LTA introduces the 2019 class of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy

Louisiana Travel Association introduces the 2019 class of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy

Alexandria, La. (Jan. 28, 2019) – The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) announced the 2019 class of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy (LTLA) at its Annual Membership Meeting on Jan. 24 in Alexandria.

The goal of LTLA is to further educate those within the tourism industry by developing their leadership skills, strengthening their communication networks and informing them about the responsibilities of leadership in building and enriching their tourism-related organizations. Class members will participate in six class sessions and tackle group projects throughout the year, while learning from the experiences of seasoned tourism professionals.

“LTA is proud to announce this group of 24 individuals who represent all areas of the state and all aspects of the tourism industry,” said Jill Kidder, LTA President and CEO. “We’re excited to see how the program will impact each of them both personally and professionally.”

The 2019 class of LTLA includes:

  • Jerrica Bennett, Monroe-West Monroe CVB
  • Buddy Boe, River Parishes Tourist Commission  
  • Alia Casborne, City of Mandeville
  • Kimberly Chauvin, David Chauvin’s Seafood Co.
  • Melissa Chiasson-Durocher, Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou
  • Matthew Cope, Louisiana Office of Tourism
  • Kylie Gravois, Tour Ascension
  • Serena Gray, Webster Parish CVB
  • Jessica Henry, Lafayette CVC
  • Phillip Lawrence, Bikila the Warrior
  • Jill Leo, Natchitoches Historic Business Association
  • Jennifer Mamon, Ruston Lincoln CVB
  • Colten Miller, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB
  • Lydia Mulero,
  • Joni Pitre Duet, Houma Area CVB
  • William Precht, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB
  • Ethan Rodrigue, Laura Plantation
  • Ann Savage, Alexandria-Pineville Area CVB
  • Chelsey Sharplin, Holiday Inn Alexandria Downtown
  • Lauryn Sharplin, Holiday Inn Express Natchitoches
  • Katherine Simon Andry, Zehnder Communications
  • Bobbie Smith, Houma Area CVB
  • Carla Tate, Tangipahoa Parish CVB
  • Anna White, Louisiana Travel Association

About the Louisiana Travel Association

LTA is a trade association leading and strengthening Louisiana’s vibrant tourism industry through promotion, education and advocacy on behalf of our members. Tourism generated $1.8 billion for Louisiana in 2017 and employs more than 236,000 people throughout the state. For more information, visit