Our Board

America’s WETLAND Foundation is guided by an independent, volunteer board dedicated to its mission to raise public awareness of the impact the Gulf Coast’s wetland loss has on the states, nation and world.

Valsin A. Marmillion
President and Founder, Marmillion + Company
Managing Director, America’s WETLAND Foundation

Valsin Marmillion is recognized as one of the top public relations strategist in the country. Prior to establishing Marmillion + Company (MCo) in 1989, Mr. Marmillion was a partner in the public relations and public consulting firm of Hunt/Marmillion and Associates, which was later acquired by Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide.

Prior to forming Hunt/Marmillion, he was manager of public information for Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in Los Angeles. Before joining ARCO, he was in congressional service in Washington, D.C. where he served on the staffs of the late Senator Allen J. Ellender, Senator Elaine S. Edwards, ad Congressman Burt Talcott and as Chief of Staff for then Congressman, now former Senator John B. Breaux.
Under Mr. Marmillion’s leadership MCo has emerged as one of the nation’s premiere marketing and communications firms with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., New Orleans, LA and Fort Lauderdale, FL. Current and recent clients include the America’s WETLAND Foundation, The Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Kip Holden for Mayor, Committee for the Future of East Baton Rouge, J. Paul Getty Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Association of Counties, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and UCLA.

Mr. Marmillion has served as executive producer for numerous programs including several features developed for Discovery and The Learning Channel. His production work has garnered several awards including: the prestigious Pollie Award from the American Association of Political Consultants and the Platinum Award from the League of American Communications Professionals.

R. King Milling
Chairman of the Board

A lifelong resident of New Orleans, La., R. King Milling is the Chairman of the America’s WETLAND Foundation. He also chairs the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation and serves as a member of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana.

Milling is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and serves as a member of the Tulane Law School Dean’s Advisory Board and on the board of directors of the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. He also serves on the boards of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, LSU Health Sciences Center, Dillard University and the Greater New Orleans Education Foundation.

He was elected director of Whitney National Bank in 1978 and director of Whitney Holding Corporation in 1979. He served as President of Whitney National Bank and Whitney Holding Corporation from 1984 until April 2007 and as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors from April 2007 until December 2008.

Milling is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and Tulane University.

Mark Davis Professor
Tulane University Director, Tulane Institute on Water Resource Law

A widely consulted and quoted authority on water management, Mark Davis joined Tulane Law School in 2007 as a senior research fellow and founding director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy. He lectures widely on water resource management, is directly involved in helping Louisiana overhaul its long-term water planning and has testified frequently before Congress on the need for a focused and effective commitment to the viability of coastal Louisiana and other vital natural treasures.

Davis spent 15 years as executive director of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, where he helped shape programs and policies at the state and federal level to improve the stewardship of the wetlands and waters of coastal Louisiana. He has practiced law in Indianapolis, the District of Columbia and Chicago and has taught at the Indiana University (Indianapolis) School of Business and the IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law in Chicago.

Berwick Duval
Attorney, Houma Louisiana
Former Chair, Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association

Berwick Duval has been admitted to practice law in Louisiana since 1982, and has practiced in Houma, LA since that time. He is presently a shareholder of Duval, Funderburk, Sundbery, Lovell & Watkins, a Professional Law Corporation. Mr. Duval has also argued cases before state courts of appeal in Louisiana; the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Mr. Duval serves on various state and local boards and commissions, and has been awarded the Terrebonne Parish’s highest civic award, the “Most Useful Citizen Award” for 2007.

Mr. Duval is passionate about saving Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. He is a native of Terrebonne parish, and an avid outdoorsman. He has watched Terrebonne’s southern marshes disappear, and is active in many other conservation groups, including Coastal Conservation Association and Restore or Retreat. He is also vice chairman of the Foundation for Louisiana, which is a statewide philanthropic organization set up after Hurricane Katrina, and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Restoration and Conservation.

Karen Gautreaux
Director, Government Relations, Louisiana Chapter, The Nature Conservancy

Karen Gautreaux began her public service career in 1989 in the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Office of Policy and Planning. She joined former Governor Buddy Roemer’s Office of Environmental Affairs later that year and continued to work on natural resource and environmental policy issues through February 2004.

Her responsibilities included heading the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities where she played an active role in developing the state’s current groundwater management policy while serving as chair of the Governor’s Water Policy Advisory Task Force, the Ground Water Management Commission and the Groundwater Management Task Force.

She returned to DEQ in February 2004 after Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco appointed her as Deputy Secretary of that agency. As Deputy Secretary, she continued to work on issues including coastal restoration, air quality, water resources, environmental justice and environmental education. She was also appointed President of the Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators (ASIWPCA).

Today, she is the head of government relations for The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana and an active participant in the America’s Energy Coast initiative.

H. Dale Hall
Chief Executive Officer, Ducks Unlimited

H. Dale Hall joined America’s leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation group, Ducks Unlimited, as its CEO in April of 2010. A former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (2005-2009), Hall is widely respected as a visionary conservationist and one of the country’s most effective wildlife professionals.

During Hall’s 31-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), he served in numerous roles at field offices, regional, and national levels. As director, he was responsible for approximately 7,500 USFWS employees working out of the national headquarters and nine regional offices. Before joining the USFWS in 1978, Hall spent four years in the U.S. Air Force, in overseas assignments.

Hall holds a master’s degree in fisheries science and is the author of numerous published papers on wetlands, fisheries and ecology. He has also taught courses on wetlands identification and delineation. A native of Kentucky, Hall is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hunting and fishing.

The Honorable Randy Roach
Former Mayor, City of Lake Charles, Louisiana

Randy Roach was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and graduated from LaGrange High School in 1969. He earned his undergraduate degree in accounting and his law degree at Louisiana State University, completing his education in 1976. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children and five grandchildren.

From 1985 to 1987, Mayor Roach served as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Lake Charles and represented the City in all phases of the Chennault Consolidation project. He drafted and presented federal and state legislation and conducted negotiations with Boeing Aircraft, formerly located at Chennault.

Mayor Roach served two terms from 1988 to 1996 as a State Representative in the Louisiana Legislature representing District 36, which included part of Calcasieu and Cameron parishes.

In 1998, Governor Mike Foster appointed Mayor Roach to serve as Chairman of the Governor’s Task Force for the Continuation of the Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development, or T.I.M.E.D., program to improve and expand projects for the four lane highways and related economic development matters.

Mayor Roach was elected as Mayor of Lake Charles in 2000 to fill the unexpired term of the previous mayor. In 2001, he was re-elected and began his first full term. He was re-elected in 2005, in 2009, and again in 2013. As mayor he has worked closely with city and parish governments and other agencies to form partnerships and pool resources that benefit not only Lake Charles, but the entirety of Southwest Louisiana.

Anthony Avery Simmons
President and Chief Executive Officer, McIlhenny Company (makers of Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce)

Anthony Avery (Tony) Simmons is a great-great-grandson of Edmund McIlhenny, the creator of Tabasco® brand pepper sauce, and a member of the fifth generation of the McIlhenny family involved in the production of Tabasco sauce on Avery Island, Louisiana, and the seventh family member to assume McIlhenny Company leadership, still family-owned and -operated.

Mr. Simmons is President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of McIlhenny Company, as well as interim Chairman of the Board. He joined the Board of Directors in 1998 and was elected to Executive Vice President in 2000 and President in 2012. Mr. Simmons is also President and a Director of Avery Island, Inc. As an active and concerned member of the community and environment, he also serves on the board of the America’s Wetland Foundation.

Prior to joining McIlhenny Company, Mr. Simmons was President of Manitowoc Southeastern for 10 years, an independent crane distributor located in the Southeast.

Raised in New Orleans and on Avery Island, Mr. Simmons holds a degree in speech from Loyola University in New Orleans. An avid golfer and outdoor sportsman, he is also a fine wine enthusiast and aficionado of classic automobiles. He resides on Avery Island with his wife Jeanie and has a son and daughter and granddaughter.

“Marsh has to be managed for the benefit of the Marsh or it will not live, and consequently the fish, the ducks, the energy derived is lost.” – Anthony A. Simmons, President & Chief Executive Officer, McIlhenny Company