Advisory Council | LSU College of the Coast & Environment

Advisory Council


CC&E’s Advisory Council is dedicated to the creative development of the financial and intellectual resources of the college. The Advisory Council provides guidance in making the CC&E a responsive and effective partner with academia and private, corporate, and public sectors as it strives to fulfill its mission. The Advisory Council achieves these objectives by:

  • Assisting in raising funds to support the college;
  • Educating the community on CC&E’s mission and work;
  • Increasing the visibility and stature of the college among coastal and environmental leaders; and
  • Strengthening relationships with governmental agencies, academia and the private sector. 



Chris D'Elia, Professor and Dean
LSU College of the Coast & Environment
Baton Rouge, LA


Dr. Eric Abraham, Anesthesiologist
Louisiana Anesthesiology Group, LLC
Baton Rouge, LA


Tim Allen, General Manager
Apache, Corporation
Houma, LA


Aaron Bass, Principal Consultant
Chenier Environmental Consulting, LLC
Baton Rouge, LA


Lee Bloch, President
Bloch, Briggs & Associates, Inc.
Baton Rouge, LA


Tom Broom, Executive Account Manager
Gray, LA


Mark Byrnes, Principal Coastal Scientist and Co-Founder
Applied Coastal Research and Engineering
Mashpee, MA


Chett Chaisson, MPA, Executive Director
Greater Lafourche Port Commission
Cut Off, LA


Russ Chapman, Founding Dean
LSU College of the Coast & Environment
Baton Rouge, LA


Mark Davis, Senior Research Fellow and Director
The ByWater Institute
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA


David "Z Dave" Deloach, CEO
Deloach Marine
Port Allen, LA


Donnie Garrison, Sr. Operations Support Supervisor
Shell Pipeline Offshore Operations
Houma, LA


Joe Gelpi, ROV Special Projects
Morgan City, LA 


Jay Grymes, Chief Meteorologist
Baton Rouge, LA


Liz Hampton, Community Advocate
Baton Rouge, LA


Captain Steve Hathorn, President
New Orleans – Baton Rouge Pilots Association
New Orleans, LA


Drew Keeth, CEO
Honey Brake LTD
Jonesville, LA


Gary Laborde, President and CEO
Laborde Marine Lifts, Inc.
New Orleans, LA


Richard Lipsey, Chairman
Lipsey's, LLC
Baton Rouge, LA


Simone Maloz, Executive Director
Restore or Retreat, Inc.
Tibodaux, LA


Camp Matens, Chair, Government Relations
Coastal Conservation Association Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA


Charles "Trey" McCowan, Jr., Of Counsel and Chairman, CC&E Advisory Council
Kean Miller LLP
Baton Rouge, LA


Kenya LeNoir Messer, Ph.D., President and CEO
Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Baton Rouge, LA


David Norriss, Ph.D., Director of Environmental Affairs
Freeport-McMoran, Inc.
New Orleans, LA


James Ragland, Principal
Ragland Aderman & Associates
Baton Rouge, LA


Kimberly Davis Reyher, Executive Director
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
New Orleans, LA


Kenneth "Kenny" Smith, President & CEO
T Baker Smith, LLC
Houma, LA


Martin Svendson, Owner & Founder
Svendson Investment, LLC
Baton Rouge, LA


Robert Twilley, Executive Director
Louisiana Sea Grant College Program
Baton Rouge, LA


Ian Voparil, Business Impact & Continuity Manager Gulf of Mexico
Shell Exploration & Production Company
New Orleans, LA


Eloise Wall, Community Volunteer
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  


Bill Wilson, Of Counsel, Retired
Taylor Porter Brooks and Phillips, LLP
Baton Rouge, LA