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Team Members

Interested in learning more about who we are and what we do? Check out our team below to find out more!

LTFS Staff

Our staff members!

John Bel Edwards

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

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 Schroder

John Schroder

State Treasurer

John Schroder was elected Louisiana State Treasurer on November 18, 2017.  As Treasurer, he oversees the state’s $6 billion investment portfolios.  He also chairs the Louisiana State Bond Commission and returns millions of dollars in unclaimed property to Louisiana citizens.

Kimberly Lewis Robinson

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.

Thomas P. Spiers

Thomas P. Spiers

Commissioner, New Orleans World Trade Center

Tom Spiers has been professionally involved with healthcare administration for the past 18 years; currently, he serves as the Chief Operating Officer for a large private group practice in Jefferson Parish and has previously served as an Assistant Dean among other senior positions within a large university healthcare system.  

Tom also owns a wine brokerage company, Las Pampas Wines, which he founded in 2001; importing wine from South America and Europe.

He currently maintains part ownership in a hotel acquired in 2008, along with other real estate holdings located in Jefferson Parish as well as out of state.

He has also owned and operated a restaurant franchise in the New Orleans metropolitan area and has helped start a fully operational distillery in New Orleans.

He has served as an Adjunct Instructor at LSUHSC, and volunteers instructional time at the Tulane A.B. Freeman School of Business.

He has been involved in supporting the entrepreneurship movement in the New Orleans area as an angel investor in the Biomedical and Food and Beverage sectors and has provided professional expertise to the Idea Village serving as a judge on seed money panels. 

Tom holds an MBA from Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and a BBA in Finance from Loyola University. He currently serves on several boards and at present is serving a 2-year term as the Chairman of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

Tom is married to his wife, Lacey Montgomery Spiers, who is also a native of New Orleans.  The couple has  two daughters and the family resides in Metairie, LA.

Chairman

The great men and women of the organization.

Kevin Richard

Kevin Richard

Louisiana Department of Revenue - Deputy Secretary & Chairman of the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission

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.

Doug Bourgeois

Doug Bourgeois

Louisiana Office of Tourism - Assistant Secretary

“I am honored to be selected by Lt. Governor Nungesser to serve the state in this role,” said Bourgeois. “Through my years with the state tourism office I’ve had the opportunity to travel to every part of Louisiana and I’ve experienced firsthand all the great people, places and stories that make Louisiana so special. I look forward to leading our state’s efforts in the marketing and promotion of these assets to the rest of the country and world.”

Laura Lapeze

Laura Lapeze

Louisiana Department of the Treasury - Chief Financial Officer

I am happy to serve on the board for the Louisiana Tax Free Shopping Commission

Denise Thevenot

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
Info-louisianataxfree@la.gov

Stella K. Thornton

Stella K. Thornton

Membership Director, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

Phone: 504-568-7804
Fax: 504-568-2280
Stella.Thornton@la.gov

Melissa Rivera

Melissa Rivera

General Manager, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

Phone: 504-568-5249
Fax: 504-568-2280

Delsi H. Huertas

Delsi H. Huertas

Administrative Coordinator, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

Phone: 504-568-3605
Fax: 504-568-3605
Delsi.Huertas@la.gov

Alma Padilla

Alma Padilla

Administrative Coordinator, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

Phone: 504-303-7939

Alma.Padilla@la.gov

Maria Bucalan

Maria Bucalan

Administrative Coordinator  Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

Phone: 504-568-3605
Fax: 504-568-3605
Maria.Bucalan@la.gov

Gwendolyn Stewart

Gwendolyn Stewart

Adminstrative Coordinator, Louisiana Tax Free Shopping

Phone: 504-484-4665
Fax: 504-835-1787
Gwendolyn.Stewart@la.gov