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Who's Flacking Whom? 

  Here's a list of the press and communications aides for Louisiana's executive branch — and the total spent on their annual salaries within each agency or department.

Governor's Office

Kyle Plotkin, communications director, $90,000

Aaron Baer, deputy communications director, $72,000

Frank Collins, press secretary, $65,000

Greg Dupuis, press assistant, $35,000

Total: $262,000

Lieutenant Governor's Office

Jacques Berry, communications director, $64,400

Cami Geisman, deputy communications director, $52,000

Total: $116,400

Insurance Department

Amy David, deputy commissioner of public affairs, $117,811

Judy Wright, public information director, $76,752

Laura Nola, public information officer, $45,531

Lindsay Ruiz de Chavez, public information officer, $41,329

Total $281,423

Secretary of State

Sailor Jackson, press secretary, $84,999

Brandee Patrick, public information officer, $48,422

Total: $133,421

Treasury

Jason Redmond, deputy state treasurer and communications director, $112,500

Amber King, press secretary, $65,000

Total: $177,500

Attorney General's Office

Amanda Larkins, director of communications, $80,000

Laura Gerdes, public outreach coordinator, $50,000

Total: $130,000

Department of Agriculture

Sam Irwin, press secretary, $60,000

Laura Lindsay, public information director, $44,532

Marilyn Mayeux, administrative coordinator, $45,401

Total: $149,933

Division of Administration

Michael DiResto, assistant commissioner for policy and communications, $118,792

Christina Stephens, Disaster Recovery Unit/Office of Community Development press secretary, $94,370 (primarily funded by the federal government)

Angela Vanveckhoven, Disaster Recovery Unit/Office of Community Development deputy press secretary, $55,120 (primarily funded by the feds)

Janice Lovett, Disaster Recovery Unit/Office of Community Development public information officer, $45,760 (primarily funded by the feds)

Total: $314,042

Department of Revenue

Byron Henderson, press secretary, $93,288

Jeff Duhe, public information officer, $47,455

Total: $140,743

Department of Health and Hospitals

Ken Pastorick, public information officer, $57,387

Meghan Speakes, public information officer, $43,097

Total: $100,484

Department of Education

Rene Greer, director of public affairs, $110,999

Barry Landry, press secretary, $70,000

Sarah Mulhearn, public information officer, $59,889

Ileana Ledet, public information officer, $66,478

Total: $307,366

Department of Environmental Quality

Rodney Mallett, press secretary, $74,526

Jean Kelly, public information officer, $43,721

Timothy Beckstrom, public information officer, $38,043

Total: $156,290

Department of Natural Resources

Phyllis Darensbourg, public information director, $53,560

Total: $53,560

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Chuck Perrodin, CPRA public information officer, $66,999 (small amount underwritten by federal government)

Jenny Pettis, NRDA public information officer, $50,596 (related to oil disaster, primarily funded by BP)

Olivia Watkins, NRDA public information officer, $48,999 (related to oil disaster, primarily funded by BP)

Total: $166,594

Wildlife and Fisheries

Laura Wooderson, Office of Fisheries public information officer, $46,800 (from self-generated department revenues)

Ashley Wethey, Office of Fisheries marketing representative, $44,900 (from self-generated department revenues)

Bo Boehringer, Office of Wildlife public information officer, $70,900 (from self-generated department revenues)

Adam Einck, Enforcement Division public information officer, $43,400 (from self-generated department revenues)

Ashley Roth, Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board public information officer, $50,800 (from self-generated department revenues)

Marianne Burke, public information officer, $78,700 (from self-generated department revenues)

Joel Courtney, public information officer, $52,300 (from self-generated department revenues)

Gabe Giffin, public information officer, $25,300 (from self-generated department revenues)

Total: $413,100

Louisiana Economic Development

Lori Melancon, director of marketing and communications, $103,768

Gary Perilloux, press secretary, $72,508

Total: $176,276

Department of Transportation and Development

John Annison, public information officer, $49,712

Amber Leach, public information officer, $38,521

Lauren Lee, public information officer, $41,600

Jodi Conachen, public information officer, $86,999

Total: $216,832

Louisiana Workforce Commission

Tiffany Dickerson, writer, $49,836

Tom Guarisco, director of communications, $80,019

Total: $129,855

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Veronica Mosgrove, executive management officer, $87,420

Total: $87,420

Corrections

Pam Laborde, communications director, $77,677

Total: $77,677

Department of Children and Family Services

Trey Williams, director of communications and governmental affairs, $99,500

Rene Repp, public information officer, $59,633

Total: $159,133

State Police

Capt. Doug Cain, public affairs commander, $70,706

Lt. Julie Lewis, public affairs executive officer, $72,160

Sgt. James Anderson, Region 2 public affairs supervisor, $65,264

Sgt. Lenias Marie, Region 1 public affairs supervisor, $53,871

Troop A, Russell Graham, public information officer, $45,500

Troop B, Melissa Matey, public information officer, $43,135

Troop C, Evan Harrell, public information officer, $42,004

Troop E, Scott Moreau, public information officer, $56,200

Troop I, Stephen Hammons, public information officer, $42,004

Troop L, Nicholas Manale, public information officer, $45,500

• Troop F public information officer vacancy, $45,723 (based on average salary of existing public information officers by troop)

• Troop G public information officer vacancy, $45,723 (based on average salary of existing public information officers by troop)

• Troop D public information officer vacancy, $45,723 (based on average salary of existing public information officers by troop)

Total: $673,513 ($536,344 without inactive salaries)

Department of Veterans Affairs

Robin T. Keller, press secretary, $65,000

Total: $65,000

Inspector General

• No positions or salaries reported

House of Representatives

Sheila McCant, public information officer, $122,285

Nancy Johnson, public information specialist, $52,657

Cory Stewart, public information specialist, $36,036

Adraine Conrad, administrative assistant, $35,679

Lauren Russell, public information specialist, $32,500

Total: $279,157

State Senate

Brenda Hodge, communication officer, $92,813

Morgan Blanchard, communication specialist, $33,000

Damien Heard, communication technician, $35,000

Total: $160,813

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