Jay Dardenne
Commissioner, Division of Administration

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne has a long career of public service. Most recently Dardenne, an attorney, served as Louisiana’s lieutenant governor. Prior to that, he was secretary of state; a member of the Louisiana Senate for 15 years, where he chaired the Senate Finance Committee; and a member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Edwards administration.

Chip Kline
Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board Chairman

Chip Kline is the Executive Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Activities and Chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Board. In this position, Kline is responsible for coordinating and focusing the functions of all state agencies as they relate to integrated coastal protection. Since 2008, Kline has overseen the implementation of all policy matters related to Louisiana’s coastal program and has managed the day to day operations of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities.

Don Pierson
Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development

Don Pierson brings more than 27 years of economic development experience into his role as Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development under Governor Edwards. Prior to taking over as Secretary, he served as the Senior Director of Business Development LED and as Assistant Secretary and Chief Marketing Officer for the agency since January 2005. Before coming to LED, Pierson served for 17 years in the Shreveport/Bossier community as Executive Director of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation.

Dr. Chuck Brown
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

Dr. Chuck Brown brings more than 34 years of experience in environmental regulation, project management, emergency response, risk analysis, research, governmental relations and waste management to his role as Governor Edwards’ secretary of the Department of Environmental Quality. Prior to joining the Edwards administration, he served as the President and CEO of Brown and Associates, a private, global environmental consulting services firm based in Baton Rouge. Brown also served as the Vice President of Metro Services Group, a New Orleans firm with expertise and certifications in the areas of environmental services, construction/demolition and disaster response and recovery. 

Casey Tingle
Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Casey Tingles serves as the director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, directing all aspects of the agency’s homeland security and emergency and disaster preparedness and response for the state. The Shreveport native previously served as the deputy director/chief of staff and as the assistant deputy director for Hazard Mitigation Assistance for GOHSEP. Since starting at GOHSEP in 2009, Casey also served as assistant deputy director for management and finance and section chief for Finance, Budget, and Purchasing.

Courtney Phillips, Ph.D. 
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health

Dr. Phillips serves as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, returning to LDH after leading health departments in two other states.  In October 2018, Phillips became the first woman to serve as the executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services (HHS). Before joining Texas HHS, Phillips served as the chief executive officer of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and spent 12 years with LDH in a variety of roles. As executive commissioner of Texas HHS, Dr. Phillips oversaw the largest state agency with more than 40,000 employees, a $78.5 billion operating budget and more than 220 programs, ranging from health care, food safety and benefits to public health tracking and regulation of child care, nursing, and health care facilities. 

Ava Dejoie
Executive Director, Louisiana Workforce Commission

Ava Dejoie brings more than 15 years of leadership experience in public administration and workforce development to her role as Executive Director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. She served as the Statewide Rapid Response Coordinator for the Louisiana Workforce Commission since 2012. Before joining the Workforce Commission, Ava worked as the Business Liaison for the Louisiana Department of Education, the manager of the Avondale Employee Transition Center and as the Vice President of the Welfare to Work Partnership.

Jimmy LeBlanc
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections

Jimmy LeBlanc serves as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, a role which he has had since 2008. Previously, he served as the warden of the Dixon Correctional Institute, beginning in 1995. He has worked to promote public safety strategies aimed at reducing victimization and reducing the cost of incarceration while focusing on improving education, job skills and character-based training to reduce the rate of recidivism. He previously served as the Undersecretary for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections from 1992 to 1995, and from 1989 to 1992 he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary II for the Division of Enterprises.

Kevin Richard
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Revenue

Kevin Richard is a long-time Department of Revenue employee, who started with the agency in 1994 and has served as a tax auditor, manager and director, among other roles. Most recently, Richard served as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Revenue, beginning in January 2016. He is an alumnus of Southern University at New Orleans, earning degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. He has an MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce and is a licensed certified public accountant in both Louisiana and Texas.

Dr. Shawn Wilson
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Shawn Wilson serves as Governor Edwards’ Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Development. Prior to this appointment, he served as Chief of Staff for the department for the three previous secretaries, under two governors.

Colonel Lamar Davis
Superintendent, Louisiana State Police

Colonel Davis, a native of Baton Rouge, earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services from Southern University Baton Rouge and a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice from Southern University New Orleans. He began his career with Louisiana State Police in 1998 as a patrol Trooper assigned to Troop A in Baton Rouge. Colonel Davis has held career assignments in Patrol, Criminal Intelligence, Gaming Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, and Operational Development. Prior to his appointment, he served as Commander of the Technology and Business Support Section.

Joey Strickland
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs

Retired Col. Joey Strickland, a native of Tallulah, serves as the head of Louisiana’s Department of Veterans Affairs. Strickland is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army, having served two combat tours in Vietnam. He previously served as the Director of Louisiana Troops to Teachers, Director of Veterans Affairs under Governor Mike Foster, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs under Governor Kathleen Blanco. For five years, he led the Arizona Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jack Montoucet
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Jack B. Montoucet was appointed secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries by Gov. John Bel Edwards. From 2008 until his appointment Montoucet was a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 42 that includes Lafayette and Acadia parishes. The resident of Crowley is a retired Chief of the Lafayette Fire Department and former co-owner of Jacques Crocs and Farm Pride Processors.

Marketa Garner Walters
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

Marketa Garner Walters has worked for more than 20 years to improve the lives of children. From 1996 to 2004, Walters served as CEO of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana. In 2004, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco tapped her to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Social Services, Office of Community Services, which was Louisiana’s child welfare agency. After serving four years under Governor Blanco, and another year under Governor Bobby Jindal, Walters served as Director of the Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center, a national technical assistance center focused on best practices in child welfare. She served as a child welfare consultant until Governor John Bel Edwards appointed her Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services in January 2016.

Tom Harris
Secretary, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

Tom Harris is a member of the State Mineral and Energy Board. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology from the Tulane University School of Public Health. Tom was previously the Director of the Technology Assessment Division at the Department of Natural Resources since 2014 and also worked at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for 19 years. At the Department of Environmental Quality, he served as administrator, overseeing the remediation of contaminated sites from 2005 until early 2014.