WHO WE ARE

Erica Doerle Ray
Erica Doerle Ray
Director of Operations

A graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana and Florida State University, Erica Doerle Ray received her doctor of audiology degree from the University of Florida. With a deep passion for helping others, Erica started her own audiology private practice that served the hearing impaired across Louisiana’s Acadiana region with multiple locations for 25 years. She also co-founded the Louisiana Academy of Audiology. In addition, Erica was incredibly dedicated to volunteer work through Dominican Republic medical missions, Honduran water project and addiction treatment centers.

Upon selling her practice in 2017, Erica was excited to embark on a new journey that would allow her to share her expertise in audiology with other parts of the country.  As a team director of audiology sales over a seven-state region, Erica enjoyed practicing audiology and traveling the Pacific Northwest region. During a trip back home to Lafayette to visit her family, Erica happened to have the opportunity to participate in the first Love Our Schools serve day that took place in July 2019. Witnessing the tremendous community-wide efforts made by 3,000 volunteers to revitalize eight schools across Lafayette Parish, she was moved beyond words and began to feel a calling to something new. 

Recognizing how much this initiative aligned with her passion for helping others and that she wanted to make a broader impact, Erica decided to join the William C. Schumacher Family Foundation in January 2020 as Director of Operations.  Since then, she has made a significant impact in helping to move forward a variety of initiatives supported by the foundation including the Love Our Community initiative dedicated to providing support across Louisiana in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.