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We derive strength from our volunteer leaders, the members committed to driving our association forward. Meet the CPAs elected to represent your needs and interests at the society and chapter levels.

Meet our 2023-24 Board of Directors

J. Bryan Ehricht, CPA

Bryan Ericht serves as the 2023-24 Chair of the non-profit professional association. He is Managing Director with James, Lambert, Riggs and Associates, Inc. in Hammond, where he focuses on tax. A Past President of the Northshore Chapter and a current Member at-Large, Bryan is a member of LCPA's Legislative Steering Task Force. He earned a BS in Accounting from Centenary College and a Masters in Tax from the University of New Orleans.

Bridget Kaigler, CPA, CGMA, CMA

Bridget Kaigler serves as Chair-Elect and will aceede to the position of Chair in August 2024. She is a former trustee for American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Foundation and former AICPA at-Large Council Member. A Past President of the Baton Rouge Chapter, she has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is Senior Director of Tax & Regulatory Reporting at Amedisys, Inc. 

Anthony Rutledge, CPA, MBA

Anthony Rutledge is serving as Treasurer. He is Director, Audit and Assurance Services, with LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors in Covington. Anthony is a Past President and current Member at-Large of LCPA's Northshore Chapter and a previous representative of the Society's Emerging CPA Council. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Management Minor, and a Master of Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Diane Allison, CPA, CGMA, CGFO
Member at-Large

Diane Allison was elected to a two-year term (2023-2025) as Member at-Large. She is the Assistant Legislative Auditor, Director of Local Government Services for the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office. Diane has previously served as chief financial officer in three different local governments for a combined total of 17 years. In 2019, she was recognized as the Woman to Watch – Experienced Leader.

Greg Booth, CPA
Member at-Large

Greg Booth is serving the second year of a two-year term (2022-24) as a Member at-Large. He is a Director in EisnerAmper's Tax Services Group in Metairie where he focuses on the real estate, restaurant, and professional service industries. He is a Past President of the LCPA's New Orleans Chapter and Emerging CPA Council representative. Greg has a Master of Science, Taxation from the University of New Orleans, and a Bachelor of Science, Accountancy from Loyola University.

Kenneth Champagne, CPA
Member at-Large

Kenneth Champagne is serving a new two-year term (2023-25) as a Member at-Large. He is the Senior Vice President, Business Services, for Confie in Baton Rouge. In addition to serving as a Member at Large, Kenneth is very active in the Society's financial literacy efforts and is a Past President of LCPA's Baton Rouge Chapter. He has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from LSU. 

Jessica Cormier, CPA
Member at-Large

Jessica Cormier is serving the second year of a two-year term (2022-24) as Member at-Large. A Past President of LCPA's Baton Rouge Chapter, she is the Transformation Strategist at BPM, LLP. Jessica received a Bachelor’s degree in finance from LSU.

Samantha Falgout, CPA
Member at-Large

Samantha Falgout was elected to a two-year term (2023-2025) as Member at-Large. She is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Nicholls State University. Samantha also serves as Chapter President-Elect for the South Central Chapter. She has a Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Accounting from the University of Scranton; a Master and Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) from Nicholls State University.

J. Drew Pendarvis, CPA
Member at-Large

Drew Pendarvis is serving the second year of a two-year term (2022-24) as a Member at Large. He is Controller/Office Manager of McCartney Oil in Jena, LA. He is a Past President of the LCPA's Northeast Chapter. Drew has a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Seth Norris, CPA
Immediate-Past Chair

Seth Norris is the LCPA's Immediate-Past Chair. He has his own firm in Ville Platte, LA. He is a Past President of the Acadiana Chapter and is actively involved in the Society's Financial Literacy Committee. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is a graduate of the School of Banking at LSU.

Ron Gitz, CPA, CGMA
Executive Director/CEO

As the ED and CEO of the premier association of Louisiana CPAs, Ron Gitz goes to work each day and represents the best interests of the CPA profession. When he's not at the main office, he's in Baton Rouge at the Capitol talking to legislators or on the road meeting with his peers and discussing how to tackle the biggest issues facing the profession. He also enjoys working with our Louisiana Society leaders to create and execute a meaningful strategic vision for our association, so we stay progressive and viable in this constantly changing world.

2023-24 Chapter Presidents & Board Members

Lauren Bergeron, CPA
Acadiana Chapter

Hampton Roane, CPA
Northeast Chapter

Cheryl Payne, CPA
Baton Rouge Chapter

Jacob Steib, CPA
Northshore Chapter

Brannin Leglue, CPA
Central Chapter

Emily Antony, CPA
Shreveport Chapter

Heather Gothreaux, CPA
Lake Charles Chapter

Allison Duke, CPA
South Central Chapter

Jim Schneider, CPA
New Orleans Chapter