ABOUT

WHAT WE DO

The Akula Foundation was founded in 1994 as a non-profit 501-(c) 3 organization by Dr. Shiva Akula. Originally dedicated to providing indigent hospice care to the community, it later expanded to include Camp Swan, a children’s bereavement camp. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2006, an estimated one-third of the population was in need of help for anxiety, depression and PTSD.

People are coming back into the city, trying to deal with the changes in their lives, while still grieving over loss of loved ones, loss of personal property, loss of jobs. These people needed our help.


 

The Akula Foundation in cooperation with professionals from Canon Hospice, who knew how to deal with grief and loss, provided the initial counseling and support services for these people and set up The Grief Resource Center to provide outpatient educational/therapeutic experiences at workshops and schools, providing information about grief, emotional issues and how to promote healthy life coping skills.

 

STAFF


Shiva Akula

M.D., M.P.H, President


Laura Phillips,

LCSW
Reminiscence Group Coordinator


John Calderara

RN
AIM Director; CEU Director


John Fanning

PhD
Coordinator, Grief Support



Sheila Marriott

Coordinator, Legacy Moments


Lee Matthews

PhD
Academics/Research Coordinator


ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS


Lee Matthews

PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist


Meena Etikalya

MBBS


Janet R. Matthews

PhD
President, Psychological Resources, PC


Gloria Manucia

PhD, MSCP
Clinical Psychologist



Sue C. May

CHPLN, CHA
Administrator, Canon Hospice, New Orleans


Regina Murry

MSW, GSW
Administrator, Canon Hospice, Baton Rouge


Kelly Anderson

BAS
Administrator, Canon Hospice, Northshore


Mohan Kailas

LLB
President, Kailas Companies