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Jeanne James, President

Jeanne Curet James was born and raised in Baton Rouge and  is a graduate of LSU. Her family arrived in Pointe Coupee Parish in 1727 and she is the 8th generation descendant of those original settlers from France. She is married to David M. James and together they raised four children in Baton Rouge. Her grandfather A.B.Curet was a farmer and served as County Agent in Pointe Coupee from 1916-1956.  Jeanne and David and their family enjoy spending as much time as possible at their home on False River which was built in the early 1800s on property which has been farmed by her ancestors for over 2 centuries.

Greg LaCour, Vice President
Greg’s roots run seven generations deep into the history of Pointe Coupee, though he and Mindy have only been residents of The Parish since 2018. Son of Paul Lieux and Faye Glynn Mounger LaCour, he spent the holidays and much family time at Glynnwood. Born in Lake Charles, his formative years were in Houma, then at LSU studying Architecture and courting Mindy, and marrying in 1983. There was a 36 year career, mostly in Houston. In 2018 his Alma Mater (and False River) called him back as the Director of Campus Planning and to live in their retirement home in Oscar (designed by their favorite architect.) They have two kids and two grandkids, all in Texas.
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Joseph H. Cotten, Treasurer

Joseph "Jodie" Cotten, Jr., was born and raised in New Roads. He graduated from Catholic High of PC and received a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Western Louisiana. He served in the USAF from July 1970-May 1974, and was stationed for 3 years in Misawa Japan as a Morse Intercept Operator. He is married to Suzanne DeBlanc Cotten and they have 1 daughter, 2 sons, 5 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren. Jodie worked at PC Electric for 42 years, 32 as the General Manager. He retired in July 2016. During his career, he has served on many boards including the President of the Lions club in the early 90's.

Marsue May, Member at Large
Marsue Chustz May is a native of Lakeland and a resident of Oscar. She is a graduate of False River Academy and Univ. of Lafayette. She received a bachelor of Science in Nursing and subsequently a Master of B. A. She was a travel nurse in the ICU for many years and met her husband Greg while in San Diego in 2001. Marsue & Greg moved from San Diego to Pointe Coupee in 2020. Marsue currently works as a certified health coach at Our Lady of the Lake where she empowers others to create healthier habits related to nutrition and fitness. Marsue enjoys boating on False River, swing dancing, traveling, and playing pickleball.

David James, Member at Large

David James was born in Ruston Louisiana. He went to LSU. He met and Married his wife Jeanne Curet James in 1987. He worked for and engineering firm in Denver before coming to Louisiana to work for his family company TL James. He worked at this company from 1981 to 2000. He retired for 7 years then worked for St. Joseph's Academy from 2007 to 2021. The James's have 4 children and 1 grandchild.
Rose O'Rear, Member at Large
Rose LeBlanc O’Rear is a native of Morganza, LA. She is a Retired Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist. Received a B.S. degree in Nutrition from University of Louisiana Lafayette and a M.S. in Nutrition and Human Development from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  Active in Leadership and Managerial positions throughout her career including President of the Lincoln Dietetic Association, and Board Member of the Nebraska Dietetic Association and the Nebraska Heart Association.  Worked in the profession of Nutrition and Dietetics for 35 years,  the majority in managerial positions. Retired from the Louisiana War Veterans’ Home and Villa Feliciana Medical Complex as Nutritional Services Administator in 2011 before moving to Austin, TX.  Returned to New Roads, LA in 2016. Enjoying being able to be productive in the community as Treasurer of the Pointe Coupee Historical Society, Board Member of the Council on Aging and a member of the Art’s Council,
and reuniting with many old friends.


Fr. Pike Thomas, Member at Large
Pike was born at the foot of Pike's Peak- Hence the nickname, and was reared in nearly all the larger cities of Louisiana. Fr. Pike has always been interested in history, especially that of the Americas, holds degrees from Tulane in that field, an M. A. from the Univ. of Notre Dame in Theology. He is also an avid genealogist, and has published extensive research in family history on the two sides of his family, LeDoux: A Pioneer Franco-American Family. He  has written several other books as well. Father Pike has served as a priest in many different parishes around Louisiana. In 2017 he retired from active pastorate and began offering retreats, spiritual counseling, consulting,a nd missions for various parishes. He finally found his way to New Roads where he is actively involved in the community. 

Mindy LaCour, Executive Director

Mindy LaCour  and husband Greg moved to Pointe Coupee in 2018 after living in Houston for most of their married lives. Mindy graduated from LSU and started her teaching career in Lake Charles. She retired from Humble Independent School District in the Houston area after 33 years of service, where she was the Assistant Director of Special Education. Mindy and Greg live in a house on False River that architect husband Greg designed for them. Mindy sits on the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Pointe Coupee, The Greater Pointe Coupee Chamber of Commerce, and is the Program Director for the Market at the Mill which occurs 2 times each year in New Roads.They have 2 children, Whitney and Jonathan,  back in Texas along with 2 grandchildren.


Paula Lamber, Secretary
Paula Williams Lambert has lived in Pointe Coupee Parish since age six, is a graduate of Catholic of Pointe Coupee High School, and earned a B.A. in History from LSU. She currently serves as the City of New Roads Main Street Director, is a member and volunteer at St. Mary's Catholic Church , is a long-time member of the Mothers' Culture Club, is an active fundraiser and volunteer at Catholic of PC High School. She also sits on the board of HOPE Ministry. She is married to Myron Lambert and is the mother to Maggie, Reed, and Rory Lambert.

Carlyn Morales, Parliamentarian
Carlyn Morales is a native of Baton Rouge and has lived in Glynn, LA since 2009. As a child, she was raised on the weekends at the Pelican Yacht Club on False River, where she raced sailboats with her father. She returned to Pointe Coupee Parish to raise her family in a small town community. She is currently the Pointe Coupee Parish Tourism Director. She is passionate about agriculture, her Parish, and finding adventures with her husband Pete, and their 2 children Ryder and Myer.
Peter and his wife Debbie moved to Morganza in 2019 from Metairie LA. Peter graduated from UNO with a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Public Admin. Peter retired from Tulane Univ. where he was Director of International Education.  Prior to Tulane, Peter spent many years at UNO in International Education and then Director of Executive Education in the Business School. He spent years in Rotary International and was active in Boy Scouts of America. Peter is currently a tour guide for the river boats visiting the parish and serves on the Board of The Morganza Cultural District whose mission aligns well with PCHS. Debbie & Peter have 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.

Peter Alongia, Member at Large

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Dr. Hosea Doucet, Member at Large
Hosea is originally from Opelousas. He is a graduate of USL and LSU Medical School. He spent his career practicing and teaching at Tulane Medical School.  Hosea has always been interested in history. While he was in New Orleans he became involved in the restoration of several award winning historic properties. Under his leadership, the old St. Alphonse's Catholic Church was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Having family in Pointe Coupee Parish, he and his partner restored the Valverda Plantation House  (1842) in Livonia over a 3 year period. The house is on The National Register. He now resides there and is active in the local community.

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Melissa Smith, Member at Large
Melissa St. Cyr Smith is a lifelong resident of New Road, LA. She is a graduate of Rosenwald High School and ad retired after 34 years of service with the Pointe Coupee Parish Government, spending the last 29 years in the Registrar of Voters Office as the Chief Deputy. She and her husband, Mayor Theron Smith, are the parents of 5 and grandparents of 10. Melissa currently sits on the board of the local chapter of the NAACP as Treasurer. She is also a member of the PC Early Childhood Coalition. Melissa serves as secretary of her church and volunteers with many local groups and charities.

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Michelle Rabalais, Past President
Michelle has three decades of
experience in building family trees and historical research. In the past  four years, Michelle has engaged in learning the pioneer field of Genetic Geneology, which utilizes family ancestry-based DNA kits to build family trees. She has volunteered as a Search Angel, which is an individual that utilizes DNA to locate unknown family. In her professional scope of work, Michelle has an extensive career in multi-family and commercial real estate. Michelle is currently the owner of M. Shawn Oubre, Broker & associates real estate firm based in Baton Rouge.
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