I am a 1995 graduated from Marksville High School. I graduated from Louisiana State University at Alexandria in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a minor in management. I am a certified real estate appraiser and have been appraising real estate since 2013.
Past President of the Avoyelles Parish School Board. Serves on the Board of Directors for the Avoyelles Society of the Developmentally Disabled, financial secretary for the Marksville Knights of Columbus, Treasury for the Avoyelles Community and Youth Coalition, CASA Advocate Volunteer, Teen Court Intake Officer, Marksville Lions Club Member, and Woodman of the World Lodge #612 Member.
I moved to Avoyelles Parish in 1978 and married James Desoto. We have one son Blake Desoto, a beautiful daughter-in-law Kelly and two beautiful grandchildren with red hair, Reid and ViVi. In 2015 I retired from the State of Louisiana with 37 years with the last 23 years as a juvenile probation/parole officer and supervisor. This was my passion, working with our youth and to make a difference in their life, I am the Director of Avoyelles Teen Court for 24 years. This is a program which also allows youth to correct some poor choices and give back to the community. I have served as president of the Spring Bayou Water District since 1989 and ensuring that the community has clean drinking water. I currently serve as board member and secretary of the Central Louisiana Juvenile Detention Authority. I have been a Rotary Club member for two years and I enjoy giving back to our community. In the past, I was a CASA Coordinator for Avoyelles Parish and took pride in being the voice for the children in the foster care system. I am a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and a member of the choir and the ACTS Retreats. Currently, I serve as the Coordinator of the Avoyelles Community & Youth Coalition where our platform is to Reduce Underage Drinking in Avoyelles Parish ages 9-20. I currently serve as a board member for the Marksville Chamber of Commerce.
Craig was born in Lafayette and grew up in Houston, Texas. He relocated to Marksville in 1997 and has lived in this area ever since. He works as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones at the Marksville office. He previously was the Chief Financial Officer for Avoyelles Hospital for 14 years. He has 3 beautiful daughters and 3 awesome grandkids. He believes in giving back to the community and serving on the Chamber board gives him this opportunity. He is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Avoyelles and enjoys the many service projects they do in the area. His hobbies are music and sports!
Jennifer has been a resident of Marksville since 1997. She graduated from Marksville High School. She has worked for the pubic for over 20 years. Past administrator for the Marksville Police Department, secretary for the District Attorney Charles Riddle, and now enjoys every aspect of her job as Executive Director with the Marksville Chamber of Commerce. She has been married for 22 years to Shawn Moseley, an Outside Sales Representative for H&E Equipment, and has three beautiful children, Julie, Bryce, and Grace, whom she is very proud of.
Jennifer currently serves on the board of directors for the Avoyelles Arts Council, planning committee for Avoyelles Arts and Music Festival, member of the Marksville Garden Club, Vice President of Tiger Touchdown Club, planning committee for Women in the Outdoors, board member of the Civil Service Board, and is a CASA volunteer. She is a firm believer that if you give of yourself, your blessings are returned to you three-fold. She loves serving people in any way she can, and enjoys the outdoors. In her spare time, she loves to hunt and spend time with her family.
Rebecca McGovern Guillot was born and raised in Marksville and is happily married to Chad Guillot, a public defender attorney for Avoyelles parish and is the proud mom of her little boy CJ Guillot.
Rebecca attended LSU and earned her Bachelor's degree in Accounting and then went on to earn her Master's of Science in Accounting. Rebecca currently owns and manages Flash Tax, LLC and McGovern's Accounting Service in Marksville and is a practicing Enrolled Agent that can represent her clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the various States.
She is actively involved in her church, serves on the board for the Marksville Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Avoyelles and has previously served on the St Mary's Assumption School Council.
Born and raised in Marksville, Van Roy is the co-owner of Bailey's on the Square, a special event venue located in the historic Bailey Theater. He is also a realtor with Roch Michael Real Estate. He is currently President of the Rotary Club of Avoyelles and President of the Marksville Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the boards of the Avoyelles Arts Council and the Avoyelles Society for the Developmentally Disabled. He is a firm believer of community service and feels that it adds to the quality of life for those who live in the city of Marksville and Avoyelles Parish and those who visit here.
A native of Marksville, Allison Ravare-Augustine's impeccable reputation as a community leader and tireless volunteer speaks for itself with a bio that reads as someone well beyond her thirty-four years.
Augustine, the wife of Johnathan Augustine and mother of their five year old daughter Aleyce, is a graduate of University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is the director of marketing for Riviere de Soleil in Mansura. She is also a marketing consultant for Dr. Donna Breen's Medical Spa in Marksville. She has been an active member of Marksville's Holy Ghost Catholic Church all of her life.
At the young age of 22, when most young adults and couples are planning their futures together, tragedy struck when Augustine lost her first husband to cancer. Though she had always been an ambitious student and active academically and socially, her loss became a catalyst for a life committed to promoting cancer awareness and serving her community through organizations that speak to her personally.
Allison Ravare-Augustine has been actively involved with the American Cancer Society for 17 years, is currently serving as Chairperson for Avoyelles Relay for Life and is the founder and director of the Louisiana Queen of Hope Pageant, an annual event that directly benefits the American Cancer Society. She serves as a state judge for pageants and is highly respected in the pageant world. Add to this her roles as past president and member of the Marksville Chamber of Commerce, past president and board member of the Rotary Club of Avoyelles, President and board member of the Avoyelles Council on Aging, Board Member of the Red River Charter Academy, and member of the Avoyelles Hospital Board of Trustees, and it's clear to see that Augustine truly lives Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self." She is also the president of the Avoyelles Arts Council, for which she serves as Chair of the Avoyelles Arts & Music Festival, an annual event she helped found and organize seven years ago that has become one of Central Louisiana's biggest summer attractions.
"Central Louisiana is my home and where I have chosen to live and raise my family. The quality of life here is important to me and I find great joy in working with others to enrich and nurture the lives of others through the work I do in the community."
Pat Ours has been a resident of Avoyelles Parish for 32 years. She moved away twice but returned to the people and work that she loves. She was a public school educator for 27 years and taught aerobics for many years as well. She now consults for school systems, writes grants, serves on the board of Red River Children's Alliance, and home schools children for friends. She advocates for the humane treatment of animals, a clean environment, and activities that promote healthy, happy, well-educated citizens. She loves living in the country with her husband and golden retriever. Her work on the Chamber of Commerce allows her to volunteer her services to promote the good things in our parish and to create a sense of welcome to new residents.
Chuck Phillips is the owner of Phillips Sublimation, located in Echo. He prints not only small format items such as shirts, signs, gifts and awards, but also large format items like banners, table throws, canopies, retractable banners and beyond. With a lifetime background in the sign industry, sublimation was the perfect fit for him and his family. He tries very hard to be involved in our community and is always willing to help when called upon.
Jenny Donaghey Beckham is an attorney practicing in Marksville, as both a general practitioner focused on Estate Planning & Successions, and as an Assistant DA for the 12th Judicial District. She has been married to Jeremy Beckham for 17 years, and they have two small children. Jenny is a member of the Rotary Club of Avoyelles, and the youth group leader at Bayou des Glaises Baptist Church. In 2013, she returned to her home Parish of Avoyelles after 11 years away, and has a strong desire to see the parish and the people in it grow and succeed. Jenny believes the best leaders are those that lead by example, and will never ask others to undertake a task that she herself is not willing to undertake.
Cliff Paulk is a life long resident of Avoyelles Parish. He is a 1995 graduate of Marksville High School. Enlisted at the young age of 17 into Louisiana National Guard. He served 12 years reserve and 8 years active duty, retiring honorably in 2014. During his 20 years of service his duties included, but were not limited to, Drill Instructor, Communications, Administration And Recruiting. Married to Heather Lemoine Paulk of Moreauville, La. who is a nurse employed at Kindred At Home in Marksville. Cliff has one daughter , Erin , attending the University of Louisiana in Lafayette majoring in elementary education. One son, Cade, attending Avoyelles High School. Cliff is a licensed Louisiana Horticulturist and the owner of Southern Lawn and Landscape, which is a full service landscaping company based in Marksville. Cliff is currently working on his business degree and believes that small business’s are the heart of all communities.
Chris is the Vice President of Facilities at Paragon Casino Resort. He is responsible for the successful overall direction, administration and coordination of the Facilities department to include environmental services, engineering, maintenance, construction and renovation, exterior grounds and utilities.
Chris has 37 years of management experience; 24 years of it in casino operations. He has served in several capacities throughout his tenure with Paragon Casino Resort F/K/A Grand Casino Avoyelles; including Director of Environmental Services, Director of Engineering, Vice President of Facilities, Sr. Vice President of Facilities/Assistant General Manager and Acting General Manager for varying periods. He also held positions as Vice President and Board Member of the Tunica Biloxi Economic Development Committee. In addition, he played a major role in the $150 million dollar 500,000 sq. ft. expansion project as Chairman of the committee.
Chris attended the University of Nevada where he completed the Reno-Gaming Executive Development Program. He has participated in numerous training programs on and off property including; Paragon’s Management Certification Program and Guest Service Training through the Freeman Group.
Melissa Goudeau is a recent transplant to Avoyelles Parish originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She established a 22 year career at Fort Meade, Maryland, working for the Defense Department in a variety of roles: event planning, senior officals' executive assistant, signals intelligence analyst, team leader, and supervisor. Most recently, she served as a GS-15 Division-level Director, managing an organization of over 100 employees. Since relocating with her husband to Avoyelles Parish, she has devoted her time to raising her six year old boy and three year old girl, as well as serving on several boards for various non-profit organizations throughout the area such as the Rotary Club and the Avoyelles Arts Council.
For the past 3 years, she has served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Early Childhood Development Center in Mansura where she oversees the day to day operations and finances. In relation to this role, she also sits on the state Governor's Early Childhood Commission Task Force. The commission is tasked with developing a vision and plan to address affordable access to high-quality early childhood education for Louisiana's children, birth through age four, and formalize the local governance structures (community Networks) to support increased innovation in local contests, ultimately leading to improved quality and access to funding for our parish.
Melissa and her husband Jacques have also formed a non-profit focusing on the revitalization of downtown Marksville. Since its inception in 2018, they have created a National Park Service "Certified Local Historic District" in Downtown Marksville and they passed a local ordinance that protects historic buildings downtown and requires parish approval for external changes. Melissa also created and received state approval for Marksville to be considered a "State Cultural District" that provides financial incentives to artists and building preservation projects in the means of up to 40% tax credits for businesses. Melissa also led a team of professionals to produce a documentary film promoting Marksville. It was viewed over 60,000 times on social media. She expanded several events in the downtown Court House Square to include the farmers market, the Christmas Tree Lighting and continues to promote downtown businesses , non-profits and events in the area.
Owner of Panaroma Foods, Inc. Currently serving as Board Member on Marksville Chamber of Commerce, Chairman St. Joseph Finance Council, President of St. Joseph Cemetery Association, President of Sacred Heart School Council (Moreauville, LA). Board Member of Avoyelles Rotary, Member of Marksville Lions Club, Member of Knights of Columbus # 1217, Chairman Marksville Civil Service Commission, Former City Councilman and Former Mayor of Marksville. Married to Tiffany Ritchie Laborde, three children; Christopher Laborde, Nicholas Laborde, and Elizabeth (Lele) Laborde. Two grandchildren, Drake and Jack Laborde.