Your Association for Addiction Professionals

Our Mission is to promote and enhance addiction professionals & providers in areas of treatment, education, prevention, and advocacy.

Skill Enhancement for Addiction Professionals

Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselors & Trainers (LASACT) is an Approved Educational Provider (AEP) through the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA). Our team is dedicated to helping addiction professionals in Louisiana develop their skills in their careers.

Effective Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery of Substance Use Disorders

  • Informative Workshops

    Our team provides educational workshops on various topics. These include prevention and counseling of substance abuse, compulsive gambling, professional ethics, and clinical supervision.

  • Comprehensive Counselor Training Program

    We operate the Louisiana Addiction Counselor Training (LACT). This program provides the 180 education hours that are specific to substance abuse education, a requirement for applying to be a Counselor in Training (CIT) through the ADRA.

  • Annual Conference

    LASACT sponsors an annual event with the purpose of providing multi-track continuing education opportunities by nationally and internationally known speakers as well as in-state experts.

Advocating for Addiction Professionals

One of our goals as an organization is to ensure that certification/licensure candidates meet all requirements and are competent to serve the public. With this in mind, we work with the ADRA to ensure appropriate standards and valid and reliable  testing instruments are utilized in the addiction professional field.

Our team also promotes appropriate proposed legislation that impacts the fields of addiction and professionals not just in Louisiana but also nationally.

Let’s Get Started

Come experience professional growth and development. Become a LASACT member today!

LASACT/CEB Officers and Board Members 2019–2020

LASACT Board Officers:

President – Samuel Johnson, New Orleans
President-Elect – George Smith, Shreveport
Secretary – Alicia Farria, Jefferson
Treasurer – James Truax, Baton Rouge
Member-at-Large – Bill Rose, Shreveport

LASACT District Representatives:

Anna McKinnon – District 1, Metairie
Neal Lorio – District 2, Baton Rouge
Vacant – District 3, Houma/Thibodaux
Matthew Benoit – District 4, Cankton
Vacant – District 5, Lake Charles
Ed Lytle – District 6, Pineville
Julia Coleman – District 7, Shreveport
Gregory Greer – District 8, Monroe

Certification Examining Board (CEB) Officers:

Chairperson – Janice Rebstock, District 2, Denham Springs
Vice-Chairperson – Ralph Melancon, Jr., District 4, St. Martinville
Secretary-Treasurer – Angela Lorio, District 2, Baton Rouge
LASACT President – Samuel Johnson, District 1, New Orleans
LASACT President-Elect – Phillip Coco, District 6, Moreauville

CEB District Representatives:

Danita Muse – District 1, New Orleans
Sonja Smith – District 2, Amite
Rebecca Davis – District 3, Thibodaux
Jonathan Choate – District 4, Lafayette
Vacant, District 5 – Lake Charles Area
Vacant, District 6 – Alexandria Area
Je’riel Harvey – District 7, Shreveport
Gregory Greer – District 8, Monroe
Marolon Mangham – Executive Director, IC&RC Representative


Marolon Mangham, MBA, Executive Director
Danna Spayde, MSW, Executive Assistant/LACT Director
Donna Simoneaux, Certification Specialist
Susan Marino, Administrative Assistant
Jordan Blacher, Communication Director