Board of Directors

Gray Stream

Chairman of the Board
Gray Stream is President of Matilda Stream Management, which manages the Stream Family companies and their assets: primarily in oil and gas properties, timber, agriculture, and various private equity investments. Stream is also the President of Graywood LLC, the developer of the 1,100 acre Graywood Master Planned Community. Stream Wetland Services has been heavily involved in coastal restoration efforts and has participated in over 15,000 acres worth of restoration projects in Louisiana and southeast Texas. Before moving to Lake Charles, Mr. Stream served in Washington, DC as Projects Director for Congressman Chris John.

Mr. Stream is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, and received his M.B.A. from the Jones School of Business at Rice University. He has served as a Commissioner on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation. He is currently an appointed member of the Louisiana Innovation Council with Secretary of Economic Development Stephen Moret, an Executive Committee member of the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development; and a Director of the Southwest Louisiana Chamber Alliance.

“The National Hurricane Museum and Science Center represents an extremely ambitious opportunity to establish a strong and respected national institution that will educate and entertain hundreds of thousands of visitors a years, and save countless lives through education and preparedness.”

Sammie Faulk

Vice-Chairman of the Board
One of the three founding members of The National Hurricane Museum & Science Center, Sammie Faulk helps represent Southwest Louisiana from Cameron Parish, unique because it is state’s largest parish, and its wetlands, open marshes and coastline have suffered more hurricane damage and death than any other in the last hundred years. Sammie has lived here since 1960, when his dad brought his family home to his birthplace and roots.

In 1983 he received his USCG 100-Ton Masters License to work and fish the inland waters and the deep sea Gulf of Mexico, and has captained sport and work boats from 18’, to 165’. After leaving the offshore oil and petrochemical industry in 2010, “Capt’n Sammie” returned to his roots as fishing and hunting guide to sportsmen from all over the world. Also serving as a step-on guide for Creole Nature Trail All American Tours (including birding, shelling and photography tours), he has vast knowledge of the area’s waterways and marshes, prairies, beaches—and the damage of hurricanes.
He has been involved in the well-being of the area since 1991 with an appointment to the Calcasieu Estuary Environmental Task Force, the Lake Calcasieu Fin Fish Advisory Task Force, Lake Charles Film Commission.

Mark McMurry

Mark McMurry is currently the President of McMurry Leadership & Management LLC, a management consulting firm in Lake Charles, LA. He served as Calcasieu Parish Administrator for twenty-two consecutive years retiring in 2010. In his tenure as Parish Administrator, McMurry raised the level of professionalism in internal police jury parish government affairs and was recognized for his leadership in fostering effective inter-governmental cooperation.

A native and resident of Sulphur, Louisiana, he received a BA in Religion from the Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport and a MPA from Louisiana State University. McMurry has published numerous articles in the Louisiana Business Review and is an active community participant serving as a member of the Board of Directors of First Federal Bank of Louisiana, and the Executive Board of the Calcasieu Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Board of Trustees of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, and having previously serving served as Chair of the Louisiana United Methodist Foundation, and President of the Organization of Parish Administrative Officials of the Louisiana Police Jury Association.

Dennis Stine
Dennis Stine serves as the President of Stine Lumber Company, a family-owned chain of hardware and home-improvement stores with locations across the states of Louisiana and Mississippi. Mr. Stine has an extensive background in community and government affairs. He serves as Chairman of McNeese State University Business Advisory Council and Chairman of the Louisiana State Police Trooper Foundation. He served as Chairman of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Board of Directors and as a Director of Allied Building Stores and Council for a Better Louisiana. He has been a Director of CHRISTUS Health System since 2007. He served two terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives, was Commissioner of Administration for the State of Louisiana from 1988 to 1992, a member of the Louisiana Health Care Authority and has been a member of six legislative committees. Mr. Stine graduated from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA, in 1974.

Fran Morgan Sanchez
Fran Morgan Sanchez works for Real Estate Development and Management where she oversees the operations. She is a tourism veteran and an active community participant, serving travel and tourism organizations in the Lake Charles area for many years. Currently, Mrs. Sanchez sits on the Boards of the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau where she has served as Past President. She has been a Board Member of the Children’s Museum of Southwest Louisiana, the Junior Achievement of South West Louisiana and the Southwest Louisiana Hotel and Motel Association. She is a member of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association and the past president of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Auxiliary. Mrs. Sanchez received her BA in Upper Elementary Education from Northwestern State University. She is a resident of Lake Charles and is married to Mr. Walt Sanchez and has four children.

Claude Leach
Claude A. Leach is currently President of Sweet Lake Land & Oil Co., LLC, a family-owned agriculture and energy firm, and North American Land Co., LLC, a land management, timber and agriculture firm, both in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Mr. Leach served on the Chamber Southwest Louisiana Board for three years and has served on the Boy Scouts of America Board since 1999. He enjoys raising American Quarter Horses for business and recreation, participates with the Louisiana Equine Council and is a sponsor and advocate for the Louisiana 4-H and Louisiana High School Rodeo Association. Mr. Leach also serves on the South Lake Charles Little League Board and coaches his son’s teams.

Mr. Leach received his BS in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University in 1997. Originally from Leesville, Louisiana, he resides in Lake Charles with his wife Jennifer P. Leach and their three children, Jackson, Miller, and Chalkley Anne.
“NHMSC is so vastly important not only to development of downtown Lake Charles, but also as an educational tool for citizens, students, and professionals, across America to learn not only about the devastation hurricanes can cause but more importantly the damage and catastrophic loss it can cause to our precious and fragile wetlands on the entire Gulf Coast”.

Willie Landry Mount
A Lake Charles native, Willie is proud to call Southwest Louisiana home. She is a graduate of Lake Charles High School and McNeese State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Willie worked as a licensed real estate agent for seven years before she started a successful small business, which she owned and operated for four years in Lake Charles.

In 1993, Willie was elected the first female Mayor of Lake Charles. As Mayor, she managed a budget of over 70 million and 800 employees, and succeeded in honoring her campaign promise to move the city forward, implementing a number of civic improvements and revitalizing economic development. After serving over six years as Mayor, Willie became the first woman elected as a Louisiana State Senator from District 27 in 1999. She served three terms in the Senate, where she held a variety of leadership roles, including chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee, Chairman of Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee and Vice-Chair of the Education Committee.
Mrs. Mount has received distinguished awards from numerous community and national organizations. She has always been active in a variety of civic and community betterment projects. She currently serves on the Calcasieu Community Clinic Board of Directors, Calcasieu Parish Library Foundation, Library Board of Control for the Calcasieu Parish Public Library, Sustaining Advisor to the Board of the Junior League of Lake Charles, Lakeside Bank Board of Directors, McNeese State University Foundation Board of Directors, National Hurricane Museum & Science Center Board, Board of Trustees of Women & Children's Hospital, Friends of LPB Board, Louisiana Conference Board of Laity, Louisiana Governor's Prayer Breakfast Steering Committee and Louisiana Nurse Family Partnership Board.

Dan Gilbane
Dan Gilbane is Vice President and Regional Business Development Manager for Gilbane's Southwest regional office. He was recently named to the Houston Business Journal's 40 under 40 list, a prestigious honor for the area's most promising and innovative young leaders. An active participant in the Houston community through business, civic and charitable organizations, Mr. Gilbane's recognition is a reflection of Gilbane Building Company's role in shaping the face of Houston for the past 30 years. Mr. Gilbane serves on the Boards of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Rice University Design Alliance and the Center for Hearing and Speech. He is also the Chairman of Board of the Bayou Breakfast Club and serves on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Business School Club of Houston. He is active in the real estate community and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and on the board of the ULI’s Young Leaders, and is also a member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties and United States Green Building Council. Mr. Gilbane lives in Houston with his wife, Eleanor and their two young children.

Michael Olivier
Michael Olivier is the CEO of the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc. The Committee of 100 is a private sector non-profit business advocacy group intent on building coalitions and partnerships to bring business and economic development to Louisiana. The membership is comprised of the CEOs of the top private sector companies statewide as well as University Presidents in Louisiana. Olivier most recently served as Regional President for the Americas for Future Pipe Industries, Inc. where he was responsible for the management and growth of the Group’s operations in the Americas region from North to South America.
Mr. Olivier served as Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development to Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco from 2004 to 2008. His appointment won praise from Louisiana business leaders and national and international leaders in the field of economic development, who have called him aggressive, experienced and knowledgeable.  Olivier’s expertise in business development, recruiting, site selection, project management and a reputation for deal-closing are hallmarks of his career.. He won the American Economic Development Council's Distinguished Service Award in 1995, 1996 and 1997.  He has been president of the Southern Economic Development Council and a ten year board member and officer of the American Economic Development Council to which he was named a Fellow Member.  Business Week named him Mississippi's Economic Developer of the Year in 1999, and in 2002, Southern Business and Development magazine named him one of the “Top 10 Economic Developers of the Decade”. In 2005 Olivier led Louisiana Economic Development to achieve the ISO 9001 certification and the Accredited Economic Development Organization designation, both “firsts in the nation” for a state economic development agency.
In 2006 and 2007, Olivier was named as “One of the Top 10 in the U.S. to make a difference in Economic Development” by Southern Business and Development magazine. His work lead Louisiana to be named “State of the Year” for the first time by Southern Business and Development magazine.
The International Economic Development Council named Olivier as the 2006 winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development.  CORENET Global gave Louisiana Economic Development the 2007 Economic Development Leadership Award in Strategies and Innovation for the business recovery work accomplished after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Paul Rainwater
Prior to recently going out on his own as a governmental and business consultant, Paul Rainwater served as the Commissioner of Administration and Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Bobby Jindal. Before being hired by the Jindal administration, Mr. Rainwater led the Louisiana Recovery Authority efforts as their Executive Director and Director of Hazardous Mitigation. Over Mr. Rainwater’s successful career he also served as Legislative Director and Chief of Operations for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu; Deputy Mayor to Mayor Randy Roach in Lake Charles; manager of governmental affairs for Conoco, Inc., Gulf Coast Business Unit; manager of public affairs for ARCO Chemical in Lake Charles; and as an administrative aide to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury in Lake Charles.

In addition to his public and corporate service duties, Rainwater also serves as a colonel with the Louisiana Army National Guard in the Joint Director of Military Support for Disaster Response Unit. He previously served as a lieutenant colonel in the Congressional Liaison Office of the Louisiana Army National Guard and as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Reserves’ 336th Finance Command. For his military service, Rainwater has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Rainwater earned a bachelor’s degree in government from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, a master’s degree in international relations from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, and is certified as a local government manager by Louisiana State University.

National Advisory Board

Donald T. “Boysie” Bollinger
CEO, Bollinger Shipyards

Richard Zuschlag
CEO and Chairman of the Board, Acadian Companies

William Read
Former Director, National Hurricane Center



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