Board Members

  • Alex L. Suffrin Alex L. Suffrin
    President (District 8)

    108 Cypress Lane
    Destrehan, LA 70047

    Email: asuffrin@stcharles.k12.la.us
    985-764-4288

     

    Mr. Suffrin Bio:

    Alex L. Suffrin was elected to the School Board in 2006. A native of Plaquemine, he graduated from Plaquemine High School and went on to receive his bachelor's degree from Nicholls State University. He then earned his Pre-CPA from Louisiana State University. Mr. Suffrin has worked as an accountant for a number of years.

    In addition to Mr. Suffrin's service on the School Board, he is involved in community and professional organizations as a member of the National Schools Board Association, Louisiana School Boards Association, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, and St. Charles Borromeo Church. He is married to Debra G. Suffrin, has three children and six grandchildren, and resides in Destrehan.

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  • Ellis A. Alexander  Ellis A. Alexander
    Vice-President (District 1)

    256 Lincoln Street
    Hahnville, LA 70057

    Email: ealexander@stcharles.k12.la.us
    985-783-2641

     

    Mr. Alexander Bio:

    Ellis A. Alexander, Sr. was elected to the School Board in 2006. He is a native of Hahnville, and a 1966 graduate of G.W. Carver High School. He went on to attend the University of New Orleans, Loyola University (New Orleans) and Nicholls State University. Mr. Alexander is retired after 15 years in the workforce.

    In addition to Mr. Alexander's service on the School Board, he is involved in community and professional organizations as a member of the National Schools Board Association, Louisiana School Boards Association, Louisiana Caucus of Black School Board Members and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He received the Distinguished Board Member Award in 2010 from NSBA, was recognized as a Friend of Public Education in 2016 by LSBA, and received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Trailblazer Award in 2016. He is married to Christine Bart Alexander, has four children and two grandchildren, and resides in Hahnville. 

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  • Melinda H. Bernard  Melinda H. Bernard
    District 2

    29 E. Levert Drive
    Luling, LA 70070

    Email: mbernard@stcharles.k12.la.us
    504-722-0444

     

    Ms. Bernard Bio:

    Melinda Huff Bernard was elected to the School Board in 2009. She is a native of Luling, and a 1972 graduate of Hahnville High School. She went on to receive her bachelor's degree from Nicholls State University in elementary education and her master's degree in school administration from the University of New Orleans. Ms. Bernard is retired after serving as a teacher and principal for 25 years in St. Charles Parish Public Schools.  

    In addition to Ms. Bernard's service on the School Board, she is involved in community and professional organizations as a member of the National Schools Board Association, Louisiana School Boards Association, and Holy Family Catholic Church. She is married to Michael Bernard, has one daughter and two grandchildren, and resides in Luling. 

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  • Dennis J. Naquin  Dennis J. Naquin
    District 3

    6 Stanton Hall Drive
    Destrehan, LA 70047

    Email: dnaquin@stcharles.k12.la.us
    985-764-0946

     

    Mr. Naquin Bio:

    Dennis J. Naquin was elected to the School Board in 2006. A native of Kenner, he graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School in 1975 and went on to receive his bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of New Orleans. Mr. Naquin is a retired business owner. 

    In addition to Mr. Naquin's service on the School Board, he is involved in community and professional organizations as a member of the National Schools Board Association, Louisiana School Boards Association, St. Charles Borromeo Church, SCB Men's Club, and Red Church Council Knights of Columbus. He also volunteers as a mentor and at Destrehan Nursing Home. He is married to Karen Charles Naquin, has two children, and resides in Destrehan.

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  •  	     Felecia Gomez-Walker Superintendent  13855 River Road Luling, LA 70070  Email: fgomez@stcharles.k12.la.us 985-785-6289 Clarence H. Savoie
    District 4

    P.O. Box 1550
    Paradis, LA 70080

    Email: csavoie@stcharles.k12.la.us
    985-758-2494

     

    Mr. Savoie Bio:

    Clarence H. "Sonny" Savoie was elected to the School Board in 1986. He is a native of Des Allemands, and a 1959 graduate of Hahnville High School. He then went on to work for Texaco-Chevron for 32 years before retiring, and now works part-time at a local golf course.

    In addition to Mr. Savoie's service on the School Board, he is involved in community and professional organizations as a member of the National Schools Board Association, Louisiana School Boards Association, National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts, National PTA Board of Directors, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, National High School Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Louisiana State Parent/Teacher Association, Louisiana Board of Regents, St. Charles Public Schools Foundation, American Legion, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

    He has held several national and state positions including being elected president of the National School Boards Association, National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts, Louisiana School Boards Association and the Louisiana State Parent/Teacher Association. He has also received numerous awards on the national and state level including the 2008 Louisiana School Board Member of the Year. He is married to Merle DeJean Savoie, has two children and four grandchildren, and resides in Des Allemands.

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  • John L. Smith John L. Smith
    District 5

    P. O. Box 238
    St. Rose, LA 70087

    Email: jsmith@stcharles.k12.la.us
    504-270-8027

     

    Mr. Smith Bio:

    John L. Smith was elected to the School Board in 1986. He is a native of St. Rose, and a 1959 graduate of Mary McCleod Bethune High School. He went on to earn a degree in speech, social studies and school administration from Southern University. Mr. Smith is retired after more than 30 years as a teacher and coach.

    In addition to Mr. Smith's service on the School Board, he is involved in community and professional organizations as a member of the National Schools Board Association, Louisiana School Boards Association, Louisiana Caucus of Black School Board Members, Fifth African Baptist Church, and the River Parish Golf Association. He has served in numerous roles on the state level as a two-time president of the Louisiana School Boards Association, and has been recognized by a number of local and state organizations for his outstanding contribution to education and community. He is married to Evelyn J. Smith, has two children and nine grandchildren, and resides in St. Rose.  

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  • John L. Smith  John W. "Jay" Robichaux
    District 6

    P.O. Box 184
    Norco, LA 70079

    Email: jrobichaux@stcharles.k12.la.us
    504-416-1571

     

    Mr. Robichaux Bio:

    John W. "Jay" Robichaux was elected to the School Board in 2001. He is a native of Norco, and a 1986 graduate of Destrehan High School. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree in general studies from Nicholls State University. Mr. Robichaux has worked in the insurance business for more than 20 years.

    In addition to Mr. Robichaux's service on the School Board, he is involved in community and professional organizations as a member of the National School Boards Association, National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts (NFUSSD), Louisiana School Board Association, Norco Economic Development Fund, Norco Community Advisory Panel, River Parish Community Development Corporation, Norco Civic Association, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. He was also elected to the NFUSSD Board of Directors and in 2018 was elected president. He is married to Denise Darce Robichaux, has three children, and resides in Norco.

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  • Arthur A. Aucoin  Arthur A. Aucoin
    District 7


    112 Catherine Drive
    Luling, LA 70070

    Email: aaucoin@stcharles.k12.la.us
    985-785-9866


    Mr. Aucoin Bio:

    Arthur A. Aucoin was elected to the School Board in 2009. He is a native of Hahnville, and a 1982 graduate of Hahnville High School. He went on to receive his bachelor's degree in general studies from Nicholls State University. He then taught and coached for eight years in St. Charles Parish Public Schools before becoming a Senior Environmental Technician at Monsanto.

    In addition to Mr. Aucoin's service on the School Board, he is a involved in community and professional organizations as a member of the National School Boards Association, National Federation of Urban and Suburban School Districts, Louisiana School Boards Association, the Knights of Columbus, Hahnville High School Touchdown Club, HBA, HClub, and Holy Family Catholic Church. He is married to Suzanne Legendre Aucoin, has three children, and resides in Luling.

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  • Shelly Babineaux
    Board and Executive Secretary


    Email: sbabineaux@stcharles.k12.la.us
    985-785-3102

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