Jason Bonaventure, Alsie Dunbar and David Herring have joined the board of The Ascension Fund.

Founded in 1991 with a mission to enhance public education in Ascension Parish, The Ascension Fund has awarded over $1.3 million representing approximately 1,137 grants to date, a news release said. The grants, which range from $500 to $1,000 for Teacher Grants or $2,500 for School Impact Grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis.

Bonaventure is owner of the Bonaventure Law Firm, with locations in Baton Rouge and Gonzales. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Baton Rouge Bar Association. He is a graduate of the 2015 Leadership Ascension Program and a member of the East Ascension Rotary Club. He serves as a mentor for the preteen ministry at Fellowship Church and advancement coordinator for Boy Scout Troop 419 in Prairieville.

Dunbar is a lifelong resident of Ascension Parish. She has served various roles throughout her 17-year in the chemical industry. She works in process and technology at Shell/Motiva Enterprises LLC. Dunbar is the founder of the STEM GEMS Mentoring Project, which promotes the interest of girls excelling in math and science through mentoring and encouraging them to pursue careers and advanced degrees in STEM majors, where women and minorities are underrepresented.

Dunbar is a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Ascension Program and a member of several community and professional organizations, including the East Ascension Rotary Club. She serves on the board for Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition Advisory Board, COEA-the Arc of Ascension and Ascension Minority Business Association.

Herring is the customer services representative at Entergy, where he has been employed for 34 years. He has served on the board for the Ascension Chamber of Commerce, United Way Loaned Executive and is a graduate of the Leadership Calcasieu Program. He is the president elect of the Gonzales Rotary Club.

For information, to apply for a grant or to make a donation to The Ascension Fund, visit www.ascensionfund.com or contact Jennifer deFrances, executive director, at (225) 290-3322.