Name: Annette Ballard
Election District: 4
Schools: Barbe Elementary, T.S. Cooley Elementary, Prien Lake Elementary
Years on the Board: 12
Biographical Information: In her own words…
Representing District 4, I am currently serving as Chair of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee. Other committee assignments include: Budget and Fiscal Management, and Administrative and Personnel.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Louisiana State University, and a Master of Education +30 from McNeese State University. Additional graduate work included study at the University of Hawaii and Northeast State University.
As a product of public education in Lake Charles, it was a natural move to choose southwest Louisiana as a career choice. My classroom experience included a year in Honolulu, Hawaii and nine years in Calcasieu Parish. Additional exciting opportunities included: elementary curriculum consultant, elementary principal and administrative director of elementary schools. Additional work through the LA State Department of Education included serving as a professional development trainer for Louisiana principals, career education curriculum writing teams and various state textbook adoption committees.
The opportunity to serve in related educational endeavors included: Elementary Commission chair, Louisiana Committee chair, president, board of trustees member, and board of directors member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; member of the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation; member of the Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement; quality review team chair for School Systems in Louisiana and Latin America; and quality review team member in other states. Honors received include: Elementary Principal of the Year in Calcasieu Parish and Louisiana; and Distinguished Educator of the Year of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Hobbies and family are synonymous since I cherish time spent with family. My children and grandchildren are actively involved in many activities and I am fortunate to be able to share in many of the activities. Time spent with good friends, reading and working in my yard all balance a full and exciting schedule.
Name: Billy Breaux
Election District: 13
Schools: Maplewood Elementary, Maplewood Middle, R.W. Vincent Elementary
Years on Board: 16
Biographical Information: As a lifelong resident of southwest Louisiana, Billy Breaux has served the Calcasieu Parish School Board and District 13 for over a decade with experience on all of the board’s committees.
A Sulphur native, Mr. Breaux attended Maplewood Middle School and Sulphur High. He went on to Louisiana State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
In 1990, Mr. Breaux returned to Sulphur to open an insurance agency. Over the years, he has earned the title of Senior Account Agent and received national recognition with the company as Line Leader, Quality Agent and Life Leader since 2000; National Champion since 1991, and Honor Ring since 1991. He currently works as the Territory Sales Manager for the Bankers Ins Group for the state of Louisiana.
When time permits, Mr. Breaux enjoys being an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, serving as a coach and sponsor for various sports teams with Sulphur Parks and Recreation, and contributing to Sulphur High School Athletics and Band. He has three children with wife Julie Trosclair Breaux, who has been a Calcasieu Parish teacher since 1989.
Name: Bliss Bujard
Election District: 11
Schools: Cypress Cove Elementary, Vincent Settlement Elementary, Vinton Elementary, Vinton Middle, Vinton High
Years on Board:
Biographical Information: In his first term of service, Bliss Bujard is the District 11 representative for the Calcasieu Parish School Board and will serve on the Curriculum and Instruction Committee and the Budget/Fiscal Management Committee for 2019.
After graduating from Vinton High School, Mr. Bujard obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from McNeese State University.
He served 12 years as an elected Vinton City Councilman and was a founding member and President of the Lion Backer Booster Club. He is currently employed at Advanced Corrosion Technologies & Trainins as a Project Manager/Business Developer in the API Inspection field.
He is married to Brandi Cormier Bujard and has three beautiful children: Brock, Bailey, and Brycelyn. In his spare time, he love spending time with his family, watching his kids compete in sports and attending high school athletic events.
Name: Russell Castille
Election District: 12
Schools: Frasch Elementary, W.T. Henning Elementary, E.K. Key Elementary, LeBlanc Middle/Drost School, W.W. Lewis Middle, Sulphur High
Years on Board: 2
Biographical Information: Russell Castille is a 1991 graduate of Sulphur High School. He went to graduate from McNeese State University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science in Management. Mr. Castille is a 2010 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1993 – 2000. He has been in banking for over 16 years and is currently employed with Merchants and Farmers Bank as a Commercial and Residential lender.
Mr. Castille currently serves on the West Cal Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He is a member of the Sulphur Kiwanis club where he is currently serving as the club Treasurer. He has coached recreation sports and enjoys watching his children participate. He attends St. Theresa Catholic Church. He and his wife, Kathryn, have four children: Zachary, Sam, Anna, and Sarah.
Mr. Castille also serves on the Curriculum and Instruction Committee for 2018.
Name: Mack Dellafosse
Election District: 7
Schools: Brentwood Elementary, Oak Park Elementary, Oak Park Middle, T.H. Watkins Elementary
Years on Board: 11
Biographical Information: In his third term of service, Mack Dellafosse represents District 7 for the Calcasieu Parish School Board and will serve at the 2018 board president.
After graduating from LaGrange High School in 1988, Mr. Dellafosse obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northeast Louisiana University in 1993.
He is employed by State Farm Insurance, a position he has held for 21 years. A licensed Louisiana Notary, Mr. Dellafosse also possesses a Property & Casualty Insurance license. He currently serves on several community service boards.
He and his wife Kimberly have two sons, Morgan and Austin. When time permits, Mr. Dellafosse enjoys playing golf, coaching kids and repairing things around his house.
Name: John Duhon
Election District: 15
Schools: Moss Bluff Elementary, Moss Bluff Middle, Sam Houston High
Years on Board: 4
Biographical Information: John Duhon represents Election District 15 in his first term on the Calcasieu Parish School Board and serves on the 2018 Administration and Personnel Committee, Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, and the Curriculum and Instruction Committee.
A long-term resident of Calcasieu Parish, Mr. Duhon graduated from Lake Charles High before attending McNeese State University. For several decades, he served the public schools of Calcasieu Parish as a teacher, coach, and principal.
He enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, woodworking, and spending time with his wife, four children, and eight grandchildren.
Name: Damon Hardesty
Election District: 9
Schools: S.P. Arnett Middle, Western Heights Elementary, Westlake High, Westwood Elementary
Years on Board: 3
Biographical Information: Election District 9 representative Damon Hardesty is in his first term of service for the Calcasieu Parish School Board. He is serving as the Board's Vice President in 2018 as well as a member of the Administration and Personnel Committee, Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, and the Insurance/Employee Benefits Committee.
Mr. Hardesty graduated from Westlake High School in 1994 before going on to attend McNeese State University. He became an entrepreneur early in life, owning a business for the first time in 1997. He operated that business, Hardesty Lawn Maintenance, for 11 years and also became co-owner/president of Sun, L.L.C. in January 2004. As of 2013, Mr. Hardesty is the sole owner of Sun, L.L.C.
He is also very active in the community, filming all games for the Westlake High School football program for 13 years and serving as the Booster Club President from 2010-2012 and in 2015.
He and his wife, Amanda, have two children: Jackson and Hadley. He attends Westwood Baptist Church and is a member of ACTS. Mr. Hardesty has coached recreation sports for several years and enjoys watching his own children participate in athletics. His hobbies include playing golf, running, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Name: Fredman Hardy
Election District: 2
Schools: J.D. Clifton Elementary, Combre Fondel Elementary, Molo Middle, Washington Marion High
Years on Board: 12
Biographical Information: Fredman Hardy Jr. serves the school board and Election District 2 with more than four decades of experience in the Calcasieu Parish school system. In 2018, he serves on the Administration and Personnel Committee, Budget and Fiscal Management committee, Curriculum and Instruction Committee, and Insurance/Employee Benefits Committee.
Mr. Hardy is a product of the public schools of Louisiana and a graduate of CPSB’s Washington High School. He attended Southern University and McNeese State University earning B.S., Masters, Master plus Thirty, and Specialist degrees.
Spending his entire education career in Calcasieu Parish, Mr. Hardy taught at Washington, Sulphur, and Marion high schools. He also held several supervisory roles in the district before taking office as a school board representative.
Mr. Hardy enjoys the company of his wife Geraldine, a retired teacher, and their children and grandchildren. In his spare time, you’ll find him playing chess or cards and watching any sporting activity he can.
Name: Ron Hayes
Election District: 5
Schools: College Oaks Elementary, Dolby Elementary, Henry Heights Elementary, LaGrange High, F.K. White Middle
Years on Board: 4
Biographical Information: In his first term of service with the Calcasieu Parish School Board, Ron Hayes will represent the people of District 5 and serve as Chair of the Insurance/Employee Benefits Committee in 2018.
Mr. Hayes is a 1964 graduate of LaGrange High School. He obtained his undergraduate degree from McNeese State University in 1969, and then received his master’s degree in history education in 1971.
Mr. Hayes worked as a teacher and tennis coach at Sulphur High School in the early seventies before joining the world of insurance and risk management. With a brief interlude at McNeese, he spent more than 10 years as an agent with Insurance Unlimited before serving as the risk manager for the City of Sulphur and then the Calcasieu Parish School Board. Most recently, Mr. Hayes worked as a producer for Arthur J. Gallagher.
He and his wife Lynette have three children: Reese, Lauren, and Ryan. Mr. Hayes is an active sports broadcaster in SWLA and enjoys golfing.
Name: Aaron Natali
Election District: 1
Schools: Bell City High, Gillis Elementary, Iowa High/Middle, LeBleu Settlement Elementary, J.I. Watson Elementary
Years on Board: 4
Biographical Information: Aaron Natali will represent District 1 in his first term of service as a member of the Calcasieu Parish School Board. He will sit on the Budget/Fiscal Management and Curriculum and Instruction committees in 2018.
Mr. Natali obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from McNeese State University. As a member of financial planning industry, he currently serves as a representative of Northwestern Mutual.
In his spare time, he loves to hunt, raise cattle, and spend time with his wife Christy and their three children: Gene, Joe, and Luke.
Name: Dean Roberts
Election District: 6
Schools: Barbe High, St. John Elementary
Years on Board: 4
Biographical Information: In his first term of service, Dean Roberts represents District 6 on the Calcasieu Parish School Board. In 2018, he will serve on the Adminstration and Personnel Committee, Budget/Fiscal Management Committee, and Curriculum and Instruction Committee.
Mr. Roberts is an alumnus of Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge. He attended McNeese State University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences.
He works for Stream Companies and Stream Wetland Services as a wetland biologist and licensed contractor. He designs, constructs, and vegetates wetlands along the central gulf coast and assists in the land management and stewardship of private properties in Louisiana. He has also worked with local, state, and federal agencies and major industrial companies to combat the loss of coastal wetlands.
He and his wife Brooke, a special education teacher in Calcasieu, have two children, Jessica and Wade. Mr. Roberts enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.
Name: Alvin Smith
Election District: 10
Schools: DeQuincy Elementary, DeQuincy High, DeQuincy Middle, DeQuincy Primary, Starks High
Years on Board: 4
Biographical Information: Alvin Dale Smith serves District 10 and the Calcasieu Parish School Board in his first term as an elected member serving on the Administration and Personnel Committee and the Curriculum and Instruction Committee for 2018.
Mr. Smith graduated from M. B. Smiley High School in Houston in 1964 before attending Blinn Junior College. He received his undergraduate (1974) and graduate (1992) degrees from McNeese State University.
For nearly 30 years, Mr. Smith worked as a teacher and administrator for the Beauregard, Vernon, and Calcasieu Parish school districts. He has also served as an Evangelist Pastor for 44 years.
Mr. Smith is an active member of his church and enjoys gospel singing, carpentry, and remodeling/renovating projects. He and his wife Susan have two daughters, Suzanne and Rebecca, and one grandson, Jacob. They enjoy spending time together as a family in many different activities.
Name: Eric Tarver
Election District: 8
Schools: Kaufman Elementary, Nelson Elementary, S.J. Welsh Middle
Years on Board: 4
Biographical Information: Eric Tarver is the District 8 representative for the Calcasieu Parish School Board and will serve on the Administration and Personnel Committee and the Budget/Fiscal Management Committee for 2018.
As a graduate of Calcasieu Parish public schools, he attended McNeese State University receiving a degree in electrical engineering.
Mr. Tarver created Tarver Media Productions, which was in operation from 2001-2010. Currently, he works as the chief financial officer for Lake Charles Toyota.
In his spare time, he follows science/sci-fi literature and television shows and plays volleyball, golf, and video games. He also enjoys jogging with his wife.
Name: Desmond Wallace
Election District: 14
Schools: Fairview Elementary, Kennedy Elementary
Years on the Board:
Biographical Information: In his own words:
I am a Lake Charles native, this is my first term representing the people of District 14 and this Parish. I serve on the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee as well as the Administration and Personnel Committee.
I’ve attended Cherry Street Elementary School, F.K. White Middle School, Lagrange High School, and I graduated from Washington Marion Magnet High School Class of 1999. I have three children (Darrius, Deseree’,and Danyele); with my wife Melonie, an employee of this district.
For 20 years I’ve worked in Public Safety and Law Enforcement, in which the majority of those years were spent with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office in varying capacities from School Resource Officer, Junior Deputy Coordinator, and Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor. I recently embarked upon a new career in higher education at McNeese State University and I currently serve as Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Sulphur, La.
I hold multiple degrees: an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social and Criminal Justice, and a Masters of Arts Degree in Organizational Management with a specialization in Public Administration. As well as many other Ministry Degrees and credentials.
My spare time is best spent enjoying family, the outdoors, and sports. Music is another important part of my lifestyle and singing is another aspect of expression that I particularly enjoy.