Beginning in 1998, Judy participated in a series of roundtable discussions on the needs of the community, the economy, and the environment of the Mississippi coast. These sessions brought together business and community leaders across the coast. The loss of green space and open space was identified as a major concern from these community meetings. As a direct result of these meetings, the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain was formed with Judy becoming its first Executive Director in May 2000. Since that time over 9,500 acres have received protection under the umbrella of LTMCP. Through contractors as well as job training programs, restoration occurs as needed on all properties. Low impact outdoor recreational facilities are developed on appropriate parcels to facilitate connecting the community to the environment.
In partnership with local communities, DEQ, and EPA, Judy was instrumental in establishing watershed protection programs and developing implementation plans for Turkey Creek, Tchoutacabouffa, the Bay of St. Louis, West Boley Creek, Old Fort Bayou, Rotten Bayou and Red Creek. After Katrina, Judy was invited to serve on Governor Haley Barbour’s Mississippi Gulf of Mexico Commission to help draft a coastal restoration plan for the State of Mississippi, which was used as the framework for the development of a Gulf wide restoration effort. She was appointed after the BP Oil Spill, to the 2020 GoCoast Commission by Governor Phil Bryant, as a Eco-restoration GoTeam member.
Judy, a resident of Biloxi since 1963, grew up in Elton, Louisiana and earned her B.S. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.