Team Members

Chairman

Steve Windham Chairman Steve Windham - Chairman, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission I am truly honored to be elected as chair of the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission. Attracting consumer spending from beyond the U.S. has had a positive impact on all of our communities. When international visitors shop in Louisiana, their purchases become exports. The Louisiana Tax Free Shopping program is an important tool that can be used by all of our tourism partners to promote our great state to the international market.

 

 

Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commissioners

 John Bel Edwards - 56th Governor of Louisiana, in office since 2016. 

Governor Edwards graduated in 1988 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The governor served eight years as an Airborne Ranger on active duty with the United States Army and commanded a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He went on to graduate Order of the Coif from Louisiana State University Law Center and set up a civil law practice in his home town of Amite.

In 2008, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 72, where he served for eight years until the voters of Louisiana elected him governor in November 2015. 

 

Billy Nungesser - Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana

William Harold "Billy" Nungesser, the 54th and current Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, since January 11, 2016. In that role he is second in command in the executive branch, and the state’s ambassador as Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. 

 
 
 
 
John Neely Kennedy - State Treasurer
I am happy to serve on the board of the directors for the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission and have seen firsthand how successful the program has been. In addition to our state’s unique culture, heritage, food and music, the tax free shopping experience provides another great reason for international visitors to experience all Louisiana has to offer.

 

 

 

Kimberly Lewis Robinson serves in the administration of Governor John Bel as the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Prior to her current position, she served as a partner in the Tax & Estates Practice Group at Jones Walker, where her practice primarily focused on state and local tax matters, including tax and business planning, tax incentives, appeals, audits, tax litigation and appeal, tax controversies, and state and local tax statutes. Her practice also included the areas of economic development financing and incentives and government relations. 

Before joining Jones Walker, she served as special counsel for the Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana, where she provided legal counsel to Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco. During her tenure with the governor, Kimberly served as a liaison to the Departments of Revenue and Economic Development, and served as senior policy adviser on economic development, insurance and revenue policy. Kimberly also worked for six years in the Louisiana Department of Revenue, serving as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Legal Affairs and Confidential Assistant to the Secretary. From 1998-2000, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Justice Bernette J. Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court.

Lisa Ponce de Leon - New Orleans World Trade Center Commissioner

I am pleased to be named the New Orleans World Trade Center appointment to the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission.  I have worked in the international business/tourism industry in Louisiana for over twenty years.  My mentor, Eugene Schreiber began this unique program and I know how proud he was of the success it has seen for over twenty years now.  While we as a city mourned the loss of Eugene, I was honored when the World Trade Center nominated me to take his place on the LTFS Commission.  From 2000 -  2006 I served as the Executive Director of the Program, so I know firsthand how important an active Commission is.  I support the new direction of the Program and look forward to watching it grow even stronger than it currently is today.  I am also thrilled to be working with my fellow LTFS Commissioners and staff.

 

Kevin Richard - Deputy Secretary 

Over the past several years Deputy Secretary, Kevin Richard, served as director of the Field Audit Income Tax Division and the Audit Intelligence Team, and as Revenue Tax Auditor Manager of the Houston District Office. He has been with LDR since 1994, beginning as a Clerk II in the New Orleans office. Kevin has worked in nearly every enforcement and audit position in the agency. In his new role, he supervises Litigation, Policy & Legislative Services, Business Services and the Office of Charitable Gaming. Kevin earned a degree in Business Administration from Southern University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M.  He is a certified public accountant.

 


Denise Thevenot

Executive Director, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

I have been with the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Program for 25 years, and Executive Director since 2007.

Phone:  504-458-8258

Fax:       504-568-2280

Denise@louisianataxfree.com

 

Joseph D'Arcangelo
Assistant Director, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-568-5249

Fax:       504-568-2280

 

Joe@louisianataxfree.com

 

 

Stella K. Thornton
Membership Director, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-568-7804

Fax:       504-568-2280

 

Stella@louisianataxfree.com

 

 

   

Melissa R. Brumfield
General Manager, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-467-0723

Fax:       504-471-2777

 

Melissa@louisianataxfree.com

 

Delsi H. Huertas
Administrative Coordinator, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-568-3605

Fax:       504-568-3605

 

Delsi@louisianataxfree.com

 

Alma Padilla
Voucher Coordinator, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-467-0723

Fax:       504-471-2777

 

Alma@louisianataxfree.com

 

Charles Walton
Membership Coordinator, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-568-5230

Fax:       504-568-2280

 

Charles@louisianataxfree.com

 

Shelby King
Social Media Coordinator, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-467-0723

Fax:       504-471-2777

 

Shelby@louisianataxfree.com

 

Dora Alumbres
Customer Service Rep, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-467-0723

Fax:       504-471-2777

 

 

Maria Bucalan
Customer Service Rep, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

 

Phone:  504-467-0723

Fax:       504-471-2777

 

Sandra Ruiz
Customer Service Rep, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-467-0723

Fax:       504-471-2777

 

 

 

Gwendolyn Stewart
Customer Service Rep, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-484-4665

Fax:       504-835-1787

 

 

 

Georjanny Shiple
Customer Service Rep, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

 

Phone:  504-467-0723

Fax:       504-471-2777