Staff Directory

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Marsha Lindsey
Museum Director

Marsha Lindsey has served as Museum Director since November 2008. Ms. Lindsey retired as co-founder and director of Grace Episcopal Preschool in 2007 after 25 years. Her family has been residents of West Feliciana Parish since the early 70’s. Ms. Lindsey works with Warden Burl Cain and staff to ensure the museum provides its visitors an enlightening and educational view into the rich history of Louisiana State Penitentiary.

In addition to her duties as director, Ms. Lindsey is also the special events coordinator for the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

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Donna Nicholas

Mrs. Donna Nicholas moved to Angola in 1959 with her family. She started working in the Department of Corrections in 1975 and retired in July 2010 with 35 1/2 years of service. She came to the Museum in April 2013 to work on special projects.

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Genevieve “Genny” Nadler Thomas

Genny Nadler Thomas is the Program and Development Director for the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation at Angola. She also owns and manages a consulting business that has worked for government agencies, community non-profit, and profit organizations. She is a recognized consultant, trainer, facilitator, and entrepreneur. Prior to opening her consulting business, Genny was Executive Director of Louisiana Association of Museums, working with 300+ museums in the state from 2007-2010. Genny was President and CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge for six years. For twenty-two years, Ms. Nadler Thomas owned and operated The Crafts Gallery, Inc., the first gallery in Baton Rouge showcasing contemporary crafts by American Craftsmen. She has been a volunteer and professional consultant with arts and crafts organizations both regionally and locally.

Merriet Thomas

Mr. Thomas worked at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola from November 1976 until July 2010 . He retired with title of Corrections Adult Reception Diagnostic Center Administrator. From August 1983 until June  1984 he worked at Washington Corrections Institute. A former Corrections Classification Officer, Merriet was  rehired as a museum tour guide in April 2012. He has much Corrections history knowledge and is an excellent guide.  He has conducted many tours for the former and current wardens, beginning tours at Angola Prison in 1995. Merriet says, “It’s a great job where I meet a lot of interesting people.”

Audrey Vannoy

Ms. Vannoy followed her heart and her husband to Angola in 1973. Little did she know it would become her career as well. Ms. Vannoy began her employment with the Angola Museum in 2014 where she is employed as a museum clerk.

 

Karen Chesne Durret

Karen Chesne Durrett has been a Sales Associate at the Museum since 2014. She retired from Human Resources at Louisiana State Penitentiary. Karen studied at the University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette. She is originally from Simmesport .