January 29, 2024



Madeline Brown, Louisiana Travel Association 



Tamaria Williams, Visit Baton Rouge    

(225) 382-3577


Gina Stephens graduates from Louisiana Tourism

Leadership Academy, Fallon Tullier and Bridget Gaffney

introduced as members of 2024 class


New Orleans, La.  – During its Annual Meeting this month, the Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) announced Gina Stephens, content marketing manager for Visit Baton Rouge, as a graduate of the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Class of 2023. This class has successfully completed LTA’s training program to continue educating the next generation of tourism professionals. Additionally, LTA introduced the 2024 class, which includes Visit Baton Rouge team members Fallon Tullier, research & technology manager, and Bridget Gaffney, client relationship manager.

The goal of LTLA is to further educate those within the tourism industry by developing their leadership skills, strengthening their communication networks and informing them about the responsibilities of leadership in building and enriching their tourism-related organizations. Class members participate in six class sessions and tackle group projects throughout the year, while learning from the experiences of seasoned tourism professionals.

“As we applaud our graduating class, we can’t help but be proud of each of their bright futures ahead. Throughout this program, each candidate has shown immense growth and passion for the tourism industry,” said Chris Landry, LTA President and CEO. “We are excited to welcome the next class of leaders in the tourism industry and look forward to watching our graduates continue to develop in their careers.”

The graduates of the 2023 Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy are as follows:

  • Kathleen Abels, Livingston Parish Tourism
  • Laura Atkinson, Bienvenue Mon Ami Bed & Breakfast
  • Tyrone Bufkin, Springhill Lafayette South
  • Caroline Byrne, Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
  • Olivia Celata, New Orleans & Co
  • Devan Corbello, West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission
  • Tyler Duplantis, Explore Houma
  • Lynley Farris, BREC
  • Rachel Gilbert, Ascension Parish Tourism
  • Shaninoor Hafez, Von Mack Agency
  • Shannon Hamm, Hotard Coaches, Inc
  • Megan Leblanc, St. Martin Parish Tourism
  • Tara Lusignan, New Orleans & Co
  • Arianna Mace, Propel Consulting LLC
  • Caroline Marcello, Lafayette CVC
  • Judy McCleary, Golden Nugget Casino
  • Millicent Norbert, City of Broussard
  • Allison Masterson, Monroe-West Monroe CVB
  • Cicely Parson, Shreveport-Bossier CTB
  • Brittany Perry, Divi Hospitality
  • Chris Post, City of West Monroe
  • Craig Price, Jr., Tangipahoa Parish CVB
  • Brady Renard, Visit Lake Charles
  • Devan Richoux, Visit the Northshore
  • Isabella Rubiano, Miles Partnership
  • Randy Whetstine, Jeff Davis Parish Tourist Commission
  • Desiree Frey, Shreveport Bossier CTB
  • Casey White, Cajundome


The future class of the 2024 Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy are as follows:

  • Eryn Loria, Von Mack Agency
  • Irene Hodge, Lafayette CVC
  • Allie Doss, Visit Shreveport Bossier
  • Amy Mathiew, Acadia Parish Tourism
  • Aubrey Caldwell, Visit Lake Charles
  • Rose Perrilloux, Historic Riverlands
  • Chelsea Latas, Hotard Coaches
  • Claire Strapp, Discover Monroe-West Monroe
  • Charlotte Miller, DeSoto Parish Tourism
  • Sarah Zeagler, Natchitoches CVB
  • Nicole Connell, Natchitoches CVB
  • Emma Boone, Visit Shreveport Bossier
  • Erica Sweeney Glory, Visit the Northshore
  • Griffin Clark, Louisiana Office of Tourism
  • Sarah Turner, BREC
  • Jessica Mullican, Cane River National Heritage Area
  • Jessica Reab, Brewsters
  • Katie Vanderlick, Alexandria Pineville CVB
  • Kelsi Horn, Sabine Parish Tourism
  • Madison Yates, Visit Lake Charles
  • Nicole Davis, Explore Houma
  • Veronica Mosgrove, Office of the Lt. Governor
  • Megan Chauvin, LBA Hospitality
  • Gracie Ouchley, Discover Monroe-West Monroe
  • Erica Fox, Attakapas collective
  • Jenna Marshall Theriot, New Orleans & Co



About the Louisiana Tourism Leadership Academy

LTLA was created to build future tourism leaders, develop their leadership skills and strengthen their networks, therefore enriching their tourism-related organizations. For more information, visit


About Visit Baton Rouge

Visit Baton Rouge is the designated Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for East Baton Rouge Parish, responsible for promoting and showcasing the region. Our primary mission is to increase visitation to and awareness of the Baton Rouge Area thereby enhancing economic impact. Stay up to date with the latest press releases and Baton Rouge tourism news at Join our social media community and follow us @visitbatonrouge for more updates.


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