Appointed to the board in October 2019, Chris Elberson serves as Managing Partner for Somdal Associates Architecture/Interior Design. He oversees the design of all projects from concept to construction documents, working closely with a team of designers to ensure the consistent quality level that drives his practice. With a range of experience on many different types of projects, he specializes in healthcare design. Elberson works with regional healthcare providers in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. Mr. Elberson received his Bachelor of Architecture from LSU in 1994. With 25 years of professional practice, Chris has led the design of complex projects in a wide range of building types. Chris is a Past-President of the American Institute of Architects Louisiana and AIA Shreveport and serves as an active professional mentor within the region. Elberson is also passionate about community leadership, serving on several non-profit community boards.
Appointed to the board in March of 2020, Laura Neubert has served the Shreveport – Caddo Parish Community over the last 20 years in the field of construction with her company, LaDanCo, LLC., located in Shreveport. As a licensed Building Contractor, Ms. Neubert manages the operations of her business with 11 full time employees in the Northwest Louisiana area. Ms. Neubert is licensed in the State of Louisiana in Mold Remediation, Certified Pesticide Applicator, Home Remodeler, as well as certified as a Renovate, Repair and Paint Contractor. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Louisiana Tech University – Barksdale AFB location teaching Undergraduate Psychology classes. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master’s of Art in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Louisiana Tech University. She served as a United States Senate page in summers of 1982 and 1983 during the 97th and 98th Congress.
Immediate Past Chairman
Appointed to the MPC Board of Directors in May 2013, Nancy Cooper is an attorney at Louisiana Child Advocacy Program and Mental Health Advocacy Service in Shreveport. Her professional background in law has been focused on family and community. While working as a contract attorney handling cases for the City of Shreveport, Nancy was a volunteer mediator for two dispute resolution centers in Texas, dealing with litigation and family law, and a volunteer attorney for the Community Justice Program. Mrs. Cooper has a B.B.A. in Economics and Management from Baylor University and attended Loyola University School of Law. She is currently a member in good standing of State Bars of Louisiana and Texas, a certified mediator in Texas, and a member of the Shreveport Bar Association.
Appointed to the MPC Board of Directors in February 2010, Lea Desmarteau has established herself as a business owner, community leader, and industry expert in the field of sleep diagnostics and allied health. Lea is the founder of the business that would become WellNecessities, Inc., a clinically based wellness company which generates over $5 million in annual revenues and has over 90 full-time employees, most from the Shreveport area. She is recognized as an expert and pioneer in Sleep Technology and has been a registered Polysomnographic Technologist since 1986 – one of the first in the U.S. Additionally, she actively volunteers for Holiday in Dixie, Southfield School, is a past board member of Samaritan Counseling Services, and holds a variety of leadership positions at Kings Highway Christian Church. Lea holds a B.S. in Biology from St. Mary’s University and studied Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.
Appointed to the MPC Board of Directors in April 2007, Winzer Andrews has effortlessly served the Shreveport/Caddo Parish community for over 40 years. This can be seen through the extensive list of professional memberships, boards, committees, and community volunteer positions Mr. Andrews has held. In addition to helping transform Shreveport through his leadership and citizenship, Mr. Andrews has received awards including 25 Years of Service, Distinguished Service Award. He received a B.S. in Animal Science from Southern University, Masters Degree in Extension Education minor in Horticulture from Louisiana State University, and post graduate studies at Louisiana Tech University, University of Missouri, Mississippi State University, and Louisiana State University.
First appointed to the MPC Board of Directors in December of 2001, Mrs. Bessie Smith has a strong sense of citizenship, duty and honor. Evidence of her work is found through serving on an extensive list of Boards, and receiving honorary titles and awards such as the Harry Blake Community Service Award in 2016, and the Shreveport Mayor’s Women’s Commission in 2007. She is a pioneering educator and community activist whose methods have transformed the lives of students and citizens throughout the Shreveport area. Mrs. Smith, a resident of Shreveport, LA received her Bachelors of Science Degree from Grambling State University, a Masters in Supervision and Special Education, Post-Graduate studies at Wiley, Northwestern University, Centenary College, Santa Clara University, Southern University and LSUS-Shreveport.
Appointed to the MPC Board of Directors in March 2006, Dale Colvin has worked for Southwestern Electric Power Company for over 20 years in various engineering and management positions. During this time, Dale successfully signed a full requirement power contract with one of Louisiana Electric Power Authority’s largest municipal customers, administered day to day activities of large wholesale and industrial accounts in the Southwest Power Pool with an annual gross revenue of over $40 million, and implemented a Partnership-in-Quality program with all wholesale customers. He is very active in the community and has served on various boards and committees ranging from Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce to volunteering with Junior Achievement at local high schools and Easter Seals. Dale received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Louisiana Tech University.
Curtis Joseph, Jr.
Curtis R. Joseph, Jr. is a Partner in the Shreveport law firm, Winchell & Joseph, L.L.C. Mr. Joseph handles defense as well as plaintiff-oriented litigation. He attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications in 1993, and his Juris Doctorate in 1996. While at W&L, he performed clinical work, focusing on post-conviction relief, with the inmates of the Federal Women’s Prison Camp in Alderson, West Virginia. He taught Language Arts, Social Studies and Religion at Bishop Perry Middle School in New Orleans. Mr. Joseph is a founding member of Washington & Lee’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Louisiana Bar Association member; Shreveport Bar Association Executive Board member and President-Elect for 2019; Biomedical Research Foundation Board of Directors; Committee of One Hundred member; Strategic Action Council member; Rotary Club of Shreveport, Metropolitan Planning Commission member; and Immediate Past President of the North Louisiana Jewish Federation. Mr. Joseph is also a devoted husband and father as well as a local jazz/blues drummer.