LTA introduces the 2021 class of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy

Louisiana Travel Association introduces the 2021 class of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy

Baton Rouge, La. (Feb. 1, 2021) – The Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) announced the 2021 class of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy (LTLA) at its Annual Meeting on Jan. 26 in Baton Rouge.

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 21 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 2021 class of LTLA includes:

  • Christopher Aucion-Melohn, St. Charles Public School - Lafon Arts Center
  • Sibyl B Cannon, Tangipahoa CVB
  • Ray Cloutier, Lafayette CVC/TRAIL
  • Sondra Corbitt, Houma Area CVB
  • Liz Crews, Shreveport CTB
  • Anne Cummins, Natchitoches CVB
  • Chantel Deville, Houma Area CVB
  • Sarah Hill, Louisiana's Northshore/St. Tammany
  • Tara Johnson, Visit Lake Charles
  • Kristen Kelly Shiver, Visit Lake Charles
  • Amy Lee, Cane River National Heritage Area
  • Eugenie Mitchell, Lafayette CVC
  • Stephanie O'Rourke, Sleep Inn- AZM Hospitality
  • Serena Pandos, Visit BR/La Arts and Science Museum
  • Jady Regard, Cane River Pecan Company
  • Kelly Shane Wells, Tangi Parish Government
  • Lisa Thibodaux, Visit BR/MPowerZone
  • Aly Velasquez, Shreveport CTB
  • Andre Watkins, River Parish Tourist Commission
  • Addison White, Monroe- West Monroe CVB
  • Abby Wise, Monroe- West Monroe 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 $1.92 billion for Louisiana in 2019 and employs more than 242,200 people throughout the state. For more information, visit