Executive Committee

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Dr. Jay Addison, CEO

A founding member, CEO & Past President of Land Trust for Louisiana, Jay and his wife Ellen own Pine Knoll Farm located on the Scenic Tangipahoa River. Besides being active in his veterinarian profession, Dr. Addison 

also serves on the Executive Committee of the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, a partnership of both national and local land trusts along the Gulf of Mexico from Corpus Christi, TX to Naples, FL.  An avid sportsman, Jay’s childhood of following his dad in the outdoors led to a life’s interest in conservation. Extensive travels throughout the U.S. have given him the opportunity to see first hand how other areas preserve their land.
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Rick Wilke, President

Rick is a native of New Orleans and a St. Tammany resident since 1994.  He is a graduate of Tulane University and holds an MBA degree from the University of New Orleans.  Prior to forming his own consulting

firm in 1992, he spent over twenty-five (25) years with a major multi-national corporation in various supervisory and technical positions.  Rick retired in January 2000 to have the time to devote to community and civic interests. He has served as president of various professional and civic organizations and is currently vice president of the Northlake Nature Center Board. Rick has also served on several local and national professional and civic committees.  Rick’s main focuses are nature, the environment, and land use issues related to sensible growth for St. Tammany to preserve and enhance quality of life.

Walter Antin, Jr. (“Bud”), Vice-President

Bud is a Tax Attorney with the Antin Law Firm. He has BA, MBA, and JD degrees from Tulane University and an LL.M. (in Taxation) from New York University. Besides serving as  a tax attorney, Bud is a Board Certified

Tax Specialist and a board Certified Estate Planning Administration Specialist.  He also maintains his license as a Louisiana certified public accountant.

Marsha O’Brien, Secretary

A native of Southeast Louisiana, Marsha is a certified project manager and MBA. As a long-time supporter of the Land Trust Alliance and The Nature Conservancy, Marsha has also served on the Stewardship Committee

of the Catawba Lands Conservancy of North Carolina since 2003, and has volunteered with other land trusts and non-profit boards.

Edward Burns, Treasurer

Ed has served under various civic and professional organizations such as the Hammond Rotary Club, Louisiana Society of CPAs, Hammond Chamber of Commerce, and City Club of  Hammond. Ed has earned 

a CPA degree from LSU and runs his own accounting firm.  Ed was born and raised in Hammond, LA, and, along with his wife Lisa, they have two children.
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Michael Sharp, Executive Committee Member At-Large

Mike retired as President of First Guaranty Bank in December of 2012. He currently manages United Country Real Estate/Sharp Outdoors. United Country is a real estate brokerage firm specializing in land and

recreational properties. Sharp Outdoors is a franchise of United Country Real Estate.

Board Members at Large

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Dana Boutwell

Dana Boutwell has many years of experience working as a fundraiser in the non-profit sector, both as a staff member and a volunteer. A good portion of her career has focused on national and international issues of

  conservation, environment and sustainable economic development at The Nature Conservancy, World Resources Institute in DC, and EARTH University in Costa Rica. She now restores historic homes in Louisiana and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. She and her husband Gary, along with their golden retriever, Katie, reside in Madisonville.
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David Campbell

David is one of our newest board members, who was born in Arizona, grew up in Texas and then first came to Louisiana for Law school.  David’s first interest in conservation began with active involvement

in historic preservation in New Orleans in 1965 while practicing as an attorney.  He has a BA from North Texas University, J.D. from Tulane University, and D.Phil.in  Law from Oxford University.  David has served on Louisiana Landmark’s Society, Preservation Resource Center, Sierra Club, Louisiana and National Audubon Society and Folsom Native Plant Society, just to name a few.  He also served on the “New Directions 2025” Committee which is St. Tammany’s effort at long-range planning and developed “Little River Bluffs”, a nature and preserve and retreat near the Tchefuncte River, which has an emphasis on environmental tourism, located in Folsom, Louisiana.  David has just published “The Double Life – A Survivor’s Guide to Transcend Success and Tragedy” where conservation and other issues are discussed in length.  Davids says “the best conservation can be found in preservation and re-use of the built environment as a best alternative and option, to help conserve natural lands.”
Mark Davis

Mark Davis

Mark is a Senior Research Fellow at Tulane University Laws and Policy at the the Law School.  He founded the Institute in 2007.  He also served as General Counsel at the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation. He is an adjunct

assistant professor of law at Tulane where he teaches water resources law and policy.  Mark has written and lectured widely on matters related to coastal and water resource management and has testified before the White House and Congressional Panels on numerous occasions.  He has been recognized for his work with a Louisiana Legend Award from the Louisiana Environmental Action Network and an Environmental Hero Award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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P. J. Demarie, III

P.J. is in the health and life insurance industry and is a Member Agent with the Natutilus Group.  P.J. is very active in the St. Tammany community.  As former state President of Ducks Unlimited and an active member

of that organization, he offers a wide repertoire of non-profit and fundraising experiences to Land Trust for Louisiana.
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Lauren Field

Lauren Field, a native of Baton Rouge, has lived in St. Francisville since 1992.  Lauren is a 1988 graduate of LSU’s college of Agriculture, School of Home Economics with a Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising.

Lauren serves at Executive Director of St. Francisville Area Foundation, a non-profit Community Foundation.  She and her husband, Rob Field have raised their four children in beautiful West Feliciana Parish.  Lauren is a member of St. Francisville Rotary Club, West Feliciana Port Commission, West Feliciana Volunteer Response & Recovery Foundation, Keep West Feliciana Beautiful, and is a “Reader Leader” volunteer at Bains Lower Elementary.


Carol Giardina

Carol Giardina

Carol is one of our newest board members who is a New Orleans native and graduated from Charity Hospital School of Nursing.  She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing at Loyola University

  of New Orleans and is Board Certified in Infection Prevention & Control.  Carol retired in 2010 from a long nursing career and is currently a board member of the Lake Catherine Civic Association (LLCA) as well as past president. She attends CWPPRA Technical Committee meetings and provides public and/or written comments on behalf of the LCCA to support individual coastal and wetland restoration projects in the community.  Carol is a longtime resident of Lake Catherine Community and has a growing interest and passion for preserving and restoring coastal communities.  When Carol is not busy with family and pursuing civic and coastal interests, she says that “she tries not to be the worst golfer on the course.”  Carol is a wife and mother of three.

Bridget Kelly

Bridget Kelly has many years of experience working directly in the non-profit sector primarily in the areas of community health, chronic disease epidemiology, environmental and land use policies, renewable energy,

social justice, and food security. Most recently as a Program Officer for the Annenberg Foundation she led investigations and built working relationships with funders, representatives from the public and private sector, academia and social service systems in order to advance grant making agendas across a diverse portfolio. Currently, Bridget splits her time between Louisiana and California working with a variety of nonprofits tackling issues related to culture, sustainability, building a robust local food economy, land use, farming and public health. Bridget holds a master’s degree in public health from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College.
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Arthur Landry

Arthur is a Finance Executive with APR Consulting in Baton Rouge. He is a financial specialist, entrepreneur, and executive leader with over 20 years of experience impacting the performance and profitability of

organizations through expert orchestration of fiscal, business and operational platforms.  He has done extensive work with the Cattleman’s Association in the area of purchased development rights, and is well versed in the various tools for land conservation.

Penny Daigle

Lauren D. Field

Donny Latiolais

Bonnie Lewis

Jill Mastrototaro


Molly McGraw

Advisory Board


Nelwyn McInnis

Martin Morgan

Frank Neelis

Britain Sledge III

John Steib