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About Us

Board of Directors

Janine Broussard

Founder of the H.U.G. Reading Program

Janine is the founder of the Help US Grow (H.U.G.) foundation, a non-profit organization focused on early childhood learning and development. The H.U.G. program is innovative in its design as its personalized to each child, with central focus on improving their literacy. The program is oriented to improving the literacy of children in grades one through three, crucially impactful years of learning and of building an educational foundation. The program is unique in that it provides multi-sensory and multicultural instruction with core values in a seamless virtual setting.

Janine collaborates with reading professionals to develop and deliver a targeted, structured reading curriculum, which has received national recognition for its results. In fact, based on program measures, the H.U.G. reading program has consistently shown positive results following each child/volunteer reading session.

Recognizing the importance of mental and emotional health in one’s ability to persevere and tackle life’s difficulties, Janine created BE THE DIFFERENCE™, an interactive program woven into the H.U.G. sessions that reinforces positive
behavior change and instills core values. The foundation, a 501c3 organization since 2016, has vetted and approved programs in the states of Kentucky and Florida.

As part of its growing network of volunteers, H.U.G. seeks people of all ages—from seniors and college students to leaders and employees of corporations—to BE THE DIFFERENCE™ in their communities.

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Dr. Buddy

Superintendent for Eminence Independent Schools

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Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola

Chief Health Equity Officer & Senior Vice President for Humana

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Brad Fluegel

Chief Healthcare Commerical Market Development Officer for Walgreens

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Dr. Amy Shearer Lingo

University of Louisville

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Retired Superintendent

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John Palmer

AT&T Regional President, East

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Kenny Moyer

Republic Bank

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Ross Cohen

Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

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Sarit Shah

Humana Foundation

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Michael Thompson

Chase Bank

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Brad Maudin


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Sam Corbett

Community Builder

Ancillary Councils


  • Debbie Black

  • Amy Lingo

  • Beth Mullins

  • Caroline Sheffield

  • Vicki Weiland 

Donor Relations

  • Michael Thompson


  • Kenny Moyer


  • Sarit Shah

Well-Being Survey

  • Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola

  • Donald Tramuto

Past Board Members

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Steven Trager

Republic Bank

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