Racheal Hebert, LCSW-BACS
Founder, President & CEO
Racheal Hebert, LCSW-BACS is the founder, president & chief executive officer of Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response, or STAR, a non-profit organization that provides support to survivors of sexual trauma, improves systems response and creates social change to end sexual violence.
Racheal has worked in the field of sexual trauma and violence prevention since 2008, where she first started her career as the volunteer coordinator for the Rape Crisis Center, a division of the 19th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Baton Rouge. In 2012, she was instrumental in transitioning the organization into a 501c3 nonprofit rebranded as STAR.
Since 2012, Racheal has served as the CEO of STAR, where she grew the organization from a small operation with two employees in Baton Rouge to a multi-branch agency with 39 full and part time staff. STAR currently operates with a $2 million-dollar annual budget and has offices in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Each year, STAR provides free and confidential support services and outreach and educational workshops to thousands of people throughout Central and South Louisiana.
Racheal graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s & gender studies and a master’s in social work from Louisiana State University (LSU).
A native of Houma, Louisiana, Racheal is proud to call South Louisiana home.
Honors and Distinctions
- Honored as “Outstanding Feminist Activist” by the LSU Women’s & Gender Studies Department, 2007
- Honored with the “James Midgley Leadership Award” by the LSU Social Work Department, 2013
- Honored as one of Baton Rouge Business Report’s “40 Under Forty Capital Region’s Rising Stars,” 2015
- Honored with the LSU Women’s Center “Esprit de Femme Award,” 2015
- Honored as “BR Original Young Professional of the Year” by Forum 35, 2019
Professional & Community Affiliations
Louisiana Adolescent Reproductive Health Coalition
Mayor’s Women’s Advancement Commission
National Association of Social Workers