Ted Joanen – Joanen is a lifelong resident of Cameron Parish, who has had a long and illustrious career as a biologist, researcher and conservationist throughout Southwest Louisiana and the world. He retired from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge where he served as a biologist for more than 30 years. During this time, he was instrumental in sustainable marsh management and conservation of wetlands, leading studies on marsh ecology, wildlife enhancement, waterfowl banding, alligator, brown pelican and white-tail deer research. Joanen has published more than 140 scientific papers, articles and reports.
Simone Maloz – Maloz works daily on the local, state and federal levels to advocate for the needs of the disappearing Louisiana coast, specifically the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins. She has continuously worked on large-scale and long-term projects for the basins such planning for major sediment and freshwater diversions and operation of existing restoration projects such as Davis Pond and Bayou Lafourche. She was appointed by Governor Jindal to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation in the summer of 2014, and is a member and co-chair of the Commission’s Diversion Subcommittee. Maloz is currently the Executive Director of Restore or Retreat.
Edward B. Overton, Ph.D. – Dr. Overton has been tireless in his efforts to apply sound scientific knowledge to help solve some of the most consequential environmental issues facing coastal communities. He is a world-renowned expert in identifying oil from specific spills and determining its fate and transport to the coastal environment. He is a gifted, enthusiastic educator, who has the ability to make technical subject matter interesting and pertinent for students. Dr. Overton is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Environmental Sciences at LSU and is Founder and Chairman of Analytical Specialists, Inc.
Phil R. Precht – Precht has had a 35-year career in land management and wetland conservation throughout Coastal Louisiana. His leadership in collaboration with landowners, local, state and federal agencies and a host of non-governmental organizations has been instrumental in creating vital conservation partnerships, protecting habitat and helping to restore Louisiana’s coast. Precht currently serves as supervisor and land manager for ConocoPhillips Coastal Wetlands. He manages the largest span of privately-owned coastal wetlands along the Gulf Coast—approximately 636,000 acres. Precht has been the guiding force behind numerous shoreline protection projects, freshwater enhancements and marsh creation efforts.