LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF MUNICIPAL SECRETARIES AND ASSISTANTS - (LAMSA)

HISTORY

The first President of the Louisiana Association of Municipal Secretaries and Assistants (LAMSA), Ms. Pam Gaspard of the City of Abbeville, introduced herself to the members of the Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA) on August 10, 1989 and announced that LAMSA had an initial membership of 68. In her letter to the LMA Board, she explained that the association originated from an idea from Mayor John Berthelot with the City of Gonzales. His idea was culminated with “the thought of a better networking system between city secretaries.” Ms. Gaspard’s letter further stated that this “association allows for continued education and instructional activity opportunities for secretaries and assistants, so they may help provide a more professional atmosphere within their city offices for the benefit of the people, other city departments, the Mayors and themselves” and that “education is the forefront of our association.”

Initially, organizational meetings began in the spring of 1989 and were attended by the secretary to Mayor Berthelot, Ms. Betty S. Latuso (City of Gonzales), Ms. Pam Gaspard (City of Abbeville), Ms. Bertha Bernard (City of Lafayette), Ms. Jan Picard (City of Westlake), and employees of the Louisiana State University – Governmental Services Institute (Dr. Marilyn Broughton, Ms. Billie Tripp, and Ms. Edith Vilas). After considerable discussion and planning, LAMSA became a reality. This non-profit affiliate of the LMA adopted its bylaws in convention assembled in Alexandria, Louisiana on the 10th day of August 1989.  

Membership to the Association is open to all municipal secretaries and assistants or persons performing the duties of a secretary or assistant, regardless of title, in any incorporated village, town, or city chartered under and in conformity with the laws of the State of Louisiana. The Association’s purpose or “mission statement” is the same today as it was then:          

· to provide a forum where networking can take place among the members resulting in a free exchange of ideas about work related issues,
· to enhance professionalism by developing effectiveness and efficiency in public service leading to increased goodwill for the organization, and
· to be an educational resource by providing opportunities for skills development and job-related educational activities.

The Association conducts annual spring and fall training conferences throughout Louisiana in order to provide traveling convenience to its membership and to acclimate the various municipal groups with a cohesive understanding of government at all levels. Each conference provides continuing education points that may be applied to the Certified Municipal Assistant certification program. Currently, there are 65 CMA recipients.

LAMSA’s Executive Committee consists of four officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer), the outgoing [Past] President, five Directors-at-large and the LMA President (or his designee). The committee meets at each conference, at least once between conferences, and during the LMA annual convention. An annual membership meeting is held at the spring conference.

The Association’s President is the Chief Executive Officer who presides at all meetings of the membership and acts as Chairperson of the Executive Committee. The President has general and active management of the business of the Association and sees to it that all orders and resolutions of the Executive Committee are carried out. The President also nominates standing committees, as necessary, which are then confirmed by the Executive Committee. The President serves a two-year term. This elected officer also serves on the LMA Board of Directors and the Louisiana Municipal Risk Management Agency Board of Trustees and attends its meetings. The outgoing or past-president also serves on the Executive Committee for a period of two years. These individuals have held the office of President of the Association:

    1989 – 1990 Pam Gaspard Abbeville, City of
    1991 – 1992 Bertha Bernard Lafayette, City of
                          replaced by Sylvia R. Humble Bossier City
    1992 – 1993 Sylvia R. Humble Bossier City
    1994 – 1995 Betty S. Latuso Gonzales, City of
    1996 – 1997 Penny Simmons DeRidder, City of
    1998 – 1999 Alaina Walgamotte Slidell, City of
    2000 – 2001 Jeanne Williamson DeRidder, City of
    2002 – 2003 Yolanda Andrews-Mattaur St. Gabriel, Town of
    2004 – 2005 Mary Ann Nunley Natchitoches, City of
    2006 – 2007 Nelma Domingue Lafayette Consolidated Government
    2008             Margaret Poirier Hebert Lafayette Consolidated Government
                          replaced by Nelma Domingue Lafayette Consolidated Government
    2008 - 2010     Nelma Domingue Lafayette Consolidated Government
    2010 - 2012     Marlaine Peachey, Mandeville, City of
    2012 - 2014     Myra Streeter, Walker, City of
    2014 -       Lori Spranley, Mandeville, City of

Another officer of the Executive Committee is the Vice-President. This officer assumes the duties of the President in the event of the President’s absence or disability. In this event, this officer has authority to perform all the duties of the President. Candidates for this office must submit a letter of intent to the President of the Association. The President calls a meeting of the Nominating Committee and a nomination is made for presentation to the membership for election. The term is two years. These individuals have held the office of Vice-President of the Association:

    1989 – 1990 Bertha Bernard Lafayette, City of
    1991 – 1992     Sylvia R. Humble Bossier City
    1992 – 1993     Betty S. Latuso Gonzales, City of
    1994 – 1995     Penny Simmons DeRidder, City of
    1996 – 1997     Alaina Walgamotte Slidell, City of
    1998 – 1999     Jeanne Williamson DeRidder, City of
    2000               Angela Graham Bastrop, City of
                          replaced by Yolanda Andrews-Mattaur St. Gabriel, Town of
    2000 – 2001     Yolanda Andrews-Mattaur St. Gabriel, Town of
    2002               Billye Fleming Alexandria, City of
                          replaced by Mary Ann Nunley Natchitoches, City of
    2002 – 2003     Mary Ann Nunley Natchitoches, City of
    2004 – 2005     Nelma Domingue Lafayette Consolidated Government
    2006 – 2007     Margaret M. Poirier Lafayette Consolidated Government
    2008 - 2009     Jessica Babin Jena, Town of
    2009 - 2010     Jessica Babin, Jena, Town of
    2010 - 2012     Myra Streeter,  Walker, Town of
    2012 - 2013     Anne Patin, Lafayette Consolidated Government
    2013 -             Donna Carlin, Lafayette Consolidated Government

The third officer of the Association is the Secretary. This person keeps the minutes of Association meetings and the Executive Committee meetings and maintains a roster of the membership and all records for the Association. The Secretary provides to the members written notices of all meetings. These individuals have held the office of Secretary of the Association:

    1989               Karen Oertling Sulphur, City of
    1990 – 1991   Pam Comeaux Donaldsonville, City of
                          replaced by Carole Walsworth Ruston, City of
    1991 – 1993   Carole Walsworth Ruston, City of
    1994 – 1995   Alaina Walgamotte Slidell, City of
    1996 – 1997   Helen Thornton Bossier City
    1998               Carol Jackson Leesville, City of
    1999               Angela Graham Bastrop, City of
    2000 – 2008   Penny Simmons DeRidder, City of
    2009 - 2011     Kerri Broussard DeRidder, City of
    2011 - 2014     Lori Spranley, Mandeville, City of
    2014 -     Patricia Gaudet, Brusly, Town of

The Association’s fourth officer is the Treasurer. The duties of this office include providing general supervision of the financial operations of the Association, depositing all monies received, issuing all payments for obligations, and having custody of all funds of the Association. The Treasurer submits an annual written report to the membership and from time to time upon the request of the Executive Committee. As of January 23, 1992, this became a permanent position and is not subject to reelection or reappointment. These individuals have held the office of Treasurer of the Association:

    1989 – 1992     Betty S. Latuso Gonzales, City of
    1993 – 1994     Carol Perry Kaplan, City of
    1995 – 1997     Pam Gaspard Abbeville, City of
    1998 – 2002     Betty S. Latuso Gonzales, City of
                          replaced by Jeanne Williamson DeRidder, City of
    2002 – 2006     Jeanne Williamson DeRidder, City of
                          replaced by Adrienne Jackson New Roads, City of
    2006               Adrienne Jackson New Roads, City of
                          replaced by Hilda Edwards Ville Platte, City of
    2007               Hilda Edwards Ville Platte, City of
                          replaced by Joan Methvin Maurice, Village of
    2007 –     Joan Methvin Maurice, Village of
    

Of the Directors-at-large, three hold a two-year term and two hold a one-year term. The following members have served in this capacity:   

    Wendy Allbritton Olla, Town of
    Yolanda Andrews-Mattaur St. Gabriel, Town of
    Jessica Babin Jena, Town of
    Ruth “Gae” Baudoin Lafayette, City of
    Linda Barnett Mandeville, City of
    Dot Beckham Bossier City
    Janet Borne Walker, Town of
    Kerri Broussard DeRidder, City of
    Phyllis Bryant Kenner, City of
    Helen Irving Burley New Orleans City Council / District “B”
    Donna Carlin Lafayette Consolidated Government
    Rosalyn Cimino Jefferson Parish
    Danita “Dannye” Coffman Westlake, City of
    Nelma Domingue Lafayette Consolidated Government
    Norma Dugas Lafayette, City of
    Monica King Dupre Crowley, City of
    Hilda Edwards Ville Platte, City of
    Bridget Farris Sulphur, City of
    Monica Fontenot Lafayette Consolidated Government
    Angela Graham Bastrop, City of
    Susan Guice Shreveport, City of
    Bea Guidry Kaplan, City of
    Adagria Haddock Winnsboro, City of
    Billye Hammock Alexandria, City of
    Stephanie Hardy Vinton, Town of
    Kathy Hopkins Ruston, City of
    Sylvia R. Humble Bossier City
    Wanda Hunt-Joiner Alexandria, City of
    Rita Jack Ville Platte, City of
    Adrienne Jackson New Roads, City of
    Carol Jackson Leesville, City of
    Terri Kavanaugh Ruston, City of
    Deb McDaniel Oakdale, City of
    Gay Nell McIntosh Farmerville, Town of
    Fran McKinley Slidell, City of
    Joan Methvin Maurice, Village of
    Donna Newton Alexandria, City of
    Debbie Nosser Delhi, City of
    Mary Ann Nunley Natchitoches, City of
    Anne Patin Lafayette Consolidated Government
    Neita R. Payne Zachary, City of
    Marlaine Peachey Mandeville, City of
    Carol Perry Kaplan, City of
    Margaret Poirier Lafayette Consolidated Government
    Preston Reeves Alexandria, City of
    Susan Savant Brusly, Town of
    Loretta Schultz Lafayette Consolidated Government
    Penny Simmons DeRidder, City of
    Myra Streeter Walker, Town of
    Helen Thornton Bossier City
    Alaina Walgamotte Slidell, City of
    Linda Walker Opelousas, City of
    Jeanne Williamson DeRidder, City of
    Margaret Young Crowley, City of
    Melinda Foil, St. Franscisville, Town of
    Paula Kidder, Lafayette Consolidated Government
    Lori Spranley, Mandeville, City of
    Sabrina Adams, Lafayette Consolidated Government
    Patricia Gaudet, Brusly, Town of
    Jamie Liner, Golden Meadow Town of
    Hilda Edwards, Ville Platte, City of
    Lisa Bryant, St. Francisville, Town of
    Danielle Honor-Young St. Charles Parish

    The Louisiana Association of Municipal Secretaries and Assistants expresses its appreciation to the Louisiana Municipal Association for allowing it to be an affiliate organization of the LMA. Its membership also wishes to express gratitude to the mayors, parish presidents, and other elected officials who provide their support and recognize the need for secretaries and assistants to have a forum for networking, to enhance professionalism, and to receive opportunities for skills development and job-related educational activities.

Date: July 27, 2015