Beginning in 1998, Judy participated in a series of roundtable discussions on the community, the economy, and the environment of the Mississippi coast. These sessions brought together business and community leaders across the coast who identified the loss of green space and open space as a major concern. As a direct result of these meetings, LTMCP was formed and Judy became its first Executive Director in May 2000. Since that time, over 6,220 acres have received protection under the umbrella of LTMCP and, through partnership funding with the National Park Service/Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and others, LTMCP has been instrumental in developing six blueways within the six coastal counties.
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, and Red Creek. Judy was asked to serve on Governor Haley Barbour’s Mississippi Gulf of Mexico Commission to draft a coastal restoration plan for Mississippi to be used as the framework for the development of a Gulf wide restoration effort. She was also appointed by Governor Phil Bryant as a GoCoast 2020 Commission 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.