Louisiana Capital Area-West

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The Louisiana Capital-West Chapter supports the Capital Area, Acadiana and Southwest Louisiana, while collaborating across the statewide region.

Locations and Contact Information

Louisiana Capital Area
4655 Sherwood Common Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Phone: (225) 291-4533

Southwest Louisiana
3512 Kirkman St.
Lake Charles, LA 70607
Phone: (337) 478-5122

Acadiana (Lafayette area)
101 N. Pat St.
Scott, LA, 70583
Phone: (337) 234-7371

Merri Alessi, Capital West Chapter Executive
Contact via Email
(225) 456-5500

Louisiana Capital Area Board of Directors

  • Chair: Ruark Chick, Jones Walker
  • Chair Elect: Desiree Lemoine, The TJC Group
  • Immediate Past Chair: Karen Eddlemon, Dow Chemical
General Membership
  • Lucie Agosta, Woman's Hospital
  • Dan Bosse, FC Tech
  • Rick Bourgeois, Malco Theatres Inc.
  • Patrick Browne, Belle of Baton Rouge
  • Steve Carville, M.J. Womack Construction
  • Steve Chiccarelli, Baker Donelson
  • Julie Fay, BASF
  • David Fremin, Price LeBlanc Lexus
  • John Fenner III, Turner Industries
  • Neal Gladner, Louisiana Radio Network
  • Ronnie Haliburton, LSU Athletic Department
  • Steve Huggins, Hannis T. Bourgeois
  • Leigh King, Cox Communications
  • Margaret McGarity, Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs
  • Patrick Mulhearn, Celtic Studios
  • Regi Mullins, community volunteer
  • Sheila Pounders, Entergy
  • Jim Risher, Ameriprise Financial
  • Ashley Sikes, ServePro
  • Dale Songy, Coleman Partners Architects
  • Celeste Viator, Hannis T. Bourgeois, LLP
  • Jack Whitehead, Whitehead Law Firm
  • Kristin Whitty, Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Butch Browning, Louisiana State Fire Marshal
  • Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police
  • Gen. Russel Honoré, General Honoré LLC

Acadiana Board of Directors

  • Chair: Charles H. “Buddy” Schilling II, Schilling Distributing
  • Immediate Past Chair: Andrew Duhon, Lafayette Utility Services
General Membership
  • Nick Cahanin, The Picard Group
  • Blake Cormier, Capital One
  • David Cortez, Evergreen Working Capital
  • Charles Fenstermaker, C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates
  • William R. Finley, Aquila LLC
  • Joseph Johnson, Brown & Brown Louisiana Inc.
  • Elizabeth LeBlanc, Acadian Ambulance
  • Bernadette Lee, KPEL
  • David J. Matthews IV, Landry Harris & Co.
  • Jeremy Morrow, Neuner Pate
  • Allyson Pellerin, Lafayette Utilities Service
  • Bill Rodier, St. Landry Parish Economic Development
  • Frankie Savoy, Resource Environmental Services
  • Creig Shute, Emergency Group of Lafayette
  • Brett Venable, Lafayette Chiropractic Physicians Group