Board of Directors

Board Members

Bruce Dodd (Ex-officio member)
Deputy Warden/Operations
Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, LA

Cathy Fontenot
Warden, Lafayette Parish, Sherriff’s Office
Lafayette, Louisiana

Dr. Marianne Giorlando
Retired, Professor of Criminal Justice
Grambling State University
Ruston, Louisiana

Jason Kent
Warden, Dixon Correctional Institute
Jackson, LA

Bob Toburen
Retired, Professor of Political Science
Louisiana Tech University

Jan Lanoue (Ex-officio member)
Administrative Director
Louisiana State Penitentiary
Angola, LA

C. B. Owen
Retired, Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, USG Corporation
St. Francisville, LA

Stephanie Perrault
Cultural Resources Manager
Baton Rouge, LA

Jessie Perkins
Retired, Educator and Superintendent
West Feliciana Parish School System

Perry Stagg
Deputy Assistant Secretary/Adult Services
LA Department of Public Safety & Corrections
Baton Rouge, LA

Darrel Vannoy (Ex-officio member)
Warden, Louisiana State Penitentiary
Angola, LA

Hal Ware
Retired, Judge, 20th Judicial District, East and West Feliciana Parishes, LA

Gary Young
Assistant Warden/Programming
Louisiana State Penitentiary
Angola, LA

Advisory Board Members

Landry Bonnette
Retired, Classification Manager
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center
St. Gabriel, LA

David Burton
Retired, District Attorney
36th Judicial District
Deridder, LA

J. Austin Daniel
Sheriff, West Feliciana Parish
St. Francisville, LA

Billy D’Aquilla
Mayor, Town of St. Francsivlle
St. Francisville, LA

Leroy Harvey
Businessman, Activist, Entrepreneur
Jackson, LA

David Norwood
Retired Artist, The Advocate
St. Francsivlle, LA

Betty Phelps
Realtor
Baton Rouge, LA

Anne Shoemake
Retired, Louisiana State Penitentiary
Tunica, LA

Nadine Tanner
Retired, Louisiana State Penitentiary
St. Francisivlle, LA

E. Cole Thornton
Retired
Local Activist in West Feliciana Parish
St. Francisville, LA

Richard L. Stalder
Retired, Secretary
LA Department of Public Safety & Corrections
Zachary, LA

Sue Turner
Philanthropist, Activist for Historic Preservation
Baton Rouge, LA

Robert Vehock
Program Consultant
LA Dept of Public Safety & Corrections
Baton Rouge, LA

 

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Sheryl M. Ranatza
President, La State Penitentiary Museum Foundation

After a career that spanned over 30 years, Mrs. Ranatza retired from the Department of Corrections in 2011. She served in a variety of management positions throughout the Department, with her last position being that of Deputy Secretary.

While serving as Deputy Warden at Angola, and when the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum was merely a “notion”, Mrs. Ranatza worked on behalf of Warden Cain with local officials to obtain the facility where the museum is currently located. She was instrumental in establishing the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation, a non-profit corporation, which was created to further efforts to establish a comprehensive interpretive program of the history of Louisiana State Penitentiary and all aspects of the correctional system in Louisiana.