Meet the AARP Louisiana Team!

Posted on 08/24/22 by LaTonya Smith Scott

The AARP Louisiana State Office is made up of a diverse group of professionals with a wide range of expertise. Together with the help of volunteers, we work every day in communities in our state to make them more livable for you and your family.  

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Denise Bottcher is the State Director of AARP Louisiana and is responsible for advancing the organization’s social mission on behalf of Louisianans 50-plus and their families. With nearly 500,000 members and 22 volunteer leaders across the state, Denise leads the five-member team in Baton Rouge and New Orleans to help all generations live their best lives in their own homes and communities through advocacy, education, and service.

Through her strategic guidance and leadership, Denise and her team have driven social change at the state and local level by working with policymakers, collaborative organizations, and dynamic volunteers. Family caregiving, health care, financial resilience, and livable communities are her top priorities.

Denise joined AARP in 2010 as Associate State Director of Communications, overseeing the media and communications strategy for advocacy, community outreach, and member communications. Her career spans over 25 years in the private sector, government, and non-profit arena. She has an extensive background in crisis communications, targeted communication, and advocacy strategies for businesses, politicians, and government agencies. Among her varied experience, she served as the press secretary and official spokesperson for Governor Kathleen Blanco during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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Andrew Muhl is the Associate State Director of Advocacy for AARP Louisiana.  For the past three years, he has provided strategic leadership for championing issues important to the 50+ population at the state legislature and in communities across Louisiana.

Engaging thousands of advocacy volunteers at the grassroots level, Andrew has been a part of several recent legislative successes including the passage of the Louisiana Family Caregiver Act, which impacts nearly 700,000 families who care for their loved ones. His leadership at the State Capitol also led to pension growth and affordable health care.  His work to build strong partnerships and relationships has brought real assistance to family caregivers and improvements in the quality of life for older Louisianans.

Prior to joining AARP, he spent six years advocating on behalf of cancer patients, cancer survivors and their caregivers with the American Cancer Society.  He also worked in Governor Kathleen Blanco's administration as a policy advisor and legislative liaison.
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Linedda McIver
is the Associate State Director of Multi-Cultural Outreach directing our community efforts in New Orleans to advocate, educate and engage individuals 50+ in AARP’s social change programs, particularly health security, financial resilience, personal fulfillment, and livable communities.

Linedda joined AARP after serving the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter as its Director of Community Outreach. In that role, she worked in partnership on numerous projects with elected leaders and other stakeholders whose interests and efforts are relevant to ours.

A New Orleans native, Linedda's experience in the field of communications and community relations is extensive, spanning over 30 years including stints as community relations director for New Orleans Public Schools and the Housing Authority of New Orleans.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Loyola University and is a former high school teacher.

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LaTonya Scott is the Associate State Director of Communications. She is responsible for developing communications strategies that help advance the state’s efforts to catalyze broad impact through the sharing of effective ideas and practices. These strategies include publications, web blogging, social media, media outreach, community outreach, and more.

LaTonya joined AARP after serving as Director of Public Relations at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). In that role, she handled all communications, advertising, and marketing for the college. In 2013, she effectively led the communications strategy for BRCC’s merger with Capital Area Technical College (CATC), and received recognition for her efforts.

A Baton Rouge native, LaTonya is a graduate of Southern University A&M. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a Master’s degree in public relations. She has a background in news media, having worked at WAFB Channel 9 News for 5 years as a morning news producer.

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Daphney Young, Senior Program Specialist, manages the New Orleans AARP Community Resource Center, leads the Age-Friendly initiative, and coordinates volunteer service for the State Office.

Daphney joins AARP after spending nearly 20 years as a senior-level manager and professional recruiter, trainer, facilitator, and educator. She is known for creating positive learning environments by building a high degree of rapport with participants and leadership. She is also highly skilled at responding quickly to emerging needs and trends in today’s society. A skill that will be highly valued at AARP!

Daphney was born in Buffalo, NY but has lived in New Orleans for over 35 years. She is a graduate of Xavier University where she earned her Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, and a graduate of Dillard University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Secondary Education. She is an active member and E- Board Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She is also a proud board member of Le Sanctuary Book Club & District 2 Community Enhancement Corporation.


Vanessa Eiland is the Senior Operations Associate, managing the day-to-day operations of the state office. Prior to joining AARP, Vanessa was with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Louisiana State Office (CFF). While at CFF she was the Administrative Manager and did the day to day office operations, and helped in the logistics of organizing events and volunteers.

Vanessa has a passion for volunteering and being a part of the community. She has volunteered on the elementary, middle school, and high school levels of local robotics clubs, and also volunteers on the regional level for FIRST Robotics Louisiana – Mississippi for the last eight years. She also volunteers at different community events, and at CFF events.

Vanessa has lived in the Baton Rouge community for the last 25 years. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.

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