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Parish Representatives

Via the powers granted by LEGISLATIVE ACT 858 and the strength of its membership, the Authority is uniquely positioned to facilitate construction and operation of passenger rail serving the Baton Rouge–New Orleans corridor.

New Orleans appointed four members on April 7, 2011:

  • Andy Kopplin, First Deputy Mayor & CAO
  • Cedric Grant, Executive Director Sewerage & Water Board
  • Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Chair of Rail Authority
  • Walt Leger, LA Representative, District 91

Baton Rouge appointed four representatives on October 10, 2012:

  • Joel Boé, Councilman
  • John Price, Assistant CAO
  • Cheri Ausberry, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
  • Connie Lewis, Gulf Coast BIDCO

Ascension Parish appointed four members on January 24, 2013:

  • Councilwoman Terri Casso, Ascension Parish Council, District 8
  • Councilman Travis Turner, Ascension Parish Council, District 3
  • Johnny Berthelot, Rep. District 88
  • Ryland Percy, Percy, Lanoux, Mumphrey & Martin Attorneys at Law

Jefferson Parish appointed four members on March 24, 2013:

  • Jim Hudson, Executive Vice President, Iberia Bank
  • Hon. Elton Lagasse, Jefferson Parish Councilman At Large, Div B
  • Kazem Alikhani, Jefferson Parish Director of Public Works
  • Mark Drewes, Jefferson Parish Director of Engineering

St. Charles Parish appointed four members on March 10, 2014:

  • Traci A. Fletcher, Council District VI
  • Billy Raymond, CAO (appointed 2/15/16)
  • Taryn Rogers, Valero Refinery
  • Michael Albert, Director of Planning and Zoning

St. John the Baptist Parish appointed four members on November 26, 2013:

  • Natalie Robottom, Parish President
  • Laverne Saulny, CAO (appointed 1-26-16)
  • Buddy Boe, Councilman (appointed 1-26-16)
  • Eliza Eugene, Economic Development Board member

St. James Parish appointed four members on January 21, 2015:

  • Ryan Donadieu, Planning and Permitting Supervisor
  • Michelle Octave, CAO
  • Jackie McCreary, Public Affairs Specialist, The Mosaic Company (appointed on 4-18-16)
  • Jason Amato, Councilman District 2 (appointed on 4-18-16)

Louisiana Designee from Southern Rail Commission:

  • Michael Jackson