• Bio: 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 culture, which she loves sharing... Read More
  • 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 of the Red Stick, you can... 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 cjay@sbctb.org.
  • Author: Farrah Reyna
    Bio: Farrah Reyna is the former communication director for the Natchitoches Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. When she's not eating the region’s famous meat pies, Farrah enjoys exploring other parts of the state in search of new cuisine, art, music and festival experiences.
  • 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 music. Jeff, his electric... 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 can find Jo studying... Read More
  • 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 December 2014. He has... 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 All-American Road and cooking... 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 enthusiastically shares her discoveries... Read More
  • Bio: 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 she loves, Snow can be... Read More
  • Bio: 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 Amber, who is named for the... Read More