WBL October General Meeting
Wednesday January 16, 2019
11 A.M. – Light lunch–No Charge—Guests Encouraged

300 Lake Marina Dr. NOLA 70124
Limited parking in the rear or front (unmarked spaces only) guard will admit you. If lot is full it is permissible to park in some places along street.

If possible, please let us know if you plan to attend.
Call Barbara @ 504-283-5484 by Sat. Jan 12. Please speak slowly & leave your name & phone number.
Hope to see you!

SPEAKER: KRISTI TRAIL
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Ms. Trail is an experienced senior-level manager committed to community engagement, professionalism, accountability, and results. She leads with excellent interpersonal communication skills honed by collegial and supervisory roles in industry, non-profit organizations, and volunteer service. She possesses a deep understanding of scientific and technical environmental issues from decades of direct experience with field testing, laboratory analysis, reporting, risk assessment, and compliance matters with air, land, and water. She earned her BS and MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. Kristi is responsible for all aspects of governance and day-to-day operations for LPBF, including managing a $3 million budget, 14-member board of directors, 30 full- and part-time employees and contractors, and activities at two locations:

  •  LPBF’s New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center houses outreach/education, public access, development and visitor/gift shop staff, as well as 21 trained volunteer docents.
  • LPBF’s Pontchartrain Beach Office houses executive and business office personnel as well as program staff for water quality and coastal sustainability in the Center for Energy Resources Management on the University of New Orleans’ lakefront campus.

Prior to joining LPBF, Ms. Trail worked as an engineer in various capacities in the energy sector and as a private consultant.

She is active in the New Orleans community, serving on many non-profit boards including Parkway Partners, Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, LSU Health Sciences Center Foundation, and the Audubon Area Zoning Association. She is also an active member of the Women’s Professional Council of New Orleans.

Additionally, she is a graduate of the Loyola University Institute of Politics (2005) and the Institute of Environmental Communications (2005).

She is a native of New Orleans & lives in uptown New Orleans with her husband and two children.

About the Organization  – one WBL has been involved with and supported since before its inception.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s Vision is an environmentally sustainable, prosperous, and resilient region.

Their mission is to drive environmental sustainability and stewardship through scientific research, education, and advocacy.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is a non-profit organization consisting of a 14-member board of directors representing Basin parishes and regulatory agencies.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation was established in response to environmental concerns voiced throughout the Basin.

Most of the environmental problems that challenge the Basin were well recognized by the mid-1970s, yet there was no common effort towards restoration. Small groups of concerned citizens won some local battles but were unable to direct the large-scale changes that were necessary to save the Basin from further degradation.

Over 90 governmental and regulatory entities were charged with managing the Basin, increasing the difficulty of Basin-wide restoration efforts.
In the spring of 1989, a report called “To Restore Lake Pontchartrain”, written by professors at Tulane University and the University of New Orleans, called for the establishment of an entity whose sole focus would be a healthy Lake and Basin.

Upcoming Meetings

February 18-21, 2019 – Science Fair
March 20, 2019
April 17, 2019
May 15, 2019 – Installation (Place to be determined)