2018 Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board


John Blount - President Blount General Contractors, LLC
2018 Chairman of the Board:  Governmental Affairs :  EXPO : Leads 2018 - 2020 Litter Initiative
John's construction and development firm is respected and engaged extensively on flood rebuild projects bringing a valuable perspective. His firm was recognized as the 2014 Livingston Parish Business of the Year, and John received the prestigious Chairman's Award.  John is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Livingston.

Executive Committee


Candy Forbes -  President, Sales Manager Denham Springs Housing
2019 Board Chair, 2018 Chair Elect, Governmental Affairs Chair
Candy has been the sales manager for her business since 1996. She is a lifelong resident of Livingston Parish. Candy's background includes working with local government to improve business in Livingston Parish.  She is a past president and current board member of the LMHA.  She is engaged in issues facing business on the national level.


Chad A. Bacas, P.E. MBA    Forte & Tablada, Inc.
2017 Chairman of the Board, Governmental Affairs, Golf Outing
Chad is the Denham Springs Operations Leader for his firm.  He is a past president of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society and currently serves on the State Board of the Louisiana Engineering Society. Chad is an asset to the parish and chamber.  He serves easily from the serious governmental issues to the fun events like the golf outing.  Chad's leadership and knowledge are an asset to the business community.


Kim Sanders, CPA, MBA - Partner L. A. Champagne & Co., LLP
Treasurer, Governmental Affairs, Golf Outing : Board Chair 2014
Kim is partner at L.A. Champagne & CO, LLP. Kim spearheaded the expansion of her firm's new location to Denham Springs in 2014. She is a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Livingston Class of 2013. She is on the BRAC Board, active in her church and winner of the 2012 Forty under 40.  Kim was Chamber Chairman of the Board in 2014. 


John Holmes - President Holmes Building Materials
Vice Chair, Governmental Affairs
John is president of Holmes Building Materials with locations including Denham Springs.  He supports many community projects.  Holmes was named the Chamber's Member of the Year in 2014. John is a valuable voice on the Chamber's Governmental Affairs Committee and brings varying perspectives through his business background. 


Todd Caruso - Attorney  Todd Caruso, Attorney at Law, LLC
Governmental Affairs : Golf Outing, Vice Chair
Todd has a general civil law practice & frequent author and lecturer on issues involving employment law, the Fair Labor Standards Act and Louisiana's wage related laws. He was appointed as the Magistrate Judge for the city of Walker in 2014. Caruso is involved in the Louisiana, Baton Rouge, and Livingston Parish Bar Associations.


April Wehrs, IOM Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce 
President / CEO
Leadership Livingston facilitator, vision and leadership of the chamber organization, Louisiana Association Chamber of Commerce Executive (LACCE)  President 2016, LACCE Chamber and Professional Development Committee Chair 2014 & 2015 : Graduate Leadership Livingston 2013

2018 Board of Directors


Kacie Stewart - Office Manager & Owner  Stewart Family Medicine & After-Hours
EXPO Committee Chair 2018, GALA Chair 2019, Women's Leadership Event
Kacie is a life long resident of Livingston and alumni of Doyle High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010. Kacie grew up in a family owned business.   Kacie is a member of the current Leadership Class of 2018.  


Amie Barton - Business Banking Relationship Manager Regions Bank
Education Committee
Amie's role is to expand customer relationships throughout the region for her bank.  Amie also serves on the Dream Teachers Board of Directors.  Amie is an Ambassador team leader and is currently in the Leadership Livingston Class of 2016.


Deric J. Murphy, P. E., L.S.I - President  Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC
Governmental Affairs Committee 
Deric manages civil engineering projects and the daily operations of QES.  Deric has more than eighteen (18) years of experience as a Design and Consulting Engineer.  QES is located and represents Port Vincent as the area as the largest employer.  QES is engaged in Leadership Livingston Program and Livingston Young Professionals.


Jon Goodart - General Manager Allstar Automotive Group 
Co Chair - EXPO Committee, Governmental Affairs
Jon was named the General Manager of the Denham Springs locations including the upcoming Nissan - Kia Dealership at Juban Crossing  He has been engaged in the community and a strong advocate of the Chamber and its programming.  


Trey Quirk  - Community Outreach Manager Plantation Management
Business & Community EXPO Co chair, Workforce Issues 
Trey Quirk will begin his first 3 year term on the Chamber's Board of Directors on January 1, 2018.

Trey Sanders

Trey Sanders lll, CPA, CGMA, Senior Manager  - Hannis T. Bourgeios
Golf Committee

Trey leads HTB's Government practice and focuses on providing  audit and consulting services to governments and not-for-profit clients across south Louisiana.  He serves on the LCPA’s Government Accounting and Auditing Conference Committee.  He is active in the Rotary Club of Livingston Parish.  Trey is a graduate of the Leadership Livingston Class of 2014.


Craig Schimpf - Customer Service Manager Entergy
Governmental Affairs Committee
Craig has extensive background in the energy industry. Craig has extensive background working with chambers of commerce and other economic development organizations.  He has worked with municipalities and parish government entities. He began representing to the Livingston Parish market in 2014.  


Shannon Bernard - Regional Vice President Primerica
Education Committee, Governmental Affairs, 2013 Board Chair
Shannon joined Primerica in 1992 as an independent representative and today is a regional vice president.  Shannon is a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Livingston Class of 2013.  She has served as a past Ambassador.Shannon serves on the BRAC board of directors and is chair of the LP Children's Choir.  Shannon was Chamber Chair in 2013.  


Regina Scott - Assistant Vice President Clinical Informatics  North Oaks Health System
Education Committee, Governmental Affairs, Leadership Alumni Council, Board Chair 2012
Regina is past treasurer of the Chamber's Board of Directors and a graduate of the Inaugural Leadership Livingston Class. She was awarded the prestigious Chairman's Award in 2013 and has served as Chair on several chamber fundraising committees.  She is the past Chairman of LEDC. Regina is engaged in divisions of the chamber. 


Lori Johnson - Vice President Financial Center Manager
Lori is the newest member of the chamber's board.

Livingston Parish Chamber President/CEO


April Wehrs
Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce 
President / CEO