Board Meetings

Audubon Nature Institute Board 2017 Meeting Dates:


Tuesday, January 17—8:00am
Zoo/President's Room

Tuesday, March 21—9:00am
Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

Tuesday, May 16—8:00am
Zoo/President's Room

Tuesday, July 25—12 noon Cancelled
Aquarium/Conference Room

Tuesday, September 26—8:00am
Zoo/President's Room

Tuesday, November 14—12 noon
Aquarium/Conference Room

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Board Members

Christopher Bardell

Christopher Bardell

Chairman, Audubon Nature Institute Board

Christopher Bardell

Chairman, Audubon Nature Institute Board
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Chris Bardell is the Owner/Operator of 12 McDonald’s restaurants in the Greater New Orleans area. What started as a part-time summer job at a McDonald’s restaurant in Laplace led to what has become a lifelong career.

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Lynes R. Sloss

Lynes R. Sloss

First Vice Chair, Audubon Nature Institute Board

Lynes R. Sloss

First Vice Chair, Audubon Nature Institute Board
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Lynes R. “Poco” Sloss is President and CEO of Bellwether Technology Corporation, a company he co-founded in 1980. 

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Mark C. Romig

Mark C. Romig

Second Vice Chair, Audubon Nature Institute Board

Mark C. Romig

Second Vice Chair, Audubon Nature Institute Board
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Mark Romig is President/CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. The city agency promotes New Orleans as a leisure tourism destination throughout the year.

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Willard Dumas

Willard Dumas

Recording Secretary, Audubon Nature Institute

Willard Dumas

Recording Secretary, Audubon Nature Institute
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Willard L. Dumas, Jr., D.D.S. received his B.S. from Xavier University of Louisiana and his D.D.S. from Howard University, Washington, D.C.

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K. Barton Farris, MD

K. Barton Farris, MD

Corresponding Secretary, Audubon Nature Institute

K. Barton Farris, MD

Corresponding Secretary, Audubon Nature Institute
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K. Barton Farris, MD is a partner with Delta Pathology Group, LLC. He is the Medical Director of the clinical laboratory at West Jefferson Medical Center, a position he has held since 1995.

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Vincent J. Palumbo

Vincent J. Palumbo

Treasurer, Audubon Nature Institute Board

Vincent J. Palumbo

Treasurer, Audubon Nature Institute Board
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Vincent Palumbo was born in Buffalo, New York and attended the University of Southern Alabama in Mobile.

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Wilmer Jacobs

Wilmer Jacobs

Parliamentarian, Audubon Nature Institute

Wilmer Jacobs

Parliamentarian, Audubon Nature Institute
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Joseph A. Jaeger, Jr.

Joseph A. Jaeger, Jr.

Immediate Past Chair
Audubon Nature Institute Board

Joseph A. Jaeger, Jr.

Immediate Past Chair
Audubon Nature Institute Board
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Joseph A. Jaeger Jr., President and CEO of The MCC Group, is committed to developing innovative projects that spur economic and community development. 

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Leah Brown

Leah Brown

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Leah Brown

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Leah Brown is the Interim Manager of Policy Government and Public Affairs for Chevron's Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. In this role, Leah manages Chevron's social investment, communications, and stakeholder outreach across the Gulf Coast.

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J. Hunter Cazes

J. Hunter Cazes

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

J. Hunter Cazes

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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J. Hunter Cazes is proud to be affiliated with Audubon Nature Institute and recently joined the board in September, 2016. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and works at Bollinger Enterprises, LLC. 

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Jennifer D. Charpentier, MD

Jennifer D. Charpentier, MD

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Jennifer D. Charpentier, MD

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Jennifer Dunlap Charpentier, “Jenny,” grew up in Fairfield, Texas and has lived in New Orleans since 1994. She graduated with a degree in psychology from Tulane University and later received her M.D. from Tulane School of Medicine.

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Henry L. Coaxum, Jr.

Henry L. Coaxum, Jr.

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Henry L. Coaxum, Jr.

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Henry L. Coaxum, Jr. began his career with McDonald’s as a manager trainee in 1984, and now owns seven restaurants in the New Orleans area. 

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Cecile V. Colhoun

Cecile V. Colhoun

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Cecile V. Colhoun

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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CeCe Colhoun (born Cecile Honoré Villere, c.1981) is the owner of CeCe Shoe, Inc and president of The Front Room, Inc. DBA Mimi New Orleans, both high-end retailers of women’s fashion and footwear since 2008.

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Leslie Gottsegen, DDS

Leslie Gottsegen, DDS

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board

Leslie Gottsegen, DDS

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board
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Leslie Parro Gottsegen, D.D.S., a native of Thibodaux, LA, attended LSU and graduated from LSU School of Dentistry in 1994. 

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Deirdre O. Hooper, MD

Deirdre O. Hooper, MD

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Deirdre O. Hooper, MD

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Dr. Deirdre O. Hooper is an honors graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Louisiana Tech University, where she graduated cum laude. 

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Stephen Kupperman

Stephen Kupperman

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Stephen Kupperman

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Stephen H. Kupperman is a founding member of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. He concentrates in the fields of class actions and complex litigation, commercial litigation, contract disputes, securities litigation and enforcement, and appeals.

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Dennis Lauscha

Dennis Lauscha

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Dennis Lauscha

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Dennis Lauscha was named president of the Saints and has also served as president of the New Orleans Pelicans since 2012.

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F. Theodore Le Clercq

F. Theodore Le Clercq

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board

F. Theodore Le Clercq

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board
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Frederic Theodore 'Ted' Le Clercq is a partner at Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles and practices labor and employment law, professional liability defense, civil rights litigation and constitutional law. He is the co-chair of the Labor & Employment Department for the firm. 

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Anne Long

Anne Long

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Anne Long

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Anne Elizabeth Brown Long grew up in Doswell, Virginia and has lived in New Orleans since 1994. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and moved to New Orleans after marrying William Paul Long.
 
 
Quentin L. Messer, Jr.

Quentin L. Messer, Jr.

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Quentin L. Messer, Jr.

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Quentin L. Messer, Jr. is President and CEO, New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA) leading economic development strategy for Orleans Parish.

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Peter Moss

Peter Moss

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Peter Moss

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Peter E. Moss, II was born and raised in New Orleans. He graduated from Isidore Newman High School and received his bachelors from Tulane University.

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J. Stephen Perry

J. Stephen Perry

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board

J. Stephen Perry

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board
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Under Stephen Perry’s direction, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has routinely been ranked as one of the top five CVBs in America and won multiple national awards for excellence. 

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Julie Quinn

Julie Quinn

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board

Julie Quinn

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board
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An attorney since 1992, Julie Quinn was elected in 2005 to serve in the Louisiana State Senate, representing New Orleans and a surrounding 4-parish area, chairing the Judiciary Committee and receiving numerous “Legislator of the Year” awards.

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Michael O. Smith

Michael O. Smith

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board

Michael O. Smith

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board
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After being shuttered for more than six years, Hyatt Regency New Orleans re-opened with Michael Smith as general manager on October 19, 2011. 

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Virginia F. Rowan

Virginia F. Rowan

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board

Virginia F. Rowan

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute Board
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Virginia Rowan is a graduate of Isidore Newman School and Vanderbilt University. She is the founder of Pelican Coast Neckwear, a local company created to raise funds and awareness for Louisiana’s disappearing wetlands. 

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Cleveland Spears III

Cleveland Spears III

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Cleveland Spears III

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Cleveland Spears III, a native New Orleanian, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of New Orleans, and ten years of professional experience in marketing, advertising, public relations and event.
 
 
Susan Stall

Susan Stall

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Susan Stall

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute


 

Bernard Van der Linden

Bernard Van der Linden

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Bernard Van der Linden

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Bernard Van der Linden was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands and has been a resident of New Orleans since 1959. He is married with three daughters and is actively engaged in the financial community. Mr. Van der Linden enjoys biking, tennis and bridge.
Katherine B. Werner

Katherine B. Werner

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Katherine B. Werner

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
 
Thomas D. Westfeldt II

Thomas D. Westfeldt II

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Thomas D. Westfeldt II

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Thomas Dugan Westfeldt II is President of Westfeldt Brothers, Inc., a green coffee import company in New Orleans, LA. In 1976, he became the fifth generation Westfeldt to work at Westfeldt Brothers. 
Qi Wiggins

Qi Wiggins

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute

Qi Wiggins

Board Member, Audubon Nature Institute
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Qi Wiggins has over 15 years of private business experience in media relations, advertising, volunteerism, strategic business planning, and program development.

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