Our Leadership team

Jay Rive

Nichole Chauvin, LPN

Executive Director

Nichole Chauvin started her nursing career 9 years ago and went directly into geriatric care. With her hard work and dedication during her career, she has worked as a floor nurse, within a month was promoted as charge nurse, and went on to become an assistant director of nursing. She has held several different management positions and has experience in skilled care, behavioral management and staffing. Nichole is a lifelong resident of St. James Parish. She has been married for twenty years and has three children. Family time is her favorite time. Much like the rest of her career, Nichole’s talents stood out and she moved from floor nurse to Director of Nursing and now she holds the position of Executive Director at Francois Bend. Nichole is excited and will continue to provide the residents with the best quality of life that can be offered. She has always been a caretaker and strives for every resident to enjoy their time in the community. She truly enjoys being a part of the Francois Bend family and the opportunity to provide our residents with life as it should be! Nichole can be reached directly at Nichole@Francoisbend.com

Amanda Williams

Amanda Williams

Director of Marketing & Community Relations

Amanda has over ten years of experience in senior living placement that helps individuals achieve their best options for aging gracefully. She is a graduate of Southeastern State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. As Francois Bend’s Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Amanda assists individuals and their families throughout the process of finding the right residence. She also develops relationships with community partners that will connect more people and families to the services and care they need. “I have a passion for helping others and truly feel everyone deserves the right to age with dignity and respect. I love my work at Francois Bend and look forward to assisting families and individuals in our community,” says Amanda. Amanda can be reached directly at Amanda@Francoisbend.com  

Katie Boudreaux

Katie Boudreaux

Human Resources Director

Katie Boudreaux is a native of Gonzales, Louisiana and joined the Francois Bend team in August of 2018. Katie is the Human Resources Director and has experience in customer service and childcare. Her previous experience has proven to be a platform for her role at Francois Bend, as it has illuminated the importance and delicate nature of interpersonal relationships and having compassion for others. Nurturing those relationships and helping others is truly Katie’s passion and she enjoys each day that she can be of assistance to Francois Bend's team members, residents, and residents’ family members. Katie whole-heartedly believes in the philosophy of Francois Bend and is honored to be a part of making our community “feel like home” to each resident and their families. You can contact Katie directly at Katie@Francoisbend.com 

Gavin Schwing

Gavin Schwing

Director of Food Service & Maintenance

Gavin Schwing has been in the food service industry for the past forty-two years. He grew up in Covington, attended St. Paul's High School, and went on to achieve his bachelor's degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. Gavin has been married to his wife, Lisa, for twenty-six years and they have two sons and a daughter. 

Prior to joining Francois Bend, Gavin was a managing partner in his family's business, Schwing's Seafood Restaurant for over twenty-five years. He is currently a partner in his wife's family restaurant, the Fat Spoon Café. For the past eight years, he was the Director of Food Services at the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Department Jail Kitchen where he directly oversaw the preparation and served over thirty-six thousand meals per day. Gavin is ecstatic about his position at Francois Bend and is looking forward to preparing quality meals with the freshest, local ingredients! Gavin can be reached directly at Gavin@Francoisbend.com 

Therese Augustus

Theresa Augustus

Housekeeping & Laundry Manager

Theresa joined Francois Bend in December of 2018 as a certified nursing assistant, with over seven years of adult care experience. Theresa’s dedication and hard work did not go unnoticed. In 2019, she was offered the position of CNA Supervisor. In this role, Theresa trained all new CNA’s and oversaw resident care. 

Because of her exceptional cleaning and organizational skills, Theresa was promoted to the Housekeeping Supervisor in June 2020. In taking the position, Theresa was very excited and welcomed all challenges along the way. “Challenges are our stepping stones for greatness, we learn and do even better from our mistakes.” 

Theresa Augustus is a proud mother of three, two boys and one girl, and she has a granddaughter and grandson. Theresa married her high school sweetheart, Donald, and both were born and raised in Baton Rouge. She can be reached directly at Theresa@Francoisbend.com