• Bio:

    Aly Velasquez has lived in Shreveport-Bossier for 7 years. When she's not attending class at Centenary College of Louisiana or interning at the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, she can be found hanging out at an art gallery or playing video games.

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    Ashley Herrick is the assistant director of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. She grew up in Ponchatoula and spent her summers making cardboard castles and eating ice cream at her grandparents’ sno-ball stand. After living abroad in Wales, Nova Scotia and France, Herrick is even more aware of Louisiana’s unique and vibrant... Read More

  • Barry Landry
    Author: Barry Landry
    Bio:

    Barry Landry is the director of communications for the Louisiana Office of Tourism. Prior to working in tourism, he spent six years with the Louisiana Department of Education and nearly 20 years in television news, serving as a producer, reporter and assistant news director, garnering numerous awards along the way. Away from the... Read More

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    Caitlin Bussey is the communications manager at the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission. The Eunice native has a degree in hospitality management and tourism with a concentration in culinary arts.

  • Author: Cathy Juarez
    Bio:

    Cathy Juarez is the destination content manager for Visit Baton Rouge. Though born and raised in New Orleans, Juarez fell in love with Baton Rouge during her time as an LSU undergraduate. Juarez is passionate about Louisiana tourism, and knows that “The Boot” is the best state in the country. When she’s not promoting the ins and outs... Read More

  • Author: Chris Jay
    Bio:

    Chris Jay has spent his entire life in northwest Louisiana, having lived in Springhill, Natchitoches, and Shreveport-Bossier. Chris blogs about Shreveport-Bossier’s restaurant scene and events. When he’s not working, he’s likely walking his Bassett Hound, Bowser, or catching a movie or a rock show downtown. Chris can be reached at... Read More

  • Bio:

    Connie Silva is a marketing specialist with the Louisiana Office of Tourism. With her Cajun heritage and lifelong passion for travel, promoting the great state of Louisiana is the perfect fit. An LSU graduate with ties to Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Terrebonne Parish, it’s her opinion that red beans and rice (with cornbread) make any... Read More

  • Author: Elise Curole
    Bio:

    Elise Curole is a junior at Louisiana State University majoring in public relations and minoring in business administration. As a past Louisiana festival queen, it should come as no surprise that our great state is her first love. In continuing her passion for promoting Louisiana, Elise aspires to a career in the tourism industry.... Read More

  • Author: Jeff Richard
    Bio:

    Jeff Richard is a public information officer with the Louisiana Office of Tourism. As a Louisiana native, when he’s not assisting travel journalists from around the world in their efforts to promote Louisiana, Jeff likes to explore Louisiana swamps (preferably in an airboat) and venues, festivals and attractions showcasing Louisiana... Read More

  • Jerrica Bennett
    Bio:

    Jerrica Bennett is a Communications Assistant at the Monroe-West Monroe Conventions and Visitors Bureau. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a degree in Public Relations. Having grown up in Ouachita Parish, she finds it easy to share her love for Monroe-West Monroe to tourists and locals alike. At the CVB,... Read More

  • Author: Jo Banner
    Bio:

    Jo Banner is a proud Creole from southeast Louisiana and serves as communication manager and film coordinator for New Orleans Plantation Country. Even as a lifelong resident, she is still enamored with the historical homes, moss covered oak trees and delicious cuisine of the region. When she’s not enjoying strolls along the levee, you... Read More

  • Author: Joey Pierce
    Bio:

    Joey Pierce is the communications manager for the Houma Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Born and raised in Louisiana’s Bayou Country, Joey enjoys cooking and spending time with his family in the great outdoors.

  • Author: Leigh Wright
    Bio:

    Leigh Wright is an everyday explorer with a passion for people and places. Her purpose is to educate others to be better adventurers. Her professional focus is on behavioral economics, brand strategy, and ethnography.
    She is an Associate of The Explorers Club, hub founder of Travel + Social Good - New Orleans, a contributor to... Read More

  • Bio:

    We’re a merry band of crawfish eating, brass band loving, Bayou State traveling, king cake connoisseurs. Read along and share our joie de vivre for Sportsman’s Paradise.

  • Author: Matthew Day
    Bio:

    Matthew Whitney Day manages outreach and special projects for the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development. Born in Thibodaux and raised in Ascension Parish, Day revels in the inimitable culture of Louisiana. He now calls the state capital home and looks forward to graduating from LSU with a master’s degree in public administration in... Read More

  • Author: MC Iles
    Bio:

    MC Iles is a communication assistant in the Office of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne. She grew up across the Mississippi River in Natchez, Mississippi, but she calls Louisiana home. Attending her first LSU football game at six weeks old, there was no question of where her college football loyalties would lie. When not in the office... Read More

  • Bio:

    Megan Hartman is a lifelong resident of southwest Louisiana and the senior marketing manager at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. Megan was in a duck blind by the age of two but has never mastered the art of calling. She enjoys boating in the Calcasieu River, crabbing along the Creole Nature Trail... Read More

  • Author: Renee Kientz
    Bio:

    Renee Kientz, a former journalist, is now having more fun as St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission’s head of communication. Kientz wrote for Texas newspapers and magazines before returning to Louisiana to rediscover her glorious home state, especially the area above Lake Pontchartrain known as Louisiana’s Northshore. She... Read More

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    Sharon Broussard by day promotes Louisiana’s State Parks and Historic Sites. At night and on weekends, she can be found enjoying a wonderfully landscaped backyard, courtesy of her husband, and coming up with ways to embarrass their preteen son.

  • Author: Sheila Snow
    Bio:

    Sheila Snow is the vice president of communication at the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a lifelong resident of northeast Louisiana’s Ouachita Parish. She is a University of Louisiana at Monroe alumna and lives in West Monroe with her husband, two children and two dogs. When she’s not promoting the hometown... Read More

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    Vicki Bristol is the communications manager at the New Orleans CVB and an eighth-generation New Orleanian. When she is not at work assisting media in understanding the rhythm and rhyme of New Orleans, she can be found between Napoleon and Louisiana Avenues and along Magazine Street popping into boutiques and bars with her dog Abita... Read More

  • Will-Precht
    Author: Will Precht
    Bio: William Precht is the media relations specialist for the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention... Read More