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.”
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.
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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.


P.J. Demarie, III


Donny Latiolais


Bonnie Lewis


Jill Mastrototaro


Advisory Council


Nelwyn McInnis


Frank Neelis


Britain Sledge III