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Contact information:

Michael LeBlanc, CEO
E-mail: info@acadianagazette.net

Ron Gomez, Publisher
E-mail: ron@acadianagazette.net

Steve Landry, Editor-in-Chief
E-mail: steveland1@aol.com

Angie Scopes, Account Executive
E-mail: angie@acadianagazette.net

Mae Abraham, Account Executive
E-mail: mae@acadianagazette.net

Amy Stakes, Distribution
E-mail: amy@acadianagazette.net

Shannon Thibodeaux, Distribution
E-mail: shannon@acadianagazette.net

Theresa LeBlanc, Editorial Assistant
E-mail: info@acadianagazette.net

Linda Meaux, Reporter
E-mail: linda@acadianagazette.net

Cheré Coen, Food Columnist
E-mail: chere@acadianagazette.net

Ann Yeager, Columnist
E-mail: ann@acadianagazette.net

Jim Beam, Opinion Columnist
E-mail: jbeam@americanpress.com

C.B. Forgotston Jr., Opinion Columnist
E-mail: cb@forgotston.com

Michael Ramirez, Cartoonist
E-mail: info@acadianagazette.net

Steven Waguespack, Columnist
E-mail: info@acadianagazette.net

About Us

Ron Gomez was born in Baton Rouge but has lived in Lafayette for most of his adult life. He was a broadcaster for more than 35 years in radio and TV and owned three south Louisiana radio stations until 1988. Ron was president of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in 1978 and Louisiana Broadcaster of the Year in 1979.

He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1979, 1983 and 1987. He served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources under Governor Buddy Roemer, 1991-93 and marketing vice president for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) from 1993 to 1996.

He was executive director of Louisiana Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse until 2004.

He and his wife, Carol Ross, own Edge Communications, an advertising and public relations agency in Lafayette.

Ron's first book, "My Name Is Ron and I'm a Recovering Legislator," has recently been updated and reprinted. It has been used in political science courses at LSU-Shreveport, Loyola University in New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University and Guilford College, N,C.

Now available at Amazon.com.

 

Steve Landry is an award-winning, Acadiana-based journalist who has written for numerous magazines and newspapers around the South since the early 1990s. He served as editor-in-chief for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's student weekly, "The Vermilion," as well as for business and cultural magazines in the Acadiana area. Steve has been lauded by the Society of Professional Journalists for his coverage of news, sports and entertainment since graduating from UL-Lafayette in 1996. He currently resides in Lafayette, La., with his wife, Sherry, and their heart-wrapped-in-fur part-chow, Sandy. Email him at steveland1@aol.com.

 

 

Angela Guidry Scopes graduated from Acadiana High School then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from the University of South Florida.

She is an advertising account executive.

She has held several positions in the accounting and sales fields in a variety of industries including fasteners, advertising and electronics.

Married with two children, Angela is very involved in many volunteer activities in her church, neighborhood association, community and her children's school. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping and playing tennis. Email her at angie@acadianagazette.net.

 

Amy Stakes attended University of Louisiana at Lafayette before graduating from Louisiana Technical College with a degree in nursing.

She delivers the Acadiana Gazette to more than 120 distribution points each week.

Amy has worked as a nurse for the past five years, primarily in the areas of mental health and dermatology.

A lifelong resident of Youngsville, she and her husband, Brady, have one son. Email her at amy@acadianagazette.net.

 

Linda Meaux is a native of Opelousas but has lived in the Lafayette area most of her adult life and currently resides in Broussard with her husband. She is an award-winning reporter, amateur photographer, artist and poet.

In 2010 Linda co-authored "From Another Universe, Doorway to Another Dimension" with Texas author David Spriggs. Her other writing includes two self-published poetry booklets, "Crawfish Tales," which promotes Louisiana culture, and "Reflections," which is a collection of inspirational poetry. Email her at Linda@acadianagazette.net.

 

Cheré Dastugue Coen is an award-winning journalist, instructor of writing, playwright, novelist and cookbook author. Her latest books are "Magic's in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets," "Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Tour of Acadiana" and "Cooking in Cajun Country." A native of New Orleans, Cheré now makes her home in Lafayette. Visit her blogs LouisianaBookNews@blogspot.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Ann E. Yeager received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She reviews family-friendly films that appeal to a multi-generational audience. Ann also has a passion for assisting the impoverished in our community and nurturing unwanted or abandoned canines. Email her at ann@acadianagazette.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Beam, retired American Press editor, has covered politics and people for more than 40 years. He is still a contributor to the paper (find his blog at www.amercanpress.com) and is considered the dean of Louisiana newspaper columnists. Contact him at jbeam@americanpress.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.B. Forgotston Jr., a native of Newellton in Tensas Parish, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in administration and a law degree from Louisiana State University. He worked for the Louisiana Legislature for more than 13 years, serving the last seven as chief counsel for the House Appropriations Committee. He was a senior staff member of the Constitutional Convention of 1973.

C.B. was director of the Taxation and Fiscal Policy Council and a lobbyist for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry for six years. He was a consultant for and treasurer of the Louisiana Council for Fiscal Reform.

He is an outspoken critic of legalized gambling, political corruption and state fiscal policies. His website, www.forgotston.com.

 

 

 

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