Michael LeBlanc, CEO
Ron Gomez, Publisher
Steve Landry, Editor-in-Chief
Melody Darbonne, Layout/Design
Patrick Dellinger, Webmaster
Angie Scopes, Account Executive
Mae Abraham, Account Executive
Amy Stakes, Distribution
Shannon Thibodeaux, Distribution
Gene Thevenet, Editorial Assistant
Theresa LeBlanc, Editorial Assistant
Linda Meaux, Reporter
Theresa Rohloff, Reporter
Cheré Coen, Food Columnist
Cody Daigle, Media Reviews
Bill Fontenot, Home & Garden Columnist
Steve Landry, Music Columnist
Ann Yeager, Movie Reviews
Jim Beam, Opinion Columnist
Jeff Crouere, Opinion Columnist
Ray Culter, Opinion Columnist
C.B. Forgotston Jr., Opinion Columnist
Dan Juneau, Opinion Columnist
Fred Mulhearn, Cartoonist
Michael Ramirez, Cartoonist
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Cody Daigle is a playwright and teaching artist originally from Lafayette and now living in Philadelphia. Cody was the entertainment reporter for The Times of Acadiana and The Daily Advertiser for three years before moving to the Northeast. Find him on the Web at www.codydaiglewrites.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans and the host of a Louisiana-based program, Ringside Politics, which airs at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and 10 p.m. Sundays on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station.
His show also airs from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his website at www.ringsidepolitics.com.
Ray W. Culter and his wife, Bobbi, have lived in Lafayette for over 25 years after moving from Dallas to serve as vice president of finance for a local oil services company. After a long career in corporate financial management he capped his career as chief financial officer for the Lafayette Parish School Board and as fiscal officer for the Louisiana State Department of Education.
After retirement, the Culters enjoyed their share of travel before settling down. Ray searches the Internet daily looking primarily for items of unusual interest that may not have hit the mainstream media and have within themselves a touch of irony or controversy. He can be reached at email@example.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.
Dan Juneau has been president of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry since 1989. He has spent more than a quarter of a century fighting for key reforms necessary to improve Louisiana's business climate and strengthen its economy.
Dan was general manager of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for 14 years.
He feels that intervention in the legislative arena is a must for economic development and business success, and he firmly believes that an organized, unified approach from all sectors of the business community is the key to success at the Legislature.
Dan and his wife, Charmaine, have three children and two grandchildren. His wife is a National Board Certified teacher at Gonzales Middle School. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.