Executive Committee

Jay head shot

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.
Rick Wilke 2017

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.

Board Members at Large

dana boutwell

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.
Lauren Field - cropped

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.


David Campbell


P.J. Demarie, III


Carol Giardina


Donny Latiolais


Bonnie Lewis




Advisory Council


Jill Mastrototaro


Nelwyn McInnis


Frank Neelis


Michael Sharp


Britain Sledge III