Staff reports

Stevie Graugnard and Marshal H. “Butch” Browning have been appointed to the Ascension Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) Board of Directors.  Both were appointed by the Ascension Chamber of Commerce effective August 4, 2011, and October 6, 2011, respectively. 

Graugnard, a 30-plus year resident of Donaldsonville, has been a real estate agent with a specialization in historic real estate properties since 2002. Prior to 2002 she worked as a buyer and design consultant in her family business, Graugnard, Inc.  She is a business partner in the Cabahanosse Gift and Antiques Shop and the Cabahanosse Bed and Breakfast.

She is a founding member of the Historic Donaldsonville Museum and the CAP Panel of St. James.  Currently she is a board member of the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District and Donaldsonville Main Street.  She is an active member of Ascension Catholic Church and the past co-chairman of the Ascension Catholic School Development Fund.

Browning was appointed State Fire Marshal by Governor Jindal in 2008.  Prior to that appointment he served in all levels of the fire service profession, including the former Fire Chief of the City of Gonzales and East Baton Rouge Fire Protection District #6.  His service also includes time as a Fire Inspector and Chief Arson Investigator.

He is an Eagle Scout, Past President of the Louisiana State Fireman’s Association, Past President of the Louisiana Arson and Fire Prevention Association, Graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, The Commission on Professional Credentialing Chief Fire Officer and a certified Emergency Medical Technician.

“Both Mrs. Graugnard and Mr. Browning will provide invaluable leadership experience and business expertise to the AEDC Board.  We are excited to work with them,” said AEDC President & CEO Mike Eades.

 “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with AEDC to continue to grow new economic opportunities for our parish,” said Graugnard.  Browning stated, “I look forward to being a partner in progress in Ascension Parish.  I will always stand to ensure that business, residents and visitors in our parish are welcomed.”