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


Christopher Guthrie

Foundation Administrator


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


M.K. Arshad

MD
President, Physician Care APMC


Kelly Anderson

BAS
Administrator, Canon Hospice, Northshore


Joshua Bruce

CHA
Administrator, Canon Hospice, Mississippi


Mohan Kailas

LLB
President, Kailas Companies



Meena Etikalya

MBBS


Gloria Manucia

PhD, MSCP
Clinical Psychologist


Janet R. Matthews

PhD
President, Psychological Resources, PC


Lee Matthews

PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist



Sue C. May

CHPLN, CHA
Administrator, Canon Hospice, New Orleans


Regina Murry

MSW, GSW
Administrator, Canon Hospice, Baton Rouge