Declare Hope

Board of Directors


Michelle Michaelis

Michelle grew up in Monroe, La, where her friendship with the Scott family blossomed through ballet classes with Jacie. She graduated from Louisiana State University, earning a BS in Kinesiology, and was a Tiger Girl (alongside Jacie), a Golden Girl and a Chi Omega.

Michelle has always possessed a love for helping others. This endearing quality is visible in her work as a territory manager for Horizon Pharma, and in the work she does to further the mission of Declare Hope.

“Declare Hope means embodying all of the characteristics of Mrs. Cathy Scott. Being determined, loving and optimistic about spreading awareness for pancreatic cancer and working towards finding new treatment options and a potential cure. We demand better for all of the people fighting this disease, and we declare hope for their family and friends.”


Megan payadue

Megan grew up in Marrero, La, where she spent an immeasurable amount of time making priceless memories with her “Auntie Cathy.” She earned a BS in Finance from Louisiana Tech University and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Megan has over 10 years of experience in the banking and lending industry. Her diligent nature carries over into her efforts with Declare Hope and has proven invaluable to turning our vision into reality.

“As a board member of Declare Hope, I want to uphold the legacy of Cathy Keller Scott through faith, community, family and love. It is with diligence that we continue to support research to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. I declare hope by offering support to families in the fight against pancreatic cancer.”


jasmine sanders

Jasmine grew up in Monroe, LA, where she also connected with Jacie and the Scott family through dance at an early age. She earned a BS in Biology from the University of South Alabama and a MSc in Tropical Marine Biology from the University of Essex in England.

Jasmine is an international NGO professional specializing in managing projects for the executive office of HIAS and strategically optimizing communication between their internal and external stakeholders. There’s no denying the passion she has for her work, and it’s one of the driving forces of Declare Hope.

“Serving on Declare Hope’s Board of Directors has been a dream come true and a wonderful way to honor Mrs. Cathy Scott. It’s not only brought another sense of purpose to leaving a footprint on this Earth and giving back to others, but it has also motivated me to spread even more awareness for pancreatic cancer.”