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Officers 2023

President:   Julia Lightner - [email protected] 
Vice-President: Janna Wisniewski, Ph.D.
Treasurer:  Michele Mire, CPA [email protected]
Secretary:   Janell Simpson, Ph.D. [email protected]
Past President:  Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D.

Board of Directors 2023

(Date following name is expiration year for their term)

  • Meg Adams, retired civil engineer (2023)
  • Byron Almquist, owner Canoe and Trail Adventures (2024)
  • Andrew Barron, Senior Water Resource Coordinator & Quality Assurance Manager (2024)
  • Frank P. Boimare III, M.S., M.F.A., librarian (2023)
  • Ann Houston Butcher, Ph.D., MPH, LA natural heritage enthusiast (2023)
  • Kismet R. Collins, M.D., physician (2024)
  • Leonard (Tres) Fisher, III, Attorney (2023)
  • Alanna Frick, environmental educator (2024)
  • Albert P. (Rusty) Gaudé, Area Fishery Extension Agent (2025)
  • Rene Guas, MBA (2024)
  • Tanee Janusz, environmental educator and Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (2025)
  • Julia Lightner, President of the Board, biologist, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (2025)
  • Michael Massimi, Coastal Ecologist, Invasive Species Specialist (2025)
  • Marianne Maumus, M.D., Ochsner physician (2024)
  • Dinah Maygarden, MAST, environmental educator, 2020 Percy Viosca Outstanding Naturalist (2023)
  • Rue McNeill, Executive Director of Northlake Nature Center (2023)
  • Michele M. Mire, CPA, Treasurer of the Board, LA Master Gardener, native plant and wildlife enthusiast (2023)
  • Mary Mysing-Gubala, Ph.D., retired teacher (2025)
  • Ann Plicque, M. M., Gardener, outdoorswoman (2024)
  • Carol L. Rice, retired graphics designer (2024)
  • Robert (Bob) M. Rogers, Ph.D., retired marine biologist (2025)
  • Janell Simpson, Ph.D., Past-President of the Board, retired teacher (2024)
  • Rebecca Stilling, LCSW, social worker (2024)
  • Robert (Bob) A. Thomas, Ph.D., Professor (2023)
  • Janna M. Wisniewski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (2025)

Delegates to the Louisiana Master Naturalist Association Board

Robert A. (Bob) Thomas, Ph.D.
Ann Butcher, Ph.D., MPH
Janell Simspon, Ph.D.

Advisory Council

DONATA R. HENRY, Ph.D., ornithology, Tulane University
CRAIG HOOD, Ph.D., mammalogy, Loyola University
ZACK LEMANN, M.S. – spiders & insects, Audubon Nature Institute
DAVID P. MUTH, Louisiana State Director,
Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition,
National Wildlife Federation – 2017 Percy Viosca Outstanding Naturalist
MARK SCHEXNAYDER, Senior Scientist, Batture LLC