Alma resides in Thibodaux, Louisiana, where she is employed by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) as their Education/Outreach Coordinator. She has worked in marine education and research for 25 years. Alma strives to create sustainable schools by helping to start recycling programs in the schools within the BTNEP area. She coordinates the Bayou Lafourche Cleanup with the help of over 1,000 volunteers working a 106 mile stretch of the bayou every year. She also manages students and volunteers in the Citizen Science program to record marine debris accumulations on Elmer's Island each month.
Treasurer: Lisa Mahoney, Baton Rouge
Lisa is a New Iberia native and received her B.S. in Environmental & Sustainable Resources at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She currently holds the title of Recycling Manager for the City of Baton Rouge and previously served as Recycling Supervisor for Lafayette Consolidated Government; both positions charged with overseeing the municipalities' residential recycling programs, including single stream curbside collection and household hazardous waste materials management. Through partnerships, networking and volunteer support, Lisa now provides educational outreach programs and long term strategies for organizations and the East Baton Rouge Parish community, to assist with the development of integrated solid waste management planning.
Secretary: Rachel Skowyra, New Orleans
Rachel resides in New Orleans and works as the Recycling Coordinator at Waste Connections. Through this position, Rachel tracks recycling participation in Jefferson Parish, helps to provide recycling at events, and works to bring educational programs to the parish. She also volunteers as a project leader with YLC Recycles in New Orleans. For the last two years, through this volunteer position, Rachel worked to bring recycling to the Mardi Gras parade route. The program, which was largely successful in both diverting waste and educating the public, was highlighted in National Geographic. Rachel is also a board member for Keep New Orleans Beautiful and holds a B.S. in Urban Studies from Worcester State University.
Christina Duggar, Jefferson Parish
Christina Duggar is the Administrative Management Specialist III for the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs. Serving in this capacity, she is responsible for writing grants, developing and monitoring programs, and responding to citizen concerns. She spends time researching and developing waste reduction and recycling initiatives; as well as fostering and coordinating new ideas and concepts for sustainability in the Parish’s solid waste management efforts. Additionally, she manages aspects of the Parish extended recycling drop sites, works to coordinate a bi-annual household hazardous waste days for residents, organizes festival and event recycling, and serves as a member of the Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful board. Most recently, KJPB was awarded a Healthy Communities Grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful to implement a residential compost collection project to be offered at local farmer’s markets.
Brian is the executive vice president of business development at IntegriCo Composites, located in Sarepta, La. He joined the firm in May 2019 and oversees raw material procurement, operations and sales. He has over 28 years of experience in the recycling industry. Before IntegriCo, Gaughan was the general manager of Georgia-Pacific Plastics Division, where he increased profits and executed a new platform for the business that led to tremendous savings. He also was a founding partner at Greenstar North America, and has worked at Waste Management, Enron Pulp and Paper and Smurfit-Stone Container Company.
Jodie Kimball, Baton Rouge
Jodie Kimball graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Staten Island, NY. She has been with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality since 2002 working as an Environmental Scientist in various programs including Regulation Development, State Implementation Plan, Emissions Inventory, Solid Waste Permits, and the Environmental Scientist Manager over Waste Permits. Jodie is currently a Senior Staff Scientist in the Waste Tire Section of Waste Permits Division, Office of Environmental Services of LDEQ.
Ivy Mathieu, St. John Parish
Ivy is currently a retiree who is enjoying volunteering to pursue two of her passions: nurturing and developing people and the environment. She is involved with the Human Services subcommittee for the St. John Road to Recovery after Hurricane Isaac, as well a subcommittee member of Lead the Coast (LTC), and an appointed member of the St. John Parish Coastal Advisory Committee. Mathieu has 35 plus years experience as a Human Resources Leader including Training & Development, and Risk Management in the telecommunications and health care industries. She previously has served on the boards of Big Brothers/Big Sisters (and became a Big Sister), United Way Allocation, and on the Human Resource subcommittee of Dress for Success. Additionally, Ivy was formerly a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer after retiring. Mathieu is a proud graduate of Xavier University and she enjoys fishing, yard work, recycling and being a good steward to the planet earth!
Skyra Rideaux, Lafayette
Skyra serves as an Assistant to the Mayor-President of Lafayette. In this role, she manages the Project Front Yard initiative, a program responsible for facilitating community planning and initiatives related to beautification and waste reduction; identifying and fostering neighborhood preservation and revitalization opportunities; and implementing projects that affect the quality of life for the citizens of Lafayette Parish. Skyra hold a B.A. in Public Relations from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a 2015 Acadiana Top 20 Under 40 honoree, a graduate of Leadership Lafayette Class 28, and a graduate of Leadership Louisiana Class 2017.
Susan Russell, Mandeville
As the Executive Director for Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB), Susan brings 24 years of experience in non-profit program development, management, marketing, and fundraising through Keep Mandeville Beautiful, Volunteers of America of Greater New Orleans, and Louisiana Special Olympics. As Executive Director of KLB, Susan leads the anti-litter, recycling, and community enhancement charge throughout the state. With a statewide network comprised of 40 affiliates and over 35,000 volunteers, KLB targets all segments of our community to bring about behavioral, attitudinal, and cultural change through personal responsibility and actions. Susan has lived in Mandeville for the past 18 years.
Emily Shute, Lafayette
Emily Shute is a Project Coordinator for the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA). Her focus is to improve Lafayette’s quality of life attributes and sustainability efforts to attract and retain businesses and talent. Emily is active in organizations such as Healthy Acadiana, Project Front Yard, Lafayette Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and serves as a board member of Acadiana Food Alliance. Emily was born and raised in Crowley, Louisiana and currently resides in Lafayette with her husband, Benjamin Shute, and three sons. After teaching pre-school English for four years in Saudi Arabia, Emily returned to Lafayette to work toward a longtime goal of a earning a degree in business. In 2018, she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Minor in Entrepreneurship.
Bryan Smith, New Orleans
Brian works as a civil engineer at Pivitol Engineering in New Orleans.