Larry Simon is a Regional Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, a Rotarian, and an animal rescuer. He is an alumnus of Louisiana State University, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and Rady Children’s Hospital's Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship in San Diego, CA.
An active Rotarian, Larry serves as President of the Rotary Club of Lafayette-North and Program Chair for the 2020 District Conference. His additional civic work includes chairing the 2019 Healthcare Campaign of the United Way of Acadiana and serving on the Advisory Councils of the Louisiana State University Ogden Honors College, the Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center. He also sits on the Boards of Directors of Beacon Community Connections and Junior Achievement of Acadiana, and he and his wife, Lindsay, are major donors to the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Hilliard Art Museum.
Larry lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his wife Lindsay and their many dogs. Together, they founded the LMS Animal Rescue Foundation in 2015. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that operates RuffRider Transports and is dedicated to the fostering and rescuing of animals nationwide. RuffRider partners with numerous other rescues and shelters in Louisiana to organize large transports to the Northeast and Midwest Typical transports are anywhere from 30-50 dogs. RuffRider also fosters around 6-10 dogs at a time. Larry and Lindsay focus on dogs that will be difficult to place (heartworms, anxiety, fear, not housebroken, etc.). They work with the dogs to help them overcome these obstacles and then transport them to their furever homes. Going into their fifth year, RuffRider saved nearly 2,000 dogs from euthanasia in 2018 and 2019, and is on track to save another 1,000 dogs in 2020.