James Carstensen is a craftsman who often lends his skills to neighborhood projects big or small. He joined HRA in 2018, following in the footsteps of his father who designed the organization’s first logo.
Cookie Coleman is the founding President of the Red River Coalition of Community Gardeners, which promotes nutritious food and community connections in underserved neighborhoods. She also manages the Highland Community Garden.
Darrel LaBeau Jr. brings a slice of the New Orleans spirit to Highland and is a returning Board Member. He also supports our community through his work in development at the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.
Doc Montgomery has experience as a public defender, instructor at Southern University Shreveport, and a podcast host. He brings knowledge ranging from politics and law to education and activism to the HRA team.
Ali Piccolo is HRA’s Secretary. Her graphic design work has included the biennial Highland Holiday Home Tour and communications at Bossier Parish Community College. Ali is a regular fixture at neighborhood work days.
Madison Poche is a Highland resident with a heart for her community. She has been an active member of HRA since 2018 and instrumental in increasing our membership and identifying opportunities to engage residents. She is the 2021 President.
Melinda Purcell is a longtime Highland resident passionate about neighborhood development. She is our zoning watchdog and keeps an eye out on proposed projects that could disrupt the neighborhood’s charm.
One of our most dedicated members, Barbara Ramsey has served on the board of directors for the past 12 years and has a passion for gardening. She maintains gateway gardens and organizes cleanup’s to keep the neighborhood looking its best.
Melissa Shepherd is HRA’s Vice President. She developed the Highland Revitalization Project, which measures the impact neighborhood blight, trash and other issues affect public health with the help of Block Captain volunteers.
Sopan “TK” Tike is the head pastry chef and co-owner of Lilah’s Bakery in Highland, which sells fresh King Cakes during the Mardi Gras season. TK has been an engaged Highland business owner for over 20 years.