Friday, April 28, 2006
Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco today announced the appointment of Chet Morrison and Kim M. Boyle to the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) Board of Directors. Governor Blanco also announced the appointment of St. Tammany Parish banker John E. Smith last week. These appointments complete the 33-member Board of Directors, which serves as the planning and coordinating body of Louisiana's rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
"These new members are experts in their fields and leaders in their communities. I have no doubt they will benefit the recovery effort tremendously," said Dr. Norman C. Francis, Chairman of the LRA Board of Directors.
Morrison is a 46 year-old business man from Terrebonne Parish. He is the founder, owner and chief executive officer of Chet Morrison Contractors an energy service company that builds and installs offshore platforms and pipelines. He attended his first member as an LRA Board member earlier this week.
Born one of seven children and a native of Houma, Morrison graduated from St. Stanislaus School in Bay Saint Louis and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Louisiana State University. As a third generation member to the family lumber and hardware business, Morrison gained management experience working with his father while continuing to expand his construction business. He incorporated Chet Morrison Contractors in 1983, and today the company works a fleet of four offshore pipeline barges and five diving and support vessels and employs over 1,000 persons.
In addition to the construction activities, Morrison also manages a large wildlife estuary located at the bottom of the Atchalafaya Basin in St. Mary Parish and serves as president of the South Central Industrial Association, a regional group representing over 200 member firms and 35,000 employees. Morrison is the father of four children, Kelly age 27, Jillian 21, Stephanie 16, and Ches 14. He maintains a residence in New Orleans and enjoys spending time with his family in Grand Isle, La.
Kim Boyle is actively involved in improving the city of New Orleans, serving on the Bring New Orleans Back Commission as the Chair of its Health/Social Services Committee and as co-chair of the Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee.
Boyle is a partner in the employment law group in New Orleans office of Phelps-Dunbar. She practices in the areas of labor and employment, civil rights, constitutional law, commercial litigation and general litigation. She was the first African-American President of the New Orleans Bar Association.
Prior to joining Phelps-Dunbar, Boyle served as Judge Pro Tempore, Division I, for the Civil District Court for Orleans Parish. She is also a former assistant professor of law at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. Boyle attended law school at University of Virginia, earning her J.D. in 1987 and graduated from Princeton University with a teaching certificate in 1984.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated South Louisiana, destroying more than 200,000 homes and 18,000 businesses and inflicting about $25 billion in insured losses. The Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) is the planning and coordinating body that was created in the aftermath of these storms by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to lead one of the most extensive rebuilding efforts in the world. The LRA is a 33-member body which is coordinating across jurisdictions, supporting community recovery and resurgence, ensuring integrity and effectiveness, and planning for the recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana.