Louisianians of the Year


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Each year, we comb the state in search of Louisianians who stand out in their professions, give back and represent what’s best about the Pelican State. From teachers and artists to culinary pros and conservationists, these are the individuals enhancing our lives in more ways than one. We are thrilled to present to you our 2023 Louisianians of the Year.


Art & Culture
Occupation: Artist – Hometown: Terrebonne Parish

Janie Verret Luster

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Occupation: Campaign Director, Restore the Mississippi River Delta – Hometown: Houma

Simone Maloz

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Occupation: Nurse Practitioner – Hometown: Baton Rouge

Tanisha Smith

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Occupation: Teacher – Hometown: New Orleans

Brittany Bonnaffons

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Occupation: Restaurateur – Hometown: Shreveport

Chapeaux Chapman

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