LTA introduces the 2020 class of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy

Louisiana Travel Association introduces the 2020 class of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy


Charenton, La. (Feb. 17, 2020) – The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) announced the 2020 class of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy (LTLA) at its Annual Membership Meeting on Jan. 30 in Charenton.

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 23 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 2020 class of LTLA includes:

  • William Bloom, Louisiana Office of Tourism
  • Holly Cope-Lynn, City of Broussard
  • Gina Ann DePingre', Shreveport-Bossier CTB
  • Nancy Dessens, Renaissance Publishing
  • Jill Dryden, The Advocate
  • Kathryn Shea Duncan, Lake Charles/Southwest CVB
  • Lindsey Frugé, Houma Area CVB
  • Kaitlyn Gallegos, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB
  • Pamela Hayes, Office of Lt. Governor
  • Jessica Hebert, LBA Hospitality
  • Emilee Hoenes, Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana CVB
  • Annie Irvin, Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden
  • Tara Lusignan, New Orleans & Company
  • Lizzie Elvig Moss, The Myrtles Plantation
  • Abbey Palagi, New Orleans & Company
  • Steven Perrilloux, Historic Riverlands Tour
  • Brittany Perrin, Airboat Adventures
  • Mike Roebuck, Lafayette CVC
  • Julie Rogers, DeSoto Parish Tourist Bureau
  • Bill Sherman, Office of Lt. Governor
  • Amber Slinin, LBA Hospitality
  • Anna Strider, St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission
  • Jerianne Fitzgerald Thomas, Alexandria-Pineville Area CVB


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 $1.9 billion for Louisiana in 2018 and employs more than 237,200 people throughout the state. For more information, visit