Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden
President of the Airport Authority
Welcome to the official website for the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. I assumed office as Mayor-President on January 1, 2005 with a goal to build an administration that will be a green light for solutions to traffic, safe neighborhoods, a quality education system and open government. Through the increased use of technology and better management of our resources, I believe Louisiana’s Capital is poised to become America’s next great city.
Baton Rouge is the home of two great universities, a world-class biomedical research facility and a downtown that is coming alive with the opening of two museums, as well as, new and creative residential and office developments.
If you are a visitor, we invite you to see Baton Rouge in person as a tourist or a company considering doing business here. You will find the friendly people of Baton Rouge will welcome you warmly, and our government doors are always open to you.
Please let us hear from you on how we can serve you better.
Melvin "Kip” Holden
The Honorable Trae Welch
Metropolitan Council District 1
Trae Welch was elected to the Metropolitan Council representing District 1 in 2008.
District 1 covers the northern part of the parish and generally runs north of a line that includes Heck Young Road, Lavey Lane, Petit Road, Comite Drive, Dyer Road, McCullough Road and Denham Road.
A native of Baker, Louisiana, Trae graduated from Baker High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree at UL at Monroe, and Jurist Doctorate Degree from Southern University.
Trae Welch currently serves as Zachary City Prosecutor and practices law in Zachary. Mr. Welch is also Chairman of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Commission. He is a former Baker Councilman and former member of the Baker Planning/Zoning Board. He and his wife, Lynn own and operate the Jack and Jill’s Children Boutique in Zachary. They have a two year old son, Quaid.
Legislative Aide is Lisa Rioux.
The Honorable Chauna Banks-Daniel
Metropolitan Council District 2
Banks-Daniel was elected to the Metropolitan Council representing
Council District 2 by an overwhelming victory on December 8, 2012.
District 2 includes Scotlandville and parts of Baker.
A native of Baton Rouge, Chauna graduated from
Southern University Lab High School and received her Bachelor of Science
degree at Southern University in Computer Science, further graduating
from Southern University Graduate School with a Master’s degree in
Education, Leadership and Counseling.
Chauna Banks-Daniel is currently serving as
Executive Director of Revelation Knowledge, Inc., where she is a
Chauna's Legislative Aide is Kimberly Brown.
The Honorable Chandler Loupe
Metropolitan Council District 3
A life-long resident of Baton Rouge, Chandler attended St. Aloysius and Catholic High School. He obtained his BA in business administration from LSU and juris doctorate from Tulane University Law School. Chandler is married to the former Mimi Palfrey and they are the proud parents of 3 boys: Chandler (age 16), William (age 14), and Thomas (age 12). Chandler and William attend Catholic High and Thomas is a student at St. George Catholic School. He and his family are members of St. George Catholic Church.
Chandler is active in many civic and faith-based organizations and devotes over 200 hours annually in his law practice of nearly 20 years to helping indigent clients.
Legislative Aide is Danielle Ourso.
The Honorable Scott Wilson
Metropolitan Council District 4
Republican Scott Wilson was elected to the East Baton Rouge Metropolitan Council in November 2008 and assumed office on January 2, 2009. He represents District 4 which includes much of Central and Greenwell Springs.
A Baton Rouge native, Scott is a graduate of Redemptorist High School and earned a degree in Business Administration and Finance from LSU.
Scott is employed by Derashnie Enterprises, an intermodal trucking company specializing in containerized cargo transport throughout the South. He currently serves as Vice President, managing the company's day-to-day business operations including 23 employees.
As a local small business owner, Scott understands the challenges faced by local employers and employees alike -- a perspective he can drawn upon while serving on the Council. Also, Scott brings a wealth of business experience to the table which he has pledged to use to ensure hard-earned taxpayer dollars are never wasted.
Scott has been married to the former Joanie Brocato for 16 years. They have two children -- son Connor, 10, and daughter Parker, 7. They are members of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.
Kathy Kelly is the Legislative Aide for District 4 .
The Honorable Ms. Ronnie Edwards
Metropolitan Council District 5
Ronnie Edwards is the first female to be elected to represent and serve the constituents of the Baton Rouge Metro Council District 5 seat. She has over 37 years experience as an administrator in local and state government, business and industry. Executive Director of Urban Restoration Enhancement Corp. (UREC) since 1992. UREC is a local and state certified CHDO (Community Housing Development Organization), has an annual budget and assets exceeding 2.0 and 3.0 million respectively. UREC was certified by the LA Association of Nonprofit Organizations as a Standards For Excellence agency in 2005 and received the NAACP’s Outstanding Community Service Award the same year.
Ronnie serves as President of the Board of the Baton Rouge Apartment Association, provides oversight services to the LA Housing Community Development Collaborative and Greater Baton Rouge Community Economic Development Coalition. She is a current board member of LANO, the LA Housing Alliance and is an advisor on a number of Metro Commissions and Task Forces. (Including the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Airport and Long Term Recovery Committee’s Advocacy Chair.) A licensed Realtor, Certified Apartment Manager and Dale Carnegie Graduate with further studies at both LSU, Southern. Mrs. Edwards holds a B.S. in Management from the University of Phoenix.
An alumna of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s ’98 Greater Baton Rouge Leadership Program, the Police Department’s Citizens Academy and YWCA’s Dialogue on Race. Mrs. Edwards is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas Community Development Institute, Co-Founder of the Mickens Road Property Owners Association and Member of Life Changers Christian Center and New Pilgrim Baptist Churches for 27 and 10 years respectively. A Ministry Development Institute Graduate and Instructor for Biblical Profiles and Crown Financial Ministries classes.
Married 37 years, mother of 2 and grandmother of 3, Mrs. Edwards is a 2007 recipient of the Baton Rouge Chapter of The Link’s, Inc. LA Role Models Award and EFA’s Trailblazer award, 2009 recipient of the Rising Tide Award from PREACH.
Legislative Aides are Stephanie Brown & Bea Gransberry.
The Honorable Ms. Donna Collins-Lewis
Metropolitan Council District 6
On November 4, 2008 Donna Collins Lewis was selected by the citizens of District 6 to serve as their new voice on the East Baton Rouge Parish Metro Council.
As a member of the Metro Council, Donna’s mission is to assure representation for all District 6 constituents, and to work with the Mayor and her colleagues to assure that Baton Rouge truly becomes one of America’s next great cities.
Her goal is to create a climate that will inspire and encourage citizen involvement. Donna has been selected by her colleagues on the Metro to serve as a board member for the Capital Area Transit System and the Capital Regional Planning Commission.
Donna brings Twenty-Years of experience in public service to the Metro Council. She has worked as a Housing Administrator for Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation, managed a Lease/Purchase Homeownership Program for New Hope Community Development Corporation and served as a Resident Initiative Coordinator for the Baton Rouge Housing Authority. Most recently, as the Housing Program Manager for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps, Donna has traveled the state of Louisiana connecting families and communities with the resources necessary to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Donna believes that homeownership and community involvement equals stronger, safer neighborhoods. She has participated in homebuyer and credit education programs that assist families living at or below the poverty level to realize the American dream of owning their own home.
Donnas’ community involvement has included chairing the Racial Justice Committee as a member of the YWCA, member of the EBRP Long Term Recovery Committee, Board Chair for RîZ Up Louisiana and original board member of Urban Restoration Enhancement Corporation. She also volunteers her time on many community service projects across the city. Donna’s passion to serve comes from her mother, a single parent who raised four children on a meager income while walking to work at night.
Donna is married to Clifford S. Lewis, her greatest cheerleader, encourager and supporter. She is the mother of three and grandmother of nine. She is a member of Star Hill Church where she serves on the Ministry Leadership Team and facilitates a woman’s Sixty Minutes (Sunday School) Class.
Councilwoman Collins-Lewis’ Legislative Aide is Pamela Smith.
The Honorable Ms. C. Denise Marcelle
Metropolitan Council District 7
C. Denise Marcelle is a lifelong resident of District 7, and has been involved in many community service organizations that serve the District. She is a 1977 graduate of Capital Senior High School and is currently enrolled at Southern University studying Criminal Justice. She attended LSU to become a licensed Notary Public on December 6, 2000. Denise currently works as a legal assistant to Attorney Gail Horne Ray, where she has been employed for over 25 years.
Denise is the founder of the SOS House, a non-profit rehabilitation program for women and their children. She became a licensed Ordained Minister in 2001 at Disciples Outreach Ministry where she continues to serve on their staff.
Denise has been involved with the following Community Service Organizations:
M.A.P. I.T. (Making A Positive Impact Together – Former chairperson
Gus Young Non-Violence
Gus Young Action Committee – Secretary
Women on the Move for Christ
Ladies of Purpose – Vice-Chairperson
Nehemiah Society – Former Treasurer
Denise is the mother of two (2) and grandmother of six (6). She received the 2007 Polaris Award and the BREC Trailblazer Award in 2007.
Legislative Aide is Dawn Brazier.
The Honorable Buddy Amoroso
Metropolitan Council District 8
Amoroso, a Republican, won his seat as Metropolitan Council
representing District 8 after drawing no opposition in the November 2012
primary election. He officially took office in January 2013. The
northern boundary of District 8 includes South Old Hammond Highway to
the North, O’Neil Lane to the East, Old Jefferson/Tiger Bend to the
South, including areas between Coursey Boulevard and Airline Highway and
South Sherwood Forest Boulevard to the West.
A life-long resident of Baton Rouge, Buddy Amoroso
attended Broadmoor High School. He obtained his BS in Business
Administration from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Buddy, a
licensed Louisiana Real Estate Broker is the CEO of Prime Properties,
XL. He is currently President of the Baton Rouge Apartment Association
and a Board Member for the East Baton Rouge Airport Commission. He has
been very involved in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Scout Master
of Trinity Luthern Church, Troop #169, and presently serving as
Assistant Scout Master.
Buddy is married to Denise Waters and has three
children, Elaine, Michal Ann and Anthony Amoroso – Navy Corpsman. He and
his family are members of Christ Presbyterian Church, where he serves
as a deacon.
The Honorable Joel Boé
Metropolitan Council District 9
Joel Boé recently began serving his first term as your District 9 councilman on January 2nd, 2009. District 9 is located in the southeast portion of East Baton Rouge Parish and is bordered on the east by the Amite River and Bayou Manchac and on the west by Pecue Lane, Stumberg, Jones Creek, and O’Neal Lane.
My wife and I are life long residents of Baton Rouge and have resided in the Southeast portion of Baton Rouge for over 10 years. As a graduate of Bethany Christian School in 1994, I moved on to graduate from the LSU School of Engineering with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management in 1998, and with a full time job, later went on to graduate from the LSU Executive MBA Program in 2006. I am employed as a Project Manager with Performance Contractors, Inc. and have been with them since 1998. We work exclusively in the private sector executing construction projects in chemical plants and refineries primarily in the Southeast portion of the United States.
I love the quality of life that District 9 provides my family and so do the great residents of District 9. As the fastest growing district in our Parish we will be faced with many challenges and opportunities that will help to shape and mold a future for our children. Many things have already been set in motion to help improve our traffic woes, those of which, we will begin to see progress in the coming months and the number of orange barrels you pass daily will begin to increase dramatically.
Please stand with me as we help take District 9 and the rest of East Baton Rouge Parish to the next level.
Liz Alch is the Legislative Assistant for District 9.
The Honorable Mrs. Tara Wicker
Metropolitan Council District 10
Tara Wicker is a lifetime resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Policy Analysis.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. Tara served in the Office of the Mayor President for the City of Baton Rouge as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for 3 ½ years.
For six years she worked as a Program Officer and Community Organizer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation,
establishing Community Development Corporations (CDC’s) and other community revitalization efforts here in Baton Rouge.
In addition Tara served as Executive Assistant for the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
Tara is a dedicated and passionate christian and community activist who believes strongly in the value of the family unit. She has lived and worked in District 10 her entire life and career. A few of her achievements include the following:
Community and Leadership Involvement
Chairman of East Baton Rouge Council on Aging (COA)
Selected as a Pew Civic Entrepreneur
Co-Chair of Mayor’s Commission on Revenue and Expenditures (MCORE)
Former Board Member of Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance
Coordinated the development of the Plan to End Chronic Homelessness
Semi-Finalists – Do Something Brick Award
Selected Baton Rouge Business Report Top 40 Under 40
Co-Coordinator of Smart Growth Task Force
Former Board Member of Habitat for Humanity
Member of Residential Living Task Force – Plan Baton Rouge
Children’s Coalition Board Member
Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge
Former Board Member Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation
Former Board Member Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau
President of Mid-City Community Association
Past Vice-President PTO – South Blvd.
Past President PTO – Shiloh Early Learning Academy
Former Mayor Representative for Downtown Dev. District Commission
Co-Founder Community Builders, Inc.
Founder of "Transformations” Healthy Lifestyle System
Established for City of Baton Rouge:
1st Blight Elimination Ordinance
Task Force to End Chronic Homelessness ("Roadmap to Restoration”)
Mayor’s Youth Advisory Commission
Mass Transportation Task Force
Mayor’s Campaign Against Breast Cancer
Served as Advisor for Hope 6 project (Baton Rouge)
Get Fit Campaign
"Good News” Baton Rouge Talk Show
City of Baton Rouge representative for McKinley High Restoration Project
Emerging Small Business Network
Neighborhood Housing Network
Mayor’s Blight Elimination Team
Tara’s special interests include Business and Personal Image Consulting; Healthy Lifestyle Coaching; Leadership and Organizational Development Training; Strategic Planning; Business Advertising; and Public Speaking.
Tara has been married for 15 years to Michael Wicker, former State Trooper and Minister. She is the mother of four: Tya, Trinity, Michael, and Mya.
Councilwoman Wicker Legislative Aide is Ralph Johnson.
Comprehensive Master Plan Advisory Committee
The Honorable Ryan Heck
Council District 11
Ryan Heck, 34, a Republican won his seat as Metropolitan Council representing District 11
after drawing no opposition in the November 2012 primary election.
He officially took office in January 2013.
District 11 includes portions of Government Street and the Jefferson Highway corridor to Siegen Lane.
Ryan, a native of Baton Rouge, is a graduate of the LSU College of Engineering
with a degree in Construction Management and has earned a Masters of Business Administration from LSU.
He is currently a Senior Procurement Specialist at Albemarle
Corporation.Ryan Heck and his wife Loredana are the proud parents of a
daughter Isabella and son Roman.
They are Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Church.
The Honorable John Delgado
Metropolitan Council District 12
Delgado, 38, Republican, was elected as a Metropolitan Councilmember,
representing District 12 on December 8th, 2012.
He officially took
office on January 2, 2013. District 12 includes the Kenilworth, Magnolia
Woods, Pollard, Southdowns and Valley Park neighborhoods.
John is a native of Baton Rouge. He is a graduate
of Catholic High School, Louisiana State University and Tulane Law
Delgado has practiced law in Baton Rouge for 12 years. He is
married to local attorney, Stephanie Possa. John Delgado is a
member of the Baton Rouge Bar
Association, Louisiana State Bar Association and American Bar
Association, and is an elected member
of the Louisiana State Bar
Association House of Delegates.
His Legislative Assistant is Melinda Powers.