Monthly Speakers


Pat Brister
St. Tammany Parish President

Topic: New Cultural Arts Center


Pat and her husband Joe owned and operated a successful company for over 35 years before Pat made her decision to focus on public service. Pat has served in numerous public offices, including eight years on the Parish Council, on the Louisiana State Museum Board where she served as Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee, the St. Tammany Parish Environmental Services Commission, the Board of the St. Tammany Children's Advocacy Center, the Commission on Families, and two years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Tammany West Habitat for Humanity. In 2006, President Bush appointed Pat as Head of Delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. This appointment holds the rank of United States Ambassador and she was confirmed for that position by the U. S. Senate.

Date: August 21, 2014

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Place: Grace Disciples of Christ Church
975 Hwy 190 Service Road, Covington, LA 70433

Free event for first-time guests.
Members pay $5 meeting fee.

If you plan on staying for the optional lunch, please RSVP. You can either pay online or at the meeting. Lunch costs just $5!


Dian Lusher



Dian Lusher is an entrepreneur, social activist and transformational leader. She is the founder of DYNEL, Inc-communications training and served as one of President Brister's 8 transition team leaders. Her new business- Women Coach offers a variety of educational, informative and empowering videos for women. Dian is Past Chair of the STW Chamber and the Children's Advocacy Center. She has served on many St Tammany profit and non profit boards and currently is President Brister's appointee on the St Tammany Tourism Commission. Dian is a certified facilitator for STOPS Prevention of Suicide, Darkness to Light Child Abuse and 21st Century Career Transition programs. She and her husband Scott live in Folsom, have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.

Sponsors can sign-up here (must be a WIP member to sponsor).

Brenda Bertus, CEO, St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation
Chief Tim Lentz, Chief of Police, City of Covington
Lauren Coudrain, The Coudrain Group
Famous Louisiana Women Skit
Dian Lusher, Dynel, Inc. & Women Coach Women
Triness Kuhn, "Second Line through New Orleans"
Marie Rudd, Attorney
Tracy Moseley, NAMI
Celeste Hart and Lisa McKenzie, event organizers for You Night
Poppy Tooker, Food personality, culinary teacher and author
Erica Morgan, MSW, LCSW
May 2013: Pemmie Sheasby, Oil & Vinegar
April 2013: Brister Stephens, Investment Advisor
March 2013: Women's History Month Skit
February 2013: Dr. Catherine Wilbert, ND
January 2013: Cari Roy, New Orleans Psychic
January 2013: Mike Slifer, Tigertown Sites
November 2012: Rev. Bonnie Simerly
September 2012: Women Writers of Children’s Books
August 2012: Susan Bonnett, Northshore Community Foundation
June 2012: W "Bill" Morgan Sims, Business Solutions 4U
May 2012: Ellen LaRocca, The Body Works Center
April 2012: Willie Paretti, HOYST
March 2012: Dian Lusher, DYNEL, Inc.
January 2012: Kay Morrison, The Occasional Wife
November 2011: Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President
October 2011: Davis Brister, Merrill Lynch