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.
Appointed to the MPC Board of Directors in March 2016, Theron Jackson is the Pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Shreveport, and before that, was the Pastor for Mount Olive Baptist Church in Greenwood for over 10 years. Theron previously served on the Shreveport City Council, was a managing partner for The Petra Group and was the Director for Minority and Women’s Development Center. He was recognized by Ebony Magazine as one of the Top 30 Leaders at age 30, received the Shreveport Times Future Leaders Award and the Martin Luther King Jr. Award. He wrote the book Never Be Nothing, published in August 2010. Theron received a B.S. in Business Management from Louisiana Tech University, completed the Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard University, received a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University and is a Candidate for Masters of Divinity at the United Theological Seminary.
Appointed to the MPC Board of Directors in May 2012, Alan Young, has owned and operated Southland Learning Center for over 25 years. Young has built a highly respected preschool and afterschool program that has provided care for thousands of children throughout Shreveport, and serves on a multitude of Child Care Boards and Committees. Additionally, Young has been a member of the Brookwood Baptist Church and has served as an Ordained Deacon, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees.
Appointed to the MPC Board of Directors in January 2014, Ronnie Remedies is the owner and president of Shreveport Limousine, a company that was named 2013 Small Business of the Year. He also is an owner and managing partner of Twin Oak Investments, developing commercial properties around Shreveport, creating over 100 jobs and generating millions of dollars in tax revenue for city, parish, state and federal governments. Additionally he served as Deputy Sheriff for Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and a firefighter/EMT for the Shreveport Fire Department. Mr. Remedies education includes: Shreveport Regional Fire Training Academy, Louisiana State University Fire Training including Fire Science and Hazardous Material Operations, and Southern University specializing in Industrial Safety.
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.