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Jennifer Dufrene
June 2017 EOM

Jennifer Dufrene has been with Lafourche Parish Government for over eighteen years. She is the Recreation Manager for the entire parish and has gone "above and beyond the realm of her job duties." Until recently, Jennifer was without a supervisor for one of her recreation districts, so she stepped up to oversee the hiring of all summer employees while also managing the other aspects of running the district. Some may have struggled with the additional responsibilities, but Jennifer showed a great amount of drive and perseverance. Thank you Jennifer for all your hard work!

 

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Kerry Thibodaux
May 2017 EOM

Kerry has been with Lafourche Parish Government for over four years as an Information Technology Analyst. He was nominated for this award in recognition of his hard work on the LPG website upgrades completed earlier this year. Kerry performed the majority of the work which consisted of auditing content, graphic designs, and content placement to enhance the experiences of users throughout the Parish. The new website has been well received across all devices.

 

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Nanette Lazard
March 2017 EOM

Mrs. Nanette Lazard has been with the department of Community Action for over eight years. She is a Community Outreach worker in the Galliano area. Nanette's work is vital to members of our community that need assistance with food, electricity, and other basic necessities. One of the families that Nanette recently helped reported just how much they appreciated her efforts and kindness during their time of need. "She recognized that we were nervous and made us feel comfortable. She reassured us that we would be okay. We are forever grateful for her help."

 

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Christina Dufrene
February 2017 EOM

Mrs. Christina Dufrene has been with the Head Start program for over 2 years and is a Teacher II in South Lafourche. Mrs. Dufrene was nominated for her leadership ability as she has taken on additional roles to assist her fellow teachers. She is currently obtaining her CDA credential in order to obtain Teacher I in the future with the Head Start team. Christina was noted as "one of the hardest working people I know", by her peers.

 

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Mary Cortez
January 2017 EOM

Mrs. Mary Cortez has been with Head Start for over twenty years. She has always gone above and beyond the call of duty. She was recently promoted to Center Director and continues to teach as well. In January, Mrs. Mary became a CLASS reliable observer to add to her portfolio of career successes. All of her teachers and co-workers admire her positive attitude, organizational abilities, and work ethics.

 

 


 

 

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Jill Naquin
Employee of the Year 2016

Ms. Jill, who was named 2016 Employee of the Year, has been with the Parish for over 7 years. She is an Employment Training Specialist II for the Civil Service Department in Thibodaux.

Lafourche Parish Government would like to thank Jill for her many contributions to the parish over the years.

 

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Nora Hendon
November 2016

Nora has been with the Head Start program for over 10
years. She is a Teacher 2 for Head Start.

"Mrs. Nora is an exceptional employee who is always willing to help out, even without being asked. Mrs. Nora has assisted in the past few weeks with setting up classrooms that needed to be reconfigured. She went in after hours and on weekends to assist with these efforts. Mrs. Nora has the kindest, most gentle spirit to her. She is wonderful in her role as teacher, as well as giving compassion and guidance to the children and families we serve in our program. Mrs. Nora has accepted changes needed to make our program run smoothly, and has assisted with training teachers in appropriate practices. She is always looking for ways to further her knowledge in appropriate preschool practices. I truly feel that Mrs. Nora is a huge asset to our Head Start program."

 

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Troyelene Wallace
  September 2016

Ms. Wallace is a teacher at South Lafourche Head Start and has been serving for over 13 years.

" 1.    Ms. Troylene is one of the kindest and hardest working people I know. This award would be most fitting for her for all her years of work for the parish working in both Head Start and the school department. For all she does for us at South Lafourche. We are thankful.
2.    Mrs. Troylene is a GREAT seasoned teacher. I often go to her for advice about situations. She is a pleasure to work with, and puts her whole heart into teaching these children.
3.    I am nominating Mrs. Troylene Wallace for Employee of the Month. Ms. Troylene has been with Head Start for many years. Mrs. Troylene is very knowledgeable at her job and is an asset to her colleagues assisting with daily task, inside and outside of the classroom.
4.    She's such a sweet person and a great teacher. She works well with others and is great with the kids.
5.    Mrs. Troylene was first my daughter's teacher and then became my own. She helped me to see my potential and urged me to step outside my comfort zone. She guided me through the process of obtaining my CDA and stood by me the whole way. I couldn't imagine having a better mentor for my child and myself. I am truly grateful for all that she has taught me throughout these years. Much love and respect from me to her.
6.    Very hardworking, dedicated, individual."

 

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Jill Naquin
  June 2016

Jill has been with the Parish for over 7 years. She is an Employment Training Specialist II for the Civil Service Department in Thibodaux.

"I hereby submit Jill Naquin for Employee of the Month. Not only does Jill go above and beyond with her day-to-day job duties, she also volunteers to help when needed elsewhere. Last year, when the parish was looking for a volunteer to become Captain for the Parish's Relay for Life Team for 2016, Jill volunteered her time to be a leader for a great fund raiser for a great cause. As Co-Captain, Jill took the leadership role, voicing her opinion and ideas in order to help raise money for the parish's team. She volunteered her time both inside and outside of work to be able to attend meetings and do anything that was needed. Jill created a good line of communication with all team members, kept everyone informed by sending out meeting notices, meeting minutes, decisions, and possible future ideas. Jill did a great job re-organizing the Relay for Life Parish Team and representing the Parish at meetings. The parish surpassed its goal for 2016 by $2,968. Jill eagerly started the process for the 2017 Team, meeting to discuss both pros and cons of 2016 as well as new fund raising ideas. Along with her regular day-to-day job duties, Jill has taken pride in her positive leadership role as Co-Captain for the Lafourche Parish Government Relay for Life Team and continues searching for volunteers to add to the team to help in the fight against cancer. Jill's continued integrity, dedication, exceptional work ethics and dependability qualifies her for EOM. She is truly an asset to the Civil Service Department and the parish."

 

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Arlene Toups
May 2016

Arlene has been with the Parish for over 24 years. She is an Administrative Assistant III to the Community Services Director in Mathews.

"Mrs. Arlene has been exceptional support to the new administration with projects in Mathews and Thibodaux. She has shared her wealth of knowledge regarding agreements, resolutions, internal processes, and external event planning. She never hesitates to offer her help and is prompt with assistance each and every time. She recently organized the Student Government Day program on behalf of Lafourche Parish by lining up the agenda for the day, coordinated all participants, and prepared the awards. She was not able to participate in the day’s events, but there is doubt that the Parish program was a success because of her efforts prior to the actual event. Mrs. Arlene also assisted a local roping club with gathering their legal documentation on a moment’s notice in order to expedite getting the proper certifications to host their upcoming event. I really appreciate all that Mrs. Arlene has done to help the new administration in the learning process. She is the epitome of a team player."

 

 

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Helen Beamon
April 2016

Helen has been with the Parish for over 2 years. She is a Teacher 2 for Head Start.

Here are comments from her 5 nominations:
1. She is one of the most kind and generous people whom I have the pleasure of working with. She is always smiling and treating everyone with love and respect. She has worked very hard to finish her CDA. We all benefit to have such a wonderful person working along-side of us.
2. Very proud of her finishing her CDA certification!!!!
3. I am nominating Ms. Helen Beamon for Employee of the Month. Ms. Helen is always the first one at our site in the morning to do morning inspections for the site. Ms. Helen is always kind to co-workers, children, and the families of Head Start. She always comes to work with an optimistic attitude. Ms. Helen has been a Teacher 2 at Head Start almost 2 ½ years. Ms. Helen just completed and received her CDA certification! We are very proud of Helen, here at South Lafourche Head Start!
4. I nominate this employee because Ms. Helen is a true definition of loyalty and compassion for what she does. She is kind, sweet and so full of life. She works great with the kids. She has a passion for life and everyone that’s involved. She worked very hard on getting her CDA and she made it a point to get it and she did.
5. Helen Beamon is an exemplary employee. She goes beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of the program. She has overcome all obstacles and met the credentials to receive her CDA. She is a very warm and positive person who works well with everyone.

 

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Angela Matherne
March 2016

Angela has been with the Parish for 2 years. She is an Administrative Assistant for Grants and Economic Development in Thibodaux.

"I would like to nominate Angela Matherne, Occupational Licenses, for Employee of the Month. Angela is very knowledgeable of her job and gives 100% to her work. She handles over 5,000 occupational licenses for Lafourche Parish and always gets them done in a timely manner and mailed out before the end of the year deadline. She keeps up with all deadlines, payments, notices, and penalties. Angela assists all public members who come into the office or telephone with questions about their business license. Angela is always willing to step in when the receptionist needs someone to answer the telephone for the day, a few hours, or just a few minutes. She maintains a positive attitude and treats everyone kindly."

 

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Steve Hartman
February 2016

Steve has been with Public Works for over 23 years. He is an Equipment Operator III at the Raceland Field Office.

"The worker driving the white Lafourche Parish Government truck #129 stopped to give assistance with changing my tire. The gentleman was polite and although I was a woman alone, he made me feel comfortable with his assistance. He removed the flat tire, replaced it with my spare and placed the flat within my trunk; all within a matter of 5-10 minutes. He was a Good Samaritan offering his assistance on Highway 308 outside of Valentine. I am very grateful."

 

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Cindy Pitre
  January 2016

Cindy has been with the Head Start program for over 14 years. She is the Health Manager at the Mathews Complex.

"As the Health and Disabilities Manager for Head Start as well as a Registered Nurse, Cindy does an outstanding job in her duties in the office of Head Start. She is efficient, dependable, and hard working. In addition, she always has a positive attitude. She is a ray of sunshine to all who come in contact with her."

 

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Jeffery Leuenberger
  November 2015

Jeffery has been with the Parish for over 3 years. He is the Senior Planner at the Mathews Complex.

"Jeffery is one of the most dedicated Parish Employees I know. Although Jeffery is in the Planning Department, his job consists of more than working with the newly adopted Comprehensive Plan for Lafourche Parish. As part of the comprehensive plan, Jeff assists with other Parish Departments and Administration. He is involved in several organizations for Lafourche Parish and also is involved with the Historic Committee for the City of Thibodaux. He is currently working on the Bike and Walk Trails, Workforce Housing, Rail transportation, the Resiliency Plan and other tasks. Jeffery will attend after hour meetings and weekend meetings if necessary. Whatever it takes to represent Lafourche Parish in moving us forward. I could go on, but it is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated person who enjoys his job."

 

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Allison Winston
  October 2015

Allison has been with the Parish for over 13 years. She is a Field Maintenance Clerk III at the Thibodaux Field Office.

"Mrs. Allison Winston does, with great patience, meet and begin each Parish day's work dedicated to extend a quality of warmth for each coworker and customers/vendors for Parish intent. High level of consistent work quality and consistent office productivity. She is clearly above and beyond average."

 

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Wayne Bruce
September 2015

Wayne has been with the Parish for 10 months now. He is an Equipment Operator II at the Galliano Field Office.

"Anything less than Employee of the Month for this employee would be an injustice to the Employee of the Month award. Anything you need done he will do it no questions asked. Don't fail this employee.

Wayne is the type of worker that always finds a way to get the job done and does so safely. He can operate any and all types of equipment. He always has a positive attitude and is a joy to work around. When he works in groups he is the one that keeps everyone motivated to get the jobs done and always does A+ work."

 

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Jenny Nolen
August 2015

Jenny has been with the Parish for over 9 months now. She is an IT Analyst at our Mathews Government Complex.

"Jenny is so nice and always ready to troubleshoot an issue. She goes the extra mile to research a problem and then solves it. Always smiling and what a great attitude!"

 

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Martha Babin
July 2015

Martha has been with the Parish for over 11 years. She is the Director of Head Start.

"Martha is a first class employee and lady. She treats everyone with respect who she comes in contact with and remains fair. She goes above and beyond to ensure the Head Start Program is run properly by the highest of standards. Martha is always professional and pleasant to work with. These are just a few of the many reasons why I feel Martha should receive the Employee of the Month recognition."

 

 

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 David Trosclair
June 2015

David is a very hard worker; one employee who really loves his job. Always jolly and keeps a smile on his face. Willing to help anyone. Always greeting people with a smile at the government towers as well as the court house annex. He's just a good person. 

"David is a gem and I am not sure how we existed without him. He takes great pride in his duties and does a superb job. He works tirelessly and always with a smile. Anytime we need help or ask for help, he is ALWAYS willing to assist us without hesitation or complaint. He has a great personality and is always cordial to everyone. Therefore, I would like to nominate David Trosclair for Employee of the Month"

 

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Sonia Bolt
May 2015

 

 

 

Sonia has been with the Parish for over 9 years. She is a Center Director for the Head Start program.

Below are the comments for her 5 nominations:

1. Sonia has been with the Head Start program for several years. This year was Sonia's first year being Center Director. Sonia goes above and beyond to help anyone and everyone she can.

2. Mrs. Sonia goes above and beyond her job duties and is always trying to put a smile on someone's face. She is a beautiful woman who wears many hats.

3. Sonia goes above and beyond the call of duty to make everything run smoothly for her site. She is very professional, caring, and easy to go to for any issues that may arise.

4. I'm nominating Mrs. Sonia for her amazing work with each of her teachers. Also patience, love and care for all the children.

5. She is kind to all the staff teachers and the families she comes in contact with. She is great to work with.

 

 

 

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Brad Boudreaux
April 2015

 

 

Brad has been with the Parish for over 1 year. He is a Parish-wide Mechanic for Public Works.

"Brad is very knowledgeable when it comes to working on the vehicles for the Parish. Brad does not hesitate to tackle any job that comes his way. He takes pride in his work and is a very dedicated employee. Brad helped to come up with a Work Order process to track the maintenance that is done on vehicles, equipment, pumps, bridges, etc. Brad received a WOW Award for the month of February and the month of March. I think that says a lot about the kid of worker he is and should be awarded for Employee of the Month."


  

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Tammy Dupre
March 2015

Tammy has been with the Parish for over 13 years. She is a Food Service Technician for the Head Start program.

"Mrs. Tammy Dupre is a Food Service Technician at Bayou Blue Head Start.

"She began her career in October of 2001. Mrs. Tammy is very dedicated, dependable, and efficient employee. She is responsible for delivering and serving meals to the Bayou Blue Head Start students. Even though she is considered a part-time employee, she often works over 80 hours per pay period. Mrs. Tammy also assists her supervisor with numerous tasks at the Mathews office. She does deserve this award due to her hard work and diligence."

 

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Irvin Dantin
February 2015

 

Irvin has been with the Parish for over 24 years. He is a mechanic at the Galliano Field Office.

"Irvin, Mechanic 3 at the Galliano Field Office, takes care of the bridges, trucks, equipment and pumps for the Galliano Field Office. He has the knowledge to troubleshoot issues with the bridges like a pro. Irvin is always willing to work no matter if it is a holiday, weekend, rain or storm. He is a great asset to the Galliano Field Office. That is why I feel he should be nominated for Employee of the Month."


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James Barnes
January 2015

 

James is the Field Office Supervisor at the Lockport Field Office. He has been with the Parish for over a year.

"In all the years I have worked for the Parish, I have never had such a considerate boss. He is fair, polite, and consistent. Being an employee under him is for the first time in this job, a stress-free environment."

 

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Dot Stacey
2014 EOY

 

Ms. Dot, who was named Employee of the Year for 2014, has been with Lafourche Parish Government for more than 30 years. She is the Field Maintenance Clerk at the Lockport Field Office.

In 2014, Ms. Dot received the WOW Award in June and Employee of the Month in September.

Lafourche Parish Government would like to thank Ms. Dot for her many contributions to the parish through the years.

 

 

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Alfred Folse
October 2014

 Alfred has been with Lafourche Parish Government for 34 years. He is an Equipment Operator III/Pumper/Assistant Field Office Supervisor at the Raceland Field Office.

“I nominate Alfred Folse. He just got his GED. He’s a good guy and a good employee.”



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Dorothy Stacey
 September 2014

 

Ms. Dot has been with Lafourche Parish Government for more than 30 years. She is the Field Maintenance Clerk at the Lockport Field Office.

“Ms. Dot exemplifies the qualities of an outstanding parish employee. She always greets you with a warm, cheerful smile when you visit the Lockport Field Office. She also projects this warm, considerate attitude to residents and co-workers. She definitely is getting the job done in the Lockport Field Office and deserves to be recognized for all of her hard work.”

 


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Tira Harden
  August 2014

Tira has been with the Parish for over 6 years. She is the Assistant Council Clerk for the Legislative Department.

"I would like to nominate Tira Harden for Employee of the Month. Tira is the Assistant Council Clerk in the Legislative Department. She has been taking on additional job duties when others are out and with the department being short staffed with the department having to complete all tasks within a deadline. Tira never shows the pressure and always maintains a positive attitude. She has a great relationship with all co-workers, Councilmen, and the public. Tira is efficient, dependable and valued. She is a huge asset to not only the Legislative Department, but to the whole parish."


 

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Carl Dupre
  July 2014

Carl has been with the Parish for 2 years. He is the Plans Examiner for the Permits Departments located at the Mathews Government Complex.

'I would like to nominate Carl Dupre for Employee of the Month. He is an exceptional worker, always willing to go above and beyond what is required by him and never refuses any additional work. He is a true team player."


 

 

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Chris Landry
  June 2014

Chris has been with the Parish for over 9 years. He is our Public Facilities Manager.

"Chris Landry has gone above and beyond in helping myself and Duplantis Design with the roof problems at the Thibodaux Branch. I can't thank him enough for all of the help and support he has provided, not only during regular, but after hours too. He truly deserves a pat on the back for his professionalism and assistance."

 

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Kerry Thibodaux
May 2014

Kerry has been with the Parish for over a year. He is an IT Analyst at the Thibodaux Government Complex.

 "I would like to nominate Kerry Thibodaux for EOM. Kerry is a huge help in the IT Department. Not only does he always have a positive attitude, he is always willing to help. Every time our department requests an item to be posted on the website or we have a computer issue, Kerry completes the task right away. He is greatly appreciated for his efficiency and hard work."

 

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Jeanette Robichaux

April 2014

Jeanette has been with the Parish for 5 years. She is a Teacher 2 for Head Start.

"Mrs. Jeanette consistently volunteers to accept additional duties above and beyond normal duties. Mrs. Jeanette is a self-starter and displays initiative for working independently. She finishes assignments thoroughly and on time."

  

Chris Boudreaux
March 2014

Chris has been with the Parish for 17 years. He is the Director of Homeland Security and

Emergency Preparedness at the Mathews Government Complex.

"I feel like Chris should get Employee of the Month due to his hard work throughout the years working for the parish. He is not only in charge of the OEP department but is also in charge of the IT department. He helped in the design and construction phase of the renovated Mathews Government Complex and is also willing to help another department. He is also the Fire Chief of the Chackbay Vol. Fire Department, a Reserve Deputy of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, and a Board Member of the Louisiana State Fireman's Association. Chris is also a great supervisor willing to help his fellow co-workers accomplish any job at hand."



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Terry Arabie
February 2014

Terry has been with the Parish for over 30 years. He is the Projects Manager at the Mathews Government Complex.

"Terry is always willing to help everyone. He has helped out in every dept. in the parish. He never refuses anything he has been handed. If you can't find something you ask Terry, because if he can't find it, it is not available. "

 

 

 

 

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Jimmie Bouffanie
January 2014

Jimmie has been with the Parish for over 25 years. He is an Equipment Operator II for the Galliano Field Office.

"Jimmie has been with the parish for 25 years. He is a very dedicated worker. Jimmie is a CDL Driver and he operates the bobcat excavator mostly digging the street ditches. Jimmie has a positive attitude and rarely says no to anything. He has a great relationship with all his co-workers and everyone in the public he comes in contact with. Jimmie is a great asset to the parish and a joy to work with."



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Ricky Chiasson
November 2013

Ricky has been employed by the parish for over 20 years.

When it comes to getting the job done, Ricky does it all. When it is asked of him, and it is quite often, he will load the equipment on the trailer, haul the equipment to the jobsite, unload the equipment, operate the equipment, load it back up and go on to the next job. In other words, he is willing to do the jobs of 3 people, without blinking an eye. Ricky is very well liked by his co-workers and a great asset to the Dept. of Public Works.

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Shaney Hill
October 2013

Shaney has been with the Parish for almost 1 year. She is a Compliance Officer in Mathews for the Public Works and Solid Waste Departments.

Shaney always works efficiently, and completes her work in a very timely manner. She is always available to lend a helping hand to her coworkers even if it is out of her scope of responsibilities. Shaney is committed to working hard to satisfy the needs and concerns of the residents of Lafourche Parish. Shaney is a great asset to Lafourche Parish and that is why I nominate her for the Employee of the Month. She greatly deserves it.

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Benji Percle
September 2013

Benji has been with the Parish for 4 years.

Benji always does his work efficiently and professionally. Whatever job he does he does it as if it is for himself. He is always doing his best work on every job. Benji gives the highest quality of work on every assignment. Benji is always willing to go above and beyond his job requirements.

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David Trosclair
April 2013

David has been with the Parish for almost 1 year.

I would like to nominate Mr. David Trosclair for Employee of the Month. He is a Building Custodian at the Thibodaux Government Complex and surrounding parish buildings. His hard work and dedication has been noticed tremendously since the day he was hired. David always greets everyone he sees and continuously has a friendly and positive attitude. He goes above and beyond his job duties and is always willing to help others. David is a great asset to Lafourche Parish Government.

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Lucien Plaisance
July 2012

Lucien has worked for the parish for 2 years.

Lucien is always willing to cover another shift on any one of the bridges. He will call or go by the (Galliano) Field Office to let the Supervisor know where he is on his days off, and if someone is out that he is available to cover. Several times he was called at the last minute, and without hesitation was ready to cover the shift. He makes sure that reports and any other necessary paperwork are turned in on time. He reports any required maintenance and problems to keep the bridge in working order. He keeps busy while on the bridge by cleaning up, and painting inside the bridge house. Lucien should be recognized for the pride he takes in his job and where he works.

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Donna Toups
June 2012

Donna has worked for the parish for 16 years.

Donna has worked for the parish for 16 years. She is dedicated to Lafourche Parish and to the job that she holds. She handles concerned resident calls daily and helps them by either sending them to the right department or by giving them information that is direct and on point. Since she has worked with Lafourche Parish and in many different departments (finance, public works and executive) she is a definite asset to this parish’s not only residents, but also employees and supervisors. She pays attention to detail and is a tremendous asset to our Parish President and Administrator because of her years of knowledge, her skills, and her abilities. While Donna dreams of retiring, we remind her daily how we need her here. With this award, it will let her know how serious we all are. It is with great pride that I recommend Donna Toups as the employee of the month for Lafourche Parish.

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Tracy Thibodaux
May 2012

Tracy has been with the Parish for 21 years. He is an Equipment Operator 2 at our Galliano Field Office.

Tracy is a very hard, dependable worker that be counted on to get the job done. The majority of the time he is the first one to leave in the morning and the last to return in the afternoon. Tracy can operate the majority of the equipment the LPG has and does so without hesitation. He always stays busy and is always looking for something to do. Tracy should be recognized for being a hard working, dependable, dedicated employee.

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Eric Benoit
April 2012 - Employee of the Year 2012

Eric has been with the Parish for 15 years. He is the Assistant Emergency Preparedness Director in the Mathews office.

Eric is a very dependable, hardworking employee for Lafourche Parish Gov't. He will go over and beyond the call of duty to make sure things are happening and also taking the proper action for the safety of our Parish residents. He never has no for an answer when someone calls on him for anything they may need help in. That is why I feel that Eric should be Employee of the Month.

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Shelly Toups
March 2012
Shelly has been with the Parish for over 13 years. She is the Health Activities Manager at our Thibodaux government office.

Recently Lafourche Parish Government was involved in a federal court case, where Shelly’s assistance and knowledge aided our attorneys in having all charges against Lafourche Parish dismissed. Shelly is very professional & knowledgeable of her duties and is always willing to assist anyone with a task. Lafourche Parish is very fortunate to have Shelly as an employee.

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Jon Pitre
February 2012

Jon has been with the Parish for almost 6 years. He is an IT Analyst for the IT Department at our Mathews government office.

"I would like to nominate Jon Pitre for Employee of the Month. Jon deserves this title as he has been invaluable in the move of employees to their new offices in the Mathews building. In addition to his regular duties, Jon has made sure that all employees are properly set up with their computers, printers, fax machines, etc. It’s a monumental task and I have no doubt that on many days, Jon was pulled in all directions. Through it all, he never complained and always answered calls and emails promptly and courteously."

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Bridget Lusco
January 2012

Bridget has been with Head Start for over 17 years. She is the Administrative Assistant to the Head Start Director as well as the Facilities Manager and Policy Council Manager.

"I would like to nominate Bridget Lusco for Employee of the Month. Bridget is a mini-tornado around the office---efficient, dependable, focused, and dedicated. When she is met with a problem or challenge, she figures out a way to resolve it. She gets along with everyone and is always willing to assist when needed. Bridget truly deserves the title of Employee of the Month."

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Jill Naquin
2011 Employee of the Year

Jill has been with the Parish for over 3 years. She is the Civil Service Clerk located in Thibodaux.

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Jill Naquin
November 2011

Jill has been with the Parish for over 3 years. She is the Civil Service Clerk located in Thibodaux.

"I hereby submit Jill Naquin to be considered for Employee of the Month. Jill is a Civil Service Clerk and has been with the Lafourche Parish Government since February 2008, and during this time, she has done many great things. She has redesigned and updated all classified job descriptions. She explored different ways of posting them to the parish website that would allow all employees easy access and an opportunity to view their job description at their own convenience while at the same time providing access to the Administration and applicants applying for parish employment. On her own accord, she has taken on the role of testing applicants who apply for classified positions. Jill has re-organized the procedure and files of classified employment applications when the task became her responsibility. She has designed a Civil Service Department pamphlet outlining the responsibilities of the department. She has completely re-organized the filing system and assisted with the re-organization of the performance evaluation system. Jill has done extensive research with regards to civil service testing software, performance evaluation software, and surrounding parish’s civil service rules and regulations. In addition to publishing classified job ads in the Official Journal, her diligent research has increased the range of reaching out to the public by also posting classified employment ads on the parish website, at Nicholls State University, and at the Thibodaux Vo-Tech School. Her technology and technical skills are endless. She is willing to assist when ever and where ever is necessary. Jill is very detail-oriented, efficient, and passionate about doing the right thing and what is best for the civil service system and its employees. She always greets everyone with a cheerful smile, is well liked by her fellow co-workers, and exhibits a positive and supportive attitude. Her integrity, dedication, exceptional work ethics and dependability qualifies her for EOM. She is truly an asset to the Civil Service Department and the parish."

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Julia Mayet
September 2011

Ms. Julia has been with the Parish for over 6 years. She is a CZM Clerk for the Coastal Zone Management Department also assists with Occupational Licenses/Can Shake Permits in the Galliano office. Additionally, Ms. Julia has also served as Secretary to the South Lafourche Beach Front Development Commission.

"I would like for the Employee of the Month voting group to re-consider Mrs. Julia Mayet (CZM Clerk) for Employee of the Month. Last month I nominated her and all those reasons still apply. Since then Mrs. Mayet has informed us that she is leaving parish government to follow her calling to serve in ministry services for the Dioceses of Houma Thibodaux. She has agreed to sacrifice her time and stay on full time until her replacement is found. She has also offered to stay on as the Secretary/Treasurer for the South Lafourche Beach Front Development District. She exemplifies a true public servant and will be greatly missed."

"I would like to nominate Mrs. Julia Mayet for Employee of the Month. When I first started with the parish as her Supervisor she had no problem with showing me the ropes and how the office operated on a day to day basis. Every time I had a question, no matter how dumb I thought it was, she would always take the time to explain it to me or show me where I could find it. Mrs. Julia also serves as the Secretary for the Coastal Zone Management Advisory Commission and the South Lafourche Beach Front Development Commission. She spends countless hours working on agendas and minutes with a happy heart and a smile on her face. In the midst of all of the above she also finds time to help the public with occupational licenses and can shake permits. Since we are in our own little world here in Galliano we can be easily over looked, but for all of these reasons I would like to nominate Mrs. Julia Mayet for Employee of the month."

EOM Aug 11_sm

Melissa Albert
August 2011
Melissa is the Planning Coordinator for the Department of Planning & Permits and also assists with Occupational Licenses/Can Shake Permits for the Mathews Office. She has been with the parish for over 18 years.

"Melissa exemplifies what a public servant should be. She has been very helpful when (I) call on her for assistance. She takes the time to direct (me) in the right direction although it is not her job responsibility. She greets everyone with a cheerful welcome and willingness to help. It is a pleasure to work with Melissa in assisting the citizens of Lafourche Parish with their needs."

EOM Jul 11_sm

Cindy Guidry
July 2011

Cindy is the Child Outcome Specialist and Disabilities Coordinator for Head Start and has been with the Parish for over 19 years.

"Cindy is a pleasure to work with. She always has a nice smile, words of encouragement, and is always willing to help anyone at anytime."

EOM Jun 11_sm

Suzette Bartnesky
June 2011

Suzette is the Transportation/Child Enrollment Manager for Head Start and has been with the Parish for over 14 years.

"Suzette works in Head Start and is an outstanding employee - dependable, knowledgeable, and efficient. She is a tireless worker and there's no task too daunting for her to tackle. She truly deserves the title of Employee of the Month."

EOM May 11_sm

Darolyn Dufrene
May 2011

Darolyn is the Health Specialist for Head Start and has been with Head Start for over 15 years.

"Darolyn works in Head Start and is an efficient and dependable employee. She is hard-working and resourceful, is always willing to lend a hand, and is well-liked by the entire staff."

EOM Apr 11_sm

Gilbert Duet
April 2011

Gilbert is an Equipment Operator for the Public Works Department and has worked for the parish for nearly 20 years.

"Gilbert is very dedicated to his job. He is always willing to go beyond his required job responsibilities. He is a very hard worker and always willing to help co-workers. I think Gilbert deserves to be recognized for his hard work and dedication to the Parish and his co-workers."

EOM Mar 11_sm

Sonya Ockman
March 2011

Sonya is an Accountant in the Finance Department and has worked for the parish for over 6 years.

"Sonya is a dedicated and thorough employee. She does not only do what is defined in her job duties. If she sees a problem she approaches the issue with an attitude of, 'How can the item be resolved?' She is dedicated to making sure the work is done right the first time to ensure the Parish is positively and professionally portrayed. She is definitely the right choice for EOM."

EOM Jan 11_sm

Cindy Pitre
January 2011

Cindy is the Health Manager for Head Start Program and has worked for the parish for over 9 years.

"Cindy is the Health & Disabilities Manager in Head Start and is a Registered Nurse. She brings so much to her job each and every day. Not only is she conscientious, hard-working, and resourceful, but she never fails to lend a hand to any co-worker who needs her assistance. She is always friendly and cheerful and brightens the day of all who know her — a truly excellent employee who deserves Employee of the Month."

EOM Nov 10_sm

Irvin Dantin
November 2010

Irvin is a Mechanic for the Department of Public Works at the Galliano Field Office and has worked for the parish for nearly 20 years.

"Irvin is very dedicated and hard-working and is very dependable. He has a lot of knowledge in the line of work that he performs. He is always willing to go the extra mile to get the job done. Irvin's knowledge and willingness has saved saved Lafourche Parish a lot of money on the projects that he has been assigned to, and he is always ready to help get the job done."

EOM Oct 10_sm

Angie Plaisance
October 2010

Angie is the In-Kind Manager for Head Start and has worked for the Parish for over 14 years.

"Angie is always willing to help others. She is very organized and prompt. Angie does not wait until the last minute to complete a project. NEED A JOB DONE, CALL ON ANGIE!"

EOM Sep 10_sm

Michelle Adams
September 2010

Michelle is the Receptionist for the Thibodaux Government Complex and has worked for the Parish for 11 years.

"I would like to nominate Michelle Adams for Employee of the Month because it is always a joy to call the Thibodaux office and be greeted with such a cheerful voice. She answers the phone with so much soul and interest in what the caller needs, she brightens anyone's day. She is so helpful to her callers for she will go out of her way to assist you. You can always depend on her directing you to the person you need. Michelle is such a wonderful and pleasant first impression for Lafourche Parish Government."

EOM Aug 10_sm

Ann Bruno
August 2010

Ann is the Clerk for the Office of Emergency Preparedness and has worked for the Parish for over 3 years.

"Over the past SEVERAL months, Ann has shown extreme patience in dealing with residents, especially those associated with the Vessels of Opportunity program. It has been tough because the Parish literally has no say, nor any authority, over the program... Yet, Ann has done her best to help each and every one of those people that have called. She made it her personal mission to make sure each and every person gets the assistance they need to try to get hired or whatever other assistance they needed. She has worked tirelessly over the last several months to accomplish this and should absolutely be recognized for her hard work and dedication, as she has gone WAY BEYOND the call of duty on this one. It takes a special kind of employee to work in Office of Emergency Preparedness, one willing to give up a lot of spare time for the good of the parish, and Ann Bruno is definitely that type of person. Thank you, Ann, for all you do for the Parish."

EOM Jun 10_sm

Gwen Chapman *2010 Employee of the Year*
June 2010

Gwen is the Receptionist for Mathews Government Complex and has worked for the Parish for over a year.

"Mrs. Gwen is an outstanding receptionist. She goes above and beyond her duties. She is always willing to help in any way that she can. She is polite, courteous and always cheerful, and she treats the public with kindness and respect. She is great to work with."

"Watching Gwen handle her receptionist duties is so impressive. She's so personable to anyone that passes her desk, visitors, employees, service people, etc. It can be quite a challenge greeting and directing people while answering the phone and transferring calls (especially on really busy days), but she does all that and more, always, with a smile. She truly enjoys her job."

"Ms. Gwen is always willing to help you in anyway that she can. She is very thoughtful, sincere, and kind. I do not believe that I have ever entered the doors at the Mathews office that I was not greeted with a smile. What a valuable asset to our Parish and a great first impression to who ever walks through those doors."

EOM May 10_sm

Robin Cheramie
May 2010

Robin is a Community Resource Coordinator for Community Action in Galliano and has worked for the Parish for over 4 years.

"Mrs. Robin is so thorough, responsible, and gives me many options while helping me."

"She has a very good attitude and is a wonderful outstanding worker."

"This lady is an excellent worker as well as a very caring human being. I wish the world would have more people like her. Thank you so much for having such a very nice person to the public."

EOM Apr 10_sm

Joyce Crosby
April 2010

Joyce is a Bus Driver for Head Start and has worked for the Parish for over 13 years.

"Ms. Joyce is a very dependable co worker. She will do whatever is asked of her and even take duties upon herself to get the job done. When a fellow employee fell sick, Ms. Joyce stepped in and started helping out Ms. Suzette with the record-keeping for all vehicles between her routes for the Head Start program. She did these extra duties without being asked by anyone because she knew the job needed to be done and stepped in and did it. She is a very enjoyable person to be around and work with."

"In addition to performing her bus duties, Ms. Joyce has been a temporary replacement for a fellow co-worker. She has been faithfully completing these extra job duties since August, 2009. Ms. Joyce walks into the Mathews office each day with a smile and she is always willing and eager to successfully complete her job tasks. Ms. Joyce has a positive attitude, very organized, and truly enjoys working with young children."

EOM Mar 10_sm

Tammy Dupre
March 2010

Tammy is a Food Service Technician for Head Start and has worked for the Parish for over 8 years.

"I truly believe that Mrs. Tammy Dupre needs to be recognized for her outstanding services. Mrs. Tammy is a Lafourche Parish Head Start Food Service Tech. at the Bayou Blue classroom. Mrs. Tammy was first introduced into the Lafourche Parish Head Start family when her twin daughters were enrolled in the Bayou Blue classroom many years ago. At that time, she began volunteering in the classroom and really enjoyed it. When this position became available she was encouraged to apply for it. Mrs. Tammy is always eager to assist anyone and she does it with a smile! She is an extremely friendly employee and has a positive attitude. Mrs. Tammy is always eager to “go the extra mile” to complete a task."

EOM Feb 10_sm

Stacy Savoy
February 2010

Stacy is the CACFP PRogram Coordinator for Community Action and has worked for the Parish for 10 years.

"I would like to nominate Ms. Stacy Savoy for her great work for community action with her program of CACFP. She is the one whom helps me make it through the day."

EOM Jan 10_sm

Jenica Collier
January 2010

Jenica is an Accountant in our Finance Department and has worked for the Parish for over 3 years.

"With about 10 years of experience in accounting, Jenica is truly an asset to Lafourche Parish. One of Jenica's primary duties is producing the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). Because this document is submitted to the National Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for the Certificate of Excellence award, producing this document requires meticulous formatting, editing, and design skills as well as receiving an unqualified audit. Within her first two years at Lafourche Parish, Jenica's contribution to producing this document helped the Parish receive this prestigious award for the first time."

EOM Nov 09_sm

Bridget Lusco
November 2009

Bridget is the Facilities Manager / Policy Council Manager & Administrative Assistant for Head Start and has worked for the Parish for over 15 years.

"Bridget, is a hard working employee and willing to help any of her co-workers if possible. She always goes the extra mile in order to get the job done. I am very proud to work with someone like Bridget!"

EOM Oct 09_sm

Deborah Moore
October 2009
Deborah is the Manager of the Permits Office and has worked for the Parish for over 4 years.

"I want to nominate Mrs. Debbie Moore for EOM. She always looks out for other people and always willing to go that extra mile to help you out! She is a very positive person and she is a pleasure to work with. She is always fair and understanding no matter the situation. She looks out for her employees and her customers. She definitely deserves to be EOM because she needs a pat on her back for the great job that she does for Lafourche Parish!!"

EOM Sep 09_sm

Sylvester Spears
September 2009

Sylvester is the Weatherization Coordinator for the Office of Community Action and has worked for the Parish for over 4 years.

"Outstanding employee; he is out going and helpful to each co-worker within Community Action as well as every department within Lafourche Government. He works hard on his program and assures that each home receives adequate services and resources to become self-sufficient. His hear pours out to the community in which he prays for daily. He stretches himself thin. After hours his work does not stop. He continues to reach out to others by making periodic home visits for prayers or for services. He gathers volunteers to help the elderly and disable in the community. Sylvester Spears is highly recommended Employee of the Month."

EOM Aug 09_sm

Chris Landry
August 2009

Chris is the Supervisor for Buildings & Maintenance (Public Facilities) and has worked for the Parish for over 5 years.

EOM Jul 09_sm

Debbie Swanner
July 2009

Debbie works for our Grants & Economic Development Department and has worked for the Parish for over a year.

"Debbie always goes that extra mile to get her work done. She helps me whenever possible. Every time I pass her office, I tell her hello. Without fail, she greets me also. She is pleasant to work with and a real asset to the parish. Lafourche Parish is lucky to have such a dedicated employee."

EOM Jun 09_sm

David Ockman
June 2009

David is the Choctaw Field Office Supervisor for our Public Works Department and has worked for the Parish for over 4 years.

"Whenever I request something from David it is always done promptly and professionally. He deserves to have employee of the month."

"David Ockman exemplifies the work ethic and logical decision making skills that every employee should have. For this and the other wonderful things he does to contribute to the success of Lafourche Parish, I'm nominating him for Employee of the Month."

EOM May 09_sm

Mickey Ordoyne
May 2009

Mickey is a Bus Monitor for Head Start and has worked for the Parish for 4 years.

"Mickey is a very caring person. She helps out in anyway that she can. If Head Start is in need of an extra pair of hands to help deliver meals, or an extra pair of eyes to help in the classroom all they have to do is to ask Mickey. She helps out the bus driver in taking on duties that might not necessarily be a part of her job. She is very carrying and concerned when it comes to these Head Start families. She treats them like they are her own. Reading to the children or talking to them about their day is always a plus for Mickey. I think that she is very important to the Head Start program."

EOM Apr 09_sm

Gary Washington
April 2009

Gary is the North Lafourche Area Supervisor for our Public Works Department and has worked for the Parish for over 16 years.

"I nominate Gary Washington for the month of April. I think Gary Washington is a great supervisor. He is willing to help whenever needed. He does whatever it takes to get the work done and answers all calls."

EOM Mar 09_sm

Connie Duet *2009 Employee of the Year*
March 2009

Connie is an Accountant in our Finance Department and has been with the Parish for over 31 years.

"The person I'm nominating should be tagged and recorded as a fixed asset because she is a permanent and valuable fixture in Lafourche Parish. After serving the Parish for 31 years, there is no doubt that Connie Duet is a dedicated and knowledgeable employee. For as long as I've known Connie, she is always striving for excellence. Whether it's working on the multiple grants she handles or storm related items, Connie always gives her best effort to get the job done right the first time. Furthermore, she is always willing to help others accomplish any tasks at hand. Always working in a productive and efficient manner, the time she invests on these projects as well as many others is what will help Lafourche Parish continue to 'feed and fuel America.' Because of her dedication, determination, conscientiousness, and exceptional work effort, Connie Duet should be named employee of the month because she truly is an asset to Lafourche Parish."

EOM Feb 09_sm

Wendy Arcement
February 2009

Wendy is an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Public Works and has been in the Public Works Department for over 3 1/2 years.

"The employee of the month award should undoubtedly be renamed the Wendy Arcement Award. Whether it's the constant working on Fridays to the working through her lunch hour, she gives 110% everyday without ever complaining about it. She picks up everyone's slack while doing more than her fair share, and is still willing to help out with any problems; you have no questions asked. Wendy deserves employee of the month every month because not a day goes by when none of the above are true."

"Although I have been here for a very short time, it is very apparent that Ms. Arcement serves as a dedicated and tireless professional. The residents of Lafourche Parish should know that she is the gold standard of good stewardship for this community. For these reasons, I nominate Wendy Arcement as Employee of the Month for February, 2009."

EOM Jan 09-2_sm

Rochelle Curole
January 2009

Rochelle is a Center Director and has been with the Head Start Program for over 15 years.

"Ms. Rochelle is a very dedicated worker. She is not your typical 8:00 - 4:00 Head Start employee. She works beyond her hours on a regular basis. She is pleasant and does whatever it takes to get the job done. She is well respected by her co-workers and offers her assistance with a good heart. She travels throughout the parish working with all the teachers and never skips a beat. She is most deserving for this honor."