ABOUT_us

Ralph Stephens
Ralph Stephens has been a CPA with Postlethwaite and Netterville since 1987. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the American Institute of CPAs and the Society of Louisiana CPAs. Some of his current civic associations include Law Studies teacher at Catholic High School, Member of Audit and Finance Committees at Catholic High School, Chairman of the Board of Directors for SJA Foundation and member of the Executive committee of St. Vincent de Paul, to name a few. In the past he has served as President of the Board of Directors of Big Buddy, President of the Board of Directors of Baton Rouge CYO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

Laura Cassidy, M.D.
Dr. Laura Cassidy graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama Medical School. After choosing to be a General Surgeon, she was accepted to the Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where she finished her residency and served, in her final year as Chief Resident.

In California, she met her future husband, Bill Cassidy. After marrying Bill and practicing General Surgery in LA, she and Bill moved to Baton Rouge in 1989, joining the faculty of LSU Health Science Center; Laura as Chief of Surgery at the teaching hospital where they served.

Laura later entered private practice treating diseases of the breast. She was the first woman in Louisiana to focus her surgical practice on breast cancer. Laura advanced breast conservation surgery, sentinel node biopsies and other treatment options for women with breast cancer.

She left her practice in 2006 for other challenges, first and foremost raising her and Bill’s three children. Their youngest child is dyslexic. Laura struggled to find the correct education for Kate. This helped her understand that dyslexia is prevalent and that educational opportunities are sparse and expensive. Because of this experience, she and 2 other women started the Louisiana Key Academy, a public charter school for children with dyslexia so that every family, regardless of personal circumstances can have their child’s needs addressed. (Disclaimer-their child does not attend this school). Laura continues as President of the Board. She and Bill work with Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz advocating for dyslexia at a national level.

ABOUT

Aaron West - Tour Guide

Traveling is a pastime for some people, a break from regular life. For me, it is my regular life. As your tour guide, I’ll help you disconnect from your everyday world, so you can immerse yourself in nature and reconnect with yourself.

Hiker, Traveler, Outdoor Lover, Nature Appreciator
My name is Aaron West and I am a certified tour guide. I have loved travelling ever since I can remember, and have spent more of my life with a backpack on my back than I have sitting at a desk. I have been to every continent in the world and visited more than 50 countries, including Senegal, Indonesia, Qatar, Bahrain and Greenland.   

I am fluent in English, French and Italian and have very passable Spanish (if I do say so myself). I hold a BA in History from New York State University and spent 3 years living in Italy, where I wandered the countryside, working at odd jobs, and meeting wonderful people. I gained some excellent culinary skills during my travels, and am known for preparing some of the finest campfire meals in the region. I am a certified lifeguard and former competitive rower. 

SERVICES


SMALL GROUPS
Want a different sort of adventure with your friends or family. A guided trip into the wilderness is an excellent way to bond with friend or have a memorable time with your family. I’ll adapt the trip program to your group’s individual needs, ages, etc. 
ACTIVITY TOURS
All of my tours involve some degree of walking, but if you’d like a bit more activity, I’m happy to accommodate. In addition to full day or overnight canoe trips, you can also choose a full day off-road biking tour, mountain climbing, and rappelling. Let me know what interests you.  
HIGHLIGHTS
Grab your camera or your sketchbook and charcoals, because there are so many highlights on one of these tours, you’ll want to capture them all. From deserted paper mills to highest local peaks, from ice carved caves to ancient trees, enjoy the very best sites in the region. 
CUSTOM TOURS
If you have something in mind that isn’t described in these pages, just let me know, and I’ll do my best to accommodate. I can adjust for physical limitations or time restraints, or arrange for an extra canoe or two if you’re part of a larger group.  
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