altan.
Tony and Sheila first met while performing in Riverdance the Lee Company. Their mutual love of music, dance and enjoying their Irish culture drew them together and before long they were married in 2002. They are currently living in Louisiana and are enjoying parenting their children Roisin, Aoife, and Malachy.
Karen Rauch Rue
Vice President/Interim Secretary
Karen R Rue RN-BC, MBA, is owner of the Acadiana Office of Griswold Home Care, opening her franchise in 2005. Griswold Home Care services the Acadiana area, referring caregivers, primarily to seniors, for home care assistance and care management services, making sure her clients enjoy the best quality of life and/or are supported and blessed through their end of life journey, and families are connected to the resources in the community and beyond.
Karen has been an RN for 45 years and is a Board Certified Gerontology nurse. She has been the Faith Community Nurse for Asbury United Methodist Church since 2003, offering care management services to members of this congregation as well as members of the community that are referred to the church. She established the Asbury’s Lending Closet in 2003 supplying DME and medical supplies to those in need throughout the state. Karen is secretary for Love of People; actively involved in the Blue Monday Mission, and Musicians Etude. She is on the City/Parish Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board, Cajun Area Aging Network advisory council, is coordinator of Iberia Aging Network, and a Eucharistic Minister.
Karen owns Hailind Consulting, a healthcare consulting company providing caremangement services to those throughout the community as well as nation wide, and connects other agencies to available resources. She is actively involved in multiple community networking groups. She is a Christian, wife, mother, sister, caregiver, nurse, potter, musician and business woman.
The founder of QUALITY OF LIFE SERVICES (QLS) and QLS Cares, Johnathan Williams has been a nurse for more than a decade and believes that he has been blessed throughout his career to serve as a representation of hope and love for many patients. It was during his career as a nurse, where he witnessed families endure many hardships when it came to providing and deciding on the care options for their loved ones, it was this that gave him the motivation to develop Quality of Life Services. In an effort to help as many people as possible, he later developed QLS Cares to provide services, keeping clients engaged with a sense of purpose and dignity at no cost to those who otherwise could not afford Life Care Assistance.
Johnathan's father, Paul Williams, a retired pharmacist from Grand Coteau taught him the beauty of value and service towards others. Johnathan's mother Pemella Williams retired as the Director of Allied Health, (now SLCC) her strength as a woman inspired Johnathan to be the best man that he could be. After his parents retired he noticed that they were not able to engage as they once could, it was for this reason that Johnathan created Love of People. His reaction to his parent's 'change in the quality of life" is the sole reason that Johnathan was compelled to dedicate his life to serving others, giving them the best life... regardless of time and money.
Helping Others, Help Others
Carter Simoneaux, born and raised in Covington, Louisiana, is a 2017 graduate from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, majoring in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcasting. Carter worked as local journalist at News15 for three years, before joining Love of People. Carter always considered himself more of a story teller than a journalist, which is why he fits so well with us. Carter tells the story of Love of People through videos, podcasts and social media, ensuring we reach as wide of an audience as possible. In his free time, Carter can be found playing guitar and singing at various restaurants, bars, and music venues around South Louisiana or unwisely losing his voice during New Orleans Saints games.