Champions of Change 2018
April 5 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am$50
In honor of the many brave survivors and allies who shattered the silence of sexual violence this year, STAR is hosting our 4th Annual Champions of Change Breakfast fundraiser and awareness event. This year STAR will recognize our 2018 Champion of Change Honorees: Representative Helena Moreno of District 93 and Alejandra “Alex” Juan of the Louisiana Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Through the vision, perseverance and dedication of these women, they have implemented change to help further STAR’s mission and vision. These efforts include sexual assault and domestic violence legislative reform, equal pay initiatives and military policy reform for sexual assault.
We invite the community to join STAR, on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel to raise awareness for STAR and celebrate and honor our champions’ remarkable and enduring passion for social change in support of survivors. Sponsorship information can be found here. Click below to purchase tickets.
About our Honorees
Alejandra “Alex” Juan
Alejandra “Alex” Juan currently serves as the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) Communications Director and State Women Veterans Outreach Coordinator. Alex is devoted wife and mother, avid community volunteer, and a decorated United States Air Force veteran who served her country with both honor and distinction. She and her husband, Craig, met on an M-16 range and served as a dual-military couple for over a decade. They are the proud parents of two resilient young men, Nick and Noah.
Selflessness is innate in the Juan family as they were named as Louisiana Air National Guard’s Family of the Year in 2012. And, for her volunteer advocacy efforts, Alex was named Advocate of the Year by STAR in 2013. In April of 2013, she ended her military career as a Captain and a Public Affairs Officer. Her list of military awards is extensive but includes: the Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and many more.
Alex is an innovative and driven professional who believes in leading by example and became the as the first female veteran to take the helm of the USS KIDD Veterans Museum. During her tenure as Executive Director of the KIDD, the museum saw the highest visitor attendance rate recorded in over 25 years. The alternative therapy programs, like Yoga for Veterans and Art Therapy classes, and the community outreach initiatives she implemented were highly praised by both community leaders and her peers across the world.
In 2015, Alex was named as both an “Esprit de Femme” honoree by the LSU Women’s Center and as the “Emerging Museum Professional” by the Louisiana Association of Museums. In 2016, the international Historic Naval Ships Association presented her with the William J. Diffley Award for contributing in some great measure to the success of a museum.
Alex is currently in charge of all communications for the LDVA which serves over 287,000 Louisiana veterans and their families. She was also hand-selected to spearhead the Women Veterans Outreach Coordinator position where she has played a crucial role is helping to identify and address the unique needs of our growing women veteran population.
Representative Helena Moreno
Helena Moreno began her career in New Orleans as an award-winning investigative reporter for NBC affiliate, WDSU-TV. She was part of a team awarded an Emmy for outstanding coverage during Hurricane Katrina. Too often, however, her reports turned up problems in the political system. In 2008, she decided to not just report, but do something about it. Setting aside her promising broadcast career, she entered public service.
In May of 2010, she was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives. As the voice of District 93, she now serves as an advocate for a richly diverse area that includes neighborhoods such as Treme, the Garden District, Central City, St. Roch, the French Quarter, Mid City and the CBD.
Representative Moreno, has been honored as a legislative champion for women by various organizations. Her work to fight domestic violence in Louisiana is featured in the award winning documentary film called Five Awake. To continue to advance issues important to women and their families, Moreno founded the non-profit Ignite Advocacy Network. It serves as an awareness and policy alert network for individuals interested creating a better Louisiana for women.
Moreno has also been recognized for her work in corrections reform, public safety, drug policy, health care, early childhood education and care for the elderly.
Rep. Moreno currently serves on the Commerce Committee and the Health and Welfare Committee. During her years in the legislature, she also served on the Administration of Criminal Justice, Appropriations and Judiciary committees. Moreno has held numerous appointed positions in a number of State Boards and Commissions, including the Louisiana Sentencing Commission, Women’s Policy and Research Commission, Domestic Violence Prevention Commission, Latino Commission, Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault on College Campuses, Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse on Children, Juvenile Interstate Compact and Drug Policy Board. She is a member of the Democratic Caucus, Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus and Orleans Delegation.
Moreno holds a journalism degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
She works as a licensed realtor with Talbot Realty Group in New Orleans and resides downtown with her husband Chris Meeks.