Division Vice-Chair: LaDonna Cruse, Stephanie Hebert Insurance Agency
Chair: Blanca Robinson, VIVA Consulting Group LLC
The Houma Chamber’s volunteer Diplomats are a group of business professionals who support the Chamber’s mission by helping to grow and maintain a strong membership base through activities that promote member recruitment, engagement, and retention. Diplomats interact with members to provide information, celebrate and encourage member growth and prosperity, and serve as an additional resource and communication link between the Chamber and its members.
They are the face of the Chamber and are occasionally mistaken for staff members because they assist with Chamber functions and meetings. The Diplomats attend ribbon cuttings and reach out to new and existing members.
Economic Development & Infrastructure
Division Vice-Chairman: Mitchell Marmande, Delta Coast Consultants, LLC.
The Economic Development Committee monitors issues that impact economic development in the parish including the efforts of the Terrebonne Economic Development Authority. The committee has worked on parish beautification and gateway improvement projects and also listens to business-related issues brought forth from individual members.
The Infrastructure Committee works with the parish and other entities to advocate for improvements to local infrastructure including roads, bridges and telecommunications.
Division Vice-Chairman: Dr. Kristine Strickland, Fletcher Technical Community College
Education Chairman: Steven Barbera, Regions Bank
The Education Committee advocates for quality education and workforce development in the public school system as well as Fletcher Technical Community College and Nicholls State University.
The Healthcare Committee advocates for quality, affordable healthcare. It also monitors healthcare legislation, evaluates reform options that decrease the current strain on our nation’s job creators, and educates businesses on the possible effects of recent healthcare legislation.
Division Vice-Chairman: Nicholas “Nick” Hebert, Quality Energy Services
The Government Affairs Committee monitors local, state and federal political issues that might impact the business community and/or the citizens of Terrebonne Parish. The committee reviews a number of bills and recommends that the Chamber support or oppose some of them.