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 Hailind Consulting Inc, providing geriatric care management and other consulting services. She provides guidance within the healthcare industry and referrals for resources to afford her clients with options for the best quality of life or end of life journey.
Karen has been a Registered Nurse for over 45 years and is a board-certified gerontology nurse. She has been a faith community nurse since 2003 offering care management services to members of her church or those referred from the community. She established a lending closet supplying durable medical equipment and medical supplies to those in need throughout the state and has moved much of that to the Blue Monday Mission.
Karen is Vice President of Love of People, actively involved in the Blue Monday Mission, the Musicians Etude and Belle’s Tower. She is a Rotarian and actively involved in multiple community networking groups. Karen is a Christian, wife mother, grandmother, sister, caregiver, nurse, potter, musician and businesswomen.
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.