The Louisiana Folklife Commission is appointed by the Governor to advise the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and other relevant state agencies on public policy to aid in the identification and preservation of traditional communities in Louisiana.

To see the minutes of the last meeting and the agenda of the next meeting, click here or go to the Louisiana Boards and Commissions database for more details and records.

* Legislative appointment category in parentheses


Officers will be elected at the June 2, 2017 meeting

Executive Committee


Ray Berthelot, Office of State Parks (State Parks)

Kevin Billiot, Intertribal Council of Louisiana (Intertribal Council--ex-officio)

Cynthia Bryant, Southern University (University)

Cheryl Castille, Louisiana Division of the Arts (Division of the Arts)

Debra Credeur, Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (Office of Tourism)

Brian M. Davis, West Monroe (Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation)

Teresa Parker Farris, Tulane University (University)

Herman Fuselier, Opelousas (At Large Representative)

Tommy Hailey, Natchitoches (Louisiana Folklife Society)

Rebecca Hamilton, State Library (State Librarian-ex-officio)

Jim Hogg, Prairieville (At Large Representative)

Erik Kreusch, Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve (Jean Laffite NHPP)

Karen Leathem, Louisiana State Museum (State Museum)

Charles (Chip) McGimsey, Division of Archaeology (Archaeology)

Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LA Endowment for the Humanities-ex-officio)

Jessica G. Richardson, Division of Historic Preservation (Historic Preservation)

Susan Roach, Louisiana Tech University (University)

Mona Lisa Saloy, Dillard University (University)

John T. Sharp, Lafayette (Louisiana Folklore Society)

Kimberly Walden, Chitimacha Tribe (At Large Representative)

Melissa Yarborough, Baton Rouge (At Large Representative)

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